Sep 21, 2007

Yogi Bear: Black Bear or Grizzly?

Yogi Bear has been delighting Jellystone tourists with his antics for decades. But exactly what species of bear wears a matching hat and necktie? Let's examine some facts:

  • Yogi is brown. Grizzly bears are brown, and black bears are (get this) sometimes brown. 1 point for both species.
  • He famously describes himself as "smarter than the average bear." Grizzlies are much more intelligent than black bears, and have larger brains. 1 point for grizzly bear.
  • Yogi's constantly running away with pic-a-nic baskets. Both grizzly and black bears scavenge for food. 1 point for both species.
  • He's slightly taller than Ranger Smith. Black bears grow to be 5-6 feet tall. Full-grown grizzlies can reach heights of 8 feet. Assuming Ranger Smith isn't a giant or an ogre, 1 point for black bear.
  • Yogi walks on his hind legs. Both species can manage this, though a grizzly is more prone to do so with regularity. 1 point for grizzly bear.
  • He lives in Jellystone Park. I've always thought of Jellystone as being somewhere in the northern contiguous US. Grizzlies are only found in Canada, Alaska and Hollywood. 1 point for black bear.
Final result: 4 points for grizzly bear, 4 points for black bear. I guess he could really be either species. This "test" of "facts" revealed absolutely nothing. What a waste of time. Well, at least I'm on my lunch break. What's your excuse?


Recently I wrote a post about my wife and a competition she entered. I have since found out that I could have sabotaged her chances by blogging about it. I've removed the post, and you will have to wait until January '08 to get the info - sorry about that!

Those of you who read the post, let's try to keep it hush-hush, OK? I know I can count on you, 'cuz hey, if you can't trust anonymous internet users, then who can you trust?

Sep 14, 2007

What's Gross?

Diet Chocolate Fudge soda.

What's Grosser than Gross?

Diet CHERRY Chocolate Fudge Soda. Yuck!!

Sep 13, 2007

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה) is a celebration of the Jewish New Year, which began yesterday at sundown and lasts through Friday night. Welcome to 5768 everybody!

The traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah is "Shana Tova" Hebrew for "A Good Year," or "Shana Tova Umetukah" for "A Good and Sweet Year." Because Jews are being judged by God for the coming year, a longer greeting translates as "May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year" (ketiva ve-chatima tovah).

Some Rosh Hashanah facts:

  • characterized by the blowing of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram's horn
  • begins 163 days after the first day of Passover
  • can never occur on the first, fourth or sixth days of the Jewish week

Sep 11, 2007

Happy 26th Birthday, Angela!!

Today my wife celebrates her 26th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Angela!!