Essays and Other Scribbling by the Web Master
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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
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
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
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, 7000 marriages, 3000 divorces, 202 million chicken
eggs laid, two million gallons of ice cream and 69 million pounds of beef
produced (Source: 1996 US Statistical Abstract)
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
Proceed till apprehended
It's better to beg for forgiveness than to ask permission
If you ask permission and there is no answer, that means "yes."
Multiply 259 by your age by 39 to get an interesting answer
Updated April 5, 2014