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Watch The Mullets

If you miss the good old balls out humor of the early Married with Children shows, you really should be watching The Mullets. Damn fine show.

Fun with sign language

Simulated stretching of rubber glove around right hand, with wiggling fingers.

Learn more at Fudtz Sign Language.

From the olden days

Electro-Voice 664 Microphone

I was looking for info on my Electro-Voice 664 Microphone and stumbled across Phantom's Virtual Vintage Recording Museum.

Electro-Voice 664 Microphone ad

They even have a page of old ads for reel to reel recorders and other equipment, including the EV 664.

The lazy man's guide to enlightenment

Guess what this does?????

Yee Haw!

This little bit of redneck fun has been making the rounds this weekend, showing up in my email several times. It involves three ounces of Pyrodex, an old garage-sale-special bowling ball, an old chair and some sewer pipe...


See hundreds more great old ads at Medicine and Madison Avenue


Deserted Islands

People always ask me who I would pick to be stuck with on a deserted island. Most people say something like their wife, their girlfriend, the last person they saw on a magazine cover. But I wouldn't want someone I cared about to be trapped on a deserted island. No, I would pick someone I really hated and then make their life a living hell.

Being Famous

Anybody can be famous. Just put them in a bagel with salmon and cream cheese. Oh wait, I meant delicious. Anybody can be delicious.

Contemporary Art

Contemporary art means the artist gets another chance to explain what he was trying to say.

Thoughts from Cold Bacon, a damn fine website.

I will get the aisle seat!

As a business person, you�re used to biting, scratching and clawing your way to what you want. Why should getting a seat on the airplane be any different? Introducing SkyHigh Airlines Challenge Seating. SkyHigh has created a seat-selection grudge match that will take your self-confidence from taxi to takeoff in just 100 feet! Equipped with only a chest protector, a length of rope and a mouth guard, you�ll be set loose out of our padded holding pen and down the jetway to get the seat you want...no deserve. SkyHigh Airlines Challenge Seating.

(found at metafilter)

Eliminate low back pain

According to a column I just read, there are three main areas to prevent and possibly correct low back pain: posture, weight and exercise. The article, Eliminate low back pain, is well written by a Physical Therapist (not a demon Chiropractor) and contains valuable information.


Japanese Cosplay Trading Cards


We are proud to present the "Costume Players: Trading Card Collection" from Japan! Produced by Media Factory. Celebrity cosplayers, including Michiru, Luke, Ari and Noin are featured on high quality, glossy cards. Each card provides "Personal Data", such as DOB, blood type, body measurements, Play Career and web site URLs for individual cosplayers. Includes many cool video game characters from Street Fighter, Bust A Move and KOF. A wonderful resource for costume makers and collectors alike!

Let everyone know that you love fishing

a mailbox shaped like a bass

The beautiful, realistic MailBass Mailbox has a weather resistant hand painted finish and is made of virtually indestructible polyethylene. More than 3 feet in length, the MailBass comes with a mailbox inside its belly, installation hardware and mounting instructions for easy installation on a common 4x4 wood post (post not included).

Your scientific jargon staggers me, Pinky

Stampeding mice behave like fleeing humans

The researchers videoed mice trying to escape a water pool. They varied the width of the exit doors to allow just one mouse through at a time, then two, three and four. The distance between the doors was also altered. The number of mice in the enclosed wet pool was maintained at 30 - with a new mouse added each time one escaped - to keep the panic level constant.

"Interestingly, we found that the most efficient escape was when the door size was only large enough for one mouse to squeeze through, as it promoted self-organised queuing. However, as soon as the door width was increased, the mice stopped lining-up and competed with each other, which slowed down the overall escape rate."

Other innovative ways that mice escape confinement.


Cheeseburger Fries�

Jazz up your menu with something exciting and different from Advance Food Company. Cheeseburger Fries offer a delicious combination of tasty beef and real Cheddar cheese for a popular cheeseburger flavor that kids love. The fun finger shape is perfect for dipping in a variety of sauces. Packed as 1 oz. portions in a 10 lb. case, these sensational crowd pleasers are easy to prepare, and hard to turn down. Contact your Advance representative for more information or product samples.

School Nutrition - Building blocks of life.

What if?

Coders Baffled by Satisfied Client

Project managers and coders at Breeze Coding were caught off guard by never-changing specification from The Gamma Group, causing the software project to be delayed indefinitely.

"It was an nightmare. Usually, I can play Diablo II up until about a week before projected launch," said lead programmer Sanjay Rao, "because that's when management calls me into a meeting to tell me the client revised the specs, and I get another two weeks to work on it. But, this time the client stuck with the original spec. I'm screwed."


A JUDGE wanted to teach a serial Peeping Tom a lesson he'd never forget -- so he sentenced Willard Burton to 12 straight hours of staring at old, ugly, naked people!

Science never sleeps

Sleep position gives personality clue

Tossing and Turning

If you want an insight into somebody's true personality, then try to catch a glimpse of the way they sleep. Scientists believe the position in which a person goes to sleep provides an important clue about the kind of person they are.

What is your anti-drug?

12 hours a day

5000 soccer balls

62 cents an hour

Child Labor - My Anti-Drug

Good Science

Under-Easeis a revolutionary new air-tight underwear that contains a charcoal filter, which filters out noxious bodily odors before they can escape into the atmosphere and be blamed on the dog.

This product was invented by a Pueblo, Colo., man named Buck Weimer. In a deeply moving interview with the Denver Post, Buck revealed that he first dreamed of this concept one evening after a Thanksgiving dinner, when he and his wife, who suffers from an inflammatory bowel syndrome, were lying in bed, and she cut loose with a near-nuclear blast. Lying there, eyes watering, Buck resolved to do something, and, after years of research, he perfected and patented the design for Under-Ease.

What's On

Sci-Fi Movie listings on TV. Hits all of the cable channels. Prophecy II is on tonight!

(found at flummel)

The Fine Art of Relaxation

"The Relaxed Wife" is yet another gem from the Prelinger Archives. A commercial for Pfizer's new line of "Ataraxic" drugs in the 1950's, the movie shows how a wife teaches her husband how to relax. This guy is a total bag of nerves, his facial contortions alone are worth watching it. Oddly enough, he learns to relax without the drug. Hell, I learned to relax from this thing. Also, note the double beds that were standard in the olden days.

Watch streamed movie:

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Download movie:

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Save the Naugas

Naugahyde is made from the skins of naugas, an odd yet engagingly friendly creature native to Sumatra.

Better than Free

I have seen tons of free cell phone offers, but this one gives you back nearly $50!

Motorola V66 Phone (T-Mobile)

List Price: $149.99
Our Price: $0.01 (when purchased with service plan)
You Save: $149.98 (100%)
Special Offers: $50.00 (Rebate)
Price After Special Offers: $-49.99


  • Voice activated dialing
  • Internet ready with optional iStream service
  • 32 different ringer options
  • Phone Book holds up to 500 entries
  • Includes phone, AC charger, and earbud

  • Unit Weight: 2.8 oz.

  • Size (in inches): 1.75 x 4.25 x 0.75

There is a mouse in my dope

Health Canada is distributing medicinal marijuana to a select group of patients. It is grown in an abondoned mine under Manitoba.

Laboratory tests indicate the Health Canada product has only about three per cent THC - not the 10.2 per cent advertised - and contains contaminants such as lead and arsenic, said spokesman Philippe Lucas of Victoria.

Of the first 10, three have returned the dope as bad.

Lucas, who smokes marijuana to cope with his hepatitis C infection, said the lab results also showed that the cannabis provided at a Victoria compassion club for patients registers at more than 12 per cent and is freer from contaminants.

He said the government cannabis was too finely ground up with stems and leaves, calling it "shwag" or "bunk," street terminology for the lowest grade of marijuana.

Basically, the Canadian government is that asshole in high school that sold you a bad of twigs with a microscopic bud for $20 a bag.

First tokers of Health Canada cannabis call it disgusting, want money back

(story found on drudge report)


"Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."

Did you udenrstnad that? Raed mroe at jwz.

All American Boy

Jack Armstrong's 1938 Egyptian Whistle Ring

Jack Armstrong's 1938 Egyptian Whistle Ring. More about old time radio show premiums.

(found at idle type)

More fun with Microwaves

Generating Hot Plasmas Using a Microwave Oven

Keep it Clean

American Social Hygiene Posters

(via memepool)

More from the folks in lab coats

Sights, sounds of nature can sooth patient's pain

A study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., has proven what a lot of doctors have believed for a long time. The sights and sounds of nature can ease a patient's pain.

"Natural sounds and images, if they're the right ones in the right format, are a safe, inexpensive and effective way to reduce pain and anxiety," says Dr. Noah Lechtzin, a postdoctoral fellow at Hopkins.

The original study was presented a couple of years ago, and has a lot more detail.

I am not a big nature fan, but I do find that distraction therapy in the form of video games works wonders.



Another Warning to All Parents

"It's as clever as it is appalling," says a Drug Enforcement Agency source. "The infants become addicted in the womb and by the time they're pre-teens, they've become the dope peddler's most loyal customers -- crackheads who'll steal and even kill to get the money to buy drugs.



Groovy Solid State OldRadio Works Great AM/FM - End Time 9/10/2003 9:44:37 AM PT

More goodness from the goodwill. Please support them by buying this or some other geegaw.

Thank you.

Good Microsoft

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition is now available for under $50! Developers, you have no excuse for not having a legit copy on your hard drive.

Now if MS can be convinced to lower the price of the Office Developer's Edition, I would be truly happy.

Warning To All Parents

I remember seeing flyers like this in the 80's

Long before pacifiers and glowsticks, our youth used to be corrupted by freaks proffering LSD. The above image is an example of the hysteria over the non-existant "blue star" acid.


VH-1 has a radio station called "Pop for Sale." It features only pop songs that have been featured in commercials.

I figure if the artist wants to license their music to hawk soap, it lets me know that they must feel strongly about the soap. And money. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I must say, though, that hearing "Feels like the First Time" by Foreigner used in a household cleaning product commercial did leave me feeling odd. Even though they finally went to an all wussy ballad format, Foreigner still represented the hard rock of my high school days. I guess it just makes Moms in their late thirties feel more comfortable about being a housefrau to have familiar music to guide their decisions.

More info is available in this piece from CityBeat.

More Retro

Download, watch, and save all your favorite civil defense posters from the 50s.


Download, watch, and save all your favorite commercials from the 80s.


Visit Chase Day, an image site for tornado chasers,
weather photographers and sky lovers.


The New York Public Library has an online picture collection, including a great page of images of the Flatiron building.

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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