Okay, so have y’all heard about the exploding toads? Because it appears that frogs from this one pond in Germany seem to be . . . well, blowing up. And not in the J.C. Chasez sense, either. My favorite, of the myriad of theories to explain the phenomenon, is that menacing crows are swooping down and scaring the poor toads to death. Because that’s what you do when you get scared. You explode. It’s the funniest news story I’ve read this week, far surpassing the reports of Paula Abdul scarily seducing Corey Clark.
In other news, I was trolling around online trying to educate myself on Venn diagrams (Don’t ask. It’s not nearly as dorky as it sounds, but don’t ask. Okay, it’s exactly as dorky as it sounds. Still, don’t ask.), when I came across the second funniest thing I’ve read online this week. It seems Venn diagrams are, for all intents and purposes, the same thing as Euler diagrams. Still, they remain two distinct terms.
Quoth the Wikipedia: “It is likely that the Venn and Euler versions have not been merged because Euler's version came 100 years earlier, and Euler has credit for enough accomplishment already, while Venn is left with nothing but this diagram.”
Which . . . ha! I’m sorry, but the thought of the fierce politics of late 19th century mathematicians . . . of poor old John Venn clinging fiercely to his one claim to fame and can’t the Euler people just throw him a bone?! It's all he's got!
Also . . . “left with nothing but this diagram” is a choice lyric for the nerdiest country music song of all time: “Who’s Spheres Have Your Syllogisms Been Under?”
God, after writing that, even I’m like, “dooooooork!”