Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thirty Fails Hath November

Actually, it's a lot more than that. Here is a Fail Compilation for November 2010.

From Point A to Point B via Your Butt

The Technical University of Munich has two gigantic 4-story high slides.

At 82 meters, this holds the title of Japan's Longest Slide.

A very long slide at Mo Shan Mountain (Hong Kong?) that looks really fun.

Some jobs have better perks than others

Only $18.99! Cheap!


In what's left of this post-Thanksgiving gravy-covered bacchanalia of a weekend, we could all probably use a bit more exercise. In futility.

Pointless Factoid Bonus!
  • In the Star Trek series, some of the doors, pipes, conduits, and access panels were labeled GNDN as an inside-joke among the cast and crew. GNDN stood for "Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing".

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

You Can Leave Your Hat On

Good news, everyone! This busy Thanksgiving travel season, as you go through the TSA's porn-ray scanners, you can protest this intrusion of your privacy without saying a word.

4th Amendment Wear offers you metallic ink-printed undershirts and underwear that leave nothing to the imagination concerning your constitutional right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Have You Seen Me Lately?

25 Hilarious Lost Pet Flyers

President Bethersonton?

I really miss The West Wing sometimes. This is perhaps one of my favorite scenes from the entire series, where President Bartlett calls the Butterball Turkey Hotline for some stuffing tips. From season 3, "The Indians in the Lobby".

Best line: "If I cook it inside the turkey, is there a chance I could kill my guests? I'm not saying that's necessarily a deal-breaker."

Monday, November 15, 2010

If It's Broke, Fix It

Budget Puzzle
This is a great interactive post in the online New York Times that lets you decide the best way to balance the US federal budget over the next 5 to 20 years. Cut spending and entitlements? Raise taxes? Check the appropriate boxes and watch your choices automagically shrink the deficit before your very eyes!

What's also cool is that when you have completed your master savings plan, there's a link to let you post it on your Twitter feed.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Waiter, there's a hair in my beard!

Luckily, we no longer have to wait for the best headline of the year, because this is it. This may also preemptively beat all entries for the next two years as well, as it is just. That. Awesome.


Kentucky Man Forced To Eat His Beard

That is all.(via Uproxx)

Forever Alone

Saddest European trip ever. (via EatLiver)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Okay, okay, okay already!

I'm usually pretty psyched when a new OK Go video drops, and this one is... pretty good. Not terrible or anything, and still more creative than most any other music video out there. But I'd say it doesn't come near something like a "This Too Shall Pass" (easily my favorite) or even on par with the treadmill-centric "Here It Goes Again". Take a look and see what you think.
OK Go - End Love

Says the director: “The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x speed, stretching a mere 1/2 second of real time into a whopping 16 seconds. If you like averages, the average speed up factor of the band dancing is 270x. In total we shot 18 hours of the band dancing and 192 hours of LA skyline timelapse – over a million frames of video – and compressed it all down to 4 minutes and 30 seconds! Oh and don’t forget, it’s one continuous camera shot.”

Previous OK Go-ness:
White Knuckles
This Too Shall Pass
Here It Goes Again

Useless factoid 'o' the day: “OKLAHOMA IS OK” first adorned license plates in 1967.

What is the origin of the English colloquialism "okay"? Short answer: No one knows for sure, and there are several dozen proposed etymologies, but the leading contender seems to be a comical spelling of "Oll Korrect".

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Morning Jukebox

The White Stripes - "Sister, Do You Know My Name?", from their second album De Stijl, footage from Edward Norton's The 25th Hour (2002)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Set Kitteh Phasers to "Stun"!

Video remix of cute "Fainting Goat" Kittens. They suffer from a genetic disorder that causes them to stiffen up and fall over when startled. It's rare in cats; the name comes from a breed of goat where the condition is more prevalent. (via Cynical-C)

UPDATE - Sad news to add to this story: apparently, one of the kittens, Spike, has died because the condition interfered with his respiratory system. Fortunately, there may be hope for Charlie, the other cat. This BBC followup has more details.