Hello, everybody. I hope you are all enjoying the summer. I’m still in Bradenton, Florida looking for a house that I want to live in. Yesterday we looked at a mansion. 3800 square feet. Marble floors. Olympic size (almost) swimming pool. If you want to see it, go to a real estate site like Zillow.com or Realtor.com. The address is 2309 87th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209. It’s much too big for me. But they are only asking $600,000! Incredible. Up around Washington DC it would be at least 1.7 million. No kidding. Houses down here are really cheap. I suggest everybody cheapskate like me who’s reading this should move to Bradenton.
That’s about all this week. I was thinking about Spencer, so here are five Spencer Sundays from 2003 and 2004.
Not just here in Florida, but all over the USA. What continues to amaze me is how people with absolutely no background in or understanding of physics believe they know all there is to know about thermodynamics in general and global warming in particular. A friend of mine was carrying on a couple of years ago about how all this global warming stuff was all a bunch of bull hockey. I asked him what the second law of thermodynamics was, and he got this really stupid look on his face. I, myself, certainly don’t claim to be an authority on topics I know very little about. But I do know quite a bit about physics.
If you are one of the science deniers, consider this. Suppose you have two balls, exactly the same size and weight. You put them in the sun. Which one heats up faster? If you said the black one, of course you would be correct. I grew up in the Florida sun and I can assure you that it’s much easier to walk barefoot on the white sand than it is in on the black asphalt. I used to see how long I could take the pain when I was a kid before I jumped off the road. And when you take the two balls out of the sun, the black one cools off much faster than the white. That’s called “black body radiation”. The same thing happens with ink and milk. It’s easily demonstrated. The science deniers must believe that although the phenomenon works with molecules in both a solid state and a liquid state, it doesn’t work on molecules in a gaseous state. I find that very silly.
Enough of that. Two weeks ago I was talking about my unquestioned ability to predict the future. I spoke of when I correctly predicted cows falling out of the sky. (I also correctly predicted the 2008 U.S. presidential election even way before the Democratic and Republican conventions. So there.) Here are some of the falling cow comic stripes from 1990. By the way, my mention of the U.S. bombing of Libya got me thrown out of 15 American newspapers. Or maybe it was the Dan Quayle joke. (He was George Bush’s vice president, and he was not known for his soaring intellect) I’m sure everybody remembers Dr. Carl Sagan (“Billyuns and billyuns and billyuns…). Sam Donaldson was a television news reporter who who was a big thorn in the side of the Republican administration. He was often ignored at news conferences. My editor, Jay Kennedy was so very very good at his job. He tragically died in 2007. I heavily relied on his judgement . I still miss his expertise. The Trix gag had to do with a kids’ tv commercial for Trix breakfast cereal. The rabbit was always trying to get some Trix to eat. He never did. I felt bad for him.