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June 20, 2004

Spider myths debunked. No, you don't inhale four spiders a year in your sleep. No, the daddy longlegs doesn't have the world's worst venom. No, hobo spiders don't chase you down to attack you. What is it about spiders that invites so many fabricated scientific facts? Rod Crawford, curator of arachnids at Seattle's Burke Museum, helps debunk some of the more notorious claims. (Also see this spider myth page.)
Any man can be a Father, but it takes a special person to be called Dad.
Will Michael Moore's Facts Check Out? From Today's New York Times: "...I was recently allowed to attend a Hollywood screening. Based on that single viewing, and after separating out what is clearly presented as Mr. Moore's opinion from what is stated as fact, it seems safe to say that central assertions of fact in "Fahrenheit 9/11" are supported by the public record (indeed, many of them will be familiar to those who have closely followed Mr. Bush's political career). Mr. Moore is on firm ground in arguing that the Bushes, like many prominent Texas families with oil interests, have profited handsomely from their relationships with prominent Saudis, including members of the royal family and of the large and fabulously wealthy bin Laden clan, which has insisted it long ago disowned Osama."
The Devil's Dictionary. A fascinating, humourously vitriolic, ultra-cynical list of words from the turn of the last century. CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. more inside
Footy footy. This is a treat, whether of not you follow the game or not -- surprised no-one's posted this update of a fav meme yet. I wanna see mexican waves of this in the crowd now.
Monkeyworld provides homes for 'abused spanish beach chimps on drugs" who endure horrible lives: "Some photographers will try and control their chimps by beating them and pulling their teeth out " If I hadnt read in detail I would have cracked a smile becuase I'm evil like that.
From The Guardian Observer more inside
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June 19, 2004

Witchcraft and the Occult in Iceland, 1400-1700 more inside
Call me Ishmael. Apparently Madonna has / wants to change her name to Esther, to connect to the dead biblical queen's energy. Is she serious?
You are God... your people have angered you greatly, and deserve to be punished. Punish away, oh Great One... (flash)
Bunny bunny, bunny, bunny, WHOOPS, bunny, WHOOPS, bunny, bunny, bunny, bunny.
Welcome to EUROBAD '74 an exhibition of Europe's worst interiors of 1974.
From the Guardian
Have some shiny things more inside
Excuse me, I'd like to open a boink account. Major European investment bank mulls the better things in life...and concludes that it's not all about money. These are the top three: 1 Don't equate happiness with money. 2 Exercise regularly. 3 Have sex. I'll let you read the rest.
Click the main link and see why you shouldn't drink the night before the spelling bee. This dude rocks.
Dance, monkey, DANCE!!! more inside
Curious, George: What to do with unwanted CDs This article (via neilgaiman.com) brought the subject up in my mind. I have a stack of AOL CD's nearly two feet high, and I want to think of something cool and arty to do with them. Any ideas?
Cradle of Filth song contains Lord's Prayer I've heard of "nice" bands putting Satanic stuff backwards in thier music, but no the other way around.
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