1. Wikipedia Tourism #23

    November 5, 2009 by Craig

    They also want to visit the UK, so they can both have a chance to use their opposite controls.

    From Abigail and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins who together are able to drive.

  2. Wikipedia Tourism #22

    August 16, 2009 by Craig

    The picture isn’t really NSFW, but I’m going to link-only to it anyway for humor value.

    Tyrannosaurus skeleton casts mounted in a mating position, Jurassic Museum of Asturias.

    From Tyrannosaurus

  3. Wikipedia Tourism #21

    July 18, 2009 by Craig

    From Einstein: Politics:

    Einstein was a member of several civil rights groups, including the Princeton chapter of the NAACP.

  4. Wikipedia Tourism #20

    June 9, 2009 by Craig

    From Fade (audio engineering):

    “Neptune”, part of the orchestral suite, The Planets, by Gustav Holst, was the first piece of music to have a fade-out ending. Holst stipulates that the women’s choruses are “to be placed in an adjoining room, the door of which is to be left open until the last bar of the piece, when it is to be slowly and silently closed”, and that the final bar (scored for choruses alone) is “to be repeated until the sound is lost in the distance”. Although commonplace today, the effect bewitched audiences in the era before widespread recorded sound—after the initial 1918 run-through, Holst’s daughter Imogen (in addition to watching the charwomen dancing in the aisles during “Jupiter”) remarked that the ending was “unforgettable, with its hidden chorus of women’s voices growing fainter and fainter… until the imagination knew no difference between sound and silence”.

  5. Wikipedia Tourism #19

    May 30, 2009 by Craig

    From Small penis rule:

    The “small penis rule” is an informal strategy used by authors to evade libel lawsuits. It was described in a New York Times article in 1998:

    “…For a fictional portrait to be actionable, it must be so accurate that a reader of the book would have no problem linking the two,” said Mr. Friedman. Thus, he continued, libel lawyers have what is known as “the small penis rule.” One way authors can protect themselves from libel suits is to say that a character has a small penis, Mr. Friedman said. “Now no male is going to come forward and say, ‘That character with a very small penis, ‘That’s me!’ ”

    (Also: This post has up to 4 nested levels of quoting.)

  6. Wikipedia Tourism #18

    March 30, 2009 by Craig

    From Cousin:

    In 2004, genealogists discovered that U.S. Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry shared a common ancestral couple in the 1500s. It was reported that the two men are sixteenth cousins, thrice removed. However, the two are in fact ninth cousins, twice removed. Also, in 2007, it was revealed that then-U.S. vice president Dick Cheney and then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are eighth cousins.

    That’s right folks: Obama (ie: the Black Guy) and Cheney are more closely related than Bush and Kerry (two Yalies).

  7. Wikipedia Tourism #17

    March 17, 2009 by Craig

    From Polar Bear

    [they] are nearly invisible under infrared photography.

    I would go see “Polar Bear vs. Predator”.

  8. Wikipedia Tourism #16

    February 11, 2009 by Craig

    From Sandwich:

    In the United States, the ruling in the case of Panera Bread Co. v. Qdoba Mexican Grill established that a sandwich must legally include at least two slices of bread.

  9. 2008 in Review

    December 15, 2008 by Craig

    Self-reference is great, but it’s a shame that I haven’t posted anything this month.

    With the latest blog meme of reposting the first sentence of the first blog of each month (courtesy Marco), I can satisfy both points at the same time!

    • JAN: My sister-in-law’s friend is over for a visit, and she got a spam for penis-enlargement pills.
    • FEB: Alberta Premiere Ed Stelmach has called a provincial election for March 3.
    • MAR: I’ve been looking to buy a replacement DVD drive for my Xbox (the original one is effectively dead, a common problem).
    • APR: There’s a fair amount of evidence and for the Efficient Market Hypothesis, which states that it’s impossible to achieve better-than-market returns (when adjusted for risk) on a regular, repeatable basis.
    • MAY: From the Political Compass FAQ:
    • JUN: Goddard College invents Masters in Consciousness degree to study eastern religious traditions.
    • JLY: The actual article is full of common-sense reasoning, but it was this part that caused me to post:
    • AUG: While in Costa Rica, I had a brief discussion (with a poker website employee) about the likelihood that a computer will eventually be able to beat any human player.
    • SEP: Magicians are entertainers who manipulate the human mind; some take that art too far.
    • OCT: Barbara Ann Parodies:
    • NOV: I’ve finally figured out a use for Twitter Now.
    • DEC: Self-reference is great, but it’s a shame that I haven’t posted anything this month.

  10. Hockey Night Not In Canada

    November 12, 2008 by Craig

    Marco and his wife are coming to visit, and want to take in a hockey game; preferably the Calgary Flames.

    • Craig: st louis blues on fri, ny rangers on sunday
    • Marco: ok. Either one is good. Rangers is my pick.
    • Craig: FL panthers on the 12th, too bad you’ll be gone 😛
    • Marco: yeah.
    • Marco: well, it’s better than watching the home team lose.
    • Craig: hehe
    • Craig: oh those are away games
    • Craig: yeah sorry you’re outta luck this year
    • Marco: no hokey?
    • Craig: unless we go to a minor-league game
    • Craig: no Flames in Calgary
    • Craig: they’re on the road that week/end
    • Marco: damn republicans
    • Craig: hah the hitmen [the local minor league team] are away that week too
    • Craig: so no hockey
    • Marco: ok
    • Marco: well, so be it
    • Craig: unless you want to find a college team or something
    • Marco: u have an Xbox 360?
    • Marco: or a WII?
    • Craig: I do
    • Craig: both actually 😛
    • Marco: we will buy a hockey game
    • Craig: haha
    • Marco: and tell Gina that this is how it’s now played
    • Marco: by canadians
    • Marco: because with global warming all the rinks are liquid
    • Craig: tell her we used to play on the northwest passage