Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Miss Cellania's Links

Ig® Nobel Limericks: Promotion, Ignition, Spaghetti.

Eduardo Saverin, one of Facebook's co-founders, is going to renounce his US citizenship so he can save himself money on taxes when the stock goes public. Discussion at Metafilter.

The concept of gay marriage owes its growing acceptance to the evolution of heterosexual marriage.

How the Professor Who Fooled Wikipedia Got Caught by Reddit. You can't fool all the people all of the time.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others… See if you can figure the odd one out (answers are provided, but not necessarily right answers).

George Lucas lost the battle with his neighbors to build a large studio in Marin County. But he still got the last laugh, by turning the property into low-income housing instead.

Sarah Cooper graduated from American University last weekend. At the ceremony she got her diploma, and an engagement ring from her boyfriend in front of a delighted crowd.

What does the definition of all-you-can-eat mean when a restaurant runs out of food? A Wisconsin man could actually eat more than the twenty pieces of fish he got, and returned to picket the restaurant.

Europe changed a lot in a thousand years. See it happen in just minutes in this time-lapse video.

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is. John Scalzi uses a video game as a metaphor for life. (via Metafilter)

1 comment:

Stan Barkdoll said...

Re Lighting charcoal with liquid oxygen. That was the very first video I ever downloaded. It was a very long time ago. I do remember two standout details from the original post.
First - Purdue University has a small atomic reactor in the Physics Department, and as head of that department, Mr. Gobel has the keys to it.
Second - At a different annual Physics Department picnic they were at a state park, and performed the same rapid ignition experiment (if it ain't repeatable, it ain't scientific) in one of those stand up state park charcoal grill thingies with the concrete rebar grilling surface. Goble noted how an unanticipated benefit if the experiment was that it completely cleaned the grill of all residue from previous users, but the park rangers noted how the intense heat warped the whole thing nearly beyond recognition. They respectfully requested that he not do it again.
This video may be from the second annual, because they were using a cheapo sheet metal Wal-Mart grill. I believe the first annual was when they roasted the grill out of shape. As I recall he poured much more vigorously the first time and the resulting ball of fire was about the size of a house. It probably took him a couple of months to grow his eyebrows back.
Final point is that he is not related to the famous George Gobel