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Opposite Day

Did you ever grow up with "Opposite Day"? It usually happened at school – someone would do something normally out of character or say something obviously wrong, and then exclaim "It's Opposite Day!". This would then create a flurry of conversation where everyone would say or do as many opposite things as possible.

Well, I just realized something. You can't truthfully say "It's Opposite Day" on Opposite Day. If it is Opposite Day, the correct statement would be "It's not Opposite Day", because you're trying to say the opposite thing, but if it's not Opposite Day, the correct statement would ALSO be "It's not Opposite Day", because of course it's not actually that day, and why would you say that? This creates an obvious problem in trying to communicate whether it actually is or isn't Opposite Day, one which can only be solved by proclaiming a future day to be Opposite Day: "It's going to be Opposite Day tomorrow!", for instance. Either that, or when it actually is Opposite Day, you create some kind of code phrase so that everyone...

You know, these kinds of thoughts probably go a long way toward explaining why I was a loner in school...

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Fact Friday - The Deadly Tomato

Hello! It’s time for Fact Friday with Screenhog. I am Screenhog, and today we’re talking about deadly tomatoes.

Did you know that tomatoes are poisonous? Well, they’re not, but if you were part of Europe in the 1700’s, that little tidbit of information was common knowledge. The tomatoes of that time were making everybody sick. Even in Italy, where today the tomato is an integral part of fine cuisine, 300 years ago it was strictly avoided by food-lovers.

What was going on? Well, science at the time was obviously far behind what we know now, but 18th century botanists were no fools. When people started getting sick from eating tomatoes, the likely culprit seemed to be the fact that tomatoes were related to the deadly nightshade plant, whose berries and foliage were toxic to humans. (In fact, many relatives of the nightshade plant, including tomatoes, do have stems and leaves that can make you sick.) But the reality was far less sinister.

In the 1700’s, Europeans used pewter to make their plates, which was a metal alloy that contained mostly tin, but also small amounts of lead. When tomatoes made it to people’s plates, the acid from the tomato would eat into the plate slightly, absorbing some of the lead. While the tomato itself was harmless, the method of serving it was giving people lead poisoning, giving rise to the myth of the deadly tomato.

This has been Fact Friday. Screenhog out.

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A new era of Screenhog.com

Welcome to the new face of Screenhog.com. The subsequent redesign. The next generation.

Why has Screenhog.com changed?

Screenhog.com was running all right, but in the last few years, things have changed:

  1. I started using Twitter. Twitter is awesome. Not everyone thinks so, but for me, it's great! I can post up a random picture, say a random thing, and get instant feedback. Plus, people who know me from my days at Club Penguin, my current job at Hyper Hippo, or wherever else they happen to know me can just say hi! I like it! Unfortunately, it's meant that I started to look at Screenhog.com as a place to only put up important things. "Important" meaning big, monumental projects, or long, complex thoughts. And as I hadn't been as interested in posting those on the Internet, the blog suffered.
  2. Screenhog.com was a blog. Blogs, by nature, are constant streams of content. But sometimes I wanted to put up a picture or a piece of music and have it stay up for a while in its own dedicated space. The Wordpress blog didn't seem as friendly for that sort of thing.
  3. I'm horrible at editing websites. I come from a time when editing a website meant knowing HTML. There was no CSS. There was no browsing on mobile devices. Flash was a warmly welcomed part of the Internet and a main source of interactive entertainment. But times have changed. I wanted a website that I knew how to edit, but that browsers everywhere can actually experience cleanly. 

So, I'm trying this Squarespace thing. Will it work? I don't know. But I think I'll feel more free to edit and update it, and that's good.

Seriously, though, if you really want to hear from me more often, you should be following me on Twitter. You'll hear from me more often. I'm also generally funnier there.


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