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September 30, 2008

The Last Supper - now with eels. Once thought to be bread or lamb, a new theory has it that the Last Supper shows the (supposedly super trendy for the time) combination of eels and orange slices on the table. more inside
Curious George and the Freaky Cat I got a wake-up call at 4am last night from an unknown cat... more inside

September 29, 2008

PSA: National Canadian Do Not Call List. Starting tomorrow, Canadians can register for the new No-Call List for telemarketers. It is expected that there will be problems registering. There are still a number of broad exceptions, and it doesn't look like it can do anything about calls coming from the States or elsewhere.
Swedish bailout *revised* for America? How is it that Sweden could bail out its main banks, buying into their assets, while America can only give away tax money to foreign and domestic investors without getting any return in equity? At 16 % of its GDP the Swedish bailout was relatively bigger than the newest American one at 5% ($.7 trillion/$13.84 trillion in 2007 = .05 = 5%), but THEIR taxpayers got cut in on owning the junk they bought and actually ended up making their money back. We would rather bank on a wish and a hope? more inside
Insects and old watch parts combined. That's about it really.

September 28, 2008

SILVERBACK GORILLA TYPES There just might be a few here. You think? "In real life as in Georgette Heyer, the reprehensible, oddly sexy brute fares rather better than the sensitive flower. Now it turns out that the unreconstituted, sexist male chauvinist is not only more attractive to many women, but earns more money and is more professionally successful than the kind man who sympathises when you have period cramps and offers to make you a nice cup of camomile."
Arthur Shapiro's optical illusions blog.
Endangered Baby Gibbon Ape Rescued by Toy Camel.
It doesn't have to be this way. One of your possible futures. Please check your voter registration. more inside

September 27, 2008

There Will Come Soft Rains. [Via]
Weekends suck on Mofi. So, here's an experiment involving 5 monkeys, a cage, a banana, a ladder and, crucially, a water hose.
Paul Newman has passed away at 83. One of the greats.

September 26, 2008

"Did you or did you not want a circumcision?" Man claims penis amputated without consent. And they say papercuts are the worst... more inside
For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls. The six-toed cats of Hemingway's house in Key West can keep having their Moveable Feast in their Garden of Eden, on that Island in the Stream, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place where Ernest lived as The Old Man and the Sea. Where the cats can watch The Sun Also Rising. In Our Time.
SHRAPNEL. A word with meaning. B'Henry and b'Godfrey! It's got history.
A poem to break your heart

September 25, 2008

I fart in your general direction. Unfortunately, I got arrested for it.
TWO PLANETS. Terrestrial planet collision. Apparently not as rare as we might think. "This poses two very interesting questions," Fekel said. "How do planetary orbits become destabilized in such an old, mature system, and could such a collision happen in our own solar system?"
Thsrs., The Shorter Thesaurus. Why perambulate when you can walk? Why walk when you can go? Why be succinct when you can be terse? Why be terse when you can be curt? more inside
Magic Lanterns were popular in Japan, where they gave rise to Utsushi-e, a more complex show using hand-held wooden lanterns. There have been efforts recently to recreate these shows.
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