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It’s a common misconception that flatus, the gas produced by bacterial fermentation in the colon, is simply methane. Flatus is so much more than that. It contains oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen—that simplest and most plentiful of molecules in the cosmos, and carbon—the molecule of life.
These elements were forged in the crucible of the big bang. They comprise the galaxies up at which we gaze with wonder and the lenses through which we gaze—the air we breathe. Each time we expel flatus, we’re releasing these elements back into the vastness from which they were gathered over the course of billions of years.
We are, all of us, made of fart stuff.
In 1996, Alan Sokal (an NYU physics professor) was fed up with the pervasive, waffly trend of postmodern deconstructionism in academia—of people like Derrida whose work is often riddled with circumlocution and false syllogisms and which aims to undermine the existence and importance of objective realities.
He submitted a deliberately nonsensical paper called ”Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” to an academic journal. And it was published.
Sokal describes it as "a pastiche of left-wing cant, fawning references, grandiose quotations, and outright nonsense…structured around the silliest quotations [by postmodernist academics] I could find about mathematics and physics."
Said Sokal, “Anyone who believes that the laws of physics are mere social conventions is invited to try transgressing those conventions from the windows of my apartment. I live on the twenty-first floor.”
2. I, Libertine
Jean Shepherd, the raconteur best known for A Christmas Story, had a long and fascinating career as an irreverent radio host. His prank came out of frustration, like Sokal’s—specifically with the way the New York Times Bestseller list was determined.
He claimed that if enough people simply requested a book from bookstores around the country, it would make the NTY Bestseller list. He asked his viewers to request I, Libertine by Fredrick R. Ewing—a book and an author that didn’t exist. They obeyed. And it made the New York Times Bestseller list.
In 2009, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer orchestrated the company’s most elaborate April Fool’s Day prank to date.
With competitors Google and Apple dwarfing the erstwhile top dog Microsoft corporation, Ballmer decided to engage in a little good-natured self-effacing fun.
Under his direction, Microsoft engineered and launched a search engine of their own—ostensibly in competition with Google—which they named Bing. And people actually used it.
Bing.com is still an active website—you can visit it and even use the functioning search engine.
I’m doing this today. Follow it if that appeals to you.
That’s Richard Dawkins. He knows EVERYTHING.
But can he see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
"Because it’s coated in crystallized dextrose engineered to induce the chemical reward we’ve developed in response to monosaccharides due to the presence of vital energy-producing carbohydrates in fresh fruits?"
Wrong; it’s got cinnamon sugar SWIRLS in every bite!
Here’s the lot of this year’s portrait valentines.
Check out all of them the rest if you like, and of course, pass them on if you like them.
More like survival of the CUTEST.
(Your personality is okay but that bilateral symmetry is what I’m in it for.)
The last of this year’s Portrait Valentines!
Buy them ALL here.
Here come this year’s Portrait Valentines! If you like ‘em, share ‘em!
Also they’ll be for sale here starting February 2.
Because celibate is only a few letters from celebrate.
I’m rollin’ out this year’s Portrait Valentines. 7 today, 7 tomorrow. Hope you like ‘em!
Update: You can BUY THEM now, too.