Wednesday, August 31, 2005

On the fourth day he scattered giant bones across the earth to confound the non-believers

NumbersIf you give up on science, math is next.

"In all, 64 percent said they were open to the idea of teaching creationism in addition to evolution, while 38 percent favored replacing evolution with creationism."

A million hundred were undecided.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sauk Rapids vet determes that animal is not mythical "Jackalope"

You're thinking of Sauk Centre The vet proceeded to chasten the reporter that it is actualy not a funny coincidence but in fact sympotomatic of a rather tragic condition developed by rabbits. Apparently the reporter had already sold the story and caption to the editor and thus we get this little bit of buzzkill for a long Tuesday afternoon.
Incidentally, neither Saulk Centre or Saulk Rapids is particularly funny either.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Can you spot this weeks hidden theme?

Quiz me!
It's been weeks since I did better than Bill. I go five to his four.
"Moderato" says the BBC.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Switched off

Synthetic music innovator purchases farm I have been recently reading ReSearch's "Incredibly Strange Music: Vol 1" and it is a sad co-incidence that the Dr. has passed on while I am just becoming familiar with the artists that made his name a household word in some households.
Long live Giorgio Moroder.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Mexican Waves, Kenyan Maize, Icelolly sticks, stampeding hicks, Sub-continent legalists, and the sinister Mr. Kobayashi

Quiz me! Match your wits against Bill, who got a 7. By demonstrating successful operation of your lungs you are guaranteed to do better than my 2.
And when you are ready, the secrets of the Mexican Wave are revealed

Monday, August 15, 2005


TOUCHED BY HIS NOODLY APPENDAGE Yes, I swiped the link from Jonanthan but this is bigger than that. It is about Intelligent Design in Kansas and it demands your attention. If you require more, it requires your obeisance.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Cool job of the day

On slow days they fill it with Tang Not much to say about a job like this except, "way to go" and that what ever they are paid it should probably be more.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Get to know our Earth's malfuntioning climates!

Quiz Me! I am impressed with the number of places named this week although I think the extending the "world" news to include temporary satellites may be a dangerous step off the topic. Next we'll be answering questions about the surface of Venus.
Bill and I got disappointing 3's. Bill was on vacation. I have no excuse.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Attention collectors

Pumpkin Smashed Steve stuck me back with one of my "clearance cocktail" finds and here it turns out it could be a collectible worth couples of dollars.
If you know me well enough to have me over, you know that I can't pass the clearance rack at a liquor store on the way without getting you a little something horrible. About two years ago I presented Steve with Bols Pumpkin Smash which looks like Orange Drink Concentrate but is really a very nice take on pie likker.
I am enjoying a Punkin Fizz tonight as a result but I may go down and mix up something with freezer chilled P. Smash and rice milk to enjoy while I watch the rest of the Red Green movie. Hey, it could be great.
unfortunately I am too late the genius as the Bols site is set up as if this venerable spirit never existed. It's a dang cool site anyway and I'll try not to hold this against the worlds premier source of Genever and the other sick sweet potables only the Dutch dare decant.
I had better start up my letter writing campaign for Phillips' SnoShoe Grog before it goes the way of the legendary, pre-mixed Brass Monkey.

It fits right in your pocket.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


The big show We have honed our skills and have mastered our centurie's best tools. Now the purpose is upon us. Let us now lay on the challenge.

Thanks Steve, for finding this.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Shaken up or stirred?

Make mine an O.K. Let's move this party off the nation's Exchange servers- Here's most of today's thread started with the above link and below comment from Mr. Z Neal, who hails from a blue state.
Mr Neal(2:43 pm): Pop - Nuff' Said.
Mr. Wentz (2:50 pm):I suspect that chart is more interesting to people who can see colors well enough to tell what word a particular area uses.
Mr. Cohen (3:05 pm): What the hell is going on in Lake of the Woods County (northernmost county of MN)?

"Hey Sven, I'm goin' down to Helgason's market for some a dat dere lutefisk dey yust got in. Want somethin'?"

"Ya sure, Ole, bring me a can o' moose piss"

"You betcha, Sven. Orange or x-treme lemon-lime?"

Mr. Wentz (3:10 pm): I believe they call it "That stuff that people drink when they've run out of beer."
Mr. Henderson (3:16 pm):I am shocked! By phrasing the question as Soda, Pop, Coke, or Other, the pollsters have biased their survey away from fourth party candidates. This is fine at the national level, but when the data is sliced to the county it becomes an issue. For example, the traditional Brahmins of Boston refer to soft drinks as "tonics" and milkshakes are "frappes".

Dig my stinkhorn

Your stinkhorn puts a hurt on my nose Later, embarrased police learned that the fungus usually grows in cemetaries and other locations because it uses human remains for nutrients, but since they had already showered up they were disinclined to return to the scene for further searching.

Kofi asks for something, something every second, US out of something-stan, and naked Vienese

Quiz me! I got the first three and then continued a trend of falling apart mid-quiz for a total of three. How did you do?

Smurf you, I like this Smurf.

An amusing Straight Dope Message Board Thread, with a bonus Hedberg reference.

Smurf eradication

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Candy Cigarettes, and what they do to your hands.

This seems like it should have come from James Lileks, but didn't.

The Hand of Mystery

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Rockstar: Nirvana

The underground scene So we've been watching Rockstar:INXS, in which amateur performers compete to convince the surviving members of the band, and their good friend Dave Navarro, that they should be hired to replace David Hutchence for their appearance at next years Missouri State Fair.

As the group culls out the miserable wailers that are obviously producer plants, some pretty good performers are left and I concur with one review that says whoever wins probably could do better than front INXS.
The song selection is hilariously uneven and includes softballs like "One Hand in my Pocket" or "My Baby Sent me A Letter" at one end and "We are the Champions" at the other. The competetive structure is byzantine so don't expect an explanation but if you are at risk of being kicked off for stinking one night the band will give you a chance the next night to sing an INXS song and redeem yourself. The silliest thing about the program is that they make all these contestants live in the same house for no particular reason.
Anyway, here's today's contest- What will next season bring?
I'll start us off:
Rockstar: Queen
Something we have in common with Iranians; a tremendous appreciation for the late Freddie Mercury and his moustache.

Rockstar:Hanoi Rocks
Pretty much all the positions are up for grabs here, bring a friend with good hair.

Rockstar:The Ramones
Same as above, bring a friend with straight black hair.

Rockstar: Plasmatics
Tonight on Pay-per-view

The presidency is a bully pulpit

"I'm just saying..." Steve writes to say" The education president speaks. Whoever among you voted for this guy… congratulations."
Is there an "ex cathedera" thing for presidents?

I'll be happy when every science textbook has a sticker instisting that all scientific data may only be the result of our perceptions being manipulated by a Cartesian Evil Genius and any resulting theories are therefore not valid in Texas and Florida.

On a wholly unrelated topic, anyone else hear Joe Biden say he'd like to split a ticket with John McCain on the Daily Show last night?