Posts Tagged ‘fake’

Saturday Matinee – Bot Training, Peter Gunn & Link Wray

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Training the bot is pretty cool. How it was made is cooler:

[Found here. Don’t worry, it’s a safe site. They had a coordinated WOT report attack years ago by some people who didn’t like their opinions. If you subscribe to WOT, please mark the site as safe. They don’t deserve this unwarranted abuse. Never have. SFK. SFW.]

In 1992, The Blues Brothers Band did Henry Mancini’s 1958 classic “Theme To Peter Gunn” justice. Other notable artists covered it, including Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Jeff Beck and Deodato.

Emerson Lake & Palmer‘s version is probably the most pretentious, while Roy Buchanan just quietly walks up and then BAM. Right in your face.

Link Wray took some liberties with the song, made it nasty, and renamed it “Switchblade.” I couldn’t find a live vid, but I found this:

Awesome.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here for more stuff.

 

Bigass Ammonite Fossil is not a Bigass Ammonite Fossil

Monday, 18 July 2016

Ammonite

Yep, that looks like a bigass prehistoric ammonite fossil, and it’s not a snail fossil as the caption states.

Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell as pictured above. These creatures lived in the seas between 240 – 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The name ‘ammonite’ (usually lower-case) originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. Ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which includes their living relatives the octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus [via].

I found the top image (with the erroneous caption) in here, and wondered about the story behind it. Since fossils are typically embedded in rock and I didn’t see any hole or excavation, something seemed off.

Ammonite Replica 2

Ammonite fossils are common, but are rarely larger than about 9 inches in diameter. Sure, some larger species have been found, but why wasn’t this one encased in plaster, crated up and shipped to an archeological museum? How could something so heavy and brittle stay in one piece while being tilted up? How could four guys lift it, let alone one?

A Tineye search brought me to the source –  a 2005 documentary filmed in Lyme Regis, England for the BBC series “Journey of Life.”

“This giant ammonite was actually a replica that we used to show how big ammonites could grow. Made of polystyrene it squeaked as we rolled it down the beach. The look of gob-smack on the faces of Jurassic Coast fossil collectors was priceless!”
Paul Williams, 3 September 2013.

This “fossil” was a prop, and it had a cameo role in Episode 1: Seas of Life.

[Full story with photos here.]

Perhaps you’re wondering why I suddenly found an interest in large fabricated ammonite fossils. It’s because I saw that top picture and wanted to do this with it:

Ammonite Beach Spin

The .Gif Friday Post No. 137 – Soccer Mom, Mascot Fail, Eggtrap

Friday, 6 August 2010

[Found here, here and here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 136 – Sparrow WTF, Soccer WTF, Playground WTF

Friday, 16 July 2010

[Found here, here and here.]

I am not worthy of this honor…

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Blogs About Handmade Aboriginal Novelty Fake Turd

…but Planetross IS.


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