Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1947 Random Eyes

Every now and then my random eyes see things worth sharing. Like a statistic that summed up the summer weather we had last year. Actually it was the summer weather we had in March. In the lower 48 states the average temperature was 8.6 degrees above normal.
If this keeps up it's going to ruin the Hawaiian travel industry.
Another random statistic: The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, an average or 88.8 guns per 100 people. Yemen by contrast has only 54.8 guns per hundred.
On the face of it, scary. But the 88.8% figure is misleading. First, women own guns here too. In Yemen half the population is forbidden to. And B, 88.8% of people don't really own guns. A lot fewer own more guns apiece. I've known some gun lovers with dozens. It's like the same compulsion you find in people who collect Beany Babies.
A different random fact: I was talking to a guy who is anxious to get into to the new legalized canna-business. But he doesn't want to make smoking products. He wants to make unguents and ointments. Namely, a comforting salve. He wants to call it canna-bointment.
Not sure if he'd use social media to Tweet the news about his product. If so, I'm sure he could use a hashtag.
Semi-related random fact: There's a great move afoot to section off vast areas to protect the Mazama pocket gopher. The weird thing is, it currently thrives in areas that were created largely due to the effects of man. Tree cutting and land clearing and such.
Grasslands as it were.
Land that would continue to remain profitable if it was used to cultivate that other grass.
Hopefully, both the EPA and the DEA will say, "Gopher it."
America, ya gotta love it.

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