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Follow Up: More Toynbee Tiles / House of Hades Stuff

Flickr user rtype17 passes along a House of Hades tile he found in LA’s Pershing Square Our post on the history of the Toynbee Tiles and their various homages (House of Hades, that little mummy guy you see in crosswalks everywhere) still gets a good amount of traffic and comment activity so I thought I’d follow up with a few more notes on the subject: + Netflix is streaming Resurrect Dead, the excellent documentary on the search for who is behind the Toynbee Tiles. (Filmmaker’s page) + There’s a Google Map showing the location of Toynbee Tiles around Philadelphia, ground zero for the Toynbee Phenomenon + The perennially badass Becky Stern over at Makesine brings an excellent how-to video on making your own Toynbee-style linoleum tiles. From back in 2009 (yeah, I totally slept on that one) + Oh and in your wanderings, ignore links to toynbee.net. It’s dead an […]

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Gnome stalking residents of Argentina

Northern Argentina residents of Suncho Corral are reporting a series of gnome attacks, according to a translation to an article on Rosario3 done by UFO blog Inexplicata. Inexplicata’s translation says: Local residents state that the small creature appears in dark places and pummels people. Police has issued a statement asking people not to walk alone in the dark. Those who follow the wide world of weird may recall that this isn’t the first time Travelocity’s mascot has stalked Argentina: in 2008, according toThe Sun, a gnome was spotted and video recorded (see below). A group of lads returning from a fishing trip shrieked in horror at seeing a little guy in a pointed hat shuffled across the road. This 2008 incident happened in General Guemes just 500km/311mi from the garden statue staple’s most recent spotting.

VisitBritain.org Knows How to Make You Foreigners Comfortable

Britain’s tourism agency, VisitBritain, has come through with a list of handy stereo… I mean, tips, on how to handle the strange  foreign visitors that may stumble onto the shores of Airstrip One.  Choice cuts: Do not be alarmed if South Africans announce that they were held up by robots. To a South African the word robot means traffic lights. ‘’Takkies’’ means trainers, a barbecue is a ‘braai’, and ‘’howzit’’ is an informal way of saying hello. When in a social situation with a South African do not place your thumb between your forefinger and your second finger – it is an obscene gesture. … Avoid physical contact when first meeting someone from India. … Avoid saying ‘’thank you’’ to a Chinese compliment. Instead, politely deny a compliment to show humility. If you compliment a Chinese person, expect a denial in reply. The Chinese are famous for communicating by “Saying […]

Muammar Qaddafi and Michael Jackson: the Oneness

Am I the only one that thinks Muammar al-Qaddafi and Michael Jackson look like the same person?  I mean, add 20 pounds and a limp and you’re basically there.  Oh and a pulse.  And a crack team of lady bodyguards. Really.  MQ? Sleeps in a tent.  MJ? Slept in a tent.  Face like wood putty? Check.  Rambling conspiracy theories, a love for costumes and radical decisions prompted by financial troubles?  Check, check and check.  Two men, two vast reservoirs of ego and paranoia swirling around in big piles of money, leaking weird gibberish across the land. Only natural that they’d have the same tailor, eh? But what if it was more than that?  What if Michael Jackson, hounded by his debts and public reputation, entered in a secret pact with mysterious Libyan nationals to support a clandestine coup, a neat little switch that whisked the real Qaddafi off the pedestal […]

12 Lies Every Douche in a Bar Insists Are True

There are many, many lies we all believe. Every douche at a bar will swear these 12 fictoids are true despite science– As everyone know these things to be ‘true’. Here are twelve of the most common that I have heard recently. Ostriches put their head in sand. If you have seen it, it’s called “Photoshop” as in the case of a recent Newsweek cover. We can all blame Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) who attempted to catalog all knowledge of the Roman Empire. In Book 10, Chapter 1, he wrote “…they imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.” Thanks, Pliny. In fairness animals are hard to categorize; for some time it was thought a kangaroo had two heads due to the young baby in tow. Disney is frozen Disney maintained an extremely private life leading to rumors […]

Disney on Mars

Disney cartoon from 1957 shortly after Sputnik orbited Earth. The cartoon speculates on life on Mars. You know, before NASA messed everything up and made Mars boring and full of useless rocks. I remember seeing this as a child, well after Mars was established boring and free from horny Mars princesses.

Tin Foil Hats are Sexy: New Lifeform in Sewer?

Supposedly this is video from a snakecam in a North Carolina sewer that shows a new (or undiscovered) lifeform. The video shows what appear to be blobs pulsating and moving. Though many questions remain. Holy crap. At least that’s what I hope it isn’t. I may not have received my Cryptozoology merit badge in Boy Scouts but I am skeptical. Who took this video? Why was the camera in the sewer? Where is this in North Carolina? Extraordinary calims require extraordinary evidence. But I do have one more question: what the hell is it? Update: Actually its a “bag of worms” or bryozoans according to the News & Observer newspaper. These animals live in colonies so what we see in the video is actually many of them finding food and going on with daily business. They develop an external shell known as a cystid to protect them which we see […]

NATO Makes Raves Happen

Did you know the North Atlantic Treaty Organization loves ravers? Neither did I, but for 60 years they have been making them happen. What the hell? Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] So next time you pop so ecstasy, thank NATO. There are more equally surreal attempts at viral marketing by our forced military alliance overlords on their 60 Years of NATO propaganda public relations site.

The Internet is Pictures of Cats: Superbad

The granddaddy of internet weirdness, the digital id of the late-90s, the reason we all got excited about JavaScript in the first place… I present to you, gentlemen, Superbad. This has been the homepage on at least one of my browsers since 1998.  I remember plumbing its depths on a dial-up, making animated GIF-laden homages with AOLPress in the wee hours of the night through high school.  I basically spent my college career as ‘guy in the dorm who knows computers’ stealing code off this thing and turning it to woefully conventional purposes for skinny blondes and pointless presentations.  For such a sin, I owe penance. Apparently, this is the work of a fella named Ben Benjamin, a decomissioned code ammunition dump and something that could be tagged with that dusty, decrepit tag of ‘net art’. (Hey, are any of you old enough to remember when the infowebhighwaysurfnet had Artist(e)s?) […]