Tag Archives: trivia

How large is the broad side of a barn, anyway?

I was trying to find a way to remember my license plate that ends with the letters “FB”. I discovered that it is also a unit of measurement used in particle physics: fb means femtobarn. What I want to share here is the ridiculous backstory of this unit of measurement: what the hell is a femtobarn?! Continue reading

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A farewell to Star Trek

I seem to be fond of brilliant technology that is no longer available. A FingerWorks keyboard is probably another advanced gadget you aren’t familiar with. I’ve sold mine now – this adventure was good as long as it lasted. Continue reading

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“Code 1000. Repeat, Code 1000.”

What does it mean when you’re in IKEA and hear a “Code 1000” being announced? I found out today. Continue reading

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Genealogy is fun!

I’ve recently discovered genealogy by way of stumbling upon this simple online tool for modeling family trees. It’s really easy to get started and it’s quite captivating and lots of fun trying to remember everybody in the family. Continue reading

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I discovered a 30-year-old bank account

When I was nine years old, I had my first bank account. I moved away and the account was never closed. I recently tried to recover it and withdraw the small fortune it contained thirty years ago. ($28 is a lot when you’re a kid!) Read the adventure here! Continue reading

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