The .Gif Friday Post No. 670 – Umbrella Fella, First Off the Ferry & Beach Buffoon

Friday, 5 March 2021 by

[Found here, here and here.]

2nd .gif: It happened 16 September 2016 on the Protoporos IV ferry at the pier in the port of Crimea, when an impatient driver got into his Lada Priora and stomped the gas according to local Russian reports. The driver survived. [source]

Full Moonana

Thursday, 4 March 2021 by

[Found here.]

Stuff I do when I’m bored 2

Wednesday, 3 March 2021 by

[Related posts here and here.]

1919 Amusement Park Ride Allows You to Die in a Sitting Position

Tuesday, 2 March 2021 by

From Electrical Experimenter magazine, December 1919:

“In the circus we are used to seeing a person “loop-the-loop” or turn a somersault in mid-air while in an automobile, the vehicle and its passengers landing right side up on a properly inclined platform, down which it glides to earth. Our artillery experts can compute with extreme accuracy the trajectory of various projectiles, both large and small, and thus it should be quite possible, with the aid of modern mechanical engineering technique, to build one of these aerial passenger rocket amusements successfully. The gun out of which is the shell or rocket, with its human cargo is shot, may be operated by compressed air, by powder, or it may be an electromagnetic gun.”

[Found here. Click the link above for .pdf of the issue.]

John L. Burns

Monday, 1 March 2021 by

“On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, as the tide of gray soldiers pushed forward towards town, a 69 year old defender confidently strode towards the expanding struggle. A veteran of the War of 1812, John Burns could not simply stand idly by as his home became a hotly contested battle ground. Moving in with the somewhat incredulous men of the Iron Brigade, the near 70 year old Burns fought along side men 50 years his junior. With them he would remain until wounded. Although the Southerners would capture the ground of the McPherson farm that he helped to defend, with assistance from his Union Army comrades, Burns found his way home where he recovered from several wounds received that day. A few months later, John Burns would have the honor of meeting and walking with President Abraham Lincoln when, in November of that year, Lincoln offered his few appropriate remarks to the dedication of the soldiers national cemetery.

Union Lieutenant Frank Haskell, also present for the battle, wrote of his brief contact with Burns. “I saw “John Burns,” the only citizen of Gettysburg who fought in the battle, and I asked him what troops he fought with. He said: “O, I pitched in with them Wisconsin fellers.” I asked what sort of men they were, and he answered: “They fit terribly. The Rebs couldn’t make anything of them fellers.”

And so the brave compliment the brave. This man was touched by three bullets from the enemy, but not seriously wounded.”


According to Burns’s biography in Appleton’s Cyclopedia, during the last two years of his life his mind failed, and his friends were unable to prevent his wandering about the country. He was found in New York City on a cold winter’s night in December 1871, in a state of destitution, and was cared for and sent home, but died of pneumonia in 1872.


[More about John L. Burns here. Colorized image found here, story here. Not sure why the farmhouse photo is distorted.]

Vespertilionizing Hot Links

Sunday, 28 February 2021 by

I’ll Always Remember Hawaii, Cyril Lefbevre (?) (2011) I don’t know anything about the musician other than he appears elderly and plays un Ukulélé MOTU français.

Cochineal bugs.

Knockemstiff, Ohio.

What time is it on Twitter?

It’s just an old comic book.

This is a herd of llamas in Khipu.

A lot of people pointing at things.

Lost your cursor arrow? This will find it.

When an apple doesn’t taste like an apple.

Packouz & Diveroli were the inspiration for War Dogs (2016).

UMPD brutality left him “mentally and emotionally tormented with an experience that will last a lifetime.” 😀

If Ivory Soap is 99 and 44/100% pure, what’s in the other 0.56%?

[Top image found in the curser finder linked above.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


Saturday Matinee – Richie Kavanaugh, Indiara Sfair and Guilherme Tosin, Justin Johnson & G.E. Smith

Saturday, 27 February 2021 by

“Like Aon Focal Eile, I had no idea how big that would be. I was afraid I’d get a slagging from the Irish speaking people but the boss man in Glór na Gael wrote me a very nice letter thanking me for having a song with a full Irish title in the charts.” Richie Kavanaugh

Brazil native Indiara Sfair & Guilherme Tosin cover Robert Johnson’s Walking Blues. Sfair is/was a member of Brazilian blues band “Milk’n’Blues.”

Justin Johnson‘s axe is a shovel, and he sells ’em, too.
Utoob comment: “Just imagine what he could do with a backhoe.”

G.E. Smith gets all swampy and stuff with a tribute to late bassman Tom “T Bone” Wolk. Both backed Hall & Oates and were the core of the SNL Band (1985-1995).

Have a great weekend, folks, see you back here tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 669 – Doggie Slider, Three Ice Angels & A Zoomfail

Friday, 26 February 2021 by

[1st created from vid found here; 2nd & 3rd found here and here.]

Free Range Cage Chicken

Thursday, 25 February 2021 by

Seems to be an advert for a product called ChickenOrb.
Here’s a training video.

[h/t Pam M. via Facebook.]

Dogs in a Theater.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 by

Apparently they’re service dogs being trained to sit through a movie without talking.

[Found here.]


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