The Oatmeal web site has a zombie bite caculator. Input your information and it calculates how long it would take for you to become a zombie after being bitten. Of course this is just an estimate and real times could differ. As always it's best that you avoid all contact with zombies and those having been bitten. http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/zombie_bite
For those of you who have already been bitten or turned there is a social site just for you! No more hunting for and eating brains alone. Find companionship and similar tastes here. http://www.zombiefriends.com/?vi=5249
Submitted for your enjoyment. The 26th annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China began on January 5th and will continue until some time in February. There are pictures at the link and they are all magnificent. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/harbin_ice_and_snow_sculpture.html
Originally posted with a picture that turned out to be too large for the page. My apologies.
America has its own puny version of Stonehenge? Who knew? The Georgia Guidestones, a large granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, is made from six granite slabs. They were built in 1979 and are engraved with ten guidelines in eight different modern languages, as well as four ancient languages, that advise people to live in harmony with humanity and nature. The four outer stones are oriented to the Sun's yearly migration and each side of the tablet is perpendicular to one of the cardinal directions. Since the creation of the guidestones, there have been a number of controversies and conspiracy theories based on what the stones were really built for and what their message means. As of November 2009, the stones were covered in graffiti and splattered paint which has not been repaired as no one seems to want to accept the responsibility. You can find out more about this monument on Google or Wikipedia.
Guy is hospitalized from a domestic beat down administered with a frying pan and a table leg- Loser. Guy has to get an exgirlfriend to pay for his post hospitalization prescription- LOser. Guy goes to Walmart in hospital gown to get money and prescription-LOSer. Guy snatches $50 from ex and takes off-LOSEr...on a Walmart scooter for the disabled-LOSER. To quote Ace Ventura-Loohoohooser! http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2010/01/07/12382191-ap.html
As magic tricks go, the "I can vomit wine" claim has died a deserved death. One imagines that neither David Copperfield, nor even Penn & Teller, will be reviving the spectacle of Floram Marchand any time soon.
Floram Marchand: The Great Water Spouter
In the summer of 1650, a Frenchman named Floram Marchand was brought
over from Tours to London, who professed to be able to 'turn water into
wine, and at his vomit render not only the tincture, but the strength
and smell of several wines, and several waters.' Here - the trick and
its cause being utterly unknown - he seems for a time to have gulled
and astonished the public to no small extent, and to his great profit.
Before, however, the whole mystery was cleared up by two friends of
Marchand, who had probably not received the share of the profits to
which they thought themselves entitled. Their somewhat circumstantial
account runs as follows.
Paul Di Filippo
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