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April 28, 2009

Garden Monsters

Click on descriptions to visit catalog and purchase your very own!


Plastic coyote to deter intruders of any species


Floating gator head attempt to simulate F-state environment

Thanks to Poplar Street Penny!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Reader Recommendation, Landscaping

[News] Chuck’s Links for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This election commission in India is using the ol' indelible-ink-fingertip to prevent double-voting, but they chose the left middle finger to ink, which presents interesting photo images of voters showing their pride in just having cast their ballots. The Times of India

The Power of Beer: Motorist John Woodward, 23, was arrested with a .134 reading in Silver Springs, Fla., but sped away from deputies because "he didn't think they needed to be involved and that the whole incident was 'the most fun' he'd had in two yrs,'" according to the police report. Star-Banner (Ocala)

Shoe-throwing is becoming the expression of choice for protesting in India, and it is especially significant among the poor because where they have to hang out assures their shoes are way-less sanitary than even a pair of your ol' Cons. Washington Post

Shoe-protesters are sissies: In Novi Pazar, Serbia, union official Zoran Bulatovic, complaining that some of his colleagues hadn't been paid at their textile factory "in years," chopped off his left pinkie and ate it. Reuters via Yahoo

There are gun fights, and knife fights, and sword fights, even, and in Myrtle Beach, S.C., an estranged couple had a glue fight. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)

A mobile masturbation van. Garrett Scheg, 37, was arrested in West Seneca, N.Y., in a parked van, with pornography spread out over the dashboard and front seat and Garrett wearing only a sock. Buffalo News

Life Imitates the Sci-Fi Channel: Tens of millions of crickets march through remote towns in northern Nevada and Utah in May, hunting for food and sex, and there's nothing that can be done about them . . except laying out lots of boomboxes and playing rock music at max volume, which seems to work. Wall Street Journal

[Jury Duty] Josephine Gatchell, 57, was accused of stabbing a priest in the confessional at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Fla., but the charge is ridiculous because that sort of thing couldn't really happen in a church, could it? WFLX-TV (West Palm Beach)

Today's Newsrangers: Sara Spencer, Scott Langill

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (10)

Meat Cards

Imagine your name lasered onto a piece of meat. Imagine always smelling like beef jerky.

Doesn't look like these are on sale yet, but as soon as they are, I'm sure their creators will make a fortune.

(Thanks to Prof. Music for the link)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Food

Ferguson Safety Smock

Why you should buy a Ferguson Safety Smock:
  • They're virtually indestructible.
  • They have no hard fasteners that can be filed into weapons.
  • They have no nylon hook-and-loop fasteners that can be torn off and used as a rope.
  • They include a sanitary belt "designed for self-destructive females on their menses."
  • Plus, they make a great fashion statement!
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Prisons

April 27, 2009

Follies of the Mad Men #65

[From Look magazine for 3-4-58.]

Worst. Cocktail Recipe. Ever!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 27, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

[News] Chuck’s Links for Monday, April 27, 2009

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York's Yeshiva University) reported success with a topical application of nanoparticles of nitric oxide, as a Viagra substitute, giving 5 out of 7 rats hard-ons. Daily Telegraph (London)

German doctors removed a 40-lb. cyst from a Saudi woman (which is not a world record, by any means, i.e., try 303 lbs., but she only weighed 120 lbs. going in). Associated Press via Fox News /// Bild (Berlin) [photo story; Not Safe for Work or Stomachs]

What if you put up photos of the Wall Street masters of the universe and gave out chances (like carnival sideshows) to shoot 'em down and win big kewpie dolls (sorta like these two Czech artists did)? Agence France-Presse via Yahoo

At least one Republican official sees Democrats as blameless for the root causes of American dysfunction . . because the fault lies with Satan himself. Salt Lake Tribune

Today's Fish/Barrel Shoot: Britain's Justice Secretary, despairing that "prison" doesn't seem to cure bad people, says let's try untough love, like sending the perps to mentors to teach 'em how to fish, plant gardens, apply for gov't benefits, etc. Daily Mail

I don't have a mugshot for ya today, but here's a horse with a moustache---will that do? Daily Telegraph (London)

Today's Newsrangers: Mark Neunder, David Oldridge

Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Apr 27, 2009 | Comments (7)

Monkey Steals the Peach

"Monkey steals the peach" is apparently what ninjas call this move, but I think Chuck has covered cases in which amateurs have performed similar feats purely by accident.

The illustration is from the book Ninja Mind Control by Ashida Kim. (According to Boing Boing which posted about this a couple of years ago.)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 27, 2009 | Comments (15)
Category: Death, Genitals

Overpriced Chair

I thought that this Carolina Cottage 271-AB Whitman Dining Chair in Antique Black, available from Amazon, was going to set a new record for overpriced merchandise, seeing that Amazon wants $139,134.99 for it.

But it looks like you can get the same chair directly from Dining Rooms Direct for $139.

Still, if you feel like paying full price for it at Amazon, Weird Universe will get a kickback since we referred you. Or better yet, send us $100,000, and we'll arrange to have the chair shipped to you straight from Dining Rooms Direct.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 27, 2009 | Comments (11)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

April 26, 2009

Annual MIT Piano Drop

The event of this post's title occured a few days ago.

However, because the drop is now an anticipated, regular event, it cannot possibly compare with the excitement of the very first one!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 26, 2009 | Comments (13)
Category: Destruction, Education, 1970's
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