It is an unfortunate truth that the tooth fairy does not exist. The idea of a creature that sneaks into our bedrooms while we sleep and leaves money in return for the pieces that fall out of our heads is admittedly appealing, but it is also so improbable that to believe it is laughable. Even if we were to limit the recipients of the tooth fairy’s generosity to those who lose their teeth in the nation of Canada, that would still leave approximately 2 789 920 children within the ages of 6 to 12 (the age group in which tooth loss is a normal occurrence). If we take into account the fact that each child loses 32 teeth within a 6 year period, we can determine that Canadians lose approximately 14 879 573 teeth each year, or 40 766 teeth a day. It is possible for children to lose multiple teeth in one day, or for multiple children to lose teeth in the same household, but the frequency with which this happens is not enough to decrease the number of households that the tooth fairy must visit by more than a couple hundred. Let us therefore accept that the tooth fairy must visit 40 566 Canadian households each night. If the average child gets 10 hours of sleep a day, and there is a 4.5 hour time difference between the East and West coast of Canada, this gives the tooth fairy 14.5 hours in which to work. The tooth fairy must therefore visit approximately 2798 households each hour. This would be difficult enough if they were side by side, but Canada has a surface area of 9 984 670 km², and Canadians have taken advantage of the opportunity this gives them to spread out. If the tooth fairy is lucky, a journey of about 10 000 km is in store each night. Unfortunately, no research has been done on fairies, so let us assume that their flying ability is similar to that of a common swallow. The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is about 38.6 km/h, so at maximum speed a fairy could only hope to complete 5.6% of the required journey if it forgot to pick up the teeth and didn’t leave any money. If the tooth fairy were kind enough to bring the money, it would have to start its journey carrying 285.4 kg of loonies, a feat impossible for any swallow. Alas, we must accept that as no creature is capable of simultaneously reaching the speeds required for the journey and carrying such a weight, the tooth fairy cannot be real.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
You are either the recipient of the Officially Licensed Maintenance Ninja Utility Belt, or have won it in a battle to the death. If the former, you must be a staff member at the Christian summer camp Circle Square Ranch (Severn Bridge). You are, therefore, awesome (though if Josh W is reading this, that is no excuse for making up egotistical nicknames for yourself). If the latter, you have just killed a Circle Square staff member. Know that my vengeance will be swift and terrible.
A Maintenance Ninja is one who can use everything around him to trick his enemies. He and fast and he is friendly to his environment. A Maintenance Ninja is honest and good. His mind, body and spirit are one. He has self-control. He has discipline. He has an awesome Utility Belt. A Maintenance Ninja loves nature because he is part of nature. A Maintenance Ninja never fights a battle if he cannot win.
The original ninjas, on the other hand, were cold blooded killers who had the unenviable job of trying to kill off military leaders and royalty without being caught or executed. Still, there is much that we can learn from the first ninjas.
The first man considered to be a ninja was Prince Yamato. He dressed up as a woman and killed two men. While he may not have been wearing the black costume we now consider to be obligatory ninja garb, he did use everything around him to trick his enemies (and by everything around him, we mean a dress and a large sword, and probably a lot of makeup).
The classic ninja originated in the regions of Iga and Koga in Japan. The mercenaries in these regions were experts at infiltrating castles, using stealth and deception. Iga-Ueno, a city in the Iga region, now boasts a Ninja Museum, and holds a ninja parade every year. In the most recent parade, nobody saw anything until it was too late.
Many legends have arisen about ninjas. The ability to summon animals, shapeshift, or even split into multiple bodies are among their mythical talents. In fact, the reason most people think ninjas wore black is because early drawings depicted them in black to portray a sense of invisibility. It has long been believed that ninjas themselves spread false rumours about magical abilities in order to scare their enemies. While this theory made sense, no one knew until recently that Ninjas planted the rumours by flying through windows and planting the ideas in our minds while we slept.
Ninjas usually wore civilian clothes, and could disguise themselves as priests, entertainers, fortune tellers, merchants, or komusō monks. The komusō monk was a very effective disguise, as the monks were well known for wearing “basket” hats that covered the whole head, though why no one would be suspicious of a man with a basket on his head is beyond me.
Interesting Fact: Paranoid warlords often took precautions against assassination. Some built floors that were specially designed to make a loud noise when people stepped on them, others covered the ground with gravel. All of these countermeasures were unfortunately useless, because ninjas can fly.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Goals I Achieved in High School
- Had films (which I created) shown in assembly
- Won the Cosmo Music Award (Grade Twelve musical achievement award, basically)
- Got a role in several school shows, including the musical
- Won more music awards, with at least an honourable mention each year
- Passed Grade Twelve French
- Sang a solo in choir
- Played at Talent Night
- Played in an assembly
- There's just one. You don't get to find out what it was.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Once again, I have my life back. I don't particularly want it; I usually have nothing to do. But yes, it's true, the school musical is over and I now have no reason to stay at school till 10 o'clock every evening. I can return home before dark. For those of you who don't know, I've been playing Rapunzel's Prince in the musical Into the Woods for the past five months. It's been fun, it's been wonderful, but it's finally finished.
Some statistics (to steal an idea from Darryl)
Play: Into the Woods
Authors: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Plot Summary: Click Here
Producer: Phil Vriend
Director: Richard Peters
Stage Manager: Rachelle Veldkamp
Number of Actors Involved: 29
Death Toll: 18*
Time Spent Preparing: 5 months
Average Length: 2.5 hours, including a 15 minute intermission
Scenes Cut: 2 (Our Little World and Moments in the Woods)
Role: Rapunzel's Prince
Inspiration for How to Play Rapunzel's Prince: Click Here
Songs: First Midnight, Agony, Second Midnight, Act I Finale, Agony (Reprise), Act II Finale
Minor Injuries Sustained as a Result of Playing Rapunzel's Prince: 8
Burns on Upper Lip Caused by Allergic Reaction to Mustache Adhesive: Yes
Number of Times My Lapel Mic Fell Off of Its Clip During a Performance: 5
*Death Toll refers to characters in the play, not the actors playing them