Thank God For DST

The last post was a kvetch about Daylight Savings Time (particularly Amtrak’s idiotic reaction to it), but here’s an example of DST saving lives (scroll down)!

In September 1999, the Palestinian West Bank was on daylight saving time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank Palestinians prepared time bombs and smuggled them to Arab Israelis, who misunderstood the time on the bombs. As the bombs were being planted, they exploded—one hour too early—killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims—two busloads of people.

Close call… Thank God!


Amtrak Doesn’t Like Free Time

My coworker E pointed out this very weird Amtrak policy to me. Apparently, when the clocks change from Daylight Savings Time back to normal time (“Lousy Farmers”), and everyone gains an hour, Amtrak trains everywhere just… stop. For a whole hour. You’d think they’d at least pull up to the next station so people can, I don’t know, NOT BE STUCK IN A FRICKIN’ TRAIN FOR A WHOLE FRICKIN’ HOUR FOR NO GOOD REASON. Here’s a link with more info (and more links). Or finish existing runs, and push off departures.

And yeah – they discuss what happens when Amtrak loses an hour. As you suspected, nothing intelligent.


787 Dalmations… I mean Clip Arts

Via Table of Malcontents comes Oliver Laric’s 787 Cliparts: “787 individual pieces of clip art are displayed sequentially, creating a shifting, mesmerizing animation in which a housepet seemingly morphs into a wrestling opponent, then a dance partner. Even more clever, the resulting movie is set to loop, so that you can watch it forever.”

Cute :-)


The Nasrallah Song

Someone sent me this music video made in Israel “dedicated” to Hezbollah leader and arch-terrorist Hassan Nasrallah. Definitely a good way to lift the gloomy mood throughout Israel these days…


Miniature Gold Diggers

Via Minding the Planet: “Eureka! Bacteria Have the Midas Touch”.

Wow! Huge news if true…


Funny Photos

Factum – Face the Fact. I don’t know what that means, but there are some really funny photos there…


Best Video Ever

If you’re bummed about current events, I’m quite sure this will cheer you up.