Archive for the ‘World’ Category

Thank you? Yes. No, that’s not…

2010-07-21

“What does `tak’ mean in Polish?  Was it something like… `thank you’?”
“`Yes’.”
“OK.”
“No, that’s not what I meant. It means `yes’ in Polish. It means `thank you’ in Danish.”

On the other side of the street

2009-06-21

There’s a construction site on the opposite side of the street from where I work. It looks like this:

Is this tower concrete?

…it makes me think of the Citadel from Half Life 2:

The Search for What Killed the Dinosaurs

2008-09-25

The Teaching Company writes:

We know that these fearsome and awe-inspiring creatures were the prominent victims of the K-T extinction event—the mass extinction that killed off much of life on Earth around 65 million years ago. But even today, scientists are still looking for definitive answers to what caused this catastrophic event and why it signaled the end of the dinosaurs’ reign.

Why dinosaurs no longer rule the Earth is a question that has continually fascinated and challenged the world’s paleontologists and geologists. What does the answer to this question tell us about our own future on Earth? As a thank you for being our customer, here is a specially commissioned audio lecture: The Search for What Killed the Dinosaurs, delivered by leading U.S. paleontologist and award-winning Professor Peter Ward of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

Listen to this free audio lecture between now and Monday, October 13, to discover a wealth of fascinating ideas behind the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

In case you wondered, the lecture is free. You can download it, and put it on your mp3 player, or burn it on an audio CD and play it in your car.

China, India and 21st-century world economy

2008-09-11

Economists predict that sometime in the 2030s, China’s economy will surpass that of the United States—with India not far behind.

After last month’s Olympic lecture, The Teaching Company puts another lecture on-line: Will China and India Dominate the 21st-Century Global Economy?

James Randi about Arthur C. Clarke

2008-03-21

Randi shares some stories regarding his friend Arthur C. Clarke and makes a comparison of Stanley Kubrick to Steve Jobs.

James Randi – On Geller’s Reversal

2008-01-28

Hard to believe. Uri Geller has admitted he’s not a psychic. Wow.

Geller didn’t stick with his position, though. A month later he again claimed to be a telepath. Randi is right, Geller has got to stick to it. I can imagine it has to be quite painful to keep on lying the whole life. Or has he become psychically numb to the issue of truth versus falsity?

I wonder if journalists will keep on asking this question to Uri.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, see this:

Chinese Nigerian Scam

2008-01-15

Do you remember your first Nigerian scam? Mine was circa 2000, if I remember correctly. How didn’t it die out yet, is a mystery to me. Anyway, I just saw something interesting: a Nigerian scam going Chinese! See this:

fromANGANG STEEL <i…@chinamade.com.cn>reply-toinfo_angangsteel1@yahoo.com.hk,
toundisclosed-recipients,
dateJan 14, 2008 8:08 PMsubjectANGANG STEEL OUTSOURCING FOR REPRESENTATIVE

Dear Prospective Representative,

I am David Wan. Personnel Officer to ANGANG NEW STEEL COMPANY LIMITED,China. We are a company that deal on steel product and export worldwide Presently, we are faced with some problems most especially with our Payment methods as most clients we have prefer to pay us with cheque rather than cash. We find it very cumbersome in accepting such payments due to the new monetary policy in our banking systems here in China and this is crippling our business and that is why I am contacting you now.I am looking for a man/woman who is trustworthy to be in charge of receiving payments on my company’s behalf in his/her country.if you know you are not trustworthy please do not bother to reply at all because alot of money is involved here.all I am asking you is if you would like to earn for the first 60days Reps will receive 10% commission on every transaction processed.

If you are interested endeavour to furnish us with your following informations

1.Full names
2.Phone number/fax
3.Full address(NOT P.O BOX)
4.Age
5.Sex
6.Marital Status,
7.Present occupation(Company And position)

Thanks In advance

Yours sincerely,
David Wan.
Personnel Officer to
ANGANG NEW STEEL COMPANY LIMITED,
China

If you wonder what it is all about, read about advance fee fraud. There are people who like to play with it, scambaiters. I never dared to do this, but I think it might be a form of hobby.

Please protect this area from dust

2007-07-27

For those who want to charm their Polish builders, there’s an informative article on how to do that.

Being a native Polish speaker myself, I’ve found a sophisticated amendment done apparently by the person who translated the original English sentences. Original phrase number seven is:

Please protect this area from dust.

However, the Polish translation has this one tiny yet important addition:

Please protect this area from dust and beer.

Now, that’s a thoughtful translator!

UPDATE: Michał suggested that it wasn’t beer, but phonetically spelled dust. He’s probably right. I’m keeping the entry anyway, to remember this funny misreading

White & Nerdy quiz

2007-07-15

I suck in quizzes. I participated in one on Friday and I was next to useless. I didn’t know about anything about anything except who defined the three laws of robotics. And I thought that the best selling album of all time was Thriller, while the correct answer was… wait a minute! I was right!

It’s the guy who wrote the quiz that was wrong. Or have I misunderstood the question? That wouldn’t be unlikely, if you only could hear his accent…

There is a quiz card on Weird Al Yankovic’s White & Nerdy music video at about 1:10. If you weren’t watching carefully enough, you might not notice it at all. If you have noticed it, did you wonder what are the questions? In case you did, here’s a transcript.

  • In what city is the largest hall of twine built by one man?
  • What’s the deal with Lindsay Lohan? I mean, seriously?
  • F.D.R. – was he faking it?
  • On what page does Harry Potter die in the next book?
  • What is the melting point of a gorilla’s head?
  • How many Wicket Men are there on a 41-Man Squeamish trans?

If I ever get to write a quiz, I will have something to get started with.

Keep Behind This Line

2007-06-24

You can find this sign on every DART station:

Keep Behind This Line

The sign tells us to keep behind the yellow line, that’s fine. We all know that behind is opposite to in front of, right?

Now, I would like to present you an algorithm of finding the correct side of the yellow line:

  1. Get in front of the line
  2. Cross the line to get behind it

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