Friday, June 22, 2007

"Pwn3d" Pic of the Day

"Pwn3d" (or "pwned"/"own3d") is internet geek for "owned," as in "you got served." (Click the words in yellow to link to the Wikipedia entry, if you really need more info.)

The Seven Wonders of the Natural World

I told you there were more Seven Wonders lists.

Be sure to click each thumbnail pic - most of them link to very cool larger pics.

1. The Grand Canyon (U.S.)

277 miles long, up to 18 feet wide, over a mile deep. Took six million years to create, so Joan Rivers was just an infant when it began (now click here quickly).

2. The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

World's largest coral reef system, composed of about 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretch for 1,616 miles and cover an area of approximately 133,000 square miles. Can be seen from space.

3. Rio de Janiero Harbor (Brazil)

Stretches 20 miles inland from the sea, and early settlers thought it was a river, hence the city's name: Rio de Janiero means "river of January," for the month the harbor was discovered.

4. Mount Everest (Nepal)

At 29,029 feet, the world's tallest mountain. Over 2,000 people have climbed Everest, and 203 have died there. A permit from the Nepalese government to climb Everest can cost as much as $25,000 per person. "I paid 25K to climb Mt. Everest and all I got was this lousy death!"

5. Northern Lights (various countries)

AKA aurora borealis, the Lights are an electrostatic phenomenon characterized by a bright glow and caused by the collision of charged particles in the magnetosphere with atoms in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Whatever the #$%*@ that means. The Southern hemisphere has a similar phenomenon called aurora australis.

6. Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe and Zambia, Africa)

Called the largest waterfall on Earth (though some disagree). A mile wide and 360 feet tall, more than twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Parícutin Volcano (Mexico)

Parícutin first appeared in 1943. That's not a typo. Says Wikipedia: "It began as a fissure in a cornfield owned by farmer Dionisio Pulido on February 20, 1943. Pulido, his wife, and son all witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand as they plowed the field. Much of the volcano's growth occurred during its first year, when it reached over 1,100 feet in height. For the next eight years the volcano would continue erupting, until Parícutin went quiet in 1952, attaining a final height of 1,391 feet above the cornfield from which it was born (total elevation 10,400 ft). The volcano has been quiet since. Like most cinder cones, Parícutin is a monogenetic volcano, which means that it will never erupt again."

Classic Comedy Clip of The Day

Triumph The Insult Dog at the premiere of one of the Star Wars movies. 99% of you have seen this, but to the 1% who haven't, you're in for a treat.


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