Previous “Links” posts

Pink-Topped Blacknoses 

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Let’s enjoy a quick laugh today, with these ridiculous sheep:

Sheep with pink hair

A flock of sheep are sporting a pretty pink look after a new feeder managed to dye their wool. The Swiss Valais Blacknose have been rubbing themselves against the red feeder while eating, turning heads at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley.

The sad thing is that these ovines don’t know how fabulous they look.

This Warning Should Not Be Necessary 

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Visitors to America’s national parks need to stop licking the Sonoran desert toad.

More Time to Dream 

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

This just in, you have now lost the Powerball jackpot. It took a little longer than expected. The largest lottery jackpot ever was due to be drawn last night at 11 PM Eastern, but it was delayed almost 12 hours.

All 48 participating lotteries are required to submit their sales and plays before the winning numbers can be selected, the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement overnight. “Powerball has stringent security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to holding a drawing that gives all players a fair chance to win,” the association said.

So hey, players got a bit longer to dream about being instant billionaires, before their inevitable loss. That’s nice. It’s better value for the money.

Meanwhile, the excitement around this 10-figure jackpot led me to re-read this ancient OFT link from almost exactly 13 years ago. It’s still terribly amusing. If I could, I’d buy that writer a drink.

A Non-Denial Denial 

Monday, November 7th, 2022

The headline “US Air Force Says Penis-Shaped Flight Path Pointed at Russian Base Is a Coincidence” really caught my eye. That would be quite a coincidence.

However, the story is better than that. Near as I can figure, the Air Force didn’t actually say that at all. Here’s the quote from their spokesperson:

“We’re aware of the incident and are talking with the KC-135 crew to determine the details,” an Air Force spokesperson told in an email. “At this time, we do not believe the crew acted inappropriately, flying a refueling orbit consistent with requirements that met the needs of receiver aircraft.”

Nowhere in there is the word “coincidental” used, and that’s a very carefully worded statement. Let‘s have a look at that flight path:

[Image credit: @Maks_NAFO_FELLA]

Yeah, that’s a penis. Given Russia’s horrific aggressions against Ukraine in 2022, it’s also completely appropriate.

Previously in phallic flight paths: That Ridiculous Mother Can Tell Her Kids It’s a Cowboy Hat

A Completely Doodled Environment 

Friday, November 4th, 2022

Artist Sam Cox, also known as “Mr. Doodle”, had a dream:

“[M]y dream was to have a doodle house and doodle over everything within that house,” he said, adding that he funded his current home through sales of his increasingly popular doodle art.

Now, he’s done it, both inside and out. It’s really something:

[Photo credit: Mr. Doodle]

Don’t miss this video tour of the house. It’s wild.

We Don’t Deserve Dogs and Dogs Don’t Deserve This 

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Recently, a video showing a Chinese drone dropping off a machine gun-laden robot has been making the rounds on the internet. I am certainly dismayed to see such a dystopian nightmare being made real. We really don’t have to do this, humanity!

It seems likely we will do this, though. Still, even if we’re condemned to face this monstrosity, we can at least avoid a second mistake. Let us not sully the good name of dogs by referring to this horror show as a “robot dog”:

That thing would be no one’s best friend at all.

A Juicy Purple Tomato 

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

The world is already so damned weird, why shouldn’t tomatoes be purple?

A fairly bright purple tomato

I have to admit, it looks neat. I’d try it.

They Didn’t Know How Big It Would Be 

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Back in 2020, I noted the arrival of Home Depot’s 12-foot-tall skeletons. Their popularity has only grown since then, and I have indeed managed to see one in person. It was exactly as great and ridiculous as I thought it would be. Now, Vice has an excellent oral history of how Skelly came to be.

The Pillars of Creation, Remastered 

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Back in July, I posted about the first images NASA showed from the new James Webb Space Telescope. I followed up with a second post showing off comparisons between the Webb and the old Hubble telescope.

Now, NASA has another new comparison image, recreating a 1995 shot called “The Pillars of Creation”. Once again, it is something to see.

[Photo credit: NASA]

I’m still amazed at just how high quality these images are.

Postorgasmic Illness Syndrome Is a Real Turn-Off 

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

If you’re anything like me, reading this article will have you adding “becoming allergic to orgasms” to your internal list of fears. Sorry!