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April 30, 2006

Wood you believe it?

Suv_limo Another wooden hotrod with two engines

Gene Pool talking about his grass covered car

Acres of sheet metal in the new Coupe-Brougham blog

The Human Touch of Toyota

Wheels on the bus by Paul Kinsella

California's secret SUV ban. You probably are not aware that SUV's aren't legal on most roads in the US

The Hummer H8 sport utility vehicle is all new for 2007. Gas mileage reduced to 3.7 mpg, weight increased to 9,250lbs, and the engine replaced by a 1800HP, V24, 72 liter powerhouse

Chevy Tahoe's online ad contest is bringing up this page on the Chevrolet website

Where's Bugs Bunny? , a car full of carrots . (Warning: Bad pop-up!)

By the way, if you read this now, that means that I don’t have internet access at my new home. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment.. Many More Unusual Automotive Links Here

April 30, 2006 in Cars | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

April 29, 2006

Loss of natural teeth

Standard_oil_of_indiana Belt Buckles of the Old West

Zacarias Moussaoui's INS arrest photo and all public exhibits from the Moussaoui trial documents. (Thank you, Avi Solomon)

Outtakes - Remote villages in the New England countryside

Whatever Happened to Standard Oil? A History of the Standard Oil Company

Facsimile of Walt Whitman's 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass

Motorcycling from California to the East Coast and back

Comparative chart of Oral health in all 50 states

Jim Pendleton's Barnhouse is no more. One of Owen County's more unusual landmarks has been reduced to ashes.The five-story, 70-foot-tall Barn House, on County Road 850 West just off Ind. 46, burned to the ground

Vote for Kinky. Thank you, Derek

By the way, if you read this now, that means that I don’t have internet access at my new home. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment.. Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

April 29, 2006 in Americana | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

April 28, 2006

Chocolate rooms

Cocoa_pods Photographs made out of chocolate

Salvador Dali pitching Chocolate

Marina Malvada has created her deadly delicious Chocolate Skulls for All Hallows Eve, All Saint's Day, Day of the Dead, and any other occasion for honoring the departed. These "life sized" and realistic confections, cast from an actual human skull, are worthy competition to any Jack-O-Lantern

Nothing says Easter like a chocolate crucifix

Food is art - everything made out of chocolate

Explosive chocolate bomb, the latest delicatessen from Fallujah

Monster Ferrero Rocher and many other Pimp My Snack projects

How the Bellagio’s chocolate fountain at Jean-Philippe Patisserie works

By the way, if you read this now, that means that I don’t have internet access at my new home. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. Many More Unusual Chocolates and Unusual Desserts Here

April 28, 2006 in Food - Chocolate | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

April 27, 2006



Can I Crash? - a service that lets you lend your sofa to travelling bloggers. (20 years ago, I was active in one of the original hospitality clubs, Servas International, and last year, when I visited New Zealand, I used a similar, non-bloggy service called Couch surfing, both of which worked very well. I even met & stayed with a couple of Kiwi bloggers, and had a very good time with them, which led me to think that such “Blog’n’Trip” thingy should work. Obviously, it does.)

A blog about Camilla The Hen

A blog about a small village in Botswana that's documenting the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS there

“One morning last month, I woke early, finished a book I'd been reading, and shut down my blog. I had kept the blog for nearly five years, using it as a repository for personal anecdotes, travelogues, and the occasional flight of fiction—all of which I hoped, eventually, might lead to a novel. And then, somewhere between the bedsheets and 6 a.m., I realized something: Blogging wasn't helping me write; it was keeping me from it…”

The 19th Floor, a blog by lawyer Mark Siegel from Minnesota

Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Optical Illusions Etc. Warning! Some illusions on this blog may cause dizziness or possibly epileptic seizures. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

By the way, nearly 5 months too late, I am finally moving today to my new house. (Oops, the sequential order of this photo album is all screwed up...) If the electricity, gas & internet are not hooked up by tonight, blogging may undergo some disruptions until further notice. See you later.

More About Unusual bloggers Here

April 27, 2006 in World of Blogging | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

April 26, 2006

The Psychedelic Furs

Hot_pants_ I just have to congratulate Carleton alum Arijit Guha on his new haircut

Dragon Leather Bag. Also there, more crazy haircuts

Men In One-Piece Swimsuits, a site for men who wears or wants to wear one-piece swimsuits in public

Gay Hanky Code is a traditional form of signaling to others what your sexual preferences and interests are. Gay men used this code to communicate with each other in the noisy and distracting environment of gay bars. Although not as widely used these days, it is still a worthwhile resource and is, among those who know, a great conversation starter

Shoelaces for Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor"s

Any internet meme deserve a shirt. Even Mustard Man from Amorphia Apparel

Hate Mail sent to the webmaster of Fat Chicks In Party Hats

Women's Mambo Sandals by Carlos Santana

Wearable animal heads

The Exsil external silicone Perky breast bra consists of a pair of silicone breast forms, that resembles a perfect female breast. (From West Virginia Surf Report. Also there, Christian Weight Loss and Christian Handicap Gun Sports, with the caption: "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven", Matthew 5:16... Or in other words: Are you wheelchair-bound? Shoot a bunch of deer)

By the way, yesterday I drove to downtown Los Angeles with a friend who wanted to buy a special bedspread for his new home. We found a perfect parking spot in front of an old building on 7th St., and took an ancient elevator with an even older elevator operator to the 6th floor. We went to visit one of them furriers straight out of the forties. A softsoft cover made out of fox skin costs $16,000, and will take 60 days to make… Never been to such a strange place before…

Blog_of_the_day Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Bird on the moon by poet/writer Jay Joslin. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

You may click on the photo above to enjoy its larger format. Many More Unusual Fashion Trends Here

April 26, 2006 in Fashion | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack


Profiteering Some bookkeeping of KBR’s open-ended master Iraq contract, known as LogCAP III:
“KBR's five-year financial data show that revenues have exploded thanks to the post-9/11 wars, from $5.1 billion in 2002 to $10.1 billion in 2005—about half of all Halliburton revenues…
Like war architect Paul Wolfowitz, now ensconced at the World Bank, KBR is trying to move beyond Iraq. It's pushing its petrochemical business and downplaying its war work. Of the eight images on the cover of the prospectus, only one—of what appears to be a large mess hall—seems to show Iraq…

Iran has trained battalions of suicide bombers to hit western targets if its nuclear plants are attacked. 40,000 trained suicide bombers were ready to strike Western targets

The terrible human cost to wounded US soldiers. Warning -Very uncomfortable graphics! Imagine the situation suffered by Iraqis

Today's headline from Juan Cole: "Reuters reports 18 deaths during a relatively light day of violence in the Iraqi civil war.."

Claifyingly the Deciderer conundrums

Much More About The Coming War With Iran Here

April 26, 2006 in War in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 25, 2006

What’s the matter with Denmark?

Buy_danish Pipe-Smoking Championship in a local pub in Vorupør

The Daily Show tackles Denmark's militarism, and quest for world domination

I have watched the insanity set off by a few cartoons published in a Danish newspaper. Ten people have died, embassies have been torched and a worldwide Muslim boycott of Danish goods has begun. I can no longer sit on the sidelines. Today I begin my campaign to Buy Danish

Guest-blogging in Denmark Day 1

A letter from another Denmark

Many More Unusual Links about Denmark And About India Here

April 25, 2006 in Traveling Places - Denmark | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I love cafes

Ihop 22 Belgian chefs became the first people ever to eat a whole gastronomic meal 50 metres above the ground, dangling from a crane

A short Glossary of Indian Restaurant Curries. From Balti to Vindaloo

Project: Denny’s. To visit every Denny's restaurant in the world (or at least as many as possible), getting lots of free stuff along the way. "And so it was written that at each Denny's restaurant there shall be a worker whose image resembles that of Saint Al of Yankovic"

Photos from The First and Last Chance Bar in Oakland, an old hangout of Jack London

Steve Plotnicki reviews a meal at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, from Nitro-Green Tea Lime Mousse all the way to the carrot and orange tuile with beetroot jelly, mango, and Douglas Fir puree

Jerry Kindall’s Seattle Pancake Page. A Sculpture of a Pancake Stack

Russell Davies’s Breakfasts in America

Food Magellan. To “visit” as many of the countries of the world in a year and sample their cuisines. Due to financial and other constraints, this will be accomplished by making excursions around Los Angeles, occasionally using a liberal definition of “around.”

The Paupered Chef

By the way, if you read this, please name below your most favorite local restaurant

Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here

April 25, 2006 in Food - Restaurants & Bars | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Nosmo King

Cinema_paradiso__1 Opening Main Titles to Thank you for smoking, done by ShadowPlay Design Studio. (From Giavasan)

The trailer to Steve Anderson’s Four Letter Film. (Unsurprising warning: Contains mostly four letter words!)

Brokeback Mountain 2, The Lasses

Die Hard: The Ballad of John McClane. It's Christmas, 1924, and young Manhattanite John McClane visits olde Los Angeles towne to see his wife and enjoy yultide splendor. However, a few ne'er-do-wells have plans of their own, and C4

The evolution of the NetFlix envelope. The key to Netflix's lean operations is its lightweight, versatile mailer. Here's how 7 years of tweaking paid off

A list of Good movies set in Paris. (From Metafilter)

A few other good Metafilter threads: Overlooked Films of the 1990s

Movies featuring people eating pancakes in a chain restaurant

A list of movies that have changed midway from one style to another

Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Hanzi Smatter, dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in western culture. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

Grow-a-brain’s Extensive Collections of Best Film Directors and other Unusual Film Stories Here

April 25, 2006 in Cinema | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 24, 2006

Do not leave me

Jacques_brel French songs from the 60’s. YouTube video clips collected by Bibi

Ne me quitte pas. Many more audio clips at Musica Francesa. Thank you, Dafna

Alizee, the reason I want to move back to Paris

La Musique de Serge Gainsbourg pt 1 by Will Kane

Les Idoles. Alas, in Japanese! From the incredible Blow-up Doll. So much more inside the archives

Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Huffington Post, news & opinions since May 9, 2005. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

More French Music from the Sixties Here

April 24, 2006 in Music - French Chansons of the 60's | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

April 23, 2006


Disappointment_ The World's Youngest Drummer - Julian Pavone is the little drummer baby

Carter, a Gene Simmons wannabe

The Deschler Family Home Page, Featuring the Deschler Quadruplets, born May 19, 2000. (From J-Walk)

Artist Jill Greenberg’s Crying children series

Pakistani children ride a Ferris wheel over a heap of garbage in a slum area of Karachi

How to draw dragons. Dragons are quite easy to draw if you follow these tips

Children’s Franchise Opportunities - Selling stuffs to parents

Many More Unusual Links About Kids Here

April 23, 2006 in Kids | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Apple Picking


My other niece, Michal, left Israel after serving in the army and has been traveling the world. About 3 months ago she somehow found herself in New Zealand, and she too loves the place. Right now she is picking apples in Nelson area. (Click on photo to enlarge)

See a new NZ post on Koru Koru, my Moving to New Zealand blog

April 23, 2006 in Music from New Zealand | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Mobius strip

Mobius_strip_1 A Gateway to Higher Dimensions - A new book by popular science writer Clifford Pickover explores the weird world of the shape made famous by M. C. Escher

In the same vain, then: Möbius Beer, infused with taurine, ginseng, caffeine, and thiamine

Play with the one-sided nonorientable surface. How to make a Möbius strip

Animated Mobius Strip at “Optical Illusions, Etc.”

Wood carving blanks made from premium basswood. Knitted versions

Night club version

Elsewhere: How to catch a mouse without a mousetrap

Microwaved Water - See What It Does To Plants. (From Presurfer)

The Cure for Information Overload, from Steve Ballmer to Linda Lovelace

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Many More Unusual Inventions & Discoveries Here

April 23, 2006 in Science & Inventions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?

Wonderful_life Water drums Baka Beyond Rhythm Tree. (Site designed by JohnJohn). More at Baka Beyond, The original African Celtic crossover band

The Led Zeppelin stamp collection, and other Worth 1000’s Going Postal creations, including these Jackass stamps

From Cuba, The Los Zafiros Buena Vista 2

Total Eclipse of the Heart, as performed by the two upside chins of Dustin & Terrance. Other singers that have been caught lip-synching

Follow up to the previously-blogged Pipe Dreams: The complete collection of Animusic computer annimations

If I Had Shot You When I First Wanted To, I'd Be Out Of Prison By Now, and some other Country & Western Song titles

Three threads from Metafilter: An interactive Shockwave-based look at Bach's Well-tempered Clavier

148 different versions of Henry Mancini’s Moon River

Life is Wonderful by the Japanese group Kuzu. Who are they and what are they singing about?

The Concretes In Color (From Fulminatia)

The strange connection between the "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wizard of Oz"

Move over Weird Al, here comes Green E - The Environmental Elvis loving momma nature forever

Brainwashed's canonical guide to weird band names

Blog_of_the_day Today’s “Blog of the Day” is Pax Nortona - A Blog by Joel Sax. If you’d like to recommend an excellent, fresh blog for consideration, please email me.

Many More Unusual Musicians and their Music Here

April 23, 2006 in Music_ | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 22, 2006

Ba Da Bang! Bang! Bang!

Bosch_garden Everybody underestimate the kick in the groin! NEVER look away from your opponent. Some wonderfully-dynamic street fighting tips & hints from fighting master Bas Rutten, nicknamed El Guapo

10 Reasons to Have Children and 20 reasons not to. I guess it's very easy to choose, if you can

The Garden of Earthly Delights

If you're a man, you are going to shave for the rest of your life, whether you like it or not. Many men find shaving painful and uncomfortable, but this is mainly the result of poor technique. Learning how to shave correctly

Many More Unusual Things To Do With Your Life Here

April 22, 2006 in Do Something with your Life | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack