Feelings! Are they evoked yet?
No? Why not? Are you all heartless bastards? Heartless.....heh....KALI MA SHAKTI DE!
No no...I’d never pull your still beating heart from your chest. I might think about doing it, but I would never actually go ahead and do it. Can you imagine the mess you’d have to clean up? And you’d be so covered in blood, you light as well forget about ever getting away with it. Besides, getting through the sternum would be really hard with just your bare hands. I suppose you could go in from the back, but that defeats the purpose of ripping out someones heart so they can see it. I suppose you could run around to their front really fast, but then the whole thing loses some of it’s oomph.
Ah...vacations. Everyone loves them, but now a days, fewer people take them. And that’s a shame. because they do refresh the soul. I just took a vacation. Sort of. As you all have noticed, I haven’t had an oddities post in two and a half weeks. And let me tell you , it was nice not having to come up with a daily post.
When I started doing my oddities, The first post in May of 2013 was about how bees have hair growing out their eyeballs. That was a fact that I was sure not too many people knew, and as such, I wanted to share it with people. I felt people could learn something useless, and be entertained at the same time. The start of the first oddities post explained that I was planning on doing the posts at random, maybe every couple of days or so. And then, for the next two years, I posted every day. (well, except for some sick days and drunk days and the weekends, and a vacation....whatever!)
But, sadly, after two years, it all got to be too much. These posts might look like nonsense to all of you, and you consider them to be light entertainment. And that’s exactly how I want you to see them. But I found that I was spending on average, 2 hours doing each post. I had to come up with a subject. Then I had to research the subject. Then I had to write about it. And to be honest, after two years of posts, it was getting tough to come up with topics.
So I took a vacation. But I’m back now. But there will be changes to the original oddities posts. I just can’t go back to doing them every day. I have too many other things going on and I can’t devote the time needed anymore. (plus, and I can’t stress this enough, I’m lazy). So, I have decided to cut back on the number of posts you get every week. Coming back into it, i am going to start with just one a week. After June is over, I’ll reevaluate and see if I increase to two or more, but for now, you’ll get one Oddities post. And you’ll like it! I hope.
But to make up for the less frequent posts, I will be including more than one subject in each one. I might not go into all the detail of previous oddities, but then again, I might. I don’t know yet. I haven’t composed any yet, so we’ll just have to find out together, wont we?*
Anyway, now that my narcissistic whining is done, let’s move on to the important stuff, shall we?
Remember that picture way up there at the beginning of the post? That is one of today’s subjects. You see, it’s a picture of the sun setting. And it shows the Union Jack. (that would be the national flag of the United Kingdom.) There is a saying I’m sure most of you have heard; “The sun never sets on the British Empire”.
That saying was first coined to give people an idea of how large the British Empire stretched. What it means is, that somewhere in the world, the sun is shining on a piece of land controlled by England. And since the late 17th to early 18th century, it has been true.
And it’s still true today. All because of a teeny-tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And if England doesn’t lose any more territory, the sun won’t set on the British Empire for quite a long time.
The tiny island that ensures the empires sun is Pitcairn Island. Maybe you heard of it? It’s where the mutineers from the Bounty decided to settle, and where their descendants live today. In 2432, Pitcairn will experience a total eclipse, but luckily for the empire, it occurs at a time when the sun will also be shining on the Cayman Islands. The next total eclipse the will darken Pitcairn while the rest of the empire is dark won’t happen for more than 1,500 years.
So, it really is true when they say the sun never sets on the British Empire. At least, until more of her territories decide they want to leave.
Moving on to the next subject, let’s talk about a Disney movie, shall we? As a child, I saw The Jungle Book. It told the light hearted tale of a child who lives in the jungle with a bunch of friendly animals. In high school, I read the book.
I have to say, like most Disney movies, the source materiel is much darker than the movies they produced. And since reading the book, I don’t think I’d be able to watch the movie again. Because now I know. I know....
But when Disney was making the movie, for some reason he changed most of the characters. That, for example, the vultures. In the book, as in life, they were dire creatures who feasted on the dead. Not exactly what you’d imagine Disney featuring in his movies. (except Disney was a bastard and he did evil things all the time, like forcing a bunch of lemmings off a cliff and calling it a natural event. Lemmings didn’t even live in that part of Canada! So not only did he murder hundreds of them to spread lies about them, he had them shipped in to do it!)
But in the movie, the four vultures became mop-haired doppelgangers of.....The Beatles. yep. That’s right. The vultures were supposed to look like the Beatles. And not only that, Disney tried to get the Beatles to be the voices of the vultures. There were only two issues that had to be overcome:
The first was scheduling conflicts. When the sound for the movie was being recorded in late 1965-early 1966, the Beatles were just a little busy. They were pumping out albums, going on tour, taking drugs, and about a million other things. So finding the time would have been very difficult. But they would have found a way had it not been for the second issue.
And that was John Lennon. Remember, this was back in the “we’re bigger than Jesus” days of Lennons ego. While Paul, George and Ringo were all willing to find the time to do the movie, John was outraged that Disney would even approach them. He was incensed at the idea of lending their voices to a mere children’s movie!
When you get right down to it, John Lennon may have had some talent, but he had more ego than talent.
Finally, let’s talk about Apple, shall we? Ok, not really Apple the company, more like, Apple the logo. Everyone knows the Apple logo when they see it. It’s an apple. With a bite taken out of it. But where did they come up with the logo?
There’s a story about that. And it involves Alan Turing. Do I really need to tell anyone about who Alan Turing is? Father of modern computing? Man both prosecuted and persecuted for his sexual orientation? Victim of state sponsored torture? Able to leap small ant hills with a single bound?
Most people know the name Alan Turing. Most know he developed the method of modern computing and that it was his work in WWII that helped break the German Enigma code. Many also know that he allowed himself to be chemically castrated by the British government to avoid prison time for engaging in a homosexual relationship. They also know he died from cyanide poisoning as a result of a suicide. (officially it was a suicide, however, it could also have been an accident)
So, what does this have to do with the Apple logo? Allow me to inform you.
When Turings body was discovered, there was a half eaten apple by him that had obviously slipped out of his hand upon his death. An autopsy revealed cyanide poison was the killer, and lab tests showed the apple was the method of delivery. It was assumed that Turing tainted the apple with the cyanide and ate it to intentionally cause his own death. However, it has been speculated that Turing simply failed to notice a spill of cyanide in his lab and accidentally contaminated the apple with it.
The story about the Apple logo, an apple with a bite out of it, was an homage to Alan Turing. However, a couple of years before he died, Stephen Fry asked Steve Jobs if the apple in the logo represented Alan Turing. Jobs said, “God, we wish it was!”.
So the Apple logo and it’s connection to Alan Turing is just a myth. But it’s only a myth because no one who helped design the logo thought of the correlation between an apple with a bite out of it and Alan Turing. The reason the Apple logo has a bite out of it is more pedantic. It’s there to show scale. Because of the bite, people could recognize it as an apple and not a cherry.