Monday, May 28, 2007

Passive-aggressive notes

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Via Neatorama: "Here’s a blog dedicated to collecting passive-aggressive notes left by roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers."

Friday, May 25, 2007

Let freedom ring

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Via Cruel: "Jennifer Smith tried to keep the peace at her hard-won state job by removing the Confederate-flag tag and a pair of stars-and-bars fuzzy dice from her SUV that she parks at the Department of Health every morning.

"But when her bosses told her to get rid of a ribald warning to tailgaters, the rebel in her surfaced. If the state fired her over it, Smith said Monday, she would find a lawyer and make it a free-speech showdown.

"The red-letter message in her rear window proclaims, 'If you're riding my ass you'd better be pullin' my hair.'

"'I can see, maybe if you thought of it in a sexual manner, that it's offensive,' Smith said. 'But it's meant for tailgaters. That's why I bought it.'

"'I stood up for my rights, and that's what matters to me,' Smith said."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Zuse Toaster

Prints a perfect pixel breakfast every time. via BoingBoing

Robert Lang mania

As long as everyone else is trying to highlight physicist Robert Lang's origami, PoF might as well do the same:

"Into the Fold," Smithsonian

"Robert Lang Folds His Way To Fame," CBS

"The Origami Lab," The New Yorker

Oh, you can also check out his website and his latest book.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Club Prince - Love Dokkyun

Via Tokyo Times: Club Prince is a "hugely talented pop group that amply proves they are far more than just preening and pristinely plucked poseurs."

Fear[s] of the Dark

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Via Newsarama: Black Hole fans should be excited about the upcoming flick Fear[s] of the Dark.

"It’s a collection of short animated films, all dealing with the subject of fear and several of them done by acclaimed cartoonists, including Charles Burns, Richard McGuire, Lorenzo Mattotti and the French artist Blutch. There’s a teaser trailer up here (click on the 'teaser' button in the lower left corner)."

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Umm... viva Zapata?

Via Cynical C.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Gelli Baff turns a normal bath into a pool of brightly-colored gelatinous goop. Its a powder that holds 400 times its weight in water, similar to the substance used in disposable diapers. A packet of dissolver is included to turn the goop back into water when it’s time to rinse. via Neatorama via The Toy Review.

Time for a Road Trip?

In the long long ago, I took a trip to Vegas and visited the Liberace Museum. The museum is housed in a strip mall and split into two different spaces. You literally walk across a parking lot half-way through the tour to get to the rest of the museum. Anyhow, I fondly recall the sequined... well.. sequined EVERYTHING, but the outfits, the rhinestones, and the biddy old ladies in total denial as to his gayness really stand out. It was a great place to visit and has always been one of my top recommendations for Vegas visits (especially for those of us who hate to gamble). Roadside America has a nice write-up. I think I may have to pencil in a return visit.

Ode to Bob Barker

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Homeless Bond

Friday, May 11, 2007

Jared Fogle - The Pornography Guy

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Via BWE: "[W]hile studying at Indiana University, Fogle ran a very successful pornography rental company out of his bedroom. His porn collection was vast and extensive, and Fogle took his business pretty seriously.

"As far as his incredible weight loss goes, it turns out it wasn’t as motivated as you would think. In fact, what got Jared hooked on Subway in the first place was laziness. The sandwich chain had opened a branch on the first floor of Jared’s dorm, and what with his busy porn company, Jared began eating the sandwiches out of extreme laziness. It was the closest fast food available! Just imagine how different our lives would be if an Arby’s had opened up there instead?"

Fascinated by Fogle's porn habit? It seems unlikely, but perhaps you can learn more by reading his inspirational memoir.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Daniel Edwards sculpture

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Daniel Edwards
, of nude Britney Spears giving birth fame, is set to unveil his latest sculpture tomorrow:

"Paris Hilton's naked 'corpse' could provide an invaluable service to students preparing for prom this season. An interactive Public Service Announcement featuring the graphic display of a tiara-wearing, autopsied Paris Hilton with removable innards is designed to warn teenagers of the hazards of underage drinking. The display also features Tinkerbell, Hilton's forlorn pet Chihuahua with matching tiara, and debuts in the trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood where prom-goers frequently dine, courtesy of Capla Kesting Fine Art.

"'Campaign to Rescue Women of Youth' featuring 'The Paris Hilton Autopsy' offers a cadaveric nude Paris Hilton, laid out with twisted body and opened abdominal cavity on a coroner's table, while her cell phone remains in her grip. The 'unglamorous' display which includes support material from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) counters 'the disturbingly glamorized trend of Hollywood's 'girls gone wild',' according to gallery director, David Kesting.

"Paris Hilton, arrested for a DUI last year, previously released a marginally effective PSA concerning drunk driving. This latest PSA includes a website by Capla Kesting, which offers high school educators an icebreaker for discussing drunk driving's consequences. Students are encouraged to take the virtual field trip at to view the making of the 'Paris Hilton Autopsy' and compete for prizes by writing Paris Hilton's obituary."

Music and econ

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DoL's Josh Hall now has a website up that uses rock lyrics to teach economic principles. What could be more entertaining? Here's a recent example:

Youngstown - Bruce Springsteen

From the Monongaleh valley
To the Mesabi iron range
To the coal mines of Appalacchia
The story's always the same
Seven-hundred tons of metal a day
Now sir you tell me the world's changed
Once I made you rich enough
Rich enough to forget my name


Thinking like an economist usually involves invoking phrases like 'on the other hand.' This excerpt from Bruce Springsteen's song "Youngstown" suggests that he is owed something for making the plant owners rich. According to economists Paul Gomme and Peter Rupert, labor's share of value-added in the nonfinancial corporate sector is around 74%. Are these perspectives at odds with one another? Please explain.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

CoCo – Beautiful New Look of Nose

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Via The Presurfer: "Nose too wide? Embarrassed by your cavernous nostrils? Well, not any more with 'CoCo – Beautiful New Look of Nose'. Just leave this dainty clip tightly clamped on your nose at all times, and watch your face become more beautiful every day until you ultimately attain a 'Cleopatra Nose'."

Recent revelations about Cleopatra's nose, however, might give otherwise enthusiastic consumers pause.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Anti Monkey Butt Powder

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Not satisfied with Boudreaux's Butt Paste? Perhaps it's time you tried Anti Monkey Butt Powder: "Anti Monkey Butt Powder is specially formulated to absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation.

"Ideal for butt busting activities such as truck driving, motorcycling, bicycling, horse back riding, and extreme sports. May also be applied inside footwear, under sports pads, and other areas prone to chafing."

Friday, May 04, 2007

Mitt Romney and Battlefield Earth

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Is presidential candidate Mitt Romney attempting to secure the GOP nomination by capitalizing on America's love affair with both Mormonism and Scientology?

"What books did Romney claim as his favorites? The Bible is his favorite book. His favorite novel is Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, the science-fiction writer and Scientology founder. The first we would have expected, but the second is so wacky, it breathes new life into the tired old reporter's trope: There must be something we can learn about Romney by examining this answer.

"The whole tumbling horror of the Battlefield Earth experience is so profound it nearly comes out the other side and achieves a kind of perfection of awfulness. Is Romney being ironic, then, like those people who buy clown art? Unlikely.

"You simply need a deep level of weird to like Battlefield Earth."

Link via .

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Satan's immigration plan

"Don Larsen, chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party, had submitted a resolution warning that Satan's minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.

"In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants 'hate American people' and 'are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won't do.'

"Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to "destroy Christian America" and replace it with 'a godless new world order -- and that is not extremism, that is fact,' Larsen said.

"At the end of his speech, Larsen began to cry, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. 'by self invasion.'"


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Via The Presurfer: "The ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron would be useless against an army of Snowbots, but it's very effective at disturbing that guy in the sales department or your 'friend' down the hall. With its thin design and embedded magnet for easy hiding, the Annoy-a-tron can be placed in a variety of locations.

"The Annoy-a-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes. Your unsuspecting target will have a hard time 'timing' the location of the sound because the beeps will vary in intervals ranging from 2 to 8 minutes.

"Assuming you have done your part in selecting a suitable hiding location for the Annoy-a-tron, it will do its part to drive your co-workers slowly mad with its short and seemingly random beeps. And when someone does locate the Annoy-a-tron, they're really not going to know what it is - which is almost as much fun as watching them search for it."

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Weiner wings

Via Natalie Dee: "A lot of the small towns in southern Ohio are considered to be a part of Appalachia. The town I grew up in was in northwestern Ohio, but a lot of the people who lived there moved from parts of Appalachia to work in plants.

"I have known some Appalachians in my day. I have also eaten some Weiner Wings in my day.

This is my tribute to Appalachia and Weiner Wings."

For more Appalachia, check out American Hollow.

Happy May Day

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