I think we're all getting dumbed down in the world of Google and info at your finger tips. We don't know anything anymore. We don't even make an effort to store data. We know, if we need it, it's only an internet search away. I remember, one time spending an entire week trying to remember the name of the blind guy band from the movie Roadhouse. That was like my hobby for an entire week. Every waking second, all my free time, every lazy minute, racking my brain, calling friends who couldn't remember either. They'd say stupid things like, "Was he really blind?" just to piss me off.
Nowadays, you'd Bing or iMDB the movie Roadhouse and boom. You'd have the answer. If you really want verification we're getting dumber, ask a person from an older generation anything about something that really matters. Let's make the cut-off age 50+. Go ahead, ask them. I bet they know it or at the very least, they know more than you do. You see, they were raised to know stuff, not remember stuff. They didn't grow up with the internet, a computer, a smart phone or empathetic adults coddling them with a "Good Job!" every five minutes.
We shouldn't have to Google stuff to be interesting people. That's the point of today's Daily Grind. Here are a bunch of interesting tidbits on everything from cars to science to sex to relationships. When I read these articles, I really tried to store them away, and hopefully you will too. Store all this up so you can recall it the next time you head out with some friends or family. They'll be amazed at how interesting you've suddenly become. Then, maybe stumble over to the juke box, drop a quarter and play some Jeff Healey Band. (I wasn't going to leave you hanging like that; I know the pain.)
- Take a listen to history. Scientists have restored the first computer-generated music recorded on a machine built by Alan Turing more than 65 years ago.
- Amaze all your friends at your next part with this little nugget: "When trees are really thirsty, they begin to scream."
- These days, you can order anything on demand via an app: food, car service, groceries, and now sperm. I'm not making this up. The U.K.'s largest sperm bank is now an app.
- Staying on topic, can you guess what percentage of college students say they've had sex in a car?
- Still on topic, the first 3-person baby was born this week.
- Can you do any of the 10 things most humans can't do?
- If your "Low Fuel" light on your car burns out, you have a problem and may need to seek help or get another job so you can afford more gas. Do you know how far you can go once your low fuel light illuminates? Here's a vehicle specific handy guide that may save you from getting stranded on the side of the road.
- I'd never heard of paratransit before reading this article. Technology offers numerous ways to help Grandma get around.
- I haven't played this game since I was like eight or nine: "Will It Flush?"
- Because we are now too lazy to stand in line, Nissan has developed an autonomous chair.
- While you're waiting in line in your friggin' chair, read this fascinating piece about "The Jones Project: Smuggling Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs out of the USSR". Read it for real; it's great.
- Here's what you need to know about Friday's rare Black Moon.
- Ever wonder how they get a 3 ton statue in place at a museum? The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City shows us in a time lapse video.
- He claims he bought the mini-van with the spacious rear compartment so you and the kids would be more comfortable on the way to soccer every Saturday. But what if he's really just in need of a ride that can store more bodies beneath the spare? Just sayin'. You never know about people. Or do you? "11 signs your partner is a match for the long haul".
- Have a kidney stone? Hop on a roller coaster.
- I can't even use the excuse "I don't have time" to workout now that they've come up with the scientific seven minute workout.