Category Archives: fun & curios

We must not allowww a particle-accelerator gap*

Gee, I wish we had one’a them massive particle accelerator machines.* Scientists at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing, working with international collaborators, announced a plan to build a massive particle accelerator by 2028 — a 52-kilometer underground ring that would smash electrons and positrons together. The Chinese project could offer new means [...]

That was no jihadi …

… that was my wife. BEIRUT: Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its “caliphate”. Running twice-weekly tours from Syria’s Raqa to Iraq’s Anbar, ISIS’s buses fly the group’s black flag and [...]

sorry this is late …

… but I was haningin’ out in the ol’ iHammock, yesterday, and dozed off. ~ KisP ref ~ July 22 [was] National Hammock Day. In terms of silly holidays that were likely made up by retailers, this is one I really can get behind. There is nothing like swaying on a hammock on a lazy [...]

No Redskins™! Pigskins™!

Muslim outrage in 3.. 2.. 1.. [T]he United States Trademark and Patent Office “granted registration of the [Hog Call] sensory mark to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas.” Not the words, mind you; the sound. The sounds contained within the chant — Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks! [...]

that reminds me of a story …

A man is sitting in a bar when a beautiful woman walks up and whispers in his ear, “I’ll do anything you want for fifty bucks.” He sets his drink down and starts going through his pockets. He pulls out a ten, two fives, a twenty, and ten ones, thrusts the money into the woman’s [...]

your afternoon euphemism update

FtK!™* Fadoodle the King! ______ * KisP ref

some of you …

… are all. gonna. diiieee ! ~ story ~ (What? Nah, I’m in the NC blue zone. I’m gonna die of something else … which doesn’t count.)

stuff that’s hard to do

Good news, everyone! [The United Arab Emirates] announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021. The ruler of the UAE’s emirate of Dubai … said the mission will prove the Arab world is still capable of delivering scientific contributions to humanity, despite the many conflicts across the Middle East. [...]

it’s just not, you know, journalism journalism

Haven’t posted much, lately, so I’ll just toss this one out for your evening’s entertainment: The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America These are the firearms causing the most harm… [W]e determined the types of guns most often recovered from crime scenes and/or used in murders. [story] Okay, look, I’m gonna save you a lot [...]

World Cup: don’t care

Not sayin’ that cause-and-effect is at work, here; but those aaare interesting coincidences, are they not? Perhaps you have some additional ones. ______ source1 source2 In soccer, a losing-team’s fans don’t take loss well. In the US, fans only riot when their team wins a championship.

it’s business, not personal theological

No, I excommunicate you. You don’t excommunicate me. [D]uring a religious procession in the Calabrian town of Oppido Mamertina, the statue of the Virgin Mary was diverted and taken in front of the home of mob boss Peppe Mazzagatti where the statue was made to bow. Oppido Mamertina is the center of a gang called [...]

my childhood was …

… was scarred, scaaarrred, I tell you!cross-dressing Saturday mornings ~ vid ~ ~ vid ~ Not sure it’s PC to actually laugh at a cross-dresser playing for laughs (although it was not unheard-of in my youth), so if anyone complains, just tell ‘em you’re indulging your secret inner deviant. Besides, it’s 20-min of Bugs, the [...]

238 years ago

Enjoy your fireworks. ________ Declaration text Declaration audio Abbreviated Declaration video-1 Abbreviated Declaration video-2 If you missed the fireworks, go here and fly through some. Ooooh! Aaahhhh!

Happy Canada Day!

____ More KisP meme ref

100 years ago today

The US Navy went dry. Soon after that party, the WWI naval war broke out in earnest. Not sure that’s the lesson we should take from that, though.

No, I excommunicate you, you don’t excommunicate me

Pope Francis on Saturday took on one of Italy’s most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of “the adoration of evil” and saying Mafiosi “are excommunicated“. [story] Wehellll, now you’re talkin’! Mebbe The Godfather IV will be better’n The Godfather III, then, eh? (What? Uh, nope. Dunno if that includes Pelosi.) _________ Cultural [...]

The dog ate my forecaster

Best Korea is Un-der the weather According to state-run newspaper …, the North Korean leader has been touring meteorological facilities in his country complaining that there are “too many incorrect” weather forecasts. [story No, don't read it. It'll just make you dumber.] (What? Nah, it’s just for the dog joke. Sorry.)

We. are. all. gonna. dieeeeee

It’s Friday the Thirteenthageddon tomorrow. And a bigass solar flare will destroy civilization as we know it. Aaand it’s a full moon, so, you know. werewolves or something. Lunatics, at least. So it’s my-vintage CCR time, here at KisP ~ vid ~ (What? No, not takin’ precautions. Either it won’t do any good, or nuthin’ll [...]

Today’s “Clever girl”

Where’d you learn that? At camp.* ~ vid & story ~ Dang! I expect this kind of thing is part of the tribal culture, and she’s had to do that before. Mebbe this was a regular bos’n’s-qualification check ride for this village. No panic on the part of the younger kids, either. Perhaps the canoe’s [...]

schtick

Meanwhile … “I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter,” [Gwyneth Paltrow] wrote on her website …. “I have long had [a] coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed [...]