Very cool science video demonstrating the Kaye effect:
Okay, so this is really more chicken jokes but I just finished playing an episode of You Don’t Know Jack where they asked, “Suppose a giant space monster comes along and decides to eat Earth. Once he pleels offf the crust, what sounds will he make as he eats through the mantle, the outer core and the inner core?” The answer was, “crunch, slurp, crunch” and then they added, “and it tastes like chicken.”
But I digress. Let’s ask some more folks why the chicken crossed the road:
George Orwell: Because the government had fooled him into thinking that he was crossing the road of his own free will, when he was really only serving their interests.
Colonel Sanders: I missed one?
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
The Sphinx: You tell me.
Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.
Dr. Seuss: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes the chicken crossed the road, but why he crossed, I’ve not been told!
For even more chickens crossing even more roads, head back over to Insane Random Ramblings. Enjoy!
I’m lucking out with blogs all over the place today. Insane Random Ramblings (dontcha just love the name?!) has multiple “responses” to the chicken riddle, depending on the “responder.” A few of my faves:
Pat Buchanan: To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.
Thomas de Torquemada: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I’ll find out.
Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road.
Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask, “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place anyway?”
Dirk Gently (Holistic Detective): I’m not exactly sure why, but right now I’ve got a horse in my bathroom.
The last one is my favourite. If you don’t know who Dirk Gently is, I highly recommend that you read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker’s Guide fame).
I came across this highly amusing list on My Thought, Ideas and Ramblings. Here are a few of my favourites:
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?
Whose idea was it to put an “S” in the word “lisp”?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Sex toys for dogs?! Yep… it’s a Hotdoll! Shaped like a dog, it’ll allow your tension-filled pet to go to town as much as his little heart desires, humping away until he passes out in exhaustion, leaving a wispy coil of friction-singed dog-fur smoke wafting into the air.
That rats have diarthroidal joints that allow their skeletons to almost “collapse” letting them to fit through holes as small as a quarter (or however big their head is). Okay, on CSI they just said “flexible joints,” but I opted for the scientific term, thank you very much.
You’d think I might have known that already, having been to vet school and all, but we didn’t spend a heck of a lot of time on “pocket pets”… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia = Fear of Friday the 13th.
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? Well, no one really knows for sure. It could just be that many cultures consider the number 13 to be unlucky. And many cultures believe that Fridays are unlucky. Put ’em together and you’ve got a double whammy.
Then there’s the theory put forth by The Da Vinci Code, that superstitions about Friday the 13th came about not as the result of a convergence, but a catastrophe, a single historical event that happened nearly 700 years ago: the decimation of the Knights Templar. Personally, I’m not buying. But it’s an interesting theory.
For more musings on this topic, check out this article at Urban Legends on About.com.
Canned insects anyone?
According to Thai Tastes, the website that sells them:
Thai rural communities like many in Asia and South America know that eating insects provide a valuable source of protein, minerals and vitamins as well as a tasty snack. Crickets and grasshoppers or locusts are a seasonal delicacy while the giant water beetles know as mangdana are used in salads.
Using the latest canning and pasteurization techniques Insect Inter, has made it possible to ship them worldwide. The insects are fried to make crunchy snacks, that go so well with a cold beer. Try some, either just for the experience or to be remembered for your next party.
Now for the scary part… I remember an acquaintance of my Dad’s actually ate stuff like this when I was a kid. Try being 10 and politely turning down cricket cookies. The polite part doesn’t really come off too well.
In support of the claim that all cats are a little bit crazy, but amusing in their craziness (like me… just nod your head and agree, it’s easier that way):