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The last picture you'll ever take...

(Found at grow-a-brain.)

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i know what i like

Doodles, 1983 - Pen and ink, 8" x 10". I was working in the windowless basement of a library and spent much of my time on the phone. I began doodling on a piece of art paper and just kept adding to it over a period of a couple of weeks. This is the result.

See many more neat doodles at I am not an artist.

way too many little nails, if you ask me


Read more about string art.

We will sell no radio before its time

Novelty Transistor Radios


Newton's Dream is a kinetic sculpture at the Franklin Institute where you can watch dozens of golf balls shooting around metals tracks in a three-dimensional maze. There are ten different ways a ball can travel from the top of Newton's Dream down to the bottom.

For the unrepentant bibliomaniac

Book Sale Finder.

(Found at Quentin Dodd, author of Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars.

They use a lot of mascara



Is Deckard a replicant?

Frustrating, but fun

Huge Movie Quiz

(Found at The Ultimate Insult.)


The Perfect Search for Beauty from The Stuff of American Dreams.

(Found at burp.)

How's my driving?

Have fun looking up available 800,866,877 and 888 toll-free numbers.

(Found in an askmetafilter thread.)

Fine art

This is Dwinghy, the all-purpose corporate mascot, wearing a pair of baggy 30s style men's pants even though he is a cartoon cat and therefore has nothing to cover.

While you are there, you may also check out The Continent of Lost Anime that Time Forgot!!.

Strong Stuff

From the The Jovita Idar Anarchist Image Library, which contains over 200 anarchist graphics and anti-prison graphics.


Hand Painted Toilet Seats

The Gallery Collection(tm) is an exceptional line of premium toilet seats that feature authentic hand-painted artistic designs. Great care is taken to ensure you receive the highest quality hand-painted toilet seat available.

This is good

If you like old movies, Moderntimes is for you. Classic movies, B movies, black movies, screwball comedies and more.

Remembrance of Onion Rings Past

Au sommet de la pyramide de ces concurrents internes du Whopper, trône sans partage le tout récent Double Rodeo Burger. Fort de sa sauce barbecue et de ses deux onion rings (rondelles d'oignons frits panées, qui peuvent rappeler un lasso - d'où le nom "Rodeo"), il explose tout sur son passage, le goût de ses deux steaks étant vraiment magnifié par les oignons frits et la sauce barbeuc.

From a very engrossing review of a visit to an English Burger King by a French person.

He will not be playing the ape!

Jack Black will star in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong (1933).

"I've been wanting to work with Jack Black ever since I saw him in High Fidelity," said Jackson, who is also writing the remake along with his Lord of the Rings co-screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. "He's a smart and versatile actor blessed with an abundance of energy and charm and I'm absolutely thrilled that he is joining us on 'Kong.' I look forward to seeing Carl Denham come to life in this new version of the story and I have no doubt Jack will make him a truly memorable character."

You will be here all day

Visit General Zod's Cookhouse.

This is a thoroughly crazy site. It is like a visual negativland. Whoever these geniuses are, they have a lot of time on their hands and a lot of fonts. You will need flash, a good set of headphones and a very lenient HR department. Some of the things on this site are very NOT SAFE FOR WORK. I don't want any emails about how you got fired due to the garofaloland page having the f word on it. Just click around and have fun.

I liked Fish

Check on the status of Abe Vigoda.

(Found by an anonymous reader)


The fully automatic UBS (Underwear Boiling System) achieves 100% Perfect Sterilization and 100% Perfect Wash through boiling in a clean hygienic stainless steel tub.

(Found at the anandtech forums.)

Turns out my Sinhalese was way off

The speech accent archive examines the accented speech of speakers from many different language backgrounds reading the same sample paragraph. Currently, we have obtained 306 speech samples.

(Found at Penny Arcade!)

This is where it hurts

See more at the Atlas of Human Anatomy

(Found at idletype.)

"That's one strong worm!"


This year's Cancelled/Ending Shows.


More examples of suburban/mall remixes at 3st.

(Found at scrubbles)


See more at Human Descent

(Found at mookie)


A woman fed up with obscene phone calls tracked down the offender and cornered him as he made yet another call from a public phone booth, police said. The 26-year-old Sharpsville woman received the calls regularly on Friday and Saturday between midnight and 3 a.m., police said. The woman, whose identity was not released, had caller ID and asked the phone company to trace the number, police said. The calls were traced to a phone booth in Hermitage, about two miles away, police said. The phone company, at her request, forwarded calls on Friday to her cell phone.

(Found at fark)

He's Hip. He's Cool. He's 45.

Disturbing moment of the day:
[the scene - me, on my computer, listening to Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin". My father is also in the room, folding the laundry.]
My Dad: Who's that?
Me: [reluctantly] The Pet Shop Boys.
Dad: Turn it up!
[I sit there awkwardly for the remaining 3 minutes of the song as my father hums and whistles along.]

(From pearls that are his eyes via scrubbles)

C'mon, Get Happy

From the Happy Poster Project.

(Found at idletype)


Man talks his way to new world record

A Zimbabwean man has talked his way into what could be a new Guinness world record with a speech lasting 36 hours. Mungoshi was only allowed "natural pauses" of not more than 30 seconds and was permitted to take 15-minute breaks every eight hours to eat and go to the toilet.

36 hours is nothing.

Ask anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be in the company of someone who has taken a lot of speed. Those guys will talk your ears off for days, taking breaks only to do another line and beep their dealer for more. The speeches are not so formal. Mostly they consist of very intricate conspiracy theories, complaints about the cost of speed and "What was that noise? Who's there? Hide the stuff, man."

(Repeat from 4-13-03)


If you have a local TV station that broadcasts on Channel 6, try tuning your radio to 87.7FM. I regularly listen to the Simpsons on a Fox station on my way home from work. Even though I know most episodes by heart, the Simpsons can throw so much at you at one time that you miss things. I now realize how much the audio track contributes to that show, over and above just the dialogue. At lunch, I can also listen to the various Judge shows and the Feud.

a simple proposal

Ask Bush to Stand Up to a Real Debate

In the face of an extremely negative campaign, Senator Kerry has asked President Bush to engage in a series of monthly debates on the country's future -- debates on the real substance of the issues that face us. It's a simple proposal that could elevate the campaign and truly educate the country about the positions and records of each candidate. But President Bush's campaign brushed off the suggestion with a snide remark.

(Sent in by an anonymous reader)

delightfully odd toy


When you take the lid off the hut, you are in for a wonderful surprise. It is packed... and we mean packed FULL... with everything you need to make your hut the impoverished wonderland you've always dreamed about.

You get pigs, ducks, cows, geese, rabbits, fences,and even some lowly peasants to keep you company in your humble hut. There are over 25 pieces to this thing. And everything is really small.

It's an illusion

This illusion was originally presented in Thompson, P. (1980) "Margaret Thatcher: a new illusion." Perception. 9(4):483-4. It's since come to be known as the Margaret Thatcher Illusion, so it seemed appropriate to demonstrate it in the US with George W. Bush. Look at the two pictures below. Although they may look a bit different, neither should seem too odd. Click on the picture to flip it vertically so you can see the faces right side up...

(Found at jwz)

Shooting Fish

Some unique things from ebay.


This Butane Refillable Talking Middle Finger Green Flame Torch will be the Laugh of the office....Tired of people always asking to bum a light? Well, keep this handy and let it do the talking for you!


Beautiful painting of Jesus Christ's LAST SUPER on this unique, brand new metal box. Extremely well-made with metal fixtures and rich black plastic handle. Very collectible. It is BRAND NEW and MINT. Measures11 and 1/4-inches wide, by 5-inches accross, and 2 and 1/4-inches deep when closed. All original. Limited Production. Very COLLECTIBLE. Hard to find. Good conversation piece. Terrific gift.


Easy to learn strategy card game where you and the other players compete to grow the most pot plants.

great idea

E-mail and snail mail united

Post offices in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh will take a customer's handwritten letter and computer scan it. Then the letter can be e-mailed to remote, high-altitude post-offices in this Himalayan region.

From there, the e-mails are printed out and then taken by hand to their destinations - many of which are located in almost inaccessible mountain areas such as the Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi valleys.

(Found at slashdot)


If you thought you could be in those commercials where they show a person's head and suggest that it has a resemblance to a particular Honda car, you can upload your picture by 3/25/04 for a chance to be featured in an exclusive online commercial.

If you look more like a Volkswagen or Dodge, do not despair. The site allows you to vote on other people's submissions. Am I Honda or Not?


Get your Free Pickle Hat!

In the same vein

Read the best humorous/cute/sappy viral emails from 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.


Someone has collected a whole mess of those 419 Nigerian emails in one directory. In case you aren't getting enough of them in your mailbox, read them at the Nigerian Letter Repository.


If you have had your retinas burned by the goatse man, you will find this screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2004 quite funny. Warning - site being linked to is adult in nature.

With the recent demise of the original goatse.cx domain, a tribute site has arisen.

Everything you wanted to know about goatse man and other shock sites, but were afraid to ask, is available in convenient wiki form.

(UT 2004 pic link found at boingboing)

Suckling at the Public Teat

Ronald Reagan memorably complained about "welfare queens," but he never told us that the biggest welfare queens are the already wealthy. Their lobbyists fawn over politicians, giving them little bits of money -- campaign contributions, plane trips, dinners, golf outings -- in exchange for huge chunks of taxpayers' money. Millionaires who own your favorite sports teams get subsidies, as do millionaire farmers, corporations, and well-connected plutocrats of every variety. Even successful, wealthy TV journalists.

So begins John Stossel in his piece, Confessions of a Welfare Queen.

Would you buy a computer from this man?

As if figuring out whether where to buy your new computer is not hard enough, there are guys like this scammer.

(Found at techbargains)

A reality show based on this would be fun

NASA has developed a computer program that comes close to reading thoughts not yet spoken, by analyzing nerve commands to the throat.

"A person using the subvocal system thinks of phrases and talks to himself so quietly it cannot be heard, but the tongue and vocal cords do receive speech signals from the brain," said developer Chuck Jorgensen, of NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.

Jorgensen's team found that sensors under the chin and one each side of the Adam's apple pick up the brain's commands to the speech organs, allowing the subauditory, or "silent speech" to be captured.

(Found by ipris at the forum)

Thank you

I just wanted to say "Thank You" to all of you that have visited our new Sciatica Forum over the past couple of weeks. With nearly 100 visits a day and a dozen members, this is a great start. If you have anything you think can help someone or are looking for help, post in the forums.

You can also take a look at the low back pain fact sheet.

See you at the fair

New York 1964 World's Fair

Like Wacky Packs, but on your computer

See more at False Advertising - a gallery of parody.

Mua ha ha

FANG ISLAND--U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has opened his fortified island headquarters to participants in his second no-holds-barred martial arts tournament, the enigmatic mastermind announced Monday.

"Warriors of the world, hear me," said Rumsfeld, seated on the onyx throne overlooking the fighting arena at the island's central volcano, surrounded by a phalanx of exotic but murderous beauties and his seven-foot-tall guard Omarra. "I declare the Eagle Fist all-styles, hand-to-hand combat world championship open once more. For the next 10 days, the world's mightiest fighters will come together here at Fang Island to compete for a prize of $1 million and the post of Associate Secretary Of Full-Contact Defense!"



If you have one of those local free alternative newspapers (Whatever Weekly/ Something Times), you have seen ads like this before.

Back in the day

Travel & Nightlife in the 60's

Awesome collection of pics and links to motels, tiki and cocktail lounges. It is an Angelfire site, so disable javascript.

Unfortunately, no Holy Diver

Dio midi files. Clicking the "Parent Directory" link will yield Black Sabbath and Ozzy midis. Ironman is quite scary.


A place -- in cyberspace -- where Dull Men can share thoughts and experiences,
free from pressures to be "in and trendy," free instead to enjoy the simple, ordinary things of everyday life.

Sex Relieves Pain

Pro: Sex can get rid of headaches and menstrual cramps

Con: Sex can be a laxative.

You make the choice.

(Repeat from 10/31/2002)


Does anyone ever get little white smelly ball like things in the back of their mouth that either come out after a long time on their own or after intense coughing with your finger pused up against the back of the mouth? Sounds gross I know but I know im not the only person who gets these. I read that they are bacteria and mucus the gets lodged back there and grows. Also people who have had their tonsils removed dont get them. My question is for those who will admit to getting them... how do you deal with them?

Read on for the answers.

nice art

From the portfolio of Gary Taxali.

(Found at everlasting blort)

Be thankful you don't have this


Janet Dilbeck clearly remembers the moment the music started. Two years ago she was lying in bed on the California ranch where she and her husband were caretakers. A mild earthquake woke her up. To Californians, a mild earthquake is about as unusual as a hailstorm, so Dilbeck tried to go back to sleep once it ended. But just then she heard a melody playing on an organ, "very loud, but not deafening," as she recalls. Dilbeck recognized the tune, a sad old song called When You and I Were Young, Maggie.

Dilbeck endured this mystifying condition on her own for months, until she paid a visit to a San Francisco doctor. She had come to see him about her Lyme disease, which had plagued her since 1993. As they reviewed her symptoms, she told him about the songs. Her doctor informed her that she had a little-known medical condition called musical hallucinosis. She belonged to a small but significant number of people who heard music that simply wasn't there.

(Found at boingboing)

This makes earworms look like a walk in the park.

it burns

"Candle and Soap Making For Dummies" Recalled.


my cat getting high

As a cat owner, I have always wondered how Catnip Works

(Found at wacky neighbor)

Yet, I still watch it every day

Tonight on Law and Order:

An attractive, but emotionally scarred, rape victim is discovered by the river by two rookie cops. Lenny and Curtis initially pin the crime on the mob, but after Detective Curtis uses the Internet to speedily and easily solve the case, they arrest a mentally ill serial killer. McCoy and Kincaid prosecute, but McCoy must consult an old law school buddy to win. The old DA takes a drink and says "A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains." Michael Dorn guest stars.

(Found at the always brilliant incoming signals)

I want this, too

The Racing Guide Remote Control is a phenomenal concept. While targeted at NASCAR fans with it's ability to sync up driver standings and news for ready reference during the race, it also stores a full seven-day tv schedule. Sure, your cable box/tivo has a guide built in, but it covers the whole screen, obscuring what you watch. I like it.

(Found at Layer8)

Like freakin' monkeys, these guys

Have you seen that commercial where the woman drops her purse and the guy climbs down the building to get it?. See more at Le Parkour - The French art of Free-Running. Some of the videos don't seem to work, put it is still pretty interesting.

(Found at mookie)

Gas Eater

Under-Ease is 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.

(Repeat from 9/20/2003)

I want this

Check it out at the forum.

The Shocking Truth

Image taken from elephäntville (eleph.antville.com)

"Mah Na Mah Na" was originally composed for an Italian soft core pornographic documentary, by film composer Piero Umiliani.

Read more at brainlog.

Required by law

Hubba Hubba

Girls of Spring Break

(Found at plep.)

Good Science

How much is inside Ramen noodles?


Dining for a dollar

The shelves of America's dollar stores are packed with off-brand foodstuffs from netherworlds where Nabisco and Frito-Lay exist only as rumor. These weird little consumables sport odd names, curious mascots, unusual cooking suggestions, and flavor combinations that no sane laboratory chef could concoct. But how do they taste?


A great review of the brilliant short film, 405.


PC driving you nuts? Repair it, with extreme prejudice (Flash).

(Found at brian kane online)

Who wants pie?

A visual treat, Retro Pies combines 92 classic pie recipes with fabulous vintage advertisements and images sure to satisfy everyone from the avid cook to the connoisseur of retro culture. Perfect your pie with the essential pie dough clinic and peruse the bright, inviting pages filled with detailed recipes and cultural commentary.

Collectors Press has put out several retro books, including Atomic Home: A Guided Tour of the American Dream, Retro Housewife: A Salute to the Suburban Superwoman and MOTEL AMERICA: A STATE-BY-STATE TOUR GUIDE TO NOSTALGIC STOPOVERS.

If retro is your thing, this is the motherlode.

Bowled Over

Simpsons-Related Dear Abby Column Pulled.

The column is titled "Wife meets perfect match after husband strikes out." In the letter, the writer describes herself as a 34-year-old mother of three who has been married for 10 years to a man who is "greedy, selfish, inconsiderate and rude."

The writer says her husband, Gene, gave her a bowling ball for her birthday -- complete with the holes drilled to fit his fingers and embossed with his name. Undeterred, the woman decides to learn to bowl and heads to the local lanes, where she meets another man, Franco, who is "kind, considerate and loving."

News you can use

I just posted a link to the low back pain fact sheet in our forum. It has tons of good information.

417 Expectation Failed

We thought it sure would be handy if life came with status codes, but since it doesn't, we did the next best thing and printed them on stuff you wear. But not just any old stuff - we had to try something different, and print them on undies. So we bring you HTTPanties for the discriminating woman who would prefer a web-savvy and somewhat-direct approach in the romance department.

Feeling frisky? Well then don the black "200 OK" panties and see where they take you. Alternatively, the white "403 Forbidden" style sends a very different and hopefully clear message.

Our W3C Compliant HTTPanties are 100% cotton and very soft, comfortable and stretchy. They are designed to fit low and have full coverage in the back.

These would also be appropriate:

305 Use Proxy
307 Temporary Redirect
402 Payment Required
405 Method Not Allowed
411 Length Required
503 Service Unavailable

and, finally,

413 Request Entity Too Large


What do you get when you put together a couple of idiots, a video camera, a high wind and a really huge tarp? Tarping - a 3.6mb flash movie that looks super fun.

If only my doctor would let me do this.

(Found by an anonymous reader)

Those Wacky Americans

(A word of warning if you are going to try this taping to the wall stunt.)

A fundraising event involving duct-taping a teacher to a wall at a Perry, Ohio high school could have cost him his life. The "Akron Beacon Journal" reports the plan was to see if the grey tape could hold physics teacher Nate Van Wey once portable stairs on which he was standing were removed. Problems arose 80 minutes into the duct-taping, when Van Wey became overheated and passed out. The tape prevented his body heat from escaping through his clothing, causing him to lose consciousness. Van Wey had 92 pieces of duct tape holding him to the wall. He says all he remembers is getting hotter and hotter. Van Wey says everyone told him later that the tape held. Doctors say the stunt could've been fatal for the 49 year old teacher had students and staff not acted quickly.

(Found by an anonymous reader at webzen)


Grab-bags of Graphic Wounds Medical Slides Photographs

This auction is for 15 medical slides, originally taken in the 70s at a private doctor's office in the midwest. The majority of these are simple case documentation photos, but there are medical charts, x-rays, and other slide-worthy imagery mixed in. However, there are quite a few stomach-churning, absolutely graphic slides of deep wounds, torn flesh, babies with flipper feet, and such.

What I've done is gone through this entire collection by hand and have created lots of 15 slides a piece - included in each lot are at *least* 2 slides which I have deemed to be highly graphic or highly unusual.

With such a low price on each batch, why wouldn't you want to see what comes in yours? Most slides are related to hands and feet - more than a handful you can't even tell if you are looking at human or meat. I had to take breaks in between sorting... some of these are that rough.

There are 35 lots available.

What the hell makes a person think they should put this up on ebay instead of throwing them in the trash? And doesn't this violate some sort of medical privacy laws? If I was born with flippers, the last thing I would want is for some sick freak to buy my baby photos.

And, no, I was not looking for this sort of thing, the seller also has some computer equipment up for auction and I made the mistake of looking at his/her other items. I will be buying my KVM switch from someone else.

I heartily endorse this vehicle

The PM is a personal mobility vehicle that "fits like a glove" to create a feeling of unity between the driver and the vehicle. Cutting-edge vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies are employed under the concept of "meeting, linking and hanging out together".

Looks like these Silver Crown racers converted to street use.

image taken from Hoffman Racing. Please click the picture to see more about Silver Crown racing.

(Toyota link found by an anonymous reader at apostropher )

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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