The Lost Sister Files No.1

Hello Shirt Heads! Yeah, that’s right! That’s what you’re called now. I called it, and we do operate according to the International Dibs Protocol, as well as the No Take Backs Accord, at Oh Shirt!.
In case you don’t know what’s going on my name is Rachel Gohlke and I’m Chris Gohlke’s sister, you can tell because I CAN spell his last name right. so, you might be wondering who are you, and why do we care? well you don’t, even Chris Gohlke forgot who I was in Oh Shirt! The Show episode 11. All you really need to know is that I’m an artsy, nerdy, narcissistic, “big fancy school” student who has already spent way too much time on herself and is essentially wasting your time with stuff you could find with a simple google search. But hey don’t worry it’s not all about me, it’s about educating yourselves. I refuse to be the only person who has esoteric knowledge anymore. So, unless Chris Fillmore decides i’m not cool enough, I’ll be dropping nuggets of “did you know?” goodies, and related nifty shit for your viewer pleasure.
For example:
Do you know how the Monkey Wrench got it’s name?
It’s not because monkeys are fond of using them with their feet. The Monkey Wrench got it’s name from slang, like most things. In Britian, around 1841, Charles Moncky (pronounced MON-k-I) invented this tool and when it was sold to Americans it was given the possessive name “Moncky’s wrench” and with time and use “Monkcy’s wrench” became Monkey Wrench.
Related nifty shit:
A Monkey shaped Monkey wrench: http://www.shapeways.com/model/146919/
Monkey Wrench by the Foo Fighters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7rCNiiNPxA


Not so related shit:
Not one painting of a monkey wrench: http://monkeywrenchart.com/art.html
BAM! There you go. You officially have shit to say to impress everyone from strangers to professors and employers without inciting a laborious debate about politics, ’cause that’s what happens whenever you regurgitate whatever you see on the news. Prepare to be interesting!
LEGOS
LEGOS. If you’ve been on this world for more than a month you’re aware of them. If you work with children they are the most blessed of modern inventions, and has started more fights than religion. But aside from the fact that they are an undying tradition among children and children at heart, what else do you know about them?

Would you believe that the inventor of LEGO, Ole Kirk, was not the pioneer of connecting blocks? He wasn’t, but he was the first to snatch up the rights to the product once the first inventor committed suicide. Though back in 1947 LEGOS looked a bit different than we know now, but only just a bit. It wasn’t until a few decades later that the “Tube and Stud” system we know now was patented, the interlocking tubes made the toy able to create larger structures, and allowed for more rough handling, thus fixing LEGOS to be a staple in the toy industry for the foreseeable future.
LEGOS by the Numbers:
7 – the number of LEGO sets that are sold every second. During Christmas, almost 28 sets are sold every second.
40,000,000,000 – Number of LEGO bricks you would need to build a column reaching to the Moon.
75 – The average number of LEGO bricks owned by each person on Earth.
5,000,000,000- Hours spent by children around the world playing with LEGO each year.
915,000,000 how many ways to combine six LEGO bricks
2,400,000 LEGO club members world wide
Related nifty shit:
DIY LEGOS gas tank: http://www.instructables.com/id/Propane-Bottle-Lego-Head/
mini fig helmet: http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/02/05/lego-minifig-motorcy.html
43,000 piece creation: http://www.geekosystem.com/lego-star-destroyer/
myth busted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoh6OxakbiA


brick testament: http://www.thebricktestament.com/
a good point: http://xkcd.com/659/
LEGOS swag: http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=lego&x=0&y=0
With LEGOS being such a big pop icon around the world it’s really hard to narrow down the nifty shit that’s related. These are the coolest ones that i found. If you have any LEGOS stories, links, or creations leave them in a comment! and because the only way i know how to conclude essays and such is by a recap (thanks college!). While I might be no one worth screaming off the roof tops about I do know some pretty random esoteric knowledge that has won over the hearts of many a stranger, monkey wrenches are a product of the deterioration of language and LEGOS rule the world. You’ve been educated. Go infect the masses with knowledge.
-Rachel Gohlke [The Lost Sister]

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6 comments

  1. I find this very useful, thank you Rachel! I collect random knowledge like this in my brain. Although I will tell you I don’t own any legos at all at the moment. Now what do you know about the Phillips screwdriver? 🙂

    1. yey! i’m glad you like it!
      well my favorite part of the phillip’s head screwdriver, is that the only reason that the Phillips screwdriver is such a staple in the tool world is because of Henry Phillips’ ability to sell to people. John Thompson, the original designer behind this iconic tool, actually gave it to Henry Phillips because he couldn’t generate the interest with manufacturers. Phillips only made minor tweaks and sold it so well that screw manufacturers, car makers and such abandoned the old screw and screwdriver types for Thompson’s design.

  2. i’m glad you like it! i feel special 😀
    the only downside to knowing so much, is that i’ve had professors say that i’m “no fun” because i’m not floored by what they have to say. XD

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