Sunday, April 30, 2006

Amazing weather pictures

Via look at this. Some of these extreme weather photos (mostly lightning) are breathtaking.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Titanic: the sequel

Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday movie

To complete the Star Wars trilogy: Return of the Jedi.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Nice domain names

Easily mistread domain names. Some of these must be viral marketing, but a few of them are great, like the Mole Station Plant Nursery at

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Casu marzu cheese sounds delicious:

Casu marzu (also called casu modde or formaggio marcio) is a cheese found in Sardinia, Italy, notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Casu marzu is Sardinian for "rotten cheese".

This fascinating (but disgusting) wikipedia article on casu marzu tells you more. Via look at this.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bargain of the century

This is a genuine offer in the B&Q spring sale:

Yes, that is the massive 0.13% saving that you think it is:

EDIT: Niall decided to email B & Q, and got this response:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thanks for pointing this out. I agree this is indeed an unbeatable offer!

I have spoken to our pricing department who will be speaking to the
website team to resolve this huge 2p saving.

Thanks again for this and trust me that this saving does not reflect
that state of our summer sale as a whole!


Jim Gamble
Customer Service Team
t: 0845 609 66885

Nice one, Niall.

Geography of Ghostbusters

Following on from the geography of Seinfeld, here is an interactive map of the Ghostbusters locations. Ghostbusters HQ is still a real fire station. Via look at this.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Badger horror!

Thanks for this Simon.

Not only is the story about a terrified badger in Fraserburgh excellent in itself, it also contains some excellent pieces of journalistic disdain/mickey taking:

Experts do not believe it would have wandered through the town and harbour area on its own and suspect foul play.


Anyone found guilty of crimes against badgers can face a fine of thousands of pounds and a prison sentence.

"Crimes against badgers". Is there a special badger-crimes tribunal at the Hague?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bruce Willis advert from Japan

I bet he hoped that this would stay quiet...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Friday movie

This time it's The Empire Strikes Back.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Movie timeline

Squirrel football

Last night was the first time that I can recall a squirrel featuring prominently in a football match. At least one minute of the ninety was dedicated to footage of the cheeky chap (pictured above) running around the Highbury pitch. The events were serious enough to make it into the BBC clockwatch commentary:

2006: The action gets back under way and Fredrik Ljungberg's pace takes him into the box, but the angle is too tight and he can only fire into the sidenetting.

2003: The referee Konrad Plautz has had enough of the squirrel and stops the game. He goes after it and looks set to give a yellow card for time wasting, but cannot catch the cheeky little fella who eventually leaves the field (probably for an early bath).

1959: The squirrel is clearly not happy with the attention Thierry Henry is getting as it makes a return to the pitch.

1957: Thierry Henry has the ball in the back of net but it is chalked off for offside. Video replays show that it was an incorrect decision, but the space Arsenal are getting in the final third is encouraging for the Gunners.

1956: A call of nature at Highbury as a squirrel appears on the pitch before wandering off into the stands.

1955: More success from another corner, this time it is Philippe Senderos who is given a free header but his effort is well over the bar.

Arsenal bosses have vowed to step up squirrel-proofing efforts in the new £357 million Emirates stadium.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Or, alternatively, drunken Americans kill people as a birthday treat for themselves. Sadly not unbelievable.

Amazing octopus video

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Gosh darn it

A list of swear-words, ranked by how offensive they are perceived to be. "Paki" is thought to be "very severe" by 34%, but "not swearing" by 24%. 20% of people think that the word "Jew" is a "very severe" swear-word.

That's two swearing-related posts in a row. What a rebel I am!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Great IMDB profiles

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Nice way to quit part 2

Friday, April 14, 2006

Off with my head

I've always quite fancied (if I had the choice) dying by decapitation. It would be fascinating to know how long you are canscious for before your brain shuts down. This article has some good anecdotes: imagine being able to pull a face after your head has been lopped off...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Do you like meat? Then you'll love Argentina...

An interesting article on Argentinian eating habits entitled Argentina on two steaks a day. When you order steak that's what you get. No frivolity such as chips or salad, which would detract from the meat. From kottke.

Monday, April 10, 2006

What is the most godless country?

Sweden, apparently. This list indicates that up to 85% of Swedes are nonbelievers. Via look at this.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Stop-motion Kung-fu

Friday, April 07, 2006


I can't beleive that I have not posted this yet. Kenya is one of my favourite ever things on the internet. Turn your speakers up loud and get the tune stuck in your head all day. From the people who brought you the great

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Snakes On A Plane update

Under 6 months until we can see Snakes on a Plane. Here's some more information:

A post from a screenwriter who chose not to be involved in the film, but found a whole new way of life.

Photo gallery.

Snakes on a plane. Snakes. On. A. Plane.

Pictionary 2006

Flickr is one of the best sites on the Internet. I've only been using it a month or so, but love it already. Here's a nice use of Flickr: you draw a doodle in the box, and retrievr finds photos on flickr that look broadly like it. Quite fun, as long as you don't expect to get exactly what you draw. From kottke.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Professor Dog?

Some interesting stats about the rising intellegence of dogs. If you read the whole article, you will see that this website is a pretty neat idea.

Good plant, bad plant

This is an interesting site. There has been plenty of talk of plants thriving when being talked to, and people even say that plants have emotions and can read your mind. But what if you talk nicely to your plant? Ot nastily? This guy has 3 plants: 1 control, 1 "good" plant, and 1 "bad" plant. Users phone a number and leave either a nasty or nice voicemail, which is played to the appropriate plant. The experiment is ongoing, but looks interesting so far...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lord Lucan did it...

This excellent article from "Popular Mechanics" thoroughly debunks the majority of the conspiracy theories that surround September 11, 2001. Some of the conspiro-mentals should be pinned down and Occam's razor tatooed on their forehead.


Via look at this: a rather groovy collection of the exclamation graphics from the fights in the Batman TV series. Zammm!!!

Monday, April 03, 2006


There was a rainbow on Saturday. I took some pictures. Here they are. Insert poetic commentary on rainbows here.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Missing glass

This is a video taken after the glass was removed from a busy door. Watch as people keep falling through. From b3ta.