Jul. 19th, 2009

July '09

Jul. 19th, 2009 01:10 am
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July '09: 1 - 4

July 1;
TV Show: Mythbusters
Episode: 1.07 - Stinky Car, Raccoon Rocket
Goal: 165/400 (41.25% Complete)
About: Mythbusters, Jamie and Adam put their noses to the test to find out if that nasty smell in your car is there to stay. Is the myth of the stinky car true? Then follow the gasoline trail as they try to flush out the truth in the raccoon in the drain myth.
Quote: "If my baby's poo smelled like that, I'd take him to the hospital immediately." -Adam
TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Episode: 2.21 - The Vegas Renormalization
Goal: 166/400 (41.5% Complete)
About: Leonard and Raj take Wolowitz to Las Vegas to help him get over his break-up with Leslie. Sheldon, home alone and looking forward to it, locks himself out and has only one other place to stay—Penny's.
Quote: "We should have a plan in case one of us gets lucky." -Raj "Okay, if I get lucky, I'll take her to my stately manor outside Gotham City, and if you get lucky, I'll sleep on the moon." -Leonard

A kiss for one minute can burn 26 calories.

July 2;
TV Show: Mythbusters
Episode: 1.08 - Escape From Alcatraz, Duck Quack, Stud Finder
Goal: 167/400 (41.75% Complete)
About: Jamie and Adam retrace the steps of the infamous prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz without a trace in 1962. Although presumed drowned, they'll find out if it was possible to survive the tides of the San Francisco Bay in a homemade raft. As for other myth, Jamie and Adam test whether quacks from ducks echo. They examine the urban legend about whether a stud finder can tell whether you have something implanted in your body.
Quote: "Don't mess with me, duck. When I say "quack", you're gonna quack, right? I'm the boss here. Don't give me any beak." -Jamie
TV Show: Mythbusters
Episode: 1.09 - Chicken Gun, Octopus Egg Pregnancy, Killer Washing Machine
Goal: 168/400 (42% Complete)
About: Can a cooked and raw chicken flying toward an airplane interfere with its flight or will the jet engine just blow it away? The team makes a huge pressurized cannon and shoots a chicken at a jet's windshield. Did a woman give birth to an octopus after swallowing an octopus egg? Can your washing machine kill you?
Quote: "That can't be necessary. I don't recognize it." -Adam

The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat.

July 3;

Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998.

July 4;

A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.

July '09

Jul. 19th, 2009 01:23 am
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July '09: 5 - 11

July 5;
Title: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Author: Katherine Howe
Rating:
Goal: 30/60 (50% Complete)
Pages: 362
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
About: While clearing out her grandmother's cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so begins the hunt to uncover the woman behind the name, a hunt that takes her back to Salem in 1692 . . . and the infamous witchcraft trials. But nothing is entirely as it seems and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance's spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artefact at any cost. What secrets does the Physick Book contain? What magic is scrawled across its parchment pages? Connie must race to answer these questions - and reveal the truth about Salem's women - before an ancient family curse once more fulfils its dark and devastating prophecy . . .
My Thoughts: I picked this book up because USA Today compared it to Harry Potter, which I honestly don't see. It's more like The Da Vinci Code; a well known story, in this case the Salem with trials, evolves into something more as the hero solves mysteries. The plot was incredibly well done. Every little detail will come back later in the book as part of a clue or solution. The thing I loved most about this book was that it was actually solvable without being obvious. It is possible to put the clues together before Connie but even when she solves something first, you're like 'oh crap, that made perfect sense!'

A sneeze can travel as fast as one hundred miles per hour.

July 6;
Title: Santa Olivia
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Rating:
Goal: 31/60 (51 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 341
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
About: Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.
After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.
Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
My Thoughts: Freakin' amazing. The story was so unique and thrilling. Not much more to say other than this is my favorite of the year so far.

Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.

July 7;

Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.

July 8;
TV Show: Mythbusters
Episode: 1.10 - Explosive Decompression, Frog Giggin', Rear Axle
Goal: 169/400 (42.25% Complete)
About: Can a bullet hole in the hull of an airplane cause explosive decompression that destroys the plane? Can a .22 caliber gun cartridge attached to a car ignition be used as a fuse? Can a car be ripped off its rear axle?
Quote: "I'm the eighth dwarf: Dirty." -Adam

Children grow faster in the springtime than any other season during the year.

July 9;

Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot.

July 10;
TV Show: Mythbusters
Episode: 1.11 - Sinking Titanic, Goldfish Memory, Trombone Explosion
Goal: 170/400 (42.5% Complete)
About: Will a sinking ship suck you down as it goes under? Can fish actually remember things? What happens when you throw a firecracker down the neck of a trombone?
Quote: "We're looking for something in a trombone." -Adam "Ok. And, uh, like for a student?" -Store Owner "Well, actually we want to blow it up." -Adam

In ancient Egypt, doctors used jolts from the electric catfish to reduce the pain of arthritis.

July 11;

Obsessive nose picking is referred to as rhinotillexomania.

July '09

Jul. 19th, 2009 12:49 pm
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July '09: 12 - 18

July 12;

One ragweed plant can release as many as a million grains of pollen in one day.

July 13;

People over the age of fifty will start to lose their dislike for foods that taste bitter.

July 14;

The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily.

July 15;

The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin.

July 16;
Title: The Strain
Author: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Rating:
Goal: 32/60 (53 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 401
Genre: Horror
About: They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.
In two months - the world.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.
My Thoughts: The reviews definitely aren't lying when they say this book isn't for the feint of heart. It was constantly fast paced, intense and frankly disturbing. This book was easy to picture once you've seen del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Those creatures are right in line with this book's version of vampires. I recommend that movie more than this book, but honestly I wouldn't be surprised if this book were made into a movie.

The average person spends two weeks of their life kissing.

July 17;
Title: Kitty and The Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Rating:
Goal: 33/60 (55% Complete)
Pages: 259
Genre: Urban Fantasy
About: VAMPIRES. WEREWOLVES. TALK RADIO. Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station--and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew…
My Thoughts: Very enjoyable. It was difficult for me to adjust to Vaughn's weres after being so used to Brigg's (Mercy Thompson). I didn't like Vaughn's as well but Kitty is quite likable and made up for this. I also really enjoyed the premise of the plot.

The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands.

July 18;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 3.05 - Signals and Codes
Goal: 171/400 (42.75% Complete)
About: Michael helps a mathematician with preventing the firm he works for from selling government secrets.
Quote: "Ladies and gentlemen, if I can borrow your attention I promise to return it on about an hour." -Sam

The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella.

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