It’s my wife’s birfday today so we’re off to hike with the doggerz and then down to Detroit to the art museum. But, first, an assortment of oddball, silly things I found on the innernetz this morning. Maybe I’ll start a new EclectaFeature with it.
From the “Life Imitates The Onion” Department:
January 1, 2011
Rev. Pat Robertson sparked controversy in today’s broadcast of his “700 Club” program when he claimed that God created the blizzard currently battering the Northeast “to punish Americans who were planning to drive to do something gay.”
(Actually, this is Andy Borowitz’s work so it’s, you know, snark.)
“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”
– Jack Handey
And you can be sure it will be a Republican president when it happens.
Fox shoots man (No, not Fox News. An actual fox.)
A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.
There’s got to be a political metaphor in there somewhere, right?
They’re Changing the Zodiac and adding a 13th astrological sign, Ophiuchus. Probably because of global warming. Now I’m an Aquarius? Whatever. I’m so not an Aquarius.
There was a kid born at 11:11 a.m on 1/11/11. They better name him “Unity”.
His sister was born on 9/9/09. Totally not kidding.
Another couple had three kids born on 8/8/88, 9/9/99 and 10/10/10. Still not kidding.
I’ve had the song “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” stuck IN my head but never had diamonds stuck ON my head. Artist Debuts Diamond-Studded Baby Skull.
Guy sues Boy Scouts because they didn’t cut down a tree that eventually fell on him.
A man who lost his right leg above the knee when a rotted tree fell on him last summer at Camp Warren Levis is suing the Lewis and Clark Boy Scout Council and the Boy Scouts of America, claiming the organizations were negligent.
John Gremli of Bethalto, who was sleeping in a tent at the Boy Scout camp in Godfrey when the rotted oak tree fell on him, claims in his lawsuit that the organizations failed to conduct an inspection program to identify and remove dead standing or dying trees in and around a camping area.
Let’s all just remind ourselves that he was camping in the forest when this happened.
Jesus Christ that’s a giant Jesus Christ!
FFS, some people will bitch about anything:
Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer found he was less likely to recall information he had read on his Kindle e-reader, even though the reading experience was easier and more relaxing.
Quickie fun facts:
- Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Well, aren’t YOU special?)
- A banana tree is not a tree at all. It’s the world’s largest herb. (Okay, I NEVER would have guessed that.)
- A bamboo tree isn’t a tree at all. It’s a grass. (I’m starting to wonder who’s in charge of the Tree Naming Department…)
- Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. (Is that because most of the safety-related things we encounter are designed by right-handers???)
- Women blink nearly twice as much as men. (That’s probably because … nevermind. I’m not going there.)
- The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.
- “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten. (I’m pretty sure my cat used about 97 of them this morning at breakfast time.)
- Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey. (“New Jersey: Eggplant Capital of the World” — I dunno … is that working for you?)
- Norman Larsen, president and head chemist at the Rocket Chemical Company, developed a water displacement formula on his fortieth try. He named it WD-40. (What can I say? Us R&D chemists are a creative bunch, aren’t we?)
Glasses change everything:
I’m just sayin’…