Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

One more thing to keep you awake at night.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

This handsome boy is called a Demodex. Its dimensions are approximately 0.3mm, which means you can’t see it living on your face. Especially on your forehead, nose and chin. He’s always there and it will be that way forever. At night, they vigorously mate on your face and then lay its eggs in the pores of your skin. Funniest thing is that the Demodex have no anal orifice to evict. They accumulate and build up to death bursting with… feces. Right on the face. Sweet dreams everyone!

[Image and caption found here.]

Dogman Comics

Monday, 26 April 2021

“Yeah he drew a Dog Man comic at the bottom of it too. 🤣
You think Harold cares? Harold doesn’t care.
Prob doesn’t even care that he went viral today.”

Found it here, and it made me angry (something similar happened to me when I was around that age) so I decided to do some restoration work and cancel the teacher.

Took me a while and I was happy at the result. Also found out that Dog Man Comics is written by the same guy who did Captain Underpants, and Harold’s been practicing. Check it out:

https://kids.scholastic.com/content/kids64/en/books/planet-pilkey/how-2-draw.html

Nice work, Harold H., wherever you are. Keep it up.

Navaho Skateboarder

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Naiomi Glasses has been skateboarding since she was 5 years old. She said it helped her deal with some of the bullies she faced as a kid because of her bilateral cleft lip and palate.

[Story here. Image from FB, h/t Jaime G.]

All The Parts You Need

Monday, 12 April 2021

WebEx meeting notes October – December 2020, colorized.
9AM daily. Pen on paper, 8-1/2 x 11, 6.25 square inches per day.

Original and negative images below the break. (more…)

Indiana Bell Building 1930

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

“In 1930 the Indiana Bell Building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the 22-million-pound structure was moved 15 inches/hour, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.”

Built in 1907, the 8-story, 11,000-ton building was moved to provide room for a larger facility, all while providing uninterrupted telephone service to the State of Indiana. It was relocated 52 feet (16 m) to the south and 100 feet (30 m) west of its original location. The move began 14 October and was complete on 12 November 1930.

Most of the power needed to move the building was provided by hand-operated jacks assisted by a steam engine. Each time the jacks were pumped, the house moved 3/8ths of an inch.

[Animation and caption found here; more here.]

Saturday Matinee – Jody Pendarvis, David C. Roy, Toby Lee, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & James Cotton

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Jody Pendarvis of Bowman, South Carolina, decided that the town needed an attraction to boost the local economy and created the UFO Welcome Center adjacent to his mobile home. Caricatured as a redneck crackpot (by Steve Colbert and others) Pendarvis is nothing of the sort, but he plays along anyway.
[h/t Susan M. who was there earlier this week.]

From YouTube description:
“A self-taught artist with a background in physics, David C. Roy has been creating mesmerizing wooden kinetic sculptures for nearly 40 years. Powered solely through mechanical wind-up mechanisms, pieces can run up to 48 hours on a single wind.”
[h/t Ma S. via FB.]

Born in Oxfordshire England in 2005, Toby Lee played Zack Mooneyham in the New London Theatre production of School of Rock the Musical in 2016 and was named UK Young Blues Artist of the Year in 2018. Joe Bonamassa called Toby Lee “a future superstar of the blues.” [h/t Pam M. via FB]

This (colorized) vid from 1963 features Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim & Billy Stepney, and is not nearly as long as it should be.

James Cotton was one of the greatest harp blowers of all time. His 1968 classic The Creeper was coopted by Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz of the J. Geils Band and released as Whammer Jammer in 1979.

That should hold you for a bit. Have a reverent Easter, we’ll be back later.

Belgian Coal Miners ca. 1900

Thursday, 25 March 2021

That’s an elevator and some of the “safety gates” are missing. The workers are wearing wood clogs. Actual date and place is unknown.

[Found here.]

Thundercycle

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

When you’ve got a genuine Russian tank engine lying around, how can you resist repurposing it? And really, tanks are so lumbering and oafish, and with the price of gas nowadays… something a little more sleek and maneuverable is obviously called for.

This giant motorcycle took the team of welders and mechanics at the Harzer Bike Schmiede in Zilly, Germany, almost a year to craft. It is 17′-4″ long, and 7′-6″ tall, and weighs four-and-a-half tons. 1.8 tons of that is the tank engine itself. The Guinness Book of World Records has just confirmed it is the heaviest motorcycle ever (though interestingly, there is no mention of the size dimensions breaking any records.) They are still hoping to obtain a special license to actually drive it on the road.

[Image and description found here.]

This made my day.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Do you see what I see?

That nano pot was posted here on 6 April 2010 and the Head of Microscopy at UCD found it useful. The other responses on the Quorum discussion are cool, too.

Three Women in China

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Three women in the pillory, China, Anonymous, c.1875

Earliest Tineye image search results link to various Chinese websites (deleted or defunct) ca. February 2008. One source claims these women were accused of witchcraft, which suggests that the picture may have been related to religious persecutions that occurred during the Taiping Rebellion and/or the later Boxer Rebellion.

Religious persecutions persist in modern day communist China, and they are brutal:

“Rooted in atheism and materialism, the communist regime has been brutally suppressing Uyghur Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners for years. Those who refuse to comply with the CCP’s orders are detained and taken to secretive “re-education camps” where they are subjected to unimaginable abuses, including gang rape and electrocution.” [Source]

[Image found here.]


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