Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FW: Fantastic Headline

 from my friend Sam

Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook

The internet correspondence of the world's elders has always been a wonderful thing, filled with email subject headings  like 'MESSAGE FROM YOUR DAD' and text messages kept to about 12 characters despite length limits no longer really being a thing.

It is grandparents' foray into Facebook that has been the most adorable however, with comments left in the wrong places, superfluous sign-offs and plenty of ALL CAPS.

The latest error arises from Facebook's auto-suggest tagging feature, which is causing anyone who starts writing 'grandma' to be presented with a link to pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash.

Full article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/lists/grandmas-keep-accidentally-tagging-themselves-as-grandmaster-flash-on-facebook-9728582.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

FW: Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster - The Daily Beast

An independent Scotland would be a catastrophe as a country. But it would also be very entertaining for reporters like P.J. O'Rourke.

This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.

I don't say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfair—indeed, unheard of —- organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.

I, however, have a personal reason for wanting an independent Scotland. I'm an ex-foreign correspondent, vintage 1983-2003, who retired after the Iraq War, too old to be scared stiff and too stiff to sleep on the ground.

Yet once foreign correspondenting gets in your blood…

Ah, there's nothing like a primitive, quarrel-torn, disastrous Third World country. And Scotland has everything it needs to be what old-school foreign correspondents fondly call a "shit-hole."



A comment see on Twitter:


It's pretty rich for the US to be telling other countries not to leave the United Kingdom.

Julian Hattem @jmhattem

Thursday, September 11, 2014

John was right! Here's proof


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6th Pennsylvania Regiment Revolutionary War Reenactors


The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment - presenting a 

living history of the American Revolutionary War

Monday, September 08, 2014

Science Humor


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sometimes life can be a cosmic joke...


Subject: Sometimes life can be a cosmic joke...


Friday, August 29, 2014

The Great Kale Shortage - humor from The New Yorker

News Headline:  Kale's Popularity Leading to Worldwide Shortage.

Ma and I put up what little kale we had—pickled it, put it in Mason jars, and stored it in a cool, dark place. Ma says now that there will be less we will appreciate it all the more. Ma can be sort of a downer.
Yesterday, at our local grocer's, Pa and I saw that there are not one but two competing companies trying to sell lowly cabbage as a "kale extender." Pa said, "The only thing I'd like to extend is my middle finger."
Last night, under the cover of darkness, Pa went out to buy some kale leaves from a darty-eyed man on a street corner. But, when Pa returned home, his high-priced purchase turned out to be a ziplock baggy full of chard.
Pa's only recourse is to enter the black market, where shifty young men sell K, a black powder made from pulverizing stockpiled kale chips. But no. No. I hope never to see my own father lower his face into a paper bag to huff K; it makes your lips look like you've been eating powdered-sugar doughnuts, but powdered-sugar doughnuts that have been set on fire.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today in History

Aug 27, 1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, British India, the Irish Free State, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

... so how's that working out for ya?

Monday, August 25, 2014

example of link that could be used for googlebomb


Wibbling Colander

<a href = "https://www.facebook.com/dean.baratta" > Wibbling Colander </a>

Tweet from the British Embassy:


This. Is. Brilliant.


Monday, August 18, 2014

A bad resume. Very, very bad.


Friday, August 15, 2014

"Save the Liver!"


Edible Anatomically Accurate Chocolate Human Skulls

Cannibalism never tasted so good. These anatomically accurate chocolate skulls are life-size because, well, they were cast from a mold taken from a genuine human skull.
Each edible skull is hand-made from fine Belgian chocolate and is available in 4 different flavors. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Today I saw...


On my way into work, I spotted a Stupid Fire Hydrant.

Today in History:


Today in History:

Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


 This day in history Aug 6th.
Check out the year 1806.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

FW: Social Media 101

Union Street Guest House in Hudson NY has policy of charging wedding or events $500 if any guest posts a negative review on Yelp.com.  Their policy gets coverage on-line:

The trolls descend on Yelp:

Monday, August 04, 2014

Dr Seuss Mashups

I figure you'll get a kick out of at least a few of these:

His books were astounding.

The best you could get.

Inspiring doodlers.

Across the  whole 'net.

And for you dear reader.

We've set a fine table.

With Splendiferous mashups.

Of your favorite fables

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

: Sing it with me, now! "A three hour tour... a three hour tour."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why the Moon Landings couldn't have been faked

Wonderful 13 minute video of why the technology to fake the moon landings didn't exist in 1969.

Brilliant analysis based on Photography and Video capabilities at the time.

He also makes a fantastic observation:
The omnipotence of Special Visual Effects increases linearly with the date of your birth 

It's entertaining and well worth watching:

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Dissected Cake


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

nThe BEST 3 hours you'll ever spend watching a video!!!!!!!

This Stick Of Butter Is Left Out At Room Temperature; You Won't Believe What Happens Next!

Death Star Orientation | Robot Chicken |

Every Imperial Officer has to learn a few things about dealing with Darth Vader.

Monday, June 23, 2014

This date in history


Sunday, June 22, 2014

FW: Epic Science Rap Battle

From a friend of mine:

Neil deGrasse Tyson teams up with Bill Nye to take on Isaac Newton (played by Weird Al) in an epic rap battle:

Biggest complaint: "i" is only one of the 64 possible answers to Newton's question at 1:30.
1 would work too, as would any of the other 64th roots of unity. Surely NdGT would know that (though I'm not so sure about Nye).


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

: In Space, No One Can Hear You Groan






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Drugs found in Scooby-Doo lunchbox

Two South Carolina men were arrested near an elementary school after cops found their drug stash hidden inside a Scooby-Doo lunchbox


... and they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling cops.

FW: Good Reason to Kill # 49: Second Incorrect Burger

Good Reason to Kill # 49: Second Incorrect Burger

I wanted to put the word "second" right in the headline so I wouldn't give the impression that this woman just flew off the handle and opened fire because McDonald's got her first burger order wrong. That would have been misleading.

The first bad burger did result in a complaint to the proprietor of the relevant McDonald's in Grand Rapids, Michigan (this happened in February—thanks, Elizabeth, for the reminder), but that dispute was resolved peacefully after the woman and her companion were told that they would receive a free meal at the time of their next visit.

That next visit, perhaps unwisely, took place at 3 a.m. the following morning after a night at the clubs. The same two women returned to the same restaurant, ordered the same burger from the drive-through window, and received the very same erroneous result as before. (The nature of this defect was not reported, but I assume it was something more serious than unwanted pickles, which you always seem to get but can just take off the burger, for Christ's sake). [Update: it was missing bacon, which, to be honest, does seem a lot worse.]

Never forget the victims

of bacon-related violence

The woman in the passenger seat leaned over and delivered into the drive-through window first a verbal reprimand, and then one (1) 9mm bullet. The bullet traveled through the window, across the restaurant and out through the opposite wall, but luckily did not pass through any people on the way. The two women then fled.

But the shooter's previous demand for a free meal was her undoing. Turns out she had given her name and cell phone number to the restaurant the day before, apparently to verify her identity for free-meal purposes. Presumably she had forgotten about that at the time she opened fire.

So while the second bad burger triggered the violence, the first one ended up solving the crime.
The shooter was charged with three felonies and faced up to seven years in prison. The driver was not charged; police said they believed she had no idea her friend would try to shoot the drive-through worker, which seems like a reasonable assumption. And that was indeed the driver's story, as another report confirmed: "The driver of the car told 24 Hour News 8 Monday that she had no idea [her friend] had a gun. She also said she was having a difficult time hearing because her ears were ringing."




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Tuesday, June 03, 2014


"... and let's put a Happy Little Bob Ross right HERE..."

Monday, May 19, 2014

18th Century meets 21st. Guess who wins?

During Saturday's Battle of Brandywine reenactment, a car wandered down the road alongside the ongoing battle.

A British commander approached the car and demanded, "What do you think you're doing here?" The driver replied, "We're just watching the battle."

The British commander ordered them to leave, but they would not.

It was only when the commander ordered three of his soldiers to fix bayonets and move towards the car did the driver decide to back off and leave the field.

photo by EJ Lennox


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Best. Order confirmation email. Ever


from a friend of mine

"Thanks for shopping with us. We've received your order, which has very much excited our in-house Trolls, as the creatures love nothing more than being unshackled in order to carry your order information over to our warehouse. We're joking, of course - they hate the exercise."

Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Interview People Abroad, 1789

Leopold Berchtold, An Essay to Direct and Extend the Inquiries of Patriotic Travellers (1789)

Example questions to ask:
"Which are the favourite herbs of the sheep of this country?"
"What is the general value of whales of different sizes?"
"What celebrated ladies are still living, and worth to be taken notice of for their extraordinary qualifications?"


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FDA approves fully functioning prosthetic arm | Daily Digest News

Light sabers create this need in just about every film.

Let’s Sneak into California’s most Beautiful Art Deco Cinemas

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quirky food host Alton Brown demonstrates the art of sabrage

Alton Brown Demonstrates The Art of Opening A Bottle of Champagne With A Saber