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December 13, 2014

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Happy 12-13-14 Day!

USA Today notes that we don't get another sequential calendar day for 20 years, when we'll arrive at 1-2-34 day.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 13, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Holidays

Criminals Named Christmas

There was Christmas Jones, sent to prison for debt in January 1815.

Christmas Allen (father and son), both charged with larceny.

And Christmas Crisp, who did six months for larceny in 1837. His son, Christmas Crisp Junior, appears to have been an honest man.

Perhaps being named Christmas was the 19th Century equivalent of having the middle name Wayne. [via Criminal Historian]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 13, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Holidays, Odd Names, Nineteenth Century

December 12, 2014

Dancing with carrots

You've got to wait until about a minute in before the carrots make an appearance.

What I find stranger than the carrots is that this video has over 2 million views on YouTube.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 12, 2014 | Comments (5)

Wrong-Way Corrigan

Always a pleasure to revisit this famous incident and charming fellow, with some "new" vintage footage of him at a press conference.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 12, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's

December 11, 2014


The US patent office denied a trademark to a Norwegian company for the name Comfyballs for mens underwear. The name was deemed too vulgar to trademark. Maybe they could try Cradled Crotch or Non-Testy Testes.

Chopsticks Dance

The seamed pantyhose give it that authentic Filipino cultural touch.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 11, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: 1960's, Dance, Europe, South Pacific

Wedding ring found

Norman Dye lost his wedding ring in 2001. The entire family searched everywhere for it, unsuccessfully. Three years later Norman died, and because they still hadn't found the ring, his son slipped his own ring on his father's body in the casket (and took it back before the casket was closed).

But recently, 13 years after the ring was lost, a shiny object caught the eye of Norman's wife, Juanita, while she was in the bathroom. There was the ring, lying at the bottom of the toilet. It remains unexplained how the ring got there. Or how it could have remained there for 13 years. [The Commercial Appeal]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 11, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms

December 10, 2014

I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop

Man so hungry he experiences auditory hallucinations.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Music, 1920's, Stomach

Disruptive Kitty Litter

BusinessWeek has ranked Kitty Litter at #73 in its list of the "85 most disruptive ideas in our history." It notes that the idea to market clay as cat litter, which happened in 1947, "meant that after millennia of scratching at the door cats could come indoors and stay there. They had long been visitors in American homes; now they were residents. In some ways it has been a hostile takeover: There are millions more cats than dogs in the U.S."

I had never thought of cat litter as a disruptive idea before. But yeah, I can definitely see the part about the hostile takeover, as I've been a victim of that takeover, enslaved to the whims of a cat.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cats

December 9, 2014

Mark Twain’s Elephant


This seems to me to be a fine Xmas joke easily duplicated today. Pick your victim!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 09, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, 1900's, Pranks
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