Sunday, January 20, 2008

Did you know

That Johnny Cash was the first American to hear that Stalin had died? Apparently he was in the army and intercepted the morse code messages from Russia.

Anyway, I'm back from the Middle East. A long night flight on the way back has left me tired since I got back on Thursday, and today I am off to London for a one-night trip for work.

I think I was in more countries in 2 days than I ever have before last week. Tuesday saw me in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman; Wednesday/Thursday early hours saw me in Oman, Kuwait, the Netherlands, and the UK. I didn't actually set foot on Kuwaiti or Dutch soil, though, so they obviously don't count as countries visited.

Finally, here is an excellent video of creationists disproving evolution by showing that life does not spring from peanut butter. Really. I'm sure that there are some excellent arguments that an educated creationist could make, but this isn't one of them: in fact, it's an archetypal example of a straw man. Creationism is interesting to a scientist, as it shows the general ignorance (albeit in a greatly amplified form) that seems to permeate any mainstream discussion in the mainstream. Just read pretty much any article on science in your paper to see a load of half-truths, confusion, and sensationalism.

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