Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

“In the Year 2000…” November 4, 2015

Filed under: Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Laura gifted to me a vintage 1999 book authored by Conan O’Brien and the writers of Late Night, “In the Year 2000…”

It’s based upon this classic recurring skit.

Of the book’s 369 predictions, I found two (0.54%) which have come true:
–The book’s very first entry, which foretold, “Man will sometimes write ‘1999’ on his checks.”
–And this one, recently fulfilled: “The term ‘politically correct’ will no longer be considered politically correct.”

Over the past sixteen years, this book itself has depreciated more than 90%, from its original suggested retail price of $10.95 to less than a dollar at the place where Laura found it. And yet, it shall be a priceless keepsake.

 

My Page Count Study October 17, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Science,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

I had a theory and examined 100 various books from my book shelves. How many of them would you predict had an even number of numbered pages? The average of thirteen Facebook friends’ guesses was 78%. The true answer can be found below:

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Eights vs. Ovals October 5, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

By my calculations, a figure-eight racetrack uses its space 16% more efficiently than an oval one. Just watch how well it works:

 

 

Racism Trivia: “That’s Racist !/?” March 13, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Silly Studies,Stuff,Trivia — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

In February 2015, each of the exact phrases below were Google-searched. Some returned at least one sincere link accusing racism, while others returned none. Can you guess which people or things below were alleged to be “Racist” and which were “Not Racist.” Highlight the text below to reveal the answers.

  1. “Anne of Green Gables is racist”  Answer: “Not Racist”
  2. “CNN is racist”  “Racist” (6,690 links)
  3. “Dogs are racist”  “Racist” (10,600 links)
  4. “Dungeons and Dragons is racist”  “Racist” (144 links)
  5. “Hollywood is racist”  “Racist” (18,900 links)
  6. “La Crosse is racist” “Not Racist”
  7. “McDonalds is racist”  “Racist” (14,600 links)
  8. “NFL football is racist”  “Not Racist”
  9. “Pope Francis is racist”  “Not Racist”
  10. “Pride and Prejudice is racist”  “Not Racist”
  11. “Scott Walker is racist”  “Racist” (3,050 links)
  12. “SNL is racist”  “Racist” (2,040 links)
  13. “Soviet propaganda was racist”  “Not Racist”
  14. “Synchronized swimming is racist”  “Not Racist”
  15. “The Big Bang Theory is racist”  “Racist” (1,450 links)
  16. “The fashion industry is racist”  “Racist” (3,350 links)
  17. “Time zones are racist”  “Not Racist”
  18. “Titanic is racist”  “Not Racist”
  19. “To Kill a Mockingbird is racist”  “Racist” (3,580 links)
  20. “Yodeling is racist”  “Not Racist”
 

Everyone Has Time to Read the Four Gospels September 10, 2014

Filed under: Catholicism,Neat,Religion,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Have you ever read the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John?

People say that they don’t have time to read the four most important books in human history, but the truth is that everyone does. It is simply a question of our priorities. Given the average person’s reading speed and the number of words in each book, about how long does it take to read the Gospels?

Matthew:  1 hour, 14 minutes
Mark:  46 minutes
Luke:  1 hour, 18 minutes
John:  1 hour, 3 minutes

The Four Gospels:  4 hours, 21 minutes

For comparison, you can read:

If we have had the time for any of the things above, what excuse will we have for someday appearing before the Lord Jesus without having read his Gospels? Put first things first, and take time today to begin reading his four Gospels.

 

Interesting Facts About Statuary Hall August 26, 2014

Filed under: Catholicism,History,Neat,Politics,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The National Statuary Hall Collection on display throughout the U.S. Capitol building features statues of notable persons representing all fifty states. Each state selects and donates two statues, sometimes replacing a previous monument with a new honoree.

The collection includes:

  • An Oklahoman who said:
    “America has the best politicians money can buy.”
    “Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.”
    “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
    “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.”
Statuary Hall

National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building

  • A Senator for the states of Illinois, Minnesota, & Missouri

 

 

The Power of 2’s April 7, 2014

Filed under: Games,Neat,Silly Studies,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Try a game, or two, of  “2048” (if you can stop at just two games.)
Then, click to reveal the secret of why you think you are really good at playing it. (more…)