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So summer finally decided to show up in Wisconsin.  For those who know me this is not good news.  I hate feeling hot, my body hates being hot and sweat rolls off my head like I am in a shower.  All of that to say that I hope summer is short this year.  Well, that is my introduction to this post so let’s move on to the links.  Mind you, these are just a collection of things I found funny, clever, or interesting.

I have no idea if the World Cup is still going and really don’t care.  But apparently everyone is contractually required to do a post about it.  So here is mine.  Mind you it actually is cool.  Make sure you hover your mouse pointer over the 1930 T-Model image, you will thank me later.  Actually do it for all of the balls.

I don’t know why, but I just like this picture.  Mind you I would be tempted to kill our dog if he did this.

I don’t have a sliding glass door or I would so do this to my grandson.  And speaking of grandchildren I thought this kid was not real bright but then I watched my oldest granddaughter vaguely eat her frozen custard last night.  Since I know she is brilliant I am forced to change my position.

I found this to be a real good read on something I had never thought about.  Do you know why one fish’s flesh is orange and another fish’s flesh is blue?  No?  I didn’t think so, which is why Miscellaneous Monday exists.

There is some seriously good footwork in this gif but no matter how many times I watch it I always end up thinking about the disparity in their height.  The dude looks like a 12 year old.

This is just a small quote from this article which will then compel you to read it. ” When I tripped, I reached reflexively to break my very real fall with my completely imaginary left hand. My fall was instead broken by my nose, and my nose was broken by my fall.”

I would want my money back…seriously.  And this guy should not be allowed to buy things until he understands how they are to be used.

So yesterday I was telling my son-in-law about a guy who had a pot-bellied pig for a pet.  That is the only reason I am posting this picture.  Oh, and then we watched watched what we think were two little bats flitting around in the back

I saw this a month or so ago and forgot about it. Apparently babushkas in Russia are still learning how technology works.   I think it is hilarious but I really want to know how it ended.  Regardless she has a good friend to help her.

Here is a great gif of Shanghai.  Apparently it is two pictures 20 years apart from each other.  Wow.

What do you do if you are stuck in an airport overnight?  Check out what this guy did, brilliant!

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

Miscellaneous Monday

Well I am back but probably only for this week and then off line for a week or so.  After that I think I can have a more extended stay on the blog.  Right now all I know is that it is Monday, I have to pick my wife up soon from the airport and that I have a lot of material to give you all.  Hope you can wade through it all with interest or at least a chuckle.

This is how I felt this morning.

In many ways I really like cats, but only if they can go outside so that they can, you know, “go” outside.  Regardless I think screwing around with cats is the most fun so here are a couple of cats vs lasers gifs.  Tigers are cats, just big ones.  And this one is clearly done by the man of the house and probably was smacked on the head when he did it.

The face says it all. Imagine the discussion after the game.

I enjoyed this photo essay from The Atlantic.  I am a 60’s child.  Screwed up time in many ways and helped set into motion so much of what we see today.  What I found interesting myself was the choice of the pictures by the editor.  I enjoyed asking myself, “why that one?”

I mean honestly, is this really the correct way to test out a bicycles seat?

Required watching for all news agencies.

A little dated but a great article on a virus killing cancer.

This is just neat.  What stands out is how no one seems to notice, obviously they visit this beach often.

You’ll know it when you see it.  This one too, though someone helps us out.

You are getting old.

I end with this poor guy who is realizing he made a bad, bad error in judgment.

I post this because it is a good read and also because I gave my Brazilian translator an utterly blank look when he was helping me pronounce something in Portuguese.  His words, “No, no, it is a schwa.”  My words, “Mmmmm, O K…..”

This is a crazy tornado video.  As you might imagine there is some language going on in it.  These guys are something else.

I am sure there was some serious thinking going on here but I really don’t know what it would be.

I get shivers every time I watch this.  Watch out the lady in the blue is fully committed and the dude in the white dress shirt clearly maintains an escape plan.

Happy dog who becomes sad dog.



Miscellaneous Monday

A bit busy for the next few weeks but I did find some time to push out at least a few things of interest.

First, I hurt for this guy.

Strangely enough I am open to trying this

I cannot call myself a golfer.  I go to a golf course and I mangle the course and find extra balls, but  I do not golf.  However, even I can truly appreciate this shot.

I remember this menu and I still prefer it over the new choices.  But that is just me.  Circa 1972.

I really enjoyed this but then I must admit I can’t stand the bikes and skaters taking over parks and trashing railings and benches for their own pleasure.

Interesting read about a huge dinosaur bone found. Drives home yet again how little we really know about this world we live in and what went on before us

As a baker, gluten was an important component to good baking.  Now there is a huge move against it and many people wonder why.  Watch this video and you may wonder even more.  And understand that I am not interested in creating a debate or an uproar.  I just thought this was a helpful little video.

And with that in mind, I really liked this sign.

Though I have no respect for the man, Donald Sterling’s possible court battle to keep the Clippers could be very enlightening regarding the overt hypocrisy that occurs in that world every day. What you really see in the whole thing is how the love of money truly is the source of much evil.

Miscellaneous Monday

Today’s post is a bit heavy on the reading side so if you are limited regarding time pick wisely.  I recommend the one on being a butler but the Samsung vs Apple is a good read as well.  Frankly I enjoyed all of them for different reasons.  Regardless, welcome to Monday.

In this photo essay you get a glimpse into the many lunch meals for school children around the world.  Many pictured look extremely appetizing.

I have a dog named Bear.  A good dog and a wonderful watchdog.  But he sucks at catching food that you toss at him.  We cheer every time he manages to actually accomplish the task.  However, I have no idea how to take videos and make them into gifs so this guy’s dog will have to do instead.

As already mentioned, this is a fascinating glimpse into a world most will never know.  Not sure I would like to know it either.

No idea if this guy meant to jump over an island but that is just what he did, with style.

Why no one need fear the Zombie Apocalypse.  Ever.  My apologies to the weird guy in our neighborhood with a Zombie-Mobile.

Details of the massive war between to tech giants.  Samsung vs Apple.

This  is an article but really I just looked at the picture, so this is technically just an image link….unless you read it.  Just a Formula 1 steering wheel.

Thus ends another Monday post.



Miscellaneous Monday

Interesting quick read on the state of piracy today.  Somalia is one messed up country.

One question, “Why?” And I consider setting a world record as being insufficient, so there.

Always worried about skateboard gifs because I fear I will see a bone soon.  But this was fun.

People have way too much time on their hands to be able to notice something like this.  Having just written that I now want to go back and watch some of these and look for it myself.

I had to laugh at this.  I never actually thought about it much but public washing machines hold much promise for domestic strife.

Another good read on those who have their iPhone stolen and use the “Find My Phone” app to locate it, and the thieves.

Exploding whales are all the rage right now since there is one in the UK that is possibly going to explode.  Somehow I came across this article with many videos of exploding whales, apparently it is not uncommon.

A very interesting photo essay on squatters in a 45 story tower in Venezuela.  My thought on #6 is who carried all that stuff up 26 floors since I doubt there are elevators working.

And lastly Henri Herbert, keyboard player with the Jim Jones Revue, gives an impromptu performance on the concourse of St Pancras International station, London.

Miscellaneous Monday

In our day everything is a horror story of epic proportions where a new homophobe or racist is just around the next moment.  The sad thing in this constant, breathless push to the extreme is that once everything is extreme then nothing is extreme.  It is just normal.  All of this to say that I thought I would start this Monday with a link to a video that many people have pronounced to be utterly racist.  I thought it was just embarrassing and dumb.  But, then, I am probably a homophobic racist myself.

On a bit more serious of a note here is the question, and it is truly a serious one, “Should a chimp be able to sue its owner?”  Read it and consider the implications.  Here is a sample quote of this nightmare, “Well, if I’m interested in social justice, I can’t imagine beings who are being more brutalized than nonhuman animals.”

So, on a light note, here is some guy who hears he is going to be a grandfather.  Actually he reads it but you get my point.  And after that one you can enjoy this grandmother-to-be’s reaction.  Subtle it is not.

This is a crazy photo set.  I will let the title of the article explain it.

How Muslims prank one another.

So apparently some graphic artist was paid to photoshop some animals so they look laid back and relaxed to sell pet food.  Nailed it.

Speaking of nailing it, here is a pinterest page devoted to those oh so slight failures.

I love my dog, Bear.  But this gif, though not of my dog, represents my dog.  Our cat is now in kitty heaven so Bear no longer has to endure such treatment.  Every time I saw Bear lying forlornly on the ground looking at his bed I said, “Dude!  You can eat her in one bite!”  The point of this little rant?  Dogs are dumb but I love them.

This man has not moved this fast in a long, long time.  I am impressed.

I leave you with 65 things you didn’t know about Disneyland.


Miscellaneous Monday

It is that time again.  Time for laughter and time for mirth.  Time for shock and time for awe.  Or. . . just time to do some clicking.  Most likely it is the latter.  Regardless, here are some gifs, videos and stories I thought were noteworthy in some vague way.

There is a story to this picture but I don’t know what it is and for the life of me I can’t come up with a rational explanation.

I enjoy cooking and I enjoy shows like Iron Chef America and Chopped.  There is something about watching chefs look at ingredients and then watch them create something that is more than just food.  All of that to say, this is a very good article on a young man who potentially has an amazing future in cooking ahead of him.

I suspect that this idea began with a lot of beer and a friend saying, “Hey, you know what would be cool?”

First off, this is a very interesting photo spread of famous landmarks close in and then zoomed out.  The Taj Mahal was powerful in the two different perspectives.  But honestly, Sagrada Familia and The Brandenburg Gate captures my attention the most.  The Sagrada Familia looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie.

Did you know you can re-grow certain vegetables?  Not from seeds but from the vegetables you bought at the store.  I want to try this but just not sure that the shorter Wisconsin seasons will allow for it.

Greatest pest control visit ever!

Was shocked to see that Texas will not survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Really thought more highly of them. Oh well, this article has to be true.

This article argues that America is in trouble and the evidence given is our reluctance to adopt a Japanese toilet.  The story is annoying to me but may be persuasive to some others.  Granted, a heated seat would be nice, I guess, but I am just not convinced on any level about the author’s arguments.

A whole lotta cuteness going on here.

I saw this quite awhile ago and even now I laugh.

I heard every one of these “hate crimes” and still hear people speaking of these as if they are true.

Miscellaneous Monday

It is St. Patrick’s day so I will start things off with a humorous but solid description of the Trinity starring St. Patrick and two, um, two Irish peasants of some sort.

Did you know that Lego put a hole in the head of their characters so that a child can still breathe if he swallows one?  That and much more on Legos right here.

Good save there Dad, good save.

I honestly become agitated as I watch this.  No idea why but I seriously started to fidget.

So you want to know how big space is?  Yep, I thought you did.

Just a hawk or falcon or something flying through the woods like a boss.

You can’t be a wimp and think you can play musical chairs well at a rodeo.

This is simply  a tremendously good idea.  I would pay money to do it in a heartbeat.

I call this my “Awwww” link.

Here is the toughest Canadian ever.





Miscellaneous Monday

Time is tight so let’s get right to the links:

When a radish decides to be coy.

This was impressive and I truly can imagine the kids looking forward to their dad’s return.  Read the box on the right after clicking the link for the story.

You can read more about almonds right here than you ever thought.

OK, this is simply cool and worth your time.  Click on the down arrow once you get to the page.

A sure-fire way to know you should turn on a humidifier.

15K in one day.  That is the crazy reality of the internet.

Apparently there was carpet on the floor.  Bad choice but quite a fun choice.

I simply had to laugh.

This eagle’s claw puts things into a new perspective for me.  Sorta makes me feel bad for the bunny it grabs.

One should think twice, nay, thrice before moving to Montana where they have mortified motorists and dead animals in a briefcase.  Read on, but be seated when you do

Yyyeeeeaaaaah!  Oh, geeeeeezzzzzzzzzz!


Miscellaneous Monday

I just finished making my breakfast, which entailed breaking open accidentally an egg shell while it was in the carton.  So I just decided to pour the contents of that egg into the hot skillet.  Unfortunately I forgot the other eggs in the carton and they all fell into the skillet as well, all breaking of course.  The end result is a much larger portion of scrambled eggs than I planned and a shirt ruined from bacon grease.  Welcome to Miscellaneous Monday.

This image helps capture the convolutions of our society today.

Reason number 4,002 why I don’t like going to the stadium to watch a team play some sort of sporting event.  (Reason number one is seating that guarantees that your thighs are touching other people’s thighs.

That guy could probably benefit from the 7 minute workout that is described here.  Be interested in someone trying it out for a month and letting me know what they think of it.

This was pretty popular on the web over the last couple of weeks but I still am posting it since I like it.  Which way is the stupid thing going? You sure?

I read this article several months ago and finally found it again to post.  Interesting how faithfulness to a plan can go a long way.  My favorite lines for various reasons are: “Herb, the impulsive Dionysian, searched for art “like a truffle hound. . . .” and “They had only a few criteria: The work had to be affordable; it had to fit in their apartment; and it had be transportable via taxi or subway. Not part of the equation? The artist’s reputation. ‘We bought what we liked,’ Dorothy said. ‘Simple as that.’”

Don’t have a clever way to describe this.  It is just cool.

A side of Ronald Reagan you may not know.

I loved this article in several different ways.  But mostly because when I was in the fourth grade I read out loud for the class from the textbook.  I came to the word “gem” and pronounced it with a hard G and was rebuked by my teacher for being “smart.”  I could not argue back then but I am arguing now, GIF is a hard G and no one, not even the creator of it will tell me differently!  There, I said it. 

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