"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Monday, May 18, 2009

"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks." - Groucho Marx


Can I save money on electricity by unplugging appliances and using capacitors? - "Some claim these energy vampires account for 4 percent of your home electricity usage, with total waste as high as 5 to 10 percent. However, here at the Straight Dope we don’t put much stock in mere claims. We want the facts... over a year that idling VCR projects to use more than 52 kilowatt-hours, costing about $5.17 at her electric rate. We’ll guess Una wastes maybe $10 annually for the whole house... Unplugging wall warts and turning off computers and such doesn’t cost anything. (Whether it increases wear and tear on the computer is a separate issue.)"

A Perfect Fake: Marc de Guerre - "Myths and stories abound that speak to man's desire to bring life to inanimate matter. A PERFECT FAKE looks at the persistence of these myths in modern times and takes us into the world of men who have chosen to reject the reality of human sexual companionship in order to pursue emotional and physical bonds with a variety of erotic surrogates.This film examines the emerging market for hyper-realisitic simulations of real women through computer-generated virtual pornography and erotica. A PERFECT FAKE also delves into the disturbing world of men who share their lives with life-size female love dolls.A PERFECT FAKE is a compelling study of how new technologies extend age-old human desires for gratification and control."

The Straight Dope: Does the Vatican have the world's largest pornography collection? - "The Vatican had arranged to have its holdings microfilmed during World War II, when it was feared Rome would be bombed. The film is now stored at St. Louis University in Missouri. The Kinsey folks looked through all the material and found a few mildly erotic art items, but virtually nothing since the Renaissance. From this they concluded that stories about the Vatican's 100,000 books of porn are naught but a myth."

Alcoholic hand gels removed from hospitals after patients use them to get drunk - "Last year reports suggested patients were stealing the £10-a-litre gel and mixing it with orange juice or cola to create powerful cocktails."

The Straight Dope: Do women have an extra rib because Eve got one of Adam's? - "The Sumerians had a myth about a consortium of gods who were busily turning the land of Dilmun into a paradise when one of their number, Enki the water-god, committed a breach of etiquette by nibbling on a newly-created plant. Ninhursag, the earth-goddess, put a curse on Enki, and he fell ill as eight of his vital organs failed. Ninhursag was eventually persuaded to relent, but to cure Enki she had to create eight different new deities to cure each of Enki's ailing organs. The story bears some resemblance to, and in fact may have been the inspiration for, the Hebrew story of Genesis: the creation, the eating of the forbidden fruit, etc. But here's where it gets really interesting: the Hebrew name "Eve" means, approximately, "she who makes live." In Sumerian, the word for "make live" is ti, which is also the Sumerian word for "rib." Thus, the name of the goddess created to cure Enki's aching rib, "Nin-Ti," may have been a Sumerian pun, meaning both "The Lady of the Rib" and "The Lady Who Makes Live." The joke was lost when the story--itself much altered--entered the Hebrew tradition, leaving only the enigmatic association of Eve and Adam's rib."
Of course, it was the Sumerians who copied it from the Hebrews.

Man Gets Stuck In Rest Area Toilet Trying To Retrieve Car Keys - "He must really have needed those keys to go after them in the waste tank of a highway rest area. Luckily for him after the rescue team pulled him out they discovered the keys were in his back pocket the whole time. What. A. Dipshit."

Drunk woman falls through apartment floor: police

Woman divorces husband for cleaning too much - "German media reported the wife got through 15 years of marriage putting up with the man's penchant for doing household chores, tidying up and rearranging the furniture. But she ran out of patience when he knocked down and rebuilt a wall at their home when it got dirty"

YouTube - Extreme Sheep LED Art - "We took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display. Of sorts."
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