Weirdness

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa!

http://brucespringsteen.net/the-band/patti-scialfa-2


Happy Birthday Maria Ouspenskaya!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0653642/


Happy Birthday William Powell!

http://themave.com/Powell/


Happy Birthday Thelma Todd!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0865298/


Happy Birthday James Warren!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Warren_%28publisher%29

A corrupter of my youth....

Happy National Lasagna Day!

Yum!

Monday, July 28, 2014

walmart's fake 'ice cream'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/walmart-ice-cream-sandwiches_n_5621240.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000022&ir=Weird+News

By my definition, there's no way that's ice cream, just some chemical glop.

Book Hoarder - Guilty As Charged

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80889686/

I would say that I do try to read every book that I've ever purchased or been given, or at least try to.  At this point, I will give a tome about 50 - 100 pages (depending on it's page count) to catch my attention.  If it hasn't done so by then, I know that it's probably best to pass it along - never throw it away.  But if it is of interest, I almost always keep it, and will often reread it, ten or fifteen years down the road.  

A new article about the moving coffins of Barbados

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/07/the-mysterious-moving-coffins-of-barbados/
A great Fortean mystery, and one of the first Fortean situations that I ever discovered/read about as a young teen. 

The most nonchalant sheep of all time

http://www.petdoof.com/got-really-scared-vicious-dog-started-barking-sheep-happened/


Spider-Man wants his money!

http://news.yahoo.com/york-times-square-spider-man-charged-punching-police-183046563.html


I bet Satan owns an iPhone

http://austriantimes.at/news/Around_the_World/2014-07-28/51499/Priest_Claims_Hate_Texts_Are_From_Demon_Spirit_


The end of the Chesapeak Blue Crab?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-chesapeake-bays-blue-crab-needs-our-help-now--or-never/2014/07/25/a7cedc26-1383-11e4-9285-4243a40ddc97_story.html

If true, this would be a real ecological, culinary and cultural tragedy for the region.


Happy Birthday Phil Proctor!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Proctor


Sunday, July 27, 2014

'96 Tears' is now official

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2014/07/mayor_to_dedicate_96_tears_as.html#incart_river



My commute just got made into a movie

http://io9.com/heres-the-first-max-max-trailer-and-it-will-make-you-a-1611701107


Agent Garbo

http://priceonomics.com/the-greatest-double-agent-in-history/
A nice article about probably the most successful bit of espionage double crossing in WWII.

My next calculator

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/antique-digital-calculators-other.html


A very nice article about the game of Go

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/lets-go-ancient-chinese-game-boards.html
I've always considered Go to be in the half dozen or so greatest and most important games ever made.  I am amazed that it didn't become more popular in this country.

Homes & Gardens magazine: The hitler issue

http://wow.blogs.com/words/2003/10/post.html
I've never heard of this!

The cutting edge of packing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6L-AfNrmY


Record Collectors

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/06/18/eilon_paz_photographs_record_collectors_in_his_book_dust_grooves_adventures.html

Fun stuff!

Strange (to some) collections

http://www.obsessionistas.co.uk/the-collections/

I firmly believe that almost every commodity has one or more collectors, at this point.

Cars with propellers

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/cars-with-propellers-part-1.html

Some of these look so cool!

A documentary about the Seeds!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQfUUNDspIk


The oldest song

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/ancient-sumerian-song-recreated-3400-year-old-cuneiform-tablets-001905#!bmUugo


A (too) short article on lycanthropy

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/fantastically-wrong-fiendish-werewolf/


Do-It-Yourself WWI Fighter Plane

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10990313/Retired-pilot-builds-WW1-plane-and-runway-in-garden.html

Neat-o!

The solution to the 'mysterious' dolls

http://disinfo.com/2014/07/solved-porcelain-dolls-showing-doorsteps-california/

Yea, the initial storyline seemed a bit overly dramatic to me.

Robin Williams meets Koko

http://blog.petflow.com/hollywood-actor-meets-koko-the-gorilla/

Very cute!

A haunted house in York, PA?

http://fox43.com/2014/07/25/ghost-attacks-in-hanover-haunted-house/#axzz38c8cHLRD

Sounds a little dramatic, to me.

Weirdness In A Case

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/11/06/found-in-the-trash-a-box-of-otherworldly-notes/

Fascinating...

The return of Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell!!!

http://www.blastr.com/2014-7-25/get-your-boomstick-ready-raimi-developing-evil-dead-tv-series-bruce-campbell


Fun stuff!

Interesting article about the importance of the obscure battle at Bouvines

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28484146
The battle led to the Magna Carta.

Happy Birthday Bugs!

Premiered in Wild Hare on this date in 1940.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_Bunny


Happy National Parents Day!

http://www.parentsday.com/index.html

Happy Birthday Gary Gygax!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gygax


Happy National Scotch Day!

http://www.johnniewalker.com/en-us/scotch-whisky-blends/home/

Yum!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MST3K Cocktails

http://colleenrants.tumblr.com/tagged/MST3K-Cocktails

I put this link here purely for educational purposes.  most of these concoctions sounds vomitous to me

The last European headhunters?

http://www.strangehistory.net/2011/07/27/last-european-headhunters/

600 years of slang terms for sex

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57872/31-adorable-slang-terms-sexual-intercourse-last-600-years


Happy Birthday to the Friendship Firehouse of Alexandria!

http://www.alexandrianews.org/friendship-firehouse-festival-celebrates-240th-birthday-of-historic-fire-company/

In my old stomping grounds of Old Town...

Happy National Bagelfest Day!

Yum!

http://www.bagelsforever.com/

Happy Birthday Carl Jung!

http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesofmajorthinkers/p/jungprofile.htm


Happy Birthday Kate Beckinsale!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000295/


Happy Birthday Mick Jagger!

http://www.mickjagger.com/

Happy Birthday Darlene Love!

http://darleneloveworld.com/

Happy Birthday Gracie Allen!

http://www.biography.com/people/gracie-allen-9542415

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National All Or Nothing Day!

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-all-or-nothing-day-july-26/


Happy National Aunt & Uncle Day!

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/July/auntandunclesday.htm

Happy National Day of the Cowboy!

http://nationaldayofthecowboy.com/wordpress/


Friday, July 25, 2014

It's nice to be Loved....

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/25/3464169/aclu-sues-gop-mayor-who-compared-atheist-group-to-nazis-and-kkk/

Interesting that a goon who is (supposedly) against reactionary authoritarians is so willing to behave like one...

Chinese Toads

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28439812


Color photos from WWI

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3033398/exposure/10-rare-color-photographs-from-world-war-i?partner=rss#9

Rare - I've not seen these before at all!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A small broadcast about the nazi weather station in Canada

http://www.weather.com/video/secret-mission-in-north-america-discovered-51106


A tiny footnote to the War.


Some hair tips for the Ladies...

http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.it/2014/07/the-truth-about-big-hair-of-1770s-part_24.html


Groucho and The Exorcist

http://moviemovieblogblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/groucho-marx-and-the-exorcist-you-bet-your-soul/

A little bit of Marxian trivia.

The Dolls...

http://www.wtop.com/209/3669374/Creepy-porcelain-dolls-placed-at-homes-of-girls-they-resemble

I'm not sure that I'd use the word "creepy", yet.  But it is pretty odd...

Dylan Goes Electric!

It occurred on this date in 1965 at Newport.

http://folkmusic.about.com/od/bobdylan/a/Bob-Dylan-Goes-Electric.htm



Happy Birthday Walter Brennan!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000974/


Happy Birthday Henry Knox!

A great Patriot.

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/army/p/knox.htm




Happy National Culinarians Day!

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2013/07/24/july-25-2013-national-culinarians-day-national-threading-the-needle-day-national-merry-go-round-day-national-hot-fudge-sundae-day/


Happy National Merry Go Round Day!

http://news.yahoo.com/july-25-threading-needle-day-national-merry-round-150900506.html


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Headline of the day

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/sex-toy-stuck-womans-vagina-10-years_n_5617590.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000022


if you're a sexist asshole and accessory to rape you're allowed to retire on full pension

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/24/1316411/-Montana-judge-officially-reprimanded-for-disgusting-comments-about-teen-rape-victim?detail=facebook#

I am so glad that I live in the U.S., as opposed to some third world pest hole like Montana.....

Happy Birthday to Radio Free Oz!

Premiered on this date in 1966.  A precursor to the Firesign Theatre.

http://www.radiofreeoz.com/

http://rfo.chromiumswitch.org/


Happy Birthday Summer Glau!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1132359/


Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!

http://www.ameliaearhart.com/


Happy Birthday Lord Dunsany!

http://www.dunsany.net/18th.htm


Happy Cousins Day!

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-cousins-day-july-24/


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A nice little article about Eddie Cochran

http://www.goldminemag.com/article/techie-singer-writer-star-rockabilly-pioneer-eddie-cochran

I remain a huge fan and am convinced that he was one of the great American rockers who would have continued successfully beyond his early years.

The Woman In Black...

http://www.wspa.com/story/26071865/mysterious-woman-in-black-spotted-in-tennessee


Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Yum!

The CUTTING Edge of Anglo-French Relations

http://io9.com/british-inventor-to-aim-the-worlds-largest-fart-machine-1609514817


Clearly, Thor is Cornish

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Cornwall-hit-bolt-lightning-shape-Cornwall/story-21741382-detail/story.html



I can see the made-for-TV movie, already

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/Traps_set_after_reports_of_giant_snake_on_NJs_Lake_Hopatcong.html



One small step for asshole, one giant leap for ignorance

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/21/creationist-ken-ham-calls-to-end-space-program-because-aliens-are-going-to-hell-anyway/


The Afghan Curse of '39'

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/afghan-car-buyers-urged-defy-curse-39-133127971.html


Ramtha has a drinking problem

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/21/new-age-leader-sues-ex-students-over-leaked-video-of-her-drunken-racist-anti-gay-rant/

Tee hee!  Superior Being, indeed.....

A nice article on tunnels from military history

http://militaryhistorynow.com/2014/07/23/dig-this-nine-wartime-tunnels-you-can-still-visit/

Sam's Piano Is For Sale

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jul/22/casablanca-film-piano-auction-bonhams?CMP=twt_gu


Happy Birthday to Castle Keep!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064137/
Premiered on this date in 1969.  The weirdest war movie that I've ever viewed.

Happy Birthday Charisma Carpenter!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004806/


Happy Robert Anton Wilson Day!

http://obsolete-press.com/uncategorized/july-23rd-is-robert-anton-wilson-day/

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Yum!

http://www.hopkinsfarmcreamery.com/