Posts Tagged ‘Funny’

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Sesame street… in real life!

April 29, 2010

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Vanilla Icecream causes Car Failure

April 29, 2010

For the engineers among us who understand that the obvious is not always the solution, and that the facts, no matter how implausible, are still the facts …

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors:

“This is the second time I have written you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I kind of sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of ice cream for dessert after dinner each night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem. You see, every time I buy vanilla ice cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds: ‘What is there about a Pontiac that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?‘”

The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an engineer to check it out anyway. The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well-educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream store. It was vanilla ice cream that night and, sure enough, after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.

The engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, the man got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start.

Now the engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: he jotted down all sorts of data, time of day, type of gas used, time to drive back and forth, etc.

In a short time, he had a clue: the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavour. Why? The answer was in the layout of the store.

Vanilla, being the most popular flavour, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavours were kept in the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to find the flavour and get checked out.

Now the question for the engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Once time became the problem — not the vanilla ice cream — the engineer quickly came up with the answer: vapour lock. It was happening every night, but the extra time taken to get the other flavours allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapour lock to dissipate.

Moral of the story: even insane-looking problems are sometimes real.

(via plant-maintenance)

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I can relate.

March 28, 2010

(via xkcd)

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crying – note to self

March 26, 2010

(via robotswithfeelings)

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The Midnight Knitter in NJ

March 26, 2010

An unknown person or persons – dubbed ‘The Midnight Knitter’ by West Cape May residents – is covering tree branches and lamp poles with little sweaters under cover of darkness. Mayor Pam Kaithern says police are looking into the knitted graffiti, which is technically against the law, as it is being done on public property without permission.

However, the mayor and many residents admit they’re delighted by the woolly rainbow of colours that has popped up.

roflmao. Wow! That’s pretty neat. They also have a website full of their creations if you wanna check it out. Kudos to them, I just hope they don’t get caught. I think it’s quite neat, graffiti as it is, but if the residents and the mayor like it, what’s the big deal? Ah, the popo ruins everything. đŸ˜¦

(via metro.co.uk)

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Interesting Person of the Day – Grigori Perelman

March 26, 2010

Grigori Perelman

Ahh, this guy is amazing. He’s been in the news recently for solving a 100 year-old PoincarĂ© conjecture. Apparently, it’s the hardest freakin’ math out there, and because of that it took them years to confirm he was right. He was awarded $1 million dollars from Clay Mathematics Institute for being such a genius, but he turned them down. Despite being such a genius, and having many prestige opportunities (and one million fuckin’ dollars that he could accept) he refuses to work in mathematics anymore because of his intense dislike of the “intellectual and moral failings” of his peers. Hrm.

He’s a scruffy fellow, isn’t he? I’d say he’s quite the punk, not conforming to any social standard out there. I can dig that. According to articles, he doesn’t trim his beard, doesn’t clip his nails, and wears the same scruffy clothes as before. The description of his apartment, ” He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners — alcoholics who sold the flat to him.” as according to his neighbor is.. intriguing. I wonder what he’s attached to that keeps him living.

What really made me like this guy was when a reporter finally manages to get in contact with him, he told them “You are disturbing me. I am picking mushrooms.

I’m wholly convinced he’s probably lost a few marbles coming out of the womb, but I give him my kudos for being one hell of an interesting person. I hope he chooses to return to mathematics!

(sources 1, 2)