Let’s Pretend it’s Mardi Gras

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 by

Mardi Gras has been ruined for the 2nd year in a row. Thank God USA Today has a list of the 10 Best Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home.

1. Decorate in green, gold and purple.
Dare to be ugly.

2. Have a seafood boil.
Eew.

3. Eat a king cake.
Okay.

4. Mix a Mardi Gras martini.
Okay with that also. Oop, made a mistake. Let’s try another one.
Whoopsie. Did it again. Let’s make three and see which one is best. Then we’ll make that one.
Uh-oh…

5. Make a shoebox float.
Then look at it.

6. Learn some Cajun French.
Gitcha gitcha gris-gris gumbo yaya. Done.

7. Snack on some MoonPies.
Got it.

8. See some house floats.
Mardi Gras without the flashers, but a good excuse to keep your Christmas lights up.

9. Dress up your dog.
No. It embarrasses you and annoys the dog.

10. Take a virtual tour of Mardi Gras World.
It’s kinda cool in a 2nd grade field trip kinda way, but it’s virtual so it’s more like shopping for mattress covers online.

Enough of that nonsense. Let’s do this instead.

 

Legible Graffiti

Monday, 15 February 2021 by

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Mathieu Tremblin lives and works in Rennes and Arles, France, finds graffiti and enhances them for legibility (and sometimes the taggers return).

“As if tagging the city was about freedom, and drawing decorative letters about control, I wanted to find a project to turn “ugly tags” into something “beautiful”, but preserve the subversive part of language distortion.”

I find it interesting that the vandalism in France is indistinguishable from that in the US, and I wonder why.

[More images here. Poorly translated background story here.]

Valentines & Hot Links

Sunday, 14 February 2021 by

The Woo Woo Train, The Valentines (1956) Rama Records First calling themselves The Mistletoes, then The Dreamers, they settled on The Valentines. The Jimmy Wright Orchestra played on the Rama sessions.

The Woo Woo Train was covered by Little Isadore & The Inquisitors (1995) and the Oh!Sharels (2020).

On masks.

Photobashing.

The Scandinavian Myth.

Turbo Encabulator specs.

Trump made history again.

I’m not a cat. [h/t Darkwords]

Snowplow train porn [h/t Corinne L.]

Squirrel Hunter’s March (sheet music).

Get a Hammacher Schlemmer Fart Container for only $100.

Bayeux Tapestry: 70 meter-long embroidered canvas tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066. Lots of dismemberment and horse genitalia.

[Top image found here.]


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


 

Saturday Matinee – This Is Hormel (1964), The Rave-Ups, Tom Waits, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, and Freddie King

Saturday, 13 February 2021 by

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hormel… up to 1964. [h/t SL]

The Rave-Ups got some traction for their work in the movie Pretty In Pink (1986). Their cover of the ByrdsYou Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere is pretty good, too.

Tom Waits does rockabilly his way, and the intro on his live version is pure awesome.

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood tell the truth (2009).

Any Freddie KIng jam makes me smile, and Boogie Funk (ca. 1968) matches what’s been going on in my brain lately. (I’m not sure that’s the correct song title – it might be Feelin’ Good.)

Have a great weekend, we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 667 – Cat Magic, Foaming Foam & Trashman Trashes

Friday, 12 February 2021 by

[Found here, here and here.]

Low and Outside

Thursday, 11 February 2021 by

[Found here.]

Really?

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 by

I received 10 unordered face masks from the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) today. They’re promotional, and include a request for donations.

Made in China.

FASHION MASK
Executive Standard FZ/IT 73049-2014
Safety Class B ( it’s can contact with skin directly)
Fashion dust protection, sun protection thermal mask (not medical mask)
Attention This product can be used with multiple times, washable;
No protection against toxic gases
Effect: please use with caution for skin allergy

Typos are as they appear on the package.

Should I burn them?


Update: Here’s the response from AUSN:

Sir,
I apologize for the packaging. In response to our COVID-19 survey which showed that the majority of our members were in need of PPE gear. We had hired a veteran owned company in Illinois to do the production and distribution of the masks. It was not until we received the tracking numbers once they were mailed to our membership that we realized they were not coming from the USA. They do in fact have the ability to insert a N95 filter which would increase the level of protection if desired further protection against the virus.
Thank for your understanding.

Mutual Respect

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 by

[Found here.]

Elephant Seal with Snow Boobs

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 by

Roland, a 4,000 pound elephant seal, getting a snow bath from his handler at Berlin Zoo, c. 1930.

[Found here. FWIW, this is our 5,300th post on Tacky Raccoons.]

Non-Photoshopped Ceiling Cats

Monday, 8 February 2021 by

Taiwanese shop owner installed a glass ceiling for his cats.
Now they won’t stop staring at him.

[Story and image here.]


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