Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Necessity is the mother of the invention of coffee maker cooking:
“My nephew came home from Afghanistan complaining about the food in the mess hall,” says Jody Anderson, a retired photographer in southern Oregon. “But the soldiers were allowed only to have coffee makers in their rooms.”
So Anderson started developing recipes for the coffee maker, including ones for mac ‘n’ cheese, short ribs and chicken soup.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
I don’t know if this interview with a 98-year-old thrice-married lady is real or not, but I want to believe.
What else didn’t you like about him?
I’m telling you a very intimate thing here…[lowers her voice.] His ding-dong was very small. So he went for an operation and they made it bigger.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Listen, I’m a huge Red Sox fan. Still, when it comes to purchasing a “Beard Ball” made from the shavings of a player’s beard, even for charity, I’ll have to take a pass.
David Ortiz’s 2013 Championship Beard Ball
If you want to get in on it though, you can bid on David Ortiz’s Beard Ball here and Shane Victorino’s here. Currently, Ortiz’s is fetching over $5,000, while Shane’s is much more affordable at under $2,000.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
When actors’ names don’t align with their pictures on movie posters and other ads, it drives me slightly insane. I imagine there are some rules or customs on who gets top billing, but this is just ridiculous:
It’s not hard to get this right!
Judi Dench isn’t quite that versatile.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
To be clear, this is one story, not two.
Other things worth noting about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:
The zebras are housed in an area known as the Cheetah Conservation Station.
After noting that there had never before been an incident with their zebras, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson “cautioned” that a zebra’s primary defense mechanism is to kick or bite. Thanks for the warning, Ms. Baker-Masson!
In addition to bitey zebras, the zoo also has tiger cubs, who can swim and climb onto dry land. Don’t try to escape them on the water, man.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
One of the world’s largest corporations is asking its low-paid workers to donate food to its other low-paid workers, so they can enjoy Thanksgiving. Just a thought, but perhaps Walmart could make a donation itself? Better yet, maybe Walmart might pay its employees a living wage.
[Photo credit: Organization United for Respect]
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Just under a month ago, the first season of Just The Tip came to a close. Though I only mentioned the show on this site a couple times, the full season wound up clocking in at fifteen funderful episodes. That’s almost seven full hours of audio enjoyment for you to…enjoy.
Amy Jane and I plan to start season two in early 2014. Before then, you can get caught up with all the plot twists and drama of Just The Tip Season One! Just head over to http://justthetip.fm to listen, and subscribe for Season Two.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
Just under 150 years ago, President Lincoln spoke 267 words which came to be known as the Gettysburg Address. The speech is perhaps the best known in all of American history, but the morning after Lincoln delivered it, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union newspaper dismissed the speech in an editorial:
“We pass over the silly remarks of the President. For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them, and that they shall be no more repeated or thought of.”
This week, the paper’s descendent the Harrisburg Patriot-News has printed a retraction.
Of course, Lincoln himself didn’t exactly know the enormity of his words. After all, part of the speech states:
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
A quick search for Buckyballs will show multiple posts on this site, detailing the rise and fall of the magnetic toy. Most recently, the government decided to target Craig Zucker, the former CEO of the product’s manufacturer Maxfield & Oberton.
Mr. Zucker is fighting back, with a rather over-the-top “United We Ball” campaign to fund his legal defense. On his new site, you can read about the matter at hand, and be overwhelmed by inflamed rhetoric. You can also purchase a variety of larger spherical magnets, as well Buckyball-sized magnets which have been safely ensconced in lucite.
These magnets are permanently embedded in lucite, preventing swallowing.
While his histrionics are doing him no favors, Mr. Zucker certainly does seem in the right here. A wing of the government is targeting an individual in a deeply unfair fashion. No less an authority than former Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Nancy Nord has come to Zucker’s defense.
All this over tiny spherical magnets.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
After nearly ten years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Ryan Ferguson has finally been released. He’s spoken with reporters about the ordeal, and mentioned the family of the victim.
“They’ve been lied to by people they trust and to see them misled by people that they believe are trying to help them. I can’t imagine anything worse than that,” Ferguson said.
I’m just tossing out possibilities here, but how about “being wrongly imprisoned for a decade”? That seems worse.