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Here is a list of my favorite posts from 2006. Yes, these are my favorites posts by me and yes, it means I'm phoning it in for the rest of the year. Thanks for reading. I intend to kick off the year with the usual thought-provoking, yet not well-thought out


Of course, it makes complete sense. From the Freakonomics blog, an interview with an "escort":

Q. Do you typically know the true identity of your clients, and if so, how?


Hot off the tubes:

Almost as freaky as his infamously disjointed "series-of-tubes" speech last year about the Internet (which briefly earned him the Most Lampooned Politician on the Web award), Stevens's reelection site asks visitors to enter a username and password and then -- as they unsuccessfully fumble for a password -- condemns them with a warning that begins:


According to a recent study, federal workers could save $55 on monthly fuel costs.

The online-based telework promoting organization figured that current fuel prices cost typical GS-7, Step 5 federal employees $138.80 a month, nearly 7 percent of their after-tax income. The organization's study, titled "Gas Fuels Telework," is based on a survey of 3,500 federal employees registered with the Telework Exchange Web site.
If you've been in DC area traffic, then you know that anything that gets cars off the roads is a good thing.


Once again, the people in charge of selling soap have come out with a study "proving" that men need to wash their hands more frequently. In Atlanta, they chose the men's room at Turner Field to gather their "data". This location is an excellent choice to validate the predetermined outcome of their "study". The men's room sink counters at Turner Field are cesspools of what is hopefully water that's been sitting there since the Braves' last pennant win. In these washrooms, I go by the Straight Dope's summation of the study by Charles Gerba:

As Professor Gerba's research would later determine, however, the bathroom was hardly the most dangerous part of the house, microbe-wise. The real pesthole: the kitchen sponge or dishcloth, where fecal coliform bacteria from raw meat and such could fester in a damp, nurturing (for a germ) environment. Next came the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and the kitchen faucet handle. The toilet seat was the least contaminated of 15 household locales studied. "If an alien came from space and studied the bacterial counts," the professor says, "he probably would conclude he should wash his hands in your toilet and crap in your sink."
I have taught my son not to wash his hands there, not that we go anymore -and that's not because it's too expensive or that they are losing, rather it is the constant barrage of incredibly loud commercials, the horrible music and the fear that some creep is watching me in the bathroom, with a clipboard.

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