A Brick in a Washing Machine on a Trampoline

A Brick in a Washing Machine on a Trampoline

I know you are likely wondering why one would place a brick in a washing machine on a trampoline. We don’t always need a valid and/or logical reason to do things. “Just because”, “why not?” or “because I can” often work as valid non-logical reasons.

Not needing a logical reason is why share videos of 10,000 sparklers lit at once and insanely huge fireworks displays. How could I resist a brick in a washing machine bouncing on a trampoline?

A Brick in a Washing Machine on a Trampoline

Kudos to Boing! Boing! for the original post!

Also, if you like brick in washer videos, Boing! Boing! has an entire page of just such videos.

Things NOT to Re-Gift – Engagement Rings

Re-Gift Idea Fails – The Engagement Ring

To be filed under “Can’t make this stuff up”

There are two things about this story that hit me immediately. The first is obvious, “could he be that stupid?”. However, I did know an individual who actually did re-gift an engagement ring.  Seems this type of stupid runs more common than one would first think. I get the stupid part, there is just one detail I am curious about. Continue reading “Things NOT to Re-Gift – Engagement Rings”

Huge Windmill Fireworks Display

Huge Fireworks Display

Another don’t try this at home

When Colin Furze hit 2 million YouTube subscribers, he celebrated big time. A huge whirling, spark-throwing, and exploding big time way.  He created a windmill-like fireworks display. I admit, he got one more subscriber with this stunt… me. While I am not going to try it, I will sure watch it.

I admit that I love fireworks. I could not count all the old SLR time lapse photos of them I have in a photo box. The video after the break is off the hook. The 120 firework pin-wheel is pretty impressive.

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10,000 Sparklers Lit at Once

10,000 Sparklers Lit at Once

English: Sparklers with a slow shutter speed o...
English: Sparklers with a slow shutter speed of 4 seconds. Taken new years eve 2008 in a public park in Dover Heights, New South Wales. I got my young cousin to stand as still as possible whilst rotating both sparklers in a circular motion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is one of those “don’t try at home” items. What happens when you cram 10,000 sparklers into a bucket and then light them?

Honestly, I love fireworks of all types.  As long as I know they are going to go “bang”, they don’t trip off my PTSD.  One could debate whether one would need to be a pyro to attempt such a stunt.  However, I think most of us would want to, at a safe distance, witness 10,000 Sparklers all burning at once.  I confess that I sure want to see it. However, being aware of the fire risk, I doubt I would foster the courage to actually attempt the stunt on my own.  Lest not forget the fact that a huge plume of sparks and fire would certainly lead to fire, police and arrest in my urban neighborhood.

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Here they are:

  • Ludicrous – How about a software glitch releasing inmates early? Okay, so it does happen. What if it was happening since 2002?
  • Useful – Last year lifehacker put up a list of MacGyver tips. In my opinion, the best of the bunch is Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide
  • Music
  • PhotoGeminid Meteors over Xinglong Observatory
  • Yours (Something from the web’s social networks)- I got this list of translation errors years ago, but it was well worth a repost.
  • Science – We have all seen images of the solar system. However, it is unlikely that you have ever seen one to scale. On Christmas Day, the Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD) put up a a video of some folks creating a scale model in the desert. I shared the video after the break. You even get to hear from some of the Apollo astronauts at the end.

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Re-post – A Way with Words

What follows is a repost from this blog. Thanks to a lovely crash with MovableType, I ended up losing my entire site. While I could have recovered almost everything, most of the posts were far from “ever-green” and it seems more logical to do and occasional repost.

I have a freind who is making it his life’s work to translate and publish thousands of pages of ancient spriritual writings. He is doing so because the current translations make almost no sense and are a burden to read today. However, the messages in the work are deeply moving and deserve a translation forward. In many ways, “it is all in the translation”. Here is a post of translation failures.

A Way with Words

Originally published at Lummpy’s Cornere 2005.11.30

English: Icon for translation projects Françai...
English: Icon for translation projects Français : Icône pour les projets de traduction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not big on e-mail chain letters but I shall confess that there are a few people who send me classic ones. Marz is one such person.

I am also not too keen that I am uni-lingual. Most of my closer friends are, at least, bi-lingual and I feel that us Americans are a bit arrogant, we mandate that the whole world speaks our language.

Finally, It bothers me when I see that a local corner store announces its obtainment of a liquor license by putting up a sign that says “We sale beer now”. Nonetheless, there is some humor in everything.

Below is something from Marz. Dziękuję.

  1. In a Tokyo Hotel:
    Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notice.
  2. Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
    – English well talking.
    – Here speeching American.
  3. In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
    To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
  4. From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
    When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.
  5. In a hotel in Athens:
    Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.
  6. In a Yugoslavian hotel:
    The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
  7. In a Japanese hotel:
    You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
  8. In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
    You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
  9. In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
    Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
  10. From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
    Coolers and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.
  11. On the menu of a Polish hotel:
    Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.
  12. In a Rhodes tailor shop:
    Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.
  13. A sign posted in Germany’s Black forest:
    It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.
  14. In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
    Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.
  15. Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
    Would you like to ride on your own ass?
  16. In a Bangkok temple:
    It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.
  17. In a Tokyo bar:
    Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
  18. In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
    We take your bags and send them in all directions.
  19. In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
    Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
  20. In a Budapest zoo:
    Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.
  21. In the office of a doctor in Rome:
    Specialist in women and other diseases.
  22. In an Acapulco hotel:
    The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

Big Bang Theory Lawsuit

Big Bang Theory Lawsuit

Heirs Scratch and Claw Over Soft Kitty

I just got done with a post about a stupid lawsuit and I immediately happened on another. The heirs of the author of Soft Kitty, often uses in the TV show Big Bang Theory, are trying to get their paws on some of the show’s cash. (Yes, Sheldon that is sarcasm) Just in case, you don’t know about the song or the show.

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

Personally, I love The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Cooper is an iconic character, the show is well written and I watch it regularly. I don’t like seeing Big Bang Theory lawsuit when I search Google. I for hope they don’t get scratched too badly on this one.  (Yes Sheldon that was satire.) Continue reading “Big Bang Theory Lawsuit”