Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog

Kanellos the Greek protest dog

A dog that has been seen at nearly every demonstration in Athens over the last two years has turned up again during the recent protests against new austerity measures.

One Downside of Being an Atheist…

…is that doing something like this out of church will make you look like you’re on drugs.

Also see part 1 and part 2.

Rolcats

English translations of Eastern Bloc LOLcats.

The ‘Misunderestimated’ President

The BBC have collected a Best of Bushisms list. My favourite is probably still:

There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.

You can watch him make this speech too on YouTube.

Charlie Brooker on Brand-Ross

Charlie registers his disgust:

If something as sublime and revolutionary as Python came along today, the Mail would try to kill it stone dead, and it’d rope in thousands of angry old idiots to help, all of them bravely marching to the Ofcom website to register their disgust. What a rush. Feel that pipsqueak throb of empowerment coursing through your starched and joyless veins! You’ve crushed some fun, and it feels good to be alive!

One Star Hulk

Peter Bradshaw, a Guardian film critic has written a one-star review of The Incredible Hulk all in Hulk-speak:

“Hulk. Smash!” Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk not just smash. Hulk also go rarrr! Then smash again. Smash important, obviously. Smash Hulk’s USP. What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment. Hulk in boring film. Film co-written by star. Edward Norton. Norton in it. Norton write it. Norton not need gamma-radiation poisoning to get big head. Thing is: Hulk head weirdly small. Compared with rest of big green body.

Brain Gym Pseudoscience

Charlie Brooker on the pseudoscience behind Brain Gym:

Confuse fantasy with reality and you might find yourself doing crazy things, like trying to wave hello to Ian Beale each time you see him on the telly, or buying homeopathic remedies – both of which are equally boneheaded pursuits.

Equally:

Look at the accredited practitioners of the art: top of their list of qualified Brain Gym “instructor/consultants” is a woman who is apparently also a “chiropractor for humans and animals”. That’s nothing: I read tarot cards for fish.

“I Thought Europe Was a Country?”

When you have grown adults showing this amount of ignorance, all you can do is laugh.

Decapitated

Photographs of adverts on the street that have been “vandalised” to look like the people in them have been decapitated.

SnuzNLuz Alarm Clock

ThinkGeek is selling an alarm clock that sends a donation to an organisation you don’t like every time you press the snooze button. This must be a joke, especially with this text at the bottom:

Really Fine Print: ThinkGeek reserves the right to take up to a 50% commision on all donations made through the SnuzNLuz. In fact the software supplied with the clock ensures such is the case. Yay!. However, we promise to only use the money for rockets and beach front property.

You Get What You Pay For

Some seriously bad knockoffs of Pixar’s Ratatouille and Cars, called Ratatoing and The Little Cars. (Via MetaFilter.)

100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year

From the BBC’s Magazine Monitor, 100 things we didn’t know last year, including:

To be found attractive, women should sway their hips and men their shoulders

and

There is mobile phone reception from the summit of Mount Everest.

They also have lists for 2006, 2005 and 2004.

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America

A list compiled by The BEAST of it’s 50 most loathsome people in America, number 9 being “you”:

Charge: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

Did Coke Really Turn Santa Red and White?

In short, no.

I Played Through Episode Two Holding a Goddamn Gnome

A guy played through Half Life 2: Episode Two carrying a gnome with the gravity gun so he could put it in the rocket at the end and gain the Little Rocket Man achievement.

The Virtual Flight

Bahadur Chand Gupta, an ex-Indian Airlines engineer, bought an old Airbus 300 and is offering people the chance to experience a flight without actually taking off.

As on an ordinary aircraft, customers buckle themselves in and watch a safety demonstration. But when they look out of the windows, the landscape never changes. Even if “Captain” Gupta wanted to get off the ground, the plane would not go far: it only has one wing and a large part of the tail is missing.

One “passenger” commented that “it is much more beautiful than I ever imagined”. I’d question whether she would still hold the same opinion if she experienced the security checks, queues, delays, customs and the rest of the baggage that comes with modern aviation.

Why Kissing Means More To Women

The BBC on kissing:

They use kissing as a way of assessing the recipient as a potential partner, and later to maintain intimacy and to check the status of a relationship. But men placed less importance on it, using it to increase the likelihood of sex, Evolutionary Psychology reported.

The Bouncer

Dave Debrin’s entry to C4[1] Iron Coder challenge. Watch the demo video to the end. (Via Daring Fireball.)

Fox News Leaves Their Image Directory Open

And Reddit users exploit that.

Hide-a-Pod

Anti-theft device for your iPod.