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Little known facts, part XIV

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The highest temperature ever confirmed on earth was 17.3 million degrees Celsius.

It was measured by Mrs. J. Heath in Shoreham-by-Sea when she accidentally bit into a tomato on her pizza con funghi on September 5th, 1978.

Wulf

So worth it!

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The main reasons for getting a heart attack:

  • Idiot in front of you drove too slow/fast/erratic
  • Empty for ketchup
  • Phone battery dropped from 53% to 17% within 32 seconds
  • Couldn't shift into 5th
  • Typo on random blog entry

Wulf

Let me like that coffee for ya

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I'm sure there's many good reasons why the picture of a slice of pizza will generate more "likes" than a witty comment about the state of the nation.

The psychology behind this behavior might be complex, the math is not: The significance of a message is always inversely proportional to its reach.

Case in point: A 10 year old who post videos about lip gloss on YouTube has more followers than the 100 leading philosophers put together.

Wulf

Delicacies served with questionable grammar

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So, you travel to another country, find your way into a local eatery and have a look at the menu.

You could of course play it safe and simply order a plate of unsuspicious food. Some fish. A steak. Or maybe a pizza.

You could also live on the edge and go for one of the specialties. Depending on the country you are in, these specialties will most likely range somewhere between disgusting and horrendous.

Here's the deal with local specialties: They are ALWAYS EVER1 born out of some horrible calamity:

Hmm, I'm starving. Do I simply wait to die of hunger or do I eat this rotten fish that I just found in a puddle of mud, and die of food poisoning while simultaneously starving to death?

Oh no, the milk that the king ordered has turned into a pile of smelly, running goo. Do we beg for his mercy or do we sell it to him telling it's a fancy delicacy?

To cut a long story short, if someone asks you if you're interested in tasting a local specialty then get up and run for your life. (Thinking of it, you could also kindly decline which seems to be the better option with you being a guest in a foreign country and all...)

Caveat: Should you ever come to Norway do not try the rakfisk. Try the smalahove instead.


1. I do realize that this phrasing is grammatically questionable. Consider it poetic license.

Wulf

Life hacks

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From time to time, life can be challenging. Repairing a broken down washing machine or tiling the roof after an autumn storm isn't everybody's cup of tea.

Fortunately, the Internet is rife with "amazing" life hacks that help you finish the most tedious chores in next to no time.

The logic behind these hacks seems to be that the most basic tasks of daily life are easier to achieve if you engage in some overly complicated 10 minute crafts.

One quick search in YouTube shows such fascinating hacks as:

  • Slicing a banana with a deck of cards (Part II: Clean a deck of cards using Lego bricks and a Chihuahua)
  • Build a makeshift vacuum cleaner using nothing more than a PC fan, 7 empty water bottles, 50 meters of aluminum foil and a diesel generator
  • Multiply two numbers using an ancient Chinese method than requires a 2 squaremeter piece of paper, a ruler, and 5 pencils
  • Turn a mars bar into a Q-tip

Wulf

Your data will thank you. Not!

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I received a special invitation in my inbox today. It was sent by my dear friends at AliExpress and explained that I should backup my important data (a very good idea), preferably with a storage devices by one of their vendors (not quite such a good idea).

Given the somewhat suspect quality of the genuine Samsung gazillobyte SD cards you can buy from the Chinese website, I very much doubt that I should move years of holiday pictures to a $26.99 KingDian SSD drive.

What I am doing, on the other hand, is to backup my important data to sync.com, a zero-knowledge cloud storage platform. Hopefully, they do not get their hardware from AliExpress...

Wulf

Type away

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I'm on the move. The only "computers" that are accessible are my phone and a tablet. Neither of them features a physical keyboard.

So, how do I write? Poke one letter at a time on a tiny screen? Try to swype my way through some complex thoughts? Maybe even try ~~vice definition~~ voice recognition?

The point is, when it comes to creating text nothing beats a physical keyboard.

On a related note: Some time ago, I saw the Lenovo Yoga Tab at the airport and fell in love with it's Halo keyboard.

I needed one of those!

I also need to learn to think before I buy stuff.

Long story short, while the tablet itself is super cool looking, the typing experience is mediocre at best. It's like typing on the table in front of you. Only with a lag and the need to constantly check where your fingers are.