Spontaneous Combustion

A while ago I heard on Paul Harvey that Woman were ~80% more likely to spontaneously burst into flames while pumping gas into their car. Later, I learned in my chemistry that one of the risk factors for Spontaneous Human Combustion was being a woman. I sorta laughed both off until I saw this while filling up my car.

As it turns out, woman are 80% more likely to reenter their car while filing up with gas. While reentering their car it is possible to have an undesired effect of generating static electricity while sliding across the seat. The net result of this static electricity with all the gas fumes is an explosion when the electricity is discharged on the pump handle as the first metal object touched.

Ouch.

Wow!

I just received the most incredible pictures in a powerpoint presentation attached to an e-mail entitle “So you can’t make it into work today?”. I wish I could give proper credit, but the only credit I could find was in the document properties of a name of “Dom” and company of “Bart.”

This is one of the pictures and the rest are on the full page.

I did a quick search on Google and found this page with more info regarding the storm as well as more pictures.

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Eyes bigger than stomach?

The Miami Herald is reporting on a fascinating find in the everglades of a 13-foot python swallowing a 6-foot American alligator. There is some question as to how this all took place, but my favorite theory is from Frank Mazzotti at the end of the article,

Mazzotti said it’s also plausible the snake scavenged a dead gator. Then time, decay and heat could explain what happened next: a nasty blowout of the snake body. ”You’ve got a deteriorating carcass, you’ve got a buildup of gases, you’ve got sharp claw points . . . ,” he said.”

Photos from last few trips

Finally uploaded photos from my last several trips. Captions are included with the pictures describing where the photos were taken. My favorites photos are from the Congressional Library, the photos of the really beautiful building.

On a side note, I’m trying out a flickr account to see how I like it. I’m still unsure of it, especially with the 20MB free limit for upload of photos. I’ll probably only use it for camera phone pics.

On the bright side . . .

I’ve always been told by friends my thinking is strange, different and sometimes just crazy. Until now I’ve always just laughed with them, but now I realize I should thank them for the complement. According to Ker Than, a staff writer at LiveScience, in an article entitled “Fine Line Revealed Between Creativity and Insanity” that means I’m creative.

Unless, of course, I’m just insane ;-)