A Little Friday File Fun (05/22)

May 22, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

Well, here’s a couple of thousand:

This is kind of cool.   Check it out at http://www.simonhoegsberg.com/we_are_all_gonna_die/slider.html

– – – In Dallas, Texas , Dan and Sara Bell found an unusual item while on a road trip last week – – – inside a 99-cent bag of Cheetos brand cheese snacks – – – the couple found a likeness that they claim was reminiscent of a person in a robe praying – – – or, as the couple has since named the oddly shaped Cheetos snack – – – “Cheesus” – – – you can see it online at http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/24/2009/05/18/320×240/cheesus.jpg

Here's a guy with a heck of a curve ball…

If you can't see the above video, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzq5hw5KSXU&feature=player_embedded

Sometimes you really CAN trip on the line…

If you can't see the above video, try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8nNOQOh7dc&feature=player_embedded

Chariots of….fail?

...and here's a couple of thousand more...

- - - In Port Angeles, Washington , Nelson Blewett, 22, had spent an inebriating evening with some friends - - - and after a while they turned to "sport" - - - sport in this case being a game where they took turns spraying each other with spray deodorant and igniting it - - - and then moving on to lighter fluid - - - and igniting it - - - with what would, to the uninebriated anyway, be classified as "foreseeable results" - - - you can see what happened to Nelson at http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=PT&Date=20090520&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=305219998&Ref=AR&maxw=350

TRIVIAL PURSUITS :   Mount Everest is widely referred to as the tallest mountain in the world, and it is, in fact, the mountain whose summit attains the greatest distance above sea level.  

However, measured from the base, several other mountains are legitimately referred to as the "tallest mountains on Earth" - and two of them are actually in the United States.   Can you name them?  


Mauna Kea in Hawaii is tallest when measured from its base, rising over 10,200 meters (6.3 miles) when measured from its base on the mid-ocean floor.   However, it's only 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level.

By the same measure of base to summit, Alaska'sMountMcKinley is also taller than Everest. Despite its height above sea level of only 6,193.6 meters (20,320 ft), Mount McKinley sits atop a sloping plain with elevations from 300-900 meters, yielding a height above base in the range of 5,300-5,900 meters (17,300-19,300 ft).

By comparison, reasonable base elevations for Mount Everest range from 4,200 meters (13,800 ft) on its south side to 5,200 meters (17,100 ft) on the Tibetan Plateau, yielding a height above base in the range of 3,650 meters (12,000 ft) to 4,650 meters (15,300 ft).