April 22, 2011

Section 230

Section 230 of the U.S. 1996 Communication Decency Act says that internet providers aren't responsible for offensive or libelous content if the provider has attempted to block at least some of this content.

From The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/magazine/mag-24lede-t.html?ref=magazine

April 21, 2011

Cat Ba Island

One of the Vietnamese islands is named Cat Ba.

From LonelyPlanet.com:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/vietnam/northeast-vietnam/cat-ba-island

April 20, 2011

Body of Proof Creator

Body of Proof, the television drama starring Dana Delany, was created by Chris Murphey. Murphey is also given sole writing credit for the pilot.

From IMDB.com:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587669/maindetails

April 19, 2011

NIA countries

There are nine world countries whose names end with the letter combination "-nia": Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mauritania, Romania, Slovenia, and Tanzania.   


From NationsOnline.org:  
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/countries_of_the_world.htm

April 18, 2011

Artemisia Vulgaris

The Latin name for the mugwort/wormwood plant is artemisia vulgaris.

From the United States Department of Agriculture:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ARVU

April 17, 2011

Taylor plays Taggart

Actress Taylor Schilling plays Dagny Taggart in the recently-released film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.

From IMDB.com:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480239/combined

April 16, 2011

Kickstarter.com

Kickstarter.com is a website that facilitates funding creative projects via donations to the creator from any person who wishes to support the project.

From the official website:
http://www.kickstarter.com/

April 15, 2011

Barramundi

Barramundi is a fish, similar to Seabass, found in Southeast Asia and Australia.

From TheBetterFish.com:
http://www.thebetterfish.com/the-healthy-fish/barramundi-fun-facts

April 14, 2011

Flagrant Foul

In the National Basketball Association rule book, a flagrant foul is called when unnecessary and/or excessive contact occurs when the ball is not in play.

From the NBA rulebook (Rule 12A -- Section I):
http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_12.html?nav=ArticleList

April 13, 2011

Bonds Convicted

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice, but a mistrial was declared on the three charges of perjury regarding Bonds's use of steroids.

From Sports Illustrated:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/baseball/mlb/04/13/bonds.trial.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

April 12, 2011

Brewer and Shipley

Michael and Tom are the first names, respectively, of the 1970s music duo Brewer and Shipley.

From the duo's official website:
http://www.brewerandshipley.com/

April 11, 2011

BPA-free cans

To avoid using metal cans lined with the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) -- which can often leak into high-acidity foods -- the Eden Organics company is putting their tomato products in amber-colored jars. The jars protect the canned tomatoes from light, which can cause discoloration and off-flavor.

From the company's website:
http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=191

April 10, 2011

The Sure Thing

Eric Adelson wrote the biography The Sure Thing: The Making and Unmaking of Golf Phenom Michelle Wie.  


From Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Sure-Thing-Making-Unmaking-Michelle/dp/0345511751

April 9, 2011

Lithotomy position

The position usually associated with a woman giving birth -- on her back with her legs up -- is technically called the lithotomy position.

From BirthingNaturally.net:
http://www.birthingnaturally.net/barp/lithotomy.html

April 8, 2011

George Foreman's Lifetime Earnings

In 2004, boxing legend George Foreman's lifetime earnings were estimated at $240 million -- three times what he earned in the boxing ring. The bulk of these earnings have, of course, come from the sales of the George Foreman grill.

From Business Week:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_51/b3913093.htm

April 7, 2011

Casabella

The Casabella company, which specializing in housecleaning products, was founded in 1985 by hardware store manager Bruce Kaminstein, after he visited a housewares trade show in Italy.

From the company's website:
http://www.casabella.com/about.html

April 6, 2011

1974 Orient Express

The 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie's murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express stars Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot with multiple A-list stars -- Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave (to name a few) as the train's passengers.

From IMDB.com:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071877/combined

April 5, 2011

GoDaddy CEO and Elephants

The GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons has come under fire for killing an elephant while on safari. Parsons says it was a "problem elephant," but is known to enjoy hunting and has several hunting trophies in his home.

From ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/daddy-ceo-bob-parsons-africa-elephant-hunt-video/story?id=13279206

April 4, 2011

Gulf Spill = Bonus?

Despite the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Transocean, Ltd. -- the company responsible for the rig that caused the spill -- felt it appropriate to give its executives hundreds of thousands in bonuses for the company's safety performance.

From CNN.com:
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/04/03/gulf.spill.bonuses/index.html

April 3, 2011

Painter Federico Castelluccio

Federico Castelluccio, known for his role on the television show The Sopranos, is also an accomplished artist.

From his official website:
http://www.federicocastelluccio-paintings.com/biography.htm

April 2, 2011

Silence in the 3rd

Mariners television broadcasters Dave Sims and Mike Blowers were silent during the bottom half of the third inning in the Mariners' opening game as a tribute to the passing of Mariners' broadcasting legend Dave Niehaus.  Niehaus would move from the television broadcast to the radio broadcast after the third inning of each game.

From the Mariners' official website:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110401&content_id=17249880&notebook_id=17249886&vkey=notebook_sea&c_id=sea

April 1, 2011

Gmail Motion!

Today, Google released their new Gmail feature: Gmail motion....

as an April Fool's Day joke.

From the Gmail website:
http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

March 31, 2011

Rutabegorz locations

The Orange County, California restaurant chain Rutabegorz has restaurants in the cities of Fullerton, Orange, and Tustin.

From the official website:
http://www.rutabegorz.com/home

March 30, 2011

Tuesday Morning

The discount chain Tuesday Morning is named as such because its large events typically start on Tuesday mornings.

From the official website:
http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/ci/ci.asp

March 29, 2011

Melinda/Wendy

Melinda is the real first name of Dave Thomas's daughter Wendy, the namesake of his restaurant chain.

From Wendy's website:
http://www.wendys.com/dave/

March 28, 2011

OCTAP

Orange County, California has a taxi administration program, known as OCTAP.

From the official website:
http://www.octap.net/

March 27, 2011

Coronado Island

From downtown San Diego, a ferry can be taken to Coronado Island in the middle of the San Diego Bay.

From the Coronado Ferry Landing website:
http://www.coronadoferrylandingshops.com/san-diego-bay-ferry.htm

March 26, 2011

Slipknot Masks

The members of the heavy metal band Slipknot wear masks during concerts. The masks have been modified over the years.

From MTV.com:
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1485648/slipknot-new-lp-new-masks.jhtml

March 25, 2011

Elevation of Castle Rock

The city of Castle Rock, Colorado has an elevation of 6,202 feet above sea level.

From the city's official website:
http://www.crgov.com/index.aspx?nid=669

March 24, 2011

Customer of Size

When referring to patrons who may be too overweight to sit comfortably in the airline seats, Frontier Airlines calls these passengers "Customers of Size."

From the Frontier Airlines website:  

March 23, 2011

Book of Joel

Musician Billy Joel is releasing his autobiography in June. The book will be titled The Book of Joel: A Memoir.   

From Amazon.com: