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February 23, 2010

Hooray For Our Team!

Hasbro, the makers of Trivial Pursuit, ran a 5 month battle of the genders game online. It was offered in multiple languages and after 15,121,731 questions- WOMEN WON BY 100,000 POINTS! Just thought y'all should know.

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Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (9)

I Want One Of Those

I Want One Of Those is another web site offering odd merchandise. There is some neat stuff there though. A lego digital camera, a USB humping dog, also knome bowling. It's worth a browse.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (4)

Lady Gaga is the Antichrist

Report back here, after you read this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (10)
Category: Music, Pop Culture, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists

Follies of the Mad Men #89

This detergent turns ragamuffins into altar boys.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's

February 22, 2010

Army Ants

Just remember: when surrounded by army ants, attempt to stand still so they don't notice you.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 22, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Insects, South America, Natural Wonders

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (February 22)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
February 22, 2010
Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
(datelines February 13-February 20) (links correct as of February 22)

Every Child Left Behind, plus Free-Range Urination, the Other White Meat, and Professor Courtney Love

“For Only $8 a Month . . .” (We’ll Feed This Kid $1.84 Worth of Food”)
CBS News busted the “Feed The Children” charity (and its “for only $8 a month” TV ads) that has been bleeding the bleeding hearts for years but whose chutzpah on the Haiti crisis has been particularly strong, bringing in $1 million to feed “12,000" kids. If FTC performs as usual, it will keep $770,000 of that $1 million for “administrative expenses.” “12,000" kids? CBS found that FTC’s Haiti operation consisted of three doctors working on several dozen kids but no one at all being fed. (Bonus: CEO Larry Jones and his adult daughter both live the high life and are involved in a premium family feud.) CBS News

The Sacred Institution of Marriage
Susan Zirkin, 73, got divorced in 1962, but because of Orthodox Jewish law, she could not remarry or have children. Her ex-husband wouldn’t let her, and under the laws, it’s his call until the day he dies (which just happened last week, so she’s finally free). The problem is not only with the divorcee’s own sense of spiritual commitment but that of the community as well, in that she and any subsequent children she had would be shunned as long as Mr. Israel Elias refused to grant her the get, and few rabbis even try to buck tradition. The Independent (London)

Life Is Too Long
Apparently, some people actually gourmet-cook for their dogs. The St. Petersburg Times exposed this practice, likely having been pitched by a local magazine, New Barker, and a local restaurant, La Maison Gourmet, whose principals believe that a “growing number” of dog owners spend their time this way. For example, there’s a 12-step-or-so recipe for “veggie cookies for dogs,” which posits that dogs will appreciate it if you make them a certain treat with whole-wheat flour, dried basil, dried cilantro, dried oregano, chopped carrot, green beans, tomato paste, canola oil, and garlic. [How ever did dogs evolve so successfully until now without basil in their whole-wheat flour?] St. Petersburg Times

And What Was Blake Robbins Doing, Anyway?
Lower Merion School District near Philadelphia now admits it screwed up in its well-intentioned program to provide all students with free notebook computers. Administrators activated webcam software in the machines, supposedly, they say, in case the computer were lost or stolen, in which case, the cam could help locate it, and if stolen, ID the perp. But then Blake and his parents filed a lawsuit because one administrator at his high school disclosed in passing that Blake had been spotted “in his home” engaged in “improper behavior.” Normally, there’s not much that can be seen from the webcam if the operator is sitting right in front of it . . . unless . . .. Philadelphia Daily News [Feb. 18] /// Philadelphia Inquirer [Feb. 20]

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Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Feb 22, 2010 | Comments (7)

February 21, 2010

A Brief History Of Pretty Much Everything

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By Jamie Bell. Read about it here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 21, 2010 | Comments (3)

Impressive Driving Skill

Thirteen creative examples of exceptional driving by exceptional drivers. Bonus: a police car is one of the bunch.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 21, 2010 | Comments (4)

February 20, 2010

Follies of the Mad Men #88

Promoting electricity consumption through the tale of a jailbait girl and a "book gook."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 20, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Utilities, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Sexuality, Teenagers, 1950's
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