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March 31, 2008

The 20 Worst

Men's Health has a collection of the 20 worst foods in American restaurants.

Caramel Banana Pecan Cream Stacked and Stuffed Hotcakes (Bob Evans)


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April 1

April Fools' Day On The Web

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Stormy Monday

Here's one that fits the recent weather: an entertaining mashup of Singin' In The Rain with video of a flooded basement server room.

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Irony update

Texas University's Honor Code Plagiarized?
Part Of Code's Wording Matches Another University's

POSTED: 8:47 pm EDT March 30, 2008

SAN ANTONIO -- The goal was an honor code that discouraged cheating and plagiarizing.

But the wording in a draft by students at the University of Texas at San Antonio appears to match Brigham Young University's code -- without proper attribution.

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March 30, 2008


Here's a really interesting combination of Google Maps and Flickr that's called FlickrVision. You can waste a lot of time just watching it.


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Stems up

With his car up on a lift in the garage where my father worked, the owner of a 1970s Cadillac (with the extra wheel well fenders that covered a fair portion of the tires) asked that all four wheels be rotated such that the valve stems were "pointing up" (and therefore not obstructed by the fender extensions). This was to ensure that the next time he pulled into a service station to put air into the tires, all four valve stems would be accessible without needing to move the car several times to get access.

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More cute animal action - VII

Mary sends this collection of 14 images.















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March 25, 2008

Mark Wing

Meet Mark Wing.

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This is Martin Zampach's concept but it isn't being produced yet.


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Here's your sign

I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her.

She carefully compared that signature to the one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

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Take the test

A.E. sends a link to this site, where the clip below came from.

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March 24, 2008

Let's hope the numbers were lucky

From another collection at The Daily WTF.


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Louis and Danny

Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye doing a comedy version of When the Saints Go Marchin' In. If you like it at all, I think it'll lighten your mood.

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong says it's from the move The Five Pennies. Curiously, though, it does not appear in the movie's soundtrack.

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A great pub

I'd been saving this one for St. Patrick's day and I missed it. Better late than never, though.

A Scotsman, an Englishman, and an Irishman meet in a bar while traveling.

"Y'know," said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Glasgow, there's a wonderful little bar called McTavish's. The landlord there goes out of his way for the locals, so much that when you buy four drinks he'll buy the fifth one for you."

"Well," said the Englishman, "at my local, the Red Lion, the barman there will buy your third drink after you buy the first two."

"Ahhhhh, that's nothing," said the Irishman. "Back home in me own Dublin, there's Ryan's Bar. Now the moment you set foot in the place they'll buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like. Then, when you've had enough drinks, they'll take you upstairs and see that you get laid. All on the house."

The Englishman and Scotsman immediately scorn the Irishman's claims. But he swears every word is true.

"Well," asked the Englishman, "did this actually happen to you?"

"Not to meself, personally, no," said the Irishman. "But it did happen to me sister."

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We now resume our regular programming

A few folks have asked why there've been so few posts recently. And the answer to that is: I spent the first two weeks of the month getting my ducks in a row so I could accompany Mom and the kids to Egypt during the third week.


There we saw many piles of antiquated masonry (like the two above), a horde of other tourists (from Europe and northeast Asia, mostly) and more street vendors than I've ever seen in one place. They were as thick as flies and harder to avoid.

It was an interesting trip - and not only for the 25 consecutive hours we spent in airports and on airliners yesterday (sigh). My elder son and I went to see an Arabic movie in Aswan one evening and we spent several other hours away from the tour group chatting up the Man On The Street in Cairo and Aswan. That worked surprisingly well, despite our ignorance of Arabic, but only because our Egyptian victims knew some English and wanted to practice it. The young men who weren't street vendors were uniformly pleasant to talk to. (We didn't try to talk to any young women because none approached us as the young men did.)

When I get photos & videos posted somewhere, I'll provide a link to them. But that won't happen for a week or two, I'm guessing.

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March 07, 2008

Early computing

Neatorama has a nice article called The Wonderful World of Early Computing. It starts back before 'A' (as in abacus) and runs through "Amazing Grace" Hopper.

Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2, with Doron Swade of
The Science Museum who oversaw its construction.

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Deadly combinations

What happens when you combine two of the Seven Deadly Sins? Here's a chart to help you figure it out.


Here's a larger view.


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More terminal cuteness

The cutest screen cleaner you've ever seen.


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Amazing chemistry

Wired has compiled a collection of its Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos. Check it out.


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In the hot seat

Undistinguished and often shabby in appearance, Ulysses S. Grant did not recommend himself to strangers by his looks. He once entered an inn at Galena, Illinois, on a stormy winter's night. A number of lawyers, in town for a court session, were clustered around the fire.

One looked up as Grant appeared and said, "Here's a stranger, gentlemen, and by the looks of him he's traveled through hell itself to get here."

"That's right," said Grant cheerfully.

"And how did you find things down there?"

"Just like here," replied Grant, "lawyers all closest to the fire."

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March 05, 2008

What's your best price?

Kevin sends a link to this very amusing clip about shopping for a dentist.

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Three's a charm

Woman Delivers Long-Shot Identical Triplets
In-Vitro Fertilization Gives Certainty To Result

POSTED: 1:44 pm EST March 4, 2008

MANHASSET, N.Y. -- The odds of identical triplets are longer than winning a big lottery jackpot, but a Long Island woman has done it.

Allison and Tom Penn of Huntington, N.Y., became parents to Logan, Eli and Collin on Feb. 27, and all three boys are healthy.

North Shore University Hospital said the event only happens in one of every 200 million births.

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No sharp turns

Here's an interesting way to move a ladder. If this person made it without mishap, I hope s/he bought a lottery ticket.


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Latest hijacking

A group of terrorists has hijacked a plane full of lawyers.

They're demanding 20 million dollars and they're threatening to release one lawyer at a time until it's delivered.

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March 03, 2008

Inside North Korea

A slideshow of photos by Chang Lee at the New York Times' site.



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She doesn't enjoy being young?

Woman, 96, Born In Leap Year Feels 'Shorted'
Wisconsin Woman To Celebrate 24th Leap Year Birthday

POSTED: 11:39 am EST February 29, 2008

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. -- One Wisconsin woman is celebrating her 24th birthday -- at the age of 96.

Tillie Iverson is a Leap Year baby, born on Feb. 29, 1912.


Iverson said she never really liked being a Leap Year baby. Like others, she said she's celebrated her birthday on either Feb. 28 or March 1.

But she said neither day is her birthday, and that she feels like she's been "shorted."

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AutoCAD animation

This animated short was made by Michael Sormann using AutoCAD, I believe. It's pretty well done.

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Tell me all about yourself

From the Freakonomics 2008 Fact-a-Day Calendar:

Self-descriptions on Internet dating sites*

1. Women claiming "above average" looks - 72 percent
2. Women claiming "very good" looks - 24 percent
3. Men claiming "above average" looks - 68 percent
4. Men claiming "very good" looks - 19 percent

*Leaves 30 percent of online daters "average" and one percent "below average" looks.

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