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24 June, 2003

Bush-Related Accidents

Forget the Segway mishap. This piece at Slate is even funnier: Re-Elect Bush: Beta Version.

Presumably by accident, somebody left a live prototype of President Bush's 2004 campaign site on the Web for a few hours today. (It's locked up behind a password now, so all links in this item are to snapshots Slate took earlier.)

In other Bush-related accident news...

TV graphic labels Bush 'professional fascist'

The estimated 360,000 viewers of New Zealand's TV3 news program last night were "surprised and confused" by the graphic, which was supposed to promote an upcoming weather report, the New Zealand Herald said.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Anthropomorphic Taxidermy

Photos of various taxidermy work that depict animals as humans.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Fruit Labels

It's now commonplace to see a sticker on every piece of fruit purchased in a grocery store (at least in the U.S.). The World of Fruit Labels is devoted to fruit stickers.

More than 1,000 fruit label images are displayed here for the purpose of providing reference information for my fellow fruit label collectors and for interested people generally.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Our Gang Online

I used to love watching those Little Rascals films. In fact, I still do. Our Gang Online is...

...an online source of information about Our Gang, the original Little Rascals created by Hal Roach in 1922.

You'll find it all: FAQs, photos, reviews, bios, and more.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Zen Garfield

Jim Davis' Garfield is one of the most popular comic strips -- and also one of the most unfunny comic strips. The Zen Garfield site is much more amusing.

I ripped off a copyrighted work and made a mockery of modern living.

This site displays random panels from Garfield comics, and puts them together as a single strip. In most cases, you can't tell the difference between the phony strip and the real thing.

(via Incoming Signals)

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Dumbest Product of the Year?

My vote for the dumbest product goes to Octodog's Frankfurter Converter. For $16.95, you can make a hot dog look like an octopus,

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Tattooed Woman

Julia Gnuse photo.

When a skin disease threatened to make her a mass of boils and scars, this pretty woman decided to change herself first.

I expected to find dozens of photos of Julia on the web. But I didn't. The Guinness World Records site has a small photo, and I also found the transcript of an interview by Larry King (scroll about half-way down the page).

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Animated GIFs From Bippy

For some reason, I really like the silly animated GIF files displayed at b3ta.com. Here's an example, which was created by "Bippy."

You can view more of Bippy's work here.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Dead Exposure Needs Some Help

The Dead Exposure web site collects photos of people posing as if they are dead.

The Dead Exposure Photo Project is intended for "Entertainment Purposes Only". There is no intent to downplay the seriousness of death

It's a nicely designed site, but there's one problem: It has only seven images so far. So dig out that digital camera, play dead, and send a contribution.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Forest Slime

Sometimes, beauty can be found in the strangest places. For example, Forest Slime Moulds.

While out photographing things in our local forest I occasionally came across these rather strange organisms. I had no idea what they were until some one e-mailed me and suggested that they were probably Slime Moulds (myxomycetes). Since then I have obtained a few reference books and photographed many more.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

Pigments Through The Ages

A web site about pigments in painting.

Pigments are the basis of all paints, and have been used for millennia. They are ground colored material. Early pigments were simply as ground earth or clay, and were made into paint with spit or fat. Modern pigments are often sophisticated masterpieces of chemical engineering. This exhibit includes most important pigments used through the early 20th century.

Posted on 24 June, 2003

NewsHax

A satirical news site: NewsHax, where the slogan is:

Unbalanced. Unfair. We report, We Decide.

Don't overlook the polls in the sidebar. I especially like the poll that asks the question:

Do you respond to online polls?

Posted on 24 June, 2003