Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Weird thing of the day 24 January 2005/15 Shevat 5765 (National Peanut Butter Day)


Never-ending weird political coverage: Norwegians think George W. Bush saluted Satan during the presidential inauguration. (I cannot make stuff like this up.)

Today’s weird thing is the BBC News article “'I don't like Monday 24 January'”. which claims that January 24 is the worst day of the year. I’m not sure how correct this is, though today was not good for me since I was zonked from not sleeping well for the second night in a row. Barry is going to complain about some of the measures used in the formula as not being objectively measurable or, worse, being purely “cognitive”.

If Barry’s really unhappy with my choice for today’s weird thing, I suppose the old Cooper River Bridges will do. I drove over both of them very recently (on the way to and back from this past weekend’s BSBI Shabbathon), and they are so insanely narrow that I was thrilled to be stuck behind a slowpoke, thus reducing my chances of accidentally crashing through the paper-thin barriers on either side of the roadway and plunging 5,000 meters into the Cooper River, where I would be consumed by hungry sharks. The lunatics speeding through the other lane in oversized SUVs at 50 miles per hour above the speed limit with 2 millimeters of room to spare (total for both sides) added an especially terrifying touch. About three-quarters of drivers managing to get off the bridges alive leap from their cars and kiss the ground. The only thing more insane than the current bridges is what they are replacing them with, but that’s a different rant.


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