Thank Heavens the Scientists Are Always Right

If you look at the time stamp on this entry, you’ll notice that it’s rather late in the night. You are correct in assuming that blogging at 9 at night is not typical behavior for me. The reason I’m sitting in front of a monitor when I should be getting ready for bed is that we had potential buyers visit our house tonight and we needed to make ourselves sparse while they were here.

This particular showing was very exciting for us because this is the second time these particular people have come to look, and this time they brought their parents. I’m not sure if they’re going to buy but Wes and I sure hope so. This is our third showing in four days and I’m beginning to wonder if Wes and shouldn’t just abandon all hope of ever cooking a meal in our kitchen again.

I was too busy working like a cracked-out ferret to blog earlier today, so here I am and there you are.

I did run across an interesting article today, however, that debunked some myths I’ve held for ages about getting better gas mileage and I thought I’d share. I don’t care what your parents told you as a child, according to Scientists, this is the truth:

  • Getting gas at any time of the day can be painful, but it all adds up the same in the end. It doesn’t matter what time of day you fill up, the makers of your car were hopefully smarter than you and circumvented your cleverness years ago when they decided to insulate your gas tank.
  • Installing a clean air filter will not get you better gas mileage. It will, however, decrease carbon monoxide output and for that, baby manatees around the world applaud you with their fat, nubile little flippers.
  • Sweltering in the heat will not help you eke out a few extra miles from your tank of gas. Neither air conditioning nor driving with open windows (even on the freeway) were shown to have an adverse affect on gas consumption. The use of these while driving, however, does put you at an increased risk of a dry t-shirt when you get to where you’re going.
  • Stickers that capture energy from a 5th dimension and magnets will not help your car use less gas, but they will make people laugh at you.
  • Apparently, I get a bit snarky when I’m tired.

On tap for tomorrow, a review of the most repulsive book I’ve ever read. For now, however, I’ll leave you with a riddle that stumped my niece a few days ago: If I have three kittens and they all grow up, how many kittens will I have? What do you think, are you more clever than a 6 year old?

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