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December 12th, 2006

30 Craziest Lawsuits in History

1. Sued Michael Jordan, because he looks like him.

Allen Heckard sued Michael Jordan and Phil Knight on July 2006. Heckard claims he has suffered emotional trauma because he looks like Michael Jordan. Heckard has filed his look-alike case at the Washington County Court in Oregon and with a $832 million dollar head. Allen Heckard believes his life has been rough since people continually think he is Michael Jordan. Heckard says when he plays basketball, people are constantly telling him he plays like Michael Jordan and this has been difficult for him. Heckard is only six feet tall, so obviously those who assume he is Michael Jordan have little regard for height. Heckard even wears Air Jordan shoes, he says that they’re the most comfortable.

2. Sued after getting stuck on the house he was robbing.

In October 1998, A Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was exiting a house he finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up, because the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn’t re- enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, so Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. This upset Mr. Dickson, so he sued the homeowner’s insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars and change.

3. Sued the school for being called “GAY”.

A small-town teenager who was bullied for years by classmates because they believed he was gay was awarded $440,000 in a settlement. The settlement ended a longrunning battle between the Tonganoxie School District and 18-year-old Dylan Theno, who sued in May 2004 claiming he was harassed with homophobic slurs from seventh grade until he quit school his junior year. Theno, who testified that he isn’t gay, recently earned his GED and attends a vocational technical school in Kansas City.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Rats

  1. The brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Norway rat, and its more acrobatic Asian cousin, the black rat (Rattus rattus), enjoy a nearly worldwide distribution, thanks to their skill at stowing away on ships.
  2. In the mid-19th century, Jack Black, the rat catcher for Queen Victoria, found several color variations of the brown rat and domesticated those he caught. Eager owners of his pet rats included the Queen herself, and it’s rumored—disturbingly—Beatrix Potter.
  3. Rats’ front teeth grow 4½ to 5½ inches each year. Rats wear them down by continuously gnawing on everything around them, including cement, brick, wood, lead pipes, and other small animals.
  4. A female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity—a state she experiences about 15 times per year. Thus a pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked. (A rat matures sexually at age three to four months.) An average rat’s life span is two to three years.
  5. A rat can tread water for three days and survive being flushed down the toilet. (And it can return to the building via the same route.) There is approximately one rat per person in the United States.
  6. Not all rats live close to humans. Of the 56 known species, many live in remote habitats like marshlands and rain forests, and some are endangered. How sad!
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November 19th, 2006

10 Interesting NASA Facts

Nasa logoFact #1

Did you know that data from satellite instruments are used by fishermen to find areas where fish are most likely to be found? Fish find food in zones where cold and warm water mix.

Fact #2

Less than three percent of all water on Earth is freshwater (usable for drinking) and of that amount, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps and glaciers.

Fact #3

The largest recorded specimen of the blue whale is 33 meters (110 feet) long — about the height of an 11-story building.

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October 4th, 2006

Flags Analysis

Here are some statistics you might want to know.

Angola

Angola

Brazil

Brazil

Burkina Faso

Burkina

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July 19th, 2006

Some Facts About Google

Google LogoI found this super interesting, yeah…everything regarding Google will pull my attention. Just read on!

The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Infact it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.

Due to the sparseness of the homepage, in early user tests they noted people just sitting looking at the screen. After a minute of nothingness, the tester intervened and asked ‘Whats up?’ to which they replied “We are waiting for the rest of it”. To solve that particular problem the Google Copyright message was inserted to act as a crude end of page marker.

One of the biggest leap in search usage came about when they introduced their much improved spell checker giving birth to the “Did you mean…” feature. This instantly doubled their traffic, but they had some interesting discussions on how best to place that information, as most people simply tuned that out. But they discovered the placement at the bottom of the results was the most effective area.

The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

Orkut is very popular in Brazil. Orkut was the brainchild of a very intelligent Google engineer who was pretty much given free reign to run with it, without having to go through the normal Google UI procedures, hence the reason it doesn’t look or feel like a Google application. They are looking at improving Orkut to cope with the loads it places on the system.

Google makes changes small-and-often. They will sometimes trial a particular feature with a set of users from a given network subnet; for example Excite@Home users often get to see new features. They aren’t told of this, just presented with the new UI and observed how they use it.

Google has the largest network of translators in the world

They use the 20% / 5% rules. If at least 20% of people use a feature, then it will be included. At least 5% of people need to use a particular search preference before it will make it into the ‘Advanced Preferences’.

They have found in user testing, that a small number of people are very typical of the larger user base. They run labs continually and always monitoring how people use a page of results.

The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’

Gmail was used internally for nearly 2years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there was approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.

They listen to feedback actively. Emailing Google isn’t emailing a blackhole.

Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their own projects. Google News, Orkut are both examples of projects that grew from this working model.

This wasn’t a technical talk so no information regarding any infrastructure was presented however they did note that they have a mantra of aiming to give back each page with in 500ms, rendered.

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June 23rd, 2006

Interesting Facts About Sex

I know this is an interesting topic for everyone, so read on…

  1. Male and female rats may have sex twenty times a day.
  2. 22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.
  3. Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. It is 10 times more effective than valium!
  4. For every ‘normal’ webpage, there are five porn pages.
  5. Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
  6. A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
  7. Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.
  8. The average shelf-life of a latex condom is about two years.
  9. “Formicophilia” is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals. Gross!!
  10. “Ithyphallophobia” is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
  11. When swans go on a date, they’ll put their heads together. Then they stick together for life.
  12. The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means “to exercise naked.”
  13. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in tropical fish stores. (But of course!)
  14. There are men in Guam whose job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the 1st time.
  15. In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands.
  16. An adulterous Greek male was sometimes punished by the removal of his pubic hair and the insertion of a large radish into his rectum.
  17. In india it is cheaper to have sex with a prostitue than buy a condom!
  18. Sex burns 360 calories per hour!
  19. Women who read romance novels have sex twice as often as those who don’t.
  20. The average person spends 2 weeks of its life kissing.
  21. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  22. Males, on average, think about sex every 7 seconds.
  23. The greatest recorded number of children one mother had was 69 children. Do the math!
  24. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
  25. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were: Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  26. 25% of women think money makes a man sexier.
  27. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
  28. Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
  29. The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
  30. Turkeys can reproduce without having sex. It’s called parthenogenesis.
  31. Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.
  32. Snakes have two sex organs.
  33. A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
  34. Donald Duck comics were once banned from Finland because Donald doesn’t wear pants.
  35. 85% of men who die of heartattacks during intercourse, are found to have been cheating on their wives.

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June 18th, 2006

Math Wonder

This is what I called Numbers!

111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

3 x 37 = 111
6 x 37 = 222
9 x 37 = 333
12 x 37 = 444
15 x 37 = 555
18 x 37 = 666
21 x 37 = 777
24 x 37 = 888
27 x 37 = 999

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

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