because it is spectacularly random and curious, i wanted to share the list that amanda shared of all the notes we created during our 18 days without regular internet to look things up. she took notes on the various topics we discussed and wondered about while being unable to do a google search.

here’s just a tiny part of we came up with:

  1. What does the fox say? update:
  2. What is the name of the Star Wars robot?
    C3PO (yeah, Rose!!) note: we thought of this question when we determined that i would make a good ewok. after hours of hiking and some brainstorming, we finally remembered the stupid robot’s name. hah. 
  3. Tell me more about Afrikaans (origins, uses today, etc.)?
    Afrikaans /æfrɪˈkɑːns/[3] is a West Germanic language, spoken natively in South Africa and Namibia, and to a lesser extent in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects[4] spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century. Hence, historically, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as “Cape Dutch” (a term also used to refer collectively to the early Cape settlers) or “kitchen Dutch” (a derogatory term used to refer to Afrikaans in its earlier days).[n 2]
    Differences with Dutch often lie in a more regular morphology, grammar, and spelling of Afrikaans.[n 4] There is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages—especially in written form.[n 5]
  4. Mr Jones Lyrics meaning – verdict: about a real person (via Wikipedia)
    The primary topic of the song itself is perhaps how two struggling musicians (Duritz and bassist Marty Jones of The Himalayans) “want to be big stars,” believing that “when everybody loves me, I will never be lonely.” Duritz would later recant these values, and in later concert appearances, “Mr. Jones” was played in a subdued acoustic style, if at all.[2] On the live CD Across a Wire Duritz changes the lyrics “We all wanna be big, big stars, but we got different reasons for that” to “We all wanna be big, big stars, but then we get second thoughts about that,” and “when everybody loves you, sometimes that’s just about as funky as you can be” to “when everybody loves you, sometimes that’s just about as fucked up as you can be.”[4]
    The song is often interpreted differently. Some believe it is a thinly veiled reference to the protagonist of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man“,[5] a theory supported by the lyric “I wanna be Bob Dylan, Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky.” Others[who?] have suggested that Mr. Jones refers to flamenco guitarist David Serva (Marty Jones’s father), although the lyric “she dances while his father plays guitar” seems to suggest Mr Jones’ father is another separate character within the song.[citation needed] Another possibility is that Mr. Jones is an imaginary friend, or Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.[citation needed]
    In a 2013 interview, Duritz explained that the song is named for his friend Marty Jones, but that is about Duritz himself.[6] “I wrote a song about me, I just happened to be out with him that night,” Duritz said. The inspiration for the song came as Duritz and Jones were drunk at a bar after watching Jones’ father perform, when they saw Kenney Dale Johnson, longtime drummer for the musician Chris Isaak, sitting with three women. “It just seemed like, you know, we couldn’t even manage to talk to girls, but if we’d — you know, we were just thinking if we were rock stars, it’d be easier,” Duritz said. “I went home and wrote the song.”
  5. Black sheep origin? (via wiki)
    In most sheep, a white fleece is not albinism but a dominant gene that actively switches color production off, thus obscuring any other color that may be present.[citation needed] As a result, a black fleece in most sheep is recessive, so if a white ram and a white ewe are each heterozygous for black, in about 25% of cases they will produce a black lamb. In fact in most white sheep breeds only a few white sheep are heterozygous for black, so black lambs are usually much rarer than this.
  6. Are penguins monogamous? – Sounds like some are for several seasons.
    Many penguin species are monogamous and may stay with the same mate for several breeding seasons. And penguins make very good parents. Both the male and female care for eggs and chicks.
  7. Why do penguins shake their heads? There may be other explanations, but here is an interesting one – penguins were interested in us? (
    Despite the fact that mate selection is female choice, the males do display a short courtship behavior to get the attention of the female penguins. Male king penguins will raise their flippers and point their beaks toward the sky in an ecstatic way to catch the eye of one or several females. If a female shows interest, she will stand face to face with the male. Both of them vigorously shake their heads. After this occurs, the male will strut around swinging his head from side to side. Many people refer to this as “the advertising walk” of the male king penguin. After this victorious walk, both the male and female face each other again in a sort of dance by shaking their heads while stretching up and bending down in sync with each other. They will also become vocal as well as clapping their bills together.
  8. How do penguins defend themselves?
    To protect themselves from the cold, emperor penguins huddle together in close groups. To protect themselves from killer whales, they depend on their very skillful flippers to swim very quickly, darting back and forth in the water. Because killer whales cannot turn quickly, this gives the penguins an advantage. The penguins quickly head to shore because once they make it to land, they know the whales can’t get to them. They don’t have much in the way of protection from leopard seals so the only thing the can do is stay alert and remain in a group with other penguins, knowing that the leopard seals will go after any stragglers.
  9. What is the type of fruit that reminds me of sweet potato?
    Sapote –
  10. Coochie Face song from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (get ready to be weirded out)
  11. Why does the default camera vs video on iPhone look different?
    I can’t figure it out.

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