Word of the Day
sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
Things That Make You Think
Why isn’t phonic spelled the way it sounds?
How can someone draw a blank?
Why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?
Why does an alarm clock “go off” when it BEGINS ringing?
Why do we put suits in a garment bag and garments in a suitcase?
Things I Learned from the Internet
I found this article about How to survive a snowstorm . I’m sure this one will be very useful living in Florida. Hey the next time a big snowstorm hits the Florida I’m ready.
More children are developing serious sports related knee injuries. Until recently doctors did not think children were susceptible to injuries like A.C.L. tears. Part of the reason for the increased injury is that is now easier to diagnose knee injuries. More children with sport related knee injuries are getting M.R.I.’s. Read the article from the NY Times.
Ok, this has to be the ultimate prank. Philly pitcher Kyle Kendrick was told that he was being traded to a team in Japan. After being interviewed by TV reports Kendrick found out it was a prank mastered minded by teammate Brett Myers.
Another interesting thing I learned was how Crayola Crayons are made. You can check out a video here.
From the NY Times I learned that some people actually know how to use a semicolon. You can read the column here. I expressed my feelings about the semicolon in an earlier post “Commas, Diagramming and Other Rants About English”.
A trio of guys with way too much spare time have formed the iBand. They create music with modded iPhones and an Nintendo DS. My guess is these guys must have some extra cash as well. Check out iBand.
Some people are just too dumb to be criminals. It seems that police officers are using YouTube to catch wanna be thugs who post incriminating videos of themselves on-line. I wonder how many of these geniuses do not know how they got caught.
There is just way too much stuff on the internet about Brittney Spears than I care to know. Come on give the chick a break. She really needs help.