Chernobyl motorcycle ride story is a fake

A purported motorcycle ride through the Chernobyl area, documented at, is a fake. It turns out that the lady took a standard tour that anyone could take. Details of the fakery are at

A great panoramic shot of Pripyat is at

This is a Dallas Summer?

It has rained so much in the past month that we’re enjoying Houston-like conditions: high humidity, highs in the mid- to upper 80s and the lows are around 70, and swarms of bugs and mosquitoes everywhere. This is nuts! Are we really in Dallas? Where’s the 110 degree summers?

Jennifer fertilized the yard this afternoon, and I didn’t bother watering afterward because I’m sure we’ll get rain within the next 24 hours.

Myths and hoaxes

A coworker and I were just discussing the direction of water flow in toilets. He didn’t know that the oft-repeated grade school tale of southern hemisphere toilets swirling in the opposite direction is a myth. See is a great resource for other myths. Teeth do not dissolve when soaked in a soft drink. (My 2nd grade reading teacher actually tried that! Now I know why it didn’t work.) Nova does not mean “doesn’t go” in Spanish. Poinsettias are not poisonous.

JFK Wackos Debunked

The movie JFK opened my eyes to the nutty world of JFK assassination conspiracists. Funny thing is that most of their theories are crackpot or just plain wrong.

A critical flaw of the theories is that they require a massive and perfectly executed covert operation that was kept perfectly secret for 40 years. Only a complete nut job could believe that the United States government is capable of this.

I believe that the Warren Commission’s report is likely as correct as we’ll ever get. does a great job at debunking all the JFK nutzo theorists.