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June 15, 2009

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

The Elements by Tom Lehrer

There are several excellent versions of this song on YouTube, but the reason I like this one is that the elements pop-up and get placed in the periodic table, as well the "unknown elements" at the end. There is even a list of the elements which are missing from the song. It's a great day when you can be entertained and learn something at the same time!!

Here's another version -- there's no list at the end, but a clever placement of the unknown elements with the tag at the end of the song -- vote for which one you like best!!

I'm not sure why I like the somgs of Tom Lehrer so much; it may be the humor, but I think it's because he is so clever. Check out the irreverent "Vatican Rag", the disturbing "Masochism Tango", the intriguing "I Got It From Agnes", and enjoy the end of the world by nuclear annihilation in "We'll All Go Together When We Go."

Here's the link to find these:

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Music


This song appears to derive from the the Icelandic kids show LAZYTOWN. Man, those are some creepy characters.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Music, Television, Children, Europe

Japanese Game Shows

It is no secret that Japan has some of the strangest game shows, but the combination of costumes, tasks, and punishment in this show is beyond explanation.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Games, Insects, Television, Video, Asia

Dude Where’s My House

Al Byrd of Atlanta, Georgia got a disturbing voice mail last Monday. A neighbor informed him that his famly home in Carrollton,Georgia was being torn down. After calling to comfirm the message he headed to Carrollton. Sure enough the house his father built, that Al was raised in had been torn down without a word to him. While the house was not occupied it did contain family heirlooms and memorabilia that are irreplaceable. Upon further investigation by the Carrollton Sheriff's Department, it was discovered that the demolition was a 'mistake'. Perhaps next time the contractor invovled gets an order to demolish a house they will request a street address, not just GPS coordinates, before they tear down a $200,000 property. Mr Byrd has an attorney, as well he should under the circumstances. Read the rest of the story here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jun 14, 2009 | Comments (6)

June 13, 2009

What is In This Jar?  Only $55.00!!

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to gather some of this in a jar. It's not what you may think, and as a kid, you may have wanted to collect some of this -- and it's not fireflies.

Want one? Only $55.00 at the MoMA.


Here's the link so you can see the light!!

Tomorrow another cool product using modern technology!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat Jun 13, 2009 | Comments (4)

Woman in an Ape Suit

It takes a lot of confidence in your sexy image to start your number in an ape suit.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 13, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Celebrities, Movies, Sex Symbols, 1930's

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 17

In May a new watch made by Diesel came out. It was a faceless watch that could still time. You had to look at the side of it. You can buy one here:


Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Sat Jun 13, 2009 | Comments (6)
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