Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia: The Mpemba Effect

This time around on Wednesdays Wonderful World of Wikipedia, I present to you the Mpemba Effect. I been told many times that the Mpemba Effect actually existed. However, nobody was ever able to give me the name of it, they just told me that it was true. It goes against everything (which is very little, mind you) I know about thermodynamics so I have always blown it off as urban legend.

Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia: Bacon Number

This week on Wednesdays Wonderful World of Wikipedia is Bacon Number. The Bacon number of an actor or actress is the number of degrees of separation they have from actor Kevin Bacon, as defined by the game known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The computation of a Bacon number N for X is a “shortest path” algorithm. It involves computing the Bacon number for all film actors who X has acted with. Notably Bacon is not the most linkable actor. That honor goes to Rod Steiger. The average Steiger number in the acting community is 2.679. By contrast, the average Bacon number is 2.946.

Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia: Exploding Whales

This Wednesday’s Wonderful World Of Wikipedia brings us exploding whales. If your a “save the whales” type person, you may want to skip this one. Exploding whales have been documented on two notable occasions, as well as several lesser-known ones. The most famous explosion occurred in the United States at Florence, Oregon, in 1970, when a dead sperm whale (originally reported as a gray whale) was blown up by the Oregon Highway Division in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. The other best-reported case of an exploding whale was in Taiwan in 2004, when a buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale caused it to explode while it was being transported for a post-mortem examination.

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