As wonderful as Chinese tea is, it is definitely not something you’d closely associate with exhilaration, adrenaline and the fear of death. Mt. Huashan in China, however, manages to bring all of these things together by featuring a death-defying cliff-side mountain climb that brings daring visitors to a tea house 2,160 m (7,087 ft) up on the mountain’s southern peak.
Mt. Huashan has been a place of religious importance since at least the 2nd century BCE, when a Daoist temple was established at its base. Since then, pilgrims, monks and nuns have inhabited the mountain and the surrounding area. A network of dangerous and precipitous trails allows them to access the mountain’s five summits, each of which has a religious structure like the tea house on the southern summit. Together, these five summits form the points of a flower shape.
I don’t do heights very well – I get a visceral reaction when I’m too close to the edge – and this insane video spooked me just by watching it.
Here’s a small collection of Rodney Dangerfield tattoos.
Listen to the sweet song of a disturbed Dødningehoved natsværmer.
Started working Sudoku puzzles recently, and for a while I could only get up to a difficulty level of 2 using a basic brute force method. I began to recognize logic patterns and suspected others. This site describes them, from “naked singles” to “hidden quads.”
Schopenhauer’s 38 ways to win an argument exposed underhanded and dishonest tactics in The Art of Being Right (1831). Intended as acerbic snark, how many have you seen used in modern political discourse?
Artificial Intelligence program composes Irish folk songs. Check out this sample (performed by humans).
Rhinoceros was a funk/rock band in the late 60s-70s that should have received wider recognition.Check out “Apricot Brandy.” Don’t laugh – it made No. 46 on the Billboard charts in 1969. They never overcame the fact that they were manufactured by Electra Records.
I’ve never seen a single episode of “Parks & Recreation,” but this advert featuring actor Nick Offerman is mildly amusing [via]. It doesn’t go far enough IMO. Someone tell Nick that I’d be happy to outline a horror story based upon actual events.
“Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride” is a 2006 documentary about rogue reporter Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Nick Nolte. Thompson was an amusing unhinged journalist who set the standard for inserting himself into every story he ever covered.
Gotta have at least one music vid, and we haven’t posted any Roy Buchanan in a while, so there you go.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, folks, and please take the time to remember what it’s all about.
“Up your nose with a rubber hose.” –Gabe Kaplan
[Image scraped from a specious advertisement – unknown original source.]
It was really annoying and aggressive at first, but it tasted just like chicken. [Found here.]