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Talk Like A Pirate Day 2006

Skull & Crossbones

Ahoy me hearty! Today be Talk like a Pirate Day!

“What be this day?” you may be asking yeself. Why it only be the greatest day of the year. The day ye get to talk like a pirate! So shiver ye timbers and bury ye gold the pirates be rulin the day!

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If you thought the US DMV was bad…

If you thought the DMV in the US was a horrible tortuous proccess, you should read about the process in China.

My heart sank when the military uniform lady told me the forms must be filled with a felt-tip or fountain pen (I used a ballpoint pen, sinfully). I was grateful when she allowed me to trace all my writings with a pen she provided. I felt like a kindergarten kid (look Mom, I traced.) She examined my documents for about 5 silent minutes and started this lightening fast blurry chopping sequence. I was told to wait for few minutes for my “permission certificate for the test.”

Sounds like fun. I wonder why China hates ballpoints.

Source: Whiteboard Infinity

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Life, The Universe, And Everything

It’s really rather amazing how small the earth is in comparison to the gas giants of our solar system. It’s even more amazing how small the gas giants are to other celestial objects.

This website offers a chart explaining the size differences.

Now just think for a second. Some of those stars like Antares are mind boggling giant. Yet they aren’t much brighter to our eyes than most the other stars in the sky. Think about that. Try to grasp how far away those stars would have to be to give off the same amount of light as the rest in the universe.

It’s amazing.

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A tip for conversing

A friend told me this remarkably simple tip for conversing at events.

Always enter a conversations with a drink you are about to finish.

If things don’t go well, all you need to do is take one last gulp from your drink and excuse yourself to get another, never to return.

If the conversation is going well, finish your drink and ask the other person if you can get them anything when you go to get another. They will appreciate the gesture even if they decline, and it implies that you’ll be returning for a longer conversation.