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Invisibility Pants

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 by

[Found here.]

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Auto Wash Bowl

Monday, 23 April 2018 by

“The Auto Wash Bowl was built in Chicago in 1924 by The Newway Auto Cleaning & Service Corp., allowing drivers to run around in circles to clean off the undercarriage. After that, they drove into a stall where they’d get a proper wash by an attendant.”

[Image & caption found here via here.]

Proactive Retributional Hot Links

Sunday, 22 April 2018 by

18 April 2018 was the 75th Anniversary of The Doolittle Raid of 1942, the daring attack on mainland Japan after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. A 1983 interview with (then 87 year-old) General “Jimmy” Doolittle can be found here.

Why some doorknobs are knurled.

Zen moment: Just saw a bee with one wing. Every time it tried to fly it ended up on its back, rolled over, crawled for a bit and tried to fly again with the same result. It never gave up, but it made the same mistake over and over. There’s more than two morals in that story.

Have You Ever Really Seen The Moon?” is a collection of peoples’ reactions to looking through a telescope [via].

A beheaded majestic white swan didn’t bleed, wasn’t killed.

This is clever. Mechanical servos go digital.

Gumball Wars [via].

Ever work on a carpentry project, mis-measure the cut and end up with a short board? The BS100o Board Stretcher is the solution. “Measure once, cut twice.”

The Institute for Centrifugal Research (ICR) is worth the visit. If you’ve seen it before, it’s worth a revisit.

 

Saturday Matinee – Two Ronnies, Bagpipe Rock, Jim Stafford & George Harrison

Saturday, 21 April 2018 by

American humor cannot match that of Ronnie Corbett & Ronnie Barker [via].

Not sure who they are, but they’re a Scottish Bagpipe Rock Band.

Meanwhile, Jim Stafford is both an underrated guitarist, a talented comedian, and he had some minor hits in the 70s, and he’s still alive. Congrats.

Stafford had a number of minor hits, but I remember one in particular. I’d just lost a girlfriend, and this song seemed to make sense of it all. In retrospect it didn’t, but so what.

Dude was and is funny.

Here’s one of the prettiest songs George Harrison ever wrote and one of the most appropriate videos I’ve ever seen.

For some unknown reason that song always makes me tear up, and there’s something in that innocent video that hits my heart.

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

The .Gif Friday Post No. 531 – Kitty Lizard Tizzy, Dog Wars & Beach Ball Chumping

Friday, 20 April 2018 by

[Found here, here and here.]

When City Planners Compete

Thursday, 19 April 2018 by

“Make a slight right, then turn kinda left, then turn kinda almost left, then turn right and get into the left lane, then veer north at the light. I’m at 3rd liquor store 9 blocks down on the left.”

If GPS ever goes down, we’re screwed.

[Found here.]

Scaffolding.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 by

[Found here.]

Happy Snake Is Happy

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 by


So two snakes slither under a bar.

1st snake says, “Gimme a rock and rye.”
2nd snake says, “Gimme the same.”
Bartender looks around the empty bar and hollers, “Insert punchline here!” The snakes are stunned, neither can speak.

This condition is called “a reptile dysfunction.”

[Original image found here.]

Condoned by Congress, The USS Comfort Carried Captured Camels

Monday, 16 April 2018 by

In 1855, Congress approved a plan developed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to import camels as pack animals for the U.S. Army operating in the American Southwest.

The camels were also considered for use as a long-range mounted force that could drive “hostile Indians out of the country.” The storeship USS Supply was refitted with special hatches, stables, hoists and a “camel car” for the sole purpose of loading and transporting dromedaries.

Once the first herd of camels was obtained in North Africa, Supply [w]as further modified to compensate for the towering humps of the camels by cutting away part of the main deck. The camels were delivered to Texas where their potential was recognized but the plan was never fully implemented due to the advent of the Civil War.

So instead of wasting them, the U.S. Army sold the camels to zoos. TRUE

[Image and story found here. More about the Camel Corps here.]

Hot Links Away In Margaritaville

Sunday, 15 April 2018 by

Keh-leh-fone-yeh.”

These guys are annoying as hell but they’re talented.

Gregg Shorthand is not a slide-guitar virtuoso. More here.

Flight 24 to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe now boarding. All systems are go.

An original copy of The Chantays‘ classic LP “Pipeline” sells for $27 and more. I have this same stereo copy.

Swing for a Crime is also in my collection. Spy music interspersed with clips from movies, including the unmistakable voice of Lee Marvin (as mobster Vince Stone from The Big Heat, 1953) yelling, “You pig! You lyin’ pig!

It’s always 1700 somewhere. The Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award has been bestowed upon singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It’s the highest US Naval award allowed for a civilian. Here’s a classic Buffett song that justifies that well-deserved award.

Mallows have been used as a food staple for thousands of years. The common name for Althaea officinalis is “Marsh Mallow” and it has medicinal properties.

The confection referred to as a “marshmallow” dates to the 1800s, and the original recipe used the root sap of the marsh mallow.

Yes, you can make your own marshmallows, and you don’t need to chase down mallow roots.

[Top image: “Osaka’s Marshmellow Kid” [sic] from a collection of fake retro Japanese cartoon characters, found here.]


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