Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Random Facts Edition

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can
be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human body is
dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's
heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage.
Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was
intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in
some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in
armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a
vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed
at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Emerson said that "Beauty is God's Handwriting" - he was so right

Sky Art By God
Absolutely Amazing!
1.      Line of building towers flanking from a thunderstorm.
2.      Sun setting behind cumulus clouds.
3.      Cloud to cloud to ground lightning.
4.  Mammatus "clouds boiling upside down", on top of a flanking down draft.
Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning "mammary cloud"),
Is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging
Underneath the base of a cloud.
5.    Massive single cell severe tornadic thunderstorm.
6.  Downdraft of precipitation from a young cumulonimbus cloud.
The initial downrush happening as the rest of cell is still forming and building.
7.      Leading edge of a flanking downdraft of a thunderstorm.
8.      Another great mammatus – extremely unstable air.
9.  Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms.
Could have two cells rotating in opposite directions, rare,
But meteorologically possible, like two egg beaters.
10.  Sunset dissipating thunderstorm.
11.  Volcanic eruption creating a circular outflow boundary.
12.  Somewhat disorganized or dissipating thunderstorm.
Most of it already downward collapsed with the rain shield being dominant.
13.  Single cell thunderstorm with cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning,
Some being imbedded inside the cells.
14.  Tornadic vortex w/lightning, multi-layer outflow boundaries.
15.  Row of thunderstorms, and more beautiful cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning.
16.  Cloud to ground lightning in the rain shield in dissipating thunderstorms.
17.  Single cell "super cell” thunderstorm with mammatus.
18.  More great cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning.
19.  Tower cumulus building into a thunderstorm.
20.  A tornado funnel near the ground.
Probably already on the ground, but not enough moisture or debris/dirt to see it on the ground.
Surface dirt starting the kick up.
21.  Circular outflow boundaries with storm cell rotation.
22.  Lots of cloud to ground lightning (assuming the dark is mountains).
23.  A large tornado on the ground.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Le Petit Chef

Another gem from my aunt:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Four Memorable Prince Performances (via the New Yorker)

Last spring, after Prince died, the New Yorker posted four memorable performances worth watching again. I am sharing them here, as well.

In 1982, the Marvin Gaye influence is rich as Prince sings “I Wanna Be Your Lover” at Capitol, in Passaic, New Jersey; the opening verses, and then it all breaks down into a funk fantasy that would have widened Marvin’s eyes wide:
Here he is 1983, joining James Brown onstage, doing James Brown, paying homage, but doing it his way, and eliciting a smile of astonishment from the Godfather of Soul:
In 2004, at a memorial tribute to George Harrison, Prince takes the final solo, and it’s one of the most electrifying guitar turns since Hendrix playing “Machine Gun” at the Fillmore East or “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock. Playing a souped-up Fender Telecaster, Prince moves into the Harrison standard midway through and eclipses the solos that Eric Clapton had played on the original recording, all while falling backward into the audience and making his way back again:
In 2007, Prince, nearing fifty, took on the most corporate gig imaginable, the Super Bowl halftime show, and, in the rain, naturally, did it better than anyone else.

I still think that Prine's halftime show remains as the best in Super Bowl history. See the original article here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: What Starts with "F"

A first-grade teacher, Ms Brooks, was having trouble with one of her
more precocious students.

The teacher asked, 'Harry, what exactly is your problem?'

Harry answered, 'I'm  too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the
3rd grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd
grade too!'

Ms.Brooks finally had enough. She took Harry to the principal's office.
While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained the
situation to the principal. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would
give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he
was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed. 

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he
happily agreed to take the test. 

Principal:  'What  is 3 x 3?'

Harry: '9..'

Principal: 'What  is 6  x 6?'

Harry: '36.'

And so it went with every question the principal thought a bright 3rd
grader should know.

The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, 'You know, I reckon
Harry can go to the 3rd grade.'

But Ms. Brooks is still sceptical of the little bugger and says to the
principal, 'Not so fast, let me ask him a few questions..'

The principal and Harry both agree.
Ms. Brooks asks, 'What  does a cow have four of that I have only two of?'
Harry, after a moment: 'Legs..'
Ms  Brooks: 'What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?'
The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!
Harry replied: 'Pockets..’ to the Principal’s great relief…
Ms. Brooks: 'What does a dog do that a man steps into?'
Harry: 'Pants.'
By now, the principal is sitting forward with his mouth hanging open..
Ms.  Brooks: 'What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting
down and a dog does on three legs?'
Harry: 'Shake hands.'
The principal is now trembling with apprehension as Ms. Brooks asks
the last question…
Ms. Brooks: 'What word starts with an 'F' and ends in 'K' and
indicates a great deal of heat and excitement?'
Harry: 'Firetruck.'
The principal breaths a huge sigh of relief and tells the teacher,
" Put the little bugger in 5th-Grade, I got the last seven questions
wrong  myself..."