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February 27, 2015

Big Bunch of Bacteria

Bacteria can grow and divide every 20 minutes, turning one bacterial cell into 16 million in just eight hours.

February 26, 2015

Team Color Quiz

You Should Be on the Blue Team

You're the type of person who is more brains than brawn. You use your energy effectively.

You are a master strategist, and you can see out many moves. There is rarely a scenario that you are totally unprepared for.

You are often a secret leader, even though you aren't the one in charge. People listen to your ideas.

And in the ultimate times of chaos and despair, your team turns to you to get them out of a jam. 


February 25, 2015


Crickets chirp with their wings and hear from their knees. (tympanic membrane)

February 21, 2015

Longest Word in English


There are longer words, but that is the longest in a major dictionary.

February 20, 2015

Carrot Cactus Rose Flower

This is from Mutita EdibleArt, a YouTube channel to which I recently subscribed. I really doubt I'll be carving something like a tulip out of an apple anytime soon - or if at all - , but I enjoy watching the steps used to create these gorgeous edible creations.

February 19, 2015

The Weight of the World

The Earth weighs approximately 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

Mom & Kids Drifting in a Minivan

New Famous Footwear Advert

February 18, 2015

Cuddle Clones®

Get your one-of-a-kind plush replica that looks just like your pet at Cuddle Clones®. All you have to do is submit at least one photo of your pet and choose a few customization options (eye color, ear and tail position and other distinguishing features) and they'll send you your very own Cuddle Clone®.

There are two price scales, one for small pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits and other small pets and a little more expensive for large pets such as dogs, cats and horses. A portion of the price of each Cuddle Clone® goes to pet-related causes.

They also sell custom figurine likenesses of your pet, custom collars, granite memorials, other custom stuffed animals and gift cards for all occasions

  (photo used with permission)

February 17, 2015

Kitty Pee

Cat urine glows under a black light.

And it stinks with or without any type of light.

February 15, 2015

Bitly 404 Page

I was trying to view a recipe posted on the Foodgawker Facebook wall, but kept getting a 404 page.  They said they had fixed the link, but didn't.  That's the problem with using these link-shortening services - far too often something happens in the conversion of the link and it's invalid or they make a mistake in copying...either way, it's a broken link.   Here's a screenshot of what I got:

Still, the Bitly 404 page is a pretty cool one - funny and animated, with a seagull flapping its wings, clouds floating across the sky and waves bobbing a dead pufferfish? up and down.  See it for yourself. (put your cursor over the water to make waves-I don't think anything else is interactive)

February 14, 2015

Vintage Valentines

15 vintage Valentines cards at Oddee

Racist as the following might be, it's my favorite...and my motto.

Shoot, it even kinda looks like me.

Vintage Valentines

February 13, 2015


Yawning is Contagious

Yes, yawning is contagious.  Even thinking about yawning is enough and in fact, there's a 50% that you're about to, or just did, yawn.

OTOH, there's close to a 100% chance you will yawn while reading this blog.

February 12, 2015

Beer & Money

I was visiting StartSampling earlier today and the daily trivia question was what type are the Budweiser horses.  Yesterday's question was who is on the back of the $50 bill. 

I got both correct, but wasn't too surprised to see more people got the Budweiser question correct than did the $50 bill one.  After all, a fifty dollar bill isn't something found in most people's wallets (at least not mine, anyway) but most people have probably seen the Budweiser Clydesdale advertisements hundreds of times. 

February 11, 2015

The Trouble With Cam Movies

I saw a link to the latest Night at the Museum video and thought I would check it out but the problem was it was done with a cam by someone pirating the movie at the theater.  I've never seen a very good quality file of that type and other problems are obvious - the illegality, the background noise, a shaky video and of course, this:

I wonder how much that barrel of popcorn and the tanker-sized soda cost that woman who is blocking the view?

That reminds me of this Seinfeld episode:

(fast forward to 1:20)


February 10, 2015

Bouncing in the Booze

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Note:  I'm sure it will eventually stop, either when the raisin becomes saturated with liquid or the champagne loses its fizz.

February 9, 2015

Danger! Don't Dial Demi-god Daily!

I got a call earlier when I was out and the number shown on the caller ID was 800-555-1212.   I had used that number before; it's the AT&T information number, so I knew it was being "spoofed" by some less-than-legitimate party for some type of scam.  A quick Google search proved me right, but a posting on this site showed me that even heroes can't be helped by the Do Not Call registry.

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Ol' Herc needs to get himself a call blocker, just like I have.

How Harry Potter Should Have Ended

The movie series ended several years ago, the last book came out before then and while this isn't topical, it's still HP...and darn funny.   There are some videos on YouTube by CinemaSins ("No movie is without sin!"), who point out all the mistakes and impossibilities in various hit movies and nearly all the Harry Potter flicks get lampooned. 

February 6, 2015

Two Tongue Trivia Tidbits

Just like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different. (source)

The notion that the tongue is mapped into four areas—sweet, sour, salty and bitter—is wrong. There are five basic tastes identified so far, and the entire tongue can sense all of these tastes more or less equally. (source)

February 5, 2015

Geisha Girls Get Gay

I was watching a video on YouTube last night: American Experience: PBS: Pearl Harbor Surprise and Remembrance. There was a segment about US/Japan relations,  Japanese culture and American perceptions of the Japanese and this was a title card of a snippet from a documentary made before the war.

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If you saw something like that these days, you'd think it was porn, huh?

Not only the times have changed, so have definitions of words.

All Wet in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state and has over one million surface acres of water.

Back when I was a kid growing up, I think we visited a fair amount of lakes in Oklahoma when we went on vacation.  My dad used to say Oklahoma spent more money on their lakes and state parks than they did their roads.  I don't know about that, but the lakes certainly were better - and far outnumbered - the lakes in the Texas Panhandle.

Dad used to tell a story of going fishing in Oklahoma with some of his buddies;  this was in the days of being able to drink and drive (as long as you weren't drunk and even then it wasn't as big of a deal as it is now).  They were all sunburned and tired, fish in a cooler and what was left of the beer in another.  One guy rolled down his window to throw out an empty beer can and the driver yelled "Don't do that!  There's a highway patrol right behind us!"

The guys figured they'd get pulled over, but the cop just stayed behind them and they thought he hadn't seen the beer can being tossed.  It was only ten/fifteen miles to the Texas line and the police cruiser stayed behind them but not pulling them over.  The men thought they were really lucky, but about a mile from the state line the cop turned on his lights and pulled up right on their bumper and motioned for them to pull over, so they did.

As the officer got out of his car and walked up to theirs, they wondered why they were being stopped.  They certainly hadn't been speeding and no one was drunk (and having a cop follow you for miles probably did a good job of sobering them up).  The state trooper asked for the driver's license, glanced at it and started up some small talk.

"Been fishing?" asked the officer.  "Yessir." said the driver. "Had any luck?" came the next question.  The driver allowed that they had done all right.  The cop looked at everyone in the car and back to the license, then handed it back.  The men were relieved until the trooper said:

"Say, I saw that you threw out a beer can several miles back."  The driver knew it would do no good to lie, so he admitted they had.  "Didn't you want it?" asked the cop.  The driver said no, they didn't.

"Well, the state of Oklahoma doesn't want it, either.  What say we go back and you pick it up and take it back to Texas with you?"

So, they turned around and drove back the other way and when they got to the place where they had littered, the cop flashed his lights and they stopped and picked up a beer can.  It wasn't even the brand they were drinking, but it satisfied the cop and he waved them on their way. 

February 4, 2015

I'm a Patient Guy

But I can't wait that long.

I was downloading a video last night and my Ant video downloader add-on showed this much time remaining:

I might have made a mistake figuring it, but that's 1.386 million years left on the download.  Let's see...my download finishes, or the sun burns out, probably one or the other.

I paused the d/l and started it back up again, was just a glitch.

February 3, 2015

American Pie - Don McLean

Bling Bugs

If you wear a ring, the number of germs living beneath it could be as high as the population of Europe.

I guess that number of germs includes those nasty French and as high as the Dutch.

February 2, 2015

Your Crock I Block

Since I've been using various adblocking extensions and social media and content blocker on my Firefox browser, I've been getting these types of messages on the pages:

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Sometimes I get a "guilt" type message "This website exists because of the revenue we get from ads, so please disable your adblocker."

Well, 'scuse me, but I wouldn't mind a banner ad or two (or three or even four) placed within the page, but it's when you serve up several dozen ads and scripts that slow the loading down to a snail's pace...and I have an above-average fast connection...well, that's when I begin to get annoyed.

As the above graphic shows, sometimes the extensions and add-ons I use do interfere with the videos, so I disable them for a one-time viewing of what it was I wanted to see, the re-enable them before I leave the page.  I don't mind them trying to make a buck off their website, but I DO resent having to wait a minute or longer to see what it was I came to the site to see.   I also don't like it when a video auto-plays.  I have used a script blocker before to stop that, but while I can whitelist sites I regularly visit, it gets old going to new ones and having to adjust the settings.

I'm resigned to having Facebook follow me all over the 'net, but I draw the line at other social media scripts and image bugs you put on your pages, not to mention the zillion ads you seem to think you have to have to pay the bills.    

Cruising Through the Documentary

I was watching a YouTube documentary How World War II Bomber Crews Worked and was in a part of the video that was a little dull, consisting of briefings given by the various group commanders and tacticians. I was just about to fast-forward through the fifth or sixth one I had watched in a row when one guy really caught my eye, looking so familiar.

I think Tom Cruise's grandfather was in the 8th Air Force during WWII.

February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Super Site

Miami, Florida has hosted the most Super Bowls with ten: five times at the Miami Orange Bowl, and 5 times at the Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Sun Life Stadium.

Super Bowl Quotes

Some strange - or funny - Super Bowl quotes.

Herb Adderly, Green Bay Packers cornerback (Super Bowl II):
"(When asked if he would rather play the game in Los Angeles or Miami)
"I'll play anywhere for $15,000."

Joe Namath, New York Jets quarterback (Super Bowl III):
"We're going to win on Sunday. I guarantee it."

A reporter to Doug Williams, Washington Redskins quarterback (Super Bowl XXII):
"How long have you been a black quarterback?"

Duane Thomas, Dallas Cowboys quarterback (Super Bowl VI):
"If it's the ultimate game, how come they're playing it again next year?"

Ernie Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle, on Super Bowl X in Miami:
"I'll be glad to leave here. I feel like eating palm trees. I don't like this place. It's for people with arthritis. They come here to play golf and to die."

Julie Brown to Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys running back (Super Bowl XXVIII):
"What are you going to wear in the game Sunday?"

Bill Peterson, football coach:
"Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl."

Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Dallas Cowboys linebacker (Super Bowl XIII):
"Terry Bradshaw couldn't spell 'cat' if you spotted him the 'C' and the 'A.'"

Matt Millen, Oakland Raiders linebacker (after learning the Washington Redskins' OG Russ Grimm said he'd 'run over his own mother to win the Super Bowl') (Super Bowl XVIII):
"I'd run over Russ Grimm's mother to win the Super Bowl, too."