Monday 8-26-2013 Assortment
Monday, August 26, 2013
My last week of work before my retirement!
Leo was talking to his friend Otto. He said, “Did you know that I’m one of sixteen children?”
Otto replied, “No, I had no idea. Why do you think your parents had so many children?”
“I think the problem was that my mother was hard of hearing,” Leo said. “When my mom and dad went to bed each night, Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep or what?’ and Mom would say, ‘What?’”
What 2-inch-long ocean creature is one of the noisiest animals on earth?
The pistol shrimp, which makes a noise that can reach up to 218 decibels—30 decibels higher than the sound made by the blue whale. It does this by snapping its oversized pincer to fire off a 60-mile-an-hour blast of water that creates a low-pressure bubble with an internal temperature that is hotter than the sun. The bubble quickly bursts, emitting a high-decibel boom that stuns the tiny shrimp’s prey and provides it with food.
(That's pretty cool!)
FOREIGN SHOW: Mexico’s El Notifiero con Brozo
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: The News with Brozo
DETAILS: It’s Mexico’s take on The Daily Show … if it were hosted by a clown in a green wig. Brozo (actor Victor Trujillo) started out in 1988 as the host of a kids’ show called The Caravan but morphed into a political satirist. Brozo is so revered in Mexico that he demands (and gets) absolutely no state censorship of his program. The result is that he can lampoon any person or issue he cares to and get away with it. Meanwhile, politicians and personalities go to great lengths to get on the show, knowing that the media exposure is worth any potshots they’re liable to receive from Brozo.
The Lone Ranger’s mask was made of plaster covered in purple felt.