Stuff I do when I’m bored 6

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Open Your Mouth, Stick Out Your Tongue and Say, “Hot Links.”

Hornets in slo-mo.

Fired for farting – The Movie [via].

The age of being easily amused [via].

What best-selling author used more commas than any other before or since? Guess before you click.

From the “Ya Gotta Be Kidding Me” Department: Some jerks got upset because IKEA’s food court offered rice and peas. REALLY.


Ray Stevens on Global Warming Climate Change [via].
George Carlin on Global Warming Climate Change.
Some guy in Australia on Global Warming Climate Change.
Bunk Strutts on Global Warming Climate Change.


A Humble Request [updated]. We’re still in “wait and see” mode.


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


[Top image: That’s Mikayla Saravia‘s 6-1/2 inch long tongue. It matters because she’s cashing in on it. Story here.]

The Great Blue Hole of Hot Links

But why?

About Schlitzie.

THIS girl can pop.

RoboDog for sale.

I Like Foreman Mike.

I want to go like this.

Hiding from the vet [via].

Microfluidics are awesome.

Arthur C. Clarke was right.


From the What If This Were Your Business Department:
A family-owned Ohio bakery, founded in 1885, was falsely accused of racism by Oberlin College administration for calling police on young thugs, was awarded $11M in defamation case.

The 7th and 8th Commandments both apply here.


“Save the Planet” by cutting class? Reminded me of The List.

The President met with the Queen of England, and POTUS’ lack of decorum wasn’t reported .

[Top image: The Big Blue Hole of Ohio. Bottom image from here.]

 

Wednesday, 26 December 2018, is the biggest travel day of the year according to AAA.

Coincidence? I think not.

[Found here.]

Whales are freezing solid due to Anthropogenic Climate Change because too many people ride in an Uber or Lyft and want to poison the world with Bird Scooters. There. I said it.

Meanwhile, Arctic foxes are not freezing. Film at 11.

[Found here.]

Nothing Much Happened Today.

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Via Google Translate:

In the Chelyabinsk military brought “warm weather”

In connection with the cooling of caring the military brought to Chelyabinsk whole body “warm weather.” The information published on the portal picabu.

In fact, the military truck was taken to the runway a huge load, shaped like a small “sun”, painted by a child or cartoon flowers Sunflower. It is not known what kind of load, but most likely in the photo shows the nozzle for cleaning of road transport. Why are engaged in military delivery is unknown. Just do not understand why it is necessary to deliver the goods to the first runway truck after dump on the road, and after apparently uploaded to military aircraft.

The portal pikabu photo caused a lot of comments and jokes related to the “delivery to the warm weather.”

[Image found here via here. Somewhat related posts here.]

Frozen Cow Farts

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… Scientists suggest that the greater contribution to skyrocketing methane levels has more to do with biological sources of the gas. Methane molecules are made of carbon and hydrogen atoms, and the carbon in biological methane tends to be slightly lighter than the carbon in methane associated with fossil fuels. And over the past decade or so, the proportion of lighter methane in the atmosphere compared to heavier methane has been rising. “I think this perspective is basically right,” said Martin Helmann, of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, in Jena, Germany, in an email. Helmann was not involved in the research.

The authors of the Science paper have some ideas about why biological sources of methane may be increasing. “In the southern hemisphere especially,” Nisbet said, “but also in the northern tropics, a series of really wet years has caused wetlands to expand”—and vegetation decomposing in swamps and shallow lakes is a well known source of natural methane emissions. Another is cows, which generate methane as they digest their food, then belch it out into the air.

These explanations, however, aren’t at all definitive — another key point Nisbet and his co-authors make in the Science paper. “The measurements we make in the air are direct,” he said. “Estimates of where methane is coming from, by contrast, is much less reliable. You estimate the contributions from gas leaks, count up the cows, estimate the emissions from wetlands. There’s obviously going to be a lot of error.”

And in fact, there is: the estimates of how much methane should be going into the atmosphere are greater than what actually ends up there. Tracking methane emissions more accurately is crucial, said the scientists, and not just as an academic exercise.

“If we want to control greenhouse-gas emissions,” Nisbet said, “it’s obviously important to know where the emissions are coming from.”

Global vegetation decomposition, wetlands, the oceans,  rice paddys, rain forests, patio hibachis, your neighbor’s annoying little yapping kikmi dog and Humpback whales are all part of the mix.

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Q: So, what happens if atmospheric methane triples?
A: Click on the image of the Flaming Cow Fart to find out.

[Commentary excerpt found here; top image found in here; snarky related posts here.]

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