I just became aware of some unusual statistics concerning lightning strikes. It seems that men are about 5 times more likely than women to be struck by lightning and 5 times more likely to be killed by the lightning strike. This seems to be impossible, or very, very unlikely, but statistics don’t lie.
Archive for June, 2011
Tags: Death, electrocute, injury, Lightning, lightning strike, NOAA, statistics, stats
Tags: back-door, Bargain Hunt, China, counterfeit, Department of Defense, DOD, microchip, Trojan horse, US Navy
Last year, the U.S. Navy bought 59,000 microchips for use in everything from missiles to transponders and all of them turned out to be counterfeits from China. Wired reports the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time. If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it’s friend or foe. Apparently foreign chip makers are often better at making cheap microchips and U.S. defense contractors are loathe to pass up the better deal. The problem remains with these “trojan-horse” circuits that can be built into the chip and are almost impossible to detect — especially without the original plans to compare them to.
Tags: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Lady Di, Newsweek, Photoshop disaster, Princess Diana, tasteless, zombie
Tags: Beautiful Body Laser, diet, fat blaster, Marketing Genius, medicine, Missouri, Pure Evil, St. Louis, Weight Loss Clinic, wtf
Tags: asteroid, astronomy, earth crossing, planetary, satellite, science, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
According to the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Asteroid 2011 MD—a hunk of rock estimated to be anywhere from 25 to 55 feet wide–is going to buzz the Earth this Monday at a distance of less than 8,000 miles above the surface of the planet. It’s a close call, one that puts the asteroid closer to the Earth than the global positioning satellites that orbit it, but don’t start running into the underground bunker just yet: We’ll be fine.
Tags: beverage, brew, caffeine, coffee, drink, video
Tags: accessibility, ADA, amputee, disabled, Foot Controller, gamer, KeyWorx, SoftStep, technology
SoftStep KeyWorx performs the functions of a mouse and keyboard with one’s foot. This seems to be an excellent product for disabled people, but I see no reason that a non-disabled person would want one. I would image, that even gamers would find it a pain to operate after the initial gee-whiz, new toy phase. What do you think?