Year: 2009

Cutest hermit crabs

FYI. A google image search for “cutest hermit crabs” has ZERO results.

“Spending” said 21 times more than “saving” in Congress

In the past two years of Congress the word “spending” was said 3,677 times by the top ten users of the word. Compared to 175 times by the top ten users of the word “saving.” In the Congressional Record for 2006-2008, “spending” was said 21 times more than “saving.” Here’s the top ten users of …

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What does 01.20.09 mean to you?

Funny how back in the day there were all those hats and shirts that said 01.20.09 in anticipation of Bush’s last day in office. It’s amazing how Obama was able to take control of 01.20.09 and outshine the fact that bush is gone. Now instead of 1.20.09 being the day of Bush leaving, it’s actually …

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I should start signing my emails with maπ Or I could be all sly and sign them ma3.14 Or even more dorkiful: ma3.14159265358979323846264338327950288 419716939937510582097494459230781640628 62089986280348253421170679821480865132 823066470938446095505822317253594081284 811174502841027019385211055596446229489 549303819644288109756659334461284756482 3378678316527120190914564856692346034 861045432664821339360726024914127372458 700660631558817488152092096282925409171 536436789259036001133053054882046652138 41469519415116094330572703657595919530 921861173819326117931051185480744623799 627495673518857527248912279381830119491 298336733624406566430860213949463952247 37190702179860943702770539217176293176 752384674818467669405132000568127145263 560827785771342757789609173637178721468 44090122495343014654958537105079227968 92589235 (thanks to Lisa S. for the maπ idea)

Chicago just four degrees warmer than the South Pole

Chicago hit 9 degrees below zero last night. Antarctica in its summer reached negative 13. That’s just four degrees difference! Where are are the penguins! I want some penguins walking around Chicago. Last year in 2008 we got within 14 degrees of the South Pole. (Also, these temperature readings are from the Amundsen-Scott base in …

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Impactful is not a word?

It’s highly dubious that “impactful” is not a word. There are no results on google for a definition search on impactful.

Philly-style pizza mystery

photo courtesy srhbth Philly has its own style pizza? Does it involve putting a pizza inside a hoagie? Please help us solve this mystery by giving your speculation about what is a Philly-Style pizza.

My run-in with Ronnie Woo Woo at the Tribune Tower

October 2008. A week after the Chicago Cubs disgraced themselves in the playoffs. Less than one month before the Obama election. I’m hungry. For lunch. I leave work and walk through the the Tribune Tower lobby. Occasionally in the lobby there are celebrity sightings. That day in October was a most unusual‚ yet most appropriate …

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2009 loses to 2008 in Battle Royale

Image from Sporting events 2008: Summer Olympics 2009: The second World Baseball Classic, The Women’s Professional Soccer league will debut Winner: 2008. Nothing trumps the summer Olympics Politics 2008: Presidential election 2009: Nothing Winner: 2008. Obama! Chinese Year 2008: Brown Earth Rat Year 2009: Brown Earth Cow Year Winner: 2009. Year of the rat? …

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