Archive for March 2009

Stool Smashup

March 31, 2009

The associated press was nice enough to share a story about a man in Ohio who was charged with drunk driving after crashing his motorized bar stool.

“Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, say when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Twenty-eight-year Kile Wygle was hospitalized for minor injuries. Police say he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.

Wygle has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.”

I have one main question.

Q: How does the man know that the motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph?  There is no odometer. (You can see a picture of the vehicle in the link I’ve posted)

A: I came up with two ways that he could have figured that out – both pretty ridiculous.

1) He timed his trip between two places and figured it out based on distance. This does not make much sense because he couldn’t have been going top speed the whole way. It also seems unlikely to me that this man would have the forethought to map out a course, clock the distance and then conduct the experiment. He is, after all, someone who just got busted for drinking 15 beers and then crashing a home-made vehicle. I just don’t see him being a proponent of the scientific method. 

2) He rode along-side the car of one of his brain-dead friends, brought the stool up to top speed and then asked his buddy in the car how fast they were going. This way would be safer, but no less absurd. Oh what I would give to see those wizards riding around in a parking lot screaming “how fast now!?”. I’m picturing cut-off jean shorts, a rat-tail, high-top sneakers and an American Flag t-shirt.

The most important aspect of this story is the impact it could have on the scientific world.

Darwin could be wrong.

He lived!!!

http://enews.earthlink.net/article/str?guid=20090331/49d1a350_3ca6_15526200903311192483922

Mothers Against Raw Salmon

March 31, 2009

“…a Chicago man sued a well-known local restaurant for $100,000, claiming that he had acquired a nine-foot tapeworm from an undercooked salmon salad in 2006.”

The Internet tells me that it may not be safe to eat raw salmon.  I wonder if that’s a big issue in countries that eat a lot of sushi like Japan. With all the fish they eat – it might be an epidemic!

Maybe they have support groups and organizations on the subject that we couldn’t even imagine.

Instead of having parents check your Holloween candy for hazards, do they have parents check fish for freshness? 

Is it one of those statistics where instead of one in every whatever people knowing someone who’s died of cancer or HIV, it’s one if every whatever people knowing someone who’s gotten sick from eating raw salmon?

Is it like the chicken pox?

Are Japanese students required to take “Food Ed” where they learn the dangers of eating unprotected?

Do really the prudish Japanese not eat salmon because of this risk?  “Oh you eat raw salmon?” might be something someone says to you at a party. Maybe it’s even something the Japanese keep from their parents.

What do you think?

http://www.gourmet.com/foodpolitics/2008/08/raw-salmon-tapeworm

Downward Facing Wife

March 30, 2009

I’m sure there are benefits to yoga that aren’t readily advertised.

And I’m also sure that there is more than one beneficiary of this kind of labor.

Hello There…

March 30, 2009

Just some random thoughts from a random guy.