The Universe and Me

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I'd ask

I noticed on last night's House premier that Hugh Laurie was consulting a magic 8-ball, that old marketing oracle you shake and it gives answers like: yes, no, difficult to tell, ask another time, etc. One of my friends had one when we were little. If you'd like to try an online version, check out: Magic 8 Ball. If you don't like the answers that one gives, try: Another Magic 8 Ball. Or you could make your own decision.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Everything I Ever Learned is Wrong

Since I see so many books on a daily basis, after a while they all start to look the same but sometimes one will stand out as a book that provides insight and knowledge. Like The Book of General Ignorance by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd which dispels some myths that people maybe never thought to question. And it's important that we question everything, after all. The book is filled with a lot to learn, some being:

  • Flames disorient (not draw) moths.
  • Antarctica is the dryest place on earth.
  • Chickens can live about two years without their heads. (I'm not sure if they can answer questions, though.)
  • Mosquitos have killed 45 billion people throughout history.
  • Chameleons change colour because of stress.
  • Only 7 prisoners were freed during the Bastille storming.
  • The moon smells like gunpowder.
  • Camels store fat, not water, in their humps.
  • America was named after merchant Richard Ameryk.
  • A day is never exactly 24 hours. (It's really up to 50 seconds longer or shorter.)
  • Panama hats come from Ecuador.
If you want to learn more trivia and possible answers to board games, check out the book.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Life Age Expectancy

For those who want to know how long they might have left on this often crazy yet wonderful planet, check out The Life Expectancy Calculator.
Average life expectancy: 75
My life expectancy: 86.8

Friday, September 14, 2007

Quote for the day

"Oh no, my magic wand isn't working. Here, let me reach into my desk and get out my fairy dust."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm walkin' yes indeed

If you want to calculate how walker-friendly your neighbourhood is, visit Walk Score. Enter your address and the site will calculate, seemingly based on how close proximity you are to something worth walking to. Living smack-dab in the middle of town, my walk score is 92 out of 100 which they say is a "Walker's Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car." Here's how close I am to major places:

Grocery Stores - 0.13 Mi
Restaurants - 0.1 Mi
Bars - 0.21 Mi
Movie Theaters - 0.31 Mi
Schools - 0.18 Mi
Parks - 0.3 Mi
Libraries - 0.18 Mi
Bookstores - 0.28 Mi
Drug Stores - 0.21 Mi
Hardware Stores - 0.42 Mi
Clothing & Music - 0.19 Mi

My only gripe is they neglected the park that's right across the street from me.