…is 42. And unless my math is horribly off, which it very well might be, this is my 42nd post here on Ziva’s Inferno. 42 is also the approximate length in kilometres of a marathon race and the angle of degrees for which a rainbow appears.
Coincidence? I think not.
42 is also the atomic number for the Group 6 chemical element Molybdenum. Now, this is where it gets interesting, Molybdenum was discovered by a certain Carl Wilhelm Scheele back in 1778. Now 1778 also happens to be the year when the poet and novelist Clemens Brentano was born. Clemens Brentano was born in Ehrenbreitstein, Germany. Now, Germany went through a little bit of a rough patch with the whole Third Reich and everything. This means that back in 1942 Germany was ruthlessly led by the Führer, Hitler himself. In 1942, something else extraordinary happened. Another Great Leader was born – Kim Jong-il of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (Unless we believe the Soviet records, which state that he was born in 1941, but the Soviet Union never got anything right anyway so we’re probably better off believing the North Korean records.) And speaking of Kim Jong-il, today is his birthday! Now if that’s a coincidence, I’ll eat my hat. I don’t actually have a hat, but that’s irrelevant. This day is a national holiday in North Korea and therefore the perfect day to celebrate this, my 42nd post on Ziva’s Inferno.
Sadly, M is away on business in Barcelona and can’t celebrate with me. Some sort of congress or other. Therefore, to honor Kim Jong-il’s politics, and celebrate 42 posts, I am going to post this IM conversation between Zelma and me that fits the occasion perfectly.
I have to warn you before you read this, though. IM conversations between Zelma and me have a tendency to get a little strange. We start off like normal people, talking about the weather, discussing politics and religion and best ways to groom a dog. Then something goes wrong and this is what happens:
Ziva: Everything I ever needed to know I can find on Google and Wikipedia.
Zelma: Yeah, and all my friends are on Facebook, what more do I need?
Ziva: A toilet at the computer and life would be perfect.
Zelma: Damn, we need to get that idea patented, we’ll be rich!
Ziva: …cause that’s exactly what I want to be rich and famous for…
Zelma: Do you really want to flush toilet? Yes/No
Ziva: ABORT flush, ABORT flush
Zelma: Your toilet is now flushed...There is an update for your flushing system...
Ziva: A problem with your flushes has been detected and the system had to shut down. Do you wish to report the problem?
Zelma: Your monthly flushes are about to expire.
Ziva: Fatal error with bigflush.exe.
Zelma: A virus was detected in your flushing system.
Ziva: Initiating smellbetter sequence.
Zelma: Your toilet is unflushed, what do you wish to do? Remind me in 10 mins, remind me in 1 hour, never remind me.
Ziva: You're out of toilet paper, please refill toilet paper and try again.
Zelma: Wow, it would be way too complicated with computer toilets.
Congratulations Kim Jong-il! *