Quick Hits, Vol. 12

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Quick Hits

The inventors of disc golf could have given the game any name they wanted, but they chose to use the name of an existing sport with the word “disc” added on as an adjective. I feel like they missed an opportunity.

It seems like every car manufacturer in the United States has a “truck month.” Someone should produce a calendar where instead of the actual months it’s just an indication of what truck month it is. “When is Labor Day?” “It’s the first Monday in Toyota Truck Month.” Or: “Oh, we’re actually taking the entire Ford Truck Month off because we had so many vacation days we had to use.”

Eastern Box Turtle (Subspecies Terrapene carolina carolina) ยท iNaturalist

I kind of wish there was a rule that sports mascots had to be an animal indigenous to that state. There are no panthers in Florida, but there are a lot of mosquitos. Grizzlies might have been indigenous to Vancouver, but they are not found naturally in Memphis. You know what is native to Memphis? The Eastern Box Turtle. I like the sound of that. The Memphis Box Turtles.

I used to think that “how many [insert demographic here] does it take to change a lightbulb” joke trope was absurd, but then when I was 21 I saw a guy twist a lightbulb the wrong way in the socket and break it off at the base, so maybe people are even dumber than I thought.

Why did we have to learn square dancing in elementary school PE class?

This Bloody Mary Comes With a Burger and Cheese Curds on Top | Travel +  Leisure

Those gastropub, niche-y bloody marys that come with outlandish garnishes like sandwiches, pizza, candy bars, etc. are stupid. Why would I pay $29 for some tomato juice with an ounce of vodka and a quarter-pounder with cheese on it? True story: I went to brunch in San Diego one time and there was an $83 bloody mary on the menu that came with premium vodka, house-made tomato juice, shaved truffles, and a shrimp cocktail as a garnish. It’s the only time in my life I’ve truly felt like some hick from Texas.

Outside the worlds of farming and real estate brokerage, I bet very few people know how big an acre really is. If you polled 100 random people and asked them to guess how many square feet were in an acre, I bet the numbers would range from 100 to 100,000. It’s 43,560 square feet, in case you’re wondering. For reference, a football field (not including end zones) is 45,000 square feet, so just over an acre.

It’s conceivable that there are every day liquids that would be both safe and intoxicating to animals and we just don’t know it. Like, maybe Worcestershire sauce would get a hamster hammered. Or maybe liquid smoke would make a dolphin hallucinate. I’m not advocating for these kinds of experiments, I’m just saying that it’s entirely possible that some boring liquid we take for granted could have heretofore unknown psychoactive effects on animals.

It’s funny to me when something transcends pop culture enough to become it’s own thing. For example, “rosebud” is a reference a lot of people would get without seeing Citizen Kane. Same thing with “make him an offer he can’t refuse” (The Godfather) and “here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” (Casablanca). Maybe in 50 years it’ll be some random quote from 1917 or August Osage County or something like that.

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I would guess that in 100 years over 70% of homes have 3D printers and certain things like plastic hardware and other small, easily-3D-printed items will be harder to find and more expensive at stores. I kind of hope it gets to that point because it would be pretty cool to have a resourceful populace. The 3D printer will do to some industries what modern refrigeration did to the ice home delivery business.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone.

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