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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Infographic - Easter Eggs: Hidden Gems Of The Internet

The other kind of Easter Egg -  an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday links

Gallery: Pizza in the Wild

The other Captain America movie - this 1973 Turkish version in which he teams up with a Mexican wrestler and fights evil Spiderman.

Vintage creepy Easter Bunny Photosvideos of violence done against marshmallow peeps, including peeps vs. .50 Caliber Rifle, Parts 1 and 2, and 16 Delicious Facts About Marshmallow Peeps.

This photoessay wins my vote for blog post of the week: Victorian Prudes and their Bizarre Beachside Bathing Machines.

Excellent Rube-Goldberg-esque engineering: the ultimate wine bottle opener and pourer.

Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include dissecting the timeline of Paul Revere’s ride, the McDonald's Monopoly Fraud, and a gallery of extremely happy animals.

Videos of violence against marshmallow peeps, including peeps vs. .50 Caliber Rifle Parts 1 and 2

Peeps vs. .50 Caliber Rifle Part 1, from last year:

Part 2:

10 Ways to Kill Marshmallow Peeps (Microwave Included!):

Peeps in a vacuum chamber:

The other Captain America movie - this 1973 Turkish version in which he teams up with a Mexican wrestler and fights evil Spiderman

It's called 3 Dev Adam, which, apparently, means 3 Giant (or Mighty) Men; an alternative title is Captain America and Santo vs. Spider-Man. SpiderMan, whose bushy eyebrows pop through the eye-holes of his mask, is on a crime spree: he steals golden statues, attacks strippers in strip clubs, and murders people with shower nozzles, speedboat motors, and guinea pigs.

Naturally, the legendary super-hero team of Captain America and El Santo (a Mexican wrestler and folk icon, per Wikipedia) are called in to take care of business. According to the Amazon listing, "Istanbul is being terrorized by a crime wave led by Spiderman and the police call in American superhero Captain America and Mexican wrestler Santo to put a stop to it."

If you don't have time to watch the whole clip (it's only 4 minutes), start at 2:10 to see the evil Spiderman torture some guy with a guinea pig.  Captain America shows up at 2:58.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As Earth Day approaches (April 22), let's remember the co-founder who killed then composted his girlfriend

Nicknamed the Unicorn Killer because his last name means "one horn" in German, Ira Einhorn (wiki) jumped bail and evaded arrest for 23 years, but eventually the "she went to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned" story fell apart.

Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the "composted" body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.

When his girlfriend of five years, Helen "Holly" Maddux, moved to New York and broke up with him, Einhorn threatened that he would throw her left-behind personal belongings onto the street if she didn't come back to pick them up.

And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.

It wasn't until 18 months later that investigators searched Einhorn's apartment after one of his neighbors complained that a reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn's bedroom closet. Inside the closet, police found Maddux's beaten and partially mummified body stuffed into a trunk that had also been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers.

After his arrest, Einhorn jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities by hiding out in Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and France. After 23 years, he was finally extradited to the United States from France and put on trial. Taking the stand in his own defense, Einhorn claimed that his ex-girlfriend had been killed by CIA agents who framed him for the crime because he knew too much about the agency's paranormal military research. He was convicted of murdering Maddux and is currently serving a life sentence.

Understandably, Earth Day's organizers have distanced themselves from his name, citing Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist and former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who died in 2005, as Earth Day's official founder and organizer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in the spring of 1970 as a way to bring national awareness to the fact that, at the time, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms in place to protect the environment. About 20 million participants at various Earth Day events across the U.S. made Earth Day a success, and in December of 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues — the EPA.

More at NBC and Reason

I finally located video of the Gilda Radner/Emily Litella skit on saving Soviet Jewry - seems apropos today

From Saturday Night Live, back when it was funny:

EMILY LITELLA: What’s all this FUSS I hear… about saving Soviet jewelry? Now… what makes Soviet jewelry so special? Will it be worth more in a few years? Why… prices what they are today… ALL jewelry will be worth more! now, if I recall correctly, Mrs. Kruschev didn’t wear very much jewelry… and her husband, the Premier, didn’t even wear a watch! Not the mickey mouse watch, anyway. Why, they wouldn’t even let him into Disney Land! And now he’s DEAD!! Well, I’m infuriated! 

Save Soviet jewelry?! Where are we going to put it? I say keep it over THERE, with all their ballet dancers! Let them keep their own jewelry AND their own ballet dancers! As a matter of fact, why don’t get the ballet dancers to save the jewelry?! Americans have more important things to save! And electricity! And what about our fuel? Now, THAT’S important! Not jewelry! 

CHEVY: Miss Litella. Miss Litella.


CHEVY: It’s Jewry. Jewry. Not jewelry.


CHEVY: Soviet Jewry. The editorial was about Jewry, not jewelry.

EMILY LITELLA: Oh! Well, that’s very important.


EMILY LITELLA: *smiling* Never mind!

Previous post: Happy Purim: SNL skit where Gilda Radner explains that she saves up all of her orgasms for this day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Excellent engineering: the ultimate wine bottle opener and pourer

This video is from 2011, but I've never seen it. This is my go to wine opener, but if someone wants to build one of the contraptions in the video and give it to me, I'll be happy to switch.

Via Geekpress.

Tuesday links

The McDonalds Monopoly Fraud: from 1995 to 2001, there was only one real winner - Uncle Jerry.

Tax day quotes, songs, links and adviceDave Barry on preparing your own taxes, how to file an online extension, and the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles "Taxman".

Dissecting the Timeline of Paul Revere’s Ride.

Remember these excellent Easter cards from The Onion?

If the speed limit were really “enforced by radar” like the signs say, the strength of the necessary signal “would also destroy the offender, car, police officer, road, and all other traffic for miles around”.

Gallery: The 30 Happiest Animals In The World.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, including early bands of (later) rock stars, handheld jet engines, and the tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

Tax day quotes, songs, links and advice, filing an extension, and the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles "Taxman"

Via Reason: Happy (Tax Day Edition) (lyrics here):

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. 
~George Bernard Shaw

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
~James Madison

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.
~John S. Coleman

Here's the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles "Taxman" - words below (actual song starts at ~2:38):

Let me tell you how it will be:
There's one for you, nineteen for me,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

Should five percent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet. 

Don't ask me what I want it for,
If you don't want to pay some more,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman. 

Now my advice for you who die:
Declare the pennies on your eyes,
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman,
And you're working for no one but me. 
~The Beatles (George Harrison) ("The Taxman") 

Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.
~Benjamin Tucker

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
~Winston Churchill

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
~Calvin Coolidge

It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.
~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.
~Thomas Paine

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin. 

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. 
~Edmund Burke 

Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list - the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation. 
~Karl Marx 

Dave Barry on preparing your own taxes: Pray For an Asteroid.

How to Pay No Taxes - advice from Business Week from 2011: Eleven shelters, dodges, and rolls—all perfectly legal—used by America's wealthiest people.

Tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

The first modern income tax was levied in Britain between 1799 and 1816 to fund the Napoleonic wars, but it did not become permanent until 1874. Similarly the United States adopted a like measure during the Civil War, but it was not institutionalized until the ratification of the 16th amendment to the Constitution in 1913.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter cards from The Onion

From The Onion, circa 2000, but no longer available there. If anyone has better pictures, or more, please leave the information in the comments.

They do still have this available: