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October 31, 2004

Hummus heads

Humus_head Sand sculptor Rich Varano uses a plastic spoon to mold busts of Bush, left, and Kerry from 300 pounds of hummus at the Kosher fest trade show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York

Re-post: The International Sand Collectors Society

Grow-a-Brain’s Sand Sculptures Collection used to be among our most popular links when we first blogged it. Here are some new entries:

A close-up of artist Rod Becklund

Rusty Croft’s amazing sand sculptures and ice sculptures

A Mini Morris out of sand

Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach

Sandsong by G. Augustine Lynas

Sand Scuplture at Dublin Castle

Interview with sculptor John Gruber

Un-related: Press the red button to hear how much I like you

Our Extensive Sand Sculptures Galleries and Ice Sculptures Galleries Here

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Drum solos!

DrumsThe 1976-77 recordings of The Langley Schools Music Project, a 60-voice chorus of rural school children from western Canada, singing tunes by the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Bay City Rollers, and others. You must hear them!

Tom Waits sings Make it rain on some TV show. More at ”Never could stand that dog”…, I mean, “Tom Waits Fan”. By the way, you remember Tom Waits acting in “Down By Law”, “Mystery Train” and “Coffee and Cigarettes”, right? Did you know that he played in 21 movies, including Stallone’s Paradise Alley, Fisher King, The Two Jacks and Ironweed?

The number one songs in Heaven: The Coasters on R&B Sociology

Great drum solos from “DrummerWorld”. Also, a large number of detailed biographies in the sidebar. Big Bass Drum from Purdue University. How does one go about tuning the big bass drum?

The Polyphonic Spree is a band that looks like a religious sect or a hippie commune and sounds like a flowerpower musical or an updated Mamas and the Papas. (From ”Theremin World”)

Cliff Richard 2005 Calendar

Is Pink’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” synched with “The Wizard Of Oz” ? You be the judge

The Royal Class Grand Piano is the first fully transparent grand piano in the world

Michael Jackson has 5 of the top 100 best selling albums of all time. Total sales - 54 million copies

Rare Live Songs by Leonard Cohen. (From J-Walk). Coincidently, last week I randomly pulled an old copy of “The Spice-box of Earth”, and started re-reading Cohen's poetry from 1968:
I wonder how many people in this city
live in furnished rooms.

Late at night when I look out of the buildings
I swear I see a face in every window
looking back at me,
and when I turn away
I wonder how many go back to their desks
and write this down.
(Good sounds!)

Many More Unusual Musicians and Bands Here

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Wet dreams

Wet_dream_1 Christopher Kenworthy’s “Dream Sequence” - People submit their dreams to turn into shorts

How to make Dream Catchers

Dreams with subtitles

The Work Of Wilhelm Reich from Dream Encyclopeadia

DreamBank is a collection of dream reports

Balloon orchestra caresses Birmingham with sleep music

Tumble Dry by Alexander Micek

The Sleeping Gypsy — Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

Many More Unusual Nightmares and Dreams Here

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The Holy Land in the 19th Century

 Kiriat_motzkin The very first photographs from “The Holy Land” ! 460 photographs and lithographs from as early as 1837. (1910 Photo above is where I’m from. Most of the camels were gone by the time I went to the beach the first time…)

Also, the poor Arab-Christian neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas in Haifa , (where my dad lived as a child in the 30’s ). Photographs by Danny Yanai’s

The Hills of Palestine . (From Dinesh Rao)

A Wall or a Fence?

More from PBase: Underwater wrecks in the Red Sea

Islam and Beheading

Kargah, Iranian Artists’ Site

Ofra Amit, an Israeli illustrator. (From ”Fish Bucket”)

Many More Unusual Views From Palestine and Israel Here

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October 30, 2004

The Brights & the Dims

I_am_crazy I'm Not That Adam Levine, Goddamnit! There are many Adam Levines in Los Angeles, from whence Maroon5's lame music emanates, but I am the only one who is listed, so you can guess the rest

The Brights. “A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview. A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview”. (From Judson Frondorf)

Alison Griffith, one of many Brutally Honest Personal Ads. If she had a phone number, I would call immediately...

Who is Joshua? A life-size, puppet-like character created by artist Charlie White and the poster boy for all men who've ever suffered rejection and low self-esteem

The Funny Spirituality of Bill Wilson. (“Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out”. From a comprehensice site about AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, by "Secret Agent Orange")

Mink Stole’s Official website. Who can forget her unforgettable work in Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living & Polyester? (From ”Plep”)

Was making the rounds: Hank makes it flat

Living-room theater - Actor Gerald Hiken performs in his home

(Do you sign ASL? Then you’ll know what the lady says). Many More Unusual People Doing Unusual Things Here

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Huey, Dewey and Louie

Feminism Mike Carano’s beautiful photographs of Disneyland at night. (From Eye of the Goof. Image here is from Carano’s work for Dennis Miller Live - Click on all links!)

Don Rosa made this Donald Duck Family Tree in 1993

Magic Eye 3D Disney Images

Disney Dollars. (Give them a real dollar, and receive a printed piece of paper in return. On second thought, that’s how it works elsewhere too…)

Walt Disney’s grave(?) Maybe it’s the one in Forest Lawn. From the same source: Roy Disney’s grave. (And close by, unrelated perhaps - Liberace’s Grave)

Drunk Rockers at Disneyland. Bats day, August 29, 2004

Patent Suit Alleges Disney Stole fastPass Idea. Disney's patented fastPass system allows customers to reserve a time to ride an attraction, rather than waiting in line. (U.S. Patent No. 6,173,209. From Boing Boing)

Many More Unusual Disney Links Here

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 Russian_hamburger How to repare mussels and fries, the quintessential Belgian specialty, moules-frites

Sunny Woo’s Chinese dishes

Everything's better with cheese (Another Fark contest). The town of Gruyטre in the Swiss Alps

History of Cod Liver Oil

Welcome to Sauerkraut Recipes. Sauerkraut is a condiment, but it's also an important ingredient is so many traditional and innovative dishes

A Pepper Lover’s Guide to the World’s Best Peppercorns. Also, Religious Experience salsa and hot sauce. (From Gadgets for God, theological tchotchkes)

Secret Recipes of the Soup Nazi’s Crab Bisque, his Indian Mulligatawny soup, Mexican Chicken Chili and Cream of Sweet Potato Soup

More than one thousand cooks and confectioners from 33 countries competed for medals and the Olympic champion title in an Olympic competition at the Culinary Olympics 2000 in Erfurt. Altogether 115 national and regional teams and about 300 individual exhibitors demonstrated their efficiency with culinary top performances

Cooking with Gus comic strip. (Thank you, Ralph and Darrah)

The Omnivore - Learning to eat everything: Humans were designed to be omnivores. Blessed with all-purpose dentition and digestive systems, we are ready for anything. Unlike those of most other animals, our genes do not tell us what foods we should find tasty or repulsive

Maryland Crab Place (A commercial site)

Many More Unusual Food Stories Here

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Walter Sobchak wants you to go out and vote

Lebowski_bowlWalter Sobchak did not watch his buddies die face down in the muck so you could play xbox all day and not vote. Vote! (From A Whole Lotta Nothing)

He-Man and The Masters of Lebowski: “They peed on your rug?” (Warning: Language! By ”Idiotwork”)

More Memorable Quotes: “I don't need your sympathy, man, I need my johnson”... “What do you need that for, Dude?”

Excerpt from William Preston Robertson’s, The Making of a Coen Brothers Film, Chapter 1--The Idea: The Homework in a Baggie. (On Amazon)

Thank you God, for “The Big Lebowski” on a Sunday night. By “A Real Live Preacher”

Missed out on the first annual Lebowski drive-in in Oakland, last week…

It's not inconceivable that "Huckabee's" could become the next "Big Lebowski," a movie that's practically worshiped by those tuned in to its wavelength… (You must type a fake zipcode to read the article)

See The Complete Big Lebowski Collection Here

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October 29, 2004

Creative vandalism -

Interesting Creative vandalism, or ‘Fun with a green Buddha in the Jersey suburbs’ is the new clip from the people who gave us “Craziest”. Creator Liz Dubelman explains What is “Vidlit”. Explore the rest of the clips!

When someone says to you, "Let's get married," and you say "okay," and then they say, "No, seriously: if I can find a priest tonight, will you do it?", this is pretty much going to be the best thing anyone ever says to you

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

Just slip out the back, Jack - Sixteen Ways to Leave Your Body

A Reliable Friend: Is there anything healthier than hours of biking and time spent in silent observation?

Top colognes for getting girls, from “Fast Seduction 101”

Selected Excerpts from the book “25 Good Reasons Why Men Should Marry Plus A Marriage Manual For Husbands On How To Treat A Wife For All Intelligent Men Aged 21 to 100”.

I am soliciting advice on the meaning of life… The "best" responses will be posted here for the world to view on October 31, 2004

The Astounding Foot Trick

The dorkiest things you can do with your time: 10 geekiest hobbies

Many More Unusual Things To Do Here

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Happy 35th Anniversary

 Halloween_scare Today is the 35th Anniversary of the Internet. Thirty-five years ago, the first Internet message was sent from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at UCLA

April Winchell’s collection of Birthday songs that will make you wish you'd never been born

Exposing the copyright status of "Happy Birthday"

Vintage Halloween Cards

2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes: From “Nancy Reagan” to “The Littlest Prisoner at Abu Ghraib”

Bizarre American Holidays: Only in the USA can we celebrate the glory of egg salad, dictionaries, and procrastination. Here we celebrate these lesser known holidays

Tom Lehrer’s Hanukkah in Santa Monica . (Thank you, Wayne M.)

Christmas Cookie Recipes. Christmas cookies are a tradition in many cultures. Here is our list of recipes sorted according to country of origin

Christmas in Nuremberg

Jewish Calendar Tools

Many More Unusual Holiday Links Here

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Soccer Magic

 Airbag 6 minutes, 51 seconds of Mr. Woo’s showcasing his amazing soccer skills. (From “Fazed”)

Sunday Bowls in Alexandera Garden

What's A RefAss Anyway? RefAss is what you get when taking photos at a sporting event, and the Ref gets inbetween you and your subject. Often this happens at the exact worse time possible. Many photos that would have made Sports Illustrated's Photo of the year have been ruined by Ref Ass. (From ”Information Junk” again: What a reliable source of uniquely-found oddities! You want to discover an endless supply of strange links? Spend 5-6 hours at John’s archives, and you’ll leave with your head spinning)

William Bell, 82-year-old pole vaulter

The truth about hacky sack: Footbag tutorials videos

“Cycling News” shows the National Polish Cycling Team. (From Pat Hayes). Other biking photos - A can bike from Verona, Italy, a wooden Bike, and a camping bike

Two roommates react to the World Series

Do you remember Jumping Joe Eigo from a couple of years ago? Here is a whole group of “jumpers”, Saltomortalez

Our Large Directory of Extreme Sports Here

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October 28, 2004

Looking for a new job?

Waiter_in_paris_3 The blog “Low Culture” is now hiring: Publisher, Pastry chef, Writer, Housekeeping and Cleaning, Animal Handler, more. Apply within. Contact Human Resources via email

“Its only a flesh wound” and Seig Heil, from ”Waiter Rant”. (Going to be famous very soon…)

Beltbuckles for various trades, but none for software engineers…

Memo to all employees: Company Policy Regarding Eels. 1. Eels should not distract co-workers. Bringing an eel to work can be a powerful act of self-expression, particularly when it can perform tricks or is brightly colored.

The International Butler Academy, in the small village of Warnsveld, near the city of Zutphen in The Netherlands

Marty Prather, the Cardinals "Sign Man"

Making the rounds: MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) was founded in 2004

Extreme Accounting: A new phenomenon that pushes accountants to their limits – and beyond

(Photo of waiter from Patricia Wells). Much to know about Hiring and Firing Here

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Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

 Mbz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Janis’s Porsche - Janis Joplin sang about a Benz, but actually she never got one

The History of Car Logos

Welcome to the official website for the Morgan Motor Company

The origins of the present Tatra company go way back to the year 1850… Gallery of old Tatra cars

Adolf Hitler and Volkswagen: Sitting at a restaurant table in Munich in the summer of 1932, Hitler designed the prototype for what would become the Volkswagen (literally, the "car of the people")

Cars in South Africa. (From ”Paperholic”)

A very Shiny Beemer

1986 Ford WOW Bus: “25 Thousand Pieces $640 Worth of Glue, 2000 added pounds - two years and 600 hours to do. Why? cause I am a wacko.” (More, at ”Serious Wheels”, Classic, Sports & Muscle Cars. Also there, The new Ford Streetka Dress: Made from 85 parts from a special pink Ford Streetka, the dress, valued at £15,000, will be auctioned during London Fashion Week to raise money for Barnados.)

Hello Kitty Airstream Trailer. (From ”Link Right”)

Many More Unusual Cars Here

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May I have some more Kool-Aid, please

ShreddingI am tired of the election charade, and can’t wait for it to be over. Here’s a final (hopefully) linkdump about this years’ circus. Looks like America is about to get the president it deserves…

Positive Thinking with "Visualize Winning". (From ”Blort”)

The Handwriting of John F. Kerry and George Bush's handwriting

The 2004 Candidates in drag. (I like Kerry & Cheney)

Here is a version of the Ohio ballot design. (From “This is broken”). Any questions?

Election Day Guide from “The Onion”: “If your election official hooks you up to a machine via a needle in your arm, you are actually donating blood”

Cats are Democrats, Dogs are Republican

'American heartland', AKA Bush country

“Four more beers!” Heeeere I come to save the daaaaay - An excellent David Scott Animation. (I wanted to collect all the jingles that came down the pike in this cycle into one big pile, but fortunately others took the time already. Many of the Democratic movies and clips can be found on No Bush in 04. New ones are at The Bush Raps (Re)Mix Contest)

Election for sale - On E-bay, the current bid for the 2004 election is $19. “This offer includes everything on the lot, from local animal control officers to the Office of the President of the United States. Regardless of alleged party affiliation, it's all up for grabs; congressional seats, governorships, mayors, even majordomos of the irrigation ditches. Includes all future appointments including 2 Supreme Court Justices”

McSweeneys Alternative Names for MoveOn.org.

Kerry & Edwards are gay lovers

The One-Fingered Victory Salute

New bumper stickers: Nixon: now more than ever

Diebold_machine_1Iraqi blogger Riverbend on the American election

Darth Vader's Address to the United Nations: First of all, I’d like to thank you for allowing me to speak to you all. I always like coming to New York, especially when I don’t have to pay for my own parking. (Laughter)…

A country in which 42% of the population is totally misinformed is not a country where democracy is safe. From “The Brownshirting of America

The Bush vs Cheney Debate. (Editing is everything)

John Kerry Better Win Big or Republicans Will Steal The Election, Again

Eric Alterman (From November 7, 2002!) about the reasons the media doesn’t confront Bush Lies. Exactly 2 years later, Interview with Ben Bradlee who says the same thing

100 Facts and 1 Opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration

Why I believe in our president, by Thomas F. Schaller

Let everybody know you support the Vice President with "I Love Dick" clothing, buttons and more! A Boi from Troy Production.

The Detroit News endorses Nobody for president! I'll concur

Enough! Are you sick of the election? If not - read more

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October 27, 2004

Your tax dollars at work

Escobar_1 My Sinsemilla

The "Blue Star" LSD Tattoo Urban Legend Page. (From ”Apothecary's Drawer”)

Re-post: Paul Krassner’s Acid Trip with Groucho

State of the Union for druggies (“Dear daddy…”)

Images of drugs on “flickr”. (From Kottke)

Cover of Baba Ram Dass’s second most famous book

OxyContin Facts. (From your DEA Information Center)

Everything you want to know about ketamine

(When I was in Italy a few weeks ago, I saw many people wearing t-shirts with "Pablo Escobar – 1949-1993” logos. Would you wear such a shirt? Weird collage above from Konrad Kuklinsky’s Surrealistic Pillows.) Many more irresponsible links about Timothy Leary and his excessive usage of Acid and Pot Here

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