Counter Intelligence: Prez Burned 9k Gal. of Fuel on Earth Day

See the amount of fuel Obama used on Earth Day and check out our list of must-reads that will have you chatting at the lunch counter, over IM or wherever it is that people actually talk these days.

  • Obama's flights on Earth Day burned about 9,000 gallons of fuel. Flying to and from Iowa, the president took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One to get to the state where he delivered a speech on the future of energy in the country. The calculation doesn't include the vehicles that transported him short distances.
  • Cup-stacking is the latest craze to take hold of the sports world -- complete with an ESPN following and its own Tiger Woods. A tournament last week drew 700 competitors from a dozen countries vying for the World Sport Stacking Championship title. Athletes start with 10 cups that they must drop into a pyramid pattern then collapsing the cups back into stacks.
  • A space blob that has scientists baffled is one of the most distance objects ever seen. The "Lyman-alpha blob" is 12.9 billion light years away and is forcing researchers to rethink about the way galaxies form. Either the current theory of formation is incorrect or something is unique about the object -- which is 55,000 light years across but could be identified only as a "blob."
  • A Rep. from Texas said he stumped Nobel Prize Winning Energy Secretary by asking "Where does oil come from?" If by stumped, he meant elicit a chuckle and a explanation suitable for a seventh grader in science class then he sure killed it. He felt so confident he eviscerated the Energy czar that he wrote on his Twitter page that he "baffled" him.
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