Hi, smurfs and maybe-heavily-outnumbered smurfettes
I've not had the best of weeks... [complimentary awwws, please]
I went to dinner with a cannibal couple; but i must have said something wrong...
They gave me the cold shoulder.
...oh, it's alright for you to be flippant; but i'm feeling pretty cut-up about it, actually!
No, no, seriously - i am bemoaning a real loss - the loss of the Naked Scientists from East England's local radio station.
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Although The Naked Scientists is a largely-independently-established Science programme, with a decade of history, and with little funding from the Beeb, it is a sorry sign when a broadcaster decides that the highest quality Science broadcasting available, centred on one of the world's key research organisations - Cambridge University - is not local to East England, nor worth usurping one hour of country music for!
I expect the Naked Scientists will survive this, but the linchpin of this anti-science behaviour - Mike Rawsthorne - should be thoroughly ashamed of his egregious 'contribution' to society.
Anyways, let's move on to something more fun...
Following on from last week's exposé of film industry remakes, i have uncovered info outlining failed early versions of well-known films.
I can (as long as the FBI don't find out where i live) reveal the following (and utterly pathetic) titles to you:
'Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Have Man-flu'
'Apocalypse In 8 Billion Years, As The Sun Expands To Become A Red Giant'
the musical version of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
'What Ever Happened To Baby Lotion?'
'Thursday the 12th'
'12 Disconcerted Men'
'Schindler's Shopping List'
'Terminator 2: Finals Exam Day'
And 'Shaving Private Ryan' / 'Saving Ryan's Privets' / 'Shaving Ryan's Privates'
Expect another caseload, next week...
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'Astronauts bring back new life'
Disappointingly, they did not find little green men - they were on a training course, down a cave. (on Earth)
I finally know what it feels like to 'go viral' LOL
For no apparent reason, this post of mine, on Tumblr, accrued >300 likes and re-blogs in 1 day! [swoons] (367, so far)
Two of my four 'Funny Bird Names' albums have been posted to Tapejara, on Tumblr:
A new series of 'The Infinite Monkey Cage' has begun :)
Star guest this week: Patrick Stewart. About half way through, he whips out something... a little special... [tears come to eyes] :P
But OMFG - Bleak Expectations is back! How the funk did i not hear about this?!?!
Series 5, Episode 1 - 'A Pleasant Yet Dull Life Re-Evilled'
"My mind churning with thought butter, i went outside, where it was as dark as a banker's soul." PBTIHB
Ten *more* bets you will always win, from Richard Wiseman
Episodes 7 and 8 of The Unbelievable Truth:
------------------------------------------------------ of the weeks
Word Of The Week: osculate -- touching another surface (kissing)
Expression Of The Week: "chacun à son goût" -- “to each his own taste”
Inappropriate Kids' Toy Of The Week: a death rattle
Inspiring Quote Of The Week: "I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, i will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right." - Malala Yousafzai; the 14-year-old girl who was shot by Islamists, and declared "a symbol of the infidel and obscenity" for wanting to go to school.
Ridiculous Religion Quotes Of The Week (from Islam's Hadith):
Sahih al Bukhari No. 2735 - "Allah's Apostle said, "the hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him"."
a) Religion of peace? b) Talking rocks?!?
Sahih al Bukhari No. 2737 - Allah's Apostle said, "the hour will not be established until you fight with the Turks; people with small eyes, red faces, and flat noses. Their faces will look like shields coated with leather. The Hour will not be established till you fight with people whose shoes are made of hair."
a) That's a 'slightly' insultingly stereotypical description of Turks, there b) Allah has some major problem with hairy shoes?!?
Silly Sports-Journalist Quote Of The Week: "This was Llodra at his very best; the reflexes of a mongoose on amphetamines"
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Blue honey? Yeah - i'll give it a go :D
Oh - i can barely believe this!
'Segovia Carpet Cleaning'
(phonetically: sick-over-your carpet)
Dirty, dirty stuff - bad magazine :D
At last - a UFO turns into an IFO - but it's not a Chinese lantern, this time - it's the light on top of a combine harvester :)
It's so disappointing when people turn genuine mysteries, with genuine answers, into a puerile alien-spotting contest. But well done, Forestry Commission Scotland.
Man finds doppelganger in 16th century Italian painting. With more and more peope in the world, and more and more accessible records, occurrences like this should become more common.
'Mad phantom gluer of Ireland'
This is weird, with a capital 'we'!
Now that's what i call a dropshot!
It's fine for us to laugh; but seriously - what would you do? :D
A wonderful perspective illusion:
More optical illusions:
A nice illusion:
That's a bad place to stand, little pigeon!
Watch your backs - those mannequins are out to get us :P
Daniel Firman's gravity-defying elephant:
The world's longest word has been read aloud, and recorded - and it took 3.5 hours!
Stop! This is not an ordinary carrot cake - it’s a turkey cake!
26 additions that make signs better: