Monday, July 30, 2007

coke vs. water
(an unsubstantiated* post)

coke versus water: the quickeningRecently, I've been told by my doctor that my blood sugar level was too high, pre-diabetic in fact. So I've had to cut out my cola consumption. The information below helps a bit, but the monkey on my back still weeps.

  1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
  2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
  3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean.
    The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
  4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
  5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
  8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
    It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
  • the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
  • It will dissolve a nail in about four days.
  • Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
  • To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
  3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
  4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain or up to 80% of sufferers.
  7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

*props to bits and pieces, who provided no citations, but I still believe the info anyway

Sunday, July 29, 2007


61%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

health news

For all you parents out there (and non-parents, too, really) some good news about SIDS, and the beginning of its end, perhaps.

And, perhaps, for those of you who would like your adolescents to come out of that age intact, this article may someday lead to an answer.

Finally, you may have seen this, but here's news of a cat that seems to know when people are going to die.

props to Coturnix, my science pusher and to Allan

Friday, July 27, 2007

string, meet finger

Okay, kids, a word of advice from dear old Uncle Dave: when you're out surfing, and you find something interesting, bookmark it. You can always delete the bookmark later on.

I say this because twice this week I've lost some cool things. One was a quote from Nietsche, which nicely summed up the dangers of political battle (i.e., becoming the very thing against which you battle).

The other was someone's interesting theory that Alberto Gonzales is in fact not lying to Congress, but that rather Congress is operating under the mistaken impression that there is only the one secret domestic wiretapping program. This person thought that perhaps there was a second, unknown program, so that whenever Gonzales gave his (carefully worded and always repeated word-for-word) answers that he was in fact not "lying", but simply answering a question which the Senators did not know they were asking. This doesnt make much sense, I know, but wherever I read this it made a lot of sense (because they were much better at this than I). I'll be darned if I can find it again, which is irksome.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

quote for the day

This one's for Polanco, to use with grumpy old Uncle Logician:
I'm gonna be a little politically incorrect here and pull out a phrase that applies very well to the conversation: Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics--even if you win, you're still retarded.

"emkay" in the Phantom Professor's comments


props to Bitch, ph.d.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


I realize that I'm a landlocked lubber, and have only been to the ocean a half-dozen times, so maybe this is old hat for some, but I came across a photo of a container ship in a U.S. News article and was stunned at its size. The above photo is not from that article, but look at the size of that thing. Each of those boxes are things you see going down the road behind a semi rig. The rear-most layer alone is 80 containers. No wonder we dont screen all the stuff coming into this country, how could we?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

quote for the day

People who cannot accept choice as part of responsible living cast themselves as victims. Victims blame others for their actions.

Harry Wong

Saturday, July 14, 2007

junkies gotta jones

Until these are banned, America will not even be close to ready to give up it's addiction to oil.

This is not an ad on the side of a delivery truck, but rather a billboard on wheels, a rolling waste of fuel that has no purpose other than to be an advertisement while pumping more hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. When such things exist, how serious can any country be about saving fuel?

Friday, July 13, 2007


Terribly sorry, y'all, but just havent had time to blog lately. School's out, wife's home, and time's not my own; you know the drill.

Just to let you know that I'm still kicking though, here's a joke:

How many Polish Persons* does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Two. One to stand on a ladder and changethe bulb, and a second to watch
and deny
that it is giving him an erection.
Oh, and as for David Vitter, I kind of thought that corruption, booze and hookers were Lousiana Family Values.

*Remember when you could say "polocks", and even Poles would enjoy the joke? Kind of like Aggies.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Patricia: My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.

from Joe vs. the Volcano
I used to hear this quote and think, "yes, the world is an incredible place and people dont see it, they just take it for granted". The other day though, I was listening to yet another story of BushCo crimes and misdemeanors, and the phrase came to me again. People must be asleep for this to have gone on so long without a tide of outrage that pours into the streets and washes away not only the Administration, but all those that profited by it. That the Republican Party can act as it does, while decent conservatives stand by and watch; that the Democratic Party responds by enabling the Right's behavior, and drifting farther right itself; that torture is not only condoned, but performed by a nation that once prosecuted Nazis with righteous moral indignation...

I am amazed, truly astonished that this behavior continues in America.

I can only hope that America is asleep, because one can wake up, even from a sleep as deep as this one must be. My fear, though, is that this is not a nightmare we can wake up from, shaken but able to recover from; but rather that it is a fantasy, a daydream of hate and violence. I fear that we are deliberately listening to the voices in our heads, voices that come from the place of madness that can make the mentally ill truly dangerous. I fear we listen simply because it's fun, because it fulfills some whim or desire, and that as a nation we have become separated from the notion of consequences.

And while you're thinking of this, ask yourself why snuff films suddenly seem to be very popular.