Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lazy Summary

Some Dumburst questions that required no research to answer:

Q: Who had the first mullet?

A: Not anyone famous - I was hoping James K. Polk might be the answer. No, probably an ancient Egyptian, or maybe a Neanderthal. Someone has already compiled plenty of mullet history into one geocitilicious page. Go ahead - take a look at its splendor. Embedded MIDI. Clipart. Comic Sans. A webcomic possibly drawn in MS Paint. And what year was it updated? You'd guess 1998 at the latest, right? Except there's a picture of the current President, because it was updated this year. And the site has had, according to its webmaster, 29 million unique visitors. It's like there's an Internet I've never heard of buried beneath the current one, Seattle Underground-style.

Q: How are highways numbered?

A: There are different numbering schemes for federal and interstate highways. Ask Yahoo has taken the time to explain this in detail. Don't confuse Ask Yahoo with Yahoo Answers, which is more like polling a random selection of YouTube commenters.

Q: What's a lazier alternative to NaNoWriMo?

A: Here is a pretty good list of NaNo spinoffs, with plenty of suggestions for the relatively lazy. National Novel Writing Year, with 12 months to write 100,000 words, clocks in at about one sixth the pace of NaNoWriMo.

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