What did we learn this week at Groupon? As usual, lots. In our research of Tsada Yoga in Dallas, we discovered some interesting information about the history of yoga:
> Yoga was invented in the early 1960s by a group of exiled Frenchmen living in the Swiss Alps after being banished for bizarre, alternative science experiments. Their leader, Jean-Pierre “Yoga” Yoga, was a fitness buff who believed that proper stretching would allow him to read minds when done on one of his extra-sensory-inducing “Yoga mats.”
> Yoga traveled the world in a canoe, teaching his invigorating fitness plan and reading minds. However, a lifetime of deeply seeing into people’s inner-thoughts left him twisted and insane. Yoga gave up mind reading, saying, “The mind is a door locked for our own protection. I am hungry.” Today, the practice of Yoga continues to be performed on Yoga mats, though the true purpose of the mats—to induce clairvoyance—has largely been forgotten.
Even more interesting was our discovery about Zeno’s Paradox when doing background research on East Village Bowling Alley in San Diego:
> [Zeno’s dichotomy paradox](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno%27s_paradoxes#The_dichotomy_paradox) is a complex philosophical paradox studied by complex philosophical students. Most students don’t understand the paradox, but the few who do believe it is an attempt to prove the impossibility of motion with the following argument: before you can arrive somewhere, you must arrive halfway there. Therefore, before you can arrive at your final destination, you will encounter an infinite number of halfway points, making it impossible to ever get all the way to your target.
> Zeno’s actual goal with his paradox was to obtain free tacos at an ancient Greek bowling alley. His plan was to convince the server to give him half-price tacos, and then to cut that price in half, and so on. However, Zeno realized that he would never be able to get the price all the way down to zero because dividing by two always results in at least $2.46. Dejected, Zeno attempted to walk home, but encountered an infinite number of halfway points and died standing a mere Greek-yard outside his front door.
I hope next week we learn more about Raymond “Blue Ray” Raymonds, inventor of Blue-ray, but there’s really no way to predict that except to wait out the weekend.