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Published: Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:05:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:05:00 GMT

 



How to Get a Ticket to the Hottest Show in Town

Saturday, October 8, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Desperate to see a show? Bring a sign and come alone.



Ice Ball Challenge!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

It was quite a challenge to hold it for more than 15 seconds. Immediately I wanted to share this experience with other people. I whipped up a cooler full of ice balls and hit the streets with my (actually Nick's) trusty folding table. The pitch was simple. I dared people to hold the ice ball in their hand for one full minute.



How to Make a Perfect Ice Ball

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

In my ice-making adventures, I stumbled across these Ikea bowls which have a nearly spherical shape. They are great for making ice balls!



Mystery Shots! Booth in Sacramento

Friday, September 2, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Last year I had an incredible night with the Rocky Challenge table in Sacramento. I offered people an opportunity to try something weird (drinking raw eggs) and it was a big hit! Since then, I've set up the Compliment Exchange table a few times, but I always had my mind on creating some kind of physical or psychological challenge. In August, I came up with a plan: Mystery Shots.



How Much is Inside A Box of Wine?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Tired of dragging armfuls of wine to a party? Why not try buying wine in a box?



Semaphore Flags Message Maker

Friday, August 19, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

I put together a web app to send messages in semaphore, an archaic flag-based alphabet system.



Stranger Things Lightbulb Message Maker

Monday, August 8, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Stacy and Angela painted the alphabet on the wall of their living room, hung lights, and it looks amazing. I built a web app that lets you compose and deliver a creepy message to a friend!



Gun Show Prank

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

I added my own commentary to Sacramento Gun Show signs



Twelve Ways Convention Booths Grab Your Attention

Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Pity the salesman who doesn't have some device to steer people into his booth.



Pokemon Go! Players are Discovering Sacramento Parks

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

I went out to interview the players hunting in the park at night



Updated! Parking Signs Updated!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

I posted a second round of pirate signs and heard from the city parking manager.



Posting Enhanced Parking Signs in Sacramento

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

When the No Parking signs aren't doing the job, I add some of my own.



Buried Treasure. A Backyard Treasure Hunt for Kids

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

My kids have solved some easy treasure hunts, but when my oldest daughter turned eleven, I figured she was ready for something a bit more challenging.



Smoking Study Unable to Show Negative Effect on Skin

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Smoking will kill you, but sunlight gives you wrinkles



Heather, 24 year old non-smoker

Monday, March 28, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Joins 100 faces on the Smokers vs. non-smokers age chart. Moved from Chicago



Let's Make Some Tiny Houses for Homeless in Sacramento

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

If we don't want tent cities, we could probably provide something nicer.



Upgrading the Kids' Fort

Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:15:00 GMT

As time passed, it began to look like boiled garbage. I needed to replace the panels, but I didn't want another temporary solution



You Might be Shocked by the Prices of Prescription Drugs with Ads on Television

Monday, November 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Did you know that Jublia, that John McEnroe nail fungus drug is $581?



Return of the Compliment Exchange

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Lauren heard me talking about it at dinner and decided to join me in operating the booth. I was excited to find out how crowds would react to a woman complimenting them. Of course everyone loved it.



The Mentos Toss

Friday, October 30, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Would the Mentos and Coke reaction make for a good carnival game?



Instant Modelling Gig

Monday, October 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I've also noticed, while wearing the paparazzi costume, that people embrace an opportunity to strike a pose (and ham it up) for the cameras. This gave me a thought: Would people on the street model for me? I thought I'd give it a try!



Donald Trump's Hair Costume

Friday, October 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

He has blond hair, but it is flipped and draped and looped over the top of his head in a complicated pattern which hypnotizes his adversaries. It is a marvel.



Making the Jacob's Ladder Carnival Game

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

This summer, I brought the kids to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, where they visited the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We rode rides, ate ice cream and avoided carnival games.



Draining Oil Through the Engine Dipstick Tube

Thursday, September 23, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

How to use a siphon to pull extra oil out of your engine.



The Compliment Exchange

Thursday, August 27, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

When I notice something really outstanding about a person's appearance, I hesitate before saying something, because I know it will look as though I'm after something.



Chris, age 65, Poster Child for Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

There's hope to convert cigarette smokers to vapers.



Lauren, age 27

Monday, August 17, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added two 27 year-olds.



Merrin, age 15

Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added a beauty queen from St. Patrick's Day.



Preshyous, age 19

Friday, August 14, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added 24 new people.



Julie, age 19

Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day.



Eyes Only! Age Photos

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Here's a new menu of the age chart. Only the eye photos!



Stephanie, age 18

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day.



Jordan, age 8

Monday, August 10, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I'm going to add someone new every day.



Smokers vs. Non-Smokers Age Photos

Friday, August 7, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I asked people on the street to help with a photo project, illustrating the difference between the complexion of smokers and non-smokers.



Does Black Bark Mulch Help Keep Moisture in the Soil?

Friday, July 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Does heat-absorption counteract the moisture-barrier effect?



What is a Motor Mount?

Friday, June 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Motor mounts aren't giant, welded connections between your engine and your car frame. Motor mounts are flexible connections.



How Much is Inside a Waffle?

Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Waffles are a big favorite for breakfast. They are a stand-alone breakfast, which is simple and warm and delicious. And they are cheap! Or are they?



How Much Water does a Fountain Use?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

When I saw a sign at Lowe's explaining that their fountains had to be shut down I wondered, how much water does a fountain use?



Find Your Body Surface Area!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Last month, my fried Ali told me about a common formula for calculating the surface area of a person's body.



Have you seen Yosemite?

Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

I've lived in California my whole life. When I finally visited Yosemite in May, I found a tiny oasis unlike any other enviroment on earth. Yosemite Valley is a little flat valley surrounded on all sides by HUGE granite walls and mountains.



One Year of Littering

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Litter is such an eyesore, it seems so easy to resist creating it, it's downright mysterious to me. To learn more about the habits of litterers, I decided to keep a year-long record of every time I saw someone littering.



All of these TVs are Below Average!

Friday, May 15, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Have you looked at the EnergyGuide labels on televisions lately? I saw a bunch last week and noticed something: All of the TVs are below average.



Target vs. Walmart: 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

A price comparison between 20 items at Walmart and Target



Instigating a Standing Ovation at the Furious Seven Premiere

Friday, April 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Will a theater embrace an invitation to applaud?



The Rocky Challenge!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Will People on the Street Drink Raw Eggs?



How Much is Inside a Quarter Pounder? Update!

Monday, March 9, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

After finding out that a Quarter Pounder from McDonalds lost 35% of its weight during cooking, I had to find out if that was a typical change, or if McDonalds was using super-fatty mystery meat in their burgers.



How Much is Inside a Quarter Pounder?

Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

When a second park opened up next to Disneyland, they started selling Park Hopper tickets. Park Hoppers are special, premium tickets which allow guests to visit both Disneyland and Calfornia Adventure on the same day.



The Problem with Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets

Saturday, February 19, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

When a second park opened up next to Disneyland, they started selling Park Hopper tickets. Park Hoppers are special, premium tickets which allow guests to visit both Disneyland and Calfornia Adventure on the same day.



The Flower Chair

Saturday, February 14, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

How to Make a giant flower out of memory foam and fuzzy fabric.



The Stunt Ottoman

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Some of my projects have their origins in a chance inheritance of raw materials.



The NFL May have just Eliminated the Resale of Superbowl Tickets

Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Fans of this website may remember that I encourage readers to enter the NFL ticket lottery for Super Bowl tickets. It's a great move even if you didn't want to go to the game, because there was a rich aftermarket where these tickets could be resold for $3,000 each. On Monday I got word that the NFL has acted to prevent this ticket resale.



Special Garbage Can for Homeless

Thursday, January 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMT

Where do you throw something, when you don't want it to go to waste?



Costume Contest Results

Sunday, December 28, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Cockeyed reader Jeff Johnston requested a round up of my halloween costume contest adventures, and now, two months later, I'm going to give it to you



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Frontierland

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Frontierland is a fun, thoroughly themed area of Disneyland. It is made up to look like a fort and town from an outpost during the American frontier of the 1800s to the 1880s.



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Adventureland

Monday, November 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Adventureland is small and simple. It is a single path which runs almost directly from east to west. The retail stores and restaurants are almost all on this north side of the street, the rides and attractions are all on the south side of the street.



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Tomorrowland

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Tomorrowland is a huge land on the east end of Disneyland.



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Critter Country

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Critter Country is a little land on the extreme west end of Disneyland.



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Fantasyland

Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

To some, Fantasyland is Disneyland. Walking in, invariably, through the castle and into the courtyard, guests are surrounded by five rides tucked into a little courtyard. Wooden lodges, stone castles and iron chains are some of the features. Specially for kids, this is Disneyland distilled.



1,000 Pictures of Disneyland: Main Street

Sunday, November 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

With this kind of question in mind, I gave myself a special assignment on my latest trip. Photograph the crap out of Disneyland.



Downton Abbey Costume

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Not a servant, not a Lord, the entire building... Downton Abbey.



Finding the Optimum Spray angle for Whipped Cream

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Is perpendicular to the table the best angle for spraying whipped cream?



Cleaning up at my Adopted Fence

Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

You may remember that I whitewashed a fence full of graffiti in August. I bragged about it here: Painting over Graffiti. I anticipated that my pristine canvas would be be molested again soon, so I kept an eye out, waiting for the grafitti to return.



Walmart Pricing Problem

Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

I went into Walmart yesterday to ask about the price accuracy guarantee. An hour later, I left in a rage. For a while, Walmart was backing up their "price accuracy policy" with a $3 rebate whenever their price at the register came up different than their price marked on the shelf.



Cheap Family Trip to Disneyland

Friday, September 26, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Ever since I built the Disneyland costume, I've been itching to revisit Disneyland. I wanted to see what parts I got right and which parts I got wrong. I wanted to get another look at how the train runs through the facade at It is a Small World, and how Splash Mountain butts up against the forest north of the Rivers of America.



Another Backyard Treasure Hunt for Kids!

Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

To aid the descrambling, I didn't cut the letters squarely. If they noticed that the letters had an angle to them, aligning the cuts would help them reassemble the final location clue.



Ty's Interview at Banker's Life Insurance Company

Friday, September 12, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

The first time I showed up I didn't know what to expect, and I think when I talked to someone in the office, they didn't really know who I was, or why I was there. They told me to come back another time, and another interview was arranged.



How to Set up a Backyard Treasure Hunt for Kids

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Why give a gift when you can give and ADVENTUUUUURE?!



Twenty Five Examples of Low- and No-water Front Lawns

Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Considering a move from green grass?



Treasure Hunt for Kids

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

The end of the summer was the perfect occasion for a backyard treasure hunt.



How Much is Inside A Banana Split?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

We had the cherries. We actually had two jars of maraschino cherries. Twenty-five marischino cherries are harder to get rid of than a bottle of homemade cinnamon vermouth.



Health Problems as People Age: On the Street Interviews

Monday, August 25, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

I had a hypothesis that older people have more health problems. It wasn't a novel idea, but I knew just how to test it: Man on the street interviews!



Green and Brown Lawns in Sacramento

Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Studying the value of water among the rich and poor areas of Sacramento



How to Fix a Squeaking, Squealing GE Profile Dryer

Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

I helped a couple troubleshoot and fix an annoying problem their dryer was having. It squealed like crazy!



How to Set up a Lemonade Stand for your kids

Monday, August 18, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

No otherwise-fun activity is complete without ruining it with a bunch of lessons. I asked my daughter to help me write up a business plan.



Painting over Grafitti

Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Most people love Banksy's stuff, but the artwork produced after his arrest simply doesn't hold my fascination. It isn't of the same caliber. I hope he gets his life together soon.



How Much is Inside A Scoop of Ice Cream?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Ice cream is one of the few foods which is measured in scoops. Not ounces or servings, scoops. Scoops!



My Foray into Suspicious Acts of Charity

Saturday, August 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

This is the story of how I wandered into the realm of being too generous and had to explain myself to a police officer on the side of the road.



Banana Split Comparison

Sunday, July 26, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

With the thinnest varnish of scientific intent, I got the kids together for an investigation into our three local ice cream parlors.



Hiring a Home Depot Guy

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

I kinda always wanted to try hiring a guy standing in front of Home Depot, and I finally got the chance. It was easy.



Replacing the Purge Control Valve on a Hyundai Elantra

Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

My gas vapor recovery system was having a problem, specifically the canister purge solenoid



How Fast do French Fries Cool Down?

Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Charting the Temperature Drop of French Fried Potatoes



My Year of Coincidences

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Examining all of the weird coincidences I experienced in the last 12 months.



Which Firework is the Loudest?

Monday, July 7, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Measuring Sound Pressure Levels of Common Fireworks



Black Actors

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Sometimes it seems like there are only three black actors who work in film. To shatter that illusion, please read and memorize the biographies of these African American and black British film stars



How One Man--Founder of Cult-Favorite Website Cockeyed.Com--Won The Internet by Doing it All First

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Rob Cockerham biography and Cockeyed.com review



How much does it cost to store a VHS tape in a New York City apartment?

Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

In a New York City apartment, he implied, space is far too valuable to store an old fashioned plastic brick containing a single movie.



An iPhone was like a sideways Smart Car

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Galaxy Note is Quite Wide



How to Make a Carport That Isn't Ugly

Friday, June 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Keep your Driveway from Dressing like a Homeless Campsite



An Experiment in Gas Rationing

Monday, June 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

How much gas do you save if you only buy five gallons at a time?



Use Google Image Search to Learn More about Fake Facebook Friends

Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Learn to laugh at these unbelievable profiles



How Much is Inside Dryer Sheets?

Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

How much fabric softener is riding on one dryer sheet?



How Much Time does a Dishwasher Save?

Friday, May 23, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Is it faster to simply wash the dishes by hand?



In Search of the Loudest Restaurant in Sacramento

Tuesday, April 30, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Do you know what I ask for when it is my birthday? Well, let me tell you: I ask for measuring equipment.



Comparing the Price of a PS4 and XBox One at RentaCenter and Aarons

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Which Rental Place Offers a Next-Gen Game System at the Lowest Price?



Ellen Show Accidentally Gives Away $300,000

Sunday, April 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Mazda trunk filled with mountain of cash before being given away.



On the Street: Guess Your Blood Alcohol Level Booth

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

This year, I got a new breathalyzer and decided to take it onto the streets, to find out how well the general public can track the level of alcohol in their blood.



Every Step of Jurassic Quest

Monday, March 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Jurassic Quest, also known as Return of the Dinosaurs is a travelling show of big, animatronic (moving) dinosaur models. Who doesn't love dinosaurs? Imagine walking amongst huge animals like the monsters in Jurassic Park.



Searching the Indian Ocean for a Plane Crash

Friday, March 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

To better envision the difficulty of finding an aircraft in an ocean, I re-scaled the task. I expected that it would be similar to finding a needle in Disneyland. Not very familar with the size of the Indian Ocean, that turned out to be understating the challenge.



The Oatmeal Markup

Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

I don't really have a problem with new, more convenient ways to buy food, particluarly when it is healthy food, but I noticed the markup on pre-packaged bowls of instant oatmeal and had to share the math.



Antiques Roadshow - The Ultimate Neat Stuff Show

Wednesday, March 4, 2014 11:15:00 GMT

A bunch of other shows propel the plot with neat items. Once I noticed the pattern, I realized how similar these shows are. By the way, reality shows are fake.