Six Degrees of Twitteration

Okay, I did it. I signed up for Twitter. Now people from around the world can tell me they’re eating a sandwich in 140 characters or less. In celebration of this, I thought I’d try an experiment – link from my last blog post to the next using only links tweeted by people and/or organisations I’m following. How hard can it be?

Well, pretty hard as I don’t know what tomorrow’s blog post will be about.

Okay, tomorrow’s March 17. St. Patrick’s Day. Okay, I can do that.

Right, yesterday’s blog was about media panics, with an emphasis on the War of the Worlds radio hoaxes terrifying people into believing their localities were being invaded by Martians. That’s useful, because Wired magazine has tweeted about the Mars Express spacecraft’s closest ever fly-by of Mars’ moon Phobos. The pictures are pretty cool.

Now Phobos is named after the Greek god of fear; his brother was Deimos, the god of terror. And what;re really scary? Ghosts, that’s what!

So it’s fortunate that Wired are also reporting that a replica of the Ecto-1 car from Ghostbusters was auctioned off for $80,000 in January. So someone has more money than sense. What else could he buy?

Well, Relevant magazine could point him in the direction of a watch made out of dinosaur poop. Now I know what you’re thinking – why would someone want a watch made out of dinosaur poop? Or maybe, "Why did Matt use a story about watches made from dinosaur poop, which will obviously make Six Degrees of Twitteration nigh on impossible?" That is an excellent question. Luckily the watch also involves the skin of toads, and I follow New Scientist. Toads are kinda like frogs, so that leads us neatly to:

AN EIGHT-LEGGED MUTANT FROG.

And talking of bizarre animal related stories, Mike Tyson is going to host a show about pigeon racing. Apparently Mike is a pigeon fancier, having got interested in the whole thing on the rooftops of New York City. Whod’ve thought it, Mike Tyson a pigeon racer. I guess it just goes to show we’re all geeky about something.

Some of us are geekier than most, however, and so congratulations to Adam Savage of Mythbusters, who won Best Overall Geek at the Geekdad awards. This is A Good Thing, because Adam’s a legend and Mythbusters is one of the best shows on TV.

Mythbusters doesn’t bust historical myths, but if it did, it would point out that snakes weren’t actually driven out of Ireland by a certain St. Patrick.

Who is going to be the subject of tomorrow’s blog.

Twitteration is easy!

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