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Violence

How many people will run over a turtle?

Mark Rober, who apparently works at NASA, has posted an interesting video about what he calls his "roadkill experiment." It explores how many people will swerve into the shoulder lane to deliberately run over an animal, such as a turtle, snake, or tarantula. No real animals were harmed. He used rubber ones.

The results: Most people ignored the animals, but one person swerved to hit the turtle, and slightly more swerved to hit the snake and spider. What does this tell us about human nature? Perhaps that most people are basically decent, but there are definitely a few psychos out there. (via Gizmodo)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 21, 2012 - Comments (11)
Category: Animals, Evil, Violence

Slingshot Zombiehammer

Only for use on zombies, jah!


(via the MOH forum)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 05, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Violence, Weapons

Cinema’s Greatest Slaps

Glove, Actually - An Ode to Cinema's Greatest Slaps from Jeff Smith on Vimeo.



Caution: lots of swears.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 10, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Violence

Guns Don’t Kill People

But I can't say the same for these doctors.



Guns, Doctors and all around weirdness in one place!

Posted By: Nethie - Wed Sep 15, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Entertainment, Guns, Hospitals, Humor, Medicine, Video, Violence, Goofs and Screw-ups

Weird Animals - Och Aye The Roo!

The week saw the publication of the 2010 Eden Wildlife Report, which tracks the numbers of foreign species introduced to the UK over the past century. Compiled by Dr. Toni Bunnell and a team from the University of Hull, the report mentions wallabies thriving in Scotland, scorpions setting up home in Kent and aardvarks that have somehow emigrated from Brazil to Cumbria (Telegraph).

Of course, this won’t be news to one member of Britain’s thriving rod-fishing community, who this week caught a piranha in his local pond (Guardian).

Another place you might not expect to see exotic creatures is on your lunch menu, but that didn’t stop one restaurant owner in Mesa, AZ from putting “lion burgers” on the menu to celebrate soccer’s World Cup. Cameron Selogie of the Il Vinaio makes his “mane course” with genuine lion meat imported from South Africa, earning him the ire of local animal rights groups and several death threats, but not a reprimand from health officials. According to an FDA spokesman serving lion meat is perfectly legal, as long as it’s not roar (Scotsman).

Slightly luckier than the lions, one cat who has fallen on his feet is Oscar, a housecat from the Isle of Jersey in the UK, widely billed as the “bionic cat” after successfully receiving two artificial hind legs to replace the ones he lost in an altercation with a combine harvester (BBC News).

You might think pitting a rodent like mammal against a 12 tonne Triceratops makes for an equally one-sided match up, but evidence emerged recently that our primitive ancestors occasionally feasted upon dinosaurs. Seventy-five million year old “gnaw marks” of a kind characteristic of early mammals, and belonging to a creature not much bigger than a squirrel, have been found on the fossil bones both of Tricerotops and the crocodile-like predator Champsosaurus (LiveScience).

Sadly today the nearest we get to dinosaur flesh is turkey or chicken, but not all birds were prized solely for their meat. The huia bird of New Zealand for example, was once used to make the feathered head-dresses of Maori chiefs, until predation from accidentally introduced species drove it to extinction around 1907. But if the bird has gone its feathers have not, and one recently became the most expensive feather ever when it sold at auction for NZ$8000, i.e. $4000 American (Telegraph).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Jun 28, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Animals, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures, Cryptozoology, Food, Overpriced Merchandise, Pets, Cats, Rants, Warnings, Jeremiads, Prophecies and Cassandra-like Figures, Science, Violence, 1980s

Altergott + Hernandez = Greatness


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While we wait for our banner-artist Rick Altergott to finish his concluding installment of RAISIN PIE, we will have to content ourselves with these great covers he did for two Gilbert Hernandez graphic novels. I just finished reading both of them, and they are of course superb.

The third one, due out at the end of this year, seems to lack the distinction of Altergott cover imagery, but will no doubt repay your attentions as well.


Posted By: Paul - Sun May 30, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Comics, Sexuality, Violence, Weird Universe, Books

Amphibious Assault

Never let it be said that Florida is boring. In April, In Port St. Lucie, Carl J. Frost was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery - for hitting his roommate's son (Jason) in the head with a five pound ceramic frog. Mr. Frost is claiming self defense, of course, because Jason punched him first. One of the folks who left a comment on the article made a valid point: "You people shouldn't make fun of this situation. A five-pound ceramic object can be very dangerous. If the victim had been hit hard enough, he could have croaked."

Posted By: Nethie - Thu May 06, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Crime, Violence, Goofs and Screw-ups

Follies of the Mad Men #91

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[From Life magazine for September 15, 1941. Two scans, click either to enlarge.]

Choking your wife equals nicer shirts in the future.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 04, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Violence, Husbands, Wives, 1940s

Mikky and Me

Mikky and Me from Adam Neale on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 03, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Violence, Elderly, Husbands, Wives, Cartoons

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