The substance famous for sapping the power from Superman has been discovered in a Serbian mine. Mining researchers discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr. Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum, to identify it. Dr. Stanley analyzed the chemical make up and discovered it was the same formula referenced in the Superman tales. Dr. Stanley said, “I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either… although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.” For more information, check out the BBC article.
Very cool science video demonstrating the Kaye effect:
Just to be clear, the title is not an assertion of my self-identity; it’s the title of a hilarious and peculiar blog (peculiar being the best type of hilarity). With posts like “Psychic chat drives fire marshal to quit” and “German police rescue 91-year-old man glued to roof,” you know you’re in for some entertaining reading at I Am Not a Hamster. But I, being the geek that I am, was particularly drawn to “Pi fans to meet March 14 (3.14, get it?).” I can’t believe I missed Pi Day! I think I need to start a calendar for all these odd little “days” that one can celebrate.
For some reason, the Schoolhouse Rock song “Conjunction Junction” is one of those songs that pops up in my head at least a few times a year. I finally decided that someone must have posted it on You Tube by now and I was right:
And for any other Schoolhouse Rock fans out there, you can also watch “The Shot Heard Round the World” and any number of other old favourites!
Did you know that if you multiply 111,111,111 by 111,111,111 you get 12,345,678,987,654,321?
(Source: Jive Weekly, Volume 11:4)