Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cards Against Humanity Is Selling You BS (Literally)

 Cards Against Humanity Is Selling You Bullshit (Literally)

What Happened: Cards Against Humanity sold actual boxes of bullcrap for Black Friday. Amazingly, 30,000 people bought them.

Where It Blew Up: Blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: Protesting the materialism that is Black Friday for the second year running, the people behind Cards Against Humanity decided that they'd sell crap for the corporate holiday this year, and people bought in. Enough people, it turns out, that the crap sold out in less than two hours. On his blog, CAH co-creator Max Temkin explained the thinking behind the stunt. "I see these pranks as a kind of improv where the public is our scene partner," he wrote. "Together, we create a spectacle that is simultaneously funny and real." The company made 20 cents on each of the 30,000 poop boxes sold (each box cost $6 to the customer); the profits will be donated (appropriately enough) to Heifer International.

The Takeaway: People will apparently buy anything if it's branded properly (the packaging was made by the same company that creates Apple's packaging). Whether or not those who bought the crap were true improv partners remains unclear; this Jezebel post sums up the response of many, we suspect.

Nasa emails spanner to space station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

It is the first time hardware has been "emailed" to space.

Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space, the company behind the 3-D printer, said: "We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore mention over the radio that he needed one, so we designed one in CAD and sent it up to him faster than a rocket ever could have."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Motions Of Canoers and Kayakers Revealed With LEDs In Long Exposure Photography

A friend commented:

Really clever, informative & beautiful - a high tech update to Muybridge

Mom Calls C-SPAN to Yell At Her Arguing Pundit Sons

Here is a great moment in the history of C-SPAN:

A (very Southern) mama called into a C-SPAN program to yell at the guests.
Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers, both of them are her sons, and she is sick and tired of their shit.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Two approaches

The Languid Puppy Drools

Saturday, December 06, 2014

FW: Your Morning Chuckle

The Garden of Eden

A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden.

"Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British."

"Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. It's obvious they are French."

"No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise. Clearly, they are Russian."

Friday, December 05, 2014

Dec 5, 1933: The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing prohibition, was ratified.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

FW: Holiday Shopping : Do the Math

from a friend of mine


Hey Gang!
Here is a clip from an article I recently received in email. I found it somewhat timely. Thought you might enjoy it too.
If you recently spent some time circling a mall parking lot, looking for a place to park, you may want to consider an approach recommended to by former math teacher Joseph Pagano. "Rather than circle the lot, idle in an aisle where you can see 10 spaces ahead of you on either side (20 total). Given the average holiday shopping trip duration of 77 minutes, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of those 20 spots should open up in 3.85 minutes or less of waiting."

Personally, I use the Bell Curve method. If you look at an aerial view of parking near a store or mall entrance a distinct Bell Curve can be seen. Just parking two or three rows away form the central door access point can get you a pretty close space.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

"Oh yeah? When Pigs FLY !"

37 Years Ago: Pink Floyd's Giant Inflatable Pig Breaks Free

Whether it was an epic publicity stunt or a genuine mishap remains a topic of debate in some circles. Either way, the cover shoot for 1977′s 'Animals' remains one of Pink Floyd's signature moments.

Artist Lucy Sparrow, co-founder of the art group Hipgnosis, came up with the concept (along with Floyd's Roger Waters) of an inflatable pig floating over Britain's iconic Battersea Power Station. But things didn't go as planned at the December 1976 photo shoot, as the 40-foot balloon broke from its moorings on one of Battersea's southern chimneys, rising directly into the path of planes landing at Heathrow Airport. All flights were grounded, and Sparrow was arrested, even as police helicopters and the Royal Air Force arrived to chase the pig. It eventually fell to the ground miles way in Kent.

At 9:30PM, a man rang up," Sparrow recalled in an interview with Time Out London. "He said, 'Are you the guy looking for a pig? It's scaring my cows to death in my field.' It was front-page news. Pink Floyd couldn't have got better publicity if they tried."

But they still didn't have a cover image. Sparrow and the band returned to Battersea later, this time with a sharpshooter in tow to take out any errant balloons, but the lighting had changed. (Sparrow still marvels over "the most incredible, Turner-esque sky" they had for the first shoot.) He ended up cutting and pasting an image of the pig onto one of his earlier pictures of the power station. "It's actually a completely faked photograph," Sparrow later said.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Text from "Dog"

From a blog (and now a book).

The premise is that a guy's dog can communicate with him via text message.

see attached for examples

Monday, December 01, 2014

Washington Crossing the Delaware - December 2014

Washington Crossing
Two Chances to Watch George Cross

Two Chances to Watch George Cross

December 7th & 25th

Each December, thousands gather to watch the reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

There are two opportunities to view the reenactment. The first is on Sunday, December 7 when the park will hold a full public dress rehearsal from 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM). During the dress rehearsal, troops row across the river in uniform just as they do during the annual Christmas Day Crossing. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the historic village provide families with a full day of fun and learning – a great way to see the reenactment if you can't make it on Christmas Day.

Cost to attend the dress rehearsal is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds from the dress rehearsal support future programs in the park.

The annual Christmas Day Crossing will take place from Noon to 3 PM on December 25 (actual crossing at 1 PM). The Christmas Day Crossing is free. It is recommended that visitors arrive before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

For all of the information you need about the Crossings, visit




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An unfortunate turn of events


Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos

At least one of these definitely NSFW, and each has some disturbing details easy to miss the first time through - but some of them devilishly hilarious

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

“With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”

"The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this! Oh, the Humanity!"

WKRP Turkey Drop:

FW: Sing it with me!



Friday, November 21, 2014

What British people say vs. what they really mean

What the British Say:
"With all due respect..."

What Americans hear:
"He is listening to me."

What they really mean:
"I think you are an idiot."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just fun: Your Silicon Valley job title is...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grand mountain ranges stretched across the printed page

German's reputation for long words is well-deserved (average word length in English: 8.2 characters, in German: 11.7 characters

English doesn't hesitate to borrow words from another language even if it makes it look fat. From German we have borrowed one-syllable putsch and kitsch, as well as Scrabble-defying gotterdammerung and sprachgefuhl.

 "I would do away with those great long compounded words; or require the speaker to deliver them in sections, with intermissions for refreshments." 
~ Mark Twain 

"... these long things are hardly legitimate words, but are rather combinations of words, and the inventor of them ought to have been killed."
~ Mark Twain

RE: Geography gaffe

A friend commented:

There's a trick.  The temperature reading below 32 degrees F in Hawaii was at the peak of Mauna Kea, 13,800 feet above sea level.

OK, so technically they're correct.

But I refute it using a technique employed by Al Sleet, the Hippy-Dippy Weatherman:
"The temperature at the peak of Mauna Kea is below 32 degrees... which is stupid, man, cause I don't know anyone who lives on a mountain peak."


At least five people have died in New York after a huge storm dumped 5ft (1.5m) of snow in parts of the state.
Temperatures across all 50 US states plummeted to freezing, and there were several snow-related deaths elsewhere.

All 50 states?
Ummm, I don't think it's freezing in Hawaii.

Geography gaffe

 From the BBC website:

At least five people have died in New York after a huge storm dumped 5ft (1.5m) of snow in parts of the state.
Temperatures across all 50 US states plummeted to freezing, and there were several snow-related deaths elsewhere.


All 50 states?
Ummm, I don't think it's freezing in Hawaii.

Friday, November 14, 2014

scientific exchange from the movie "Awakenings"

Dr. Sayer (Robin Williams): "Earthworms!"

Dr. #1: "I'm sorry?"

Dr. Sayer: "It was an immense project. I was to extract 1 decigram of myelin from 4 tons of earthworms."

Dr. #1: "Really?"

Dr. Sayer: "Yes! I was on that project for 5 years. I was the only one who believed in it. Everyone else said it couldn't be done."

Dr. #2: "It can't."

Dr. Sayer: "I know that now.  I *proved* it."


Dr. Evil: Very well, where should I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. A sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. If I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds. Pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fifteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shaven scrotum. At the age of eighteen, I went off to evil medical school. From there...


Thursday, November 13, 2014

C'est WHAT ?

When we don't understand something, we say, "It's Greek to me."

What do they say in Greece?
What do they say in other countries?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The story of the 'most complicated' watch in the world

A "complication" is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time - and Henry Graves Jr wanted more than anyone else. 

The Supercomplication, made by Patek Philippe in 1932, has 24 of them including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue.

It was commissioned in 1925 but was not delivered to [Graves] until 1933. It has 900 parts and remains the most complicated watch built without the assistance of computers, according to Sotheby's. One of its functions shows sidereal time, which is based on the amount of time it takes the Earth to make two consecutive transitions of a meridian by a fixed start. A sidereal day is approximately 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds.

It was last wound in 1969. And it's still working.

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John Stewart on Clickbait

Jon Stewart, in the current New York magazine cover story ... was asked about his Internet-media diet: "Do you look at BuzzFeed; do you look at Vice news?"

Stewart, relatably, confessed to haphazardly wading through the deluge of content: "I scroll around, but when I look at the Internet, [and] I feel the same as when I'm walking through Coney Island. It's like carnival barkers, and they all sit out there and go, 'Come on in here and see a three-legged man!' So you walk in and it's a guy with a crutch."

It's Everywhere, the Clickbait

Monday, November 10, 2014

MIT’s Crazy Materials Could Make for Self-Assembling Ikea Furniture

the Self-Assembly Lab focuses on making things that can, well, self-assemble. It has created a series of small wood planks, for instance, that fold into a toy elephants when exposed to moisture. Tibbets and collaborators Christophe Guberan and Erik Demaine are working on clothing that could morph in response to the weather. In the future, the Lab's research could make way for Ikea furniture that assembles itself with a splash of water—no Allen wrench required.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Don't Eat That !!!


  • Potted Meat Food Product
  • Natto
  • Cuitlacoche
  • Silkworm Snacks

and more!

(the comments he makes about each of the foods are interesting)

San Diego Hosts Convention of People Who Shot Bin Laden


The New Yorker
The Borowitz Report

SAN DIEGO (The Borowitz Report)—The San Diego Convention Center is hosting the first-ever convention of people who shot Osama bin Laden, with organizers expecting a turnout of between three thousand and four thousand.
by Andy Borowitz
by Alex Watt
by Robert Mankoff
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