Well, today happens to be that scary day – Friday the 13th… And in honor of the holiday (it should be… it probably is in Brazil…) we’re going camping!!! A friend and I are taking the small group of high-schoolers we meet with weekly on a camping adventure in the local state park… What else would you do on a fun, November night? It actually won’t be that bad – it’s only supposed to get into the lower 40’s tonight, so freezing shouldn’t happen. Not with the ginormous bonfire we have planned, anyway. Although, the sleeping bag I’m going to be using is one bought at a garage sale for five bucks, and has never been tested by anyone I know… That might have been a bad idea. Hopefully though, there will be an adventure or two to enlighten you with. I’ll let you know.
I heard on NPR today that the FDA is requesting more information from the manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks on their safety. I didn’t know these existed until today. I mean, I knew that Red Bull and vodka was a popular mixture at the Rio de Janeiro favela funk parties, but I didn’t realize that they actually market them… Now if they could only mix in some nicotine as well, and have it in handy patch form (“step right up kids, get your alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine fixes for the day, all in one handy place…”) I’m sure someone is working on it… sigh…
And there is reason to fear for the survival of the human race. NASA (Yes, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has put up a FAQ on its website to answer your questions about the “impending global catastrophe and the end of the world” that will come about in the year 2012.
An excerpt –
Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
You can read the rest of their FAQ here.
And now, I need to go finish gathering firewood, packing warm clothes and the five pounds of hot dogs I bought, run by to pick up my TB medication, and sell off some scrap metal that’s been rattling around in the trunk of my car for a few weeks now…