Comics featuring presidents are nothing new – even Nixon showed up in the Fantastic Four, and everyone hated the guy. But the comics industry’s obsession with Barack Obama is a little more intense than usual, resulting in some bizarre, baffling and sometimes even disturbing stories. No one ever did a comic where George W. Bush battles zombies, or one where … well, read on to find out.
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Via Wikipedia: Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many English-speaking (and other) countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, its use has also become common at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.
The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long long ago”,”days gone by” or “old times”. Consequently “For auld lang syne”, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, is loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times”.
|Original Scottish Version||English Translation|
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
For auld lang syne, my jo,
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
We twa hae run about the braes,
We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
|Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
We two have run about the slopes,
We two have paddled in the stream,
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
Liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up,according to new research from the University of California, San Diego,and Harvard University. Ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4. The study’sauthors say this is the first research to identify a specific gene that predisposes people to certain political views.
C&T: My mostly Republican family will be shocked to learn my liberal left-wing views may be “biological”… that being said, if it IS biological, I may indeed be the milkman’s child.
Thx to julieg for the link!
- Reading the Guardian? It could be down to your ‘liberal genes’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Researchers find a ‘liberal gene’ (scienceblog.com)
Charlie and Spike are two kittens with myotonia congenita, otherwise known as ‘fainting goat‘ syndrome. at the slightest sound, the kittens respond by collapsing and falling into a rigid paralysis which lasts about a minute before they return to normal.
- Myotonia congenita – All Information (umm.edu)
It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are some places in which none of us would want to spend a night. These places have well earned their reputations as being so creepy, tragic or mysterious (or all three) that they definitely qualify as “haunted.”
- The World’s Creepiest Places (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- The 10 scariest and creepiest jobs (boston.com)
This’ll bring a tear to the eye:
Julia Sommerfeld writes: When a crowd of about 50 Aussies started pawing at their suddenly burning, aching eyes, panic set in.
Did somebody release poison gas? (But why would terrorists strike the dairy pavilion at the Royal Adelaide agricultural show?)
No, it’s so, so much worse.
Australian health officials were called in CSI-like to investigate the outbreak, Reuters Life! reports. The culprit: Stagnant cow urine.
Apparently wet weather triggered an extra potent pee odor — murder on the eyeballs. The ammonia smell sent 20 people to the hospital; 30 were treated by first aid workers. All are OK. Just something to consider next time your eyes tear up.
- Today We Give You PISSED, Yeah Pissed (recycledfrockery.com)
- Mad cow disease causes cattle eyes to glow (holykaw.alltop.com)
Anyone who has spent time traveling in less developed parts of the world, such as…well, Italy, has probably come across a squat toilet. Some travelers embrace the new experience, but many simply venture in, take a cursory look at the hole in the floor, and then decide they can wait.
- 10 Reasons To Sit To Pee (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Dual-Flush Toilet Retrofit, With Adjustable Flush (Video) (treehugger.com)
- How To Pee At Your Party (weddingbee.com)
If you don’t believe in evolution, you have to spend a lot of time wondering about the useless shit the creator threw into our bodies. Why don’t our wisdom teeth fit in our heads? Why do we need an appendix?
The answer is that evolution is a sloppy and haphazard process. Take a close look at your body and you’ll see some of the leftover junk. Like…
- Monkey Adopts Kitten in Indonesian Forest (treehugger.com)
- Kitten gets really wild purr-tection (thesun.co.uk)
- 10 Things to do in Bali (gadling.com)
By carrying out CT scans of King Tutankhamun‘s mummy, we were able in 2005 to show that he did not die from a blow to the head, as many people believed. Our analysis revealed that a hole in the back of his skull had been made during the mummification process. The study also showed that Tutankhamun died when he was only 19—perhaps soon after he suffered a fracture to his left leg. But there are mysteries surrounding Tutankhamun that even a CT scanner cannot reveal. Now we have probed even deeper into his mummy and returned with extraordinary revelations about his life, his birth, and his death.
- Behind the mummy: the real King Tutankhamun (newscientist.com)
- Okay, who stole King Tut’s penis? [Wtf] (io9.com)
- King Tut’s family tree (kottke.org)
- The Tutankhamun Exhibition in New York (new-york-travel.suite101.com)
Between 10 and 15 amiable black bears popped out of the Kootenay woods to greet the officers, Sgt. Fred Mansveld said. They were extraordinarily docile and mellow, Mansveld said.
via Ten or more black bears found guarding B.C. pot farm
The latest batch of pictures from the Cassini orbiter provides provocative new views of Saturn‘s moons – including some fresh looks at Enceladus, a moon that has geysers of frost spouting up from cracks in its icy shell.
- Picture of the Day – Enceladus and G Ring (spacefellowship.com)
- One Saturn Moon Blows Oxygen to Another (space.com)
- Cassini Spacecraft Photographs Three Saturn Moons (space.com)
The military really screwed the pooch on this one. I feel nothing but sympathy for the Tillman family; and I believe his father is correct in his assessment of the facts.
- ‘The Tillman Story’: One Family’s Quest For The Truth (npr.org)
- Review: The Tillman Story’s Bitter Truths (time.com)
- “I’m Pat Fucking Tillman” (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Tillman’s parents: Army still hasn’t told the truth (cnn.com)
- Exclusive Interview: The Tillman Story Director Amir Bar-Lev (cinemablend.com)
Check this out from TopOfMyHead‘s blog. Ted Olsen is a conservative lawyer that successfully argued for the federal ruling that overturned California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages.
I can’t determine if Chris Wallace is being deliberately obtuse or playing the Devil’s Advocate. Either way, a conservative lawyer speaking up this way will have the Tea Baggers shitting in their pants.
BTW: Olson made Chris Wallace look like the ass he is. I may have to re-phrase my “All Republicans are assholes” to “Most Republicans are assholes”.
Damn! When I read this video’s description was how to “give your ‘possum a proper massage”, I thought it was a porn video. Fooled again; but it is an unintentionally hilarious video.
Tip: Don’t forget to lubricate your ‘possum’s tail from the base to the tip with slow steady strokes 3-4 times a week.