Friday, February 17, 2012

John Tyler and Lewis Carroll prefer Jedi Shadows over Hunters

"Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
http://io9.com/5872014/the-answer-to-the-most-famous-unanswerable-fantasy-riddle


- Having a grand time playing Star Wars, The Old Republic.  Plenty of people have asked me to compare The Old Republic to World of Warcraft.  Here is what I say to them: if you have never played an online game, and want to start one, I would recommend Warcraft over Star Wars. If you have never played an online game, and you are a Star Wars junkie, I would recommend Star Wars over Warcraft.  The story of how SWTOR got created:
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/01/20/star-wars-the-old-republic-the-story-behind-a-galactic-gamble/#/0


- Former president John Tyler (1841-1845) has living grandchildren.  How is that possible?
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/former-president-john-tyler-1790-1862-grandchildren-still-191230189.html


- The most popular sports in America:
http://www.harrisinteractive.com/NewsRoom/HarrisPolls/tabid/447/mid/1508/articleId/950/ctl/ReadCustom%20Default/Default.aspx


- Detroit's infamous purple gang:
http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=183


- Why is Scotland Yard named "Scotland Yard?"  The Yard is located in London:
http://www.historybytheyard.co.uk/scotland_yard_name.htm


- The last World War I veteran passed away:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/02/very-last-world-war-i-veteran-has-died/48402/


The average life-span has nearly doubled in the past 100 years, but the maximum age attainable has been rather static.  Why is that?
http://singularityhub.com/2012/02/14/while-average-lifespans-increase-114-remains-a-stubborn-and-mysterious-upper-bound-why/


- There are billions of stars in the typical galaxy, and there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe.  Let that sink in for a bit.  In our Milky Way galaxy, there is likely at least one planet for each star:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203436904577154803588270744.html


- Stubborn body myths:
http://lifehacker.com/5873922/10-stubborn-body-myths-that-just-wont-die-debunked-by-science

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