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4 February, 2003

Avoid the Rush

In 10 days, the ACME Heart Maker site will be very busy.

Express yourself using only two words with no more than four letters each.

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Making Kids Look Ridiculous

Tom Arma is a photographer who specializes in photos of children in various costumes. Supposedly, he is the "most published baby photographer in the world."

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What REALLY Happened to the Space Shuttle

According to Der Voron, it was shot down by aliens.

In fact, they were trying to send a message:

What did the aliens wish to show mankind by their action? Possibly that oil-based engines (which are used even by such advanced craft as space shuttles) have almost reached their peak effectiveness and reliability -- and that it is time to develop alternative and more reliable engines.


But it may also be that an alien starcraft had approached Columbia without malicious intent, but that its electromagnetic field's effects on Columbia's electronics and engines were unforeseen by the aliens.

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When Life Imitates Cartoons

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Typography-related Flash thingies.

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A Point and Click Adventure Game

It's called The Mystery of Time and Space by Jan Albartus. Be careful, it's very addictive. I chewed up 30 minutes of time without even realizing it. Click here for some hints.

(via The Ultimate Insult)

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Life-Size Women

Figures and displays, circa 1900.

That 7-foot Lampshade Lady would make a fine gift for someone who is having a birthday real soon now. Hint, hint.

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The Brain Collection

More specifically, the Mammalian Brain Collection.

This web site provides browsers with images and information from one of the world's largest collection of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains of mammals. Viewers can see and download photographs of brains of over 100 different species of mammals (including humans) representing 17 mammalian orders.

It's actually very interesting.

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Hair Transplant Photos

The Hair Transplant Network proudly boasts:

The largest collection of "Before and After" hair transplant photos on the web.

I did a quick Google search, and I could not find a site that had more Before and After photos than this one. So I guess their claim is true.

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How to Recognize Indo-Mongol Satanoids

This site...

...is intended as a public service to aid people in recognizing the forms that Satan most exists in at this time.

As you'll see, the key is examining the eyes. Signs of Satan include hooded upper lids, puffy lower lids, slanted upper lids, close-set eyes, deep-set eyes, pinched eyes, squashed orbitals, and downward sloping eyes. He provides lots of photographic evidence.

The scary part? This guy is dead serious!

You can read more of his wacky ideas here (scroll to the bottom for the links). Most of them deal with numerology. For example, did you know that the American flag actually symbolizes the devil? Here's proof.

Posted on 4 February, 2003

More Crap From Disney

In case you missed the press release, Kellogg and Disney have teamed up to bring you a new "Naturally sweetened chocolate corn and oat cereal" called Chocolate Mud And Bugs.

For a limited time, each cereal box comes with a free Disney read-along DVD previewing either Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story," Walt Disney Pictures' "Lilo and Stitch," or Disney/Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." The three different premium DVDs are available exclusively in Kellogg's Disney cereal boxes and have an estimated value of $16.

Wow! A preview DVD packed with Disney ads is now worth $16? Where can I buy one? They go on to say that this product...

...is a fun-to-eat cereal made with nutritious whole grains and is fortified with 11 vitamins and minerals.

Well, I guess corn meal is nutritious. And we'll overlook that fact that the amount of marshmallow bits exceeds the amount of whole oat flour. 

Here's the complete list of ingredients.

INGREDIENTS: Sugar, yellow corn meal, marshmallow bits (sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, dextrose, gelatin, artificial flavor, sodium hexametaphosphate, red #40, yellow #6, yellow #5, blue #1), whole oat flour, chocolate cookie pieces (enriched flour [wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, cocoa [treated with alkali], high fructose corn syrup, yellow corn flour, chocolate, salt, dextrose, baking soda, soy lecithin, milk), cocoa (treated with alkali), partially hydrogenated cottonseed and/or soybean oil, salt, artificial flavor, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), red #40, niacinamide, yellow #5, zinc oxide, reduced iron, blue #1, yellow #6, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), vitamin A palmitate, BHT (preservative), folic acid, vitamin D and vitamin B12.

Even better. We can expect lots more where this came from:

We're pleased to announce that you'll see a regular rotation of innovative Kellogg Disney cereals to keep up with consumer needs," said Petersen.

Yep. Consumers really need this stuff.

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Update: I found another article about this product, with a great quote:

"It's chocolate cereal, which we know kids love, and we know Kellogg needs to be stronger in this area," Graham Petersen, vice president of innovation for Kellogg USA, said of the children's cereal category. "We were careful about the design so that it's engaging and fun for kids, and it's mom-accepted because of the Disney connection."

Stronger in the area of chocolate cereal? VP of innovation? The Disney connection makes it mom-accepted? Sheesh!

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Recession Recipes

Recipes for the frugal The Lettuce Soup sounds yummy -- even better than the Bran Gruel.

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Coming Soon: Even Longer Boot-Up Times

According to this article, Intel has plans to make your computing experience even more annoying:

In 2003, the Intel Inside Program's label requirements will be extended to the system start up screen. Your Qualifying Licensee Products (QLP) must display the Intel Inside logo each time the user boots-up their system.

The purpose?

Seeing the Logo insures your customers that they have a genuine Intel Inside brand powering their system.

While we're at it, why not have every other system component display a logo as well?

What a bunch of idiots! Intel, of course, is the company that sued the Yoga Inside Foundation for use of the term "Inside" (story here). Intel apparently prevailed. The group added "On The" and is now known as Yoga On The Inside Foundation.

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Frank's Vinyl Museum

A collection of very weird LPs, with cover art, song samples, and comments.

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Variax Guitars

My interest in guitars waxes and wanes. Lately, I've been kind of out of it. But I discovered something this morning that grabbed my attention: Variax guitars. These guitars are billed as "an entire guitar collection in a single instrument." They contain electronics that model various guitars and guitar sounds.

The sound samples at their web site are indeed impressive. I think a trip to the guitar shop is in my future.

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