Monthly Archives: October 2011

Chewbacca has an idea

 Chewbacca has an idea

By Lehel Kovacs, From Hey Oscar Wilde.

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How do skeletons stay clean?

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Via Bearded Seals Blog, Ffffound.

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Bible flag

 Bible flag

By Aaron Eiland, via Ffffound.

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It’s morphine time

The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers had some trouble in Malaysia:

In Malaysia, as part of its campaign against drugs, the word “Morphin” is censored, by substituting or muting footage where the word is spoken (the phrase “It’s morphin’ time”) or displayed onscreen, for fear that it could encourage children to become addicted with the uses of morphine.

From Wikipedia, via Reddit.

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The odds when you flip a coin are more like 51-49

There’s a slightly better chance a coin will land in the same orientation it was thrown in. A flipping coin that was initially heads-up will always have been heads-up for at least as long as it will have been tails-up — and usually slightly longer. So there’s a better chance it will be stopped in the heads-up state.

Much more at Coding the Wheel, via Reddit.

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The honest in-flight announcements

From The Economist:

Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now. In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero. This aircraft is equipped with inflatable slides that detach to form life rafts, not that it makes any difference. Please remove high-heeled shoes before using the slides. We might as well add that space helmets and anti-gravity belts should also be removed, since even to mention the use of the slides as rafts is to enter the realm of science fiction.

This was written in 2006, before Captain Sullenberger’s miracle on the Hudson, so I checked in on Wikipedia‘s page about water landings, on which they refer to his plane as an “Airbus A320 narrow-body jet”. So I guess that leaves the above statistic intact. Back in 1999, after JFK Jr. died, Slate‘s Explainer column reported that there had “never been a single ditching by a U.S.-flag commercial airline”, while there had been several non-U.S. ditchings. You can read about those on Wikipedia as well.

Via The Morning News.

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The making of your voice

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Via Ffffound.

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