October 5, 2010

Bug

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 05, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Horror, Insects, Movies, 1970's

News of the Weird / Pro Edition, Part II (October 5, 2010)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
October 5, 2010
(datelines September 25-October 2) (links correct as of October 4)

Weird 2.0
"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle"—George Orwell
"That's close enough for government work"—unknown
"Nero Fiddles While Rome Burns"—Rome Daily Inquirer, 7-18-64A.D.


You say you want to keep costs down but you also wouldn't mind it if Medicare spent $93,000 on a designer drug that would keep you (a cancer patient) alive for four more months? Associated Press via Google News

"[I]f 25 percent were slashed from arts funding," said British artist Mark Wallinger, "the loss would be immeasurable." [Well, literally true, but the benefit to UK society of any particular arts budget is equally "immeasurable."] Wallinger's taken to re-creating a famous work but with "25%" of it defaced. BBC News

The federal No Child Left Behind program requires progress in each school. The problem now in Massachusetts is that some of the schools already graded out at 98 or 99, and it's almost impossible to improve on that. Consequently: No progress, and they're on the caca list! Boston Globe

For everyone sick of taxes, look at it this way. If your income was $34,000, and you paid $5,400 in federal tax, you paid, for example, $11.20 for the FBI, $192 for the military payroll, $28 for NASA, and so forth. No, taxes don't come a la carte, but maybe this project of the Third Way think tank will enrich the discourse. NPR

In America, we complain about the banks, but in Westbourne, England . . action! Fed up that Barclays (and other banks) resolutely failed to come through in any of his attempts to borrow money, Cameron Hope and some pals bricked up the front door of a Barclays branch. Since no money is getting out, no customers should get in. Daily Mail

Busted! Atheists rudely outscored people of faith on a knowledge test of rudimentary religion. However, people of faith continue to have faith that there are more important things to know than facts about religion. New York Times

A couple hundred FBI agents are being investigated for cheating on a mandatory test on national security and foreign intelligence procedures. Open book? Yes, that was OK. During-test consulting with colleagues? Not OK. Instructors teaching students only the exact test questions and answers? Not OK. (Bonus: Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity Irresponsibility.) TPM Muckraker

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October 4, 2010

Fake Language Song



Although the lyrics sound like a variety of languages, it's all gibberish.

YouTube identifies the performer as Arihiro Fujimura.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 04, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Languages, Music, Comedians, Parody, Asia

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (October 4, 2010)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
October 4, 2010
(datelines September 25-October 2) (links correct as of October 4)

Brain Surgeons Frolicking, Plus Gypsy Rights and Dowsing for Mugabe

★ ★ ★ ★!

Who Thinks These Things Up? Brain surgery is always a hassle for doctors, what with having to remove the top of the skull and set it aside while they operate. Wouldn't it be simpler to get into the brain via . . your eye socket? Aiiggggghhhhhh! Actually, it was foregone that they'd come up with this . . after a previous short cut to the brain through the nose! Unhhhhhhh! [ed.: They're just playing with us, aren't they?] Science Daily

Watch Jane Watch Squirrels, for 2,000 Hours: We know (famously) that male Cape ground squirrels masturbate. Researcher Jane Waterman wanted more. Went to Namibia, put in 2,000 hours, concluded that they did not yank it for typical reasons (e.g., excessive horniness, or to push fresh sperm to front of the queue). After thinking long and hard, she hypothesizes that they do it mainly to clean the organ from potential STDs. DiscoverMagazine.com

Backyard Etiquette: Two service workers in suburban St. Louis got a dressing down because they nonchalantly grabbed a roll of toilet paper and took a dump beside a shed in the back yard of the customer, who was aghast. Their supervisor apologized, but the dumpers' nonchalance was startling, i.e., is this normal for yard workers? (Bonus: Austin Purifoy, 19, got probation in Las Cruces, N.Mex., for using a car's interior as a crapper and then expressed shock when caught by the car's owner, i.e., you mean, he said, this is not Desiree's car?) (Double Bonus: Reporter Ashley Meeks apparently was not the least bit curious why it might be normal to poop in one's girlfriend's car.) KSDK-TV (St. Louis) /// Las Cruces Sun-News

Who Says California Isn't Governable? True, the pitiful legislature can't pass a budget, and soon, literally, the state'll be out of money (IOUs for salaries!), but the senators and Assembly members recently brought to vote: (1) naming a cusswords-free week, (2) voting a "Motorcycle Awareness Month," and (3) banning non-California cows from California promotional materials. One senator's big, big issue: For God's sake, we need to change the state rock (a "big" issue guaranteed to make absolutely no Californian's life better). Wall Street Journal

The Continued Attempt to Make British Society Perfect: The Equality Act, expanding the good and the righteous, now includes such things as rights for gypsies, atheists, and vegans, plus the right to sue a company any time you're offended while on company property, plus special fire-department attention to poor neighborhoods on account of their property's probably being less sturdy than rich people's property. (Bonus: The council in the London borough of Barnet has officially discouraged mother-in-law jokes and other expressions of disrespect for seniors and parents.) Daily Mail /// Daily Telegraph



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October 3, 2010

Adoption, Not Just For Humans


Come see the most adorable slide show ever!

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October 1, 2010

Can You Believe This?

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I know these people chose not to pay but this seems more like extortion than public service fees.

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 01, 2010 - Comments (20)
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The Fine Art of Hand Dancing



Spotted by Bob Di Filippo.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 01, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Body, Music, Reader Recommendation, Dance, Natural Wonders

Jesus on Toast


No more waiting for that miracle to happen in your neighborhood!
No more fighting the crowds to get a quick gimps!
No more high "donation fees"!
Now, you can create that miracle any old time, right in your very own kitchen!

www.JesusToasters.com


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Posted By: Expat47 - Fri Oct 01, 2010 - Comments (12)
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He’s Ridin’ On Sunshine


A solar powered motorcycle, what a neat idea. A student at Purdue University took a 1978 Suzuki and retrofitted it to run off of solar panels or an AC charge. Imagine what he will be capable of when he finishes his schooling!

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 01, 2010 - Comments (5)
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September 30, 2010

It Takes All Kinds

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 30, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Marriage, 1950's

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