Behold, the blobfish that lives off Australia and Tasmania. To remain buoyant in the deep ocean, it mainly is a "gelatinous mass." Because it is slightly less dense than water, the fish floats above the sea floor and eat what floats by.
To see more interesting animals, check out http://www.alistoflists.com/animals/10-weird-as-hell-animals#comments
In a "conceptual art" project, Kristian von Hornsleth offered to give Ugandan villagers free goats, sheep and pigs if they adopted his name. His exibition in Copenhagen, "We Want to Help You, but We Want to Own You," has pictures of 108 villagers holding ID cards with his name. Before the project was stopped in October 2006, 270 villagers had changed their names.
George Sabadu Hornsleth commented: "Africans adopting European names for gifts - that's nothing new. We've been doing that since colonial times. Why do you think I'm called George?"
From his press release, the artist comments: "“Basically I believe in free trade. You sell something to me, and I buy something from you. In this case the Africans are fond of the animals that I offer them – and I am happy to be able to give them a beautiful name and to make some art. The result is that both parts are happy. Nothing else matters."
For pictures of the villagers: http://www.hornsleth.com/template/t03.php?menuId=52.
For an article: http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=609&id=1715632006
- Samuel Beckett wrote the 35 second play Breath. The one page script decribes a debris filled stage filled with faint light, then stronger light, then faint light again. Also included is a faint human cry, a human breath and another faint human cry. Rather unsuprisingly, Petherbridge, who brought the play to London, descibes the audience's reaction as "respectful silence" or "uncontrollable mirth." http://samuel-beckett.net/Londoners_gasp.htm
- Marcel Duchamp created the piece Fountain by signing a urinal "R. Mutt." In 2004, it was voted the 20th century's most influential artwork. >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_%28Duchamp%29
Recommended: To hear him sing, listen to http://www.musicremedy.com/p/Placido_Domingo/videos/TAmo_Piu-5483.html
To read more about him, check out http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/40730923.
Laboratory for Shuttering, Reinforcement, Concrete and Ferroconcrete Operations for Composite-monolithic and Monolithic Constructions of the Department of Technology of Building Assembly Operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for Building Mechanization and Technical Aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR.
That's easy to remember. Now just tell me what it means!
If you are planning a wedding and want to save money, rent your wedding cake. You heard me! For $100-150 dollars, display a pristine plastic foam, gum paste and fondant cake to your guests. Pull the happy couple's special slice of wedding cake out of a secret compartment in the back. Then serve cheap sheet cake to your guests. Odd, but extremely practical and thrifty.
- Ken Edwards of London ate 36 cockroaches in one minutes. His comment: "It's like having an anesthetic at the back of the throat." http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/amazing_feats/unusual_skills/most_cockroaches_eaten.aspx
- In Australia, there is an Annual Cockroach Racing Championship for Australia Day. Some participant comments: ""It's great, we've taken one of our national animals and made it into a mascot, after all they're as much a part of Australia as the koala or kangaroo and far more common." http://www.2camels.com/world-championship-cockroach-racing.php
- Also in Australia, this time at the Lizard Racing track, there stands a plaque that reads: "Cunnamulla-Eulo Festival of Opals. 'Destructo', champion racing cockroach accidentally killed at this track (24.8.1980) after winning the challenge (sic) stakes against 'Wooden Head' champion racing lizard 1980. Unveiled 23.8.81" http://www.whereintheworld.co.uk/newsite/detail.php?recordID=107
- Now for this facts: I could only find it on one website. While it is copied and pasted onto many other websites and blogs, I can't vouch for its accuracy. But even if it isn't accurate, it is amusing to think about: Rita Carlson of California raised a foot-long and almost 2-pound cockroach. Her take on it: ""Plenty of protein, and plenty of good, natural vitamins helped to make this roach into a champion. You should have seen it when I first found crawling around my kitchen." http://www.ijmc.com/archives/1998/July/26July1998.html
- Cockroaches have 18 knees, can hold their breath for 40 minutes and go a month without food and a week without water. Also, the female German cockroach only has to mate once to lay eggs for the rest of her life. http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/roaches/pg000097.html : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockroach
- Sally Mae Wallace of Mississippi holds the honor for the world's longest tapeworm. All 37 feet of it was pulled out of her mouth. Said Sally: "“About after 20 feet of that thing had come out of my mouth. I just knew I had the record. I was really filled with joy.” http://www.ripleys.com/core/answers/?p=362#comment-55
- Glen Keizer of Australia endured a straight 42 hours and 10 minutes tattoo session. http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast.com/long63.html
- The longest movie title: "Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230575/combined
- $1,500 cocktail. http://www.pocketchangenyc.com/NewsLetter.asp?nid=21
- If you can't afford that, try the $50 cocktail with 23K liquid gold. http://nymag.com/listings/bar/world_bar/
- Or a $165 Truffletini in a 3ft tall glass with truffle shavings. http://nymag.com/daily/food/2006/11/ok_so_the_new_contendor.html
- Or If you don't like alcohol, indulge with the $14,000 diamond-studded tea bag. http://www.luxist.com/2005/02/25/worlds-most-expensive-tea-bag/
- A $1,000 omelet with $995 of caviar. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/normas/
- A $200 baked potato topped with truffle shavings. http://www.nysun.com/article/40836
- $120 hamburger. http://www.thisnext.com/item/5839CC68/DB-Burger-120-from-DB-Bistro
- Try the $1,000 pizza topped with eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, lobster, salmon and wasabi. Be sure to give them 24 hours notice. http://www.slashfood.com/2007/03/15/1000-pizza-in-nyc/
- $1,000 ice cream sundae served with an 18K gold spoon and topped with edible 23K gold. http://www.boingboing.net/2006/02/14/worlds-most-expensiv.html
- A $20,000,000 wedding cake studded with diamonds. http://linkdonkey.blogspot.com/2006/10/expensive-cakes.html
- A $1,500,000 box of gourmet chocolates and jewelry. http://www.lakeforestconfections.com/Store/LeChocolat.aspx
- cost of a rice ball in Japan- $1 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/world/asia/12japan.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Stanford's University's team name used to be "the Indians," but was changed to "The Cardinals" in 1972. Their mascot is now a tree. Seen in the Cardinal's picture above, the dollies (dancers) walk with their Tree mascot down to the field, led by by the leader of their band in an astronaut costume. Hmmm.
Another team name that was considered was the Thunder Chickens, and two other considered mascots were the French Fry and the Manhole.
Anonymous explains: "Just so you know - It's the Stanford Cardinal. It's the color, not the bird.
And the tree is derived from the Stanford logo and Palo Alto city seal, both of which prominently display a lone tree."
I still love it. I wish my school had an interesting mascot.
To read the full story, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_Tree
To see the ceremonial bugle's site, go to http://www.ceremonialbugle.com/
This is where I heard of it http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/6E40D35EAC67FF2C8625735600108C36?OpenDocument
Part of a radio show about it from 2003. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1501549
Go ahead, click and listen:
Did you hear anything? If you did, chances are that you are under 25 (or 20 depending on the source). For those of you who can't hear it, the sound is a very annoying high-pitched grating noise.
The sound is called "the mosquito." Although not the actual sound of a mosquito, it can be just as pesky. Howard Stapleton invented boxes with loudspeakers and markets them to businesses who want to drive away loitering teenagers. It works.
Another way the noise is being marketed? Ringtones. Especially useful because teacher's can't hear your phone ring.
To read more, check out http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/05/earlyshow/living/main1095665.shtml
Have you ever thought about how much people pay for their "sponsored links" on Google searches?
If you went to Google, typed in "mesothelioma treatment options" and clicked on a "sponsored link," you would be costing the advertiser $69.10. "Mesotheliona risk" pulls a close second at $66.46 per click. And a surprising third most expensive, "personal injury lawyer Michigan." (In case you are wondering, mesotheliona is a cancer caused by inhaling asbestos. )
"Brittney Spears Nude" goes for a mediocre 21 cents.
Speaking of odd keywords, "linguistics" is currently the fifth most searched keyword. Who would have guessed? (This website is updated in real time, so it might have changed by now.)
- To see current popular searches, go to http://www.cwire.org/current-top-15-internet-searches/
- To see the highest paying search terms, go to http://www.cwire.org/highest-paying-search-terms/
- To read an article about this in the NY Times, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/15/us/15bar.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Do you love the sound of bubble wrap? For $59, you can pre-order a pack of 5 PuchiPuchi Virtual Bubble Wrap toys. For that essential element of surprise, every 100 "pops" there is a random nose like a sexy voice or a fart.
To preview the popping sounds, go to http://www.asovision.com/putiputi/. And preview their ad with a catchy song at http://www.asovision.com/putiputi/movie.html. One of their promotion pictures is translated above.
Jack Layton: "After all these years of inaction, will the Prime Minister finally get something done and do something the former government would not, and cancel the subsidies to big oil and big ass, big gas and start putting–"Stephen Harper: Mr. Speaker, I promise to get to the bottom of it.
2. Reagan with an error repeated 9 times.
"The United States has much to offer the third world war."
3. Dan Quayle (former US vice-president)
""What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
4. Fiorello La Guardia (from The New Book of Lists)
"My first qualifications for mayor of the city of New York is my monumental ingratitude to each and every one of you."
5. Congresswoman Barbara Boxer
"Those who survived said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive,' but of course those who died...well, their lives will never be the same."
For a website of quotes like this, go to http://www.rinkworks.com/said/
More of amusing quotes than odd facts, but I couldn't help myself. All of these appear in the reviews of the Oct 12th edition of the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/movies/index.html.
- The performances tend to deliver the airless, self-consciously synthetic dialogue like untutored violinists dutifully sawing away to the steady tick-tock of a metronome." (Sleuth)
- In the actor's case...[it seems] as if he has chosen to interpret grief as a form of petrification. His elbows and shoulders stiffen, and he lumbers across the sets like a Frankenstein monster...Mr Grey, meanwhile, strides manfully into a thicket of cliches and heavy grandiosity." (We Own the Night)
- The movies explicit sex scenes earned it a NC-17, but put me more in mind of high school geometry." (Lust, Caution)
- You could imagine her soothing customers through the speakers at Starbucks." (St. Vincent)
- The "performance artist" Stelios Arcadious latest work? Implanting an ear onto his arm. Planned work? Putting a microphone in the ear so people can listen into his what his ear is hearing. For ear-y pictures, go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=487039&in_page_id=1965
- Marco Evaristti created an art diplay consisting of 10 blenders with live goldfish inside. The audience was invited to partisipate by turning a blender on. Says Meyer, "An artist has the right to create works which defy our concept of what is right and what is wrong." >http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/3040891.stm
- Marco Evarisitti also served his friends up meatball cooked with his own liposuctioned fat. "You are not a cannibal if you eat art," he commented. >>http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/but-is-it-art/2007/01/13/1168105219066.html
- The same Marco Evarisitti also painted an iceburg in Greenland red. He said, " This is my iceberg; it belongs to me." >>>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/25/world/main608688.shtml
- A Miami American tried to cash in on the Spanish market and made t-shirts proudly proclaiming "I saw the Potato." Apparently, el Papa is the Pope and la Papa is the Potato.
- For a full list of odd mis-translations, you can visit http://www.i18nguy.com/translations.html
- The picture above is an American fanny pack. However, in the UK, a fanny is not a rear, but slang for female genitalia. This lady http://blog.360.yahoo.com/textexin?p=145 tells the story of when her British co-worker fell on her rear. A concerned American man helped her up and asked, "Did you hurt your fanny?" Also, similar bags in Germany are called body-bags, oddly bringing to mind the bags corpses are put into.
One day, John Freyer sold almost everything he owned on e-bay, keeping only enough to fit in his car trunk. Among the items sold were his sideburns in a plastic bag, an opened box of taco shells, not-yet-given family Christmas presents, a bag of pork skins, a bowling belt buckle, a half-used bottle of mouthwash and 27 spoons. Then he visited many of his old belongings. He even has a book. To see more, go to http://allmylifeforsale.com/
The 2007 Ig Noble Prize winner for peace is the The Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. In 1994, they asked for 7.5 million dollars to create a "gay bomb." Edward Hammond from a watchdog group said, ""The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another." The Pentagon has confirmed this story but insists that the plan is abandoned.
Don't believe me? Go here for the full story and a news video.
For more Ig Noble Prize winners see here.
Here are clips from his show: http://video.jerryspringertv.com/player/?fid=24175#videoid=160898
Here is the opera trailer: http://www.jerryspringertheopera.com/trailer/index.html
The Jerry Springer Opera: More exciting than your average opera because our actors fight on stage!
- On October 13, 2007, spectators will gather in Toronto for the 2007 World Championship games of...rock, paper, scissors? Said Rolling Stone magazine: "The World Rock Paper Scissors Championships is like a high-stakes Star Trek convention except with binge drinking and better looking women." To see the official promo video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1bWXvS8TYY&eurl=
- A hole in one golf tournament sounds way too easy. The catch: the hole is almost 3 miles away, they tee-off a mountain and the hole is a fifty-foot dirt patch. The scores range from 75 to an amazing 9 and the participants are allowed 10 balls and 3 spotters. http://www.hiltonopen.com/Elfego.htm
- What could be better than a boat race, on dry land in Australia? In Henley-On-Todd, one can paddle (ie shovel) you boat along rails for a race, yacht race with a crew of 10 and many other events. To read all about it, go to http://www.henleyontodd.com.au/default.php.
In the mood to confuse your eyes? Here's some help. If you easily get dizzy, please be careful on these sites.
- http://www.johnsadowski.com/big_spanish_castle.php --Follow the directions, and this castle picture will change colors before your eyes.
- http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/ - This site is jam-packed with wild illusions. Be sure to follow the directions and read the explanations. My personal favorite is http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot_adaptSpiral/index.html.
- For this site, a Japanese professor has created static picture that appear to move. http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/kic/~akitaoka/index-e.html.
- http://tinyeyes.com/tinyeyes/- Quickly upload a picture and see how an infant to 6 month old would see it.
- In 2001, Doctors performed surgery on a 40-year-old Ethiopian man and removed 750 grams (26.344 ounces) of nails, door keys, hair pins and watch batteries. The man had 222 metal objects in his stomach and one of the nails was 15 cm (5.9 inches) long. Dr. Samuel said, " He must have been eating these objects for at least two years, as the wall of his stomach had thickened to accommodate all the inedible objects." - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1402616.stm
- Monsieur Mangetout has made a career out of eating metal objects and has no side-effects. For his performances, he drinks mineral water and then chows down 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of metal with periodic glasses of water. Perhaps he is best known for eating an entire airplane (Cessna 150-see picture above) which took him about 2 years to eat.
- What can these guys eat?
- Now you know!
According to the book Oddballs and Eccentrics, Liberace owned a piano made from toothpicks and a toilet that could retract into the floor. In his own words, "There is no reason why you should walk into a bathroom and see a toilet - it is unglamorous."
- When composer George Antheil's unique music inspired his audience in Budapest to riot, the next night he had all the doors locked and set a gun on the piano. That night he enjoyed a quiet performance, but with audiences often strongly disliking his new style of music, he began to carry a concealed gun for concerts. In his words, "I felt for the automatic under my arm and continued playing...but catastrophe and myself at concerts were old pals...Besides, I could always shoot my way out."
- For more on Antheil and mp3s of his music, go to http://www.paristransatlantic.com/antheil/mainpage/home.html
What is 007's favorite drink? . . . Not a vodka martini. But that doesn't mean Bond doesn't like his alcohol. on the contrary, in the novels James Bond drinks once about every 7 pages and prefers whiskey, drinking 101 in all. For an in-depth survey go to http://007.atomicmartinis.com/nstats.htm.
- Hippos kill more humans than any other African mammal.
- The skin of a hippo is a bulletproof 1.5 inches thick and a hefty ton (25% of their body weight).
- Hippos give birth and mate underwater.
- George Washington had dentures made from hippo teeth. While he might have had a full set of teeth, hippos only have four ivory teeth.
- The best part of a hippo to eat is their breasts.
- Both a father and son in the 17th century thrived despite having...unusual names. The father, a parliamentarian was called Praise-God Barebone. His son, Nicholas Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon is known as one of the first proponents of a free market.
- Does a name mean something? One man, with can only be called a unique taste in names, named one of his sons Loser and the other Winner. Winner went on spend two years in jail with 31 arrests and Looser became a policeman and detective. However, an unrelated Mr. Vice of New Orleans was convicted on 421 of his 890 arrests.
- Spelling may not be linked to education. Supply Clapp Thwing graduated from Harvard in 1837.
What are the teacher's at Troy Buchanan High School (MO) blowing the whistle on? PDA.
- "At first it freaked kids out. I'd just blow the whistle and say 'PDA!' The boys would just bolt down the hall because they were scared off. . . We nailed a couple here," he said. "They leaned in to kiss, and we just blasted them."
To see the full article go to http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stcharles/story/301535537F50466386257367000FD848?OpenDocument