February 21, 2010

A Brief History Of Pretty Much Everything

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By Jamie Bell. Read about it here-
http://yubanet.com/oddnews/A-Brief-History-of-Pretty-Much-Everything.php

Posted By: patty - Sun Feb 21, 2010 - Comments (3)
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Impressive Driving Skill


Thirteen creative examples of exceptional driving by exceptional drivers. Bonus: a police car is one of the bunch.
http://www.wtfzup.com/4/13-unluckiest-or-dumbest-drivers-in-the-world/

Posted By: patty - Sun Feb 21, 2010 - Comments (4)
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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 - Sat Feb 20, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Utilities, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Sexuality, Teenagers, 1950's

February 19, 2010

Gay News Today

Was Jesus Gay? Elton John seems to think so. He stated as much in a recent Parade magazine interview. Of course the mere idea struck terror into the hearts of all homophobic Christians and those who choose to interpret the bible as saying "discriminate openly" rather than "love thy fellow man".

And what about those silly gay people who want to serve in the military? Surprisingly, a recent CBS News poll asking about Obama's wish to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, finds that a majority of the public support allowing openly gay men and women to serve. But what's even more surprising is that the same poll doesn't want homosexuals to serve. I suppose the poll was worded badly. Or maybe the people who answered that poll still think gay means 'having or showing a merry, lively mood'. In that case, who wouldn't want a bunch of merry old souls in the military?



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Posted By: Nethie - Fri Feb 19, 2010 - Comments (11)
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Out of This World

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 19, 2010 - Comments (13)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

February 18, 2010

Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra

This Friday sees the world premier of a new classical composition by popular modern composer Anna Meredith. However this is a score with a difference as Anna, in collaboration with top British beatboxer Schlomo (it's his real name), has incorporated 5 of the performance artists into her latest piece, Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra, playing at London Southbank Centre. The first problem facing the odd-couple duo was how exactly to score a beatbox performance as the vocal styling had grown from its hip-hop roots entirely by 'word of mouth' and has no formal notation. Undeterred Meredith and Schlomo have spent a year constructing their own, which they hope will gain wider adoption when the entire score of the new work is made available online for free following the first performance (FT).

The Southbank Centre has put up a 'teaser trailer' for the new work


And Schlomo's beatbox talents can be checked out courtesy of the BBC's Jules Holland Show.

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu Feb 18, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Entertainment, Music, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

Nothing Is Ever Free


The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania provides lap top computers to every one of their 1,800 high school students. School officials say that this ensures that all students have '24/7 access to school based resorces'. It seems the actual reason is to allow school officials after school access to the students' home lives. Each one of the student lap tops contains an embedded web cam that can be remotely activated by the school personnel. Let me be clear, anything happening in any room the school provided lap top is in can be watched by school officials whenever they choose to activate the web cam. This is not just checking what the computer was accessing on the web, this is watching what goes on in the family homes of these children. This came to light when student, Blake T. Robbins, was pulled into assistant principal, Lindy Matsko office to be reprimanded for 'improper behavior at home'. To verify the accusation Ms. Matsko produced a picture taken by the web cam in the boy's home. A lawsuit has been filed by Blake's parents on his behalf, in federal court. Not all lawsuits are frivolous, not all educators are intelligent, and not all big brother scenarios involve the government in the role of bad guy.
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/breaking/news/20100218_Lower_Merion_School_District_sued_for_cyber_spying_on_students.html

Posted By: patty - Thu Feb 18, 2010 - Comments (24)
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More Weird Shorts

Hump Bridge
Residents of the English town of Castleford in Yorkshire were probably delighted to hear that UK TV station Channel 4 was to film a documentary of the ongoing urban regeneration scheme, up until their local council decided to rename a local landmark ahead of filming. The popular local landmark had been known as “Tickle Cock Bridge” since Victorian times - probably due to its popularity as a trysting place according to one local historian – but prudish council members decided to put up signs for the more polite “Tittle Cott Bridge” for the cameras. However local objections have been so vocal that the officials have been forced to back down and restore the feature’s original “rude” name (Metro).

And if you fancy taking a trip to Tickle Cock Bridge, why not make a grand tour of it and take in some more of Britain’s rudest place names (Telegraph).

It’s always worth making sure you have plenty of the local currency on holiday, but for one German tourist this became more of a life-saver than a simple convenience. Dominik Podolsky was just riding the ski-lift back down in Hochzillertal in Austria as darkness fell when it was suddenly switched off, as it is every dusk, leaving him stranded. As temperatures dropped to minus 18° Celcius (0° F) Mr. Podolsky began to set light to whatever was to hand to attract attention, starting with paper napkins and some business cards before in desperation he was forced to set fire to his money. He had just burned his last euro when he was finally spotted by a cleaning crew and rescued (Orange).

Perhaps he would have done better to visit the Swiss side of the Alps instead. If not on the mountains, at the very least he would have been better looked after in that country's brothels. Principally because, with an increasing number of elderly clients packing a well-known anti-impotence treatment, Swiss brothels are training their staff in the use of defibrillators in an effort to stop the pill-popping pensioners become clog-popping corpses. "Having customers die on us isn't exactly good publicity" said one sex-club owner. Funny, I would have thought the opposite was true (Telegraph).

But trained as they may be, Swiss working girls will never have the edge on their American competitors. At least that’d be the conclusion you might draw from the results of a recent poll which placed America at number one on the list of countries with the most attractive people (Switzerland didn’t even make the top 20). So rejoice America, from the wild and wanton women of Walmart to the sultry street-girl sirens of Chattanooga, your beauty is unsurpassed (Herald Sun).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu Feb 18, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Architecture, Government, Officials, Money, Odd Names, Political Correctness, Goofs and Screw-ups

Chedder Cheese for Heros

Not safe for PETAites.


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Posted By: Expat47 - Thu Feb 18, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Food

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