Digging A Hole To China

4/10/16 If it was possible to dig a hole straight through the center of the earth, and you started in the 48 contiguous states (U.S.A.), you would not end up in China but, instead, would be in the Indian Ocean.

There is a spot in Canada, just above the Montana border, south of Medicine Hat (in Alberta), where you end up on an island in the Indian Ocean that shows up on maps as the French Southern and Antarctic Islands but appears to be officially called the Kerguelen Archipelago or, alternatively, Desolation Islands. It consists of 300 islands, islets, and reefs covering 2,786 square miles (roughly the size of Delaware)

These islands have no indigenous peoples and are consider one of the most isolated places on earth.

This entire post is what happens when a child digging a hole in their backyard meets the internet.

Sources:

Virtual Tunneling Tool

Kerguelen Islands

Is the CIA going to wonder why you’re looking at the Kerguelen Islands?

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Beatles Split Up

4/9/16 Tomorrow, April 10, will be the 46th anniversary of the date Paul McCartney released a press release to, in theory, promote his first solo album being released 7 days later, but is better remembered for being a clear sign the Beatles were history.

From BeatlesBible.com

Q: Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles?
A: No.

Q: Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?
A: Time will tell. Being a solo album means it’s “the start of a solo career…” and not being done with the Beatles means it’s just a rest. So it’s both.

Q: Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?
A: Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don’t really know.

Q: Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?
A: No.

 

 

Paul Simon Lyrics

3/28/16 In the song All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints, although it is on the album Graceland, Paul Simon is singing “ever since the watermelon” not “Elvis is a watermelon.”

Today is not the first time I learned this, I originally looked it up a few years ago, but the CD make it back into rotation long enough for me to realize I had only remembered what Paul Simon isn’t saying, not what he is.

It might be easier to remember if I could make sense of the chorus:

Well, the sun gets weary
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town

One of these days I’ll have to figure out what that means.

 

Gender

3/16/16 If someone says that one in 1,000 babies are born with something other than standard gender characteristics, they might be right (or the number might be higher because of under-reporting and definition agreement).

I knew it happened, but thought it was extremely rare.

Sources:
http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency

http://www.who.int/genomics/gender/en/index1.html

Catholic

3/13/16 The word catholic (not Catholic) can be used to describe someone who’s taste are diverse, broad-based, liberal, eclectic, and a few more synonyms.

I expect I’ve heard catholic used this way before, but haven’t seen it in print so it didn’t stand-out. Today I looked it up after reading the obituary of Michael White, and now I know.

Michael White, a Scottish-born theater and movie producer whose catholic but often risqué taste and devil-may-care attitude helped bring to life “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Oh! Calcutta!” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” died on Monday. He was 80.

 

 

Autobiography vs. Memoir

3/8/16 An autobiography is the story one tells about their life, in chronological order, without hyperbole or conversations that are far too detailed to really be remembered so many years later. Generally, an autobiography is written by someone who is already well-known, with enough name recognition that people will want to read it because of who they are.

A memoir tells a story from someone’s life, with a bit of license to quote conversations or share recollections that the writer can only think they remember accurately. Generally a memoir has a bit more self-revelation, and is often written by someone who isn’t well known (of course, the memoir might change that) and it is the story, rather than the person, that leads people to read it.