Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
What was the first word spoke by an ape in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
How many holes are there on a standard Chinese checkers board?
Monday, August 20, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
What does the L.L. stand for in L.L. Bean?
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The producers also mentioned some questions fans will want to keep in mind while we wait for Season 4 to start:
- Did anyone else besides Jack and Kate make it off the island?
- Who was in the coffin in Season 3's final episode?
- Why was Jack so upset by this person's death? Could it be Claire?
Also, some casting news from LOST reveals they're looking for actors for two new, recurring characters (perhaps the people on the tanker...Other Others?):
- Russell: described as a brilliant mathematician in his late thirties who is "capable of great insights and has a tremendous knowledge across various scientific fields." Unfortunately, he tends to be too direct for his own good, and as a result, his personal relationships don't always add up. Russell is scheduled to turn up in Episode 1.
- Charlotte: a hot twentysomething who is said to be "precocious, loquacious and funny... a very successful academic who also knows how to handle herself in the real world." She, too, has a tough time relating to people. Beneath the surface, there's "lots of repressed and pent-up emotions." Charlotte will debut in Episode 2.
Rumors are circulating right now that Kristin Bell (from Veronica Mars) is being considered for the role of Charlotte.
Also, the producers have released this training video for a new Dharma station: The Orchid.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
An Israeli doctor says "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks."
A German doctor says "That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.
A Russian doctor says "In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks."
The Texas doctor, not to be outdone, says "You guys are way behind, we recently took a man with no brain out of Texas, put him in the White House for four years, and now half the country is looking for work."
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
If you hit a "sleeping policeman" while you're driving in Great Britain, what have you hit?
Monday, August 6, 2007
George and Izzie will re-examine their relationship after treating a deer. Apparently a deer will be admitted to Seattle Grace as a patient. And it is looking more like the George and Izzie relationship won't happen.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Written in letter format, Perks is an insightful account of high school in the early 90s as told by a boy named Charlie to an anonymous friend. Charlie is anxious as he starts his freshman year and reveals all to this friend of a friend in what is sometimes almost painfully honest detail.
Charlie is able to stand along the sidelines of life and often see the truth no one else sees or wants to see. He's the character everyone feels comfortable opening up to and he loves the good in everyone. He does everything from the heart and this is what makes him both a sad and admirable character. I found myself wondering at the end of the book whether if I would have been friends with him when I was in high school. And the honest answer is I don't know if I would have taken the time to get to know him to become friends.
The characters are so realistic and flawed but very relatable. Everyone has known a Patrick or Mary Elizabeth at some point. And Chbosky has a wonderful ability in painting a picture so vivid and yet so broad that you end up inserting yourself among the characters and living through those moments that when you feel infinite.
What's also great about this book is how much high school has changed but also how much it's still the same. Just about anyone who attended high school in the last 20 or 25 years will read this book and feel like someone had read their high school diary.
But underneath those infinite moments lies an awfull truth that leaves the narrator exposed and the reader wondering at what is often a double standard of sexual abuse.
If you're looking for a quick, easy read, I'd recommend this book.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Hoover Dam, which was started in 1933. Because of the danger of falling rocks and dropped tools, workers began making their own "hard-boiled hats" by coating cloth hats with coal tar. Their effectiveness convinced the contractors to have hard hats manufactured commercially for the workers