Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

  So, there I was, standing in the middle of the southbound 
  I-5 during rush hour, wearing nothing but an inner tube, 
  a tutu, my fireman's hat and some dress socks, and 
  clutching a bazooka.  I thought to myself, "Hey! I'm 
  dealing *so much better* with holiday stress this year!"

Top of the Heap:  The Patriot Riders certainly have MY "unwavering respect"

Washing out that potential hire because of a visible tattoo?  Might want to think again(Thanks, Jack!)

Thanks to Homeland Security grants, local police departments are as well-armed as military units. What could possibly go wrong?

10 Cool Things The U.S. Government Spent Money On In 2011

Youngest Unmarried Son Jack sent me this link to this Dance-Activated Video

SOPA Could Destroy the Internet
As We Know It (Not a joke, troops... this is serious)

Stressed? Here's how to make everything OK

STILL stressed?  Try some colors

The 18 Most Annoying Golf Partners

In the "why-didn't-I-think-of-that?" category, the Power Stick  (Thanks, Debb!)

An illuminating list of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Supporters and Opponents

Okay, time for some of the "Best of the Year" lists:

The Top 20 Movies of 2011

Facebook's Top 10 Lists for the year

The Top 30 Android Apps and Games

The Top Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

Top 24 Deep Space Pictures of 2011.

The 4 biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2011.


The Best and the Worst of Everything in 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011

  I'm thinking that, even though gold, frankincense 
  and myrrh are all pretty nice gifts, Jesus couldn't 
  have been all that happy when the wise men told 
  him they were for both his birthday *and* Christmas.

Top of the Heap:  Track Santa through NORAD

My good friend Tim (I-taught-him-everything-he-knows) Hunter wrote and produced a Christmas video! (Tim's the one with Santa at 1:59)

I met the writer/producer/star of "Keeping Up With the KarTRASHians" at a party this past week.  It's hysterical (and somewhat NSFW)

Universal Studios Los Angeles is getting its own Harry Potter attraction! (Suck on THAT, Orlando!)

10 Nifty Google Easter Eggs That Will Amuse You

Optical Illusion Tattoos

Smoking can make your nipples fall off

2011's Biggest Movie Controversies

Twitter Tips:  Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

20 Things You Didn't Know About the Periodic Table

Strange Sightings on Google Street View

It's he-e-e-e-ere....
Debris from Japanese tsunami reaches US shores

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

  Oh, come on. Chuck Norris is just a stupid actor.  
  If he were really a "god," he would come to my 
  house and slam my head to the keyboaeuoewcm,67d
Top of the Heap:  In the "I-wanna-play-this" department - Maybe the scariest game ever(Thanks, Amanda!)

Prototype Texas Flashlight  (Thanks, Billy!)

The 12 All-Time Ugliest Christmas Sweaters. And some are still available to buy!

Oh, swell.  Meet Leaproach, the New Jumping Cockroach

The Worst TV Series Finales of All Time

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sesame Street

(Somebody else's list of) the Best Supporting Primetime Cartoon Characters

Newt Gingrich's Career in One Comic Strip

Stories behind Dr. Seuss Stories

Everything you ever needed to know about The Hokey Pokey

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7, 2011

  The bumper sticker on the car in front of me 
  said, "I'm an organ donor" -- and I thought, 
  "My cousin DOES need a new kidney..."

Top of the Heap:  Get your teeth into the truth about shark attacks!

You learn something new every day

How to make bacon roses!  Mmmmm, bacon!

All these Hawaiian islands are yours to enjoy, except Niihau: Attempt no landing there.

Katherine Heigl hates balls.  (Might be a little NSFW)

You mean that fake article from the satirical website about the unbelievable story with the really old photo isn't real? Well how about that.

What's the value of your home?

A Guide to Horror Movies, 2012

26 Cool Toilet Paper Dispensers!

11 Facts You Might Not Know About Battlestar Galactica

The 20 Best New Sci-Fi Movies of 2012

Jellyfish Lake in Palau Swarms With Complex Historical Wonders

The Ins and Outs of Owning a Tank

The Man Who Invented Flying Saucers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 2011

  The contest entry said, "Void Where Prohibited." 
  Now I don't know about you, but I can think of 
  a lot less messy acts of civil disobedience. 

Top of the Heap:  Wreck Diving the Mysterious Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon

Y'ever thought of starting your own beehive?  Me neither.  What a stupid idea.  But if you DO, here's how

The world's largest limousine

What Happens Online When You Die?

The 15 Most Innovative Gadgets

A Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who

Waste a little time and draw a stickman

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

The 101 Best Chrome Extensions

This changes EVERYTHING! Urine-powered video games!

8 Gadgets That Lie to You Every Day

Apparently, the latest
“12 Days of Christmas Index” is up 4.4% over last year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23, 2011

  I was really impressed with this new bicycle repair tool factory 
  from northern Ohio, but now I kind of wish I hadn't invested so 
  much money in the Jerry Sandusky Pedal File Company.

Top of the Heap:  100 Wikipedia Alternatives

Jackass 3.5 (the full movie on YouTube)  NSFW

Doolittle's Raid. America's first response to Pearl Harbor.

Six Reasons Why Writing For the Internet is the Best Job Ever (now, if I could only get PAID for it...)

It's been a rough week.  So Why Do We Fear Death?

How the Internet Has Changed the Way We View Death

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests.

Carrying an armchair to the edge of space

Europe, according to... well, everybody

11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard

The U.S. government has a few job openings in Houston with some travel required

I don't think of my desk as being "messy." I think of it as "a wilderness of free association."  But THESE desks are NASTY!

Canada's new $100 plastic bill is all tricked out

The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos

How to Predict the Weather Without a Forecast

The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

Troops -

My mom passed away last Thursday morning, and I haven't had time to put anything together for this week's mailing. 

I'll make it up next week with an extended issue.

Until then, stay safe, stay happy, and tell someone close to you that you love them.

 - Skip    _

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011

   They say if you don't vote, then you can't complain.
   But what if you want to complain about not voting? 
Top of the Heap:  One of the best music sites I've found

Japan, six months later

I usually hit the brakes a few times to get tailgaters to back off, but this would work even better (Warning: NSFW language) (Thanks, Billy!)

When The Beatles Met Elvis

15 Really Odd Geographical Facts

15 Patron Saints for Modern Situations

The Life and Legend of Rin Tin Tin

Why Fingernails on Blackboards Sound So Horrible

Facts in Photos

Five Ridiculous Animal Myths (That You Probably Believe)

16 Common Household Items With Secret Uses

Could a Russia-USA Rail Tunnel Be Built?

          and, finally,

The Mystery of The Bright Spot on Uranus (insert childish chuckle here)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011

  You'd think that with a name like "ESPN" they'd
   probably already know the score in advance. 

Top of the Heap:  What Occupy Wall Street. is about

The Most Satisfying GIF on the Internets

How to clear a stuffy nose in 1-2 minutes

20 Unusual Uses for Vinegar

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Fire

Japan invents flying spherical spy drones.  What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

What's your number?

Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica movie is underway

Facebook's new "Trusted Friends" security feature

Hey, HAL, y'ever wonder why computer voices are mostly female?

Cool Astronomy Picture of the Day - the Waterfall Nebula

Completely pointless Cosmic Plaything

Pictures from the filming of The Hobbit

8 Simple Questions Science Can't Answer

Wanna put yourself into a rainy mood?  Me neither.

If you DO decide to build a guillotine, don't do this

14 Punctuation Marks You Never Knew Existed

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

  Since it IS Halloween, I took it upon myself to decorate 
  the place with some gravestones and skeletons.  For 
  some inexplicable reason, though, that didn't go over 
  all that well with the people here at the retirement home.

Top of the Heap:  Zombify Yourself for Halloween

The 12 Most Convincing Real-Life Ghost Stories

Dunno who to go as for Halloween?  How about going as yourself?

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories

How Do You Make a Monster? Dissecting Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies

The 10 People Who Open the Door When You're Trick or Treating

6 Scary Tricks That Amazed Us as Kids (Explained by Science)

The ultimate collection of downloadable Halloween masks.

Feeling a little Buff?  Here are some Vampire Slayer Kits

A Comparison of Vampire Traits

The 7 Most Ridiculous Ghost Stories from Around the World. (Sort of NSFW)

25 Zombie Cakes.

The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth.

Where Monsters Come From.

Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies. The more you know, the more pleasure you can squeeze out of this weekend's offerings.

A Cosmic Halloween Gallery: things that go BOO in the night.

The Hidden Haunted History of 7 American Landmarks

13 Horror Movies and the 'True Stories' They're Based On.

The 12 Most Convincing Real-Life Ghost Stories.

Who Was Dr. Frankenstein?

Absolut Frankenstein

10 TV shows with the best Halloween specials. Sitcoms love the opportunity to break out of their formula and do something weird and different.

7 Burning Halloween Questions: Answered! Now you’ll know why you do the silly things you do on this silly holiday.

The 25 Creepiest Horror Movie Posters.

The Hierarchy of Monsters.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011

  Important Internet safety tip: If you want to see 
  pictures of Scarlett Johansson, make sure you
  don't accidentally Google "scarlet johnson."  
Top of the Heap:  Presented without comment:  Moments

How cool is this?  Boost Your WiFi Signal Range with an Empty Coke Can

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Plan in one very large graph

Speaking of ol' Herman... check out this weird campaign ad starring his Chief of Staff

Grandpa's video will. WARNING: this is absolutely NSFW.

How to pronounce "banana" (and a buncha other words)

The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Vintage Toys

The Most Relaxing Song Ever.  Just don't listen to it while driving

The Top 50 Breakfasts in the World

Being Elmo: 5 revelations about Sesame Street’s star

Are You as Fit as a World War II GI?  (short answer:  no)

Five Liquid Cures for Hangovers

8 Terrifying Robots Now Stalking Your Local Hospital

For the gamers:  The 15 Best Racing Games

5 Great Hidden Google Search Tips You Should Know About