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R.I.P. Mr. Wizard

Mr. WizardDon Herbert, a.k.a. Mr. Wizard, died of bone cancer Tuesday June 12. He was 89. I had no idea he was this old. That’s because I didn’t know his first show, Watch Mr. Wizard, was shot and aired from 1951-1964. The 80’s version was a revival.

I, like many kids of my generation, loved science and wanted to grow up to be a scientist. It seemed so exciting! There were other shows - like Beakman’s World and Bill Nye the Science Guy - that I would watch but, looking back, Mr. Wizard was always my favorite. There were no rat-suits, frenetic pacing and editing, or other bells and whistles to keep my childishly A.D.D. mind focused. He taught a generation of children how to think like a scientist, and that experiments weren’t regulated to guys in coats in a lab but could be done at home. I don’t know a single person my age who didn’t love this show growing up.

This show isn’t available anymore is it? It should be shown in syndication or on DVD or something. It saddens me to think a new generation is growing up without such a great inspiration for their imagination. It’ll be a real shame if the body of this man’s work falls out of our culture.

Read the story at Yahoo News.

Update: The show is available on a multiple volume DVD set over at Mr. Wizard Studios. This would be a great gift for parents with young kids.

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Google has Huge Balls

Who knew huge balls, huge women, and huge fish were so in demand? Certainly not me tonight when I was looking for a picture I’d seen awhile ago of a huge rabbit for my custom 404 page. I figured a Google image search for “Huge Rabbit” would give me what I wanted on the first page or two. As I started to type my query, Google auto-completed. With this:

Suggested query: Huge Balls

When you type a search query into the Google search field in Firefox, it starts to auto-complete your entry based on the most common Google searches not from your personal history but from the collective history of all Google searches.* This is usually helpful. And when it’s not, it’s hilarious.

So, let’s talk about this. The top two huge things people are looking for most often are balls and women? In that order? Seriously? Who’s searching for this? Are guys with the first searching for the second? Vice versa? I’m fascinated by this.

P.S. The next suggested term after “huge waves” was “huge muscles”. I found that amusing.

UPDATE: As Pete and Frank pointed out, the next-most common search after “huge muscles” is “huge grant”. That’s funny enough to be made up. But it’s not.

* At least I think that’s how it works. It’s not local, that’s for sure. I don’t need to search for huge balls. Zing!

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A Few Approaches to Salad Lyonnaise

This post has been moved to Sacre Bleu, my new food blog that demystifies cooking for the curious home chef.

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