June 30, 2006
What's the common factor?
Nine images my sister sent me.
Two elderly residents, a man and a woman, were sitting alone in the lobby of their nursing home one evening. The old man looked over and said to the old lady, "I know just what you're wanting... For $5.00 I'll have sex with you right over there in that rocking chair."
The old lady looked surprised but she didn't say a word.
The old man continued, "For $10 I'll do it with you on that nice soft sofa over there. But for $20 I'll take you back to my room, light some candles, and give you the most romantic evening you've ever had in your life."
The old lady still said nothing. After a couple minutes, though, she started digging in her purse. She pulled out a wrinkled $20 bill and held it up.
"So you want the nice romantic evening in my room," said the old man.
"Get serious," she replied. "Four times in the rocking chair."
Tucson John sends this clip with the comment, "Obviously some trickery here but interesting none the less." That's putting it mildly - I thought it was astounding.
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I don't know if you know this, but they are now selling kosher computers (made in Israel) called DELLSHALOM. They're selling at such a good price I bought one and it arrived yesterday. If you or a friend are considering a kosher computer, you should know there are some important upgrades and changes from the typical computer you are used to, such as:
The cursor moves from right to left.
It comes with two hard drives-one for fleyshedik (business software) and one for milchedik (games).
Instead of getting a "General Protection Fault" error, my PC now gets "Ferklempt."
The Chanukah screen saver includes "Flying Dreidels."
The PC shuts down automatically at sundown on Friday evenings.
After my computer dies, I have to dispose of it within 24 hours.
The "Start" button has been replaced with the "Let's go!! I'm not getting any younger!" button.
When disconnecting external devices from the back of my PC, I am instructed to "Remove the cable from the PC's tuchus."
The multimedia player has been renamed to "Nu, so play my music already!"
Internet Explorer has a spinning "Star of David" in the upper right corner.
I hear "Hava Nagila" during startup.
Microsoft Office now includes, "A little byte of this, and a little byte of that."
When running "Scan Disk" it prompts with a "You want I should fix this" message?
When my PC is working too hard, I occasionally hear a loud "Oy Gevalt!"
There is a "monitor cleaning solution" from Manischewitz that advertises it gets rid of the "schmutz und drek" on your monitor.
After 20 minutes of no activity, my PC goes "Schloffen."
Computer viruses can now be cured with some matzo ball chicken soup.
"Year 5761-5762" issues have replaced the Y2K problem.
If you decide not to shut down the computer in the prescribed manner, the following message appears: "You should be ashamed of yourself."
When Spellchecker finds an error it prompts, "Is this the best you can do?"
When I look at erotic images, my computer says, "If your mother knew you did this, she would die."
And best of all, if you have a kosher computer, you can't get Spam.
June 29, 2006
Mike forwards this clever ad from Lexmark:
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The Navy decided that it had too many personnel, so it decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer who volunteered for retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points of his body. The officers would be allowed to choose what those two points would be.
The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of $72,000.
The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked away with $96,000.
The third person was a noncom - a grizzly old Master Chief. When asked where he would like to be measured, he replied, "From the tip of my penis to my testicles." It was suggested by that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two officers had received. But the old Master Chief insisted on doing it his way and they decided to go along with him - providing the measurement was taken by a medical officer.
So the medical officer arrived and instructed the Master Chief to "drop 'em." Then the medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip of the Master Chief's penis and began to work backwards. "My God!" he suddenly exclaimed. "Where the hell are your testicles?"
The old Master Chief calmly replied, "In Vietnam."
Cookbook Features Twinkie Lasagna, Burrito
POSTED: 7:27 am EDT June 28, 2006
CHICAGO -- Twinkies -- they're not just for dessert anymore.
The new "Twinkies Cookbook" has recipes for everything from a Twinkie Burrito to Twinkie Lasagna.
Lou sends this quick quiz about safety:
You are driving along a narrow two-lane road with a NO PASSING sign posted when you come upon a bicycle rider.
Do you follow this slow-moving bicycle rider for the next 2 miles, or do you break the law and pass?
Which is the correct choice?
You do NOT pass. Why take an unnecessary risk?
June 28, 2006
Here's a collection of 30 high-resolution images of insects (and a couple of images of a frog).
Steven Colbert, on Warren Buffet's $30 billion donation to Bill Gates' charities:
"Warren Buffet is so rich, he just hired Bill Gates to spend his money for him."
Via The Agitator.
Cube-solving robot project
Robots that can solve a Rubik's cube puzzle aren't new, but this page has a pretty interesting link to a YouTube video showing one in operation. It was built by 3 students (undergrads, I assume) at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
MS Robotics Studio
Resistance truly is futile.
June 27, 2006
extortr (beta) - the most efficient way to blackmail the world.
Foundations of civilization
A Greek and an Italian were arguing over who had had more influence on Western culture. The Greek said, "We built the Parthenon."
The Italian replied, "Yes. And we built the Coliseum."
"We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics," said the Greek.
The Italian nodded but said, "And we built the Roman Empire."
This went on until the Greek came up with what he thought would end the discussion. "We invented sex!" he said.
"That is true," replied the Italian. "But it was we Italians who introduced it to women."
This YouTube clip seems to be a public service announcement in Dutch. But since I don't understand it, I can't say either of those with any certainty. But don't worry, you'll get the drift.
Via the soon-to-be-defunct orangeblog.
Wireless security system
How to install a wireless security system:
Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men's used work boots, a really big pair. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine. Put a dog dish beside it, a really big dish.
Leave a note on your front door that says something like, "Bubba, Big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition - back in 1/2 an hr. Don't disturb the pit bulls. They've just been wormed and they're a little edgy."
June 26, 2006
The Swiss Plan
One of eight plans for winning the World Cup in this PowerPoint slideshow sent by Steve R. (Only 500 KB.)
What's the good part about Alzheimer's Disease?
You keep making new friends!
How to take a penalty shot in soccer - politely.
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Only a lawyer would say, "This isn't a crime of violence. This was a situation where she couldn't stand the pressure of opportunity." He was talking about this client:
Ex-teacher who faked cancer gets two years in prison
June 15, 2006
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. --A former special education teacher who faked cancer and collected $37,000 in donations, which she later spent on a vacation and jewelry, was sentenced Thursday to two years behind bars.
June 23, 2006
Update: This isn't a new design -- it's just a new product.
Checking out the web for shaft-driven bicycles yielded quite a few finds. There are several companies making shaft-driven bikes these days.
And the idea isn't new. There were people selling chainless bikes over 100 years ago. Here's one made by the Pierce Bicycle Company -- which went on to make Pierce Arrow automobiles.
And here's an ad for the Columbia chainless bike from the Pope Mfg. Co.:
A tool-building factory factory factory
This snippet comes from a post titled Why I Hate Frameworks at Joel Spolsky's Joel on Software site. If you're in the software dev business, it will have you in stitches.
So this week, we're introducing a general-purpose tool-building factory factory factory, so that all of your different tool factory factories can be produced by a single, unified factory. The factory factory factory will produce only the tool factory factories that you actually need, and each of those factory factories will produce a single factory based on your custom tool specifications. The final set of tools that emerge from this process will be the ideal tools for your particular project. You'll have *exactly* the hammer you need, and exactly the right tape measure for your task, all at the press of a button (though you may also have to deploy a few *configuration files* to make it all work according to your expectations).
This clip at YouTube has to be one of the strangest I've ever seen.
Via Dave Barry.
Rob forwards this collection:
"I've just learned about his illness. Let' s hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson
"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx
"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." - Thomas Brackett Reed
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
June 22, 2006
The world at night
A nice collection of 60 images taken at night, mostly of cityscapes.
A rare woman
Two guys are a sittin' in a boat, fishin' and suckin' down beer, when all of a sudden one ot them says, "I think I'm going to divorce my wife. She hasn't spoken to me in over 6 months."
The other guy takes another sip beer and says, "You better think it over... Women like that aren't easy to find."
Here's a trailer for Ratatouille, Pixar's next scheduled release about a rat living in Paris.
While at a local public garden, there were two male mallards engaging in amorous behavior with each other in one of the water features. My spouse and I looked at each other and we both knew what the other was thinking.
Jon Stewart-Taylor via rec.humor.funny.
June 21, 2006
I can think of at least one person (she had a pair of socks with toes knitted in them) who'd probably like these.
Here's a review of them.
A little out of season but I take 'em when I can get 'em.
Ole and Sven are tragically killed in an ice-fishing accident and they end up in Hell. The devil stops in and sees them dressed in parkas and mittens, warming themselves around the fire. The devil asks them, "What are you doing? Isn't it hot enough for you?"
Ole replies, "Vell, you know, ve're from nordern Visconsin, da land of snow an ice, an ve're yust happy fer a chance to varm up a little, you know."
Later when the devil returns to the room of the two guys from Wisconsin, he finds them in T-shirts, grilling walleye and drinking beer. The devil is astonished. "Everyone down here is in misery and you two seem to be enjoying yourselves."
Sven replies, "Vell, ya know, ve don't git too much varm veather back home in Visconsin, so ve've got ta haff a fish fry vhile da veather's dis nice."
The devil is so furious he can't see straight. Finally, he comes up with the answer. The two guys love the heat because they have been cold all their lives. So, the devil decides to turn off all the heat in Hell. The next morning, the temperature is 40 below zero. Every soul in Hell is shivering something awful. Icicles are hanging everywhere. The devil smiles and heads for the room where Ole and Sven are and he finds them back in their parka and mittens. They are jumping up and down, cheering, yelling and screaming like mad men.
The devil is dumbfounded. "I can't understand. When I turn up the heat you're happy. Now it's freezing cold and you're still happy. What's wrong with you two?"
Ole and Sven looked at the devil in surprise and say, "Vell, don't ya know? If Hell is froze over, dat must mean the Packers yust won a game."
We could use some spackle... Over...
An amusing clip at YouTube about a DUI test.
A dark and stormy night
I got a message purporting to contain This Year's Winners in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest at San Jose State University. But that message had the 'You lied!' earmark at the end and I'm pretty sure it's bogus. This year's winners will actually be announced sometime next month (July '06).
Last year's winner was Dan McKay of Fargo, ND with this:
As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.
All that said, here's what was in the message I received -- which was pretty amusing.
10) "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it."
9) "Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens."
8) "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description."
7) "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the East wall: 'Andre creep... Andre creep... Andre creep.'"
6) "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved."
5) "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from eking out a living at a local pet store."
4) "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do."
3) "Like an overripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor."
2) "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't know the meaning of the word 'fear'; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of death -- in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies."
AND THE WINNER IS...
1) "The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly, 'You lied!"
June 20, 2006
SONGYUAN, China -- Qiao Yubo, who is pregnant with at least five babies, walks with her husband, right, in Songyuan, in China's northeast Jilin province. Qiao, who is 1.67-meters tall, has a waistline measurement of 1.75 meters, five months into her pregnancy.
World's largest camera - and photograph
Some photographers are using a hangar at El Toro Marine Air Station as a camera:
On Wednesday, the six photographers with the nonprofit Legacy Project unveiled their massive camera at a news conference. They hope to have a photograph completed by July 8.
The photographers are using a nearly 31-by-111 foot piece of white fabric covered in 20 gallons of light-sensitive emulsion as the "negative."
After exposing the fabric for up to 10 days, they will develop it in a huge tub made of pool siding, using 200 gallons of black-and-white developer solution and 600 gallons of fixer.
A Flash game sponsored by Peugeot.
Mars and Venus redux
I don't know where Rob found this tale (and I doubt that it's true) but I agree with the prof: it gets an A+.
Here's a prime example of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" offered by an English professor with the University of Phoenix.
The professor told his class one day: "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragraph and send a copy to me. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story and send it back, also sending a copy to me. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth.
"Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking outside of the e-mails and anything you wish to say must be written in the e-mail. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."
The following was actually turned in by two of his English students: Rebecca and Gary.
THE STORY: (first paragraph by Rebecca)
At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.
(second paragraph by Gary)
Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things to think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimbo named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17," he said into his transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so far..." But before he could sign off a bluish particle beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across the cockpit.
He bumped his head and died almost immediately, but not before he felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers of Skylon 4. "Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The news simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window, dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed unhurriedly and carefree, with no newspaper to read, no television to distract her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things around her. "Why must on lose one's innocence to become a woman?" she pondered wistfully.
Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership launched the first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dim-witted wimpy peaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace disarmament Treaty through the congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the human race. Within two hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one to stop them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President, in his top-secret mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion, which vaporized poor, stupid, Laurie and 85 million other Americans. The President slammed his fist on the conference table. "We can't allow this! I'm going to veto that treaty! Let's blow 'em out of the sky!"
This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature. My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semi-literate adolescent.
Yeah? Well, my writing partner is a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh, shall I have chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of F--KING TEA??? Oh no, what am I to do? I'm such an air-headed bimbo who reads too many Danielle Steele novels!"
F__K YOU - YOU NEANDERTHAL!
Go drink some tea - whore.
A+ - I really liked this one.
June 19, 2006
Tucson John sends a link to this page by a mechanical engineer (PhD, Stanford) who hacked his VW Beetle:
Anybody else been here?
More humor from the trackback spammers.
Q: What's the difference between your latest project and putting wings on an elephant?
A: The elephant might fly.
Every once in a while I'm reminded why I don't watch much television. This bizarre ad from Folger's is a case in point.
Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.
GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
PROPENSITY TO CHANGE
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED
Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next."
They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.
June 16, 2006
Only two things that money can't buy
Only two things that money can't buy
And that's true love and homegrown tomatoes
"I'll count backwards from 10 and when I say '1', you'll rise! 10... 9... 8..."
Lawyers and light bulbs
This is one of the best lawyer jokes I've read in a spell. And, believe it or not, I found it in a piece of trackback Spam. So the spammer gets an A for effort (but s/he still doesn't get a trackback).
Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: You won't find a lawyer who can change a light bulb.
Now, if you're looking for a lawyer to screw a light bulb...
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Credit where it's due
It's been an interesting week at the Club For Growth blog, where Andrew Roth's been tracking Congressman Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) amendments to the Transportation and Treasury appropriations bill.
Rep. Flake's amendments were intended to trim pork from that bill, such as an earmark for $500,000 to renovate a swimming pool in Banning, California. So first of all, a major shout-out to Rep. Flake. Great work, Congressman.
These amendments came up for a vote on Wednesday and 46 House members voted for them - so they failed to pass. But I was very happy to see my representative -- Todd Akin (R-MO) -- on that list. So a second shout-out to him: Good job, Mr. Akin.
Changing focus for a moment, here's the winner in my personal Hall of Shame for the week: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). According to the Arlington Sun Gazette:
If Democrats win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran said he would use his position in the majority to help funnel more funds to his Northern Virginia district.
Moran, D-8th, told those attending the Arlington County Democratic Committee's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner on June 9 that while he in theory might oppose the fiscal irresponsibility of “earmarks” - funneling money to projects in a member of Congress's district - he understands the value they have to constituents.
“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I'm going to earmark the shit out of it," Moran buoyantly told a crowd of 450 attending the event.
Great! A congressman who understands the value of earmarks to his constituents -- that's just outstanding. Now, how about the value of our taxes to rest of us taxpayers, Mr. Moran? Think you can find a clue about that?
Ending on an upbeat note, a huge tip o' the hat to Senators Allen, Brownback, Coburn, DeMint, Enzi, Sununu and Vitter for sending a letter (PDF) to Senate Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) threatening a filibuster on the "527 bill" (H.R. 513).
At least some of the folks in Congress seem to understand the First Amendment. As they put it in their letter:
While many rightly criticized the McCain-Feingold bill for banning TV and radio ads within 60 days of an election, what justification is there to prohibiting any communication costing over $1,000 that mentions a congressman's name in any medium, 365 days a year, if done through one of these independent citizens' groups?
Pretty good question, eh? Should we let Congress continue to outlaw criticism of its members? That one seems like a no-brainer to me.
June 15, 2006
Not to drink with "friends."
Serious collegiate-type hijinx -- some NSFW.
Novel ways to deal with illegal immigration.
Dig a wide moat the length of the border with Mexico, take the dirt and raise the levees in New Orleans and put the Florida alligators in the moat.
Any other problems you would like for me to solve?
My mailbox is being flooded with mail concerning gas prices and illegal immigrants. To boycott oil companies or not; to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants or not, and so on.
I have come up with a solution: I have hired illegal immigrants to push my car. They're plentiful and it's cheaper than buying gas.
Whoever's flying this plane in this clip at YouTube sure knows what s/he's doing.
June 14, 2006
Why we split up
Rob sends this one.
She told me we couldn't afford beer anymore and I'd have to quit.
Then I caught her spending $65.00 on make-up and I asked how come I had to give up stuff and not her?
She said she needed the make-up to look pretty for me.
I told her that was what the beer was for.
I don't think she's coming back.
You just callled
A Flash editorial cartoon from Newsday. (The linked page wants to re-size the window and doesn't do it very intelligently.)
Forget the Repo Man
POSTED: 7:45 am EDT June 13, 2006
LIMERICK, Pa. -- No payment. No ride.
Some auto lenders are trading the repo man for a high-tech solution.
There's a growing trend in auto sales to people with bad credit. Lenders are frequently requiring a starter-interrupt device as a condition of the auto loan.
The device makes it so the car won't start if the customer misses a payment.
Officials of Pennsylvania-based lender Auto Trakk said the devices allow the company to consider the riskiest customers.
All right, Dave, I'll see your peacock and I'll raise.
June 13, 2006
(I think I need a new category just for puns.)
FOR LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS):
1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
2. A will is a dead giveaway.
3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
4. A backward poet writes inverse.
5. In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.
6. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
7. If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
8. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
9. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.
10. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
11. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
12. A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
13. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it
14. Local Area Network in Australia: The LAN down under.
15. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
16. A calendar's days are numbered.
17. A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.
18. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
19. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
20. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
21.. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.
22. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
23. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
24. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
25. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
26. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
27. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
28. Acupuncture: a jab well done.
29. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.
World Naked Bike Ride
Here's what the Wikipedia page for WNBR sez:
The World Naked Bike Ride is on...
It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.
According to the United Nations, close to a million species of plants and animals could disappear from the face of the earth in the next 50 years as a result of greenhouse gasses being released primarily from motor vehicles.
On 10 June 2006 over 53 cities across the world experienced the naked joy of the world's largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity. Many cities also ride again on 12 March 2006.
CodeWritinFool sends a link to this interesting widget -- carry your blog on your USB drive.
TiddlyWiki: a reusable non-linear personal web notebook
Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM
Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Here's a very entertaining clip at YouTube:
June 12, 2006
Car auction in the UK
So this British fellow is trying to sell his Ford Galaxy Ghia on eBay and ends up having an extermely funny round of e-mails with potential bidders. Scroll down to the bottom, left-hand side.
Maybe the messages were a spoof to stimulate visits -- but it's still very humorous even so.
Shop 'til you drop
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Business etiquette in Vietnam
From the Everything Not Forbidden Is Compulsory Dept, via Reuters:
Officials faulted for not singing karaoke
Jun 7, 7:25 AM (ET)
HANOI (Reuters) - In Vietnam, where karaoke is not only recreational but also business etiquette, failing to show your talent can cost you dearly.
Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper reported Wednesday that state oil monopoly Petrovietnam's financial arm PVFC ordered 21 officials to make "self-criticism" reports for not singing karaoke at a contract-signing ceremony near Hanoi Saturday.
At least eight department heads were facing suspension, said the newspaper, which also published a letter by the group of officials protesting the decision as unlawful.
"We all thought we had completed our company obligation and contributed to the success of the ceremony," the letter said. "We were only thinking of our family back in Hanoi, the kids and the wives waiting."
A company official said, "No one has been laid off yet but they have to criticize themselves for not participating in collective activities."
Prepare for Liftoff
Strange article at Wired:
There is no subtle way to say this: Brian Walker plans to shoot himself nearly 20 miles into the air aboard a homemade rocket launched from what could be the world’s largest crossbow. (Seriously.)
June 09, 2006
One of these mornings
One of these mornings, you're gonna rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings and you'll take the sky
Emergency stress relief -- check it out.
Weekend reading 17
Kathy Sierra wrote an interesting post a couple of months ago at the Creating Passionate Users blog:
Angry/negative people can be bad for your brain
Everyone's favorite A-list target, Robert Scoble, announced the unthinkable a few days ago: he will be moderating his comments. But what some people found far more disturbing was Robert's wish to make a change in his life that includes steering clear of "people who were deeply unhappy" and hanging around people who are happy. The harsh reaction he's gotten could be a lesson in scientific ingorance, because the neuroscience is behind him on this one.
Whether it's a good move is up to each person to decide, but I've done my best here to offer some facts. [...]
A few things I'll try to explain in this post:
1) One of the most important recent neuroscience discoveries--"mirror neurons", and the role they play in a decision like Robert's
2) The heavily-researched social science phenomenon known as "emotional contagion"
3) Ignorance and misperceptions around the idea of "happy people"
And, sort of tangentially related to Ms Sierra's post, I found an interesting post at Cafe Hayek by Russell Roberts called Fake Science on Rage:
Here's how the AP story begins:
To you, that angry, horn-blasting tailgater is suffering from road rage. But doctors have another name for it — intermittent explosive disorder — and a new study suggests it is far more common than they realized, affecting up to 16 million Americans.
"People think it's bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know ... is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this," said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago's medical school.
I love that phrase: "there's a biology and cognitive science to this." It's scientific, don't you see? It's not just a matter of vague concepts like anger, or self-control. It's part of your biology. Never mind that the the phrase has no real meaning.
But how would you actually diagnose this disorder to make sure it's a disorder rather than say, merely an attitude or an immaturity?
Update: (Sundy, 6/11)
Having just finished Stafford and Webb's book Mind Hacks yesterday, I was interested to read the final chapter in which they talk about mimicry, mirror neurons and, in particular, how to Spread a Bad Mood Around -- it's one of their section titles. That chapter seemed to back up some of what Ms. Sierra had wrotten in her post.
Then a quick google led me to the Mind Hacks blog where I found a post about the very same study that was mentioned at Cafe Hayek. Here's the take at the Mind Hacks blog on that study:
Having 'uncontrollable' angry outbursts meets the criteria for "intermittent explosive disorder" - a diagnosable mental illness. According to a recent study, 7.3% of Americans could be diagnosable within their lifetime - that's 1 in 14 people.
The diagnosis just seems to describe people who have occasional and extreme angry outbursts that are out of proportion to the stresses they experience.
No wonder diagnostic manuals get a bad name when behaviour within the normal spectrum (even if it is only displayed by a minority of people) is pathologised as a 'mental illness'.
I suspect this reflects an increasing attitude than unless something is defined as a 'mental illness' people can't be offered help for their problem, or perhaps, won't be willing to seek assistance.
This post provides links to an article in the New Scientist and to an abstract of the study itself.
Diet Coke and Mentos
He's talking about some guys who drop 500 Mentos mints into 101 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke. I'd embed the video but it's QuickTime and (naturally) a huge file to download.
June 08, 2006
How to convert a bear
Rob sends this highly amusing lesson in Comparative Religion:
A Catholic priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.
One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment. They'd all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it and attempt to convert it.
Seven days later, they were all together again discussing their experiences.
Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches and had various bandages, went first. "Well," he said, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the catechism. Now that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary, Mother of God! he became as gentle as a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."
Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts. In his best fire-and-brimstone style he told his story. "WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from GOD'S HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with ME. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, Father, then he was as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus."
They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast, with traction, and with IVs running into him and monitor leads running out of him. He was in very bad shape.
The rabbi looked up at them and said, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."
Another Top 10 list
From urinal.net, what else would you expect? The Top 10 Most Fascinating Urinals, a collection ranging from the International Space Station to Antarctica.
Here's an hand-crafted example from a collection in San Francisco:
A well-mannered lad
Sticking with the urinal theme, we have this one from Steve R:
During one of her classes a teacher was trying to teach good manners. She asked one of her students this question. "Michael, if you were on a date and having dinner with a nice young lady, how would you tell her that you have to go to the bathroom?"
"Just a minute I have to go pee," Michael replied.
The teacher responded by saying, "No. That would be rude and impolite. What about you, Peter? How would you say it?"
Peter said, "'I'm sorry, but I really need to go to the bathroom. I'll be right back."
"That's better, but it's still not very nice to use the word 'bathroom' at the dinner table," replied the teacher. "And you, little Johnny... Can you use your brain for once and show us your good manners?"
"Sure," Johnny said. "I would say: 'Darling, may I please be excused for a moment? I have to shake hands with a very dear friend of mine, whom I hope you'll get to meet after dinner.'"
This TV prank is seriously hilarious.
June 07, 2006
what who you eat
A large corporation recently hired several cannibals. "You are all part of our team now," the HR rep told them during their entrance briefing. "You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please do not eat any of the other employees."
The cannibals promised they would not.
Four weeks later their boss remarked, "You're all working very hard and I am satisfied with your work. However, one of our secretaries has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to her?"
The cannibals all shook their heads "no".
After the boss had gone, the leader of the cannibals said to the others "Which one of you idiots ate the secretary?" A hand rose hesitantly.
"You fool!" the leader said to the guilty person. "For four weeks we have been eating managers and no one noticed anything. But no-o-o-o -- you had to go and eat someone who actually does something!"
One reason not to exercise
This one's been around for years - but it's pretty funny, so we'll give it another go. J.R. sent us this one, IIRC.
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Johnny Carson: "You're 82 years old, but you've never been married?"
Furry Lewis: "I didn't have to get married. All my friends had wives."
All right, you seekers-after-cute-animal-pictures, here it is: the Big Kahuna of Kute. It's 47 images that Carol sent.
I have no idea where she found all these - and, naturally, it will take a while for all of them to load.
June 06, 2006
Steve F passes this one along.
The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary's Hospital.
Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical.
A closely monitored, scientific study of a test group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical; a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it meant that the person was experiencing a great amount of stress.
Look at the photograph carefully and if you find more than one or two differences then you may need to take a vacation.
Steve R -- Mr. Plane Guy -- forwards this image of a tail fin from an F-14 Tomcat that was found washed ashore in Ireland. The US Navy confirmed that it's from a plane which crashed near Florida 3 1/2 years before.
Full story here.
A familiar face?
A guy goes to a supermarket and notices a beautiful blonde who waves at him and says hello. He's rather taken aback, because he can't imagine how she recognizes him. So he asks, "Do you know me?"
She replies, "I think you're the father of one of my children."
He thinks back to the only time he had ever been unfaithful and says, "My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that I made out with on the pool table, with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery?"
Looking very uncomfortable she says, "Umm... no. I'm your son's math teacher."
Tip o' the hat to Rob.
A clever Peugeot ad, via Dave.
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June 03, 2006
Peer-to-peer is finally here
I've been biting my figurative tongue for over a year now, waiting for the time when I could write a post about this. The CodeWritinFool (one of our regular contributors) and his partner J.R. (another regular) are ready to release some software they've been working on.
What is it? Well, it's a peer-to-peer backup program that they call BackUpStream.
If you spend any time at all thinking about how to back up your disc drives, you'll realize that peer-to-peer backup is a really neat idea. You can arrange your back-ups to be offsite at a friend's house -- or at several friends' houses -- without any of those monthly charges you'd pay for a "network backup" service with the same (or fewer) features. And you can reciprocate by letting your friends back up their drives to your machine(s). All you need is a network connection and BackUpStream.
"Collaborative back-up" is the concept in a nutshell.
Or, if you're interested in enterprise-type use, BackUpStream lets you get off-site backups between different office sites, or between home and office, and so on.
What I particularly like about BackUpStream is that I can run it on different machines on my LAN at home and have them automatically backed-up to each other on a regular schedule. At a time when hard drives come with 1-year warranties, a good back-up is just as important as ever.
Another nice touch is the wizard-like approach to backing up application data files. Want to back up just your e-mail files and your Excel spreadsheets? BackUpStream will find those on your drives and take care of it.
Naturally, there's a whole list of other interesting features - including great security. They've put a lot of time and thought into how it works. But rather than list those features here, you can read them for yourself at BackUpStream.com.
Check out the free trial version. BackUpStream is a nice piece of work and I think it will do well.
I don't know which of these guys has too much confidence in the other -- maybe both of them.
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June 02, 2006
You know you're a redneck when...
Steve F sends a new check list for determining your cultural niche. I was getting a little tired of redneck jokes until I saw this list, which I thought was very amusing.
1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
5. You think "The Nutcracker" is something you do off the high dive.
6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
7.You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don't want it.
8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
12. Your grandmother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.
13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
14. You've been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
15. You go to the stock car races and don't need a program.
16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
18. Your house doesn't have curtains, but your truck does.
19. You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say "Cool Whip" on the side.
24. The biggest city you've ever been to is Wal-Mart.
25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
26. You've used your ironing board as a buffet table.
27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
28. You've used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.
I don't often get envious, but I'd sure like to have a license plate like this one:
From the Club for Growth blog.
June 01, 2006
OK, this makes 3 out of 4 geeky posts for the day -- but why not?
Internet Help Desk
This guy nails it pretty well.
Update: Or see the studio version at deadtroll.com.
One bad pun
...deserves another. Here's a worthy follow-on the the Sinko de Mayo story.
A couple goes for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and orders the "Chicken Surprise." The waiter brings the meal, which is served in a lidded, cast iron pot.
Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down. "Good grief, did you see that?" she asks her husband.
He hadn't, so she asks him to look into the pot. He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.
Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands an explanation.
"Please, sir," says the waiter, "what you order?"
The husband replies, "Chicken Surprise."
"Ah... so sorry," says the waiter, "I bring you Peeking Duck"
Interesting article about a custom PC case:
For those who may have missed Part I, the aim of this project was to build a completely custom-built computer case, out of stainless steel, that would look like the sort of atomic bomb that one sees in spy movies or on TV shows like 24.