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The Six Jumping Jacks

Apparently, these guys really liked to eat.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 10, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Humor, Music, 1920's

The Single Greatest Commercial of all Eternity

I don't know the back story behind this, but Burger King does have some of the strangest commercials on television so I'll assume it is real. I don't know what I like more, the brainmeltingly weird plot or the amazing background music, but somehow this commercial is pure genius. Now if only there were a Burger King nearby...

Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Sun Nov 07, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Restaurants, Advertising, Surrealism

Need A Drink?

Need a drink? Well, urine luck! A British fellow is making whiskey from diabetic people's urine. Not as a product for sale, but as an art project. James Gilpin filters the sugars that are in a diabetic's pee out and then uses them in the fermenting process. Hey, if you get drunk on the stuff and need to sober up, perhaps a cup of that coffee of which the beans are collected from animal poo would help.

Picture from yahoo images, whiskey shown has no connection to above story.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 31, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Food

McNuggets Rampage Maple Leaf Rag

Great mashup -- an incredible day at the drive-through -- with captions!!

Language warning!!

The original had no sound, but I think this mash-up has a great, great ending. You've got to admire the dedication of the staff to have the next guy's order ready.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Aug 10, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Food


The proprietors of WEIRD UNIVERSE sincerely regret not being able to inform you of this event in time to celebrate.

Please mark your calendar for next year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 25, 2010 | Comments (24)
Category: Food, Holidays, PSA's, 1940's

They’ve Gone Squirrely

It's not enough for BrewDog to make the world's strongest beer (55% APV), but to serve it up in Squirrels is a novel idea. (PETA will hate it, of course.)

The End of History from BrewDog on Vimeo

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri Jul 23, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Food, World Records, Alcohol

Py Kim and Cukes

Not Recommended When Present at Vocational Venues.

More from our Korean Sex Educator here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 09, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Sexuality

Follies of the Mad Men #114

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 05, 2010 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, LGBT, Europe

Weird Science – From Whales To Sails

Sperm whales are among the biggest living things on the planet and, surprisingly for these gentle giants, once must have been among the most fearsome. Palaeontologists working in Peru have uncovered the remains of an extinct long lost relative of today’s sperm whale that had 30-40 cm long teeth in both jaws (the modern form has much smaller teeth in the lower jaw only). With jaws more closely resembling those of a killer whale than its thrust/suction feeding relative, scientists believe the newly named Leviathan melvillei was a 15 m long hunter of large prey, probably other whales. Its size, jaws and undoubted intelligence would have made this marine monster more than a match for the giant shark Megalodon with which it shared its home (Science [article], Nature [paper]).

Sperm whales are still the largest animal ever to have teeth, but today their diet consists mostly of squid – including the infamous giant squid – and therein lies a problem. Whereas most land dwelling creatures live on plant material, or some juicy meaty derivative thereof, and hence are essentially “carbon-neutral”, marine animals from penguins to whales feast upon carbon that was probably sequestered in the oceans hundreds if not thousands of years ago, or has weathered out of rocks that are millions of years old. One upshot of this is that carbon dating is notoriously inaccurate on marine organisms, what scientists call the “reservoir effect”, another is that unlike water breathers such as fish, who return this carbon to the oceans, air breathing animals like whales will release this carbon to the atmosphere as CO2 and so contribute to global warming. However in new research published by the Royal Society of London, researchers have calculated that whales have actually offset their carbon emissions with emissions of another kind. Whale poop is iron rich and comparatively liquid, hence returns the excess iron in the whale’s diet back to the oceans in a form that is readily usable by phytoplankton. The team, led by Trish Lavery of Flinders University in Australia, estimate that sperm whales are responsible for removing 200,000 more tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere annually than they actually emit (Royal Society).

But it’s not all good news for the tree-huggers for while whales might be a boon in the fight against climate change, their free-range, organic farming practices of preference are almost certainly not. In a paper published by the National Academy of Sciences, Jennifer Burney of Stanford University and her colleagues have found that intensive farming is by far the most land and carbon efficient method of agriculture. Because agricultural land use is a major contributor to global warming, increasing the yields from farmland, and thereby reducing the amount of land farmed, strongly outweighed the extra carbon emissions of the intensive farming needed to achieve this. Doing the sums on farm outputs since 1961, the team found that increased yields have produced the same as cultivating an additional area the size of Russia at 1961 levels, which would have led to the release of 590 billion more tonnes of CO2, equal to about a third of all man-made emissions since the industrial revolution (PNAS).

And modern farming may be coming to our rescue in another way, as a source of cheap batteries. Almost since Ben Franklin gave up kite-flying, kids in schools the world over have been making batteries out of apples or a potatoes. Now a trio of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led by Alex Goldberg, have found a way to turn these vegetable power sources from classroom curiosities into a viable product. What’s more amazing is the method they discovered to generate a tenfold increase the output of their potato power-pack, they boil the potato first. How did no-one think of this before (AIP)?

Another new idea, albeit a less welcome one, is that one should prosecute scientists for not knowing everything. At least that seems to be the approach taken by the public prosecutors of the Italian city of L’Aquilla, which last year was hit unexpectedly by an earthquake that killed over 300 people and injured 1600 more. The defendants include the head of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and the director of the National Earthquake Center along with four other equally prominent scientists and Bernardo De Bernardinis then deputy head of the Civil Protection Agency, who together are looking at being tried for manslaughter for not alerting the population to the imminent disaster at a meeting held one week before the quake struck. It was Bernardinis, a government official, who claimed in a press conference held immediately after the meeting that the scientists had said there was “no danger”, despite the minutes of the meeting clearly showing that at no time was the chance of a major shock ever ruled out (Nature).

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