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Friday, December 18, 2009

Surprising observations

SURPRISE - A sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment; to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly. [Surprise week starts here.  Click here for Bliss Initatives.]

When I was in high school my best friend spent a year as an exchange student in Norway. When she returned to the states she brought with her this folding cardboard game which had a very surprising element to it. You would place three cards next to each other and count the elves on the cards, there were 12 total I believe, but if you put the cards in a different order there were only 11 elves. It was boggling and no matter how closely we examined it, held our fingers on specific elves as we were moving the cards around, we could never figure it out. It was ALWAYS surprising.

I have that same kind of fascination for surprising science experiments.

One I remember from middle school was shocking. You would talk about milk. Discuss whether you liked it. What it felt like when you drank it, what it tasted like etc. Then you would be blindfolded and told that you were drinking milk but instead you were actually given orange juice. Half the kids would spit the orange juice right out it tasted so odd when compared to the milk you were expecting. The surprise of drinking something different then you are expecting is ALWAYS surprising even when you know what is happening. Similarly, no matter how many times I watch the video below it surprises me. It doesn't matter that I now understand why it happens, it still surprises me.

Amazing Science Experiment - Click here for this week’s top video clips

I love this kind of surprise! I am fascinated with things that befuddle the experts and really delight in the fact that we humans still know very little. Illusion and magic are surprising in their particular way but I am personally more interested in surprising reality!

Surprising telescope observations shake up galactic formation theories

New, Surprising Picture Emerges of Sub-Seafloor Magma Formation

New Satellite Observations of Terrestrial Gammaray Flashes Reveal Surprising Features of Mysterious

Surprising observations on phenomena created from modified 2·45 GHz source

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My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise
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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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