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Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Steve Cole ponders various thoughts that came to mind.

1. Something I want is for television murder mysteries to have a web page with a cheat sheet listing every significant character by first and last name with a few words of description (e.g., Tom Smith, bartender opposed to new baseball stadium). That way, when the cops suddenly discover some clue ("The gun was registered to Tom Smith!") I am not baffled by the sudden mention of a character I forgot about after he last appeared 20 minutes ago.

2. When the Hindenburg exploded and crashed, the captain and crew of the airship were still in full control. They adjusted the engines, ballast, and trim of the burning dirigible to give the passengers the best chance of survival and actually flew the airship to a crash landing, after which the burning structure crashed on top of them. Many of the crew died saving lives when they could have escaped.

3. Emperor Nero did not fiddle (or play a lyre) while Rome burned. He actually led the firefighting efforts and was as physically brave and active as anyone. The whole "fiddle while Rome burned" thing was made up later by his political enemies.

4. Japanese scientists have created the non-natural element 113 known as Nihonium. The name is a Latinized version of Nippon, the Japanese name for Japan. Ok, so a new element had been created but it took nine years to make three atoms and they decayed out of existence within seconds. Nice accomplishment but I¹m not seeing the point or value. Actually I think some scientists need a new hobby.

5. Part of growing up is when the grown-ups think you are old enough to stay up for New Year's Eve, but the better part is when grown-up you figures out that you really don't have to stay up and can just go to bed.

6. The Wizard of Oz is the ultimate chick flick: two women trying to kill each other over a pair of shoes.