It is time for another issue of viewer mail. (I really should do these more often; they’re fun.) As always, these are actual search terms that brought people to this website, followed by my own leading brand of analysis, commentary, and rambling.
* buffets make people fat — Buffets don’t make people fat — people make people fat. Actually, you make yourself fat. But that’s not meant in a derogatory way. I mean, if you want to be fat, then you have that option. But let’s not blame buffets, or the “politically correct” crowd will try to ban them. Besides, even if all-you-can-eat buffets went away, there would still be fat people. It’s just a matter of semantics or somethin’…
* pickles diarrhea — I haven’t heard of such things, but I also don’t research it in any way, because pickles are evil. Some have posited that eating pickles will turn you into a zombie (which probably could lead to diarrhea as your body tries to reject that). I don’t think that’s completely proven yet, but some important people are working on it. We’ll keep you updated. But in the meantime, avoid pickles at all costs, unless you’re throwing them into the sun to destroy them. That would be okay. (FYI, there’s a very funny discussion on pickles at that link.)
* shampoo fraud conspiracy — I have no idea about this one… Does anyone have any clue what this could be referring to?
* potassium nitrate side effects — Potassium nitrate is an interesting compound. It is used in fertilizer, amateur rocket propellant, smoke bombs, food preservation (in old days), cigarettes, tree stump remover, the heat treatment of metals as a short-term rust inhibitor, the manufacturing of ice cream, toothpaste, and it’s one of the three ingredients in black powder. So if you were to eat it, who knows what the side effects could be? There’s a lot to choose from among that list. But given those options, I don’t recommend eating it.
* burn calories poop — Well, just about any activity burns calories, even tapping your finger on your desk, so I reckon pooping would, too. I did a quick search, and someone estimated the process burns between 19 and 70 calories. I don’t know how scientific and accurate that is, but that site claims to be the #1 source for #2.
* can the sun be dangerous — Certainly! In case you weren’t paying attention in science class, here’s a brief recap. The sun has constant fusion, where hydrogen atoms fuse together to form helium atoms and release energy. Or in other words, it’s a constant explosion. So you don’t play with it! IT IS NOT A TOY! You wouldn’t want to put the sun in your pocket, because it would burn your butt. Fortunately we’re 93 million miles from the sun, and Earth’s atmosphere refracts the direct sunbeams so it’s not instantly lethal. But using a magnifying glass you can refocus the beams of sunlight and see just how dangerous it is — it creates fire. So obviously it’s quite dangerous — sunlight plus curved glass creates fire.
That’s all the time we have for today. I hope you learned something, or at least laughed. (Laughing burns calories, y’know. I’m not sure about learning, but it’s still good for you.)