Older than dirt, part 1

The following quiz is making the rounds, and it rang enough bells with me that I thought it would be fun to write about. Older Than Dirt Quiz How many of the following items can you remember? (From your own firsthand experience, that is. Things you remember being told about don’t count.) 1. Blackjack chewing…

Natural 20!

Is the world ready for a reality TV show about Dungeons & Dragons players? Maybe, if all of the players (apart from the Dungeon Master) are attractive young women. The Daily Illuminator reports that such a show already exists on cable-access TV in Southern California. It’s called Dungeon Majesty, and you can see a video…

Free your mind

If you believe that mad scientists exist only in old horror movies, you are sadly mistaken. I offer as evidence this press release describing an experiment (conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester) that involved a dozen ferrets and a copy of The Matrix.

A party on wheels!

Eric Staller’s Conference Bike is the perfect conveyance for you and six of your friends. It’s a tricycle pedaled by seven riders sitting in a circle. If you don’t believe this can really work, watch the movie!

Taco technology

In his latest Backfence column, James Lileks notes that Old El Paso has unveiled a new taco shell with a flat bottom, so that it stands up by itself while you fill it. Lileks has mixed feelings about this innovation. I do too, but for different reasons — it doesn’t seem necessary to me, because…

Regular or premium?

In this week’s Straight Dope column, Cecil Adams addresses the question of how to choose between premium and regular gasoline. This topic is surely of great interest to everyone as the price of regular gas hovers around $2 per gallon. I thought I already knew the answer: use the lowest grade that doesn’t cause your…

Silly stuff

My last couple of posts have been kind of grim, so it’s time for some frivolous, inconsequential things. Check out this freaky optical illusion — it looks like it’s constantly moving, but it’s not. Notice that the apparent motion only takes place in your peripheral vision. The circle you’re looking at doesn’t move, but all…

Happy trails, Gordo

Colonel Gordon Cooper died yesterday at age 77. He was one of the legendary seven Mercury astronauts and flew into orbit on the last and longest Mercury mission in 1963. Cooper also commanded the Gemini 5 mission in 1965 and was backup commander for Apollo 10. I don’t know whether Cooper witnessed the X Prize…