I recently had to take a defensive driving class online. One of the things they do to make sure you’re not skimming the material is to place random sentences in the text, and then quiz you on them later. Below is a list of those random bits of information that I was able to learn about, in addition to understanding how to be a better driver!
- A frog is a mechanical switching device on a railroad track.
- Bob Denver was a teacher before Gilligan’s Island.
- A car operates at maximum economy at speeds between 25 and 35 miles per hour.
- Half an ounce of gasoline is used to start the average automobile
- Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com was originally going to name his web venture Cadabra.
- The last twelve cylinder car produced in the United States was the 1948 Lincoln Continental.
- The student who designed the Nike swoosh logo was paid $35.00
- Honey is used as a center for golf balls and in antifreeze mixtures.
- Thermometers were once filled with brandy instead of mercury.
- The highest selling domain name is business.com for $7.5 million.
- White light is a mixture of every other color in the spectrum.
- The Concorde jet guzzles 300 gallons of fuel per hour while idling.
- The wing flaps of a Boeing 767 come from Italy.
- The household refrigerator was patented in 1899.
- Cross-dressing Corporal Max Klinger on the sitcom M*A*S*H wore size 10 pumps.
- Gray lenses in sunglasses best protect the eyes against the Sun’s rays.
- At age 14, Bill Gates formed a company that sold traffic counting systems.
I actually missed one question pertaining to these tidbits. They gave a list of colors, and which was not part of white. I believe the answer to be Black. Just as White is the reflection of all the colors combined, Black is the absorption of all the colors in the spectrum. But, I still managed to pass that lesson!
It’s always easier to talk a good talk than to walk a good walk! The proof is in the pudding, as they say.
Back when I lived in Seattle, I used to drive by Dunn Lumber Company every day on my way to work.They had a sign outside their store that, on both sides, would display some sort of philosophical quote. Now, most stores can’t even manage to spell most of the words right on their signs, because they always seem to lack enough letters to do the job right. Not Dunn! These guys were able to get entire quotes, on both sides of the sign, without any mistakes. After about a year of driving past these signs, it finally dawned on me that they would make good blog material…so, I started taking pictures of them. What follows for the next while is a view of the world according to Dunn Lumber Company. There is some good advice here…take some time to think about what you see.
This one seems particularly appropriate these days, given the number of different strategies being formulated to get this country out of its economic crisis. I know it’s also quite on the mark where I work.
Check out KB276304 from Microsoft. There’s apparently a bug that appears when Windows 2000 is configured to authenticate against an MIT Kerberos domain that throws the following error message:
Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords. Please type a different password. Type a password that meets these requirements in both text boxes.
I was walking around the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA, today, and came across a plaza they have created where they place tiles to commemorate all the products the company has shipped over the years. Below are pictures of some of the more strange products…a few of which I’ve never heard of before.
This is the tile at the entrance to the plaza…sums up their vision from quite a few years ago:
I’m pretty sure most of you have heard of this very popular product from Microsoft:
I bet the investors love this product:
And now the beginning of an animal theme:
I’ve never heard of this one, but as a lover of music, it might have been interesting:
I may head back someday and see what I missed. I wonder if any other software companies have similar commemorative tiles?
I just spend shy of 50 minutes watching a very interesting BBC show about gravity. Think you know everything there is to know about gravity, just because you understand that it keeps us from flying off the planet, and because you know about Newton? Did you know that time is slower in orbit around the earth than it is on the ground…because of gravity? Did you know that light gets bent over long distances because of gravity? Did you know that both Newton and Einstein were wrong? If you’re interested in science at all, I think you’ll find this quite interesting. There’s even a segment about GPS for all you geocachers out there!
Three great videos from IKEA on why it’s important to keep your house clean and tidy!