‘Daily Math’

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Love at First Sniff

April 25, 2012 3:00 pm


Weddings are the ultimate party, with elaborate food, flowers, and music to celebrate the happy occasion.  So it isn’t surprising that dogs would want the same thing.  On Sunday, two California pooches named Scruffy and Snickers held a splashy doggie wedding that most humans would want for themselves, complete with 100 guests, a cake, and a groomspup named Max.

So what does it take to throw a doggie wedding?

Got milk?

April 24, 2012 3:00 pm


You’ve probably seen the “Got milk?” ads, showing celebrities wearing white mustaches from drinking milk.  But what does it take to get milk?  Once she’s done feeding her calf, a typical milk cow produces enough milk to fill 12 half-gallon cartons of milk per day!  With 8 cups of milk in each carton, that cow can feed a lot of people.

Watch Out for That Fountain…

April 23, 2012 3:00 pm


We’ve all seen – or we’ve been – those people walking down the street bumping into things because they’re busy texting on their phones.  A year ago some poor woman fell straight into a fountain at a mall because she was so focused on texting.  It’s a cautionary tale for all of us.

In the end, does it save any time to text while walking, instead of just stopping, typing what we have to type, and then moving on?

One (or Ten?) for the Road

April 20, 2012 11:30 am


If you’ve ever looked out the window for a chunk of time, you might be surprised by how many kinds of vehicles drive by (and how badly some of them drive…but let’s not go there).  Most of them are cars, but you’ll also get the occasional motorcycle or fire engine, and we’re always on the lookout for the ice-cream truck.

So what kinds of vehicles drive down your street every day – and who’s in them?

Keeping Up with the Octuplets

April 19, 2012 11:00 am


While human children are usually born one at a time, sometimes you get a bigger bundle.  Chances are you know at least one set of twins, or may even have a twin yourself.  Triplets and even bigger sets are possible, including the famous Gosselin sextuplets (six children born at once) and even octuplets (eight at once!).  While that makes it easy to share clothes, making lunches in the morning must get crazy.

Since twins and triplets are more common, though, let’s do some math with those.

Royal Colors

April 18, 2012 11:00 am


What’s it like being Queen Elizabeth?  For one thing, everyone studies every single outfit you wear.  Vogue magazine took every photo of Her Royal Highness from this past year and lined them all up in rainbow order, to find out what color she wears the most.  Apparently the Queen wears blue almost 1/3 of the time, and also likes purple and pink.  It also looks like she never repeats an outfit.  Talk about pressure!

If someone made a chart like that for you, what would it look like?

Do Me a Favor…

April 14, 2012 2:50 pm


Weekends can get busy, and one activity adding to the chaos is birthday parties.  For the guests it’s easy: buy a gift and show up.  But for the hosts, the preparations can be intense.  At one recent party in town, the party favor was a live fish, one for each of the 32 partygoers to take home in a jar.  And you can get even more ambitious – as long as the favors can survive the trip.

Magic Trick Gone Wrong

April 12, 2012 3:00 pm


If you’ve ever watched a great magician, you know it can be hard to catch how he pulled that coin out of your ear, or that rabbit out of your backpack.  Magicians never reveal their tricks, but hopefully they know what they’re doing.  If things don’t go as planned, it could get out of control quickly – especially with live animals.

Letting Your Hair Down

April 11, 2012 8:17 am


Human hair grows about 1/2 inch per month.  But you might want to speed that up, especially if you’ve just gotten a bad haircut.  Tips out there include eating lots of fish, massaging your scalp, and rubbing tomatoes and olive oil into your hair.  That last one sounds more like it belongs on a bowl of pasta, but hey, it might work.

Of course, if these tricks actually do work, and you stop getting haircuts, things could get pretty hairy pretty fast.

Milkshake Car

April 9, 2012 3:00 pm


For all the technology in today’s cars – sensors, cameras, satellite radio – what we need is a car where, when you shut the door and buckle in, it makes a milkshake for you.  This seems totally doable in a car: as the wheels turn, the axle spins the blender.  There are cupholders already, too.  All we need is a spot for the ice cream, somewhere near the air conditioner.

It’s pretty clear that if you had a car like that, everyone would want to carpool with you.