Friday, January 30, 2009

A Poll About Polls

The website MetroLyrics has a "Poll About Polls"

Visitors to the website were asked to choose from the following:
1) I love polls and I always vote
2) I love to read poll results
3) I don't notice them
4) I hate them

The interesting thing?
19.3% of the responders chose #3.
I guess they didn't notice the poll to which they responded.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Do not Enter

My sister-in-law came to visit, and brought her dog Bogey.
Bogey was excited to meet Kasha, and we were sure they would be friends.

Bogey, however, wanted a "Friend with Benefits" and acted accordingly.
After repeated warnings to knock it off, Cozy decided that Bogey needed a visual reminder.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Warped Children's Stories

And speaking of "Warped Nursery Rhymes"...

Our neighbor's mom moved into a nursing home, and her daughter (our neighbor) cleaned out the house in which she grew up. Along the way, she discovered many items from her childhood.
One of them was a children's book called Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann
It's a collection of childrens' stories from Victorian-era Germany.
And they're quite twisted.
For example, the story of "Little Suck-a-Thumb":
A little boy's parents are departing the house and leaving him behind.
They tell him not to suck his thumb, because if he does, a man will come and cut them off.
When the parents leave, he immediately puts his thumb in his mouth.
A huge man suddenly appears wielding enormous scissors, and cuts off his thumbs. Blood drips from the stumps.
(this book is illustrated)
When the parents come home, they assess the situation, and rather than offer ANY kind of comfort, they basically tell him, "We told you not to suck your thumb. Serves you right."
Then there's "The Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches"
Pauline is home alone. She finds a box of matches, and wants to light them.
Her cats remind her that it's not allowed, but she lights one anyway.
Her dress catches fire and she is consumed by flames, and burns into ashes.
(I repeat, this book is ILLUSTRATED)
I am not making this up !

You can see the entire chilling series of stories starting at
click the link below each story to advance to the next.

Almost every story is about a child making a mistake, and paying the price
...and it's just 'Too Fuckin' Bad' for them.
They should have listened.

Want some pork with your pork ?

"Bacon Explosion" Taking Internet by Storm

The Bacon Explosion is the creation of the Burnt Fingers BBQ team, as posted on their BBQ Addicts Web site.
It's a weave of raw bacon that's topped with a layer of raw sausage and then a layer of cooked bacon. The layers are then rolled into a log so that the raw bacon is on the outside.
This log is then smoked (or baked, if you wish) and, for finishing touch, slathered in barbecue sauce.
NY Times story at :

Burnt Fingers website at:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

: strange weapons

in the news:

Deltona teen jailed, accused of throwing taco at mom,0,104791.story

Police: Man arrested after throwing cat at wife during dispute

Woman accused of attacking man with bagel,0,5529384.story

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fort heureusement ceci une pure fiction!

Introducing USBwine

Why buy wine in bottles?
With a computer, you can get your wine over the Internet.

Just plug the USB port into your computer, and open the tap.


Friday, January 23, 2009

humor from 'The Onion'

New Virus Infects One In 16 PCs

A computer scan by Panda Security showed that almost 6 percent of Windows systems were infected with the Conficker/Downanup worm, which harvests passwords and makes them easier to hijack.
What do you think?
Paige Karenott, Systems Analyst :
"Yes—another inadvertently downloaded virus thwarted by my inadvertently downloaded security patch."



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: Who knew ?

I just discovered a science journal called "CHEST"

I've never read an issue of "CHEST"
but I'm quite familiar with their sister publication,

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

She blinded me... with SCIENCE !!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sad but true...

The Devil's walking around Hell, checking on the suffering of the souls in residence. He spots one guy, standing around, looking cool as a cucumber.

"Hot enough for ya?" the Devil asks. "This ain't hot," the guy replies. "I used to live in Philadelphia, and the summers there are hotter than this place."

"Oh yeah?" says the Devil, and turns up the thermostat. "How about now?"

"It's still nothing," says the guy. When I lived in Philadelphia, I had a top-floor apartment without an air-conditioner. This place still ain't hot."

"Oh, we'll see about that," says the Devil, and cranks the thermostat all the way up. "How about now?" he asks.

The guy shrugs. "In Philadelphia, I had a summer job working in a pizza parlor. All day I'd be in front of the pizza ovens. This place still ain't hot."

"Well, I'll fix his wagon," the Devil decides, and turns the thermostat all the way down. Ice starts to form on the ground, chilly winds blow snowflakes around.

The guy suddenly starts jumping up and down, screaming with delight.

"What are you so happy about?" the Devil asks.

The guy shouts, "The Eagles must have won the Super Bowl."

really really really good picture of Cozy

really really really good picture of Cozy
(if i do say so myself)

This just about sums it up...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

an event to attend

Friday, January 16, 2009

David Lee Roth soundboard

Hey Kids!
Learn to scream and shout like a rock star !

Random Thought...

During a Summer heatwave, people often say, "Hot enough for ya?"

During an Arctic blast, why doesn't anybody say, "Cold enough for ya?"

Today's Forecast for Philadelphia


Mostly Sunny
10.00 miles
From the West at 6 MPH

Unfortunately, he won't "Be Seeing You" anymore

"Prisoner" Star Patrick McGoohan Dies,0,1902952.story

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our world may be a giant hologram

from New Scientist:
For the past seven years, [a] German [detector] has been looking for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not detected any gravitational waves so far, but it might inadvertently have made the most important discovery in physics for half a century.
For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan.
If this doesn't blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."

To quote Keanu Reeves:  "Whoa."
see also attached jpg for another matrix joke


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

if only they were both imaginary characters...

an interesting science journal article:

"Meeting George Bush versus Meeting Cinderella: The Neural Response When Telling Apart What Is Real From What Is Fictional in the Context of Our Reality,"
A. Abraham, D.Y. von Cramon and R.I. Schubotz,
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 20, no. 6, June 2008, pp. 965-76..
The authors are at the Max Planck Institute for Human Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.


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   Your childhood is calling; line two.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

sing it freely !

Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song
Robert Brauneis  George Washington University - Law School

 "Happy Birthday to You" is the best-known and most frequently sung song in the world. Many - including Justice Breyer in his dissent in Eldred v. Ashcroft - have portrayed it as an unoriginal work that is hardly worthy of copyright protection, but nonetheless remains under copyright.
 Yet close historical scrutiny reveals both of those assumptions to be false. The song that became "Happy Birthday to You," originally written with different lyrics as "Good Morning to All," was the product of intense creative labor, undertaken with copyright protection in mind.
 However, it is almost certainly no longer under copyright, due to a lack of evidence about who wrote the words; defective copyright notice; and a failure to file a proper renewal application.

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J Post: "Iran warns Hamas not to accept truce"

from the Jerusalem Post

Iran warns Hamas not to accept truce
> Iran is exerting heavy pressure on Hamas not to accept the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, an Egyptian government official said on Sunday.


The Iranians are willing to fight to the last Palestinian.
What good friends they have !



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The next Law and Order franchise

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Monday, January 12, 2009

One's Thor, one's sore


Thunder God chases burglar out window

Published Date: 02 January 2009
A man who arrived home from a Hogmanay fancy dress party scared off a burglar – dressed as Norse god Thor.
Building firm boss Torvald Alexander, 38, was wearing his God of Thunder outfit – which comprised a red cape and silver-winged helmet – when he spotted the burglar rifling through a desk in his front room it was reported.

Mr Alexander, who runs Alexander & Summers in Edinburgh, said the burglar threw himself out of a first-floor window of his £350,000 Inverleith home when he confronted him.

He reportedly said: "As soon as he saw me, his eyes went wide with terror.

"He looked like he'd had a few drinks and decided to do a late night break-in but he hadn't counted on the God of Thunder living here."

Is this a case of self-defense, or self-defenestration?



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Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2008

fanta pants
noun Originally UK Colloquial
a person whose hair is naturally red.
[from the orange-coloured soft drink Fanta + pants, with reference to pubic hair as the indicator of hair colour]

American Dialect Society: Word of the Year

The American Dialect Society has chosen "bailout" as its word of the year for 2008.
In the specific sense used most frequently in 2008, bailout refers to rescue by the government of companies on the brink of failure,
including large players in the banking industry.
One word that was in the running was  "Palinesque", defined by the American Dialect Society as "pertaining to a person who has extended themselves beyond their expertise, thereby bringing ridicule upon a serious matter".


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Obama won't part with his Blackberry

"I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," Mr. Obama said Wednesday.
"They're going to pry it out of my hands."


I'm sure Charlton Heston would understand.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

If it's Tuesday, this must be Brussels

How well do you know your European Geography?
A simple but fun game from Lufthansa Airlines.

Monday, January 05, 2009

To ensure domestic tranquility

I asked a coworker about his Holidays. He told me that Christmas Day was a whirlwind of activity, with his kids ripping open packages and playing with all their noisy toys.

"That must have been irritating," I said.

"Yeah," he replied, "but I got lots of peace and quiet the day after Christmas."

"How'd THAT happen?" I asked.

"I told the kids to leave me alone, and if they bothered me, I reminded them that yesterday they got toys, but I got the receipts."

yet another Viagra joke

Two 80-year-old men sat talking about the latest advances in medical science.

One brings up the medical miracle, Viagra.

The other elderly man isn't familiar with Viagra, and asks the first man, "What's it for?"

The first man says, "It's the greatest thing I've ever known. The Fountain of Youth! Makes you feel like a man of thirty."

The second asks, "Can you get it over the counter?"

"You probably could," replies the first, "if you took enough."

Friday, January 02, 2009

Gay Star Trek Episode Finally Beams in at 'Phase II'

from Wired

The advanced fan film website Star Trek: Phase II is resurrecting a homosexual story line deemed too risky for The Next Generation's TV run.
The story features the nephew of James T. Kirk in a gay relationship with an Enterprise crewman as the ship faces an AIDS-like contagion and a threat from the Klingon empire.


"To boldly go where 10% of Men have gone before..."

Picture of anti-Semitic Idiot (but that's redundant)

If you're going to hate Jews, you should learn how to spell it

EneMan! Weird Stuff Doctors Get

Perhaps no pharmaceutical company knick-knack is stranger than objects featuring a "superhero mascot" created by Fleet Pharmaceuticals and dubbed EneMan.
(Yes, he is shaped very much like an actual Fleet enema.)
EneMan is supposed to promote screening for colorectal cancer…. there are actually poor slobs out there who are hired to don an EneMan suit and go around promoting screening for colorectal cancer or pushing EneMan-related objects on doctors.
I saw one of them myself at the American College of Surgeons Meeting in Chicago in 2003. I pity that guy. He did, however, give me some cool EneMan stuff.

So, you've been buried alive

So, you've been buried alive?


Ya know the worst part of being buried alive?

Your family members have picked out the clothes you're buried in,
and they ALWAYS pick that UGLY tie you wouldn't be caught DEAD in.

Oh, wait...