August 24, 2015

Sunflower magic didn't work for me? :(

My friend Mark wrote that on his daughter’s last day of preschool, her teachers sent every kid home with a packet of seeds and told them:
"When these bloom, you'll be ready for kindergarten."
And look at one of her sunflowers today—the same day kindergarten’s starting!

Isn't that great? However, below is the sunflower that I planted at the start of summer.
Looks like it's back to preschool for me… AGAIN.

Happy Monday!

August 16, 2015

Kay always said she'd take her fudge recipe with her to the grave.

Somewhat related—the physicist Ludwig Botzman’s tombstone reads:
S = k. LogW

Of course, 'S' is a system’s entropy, while 'k' is Boltzman’s Constant, and 'W' is the extent to which energy is dispersed. Good job, Ludwig!

Photos here and here.

August 14, 2015

Meteorite Strikes Portland!

A meteorite is a giant ball of rock and metal that enters Earth's orbit, survives intact after burning through the atmosphere, and finally smashes into the ground with the force of a thunderbolt from Olympus!

So yes, Portland officials, this was OBVIOUSLY the work of a meteorite.


What Not to Ask the Guy Who Test Drove His “Hungry Hungry Hippo” Soapbox Derby Racer Past Your House

1. "Dude, where’s the engine?" (It runs on gravity.)
2. "What's that giant LEGO piece with eyes?" (That’s the hippo head. It opens!)

3. "Where’s the rest of the body?" (In construction for the official competition next week.)

4. "Ooh, can I drive it?" (No.)

5. "Can I sit in the back?" (Yes, if that’s what it takes to shut you up.)

6. "Wow, this is great! Can I be part of the team that rides on it in the official competition next week?"
(You're still talking? Get out! *shove*)

August 11, 2015

You'll never believe this...

This morning, I walked past the street sign below . . . and a crown mysteriously appeared on my head.
BTW, if you're old enough to remember this old Imperial Margarine ad, you're much too mature to be reading this lousy blog!

August 10, 2015

Animals in the News!

First, someone in the African country of Botswana got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and saw this:
And also? A turtle moved into Talking Books Plus Bookstore (Lakewood, Colorado)!

August 9, 2015

Scientific failures can be pretty great.

When scientists leave the lab and go out in the "real" work, it's called fieldwork. And right now, scientists are sharing their field work mistakes on Twitter. And it's pretty great!

Thread here, background info here.