Here are two amusing quizzes I found recently:
1) What American Accent Do You Have? (13 questions; they pegged mine as undeniably Southern–blast!).
- Cute bunny, cute puppy.
- Cute elephant fetus.
- BBC reports that regular condoms are too big for most Indian men. Anecdotal evidence suggests, however, that this is a load of chutney.
- Awesome pop-up books.
We’re really, really backed up on our feed reader (we use Google Reader now, BTW, and we love it!), so we’ll be doing random feed finds (some quite old) over the next few weeks.
The safety illustrations for Nintendo’s Wii are hilarious, but incomplete. Luckily, the Iconfactory fills the gaps (see right).::via Core77.
- A new Bridget Jones movie, and she’s having Daniel’s baby [Ed. note: WTF?!]::via Pop Candy
- Finally, a machete-wielding convenience store clerk. The picture’s better than the video.::via BB-Blog.
- Who wants to live forever without cheesecake or chocolate? Boo.
- The New York Times has a great article about how America’s political polarization affects our social lives.
- USA Today has an eye-opening list of the 101 most influential fictional characters. As an occasional fiction writer, I sometimes wonder why (if?) writing’s important–and then I see things like this list.
- Whipup.net has a nice summary of the fabric copyrighting controversy.
- Britain’s “meat pie mums” sabotage their children’s diets and call it love. Though to be fair, they’re really just aiding and abetting.
- Back-story and “making of” slideshow for Besame Cosmetics (previously mentioned here).
- More than 1 in 8 Americans are addicted to the internets, says study.
- Small children trapped in toy vending machines, via Boing Boing.
- Jonathan Lundqvist, a Swede, recently returned from Iran with quite a few censored magazines. If you’ve read Marjane Satrapi’s wonderful Persepolis (or was it Persepolis 2?), Iran’s magazine censorship is old news. However, it’s cool to see examples. ::via Gawker & Boing Boing
- Also via Boing Boing, free streams of old radio thrillers. They also have links to several other radio libraries on the web.
- A very cool Dark Chocolate M&M’S quiz game (I could only get 40 right! Even with extensive cheating!).
- More progress on male contraceptives.
- Two useful articles (1, 2) on how independent booksellers have restructured their businesses to compete with Barnes & Noble, Borders, & Amazon.com.
- Here’s a fascinating article on Human-Elephant Conflict (H.E.C.). An excerpt:
“In the course of her nearly two years at the Elephant Sanctuary — much of it spent in quarantine while undergoing daily treatment for tuberculosis — Misty has also been in therapy, as in psychotherapy. Wild-caught elephants often witness as young calves the slaughter of their parents, just about the only way, shy of a far more costly tranquilization procedure, to wrest a calf from elephant parents, especially the mothers. The young captives are then dispatched to a foreign environment to work either as performers or laborers, all the while being kept in relative confinement and isolation, a kind of living death for an animal as socially developed and dependent as we
now know elephants to be.” –Charles Siebert, New York Times.
Read more about the Elephant Sanctuary.
- Paul Newman is my permanent pick for Sexiest Man Alive. At 81, he’s still married to his wife of 48 years, Joanne Woodward, has a legendary acting career and a successful business that gives all its proceeds after taxes to charity, and is still (bless him) hot. Favorite quote: when asked by Empire magazine why he’d never cheated on Woodward, he replied “Why fool around with hamburgers when you have steak at home?” Like I said, bless the man. Here’s a nice NYTimes article about his new restaurant.
- Sofia Coppola does Paris.
- My favorite article on the thin model debate thus far has been this interview with Erin O’Connor, one of the models singled out by British politicians as an unhealthy example to young girls. Unlike Lily Cole, O’Connor addresses the issue and her critics with a disarming sensitivity and perceptiveness. Here’s an excerpt:
“My teenage years were ridiculous. I desperately wanted a boob job, I desperately wanted a nose job, I constantly had sore feet because I would wear shoes two sizes too small because I couldn’t bear to buy my big shoes. But that,” she says, warming to one of her favourite themes, ”is because I had no perception of how a woman was meant to be and how she was entitled to go with what her version of whatever being a woman was. It was only in my late teens and early twenties, when I started modelling, that I began to appreciate myself.” –Hadley Freeman, The Guardian
- Having said that, have I got some filthy pictures for you! Here’s Auguste Rodin’s “Shade,” and Aristide Maillol’s “Flora,” two of the works mentioned in the article. Incidentally, similar Maillol statues are all over the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, which borders both the Louvre (also filled with “nude art representations”) and a kiddie carnival. Ah, the French.
- Considering the U.S. vs Ghana outcome, this toilet game seems more and more appropriate.
- I really like the music in this Beatles meets Bollywood clip (YouTube)–reminds me of Cornershop’s remake of Norwegian Wood. The dancing, though–sweet Jesus.
- OMG! PANDAS!
- Stevie Wonder–why weren’t you this cool when I was watching Sesame Street? (YouTube)
- Great MetaFilter post (although some commenters disagree) featuring classic Hollywood clips. Can’t-miss clip: Bette Davis’ performance of “They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old.” (YouTube)
- Who said it: Adolf or Ann? I got 11 answers right.
- Old, but good: Prince on American Idol (YouTube). Such a sexy, sexy little man.
- Wonderbra or no, if you are female, at some point this has probably happened to you. And no, being stared at like a freak isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
- OMG! MORE PANDAS! LOTS AND LOTS MORE!
- The Project Runway recap worth reading: fourfour (up the following Monday). And of course, Tim’s Take blog and podcast (up right after show). Tim‘s last podcast (mp3) was particularly worth a listen (the man hates Vincent).
- Although, to be honest, we’re not so fond of Alison anymore either, thanks to her Entertainment Weekly interview. Sample quotes: “[Q:] Why would the producers put in a model who’s not runway-model size? [A:] So people like me get eliminated.”; ”[Jeffrey] says what I’m thinking but don’t want to say.” Yikes.
- Drink our pesticides or we won’t invest in your third-world country.
- George Clooney had an awkward phase.
- As someone exasperated with American Apparel crotch & boob shots, I appreciated this takedown of erotic ads aimed at women.
- Broadsheet’s Rebecca Traister calls Details mag on their lame “Fat is Back” slide show.
- The Bright Side of Global Warming: Car Cookies.
- Pluto’s no longer a planet, and already, there is anger. But what we want to know is, what does this mean for astrology?
- The Coke/Pepsi pesticide debacle continues in India. Both brands seem to have completely mishandled the problem, and have failed to convince many that their products are safe. It doesn’t help that Coke’s new ad campaign asks India “Is there anything safer for you to drink?” (i.e. our product isn’t safe, but it’s sure better than that toxic sludge you call water).
- Finally, I hesitated discussing the Forbes backlash piece, “Don’t Marry Career Girls,” because if you kick turds, you just get crap on your shoe. However, since Boing Boing (1, 2, 3), Gawker (1, 2), Slate, and Salon have criticized the article, Forbes removed, then reinstituted the piece next to a counterpoint (although where’s the slide show?
I want a counterpoint slide show, dammit!Thank you, Hipster Pit!) and Lifehacker has posted the probably-unrelated-but-timely-and-appropriate “Strengthen your BS detector,” it’s become, you know, kind of a big deal. Fuh.
- Here’s an interesting NYMag feature on Stephen Colbert.
- NPR.org has an interesting interview with Jesse Kornbluth, writer for culture filter Headbutler.com.
- Slate and the BBC have two articles about Anna Politkovskaya, a recently murdered Russian journalist. Politkovskaya was highly critical of Putin’s administration, particularly its handling of Chechnya. Her assassination, as well as the growing tension between Russia and pro-Western neighbor Georgia, further highlight the alarming discrepancy between Putin’s pro-Democracy rhetoric and his government’s behavior.
- Gnarls Barkley rocks MTV Movie Awards (YouTube link).
- Sir David Attenborough’s most popular clip: a lyrebird imitates a chainsaw, a camera, a car alarm, and a kookaburra.
- Extremely weird, offensive, brilliant George Washington cartoon (YouTube link).
- The famous Spanish Castle color illusion.
- NYTimes article featuring a mp3 of the high frequency ring tone adults (supposedly) can’t hear. Causes a bizarre buzzing sensation between the temples.
- Stephen Colbert spanks Westmoreland (Congressman, GA)(embedded video link).
- Japanese women, emboldened by greater economic independence, prefer younger men (they’re less bossy).