Sunday, March 30, 2008

Knuckle-ink Under

Helpful Hint from Heloise #47: Never go shopping for knuckle tattoos when you're hungry. (via Boing Boing)

Take the Movie Tattoo Trivia Quiz (I scored a lousy 5 out of 10)

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<-- Setters       Pointers -->

59 of the Coolest Toilet Signs Around the World

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I Know What You Did Last Supper

Suddenly Last Supper
There's nothing like a couple thousand years of of repetition and an iconic painting by an Old Master to get story to get lodged inside the heads of the creators of pop culture. A heavenly host of various parodies, tributes and reenactments of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. (via The Presurfer)

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Look into my eyes... You are getting ve-e-e-r-r-y generous...

Police in Italy are searching for a man thought to be hypnotizing grocery store cashiers into handing over money from their cash registers. (via Schneier on Security)

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10 PRINT "Bow" 20 PRINT "Wow" 30 GOTO 10

A while back I posted a video showing some people from Boston Dynamics "test-driving" their four-legged robot they're calling BigDog. Before you continue on, you really need to watch that video first, otherwise the following is going to make much sense. Go ahead. We'll wait for you.

Concerning the adventures of Robodoggy, it seems there may be an update of sorts...Video of BigDog Beta Quadruped Robot Is So Stupid It's Hilarious.

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Jumping into nowhere

News came out of the Portland/Seattle area the other day that some kids playing outside their house may have located the parachute used by the legendary Dan Cooper (a/k/a D. B. Cooper) in his infamous Thanksgiving 1971 hijacking of a Northwest Orient Boeing 727.

If you're not up to speed on the whole D. B. Cooper saga, Wikipedia is here to give you all the vitals on this mysterious and fascinating chapter in American crime.

And if, by some chance, you don't have the time, inclination or cerebral wherewithal to read about D. B., then perhaps Todd Snider can sum things up for you in a three-and-a-half minute pop nugget. Todd Snider - D. B. Cooper

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What is the sound of one hand clapping?

I'm pretty sure it sounds (and looks) a bit like this awesome super slo-mo video of someone getting his face slapped.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

And the 'tat's on my forehead and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man in the moon

Meet the Bebees. Father Floyd, 48, and his son Justin, 21, have what can only be categorized as a nearly idyllic father-son relationship. Not only can they exchange amusing stories about their colorful experiences while they were guests of the Central Florida Facility for Wayward Adults, they also can form a wonderful bond over their shared enthusiasm for forehead art.

Not shown, Floyd further conjugates the clause on his forehead, sporting a "Got-R-Did" tattoo on the back of his head. Not to be outdone, young Justin has had his eyelids tattooed with "F***" and "You". Stay classy, Bebees! (thanks for the link, David "Jailhouse Tat" P.)

Chicago tattoo artist accidentally gives someone a tattoo spelled "CHI-TONW". In a show of support, other Chicago inkers are getting the same misspelling on themselves.

Actual Geek Tattoos

Geek temporary tattoos, for your more faint-of-heart nerd.

Tattoos for the blind.

This is what you'd call a "self-fulfilling tattoo".

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The All-Singing, All-Dancing Crap of the Internets

A Flock of Mullets
(via The Presurfer)

Singing Horses

Talking cats Stick around until the end of this clip, as the subtitled talking cat is so worth it.

That cat talking with the subtitles in the previous video made me think of this. Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" (Misheard Lyrics Version)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seriously, what's not to love about a good old-fashioned derivational morphology joke?

Heidi's Fourth Annual Simpsons Linguistic Jokes. (via Metafilter)

Category: Compounding and lexicalization, and a side dish of slack-jawed yokel dialect features (nonstandard subject-verb agreement, what introducing object relative clause, plus the usual collection of phonological characteristics)

Homer is refereeing Lisa's little league soccer games, unfairly. Lisa's moaning and rolling on the ground after having been passed by an offensive player headed for goal.

Homer (whistle): Foul on the other girl! Lisa gets a penalty kick and every other kid has to pay her a dollar.
Brandine (standing up in bleachers): That is an outrage! Your daughter's been flopping all day!
Homer: She has not! Your daughter's a dirty player.
Cletus (also standing): Sir, I have sired a dumdum, a mushhead, a whatsit, a dogboy, and something with a human face and fish body what we calls Kevin. But my younguns is not dirty players!
Homer: I don't need a soccer lecture from a hillbilly!
Cletus: That's hill-William to you, sir!

Third Annual (2007)
Second Annual (2006)
First Annual (2005)

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Monday, March 17, 2008

My dog may be creepy, but he does get 34 miles to the gallon.

Boston Dynamics has been developing a four-legged robot they call Big Dog. This footage of it maneuvering through wooded and icy terrain is pretty amazing. Its gait really looks like some sort of animal. About 35 seconds in, one of the testers tries to kick it over. Either he really has a thing against headless quadrupeds or he's testing the balance correction. Take your pick. Another near-fall on the ice takes place around the 1:25 mark, and the recovery looks so lifelike it's really quite spooky.(via Gizmodo)

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

We're gonna need a bigger racetrack

The 1K Project overlaps many, many races of TrackMania Sunrise until it's a blur of 1,000 cars running the same track simultaneously. The video is really quite beautiful. I like the Moby track in there, too. (via In4mador!)

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Did you hear the one about the Etch-A-Sketch artist who lost his life's work in an earthquake?

Angela Yuan built this awesome Etch-A-Sketch robotic clock which automatically draws the correct time, then erases and redraws itself every minute. Watch the video here or visit Angela's site. (via Neatorama)

Back in 2004, two guys from Cornell merged an Etch-A-Sketch with a serial mouse. Here are the (uber-technical) results.

Ever wonder what the inside of an Etch-A-Sketch looks like? Wonder no longer. Full article and Etch-A-Autopsy photos over at HowStuffWorks.

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It's a choice they're making... just maybe not a very good one

Oh inscrutable Japanese TV, how I love you so! This version of "We Are The World" with an all-Japanese cast impersonating the various members that comprised the bombast-fest that was USA for Africa is pure small-screen gold.

The faux-Cyndi Lauper nails it and the imitation Bruce really pours his heart out, even if he can't quite hit the notes. The Billy Joel is a little disturbing, not so much because of the singing, but more due to the fact that his sparse, taped-on pseudo-beard makes him look less like The Piano Man and more like The Geico Caveman. The less said about Fake Stevie Wonder the better. (via Monkeys For Helping)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Local Scientist Goes Away Mad

Psychic dogs, pigeon-guided missiles and urinal periscopes! Vote for your favorite from these 10 Weird Psychological Studies (thanks for the link, Janet!)

Decapitated rats, dog-less heads and vomit-drinking doctors! Just a few of the 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time

Corpse-Reanimation Technology Still 10 Years Off, Say MIT Mad Scientists (via The Onion)

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Like Be Kind, Rewind without the budget

Brandon Hardesty is a 22 year-old actor noted for his YouTube fame, where he regularly posts "uncanny" recreations of scenes from movies, playing every part himself.

One of the most charming aspects about the re-enactments is the lo-fi, all-expenses-spared props from around the house. One of the characters is supposed to have facial hair? No problem! That's just some Scotch tape and a Mr. Potato Head mustache! Need a full dress uniform for the Jack Nicholson character in the big "You can't handle the truth!" scene from A Few Good Men? Why, that's a sports jacket with some of Mom's broaches pinned to the lapel.

Searching YouTube, you can easily find dozens of his little scenes. Here are a few of my favorites.

First, a scene from Jurassic Park. Here is a bit of what Brandon had to say about his reason for choosing this particular scene.

The only reason I did this video: Jeff "Freaking" Goldblum. My friends and I sat up all night doing Jeff Goldblum impersonations, ending each sentence with "and, and, if... and, well, thereitis." I have a hunch that when he gets a script, he adds a comma after 90% of the words in all of his lines.

"I'm just saying that, uh, uh, life, uh, finds, a way."

I concentrated on Jeff Goldblum... my impersonation of the other four characters may not be up to par.

And here is the scene

Another favorite of mine (both his version as well as the original) is the "Battle of Wits" scene from The Princess Bride. His impression of Vizzini is spot-on.

Lastly, here's one he shared with Jimmy Kimmel on late-night TV recently. It's the (in)famous "I drink your milkshake!" scene from There Will Be Blood. Love the bowling set, Brandon!

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Don't touch that email! The paint's not dry yet.

A Russian commercial for Gmail. Brilliant. (via AdArena)

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As always, your appendectomy is in 30 minutes or it's free!

Here's a good way to kill a couple of hours. And a couple of patients.

You are Alan Probe, pizza delivery guy and wannabe surgeon. It doesn't help that you also happen to be a moron. You are assisted by disgraced surgeon and cough syrup addict Dr. Ignacious Bleed. With the help of Bleed, you perform pooltable-top surgery using a variety of tools scrounged from the back of your delivery van. Nice, safe, sterile confidence-inspiring professional-grade surgical tools. Like pizza cutters, corkscrews and staplers. You know. The good stuff.

Alright, enough yakkin', you've got lives to save! Play Amateur Surgeon. (via Cosmic Watercooler)

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Out of the trees and onto the bikes

You start the video. It's called "One Got Fat". Huh, that's kind of an odd title...

Up comes the perky 1950's-style educational film strings and percussion. It seems to be some kind of bicycle safety film for the kids... Should be cute.

It's not. It's somewhere between terrifying and... no, actually it just is terrifying. You see, all the kids are wearing monkey masks. And no, they aren't cute little Curious George-style ones either. These are freakish, soulless, eyeless, creepy-ass papier mache masks that will haunt you for the rest of your days.

I will let RoG from I-Mockery describe the action, especially since his post included some great animated images and he went to the trouble of, you know, being funny and all. A play-by-play breakdown of the freakiest safety film ever.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Head 'em off at the past!

If you don't follow the ABC TV show Lost, or don't want to read yet another Theory of Everything attempting to explain away all the weirdness that goes on there, you may want to skip this one. For the rest of you who just have to know, it's all about time-travel. (via Fimoculous)

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Once I get some, I'll let you know

Did you know that different cultures from around the world count their money if quite distinct and different ways? How people count cash. (via Boing Boing)

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