24 Aug
2013

The day we killed Pluto!

So maybe 'killed' is a bit dramatic. Pluto still exists, just not how we used to know it. Demoted is a better word. And August 24th 2006 marks that momentous day. The day that Pluto lost all it's rights as a planet and became a dwarf planet.

the awesome card i made

the awesome card i made

Before I continue I would like to stress that absolutely nothing about Pluto has changed! It has not left the solar system, or gotten smaller, or anything else. It has simply been re-evaluated as a planet.

So what makes a planet a dwarf planet you ask? Well let me tell you. Science time.

So firstly it's not a planet (obvi) and not a satellite (meaning it doesn't orbit another planet). It has to be massive enough to be controlled by gravitation. A dwarf planet orbits the sun but has not cleared its orbital region of other objects.

There are currently about 9 definite dwarf planets, a few more almost certain and a bunch of 'probablies'. There's an estimate of potentially over 100 dwarf planets yet to be discovered inside our solar system. Unfortunately for Pluto, it has not cleared it's own orbit, thus losing it's planethood. And don't misunderstand, nobody just like changed their mind or made a discovery about Pluto. Dwarf planet is simply a newer term coined to encompass the increase in discoveries of celestial bodies that weren't quite planets.

If you ain't a planet ya ain't a scout dammit!

If you ain't a planet ya ain't a scout dammit!

Discovering the dwarf planet Eris made the decision for scientists of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) that a new classification had to be made. Eris is actually slightly larger and quite a bit more massive than Pluto.

I don't think this will work guys.

I don't think this will work guys.

So unfortunately no matter how much people protest the fact of Pluto's demotion, it's probs not going to change. That isn't how science works my friends. Here's a fun little new(ish) bit of info about Pluto that might make you feel better if it was your favorite planet: Underneath the 120 miles of ice their may actually be a liquid ocean heated by radiation. How sweet would that be? We should be able to find out for sure in 2015 when the unmanned craft 'New Horizons' reaches Pluto. But if you're still a little butthurt about Pluto here are some hilariously adorable notes from kids asking for Pluto's status back.

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8 Aug
2013

Holy crap. Sneak Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Night.

Yes that mouthful (get it?) of holiday is a real thing. Sneak zucchini onto your neighbor's porch. There is a very real reason for this holiday as well. Let us discuss.

Obviously real.

Obviously real.

Have you ever grown zucchini? No? Yes? I haven't. But here is what I've gathered from the gardening of such vegetables:

Firstly they are fruits, not vegetables. So are pumpkins. Please don't put any in my fruit salad.

Second, when you grow zucchini you get a buttload. So many zucchini fruits. Like way more than you want or can deal with. So rather than let the excess rot, why not do somebody a solid and share?

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And that's what August 8th is for. With some intense investigating (googling) I found that it was created by Pennsylvanian Tom Roy. What a genius. It involves two awesome things. Zucchini. And sneaking in the night. I've developed this handy chart with directions for your first night of sneaking zucchini. It also happens to be a card we sell.

the most important part is the ninja suit.

the most important part is the ninja suit.

Your neighbors will certainly appreciate the free foodies. Why not? I mean I wouldn't put like 12 pounds of the stuff on their porch, but a couple would be nice. They can make something like this:

this looks so tasty I had to put it in here.

this looks so tasty I had to put it in here.

Fry it, grill it, bake it, sautee it, dip it, stuff it. Ugh. The list goes on and on. You can do so many flippin' things. So you get the idea. Now for a gratuitous, vaguely sexual picture of a girl with zucchini. Lata chumps!

I'd take her zucchinis.

I'd love for her to give me zucchini.

 

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4 Aug
2013

Dom Perignon invents champagne! Or did he? Bum Bum Bummmmmmmmm

Dom. The man.

All over my robes!

August 4th, 1693. French monk Dom Pierre Perignon invents an amazing new sparkling wine beverage. He rushes out of his wine laboratory and exclaims "Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!!" Champagne is created. A righteous monk party ensues. Jay Z is there.

he's got 99 problems but champagne ain't one.

he's got 99 problems but champagne ain't one.

Okay. No. No. No. None of that happened. The Jay Z part is about as likely to have happened. The truth about champagne is much less dramatic than the story people often hear.

Dom Perignon certainly did not invent champagne. In fact it had been around for a while by 1693. In 1662 a Gloucester doctor named Christopher Merret actually submitted a paper to the Royal Society on the secondary fermentation of wine. The secondary fermentation results in a "brisk and sparkling" wine. So original champagne was called sparkling wine. And August 4th? I'm not really sure where that date comes from. Dom Perignon actually spent most of his time as Cellar Master trying to figure out how to stop the secondary fermentation. In the process, though, he actually created a list of rules for creating champagne. These included only using pinot noir grapes, harvesting on cool and wet mornings, and pressing grapes instead of trodding on them. It's also worth mentioning that the name Champagne comes from the region of France where the grapes were to be harvested. Many of his rules are  still used today.

 

Sparkling wine was actually very problematic as the bottles would sometimes explode while fermenting due to too much carbonation. And if one bottle would explode, it could (and generally would) start a chain reaction setting off many of the bottles around it. This could result in huge losses of stores, sometimes up to 70%.

I actually wanted a pic of a bottle of champagne ACTUALLY EXPLODING. But I'll settle for this.

I really wanted a pic of a bottle of champagne ACTUALLY EXPLODING. But I'll settle for this.

 

As for that quote, that can be traced back to no earlier than the 1880's. It was used as the catchy line for an ad, and Dom Perignon certainly didn't say it. So there's some history for you about an absolutely delicious alcoholic beverage. One that we here at KU are particularly fond of. Thank you Dom Perignon, for your amazing creation. Or whatever you did. Bring on the bubbly!!

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24 Jul
2013

Tequila Day! Let’s Get Schwastey!!!11#$~!

Tequila is a hell of a drug. Nuff said.

But no really. If you're looking to get messed up, Tequila is a good way to do it. Or ya know like any other alcohol. Tequila has an awful reputation. "Oh I don't drink tequila. I do crazy things." Well that's cause you're drunk. There isn't any scientific evidence of any kind that says different liqours affect you in different ways. It's all ethanol. Tastey, tastey ethanol.

Fact time! Tequila is made of blue agave. Which looks like this:

these things are friggin huge.

these things are friggin huge.

Those big middle parts that look like pineapples produce alot of sugar. Making them ideal for alcohol. The plant is harvested around the Tequila city region of Mexico. It is distilled and, depending on how long it is aged in cask, is named a specific type. There are also 100% agave and mixtos, which have other sugars added.

Blanco or Plato is aged less than two months or not at all. Reposado is aged at least 2 months, but less than a year. Anejo is aged for up to 3 years in small barrels, and Extra Anejo is for longer than 3 years.

Patrooonnnnnnn!!!!

Patrooonnnnnnn!!!!

The longer it is aged the more smooth and subtle the flavor. Younger tequila is harsher and has more of the raw agave flavor to it. And ya know different companies will jazz em up with spices or other flavors and what have you.

Anyway. Margaritas are awesome. And now this.

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11 Jul
2013

SlurpSlurpSlurpitySlurp. Slurpee Day.

 

Slurpee suicides!!

Slurpee suicides!!

I'm not sure if there has been a point in history where someone was like "Hey do you like Slurpees?" and then the other person was like "Naw man. Slurpees suck." What is there not to love about a Slurpee? It's a cold slushy sugar splosion. In like a jillion flavors. And they're so bright and pretty. If someone told me they didn't like Slurpees I'd probs immediately stop talking to them and proceed to planning an elaborate revenge scheme over the next two years in which they are demoralized and shamed. Or ya know. Whatever.

this is what they're doing in Canada.

This is what they're doing in Canada. You'll never be this cool.

Anyway July 11 is Slurpee Day. Also is the official birthday of the 7-11 store chain, the only place official Slurpees come from. Get it?  7/11? The date? The first Slurpee was sold in 7-11 in 1965 and got the name in '67. The Slurpee original flavor was cherry. Classic cherry. Meh. I'm not that much on cherry. But over the years they started to put out all kinds of flavors including coke products. And promo tie in cups and flavors. If you check out the official Slurpee website, which is obviously awesome, you can see a list of all the flavors. It's crazy. Did you know brainfreeze is actually called Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia. And speaking of check this:

Curse you, you delicious frozen bastard!

Curse you, you delicious frozen bastard!

This guy evidently got brainfreeze drinking a Slurpee while driving and slammed into these 4 parked cars. He passed his field sobriety test. He really just had brainfreeze. When he came to his foot was still on the gas. Does he regret it? Maybe. Does he still drink Slurpees and drive? Almost definitely.

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2 Jul
2013

Look to the Stars, World UFO Day is coming.

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UFOs. Am I right?

I'm all for the existence of aliens. Regardless of what I think plausible or true, I like to believe in such things as ET's. And who doesn't enjoy watching 'documentaries' and TV specials about alien encounters? The accounts of the witnesses are absolutely priceless every time. They're always the most crazy pants people ever. Or are they?? O_O Abductions and probes! It's hilarious now. Realistically this stuff terrified me when I was a little kid.

Scaring the jank out of me didn't stop me from loving alien movies though. Movies about aliens are always super sweet. Even when they suck. District 9, Independence Day, Starship Troopers, The Thing, Alien: all super f-ing great. Also the program Alien Planet that discovery channel did a few years back was super fun. It was a very possible idea of what aliens would potentially be like and how we'd send some sweet robots to the planet to scope it out for us.

guyz, this wasn't made in ms paint.

guyz, this wasn't made in ms paint. go here.

Anyway about this holiday. Here's the official site, which has some pretty great stuff on it including lolzy eye-witness accounts. But as for celebration it's as simple as things like watching alien movies or even just talking abut the possible existence of alien life. I already gave you a great list of stuff to watch. As you would expect, looking up information on this subject submerged me pretty quickly into conspiracy territory. Unsurprisingly UFO proponents in the UK are becoming skeptical. But I've gone too deep. So I'll leave some links to the crazier stuff I found, and also some of the simply awesome stuff that I found.

This happened.

This is some crazy Hindu stuff?

Astronaut sayin things.

This is the best. 

lololol.

This is real nuts and actually just recently happened for realsies. Want to think he isn't crazy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX06nI04j0g
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21 Jun
2013

Take Your Dog to Work Day Also!! Get ready for cute overload.

Sooooo June 21st is also Take Your Dog to Work Day, sharing the day with Skateboarding Day. But I felt that TYDW  Day deserved it's own post. Why you ask? Because I need to post lots of adorbs pix of my puppy and other adorable dogs. That's why.

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boo. supposed cutest dog in the world. i don't think he's real.

If you have a dog, you know it's like having a permanent baby all the time. If you have a baby you know that it's not like that at all and you think I'm an idiot. But as far as I'm concerned it's close enough. Not only does your life change with the addition of this new family member, but so do you. Suddenly anybody with a dog is your best friend and you just can't wait to exchange pictures and stories about the cute/terrible things they did yesterday. A total granfallon (that's a Cat's Cradle reference son).

 

this is real. so real.

this is real. so real.

 

So now let's talk about my dog. She's awesome. And adorable. Her name is Lilith, goes by Lily. She's a Newfoundland pup about a year old now. I am that person who thought it was a great idea to get a newfie and move into an apartment in the city. When she's full grown she might actually weigh more than me. Just a big furry baby and I love her. She's tots my best friend who sometimes likes to drag things out of the trash when I'm not paying attention to her. Not totally unlike my human friends. Now let the "D'awwwwwwwww"-ing commence. Shamelessly showing off my puppy pix go!

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This is right after i got her, the smallest i've known her.

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A hot day at the doggie park.

Sometimes she pretends she's people.

Sometimes she pretends she's people.

this is literally the cutest thing that has ever happened to the world.

this is literally the cutest thing that has ever happened to the world.

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11 Jun
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday! Father’s Day!

Remember that one time I showed you all those amazing things that we had for Mother's Day?  This is gonna be like that, only more Dadlier.  Which totally is a word.

One of the best things about Father's Day is that dads appreciate a nice, wide range of gifts.  Anything goes for Father's Day!  Anything like all of this!

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