The NCAA has ruled that division 1 athletes can’t participate in Hoopfest – a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Spokane, WA, because they give away T-shirts to the winning teams.
I’ve been trying to get Verizon to hook up my DSL for, oh, a while. now. Hopefully, I won’t be waiting as long as this poor guy.
At least I know from the get-go that it’s going to be my kids, not me, using it once it’s here.
The Air Force is testing a new high-energy laser weapon (in a simulator), but they had to add sound-effects, since the real weapon doesn’t make noise, and “pilots don’t know when the weapon has fired if it doesn’t make a noise” according to one of the developers, who added “We got the noise for this one from Tactical Air Systems. I think they got it from ‘Star Trek’ or something, but I’m not sure. You’d think a bunch of nerds like us would know that.”
Uh, oh, I think I smell an MPAA lawsuit!
(via Dave Barry, I think, but don’t quote me)
The BBC reports that eating three bowls of Miso soup a day could reduce breast cancer risk 40%.
Sadly, Ben’s team (in the semis) and Damon’s team (in the finals) lost, so nobody’s going to Regionals this year. It’s especially disappointing for Damon’s team, they’ve won the season and lost State Cups the last four years. Twice, now, to Inter (congrats to them!), this time it went to penalty kicks. Nine players into PKs, Inter took it.
I’ve heard that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. If that’s true, Damon must be The Incredible Hulk by now
(via Dave Barry)
It turns out cows breathe out a *lot* of methane, enough to account for 20% of the methane in the atmosphere – about 100-150 gallons per cow, per day.
Biochemist Stephen Ragsdale at U-Nebraska is trying to develop a feed additive to reduce the problem. Besides reducing atmosperic methane, this may also save farmers money – about 16% of what cattle eat ends up just being used to produce methane.
Maybe they could just fit the cows with snorkels, and harvest the methane for power production. Gary Larsen, where are you when we need you?!
According to a Spanish researcher, the universe may not rip itself to shreds after all. We’ve known for several years that the expansion of the unverse is accelerating, the recent ‘Big Rip’ theory says this will end in the galaxies, planets, and eventually subatomic particles themselves will be torn to pieces by the ever-increasing pressure of ‘dark energy’. But maybe not.
Damon’s U15s beat FC Puma 3-0, advancing them to the semis, undefeated and un-scored-on in the round-robin.
Puma and Nor’easter are tied for second, their head-to-head game’s score isn’t posted yet, so we don’t know who gets the wildcard slot.
Ben’s U18s defeated Lusitano 3-1, taking the top berth in their round-robin division. Lusitano and Cape Cod united are tied for second, and their head-to-head game isn’t posted yet either. Weird!
More weirdness: Juventus beat both Cape Cod and Lusitano, and Cape Cod and Lusitano both beat Inter, but Juventus only tied Inter. I guess that’s why you play the games.
The Earth and Moon as seen from Mars. From the Nasa site: This is the first image of Earth ever taken from another planet that actually shows our home as a planetary disk.
Robert Burns seems appropriate here:
O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An’ foolish notion
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us
An’ ev’n Devotion
— from To A Louse On seeing one on a Lady’s bonnet at Church.