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Weather forecasting by pig spleen.

This (weather prediction) method according to the (Old Farmer’s) almanac, was devised by Gus Wickstrom of Tompkins, Saskatchewan. Every six months when Wickstrom slaughtered a pig, he carefully studied the animal’s spleen using a method passed down from his father.

Old Gus divided the spleen into six areas, each representing one month. The top section represented the current month and the bottom one the end of that six-month period.

“Where the spleen thickens, a change in the weather is indicated, usually pointing to a cold spell,” according to the almanac’s website. “Where there is a pronounced bulge, expect even more inclement weather.” Gus could even determine wind and rain variations from the spleen’s shape and size.

More via  Bangor Daily News

Probably as good a way as some of the “science” on which global warming is predicated.

January 2, 2011 Posted by | animals, Global warming, weather | Comments Off on Weather forecasting by pig spleen.

Cherokee language iPods

Cherokee children (were)  asking for iPods and iPhones for Christmas because the tribe’s written language has become available on the devices.

The tribe says it spent several years working with Apple to make the language available.

Cherokee Chief Chad Smith says the goal is to spread the use of the Cherokee language among tech-savvy children in the digital age.

via Toowoomba Chronicle.

January 2, 2011 Posted by | cool stuff | , | Comments Off on Cherokee language iPods

Timing is everything

Little Keeley Wooder had no idea what all the fuss was about – she was too busy sleeping. But the importance of being one of the first babies born on 1/1/11 began to dawn on her parents when they realised they were among the first in the country to be eligible for the Federal Government’s 18-week paid parental leave scheme…

Parents Sarah Hackett and Lee Wooder, and their daughter Brooke, 6, welcomed Keeley into the world at 12.02am when she was born at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide weighing 3.6kg.

via Paid parental leave: Baby Keeley born two minutes into scheme | News.com.au.

Before you get too excited, this is in Australia so, unless you live in Australia,  get back to work.

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FYI: 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 520,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 22 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 465 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 3821 posts. There were 283 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 19mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 22nd…. The most popular post that day was Boris, the shaggy pig.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mahalo.com, reddit.com, consumerist.com, facebook.com, and incrediblethings.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for area 51, ghost videos, ghost, glasses, and garfield.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Boris, the shaggy pig December 2007


Ghost videos September 2007
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Area 51 gets name change … That will fool people. January 2008


What the heck is this? August 2006


Baboon Goons September 2007

January 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on FYI: 2010 in review