niggertitz asked: LMFAO thank you for writing that essay on me J.K. Rowling. Glad to know I inspire you.
Ignorance will never not inspire me. The sad part is that stupid people are too stupid to know that they’re stupid (See: Life’s Little Mysteries and, related, the Dunning-Kruger Effect). Therefore, informing them of their ignorance is an exercise in futility. They’re usually proud of being ignorant or find it comical that other people proclaim them as such.
And America is overrun with them.
12:45 pm • 20 March 2012 •
Just so you know, the Mayan Calendar already ended.
All this crazy talk about the world ending on December 21, 2012 is ridiculous, mostly because grown-ass humans should know better than to actually believe that crap, but also because the major reasoning—that the Mayan Calendar ends on that day—is messed up. It actually ended in August, 2011.
Lemme drop some knowledge on you real quick.
12:28 pm • 14 March 2012 •
end of the world|
Tyrannosaurus rex was really scary.
(Pause: How do you plural that? Tyrannosaurus rexes? Tyrannosauruses rex? Tyrannosauri rex?)
Remember how we already knew T. rex had big teeth and strong jaws and would be totally scary walking down Madison Avenue? Well. In the words of the Internet, “shit just got real.”
…The new estimate of bite force is higher than past estimates that relied on indent measures in which they pressed down the skull and teeth onto a bone until they got the imprints that matched those on fossils. In the new study, the researchers created a computer model of the dinosaur’s jaw by first digitally scanning skulls from an adult and juvenile T. rex, an allosaurus, an alligator and an adult human. They used these scans to model each animal’s bite.
"We took what we knew about T. rex from its skeleton and built a computer model,” Bates said. “We then asked the computer model to produce a bite so that we could measure the speed and force of it directly.”
The force exerted at one of T. rex's back teeth would have been between 7,868 and 12,814 pounds-force (35,000 and 57,000 newtons). This force would be akin to having a medium-size elephant sit on you. (cont.)
That’s really intense, guys. I mean, I give up if my Snickers Ice Cream Bar is too frozen and this dinosaur bitch is biting through bones and shit. I need to step my game up.
::googles furiously for jaw exercises::
6:00 pm • 29 February 2012 •
Stupid people shouldn’t vote.
Sorry to be blunt, but that’s how I feel. Stupid people don’t know enough to be able to say, “hey, that guy is making a lot of sense. That’s how I feel too. I want him to be my leader.” So you make a lot of sense to Joe Schmo from Nowhere, USA who doesn’t pay attention to politics, doesn’t read anything outside of Sports Illustrated, and only watches the news for the weather report. I don’t want that guy voting.
And now I have scientific backup! From Livescience:
People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say
Natalie Wolchover, Life’s Little Mysteries Staff Writer
Date: 28 February 2012 Time: 01:49 PM ET
2:01 pm • 29 February 2012 •
Someone get me a Savannah Cat.
The last time I was out somewhere and I mentioned a cat that’s the size of a small dog and is playful and junk like other dogs, people were like “ewww that’s creepy.” How is that creepy? That’s fucking awesome! Take all the good stuff about cats (independent, poops in a box, cleans itself, generally quiet), cancel all the bad stuff (shitty personality like “fuck you, I don’t wanna play”), and substitute with awesome dog stuff (leash-training, playful, fetch!) and that sounds perfect. What is creepy about that?
I want one.
Video and info under the cut.
7:00 pm • 18 February 2012 •
The Easter Island statues have bodies.
Am I the only one that didn’t know this?
I brought it up the other day and everybody was like “duh, we knew that,” and I’m not sure if they really knew that or they were just trying to make me look dumb. Because I forreal thought the Moai were just heads.
9:02 pm • 25 January 2012 •
Why does my tap water look white?
Cloudy water, also known as white water, is caused by air bubbles in the water. It is completely harmless.
It usually happens when it is very cold outside because the solubility of air in water increases as water pressure increases and/or water temperature decreases. Cold water holds more air than warm water.
In the winter, water travels from the reservoir which is very cold and warms up during its travel to your tap. The air that is present is no longer soluble, and comes out of solution. In addition, once water from our reservoir enters the transmission and distribution pipes, the water is pressurized. Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of your tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink).
The best thing to do is let it sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear.
Well how bout that…I thought something was wrong with the pipes.
5:15 pm • 22 December 2011 •
Need help overcoming your gag reflex?
Squeeze your left thumb.
This could possibly be the most useful piece of information on the internet.
If you’re in a situation where something is setting off your gag reflex (dentist’s offices are one of the most common places), just form a fist with your left hand, squeezing your thumb. The folks over at Reddit’s Ask Science forum deliberate as to why this is, and they point to a 2008 study that shows it to be effective—not to mention lots of anecdotal evidence on the internet—but whether it’s an effect of the nerves in your hand or just a distraction, it looks like it’s a pretty useful trick. (cont.)
BRB. Gonna go see if this works.
For science purposes of course.
5:52 pm • 11 November 2011 •