February 10, 2010

More Proof Men Are Clueless


Men generally know very little about their significant other. In a survey of 2,000 men 6 out of 10 thought they knew everything about their lover, but the results showed something a little different. Of the men surveyed 10% did not know her birthday, 12% did not know her eye color, 8% didn't even know her natural hair color. As a woman, I have to say, I'm not surprised. Check out what else the guys don't know at the link.
http://www.news.com.au/men-in-love-have-no-idea-about-partner/story-e6frfkor-1225828517486

Posted By: patty - Wed Feb 10, 2010 - Comments (8)
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A Little Light Weirdness – 7

banana skins ahoy
It’s an election year in the UK, and politicians there are suddenly more image conscious than ever. None more so than incumbent Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who - at his wife’s suggestion - has swapped his regular Kit-Kat munching habit for a diet of bananas in an effort to slim down a bit. While it’s nice to know that the British PM’s wife is perhaps a reader this blog, she’s obviously not a regular one, or she’d have known that portly politicos are more trusted. Now if only he’d show the common touch by going on a bacon binge (Orange News).

Mind you, Mr. Brown is not the only statesman trying to avert a bleak future this week, an unnamed Arab ambassador got the shock of his life when he finally lifted his new bride’s niqab, only to find she had cross-eyes and a beard. The groom immediately went to court to have the marriage annulled, claiming he had been tricked into the marriage and that the bride’s parents had used pictures of her attractive older sister to deceive him. The court found for the groom and dissolved the marriage, but turned down his demand for $150000 compensation (Daily Mail).

But perhaps he’s been a bit quick to judge by appearances. Two Chinese men certainly were when the found a hoard of 20 clay artefacts in an old tomb they discovered in a field near their home, only to later sell the whole lot to a collector for less than $2000. Unfortunately for the pair, theirs were rare finds from the Sui-Tang Dynasty, making the collection over 1000 years old. One item alone, a pottery figurine, recently reached $150,000 at auction (Daily Times).

More fortunate was Wendy Jones of Aberglasney in Wales, who took the old plate she’d had perched on her sideboard for years – except on those odd occasions it had fallen off it - to a TV antiques show, in a plastic carrier bag, only to be told it was part of a rare, Prussian royal service worth over £100000 (Telegraph).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Wed Feb 10, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Boats, Cops, Crime, Stupid Criminals, Food, Government, Officials, History, Obscenity, Pirates, Politics, Retail Establishments, Theater and Stage, Facial Hair, Goofs and Screw-ups

All-Girl Bands of WWII



Remember our post on the all-female marimba orchestra? Well, I started doing a little research and discovered that during WWII, thanks to the man-shortage, all-female Big Bands flourished. You can read the fascinating story in Tonya Bolden's recent book, pictured to the right. It comes complete with a swinging CD. But to whet your appetite for these pulchritudinous anomalies, check out the clip above.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 10, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1940's, Women

Bodyspasm



Ah, those wacky Dutch rockers.... More Bodyspasm here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 10, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Outsider Art, Performance Art, Body, Stomach, Music, Europe

February 9, 2010

Cross species cooperation

It's encouraging to see different species cooperating.

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For more squirrel and Star Wars interaction go to this link:

http://www.webofentertainment.com/2010/02/star-wars-chipmunk.html

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Feb 09, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals

Tiny The Tiger

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A tiger sculpture the size of 1/10 of a grain of rice. In the world of miniature artwork this is pretty impressive.
updated: video added with many thanks to Dumbfounded.

Posted By: patty - Tue Feb 09, 2010 - Comments (6)
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Follies of the Mad Men #87



Musical gorilla = humorous.

Relevance of musical gorilla to candy bars: uncertain.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 09, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Music, Candy

The Yellow Line

The city bus public transit system in Atlanta, referred to as MARTA has recently reorganized the routes with color coding. Not a bad idea at first blush but, choosing to call the route that runs into an area with a largely Asian community the Yellow Line seems ill advised. Some complaints have been raised, but according to one member of management, those complaining don't ride the bus anyway. I don't think they would have gotten by with calling the route into an African-American neighborhood the black line or the one to a largely gay neighborhood the brown line, but they seem to think the Yellow Line is perfectly acceptable. Let the lawsuits begin.
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/marta-yellow-line-to-294162.html?imw=Y

Posted By: patty - Tue Feb 09, 2010 - Comments (15)
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16 More Things I Learned Last Week

16 More Things I Learned Last Week
A supplement to News of the Weird/Pro Edition
February 9, 2010
(datelines January 30-February 6; links correct as of February 8)

Even after years of ridicule about "zero tolerance," a New York City principal still almost suspended a 9-year-old boy for having a 2-inch-long toy "gun." New York Daily News

Switzerland set for referendum the question whether animals deserve public defenders in legal proceedings. (Don't roll your eyes. In the United States recently, the Supreme Court ruled that a notarized piece of paper associated with a set of books and a bank account has the same free-speech rights as the human being(s) who own the paper, books, and bank account.) The Times (London) /// New York Times

The Haiti earthquake (200,000 dead) was terrible, just terrible! We're all in a tizzy over the inhuman suffering. Meanwhile, in the Rwandan civil war, the death toll (the vast majority no more deserving of their fate than were the earthquake victims) climbed to 6,000,000. New York Times

"Amy," star of a seminal child porn series that has appeared in the collections of at least 800 convicted pervs, has demanded restitution from the uncle who originally took the pictures – and from everyone who had copies. Psych professionals estimate the damage done to her at $3.4 million, and some courts have begun to go along. New York Times

In other child porn news, the queen of the Viardouro samba group (one of 12 groups in the top-class competition at Rio's Carnaval) is 7 years old. She's supposed to be really good, but even in Brazil they have a problem with this. (Not her dad, though. He couldn't be prouder.) And here's something that could really confuse pedophiles: A rare ailment (lipodystrophy) makes this 13-year-old girl look like she's 50. Associated Press via ABC News /// MSNBC



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Posted By: Chuck - Tue Feb 09, 2010 - Comments (4)
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February 8, 2010

Robots designed after nature

Using insects, salamanders, geckos, water striders and cockroaches, scientists are designing robots for various purposes. At the end, the self-rearranging robot climbs up a suitcase and does the limbo.



I'm officially requesting the beta for the foot massaging robot who also trims toenails -- maybe designed after a caterpillar? Maybe not.

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Feb 08, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Robots

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