“The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
stared into the garden and thought ‘42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.”—Douglas Adams, on choosing the number 42.
Now the question is really…would you buy a drink there?
No the question is really… why would you want to buy a drink anywhere else? Thanks for linking me that Daniel, I can only assume you found after spending hours googling “rectum”. Having you named Buttmuncher on my MSN, is somewhat fitting now. :P
Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now.
That’s a fun and on the surface scary statistics from a population standpoint. Luckily population growth is in decline, which according to one Hacker News comment peaked in the 1960s for percent growth and in 1980s for absolute growth.
There was a related talk back in 2009 by Pete Alcorn given at TED. He speaks about the world in 2200 and how a declining population brings prosperity with it, making parallels with Europe’s in the black plague aftermath. The black plague killed 30-60% of Europe’s entire population.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”—Eisenhower, 1953
Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. He was listed as a missing person in Sweden for 50 years — until a journalist found him living quietly in southern Japan.
Overcome with heat during the race, he had stopped at a garden party to drink orange juice, stayed for an hour, then took a train to a hotel and sailed home the next day, too ashamed to tell anyone he was leaving.
There’s a happy ending: In 1966 Kanakuri accepted an invitation to return to Stockholm and complete his run. His final time was 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds — surely a record that will last forever.
The Other World Kingdom (OWK) is a large, commercial BDSM and femdom facility, resort, and micronation, which opened in 1997 using the buildings and grounds of a 16th century chateau located in Černá, Žďár nad Sázavou District, Czech Republic. Although it is not recognised by any other country, it maintains its own currency, passports, police force, courts, state flag, and state hymn.
The OWK is a matriarchy, where women rule. The state therefore has strong BDSM and Female dominance themes. The state’s goal “is to get as many male creatures under the unlimited rule of Superior Women on as much territory as possible.”
The lowest class is the “Slave” class. This is a male class who have forfeited all rights, are property of the Queen or Sublime Ladies and are considered to be “on the level of a normal farm animal”.
You can even throw a birthday party there according to their website, wohoo! :D
Busy waiting occurs when one thread continuously checks if it may proceed, robbing other threads of processing time.
Romantic relationship example: A couple is getting dressed for a party. The man is dressed and ready to go. The woman is nowhere near done. The man keeps interrupting the woman to ask her if she’s ready yet. The man is busy waiting.
Hahaha, that whole post is really cleverly written. :D
Oxygen may not be the staple of modern complex life that scientists once thought. Until now, the only life forms known to live exclusively in anoxic conditions were viruses, bacteria and Archaea. But in a new study, scientists have discovered three new multicellular marine species that appear to have never lived in aerobic conditions, and never metabolized oxygen.
A 52-year-old rail worker reprimanded two years ago for visiting pornographic websites at work has escaped with just a second warning despite repeatedly causing trains to be delayed in eastern Sweden.
I’m glad this country hasn’t figured out what personal responsibility is yet. So how many warnings should you get before you are fired? It was nice of them to send him to a behavioral therapist after the first incident and all, but I have no idea why they event want to keep him employed at this point. I’m sure he gets to stay in the same position too, which I suppose is awfully nice of them. That porn isn’t going to surf itself, after all.
The decision at the time to issue a formal warning was not however unanimous, with two trade union representatives present at the meeting of the disciplinary board arguing that a warning was too harsh a measure. Instead, they felt that a more appropriate course of action would have been to serve the 52-year-old with a written reminder of his duties as a rail administration employee.
I thought the union was supposed to speak for workers. You know for the people that.. work or at least aren’t repeatedly caught causing havoc. If they are just going to protect anyone then who is going to take them seriously when they speak up for workers that deserve it.
A study recently compared the positions of 50 recognizable points on the skulls of dogs and compared them to each other and other members of the order Carnivora. There was as much variety in the shape of the skulls of dogs as in the entire rest of the order, and the extremes were further apart.
What does that mean, exactly? It means that the differences between the skulls of that Pug and Great Dane I mentioned before (on R) are greater than the differences between the skulls of a weasel and a walrus. Much of the variation in dogs is outside the range of the rest of the order, meaning their shapes are entirely unique. In just a couple centuries, our choices have created unbelievable variety in the heads of dogs - more than 60 million years has created in the rest of the carnivores.
[..] But the last group of Moscow’s dogs is by far the most amazing. They are the beggars, for obvious reasons. In these packs, the alpha isn’t the best hunter or strongest, it’s the smartest. The most impressive beggars, however, get their own title: ‘metro dogs’. They rely on scraps of food from the daily commuters who travel the public transportation system. To do so, the dogs have learned to navigate the subway. They know stops by name, and integrate a number of specific stations into their territories.
[..] Beggars are rarely hit by cars, as they have learned to cross the streets when people do. They’ve even been seen waiting for a green light when no pedestrians are crossing, suggesting that they have actually learned to recognize the green walking man image of the crosswalk signal.
Naegleria gruberi grows a pair of flagella when under stress. But unlike a sperm tail, it puts these appendages out front, and swims by breast stroke. The organism is stained to emphasize its anatomy.
So here I’m reading this short article about an amoeba that can push out “arms” and start swimming, get to the end and read this awesome bit:
Fritz-Laylin is fascinated by Naegleria because she’s trying to understand how complex cells evolved. But there may be a practical payoff, as well. Naegleria gruberi has a malicious cousin, named fowleri, that causes a rare human disease.
"It’s pretty, pretty nasty. If you’re swimming in water that has a lot of Naegleria fowleri and you happen to get some water up your nose, what can happen is they crawl along your olfactory [nerve fibers], so they basically go into your nose, into your brain and eat your brain. And you’re dead pretty quickly.”