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June 30, 2005

Office pranks on the increase

Irony To all office kitchen thieves. “I bring in my own half and half for my coffee because the office is too cheap to supply it any longer, and many of you on several occasions have used mine without asking, without replacing, and almost always putting it back in the fridge empty or near empty. You will now suffer some of my wrath in the following manner”…

Eugene Mirman’s Anti-gay Phone Hassles

Magnetic bumper "sticker" Pranks

Medical Scam Alert. Ladies: Be on the lookout for this breast exam scam. Let me repeat: This is a well done scam, so don't fall for it

Fake Lottery Tickets

Sunnyvale traffic signal prankster on the loose

How to Disappear Completely

Unrelated: Nudists on the beach!

Many More Hilarious Pranks And Many More Outrageous jokes Here

June 30, 2005 in Pranks | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Female_chess_player Gallery of Female Chess Players. Beth Weissman’s Chess Players

The Virgin Game. We show you pairs of real people, chosen at random from our lists of virgins and non-virgins. You guess who the virgin is. We tell you how you did


Society, The game

Welcome to o.s.Earth, a direct descendant of R. Buckminster Fuller’s famous World Game. This Global Simulation Workshop is a 3-hour interactive game that builds critical skills and teaches its participants about global issues

Bullfighting Barbie

A highly detailed 3-D recreation of the Overlook Hotel. You play the part of Duke Nukem, U.S. Marines Special Operative, sent in to take care of the "Caretaker." (And The Real Overlook Hotel. From Redrum, The Shining Companion)

Toilets of the video gaming world

Head Games. Carl has totally lost his head

Many More Unusual Games and Toys Here

June 30, 2005 in Games | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 29, 2005

Misinformation about the war in Iraq

Crooks_1 "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself"

Media Show Only 'Negative' Side of Iraq War. There’s a "disconnect" between what's really happening in Iraq and what the American public sees and hears in the media:

Interrogation methods from Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago: The Simplest Methods which Break the Will

Breaking news! Bush To Invade Iraq Again. Last night, in an address to the nation, President Bush explained that he would have to "invade Iraq again," because "it's an awful mess over there." He said he was "not sure who was in charge" in Iraq, but that it had again become the "nexus of the axis of evil."

A day with an Iraqi actress. (From BBC’s One Day In Iraq)

Windfalls of War: List of contractors to the military in Iraq & Afghanistan. “Frontline” on private military contractors servicing U.S. military

Iraq War Fatalities is a chart of US and coalition military fatalities that have occurred in the War in Iraq since the onset, mapped across the dimensions of time and space. One thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine as of today June 28, 2005

Guantanamo – The tropical vacation of a lifetime

How to say “Moderate progress within the bounds of the law” in Arabic

Scary Juan Cole: “The launching of a sectarian war in Iraq would mean the outbreak of war in the entire region

Iraq Occupation: This war can't be won

Renewal in Iraq, a real White House page

$20 billion in Iraq funds to be distributed quickly

Logo above from Crooks and Liars blog. Many More Links About The Upcoming US War on Iran Here

June 29, 2005 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Eat Your Veggies

Lard_2 Holly eats Hotdogs. Though my eating forays have been random, I seem drawn to hot dogs. One expects there are worse obsessions.

PETA’s fifth annual “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians” poll

Construct a Cheeseburger. (From ”Informiorium”)

Great Apes as Food, chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. (From ”Monkeyfilter”)

Does a Duck Have a Soul? How foie gras became the new fur

How to Win an Argument with a Meat Eater. From “Must We Kill in order to Live?” to “Hindu Religious Leaders on Noninjury”

An Inquiry into the Effects of Preservatives in McDonald's Food, or, What Does the Fungus Know That You Don't?

KonoPizza - The world needs more meat in cones

101 Burger Builders, offered by “Food Services of America”

Many More Unusual Vegetarians and Meat Eaters Here

June 29, 2005 in Food - Meat & Vegetables | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Formal edukation

Happy_15_1 Most universities typically have basketball and football teams, but if you're an agricultural university then you've also got meat judging and wool judging teams. Photos of past champions & Livestock Judging Teams at The Department of Animal Science, at Texas A&M University. (From ”WebJunkie”)

General expectations from the students at Bob Jones University. A new program at the University of Connecticut offers a master's degree in homeland security

Surreal flickr set by “noqontrol”

2000 frame-per-second digital camera shots of beer Cans and Cantalopes being shot

Crop Anomalies near Phoenix. Dozens of 400' to 600' parallel strips were reported laid down in three barley fields near Phoenix, Arizona in the town of Tolleson. The crop are all aligned North-South and don't appear to cross any of the tramlines. The farm consortium says the field damage is due to irrigation methods that create swollen barley stalk and top heavy pods that subsequently fall over

Ohio Trespassers: Abandoned Insane Asylums, Tuberculosis Hospitals, Reformatories, coal yards and long forgotten railroad tunnels

Dummy houses in the heart of London

Television Test Cards Gallery

Tattoos by Robert Hernandez. "Inked Blog", a blog about Tattoos. (From Negatendo)

Adrian Fisher is internationally recognized as the world's leading Maze Design. Adrian has designed for and creates mazes in the grounds of palaces, castles, stately homes, zoos, amusement parks, children's museums, science centers, universities, schools, city centers and farms. His mazes are made from all types of materials, including Hedges, Fences, Mirrors, Living Crops, Decorative Paving and Tiling, Mosaic, Stained Glass, Wood and Water

10 months in the the life of an abandoned bike on a bridge in Stockholm. (swf)

Show History. An encyclopedia of novelty & variety performers & showfolk

Torture Chamber unsuitable for Wheelchair Users” (? From Kirt A. Dankmyer)

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children - A Cotton Candy Autopsy. Written by Dave Louapre, Art by Dan Sweetman

Super Smile, The story of a guy who, despite his best effort, ends up going to work naked from the waist down. By Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. One of 40 art installations at the Rhizome ArtBase 101

Many More Unusual Oddities and Crazy linkage Here

I need more readers. Please email this blog to all your friends. Thank you.

June 29, 2005 in Odds & Ends | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

June 28, 2005

Mister Breakfast

Sandals Rap Snacks, chips of rappers, for rappers and by rappers

David B. Fankhauser’s Cheese Making Page

125 Ways To Enjoy Toast

Michael Barrish’s Experience Machine. The first episode – Oatmeal. Warning: Includes him dancing in his bathrobe

The cover of Duane Keiser’s Painting-a-day: PB&J sandwich

Unlikely Pizza Toppings

Obachan’s food blog. "Obachan" means a "middle-aged woman" or "aunt" in Japanese. Here's a woman who enjoys being a non-stereotypical Obachan in a comfortably underpopulated rural area in Japan

Japanese Boob Pudding

Cock Flavored Soup

Making a 30,000 calorie sandwich

The physiology of taste, or Transcendental gastronomy.Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents. By Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Photo above from Clare Crespo’s book. Many More Unusual Recipes and Meals Here

June 28, 2005 in Food | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Goodbye San Francisco

City_flag Dear 'Frisco,
It's taken me a good year and a half to get the courage to write this letter to you. We've been together for so long and experienced so much since I came here to you from wherever the hell I came from before.
I was so young and naive and you opened your arms to me. How I adored you the moment our eyes met. You were so hip, so cool, so exciting! Everything I wanted to be but was not...

Also, You Know You're From San Francisco When...

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David Best Hayes Green Temple, in the spirit of the Temples they have constructed at Burning Man. Project Sketch and Site Plan

Another building of a temple

Burrito Eeater. It was inevitable. Some nutcase would eventually create a comprehensive online directory of San Francisco taquerias

Comparing Baghdad by the Bay to Baghdad

Five annoyed San Franciscans you’ll meet in heaven. No 2: Bald, fifty-something massage therapist on recumbent bike

280 – Northbound. This is my commute home. It usually takes me 30-40 minutes to get home. It is very pretty for a freeway. (From “The Brady Bunch in the land of the clones”)

Crown Guides: Unique Places in San Francisco

Maps, we got maps: San Francisco Transit Map, San Francisco Bike map, SF Districts and Neighborhoods Map

San Francisco Bay Region 3D Image Tours

Companies headquartered in San Francisco

826 Valencia

Many More Unusual Links About San Francisco and About Los Angeles Here

June 28, 2005 in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Weird Showers

Toilet_seat_3 Today, walking around Grand Central I was reminded once again that the late Victorians had a different attitude towards light bulbs than we do today. To them an exposed light bulb looked stylish and modern, to us it’s a symbol of decrepitude and poorness. We hide light bulbs behind shades and diffusers. The Victorians liked to show them off

Welcome to Weird Gardens

FedExFurniture is furniture put together by empty FedEx Boxes, and held together by fedex packaging supplies. All of the furniture seen here is 100% functional. The couch is standing/sleeping approved, I sleep on the bed every night, I eat at the dining table, and I work at the desk almost 20 hours a day. (From ”J-Walk”)

Chromatherapy - Electronic Light Showers

Chopsticks Eco-Art. (From ”Presurfer”)

Johnny Swing and his Obsessive Furniture line

Netsukes from Zen Again

Many More Unusual Design Concepts Here

June 28, 2005 in Home Decor | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 27, 2005

Lost shopping carts

Apple_store_1 ”Apple” Store in Kuwait by “Miskan”

Derelict, drifting shopping carts. Does every neighborhood in the United States have shopping cart problems? I see carts all over the place in Seattle. Sometimes I'll see a clean, empty wheelchair and know there is a sad or sinister story behind it. With shopping carts I'm less sure how they came to their resting place

The proliferation of choice - Are 724 kinds of produce at Ralph too many or just right? (From ”The Nonist”)

The Wooferang, a boomerang for dogs

Top sellers at The Archie McPhee & Company

Happening Links: Surprising Expiration Dates. A handy, who-knew guide for 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods

Malls of America. Vintage photos of old Shopping Malls of the '60s & '70s

(Wow, I can't believe the enormous amount of "blogging" i did this weekend! 15 long postings!) Many More Unusual Things To Buy Here

June 27, 2005 in Shopping | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bird Technology

Dancing_bear The trailer of the new film March of the penguins, narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Also, “I’m lying on the snow with emperor pinguins all around me. Once you get used to the sight, the sounds and then smell are probably the most noticeable things…”

Miniature cameras help scientists learn about the flight of Golden eagles like never before

C-130 versus bald eagle, C-130 wins. [warning, graphic]. The U.S. Air Force C-130 was flying near Tacoma, Washington when it collided with an bald eagle. The pilot got splattered with blood. The C-130 and eagle landed together, but only the C-130 was still alive. From "Cellar Image of the Day"

Toilet Train Your Cat to use your toilet

The Austin Airdogz, dogs catching Frisbees

365 days of stuffed animals

On August 21, 1999, Hua Mei, the first baby panda to be born in the western hemisphere since 1990, was born at the San Diego Zoo. The parents are on loan to the San Diego Zoo from the Chinese government. The public was able to watch Hua Mei's development over the internet on the Zoo's Pandacam. From "Cellar Image of the Day"

Welcome to the Psychic cow - Touch my udders, please

Fish Pals (and layer eyes from “Magic Robot”. Thank you, Michael)

The Fly. (May take a while to load. Other videos by Bum Lee)

Many More Unusual Animal Stories Here

June 27, 2005 in Animals | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Crocheted Nudes

Pencil Yves Klein’s Leap into The Void

Folk Art in a Bottle

The Selling of Jeff Koons - $5.6 million for “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” porcelain doll?!

The Sculptural Knitting and Crochet at Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space are being censored

The Storker Project is a species propagation movement by STORKER seeking to incite select individuals from the public at large, perhaps you. If while passing by one you feel strange sensations in your nipples or fingertips, adopt the infant, breast feed, and give it plenty of TLC. It will gradually mature to a full size Tape Man or Woman to co-habitate with you and eventually take you to the Glazed Paradise (or possibly oust you from your home)

Aaron Jasinski

Box cutters - Another notion of possibility and Silver Pills from Tobias Wong (who also did the "Bent Pencil" above)

Many More Unusual Contemporary Artists Here

June 27, 2005 in Modern Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

House of Books


Tasty bookends from patisserie chef Scott Clark Woolley

Contemporary bookshelves by Berkeley artist Jim Rosenau

Haunted bookshelves. (Make sure to check out the animation)

Old books and bookends by Thomas Allen. (From ”MetaChat”)

Frog Bookends

More Unusual Bookends Here

June 27, 2005 in Bookends | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 26, 2005

Smilie Dictionary

Mathematics The Salma Hayek versus Friedrich Hayek Scorecard. So, you're an intellectual who appreciates the subjectivist economic theory and classical liberal political theory of Friedrich Hayek. And you're also a moviegoer who appreciates the exotic allure of Mexican screen goddess Salma Hayek. But who would win, if they went head to head? Lucky for you, I'm keeping score

The Unlearning Annex. (From ”Informiorium”)

If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who diagree with you. More quotes from The Greenbelt

How to create Smilies. The Unofficial Smilie Dictionary

A comprehensive list of cognitive biases. Cognitive bias is distortion in the way we perceive reality

Anyone with an appreciation of a good math problem should find something they like here, with problems ranging from basic math to differential equations. Each problem also comes with a difficulty rating from one to four stars. (Thank you, Tom. I lost your URL, so please email it to me for a propert link-back!)

Snopes investigates: Student mistakes examples of unsolvable math problems for homework assignment and solves them – True or false?

Memory Master

Philosophy since the Enlightenment

Many More Intelligent Links and Brainier Links Here

June 26, 2005 in Brainy | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The man behind the curtain

Motel_sign_2 The Milestone motel by Highway 101, the very first motel - 1925

The first Academy Award (Oscar) winners - 1929

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer was the first electronic digital computer, built in 1937-1942 at Iowa State University

Noughts And Crosses - The oldest graphical computer game - 1952. From the previously-blogged Pong Story

First Starbucks Coffee store opens for business in the Pike Place Market - 1971. (Ooops - This is a re-post)

The Trojan Room coffee pot - 1991, the inspiration for the world's first webcam

Craig Silverstein, Google employee No. 1, the Man behind the curtain - 1998

The British Armed Forces has officially recognized Naval technician Chris Cranmer, 24, its first registered Satanist - 2004

Many More Unusual ‘First Ever’ Stories Here

June 26, 2005 in First Ever | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Mistakes Writers Make

Olympia_1 The Illustrated List Robert A. Heinlein’s Fiction

Winnie-the-Pooh Is My Co-worker: Maureen brought the new guy around who's going to be working in our group. After the Jason fiasco, we really could use someone with a little bit of a brain who can keep up on things. This guy's named Winnie and, I don't know, I just have a bad feeling…

A selection of original Bloomsday Cards by T. E. Kennelly - 1976-2002

The Illuminated Middle Ages database presents several hundred recently digitized illuminated texts from French national library collections

10 Mistakes Writers Don't See: Repeats / Flat writing / Empty adverbs / Phony dialogue / 5 more

The blogging of Franz Kafka’s Diaries

How to write a James Bond movie, a flowchart

The Amazing Adventures of Lethem and Chabon

70 of Chekhov’s stories

Many More Unusual Literary Links Here

June 26, 2005 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack