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Essays and Other Scribbling by the Web Master

The Rant: A ranter mellows out with age

Fun with Words: Words that are fun to say, mnemonics, and similar stuff

Short Notes: Short little tidbits, odds and ends, bits and pieces

Notable quotables: Our favorite quotes, serious and not so serious

Turkey Ham: Better than Spam, not quite the real thing...our name for the best of those cute/weird/funny/inspirational Email messages that keep showing up in your mail box

Ice Cream 9: Dick's amazing homemade ice cream recipe


Short Notes

Lotsa Bugs

For every human on Earth, there are 200 million insects. The mass weight of all insects is about 29 times that of all humanity. Ants alone make up 15% to 20% of the entire land-dwelling animal biomass.

What’s the matter with kids today?

Not much if the following is any indication: The Fresno Bee newspaper (Fresno CA) invites teens to respond to a "question of the week." A recent question was "Who is one of your role models?" Four out of eight kids responding mentioned a parent or older sibling.

Hard Times

Things have been so bad lately that my wife had to go out and get a job. Now she wants me to get one too!


Alaska has as much national park land as all the rest of the United States. Wrangel-St. Elias National Park, the world's largest, is as big as eight Yellowstones and has 150 glaciers. One is bigger than Rhode Island.

On the Charts

In the late 60's/early 70's Conway Twitty had 30 consecutive number one hits.

Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was on the best-selling album chart for an amazing 741 weeks (that's 14 YEARS!)

Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?

A Nashville, Tennessee nonprofit hospital has a lavish plastic surgery center catering to country and western stars.

Life Imitates TV

On Gary Shandling's "Larry Sanders Show", talk show host Larry is upset when a guest does a comedy routine on another network, only to repeat it the next night on Gary's show.

On the 1994 Grammy Award show, Gary Shandling did several of the same jokes he did the night before as a guest on the David Letterman Show.

A Day in America

11,000 babies born, 7,000 marriages, 3,000 divorces, 202 million chicken eggs laid, two million gallons of ice cream and 69 million pounds of beef produced (Source: 1996 US Statistical Abstract)

In the Sky

Stars in Milky Way Galaxy: 100 billion

Stars similar to our sun: 4 billion

Possibly habitable planets: 300 million


Size of the Internet (in 2012)

World Wide Web

Google estimates the size of the Internet at roughly 5 million terabytes (a terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes or one million megabytes or one trillion bytes). Only .004% of that is indexed by Google. By comparison the Library of Congress contains about 20 terabytes of ASCII data in books, and the average video store had about 8 terabytes of data in 2002; the average has probably shrunk as Netflix and similar services have grown

2 billion YouTube videos watched each day

35 hours of video uploaded every minute

36 billion photos uploaded to Facebook each year

At least 8.6 billion pages

294 billion emails per day

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McClellan's Laws:

Proceed till apprehended

It's better to beg for forgiveness than to ask permission

Estel's Collorary:

If you ask permission and there is no answer, the answer is "yes."

Fun with Your Age:

Multiply 259 by your age by 39 to get an interesting answer




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