Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31, 2008

There was a movie a couple of years ago called "The Ring"
about a video that kills you if you watch it. If I ever
saw such a video, I'm pretty sure my last words would
be, "It was STILL better than 'The Love Guru!'"

Top of the Heap: Jib-Jab's 2008 Year in Review

The Top 10 Best Top 10 Lists of 2008

50 Things We Know Now (We Didn't Know This Time Last Year), 2008 Edition

The 50 Best Astronomy Pictures of 2008

10 Things That Won't Survive the Recession

2009 Kicks off 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts

Back to my old traffic reporter days - some things about traffic that may surprise you

How to make Brits and Aussies Sound American (You know who you are. Maynard.),0,4403795.story


In the "I-gotta-try-this" category: How to Blow Out a Hardboiled Egg

Pretty cool - an automatic text summarizer

10 Web Tools to Save Your Butt in School

Be the master of the all-you-can-eat buffet

10 Flimsy Paranormal Hoaxes Everyone Bought Into

I thought *I* had the most fun job in the world. Nope - this guy does

For us geeks: The Top Infinite Number of Reasons Picard is Better Than Kirk

You know all those old jokes about how bad a singer Yoko Ono was? Have you ever *heard* her sing? (You have been warned)

And, from Jack's Sunday Paper... (subscribe if you haven't)
Reaction Time Trainer

Hue / Saturation

Pretty freaky - a Kaleidoscope Painter

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008

Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten.
Except what to do with pliers, a blowtorch and fire ants
once Peter Stewart, the school bully, was hog-tied in the
boiler room. *That* I didn't learn until the second grade.

Top of the Heap: The Top 10 of Everything for 2008

Share this with anyone who wants to smile today

In this week's "I-wan't-me-one-of-these" department...

The Eyeballing Game (I got a 6.17)

An emotional farewell, he gets up to leave and... wait... did I just SEE that?

Deck us all with Boston Charlie

Every flight on Earth in 72 seconds

The Plagiarism Checker

Well, FINALLY.;_ylt=AssY19u1Vr2AaRuXcwrrobIPLBIF

The Future of Our World - a small glimpse into the timeline of epic scale (or not...)

The Top 40 Travel Songs of All Time (with video goodness!)

10 Surefire Stress-Busting Sites

This guy is so bad he's hysterical - the World's Worst Comedian

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 12, 2009

Personally, I think Nature should learn
to be a little more tolerant of vacuums.

Top of the Heap:
Sine Wave Speech - NOW I understand what R2D2 was saying!

No, wait - THIS is the Top of the Heap: Bacon Stocking Stuffers!

Another 10 Fascinating Food Facts (hint: Guess what used to be in 7-Up?)

15 Looks That David Hasselhoff Can Pull Off But You Can't

48 Essential Resources for Student Writers

Clichés: Avoid Them Like the Plague

Bunnies Suicide

The Most Important Image Ever Taken

10 Wondrous Websites With Which to Waste Time at Work

Calvin and Hobbes - Snow Art

Water is the source of life - incredible photos

Movie guide to Summer, 2009

100+ websites to help you Organize Your Life

Science the way it's supposed to be - fun

Funny T-Shirt designs

Tips and Tricks with Google Maps (I particularly like the first one)

20 Movie Technologies That Should Have Been Invented By Now

The Best of Craigslist: Things I'd like to tell students that would probably get me fired.

The Top (Bottom?) 15 Worst Joker Costumes

All of the Nations of the World

The back stories to 10 Christmas songs

Most Popular Top 10's for 2008


My son just started his own version of Website Wednesday called "Jack's Sunday Paper"
Here are a few of the postings:
Build your own Solar System
Addicting Game O'the Week - Juggler
Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 3, 2008

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance?
Wow! There's *another* thing I didn't know!

Top of the Heap: This is great! A Bacon Advent Calendar! (Mmmmmm, bacon!)

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category - the Power Nap Capsule! (and it's only $25,000!)

25 AWESOME Ways to Break Bad News

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can finally get into the Christmas scene with 10 Unique Gift Ideas

How to run Christmas lights on your bicycle

10 Terrible Life Lessons From Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Redneck PlayStation (thanks, Debb!)

Probably the funniest "Daily Show" clip, ever - Stewart and Colbert losing it, big time

12 remakes of sci-fi classics in the works

Blahblahfish - English to ___ and back again - see what's lost in the translation (this is fun)

15 very strange ads

Flickr Photo Selection Tool - Very Cool - Select Your Photos by Colors

Strobe light + waterfall = too cool

The MegaPenny Project - a cool way to visualize large numbers

Farting in Public

Total eclipse of the Sun, as seen from 27,000 feet

10 More Super Cool Cell Phone Tips and Tricks

In the "Why-Didn't-I-Think-Of-That" category, Cool Inventions

Blue Beauty

Keyboard for Blondes (Yes, it's real)

No Fear Shakespeare (something Tally's gonna HATE!)

100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web

Frak Yeah! BSG Spinoff "Caprica" Goes to Series

But wait! There's more!
Youngest son Jack decided HE'D get into the Website Wednesday game this week with the following:

First of all, the Addicting Game O'the Week - BUNNIES
Addicting Game O'the Week #2 - people bucket game
Us Debt Clock
conversion tables
stephen hawking as a lego
write rhymes
30 second bunny movie gallery
girl with x-ray eyes
what's it called

And still more...
female logic
Oh, crap
Airline food... what's up with that?
Love is like peeing
Today's media
A photographer's mug
Pictures taken at just the right time
Batman, the Lego
Dog property laws
Tsunami danger zone
10 Cool Secrets About Disneyland
Bottomless Pit
Awesome meteor
Ironing Man
Lobster Knife Fights
The Bunny

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

November 26, 2008

When I stop to think about the meaning of life,
I sometimes sigh and wonder if perhaps there's
more to all this than just the delicious taste
of bacon and bacon-based products.

Top of the Heap: One of the coolest things you'll see all day: Bruce Lee playing Ping Pong - with Nunchucks!

Addictive Game of the Week #1 - Zombie Baseball (thanks, William)

Addictive Game of the Week #2 (from William, again) - Anybody wins, you lose - nobody wins, you win (you'll figure it out)

New Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Promo

50 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do

Top 10 Unusual Food Combinations

Let me Google that for you...

Fire walking ...

Okay, this (and this) is pretty damn impressive

Geek Christmas Tree

Bad Haiku (mine's #42616)

The Worst Album Cover, Ever (My eyes! MY EYES!!)

Click to donate food for the Animal Rescue site (it's free) (thanks, barridawn)

Them! (If you don't get that reference, go here)

A few miracles of the 21st Century

The Mosquito Ring Tone (or - How to Test if You're a Young'un)

Could be useful: How to say "bacon" in Sign Language

Here's a fun time-waster

Using the Hell Out of Your Digital Camera (#1 tip: don't lose it while scuba diving)

A new type of search engine

An updated trailer for "Star Trek" - this one has SPOCK!

Why search, indeed? Instead, check out AllMyFaves

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

A couple hundred years from now, when they're teaching students about me, they'll probably call this my Website Wednesday period.

Top of the Heap: Cool spy gadgets for the James Bond within you!

Hey, troops! Today is World Toilet Day

A Collection of the Strangest Toilets from Around the World!

Bizarre Toilets - a tribute to Joe the Plumber

The Legend of Thomas Crapper

A list of common misconceptions (Thomas Crapper is, indeed, mentioned)

Solar System Visualizer

The Stupidest Exercise Machine You'll Ever See

The Earth at Night

Stonehenge Demystified (tip o'the hat to Skip D'Amico)

70 Things to Do Before Having Children (I managed 45 of 'em)

Need a light? All you need is a potato, salt, some toothpaste, 2 wires and a cotton ball

10 Cool (and Weird) Watch Concepts

The 8 Worst Wedding Theme Ideas

What did your town look like according to Penny Postcards? (thanks to my right-wing love muffin George)

Peering into the micro world - incredible pictures

Yes, we can learn a lot from the Chinese...

Bathroom mirror prank


The coolest picture of the Moon and Saturn you'll see all day

Fanboys (a movie featuring Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Jay, Silent Bob, and Captain James T. Kirk) is going to be either hysterically funny or incredibly disappointing

But Star Trek, on the other hand, looks AMAZING

This is pretty cool - want to sent a messages to the inhabitants of Earth in the year 52,010 (or 52,011)? Go here

The "How to Spot a Tourist in New York City" Quiz

Oh great. And I just left Seattle today, too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November 12, 2008

If life hands you a lemon,
roll back the odometer,
slap on a cheap paint job,
and sell it to some poor sucker.
Just don't get caught like I did.

Top of the Heap: Best customer review, ever

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" department: A pocket projector!

Strike that! Put THIS on the list!

How awesome is this? A live webcam from Alaska that shows the aurorae!

Being covered in paint is not always a bad thing

Would you buy this funny-looking bulb?

While my idea of "roughing it" means "no room service," here are the Top 10 "Best for Camping" National Parks

Know Your Meme: FAIL

The wacky world of Personal Ads

An atheist talks with God (crappy theology, but an interesting article)

50 Facts You Might Not Know About Barack Obama

Online alarm clock - once loaded, the online alarm clock will work even if your Internets goes down. Supposedly.

Wanna see a 17-gigapixel panoramic photo of Yosemite? Me neither. But if you do, here it is

MST3K, 20 years later

Erase your identity online in 10 easy steps "because what happens in Vegas, stays ONLINE!"

A Census of Life - Diversity Under the Sea (thanks, barridawn!),0,4942100.flash

WiseGeek: Clear Answers for Common Questions

InCREDible! Brain Magic

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November 5, 2008

Change is good. Especially when
it's a change back to the way
I liked it in the first place.

Top of the Heap: This is great: Star Wars: An a capella tribute to John Williams

The Lost "Bloom County" strips - those which appeared in newspapers and then were never reprinted

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category, the Van De Graff Levitation Wand

How to peel a watermelon in 30 seconds

A Guide for Americans Seeking Affordable Medical Treatment Abroad,0,5118575.story

A bit late, but a GREAT Trick-or-Treat prank

Explore the Universe with this neat tool

Newspapers! You can't make this stuff up!

The Top 10 Islands of the Caribbean

Friday, October 31, 2008

October 31, 2008

Halloween Edition, take 2

If all the world's a stage and we are
merely players, can we do "CATS"? I wanted
to see it, but it closed before I got a chance.

Just in time for Halloween! "Thriller," the Indian version

11 MORE extreme pumpkin carvings

Monster Cereal Fun Facts and Commercials

This is wrong on so many levels - Halloween costumes for your dog

Terrible Halloween Costume Ideas, 2008

Kid's Halloween Candy Code

The 5 Crappiest and Greatest Halloween Treats

How Halloween is celebrated around the world

Ghostly Gallery - spooky images from Space

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 29, 2008

"Making about as much sense as a lawyer dating someone named Sue"

You know what's even better than singing
in the rain? Just about everything.

Top of the Heap: Synchronized Presidential Debating! This is AWESOME!

Designate - the EASY way to make decisions

The Oddest "As Seen on TV" Products

Documenting your vote

12 Ways You Can Safeguard Your Vote

Google Maps show you where your polling place is located

ANOTHER reason why broccoli is evil and is one of God's Three Mistakes

Survival Myths Debunked

How to Dance Like a White Dude

In the "I-REALLY-want-me-one-of-these" category - a guide to electric cars

5 Reasons Why Luke Skywalker is a Complete Idiot

15 Awesome Architectural Optical Illusions

Songs of the Charts, Charts of the Songs

The Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time

Skip Conversions (in England, a "skip" is what NORMAL people refer to as a dumpster)

I don't usually post movie trailers, but Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" looks pretty awesome

I *so* suck at math, but this made me laugh out loud. (Luis, you'll like this)

Coolest picture of a submarine you'll see all day

Ever wonder why your voice sounds differently to yourself than to others? Here's why

Change (not what you might think, but wow!)

9 Words That Don't Mean What You Think

This is interesting - MTV posts its entire video collection online - apparently free and apparently no registration required

Cool Caves - the World Beneath the World

Wow - talk about absentee ballots. If THEY can vote, so can you.



Some people call me a space cowboy. Some call me the gangster of love.
Something tells me this year's Halloween costume still needs a little work.

The Creepiest Dolls and Toys, EVER

Halloween Cakes

Some more outrageous pumpkin carving tutorials

More pumpkins (Oh, Lord...)

The Worst Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes

Powering a clean energy revolution, the Halloween Way

Ghost Towns

The 10 Worst Obama/McCain/Palin Halloween Costumes

From William - the Cylon O'Lantern

Pumpkin Simulator (tip o'the hat to my right-wing love-muffin Debbie)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October 22, 2008

I bet Leonardo da Vinci was naked when he
painted the Mona Lisa. That's the same
smirk my ex had when she saw me naked.

Top of the Heap: Amazing Footage of a Technique Babies and Children Can Be Taught to Avoid Drowning

200+ Tools for Surviving the Economic Crisis

Absentee Voter Guide

How to Vote Early - a State-by-State Guide

If McCain wears this he might win

This little fella gets excited about lobsters

Tips for New Paupers

Sent in by a buncha buds - Interactive Sarah Palin as President (thanks, Barridawn & Gay)

In the "Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot" department, Ringo Starr has a serious message for us all

How far is Canada from France? The World's Strangest Geopolitical Oddities

Tips on buying a mattress (from an ex-mattress salesman)

Instant Crickets

10 Weird Psychological Studies

Creative Anniversary Calendar

Now this could come in handy - How to Stay Awake at Work

Alternately, you might try this

Move your mouse over the cow

10 Hypnotic Gadgets You Just Can't Stop Looking At (actually, I stopped looking after about 10 minutes)

Halloween Stuff

From William - Extreme Pumpkins!


Top Ten Worst Halloween "Candies"

31 Scary Movie Posters for Halloween

Ewww - creepy cakes

Yes We Carve and Barack O'Lantern Stencils

America's 8 Top Haunted Hotels

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15, 2008

Sometimes when I eat fried chicken, I tear into
it and pretend I'm some kind of prehistoric
dinosaur making a kill. But then I realize that
it's pretty silly because all the dinosaurs died
long before fried chicken ever walked the earth.

Top of the Heap: The Night Sky - learn to identify constellations, stars, planets and how to navigate at night

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category - the Hallowindow!

And, while you're at it, add this to the list!

The fun of the sixties without all those pesky drugs

The Top 25 Songs With a Secret

The Top 11 Naughtiest Moments in "Animaniacs"

Those old westerns (thanks, Roxann!)

The Origin of the Three Stooges

TV Theme Song Quiz (I got 80%)

Mmmmm, beer


30 Things I Don't Understand About Airport Security

V remake gets the green light;_ylt=AuXSGcWLi2JtieHGmvwFX7QDW7oF

100 Free Self-Assessment Tools to Choose Your College, Major and Career

Incredible pictures of The Sun

Downloadable Campaign-O-Lanterns

The amazing wooden mirror

Only in Hawaii. The jokes just write themselves

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 8, 2008

I think it's cool that so many of the
United States are named after women:
the Carolinas, Virginia, Mary-land,
Miss-Ouri, Miss-Issippi and Idaho.

Top of the Heap: Lotsa voter purges going on with little or no oversight. Double-check that you're still on the registration rolls

Or, just Don't Vote

Google Maps 2008 Voter Info (great resource)

A whole Website Wednesday rolled into one - Websites to Waste Your Week

Trust me. Just watch this video.,82861,5631609,Jak_wyglada_prawdziwe_szczescie_.html

5 Commonly Stolen Things and How to Protect Them

If You're Qualified, Buying a Home Now is Smart

What would your name be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Find out with the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator

Crazy Popper - Must See

The 75 Books Every Man Should Read (Ummmmm... does seeing the movie count?)

Well, this could come in handy: How to Land a Plane in an Emergency (Note to self: Do NOT call Lloyd Bridges. He's dead, anyway)

The 100 Most Commonly Misspelled Words

My brain hurts - illusion sciences

100 Skills Every Man Should Know (with video goodness!)

The Eyeballing Game

If All Movies Had Cell Phones (okay, MOBILE phones to Andy and the Crew in England)

In this week's "I-want-me-some-of-these" category - A collection of unusual clock designs

Type in the definition and get the word with the Reverse Dictionary

The Joker face paint for Halloween : Step-by-step instructions

This looks like fun. Be careful you don't die

"It's apparent that Sen. McCain has some disdain...for Sen. Obama" - The non-handshake

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Oneth, 2008

Attention Sarah Palin:
We aren't laughing with you;
we're laughing AT you.

Top of the Heap: 5 Must-Bookmark Websites for Emergencies

Click here to instantly acquire as much foreign policy experience as Sarah Palin

Vote411: Voter Registration and Information, State by State

This looks AWESOME! French Fried Bacon on a Stick! (Thanks, Ruby!)

And, for those who go through life asking, "How can I add bacon to this?"

Okay, granted, this may be going a little too far...

The Ultimate List of Carny Lingo

The world's craziest roller coasters

How to Predict the Weather Without a Forecast

Find local pet services with ZooToo

All sorts of facts about the 50 U.S. States

10 People From Your Past Who Will Haunt You on Facebook

NOW we're cookin'! The Heart Attack Grill

The language is a little NSFW, but this is BRILLIANT! "It was then, in my biology class, that I became a legend..."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September 24, 2008

Consider the lilies of the field;
they neither labor nor spin.
And, hey, if it's good enough for them...

Top of the Heap: The Mother of All Voter Registration Diaries

HYSTERICAL (in more ways than one) - Former F1 Driver Takes Wife for a Spin (if you speak Italian, this is probably NSFW)

They sell WHAT on

The Top 10 Newspaper Comic Strips That Need to #$@!! END

The Life Lessons of Star Wars

The Flight of the Paper Airplanes

Put a picture of your own into some games with Pictogame

Discover magazine's Gallery of Science Tattoos

10 Books Not to Read Before You Die

How to Invest in Gold

9 Mental Math Tricks

23 Ways to Use Tea (24, if you count drinking it)

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category, the Maglev Toy Train

Foolish Gadgets ("because not all gadgets are cool")

The prescient scene from “Network.” (Hard to believe that this was 32 years ago!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September 17, 2008

God never gives us more than we can handle.
Luckily, though, Bernie's Big Boy Buffet does!

Top of the Heap: Worth1000's new contest - Simplicity

The Family Guy saga continues

This is crackalackin.' Fo’ shiggidy my weeble Slang Dictionary

10 Life-Changing Things You Never Thought to Do in College

10 Things About the Large Hadron Collider You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The Gentleman's Guide to the Calling Card

Is Barack Obama a Muslin?

An extremely effective insurance ad (tip o'the hat to BFF Donna)

Great idea - the anti-theft lunch bag

A guide to Mexican street tacos

12 Cool Sports That You Will Never Play

5 Really Weird Things About Water

Strangely compelling sticky note experiment

Stabilized Bigfoot film. Oh yeah, THIS looks realistic...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 10, 2008

As my date stormed off, I was rather relieved
I hadn't yet invested much in a relationship
with a woman who didn't even understand that
"voluptuously chunky" was a compliment.

Top of the Heap: In case the World ends today, it's been fun. Nice knowing you. Will the last one sucked into the Black Hole please turn out the lights?

Really Weird Food Events, Parties and Festivals

The 10 Best (and Worst) Companies for Customer Service

The Biggest Single Object in the Universe (Hint: it has nothing to do with

Socotra Island: the Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth

Favorite Political Bumper Stickers, Election 2008

The Greeks are insane

"Chewing Gum Takes the Stress Out of Life" Study

Umbrella Today - the simplest weather forecast ever

Star Wars T-Shirt Designs

How to become the office sniper (Don't try this at home. The office, okay. But not at home)

Bookstore Finder

Five Simple Ways to Save a Life

28 Most Cliché Dorm Room Posters

Mmmmmmm, bacon

YouTomb: MIT's database of removed YouTube videos

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September 3, 2008

I've been telling people about how this absolutely
gorgeous supermodel-type at the Coffee Bean stopped
me to tell me how incredibly sexy she found me to be.
I guess I embellish the story a little, because maybe
the word she used was "attractive." Okay, fine.
What she *actually* said was, "You're in my way."
But you can see my point.

Top of the Heap: This is so awesome, it's beyond words. Mythbusters, 1100 paintball guns and the Mona Lisa!

Tigh*Roslyn 2008

Think about it - have you ever seen Christian Bale and Kermit the Frog in the same room together? Hmmmm...

Be a Modern Knight: Protecting Your Lady in the 21st Century

Top 100 Undiscovered Websites,1206,l=213934&s=25234&a=213919,00.asp

Not enough? Okay, here are 100 more,1206,l=230657&s=25087&a=230658,00.asp

Karaoke Party!

Addicting Game of the Week: Bubble Shooter

Every episode of MST3K

In the "I-want-me-one-of-these" category...

From the Bardgal, and NOT for the faint of heart - Haggisclopedia (section 11 is the best)

The Dark Knight returns

I'm STILL planning on going skydiving

20 Fall Movies We Can't Wait to See,,20218822,00.html?iid=top25-20080814-20+fall+movies+we+can%27t+wait+to+see

Remember the "paomnnehel pweor of the hmuan mnid" email that went around awhile back? Now try it with your favorite website

100 Things Every Omnivore Should Try (okay, I've had 39... but some of these I wouldn't even consider!)

Weird and Wonderful Gadgets (That Never Quite Took Off)

The Faces Behind the Voices

Britney Spears - feed from her live microphone, and ONLY her live microphone

The Samsung Omnia (i900) - I bet you don't have one of these!

Rotating grid illusion - this is pretty cool

Are you a turtle? (I became one in a bar on Guam in 1969)

The 6 Most Depressing Happy Endings in Movie History

The Umbilical Brothers (And a tip O'the hat to Brother Doctor Pete for this one!)

This is awesome - the World Clock

10 of the best animated GIFs on the net (thanky, RJ)

My son William will love these - Joker Action Figures

Myths about bottled water

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008

SKIPNOTE: I'm on vacation (starting today!) until the end of the month, so no Website Wednesdays for the next couple of weeks. I'll be updating the House of Chaos, but even that'll be a little spotty.

It was a little disturbing when I went for a jog
this morning and the vultures started circling.

Top of the Heap: I've seen water fall before, but this is AMAZING

10 Grocery Store Myths

The Power User's Blackberry Guide: 121 CrackBerry Tips, Hacks and Resources

Ooooo, swirly!

What do McCain and Obama's blogs have in common?

Killer home decor

A comic for dudes and ladies who are newly single and like, screw this! (HYSTERICAL!)

First Contact

I had the most incredible Gouda cheese in Cincinnati this past weekend... nothing like these

Lucky 13 ways to beat Vegas odds

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

August 6, 2008

I recently started eating a healthier diet -- not
so much for my own well-being, but so if I'm ever
autopsied and they check the contents of my stomach,
the medical examiner won't think I'm a complete pig.

Top of the Heap: Now we're cookin' with GAS! Foods That Make the Smelliest Farts

Strange Facts

Photographic Proof that Cats Are Evil and Plan World Domination

Dogs Strike Back With War on Feline Terror

MTV plans to Do The Time Warp, Again

An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid Cable You Will Ever Need

Household Hacker - Hacks, Cracks and Facts

I Lost on "Jeopardy"

Stunning photos of the 17-mile long Large Hadron Collider (which probably won't destroy the Universe)

Circuit City - funny because it's true

Incredible short film - Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign) - Thanks, Bardgal

And, in honor of the aforementioned Bardgal - check out No Sweat Shakespeare

Johnny Carson's 7 Techniques for Effective Public Speaking

This is pretty impressive - Al Franken draws a map of the United States - freehand

Pretty cool medical information site

(The original) Get Smart blooper and outtake reel

And finally, 11 bizarre gadgets that you don't want your mom to see

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

July 30, 2008

Yesterday I spent 500 bucks on books about reincarnation.
I know it's a lot of money, but hey, you only live once.

Top of the Heap: Patton Oswalt's Commencement Speech (it beats mine)

Read faster instantly. Seriously, you'll be reading at 300 words per minute (or more) instantly

Did you know that a dumpster is called a "skip" in England? (Bloody Brits...) Here's how to recycle 'em

First trailer of Pixar's newest movie "Up" (scheduled for release May 9, 2009)

Just in case... The Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency

Coffee Habits: 10 Things People Do with the First Cup of the Day

Want to go flying? Just move your mouse

The 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower (it peaks on August 12)

South Park episode player

Notice anything unusual about Photo #7?

67 Unbelievably Creative Ads

Amazing - Pilobolus

Play the guitar? Here are some insanely useful websites for you...

This is the best invention, ever - and from Krispy Kreme, no less!

No, THIS is the best invention, ever! (Thanks, Ruby!)

11 Things You Shouldn't Leave For School Without

The greatest prank call, ever

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

July 23, 2008

Call me crazy, but I think "justifiable homicide" should include
being able to kill people who answer the phone with "Y'ello?"

Top of the Heap: A Website Wednesday in a single click - 10 Websites to Waste Your Week

Results from EVERY "Mythbusters," organized and summarized

Find local places to eat for less than $10

The newest JibJab video (courtesy of Uncle Mel)

(Muppet) Beaker doing "Ode to Joy"

Can't get enough of the Dark Knight? Here you go!

Along that same line - six absolutely horrible Batman costumes

You mean they DON'T get up in the middle of the night and milk the chickens? Fun Farm Facts for City Folk

Well, this is a little depressing...

Extinct, my ass!

What's your geek quotient?

The 7 Hamburgers of the Apocalypse

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category, pedal-powered ATVs!

7 Essential Cheat Sheets to Download

Encyclopedia Astronautica

Another Unexpected Performance (someday I'm going to do something like this...)

What's that stuff?

The truth is out there: X-Files Mythology for Dummies

America's Cheapest Cars

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July 16, 2008

I like fried food because I'm insecure about my cooking,
and when I fry stuff it sounds like it's applauding.

Top of the Heap: Websites to Waste Your Week

Dark Knight Shift: Why Batman Could Exist (But Not for Long)

50 Things to Do Before You Die (some of these are on the docket, some of them, meh...)

The Monster Collection of Moleskine Tips, Tricks and Hacks

5 Awful Saturday Night Live Hosts

100 Insanely Useful Web Tools You Never Knew You Needed

And, while we're at it, 100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard Of

A good way to clean your desktop

Bacon Dental Floss! Mmmm... bacon!

The Top 21 Mugshots, Ever

Celebrities and their Muppet Counterparts

50 Bands, 50 States

Fix It Up! Common Repairs Made Easy

100 Absolutely Awesome Websites (as usual, SHOC must've been right around #101)

Your guide to the WALL*E controversy

This is pretty cool - grab the stripes image to the right and slowly drag it over the other stripes layer below it...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July 9, 2008

Something else I love about Obama:
I can loudly and correctly pronounce
his first name, with proper emphasis
on the second syllable, while emitting
a lip-flutterin' Homer Simpsonesque burp.

Top of the Heap: FINALLY. A dispassionate, logical analysis as to why Over is Right, Under is Wrong

Buy 'N Large, featured in the Pixar film "WALL-E," has their own website

Stressed out by the post-holiday blues? Enjoy some auditory zen with Simply Noise

Oddmusic Gallery: a collection of unusual musical instruments

Loss of Natural Teeth, by state (guess which is #1)

Oh, THIS will come in handy: 101 Things to Do When You're Bored

Infectious - the Skype Laughter Chain

And the award for "Best Accompanying Photograph to a Headline, Ever" goes to...

This has to be one of the coolest chess sets of all time

Tara Busch sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" backwards. And, of course, Part 2

A big old bucket of way too much cute, courtesy of the Bardgal

20 Things You Didn't Know About a Bubblin' Crude. Black Gold. Oil, that is

7 Reasons Why Americans Suck at Soccer

Lamest summer idea ever: Finance Camp (ummm... but could I borrow 20 bucks?)

Daytipper - practical, everyday tips

The world's strangest vehicles (part 3, with links to parts 1 and 2)

Two words: Chess Boxing,23599,23979955-23109,00.html

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard Of

Timewaster of the week: This is Sand

Speaking of time - try the World Time Engine

Mmmmm... bacon

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July 2, 2008

It is morally reprehensible to force those of us with a
genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind
those who view it as some sort of recreational activity.

Top of the Heap: Stripper Mishap (you can see what's going to happen, but it's just so entertaining when it does)

The Top 10 Common Errors Made in Cooking

NOW we're cookin'! The Beginner's Guide to Absinthe

Free sound effects search

10 things you (probably) didn't know about Elvis Presley. Thankyouverymuch.

How to get into a club (or almost anywhere)

7 Unexpected Tips For Saving On Airfare

The Colbert Green Screen Challenge


The Best Online Language Tools for Word Nerds

If you haven't seen "Wall-E" yet, here are some Easter Eggs to watch for

Ahmedinejad's wife = Total Hottie!

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" department - the Buzzball!

7 Simple Rules For How to Take a Nap

People with real mutant superpowers (my favorite phrase was about the guys who survive in "...scrotum-negating, penguin-urine cold.")

Mark your calendars next year to celebrate "Skip Tucker Day" in Connecticut

This is kind of cool - the Prince Rupert's Drop (of Glass)

Did you park it or abandon it?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June 25, 2008

Preparation H is normally applied to one's posterior to shrink hemorrhoids, but it has
also become popular as a means of temporarily erasing facial wrinkles. I'm betting
the second usage was probably discovered during a management training class.

Top of the Heap: I should save this for a week I’m to lazy busy to surf the Internets - Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2008,28804,1809858_1809957,00.html

100 Useful Niche Search Engines You've Never Heard Of

10 Awesome, Interactive Websites

Just in time for summer! A Bicycle Repair Guide

10 Awesome Gadgets That Even College Students Can Afford

Top search tips

George Carlin's last interview (courtesy of the Bardgal)

They should post these at my gym...

12 Worst Photoshop Mistakes, Ever

10 Things Musicians Do to Piss Off Their Fans

10 Amazing Flasks for Undercover Drunks

50 Tips for First Year College Students (BRILLIANT!)

We're Number One! We're Number One! Most Congested Cities

Addicting Game O'the Week - Puzzle Farter

Learn Morse Code in One Minute

R2D2 and C3PO in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" category, a 3-D model of the Milky Way Galaxy

This is way cool - create your own Star Wars Crawl

7 Stupid Accessories That Will Suckify Your Ride

Find recycling centers near you via your zip code

The best web sites for movie fans,2817,2320861,00.asp

I've got to try this now

Tired of your job? Canada is now hiring astronauts

Could be useful this summer - How to Eat a Pomegranate

Corn starch, water... and Ellen! (Thanks, Jack!)

Minor league (Fresno v. Tacoma) ball girl shows 'em how it's supposed to be done!

9 Summer Offers That Will Give You Gas

How to make a hardcover book

Because sitting up is for suckers... 70 Tools, Tricks and Hacks to Work from Bed

Creative Calendar Designs

What to do (and NOT do) in a fistfight

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June 18, 2008

If I lived in the land of the blind, I'd tell everyone I had one eye, even if I didn't.
I mean, who's gonna know, right? And just like that - BAM! Free kingdom!

Top of the Heap: Firefox 3 was (officially) released yesterday

Cell Services Keep it Easy, and Free (tip o'the hat to Solomon)

Airlocked! I could survive for 1 minute and 23 seconds in the vacuum of space!

Unexpected Creativity (Found in Unusual Places)

Awesome Job Application Letter

Unbelievably cool! Why did it take someone so long to think of this?

This is awesome! Baconhenge!

Jack'll love this one - Building America's Most Extreme Rollercoaster

Well now, THIS could potentially ruin your day...

I don't really know how to describe this. Moodstream. Enjoy.

The middle initial quiz (I got 6 out of 12)

13 Things Your Car Mechanic Won't Tell You (note to self: there are no such things as "muffler bearings")

Interesting review of the food at every baseball stadium

Unsuccessful Breakfast Cereals (my favorite is the first)

60 ridiculously useful tools for your blog or website

Fun websites that allow you to create your own ringtones

The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of "The End"

Field Guide to Firefox 3

"'The Happening' is so bad that I feel compelled to make a spoiler-laden list of its most laughably terrible parts rather than review it"

How to answer 23 of the most common interview questions

From the lovely and talented Uncle Mel - 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate

Pretty cool - old photos in 3D

Convert... well, pretty much anything

Upload a photo and turn it into a cartoon

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

June 11, 2008

Okay, polygamy I understand. What completely
eludes me is the idea of being married to a bunch
of women at the same time and having them all wear
Little House on the Prairie dresses and combat boots.

Top of the Heap: Google News from a better world

The Classic Science Fiction Channel - lots o' classic skiffy shows

50 Things Everybody Should Know How to Do

8 great Father's Day gifts for the military man

Looking for someplace to go this summer? Here's 31 suggestions

Okay, I get it - Africa is big

Free, printable coupons for retail, grocery and restaurants

16 Post-It Pranks, Sculptures and Murals

7 sites you MUST check before you go on a vacation

Some cool new search engines

Best. Word. Ever.

This could come in mighty handy for the golfers... (Tip o'the hat to Ron, Tim, Vanessa, Sherry, Kevin & Boomer)

Stunning picture of the Earth (and Moon) from Mars

The World's Wackiest Festivals

5 Things You Didn't Know About Starbucks

25 Things That Aren't Really What They Say They Are

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

June 3, 2008

I was okay with Neil Diamond saying Caroline
Kennedy was the inspiration for "Sweet Caroline,"
but when it occurred to me that *Rose* Kennedy
might be the inspiration for "Cracklin' Rosie,"
well, that's when the nightmares began.

Top of the Heap: 8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22

(Devilishly hard and) Addicting Game O' the Week - Spin the Black Circle

9 Excellent Ways to Use Your Cell Phone Productively

The world's deepest swimming pool

Some pens that will never be stolen

10 Japanese Customs You Must Know Before a Trip to Japan

15 Celebrities Who Sang...But Shouldn't Have

How to Clean Stuff

A bunch of Cartoons

Upcoming Movie Sequels You (Probably) Didn't Know About

In this week's "I-want-me-one-of-these" department...

Perhaps not as glamorous as the previous, but it could come in handy (especially on a long bike ride!)

From the MTV Movie Awards - Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr and Jack Black make a viral video (hysterical!)

Top 10 Telephone Tricks

8 Classic Movie Robots That Actually Suck at Their Job

Websites to Help Your Daily Life

Particularly for Melody and Tom - The Top 6 Funniest Lawyers of All Time (WWASD)

Toys for the Disturbed

The Top 1 Reason Why I Will Not Be Seeing the "Sex and the City" Movie

5 Things You'll Love About Firefox 3

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May 28, 2008

When it comes to religion, I lean towards Pavlovianism.
That guy really had some bizarre ideas about sal'vation.

Top of the Heap: 10 Weird Websites You Should Know About

Tattoos for the Elderly

Fencing for the Elderly

Driving somewhere and need someone to share the cost, or looking to hitch a ride? Check out PickupPal (Thanks, Ron!)

I've given a commencement speech before, but it was NOTHING like the Funniest College Commencement Speeches (with video goodness!)

20 Movie Sequels We're Still Waiting For

Here's another one, Ruby - Supercook: recipes you can make right now with the ingredients you have available

The best places on Earth to see the Northern Lights

The most amazing dancing you will ever see

"Tunnel" links New York to London

This is the Internet(s): 5 Cats That Look Like Wilford Brimley

Lost your manuals, quick reference cards, and the like for your old games? Fear not! Replacement Docs is here!

Convert boring units of measurement into real objects as you type

Have you ever wondered how sword swallowers swallow swords? Me neither.

PDF document of "Fundamental Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States." Very cool

Sort of a cross between the "it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time" and "I-want-me-one-of-these" departments

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May 21, 2008

Man, it never fails: Whenever I try to get romantic
with a woman, I always start crying uncontrollably.
I guess pepper spray will do that to ya.

Top of the Heap: Creative advertising - great ideas

Fascinating World Clock

7 Hotels With the Most Bizarre Stuff (I've stayed at one of these... guess which one)

Guide to the 25 Strangest Collections on the Web

Here's an evil prank...

The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog of Acme Products (as in Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner, et al)

Something I don't particularly need, but you might - 17 drug-free ways to stay awake

On Sunday, the Phoenix Probe will (attempt to) land on the North Pole of Mars. Check out this video - "Seven Minutes of Terror"

100 Must-Read Books (for dudes) - The Essential Man's Library

From HS bud Liz, The Lair of the Crab - A Load of Stuff That Will Probably Crush Your Will to Live

Could come in handy someday... 9 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

Free Music! 22 Websites That Are Driving Daggers Into the Heart of the RIAA

10 Cool Productivity Websites

Weight loss SUNGLASSES?

"It's conceivable that, when I turn the machine on, I start getting messages from the future"

Whose face is on the nickel? You might be surprised!

Exercise your brain with Mentat Wiki

50 Amazingly Helpful Time Tested Tips For the Kitchen

The "Amen" article of the week: What the Hell is the Point of Facebook?

A bit odd - Cartoons in Real Life

Handicapping odds on the Final Cylon (if you have to ask, don't bother with this one)

Kudos to Linda for sending in this Earthquake Quiz (I scored 70%)

In the "Why-didn't-I-think-of-that" category: the Urinal Video Game!

Start Page Showdown (Dunno - SHOC must've been #6)

Incredibly cool animated optical illusion

Improve your typing skills with this fun typing game

60 Photography Links That You Can't Live Without

5 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About "South Park"

Exclusive Secret Common Sense Facts About Everyday Life

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 14, 2008

A riot broke out at our local Renaissance Faire this past
weekend. Things got pretty ugly, but luckily the authorities
were able to intervene before anyone could start luting.

Top of the Heap: Major announcement today (1pm EDT) from NASA. I wonder what it is? Hope it's not a cookbook...

Seven cool beer gadgets

Some new ones I haven't tried yet... 8 Top Alternative Search Engines

10 Mind Myths

13 More Things Your Auto Mechanic Won't Tell You

Barack Hussein Obama (thanks and a tip O'the hat to IHS pal, Susie)

New Coins (courtesy of Rabbi Cohen)

75 Skills Every Man Should Master

This is pretty cool - convert your web page (or any web page) into a .pdf

Online video guide - could be useful

Yup, Reno is farther west than Los Angeles. Here are 20 other odd geographical facts that might surprise you

Laid off? The one thing you absolutely need to do on the first day

Bored? Here are 5 Excellent Ways to Waste Time Online

Here's a fun way to waste a few minutes... string spin toy

The Top 25 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in America

Well now I don't feel so bad - Celebrity Imperfections Exposed

Cell Phone Secrets: Getting the Most Out of Your Phone

Actually, I might try this - How to Create Invisible Shelves

Okay, I promised myself I wasn't going to go here, but this is too good to pass up - Things Younger Than John McCain

"Quid latine dictum sit, altum viditur" ("Everything said in Latin sounds profound") Handy Latin Phrases

Jon Stewart (again) shows how interviews should be done

Does this girl ever close her mouth?

50 Most Popular Genealogical Sites of 2008

"So, this woman walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a double entendre. So he gave it to her" (instant rimshot!)

The unofficial guide to the DMV

All the epic fail you can handle in one spot

How's this to brighten up your Wednesday? - What your home will be worth next year

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May 7, 2008

I wonder why Mexico makes such a big
deal about Cinco de Mayo. I mean,
who *hasn't* defeated the French?

This looks like it could be fun - the world's first motored unicycle

77 Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomenon

Truer words... Facebook in Real Life

How to build your own Iron Man suit

7 Common Cooking Mistakes,22304,1730751,00.html

"I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer..." (that's ROPE a deer, pervs)

Action-Movie Posters of Really Inappropriate Franchises (thanks, Solomon!)

Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and Avengers Release Dates

14 Differences Between America and Australia You Need to Know Before Hopping on That Plane

So, you walked out of Iron Man before the after-the-credits scene? Here's an alternative to seeing it again or killing yourself

Wow. Just wow.

Hundreds of free online games at

A comparison of U.S. home prices (my, my... Topeka is looking pretty cool...)