Things I’ve Googled

Things I’ve Googled is an ongoing series and comes from one of the standard questions Jim and I ask each other when we get home. Often, it’s a good indicator of where our minds have wandered off to in the middle of the day and the topics usually make us laugh. So consider this part educational. Part oversharing. Part nonsense. Completely random.


What does Wi-Fi stand for?
From my jaunt to Mexico to our recent lake trips, my phone service has been spotty at best and I’ve become hyper-aware of the Wi-Fi symbol. But what does that even mean? Brace yourself – Wi-Fi is a totally made up word. Seriously. Just like transponster. And what a relief “wi-max” didn’t catch on. (Shocker!)

“Is this bad” app to identify spiders and insect bite reactions
I’ve been seeing a lot of spiders in our house lately, and with Jim being gone, I have had to really step up my game with their removal. As we discussed over the phone one night, I wondered if there was an app that used facial identification software for bugs. Spider in da house is an option. The bottom of my birkenstock is another. Jim laughed and said his co-workers joke about there needing to be an “Is this bad?!” app where you can submit photos of insect bites and such. Make no mistake, an influx in spiders is bad.

Why is the sky blue?
I smiled when Harper asked this from the backseat last week. (How sweet, Harper girl. Well, sh**, I don’t know!) Molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light. When we look toward the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colors because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight. But that’s not what I told her. Of course, by the time I looked up the answer, the girl was on to her next question. I’ll be ready for next time.

Jingles to remember phone numbers
I’ve been wanting to teach the girls my phone number and I know the best way to get any daughter of mine to remember anything is through a song. The kids learning website and blog, Playdough to Plato had four great ideas. I’ll be doing a follow-up post soon on this topic.

What is the meaning behind stacked rocks?
You see them at trail heads and along the river. These aren’t full fledged cairns but more a spiritual practice in finding balance. As kids, we used to stack rocks like this in our Bay Area backyard and called them earthquake meters. Some argue this violates Leave No Trace ethics and could be considered a form of wilderness graffiti. The meaning proved harder for Google and me to uncover. It seems to each, their own.

[Photo by Gagewood]


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