What reality would you like to distort?
If Google is the source of all knowledge, then Wiki must come in as a strong second… OK, only joking, but as you all know I do enjoy a bit of surfing as part of my research for cartoons. This time I tackled Wiki on the topic of forbidden fruit and was presented with more disclaimers than content, including the need for: possible rewriting of the article, copy editing for grammar and style, more citations and verification and finally tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.
So, now that the disclaimer is out, you can take the following information as you will…
Apparently, the forbidden apple might not have been an apple after all. Up until the 17th century, the word apple meant all fruit other than berries but including nuts. Historical references, have described the fruit as: pomegranates, figs, grape, wheat and even mushrooms.
I love to see what Google has to say on certain topics, so today I asked ‘Is the glass half full or empty?’ and I found this website, Businessballs.com, that dedicated a whole page to this concept. Here are a few thoughts on the topic:
- The computer programmer says the glass is full-empty
- The actor says, “Whatever the director wants it to be – or not to be…”
- The Buddhist says don’t worry, remember the glass is already broken.
- The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow.
- The inventor says: I can invent a new glass that will put an end to this ridiculous misperception.
- The millennial says: I cannot make an informed decision about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty before I have checked all the reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor.
- The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.
- The computer specialist says that next year the glass capacity will double, be half the price, but cost you 50% more for me to give you the answer.
- The call-centre operator asks if you’d mind holding while she finds out for you. (Your call is important to them…)
So tell me, what’s your glass like?
This is what happens when I mix my day job with my night job
– A video answering the question, “What is risk?”
…Let me know what you think?
I’ve been inspired by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s recent discovery of 7 new earth-sized planets within the habitable zone around one star. And what names did they give these beautiful babies of the Milky Way? An uninspiring: b, c, d, e, f, g, h – not even capitals!
But wait, it gets better. The star these planets are revolving around is named TRAPPIST-1 (short for Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope); but that name was created for commoners such as myself. It’s astronomical catalogue name is 2MASS J23062928-0502285. No wonder they ran out of imagination by the time they reached the planets.
I’m sure you could do better. What would you call them?
…with a fake orange
Don’t you find it amazing how only last month, the phrase fake news was but non-existent, but now it’s everywhere you go. We’re probably living and breathing the beginnings of a future etymological study over 500 years from now; where etymologists will dive into our popular culture and history to understand what was going on at the time that resulted in the phrase fake news.
And as I stand here today before you in pixel format, I prophesize we’ll see a logarithmic escalation in the use of the term fake news, as captured within tool such as Google Ngrams. If you aren’t aware of this neat little program, it’s an online search engine that charts frequencies of a word or string of words (such as a phrase) as documented within printed sources between 1500 and 2008. Below is the ngram I created for the use of the phrase real news versus fake news.
Now, let’s sit back and watch fake news rise above and beyond the real news.
PS. If you want to find out a bit more of the serious side to this Google tool, watch the TED talk What we learnt form 5 million books.