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July 31, 2008

All Heil Honus Wagner

Used_rainbows The tobacco card set known as T206 was issued from 1909 to 1911 in cigarette and loose tobacco packs through 16 different brands owned by the American Tobacco Company. It is a landmark set in the history of baseball card collecting, due to its size, rarity, and the quality of its color lithographs.

It included the Honus Wagner baseball card

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Art Deco Stamps and other Deco items at Deco-Pix, an Art Deco Architecture site

Bill Bryson’s Wizards of Oz, about the notorious, high-profile obscenity trial of 1971 in the UK

A Peace of Cake - Make cake, not war

Bumping Mr. Gay

A Girl, Her Tongue and a Hotel Room: (YT) A crazy, disgusting advertisement for Extended Stay Hotels where a girl licks everything in the hotel room. (From Lancerlot)

AIDS: The giant gift card that destroys young girls

Why bother splitting hairs about Facial Hair Styles terminology? Good question... This is an attempt to define a little more clearly different facial hair style categories. I am by no means an authority on the subject; I am just trying to note and organize sources, from popular usage to dictionary definitions

A giraffe sucks on an ice block containing fruit

The beautiful nightmares of Zdzislaw Beksinski

Diners flock to flooded restaurant

Also, Please help reader Mr.Natural sell his Beach Home in S.W. Washington

A Huge Depository of Unusual Oddities and Crazy linkage Here

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July 31, 2008 in Odds & Ends | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 30, 2008

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
What a beautiful dream
That could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see
Love to be
In the arms of all I'm keeping here with me

Anna's ghost all around
Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me
Soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above the trees

Now how I remember you
How I would push my fingers through
Your mouth to make those muscles move
That made your voice so smooth and sweet
And now we keep where we don't know
All secrets sleep in winter clothes
With one you loved so long ago
Now he don't even know his name

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
And when we meet on a cloud
I'll be laughing out loud
I'll be laughing with everyone I see
Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all

A Huge Depository of Unusual Flight Links Here

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July 30, 2008 in Flight | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Time to trip out

Seen_here_first Go Fullscreen & Veg out! Mandala of the day by Jim Bumgardner of KrazyDad. KrazyDad is the guy who developed the flickr Chia Pet, the Amazing Instant Ascii Cam, the Whitney music box, CoverPop and many, many other web apps & thingies

Also, Go fly with Electric Oyster. (From Bits & Pieces)

A Huge Depository of Digital Eye Candy Here

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Stanley Kubrick's Boxes

Two years after Stanley Kubrick's death, Jon Ronson was invited to the director's estate to explore the hundreds of boxes the legendary film director had collected during his decades at Childwick Manor in Hertfordshire.

He's been returning ever since, and the story of Kubrick and the archive, now housed at University of the Arts London, is revealed in this fascinating documentary.

Ronson asks: is it possible to get to understand such a man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the hundreds of boxes he left behind?

(From Uncertain Times)

More Of The Best Film Directors and other Cinematic Links Here

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Fame by Twitter

Twitter_fame At 11:42 this morning, a strong, 5.4 earthquake shook Los Angeles. There have been no reported injuries and media reports said the quake was felt as far south as San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas. Twitter user RFTC was visiting her doctor that very moment & twittering her experience: “I am totally serious. My Ob/Gyn was IN my vagina and an earthquake started rattling the room”. Within 3 hours she had gone from obscurity to internet fame to supposed viral marketing hoax, and is now known as the Earthquake Vagina...

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More news: Stolen donut van chased by cops, lots of cops

Where to find Leonard Cohen Tickets for his world tour

Re-post: Shuffle face from Mono (Click on ‘Shuffle’)

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July 27, 2008

Walter, this isn't a First Amendment Thing

No_country Carter Burwell’s notes about his score for "No Country For Old Men". Film composer Carter Burwell is the composer for all the Coen brothers films

Another long-time Coen contributor is J. Todd Anderson who produces detailed storyboards for each film

The Naked Man is a 1998 comedy that J. Todd Anderson directed, which was co-written by Anderson and Ethan Coen. The plot centers on "Dr. Edward Blis, Jr, a chiropractor by day, moonlights as a professional wrestler at night. His wrestling name is the Naked Man and he wears a naked body suit when wrestling. After his parents and wife are killed by a cripple with crutches, which double as machine guns and an Elvis Presley impersonator he loses his sanity. He adopts the persona of his wrestling character and goes on a rampage of revenge..."

The long list of frequent Coen Brothers' collaborators. Here is the family tree sorted by actors

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No Country For Raising Arizona. Parallels between two Coen Brothers movies. With screen captures & video. Also, Genre VS. Iconography in No Country and Raising Arizona

PomPom dressed as Walter Sobchak from the 2005 Homestar Runner Halloween special

Lebowski Podcast

A Huge Depository of Unusual Links About The Movies of Coen Brothers Here

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July 27, 2008 in Cinema - "The Big Lebowski" | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Metro Logos of the World

Bad_spanking Most metros have logos or symbols to mark their station entrances, rolling stock, and printed matter such as maps or tickets. Since most metros around the world are indeed called 'metros' (only few are called subway, underground, U-Bahn, T-bana or something else), many metro logos are more or less fancy variations of the letter M.

There are different kinds of metro logos. In some cities a logo stands for the metro system itself, while in other cities only logos are found which represent the companies that are operating one or more metro lines. So there may be more than one logo in use in one city while in another a logo can consistently stand for the system or even for several metro systems within a country. Metro Logos of the World

From Metro Bits, a comprehensive site by Mike Rohde about urban subway systems. Explore inside!

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How to you drill a hole through a mountain? With a Tunnel Boring Machine, TBM for short, of course

Paghman Gardens in Afghanistan’s - A before and after photo tour taken 40 years apart, reflecting the results of 20 years of war

Roof Bosses on flicker, and many other sets of Medieval church carvings

A Huge Depository of Unusual architectural Links Here

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July 27, 2008 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

les Animaux Amoureux

Animals in Love is a documentary about the existence of love between animals in the wild. With music by Philip Glass. (Thank you, Dafna)

Speaking of animals in love, here are 65 of Mick Jagger’s ex-girlfriends

Tiger Balm: Is There Anything It Can't Do?

Re-post: Big Dog Quadruped Robot

Ugly Coach Must Die!

Un-related: Secret of Longevity

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July 27, 2008 in Animals | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Turtle Replica

First_submarine The USS Alligator was the U.S. Navy's first submarine active during the Civil War. It was commissioned to be built in 40 days & was launched on 1 May 1862. It sunk on 2 April 1863

The very first submarine, the wooden Turtle was built by David Bushnell in 1776. Rick & Laura Brown were building a replica of the vessel

The 2008 Submarine Racing Championship

A day on the San Francisco Bay aboard the Marshall Foss, a contemporary Tractor Tugboat. (From Laughing Squid). More by “Telstar Logistics”, A Basic Taxonomy of American Houseboat Design

Interior design of ships of the 1950s and 1960s... from postcards, photographs and brochures. (From Nag on the Lake)

Ever wonder if it were possible to travel by cargo ship? Here’s how

A Huge Depository of Boating and Sailing Links Here

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July 27, 2008 in Boating | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Run on the bank

Bank_run 10 Banks That Could Be Next To Go Under. (Wrong prognosis - The correct answer is First National Bank of Nevada, based in Reno, Nev., and First Heritage Bank of Newport Beach, California)

10 Richest People of All Time and How They Made Their Fortunes

Also: Bankrupt! 65 Famous People Who Lost It All. (From Corsinet)

Old banking ads at Classic Ad Shop

Un-related: Eternal September (also Never-ending September, The Long September, September that never ended, perpetual September, or endless September) in the Jargon File is a Usenet slang expression for the period beginning September 1993. These expressions encapsulate the belief that an endless influx of newbies since that date has continuously degraded standards of discourse and behavior on Usenet (and the wider Internet)

A Huge Depository of Unusual Stories About Money Here

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July 27, 2008 in Money & Finances | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

July 25, 2008

No Maps for These Territories

Gibson Today's featured article on wikipedia is a lengthy biography of William Gibson. Quote:

...In 1967, he elected to move to Canada in order "to avoid the Vietnam war draft". At his draft hearing, he honestly informed interviewers that his intention in life was to sample every mind-altering substance in existence. Gibson has observed that he "did literally evade the draft, as they never bothered drafting me"; after the hearing he went home and purchased a bus ticket to Toronto, and left a week or two later. In the biographical documentary No Maps for These Territories (2000) Gibson said that his decision was motivated less by conscientious objection than by a desire to "sleep with hippie chicks" and indulge in hashish….

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Also: Drupli Bacon

An Amish Liberace fan, and other Things you’ve never seen. (Reminds me of this old post: George Carlin’s People I Can Do Without)

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July 25, 2008 in Books & Literature | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Al Gore's Magical Hummus Machine

Jesus_obama And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow…

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

The Anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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Guru Raj, the man who’s receiving Obama's gmail

Zombie Harmony - One of the Best Free Dating Sites for Zombies

The Year of Shock and Awesome. The president has used "awesome" to describe everything from dead soldiers to the pope. How did a slang word trickle up to the highest office in the land?

(Title above from Liveblogging Netroots Nation)

A new Grow-a-Brain category of unusual links about Obama. Much more about the 2008 Election. Also, the 2004 election and other Political Posts Here

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July 24, 2008

A story of a sign

(Thank you, Jeff the Average)

10 Most Unfortunate Store Names

Another compilation of innovative ad campaigns

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July 22, 2008

Cheerleading Auditioning


What's better than 20 Laker Girls? 500 prospective Laker Girls

Welcome to The 2008 Laker Girls Auditions

Or the Wizard Girls. Or many other auditions all over the place. At the Professional Cheerleader Blog (Scroll down)

Unrelated: Someone offered my friend JW a hundred dollars to artificially Create male pattern balding on top of his own head for a week. The creepy moustache was also required

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July 22, 2008 in Extreme Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Napoleon Dynamite Festival


Napoleon Dynamite Festival coming soon again to Preston, Idaho, the real location of the Napoleon Dynamite movie

Naked Oblation Run in The Philippines

Guinea pig festival in Peru. (Look at images 1-4 and then look at 7-8. How's that for an unexpected turn of events?. From Reddit)

Welcome to the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn, where we lift & carry a 68-foot tall structure called the Giglio, ('lily' in Italian)

A display by the Italian Motorcycle Police in the 1950's

(Click on pix above to biggify)

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July 22, 2008 in Festivals | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack