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31 January, 2003

American Sign Museum

Visit the American Sign Museum.

The purpose of the American Sign Museum is to preserve, archive and display a historical collection of signs in their many types and forms. The Museum will also document and survey the products and equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs, and offer biographical information of the people who have contributed to the industry.

(via The Cartoonist)

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Free Books 4 Doctors

Hundreds of medical books, online.

FreeBooks4Doctors was created to promote the free availability of medical books on the Internet. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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The Swimsuit Issue

100 years of swimsuit photos, from National Geographic. Many, however, will prefer the Sports Illustrated version.

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Edible Books

Books. I read 'em. I write 'em. I eat 'em.

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Order a Twin Doll

Too cheap to have yourself cloned?

Send two photos, pay $140, wait four weeks, and you'll have a doll that looks just like you. To order, go to mytwinn.com.

What a great world we live in!

(via Geisha asobi blog)

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Museum of Non Primate Art

Art produced by cats and birds.

There are over 8,350 species of flying birds and for each of them there are something like 600 possible dietary combinations. Even when ignoring factors such as seasonal fluctuations, new synthetic foods or insecticides (all of which cause excremental variations) a total of 5,000,000 quite distinct types of birdsplay may now be collected on windscreens around the world at any one time.

A very well-done spoof!

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New Songs From Eugene

Not the college town in Oregon -- the marvelous crooning child.

In addition to featuring his standard repertoire of classic tunes, the site has been updated. You can now hear Eugene sing We're Not Gonna Take It, Beat It, and Satisfaction.

(Thanks Matt Inns)

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Dogs Playing Poker

You've probably seen this famous dog painting dozens of times. It's usually associated with "low class" art. For example, it hung in the living room of the family in the Rosanne TV show. In addition, the image is featured on dozens of items such as posters, ties, coffee mugs, playing cards, needlepoint kits, and even a computer game.

The painting shown here is called "A Friend in Need," and the artist is Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934). I didn't realize it, but this is just one in a series of paintings that feature dogs performing various human activities. You can view his other paintings here.

Last year, the New York Times published an article about Coolidge:

His creative genius was evident, but scattershot. He wrote a comic opera about a mosquito epidemic in New Jersey. He designed comic cut-outs - "Fat Man in a Bathing Suit," for example - for people to stand behind and smile for the camera. And, at some point, he hit upon the idea that would define how he is vaguely remembered today: painting everyday scenes in which dogs behave like human beings.

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Beetle Photos

See the incredible close up beetle photos by Paul Beckman. We're talking insects, not John-Paul-George-Ringo.

(via Incoming Signals)

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Meet Pastor Fred Phelps

For the past 48 years, he has served as Pastor of of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. But, unlike most pastors, his goal in life is to spread hatred.

His web site is absolutely incredible. He's done an excellent job of providing just how stupid a human can be. At first I thought it was a parody, in the vein of Landover Baptist. But it's for real.

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Bibleopoly

If you can convince Ned Flanders to loan it to you, this game guarantees and evening of wholesome family fun.

The object of this game, also played on a "monopoly-style" game board is to build a church. The first player to build a church on any city space is the winner. Rather than buying properties, players become caretakers of a city by making the required offering. When other players land on those cities they pay the offering to the caretaker.

Once a caretaker tends all the cities from a color group, he may begin building a church. A church consists of 1 cornerstone, 3 bricks and a steeple (player's token). The "twist" to this game is that players can only get the cornerstone to begin building their church by helping another player. Game play is complete when a player is the first to complete a church and all tokens then advance to that city for the church dedication, in which the builder announces the name of the completed church.

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Living in Squalor

Photos of the most disgustingly filthy house I've ever seen. Actually, these are before and after photos. You can also see what it looks like after it was cleaned up.

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Locate a Federal Prisoner

Looking for a prisoner? The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers this handy search form.

By the way, if you do a search for "John Walkenbach" the prisoner that's located by this search is not me. Really, it's not. In any case, he's been released.

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The White House Gift Shop

Visit this phony White House Gift Shop. Well, the items are for real, but they are not actually offered by the U.S. Government.

Patriotism - Affirming Rampant Consumerism.

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