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April 20, 2009

Flaming Garbage Cans

In response to my post about the catalog of one-shoe movies, Prof. Music sent this link to the Flaming Garbage Cans in Hip Hop Videos blog.

I don't get the same sense of sexual fetish from the garbage can blog as I do from the one-shoe movie list. Though I could be mistaken.

And along similar lines: The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces blog.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Obsessions

[News] Chuck’s Links for Monday, April 20, 2009

Great Art! (1) Mexican Raul Ortega Ayala's London show of cheese made from human breast milk. (2) New Jersey plastic surgeon Anthony Berlet's New York show (via photos) of his (and 3 colleagues') all-time masterpieces of nipping and tucking. Sunday Express (London) /// New York Times

An Afghan ayatollah made it official: A wife can indeed say 'no' to her husband's sexual demands, but on the other hand, since she has a 'duty' to him, he can retaliate by cutting back on his duty . . to feed her. Reuters

Turns out America's premier all-time mobster Al Capone was a sentimental music composer, and the sheet music for his Italian love song (from Alcatraz) is on sale for $65k ("Madonna mia / You're the bloom of the roses / You're the charm that reposes" and "With your true love to guide me / Let whatever betide me")/ Associated Press via The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) /// Lyrics

No Longer Weird: Takes her kid on a shoplifting frolic, flees from security guard, leaves kid behind. (Stuart, Fla.)

Can't Possibly Be True: Brand-new bride is a genuine babe, and she's all into fishing, camping, four-wheeling, hunting (posing in wedding dress, with rifle and turkey kill). Knoxville News-Sentinel

In Surrey, British Columbia, police broke up a scuffle between husband and wife fighting over . . a TV news report about violence. Vancouver Sun

New asylum strategy: Kansas detainee David Kihuha has avoided two deportation dates (to Kenya) by smearing his own caca on himself when it's time to leave. Kansas City Star

Recurring Theme: If ya stop along the side of the road at night to pee after you've been drinking, you're beggin' for it, like this guy who fell off a bridge into the Minnesota River. Associated Press via St. Paul Pioneer Press [LINK FIXED] [AND CORRECTION: He didn't actually fall "into" the river, but close.]

[Jury Duty] Another one of those "Arrest him immediately because he's bound to have committed some crime" (although we don't know which because The Smoking Gun only put up the photo).

Today's Newsrangers: Sandy Pearlman, Peter Suber, Bobby Stout

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Comments (8)

April 19, 2009

Drunken African Animals

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Africa

One-Shoe Movies

"Droppedit" is a man who knows exactly what he likes, and that is "movie and TV scenes in which women happen to lose their shoes." I think it's fair to say that his catalog of such scenes (with accompanying pics) will never be equaled.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Obsessions, Fetishes, Shoes

April 18, 2009

Snow Rollers

Who knew that a combination of snow and wind could create "snow rollers"? Not me. NOAA explains that snow rollers are "extremely rare because of the unique combination of snow, wind, temperature and moisture needed to create them. They form with light but sticky snow and strong (but not too strong) winds."
(Thanks to Prof. Music)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Natural Wonders, Weather

Mystery Object #1

These are four instances of the same tool. What is it?

Answer after the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Tools

[News] Chuck’s Links for Saturday, April 18, 2009

Politicians in India are demanding netting to protect them when voters throw shoes. (Bonus: A helpful Reuters reporter writes, "Throwing a shoe at someone is considered an insult in India" [Ed.: which is good to know, but one really longs to know in which countries, exactly, throwing a shoe at someone is not insulting].) Reuters via Yahoo

A British inquest determined, it says here, that comedy-club manager Mark Cassidy, 42, died of an overdose of nitrous oxide. The Sun

Sad: Christopher Childers, 40, thought he'd hide out in the car of two Hooters waitresses and jump them, but (a) they whipped his ass and (b) he said he got the idea because his own girlfriend was conservative while the Hooters chicks "looked easy." WSB-TV (Atlanta)

Another British Anti-Social Behavior Order against a couple for screaming during sex (Bonus: Environmental Health officials in Concord actually went to a neighbor's home and installed a recorder to measure the sound next door, and captured 23 "excessive" sex sessions) Daily Mail

Teenagers stole Lindsey Ryan's SUV, with her cellphone inside, so she called the number repeatedly, over several hours. Finally, an answer: "You're a crazy [expletive deleted, probably "bitch," but maybe worse] for calling us 38 times [and] keeping us up all night. You can have your car back." And they told her where they'd leave it. Joliet Herald News (Joliet, Ill.)

Today's Newsrangers: James Patrick, Joe Schlegel

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2009 | Comments (7)

April 17, 2009

Potato Your Face

A hygiene tip found in the Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1902:

If you wish to wash your face and haven't any soap at hand, pare a potato and use it as soap. This will cleanse the skin when the emergency arises.

Okay, but how do you then get the potato slime off your face?
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2009 | Comments (17)
Category: Hygiene

Lloyd Brown’s Globe Theater

Apparently this theater was never constructed, but it's an interesting idea. Though anyone with a fear of heights would want to avoid the ceiling seats. From the Chicago Tribune, May 26, 1901:

A Globe Theater Which is Really a Globe
Many theaters have been called "The Globe," which name, as describing their shape, is a misnomer, but a Kansas City man has planned the real thing in a globe theater, for the interior is spherical. The great advantage which this ingenious man, Lloyd Brown, asserts for this theater is not only that the stage will be visible from all seats, but what is said on the stage may be heard equally well in all parts of the house. The acoustic properties of a theater are as important as the stage properties and are harder to obtain. Frequently persons sitting back under gallery or balcony are unable to hear the players.

The seats in this "globe" theater will begin at the stage, which will occupy the usual place, and rise gradually, going backward on the interior of the sphere until the highest point is reached. There will be only two rows of seats all around, and the upper hanging ones will be suspended on steel beams.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Architecture


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