Friday, September 4, 2009

Big Trouble in Little China t-shirt (link roundup)

All Jack Burton fans will appreciate the Pork-Chop Express t-shirt, new at Last Exit to Nowhere.

And a few more links:

1. Federal authorities had wanted to use controlled burns to clear away dry foliage to prevent the type of massive fires that we've had the last two weeks in Los Angeles. But Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich says, "The environmentalists have gone to the extreme to prevent controlled burns, and as a result we have this catastrophe today." Via.

2. Relatedly, hydrofluorocarbons were introduced in the 1990s to replace ozone-depleting gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foam. It looks like the switch worked, and the hole in the ozone is shrinking. Unfortunately, the new chemicals "act like 'super' greenhouse gases, with a heat-trapping power that can be 4,470 times that of carbon dioxide." Via.

3. Seattle Mariner Adrian Beltre missed a few weeks of playing time after injuring his testicle. When Beltre came up for his first at-bat, the theme for Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" was played at Ken Griffey Jr.'s suggestion. Via.

*Previously: David Lo-Pan Mighty Mugg.

*Buy Big Trouble in Little China toys at eBay.