How Stupid!

The other day, I was thinking about death in bed. Not in a morbid way, however. Let’s say I write a will and I died in a horrible manner, and my family was reading my will and it said something along the lines of “Don’t cry over my death, even though the horrible way in which I died is a devastating occurrence.” I wonder if my family would think that I foreshadowed my own death and knew the way in which I would die. What idiots they would be. What superstitious nonsense. Anyone with common sense would realize that if I didn’t die of old age, in which my life was interrupted unnaturally, even if my death was by natural cause, then it is reasonable to assume to a human being, let a lone a family member, that my death was in a horrible manner.

On another note, you know what I hate most about people? People who are so stupid and oblivious to metaphor, allegory, symbolism, and any play on words (that have underlying meanings). I absolutely hate when the disclaimer “so to speak” is said by a person or is expected by a person, otherwise they would not get the point of what someone is trying to say. Are you that stupid? Of course it’s “so to speak”, I don’t need to say it!

Wanna know what else I’m repulsed by? When someone is causing harm, be it verbal, mental, or tangible, to me or someone I care for and I want to react, but then there is always that one dumbass that goes “just leave it alone, be the better man.” Be the better man! Does being more mature and “better” mean that I should let him step all over me and make a fool out of me? I think that’s bullshit. You wanna be the bigger and better man, stand up for yourself and be a man. Crush his attempts at harming you, and you will be the bigger, stronger, and the “better” man at the end. That isn’t to say that you should necessarily do any physical harm or act out in reprehensible behavior, however. Making yourself the bigger man could be and is best achieved through legal means and using the your wits and ability to achieve what you want.

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Wasting Gasoline by the Drop, Literally

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If you drive a vehicle, you most probably fill up gas. And you’re definitely aware of how many times you pump gas and the money you give up doing so. Sometimes, you leave you’re house, get in and start you’re car, and CRAP…you’re almost out of gas, and you’re already late for class or work. You rush to the gas station, shove the nozzle in the gas tank and impatiently wait for the click once the pumping is done. You reach for the nozzle, take it out, and you notice some drops of gas spilling from the nozzle. Some of us even shake the nozzle around as not to waste those drops.

Have you ever wondered how much gas (and money) we’re wasting from these drops? If we are, is there a solution to this? Let’s try to figure it out. Judging from experience, lets say a person spills two teaspoons of gas on average per pump. There are 240 million vehicles in the U.S., and on average one gas station visit per week per person. This means there are around 12,342,857,400 people filling up gas per year. So, people spill 24,685,714,800 (24.7 billion) teaspoons of gas per year.

Finally, this means we spill about 32,142,858 (32.1 million) gallons of gasoline each year! And this is not accounting for all the other ways Americans spill and waste gas.

Are we wasting money? I’d we we are – and lest we not forget the tens of millions of gallons of an already near extinct substance that we use to power our world.

What on earth could be done about this? Well for one, more efficient pump nozzles that, once pumping is stopped and the nozzle lever clicks, the nozzle hole closes from the outside world, therefore…not spilling any gasoline, especially during of one those times when you’re rushing to be somehwere and are bound to spill some drops of gasoline.