Wednesday, April 27, 2016

for FB

"I am fluent in over 6 million forms of silence."


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Loyalist newspaper's reaction to Lexington & Concord?


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Penalty Kick shootout (and a slapstick comedy routine)


A soccer match between the Yale Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels comes down to Scott Sterling and the most epic penalty kick shootout you'll ever see.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Remember ?


Monday, April 04, 2016

a Word to the Wise.


Friday, April 01, 2016

Food of Unknown Provenance.

It's not ham.
It's not chicken, either.
Who can say what the hell it is?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Difference between Easter and Passover


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Superman and the Military Are Best Frenemies

Kal-El's relationship with the armed forces is … complicated

In 2013's blockbuster Man of Steel, Superman proudly fights alongside the U.S. Army and Air Force against the marauding forces of General Zod.

But Superman has not always been so cozy with the military. The Last Son of Krypton started out demolishing slums in the name of social justice, avoided the draft in World War II due to his poor vision, spent Easter Sunday with orphans in the jungles of Vietnam and, a few years ago, even renounced his U.S. citizenship.

So why the big reversal?

It might have something to do with the potentially millions of dollars the National Guard poured into Warner Brothers' pockets. Man of Steel's paying sponsors, the Guard among them, together ponied up $160 million for brand placements — quite possibly the most ever for a film.

Not only does the National Guard's sponsorship stink of propaganda — it flies in the face of 70 years of character development.

Kal-El began his career on Earth as a radical reformer. He fought for social change — and he wasn't afraid to face down the military to serve what he felt was a greater good.

In Action Comics #1, after a brief origin story and clash with a corrupt mayor, Clark Kent's boss sends him to the South American country San Monte to cover an ongoing war. That's right, Kent's first news job is as … a war reporter.

Supes takes a detour to Washington first, where he roughs up a lobbyist trying to convince a senator to drag America into a war in Europe. Superman threatens the lobbyist, who quickly gives up his boss — a munitions magnate named Emil Norvell. The manufacturer wants as much war as possible. It's good for business.

Superman then forces Norvell to travel to San Morte and enlist in its army. Supes even joins himself to keep an eye on the war profiteer. On the front lines, Norvell personally experiences the horrors of wars. He promises he'll never again manufacture weapons.

The bullets taken out of the gun, so to speak, Superman ends the war by kidnapping the rival armies' commanders and forcing them to talk. When the two men realize they can't remember why the war started, they shake hands and swear to end the conflict.

Again, this is the first Superman story. It played out over the first two issues of Action Comics and set the tone of the book as socialist, anti-war and isolationist.

This very interesting article (which invokes the history of Superman in both Comic and Movie form) continues:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FW: What you get when you let the internet decide

From a friend:

"Shackleton. Endeavour. Falcon. These are just some of the names suggested for the UK's next world-class polar research ship as part of a campaign launched today for the public to put forward names for the state-of-the-art vessel to be built in the North West of England."
   - National Environmental Research Council (UK) website

 When the National Environmental Research Council (UK) asked the internet to name the new ship, the humorous suggestion from a former BBC employee of "R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface" has become the front-runner for the vessel's name.

(You can tell it's the UK & not the US because the front running name isn't obscene...)


Monday, March 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Our shouting is louder than our actions, / Our swords are taller than us, / This is our tragedy. / In short / We wear the cape of civilization / But our souls live in the stone age."
  - Nizar Qabbani, poet and diplomat (1923-1998) 

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Chris Christie’s wordless screaming

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Food Surgeon performs a Cookie Reassignment Surgery

The Food Surgeon Carefully Replaces Raisins With Chocolate Chips in a Cookie Reassignment Surgery

The fabulous Food Surgeon, who performed an Oreo transplant on a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and dissected a bulb of garlic, returned to the operating room to perform "cookie reassignment surgery". First the surgeon's steady hands performed a delicate "raisin-ectomy" on an oatmeal raisin cookie with a scalpel, replacing them with semi-sweet chocolate chips that were inserted with a cauterizer.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sometimes a Facebook comment wins the Internet


This thread refers to Walmart announcing they will no longer sell the Confederate flag 

Posted By Silent 3 to Silent 3's medicated musings 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Very ominous textbook opening paragraph

from my friend Keith  


@curiouswavefn RT @freelanceastro

Best opening paragraph of a physics textbook, ever.

One appropriate Twitter comment:
@freelanceastro @marshray 
I *really* hope that's the intro to the chapter on correlation versus causation

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

know your tuna


Friday, February 19, 2016

Humor from The Onion

Grated Cheese Found To Contain Wood Pulp

An investigation of several top-selling brands of grated parmesan cheese found that most brands contained double the acceptable amount of wood pulp, or nearly 10 percent of the product's volume. 
What do you think?

"It's not often you find out you've been eating less cheese than you thought."


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beer name

I saw this beer in the supermarket. 
It's called Raging Bitch

I predict someone will release a beer called "Resting Bitch Face."

A friend of mine commented:
No doubt some enterprising brewer is dreaming up an incredibly bitter quadruple IPA (IBUs somewhere north of 300) worthy of the name.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Fast and Fun Animation Covering the History of Japan

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Marcus Aurelius on the topic of intimacy


 "... as for sexual intercourse, it is the rubbing of a piece of intestine, then a convulsion, and the spurting of some mucus."
     - 'The Meditations' by Marcus Aurelius

I think Marcus was setting up a Stoic defense for his future use:
"Honey, I swear, she meant absolutely nothing to me! It was purely physical."

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Emo Kylo Ren on Twitter


Monday, January 04, 2016

Heartwarming Illustration Of A Dog’s Life Will Make You Want To Hug Your Pup Forever

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dave Barry's Year in Review

This was the year when the "selfie" epidemic, which was already horrendous, somehow got even worse. Of the 105 billion photographs taken by Americans this year, 104.9 billion consist of a grinning face looming, blimplike, in the foreground, with a tiny image of something — the Grand Canyon, the pope, a 747 crashing — peeking out in the distance behind the person's left ear.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

My latest Rev War meme


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Come to the Dude side. We have White Russians


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Star Wars humor


Sometimes a Facebook comment wins the Internet


Monday, December 14, 2015

Question about Judaism

Here's a question someone asked on a website:

"So I'm not Jewish, but I'm dating a Jewish girl. She has told me several times that she does not have a trash can in her kitchen because of her faith. She also tells me that she does to mess with me. Then she'll tell me she doesn't. She goes back and forth to fuck with me (which is hilarious), but I need to know:


Read the comments for some snarky fun !

Here are a few of my favorites:

Sorry, what's a trash can? Reference: I'm super super Jewish.

Why do you date such a person? I don't have a trash can. If others here say they do, it is to mess with you.

I was raised in a home with a kitchen trash can, but I am slowly working on increasing my religious observance. Right now I put my kitchen trash can in the hallway on Shabbat, our holy day-- hopefully soon I'll manage to get rid of it altogether.

We have two trash cans in our kitchen: one for dairy trash, and one for meat. A truly pious housewife will keep a third trash can for pareve trash. And the le'mehadrin min ha-mehadrin pratice is to install a fourth, just for Chinese food.


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Star Wars Holiday Special (Abridged)

Unquestionably, this is some of the worst television ever produced.

It's condensed to five minutes; it originally was TWO HOURS LONG.

It's from 1978.

Starring Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur ... and Chewbacca's family.

And it has Carrie Fisher singing.

No, seriously -- stop laughing and watch the vid.

Keep this link in case you run out of Syrup of Ipecac.

And may the Farce be with you.


Monday, December 07, 2015

Two Hanukkah stories from the New Yorker

Ringo's Wish

"What's the matter, Ringo?" John said, handing him a handkerchief.

Ringo blew his nose. "It's already the fourth night of Hanukkah," he sniffled, "and I haven't got a single present."

"Well, that won't do," John said, and he set off to tell the rest of the Beatles.

"A present?" Paul said. "Well, I suppose I could give him this banana."

"A present?" George said. "I suppose I could give him this zipper."

Then John took a Mason jar and filled it with dirt. "My present is dirt," John said.

That night, the Beatles threw a tremendous Hanukkah party in Ringo's honor. Ringo was overwhelmed. He had never imagined that Hanukkah could be so fun, or so rewarding—especially since he had learned of its existence only that morning.

Incidentally, it was around this time that the Beatles were doing a lot of drugs.


In the Book of the Redemption (c. 1263), the celebrated medieval Jewish philosopher Nahmanides describes a distant land where everything—the houses, the roads, even the synagogue—is made from potato latkes.

And running through this savory land are two broad rivers, one flowing with applesauce and the other with sour cream.

And on Hanukkah the Jews of Latkeland gather at the confluence of the two rivers, so they can top their latkes with a dollop of each.

Incidentally, it was around this time that Nahmanides was doing a lot of drugs.

More stories at:

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Saturday Dec 5th, Candlelight Tours at Peter Wentz Farmstead

This Saturday December 5th

Visit the Peter Wentz Farmstead for their annual Candlelight Tours

beginning at 3pm

Highlights for this year include:
- Visit with Belsnickel (Pennsylvania German for Saint Nicholas in furs) from 3-6pm
- Candles lit at dusk
- Tours of the historic house
- 18th century tunes played on various instruments by musician Mark Carroll
- Demonstrations of some common colonial crafts and toys & games
- Seasonal food and drink being prepared on the hearth in the summer kitchen
- Our colonial neighbors making toasts and firing muskets in the joy of the season
- Visit with the animals in the barn and sheepfold
- Museum shop open & light refreshments available for purchase

Peter Wentz Farmstead is a historical German American farm which has been continuously farmed since 1744.

 It is located in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 

Address:  2030 Shearer Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446


The Belsnickel — which roughly translates as "Nicholas in furs" — came to Pennsylvania with settlers
from western Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries. Kristkindel visited children with gifts  
The Belsnickel, however, was Santa gone rogue.

Here's an explanation from an 1890s guide for Pennsylvania Germans learning English 
(hence the short, simple sentences):

In the evening the Kristkindel goes around to the houses and distributes Christmas presents. 
The children await him. Sometimes Belsnickel comes and frightens them. He throws chestnuts around, 
and when the children run to pick them up, he hits them with a whip.

A. R. Horne, Pennsylvania German Manual for Pronouncing, Speaking, and Writing English 
(Allentown: National Educator Print, 1896), p. 71.