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February 29, 2004

Long_time_gone_1 Tammy Faye Clocks (Made of beans and noodles. More vegetables items from Alan Forbes).

“Tempus Fugit: Time Flies".

Metal Pins Alarm Clock.

“Stroke of Art”, featuring the Originally Designed Typewriter Watch Typewriter Watch, Typewriter Earrings and Cufflinks, and Typewriter Jewelry made from authentic vintage typewriter keys and sterling silver.

Here are the old "Grow-a-Brain” Clocks & Watches Collections (A very long list!)

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Here is the second of over 150 collections from the old "Grow-a-Brain"! The list of "First Ever"

First_steponmoon_2 World's First written words - approx. 3000 BC

First ice cream - about 700 A.D.

First Scottish books - 1508 (From "Plep") - 11/29/03

Magellan's First Circumnavigation Of The Globe - 1518 (- 11/29/03)

The Gutenberg Bible, first printed book - 1554

A "First Thanksgiving" Dinner - 1621 (- 9/16/03)

Benjamin Franklin's Club of Mutual Improvement - 1731, the nation's first subscription public library

The First Amendment - 1786 (- 9/19/03)

First Bicycle The Walking Machine - 1817

Some thoughts on the First known photograph - 1826

The Penny Black - World's first Stamp - 1840

The First Typewriter - 1874 (from "Plep")

Tom Sawyer - The first novel ever written on a typewriter - 1876 (- 8/31/03)

"Mary had a little Lamb" - 1877

Eadweard Muybridge & the first serial motion photography - 1878

Flat Disc Record - 1881

Victoria C. Woodhull, first woman to run for president - 1888 (by Susan Kullmann Puz)

The hand of Mrs. Wilhelm Roentgen: the first X-ray image - 1895 (- 8/25/03)

First Traffic Accident - 1896 (- 9/14/03)

Official Land Speed Record Set - 1898 (- 1/3/04)

First Flight - 1903

First Trans-continental Crossing by car - 1903

First Photograph Ever Taken From the Clouds - 1907 (- 8/5/03)

Roald Amundsen reaches the South Pole - 1911

Brief history of the Lincoln Highway, America's original transcontinental highway, 1912 (- 11/15/03)

First Crossword Puzzle - 1913

Piggly Wiggly, America's first self-service supermarket - 1916 - (9/24/03)

First World War - 1914-1918

The First Mobile Home - 1923 (- 11/7/03)

Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat - March 12, 1933

I'm sure you too have always wondered: Who was the genius who came up with the concept: "Why don't we charge people to have their cars parked in the streets?" Now you know, Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City - 1935 (10/28/03)

Action Comics, Superman # 1 - June 1938

Who's on First - 1945

The First Atomic Bomb Blast - July 16, 1945

First Bikini unveiled - July 5th, 1946

Jackie Robinson - 1947

First Mcdonald's restaurant, San Bernardino, CA - 1948

What was First Personal Computer ? - 1949 (from "Metafilter") - 8/29/03

First ascent of Mount Everest - 1953 (from "Portage")

Bannister breaks four-minute mile - 1954

First Satelite in Space - October 5, 1957 (- 10/29/03)

First woman in Space - 1963 (from "Presurfer")

Super Bowl 1 - January 15, 1967

First Verified Walk Round the World - 1970-1974 (- 8/18/03)

First Email message - 1971

First Computer Virus - 1975 - (8/6/03). And the first Spam - May 3, 1978 (from Brad Templeton)

First 'test tube baby' born - July 26, 1978

The first 11 "Microsoft" Employees - 1978

First :-) "Smiley" - 1982

First American Woman in Space - 1983

The oldest domain names - 1985 (From "A Welsh View") - 8/12/03

First "Burning Man" in Nevada - 1990 (- 7/11/03)

First Yahoo and Microsoft pages - 1994

First Google page - 1997 (- 8/23/03)

"Robot Wisdom" (by Jorn Barger) - First blog - December 17, 1997 (- 8/30/03)

First Woman solo row Atlantic Ocean - 1999

Very first post on "Metafilter", July 14, 1999 (From "Wendell Wit" ) - 9/21/03

Many More “First Ever” Links Here

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Here is the first of over 150 collections from the old "Grow-a-Brain"! The list of "The best"

best.gif 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

2002 Best inventions

Bents in Colorado - Bicycles for the Pedally Insane

Best and Worst

Best Bagels in New York (a "NY Times" mirror) - 1/3/04

Best brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson's Commencement speech

Best of the Hubble Space Telescope

Best Places to Live

BIG rock! The De Beers Millennium Diamond , all 203.04 carats of it. It is the second largest faceted D-Flawless diamond in the world ,here worn by David Bowie's wife. Which is more beautiful?

Cameron is the best-selling brand of hot-air balloon in the world


Castello di Gabbiano, the best grapes for Chianti Classico. (From "Robb Report") - 1/3/04

Craig's List

Hotel Bel Air and Other hotels

Jack Handey's Best List For 2001 : "Best Planet: Earth... Best Flat Italian Pie: Pizza..." More.

Lists Of Bests ; Books - Movies - Music

List of Best Jobs

sevruga.gif "Malossol" Caviar

Money Magazine's 2003 Hottest Towns to live: Cary, NC, Naperville, IL, Woodbury, MN, Plano, TX, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and Sugarland Run district, VA... - 12/29/03

Morocco - The best of

Sam Barcroft's Best Office

Best of SOHO images and Movies.(Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)


Village Voice's Best of New York 2002 and 2003

Where chocophiles buy their chocolate

Which dictionary is the best?, from "Slate"

More Of The Best of Everything Here

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Farewell to Thee

break_thewall.gif "Farewell to Thee : Ladies & gentlemen, We’ve shared so many good times. It’s been a pleasure serving you. Alas, I must now bid you adieu…” Another brilliant piece from advertising genius Ryan McFaul, creator of wondrous things both useful and not. (Up with the speakers!) To find out who is Ryan McFaul , watch his family's collection of super-8 films. Among the many gems you’ll discover on his website, “Lunacy Farm” , look for 30 seconds of Le Raisin Sec ("A succulent raisin. A velvety chinchilla. Together at last") and “Wonderful Town” , “Gay Boyfriend”, and more

“Giving someone the finger doesn’t have to be a bad thing”, Billboard Ads from the American School of Proctology.

"Truth in Advertising" from Glynis Sweeny .

"The devil makes work for idle thumbs" a Virgin commercial.

The old Zazoo Ad

February 29, 2004 in Advertising | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 28, 2004

Since our Sand Sculpture Collection proved to be so popular, here is a similar collection of eclectic links about Ice Sculpting. Where would you rather learn your carving skill, in West Palm Beach or in Fairbanks, AK? Either way, here you go…

british_museum.jpg Sapporo Snow Festival.

The Simpson Family snow sculpture - Omaha, NE. More Homer recreated in snow .

Steve Berkshire's "Point of no Return".

2001 Snow Sculpture International Competition and 2003 schedule . World Ice Art Championships 2003 Single Block Classic March 5 - 7, 2003.

The Red White & Blue .

theod.jpgThis Theodore Roosevelt Ice sculpture was created by Klaus Ebeling and was found on "Whirled White Web" , 2003 silver medalist at the international Snow Sculpture competition. (From the old "Grow-a-Brain")

See team captain Stan Wagon on his square-wheel bike.

Explore co-designer Professor Carlo H. Squin's various projects . (From "Reality Carnival" ).

Welcome to Ice Guru . I like their Lady center-piece.

Duncan Hamilton Ice Sculpture .

Multi Block Classic , from "Ice Alaska".

From Fairbanks.

"Polar bears" ice sculptures in Boston Common.

“Hirmes” Photos of Ice - (11/2/03).

Polar Bear from "Big Sky Dave" (1/25/04).

Miniature Ice Sculptures from "NICA" , National Ice Carving Association.

Shrimp Ball.

Snow Show in Lapland. The creative personalities involved all look very normal.

The Swedish Ice Hotel on the way to the North Pole. A personal visit to the hotel. More photos. (How about swimming in icewater from same?). Another personal trip. The Canadian Ice Hotel .

"Never Forget" Ice Angel .

Visitors pass the Suwa Taisha shrine, made of ice, at the Crystal Festival in Chino, northwest of Tokyo February 16, 2004. This is Japan's largest fluorescent lighted ice sculpture event.

Bridal Gallery from Nadeau’s .

A luge is an ice sculpture that has been specifically crafted so that beverages can be run through or across it and served ice cold.

2001 Winterfest, Port Washington, WI .

Ice Castle from Dawn Jacksons.

2001 Winterfest, Port Washington, WI .

Ice Flowers.

Ice Fractals.

Grow-a-Brain’s Extensive Sand Sculptures Galleries and Ice Sculptures Galleries Here

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"Matryoshka" are Russian wooden dolls with smaller dolls stacked within the bigger ones. 07_stevie_wonder.jpg Russian Legacy.com has over 1,000 different Nestling Dolls styles, from Stevie Wonder to "All the President's Dolls". Music Bands & Musicians Nesting Dolls . (From “Snarky Malarkey” ).

Sheet Music - Ragtime record covers from the University of Colorado.

Midgets + KISS = Rock and Roll! , (From Beth Johnson ) .

Sting artwork by fans .

You are the crown of creation
And you've got no place to go...
In loyalty to their kind
They cannot tolerate our minds
And in loyalty to our kind
We cannot tolerate their obstruction

Browse through our old Eclectic Music links here.

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February 27, 2004

Jesus_nails_1 A photomosaic of Jesus composed of images of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

“Share the Passion” – Buy Nail Jewelry : The “Nail” pendants come in two sizes and feature Isaiah 53:5 inscribed on the side. The 20" cord has a Nail pendant that is 1 7/8" in length and the 24" cord has a Nail pendant that is 2 5/8" in length. More Compassion Figures from “Living Nails”: the Word of God is captured in our unique collection of figures made of recycled railway nails. Here is “Jesus of Nazareth” by Franco Zeffirelli from 1977.

Ask the real Jesus.

A handmade Decorative Planter, i.e. “Chia Christ” from “LordCo Center”.

No more text messages from Jesus - Finnish company cuts heavenly mobile service.

More Unusual Links About Jesus and Other Eclectic Spiritual Links Here

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Hieronymus Bosch Table top , Tabletop of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, at the Prado in Madrid.

How to build an igloo with The ICEBOX®, an affordable, lightweight, and packable tool for building a snow shelter.

merced_fullleftL.jpg The monumental mural art of trompe l'oeil illusion artist John Pugh: "People take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece..."

Garden Planner , design your dream garden online. Arrange plants, trees, buildings and objects using an easy to use 'drag and drop' interface. Then produce a high quality color print out of your design. Unlike Weird Gardens in Baltimore.

Acid stained concrete is the latest thing in floor treatments...

Your own aquarium.

Many More Unusual Design Concepts Here

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How To Survive In A Plummeting Elevator. Say you're in an elevator in a high-rise office building, and the car begins to free-fall from the 65th floor. What do you do? (From “DRT News” ).

Ecological Architecture from “Future Hi”, a blog celebrating the rebirth of psychedelic Futurism.

Enter the Cathedral.

The Futuro house: Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home.

The Streets of Blaxploitation , Los Angeles, Detroit, the South Bronx and Harlem in the 70s. From “Rue Avista”.

telaviv.jpg Primitive door series by Vita Marie Lovett, fiber artist. (From “Citrus Moon”).

181HaYarkon Street, Tel Aviv, where the British embassy is situated.

The earthquake that shook the Tacoma Bridge...

George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin. Photos from near by . (Here is some movie props, about the creation of R2-D2 . Here is the sneak preview for "The Incredibles").

See also our Doors collection.

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February 26, 2004

Vodka Kalashnikov

Champagne_bottle Scotch on the Rocks is a unique gift for the discerning Scotch drinker. It rocks...

Glowing tonic water , using an ultraviolet banknote counterfeit checker, due to its quinine content. (From "Apothecary's Drawer" ) . Apparantly, fluorescent Cocktails are the new fad. And if you are a raver intent on being on the cusp of things, you may want to partake in some of these hi-tech, hi-touch “Ultimate Rave Cocktails". For example, "The Bedrock Bastardizer" uses "Flinstones Chewable Vitamins" & "Didi-Seven".

Vodka Kalashnikov , based on a recipe approved by Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 Rifle.. Yuck.

“Giornale Nuovo” writes about Saturnus flavored syrups which Swedes combined with unflavoured brännvin (a neutral spirit)… Yuck.

Top 5 Chocolate Drinks from “The Food Channel”.

POP champagne, individual bottles to drink with a straw?.. Yuck.

See our old Beverages collection.

February 26, 2004 in Beverages | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Beer Tap at home

Foster_beer Polygamy Porter, why have just one?.

BeerTender system - Beer Tap at home . (From “Off on a Tangent”).

Collecting Beer Cans. (From “Incoming Signals”)

Breaking beer news - Dark Beer May Be Better for the Heart .

“Beer Appreciation Nights” (I.E. "Drinking beers?") from the Southern California beer scene , by Roy Rausch, a Long-Beach brewmeister.

Stupid beer game, Bulyah. The Heineken game.

A Huge Collection of Unusual Beers And Other Alcoholic Beverages Here

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February 25, 2004

A pair of Japanese kite fliers Boots.

homeless.jpg Homeless in Tokyo .

“The sound of Station in Japan”.

Japanese Ruins: Beautiful photography of rotted urbania.

natori shunsen , 36 Portraits of Actors in Various Roles.

See our 2003 Eclectic links about Japan here.

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Curry KitKat anyone? - As well as the cumin and masala flavour, NestlÈ is considering offering lemon cheesecake, liquorice, saffron and passion fruit….Lemon cheesecake KitKat is already sold in Germany and Japan, and the group confirmed it may be brought to Britain. (From “This is Not a Blog” ).

baklava1.jpg Photos of Baklava .

Portraits of US presidents done in classic mosaic art form using Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Baskin Robbins Regional Flavors (From “Pop Culture Junk Mail” ) .

Paper Plate Education - Oreo Moon Phases .

Our Long List of Unusual Desserts Here

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For many years, we’ve played a social game called “How many bear & how many fish” at parties. Here is how it goes: Somebody throws 5 dice on the table and tells a story: “You are a pilot in a small plane flying over the north pole and you see some polar bears fishing around some holes in the ice. How many bears, how many holes & how many fish are there?” When nobody knows, you give them the answer, f.ex., “6 bear, 3 holes, 12 fish”, but you don't explain why. This game is interesting only once, the first time you play it. You keep throwing the dice, people start guessing, and pretty soon everybody is involved. There is only one rule to the game: When you figure out the game, don't tell anyone else, let them figure it out for themselves.
It is interesting to read about this game for the first time on “Boing Boing” today, where it is attributed to Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and where it is called “Petals Around the Rose” … Rack your brains.

motorcyclelarge.jpg Tinplate cars, ships and motorbikes, from "The Copenhagen Antique Toys & Dolls".

“Let’s not bicker & argue about who killed who…” Monty Python Tarot Cards (From Brian Kane).

Stamps of Franz Kafka .

Mah Jong Bracelets .

A "Crunchland" post: "Mattel recently announced the release of Limited-Edition North Virgina (NoVA) Barbie .

How to moonwalk .

Anarchy Online - multiplayer game multiplayer game.

Many more Games & Toys Links Here

February 25, 2004 in Games | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 24, 2004

Giant Watermelons

postcard.jpgTomorrow’s "Popdex"... Where to Buy Giant Watermelons in Hope, Arkansas

Food fonts. (From CitrusMoon)

Bruce Perry's photo study of Mold on Cigars : "Above we see some very moldy cigars. Notice the large patches of mold"...

A Six-Part History of Tex-Mex: In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, by Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States. Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican. Texas-Mexican restaurant owners considered it an insult.

Too late! We missed National Oatmeal Month ….

(More food items soon).

Browse through 8 unique Food Collections including Entomophagy (Bug Eating) here on the left-side menu.

February 24, 2004 in Food | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack