What Are We Missing?

There was a cool skit performed by two of the New Zealand America’s Cup commentators last night.

It had the two of them sitting at a table discussing the America’s Cup so far. I have paraphrased below.

What country holds the America’s Cup?
Switzerland

What is the main nationality on the Swiss Cup Holders boat, Alinghi?
New Zealand

Where is the America’s Cup being held?
Valencia, Spain

How many American teams are in the Cup?
One, Team Oracle BMW Racing

Who skippers the American team?
Chris Dickson, New Zealand

What is required for America’s Cup racing?
A Boat

And?
Sea

And?
A Team

And?
Sails

And?
Wind

What Are We Missing?
Wind

Quite ironically we had wind and sailing the day they aired this.

What Is The Difference Between a Sun and a Planet?

Reuters certainly don’t know.

Sun 3-D pictures help warn of solar flares

The first three-dimensional images of the Sun from a pair of spacecraft orbiting the planet were released on Monday and can begin helping scientists predict when and how hard dangerous solar storms will hit, the U.S. space agency NASA said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2334775720070424

Just think, this blunder has gone right around the world. Here is the same article in NZ

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10435916

This the definition for planet: “Any celestial body (other than comets or satellites) that revolves around a star”

And the definition for sun: “A typical star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system”

Anyone who studied science at school would know that there is a big difference between the two. Obviously the people who work for Reuters didn’t do science at school.

Ironic Spam

Okay so I get this email from Zone Labs this morning.

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This line got my attention: “…or to use the computer to post spam.”

Hold on one second, did you just spam me to warn me of a virus that sends me spam? How do I know you are not using that very virus to send this email. Hmm, conspiracy theory anyone?