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Jedi census phenomenon
Posted by ashley @ 12:52 pm on February 15th
The Jedi census phenomenon is a grassroots movement that was initiated in 2001 for citizens of a number of English-speaking countries, urging them to record their religion as “Jedi” or “Jedi Knight” (after the quasi-religious order of Jedi Knights in the fictional Star Wars universe) on the national census. This gave rise to a movement to establish “genuine” Jediism. In Australia more than 70,000 people (0.37%) declared themselves members of the Jedi order, 21,000 Canadians put down their religion as Jedi Knight, In England and Wales 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi, Over 53,000 people listed themselves as Jedi in New Zealand’s and In Scotland 14,052 people stated that Jedi was their current religion in the 2001 census.
Posted by ashley @ 10:49 am on February 12th
Goodyear, Arizona is named after Goodyear tire company. Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres to grow cotton for their tires. Goodyear became a town in November 1946 and In the 1980s, the remaining 10,000 acres (40 km2) of the original Goodyear Tire acreage was sold for development. Goodyear reached city status in 1985.
Taco Bell’s taco meat is only 36% beef.
Posted by ashley @ 1:23 pm on February 8th
Taco Bell’s meat filling looks like ground beef before and after cooking, but it has been augmented with fibers and other substances to keep the price low. That’s how they can offer tacos for 99 cents—and that’s fine: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with their processed mixture apart from being gross.
The problem here is that the consumers may believe that this “meat filling” is actually beef while it’s not. If it looks like beef, it’s labeled as beef, and it’s advertised as beef, then it must be beef—except that substance is not beef. It’s just “meat filling”. That could deceive the public, which is why there is a class action lawsuit in the works. Consumers have the right to easily learn what they are eating before making a decision to eat a taco or not, just like they need to know before buying cloned meat or genetically modified vegetables or products containing corn syrup.
The list of ingredients in Taco Bell’s meat is: Beef, water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.
The term ‘computer bug’ was coined after a moth flew into into a computer’s circuitry.
Posted by ashley @ 2:04 pm on February 4th
The moth was discovered on the circuit board of the U.S. Navy’s Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University in September 1947. After removing the pesky insect, the machine’s operators put out the word that they had “debugged” the computer, which grew into the technical term for identifying and removing errors in computer hardware and software!
*The Picture to the left is the record of the first computer bug, with the real bug taped to the paper.
A skyscraper in Japan that has a highway passing through it
Posted by ashley @ 2:51 pm on February 1st
Gate Tower Building (ゲートタワービル, gēto tawā biru?) is a 16-story office building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan. It is notable because a highway passes through the building. It has been nicknamed “beehive” referring to its appearance as a “bustling place”. The Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system (when passes through the fifth through seventh floors of this building. The highway is the tenant of those floors. The elevator passes through the floors without stopping: floor 4 being followed by floor 8. The floors through which the highway passes consist of elevators, stairways and machinery.