Monday, November 28, 2011

Never miss Wookiee Life Day again!

I have previously written about all of the little-known holidays that deserve to be celebrated. Now I have added a new feature to the Alien Robot Zombie Skeptic website: a calendar that lets you keep track of all of them.

I have included all of the normal U.S. and Canadian holidays, plus a heaping helping of, shall we say, less normal ones. You'll also find astronomical information (such as the best time to view planets in the sky), predicted future alien robot zombie invasions and a host of other random but potentially interesting stuff.

Did I miss anything? Leave a comment. If your holiday or event is alien robot zombies enough, I'll add it.

P.S. - Happy birthday, Mom. And no, that's not on the calendar.  ;)

Friday, November 11, 2011

11:11:11 11-11-11

This is being posted at 11 seconds after 11:11 AM on November 11, 2011.

Happy Eleven Day to everyone. I hope your day goes to eleven.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turdus migratorius incorrectus

Dear Red Robin:

Tonight, while I dined in your restaurant with my family, my sons received kids menus that included something called the "Scientific Name Game." I realize the kids menu at Red Robin is "light reading," but I was horrified to find the scientific name of our own species misspelled. I am a businessman, not a scientist, but I abhor sloppiness when it comes to educational materials - yes, even Red Robin menus!

The correct spelling is Homo sapiens, not Homo sapien. (The final "s" was missing.) Please take more care in the future. I am all for introducing complex subjects in a simple way, but it should be done factually. (Also, technically the second half of each scientific name should be lower case, not capitalized, but I concede that I may just be splitting hairs at this point.)

Rico Detroit

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hey diddle diddle: 2005 YU55

Tomorrow, November 8, 2011, asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass very close to the earth, reaching its nearest point, about 200,000 miles (325,000 km) from Earth, at 6:28 p.m. EST. This is closer than the Moon orbits our planet.

Fortunately, the orbit of this asteroid is very well known, and there is no chance of collision with either the Earth or the Moon. (Or at least that's what they want you to think. NASA has lied to us before...)

Unfortunately, nobody has bothered to give this 790 foot (325 m) diameter asteroid an official name yet. As I've repeatedly said in the past, I won't stand for that. Therefore, in honor of the fact that this cow is obviously jumping over the moon, I hereby bestow upon it the nickname "Diddle" in honor of the old nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such a sight,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.