Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shh! Quiet! The ending is about to begin!

Statue-pooping is only one of their many charms

With all the counterfeits out there these days, a pigeon appraiser can never be too careful.

Perhaps you're thinking, "If you've seen one rat-with-wings, you've seen 'em all". Not so, my friend. Most definitely not so. Take a, uh... gander... at these finalists in the 2011 National Pigeon Association’s “Grand National” Pigeon Show. (via WowStrangeFun)

This is exactly how New York pigeons talk.

Ever wonder why pigeons bob their heads when they walk? Well, read this classic (1979) Straight Dope column and wonder no more!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

President Thunder Thighs!

The tip is fine, but I am a little concerned about how chubby Abe's legs are getting.

Monday, June 20, 2011

"I Am Going To Win A Million Dollars Today"

If more people acted this way on this show (I actually didn't think Who Wants To be A Millionaire? was even on the air anymore!) instead of the usual hemming and hawing and agonizing over every single question, I would probably watch every day.

Watch as this contestant dominates the first part of the game.

A literal LOL from me when host Meredith Vieira comments on his rapid-fire answers which don't even allow her to read off the choices:

MEREDITH: Alan, did you write these questions?!
ALAN: No, but there are other people waiting to play the game and I want to give them a chance.

They ran out of time, but Alan was brought back for the following show. Part two below:

Friday, June 17, 2011

Soylent Brown Is People!

Is this an actual thing?

Japanese scientists have worked out a way to make a beef substitute out of... wait for it... human excrement. That's poop to you and me, kids.

According to the work being done by scientist Mitsyuki Ikeda, "sewage mud" (gosh, isn't that term so much more appetizing than "feces"?!) contains a large amount of protein, and he has developed a way to extract this protein and form it into a sort of, uh, poopsteak.

The bacteria are killed off by heat during the manufacturing process, soy protein is added to enhance the flavor and red food coloring is added to give the end result a more reassuring pinkish hue.

I have seen a ton of stories on the interwebtubes this afternoon, but I am not entirely convinced that this isn't some kind of massive hoax. All the stories seem to a single report from Yahoo! News. I mean, the scientist's name is Ikeda. I-keeda. As in "I kid"? Hmmm....

Here's the video and the link to the original Yahoo! story, but, dare I say it, my bullshit detector is going off here.

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Sunday, June 12, 2011

111-Year-Old Hubba-Hubba

Unknown subject in a circa 1900 photograph labeled simply "Thisbe". Pyramus and Thisbe are two characters from Roman mythology whose star-crossed love story sort of serves as a template for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet sixteen centuries later. Looks remarkably like a young Drew Barrymore. Click for the large version. (via Shorpy)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

They may not have broken the mold when they made you...

...but I think the camera may have been damaged. Some bizarre family/yearbook photos.

Kid? Or maybe Play? I always mix them up? (via the apparently now-defunct Bad Yearbook Photos)

Thinking of Me (via Awkward Family Photos)

I have kids. I have seen plenty of episodes of iCarly. I don't remember seeing the one where Spencer put on an unconvincing blonde wig, leather blouse, and fishnet gloves. Well, okay, actually, I think I have, but not where he then posed for yearbook a photo. (via Oddee)

Business in the front, party in the back, crazy in the eyes. (via Daily Dawdle)

Morning Jukebox

I'm a sucker for a pop song with strings. Guess that's why I was a big ELO geek back in high school. Today we have a Pop/string two-fer, both from approximately the same time period.

Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over Til It's Over, released this as a single almost exactly 20 years ago, on June 6, 1991 from the album Mama Said. Lots of Philly Soul lushness and a killer bassline.

The Smithereens - "Too Much Passion" from Blow Up (1991)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A Series of Unfortunate Titles

"Gripping! You can feel the tension! You'll want to read it all in one sitting!" (via Oddee)

"You will love this book long time!" (via Awful Library Books)

I am so not doing the dishes tonight. (via Richard Wiseman)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Thoughts of a Rooster

"Just play it cool, man, play it cool. You are so gonna pull this off!" (via Found Shit)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Morning Jukebox

Nothing starts your day out like a hipster song about infanticide, amirite people? The Decemberists - "The Rake's Song" (live)