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18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply

Ever want to have someone simply explain science-y stuff?  Well, here’s your chance.  Using only the most commonly used 1,000 words, scientists explain 18 pretty complicated concepts.  The results are pretty stinking funny.

Geologists Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan created the Tumblr “Ten Hundred Words of Science” to collect examples of scientific text rendered into up-goer five speak. From the site, here are examples of up-goer simplified science from 18 different fields.

18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply

‘Til next time,


The Grand Budapest Hotel

This was my first Wes Anderson experience. Well, not actually. Apparently he’s also directed several commercials. You can watch those here. (Thank you Mental Floss.) Basically I went to see this because I thought it was hilarious when Ralph Fiennes ran away when the police accused him of murder. (It’s the little things that make me happy.) This movie was so much better than M. Gustave’s, Fiennes character, exit strategy. (Although, that is still one of my favorite parts of the movie.) The Grand Budapest Hotel is funny, quirky, surprising and unique. I would watch it again right now, if I could. (I can’t because I’m at work, and I have to …you know, work. No comments about whether or not this is actually work. I am aware.)
The cast of characters and the actors who give them life is … well that was the other reason I saw this movie. Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson…I mean really. How could you resist?

Okay, so short plot summary (all of which you could have garnered from the trailer, so I give away no spoilers). There’s a hotel, a mysterious owner of said hotel, and he tells a writer (Jude Law, I adore Jude Law.) how he came to own it. Then there’s a concierge, a lobby boy, a romance, a murder, several deaths, and (this isn’t in the trailer) a great chase scene across a snow-covered mountain. Wes Anderson is definitely this week’s favorite writer/director of movies.

Have you seen any of his other work? Which would you recommend I watch first?

‘Til next time,


How Do You Say That?

So I have a problem.  It isn’t a big problem, but it is recurring.  The problem is I read a lot.  How is that a problem, you ask?  Well, let me ‘splain it to you, Lucy?  My vocabulary is rather…extensive, because I read a lot.  Some of the words that I know, don’t get bandied about very often in normal conversation.  However, I read them and I know what they mean.  I think I know how they’re supposed to sound…sometimes I’m wrong.  Sometimes, when you know the perfect word for a situation, you just go with how you think it is pronounced.   Sometimes, you ask your mother, who has an equally extensive vocabulary, how you say it.  Sometimes, you’re right…or not.  John Green tackles this in a Mental Floss video.  Commonly mispronounced words.

Tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.  Please?

‘Til next time,


Things That Drive Me Nuts…Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

I grew up with The Comma Queen.  Grammar mistakes were often met with glib sayings that have stayed with me, (and end up uttered whenever faced with a opportunity similar situation) apparently, for life.  Did things like this ever happen to you?


Question: Where is the insert whatever you’re trying to find here at?
Answer: Somewhere before the “at”.

Question: Are you done yet?
Answer: I am not a turkey.  I will be finished in a moment.

This upbringing contributed to a healthy dislike of the misuse of the English language.  Not saying I’m never…as correct as I possibly could have been.  I have to think really hard about the difference between “lay” and “lie”, “who” and “whom”, and “affect” and “effect.”  Thank goodness for Mental Floss.  John Green talks about common grammar and spelling mistakes in this video.

This is my contribution to making social media a little less annoying.  Hopefully, yours too.

‘Til next time,



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Have You Ever Wondered, Do Those Life Hacks Actually Work?

Do you ever wonder about stuff?  I wonder about stuff.  Like those life hacks that I have been inundated with online.  They sound really helpful!  I pin them on Pinterest, share them on Facebook, but I never actually try them.  Really what I wanted was to ask around until I found someone that had tested all this stuff to see if any of it actually worked.  Thank goodness for John Green.  I like John Green.  He’s a funny guy.  He also writes some amazing books!

He tested 30 life hacks found online.  Some of the ones that I was sure would work, nope.  Fail.  Others I was sure were pure fiction, actually work pretty well.  Plus, I don’t think I can ever look at Doritos the same way again…although, I may take them camping with me.  Just in case of an emergency.

Do you have any life hacks that you’ve tried?  Did they work?  Did they fail?  Is there video!?!?!  These are things that I need to know!

‘Til next time,