Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 8, 2023

  • Oklahoma school board approves what would be the 1st taxpayer-funded religious school in US
    • A state school board in Oklahoma voted Monday to approve what would be the first publicly funded religious school in the nation, despite a warning from the state’s attorney general that the decision was unconstitutional. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted 3-2 to approve the application by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma to establish the St. Isidore of Seville Virtual Charter School. The online public charter school would be open to students across the state in kindergarten through grade 12.
  • ‘Virgin birth’ recorded in crocodile for 1st time ever
    • Scientists have announced the first ever recorded case of a crocodile “virgin birth” after a female that had been isolated for 16 years was discovered with a clutch of eggs. The discovery provides “tantalizing insights” into the evolutionary origins of the trait, potentially shedding light on the reproductive capabilities of dinosaurs, a new study finds.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 7, 2023

  • There’s a rumor that the British Prime Minister will throw out the first pitch at the Nationals’ game. Let’s just say the British media doesn’t have much faith in his throwing ability.
  • ‘Ducking hell’ to disappear from Apple autocorrect
    • The autocorrect feature, which has long frustrated users, will soon be able to use AI to detect when you really mean to use that expletive.
  • Finland Slaps Millionaire With $130,000 Speeding TicketThe apologetic offender said he hopes the fine will be put towards Finland’s healthcare system
    • Finnish law states that punishments can be handed out in proportion to an offender’s income combined with the seriousness of the crime, according to The Guardian. Wiklöf’s fine was the equivalent of 14 days of his disposable income.
  • Sonic booms are loud, but I was curious if pilots hear the boom. Here’s the best answer I could find:
    • As a former Concorde pilot puts it, “You don’t actually hear anything on board. All we see is the pressure wave moving down the aeroplane – it gives an indication on the instruments. And that’s what we see around Mach 1. But we don’t hear the sonic boom or anything like that.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 6, 2023

  • “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.”
  • I’m impressed by the professional achievements of some of the women I’ve gone on dates with. The latest one is a published author of three books, started her own business, and is a booked speaker.
  • I’ve never pawned anything. I think I understand the concept – you get cash in exchange for an item with the understanding that you can buy it back later, but you risk someone else being able to purchase the item between the time you take the cash and pay it fully back. I could look it up, but I’m looking for material to fill today’s post.
  • I’m not sure if it’s common for parents-in-law to write letters to the spouse of their children. When I was married, this (Dropbox PDF) was the only letter I received from my father-in-law. He wanted us to understand that any property he owned would be passed down to his children as separate property, and even attached an article on how it’s Texas law. It’s interesting that he states he doesn’t own his home and it’s solely in his wife’s name as it was a gift from her parents. It must be nice not to have to worry about a mortgage payment and make it easy to save for college so they can attend a certain private Baptist institution of higher learning. I just never liked it that they claimed they roughed it and made sacrifices when generational wealth played a huge role. It’s also interesting that he misspelled his wife’s name using a “y” instead of an “i”. I suppose people have received worse letters from their in-laws. But hey, at least he sent the letter out of love.
  • I got along with my father-in-law for the most part, but he did have a lot of hot opinions. In the last conversation I had with him, he was telling me how the black man would always be a burden to the white man. Then he elaborated on how he didn’t mind interracial marriage because white women were breeding the black out of the blacks. I always thought that was an interesting point to make to his half-Asian son-in-law.
  • Dave Ramsey Faces $150 Million Lawsuit Over Timeshare Exit Promotions
  • 12 People Break Down Exactly What a Panic Attack Feels Like
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 5, 2023

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