Sunday, 27 July 2003

Things I learned this weekend

I pride myself on trying to learn something new every day. This weekend was a particular bonanza of new factual information—some significant, some not. I present it all and let you decide what’s important and what isn’t.

  • Ypsilanti was originally called “Watertown,” but was renamed in honor of a hero of the Greek revolt against the Turks.
  • Talent at volleyball is apparently not genetically-determined.
  • Ypsilanti’s student ghetto is less impressive than Ann Arbor’s—but somewhat more like a real ghetto.
  • Eastern Michigan University’s PhD program in psychology is only three years old.
  • It’s hard to identify words that rhyme with statistical terms.
  • Some peoples’ buttocks are apparently located half-way up their backs.

And, a few unanswered questions:

  • If you redact 28 straight pages from a report, and everyone with half a brain already knows what those 28 pages say, what exactly was the point of the exercise?
  • If Miller High Life is the “Champagne of Beers,” what is the Cold Duck of beers?
  • Why do women travel in pairs?
  • Is Bob Graham really running for president, or is this just an elaborate joke that nobody has let me in on?