YouTuber Tries To Recreate The ‘Bart Simpson Megaphone Challenge’

(PCM) YouTuber Kevin Kohler, who runs the popular channel TheBackyardScientist, recently made an attempt to recreate the ‘Bart Simpson Megaphone Challenge’ which was inspired by a cult favorite episode of the long running FOX animated series “The Simpsons”. Kohler set up 10 megaphones back to back to see just how loud of a sound he could create.

Kohler explained in the video that the idea for the challenge came to him when he was watching “The Simpson” and saw Bart’s prank from the episode titled “The Secret War Of Lisa Simpson” which aired in season 8 of the series. In the episode, Bart puts 10 megaphones back to back and creates a sound so loud that it led to a shock wave that shattered all of the windows in town, including his father Homer’s full fridge of beer.

Everything started off well for Kohler with the test challenge as he collected and lined up all the megaphone, but what he failed to anticipate was any type of feedback loop. He attempted to rearranged the megaphones to tone down some of the feedback and then shouted into the first one. His sound was not that loud and was pretty much the same as using only one megaphone, as the power sources that make up the megaphones were not strong enough to amplify the sound to the level he anticipated. The sound ended up becoming quite distorted.

Not thrilled with the way the experiment turned out the first time, Kohler and his assisant then decided to move the megaphones into a circular shape and finally created the ear-splitting noise they desired. The feedback loop they measured was 16 times louder than your average vacuum cleaner. You can watch their entire ordeal and the outcome in the video below:

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Singer George Michael’s Cause Of Death Has Been Revealed

(PCM) There was a ton of speculation surround the death of pop superstar George Michael, who tragically died at home in his bed on Christmas Day (12/25) 2016. Many were pointing fingers and claiming that Michael died as a result of a drug overdose, however the coroners report has come back and revealed that Michael died as a result of natural causes.

The report states that Michael’s cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. Coroner Darren Salters report read:

Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem report received. As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries.

There you have it folks, drug use was not involved in Michael’s tragic passing. Maybe now the rumors will cease and allow the music world to continue to mourn his passing, as we truly lost a great talent.

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Mind-blowing Optical Illusion Leaves Us Mystified

(PCM) We can all remember the debate over #TheDress and #TheFlipFlops that drove folks on the internet into knock down drag out arguments over just what color these items happened to appear. The internet has once again graced us with yet another optical illusion thanks to Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

This time the photo in question is a delicious looking strawberry cake, baked by Kitaoka’s wife that despite being an image made up of only gray-colored pixels, to our minds-eye it appears red, because, well, they are strawberries, of course! There is seriously not one red pixel used in the creation of this particular image.

We only see it in red because our brain automatically corrects colors based on the surrounding ones, so that you’ll be able to judge colors accurately even under unusual lighting. This is the same reason that everyone saw #TheDress and #TheFlipFlops in different colors. It is truly a fascinating phenomena.

Here is a photo of the original cake just for comparison:

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Daylight Savings Time and Timely Trivia

On the second Sunday in March, at 2 AM, most of the United States will set their clocks ahead one hour for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not participate in the festivities.
About 75 countries participate with Daylight Saving Time, according to TimeandDate.com, which is about a third of the world.

It’s Just a Matter of Time
Mr. “Early to Bed, Early to Rise” himself, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but nobody really considered his idea in 1784. Over a century later, in 1895, George Vernon Hudson reintroduced the concept so he would have more time for his hobby, bug collecting, after work.
Seriously!

During World War I, both sides used the idea in Europe to cut back on the use of electricity, mainly incandescent light bulbs. In 1966, in the United States, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October. Through the years, the DST rules changed… that law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn’t implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006.

Today, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. While a few people (called clock-springers*) change their clocks at precisely that 2 AM hour, most simply ‘spring the clock forward’ one hour shortly before they go to bed. Take Your Time, and do it right!
*I just made that up.

The Good News?
You can get that hour back on November 4th, The Second Time Around when we “Fall Behind,” and Turn, Turn, Turn, our clocks back an hour – Minute by Minute.
Just how many ‘time’ songs have I referenced so far? Check here for a list!

A Brief History of Time
(Having almost nothing to do with Stephen Hawking’s book of the same name),
Chronometry is the science of the measurement of time, or timekeeping. By the time you finish reading this, you will be an expert in the field. Well, not right away, but you will.
In Time.

The Egyptians were the first people who created a twenty-four hour day; ten hours in the day time, ten at night, and two periods of ‘twilight’ in between. A shadow clock was used to keep track of time during the day; and they used large obelisks to track the movement of the Sun.
The Egyptians are often credited with creating the shadow clock, but the Chinese, Babylonians, Greeks and the Romans were using similar instruments to tell time. The large shadow was no more accurate than a smaller one, so the sundial became the standard for most civilizations.

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?
Were sundials very accurate? Sure, about once a year, for a few brief moments. The tilt of earth’s axis, the seasonal changes of the sun’s rotation, and even the day the sundial came into operation all had a bearing on the time that was (and still is) illustrated. For best results, in the northern hemisphere, the shadow-casting edge is normally oriented so that it points north and is parallel to the rotation axis of the Earth.
The gnomon is the part of a sundial that casts the shadow on the numbers or time indicators on the ground. The most famous is probably the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice inside the church of Saint Sulpice in Paris, was used as a “Rose Line” in the novel The Da Vinci Code.
Does anybody really care? About time?

It Was Getting Better all The Time.
The earliest known water clock was used in the 3rd century BC ancient Greece. Why water? Mainly because some people needed to know when bed-time was, and the sundial didn’t work at night (it still doesn’t in many parts of the world).

How do you set a water clock?
Take a big bucket and fill it with water up to a specific line. Then cut a small hole in the bottom of the bucket and mark off lines on the bucket after each hour has passed while it is daylight, using your obelisk or sundial as a guide.

The Chinese began using mercury for more accuracy about a thousand years ago, about the same time that Arabic people began using gears and weights. Sand, in an encased hourglass, can be accurate as well, at least accurate enough to measure the time it takes for you to draw an alligator in a game of Pictionary.

Mechanical clocks used what was called the ‘verge escapement mechanism’ in Europe by the late 14th century. Basically, these were very large and based on weights and gears, and were the first ‘ticking’ clocks.

The spring-powered clock and pocket watch came into existence in the 16th century, and the invention of the pendulum in 1602 by Galileo, gave a consistency to clockworks unheard of before, and was the gold standard for timekeeping until electricity made clock accuracy even more perfect. A pendulum clock can be accurate to within one second a year.

During the 20th century, electric quartz oscillators were invented, followed by atomic clocks in the 1940s. Today, the NPL-CsF2, in the United Kingdom, is accurate to within a second every 138 million years.

Timely Trivia
• 15 degrees of longitude describes an hour of time.
• Although Russia is geographically spread over 12 time zones, it officially observes only 9.
• Greenwich Mean Time is the starting point for the world’s clocks. GMT is also called UTC – Coordinated Universal Time. Greenwich is located at 0° longitude, and it was made official at the International Meridian Conference of 1884.
• Time has been described as the “Fourth Dimension.” The other three are length, width, and depth (or height).
• Earth, and the time that comes with it, was created on the evening of Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC, according to James Usher, the 17th Century Archbishop of Armagh, when tracing biblical records.
• Earth is slowing down, about 55 billionths of a second a year.
• “Time” is the most often used noun in the English language.
• Recycle much? In 2012, you can use these calendars accurately -1804 1832 1860 1888 1928 1956 1984.
• A nanosecond is about how much time it takes light to travel a foot.
• A nanosecond is one billionth of a second.
• A picosecond is one trillionth of a second.
• A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second.
• An attosecond is one quintillionth of a second.
• In a typical 365-day year, you get five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes.
• That means there are 31,536,000 seconds in a year.
• Time flies and it heals all wounds, they say.
• Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity states that, because of the speed of light, two witnesses to an event will not necessarily see that event at the same exact time. Basically, time is relative to the observer. This is why we may see a star shining in the sky that could have gone dark (or bright) millions of years ago – it takes light ‘time’ to travel.
Can you travel faster than the speed of light? NO. Why? Because Albert Einstein said so.
• Joe’s Theory of Relative Time is the effect of slowly waiting for something special to happen, or doing labor while you know your friends are out having a good time. Where you are is conversely, painstakingly longer than the amount of fleeting time your friends are enjoying themselves or your special event will be.

A Timely Warning:
“The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack,” announced UAB Associate Professor Martin Young, Ph.D., in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. “The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent.”

Young suggests:
Wake up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday than you need to in preparation for the early start on Monday. Eat a decent-sized breakfast. Go outside in the sunlight in the early morning. Exercise in the mornings over the weekend (as long as you do not have pre-existing heart disease).
“Doing all of this will help reset both the central, or master, clock in the brain that reacts to changes in light/dark cycles, and the peripheral clocks — the ones everywhere else, including the one in the heart — that react to food intake and physical activity. This will enable your body to naturally synch with the change in the environment, which may lessen your chance of adverse health issues on Monday.”
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Time After Time, it is our job to remind you to change your fire detector alarm batteries when you turn your clock back!

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See You Next Wednesday

(aMyth) “See you next Wednesday” was first heard in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddyssy. It was said to the astronaut, Frank Poole, by his wife and father, right before Hal killed everybody off. Frank was long gone by that referenced Wednesday.

SYNW2001John Landis claims he originally had the movie idea as a fifteen year old, in 1965, but the film has never actually been made. He has said that he purposely referenced his unmade film, “See You Next Wednesday” several times in his feature films. Based on the hints and posters, it may be a sci-fi adventure, a giant ape flick, a romance or an adult sex feature. Most of the film references were in his films, but they are not limited to John Landis production.

SYNW-BarbarellaWe have listed the references we’ve found so far below.

► The phrase was said several times in his first film, Shlock (1971)

► Hugh Grant says “See You Next Wednesday” quite pointedly as he ushers somebody into a car, in the movie About A Boy.

► It was a poster the theater that Michael Jackson and Ola Ray were leaving at the original start of the Thriller music video (1983). Jackson’s  music video Black or White (1991) SYNW is shown on the window which Michael Jackson throws a garbage can through, the window is that of a company named “See You Next Wednesday Storage Co.”

► In the Doctor Who 2013 episode Nightmare in Silver, written by Neil Gaiman, the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald uses the phrase as a goodbye late in the episode.

► In the video game NetHack, the phrase “See you next Wednesday” appears as graffiti on the floor.

► It was the supposed porn film playing in the theater scene in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

► In The Blues Brothers (1980), it was used as a billboard (pictured above) behind which some police were waiting

► In The Twilight Zone Movie (1983), it was said, in German, by some soldiers in the Vic Morrow WW 2 scene, on the same film, the “scared American G.I.’s” were scared because they had killed Lieutenant Neidermeyer.

► Animal House (1978) fans will recall that we found out that Doug Neidermeyer was “killed in Vietnam by his own troops” in the closing credits. I love it when a story comes full circle!

► In The Stupids (1996), the phrase is seen on the back of the bus to which the kids chain their bikes.

► It was seen several times as a subway poster, including Coming To America (1988), and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). It was also seen as a poster in Jamie Lee Curtis’s apartment in Trading Places (1983)► Speaking of Jamie Lee, she was actually mentioned in the Coming To America SYNW subway poster, while starring in the film!

► In Innocent Blood (1992), SYNW is shown on a marquee.

► Also found in the Landis film, Spies Like Us Poster on the wall near the beginning when Chase and Akroyd go to the Army office.

► It was also a feature-within-a-feaure in The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).AmericanWW

► In the first episode of the 1990 TV series Dream On (which Landis directed), Martin (Brian Benben) says to his maid (Marianne Muellerleile), “See you next Thursday”. She corrects him saying, “Wednesday”.

► The video for Michael Bublé’s song Hollywood features a cinema showing See You Next Wednesday.

► There is an episode of Scrubs episode where JD, Dr. Cox, the resident and Dr. Kelso go golfing. Cox sinks a putt to win the game, and utters the phrase as he leaves the green.

► In the Masters of Horror episode “Family” (2006), the phrase is spoken by a cartoon character on TV.

► It was the sign off on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on September 19, 2015wednesdayOn the musical side, The Girl From Ipanema is a favorite of Mr. Landis.

Mr. Landis used the song twice in The Blues Brothers. It was played in the driving-through-the-mall scene as well as the elevator music while the brothers were going up to pay the tax bill for the school.
It is also played, alarmingly loud, in an elevator in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).

 

 

 

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FYI – “Blue Harvest” was the code name while filming Return of the Jedi.
This was to keep “Jedi” secret.

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Looks Like We Have Been Playing Monopoly All Wrong!

(PCM) The holidays bring families together and what better way to spend some quality family togetherness than breaking out a good ol’ game of Monopoly. You know the one that usually ends in a stalemate with siblings screaming at one another and the board getting tossed across the room. Well, it seems that the classic way in which most families play Monopoly is all wrong and by actually following the rules printed in the box, game play can be both a lot faster and smoother.

Research shows that most people who play Monopoly have never even seen the actual rule book and have been basing their game play on a hand me down rule-set that has been passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, these rules are wrong. The Today I Found Out YouTube channel has kindly taken the time to break down the correct rules for playing Monopoly and some of what they have uncovered is quite surprising.

For instance, did you know that the Free Parking space on the game board literally does nothing. It is nothing more than a space holder spot for players to take a break and count their money.  The  official rule book states that the Free Parking space has no special meaning, however players who have created their own rules claim that all the tax and fine money collected from players goes into a pot in the middle of the board and whoever lands on Free Parking gets that money. Not so!

Also, did you know that when you land on a property and you decide not to purchase the property the rest of the game players can then decide to bid on that property? We had no idea, but we could certainly see that rule speeding up the game and property buying process quite a bit.

No game has the ability to make people angrier than Monopoly, however it turns it is way more of a strategy game about causing your opponents to go broke. The video above provides some fascinating rules that we had no idea were part of the Monopoly universe. However, good luck convincing your family as they will most likely refuse to budge on the rules for Monopoly they have followed for years.

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