I should mention that the more IÃ‚Â write about the people I interact with on a regular basis, the easier it is for me to give them anonymous nicknames, making it easier for readers to follow who is who. So, I’m going to start naming everyone just in case I tell more stories about them in the future.
Following yesterday’s office conversation concerning the remote keyless entry via cell phone storyÃ‚Â told by my coworker (heretofore known as Napoleana), things got a little busy and I had no time to follow up with the other girl (let’s call her Motoko) concerning how she was going to get her keys out of her locked car.
This morning, I e-mailed Motoko to find out what happened, asking if she tried the cell phone trick. She replied:
Hahaha…nah, I did it the old-fashioned way and called AAA. Took the guy like 10 seconds. But I think we should try that as a science experiment just on general principles. It’ll be like our own version of “Mr. Wizard.”
Of course, this was all I needed. We decided that at lunchtime, she’d take her cell phone out to the car, which is parked at leastÃ‚Â two full blocks from the building, and I would stay inside using the keyless remote and my office phone. I sent out the following e-mail to the rest of our small department:
Subject: Lunchtime Science Experiment/Betting Opportunity
Today at lunch, Motoko and I are going to test the keyless remote through the cell phone idea that Napoleana mentioned yesterday. Motoko will be by her car with her cell phone and I’ll be here in the office with the remote trying to lock/unlock the car. Witnesses are encouraged to attend at one or the other location and to place bets accordingly.
Moments later, Napoleana balked. “Does Motoko have two remotes?” We told her that we just had one. She insisted that there needs to be a second remote inside the car. “Why?” I asked.
“I don’t know how it works, but the other one needs to be in there. They communicate or something.”
Subject: RE: Lunchtime Science Experiment/Betting Opportunity
Addendum: the Lunchtime Science Experiment/Betting Opportunity (LSE/BO) has been postponed until tomorrow, following updated testing parameters suggested by Napoleana.
“Sweet,” said one coworker, henceforth known as Otis the Sneeze. “What kind of odds are you giving?”
I considered it and eventually went with 10:1 against it working.
“Okay,” he said, “By the way, my dyslexia made me read that as LESBO. Good stuff.”
“So what did you do, look it up on Snopes and find out it’s not true or something?” asked Napoleana.
“Since you asked, yeah actually I did. But I want to see for myself. Aren’t you curious?”
“I already told you guys my best friend did it. Nobody ever believes me!”
Another coworker, Coco, piped up: “It’s not that we don’t believe you. I think you’re right, I just want to see it work. Don’t you?”
Napoleana sulked. I cheered (inwardly) that the smart but often credulous Coco was willing to put it to the test. Tomorrow, Motoko will bring in the spare remote, which we’ll toss in the car and thenÃ‚Â proceed with the experiment.
As an aside, the other day I launched a new Skepchick store with the help of Sid from Skeptics in the Pub. The link is in the menu to the right (it’s the image that says “Shop Skepchick,” oddly — the image also includes thong panties, which I’m only mentioning to increase hits to the blog through Google). There’s a NorthÃ‚Â American store and a European version — they have differing products only because of the available selection. It’s a work in progress, so questions, comments, and suggestionsÃ‚Â are welcome at [email protected].
Also, I never announced that the latest podcast episode is available. We talk about Larry Summers a bit, and it’s kind of funny because I think the guys expected me to be a lot more anti-Larry than I was. I just like to keep everyone guessing. And once again Steve refuses to read on the air any of the fan mail that specifically mentions how awesome I am. You guys need to keep sending it though, because eventually he’ll have to cave in to my tremendous ego. Speaking of my ego, the show is still the top skeptical show on iTunes and I love the comments people have posted on there. Thanks to everyone who is tuning in! The rest of you can go to hell.
I kid, I kid.