Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:05:00 GMT
Last Build Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:05:00 GMT
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:15:00 GMTIt 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.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:15:00 GMTIn my ice-making adventures, I stumbled across these Ikea bowls which have a nearly spherical shape. They are great for making ice balls!
Friday, September 2, 2016 11:15:00 GMTLast 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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:15:00 GMTTired of dragging armfuls of wine to a party? Why not try buying wine in a box?
Friday, August 19, 2016 11:15:00 GMTI put together a web app to send messages in semaphore, an archaic flag-based alphabet system.
Monday, August 8, 2016 11:15:00 GMTStacy 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!
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:15:00 GMTI added my own commentary to Sacramento Gun Show signs
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:15:00 GMTPity the salesman who doesn't have some device to steer people into his booth.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:15:00 GMTI went out to interview the players hunting in the park at night
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11:15:00 GMTI posted a second round of pirate signs and heard from the city parking manager.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:15:00 GMTWhen the No Parking signs aren't doing the job, I add some of my own.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:15:00 GMTMy 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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:15:00 GMTSmoking will kill you, but sunlight gives you wrinkles
Monday, March 28, 2016 11:15:00 GMTJoins 100 faces on the Smokers vs. non-smokers age chart. Moved from Chicago
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:15:00 GMTIf we don't want tent cities, we could probably provide something nicer.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:15:00 GMTAs time passed, it began to look like boiled garbage. I needed to replace the panels, but I didn't want another temporary solution
Monday, November 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMTDid you know that Jublia, that John McEnroe nail fungus drug is $581?
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMTLauren 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.
Friday, October 30, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWould the Mentos and Coke reaction make for a good carnival game?
Monday, October 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'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!
Friday, October 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMTHe 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.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:15:00 GMTThis 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.
Thursday, September 23, 2015 11:15:00 GMTHow to use a siphon to pull extra oil out of your engine.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWhen 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.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:15:00 GMTThere's hope to convert cigarette smokers to vapers.
Monday, August 17, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added two 27 year-olds.
Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added a beauty queen from St. Patrick's Day.
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day. Today I added 24 new people.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:15:00 GMTHere's a new menu of the age chart. Only the eye photos!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day.
Monday, August 10, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'm going to add someone new every day.
Friday, August 7, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI asked people on the street to help with a photo project, illustrating the difference between the complexion of smokers and non-smokers.
Friday, July 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMTDoes heat-absorption counteract the moisture-barrier effect?
Friday, June 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMTMotor mounts aren't giant, welded connections between your engine and your car frame. Motor mounts are flexible connections.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWaffles 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?
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWhen 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?
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMTLast month, my fried Ali told me about a common formula for calculating the surface area of a person's body.
Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:15:00 GMTI'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.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:15:00 GMTLitter 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.
Friday, May 15, 2015 11:15:00 GMTHave 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.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:15:00 GMTA price comparison between 20 items at Walmart and Target
Friday, April 3, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWill a theater embrace an invitation to applaud?
Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWill People on the Street Drink Raw Eggs?
Monday, March 9, 2015 11:15:00 GMTAfter 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.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWhen 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.
Saturday, February 19, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWhen 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.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 11:15:00 GMTHow to Make a giant flower out of memory foam and fuzzy fabric.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:15:00 GMTSome of my projects have their origins in a chance inheritance of raw materials.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:15:00 GMTFans 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.
Thursday, January 26, 2015 11:15:00 GMTWhere do you throw something, when you don't want it to go to waste?
Sunday, December 28, 2014 11:15:00 GMTCockeyed 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
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:15:00 GMTFrontierland 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.
Monday, November 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMTAdventureland 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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:15:00 GMTTomorrowland is a huge land on the east end of Disneyland.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 11:15:00 GMTCritter Country is a little land on the extreme west end of Disneyland.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMTTo 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.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMTWith this kind of question in mind, I gave myself a special assignment on my latest trip. Photograph the crap out of Disneyland.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMTNot a servant, not a Lord, the entire building... Downton Abbey.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMTIs perpendicular to the table the best angle for spraying whipped cream?
Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMTYou 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.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI 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.
Friday, September 26, 2014 11:15:00 GMTEver 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.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:15:00 GMTTo 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.
Friday, September 12, 2014 11:15:00 GMTThe 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.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMTWhy give a gift when you can give and ADVENTUUUUURE?!
Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:15:00 GMTConsidering a move from green grass?
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:15:00 GMTThe end of the summer was the perfect occasion for a backyard treasure hunt.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:15:00 GMTWe 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.
Monday, August 25, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI 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!
Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:15:00 GMTStudying the value of water among the rich and poor areas of Sacramento
Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI helped a couple troubleshoot and fix an annoying problem their dryer was having. It squealed like crazy!
Monday, August 18, 2014 11:15:00 GMTNo 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.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:15:00 GMTMost 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.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMTIce cream is one of the few foods which is measured in scoops. Not ounces or servings, scoops. Scoops!
Saturday, August 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMTThis 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.
Sunday, July 26, 2014 11:15:00 GMTWith the thinnest varnish of scientific intent, I got the kids together for an investigation into our three local ice cream parlors.
Monday, July 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI kinda always wanted to try hiring a guy standing in front of Home Depot, and I finally got the chance. It was easy.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:15:00 GMTMy gas vapor recovery system was having a problem, specifically the canister purge solenoid
Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMTCharting the Temperature Drop of French Fried Potatoes
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMTExamining all of the weird coincidences I experienced in the last 12 months.
Monday, July 7, 2014 11:15:00 GMTMeasuring Sound Pressure Levels of Common Fireworks
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:15:00 GMTSometimes 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
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMTRob Cockerham biography and Cockeyed.com review
Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:15:00 GMTIn a New York City apartment, he implied, space is far too valuable to store an old fashioned plastic brick containing a single movie.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:15:00 GMTGalaxy Note is Quite Wide
Friday, June 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMTKeep your Driveway from Dressing like a Homeless Campsite
Monday, June 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMTHow much gas do you save if you only buy five gallons at a time?
Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:15:00 GMTLearn to laugh at these unbelievable profiles
Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:15:00 GMTHow much fabric softener is riding on one dryer sheet?
Friday, May 23, 2014 11:15:00 GMTIs it faster to simply wash the dishes by hand?
Tuesday, April 30, 2014 11:15:00 GMTDo you know what I ask for when it is my birthday? Well, let me tell you: I ask for measuring equipment.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:15:00 GMTWhich Rental Place Offers a Next-Gen Game System at the Lowest Price?
Sunday, April 13, 2014 11:15:00 GMTMazda trunk filled with mountain of cash before being given away.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:15:00 GMTThis 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.
Monday, March 24, 2014 11:15:00 GMTJurassic 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.
Friday, March 14, 2014 11:15:00 GMTTo 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.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI 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.
Wednesday, March 4, 2014 11:15:00 GMTA 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.
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:15:00 GMTI weighed a bunch of clothes, both men's and women's clothes