Friday, 15 February 2019
quote [ A wooden dildo maker in Lapland pushes back against criticism following a public funding agency’s decision to grant her a 200,000-euro business loan. ]
This is not exactly a followup to Mookie's post from January 2015 (http://sensibleendowment.com/entry.php/1187). But clearly, the Finns know how to make the most of those long Arctic nights.
Yes, the thumb is lame.
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
quote [ At this year's annual meeting of the Indian Science Congress from Jan. 3 to 7, senior research scientist Kannan Jagathala Krishnan dismissed Albert Einstein's theory of relativity as "a big blunder" and said Isaac Newton didn't really understand how gravity works. ]
Believe me, it gets way nuttier after this first paragraph. I am so thankful that the United States is not the only country with wacky fundamentalists.
Sunday, 23 December 2018
quote [ Monumental shifts were occurring in America during the time that photographer Hugh Mangum was working in North Carolina and the Virginias. It was the height of the Jim Crow era, when the nation was starting to see laws separating whites from blacks. But as a businessman who needed to support his family, Mangum didn't discriminate between clientele, therefore leaving behind an archive that tells a different story of the segregated South at the turn of the 20th century. ]
Joecam would have loved this stuff!
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
quote [ Why a Local Museum Keeps Burying Whales Under Raleigh, North Carolina.
(It mostly has to do with grease.) ]
I always wondered how they prepared very large skeletons for display, and had no idea that horse dung was the perfect answer.
Thursday, 5 October 2017
quote [ Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has announced that he will not seek re-election after a report said he requested that a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair get an abortion. ]
One really can't make this stuff up. "Of course I don't expect the rules to apply to me, they're for those other irresponsible idiots out there."
(Thumb is Janus, the two-faced Roman god of gateways and transitions. As in, "I'm transitioning out of Congress to spend more time with my family.")
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
quote [ Len Wein, a prolific comic book writer who collaborated on bringing to life two of the art form’s best-known characters, Wolverine and Swamp Thing, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 69. ]
First Berni Wrightson, now Len Wein. RIP.
Friday, 21 July 2017
quote [ WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. ]
I hoped someone would finally stand up to Trump, but I never dreamed it would be Spicer.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
quote [ A Clockwork Orange author only managed entries for three letters and his abortive labours were thought to have gone for ever. ]
"What's it going to be then, eh?" Burgess' invented language, Nadsat, is basically a couple hundred words transliterated from Russian. Kubrick's movie includes very little of it. But as Burgess noted, "by the time you finish reading the novel, you've been brainwashed into a basic Russian vocabulary."
Real horrorshow news for us talky malchickiwicks.
Monday, 20 March 2017
quote [ Acclaimed Horror Comic Artist Bernie Wrightson Dead At 68 ]
This saddens me immensely, and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying so.