Posts filed under 'Weirdness'

Kung Fu Gland

Just a little something I stumbled upon at Stumbleupon:

Kung Fu Gland

I always wondered where my kung fu gland was located.  And whether I even had one.

April 9th, 2009 at 07:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Coolness,Science,Weirdness

Great Moments In Literature

For those of you who appreciate fine, quality literature, this… is not it.  This is quite possibly the least sexy sex scene I have ever read.

Full review of The Professor And The Dominatrix here. It sounds… spectacular.

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

April 8th, 2009 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Weirdness

Schizophrenics 1, Hollow Mask 0

It’s ironic that at least in this one small way, schizophrenics have a firmer grasp on reality than the rest of us.

Schizophrenia sufferers aren’t fooled by an optical illusion known as the “hollow mask” that the rest of us fall for because connections between the sensory and conceptual areas of their brains might be on the fritz.

In the hollow mask illusion, viewers perceive a concave face (like the back side of a hollow mask) as a normal convex face. The illusion exploits our brain’s strategy for making sense of the visual world: uniting what it actually sees — known as bottom-up processing — with what it expects to see based on prior experience — known as top-down processing.

(…)

This powerful expectation overrides visual cues, like shadows and depth information, that indicate anything to the contrary.

But patients with schizophrenia are undeterred by implausibility: They see the hollow face for what it is…. Some psychologists believe [their] dissociation from reality may result from an imbalance between bottom-up and top-down processing — a hypothesis ripe for testing using the hollow mask illusion.

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When healthy subjects looked at the concave faces, connections strengthened between the frontoparietal network, which is involved in top-down processing, and the visual areas of the brain that receive information from the eyes. In patients with schizophrenia, no such strengthening occurred.

Dima thinks when healthy subjects see the illusion, which is somewhat ambiguous, their brains strengthen this connection such that what they expect — a normal face — becomes more influential, overpowering the actual, though unlikely, visual information. Schizophrenia patients, meanwhile, may be unable to modulate this pathway, accepting the concave face as reality.

It makes sense.  The brain uses all kinds of behind-the-scenes processing and shortcuts to (usually) simplify and manage our perceptions – anyone whose brain is unable to do that is necessarily going to experience the world in a very different way.  In some cases malfunctioning filters might make someone more perceptive, but it’s more likely that they’ll be flooded and overwhelmed (the filters are there for a reason, after all).  This was actually the explanation for the Joker’s insanity in the Arkham Asylum graphic novel: He’s mad because he perceives everything.

2 comments April 7th, 2009 at 08:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Weirdness

Jelly Mongers!

Jelloplanes
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

I suppose it’s not that shocking that jello could be used as an artistic medium, but I never imagined it could be taken quite this far:

SAM BOMPAS and Harry Parr have built painstakingly correct models of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, and a Madrid airport terminal complete with tiny airplanes.

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Shimmering, brightly colored gelatin is the chosen medium of Mr. Bompas and Mr. Parr, two young products of Eton and University College, London, who have quickly become England’s leading jelly artists, or as they call themselves, jelly mongers.

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Mr. Bompas, 25, said: “We’ll do pretty much anything. We’ve made an entire jellied Christmas dinner, hundreds of layers, each a different course, for television as the ultimate Christmas jelly.”

For Hawksmoor restaurant in London, they created a ziggurat inspired by the steeple of an 18th-century church.

(…)

They make their own molds, designing them on a computer in the workshops of University College that translates them into three-dimensional models and transfers the specifications to a machine that makes plaster casts of the molds, called plugs. Once the plug is made, thin, malleable high-impact polystyrene plastic is applied to it in a vacuum to form the individual molds.

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Although they work in a traditional medium, some of their projects verge on the avant-garde. In collaboration with a chemistry professor at University College, they used food-safe quinine to make jelly that emits a bluish glow under black light. Other experiments are in the works, including growing crystals inside the jelly.

Besides chemistry, they have had to learn engineering and also cooking. At the end of the day, or rather at the end of the meal, a jelly has to be tasty.

Amazing.  Be sure to check out the slideshow, and the Bompas & Parr website.

2 comments April 1st, 2009 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weirdness

Space Travel, Hold The Space

Wood Panel To Fake Mars
ESA

This is cool but strange:

On Tuesday, six people will be voluntarily locked into a cloister of cramped, hermetically sealed tubes woven inside a Moscow research facility the size of a high school gymnasium. They will eat dehydrated food, breathe recycled air and be denied conversation with practically everyone else but one another.

And they must stay inside for 105 days.

In a small step in the direction of Mars, the international crew is embarking on a simulated flight to the planet to test the limits of human tolerance for the isolation and monotony of interplanetary travel.

“It is really like a real space flight without the weightlessness and the danger to our lives,” said Sergei N. Ryazansky, a cosmonaut-in-training who will lead the mission. “On the inside, we will have a lack of incoming information, so it’s the science of sensory deprivation.”

Called Mars-500, the Russian-led project based at the Institute for Biomedical Problems here will culminate in a 520-day simulation beginning early next year of a complete manned mission to the planet — a time frame that incorporates launching to Mars touchdown and back — that scientists hope will edge humanity a little closer to that next giant leap.

It sounds a little crazy, but maintaining crew sanity for a year-and-a-half trip is at least as important and perhaps even as daunting as the engineering challenges of making such a trip technically  possible.

I just didn’t expect it to involve quite so much wood paneling.

3 comments March 31st, 2009 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Weirdness

Eli’s Obsession With The Google Is My Bro

Okay, now this is really weird.  Eli’s Obsession With The Google makes a cameo appearance in this bizarre stream-of-consciousness thingy.

Did someone write it?  Was it computer-generated like my weird spam? And if so, to what purpose?

If it wasn’t for weird publicity, I wouldn’t get any publicity at all…

March 30th, 2009 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google,Weirdness

Best. Flickr Pool. Ever.

Robocop On A Unicorn

Robocop On A Unicorn.

It’s almost too much Awesome.

(h/t shadowy and mysterious Codename V.)

March 24th, 2009 at 06:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weirdness

?!!

A whole bunch of kids are going to be messed up for life:

What.

The correct (yet still inexplicable) answer can be found in the glvalentine comments, but I will not provide it here because the comments are too hilarious to miss. (I particularly like “Things found in the ocean. Some… more often than others.”)

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

March 23rd, 2009 at 10:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Worst. Neighbor. Ever.

This guy is so totally not getting a Christmas card.

Authorities said a 63-year-old man suspected of drunken driving crashed his pickup truck into a neighbor’s house, leaving a gaping hole and revealing a small marijuana farm inside. San Diego police got a search warrant after the Sunday afternoon crash and confiscated more than 20 pot plants from the house.

Police Sgt. David Jennings said no one was inside the house, and neighbors told officers the residents were gone on a ski trip.

Guys, if you’re reading this, you might want to extend that ski trip, and possibly take it to another country…

March 23rd, 2009 at 05:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers,Weirdness

OMG JTP TMI WTF!

This seems… inappropriate:

Joe the Plumber — real name Samuel Wurzelbacher — told a crowd of conservatives Thursday night that their love was getting him all hot and bothered.

“God, all this love and everything in the room — I’m horny,” declared Joe.

Wurzelbacher had taken the stage to a standing ovation at the annual “DisHonors” Awards, presented by the Media Research Center, to poke fun liberal media groups. But the “horny” declaration didn’t go over too well, according to the Washington Post.

Buzz immediately commenced.

“Did Joe the Plumber really just say he’s horny?” “Did you hear Joe say ‘horny’?” “Why is he horny and why is he telling us?”

Part of me wishes I had never read that, and part of me wants to Not-Joe to be the next entrant in the Face Of The GOP sweepstakes.

(h/t WT)

March 20th, 2009 at 11:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Republicans,Weirdness

Greatest Ad Campaign Ever?

New Zealand’s Sky TV wanted everyone to know they were airing Alien Vs. Predator last month:

AVP Chess

AVP Pool

AVP Swingball

That. Is. Brilliant.

Do click on the pics, the full-size images are gorgeous.

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

7 comments March 19th, 2009 at 06:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Movies,Weirdness

Pop Culture Fail

Michael Steele is like the Energizer Bunny of out-of-touch weirdness:

Check out this line from Michael Steele, in an interview with GQ, discussing the rap artists that he’s listened to over the years:

Who do you listen to?
I actually listen to a cross section, because I like to hear what the medium is saying, what the voice is.

But do you have a favorite?
P. Diddy I enjoy quite a bit.

Do you want to rethink that?
[laughs] I guess I’m sorta old-school that way. Remember, I came of age with the DJ and all this other stuff, so I’m also loving Grandmaster Flash, and that’s not hip-hop, but… Um, you know, I like Chuck D. And I always thought Snoop Dogg was–he just reminded me of the fellas back home. So I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed him.

This is not to say he is any kind of poser — maybe he does listen to those acts, and we should take him at his word.

But now take a look at his statement that he’s a big fan of Frank Sinatra and the other guys in the “Pack Rats”:

Who else?
I like Sinatra. I like old-school. You know, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin. Love Dean Martin. He was one of these guys who just didn’t give an F. He just didn’t. Life was a party, and you either want to party or you don’t. But yeah, I like those. I’m a big Pack Rat. I love the Pack Rats from the 1950s–Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, those guys.

You mean the Rat Pack.
The Rat Pack, yeah.

So Steele doesn’t just sound like a middle-aged man trying to talk to his kids and failing to sound cool. He’s also trying to talk to his parents and failing to sound cool.

Now, if he said he liked Kool Moe Dee, I might be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

March 12th, 2009 at 06:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Weirdness

Weirdest RNC Chair Ever?

Certainly the most self-destructive…

Very weird quote from chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele.

Mr. Steele said he is in stage two of a two-stage process to reform and transform the Republican Party. He won’t reveal details, because, “The mice who are scurrying about the Hill are upset because they no longer have access to the cheese, so they don’t know what’s going on.” He says his process has been “insular” because he doesn’t want people “pontificating” on his decisions or second-guessing them before they are made.”

Sounds like stage two of a two-stage process to get himself fired. While it’s not 100% clear who Steele is referring to, it’s difficult to read this – in context – as anything other than a reference to his GOP critics on the Hill. Not very smart.

Stage one, of course, was criticizing Emperor Limbaugh, then immediately groveling for forgiveness – which is a good way to alienate both the Limbaugh-lovers and the Limbaugh-haters.

Time to break out the popcorn.  Or GOPcorn, as the case may be.

March 11th, 2009 at 07:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Weirdness

Creationists At The Smithsonian

This is surreal on so many levels…

Every winter, David DeWitt takes his biology class to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, but for a purpose far different from that of other professors.

DeWitt brings his Advanced Creation Studies class (CRST 390, Origins) up from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., hoping to strengthen his students’ belief in a biblical view of natural history, even in the lion’s den of evolution.

Advanced Creation Studies?  I have a hard time imagining what such a class would be like.

“Hey, what’d you have for #12 on the midterm?”

“God.”

“Hey, me too!  What about #27?”

“God.”

“Wow, it’s like we’re psychic twins or something!”

His yearly visit to the Smithsonian is part of a wider movement by creationists to confront Darwinism in some of its most redoubtable secular strongholds. As scientists celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, his doubters are taking themselves on Genesis-based tours of natural history museums, aquariums, geologic sites and even dinosaur parks.

(…)

A 2006 poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 42 percent of Americans believe humans have always existed in their present form. At universities such as Liberty, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, those views inform the entire science curriculum.

We’re doomed.

1 comment March 11th, 2009 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Education,Religion,Science,Weirdness

Greatest Name In College Sports History?

Holy crap.

I am reliably informed that his full name is actually Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims Jr.

Awesome.

March 10th, 2009 at 10:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports,Weirdness

Jurassic Chicken

What could possibly go wrong?

Some of the world’s leading paleontologists are attempting to recreate a dinosaur — or something a lot like a dinosaur — by starting with a chicken embryo and working backward to engineer a “chickenosaurus” or “dinochicken,” project leader Jack Horner told Discovery News.

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“Birds are dinosaurs, so technically we’re making a dinosaur out of a dinosaur,” said Horner, a professor of paleontology at Montana State University and curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies.

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“A number of people in a number of different places are moving forward with the project slowly and carefully,” he said.

One such researcher is Hans Laarson of McGill University in Montreal. Laarson and his team are analyzing the genes involved in tail development and researching ways of manipulating chicken embryos in order to “awaken the dinosaur within.”

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Other medical breakthroughs could also occur, he said, since “genomes made of genes made of switches” function similarly in all animals, including humans.

There is no danger of the proposed dinochicken escaping and populating the world with dinosaurs, Horner said, since only the chicken’s development, and not its genome, would have been affected. If the creature did somehow escape and could mate, the result would just be a regular chicken.

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Kevin Padian, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California at Berkeley and a curator at the UC Museum of Paleontology, told Discovery News he supports the project.

“The important thing that Jack and Jim are saying here is that there is a lot of information stored in our genes that we don’t use — genes that determine features that evolution has suppressed, for various reasons,” Padian said.

“We now have the tools to ‘reverse-engineer’ some of those constraints and produce traits that look a bit more like those ancient features,” he added. “This tells us how genetics, development and evolution are related, so it’s tremendously important.”

When and if the dinochicken is created, Horner looks forward to bringing it out on a leash during lectures.

So how long before someone tries this with other animals, or even people?  The bioethicists will have a field day.

March 7th, 2009 at 01:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Weirdness

New Horizons In All-In-One PCs

Plug PC

I’ve seen lots of PCs integrated into monitors, but this is a new one on me:

Marvell has the technology and the vision, and if the company gets its way the world will soon be overrun by lilliputian Linux machines. Hiding in wall warts and the like, these guys will begin quietly taking over tasks that we once relegated to servers and desktop machines. To this end, the company has just announced that they’ll be making the SheevaPlug dev kit available. This is the platform that PogoPlug is based on, consisting of a 1.2GHz Kirkwood processor, 512MB flash storage, 512MB DRAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and USB 2.0. This bad boy supports many standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions, and the whole thing plugs directly into a standard wall socket, drawing “less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC” while in use. Currently available for $99, the company says that it anticipates a price drop to $49 “in the near future.”

That’s right, a PC that’s integrated into its own power adapter.  And it’s almost as powerful as my last PC was.  Amazing.

1 comment February 25th, 2009 at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

Great Moments In Politics

Porn star Stormy Daniels contemplates running against diaper-and-prostitute-loving right-wing hypocrite Senator David Vitter (R-Huggies). I particularly like when she suggests that her RealDoll could beat Vitter in a debate, and her campaign slogan, “Stormy Daniels: At least I don’t wear a diaper.”

February 9th, 2009 at 07:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Weirdness

Product Plug Of The Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9sD1hmqBFs

From J&R’s product page for Excalibur Electronic NF07-08 NFL Vibrating Football Tabletop Game:

The most realistic graphics on a vibrating football game

You know, I don’t think that sounds nearly as impressive as they think it does.

I’m also trying to figure out what they mean by “Multi-function Quarterback” – I hope they just mean that he can run and pass…

February 7th, 2009 at 06:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Sports,Weirdness

NSFWTF

What is wrong with these people???

The 72-year-old [masturbation-promoting former Surgeon General Jocelyn] Elders would receive just as poor a reception in 2009 from the folks at the Passion for Christ Movement which, along with Dr. Ty @ DaSouth.com, is engaging in a holy war over spanking the monkey, focusing on young people of color.

Yes, I said it, in fact, I’ll say it again, MASTURBATION! I figure if a few thousand of the millions here on Myspace can expose their breast, proposition you for sex, have degrading music, and nakedness can have the audacity to request me as a friend , then I can say MASTURBATION and tell the truth about it! And given that many of you are doing it or have, let’s talk about it. Since the majority of us have at least a 3rd grade education, I’ll begin by defining what it is.

I have heard it said by many, especially by “Christians”, that masturbation is not sex and even if you don’t have a third grade education, you can clearly see that masturbation is sex. But many like to use that as an excuse to do it so that they can get a little sex without going “all the way”. But whether you have sexual intercourse or sexually manipulate your own genitals to achieve an orgasm, you are having sex. The reason why you masturbate is to achieve an orgasm. And an orgasm is the culmination, the climax of any sexual act, whether it’s with a partner(s) or sex with yourself. And that’s exactly what masturbation is, solo sex.

…Trust me, I’ve been there, and I’d rather have cold, dry sheets than to fondle my self. Two things I’ve come to know about masturbation is this:

1. It brings shame, and…
2. It is addictive

Most people who have engaged in masturbation know that the culmination of this sexual act ends in shame. I don’t have to share with you the thousands of emails of the admittance of this shame because you know all too well since you have experienced it yourself. Curled up in a fetal position, crying, because your bed is even more empty and you’re lonelier than you did before you violated yourself…Because God never created sex so that you could gratify yourself. The dictionary defined masturbation as self abuse…the miss use of yourself. The mistreatment, the manipulation, the exploitation of YOU.

TMI. While this is hysterically bizarre, the sad truth is that, with the unprecedented spread of HIV/AIDS in minority communities, a pious drumbeat to demonize a form of sexual expression that represents safe sex, doesn’t involve the possibility of an unintended pregnancy, and no one gives a rip about if done in private is the last thing young POC need to hear.

So, who here curls up in a fetal ball and cries with self-pitying loneliness after they masturbate?  Show of hands – no, er, your other hand.

3 comments February 6th, 2009 at 10:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Religion,Republicans,Weirdness

Steve Martin, Clawhammer Banjo Master

I’m actually not kidding…

In his mercurial career Mr. Martin, 63, has gone from manic, rabbit-eared stand-up comedian to introspective memoirist. He has made movies for Carl Reiner (“The Jerk”) and David Mamet (“The Spanish Prisoner”) alike. Through his many incarnations a banjo has never been far from his reach, whether the instrument was an integral part of his act or a tool to help him unwind in private.

Now Mr. Martin is once again in the musician’s role as he releases an album called “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.” The record (which is being sold exclusively on Amazon.com, until April 26, when it also will be released elsewhere) is a token of his affection for bluegrass, with appearances by performers like Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. But it is also an opportunity to show off one of his less celebrated, least commercial skills, and to reimmerse himself in a musical genre he never fully gave up.

“It’s a secret world,” he said of bluegrass in an interview at his “SNL” dressing room, where his banjo sat beside him in its case like a baby in a bassinet. “It’s a big world, but it’s thin. And it doesn’t make the news, which is actually quite fantastic.”

Mr. Martin, who came of age in Orange County, Calif., in the early 1960s, recalled the era as one when folk groups like the Kingston Trio and bluegrass bands like the Dillards were at their peak. Having decided to become an entertainer, Mr. Martin seized on the banjo as one more element he could add to an all-purpose act.

“I needed everything,” said Mr. Martin, who in person is more reserved than his on-screen characters but excitable once he starts talking about music. “I did jokes, I did juggling, did magic. I put the banjo in just really to fill time, so I’d have enough to call it a show.”

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[S]tarting in 2001 he began a banjo resurgence. That year Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass pioneer, asked him to play on a recording of the song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” for the album “Earl Scruggs and Friends.” In 2007 he contributed an original composition, “The Crow,” to the Tony Trischka album “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular.”

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Among country and bluegrass musicians, Mr. Martin is regarded as a master of a difficult five-fingered playing style known as clawhammer or frailing, in which the instrument’s strings are pushed down by fingernails, rather than pulled up with picks.

“I know I can’t play it,” said Mr. Scruggs, for whom the traditional three-fingered Scruggs style is named. “So it’s a challenge for me.”

There you have it: Steve Martin has mastered a banjo style that even Earl Scruggs can’t play.  And no-one even knows about it.

1 comment February 2nd, 2009 at 10:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Music,Weirdness

Sentences I Wish I’d Never Read

From Bill Madden’s NY Daily News column on Joe Torre’s tell-all book about the Yankees:

Up front, I must say it’s a compelling read, even if Yankee trainer Steve Donohue rubbing Roger Clemens’ testicles with extra hot liniment before every start was probably more information than I needed to know.

GAH!

Jebus, Roger can’t even rub his own testicles with extra hot liniment, he has to have “people” to do that for him?  Ah, the life of a pampered super-rich batshit insane pro athlete.

3 comments January 31st, 2009 at 06:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Media,Quotes,Sports,Weirdness

And Now, Your Moment Of Awesome.

My only sorrow is that this was not captured on video:

A builder scared off a potential robber by running at him dressed as the Norse god Thor.

The terrified intruder leapt from a first floor window to escape Torvald Alexander, who was dressed as the Norse god of thunder in a red cape and silver helmet and breastplate.

Mr Alexander had just returned from a New Year’s Eve fancy dress party when he discovered the man in his home in Inverleith, Edinburgh. He said he acted instinctively to chase the intruder away, and believed his costume may have added impact.

Gee, ya think?

1 comment January 30th, 2009 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

Pre-Superbowl Vignette Of The Day

Gotta love the reporters and media organizations who don’t take the Superbowl too seriously…

[F]or entertainment, there was an ample male reporter (from Telemundo) wearing a red dress and a feather boa while interviewing the players. There was also one athlete who spent an uncomfortably long time checking him out before saying, “Oh no, is that a guy?” The guy, by the way, was telling players he was the “fairy godmother” and that they needed him to win Sunday’s game.

I generally don’t have much interest in watching the Superbowl in person, but I’m starting to wonder if I can buy a ticket to Media Day…

January 27th, 2009 at 11:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Sports,Weirdness

It’s Pronounced “PENNIS-tun”

Why yes, I am about twelve years old…

CRAPSTONE, England — When ordering things by telephone, Stewart Pearce tends to take a proactive approach to the inevitable question “What is your address?”

He lays it out straight, so there is no room for unpleasant confusion. “I say, ‘It’s spelled “crap,” as in crap,’ ” said Mr. Pearce, 61, who has lived in Crapstone, a one-shop country village in Devon, for decades.

As a timesaver, here are the other place names in the story, in order of appearance:

Ugley
East Breast
North Piddle
Spanker Lane
Crotch Crescent
Titty Ho (my personal favorite)
Wetwang
Slutshole Lane
Thong
Pratts Bottom
Penistone
Gaswork Road
Hoare Road
Typple Avenue
Quare Street
Corfe Close (only a problem if your address ends in a 4)
Tumbledown Dick Road
Butt Hole Road
Horrabridge

Of course, my own adopted state of Pennisylvania Pennsylvania has placed Blue Ball and Intercourse very close to one another.  I wonder if there’s a shuttle bus.

1 comment January 26th, 2009 at 06:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

Shall I Compare Blago To A Summer’s Day?

A (probably) partial list of who and what Rod Blagojevich has compared himself to so far:

Pearl Harbor
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King
Nelson Mandela
A dead cowboy

Spectacular.  He should compare notes with Rick Warren.

January 25th, 2009 at 09:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Weirdness

Obamawesome!

It is admittedly a rather narrow category, but surely this is The Greatest Presidential Action Figure Of All Time – even more awesome than Talking Flightsuit Dubya!

I know, it sounds impossible, but check this out:

Obama 1
The name’s Obama.  Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama 2
Obamurai!

Obama 3
Obama Wan Kenobi.  Holy.

I mean, when did you ever see Dubya fighting Darth Vader?  Hell, they were on the same frickin’ team.

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

January 22nd, 2009 at 10:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Obama,Weirdness

I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neCIg0BiXbE

I’m not sure which possibility I find more disturbing – that someone billing herself as “The Love Doctor” doesn’t know what fisting is… or that she does.

(h/t Julia)

January 22nd, 2009 at 07:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Monday Media Blogging,Obama,Weirdness

The Most Awesome Watch EVAR!

Concord Watch

At least, I think it’s a watch…

Free, disruptive. The latest Concord specimen grants time a space that is commensurate with its personality; that of freedom from constraints or ties. With an aerial bi-axial Tourbillon mechanism, a structure that makes emptiness its core material, a skeletized dial, functional elements fitted to the side of the carriage and an industrial and minimalist spirit, the C1 QuantumGravity timepiece defies all laws, including that of logic and most of all, of gravity.

The Tourbillon cage, which is fitted outside the movement and case where it is suspended, literally, rotates in a multi-dimensional manner on two axes, the main one being vertical. The structure of this disconcerting timepiece gives the cable-stayed bridges their rigid and light connection; an extended arm of cables fastened to the plate holds the cage in a vertical position, thus highlighting the sensation of autonomy.

Beneath the impressive sapphire crystal lies a panorama at its most extensive, giving shape to time, which becomes almost immaterial. While the dial strives to display the passing of time, it above all highlights empty space. The depth of its field of vision is dizzying and the feeling of levitation exhilarating. The officer-style hinged back excels in revealing the geometric circuit of the right-angled skeletized bridges in a titanic case measuring 47.5 mm in diameter and 22 mm in depth. Its infinite preciousness holds many more temporal surprises…

The C1 QuantumGravity timepiece, designed by the “C Lab Series” team in conjunction with BNB Concept, takes watchmaking experimentation even further. It follows the impulse of a brand that defends its conviction of time inevitably linked to space. In this parallel and unconventional world, infatuation with non-conformity underscores Concord’s creative spirit. C1 QuantumGravity is the latest living proof.

Wow.   This might actually be the first TimeCube-compatible timepiece in recorded history.

(h/t Engadget)

1 comment January 20th, 2009 at 09:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

Quien Es Muy Awesome?

Is it this?

KITT/Coleman/Hasselhoff

…Or this?

LaserDisc Ad

It’s a tough call, all right.  Maybe if we allowed for the use of Photoshop…

January 14th, 2009 at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

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