Thursday, November 11, 2010


Uncle Brads Really weird stuff



How long would a million, a billion, a trillion drops of oil last the US?
There are about 19,000 drops in a US gallon; 42 gallons make a barrel;
The US uses about 21 million barrels of oil each day. (OR 882,000,000 gallons)

(divide by 19,000 then 42 then 21,000,000 to get days then divide by 365.25
to get years or multiply by 24 to get hours, another 60 to get minutes then 60 to get seconds

MILLION = .005 seconds (about)
BILLION = 5 seconds (about)
TRILLION = 1.4 hours (about)


A million inches is 15.78 miles. You could walk a million inches but it would probably take two days.
A billion inches is 15,780 miles. That's almost two thirds of the way around the earth.
A trillion inches is 15,780,000 miles. The distance to the moon is 238,857 miles.
Divide 238,857 into 15,780,000 and you get 66.06. divide that by two to get round trips

If you wanted to RUN for 1 million inches you would have to run the football field end to end 277.7 times
(15.78 miles)

Do this 1000 times and you have 1 BILLION inches
(15.78 miles once a day for 2 years and 8 months)

Have 1000 people run 15.78 miles , every day for 32 months
and you get 1 TRILLION inches(about)


How long is 1 million, 1 billion and 1 trillion seconds?
1 MILLION = 11.6 days / 1 BILLION = About 32 years / 1 TRILLION = About 32,000 years


If you lined up 1 trillion protons edge to edge; how long would the line be?
A= 1mm (about the width of the the letter "i" on this page)


a "pinch" of salt = 1000 grains (approx)
1/2 cup of salt = 1 Million grains (approx)
a bathtub = 1 Billion grains (approx)



Lots of dots

1 Million dots

a grain of salt

1 Billion pennies

1 Trillion pennies

Saturday, October 30, 2010

DNA - Bigfoot, Aliens, "Red Rain" and more...

When DNA started to become more available for use in forensics
(and in general), I wondered how it would change things like Bigfoot sightings ?
Would it prove them all HOAXES ?
Not knowing at the time (many years ago) how far back DNA would work,
I was curious as to how many mysteries it could solve as far as our own human past, something I am acutely interested in (Early Human Anthropology), not to mention,
things like Bigfoot and ET's, especially the Starchild skull...

Well, it seems that it has only deepened many of these mysteries !

In the case of the Starchild skull, they were able to retrieve mitochondrial DNA (from the mothers side), but not cellular DNA (the fathers side).
Some may say this mean its inconclusive, but mitochondrial DNA was retrieved on the first try, and after at least 6 tries, nothing from cellular DNA, which leads many Starchild believers to think that the father must not be human.
Not being an expert myself, I am not sure, but if I read the results properly, it sounds as though that if the father WAS an ET, this is exactly what would be expected (no result) because of the way the test was created. Obviously these test were never made in expectation of anything else.

As of March 2010 the Starchild Skull has had new and more elaborate DNA tests which appear to prove that it is a hybrid (human-unknown)

About BIGFOOT...
This is the second story in the last 3 years I have seen stating that they found DNA from an animal, where the test results show that the animal is NOT human, and NOT a known primate, but IS a primate of some-kind and "similar" to both human and non-human primates.

The "RED RAIN" mystery also seems to have deepened.

"From July 25 to September 23, 2001, red rain sporadically fell on the southern Indian state of Kerala." - "Colored rain had been reported in Kerala as early as 1896 and several times since then."

"This paper reports the extraordinary biology of the microorganisms from the
mysterious red rain of Kerala, India."

These organisms grow optimally at a temperature of 300 degrees C in hydrothermal
conditions and can metabolize inorganic and organic compounds including

Also, it seems from at least somewhat reliable scientists...

"As a biologist, let me assure you that a cell-sized and shaped organism that reproduces, lives off LB and doesn't appear to have any nucleic acid template (DNA or RNA) is a revolutionary discovery in and of itself," one commenter wrote at TechnologyReview.

The Extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials - Technology Review

Read more:

Stages found in their life cycle show reproduction by a
special multiple fission process and the red cells found in the red rain are
identified as the resting spores of these microbes. While these extreme
hyperthermophiles contain proteins, our study shows the absence of DNA in
these organisms, indicating a new primitive domain of life with alternate
thermostable genetics. This new biology proves our earlier hypothesis that
these microbes are of extraterrestrial origin and also supports our earlier
argument that the mysterious red rain of Kerala is due to the cometary
delivery of the red spores into the stratosphere above Kerala

The related paper mentioned in this abstract
( indicates it was submitted to

Growth and replication of red rain cells at 121 oC and their red fluorescence