Archives for: December 2008

"Huh." part XLVII

December 9th, 2008
You cannot tickle yourself. Apparently, part of what makes tickling ticklish is surprise. If you try to tickle yourself, your brain - which is, after all, doing the finger moving - knows in advance what sensations to expect, and is not surprised. more »

Better not be slow-churned...

December 3rd, 2008
If a pint of vanilla ice cream were to hit the earth traveling at 99% the speed of light, it would release energy equivalent to approximately 50 megatons of TNT, the same size as the Tsar Bomba, the largest hydrogen bomb ever exploded. Mmm, ice cream. more »

Diogenes rolls his eyes

December 2nd, 2008
A friend recently pointed out David Brooks' recent column about the staffing-up of the Obama administration. It's quite a good column, but being the bitter leftist that I am I also observed that David Brooks is a hack. Which he is. My friend then cha… more »

Good Guy Watch: the Spungen family

December 1st, 2008
The Peer Bearing (as in ball bearings) company of Waukegan, Illinois, employs 230 people and in 2007 had $100 million in sales. The company was founded in 1941 by the grandfather of the current generation of owners. Or rather, former owners, for the… more »