Sunday, 21 September 2014
Black holes are soooo passé. Meet the White Holes [via].
What children’s games do you remember playing? Here are some classics including the rules.
Londres. Viendo pasar gente.
A List Of Pointless Websites. Very cool collection.
Deaf-Blind Brazilian Watches World Cup With Help From His Friends.
Need a prosthetic leg with a built-in stereo system? Here’s the place [via].
Cigar box juggling in Japan.
Cigar box juggling in America.
This story still fascinates me. Michael Larson discovered a flaw in a TV game show and exploited it without cheating. Walked away with a quarter million in today’s dollars, then blew it. Documentary here.
Top 10 Greatest Optical Illusions Ever.
[Top image found somewhere in here.]
Saturday, 20 September 2014
The Great McGonigal, aka W.C. Fields, knew his cigar boxes.
Guy’s playing a Diddley Bow. Pure awesome, and here’s his website.
And since the sentient voters of Scotland wisely chose to postpone secession from Great Britain for now, here’s this: my favorite Scottish band ever:
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band was oddly under appreciated in the US (except for a cult following in Cleveland) but was popular in the proto-punk theater-rock scene in Great Britain. Vambo Rools.
Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow for more inanity.
Friday, 19 September 2014
[Found here, here and here.]
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
I’m a princess. Really. Trust me.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
That’s Michelle Obama wearing something that no other mortal has ever worn. She strapped it on, laced it, and tied it up all by herself. TRUE.
Monday, 15 September 2014
Captain Obvious added the red arrow, not me. [Found here.]
Sunday, 14 September 2014
“The Dreadful Story about Harriet and the Matches”
from Der Struwwelpeter (1845) a popular German children’s book by Heinrich Hoffmann.
Hoffmann was the German precursor to Charles Addams, writing and illustrating short stories/poems for children that can only be described as violent and bizarre. Judging by his popularity, both children and adults loved them (and still do) and he was translated into many languages. Mark Twain’s English translation was published posthumously, and he took some liberties to make the stories rhyme.
Check out Hoffman’s “Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher” or “The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb.”
Hoffman, besides being a writer of satire for both children and adults, despised authoritarianism (he even did a lampoon of Adolf Hitler), worked as a psychiatrist in an insane asylum treating paupers. His Wiki bio is interesting.
[Image and caption found here; Our non-comprehensive Archive of "Contributions To The World" here.]
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Edwin Starr lip-synched the classic song “War” in 1969. Good God, y’all. Originally recorded by The Temptations, their version was squelched and re-recorded with Starr on vocals. It made No.1 on the charts in 1970, and was one of 161 songs on the Clear Channel no-play list after September 11, 2001 according to Wiki.
Nobody wants war except our enemies, and to ignore their stated intents and stated goals is fatal. Seems to me that if they want to kill all of us, all Jews, all of Western Civilization, we’re going to have a very long fight.
Eric Burdon & WAR was awesome.
Seasick Steve jams pure awesome swamp rock with an electric Diddley Bow.
That’ll do it for today. Have a great weekend folks.
Friday, 12 September 2014
[Found here, here and here.]