Sunday, 27 July 2014

Entertainment stuff from the week 21-27/7/14

Hi Yankers,

Warning: this article starts sexily, gets less and less sexy it goes through, and then makes a kind of upturn towards the end, in non-contemporary stuff. Jasper, you hunk :-D

A fascinating article about a man in India who has been working to fight conservative anti-sexuality in the country:

'Ask the Sexpert: The 90-year-old sex guru'

Q: In the last semester, I failed one subject. My parents got worried and took me to an astrologer... He asked me to remove my pants… He said the ejaculate after masturbation is equal to 100ml of blood, hence my weakness. Is all of this true? Should I stop masturbating and avoid my girlfriend? I am regretting showing him my penis. Please help.
A: The astrologer is a hoax and completely ignorant of sexual matters. Masturbation is completely normal. I suggest you tell your parents you will not visit such frauds again. Not being able to hit bull's eye at academics each time, is normal. Visit your college counsellor.

There's more about astrologers in the In-other-news section...

I think it's pretty clear that Northeners' impression of Vedic culture as a never-ending sexual reverie is completely wrong.

They get the idea from having heard of the Kama Sutra - a book that is mostly not about sex, and was written by a shrivelled-up prude who'd made an oath never to do any of it himself - which misleads them into a false impression of Vedicism.

"When [Dr Suchitra Dalvie] presented her findings at a conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Beijing, the audience was fascinated by India's contradictions. They all knew about India as the "mystical land of the Kama Sutra" - the ancient Sanskrit text about the art of love and sensual pleasure - and were astonished to learn about rudimentary level of sex education or even frank discussion about sex in the country."

Around the world, weird cults have cropped up, exhibiting a generic will to control people's sexualities, commonly through denying them pleasure.

The closest you can get to a truly sexually-liberated religion, is Raëlianism; and even that comes with strings attached, and batshit baubles attached to their other ends.

'Who Are the Raelians, and Why Are They Naked?'

'Women aroused by 50 Shades of Grey trailer urged to try adult websites'

"The first teaser trailer for the film was released yesterday, to find itself shared by any woman who has ever read the book, along with comments such as ‘phwoar’ and ‘i cant wait!!!!’."

In other news:

The Honourable Member for Holland & Barrett's got himself in the News, again. He's one of those people who think they can take on reality, in a fight, and win: "I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier" Yes, he is talking about the geocentric bullshit of astrology. The constellations are arbitrary pictures, in a universe of stars that don't care how you see them from Earth; planets are never temporarily/periodically retrograde; the Sun spends more time over some arbitrary pictures than others, making equimensary horoscopes even more bullshit; and due to precession of axial tilt, all horoscopes are about a month out of whack, anyway! ...and this guy's an elected MP, in the Conservative Party of the UK.

Last week, the BBC pledged to eradicate false balance from its reporting. That means reporting science as science and superstition as superstition, and not pretending that superstitious nonsense is as valid as scientific fact. Well, guess how they've covered Tredinnick's superstitious beliefs? Yup - all the sympathy is with him. Gah.... #majorleaguefailBBC

Workers with the Insect Museum of West China have verified the largest aquatic insect in the world today, pipping the previous largest known, by 2 centimetres. The dobsonfly is common in India, China, Africa, South America, and some other parts of Asia, but is sensitive to pollution, so is used by ecologists as a metric for water cleanliness. The adults make little use of either their huge jaws or wings; the former being used only during sex, in the week when they come out into the open.

Oh, and here's that blackness story. It's so black that i didn't spot it, when i came to compile items for the blog. In the words of Nigel Tufnel, from 'This Is Spinal Tap': "It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." Blackness is defined as an opposite of whiteness - emitting little light; or reflecting a low proportion of incident light, and therefore absorbing the rest. That's how black objects of the same material warm up faster, in sunshine, than white ones. But they also lose heat faster, in the dark. This black coating of carbon nanotubes absorbs 99.96% of incidental light - now that's black! Incidentally, the Sun's quite white, in that it emits light at most of the spectrum, but black, in that it doesn't reflect light - it's a black body. The colour of the Sun, of course, is a different question... it's every colour.

Hacks have recenly churnalised a two-year-old story about caffeine in Glasgow's coffee. "Research published in the journal Food and Function found the amount of caffeine per serving of an espresso in the Scottish city ranged from 72mg to 212mg. In Parma it was 73-135mg and 97-127mg in Pamplona. It found coffee in Scotland usually used more heavily roasted beans and the serving sizes were larger." Notice the coffee-based pseudoscience in the 'Related Stories' section: "Coffee 'may prevent depression' 27 SEPTEMBER 2011, HEALTH", "Coffee 'cuts risk of male cancer' 17 MAY 2011, HEALTH", "Coffee addiction 'in your genes'  08 APRIL 2011, HEALTH" ..still waiting for the anti-false-balance spirit to kick in....

A 17-year-old Indian boy has had, what the surgeons claim to be, 232 teeth removed from a sort of benign tumour in his jaw. The hospital's dental department has forwarded the evidence to the Guinness Book of World Records for judging. The parents expressed happiness at the resolution, and also that they didn't have to pay out 40,000 Rupees for private treatment, which is the same as about 100 bags of sugar - enough to require another trip to the dentist.

Wikipedia has imposed a 10-day ban on an IP address, affecting some (but definitely not all) computers at the US House of Representatives, for "persistent disruptive editing". A notice posted on one of the anonymous entries from Congress said: "Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia... Your edits appear to constitute vandalism and have been reverted or removed." One of the changes, which was later undone, involved editing John F. Kennedy's file, to say assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted "on behalf of Fidel Castro". 'Conspiracy theorists' in the currently-Republican-Party-dominated House of Representatives? No... we need SCROTUS to sort this out, LOL

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'10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win - NEW (Ep 11)'

'"Weird Al" Yankovic - Lame Claim to Fame'

'‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, ‘First World Problems’ [VIDEO PREMIERE]'

'"Weird Al" Yankovic – Sports Song'

'Foraging seals hunt around wind farms'

'Crazy Circle Illusion!'

'FLOBER - Je t'aime'
No-one does romance like the French :-D

'Grand Theft Love: Real Craigslist Missed Connections Reenacted - {The Kloons + Taryn Southern}'


'Sex Education in India'
If you didn't read the sexpert article, you will have missed this. In fact, even if you did, you might have missed it :-P [chuckles... "double dowry"]

'Vacuum Bottle Cavitation'

'Full Bottle Bottom Blowout'

'How the 'dead water' effect can stop a ship'

'Unfinished London - Episode 3 (Part 2)'

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Word Of The Week: deliquescence -- the process by which a substance has absorbed so much moisture from the atmosphere that it is dissolving into the absorbed water and forming a solution

Book Of The Week: Charlie Chaplin's Uncle - 'Victorian railway caper in snowstorm, dirty doings on the royal train - the humorous side of murdering royalty. Book or Ebook'

Number Of The Week: 33000 -- the altitude, in feet, of flight MH17 when it was shot down by Russian Imperialists; and the number of research papers on GMOs, demonstrating them to be safe

Etymology And Expression Of The Week: peely-wally -- Scottish expression meaning 'pale, wan, insipid, colourless' (pronounced to rhyme with meal-e-rally) and deriving from the English word 'pale' which comes through latin 'pallere' (bearing the same meaning) from Proto-Indo-European 'pel-' meaning 'grey'. Where the 'wally' bit comes from, i currently have no idea!

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'Funnies #1'

'David Quantick - An Intro To Game Of Thrones (The Now Show 16th May 2014)' (my upload)

'Queen - Stone Cold Crazy (Live at the Rainbow)'

'20th Century Fox Flute (ORIGINAL)'

'Bloody cow by Phil Pope'

'Status Quid : Boring Song'

'Hee Bee Gee Bees - Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices (Live in Swedish TV)'
"The world is very very large, and butter is better than marge" :-D

''Next Time' - The World Cup Squad - S2E3 - Radio Active' (my upload)

'The HeeBeeGeeBees Story - BBC2 broadcast 19th December 1981'

Spinal Tap was done in 1984, by the way - yes, these guys came first! Actually, Spinal Tap didn't even come second, because Bad News happened in 1983 :-D

'Carrotts Commercial Breakdown'

'Carrott's Commercial Breakdown - 29/12/1989'

'Carrott's Commercial Breakdown 2 - 27/12/1991'

'Carrott's Commercial Breakdown 3 - 28/12/1993'

'Carrotts Commercial Breakdown 4 - 05/03/1996'

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Entertainment stuff from the week 14-20/7/14

Hi ghost cabinets,

In UK-centric news:

Hague, Gove, and more, are out of the UK Government. Yay!

Well, sort of -- Gove's no longer going to torture school children. He's been given the job of Party Whip - to torture blasphemous Party members!

But i expect they've been replaced with similar air-headed buffoons [mwa mwa mwa mwaaa]

Nah - that's not possible - Michael Gove got himself stuck in a toilet, on his first day!

"Labour's Angela Eagle told the House that Gove "managed to get stuck in the toilet in the wrong lobby and he nearly broke his own whip". Leader of the Commons William Hague defended his colleague, saying knowledge of Parliament's toilets was a "very important piece of information for any chief whip"."


Noteably, some lady buffoons have found their way in -- the total number of women in the Con-Dem cabinet has sky-rocketed from 3 of 22, to 5 of 22. Wowzers!!!

Further information on the changes, in the Grauniad:

Even more-less-bad news -- women can now be bishops in the Cult of England!

That means we (residents of Engla Land) can now have the joy of putting up with lady Anglican bigots, as well as male ones.

Well, i am an egalitarian, so of course i see this as good news...

But there are going to be a whole load more female religionists around.


Well, one thing feminism's taught me as that when girls don't have female role models in something they're interested in, they won't bother to go into it.

That's why female religionists don't exist in the UK.

I know so. It's a fact. It says so right ^ there.

6% of CEOs --> 50% of CEOs

5% of prisoners --> 50% of prisoners

7% of rapists --> 50% of rapists

And now there are going to be lady bishops, there're going to be loads of religious women too. Following them into all the superstitious nonsensical bigotry.

I mean really...

Is nothing sacred any more?!?!?


'Female church representatives to finally push for equal right to abuse kids'

But it's not all Anglocentric, this week. There's been some stirring news in Oz, too:

While Camoron desperately shuffles his hands ahead of the coming General Election, in a bid to be more popular, Tony Abbott is continuing his venture to lose the next Federal Election in Australia.

'Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity''

In order to increase the burden on Aussie taxpapers, he's abolished the Carbon Tax, which means as well as undermining Australia's sustainability, as a country (it will be hard hit by climatic change) its economy will become tougher for all of its residents.

Carbon/Green taxes, whatever you call them, are rare taxes, in that they actually tax entities that have the most money - in the contemporary world, that's the biggest businesses.

Repeal of the carbon tax in Oz has been committed to ease their tax bills, thereby shifting the burden of funding tax revenue to its people... its electorate.

Australians can expect:

- Greater ecological harm
- Greater economic harm
- Greater personal harm, in having to pay for it all
- Personal and national unpopularity for voting for the people who did it, in the first place

Well done, Tone :-D

'The roundup of bizarre conspiracies of MH17'

These stories are taken seriously because the world's Media are populated by rational, competent people, with a thorough understanding of how the scientific method applies to life <s>

- Was the missile meant for Putin? Sent by Obama? (No.)
- Numerology (around the number 7) means the Illuminati was involved. This is an attempt to start WW3 and the New World Order. (No.)
- This was actually the missing MH370 plane? (Ummm… NO.)
- CNN concocted it for ratings. (Well…)
- Israel wants to deflect attention from Gaza. (Desperate.)
- And to top it off, there is some weird connection made to Snowden that makes no sense whatsoever (Not that any of the above ideas did either.)

Have a few more demonstrations of their excessive excellence <s>

'Coventry hospital ghost photo is laughable'

"He who can, does; he who can not, teaches it; he who can not teach, becomes a journalist" - a corruption of George Bernard'Shaw's writings


Another anniversary for NASA - the 10th anniversary of the Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite, that has been watching the changes in our atmosphere - noteably, the concentrations of various pollutants, and of ozone, that protects us from skin cancers. Watch the video to find out more:
'NASA | Nitrogen Dioxide from Aura/OMI, 2009-2010 [HD]'

And also the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing. Here's a video, developed by stitching together pictures from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which enable us to revisit the original site, and see the Eagle Lunar Module still sitting in place:

This week, a ham in the USA celebrated the 112th anniversary of its... 'birth'. Well, obviously it didn't, but somebody did. Cured hams are typically eaten by two years old (not by two-year-olds), but some are eaten at up to 8 years. Staggeringly, the Virginia Museum ham might not be the oldest. A 122-year-old ham apparently still hangs in the window of an Oxford butcher's shop!

In other news:

Has the Beeb ditched the 'false balance' problem? Apparently, the BBC is going to train its staff not to invite cranks on to its Science programmes. I don't see how this is going to solve the problem of journalists confusing evidential substantiation with the authoritarian 'he said, she said' slagging matches that they are so habituated to! Furthermore, how are the management of the BBC expected to effectively distinguish cranks from real scientists, when they've credulously replicated propaganda from anti-vaccine superstitionists, hysterical technophobes, and climate-change deniers, in the past? To think that a systemically sensationalist industry can overcome this with a letter in the Torygraph is highly optimistic!

This can be taken as an example of the BBC's scientific illiteracy, that will be very difficult to eradicate. In 2006, the BBC did a 'documentary' about the Turkish family with Uner-Tan Syndrome, which makes it infeasible for them to walk 'upright' (bipedally) and so instead, they walk on feet and hands. The conjecture, through the 'documentary' was that this was an example of "backward evolution" despite the idea being preposterous. Evolution is simply adaptation to circumstance - it is a scalar phenomenon, and so could not be said to be going either backwards or forwards (or up a ladder or down it). Recent research has shown that their gait is simply a pragmatic adaptation to their physical disability.

WWF (the World Wildlife Fund) has told the two Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) covering the Pacific that they must halve their catches of Pacific bluefin tuna, or cause the demise of their own careers, and the species they rest on, according to reports from the International Scientific Committee (ISC). The fishing industry itself has been problematic in ensuring that this can happen, and not just in the Pacific. As i wrote this time, two years ago, short-sighted capitalism has led to industry lobbying for quota redundancy, facilitating the very overfishing that will doom their own careers!

Last week, i churnalised the story on the biggest avian dinosaur ever known - Pelagornis. This week, i bring you the feathered dinosaur with the biggest known feathers! Changyuraptor yangi, found in the Liaoning Province of northeastern China, lived 125 million years ago, measured 120cm from tip to tail, and 30cm of that was tail feather! Changyuraptor is the largest known four-winged feathered dinosaur, so-called because it had feathers on all four of its limbs.

Researchers discover boron 'buckyball'
For the first time, researchers have developed a boron equivalent of 'bucky balls' (Buckminsterfullerene - named after Richard Buckminster Fuller) that instead of forming an enclosed structure of 60 carbon atoms, forms an enclosed structure of 40 boron atoms. The molecule has been dubbed borospherene. Rather than a series of five and six-membered rings, as in 'bucky balls', borospherene consists of 48 triangles, four seven-sided rings and two six-membered rings. Several atoms stick out a bit from the others, making the surface of borospherene somewhat less smooth than a buckyball. The same researchers had previously developed a boron analogue to graphene, called borophene, giving confidence that boron and carbon's properties are similar enough to achieve this feat.

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'LE REGNE DES ENFANTS - Raphaël Descraques'
The rule of children. 13.5 glorious years!!!

'John and Kevin's Sunday Papers - July 2014'

'"Weird Al" Yankovic's TACKY (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") Official Music Video'
From the new album that came out on the 16th of July.

'Exclusive "Weird Al" Yankovic Music Video: FOIL (Parody of "Royals" by Lorde)'

'Weird Al Yankovic Sports Song'

'Weird Al Yankovic Inactive'

'Weird Al Yankovic Now That's What I Call Polka!'

'Sex organ art reveals body diversity'

'The Science of Circumcision'

Is it Genital Week, this week, or something? :-D

'"SCROTUS" by Roy Zimmerman'

'Promise me woman to woman love scenes' (my upload)

'Crazyrussianhacker Tries for a Darwin Award (RE Dry ice air conditioner)'
Incidentally, carbon dioxide in the body also triggers an innate panic response. People with damage to their amygdalae, maybe as a result of Urbach Wiethe disease, are unable to feel fear, but have been found still able to panic when inhaling 35% CO2 air mixtures!

For anyone who likes disgust humour, this is the bilogy for you :-D

'In Search of Fossil Fish'
Do you dig fish? Here's how to dig fossil fish :-P

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Word Of The Week: olfactorithmetic -- an intuitive number sense, as defined in New Scientist Issue 2948 "We define it as the ability to glance at a document and announce "This number smells wrong". It is not necessarily correlated with the ability to show workings as to why it's wrong. Those who have cultivated olfactorithmetic abilities may need to ask a colleague to calculate, but often the numbers their noses identify turn out to stink."

Etymology Of The Week: awkward -- from 14th C Norse, meaning 'in the wrong direction'; with 'awk' meaning 'back-handed'; and 'ward' implying a direction, as in 'forward' and 'backward'. The meaning of 'clumsy' developed around the 1520s

Quote Of The Week: "I was the only person who liked Germany 20 years ago" - Philip Hensher, in The Independent

Fact Of The Week: 6mm -- the distance pitch has fallen in the last 100 years, in the Aberystwyth pitch-drop experiment. In a similar experiment in Queensland, Australia, pitch has broken off just nine times since 1930

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'Food to Scale 1:12'

'Television Adverts from April 1994'
How much have adverts changed in the last 20 years?
Well the coffee one's almost exactly the same; the fast food ones too; 'women's' things still use fake anecdotes, and pads ads haven't changed at all; cat food's exactly the same; car ads don't employ women as much; cereals still don't make any sense; Sainsbury's ads are unrecognisable; Post Office ads have gone corporate; charity ads are far more melodramatic and staged; Heineken's advertised by someone who can actually speak - Stephen Fry!; Hotpoint don't/can't bother; petrol companies advertise fuel efficiency instead of wear-and-tear prevention; British Gas greenwashes rather than advertises empowerment. So now you know :-P

'Outtake TV - Weakest Link Special - Part 2'

'Outtake TV - Weakest Link Special - Part 3'

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Entertainment stuff from the week 7-13/7/14

Hi fanatical monkey obsessionists,

The Infinite Monkey Cage is back!

'TIMC: Numbers Numbers Everywhere 07 July 14'

'Eric Idle performs new theme song for The Infinite Monkey Cage'

I think Weird Al's up to something, LOL:

'Transmission #1'

'Transmission #2'

'Transmission #3'

'Transmission #4'

Some new sounds seem to be coming, on the 15th of July :0)

Contention of the week:

Are fans fans when they're so fanatical that other fans disown them as ever being actual fans in the first place?

'Kermode Uncut: Stealing Scripts'

Apparently, someone's leaked a script to an up-and-coming episode of Doctor Who. "Do these people count as 'proper' fans?", Mark Kermode asks.

I sense the 'No True Scotsman Fallacy'!

'No True Scotsman'

I think these people are fans. I think they just express their fanatacism in a more hands-on way than other fans - but that doesn't mean they're not fans at all.

It is not part of the definition of a fan that "2. A true fan waits until broadcast date to find out the content of the programme" or "3. A true fan never purloins a script to read it and/or share it around, before broadcasting"

The only definition of a fan is "1. A fan is someone with fanatical enthusiasm for someone/something"

If they don't have the emotional self-control to 'keep it in' until broadcast date, then that's an unfortunate cost to them. The best everyone else can do is to make it clear that they do not have mutual intent.

Will contemporary generations die younger than their parents' due to the trend of increasing obesity?

'Will today's children die earlier than their parents?'

According to More Or Less' explanation, last week, no:

'MoreOrLess: Will we die before our parents? 04 Jul 14'

Obesity might be rising, but healthcare is scheduled to improve too. Which means people aren't dying of obesity, the way they have before.

Instead, and maybe worse, they're living on to suffer the effects of obesity for longer than they were before - noteably vascular dementia, which is expected to become humanity's number one burden as the 21st century proceeds.

Alzheimer's Disease is an actual disease that can be cured, but dementia from vascular effects is not, and that is what threatens modern generations' old-age mental health.

And that is why i get pissy about the completely-useless addition of sugars to food, to encourage people to overeat.

It's not about the aesthetics of personal beauty - it's about long-term effects on health, and ultimately, the manner in which we 'check out' of Life.


The 50th anniversary of the NASA Deep Space Network. Here's a 78-minute video lecture about it, which is worth a watch, if you have the time:

The 100th anniversary of teletext:

The 9th of July is 'No Bra Day'. I think it might have originated in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness, but for Northispherians, any excuse to take clothes off during the summer heat must be enough :-D Note that the website's reached its usage limit for the month :-D

The 11th of July is the 'International Day Against Stoning' - a pseudo-justicial mechanism of bloodthirsty revenge that is commonly employed in Islamic communities. There are more details on Maryam Namazie's website.

In other news:

In what could be the biggest strike since 1926 (in the UK) teachers, firefighters and librarians have taken part in a mass walkout, protesting pensions and employment cuts (firing people unnecessarily to 'cut costs'). The class supremacist, Tory leader, and Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the strikes, suggesting that doing so should be made illegal, so that people can't protest his dodgy policy choices. Sounds familiar #thatcher. The Media have joined the Conservative condemnation of teachers, despite the fact that no students will be affected - they're all on summer vacation!

The UK State has extended its hysterical prohibitions (for the sake of 'national security') by banning uncharged electrical equipment on aeroplanes. Why uncharged? Because if something doesn't turn on, that means it might have a bomb in it, in place of the battery... or something. Despite the fact that it doesn't, necessarily. Plus, if you leave your camera, for example, uncharged, they'll take it away from you: bad news if you want to blow up a plane; good news if you want to blow up an airport. But then they'll post it 'home' to you: good news if you want to blow up anywhere in the UK, but don't want to pay for postage! Cheaper airlines won't be bothering with these measures at all, anyway.

Burma (Myanmar) has banned the wearing of tattoos of the country's outline, but only below the waist, through superstitious belief that it somehow denigrates the country. Burma contemporarily suffers from horrendous Religious Nationalism - this is a more flippant example of bigotry in the country, where Buddhists are forbidden from marrying non-Buddhists, unless they convert to Buddhism beforehand. Why would a tattoo being below the waist make any difference? No reason. Theirs is currently a highly superstitious culture.

A fossil of the largest known bird of all time - Pelagornis sandersi - has been discovered in South Carolina. It was twice the size of the largest modern-day bird, at 6-7.5 metres from wingtip to wingtip. Also fascinating about it, is that its immaculately preserved skull showed pseudoteeth, which are made of bone, jutting from the jaw, rather than enamel and dentine. The last of these kinds of birds died out 3 million years ago; and this specimen was found to be from 25 million years ago - long after flying reptiles roamed the skies. In comparison, the largest known flying reptile - Quetzalcoatlus - measured to an estimated 11m wingspan.

Germany's 7-1 World Cup victory over Brazil was bad news for the landlord of the Roisin Dubh pub in Galway, Ireland, where beers from both countries were selected for an offer in which prices were cut by 50 eurocents for each goal scored. The German brew Erdinger and Brazilian beverage Brahma were on sale for 4 euros at the start of the game, with price reductions for each goal by the respective national team. For the last 11 minutes of the match Erdinger cost just 50 cents.

Humans might have worn trousers as far back as 4000 years ago, but Archaeopteryx was wearing feathery trousers 150 million years ago! This bolsters the current scientific perception that feathers were evolved for display, before becoming viable for gliding/flight, as such leg trousers would have served only a sexual function. At ~4 centimetres long, and being symmetrical, they would not have worked well for catching air, but could easily have been lined with pigment, as with modern birds, for display.

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'Mark Thomas | Carpool'
Carpool is to return! Yay. Note to the more taboo-pandering readers: there will be a few dropped fuck-'w's in this video :-P

'Airshow visitors given close view of plane'
They should have had a sign saying "Low flying aircraft. Please remove your hat"

'The Magical Match'

'ScienceCasts: A Summer of Super Moons'

'Birds Got Swing: A Musical Experiment'

'Little mite suffers from biro aversion'

'Where does Cellulite come from? - A Week in Science'

'GermanTasteTest 4'
This week, Tam gets her lips around a big German gherkin :-D

'Mark Kermode reviews Transformers: Age of Extinction (again).'


'How Virals On Web Mocked Who?' (my upload)

'Luis Suarez’s Barcelona contract to include three chewable Catalans a week'

'Teachers being on strike is brilliant, insists 8 year-old sat in front of Xbox'

“I don’t care if it takes me until the summer holidays start, I will sit here and do it. For them.”

'Robin Thicke knows he wants it, confirms Robin Thicke'

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Word Of The Week: prestidigitation -- the performance of skills that involve the hands, especially 'magic' tricks that involve sleight of hand

Etymology Of The Week: croupier -- someone who clears winnings from a gambling table; from french for the person who rides on the 'croup' the rump of a horse, thereby riding second

Quote Of The Week: "Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better" - att. Sam Beckett, and the tattoo on Stan Wawrinka's left forearm

Fact Of The Week: There are currently 11 known classical states of matter (not including hypothetical states) which are: Bose-Einstein Condensate, Fermionic Condensate, Superfluid, Rydberg Molecule, Photonic Matter, Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Degenerate Matter, Quark-Gluon Plasma

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'Mongolian incredible version "I Want to break free"'

'BAD NEWS on Wogan'I should have posted this sooner. RIP Rik Mayall

'Cat Cat'
Feline pareidolia :-D

'Earth Cake'

'Tornado in the Making'

Dirty Brit-Com Confessions

The dirtybritcomconfessions website exhibits comedy fans' fantasies, involving their favourite comedians. They get quite dirty. And some don't. I don't know which are funnier :-D

They're listed in no particular order of reverse chronology :-P

(Please note that we have no idea of knowing whether these are written by men or women... :-P )

Stephen Fry

David Walliams

Ed Byrne and Dara O'Briain

Alexander Armstrong

Ben Willbond

Mark Watson

Jeremy Hardy

David Baddiel

Robin Ince

I'm noticing a pattern: the most docile, benign people attract the most overenthusiastic fantasies... :-D

John Finnemore

David Mitchell

Richard Herring
{The man who brought all this to my attention}

Henning Wehn

Adam Hills

Tim McInnerny

Laurence Rickard

Sue Perkins
{Music directors!? Must be something to do with commanding strokes :-D }

Mark Gatiss

Jon Richardson

Frankie Boyle

Tim Minchin

Robert Llewellyn

Greg Davies
{But trees can't climb!?}

Nina Conti

Jack Dee
{This really doesn't sound like a compliment}

Jessica Knappett

Monty Python

Paul Merton

The Goodies

Robert Webb

Michelle Gomez

Roger Allam

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost

Anna Chancellor

Craig Charles

Brian Cox

Josie Long


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Entertainment stuff from the week 30/6 - 6/7/14

Hi wormers,

The 61st series of ISIHAC is here!!!

'Series 61, Episode 1'

In case you don't know what you'll be missing out on:

'Graeme Garden on ISIHAC - Killing Me Softly With His Song, to the tune of The Can Can' (my upload)

'Graeme Garden et al on ISIHAC - I'm Too Sexy to the tune of Frère Jacques' (my upload)

All i can say, after episode 1, is this:

Susan Calman is awesome! <3

If you have some time pass, i'd like to adjust it slightly, with this article about Hinglish...

'English explodes in India - and it's not just Hinglish'

"In 1886 Henry Yule and Arthur Burnell published Hobson-Jobson, a guide to words from Indian languages that had passed into English. You can search through it for references to the origins of words such as "shampoo" and "bungalow". But now many Indian citizens are using English words in the course of talking Hindi - or Tamil, or Bengali etcetera."

I wonder whether they do wing-free underpants, LOL

Words to have come from India to English include 'kedgeree', 'pyjamas' and 'shampoo'; all of which are useful. Except, in place of the last one, i make do with the real thing :-P


Saturday the 28th of June marked the 35th annual World Worm Charming Championships, held in Nantwich, Cheshire, UK.

"Participants in the 144 3x3m plots had half an hour to collect as many worms as possible, using a variety of techniques such as vibrating a garden fork, singing and playing a musical instrument."

-- The Bowdens, from Tarleton, near Preston, were declared champions, having teased out an amazing 394 worms.
-- The Chief Wormer’s trophy, for youngest wormer, with 64 worms, was won by 29-day-old Arwyn Davies
-- The most Promising Newcomer award with 184 worms was won by Lucas and Melvyn Mostran.
-- And the Heaviest Worm trophy was won by Liam and Patrick Martin with a 5.84g worm.

The 4th of July marked the 2nd anniversary of CERN's announcement of the discovery of the Higgs Boson, at 126.5 GeV mass.

Two years on, and further evidence shows the Higgs Boson, rather disappointingly, to be exactly what it was expected to be.

Why disappointingly? Because if the Higgs Boson - the manifestation of the Higgs Field, that interaction with gives certain particles mass - is all it's expected to be, then that's the end of a metaphorical line. There'll be nothing more to discover.

That's why, two years ago, Physicists had their fingers crossed, hoping they would turn out to be wrong :-D

'Higgs Boson is Exactly What I Hoped it Wasn't'

Incidentally, the Higgs Field does not supply all of the mass in massful things - only up to 20% of it. The rest of that mass (including the mass of you or me) is provided by Relativistic effects, as massful particles interact with the gluon field that surrounds them.

So no gluons, and we'd all be much lighter; but no Higgs, and we'd have no mass at all.

'Your Mass is NOT From the Higgs Boson'

'Fantastic purple siphonophore – It’s like weirdo, man'

Siphonophores are a bit like jellyfish - not jellyfish, but related to them - and are actually colonies of separable 'floaters'. They are animal eukaryotes, and the most famous of their kind is the Portuguese Man-Of-War, which can grow much larger than this 20cm example.

What's so striking about this one, is to see its colour - purple is uncommon for deep sea organisms because red light is heavily attenuated, meaning red-coloured organisms are essentially invisible to predators. Why would this one be purple? Who knows. This kind of organism is so rarely seen.

Follow the link to see the video, shot by the crew of the Nautilus deep sea exploration team.

In other news:

A USAian exchange student has had to be rescued by firefighters, having got stuck inside a giant concrete vagina sculpture, on the Tuebingen Microbiology Institute campus, in Germany. That's a long way to go for vajay! Tuebingen fire service official Markus Mozer said the young man slipped as he tried to climb in, to pose for a photo, but did no damage to it.

A couple of engineers from the USA have converted a 1969 Cadillac into... the world's fastest hot tub! Named 'Carpool DeVille' it actually works as a hot tub, and apparently has a top speed of 100mph. You can see pictures of every stage of its conversion, at the link:

El Vendrell, a small town of 36,000 people in northeastern Spain, has installed a canine toilet, including a urinal and a drinking fountain, in the hope that it will decrease the costs of clearing up after messy/incompetent dog owners. The problem has previously been met with fines of up to €750; but in Madrid and Barcelona, they apparently reach €1,500, for finding doggy crap. There's a picture at the link... of the toilet, i mean, not the crap :-P

More theist pareidolia! A man has 'seen' Jesus, holding a lamb, in the side of an apple: "A priest at a local Albuquerque church has blessed and anointed the apple and [] neighbours have been coming to see it."

"How long could you be left alone with your thoughts? 10 seconds? A minute? Well, according to a new study published in the journal Science, people really don't like to be left alone with nothing to do other than think. In fact, when participants of this study were given the choice of thinking for up to 15 minutes or giving themselves a painful electric shock, 67% of men and a quarter of women would rather electrocute themselves."
I'd rather electrocute myself than have nothing to do, but then mulling over subjects is something that i can and do do, so... i'm usually happy doing that.

The UK's Chancellor, George Osborne - that's the guy who does the numbers of the economy - has refused to answer the question "What's seven times eight?". The seven-year-old was instead answered with the reply "I've made it a rule in life not to answer" LOL.

A giant salamander - Andrias japonicus - has been spotted on the banks of Kyoto's Kamagawa river. Usually, they're very shy, living in the depths of rivers; but at 1.5m long, they're quite obvious, in the light of day. They're currently a protected species, partly because people have seen them only as a waddling stock of stew meat!

------------------------------------------------------ contemporary stuff

'Why do ice cubes crack in drinks? (SLOW MOTION)'

'What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!'

'Robot makes an ice cream when you talk to it'
Do you like your ice-cream, Dave? :-D

'Baking Bad... The Science of Cake - A Week in Science'
Always on the trail of the lonesome pun, LOL

'How Far Can Legolas See?'


'Top 10 Party Tricks for 2014 - YouTube Mega-Collaboration'

'Switching Bodies - Episode 1 {The Kloons}'

'Switching Bodies - Episode 2 {The Kloons}'

'Rafael Nadal's #WIMBJUGGLEDON - Wimbledon 2014
This is so difficult to do! "Once i did more than 100" LOL

'SIGNS OF THE TIME | The Checkout | ABC1'

'9GAG and the AIDS Cure'

Wow! Patent offices somewhere let all of those past! :-D

From the 'Fasten Seatbelts' show, by Aleksey Igudesman - one half of Igudesman & Joo:

'Salsa De La Luna by Aleksey Igudesman'

'Rumba De Mumbai by Aleksey Igudesman'

------------------------------------------------------ of the weeks

Word Of The Week: prandial --  relating to dinner or lunch, or the period during dinner or lunch

Etymology Of The Week: pulverize -- through latin pulverizare meaning 'reduce to poweder or dust' with common etymology to 'pollen' meaning 'dust'/'powder', from the 15th century CE

Film Of The Week: 'Sex Lives Of The Potato Men' which topped critics' list of worst british movies ever made. It was surpassed, in this role, by 'Keith Lemon: The Film' in autumn, last year.

Quote Of The Week: "The desire, or the need for, the death of better men is probably the special property of two groups — the chronically inferior and the incurably insecure." — London Review of Books, 1992

------------------------------------------------------ non-contemporary stuff

'Stewart Lee Anti Islamic Stand Up'
Not quite Richard Herring though, is he :-D

'Tennis Players + Rage'

'Angry Penis Pasta'

'Entertaimentwise ain't so wise'
{Jack Whitehall's the guy in the back of shot, LMAO}

'Things you can say to...'

'See whatever you want to see'

'Zombies vs. supermodels'

'The Power of Persil'

'Magic Fest has started!'

'Dildos > Guns'