Category: Who Knew?


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.

via 5 Insane Barack Obama Comic Books You Won’t Believe are Real | Cracked.com

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You KNOW  you wondered!

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,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Researchers find a ‘liberal gene’

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.

via University of California – UC Newsroom | Researchers find a ‘liberal gene’

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!

Fainting Kittens – WTF?!

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.

The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth

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.”

via The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth | Cracked.com

Holy Shit! UFOs eyed nukes, ex-Air Force personnel say

Seven former U.S. Air Force personnel gathered in Washington Monday to recount UFO sightings over nuclear weapons facilities in decades past – accounts that a UFO researcher says show extraterrestrial beings are interested in the world’s nuclear arms race and may be sending humans a message

via UFOs eyed nukes, ex-Air Force personnel say – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

C&T:  Swell. After reading this, it won’t be long before all the nuts come back out of the woodwork with an anal probe shoved up their ass.  *sigh*

Who knew cow piss was an eye irritant? Bet the cows knew…

Milk me, will they? This'll fuck 'em up.

 

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. 

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. 

 

via Doug Lansky: How To Pee & Other Insane Signs That Teach You To Use The Bathroom (PHOTOS) 

The 5 Strangest Things Evolution Left in Your Body

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…

via The 5 Strangest Things Evolution Left in Your Body | Cracked.com.

 

A wild-long tailed macaque monkey has adopted an abandoned kitten at Ubud’s Monkey Forest in Bali

via The monkey and the kitten | World news | guardian.co.uk

King Tut’s Family Secrets

 

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.

via King Tut’s Family Secrets – National Geographic Magazine

 

The State Fair of Texas has announced the finalists for the 2010 Big Tex Choice Award. We all thought last year’s winner for Most Creative — deep fried butter — was wacky. But how about fried beer? That made it into this years list of finalists — here’s a Morning News story that tells it all. Fried beer, in case you’re wondering, is actually a beer-filled pretzel pocket. The beer that oozes out when you bite it, apparently, serves as a dipping sauce. A fried frozen margarita isn’t liquid at all — it’s a funnel cake dusted with a lemon-lime mixture and “lightly spritzed with south of the border flavor.” Would that be tequila? ID is required to partake of both.

via Fried beer! Fried frozen margaritas! Big Tex has spoken (for now). | EATS Blog | dallasnews.com

I still can’t believe I left New Jersey for this.  They’ll dip anything in batter and fry it down here.  And I gotta tell ya…Texans wonder why there’s so many humongous people tippin’ the scales like a side of beef.   WTF?  I thought 2+2=4, but I could be wrong…

 

If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that war is horrible. Nothing kills the mood faster than a bloody, painful death for a political agenda that you probably don’t even fully understand. But you can’t deny that armed conflicts gave us some pretty good things, such as major advances in everything from rockets to microwave ovens.

Oh, and also there’s this stuff…..

via 5 Inventions You Won’t Believe Came From War | Cracked.com

Twinkies … Slinky … Tampons … Silly Putty … Who knew?

One bear was overheard to say: "these cops are harshin' my mellow, man ..."

 

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 

Cosmic Log – Saturn’s moons show their stuff

 

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.

via Cosmic Log – Saturn’s moons show their stuff

Pat Tillman’s Father To Army Investigator: ‘F— You… And Yours’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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.

5 UFO Sightings That Even Non-Crazy People Find Creepy | Cracked.com.

Ted Olson on Fox News « Topofmyhead’s Blog

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”.

How to massage your ‘possum

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. 

What happens to your smartphone data — and is it safe? – CNN.com

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