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goodreads Quotation (mis)Attribution Quiz

The folks at goodreads love to pollute the Internet with dubiously-sourced quotes from various people. I looked into 21 of their top quotes to see if the person the quote is ascribed to actually said it or was the first to say it. Click below to see if you know who said what and when.

Lincoln

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Recycling Windowed Envelopes in Chandler, AZ

Me:

Dear The City of Chandler, Recycling Division,

I would like to know if it is possible to recycle window envelopes in Chandler or if I need to first remove the plastic.

Thank you,
Clifton


SolidWaste.CustomerService@chandleraz.gov:

Clifton –

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding whether window envelopes can be recycled in Chandler’s program. Chandler accepts all junk mail, including window envelopes, in the blue recycle container. It is not necessary to remove the film from the envelopes. For more information, please visit our website at the following link Solid Waste Services. If you have any questions that can’t be found on our website, please give Solid Waste Customer Service a call at 480-782-3510.

Human Ova, Chicken Ova and Misinformation

From Useless Sexual Trivia: Tastefully Prurient Facts About Everyone’s Favorite Subject*:
“[T]he number of human ova necessary to repopulate the world could fit into a chicken egg.”

The human ovum appears to be roughly spherical:

The diameter of an ovum is ~120 µm. Continue reading Human Ova, Chicken Ova and Misinformation

WolframAlpha says the human ovum is 500 µm. However, several other sources give a number closer to 120:
  • 130 µm*
  • 150 µm*
  • 100 µm*
  • 140 µm*
  • 100 µm*

Dear Crystal Geyser Water,

Mmm MMM! I am tasting your excellent spring juice now. Does it QUENCH!

Hey, I heard this one priest the other day at St. Tim’s say that getting married is like putting together two h’s and an o to make water? And he said that if you put the wrong number of h’s and o’s together, you might get an explosion. WHAT?! Is that true (cool!)?

Well, if that’s true, I think more marrieds should become Crystal Geysers. This is just my opinion and I buy your water all the time and often consume it to disgorgement!

So, I was looking at my water bottle just now and I saw that it says, “Do not refill.” I wondered why it says that. Could you tell me?

Thanks!
Clifton Continue reading Dear Crystal Geyser Water,

E-mail Sent to American Eagle Outfitters

My message:

Hi, American Eagle Outfitters!

I’m interested in your pants!

Where are they made?

I like corduroy specifically (for comfort and sanitary reasons), but I’d like to know where all of your clothes are made.  Are they made in America?  If not, where?  How well compensated are workers who make American Eagle Outfitter clothing?

Curiously,
Clifton

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Professionals Without Answers

I sent the following to the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) of the Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT):

Hi.  I have a few questions:

I looked through this to try to figure out why a speed limit sign might be yellow.  I could not find the answer there.  Can you tell me why a speed limit sign might be yellow? 

Is there a name for a road that connects two freeways ( e.g., the 101 and 202)?

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First Act Guitars: Are They Safe?

I sent the following message to the guitar manufacturer First Act:

Hi, First Act!
I recently bought a very reasonably-priced children’s guitar from Wal-Mart.  I noticed that the guitar is made in China.  This concerns me somewhat after reading about Mattel’s large toy recall.  Do you know how safe the materials are that comprise these fun, educational children’s guitars? 

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