Sunday, June 28, 2009

God was right-brained, chameleons are the living proof.

Amazing creatures. Not only they are well known for the ability to promptly change their skin color, but they also come with quite the unique feature list:

  • Very long tongue, sometimes as long as their body.
  • No need for glasses to watch 3D movies, their eyes are already stereoscopic.
  • Ability to stay still (freeze) for an extended period of time.
  • Deaf.

One of the mistaken perceptions — chameleons change color only to camouflage. Yes and no! They also change their color to mingle and get laid. Color changing is based on very similar process we see at Home Depot. Yes, they do mix different paints (cells/RGB/PMS) to produce desired color.

Chameleons can be petted. There are places which breed them to be sold.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Toilets — cultural differences.

Toilet customs and facilities vary from country to country. The most advanced and cleanest facilities, can be found in Japan.

The worst can be experienced in India, Africa and other third world countries. World Toilet Organization makes sure that everyone gets decent toilets.

Some differences are noticed in the process of visiting "the facilities".While in some countries, like India, public urinating (as well as baking brownies) is an absolutely normal process, the others,are so embarrassed of their bodily natural processes, so that they even had to come up with devices to mute the sounds.

Most of Arabic countries oppose to using toilet paper. That of course, does not come from the desire to be environmentally friendly. How they do it? They just use their bare hand (always left one).

Lastly, how do space travelers do it without getting splashed in the face with digested waste? Answer →.

P.S sometimes space travelers quarrel about toilet usage.