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February 21, 2006


White_wine 1300 Cereal Boxes, the equivalent fiber of one box of colon-blow

Garfield Junk Food: Jim Davis was never known for being peculiarly selective when it came to licensing out his creation

The merchandizing of the Tasting Menu Blog

Yokit Instant Yogurt, just add water. Sounds disgusting, it should have been spelled Yuckit. (From Slash Food)

Brokeback Mountain Shopping Lists

See the alphabetical list of all egg-peeling strategies we have tried for you. (From Web Junkie)

The Loafwich, The Second Biggest Sandwich in History


Bacon-flavored ice cream with a mild horseradish punch, puffed amaranth, and a sugar tuile with a fine layer of bacon and chives: Another review of Homaro Cantu’s Moto

Has anyone here ever enjoyed canned bread?

A short flickr slideshow of Clement's Cooking, from A La Cuisine fame. Dish in photo above is called ‘Deconstructed Glass of White Wine’

Many More Unusual Recipes and Meals Here

February 21, 2006 in Food | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 20, 2006

Escape to Romance

Romantic_atlanta_2 Are you a member of the Mile High Club? Would you like a free membership? Here is your chance to make your fantasy a reality with the amorous, single webmaster of Grow-a-Brain and the southern hospitality of the folks at Mile High Atlanta.

If chosen, you will win an all-expenses weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia, a luxurious weekend at the romantic winery-resort Château Élan and the experience of a lifetime as you get initiated in the exclusive club, flying over 5,280 feet above the earth's surface.

Some of the other exciting activities possible during this relaxing weekend are sightseeing, wine-tasting, restaurants & bar-hopping, visits to some local attractions (To be decided later), or just leisurely hanging around and taking in the sights.

To apply, please send a private email to realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, and specify the time that will work for you, and any relevant information. Only one winner will be chosen. Must be a woman and over 18 years old.

The trip will be kept confidential and will not be blogged.

(This is not a joke. Other bloggers who care about my well-being are welcome to link to this post. Thank you). To find out a little bit about me dig inside the blog

February 20, 2006 in Personal | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Hunting Safety Tips

Last_place_finish_1 DFL, a blog celebrating last-place finishes at the Olympics

85-link Canopy formations

Skydiving In The Comics

Record breaking 255 foot cliff jump

Naked Bicycle People Power! On March 12th and June 10th, 2006 cities across the world will experience the naked joy of the worlds largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity

Kurt Steiner, the Guinness World Record Holder in stone skipping and the official Pennsylvania Qualifying Stone Skipping Tournament

Marry me

Pool Hustlers, photographed by Christopher LaMarca

Hunting & Fishing Safety Tips. No. 7. Control your emotions when it comes to safety. If you lose control of your emotions you may do something carelessly

Terrible sport bloopers (Turn down the sound)


Many More Unusual Links of Extreme Sports Here

February 20, 2006 in Extreme Sports | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 19, 2006

Kinetic Art

Rube_goldberg_art Keith Rose chronicles Van Gogh's life in a commercial for some mutual fund company

Elaborate (but not very clear) video presentations of Tim Fort’s Kinetic Art. Similarly complicated, Perdue University’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

History of art for airports

Katrina artists, a free space for Gulf Coast artists in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina to post information about their work, to let customers know where they are now and to sell their work online

The commercial rebrand work of Trek Thunder Kelly (1969-2009)

Mega Mona Lisa

The Most Wanted Paintings on the Web in various countries

Tom Judd’s Everyday. 365 pages ago I had a very silly idea. Draw a page everyday for one year. Each day I spent around 1 hour on the page, sometimes more, sometimes less. There was never any planning or preparation, I would just go at it whenever I had a spare moment in my day and had something I needed to write or draw. Some of the drawings are observational and some are just plain weird. Monsters and things seem to crop up a lot (robots too)

Wing Nut – Kelp & Metalwork by Bert Lambier

The art of Erin Flynn

Many More Unusual Contemporary Artists Here

February 19, 2006 in Modern Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tested on animals

Clown_joke Steve Martin's Penis beauty creme. “Hi, I'm Steve Martin. With so many celebrities endorsing cosmetics these days, I wanted to make sure the cosmetic I endorsed was very special. That's why I'm proud to put my name on”... (But I can’t find any clips of The Great Flydini)

This room is full of people who think you are funny

35 Face Balls in 32 seconds

Have you ever started laughing and couldn’t stop?

Do you need a new girlfriend?

This is The German Coast Guard

This Is the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself

Trailer for the World's Greatest Piece O'Crap Film Ever

We had triumphs, we made some mistakes, we had some setbacks…

Update: Here’s the Great Flydini clip. (Courtesy of Footographer’s delight)

Cartoon above was sent in by The Great Revilo himself... A long list of Hysterically Funny and Crazy Links Here

February 19, 2006 in Funny | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 18, 2006

RIP Peter Benchley


Peter Benchley, who died last week at age 65, was the very model of a pulp writer. The grandson of Robert Benchley, the humorist and Algonquin troubadour, and the son of Nathaniel Benchley, the novelist, Peter had one truly inspired idea that he proceeded to pound into the ground for nearly three decades…

JawsFest in Martha’s Vineyard. This was the 30th Anniversary party

In search of monster sharks. The 18th annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament. (Thank you, Earl)

Meeting with a shark

Live shark cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Many More Unusual Links about Spielberg’s “Jaws”, about Coppola’s Godfather and about Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” Here

February 18, 2006 in Cinema - "Jaws" | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Real Life Monopoly

Waterfront_estate This is my kind of a game: I’ve been playing it for real for the last 4 years….

House Wrongly Valued at $400 Million. (From Steel Turman)

Maison de L'Amitie for sale – the most expensive home for sale in Palm Beach, FL. Offered by a new listing broker for $125M. Here’s a Google Earth photo

Waterfront estates on the French Riviera

Also, the Larry Ellision’s estate in Atherton. (From The Walk-Though)

Home Blessing-Service. Got ghosts? Paranormal activity? Buying or selling a home? A house blessing can help with aura/spirit cleansing, ancestral or generational ghosts and alien visits using Catholic/Hebraic methods. (From J-Walk)

Open House, a real estate musical film by Dan Mirvish

Many More Unusual Real Estate Stories Here

February 18, 2006 in Real estate | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

New, Diverse Real Estate Blogs

Read_a_blog_1 360 Digest, a blog by Marlow Harris, whose eclectic Seattle Dream Homes was featured here and elsewhere many times. Many unusual topics there: Seattle Tiki, Seattle Googie, Elvis and me, more

Move or Stay? A blog about reverse mortgages, by Martha Bridegam

Orel Realty - Jorge Orellana, Realtor en el estado de Florida. Este es el primer Blog dedicado al negocio de Real Estate para el mundo de habla Hispana

"Floorthru" is an blog containing weekly updates on the urban condominium market, mortgage industry and Internet marketing & innovation in real estate

Move UP to Naperville by Eileen Landau

Nubricks: Off-plan Property news and new development reviews

Redfin blog

Austin and Texas real estate blog by Dee Copeland

Zillow launched this month. Here’s the Zillow Blog

Judith Clausen’s Denver Real Estate Blogspot

Greg DiSisto's Real Estate Thoughts from Deerfield Beach, FL

Island ease from Honolulu

A blog about Northern New Jersey Real Estate Bubble

Boca Raton Homes for Sale by Marilyn F Jacobs of Lang Realty

The complete List of Real Estate Blogs as well as Grow-a-Brain’s Extensive Real Estate Archives are Here

February 18, 2006 in Real estate Blogs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

They figured he was a lazy time wasting slacker. They were right

Pendejo_1 Sizing up Lebowski: Standing up fpr the little guy! (From Coudal Partners)

What is The Big Lebowski Phenomenon? The peculiar experience of seeing/hearing/reading/experiencing something for the first time, and being relatively unimpressed by said thing. Then, when said thing is revisited on multiple successive occasions, it increasingly grows in one's estimation…

…The BLP derives its name from the eponymous Coen Brothers film. Many exited the theatre, having seen it for the first time, feeling distinctly underwhelmed; the critical response tended to match this feeling. However, on repeated viewings, especially on video, these same masses have noted that it mysteriously seems to get better and better. The experience became widespread enough that the film's title was forever attached to the phenonmenon...

The god damn plane has crashed into the mountain: Big Lebowski Haikutomatic and a Dictionary of Dudeisms

“Saturday! Well they'll have to reschedule” - Walter Sobchak Quotes

Lebowski Fest 2005 - Photos by Vidiot. All flickr photos tagged with Lebowski

(Circular linkage with Metafilter): Jeff Dowd of the Seattle Seven is the model for The Dude in The Big Lebowski

Lebowski photo album at Photobucket

Daily Lush celebrates Jeffrey Lebowski the drinker

Jesus Quintana T-shirt. Description: Eight year-olds, Dude

Many Unusual Big Lebowski Links Here

February 18, 2006 in Cinema - "The Big Lebowski" | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 17, 2006

The Nearness of You

Snl_ferrell_kattan You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.
And the colors of the sea blind your eyes with trembling mermaids
And you touch the distant beaches with tales of brave Ulysses...

The Day the Music Died, February 3, 1959, refers to the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) in a farmer's field en route to a concert near Fargo, North Dakota. Don McLean's 1971 song, "American Pie", contains many references to this day, including the phrase itself

Animusic: Pipe Dream

Musicians of the Sixties, photographed by John Byrne Cooke

In the Spirit – Conversations with the Spirit of Jerry Garcia. By Wendy Weir

A big linkfest of Pink Floyd Videos from “Look at this”

Electronic pop with Pamela Martinez

Johnny Sinclair & Leslie Stanwyck are Universal Honey

Some covers of Hoagy Carmichael’s songs. (Last two links from Ample Sanity)

Many More Unusual Musicians and their Music Here

February 17, 2006 in Music_ | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 16, 2006

Quail hunting destinations in South Texas

Quail_hunting_1 On July 4, 2005 Allan Karl left his home in Southern California on a Journey & Adventure to travel around the world -- from top to bottom, then all the way around - alone on a motorcycle. Without a support team and carrying only what will fit on his 2005 BMW F650GS Dakar single cylinder dual-sport motorcycle he will travel 50,000 miles through 50 countries and attempt to reach all 7 continents

The video of the seasons in Norway

Maps of World

Black Sea Photo Gallery by Lyubomir Klissurov

From “Irish Megaliths”: Potency & Sin – Ireland and the phallic continuum. (Warning, photos of large stones. Thank you, Earl)

Texas quail hunting, dove hunting and pheasant hunting in the panhandle, and in South Texas

Pictures of Switzerland

Scott Stulberg travels to Southeast Asia

A Dane travels for 6 months in India and Southeast Asia 2005

…And a Russian visit to a South American paradise

Many More Unusual Travel Destinations Here

February 16, 2006 in Traveling Places | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Coming to a post office near you -

Selling_ideas First Full Motion Stamps! created by the Dutch design studio Solar: stamps made of 12 successive frames of video footage. (From MIT Advertising Lab)

Many fine concepts at Gari Cruze’s Ad Blather: Basketball Nike, promotional FedEx t-shirts, salt & pepper Crackers, ribbed Durex

‘If you're trying to sell something, sometimes that can be humiliating’, from a grizzly bear, and other Miller auditions

Bad ads from the 40’s & 50’s, found @ Baker Kohn

We’re Happy Little Vegemites. (From Mookie)

The Ikea Lamp Spot

Women feel safe with a man who smokes

The cost of official propaganda during the last 30 months: $1.6 billion (53 million per month)

Advertising Coincidences, when different ads from different agencies are using the same idea or image. (From J-Walk). Like the previously-mentioned Rip-off ads

Emerald Nuts TV “oddvertisements”

Utter Fool and other Spoof Ads found on Google Images

A Large Collection of Unusual Ads Here

February 16, 2006 in Advertising | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 15, 2006

See Bill Maher Live


I have two free tickets to give away for the season’s opening show of Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday evening. The show is being taped live at the CBS studios on Beverly & Fairfax in Hollywood and we have to be there at 6:30PM.

If you are interested to attend, email me at once to realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, or call me on my cell phone.

First come, first served.

It’s going to be a “blast”: We are going to be peppered with lots of fun...

Don’t know who Bill Maher is? Watch the Hardball video from the other day

February 15, 2006 in Personal | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Young Folks’ Guide to Beasties, By Willard Mardi (Alias Adora Svitak)

Andrew_bell An Introduction To the Beastie

The history of beasties has long been debated over by the famous archaeologists Soront and Toraday. While Soront’s theory was that beasties were calm, innocent, and tame until proven otherwise, Toraday vehemently disagreed.

‘The nature of all beasties’ Toraday said in his lecture at Thormin Hall to quite a number of eager college students, ‘is always vicious and crafty. Wait and strike, wait and strike. This is how beasties find their food.’

However, a new paper from Soront’s private collection of beastie research, kept hidden behind a rusty toilet for over a decade, brings things to a new light.

‘This paper from Soront,’ the Licensed Beastie Philosopher of Cambridge College in England said, ‘is perhaps the key to one of the greatest questions in history – are beasties tame or wild? This paper describes one of Soront’s personal experience meeting a calm beastie named Asilefa, who welcomed him into her dwelling and gave him tea.’

However, there is living proof to defend Toraday’s view on the subject. Felisa Rogers, a direct beastie descendant of the twelve ruthless beasties who lived before the dawn of time, is a teacher at Seeds of Learning school in Redmond, Washington, USA, and often bares her teeth and sharpens her claws when a student does something wrong. Controversy, puzzlement, and simple confusion has followed ‘the deal on beasties’ since 1159, when a beastie was discovered off the coast of Africa by shipwrecked Arabians, and I do not think that we are about to break the mystery right now.

An Introduction To Beasties’ Habits and Hobbies

Beasties tend to be gentle WHEN PLEASED. [Study suggestion – use a model of a beastie to test your skills – not a real one!) Meeting humans is not exactly pleasing, but eating one can turn the wildest beastie into a gentle, humble creature.

“Once upon a time there lived a beastie named Hurra-Hurra who liked to eat little children. After eating children she would be very nice.” That is an example from the hidden afterward of Hansel and Gretel, which was excavated from Utopia Bestia Malvada, an inhabitable ‘city of the beasts’ near the Bermuda Triangle. This gives credence to Toraday’s theory that the nature of beasties was vicious and crafty. Soront’s theory is still approved by those who feel safer thinking of beasties as the make-believe antagonists of nursery stories, but Toraday’s descendants and disciples are scattered about the world. Fights often broke out between the two beastiology enemies, one of the most famous being the Thomas vs. Samuel duel in 1789.

We shall now do a bit more of talking about the ‘habits and hobbies’ of beasties. The habits of beasties include:

• Washing after dinner, not before. This seems to be because beasties tend to get more blood on their paws/claws/monster hands after devouring the unlucky victim.

• Circling trees before scraping. Scraping trees is another habit because it tends to give the eucalyptus traymin, or energy vitamin, to the beastie after eating.

• Pulling up any violets, roses, hyacinths, tulips, etc, before creating a new lair. This is probably because weeds are the preferred “decoration plant” for beastie homes.

Hobbies of beasties are much harder to discover; the only way to study hobbies of beasties in the early 1800s was to get in close-range with one, and of course that meant there was a danger of the beastie eating you. However, when Don Juan Ramon Coré de Calla, a rich hacienda owner in Mexico, invented the Beastie Binoculars Model 1000, using up the rest of his slowly draining inheritance, the following beastie hobbies and games were revealed:

• Fishing with one right hand paw and one left leg paw.

• Leaving food from the day’s hunt by the river where other beasties raced to steal it. If another beastie stole your food, that was too bad. If you managed to successfully guard your food, the beasties who had dared try to steal your food were forced to give their hunting day food to that beastie.

• Knitting with shark fins and twigs, which, if actually finished, will create a huge robe of twigs, covering most of the face (except for the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth) and all the rest of the body. Wearing this robe is a sign that you are hard-working, or a “peasant beastie”, so most do not deign to finish their knitting.

• Reading Beastie Runes, which are a mix of Viking runes, Chinese characters, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. The only people who are allowed to read Beastie Runes are those who have passed a special Beastie tribe test.

Many people have disagreed with this treatise, but all our information has been proved, disproved, proved again and searched thoroughly. Guaranteed.

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, this time with a very special guest, the eight year old Adora Svitak. The stories above are the first of a series about the Beasties (Not to be confused with these Beasties), which is a subject that occupies Adora’s mind a lot nowadays. Together with her first book "flying fingers", published last year, and more than 360,000 words written since June, 2004, Adora’s blog contains but a few of the 300 stories and poems that she wrote. Check it out! Thank you, Adora. (Previous posts here). If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

Graphic above (Not a Beastie) from Andrew Bell’s Creatures in my head. Many More Unusual Literary Links Here

Any scientists, beastioligists, reference librarians, taxidermists, teachers, students, or any people who dare copy this manuscript and sell it for a profit above fifty cents will be fined double the amount of profit by the Beastie Copyright Protection Patent Office Law Firm.

February 19, 2006 update: Guardian story about Adora

February 15, 2006 in Books & Literature, Co-blogged with | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

February 14, 2006

Loaded shotguns

Intelligence Dogs of the CIA. (From the new ”Good Stuff”)

Super thin Military Ribbons

Gay Army is a new reality series where the world’s campest men are put in the most masculine of environments, the army, making them the most unlikely military recruits ever. (From Maledei)

Ken Lunde's Pistol Wallpaper Pages

Ever wondered what an atomic blast looks like before it obliterates everything around it? Photos of the First Few Microseconds of an Atomic Blast. (From Quasiblog)

U.S. Cavalry is your single source for the finest military, law enforcement and homeland security equipment along with counterterrorism training

While on the subject of ex-soldiers using their military skills: Hunting accident simulation (Thank you, Earl). Also, Old news: Hunter Sentenced to Road Work for Accidental Shooting

Many More Unusual Links About War and About Peace Here

February 14, 2006 in War | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack