monday august 06, 2007 : daily

story links: 8 million year old cypress trees found, prometheus the oldest tree ever known, the man with green blood, big sumo wrestler, sumo blog, phoenix takes off for mars, hole on mars, walking may be worse for the environment than driving a car, nyc filming remains somewhat free, house of representatives support warrantless wiretappings, senate withholds wiretapping vote roll call, nyc trash art

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August 6, 2007 • 9:13 am | Permalink


  • C-C says:

    Hey, we saw trash art in NYC too but not that guy. I had pictures; lots of them, but I\'ll let my 7 year old explain what happened to the camera.

    Nice hair Jo! I\'m really bummed that I missed you in NYC but guess what? We\'re headed back there in October!

    PS: I like the way you pronounce NASA.

    • leron says:

      C-C, do your kids a favor and bring them back to the beach in the fall, when it\'s free and there is no one else there. Have yourt kids wear warm coats and just for a minyte, take them off and feel the wind and the spray unfiltered. They\'ll never look at coats quite the same again. Winter is even more memorable but hey, do what you can.

      • C-C says:

        Thanks for that image! It\'s unbelievable how few people take the time to get out there in the off seasons. The atmosphere and scenery truly are different. Surprisingly on this trip not even Field 6 at Jones Beach was that packed when we passed by. My little guy spent hours running around trying to catch sea gulls without tripping over anybody.

        So when and where does that rib fest happen?

  • rehcmh says:

    Joanne, you can even make pigtails look classy. I'm sorry to hear that you don't eat pigs or cows. I know that it contributes to your rockin' bod, but boy those animals are tasty.

  • Kaihsu Tai says:

    Chris Goodall, who did the “Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’” calculation, is the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party of England and Wales in the constituency Oxford West and Abingdon. The relevant web page from his website is

  • B-man says:

    When they finally land on mars they will discover
    this manuscript buried in a martian hole. The earthing-shattering information
    contained therein will cause pigs and cows to boycott man.

    • People with higher number of moles tend to live longer than people with lesser number of moles.
    • When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls - it cools their mouths so their breath doesn't condense in the cold air.
    • Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
    • Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
    • If left alone, 70% of birthmarks gradually fade away.
    • Grapefruit scent will make middle aged women appear six  years younger to men. The perception is not reciprocal and the grapefruit scent on men has no effect on women's perception.
    • Women blink twice as many times as men do.
    • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
    • We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening.  Layers of cartilage in the joints gets compressed during the day.
    • There are approx. 550 hairs in the eyebrow.
    • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
    • The life span of a taste bud is 10 days.
    • The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
    • The largest known kidney stone weighed 1.36 kilograms.
    • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
    • Kidney stones come in any color--from yellow to brown.
    • Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear when the child is 2-6 years of age.
    • Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second!
    • The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.
    • If you ate too many carrots you would turn orange.
    • The force of 1 billion people jumping at the same time is equal to 500 tons of TNT.
    • A baby is born every seven seconds.
    • You can tell if a skunk is about if you smell only .000000000000071 ounce of its spray.
    • You breathe about 10 million times a year.
    • The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.
    • The foot is the most common body part bitten by insects.
    • The most common time for a wake up call is 7 a.m.
    • The typical person goes to the bathroom 6 times a day.
    • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
    • The most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.
    • The human body weighs 40 times more than the brain.
    • After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.
    • A person swallows approx. 295 times while eating dinner.
    • Your urine will turn bright yellow if you eat too much asparagus.
    • There are more people alive today than have ever died.
    • The human body is better suited to two four-hour sleep cycles than one eight-hour one.
    • A man's beard contains between 7000 and 15,000 hairs.
    • A beard grows an average of 140mm a year
    • A hair is 70 per cent easier to cut when soaked in warm water for two minutes
    • Women's hair is about half the diameter of men's hair
    • During an average lifetime, a man will spend 3,350 hours removing 8.4 meters of stubble
    • 4.5 million people have their health 'adversely affected' by air pollutants each year.
    • 4 million children die each year from inhaling smoke from indoor cooking fires that burn wood and Dung
    • 4 million people die annually from diarrhea infections, caused by poor sanitary conditions
    • The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.

    • C-C says:

      Did you play Trivial Pursuit over the weekend? ;)

      • B-man says:

        No during my recent abduction, the aliens decided to give me a lobotomy and left those notes in my shorts. Startling, I tell you, startling.

    • ballgame says:

      • There are more people alive today than have ever died.

      I read somewhere recently that that\'s actually a myth. Some googling unearthed this comment; I wasn\'t able to locate the data itself in the Population Research Bureau website in the brief time I spent poking around, though.

  • Arjen says:

    \"Walking may be worse for the environment than driving a car\" is of course only true if said car is using CO2-Neutral fuel and not the icky-poo fossil stuff, hm. But I don\'t think I need to tell you lot ;-)

    And always fun to hear people hint that they are veggies, wheeeee! (/me gives the secret veggie handshake)

  • I seriously doubt that walking to work or anywhere else is worse for the environment than driving a motor vehicle even a petite one!

    Consider firstly the huge investment of purchasing a car then tack on the direct emissions of exhaust plus the pollution generated by the manufacture of every single component of the vehicle then add the wear and tear factor into the equation, with the inevitable replacement of parts and vehicle fluids not to mention the cost of insuring and fueling the vehicle in the first place, which will require you to work more hours to pay for all of these compounded additional costs, then there is more out of pocket for parking fees too.

    Consider the joy of riding a bicycle in lieu of walking. Good exercise, efficient travel and so very much less production cost and minor upkeep!

  • PigtailsAreHawt says:

    Joanne = hot. Pigtails = hot. Joanne + pigtails = hot^2.

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  • Kam says:

    You always wonder about sumo wrestlers? like what bra size they might wear.
    If they ever install video cameras in my town, It\'ll be time to move or bust out the S&W.
    Thanks for noticing the trash art, I enjoyed it.
    later people

  • Lagerist says:

    "Paper bags are worse for the environment than plastic because of the extra energy needed to manufacture and transport them, the Government says."

    "Paper bags cause more global warming than plastic. They need much more space to store so require extra energy to transport them from manufacturers to shops"


    Use cotton bags, you'd probably say! BUT:

    "Traditional nappies are as bad as disposables, a study by the Environment Agency found. While throwaway nappies make up 0.1 per cent of landfill waste, the cloth variety are a waste of energy, clean water and detergent"

    ... maybe it's the same for cotton bags???

    I personally don't trust in any scientific study I didn't manipulate/falsificate myself.

    David L. Nelson already explained what the "better drive than walk" study didn't take into account.

    It's the same with dishwashers. People say their dishwashers use less water than the traditional by-hand washing. But if you take the energy in account which was needed to produce the dishwasher itself and it's components and later on the disposal, the dishwasher is a lot worse...

    All citation from

    • beagle says:

      Yes, it\'s hard to tread the virtuous path. I believe the biggest problem with cotton is trade distortion and food/cash crop substitution in the developing world. But fair trade cotton or less commodity miles? Argh. This is the curse of the 21st century. A constant state of anxiety...! :)

      The car v walking study has the ring of headline grabber to me. Nothing a robust critique of assumptions couldn\'t handle and test to destruction.

  • beagle says:

    Hello crew!

    Been on break for a while but you've been busy I see. Top episode! Packed full of energy and difficult to watch without grinning like an idiot (my acid test)

    Joanne, you look great - it's not just the pigtails. Raaaadiant, as the dahlings would say.

    But why no link to the fellow blowing a gasket talking about interest rates? That looked hilarious and I wanted to find out what happens next. Does she stab him with her pen? Does he follow with "Truth?! You can't handle the truth!"? And what game has his people been playing for 25 years??? And they say cricket takes a long time....

  • F. Tupp says:

    I had this really old tree in my yard. I don't think it was a thousand years old, though. Anyway, several times, I drove home drunk and smashed right into it. Finally it died, so now I just hit the stump. That's when I know it's okay to fall asleep.

  • Alex King says:

    If you are going to compare the carbon emissions of driving and walking, then you have to take into account all the emissions required just to get that bit of gasoline into your car BEFORE it is even burned. I\'m sure that it is much greater than even a 18-oz steak of Brazillian beef.

    Not to mention that pedestrians are much more biodegradable than cars.

  • Jamey Goss says:

    Hey awesome show today. Got a little befizzled on the hole blood part but other then that i though you guy/gals did a great job i hope to continue to enjoy rocketboom well in to the future. \"keep on keeping on!\"

  • B-man says:

    Joanne\'s fortune cookie

  • B-man says:

    buy, buy

  • B-man says:

    Look what happens when you DO IT too much...

    /just wanted to get the comments to 40

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    (interesting, yet boring)

  • leron says:

    I try to eat vegetarian 95 percent of the time. But I\'m with rehcmh at heart. God wouldn\'t have made pigs and cows and chickens so tasty if he didn\'t want us to grill them up every once in awhile.

    The evil has befallen us because tasty animals are a lot easier to catch than they used to be. All you have to do now is go down to the Safeway. Thus many Americans, a startling number really, are 100 pounds overweight or more. I saw a guy walking down the street yesterday who must have weighed 500. Um, a tad out of balance, I surmise, and as a result, think of all the meals he will miss.

    Once a year or so I invite the faithful and we do the rib thing, which means 35 pounds of pig gets treated just right and then divvied up, along with the best tequila we can afford and some sweet potatoes and the other foods that you need to have every time. If we\'re lucky we\'ll get just enough rain to make us glad for the umbrellas over the tables, but not enough to threaten the speakers hanging out the window, or to deprive us of the vision of the moon hanging in the clouds as the hours wane. Stories get told, lives get interlaced and um, some very good smoke is generated. I mean hickory, of course. (cough cough) The other day I was shopping and found a 10-pound bag of serious hickory chunks, each one several inches across, not like the little wood flakes they sell in the hardware store. They last a good long time on the coals when they\'re that big. Ten pounds of wood should just about do it.

    Any takers? Wire terms. And if you claim to be a vegetarian don\'t worry, what happens at my house stays at my house. Even if you end up in the gutter out front. Jo, you can even have an end piece.

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