Every once in a while, I come across something that really grabs my attention or tickles me in some way. A couple of things I’ve come across are a picture of a hole in the clouds (as well as the word virga) at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site, which also offered this 360 degree view from the Moon in glorious 1970’s black and white, followed by a similar, current view from Mars.
The clouds fascinated me. I have never seen or heard of such a phenomenon. And the Moon photograph fascinated me. I spent a good while looking at it, thinking how lovely the Moon looked, and probably subconsciously remembering the excitement of the lunar missions from my childhood. I can’t say the picture of Mars grabbed me in the same way. I looked at it and thought, “Well, we finally get a good look – and it’s boring.” I may feel differently later, but that was my first impression.
Finally, this last tickle from the Internet Movie Database site. I was watching “The Maltese Falcon” on TV and looked it up on IMDb. What grabbed me is this statement from the goofs page: “Cairo’s tie changes from polka-dotted to striped when Sam Spade hits him.” What a hit!