Since my co-blogger Adam Frank posted yesterday that hilarious Monty Python video examining whether there is life after death, and Mark Memmott of The Two-Way blog wrote Monday on Hawking's pronouncements on the same topic quoting me, I couldn't resist contributing to this valuable debate with a few remarks on life-after-death experiments.
The surging Mississippi River is next expected to crest in Vicksburg, Mississippi tomorrow, according to CNN. It'll reach nearly one foot above previous records set in 1927. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns river water will remain very high for several more weeks. The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened river traffic near Natchez, Louisiana. It was closed yesterday to prevent barges from running into levees.
Hundreds of watermelons have been spontaneously combusting. According to China Central Television, many farmers in one eastern province are newcomers to the lucrative melon market. Apparently they've been applying lots of a chemical that accelerates growth. Add heavy rainfall, and the watermelons grow until they burst.
Don Gorske recently attended a ceremony at a McDonald's restaurant in Fond du Lac, Wis. The retired prison guard was going to eat his 25,000th Big Mac. He's been tracking how many he's eaten since he bit into his first one in 1972.
Luisa Valenzuela is an important, post-Boom South American avant-garde writer. Her books — Como en la Guerra (1977) and Cambio de armas (1982) among them — take on patriarchy and politics. They challenge her native country Argentina's dirty past, the corruption and murderous policies of its former dictatorship. She wins awards, meets with critical success and is invited all over the world to teach and speak.
So why is she sitting in New York, unable to think about anything other than boys?
Even though Tea Party-backed gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett lost the Republican primary, his supporters are celebrating. Moffett was a political novice with little name recognition, and he lacked the fundraising power of the primary winner, state Senate President David Williams. But Moffett beat Williams in the state’s two most populous counties and finished about ten percent behind the favorite statewide. He credits the surprising performance to individual Tea Party groups across the state.
Long lines formed at a gas station in Los Angeles a few days ago. Premium unleaded was on sale for an unbelievable discount: $1.10 a gallon. Drivers quickly purchased 7,000 gallons at this low price. It was a nightmare for the gas station owner, who says he lost $21,000.
Amazon.com is trying to find a state that will allow it to build distribution centers without making it collect sales tax from customers in that state. The online giant already pulled out of deals in Texas and South Carolina after lawmakers tried to force sales tax collections. Amazon has several distribution centers in the works for Tennessee. The General Assembly is weighing the creation of thousands of jobs against sales tax revenue.