Friday, October 18, 2013

Spouting Total Nonsense - the second Spoutly is awarded to Scott Bateman

In the Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts Mr. Bateman says of Boise that:

“Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was the cradle of civilization. Why was civilization born here and not say, in Boise, Idaho? Well, have you seen Boise, Idaho? They still don’t have civilization there. They just got fire three years ago, for Christ’s sake. Boise’s got a long, long way to go.”

I’ve awarded Scott a special flaming Spoutly for that. (Liar, liar, pants on fire).

Actually Boise is right on the Oregon Trail, and the Wikipedia article shows one of the 21 monuments that now mark its path. So, we are as civilized as anywhere else in the western US. Boise has been home for the National Interagency Fire Center for twenty years.  We don’t even need fire for heating some of our buildings though. The first geothermal district heating system in the U.S. was installed here over a century ago, and the State Capitol building also has geothermal heat. 

Everything in the humorous Disalmanac is total nonsense, like the following video of Evel Knievel: What is Portland, Oregon? Ask Disalmanac! Note that the soundtrack says that city is in Utah, while the caption says Florida with an arrow pointing to an eastern location on a silhouette of Pennsylvania.

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