Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Neighbor’s Halloween decoration


Turnip Jack-o'-Lanterns Are the Root of All Evil -...

According to English Heritage, which manages over 400 of England's historic buildings, monuments and sites, jack-o'-lanterns originated in Ireland, "where people have been carving turnips and other root vegetables for centuries, to ward off evil spirits." Irish legend holds there was an actual man named Jack, who was "cursed to spend all of time roaming the earth with only a burning coal (inside a carved out turnip) to light the way, as his punishment for trying to trick the devil."

A few hundred years ago, this story apparently induced people all over the British Isles to carve faces into their root veggies during the annual autumnal decorative gourd season. Turnips—sturdy; dependable; abundant—were the canvas of choice, but people also carved beets and potatoes in order to ward off wandering Jack and others who might bear them ill will.

Monday, October 30, 2017

You know you've worked in a lab too long when...

You know you've worked in a lab too long when... 

You can't watch CSI without cursing every scientific inaccuracy.

Liquid nitrogen is only half as dangerous as you thought.

You have to check the web to find out what the weather is outside.

You realize that almost anything can be classed as background reading.

Warning labels invoke curiosity rather than caution.

You decide on conference to attend by the quality of the food served.

You've used dry ice to cool beer.

You can no longer spell normal words, but have no trouble with spelling things like immunohistochemistry or deoxyribonucleic acid.

You have a callus on your thumb.

You can open the toothpaste with one hand.

You wash your hands before and after using the washroom.

When you hear Tween, you think of the surfactant, not the age group.

You can identify organs on road kill.

You've never worn a clean lab coat.

You don't fear rodents. Rodents fear you.

You flinch when you hear the word "significant."

When your bananas go bad and you get fruit flies, you can't help but check their eye color.

You own Invitrogen t-shirts, and actually wear them.

You refer to your children as the F1.

You've used Kimwipes as Kleenex.

You say "mills" and "migs".

You've played Battleship using pipet tip boxes.

The scent of latex reminds you of work, not play. 

Your parents still have no idea what you do for a living.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A date which will live in Infamy


  Oct. 27, 1994: 

Web Gives Birth to Banner Ads

Monday, October 23, 2017

Harry Potter Humor (shared by a friend of mine)


I've been reading a Harry Potter fanfic called Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality that I think you'd enjoy. It essentially reimagines the HP series as if the titular character were an 11-year-old rationalist. Some parts have been laugh-out-loud funny.
Check it out!

[from Chapter 64]:
The eleven-year-old boy who would someday become legend - slayer of dragons, killer of kings - had but one thought upon his mind, as he approached the Sorting Hat to enter into the study of mysteries.
Anywhere but Ravenclaw anywhere but Ravenclaw oh please anywhere but Ravenclaw...
But no sooner the brim of the ancient felted device slipped over his forehead -
As the table decked in blue began to applaud him, as he approached the dread table where he would spend the next seven years, Kvothe was already wincing inside, waiting for the inevitable; and the inevitable happened almost at once, exactly as he had feared it, before he'd even had a chance to sit down properly.
"So!" an older boy said with the happy expression of someone who's thought of something terribly clever. "Kvothe the Raven, huh?"

Friday, October 20, 2017

Names for butterfly

Seven men were walking in a park -- an Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, an Italian, a Norwegian, an Icelander and a German. A butterfly flew past them.

"Isn't that beautiful?" said the Englishman. "And isn't language a wonderful thing, that it can give us such a great word to talk about that little creature -- butterfly."

"That's not such a great word," said the Frenchman. "You know French is prettier, and I tell you that was a papillon."

"Well, that's better," said the Spaniard, "but Spanish has a word that's even better: mariposa. Just as light as the creature itself, mariposa!"

"No, no, no!" said the Italian. "Everyone knows Italian is the prettiest language! I tell you that was a farfalla!"

The Norwegian smiled. "Well, I guess that is prettier than the Norwegian word. I call that little creature a sommerfugl."

The Icelander winced. "They're all easier for me than I think my word will be for you. I call that little creature -- who was here a while ago -- a fiorildi. Now that's a pretty word!"

They walked on, six of them arguing, until they all realized that the German hadn't said anything yet. As one, they all stopped, turned, and stared at him.

The German stared back and said "Und was is de matter mit Schmetterling?"


The following is a test of your logic.


Try to scroll so that only the questions are visible, the answers are underneath them.

The questions are not that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator. 

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The Elephant is in the refrigerator. This tests your memory. OK, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

De informatie verzonden met dit E-mail bericht is uitsluitend bestemd voor de geadresseerde. Gebruik van deze informatie door anderen dan de geadresseerde is verboden. Openbaarmaking, vermenigvuldiging, verspreiding en/of verstrekking van deze informatie aan derden is niet toegestaan. 
So There !

Halloween costume idea:


Halloween costume idea: 
Leonard McCoy as a Zombie. 
"He's undead, Jim."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Worst Joke Wednesday

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a German are all standing watching an American street performer.

The performer notices the four gentleman have a very poor view, so he stands up on a wooden crate and calls out, "Can you all see me now?" 



Worst Joke Wednesday

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and a German are all standing watching an American street performer.

The performer notices the four gentleman have a very poor view, so he stands up on a wooden crate and calls out, "Can you all see me now?" 



Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Birthday !

"I'll be – I'm not yet – I'll be two thousand on October 16th." 
- The 2000 year old man  (Mel Brooks)

The 2000 Year Old Man is a character created by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. According to Carl Reiner's son , Rob Reiner, in a 2008 interview, the characcter was ...

Oct 16, 1793: French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason

French Cakes - Les Gâteaux. Classic French cakes really cover some territory. Some of these gâteaux (that is the French word for cakes) are quite humble, but in ...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Physicists Confirm That We’re Not Living In a Computer Simulation

Scientists have discovered that it's impossible to model the physics of our universe on even the biggest computer. What that means is that we're probably not ...

I'm so relieved to hear this. 
The two sequel universes would really suck,

Monday, October 09, 2017

Your Inspirational Thought for Today

Motivation comes from within
 ... so do farts.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Motivation poster