Archive for December, 2011
Tags: 2012, bullshit, cataclysm, dooms day, Doomsday, dystopia, End Of The World, Mayan calendar, sceptic, skeptic, video
Tags: 2011, anchorman, anchorwoman, blooper, fail, funny, humor, local news, nsfw, reporter, video
Tags: calendar, Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, leap year, new year, Permanent Calendar, Richard Conn Henry, scheduling, Steve H. Hanke, time, Whiting School of Engineering
Using computer programs and mathematical formulas, Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Steve H. Hanke, an applied economist in the Whiting School of Engineering, have created a new calendar in which each new 12-month period is identical to the one which came before, and remains that way from one year to the next in perpetuity. Under the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, for instance, if Christmas fell on a Sunday in 2012 (and it would), it will also fall on a Sunday in 2013, 2014 and beyond. “Our calendar would simplify financial calculations and eliminate what we call the ‘rip off’ factor,” explains Hanke. “Determining how much interest accrues on mortgages, bonds, forward rate agreements, swaps and others, day counts are required. Our current calendar is full of anomalies that have led to the establishment of a wide range of conventions that attempt to simplify interest calculations. Our proposed permanent calendar has a predictable 91-day quarterly pattern of two months of 30 days and a third month of 31 days, which does away with the need for artificial day count conventions.” Hanke and Henry deal with those extra “pieces” of days by dropping leap years entirely in favor of an extra week added at the end of December every five or six years. This brings the calendar in sync with the seasonal changes as the Earth circles the sun.
Tags: Africa, alternative protein, cooking, culinary, delicious, eat bugs, gourmet, grasshopper, harvest, Kampala, locust, Uganda, wtf
Stripped of their wings and fried with onions, grasshoppers are a delicacy in Uganda’s central region — gobbled up by the handful and washed down with beer in bars around Kampala. This time of year should be peak season for the insect catchers but Turyamugumya — who uses bright lights to attract the flying insects before disorientating them with smoke and trapping them in disused oil drums — says that business is tough.
Tags: everything OK, funny, handyman, humor, Idealism, improve, internet, Mr.Fixit, repair
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Tags: 2012, calendar, extraordinary chicken, medical oddities, Mutter Museum, Naked Archaeologists, Reading University Archaeology Society
Tags: cartoon, Christmas, Christmas Cartoon, comic, Dave Coverly, Facebook, father Christmas, funny, holiday, humor, Kriss Kringle, naughty or nice, navidad, noel, pic, picture, Santa Claus
Tags: bailout, cartoon, Christmas, Christmas Cartoon, comic, economic crisis, father Christmas, funny, humor, IMF, Kriss Kringle, navidad, noel, Pere Noel, picture, reality check, Santa Claus, Santa Economics, spending, Too big to fail
Tags: Austria, bad children, Christmas, Christmas Parade, demons, Graz, holiday, Krampuslauf Graz, scary, spooky, video, wtf
Tags: Apple, computer, Crash Different, fanboy, funny, humor, kernal panic, Mac, OSX, pc, pic, picture, technology, Think Different
Tags: Christkind, Christmas, father Christmas, history, holiday, kris kringle, Kriss Kringle, Pere Noel, Saint Nicholas, Santa, Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, video
Tags: dosimeter, earthquake, Fukushima prefecture, Fukushima University, health, Japan, monkey, Nuclear Plant, nuclear reactor, radiation, safety, Takayuki Takahashi, tsunami
Wild monkeys fitted with collars containing detectors and GPS transmitters will help researchers at Fukushima University measure radiation in the forests surrounding a nuclear power plant crippled last March by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. The monkeys will wear the collars for a month and they will be remotely detached, says a team of scientists led by Professor Takayuki Takahashi.