Thursday, May 29, 2008

Toilet Paper Changer

I feel like that should be my job title. No matter where I go, I am changing someone's toilet paper. I feel like I am drawn to bathrooms with holders containing cylindrical cardboard with traces of toilet paper stuck to it. It comes to a point where I walk into someone's bathroom and cringe before I look at the toilet paper holder. Will I see:


This is especially irritating when I have to go to the bathroom really bad, only to jump around doing the pee-pee dance while looking for where the extra toilet paper is stored.

Another thing that irks me is not only seeing an empty roll on the toilet, but seeing a full roll sitting nearby. How lazy must a person be to not take 2 seconds of their life to remove the empty roll and put the new roll in? You're already sitting on the toilet with your hands free. Multi-task.

I admit, if the current roll that is on the holder is close to being finished, but is not empty, I will take out a full roll and place it nearby so that the next person will have access to a full roll. I am assuming that the next person will also change the roll. Obviously, since I have been in many situations where empty roll and full roll co-exist together, the person is not taking it upon themselves to be considerate.

Should I stop being considerate to the next person and quit putting out full rolls since they are not being considerate to me?

And maybe I should take toilet paper from a full roll and then put it back in the closet or wherever it is kept, leaving the next person to change the roll...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Google of the day: Portmanteau

While catching up on one of my favorite soap operas, As the World Turns, I noticed that my favorite character/actress on the show, Lily Walsh Snyder, was being played by a different actress. I have been watching her on the show since 1985, so it was very shocking to see her being played by someone else. The show wouldn't be the same without her. Like another fan said, it's like Holden is cheating on Lily, with Lily!

This started my quest of searching what happened and why she was replaced. This led me to search for Lily and Holden. In the article it said that "the couple is often referred by the portmanteau "Lilden" (for Lily and Holden)." Kinda like Bennifer, Brangelina and TomKat.

I never knew there was a term for a combination name. I always referred to it as a "combo name". "Portmanteau" sounds so much more sophisticated... and a bit snobbish.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Google of the Day: baseball necklaces

I guess I'm a bit slow. But, I've been noticing that many baseball players have been wearing this necklace around their neck that looks like a noose or a knot. I really didn't think anything of it. Until yesterday (Mother's Day), when many of the players wore pink necklaces (Breast Cancer Awareness). All along, I just thought that it was just a piece of rope jewelry that was trendy amongst the players. Or that it was a tribute of some kind, like the ribbons they wear sometimes.

So, the necklaces are Phiten Titanium Necklace and actually have a purpose. It seems similar to magnetic jewelry. Apparently, it's been around for the past 3 years.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Why does rain make you tired?

I knew it was going to rain today because that's what the weather man said. But, as I hit the snooze button a few more times to catch more Z's, my body knew that it was raining outside even before I opened my eyes. Why is that? I always find that I am more lethargic when it rains, that I get up later and it is much harder to open my eyes and get out of bed.

Could it be the soothing sounds of rain drops? Or the darkness that the clouds overhead cast?
What causes this sleepiness spell?

So, I googled this phenomenon and here are some answers that made sense:


The pressure changes when it is raining, for example thats how a barometer works. The changed pressure makes you sleepy. This is true, because even if its just about to rain, you are still sleepy.


sunshine lifts the mood and its effect on the body promotes the production of endorphins , and that makes you happy
Sunlight is needed to produce Vitamin D3 and it also produces Melanin. Also it's like how you get cold when your tired at night.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Google of the Day: Harry Carry

I heard someone say "He committed Harry Carry". What does that mean?

The first hit on Google was Harry Caray, a baseball player. That wouldn't really make sense.

The only thing I could find was on Urban Dictionary:

to commit suicide (from the Japanesse expression to slice oneself open with a ritual sword. A gross simplification of the actual Japanesse expression.) Example: see the film "Harold and Maude" for an excellent demonstration by the main character, out of context

1)That guy from Brooklyn committed Harry Carry when his wife left him.

2)It was Harry Carry time when his business when under.

3)Those Japs would commit Harry Carry instead of surrendering in WWII, thinking it was a more honorable death.

So, there's my answer... Harry Carry? Why not just say "He committed suicide"?