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.

Hypothecate

hypothecate hye-PAH-thuh-kayt (verb) : hypothesize

Example sentence: The user hypothecated the computer didn’t turn on because it wasn’t plugged in to the electrical outlet.

Did you know?

The meaning of “Hypothecate” is not without controversy. It has mainly been used in scientific and linguistic sources. “Hypothecate” is a homograph and is derived from the Greek “hypotithenai” (“to put under, suppose, deposit as a pledge”). Using “hypothecate” instead of “hypothesize” is a legitimate (albeit uncommon) usage word in its own right, not a misuse of its homograph. If you want to avoid the controversy altogether, however, you can stick with the more common “hypothesize.”

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Disheveled

adjective
(of a person’s hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered : a man with long, disheveled hair. DERIVATIVES dishevel |-? sh ev?l| verb dishevelment noun

ORIGIN late Middle English : from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel ‘hair,’ from Latin capillus). The original sense was [having the hair uncovered] ; later, referring to the hair itself, [hanging loose,] hence [disordered, untidy.] Compare with unkempt .

Nudnik

nudnik NOOD-nik (“OO” as in “good”) (noun)
: a person who is a bore or nuisance

Example sentence:
“Sometimes he can be such a nudnik, always pestering me to go outside.” Did you know –
Nud originates in Yiddish from the word “nuda” meaning “boredom.” The suffix -nik ultimately came to English through Yiddish and Russian c. 1945 being popularized with the word sputnik. -nik is a common personal suffix meaning “person or thing associated with or involved in” (e.g. blognik “member of the blogisphere”).

What’s That? – I’m a C.C.?

Well, I sorta thought this would turn out differently. Thanks to Jon for pointing this out in an entry on his blog

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative

56%

Modernist

44%

Romanticist

44%

Idealist

44%

Materialist

38%

Postmodernist

31%

Fundamentalist

19%

Existentialist

13%

What is Your World View? (updated)
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Take for instance these three questions:

  • The majority of religious scripture should be taken literally.
  • Evolution is taking us closer to the spiritual realm, whatever that may be.
  • Mankind is condemned to be free. (there is no outside control)

I couldn’t completely agree with the statement, “The majority of religious scripture should be taken literally.” because all of scripture should be taken literally.

The statement “Evolution is taking us closer to the spiritual realm, whatever that may be.” is a true statement, however the answer probably categorizes me incorrectly. Many would say a fundamentalist believes evolution leads away from the spiritual realm. Evolution, however, is a religion and therefore cannot necessarily lead away from the spiritual realm. Common knowledge would have it that evolution is not a system of beliefs and therefore would classify me in the wrong category with my answer.

The last question listed above “Mankind is condemned to be free. (there is no outside control)” has a semantics issue, in that, it is not a condemnation to be free. As a certain famous document states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Overall, I would give this quiz as something fun and thought provoking I would give it a high rating. However, it receives overall poor rating, not because of me classification, but more for the secular humanistic bent in the lines of questioning and interpretations. For instance, I am sorta glad I am not perceived as a fundementalist according to the quiz from the description of fundamentalism.

Fundamentalism represents a movement in opposition to Modernism, stressing the highest importance on foundational religious tradition. Science has brought on corruption of society. God is real and is watching. Scripture leaves little room for interpretation; man is God’s creation. About a quarter of the population in the U.S. is classified as Fundamentalist.

Here is clue about the bent of the test, it states that fundamentalists believe that science (in the questioner’s view evolution) corrupts society. However, true science and not a system of hypotheses, fairy tails and beliefs does not corrupt society. It gives us a little better understanding of our wonderful and marvelous Creator and our dependent and feeble position. If anything it brings the creation closer to the Creator.

What’s That? – Lost in Translation

For the second installment I decided to go with another picture, but some stories I have almost made it.
For those of us with our native tongue as English, sometimes we take for granted the idiosyncrasies of our language. Statements like “Lost money found” or “Grandmothers Old-fashion Brand New Cookies” make perfect sense to us (or most of us). Sometime things just get Lost in Translation . . .

Lost in Translation

What’s That? – The Beginning

I often receive e-mail that makes me chuckle and adds a little humor to my day, so I thought it would be nice to start posting my “funny” library for everyone.
Today’s installment of “What’s That?” starts a series of pictures, quotes and stories that will make you look twice and hopefully add a bright spot to your day.

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