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I thought this was pretty cool. Courtesy of The Daily What, a List of the Ten Oldest Still Inhabited Cities. Topping the list is Damascus, Syria, which has existed in one form or another for 12,000 years.
Huh. I always thought the oldest city was Palm Beach, Florida. (Zing*)
*DOYOUGETIT? THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE ARE HELLAOLD!
p.s. It turns out the oldest continuously inhabited city in the continental U.S. actually is in Florida.
A friend of mine recently wrote me an email including the sentence:
"Texas tacos are better than cali’s without a doubt"
(Take note of the capitalization of Texas and subsequent non-capitalization of Cali typical of the geographic-inferiority-complex-afflicted Texan).
Like all other Californians, I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy — but this sort of blatant libel against the great state I call home (and the great tacos contained within) simply will not stand. So I present to you a simple, objective, mathematical analysis of the plausibility of the above statement:
|2008 population of the state of California||36,756,666|
|2008 population of the state of Texas||24,236,974|
|2006 % of California’s & Texas’ population of Mexican descent||25%|
|Total legal Mexicans in California||36,756,666 * 0.25 = 9,189,167|
|Total legal Mexicans in Texas||24,236,974 * 0.25 = 6,059,244|
|Estimated illegal immigrant population of California (2006)||2,830,000|
|Estimated illegal immigrant population of Texas (2006)||1,640,000|
|Estimated % of illegal immigrants (in all states) from Mexico (2006)||57%|
|Total illegal Mexicans in California||2,830,000 * 0.57 = 1,613,100|
|Total illegal Mexicans in Texas||1,640,000 * 0.57 = 934,800|
|Total Mexicans in California||9,189,167 + 1,613,100 = 10,802,267|
|Total Mexicans in Texas||6,059,244 + 934,800 = 6,994,044|
|Total Mexicans in California and Texas||10,802,267 + 6,994,044 = 17,796,311|
|Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in California||10,802,267 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 60.7%
|Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in Texas||6,994,044 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 39.3%
|Delta in percentage of total Mexicans living in California versus percentage of total Mexicans living in
|60.7% – 39.3% = 21.4%|
The fact is: California has a 21.4% chance of having better tacos than Texas by virtue of a 21.4% greater population of people who make tacos.
In every day terms, that means that for every 5 tacos you eat in California that are fantastic, slightly less than 4 would have been fantastic were you in Texas. As someone who eats 3-6 tacos per day on average I can safely say that the above constitutes mathematical proof that California is, in fact, the best place in the world.
I’m a poor analogizer. But I’m not here to talk about Air Supply anyway. (Ed. Note: Yes he is.) I’m here to talk about the iphone, specifically about a new application that caught my eye.
(917): Your roomates are the best
(212): Remember that chick Dana I’ve been macking on? I went to her house last night and she got freaky. kept calling me the “Keymaster” and basically tried to rape me.
(212): I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people
(917): Dude, the museum is covered in goo and everyone is singing and the statue of liberty is walking down the street
(1-917): I love New York
(646): We just crossed streams and it was bad news
(212): It usually is
Always fun, although I have a couple of issues with the rules:
Rule Zero: No Paradoxes, because, according to the author, no true paradoxes can exist in the real world, only as concepts. Someone tell that to the pre-observationally equally alive and dead Shrodinger’s Cat. (dealt with later in Rule 9: Parallel Universes…but I still think quantum superposition negates this rule)
Rule Five: Black Holes ≠ Time Machines, but wormholes could be. (Correct) Unfortunately no one knows how to make negative energy to keep them open (Incorrect). We can’t manufacture Negative energy in sufficient quantities to make working wormholes…but we can make tiny amounts through the Casimir effect)
The article is still fun though. If you like “Lost” you’ll recognize Rule 6: Whatever happened, happened (note: read that in the whispery nerd voice of Daniel Faraday)
(Sweet article from awesome science blog: Cosmic Variance)
If you ARE going to travel back in time, and you don’t mind creating a messed-up parallel universe, this might come in handy
Hey Gang! Your trusty science correspondent Dr. Snerpus, here, with an exciting new development in science: The discovery of a 47 million year old, remarkably well-preserved primate fossil that is possibly the precursor to everything from lemurs to humans. (Synopsis here. Full Scientific Paper here)