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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Random Update: June 30, 2009

For all those science dorks out there:

Sixty Symbols - Physics and Astronomy

Info and videos about sixty great science symbols!


Panda Elephants... Pandaphants?

"It is a desperate cry - or rather a very loud trumpet - for attention.

These elephants were painted black and white to look like the pandas who have stolen all their fans.

The elephant is Thailand's national symbol, but the country has gone panda-crazy since the birth of a female panda cub to pandas Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang at Chiang Mai zoo in Bangkok."

Panda-monium: The elephants parade their new look in a bid to lure visitors from the panda enclosure
They'll never forget this: The elephants parade their new
look in a bid to lure visitors from the panda enclosure

The five elephants are led on their walkabout yesterday
The five elephants are led on their walkabout yesterday


Funky Blue and Green Spiral

Just kidding, they're the same color!
Take a look at the close-up/explanation here.


Reasons People Will See Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

song chart memes

Unfortunately very true...


Finally someone asks what we've all been thinking:

fail owned pwned pictures



And I'll end with this picture:
(Link thanks to Matt)


Just kidding, I have two more items to share with you!

Another ugly tattoo...

Maybe he should have checked out the tattoo artist's skill level before he got a troll version of his female friend inked on him for life...

"I assume this side-by-side comparison is “Exhibit A” in the civil suit you’re bringing against your tattoo “artist.” Or do you just carry the photograph around by way of explanation to strangers that no, you were not married to Medusa?

Either way, HOLY CRAP are you lucky she’s dead. Because if she saw that, you’d be in for a serious ass-kicking."


Knit Male Body Suit

It's just as my title says:


I cannot fathom a reason for wanting to make this...
And then I can't imagine why this woman would ever agree to model, never mind take pictures with it on.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

50 Year Old Celebrities

After the news about Billy Mays and Michael Jackson, both 50 years old, I decided to look into what other celebrities are at the half century mark.

And not to be morbid, but who else we could possibly lose unexpectedly in the coming days...

Tim Burton, movie director extrodinaire:

Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skater

Ultimate Warrior, of 90s pro-wrestling fame:

Hugh Laurie, of tv show "House" fame:

Flava Flav, of... yea... just being himself:
(Just kidding, Flava Flav was part of the revolutionizing rap group "Public Enemy").

Fabio, actor/model (and not the other way around):

Kevin Bacon, actor:

Madonna, singer:

Andrea Bocelli, singer:

Danny Ainge, President of Operations for the Boston Celtics
(Although, he had a heart attack earlier this year so maybe he dodged that one...)

Terry Francona, Red Sox manager:

Billy Mays

RIP Billy Mays.

I don't know about you, but I think with the JaboOodyDubs and the new Discovery Channel show Billy Mays was starting to approach Chuck Norris internet fame.
He's definitely gotten more attention as of late...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Toothpaste Prank

Sleeping friends.
Hilarity ensues...

I especially like 1:45 and 2:06.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

RIP Michael Jackson...
The greatest entertainer on the planet.

And still the most innovative dancer I have ever seen.

Also, I highly recommend visiting his YouTube page and watching all his music videos.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ridiculous News

Another post from the law blog I enjoy reading: Lowering the Bar.

City Council Members Settle Legal Dispute Over Right to Parking Space

"In March, two members of the Oakland (California) City Council finally resolved an epic and high-stakes legal battle after a fight that lasted three months and spawned a legal opinion by the city attorney. The burning question: who was entitled to the parking space closest to the front door of City Hall.
Oakland, you see, has no other problems or difficulties of any kind that might require the government's attention.

Councilmembers Jean Quan and Desley Brooks both coveted the "prized parking space" that, until late last year, had been clutched firmly in the steely grip of Councilmember Henry Chang. When Chang announced his retirement, the two women good-naturedly flipped a coin to determine who would get the space. Of course they didn't do that. Are you new here?

Apparently, the women were able to agree that parking rights should be determined by seniority. Unfortunately, they were not able to agree as to who was more senior. And so at this point, they good-naturedly flipped a coin. No, they didn't. It seems that instead the space was claimed each day by whoever arrived first. That at least would have the effect of getting them to work earlier, but still it was unsatisfactory. The sensible next step: flip a coin. The actual next step: make the city attorney research issues related to parking-space entitlement.

Forced to address the issue of which of two adult women would get dibs on a parking space in order to avoid walking a few extra feet each day, City Attorney John Russo generated a five-page legal memo, dated February 17, 2009. The question presented: "Is seniority based on the date a Councilmember is elected or the date the Councilmember is sworn into office?"

Carefully noting that he took no position as to "whether the Council has used or should use seniority to assign parking spaces" -- these were "policy questions that the Council is free to decide" -- Russo diligently analyzed the issue. His ultimate conclusion: it was a tie. The two women had been elected at the same time and sworn in at the same time, and so neither one had seniority. The Council, Russo concluded, "is free to base its parking assignments on any criteria that it chooses . . . that do not violate applicable laws." I assume he was concerned about (1) bribery or (2) trial by combat, although I'm not sure if that last one is illegal in Oakland.

The stalemate continued for another month, until reporter Phil Matier learned about the dispute and wrote about it in the San Francisco Chronicle. Guess what -- the matter was settled the very next day, with the tossing of the coin that should have been tossed three months before.

The truly sad thing about this story is that one of these two people actually had to win. As it turned out, it was Brooks."


Yes, being a voice against the abuse of animals is a good thing, but sometimes you need to pick your fights. Otherwise make statements like this and no one takes you seriously...

PETA Says No More Fly-Killing, Sends Obama a Humane Fly Catcher

"PETA has a few words for President Obama: Brush, don’t kill.

After the President very publically swatted and then killed a fly during an interview with CNBC yesterday, the outspoken animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said they wished Obama had served a better example.

“We support compassion for the even the smallest animals," says Bruce Friedrich, VP for Policy at PETA. “We support giving insects the benefit of the doubt.""

"This afternoon PETA sent a Katcha Bug, a device which traps bugs and allows their safe release back into nature to the White House."

I heard a comment on the radio that made a good point too:
What about when you're driving down the highway and run into a couple bugs along the way? I don't remember seeing a PETA member weeping over the bugs on my front grille this morning...
(Also: are insects technically 'animals'?)


Well, the story isn't really that funny.

Man arrested for dealing cocaine

Kids, dealing drugs is never funny.

But this mug shot is hilarious:

Marcus T. Bailey

Apparently he was mid-braid when the cops nabbed him.

"A 25-year-old Evansville man was arrested Wednesday when he stepped out of a South Side barbershop to conduct an apparent drug deal, police said.

Marcus T. Bailey, 25, was actually being sought on a parole warrant when authorities arrived at 952 Washington Avenue and found him in a car with two other people and about 21 grams of crack cocaine, said Evansville Police Department Spokesman Steve Green. Bailey was apparently having his hair braided inside when he stepped out, Green said."

Video Update: June 23, 2009

It's about time for another video update!

Ever wonder what your favorite childhood toys would look like in grown-up movies?

And now a crazy Romanian driver... Only three letters properly describe this: W.T.F.
Right around 0:36 it gets real good.

I couldn't stop laughing while watching this.
If you love Donald Duck, you won't either.

And finally, this is just insane. I don't even know what's going on.

And here's one more of a man blowing a raspberry in slow motion:
(How could I not include it?)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ugliest Tattoos

Yet another fantastic collection of images, this time featuring ugly tattoos.

I cannot imagine the type of person (or their state of mind) when they decided to permanently affix these images on their body.
Here are a few favorites (with original comments in italics):

Why So Sad, Sad Puma? You’re Not the One With The Awful Tattoo.

It’s More Complicated Than You Think
This tattoo provides rare insight into the creative process. You’re in the boardroom at UGtat, Inc.

Fred, Chairman: “Okay, folks, here’s the plan. What we’re looking for is a tattoo of a . . . blob of some sort, with a penis protruding from its rump. Okay? We’re all on board? Good. Yes, Jeff, you have a question? The floor’s yours.”

Jeff: “Thanks, Fred. I’m curious if the viewer will be able to tell what it is. Do we need some explanatory text for clarity?”

Fred: “Good question, Jeff. What does everybody think?”

Annette: “Seems clear to me.”

James: “Not me, I’m for text”

Leah: “I’ll second that.”

Fred: “Hands everybody? Okay, three, four . . . text it is. Should it read ‘Dick Butt’?”

Jeff: “Maybe we should mix it up a bit. Misspellings are hip these days: ‘Dik But’?”

Fred: “Innovative. Maybe. Let’s do a trial run and see what we think. Who should we assign this to?”

Leah: “I’ll contact Spider McCann, I think he’d be great for this job.”

Fred: “Old ‘Meth’ McCann? OK, make it happen.”

[one week later, back in the boardroom]
Jeff: “You know, I think I was wrong, let’s spell ‘Dick Butt’ properly.”

Fred: “Hands? OK. Do we like the arm where it is? I think it would be a bit more convincing at an angle – make it look like it’s in motion.”

Annette: “Agreed. And how about the dick? I really think it needs to be a bit more erect. It just doesn’t have the prominence it needs. This is a Dick Butt we’re talking about, after all, not a Butt Dick.”

Fred: “Annette, that’s why we’re fast-tracking your promotion. Excellent idea. OK, people, I think that one’s nailed down. What’s next? . . . ”

They Must Have The Smallest Parade Ever
The shit is really going to hit the fan in the neo-Nazi community when it gets out that there are nude pictures of the Prussian Blue girls floating around.

Seriously though, where exactly does one find a tattoo artist so obviously experienced in melding two such seemingly disparate genres? Is there an underground gay white supremacist group that gets together to talk over cosmos about ending immigration and how the idea of the Holocaust is “so silly!”?

Trolls Are Good Luck, Right? Because You’re Going To Need That
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you an oddly placed tuft of body hair, make a decision that will make your mother cry, make you wear long sleeves to work for the rest of your life, and make sure you never get laid again.

In Soviet Russia, Bad Tattoo Gets YOU!
“I want a teddy bear. No, no, make it a tiger. With sharp teeth, but cute gentle ears. Actually, wait - I think I want Bobby Hill, from ‘King of the Hill.’ Geez, I can’t decide. Can you just mix them together? Oh yeah, and make it look like a child did the drawing. With his left hand. Now lemme see. Perfect!

As Long As We’re Celebrating Stuff, How About A Hand For Whoever Invented Shirts?
Is there anything else you’d care to defile — I mean, honor — by including it in this mess, or are you satisfied with just the three? Perhaps a religious emblem, beloved landmark, or deceased ancestor? Come on, I think I see room there on one of your love handles for a portrait of grandma.

That’s Actually Supposed to Be Tom Brady

It’s been a rough couple years for the New England Patriots. They blew Super Bowl XLII in the last 35 seconds of the game. Then their star quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the 2008 season.

The fans deal with the disappointment in various ways. One guy drank and entire case of Narragansett Beer and then ordered his five-year-old son to draw Pat Patriot on daddy’s arm with a safety pin and the ink from his Crayola markers.

A Not-So-Tight Race
Why hasn’t NASCAR gone to court for some sort of restraining order, requiring her to keep a shirt on? Every time she makes this visible, auto racing loses a fan. Not coincidentally, local church attendance also decreases. It’s hard to see this and still believe there’s a God.

And To Think I Went With The Ruben Studdard Tattoo

Clay Aiken. Fine. I won’t even bother commenting on how ridiculous it is to get a Clay Aiken tattoo. I know he has legions of fans, and branding any one of them as crazy for getting this tattoo ignores the very important fact that if you’re a fan of Clay Aiken, you were probably crazy to begin with. I’m not even going to dwell on the fact that this picture makes Clay look EVEN MORE RETARDED than he does in the flesh.

What I wanted to know is why his head appears to be rising out of a misshapen black hole. After some Googling, I found this:
So it’s the picture from the cover of his first album. Except without the arms. Just the sleeves. Given the skill of the tattoo artist, I guess the arms were too hard to do. As was forgoing the sleeve and instead attempting to include his chin. It was just too big a risk. You wouldn’t have wanted this tattoo to have turned out ugly, right?

And here's a bonus image from FailBlog!:

That's all for now folks!
And Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

In the News: June 18, 2009

Here's another quick update on two articles I found interesting today.

South African rape survey shock

Anti-rape protesters in South Africa
South Africa's government has been
urged to solve the rape epidemic

This is pretty incredible... I can't imagine a society that would allow this to perpetuate and grow to this magnitude.

"One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone, and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one victim."

"The study, by the country's Medical Research Council, also found three out of four who admitted rape had attacked for the first time during their teens.

It said practices such as gang rape were common because they were considered a form of male bonding."

"Using an electronic device to keep the results anonymous, the study found that 73% of respondents said they had carried out their first assault before the age of 20."

"The study found that one in 10 men said they had been raped by other men."


Woman illegally downloads 24 songs, fined to tune of $1.9 million

Clearly she was being made an example of, but everyone better be on the lookout!
It's a losing battle for the RIAA and their lawyers, but they'll catch a couple people a year as a warning to everyone else... Which will be ignored and file sharing will continue to proliferate. Haha.
Can't blame them for trying though.

Illegal downloads of musical files will cost a Minnesota woman $1.9 million, a jury has decided.
Illegal downloads of musical files will cost a
Minnesota woman $1.9 million, a jury has decided.

"A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs."

"This was the second trial for Thomas-Rasset. The judge ordered a retrial in 2007 after there was an error in the wording of jury instructions.

The fines jumped considerably from the first trial, which granted just $220,000 to the recording companies."

Derek Paravicini

Many of you may have heard of Derek Paravicini before, but I just learned about him through this extrodinary mini-documentary.

In short, Derek was prematurely born at 25 weeks. The oxygen therapy used to save his life as a newborn also resulted in his blindness and learning disabilities.
The fascinating, and perhaps miraculous, part is that he is finely in tune with the musical world and can play extremely complex pieces of music on the piano. He plays all his pieces by memory, has perfect pitch, and can uniquely identify many notes when played at the same time.

I won't try to explain any further. Just watch the first video, I'm sure you will end up seeing all five before you know it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In the News: June 17, 2009

Well, have I got some news for you!

Belgian girl's tattoo 'nightmare'
Somehow this girl got 56 star tattoos etched in her when she only wanted three.
Apparently she slept through the procedure and awoke to find half her face covered.

Sorry, but aren't tattoos supposed to be a little painful? How could you sleep through that?
Of course, this sounds ridiculous and think it's obviously her fault.
So did I, but then I saw the man who performed the 'operation':

There is no way I would let that man come near my face. He did that knowingly to himself. There's no telling what he'd do to a stranger!
(Links: BBC/IOL)


Mexico cocaine 'hidden in sharks'

Trust me it sounds way cooler than it actually is...
Apparently some drug dealers hid a bunch of drugs in some frozen shark carcasses.

Navy officers stand guard by a container full of frozen sharks packed with more than a ton of cocaine
The Mexican Navy says X-ray
machines helped uncover the haul

When I saw the headline I envisioned a secret operation breeding and training sharks to carry drugs across the ocean to seaports far North in the US and Canada. No such luck.


Dive-bombing bird attacks pedestrians

"An aggressive blackbird has been terrorising and entertaining San Francisco's financial district.

In behaviour reminiscent of Hitchcock's thriller The Birds, the blackbird has been defending its nearby nest in a tactic called "mobbing", according to experts.

Nobody has been hurt in the attacks and the bird has built up a following of people gathering to watch the daily dive-bombings."

Follow the link for a video!


Man found dead mouse in malt loaf

"A man got the shock of his life when he opened a loaf of bread and found a whole mouse inside.

A defence lawyer told the court that the presence of the mouse was a shock to the company. He suggested it might have been put in the tin to "sabotage" the baker who has been in business for 60 years and has never had any complaints.

The judge was shown pictures of the mouse in the loaf. The court heard that tins in which the bread is baked were oiled the night before they were filled with dough.

Some time between the tins being sprayed and being filled, the mouse got into the tin, a prosecuting lawyer said.

The mouse was found embedded in a malt loaf

How else do you think they boost the protein content?


Survey: More than half can't find heart on body diagram

Now this is a little sad...

"Overall, people knew less basic anatomy than the researchers expected -- even those patients being treated for a specific condition involving that organ. Participants generally answered half the questions correctly, including 46.5 percent who knew which drawing represented their heart. In all, 31.4 percent correctly identified the lungs, 38.4 percent the stomach, 41.8 percent the thyroid, and 42.5 percent the kidneys."

"The intestines and bladder were the most easily identified, with 85.9 percent and 80.7 percent, respectively, answering the question correctly."


Mug shot shows Spector minus wig

The man is a musical genius, but he's still an absolute nutcase.

"Spector, 69, was sentenced last month to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003.

Over the course of two trials the "Wall of Sound" pioneer turned heads with his flamboyant hairpieces - forbidden in US prisons unless medically necessary."

With hair...

Phil Spector in a variety of wigs
Spector's two trials saw him don a number of different hairpieces

Without hair...

Phil Spector's prison mug shot

Something tells me he is not having a good time in there...


And I saved the best for last:

US man 'posed as his dead mother'

"A New York man has been arrested for impersonating his dead mother in order to claim $115,000 (£70,500) in social security benefits and rent subsidies."

Thomas Prusik-Parkin, allegedly depicted on left disguised as his dead mother, with alleged accomplice Mhilton Rimolo (picture: Kings County District Attorney's office)
Mr Prusik-Parkin is allegedly shown
here (left) impersonating his mother

"Using a walking stick, heavy make-up and fake ID, and accompanied by a man posing as Mrs Prusik's nephew, Mr Prusik-Parkin would, according to prosecutors, collect benefit checks, visit banks and even appear in court.

When Mrs Prusik died, Mr Prusik-Parkin is accused of giving her funeral director a false social security number and date of birth so that her death would not show up in government records."

You gotta hand it to him, it takes a whole lot of balls to dress up and act like your elderly mother...

Dancing Guy

There's always one at these concerts/festivals.
That guy who is completely out of control, but you can't help admire him for having a good time.

In this case, at the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington state, this guy was just dancing non-stop all over the place.
(The festival looks awesome, by the way. I'll have to get out there one year.)

Probably what he's most famous for, here he starts a massive dance party:

Dancing to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs:

Nine Inch Nails:
I'm impressed that his dance 'style' is applicable to such a wide range of genres.

And finally:

There are a whole bunch more on YouTube.
This post is for you Dancing Guy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

FailBlog Update

A quick update with some recent favorites from FailBlog.
(Side note: how did FailBlog get a 'dot org' address?)

Either her parents bought this last minute, or they don't know what the bunny symbol represents...
fail owned pwned pictures

I didn't know they deliver!!
fail owned pwned pictures

I tried to reason this one out to myself, but I really have no idea what's going on.
fail owned pwned pictures

Best backpack ever?
fail owned pwned pictures

Obviously because it's god's day.
fail owned pwned pictures

Now for the colorblind!
fail owned pwned pictures

And finally, a video fail:
Most of you have probably seen this before, but here is a good example of why punctuation and phrasing is important.