Archive for the ‘trivia’ Category

Turkey (the kind which is eaten and is called "Indian hen" in Israel) Trivia

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

In yet another trivia expedition, I came upon a Google Answers thread about turkeys. Turns out that the American businesses dealing with turkey meat (farmers and processing plants) have a Web site about their favorite topic, which serves to promote eating turkey meat.

It was casually mentioned that even though turkey is a traditional American food, the per capita consumption of this meat is actually higher in Israel than in USA. But the reference to this trivia is in another Web site Per capita Turkey meat consumption in selected countries.

Ubuntu Humor

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

MarkShuttleworth’s FAQ has the following passage in the answer to the question “What about the GCC 4.0 transition? Why did you adopt GCC 4.0?”:

“This was discussed with the Debian toolchain maintainers, who were themselves planning to adopt GCC 4 at some time (well, sort of involved the Ubuntu maintainer talking to himself, they are the same guy, …).”

Several minutes after reading the FAQ, I still find the above passage to be hilarious.

Note also Bug #1 in Ubuntu.

Nandor's Exhaustive Chemical Words Pages

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Few days ago I wrote about pangrams and today I saw in Slashdot another way to play with words - build them from chemical symbols. I think it would have been more interesting if chemical formulae and chemical reactions could be used rather than just chemical symbols. However I do not see any competitor to Perl Poetry.

When grass/eucalyptus grows in my hands…

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

The coming year will be a year of impossible deeds.
While grass does not grow in my hands, yet, cress has been made to grow in a keyboard.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

The subject sentence is an example of a pangram.

Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet are called “pangrams”, or “holalphabetic sentences”.

URLs which cover the subject and provide more examples of pangrams:

A very cool idea

Friday, May 6th, 2005

The Time Traveler Convention

C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/c_northcote_parkinson.html has two less-known quotes, which are nevertheless gems:

  • Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
  • Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull.

Write software and get laid

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Or, rather, cleverly specify what your software should do. Anyway, http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html said essentially the same things as Yossi Vardi says, but with more salt and pepper (I understand that elsewhere this is called pizazz).
Thanks to Joel on Software for pointing out this article.

Once upon a time, there was a prime minister with sense of humor

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

http://research.haifa.ac.il/~eshkol/

I do not remember seeing a Web site in memory of anyone, who is not professional comedian, in which every page of information is accompanied by few jokes by, or about, that person.

And to think that the person in question had a lot of serious accomplishments as one of the leaders of Israel, it is mind-boggling!

AdTI's Ken Brown pulls a Nasser

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Alexis de Tocqueville Institution’s Ken Brown’s claim that Linus Torvalds was not the father of Linux reminds me of the claim of Gamal Abdel Nasser (who was the ruler of Egypt at 1967) that Israel did not win the Six-Day War by itself, but had help from American and British forces.