Friday, September 29, 2006

How to Build a Better Bat Costume

Step by step instructions on how to make a bat costume using an umbrella here.

Zombie Rights March Protested by Pirates

"Here's a flickr set of pictures documenting the zombie rights march to Austin's City Hall last Friday. The zombies' signs in the march included badly spelled slogans such as "Mairage = 1 Zombie + 1 Zombie", "More Binifits for Zombie Vets in Our Necronomoconomy", "Brains...The Other White Meat", "We're here, we're dead, get used to it!" and "Zombies Was People Too." The zombies, shouting "What do we want? Brains! When do we want them? Brains!" was unhindered by a group of pirates protesting the undead's demands for their rights."

Article via BoingBoing.

Flickr photos here.

Update: Anonymous sent a message that Jesus had to break up the fighting between the Zombies and the Pirates.
More Flickr photos of JC workin' the mojo here.

Robot Thinks People Taste Like "Bacon"

"So, apparently the guys at NEC thought it would be cool to make a wine tasting robot. The robot -- pictured above -- fires a beam of light into the wine, and then uses an infrared spectrometer to analyze the reflection. It studies the chemical composition of the wine and delivers an instant verdict about how good it is. It's a neat trick, and it has other health-related skills: It can determine whether an apple is sweet or sour, or could even warn its owner if a food is too salty or fatty.

But the NEC guys decided to show off the robot to the media, and that's when it revealed its morbid secret. As the Associated Press reports When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.
Yeah, we're screwed. The robots think we taste like crispy breakfast treats. "

Story here.

Tattoo In Prison Makes Molester A Marked Man

"Father of slain girl said he figures 'it's a statement from the inmates'

CARLISLE, Ind. -- An inmate serving life in prison for molesting and killing 10-year-old Katie Collman is now the subject of an investigation into how he ended up with the tattoo "Katie's Revenge" emblazoned across his forehead."

Read the rest of the story here.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Family Guy Episode Guide

Every episode of Family Guy is detailed here.

Update: the definitive Family Guy road trip guide.

Star Wars Pet Costumes

Buy them here. Star Wars gallery here.

DVD Sniffing Dogs

"The Motion Picture Association of America will stop at nothing to prevent the international trafficking of pirated movies, evidently. Now, the film industry lobby is enlisting the help of two Labradors, Lucky and Flo, that have been trained to smell polycarbonate and other chemicals found in optical discs such as DVDs."

The Washington Post story here.

Moscow City Scale Model

"This is a Moscow city scale model. It is back from USSR times, when Soviet leaders had a little craze on making such epic compositions. It was ordered from an artist Efim Deshalyt in 1976. The size of the model exceeds 400 sqft."

More pics here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dogs In Bee Costumes

" is the premier online repository for pictures of dogs in bee costumes."
See the gallery here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The World’s Most Unique Vehicles

"Normal vehicles are not for everyone. Thankfully, people take what was once a normal creation and turn it into a one of a kind set of wheels. Here is a collection of the world’s most unique vehicles, guaranteed to cause maximum rubbernecking. Enjoy."

More here.

Toast Art

Boy, Three, Buys Car On Internet

"A three-year-old boy has used his mother's computer to buy a £9,000 car on an internet auction site.

Jack Neal's parents only discovered their son's successful bid when they received a message from eBay about the Barbie pink Nissan Figaro. "

Read the rest of the story here.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Grand Theft Auto Fan Charged With Car Theft

"A Canadian man's apparent fondness for the video game Grand Theft Auto has led to his arrest in connection with an auto theft, according to police.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Shylo Kujawski - who has Grand Theft Auto prominently tattooed on his back - was spotted acting suspiciously in a Vancouver suburb where several stolen cars had been reported."

Read the rest of the story here.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

FoxNews Review: 'Jackass: Number Two' Repugnant

"If you've been a sinner and are in search of redemption, Paramount Pictures and MTV Productions have the perfect penance just for you.
It's called "Jackass: Number Two," and it's painful.

If your kid announces he's going to see "Jackass: Number Two" at the movies this weekend, whip out those concert tickets, that Xbox 360, the weekend trip to Disney World — any amount of money is worth it to keep him from corrupting his mind with this garbage."

So, I guess he didn't like it? What exactly was he expecting from this movie? High art? Musings about the meaning of life?

Read the rest of the review here.

A4 Papercut

Creations with paper and glue.

See the rest of the gallery here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Eat A Roach And Be The First In Line

"GURNEE, Ill. --Why wait in line when you can just eat a cockroach? That's the question Six Flags Great America is asking its thrill seekers during its Halloween-themed FrightFest. The amusement park is daring customers to eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach in exchange for unlimited line-jumping privileges."

Read the story here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

He Looked At Life From A Different Angle

"Jim Schinneller did not request to run a photo of the back of his head with his death notice in Sunday's paper.

But he was asking for it, his son said, after a lifetime of making people laugh and challenging them to rethink what's normal.

"It's a family that goes for a little bit of one-upmanship," Jim Jr. said when I called to ask why his artist father had done an about-face for his, as they say in crossword puzzle land, "last writes."

Read the rest of the story here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

How to Make a Hollow Book

"A hollow book can be a nifty way to hide something, whether it's a spare key, a secret note, or even money. Most people wouldn't think to browse your library for private or personal things. It's also a great way to pass something to someone discretely--an unsuspecting onlooker will just think you're sharing a very good read!"

Link to the how-to here.

Jack Skellington Ukelele

Link to the blog here.

Freddy Krueger's House For Sale

"Nightmare on Elm Street house with basement for "Freddie" Kruger. Spaulding Square fixer opportunity screaming "Buy Me, Buy Me!". With some work this could be your Family Dream Home, backyard with pool 4 entertaining, 4 bedrooms 3.5 bath & office. Terrific living room with fireplace, formal dining room and bar set up."


MLS ID#: 06-126179

MLS listing here. Map here.

Classic Horror Magazine Covers

See the rest of the gallery here.

Guitar Gun

"Partnering up with musical instrument craftsman, Luis Alberto Paredes, he has been creating the instruments ever since. Initially made out of Winchester rifles, they are now made mostly from everyone’s favorite Cold War assault rifle, the AK47. "

Read the rest of the story here.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19th is talk like a pirate day.

Site here. Avast!

Instructional video here.Gaaarrr!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Second Annual Robot Parade

"Come celebrate and take part in a gigantic piece of human/robotic performance art. Dress like a robot. Bring or build a robot if you can. Listen to or perform in a robot poetry slam.

Stand up for robot rights. Don't let them be the slaves of the new millennium. Dress up as a bot and march for world peace. Respect the robots.

We love everybody! All are welcome, regardless of biology, species, gender, race, wavelength, circuitry or programming."

2006 pics available here.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Alcohol Use Helps Boost Income

"WASHINGTON (AFP) - People who consume alcohol earn significantly more at their jobs than non-drinkers, according to a US study that highlighted "social capital" gained from drinking.

The study published in the Journal of Labor Research Thursday concluded that drinkers earn 10 to 14 percent more than teetotalers, and that men who drink socially bring home an additional seven percent in pay.

Read the article here.

I should be really rich by now.

MySpace Murder Plot Foiled

"SEPTEMBER 14--Meet Heather Kane. The Arizona woman, 22, is facing a murder conspiracy rap for allegedly soliciting a hit man to bump off a woman whose picture appeared on her boyfriend's MySpace page. Kane was arrested Tuesday, shortly after Mesa police learned that she was seeking someone to kill her squeeze's "female friend," according to a probable cause statement filed in Justice Court. "

read the story here.

Official Seal Generator

Generate and customize your very own seal. Not Public Notary. Not for official use. Use at your own discretion. Wait 30 minutes before swimming. Do not mix with alcohol. Your mileage may vary.

Get yours here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Absolute **** -An Interview With Street Artist Banksy

"When the notorious British street artist Banksy invades L.A. on September 15, watch out. No, seriously. Watch out. You might just catch one of his altered thrift-store classical paintings hanging in one of the city’s art museums — hung by the artist himself — or one of his sardonic stencils mingling among the vapid billboards and gang graffiti."
Read the rest of the interview here.

So, Would You Mind If I Tape Bacon To The Cat?

"And now, an actual phone call:
Me (to Krissy): So, would you mind if I tape bacon to the cat?
Krissy: That's a fairly interesting question. What's the purpose here?
Me: I put taping bacon to the cat on
a list of things I said I was going to do today and people seemed to be skeptical.
Krissy: You said you were going to tape bacon to the cat on the Whatever.
Me: Yeah.
Krissy (audible sigh): Since you are going to do it, and take a picture of it, all I ask is that you take the bacon off right after. All right?
Me: Okay.
Krissy: You're a strange, strange, strange man.

I'm just not sure on this one.
See the site here.


Court: No Supernova for 'Rock Star' Band

"LOS ANGELES -- The band from the reality TV show "Rock Star: Supernova" cannot call itself Supernova when it takes its act on the road, a judge has ruled.
A Southern California rock band that has called itself Supernova since 1991 and recorded three albums under the name sued CBS, the show's participants and Mark Burnett Productions in June claiming unfair competition and trademark infringement."
The original band had a song called "Chewbacca" on the Clerks soundtrack.
Read the rest of the Washington Post story here.

Shadow Caravan

Click Pic for larger version.

This photo was taken from directly overhead at dusk. The horizontal white lines are the camels themselves.

Found on

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fainting Goats

"Fainting goats are a slightly smaller version of the standard goat, who, believe it or not, thanks to a genetic condition called myotonia congenita, actually seem to faint when they are startled.

The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright."

Read more about fainting goats here.

Chernobyl 20 Years Later

"On the 26th of April 1986 shortly after midnight, to be precise, at 1:23 GMT, there occurred near the Ukrainian town of Chornobyl a tremendous explosion at a huge nuclear power plant, followed by a gradual meltdown of the reactor No. 4."

These pictures are from 20 years later. Gallery here.

This is a story about a woman who rode a motorcycle through the radiated wasteland. There is some debate as to whether it is a hoax or not. Cool pics and story here.

Post No Bills

Click pic for bigger version.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Atari 2600 Plug and Play Keychains

"In the olden days of gaming, when quarters were a hot commodity and color graphics were the newest innovation, one name stood out as king: Atari. The games were visually simple, but still retain their hold as some of the most challenging and fun games ever created.

Each keychain has a secret - they contain real games. Plug in the included 6 foot cable (on a battery powered reel) into the keychain and your TV , and you really can enjoy the games of yesteryear. Yes, you read that right: these keychains contain real Atari games, and are fully playable! "

Here's how the games break down:
Joystick 1 - Asteroids and Millipede
Joystick 2 - Centipede and Yar's Revenge
Paddle - Pong, Breakout, and Warlords

Buy it at

Golden Gate Suicide Diagram

"The first suicide occurred 10 weeks after the bridge opened in 1937. Over the years there have been seven attempts to build a bridge barrier. While the design and cost have been debated, the deaths have continued. At least 1,218 suicides have been reported, according to Chronicle research. "
Article here.

Inflatable Iceberg

"Where was this thing when I was a kid? Or now, for that matter? The Inflatable Iceberg is the biggest, most insane, most awesome pool toy I have ever seen. Inflating to a monster 15 feet above the water, the Inflatable Iceberg is like your own private water park without as much pee in the water. Three of the sides of the iceberg have grips for climbing and are of various stages of difficulty, from beginner to expert. The fourth side is a gigantic water slide to send you plummeting back into the water after your climb. "

Link to the article here.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Strange Japanese Gadgets

"This crazy product not only makes you look like something from a horror movie, but slims your face using contact pressure and doubles as a sauna to sweat the fat away. "

Top 5 list here.

Princess Leia Hat

"My inspiration for this pattern came to me one day while shopping in a sporting goods store. I saw this fabulous full length white down coat that reminded me of a Princess Leia outfit. I thought, wow, now that would look great with a knitted ‘wig’ hat. And so, Leia was born."

Article here.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Story Disneyland Doesn't Want You To Know

"Families visiting Disneyland on their holiday this week saw a life-size Guantanamo bay inmate standing inside the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim California.

The sculpture, consisting of an inflatable doll dressed in an orange jumpsuit with its hands and feet manacled remained in place for one and a half hours before Disneyland's security staff shut down the ride and removed it amid fears over public safety."

The artist: Banksy

More pictures here.

Update: interviews Banksy here.

Don't Write Like An Idiot

13 Common spelling mistakes and how to correct them.

Site here.

Update: Link is dead. Still, don't write like an idiot. is a great place to start for hints.

Saturday, September 09, 2006