Sunday, January 15, 2006
If you screw things in right you'd be surprised what happens
The stardust of yesterday--NASA got this one right. Stardust, a space capsule that spent the last seven years scooping up comet dust, stuff perhaps older than the solar system, made a safe and gentle landing in the Utah desert Sunday morning. The last time they tried it, the Genesis spacecraft’s parachutes didn’t open because someone put a part in backwards. The Stardust space capsule travelled almost 3 million miles (4.7 million kms). It is the first time since 1973 that anything from space has been brought to Earth. Stardust came screaming through the atmosphere at 28,860 mph (46,440 kms), the fastest any human-made object has ever travelled. The comet probed was Wild 2 and the dust was captured by a tennis-racket shaped space probe with containers like ice cube compartments. The comet dust collected is miniscule, about the tenth of the width of a human hair. The dust should be at least 4.5 million years old, as old or older than the solar system.
I’d bet Lindsay Lohan gets pregnant if I knew who Lindsay Lohan was--Most gamblers are men. They bet on football, baseball, basketball, politics, anything that moves. Women generally are supposed to have more sense. But an online betting company says that might be changing. Women are beginning to bet, but not on whether the Colts will beat the Steelers (they won’t). They bet on celebrities. They actually care about celebrities. According to a press release relayed to me by a splendid reader, SportsInteraction.com, reports there has been a 30 percent increase on female betters and the women say they bet on celebrities so they can have a vested interest in the celebrities’ lives. So much for women being more sensible than men. The web site posts odds on Paris Hilton (the temptation to put something really salacious in parenthesis is almost irresistible), Jessica Simpson (I don’t know who she is either), and Tom Cruise (oh, he’s the Scientologist bouncing on the couch). Online gambling, incidentally, is a $7 billion a year business. [Thank you, Jonathan].