Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Straight Dope

What a beautiful day today has been. The temps are in the 70's making us want to throw open all the windows and doors. (of course Sissie is fighting us on this one). Mikey was able to go outside and play today and with the new boots he sure had a good time.

Things are going ok around here. Unfortunately no lesson has been learned yet and the drinking continues. Of course he thinks we are spying on him but we live in a small town. People talk, no spying is needed.

Fortunately he did not wreck the truck the other night (though he says that is what he was trying to do), he did do some damage to it. The transmission went out, but it is believed to be a front seal (at least that is what they are hoping). The rest of the damage is cosmetic.

At this point I am out of it and leaving it up to Sissie and Frank. I can see the wall Sissie has been up against all these years.

I will be posting my DWTS's opinions and results tomorrow as Sissie and I haven't had a chance to finish watching it yet.

Tonight's fun is called the "Straight Dope". Here are a few things to ponder.

*The oldest known vegetable is the pea.

*To see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun.

*Men of the Walibri tribe of cenral Australia greet each other by shaking each other's penis,instead of shaking each other's hand.

*Carniverous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

*An eyelash lives for about 5 months.

*There is cyanide in apple pips.

*The water we drink is 3 billion years old.

The earth has a limited amount of water. That water keeps going around and around and around and around and (well, you get the idea) in what we call the "Water Cycle".

This cycle is made up of a few main parts:

  • evaporation (and transpiration)
  • condensation
  • precipitation
  • collection

*Lipstick contains fish scales.

The ingredient under discussion is called pearl essence. (Some sources give this as "pearlescence.") It's the silvery stuff found in fish scales that's used in some lipsticks, nail polishes, ceramic glazes, etc., to make them shimmery. Pearl essence is obtained primarily from herring and is one of many by-products of large-scale commercial fish processing.

*Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, which can be used to make nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite. However, there are other processes that can be used to make dynamite without using peanuts at all.

*Cows give more milk when they listen to music.

*'Puffs' tissues didnt sell well in Germany because 'Puff' in German means brothel.

*Parsley is the most widely used herb in the world.

*There is 200 times more gold in the world's oceans than has ever been mined.

*Eskimos use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.

*The largest toy distributor in the world is Mcdonalds.

*Half the world's population has seen a James Bond movie.

*90% of women who walk into a department store turn to the right.Noone knows why.

*Ocean waves can travel as fast as a jet plane.

Tsunami wave speed is controlled by water depth. Where the ocean is over 6,000 meters (3.7 miles) deep, unnoticed tsunami waves can travel at the speed of a commercial jet plane, over 800 km per hour (500 miles per hour). Tsunamis travel much slower in shallower coastal waters where their wave heights begin to increase dramatically.

*The largest man made structure on earth is Fresh kills ,the rubbish dump on Staten Island New York.

Fresh Kills Landfill—at 2,200 acres, the largest landfill in the world at that time—the place where most, if not all, of the garbage of the city went. The landfill is composed of four main mounds, which range from 90 to 225 feet. The biggest mound is taller than the Statue of Liberty and can be seen by the naked eye from space. When the dump was open, the garbage produced a noxious, rotting stench that fouled the air of Staten Island. The name "Fresh Kills" refers to its location along the banks of the Fresh Kills estuary in western Staten Island. The landfill opened in 1948, according to The Department of Parks & Recreation, and grew by "29,000 tons of trash per day" at its peak, swelling to "approximately 150 million tons of solid waste" before closing down in 2001.

Well I hope you enjoyed these. I added a few facts to some of them (my words in blue). If you enjoy these, I have many many more.

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