Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thoughts and questions, maybe even answers

So I'm writing this preface long before you will read this post. The post will contain any stupid question I can think of and possibly an answer if I find one. I'm thinking I will post these in blocks of ten, but I cannot force myself to think stupid questions they must come as naturally as possible. So expect more,

1. Why are they called goldfish when most are orange? Prussian Carp, the fish which goldfish originate, have a golden appearance!
2. If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?
 From Rick Olson (he's a manger at a theater)
                       Multiple answers here.
A.) If it is a digital projector and nobody shows up 15 minutes after the feature starts we can simply fast forward the digital movie to the end and leaving just the house light on in the theater for the duration of the movie.
B.) If it a 35mm film print, we "run it black" which means we turn off the sound, the bulb and motor the film through (since film cannot be rewound) to save electricity.
3.  Why is it called Twitter?
From the Twitter entry on Wikipedia, co-founder Jack Dorsey explains:

"We wanted to capture that in the name -- we wanted to capture that feeling: the physical sensation that you're buzzing your friend's pocket. It's like buzzing all over the world.

"So we did a bunch of name-storming, and we came up with the word 'twitch,' because the phone kind of vibrates when it moves. But 'twitch' is not a good product name because it doesn't bring up the right imagery.

"So we looked in the dictionary for words around it, and we came across the word 'twitter,' and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds.'

"And that's exactly what the product was."

4. Why is Pee Yellow?
The yellow color in urine is due to chemicals called urobilins. These are the breakdown products of the bile pigment bilirubin. Bilirubin is itself a breakdown product of the heme part of hemoglobin from worn-out red blood cells. Most bilirubin is partly broken down in the liver, stored in the gall bladder, broken down some more in the intestines, and excreted in the feces (its metabolites are what make feces brown), but some remains in the bloodstream to be extracted by the kidneys where, converted to urobilins, it gives urine that familiar yellow tint (http://bit.ly/1jKwRG).
5. Do Animals commit suicide, or can they? Time News Article

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