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June 16, 2009

The Past is Another Country #2

Judy Garland in blackface, one of many such times she blacked up. From EVERYBODY SING.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1930's

Weird Stuff from The History Channel

Seems as if there should be some prime material of interest for WU-vies in these five titles.

Or in the DVDs of the History Channel show they derive from.

Or even in the official boardgame!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Games, Video, Books

Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, Part 6: Geodesic Domes

This is one of Bucky's inventions that actually went into practical use. Also, many people are actually somewhat familiar with this one (think Spaceship Earth at Epcot).

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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Architecture, Buildings and Other Structures, Futurism

A Third Helping of Food Related Weirdness

A UK school has banned students from including bananas in their lunchboxes, because one teacher has a severe allergy to them. The teacher from the Plymouth school is said to have a "potentially fatal" reaction to bananas (so is presumably also unable to visit supermarkets or parks), causing her council employers to recommend the fruit be excluded from her work environment (Mirror)

Somewhere that teacher may want to cross off her list of holiday destinations is Wilmington, Ohio as the town has just held its 15th annual Banana Split Festival in honour of the supposed invention of the dish, in Wilmington, in 1907. The festival also features the "Banana Split Master’s Competition", now in it's 5th year, won this year by Pete Kramme for his "Sweet and Salty Banana Split", which adds cream cheese and pretzels to the traditional recipe (Wilmington News Journal).

Speaking of odd flavours, here's a two-fer. First up, the Double-Down Saloon is offering two-for-the-price-of-one on it's 'eye watering' bacon-vodka martini on Jun 19th, in celebration of National Martini Day (Examiner). Also, a UK barman hopes to beat the credit-crisis this summer by selling beer flavoured ice-cream. The barman, David Wardleworth, is keeping the exact recipe a secret beyond saying that is does include "Thwaites Original" British cask ale. Despite a historic reputation for liking their beer warm, the ice-cream is apparently proving popular with the British public (Burnley Express).

And it turns out weird flavours are not the only way the recession is impacting the world of ice-cream. The poor economy, combined with lower gas prices, has apparently fuelled a boom in ice-cream trucks, whose drivers stand to make from $100 to $200 a day. And it's not just the money and the lure of being your own boss that drivers find rewarding, according to driver John Jones "You get to see a lot of happy people, you get a lot of smiles." (Wichita Eagle).

And the ice-cream business certainly looks about to boom in Linden, NJ, where police are preparing to hand out tickets for free ice-cream to any kids they see wearing a helmet when cycling; the tickets will also include information about a recent law change, that makes helmets compulsory for under-17s. Even better, no child will be left out as the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is supplying free cycling helmets for children, also available from those friendly boys in blue (My Central Jersey).

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Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Health, Jobs and Occupations, Politics, Robots

June 15, 2009

Professor Music’s Weird Links


WARNING!! Once seen, It cannot be unseen.

What the Kinky Policewoman will be wearing.

Ornate and strange.
Posted By: Professor Music | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2009 | Comments (7)

Jury Duty Midwest Division, June 15

Shane Michael Koors, age 21, stands charged with creating a "Crazed Ruckus In Clarksburg." Check out the mugshot and decide his guilt. Then read the article and decide it is deserving of the title. Can anyone tell me what that is in and around Mr. Koors' left nostril?
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Your Daily Jury Duty

Blue Jesus Tat

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Body Modifications, Tattoos, Religion

Christmas in July

For those of you who can't wait till December, maybe you want to attend North Carolina's Christmas in July celebration.

Read more about the tradition here.

Although the video below reports on an event in Nashville, it should give you some sense of what you'd face while dressed as the Grinch in ninety-degree heat.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Regionalism

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 18

If you hate having birds on the roof of your house you can buy the Bird B Gone Solar Powered Repeller. As long as the sun's shining on it the propeller will continously move. It also comes with rechargeable batteries so you can use it at night. You can buy one here:

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2009 | Comments (1)

June 14, 2009

On or Off caffeine?

As promised, here's another step forward thanks to technology. The only problem is I am not sure what ON and OFF really mean. When you fill the empty cup with hot liquid (coffee?), it changes from OFF to ON. Does that mean you are now ON caffeine, maybe as encouragement to co-workers to let you do the work? Do you have a better interpretation?


Here's the link if you want to buy the mug -- check out the dry erase clock!!

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Technology
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