I want to like Wolfram Alpha…


I want to like Wolfram Alpha but every time I throw a question at it with even moderate complexity it fails to give me the info I need. For example:

You can find the answer if you dig around enough, but it’s up to you to calculate the days since the beginning of March yourself.

NOAA actually makes the data easier to find:

With a grain of salt…


I’d say take this article with a grain of salt but, it’s so full of bullshit science-y sounding mumbo jumbo that it could grow crops.

The most obvious bullshit:
“Another cool thing about this salt is that because of its cellular structure it stores vibrational energy.”

Second best:
“you are actually getting less sodium intake per serving…because…the pieces are larger. Therefore…the crystals or flakes take up less room than the highly processed table salt variety.”

This is flat out wrong. Food companies have found that grinding salt into a superfine powder allows for increased surface area and thus more contact between your taste buds and the salt present in the food e.g. potato chips. This leads to a saltier taste for a given amount of salt, thus allowing less salt to be added while maintaining the same flavor.

“the salt has been protected from modern day pollution. Many people believe that this pink salt from the Himalayas is the purest salt that can be found on the planet.”

If you’re eating enough salt to have to worry about the pollutants in your salt you will probably die of hypernatremia or, at the very least, hypertension. Besides, just by breathing the air in any major city you are more than making up for any pollutant deficit from your salt.

One more (so much to work with here):
“Regular, commercial table salt is completely stripped of the majority of its minerals with the exception of sodium and chloride.”

Sodium and Chlorine are elements. When covalently bonded they are referred to as Halite, rock salt, or table salt (NaCl).

Chloride is not a mineral. Chloride is the anionic form of Chlorine or how we refer to Chlorine when it shares a covalent bond with other elements.