Friday, July 18, 2008

Something Store

The other day I heard about this site called It's a fun little site that puts a little excitement in the mail. I can't begin to describe it as well as they can.... so here's a little bit about it.....

SomethingStore is a fun new website that operates simply: We will send you something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping in the US) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it. What will yours be?

Your Something May Be Anything
It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire.

Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or ... Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

Anything But ...
For legal reasons and per our company policies, some restrictions do apply. We do not provide any items or services that are illegal to trade in United States, for example. Full list of exclusions is here:
Something ... Not .

Michael here: As soon as I saw this site, I knew I had to try it. I wasn't expecting anything special, but I had heard that someone received a desktop computer. As long as I received something I could use, I'd be happy.

On Thursday, I ran down to the leasing office, like a child on Christmas, to pick up my package from the Something Store. After a little fumbling with the box, this is what I saw:

After a little research I found out that I had received a pair of Anti Glare, Night Driving, Computer and Shooting Goggles with Foam Cushions and Black Frames.

They're not the most stylish things in the world, but I pull them off 'cause I'm rad.

Let me know if you order from the Something Store and what you got!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hey Bozo!

Sad news in the clown world today.... It was reported that "Larry Harmon wasn't the original Bozo the Clown, but he was the real one. Harmon, who portrayed the wing-haired clown for more than half a century, died Thursday, July 3rd, of congestive heart failure, said his publicist, Jerry Digney. He was 83.

As an entrepreneur, Harmon licensed the character to others, particularly dozens of television stations around the country. The stations in turn hired actors to be their local Bozos..."

Some fun facts I learned about 'Bozo' from Mr. Harmon's obituary:

1. Pinto Colvig, who provided the voice for Walt Disney's Goofy, was the first Bozo the Clown, a character created by writer-producer Alan W. Livingston for a series of children's records in 1946.

2. Bozo wore size 83AAA shoes.

3. The business — combining animation, licensing of the character and personal appearances — made millions, as Harmon trained more than 200 Bozos over the years to represent him in local markets.

4. The Chicago version of Bozo ran on WGN-TV in Chicago for 40 years and was seen in many other cities after cable television transformed WGN into a superstation.

5. Bozo - portrayed in Chicago for many years by Bob Bell - was so popular that the waiting list for tickets to a TV show eventually stretched to a decade, prompting the station to stop taking reservations for 10 years. On the day in 1990 when WGN started taking reservations again, it took just five hours to book the show for five more years. The phone company reported more than 27 million phone call attempts had been made.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sulfur Hexafluoride

A scientist visited Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, and brought a dense gas (approximately 5 to 6 times heavier than air) called Sulfur Hexafluoride. The scientist called Sulfur Hexafluoride 'anti-helium'. Instead of making your voice really high, it makes your voice really low.

The gas is so dense, that when inhaled it fills the chamber of your mouth and because it transfer sound at such a low velocity it filters out all the high sounds in your voice!

Here's a few videos, the first one includes Jay Leno and Josh Duhamel using Sulfur Hexafluoride to make their voices lower, and the second includes a short clip of 'Mythbusters' Adam Savage using and explaining the effects of Helium and Sulfur Hexafluoride, and the last clip is of a scientist making an aluminum foil boat float on the dense gas.

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