Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Filthy F.i.l.f.f.f.s...

Question #17:

Regarding gender equality in urban talk and gossip - what is the deal with the recent boom of M.I.L.F. expressions, and why aren't we hearing as much about attractive fathers? Aren't there any out there? Pot bellies, minivans, and baseball knee-high socks on those daddies gotcha down, girls?

On a sidenote, it's interesting how "M.I.L.F." sounds nurturing and motherly, like "milk," whereas "F.I.L.F." sounds dirty and repugnant, like "filth."

(edit: "." marks were added in the acronyms to avoid spam.)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Confection Perfection

Question #16:

How are those festive, multicolored candy sprinkles made? I know it's sugar, but how do they get the coating to be so perfectly round on each tiny morsel?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Traveling Townies

Question #15:

Who uses municipal airports for travel? Local businesses? Local politicians? Can an everyday person fly through them? What kind of airlines go there?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bye-Bye Bulbie

Question #14:

When your energy-efficient bulbs die out, what's the best thing to do with them?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Napolean Complex

Question #13:

Why do small birds chase big ones? I don't mean in a protective way either, like bluejays fiercely defending their young. Earlier I watched as a couple of small, nondescript black birds were flying around behind a hawk that was circling and meandering around up in the air. I find this kind of bizarre.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Phone Phail

Question #12:

Does this ever happen to you? You call someone, you listen to the phone ring like ten times on the other end, then your friend picks up and assures you the phone only rang like three times for them. What's up with that?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Manicure Madness

Question #11:

So, I know I've heard horror stories about people and their nails - whether they be manicured professionally, self-painted, or decorated with glued-on fake nails. This hasn't stopped me from painting my own nails.. but what is the leading cause of nail problems due to beautification?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tea Technicalities

Question #10:

Cant tea just pretty much be any dried leafy plant?

I know of herbs, leaves, flowers, fruits, and spices that provide the makeup for what I know to be called "tea." But seriously, can tea just be anything in a baggie steeped in hot water? What is tea?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dairy Dreaming

Question #9:

How do they make powdered milk? And who are they anyway?

This was a question that came up at lunch the other day when we were talking about the shelf life of non-dairy creamers versus that of powdered milk or similar such creamers.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Film/Commercial Terminology: Backdrop

Question #8:

So, I can't remember some film/commercial terminology and thought maybe you could help: it's that flat color backdrop that rounds out at the bottom... it's often mimicked in cg... Do you know what it's called?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stimulant Stupor

Question #7:

How unhealthy would it really be to have a Starbucks breakfast sandwich and an iced coffee with hazelnut syrup and soymilk every morning during the work week?

Not that I... ye know.. do that so much... every day... or am in any way addicted...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Precipitation Pondering

Question #6:

How do they know what percent chance of rain we'll have? Those darn meteorologists...

I realize they have equipment that gives them some kind of readings, but do the machines give some kind of raincloud output guesswork meters? Or is it the meteorologist coming up with the percentage based on knowledge and experience?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Timely Queasiness

Question #5:

Why do pregnant women get morning sickness, and why particularly in the morning? And also why do they get cravings that would make normal people sick? :-)

(I'm not preggo but my sister-in-law is again, and boy did she have stories - although moreso for Zander than for the little girl coming this year.)

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Rose By Any Other Name

Question #4:

When in recent history did newly-married women begin keeping their maiden names, as opposed to taking their husband's name?

I've been married a little over 8 months now, and due to some crazy circumstances I haven't changed my name yet. Part of me wants to keep Laura Corinne Skowronski because I'm finally so used to it. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to getting married so I could shed the often-ridiculed monstrosity, but in recent years I've been more attuned to my Polish roots. Some friends think I should merely append Nattam to the already lengthy name, joking that if I am credited on screen (or anywhere, really) that my name would take up all the available space.

My husband likes the idea for the resulting initials, LCSN, noting that they sound much like some kind of news program. Will Carl Fredricksen fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America? Live video feeds and an update from the 78-year-old balloonist, next, on LCSN...

Soapy Supper

Question #3:

If I buy a bar of soap, and it claims to be made with all-natural ingredients like oatmeal, raw honey, and wheatgerm oil, why would it still taste like soap?

Yes, I licked soap. What?

Biggs & Featherbelle, 'Health Conscious Body Care,' Granola Bar Handmade Soap. Ingredients: Distilled Water, Saponified Oils (Coconut, Palm, Soybean, Sunflower, & Wheatgerm), Raw Honey, Oatmeal, Vitamin E & Essential Oil Blend (Nutmeg & Tangerine). It's a wonderfully-smelling cleansing bar that happens to taste like salty soap. Admittedly though, it wasn't a "full" lick; I sort of chickened out after a second thought.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Toilet Termination

Question #2:

On average, per year, how many Americans die while sitting on the toilet?

Note, I pondered this while defecating tonight myself. Also, I took the time to find a "T" word for "death" in a thesaurus (because I like consonantal alliteration so much), but I did not take the time to look up my original question. It's stupidity like that which brought this blog to life.

My First Post: I Am Too Lazy For Google

So, if you didn't get it by now, I created this site because I'm too lazy for Google. I have questions... some might argue I do ask the right questions... I just don't often bother looking up the answer unless I get inspired to be all smart-like.

Questions will possibly be numbered, if I remember to do that, and meanwhile, I'll try to categorize them by topic, because even if I'm not terribly hungry for knowledge, I like to organize the little knowledge that I do have.

Question #1:

How did "Google" get its name?