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Friday, January 20, 2006

Oddities from BoingBoing

I've been too busy to keep up with my rss feeds until last night. Here are some recent enjoyable BoingBoing links.

From pavandeepkaur.com:

"Pardeep and I went to Dairy Queen for Blizzards. Mine was Cookie Dough, and it was so gross. There were so many pieces of Cookie Dough. After 3 spoonfuls I ate only the ice cream, leaving the Cookie Dough pieces in the cup, or spitting them back into the cup (yeah, I know, gross!). Then I wondered if it would be possible to actually make miniature cookies with the pieces of dough. ... First we washed the pieces of Cookie Dough. They were washed mainly because they still had ice cream on them."

The first comment was intriguing:
The dry bread of the Saints(home-made, maybe at some gurdwaras) is equal to all treasures.

The thirty-six tasty dishes of the faithless cynic(Dairy Queen, Burger king) are equal to poison.

Shalok(Guru Nanak Dev Jee) Thieves, adulterers, prostitutes and pimps, make friendships with the unrighteous, and eat with the unrighteous.

They do not know the value of the Lord's Praises, and Satan is always with them.


Shatner Sells Kidney Stone for Charity

LOS ANGELES - Actor William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for $25,000, with the money going to a housing charity, it was announced Tuesday. Shatner reached agreement Monday to sell the stone to GoldenPalace.com, an online casino.

"This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe. How much is a piece of me worth?" he said in a telephone interview.

GoldenPalace.com is noted for its collection of oddities, which includes a partially eaten cheese sandwich thought to contain the image of the Virgin Mary.

The money will go to Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for the needy.

Shatner, who played Kirk on the original "Star Trek" TV show and won an Emmy for his role on "Boston Legal," passed the stone last fall.

The stone was so big, Shatner said, "you'd want to wear it on your finger."

GoldenPalace.com originally offered $15,000 for the stone but Shatner turned it down, noting that his "Star Trek" tunics have commanded more than $100,000. His counteroffer was accepted.


From Ephemeranow.com:

"You'd think that this is a parody, but it's not. It's a 1946 promotional ad from the American Meat Institute. Available now as a fine-art giclee print."



At World Livestock Auctioneer Past Champions you can hear fantastic mp3s of the guys who flap their mouths with the most mesmerising celerity in the service of selling pigs and cows.



Finally, in honor of yesterday's monster posters, from
Invasion of the giant jellyfish

Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets.

One Echizen kurage can be up to 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds).

"It's a terrible problem. They're like aliens," Noriyuki Kani of the fisheries federation in Toyama, northwest of Tokyo, told Reuters ahead of the conference.

Scientists have suggested global warming might be a factor.

South Korean fishermen have been suffering similar woes, but China, where giant jellyfish are a delicacy often served dried and dressed with sesame oil, does not seem to have registered the outbreak as a major problem, Japanese officials said.

Seaside communities in Japan have tried to capitalize on the menace by developing novel jellyfish dishes from tofu to ice cream, but for some reason the recipes have failed to take off.

Participants at Thursday's conference said they had experimented with feeding the jellyfish to farmed crabs and using them as fertilizer.


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