Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 23, 2019

  • I’m upset with myself at how I can turn a simple task difficult. We need a new can opener. Instead of simply going to the store and picking one up the shelf, I decided to search Amazon and then compare the top-selling models with several online rankings. I then remembered the can opener in my childhood home was electric and had a knife sharpener in the back, so I decided to see if one of those is available. They are, but I can’t find one which performs one of those smooth cuts.
  • In defense of reading the same book over and over againWhy we revisit old favorites — like Harry Potter — so often.
    • I don’t think I’ve read any book more than once, maybe a short story, but not a book.
  • New $53M Texas high school football stadium has state’s largest video boardThe latest cathedral to pigskin is the new $50+ million Children’s Health Stadium, which will host Prosper (Texas) High School. Prosper is a northern suburb of Dallas.
    • Articles like this frustrate me. The headline mentions the stadium has the state’s largest video board, but I couldn’t find anything in the article which mentions the dimensions or specs or even a comparison to other video boards at other venues.
  • The World’s Greatest 100 Places In 2019, According To TIME
    • Only one Texas place is on the list, and it’s in Houston. The closest place on the list to Dallas is in Tulsa. And, two places on the list are in Vietnam.
  • For those of you who need a refresher with pig (swine) nomenclature:
    • Piglets: Any suckling pig
    • Gilt: A virgin female pig
    • Shoat: A juvenile male pig
    • Hog: A domestic pig that weighs more than 120 lbs.
    • Boar: Any male pig that’s not a piglet (an uncastrated male domestic pig)
    • Barrow: Male pig castrated at an early age
    • Sow: Mature female pig
    • Stag: Male pig castrated at a later age
    • Drift: A herd of domestic pigs
    • Sounder: Not used here, but it’s a group of wild pigs
    • Farrow: A group of piglets
    • And for good measure: – Feral pigs and wild hogs are similar and may even be indistinguishable in some cases, but they not one in the same. The key difference in defining a specific one is the use of the terms “feral” and “wild,” which have two distinct meanings.
      • The term “feral” applies to any animal that was once domesticated or whose ancestors were domesticated but has since been loosed into the wild and lost its sense of domestication. Feral pigs, often referred to ambiguously as “razorbacks” in many countries around the world regardless of the actual species of the pig, either were domestic pigs themselves or they are the descendants of domestic pigs.
      • Wild hogs collectively have never been subject to domestication by humans and have always remained as they were originally, wild.
  • Nike has a new shoe which comes with a removable gaiter shell which kinda makes the shoe a boot. I guess this stuff will sell better in places like Chicago and Seattle.
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