Sunday, July 29, 2007

I've been pretty busy the last several weeks, hence no updates here. I will be on the road for much of the next four weeks, so most probably posts will be limited until things calm down. With that, I leave you with this neat photo above by Harold Edgerton of MIT, and used for a lecture he gave at MIT in 1964, entitled "How to Make Applesauce at MIT."

Friday, July 13, 2007

Word of the Day

triskaidekaphobia \tris-ky-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\, noun:

A morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th.

Thirteen people, pledged to eliminate triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13, today tried to reassure American sufferers by renting a 13 ft plot of land in Brooklyn for 13 cents . . . a month.
-- Daily Telegraph, January 14, 1967

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Here is one of the odder articles I have come across in a while. In New York, a man severely beat a peacock, claiming that the bird was a vampire.

Per the article on Fox News:

He seized the iridescent bird by the neck, hurled the creature to the ground and started kicking and stomping the animal, said worker Felicia Finnegan.

"He was going crazy," said Finnegan, 19.

Asked what he was doing, she said, the bird-beater explained, "'I'm killing a vampire!"'