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

Friday, May 09, 2014

This day in Beer History

On May 9th, 1785, the British inventor Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, also known as a beer engine. using hydraulics, it allowed beer to be dispensed by simply pumping the handle, which connected to the keg via a flexible hose.

Prior to his invention, beer had to be dispensed from a wooden tap in the end of the keg. With the invention of the beer pump, the kegs were able to be stored beneath the bar, in the cool earthen basement.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Simpsons Did It.


A 'Dear Abby' advice column was pulled because it included a letter taken from an episode of The Simpsons.


In a column titled "Wife meets perfect match after husband strikes out," Abby proffered advice to a woman who signed her letter "Stuck in a Love Triangle." Mrs. "Stuck" described herself as a 34-year-old woman with three children who had been married for 10 years to Gene, her "greedy, selfish, inconsiderate and rude" husband. So inconsiderate was Gene that his birthday present to his wife was a bowling ball — one drilled to fit his own fingers, with his name embossed on it (and presented, of course, to a woman who didn't even know how to bowl).

But "Stuck" decided to spite her selfish husband by keeping the ball and learning how to bowl, leading to her meeting Franco — a man who was "kind, considerate and loving" — at the local lanes. One thing led to another, they fell in love, and Franco proposed, putting "Stuck" in a quandary: "I no longer love Gene. I want to divorce him and marry Franco. At the same time, I'm worried that Gene won't be able to move on with his life. I also think our kids would be devastated. What should I do?"

Abby's solution was for "Stuck" to admit her infidelity to her husband: "To save the marriage, he might be willing to change back to the man who bowled you over in the first place."

"Stuck"'s dilemma may sound so familiar to some readers — it was taken directly from the plot of a first-season episode of the animated TV series The Simpsons ("Life on the Fast Lane," also known as "Jacques to Be Wild," first aired 18 March 1990), synopsized by TV Guide thusly: "Homer's birthday present 'for Marge' is a bowling ball, prompting Marge to teach him a lesson by taking up the sport — and maybe also a handsome instructor."


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Irresistible headline

 Government drone mistakenly delivered to US college student


The good news is it wasn't delivered the way most government drones are delivered.

Five Card Nancy

Five Card Nancy is a Dada card game using cut-up panels from Ernie Bushmiller's long-running 20th Century comic strip Nancy.

Ernie Bushmiller's comic strip Nancy is a landmark achievement: A comic so simply drawn it can be reduced to the size of a postage stamp and still be legible; an approach so formulaic as to become the very definition of the "gag-strip"; a sense of humor so obscure, so mute, so without malice as to allow faithful readers to march through whole decades of art and story without ever once cracking a smile.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May 6, 1937

May 6, 1937:
The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Mind = Blown


Friday, May 02, 2014

May 2nd; International Scurvy Awareness Day

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you limes, grab the salt and tequila.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Matrix Meme for Reenactors

as seen on the "Revolutionary Humor" Facebook photo album.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My friend decorates with album covers


Is this perfect placement or what?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Take my on-line quiz!

Which Noxious Odor are You?

A multitude of offensive odors fill our lives, and our noses.
Take this quiz to find out which one you are.

Some of these media quizzes ask random questions and give questionable results.
This is one such quiz.

... BUT it does give you a tiny education into four foul-smelling chemicals.

If we looked at the sky today, and named the constellations based on our modern lives.

Too true


Steve Jobs’ Long-Lost Stereo System

Steve Jobs was a closet audiophile. Yes, the man responsible for the iPod and the global domination of low-res MP3 files had a serious Hi-Fi fetish.

As musician and audio quality champion Neil Young said in 2012, "Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl."

Friday, April 25, 2014

Today is "Hairball Awareness Day."

Today is "Hairball Awareness Day."

Please take this brief quiz:

1) Are you aware of hairballs?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weed in 17th and 18th Century English Society:

Happy 4/20

Weed in 17th and 18th Century English Society: 
"The Dose of it is about as much as may fill a common Tobacco-Pipe, the Leaves and Seeds being diced first, and pretty finely powdered. This Powder being chewed and swallowed, or washed down, by a small Cup of Water, doth, in a short Time, quite take away the Memory & Understanding; so that the Patient understands not, nor remembereth any Thing that he seeth, heareth, or doth, in that Extasie, but becomes, as it were, a mere Natural, being unable to speak a Word of Sense; yet is he very merry, and laughs, and sings, and speaks Words without any Coherence, not knowing what he saith or doth; yet is he not giddy, or drunk, but walks and dances and sheweth many odd Tricks; after a little Time he falls asleep, and sleepeth very soundly and quietly; and when he wakes, he finds himself mightily refresh'd, and exceeding hungry..."

From The Philosophical Experiments and Observations of the late Eminent Dr. Robert Hooke, London, 1726

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Man with samurai sword arrested at New Jersey deli

Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword.

Friday, April 18, 2014

For all you René Magritte fans...


HINT: Google "The Treachery of Images"

Ouch redirects to

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dear Alanis Morissette; THIS is Ironic


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A battery that can charge in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv.


Israeli start-up uses Alzheimer's disease amyloids to fabricate fast-charging batteries and, ironically, memory chips:

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cupcake machine opens in New York to satisfy 24-hour cravings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers, who live in the city that famously never sleeps, now can satisfy their craving for cupcakes in any of those endless waking hours.

A 24-hour vending machine that dispenses gourmet cupcakes opened for business this week on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and locals are lining up despite the wintry temperatures for a taste.

"It's so fun," said Melissa Martelli, a schoolteacher and neighborhood resident as she nibbled on a cinnamon sugar cupcake she bought from the machine. "You could just go in the store and wait on line, but it's just so cool."

"It's the experience of buying a cupcake from an ATM. It's an incredible concept," said Amy Benaderet, a financial services account manager who lives nearby. "You can get money at any time. Now you can get cupcakes at any time."

The nine-year-old company behind the machine, Sprinkles, also has installed cupcake machines in Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Beverly Hills, California, where the company is based, and plans to expand into Houston and Washington, D.C.

The New York model holds 760 cupcakes and sells up to four at a time, making it larger than the company's other machines.

full @

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bryn Mawr Decides to Drop Vowels

Bryn Mawr College is announcing today that it is dropping the vowels from its name and questioning the use of vowels generally. The college will now be known as Brn Mwr.

The move is being described as the first major initiative of the college's new president, Kim Cassidy. A statement from Cassidy said: "This is the age of Twitter, every character counts. And really, what's the difference, no one can pronounce our name anyway."

The college also announced plans for an academic conference related to the institution's new skepticism of vowels. The conference is "The Hegemony of the Vowel: Incontinence and Lipogrammatics." One of the planned sessions is "The Habermasian Response: Communicative Ir-Rationality?"

Faculty reaction has been mixed, with English professors expressing concern about the college's anti-vowel stance, particularly if it is to be applied to works of literature. See video below, where faculty discuss the issue.

 If you are feeling confused by Brn Mwr's actions, consider today's date.

Learn Klingon the easy way

At last, I can read Hamlet in the original Klingon!

Best. April Fool's Prank. Ever.

On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil."

The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show's highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets.

He explained how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length thanks to years of hard work by generations of growers.

The segment concluded with the assurance that, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool's Day hoax.