Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lightsaber 1, Tazer 0

Oregon man arrested in light saber [sic] attack
United Press International (article excerpt) - December 16, 2011

Police in Oregon said they arrested a man accused of assaulting fellow Toys R Us customers with a toy light saber.

Portland police said officers responded to the store at 9:51 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a man attacking customers with the "Star Wars" toy, and they arrived to find the man swinging the light saber around in the parking lot and shouting incoherent statements.

An officer used a Taser on the man, but he was able to use the light saber to break one of the wires, police said. They said the man was tackled to the ground and continued to struggle while being taken into custody.

Monday, December 19, 2011

What the?

I was flipping channels the other day and noticed something disturbing. Check out the programming on the Science Channel:

Just what the hell are those nerds planning?!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Little known facts

A man named David Rice Atchison was once president of the US.
He was only president for a few minutes due to a technicality but his gravestone proudly proclaims that he was president for a day in 1849.

Frank Sinatra didn't write his signature song "My Way."
The melody is based on a French song entitled "Comme d'habitude." Paul Anka heard the song while vacationing in Paris. He bought the publishing rights and tailored the lyrics for Sinatra.

St. Patrick was not Irish.
He was born in Britannia, a Roman province that later became what we know as England. He was captured by Irish raiders when he was 16 and taken to Ireland where he was a slave for six years. He escaped but later returned to spread the Christian gospel.

The song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" is not about smoking weed.
The lyrics were originally penned as a poem in 1959 by a Cornell University student, writing about the sad end to his carefree childhood.

The expression "sweating like a pig" doesn't make sense.
Pigs have no sweat glands and can't sweat at all, which is why they attempt to lower their body temperature by wallowing in mud.

The Olympic Games used to include artistic challenges.
Cultural events ran side-by-side with athletics during both the ancient and modern Olympics. The roster of events included architecture, painting, sculpture, music and literature up through the 1948 games.

Most grown cats are lactose intolerant.
Once kittens are weaned, they no longer need milk in their diets. Cats like the taste of milk and will drink it, but it can give them stomach pain and continuous diarrhea which can endanger their health.

The "cracking" sound of a whip is due to the whip breaking the sound barrier.
A sonic boom is created when the extreme tip of the whip snaps out to its full length. That's what she said. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Duck hunt gone awry

Dog Shoots Duck Hunter From Behind
KTLA News (article excerpt) - December 1, 2011

A duck hunter is recovering from minor wounds he suffered when he was shot in the buttocks by his partner's dog over the weekend, law enforcement authorities said on Thursday.

The two hunting partners had stopped their boat in a marsh area where their duck decoys were placed to retrieve a duck they had shot, and the man laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel and stepped into the shallow water.

"The dog jumped into the boat and was stepping over the shotgun and made it discharge somehow. The guy was still walking away from the boat and he took it in the buttocks," said Box Elder County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Potter.

The stricken hunter was taken to Brigham City Hospital, where medical personnel removed 27 shotgun pellets from his backside.

I imagine that the dog looked something like this:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's that time of year again

Games I just got:

Games I want next:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

E1even, e1even, etcetera

1t's officia11y 11:11:11 on 11/11/11!

This phenomenon happens on1y once in a 1ifetime!
(Un1ess you have access to a time machine or find the ho1y grai1.)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Vanna White is a genius

Okay, maybe "genius" is going a little too far, but consider the following:

You know how when you're unrolling tinfoil (or plastic wrap) the stupid tube comes out of the box and bounces on the counter and then it falls on the dirty kitchen floor and you try to roll the foil back onto the cardboard tube but your hand slips and you cut your finger on the stupid metal teeth on the box and instead of wrapping your leftover lasagna you end up crushing a dirty ball of tinfoil in your bloody mangled hand while cursing whatever idiot invented the stupid tinfoil box?

Well, those days are over my friend. I was watching "The Wheel" the other day and Vanna White shared a helpful hint. Apparently there are tabs at the ends of tinfoil (and plastic wrap) boxes that you are supposed to press inwards. These tabs hold the roll in place and help prevent the aforementioned tragedy from occurring.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Puzzle Bobble

Puzzle Bobble is an arcade classic! Click the image below to play.

For those of you who are not familiar with the game, the object is to make all of the bubbles on the screen disappear. Click the "Start" button onscreen to begin playing. Use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to move the launching device on the bottom of the screen. Press the up arrow on your keyboard to fire a bubble. When you match three or more bubbles of the same color they will pop (dropping any bubbles that are hanging beneath them). Have fun!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Super Survey results

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

Super strength ________________________ 0 votes (0%)

Telepathy (read minds, control people)_ 2 votes (13%)

Shape shifting_________________________ 0 votes (0%)

Ability to fly_________________________ 2 votes (13%)

Invisibility___________________________ 2 votes (13%)

Telekinesis (move things w/your mind)__ 2 votes (13%)

Ability to heal others/self____________ 5 votes (33%)

Super speed____________________________ 0 votes (0%)

Teleportation__________________________ 2 votes (13%)

Ability to control the elements________ 0 votes (0%)

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Enjoy your pizza

According to USA Today, Halloween is one of the top 5 pizza days of the year.  Can you guess the other four days?

(Answers are in the "comments" section of this post.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I love this art project

In her project entitled Back to the Future, artist Irina Werning takes old photographs and recreates them using the same scenes with the same people later in their lives. I posted some of my favorites below. Click any image to view the entire collection.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Water rant

I hate drinking water. Not "drinking water" specifically, but the act of drinking water.  It tastes like nothing. Actually, that isn't true. It tastes like spit. Don't believe me? Swallow some of your spit and then take a drink of water. That's what I thought.

Drinking water is soooo boring. Most people don't agree with me on this issue. When I tell people that I hate water they usually respond by saying something like, "But you need it to live!" or "What are you, some kind of an idiot?" Well, I've done some research that may shock and amaze you all.  Did you know that water is the number one cause of death by drowning?  I think I've made my point.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top 5 breakfast cereals (+ worst ever)

1. Cap'n Crunch's Oops! All Berries
2. Reese's Puffs
3. Frosted Mini-Wheats
4. Fruit Loops
5. Frosted Flakes

Worst: All-Bran

Disagree? Submit your own list as a comment!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I knew it all along

eBay seller: Nicolas Cage is a vampire
United Press International - September 19, 2011

A Seattle-based eBay seller is asking $1 million for a Civil War-era photo he claims is evidence actor Nicolas Cage is a "vampire."

The seller, who goes by the name Jack Mord, said the photo depicts a man nearly identical to the Oscar-winning actor, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

"Personally, I believe it's him and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire, etcetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so," the online seller wrote on the eBay posting. "150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult or a talk show host.

"My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor 'Nicolas Cage' will 'die' ... but in reality, the undead vampire 'Nicolas Cage' will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over."

Mord said he will allow potential buyers to verify the authenticity of the photo, which was taken by Civil War-era photographer Professor G.B. Smith.

"Any serious potential buyer will be allowed to have a photo expert of their choice examine the original photograph before any money changes hands," he wrote.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Too good to pass up

I know I said I was taking a break, but this is just too good to pass up.

Monday, September 19, 2011

5 Year Blogiversary!

Today marks five years to the day since the start of More Rants than Raves. Since starting this blog I have posted a grand total of 378 (truly delightful) entries; an average of 1 post every 4.83 days.

Thank you to all of my readers for your comments and positive feedback. I have had lots of fun sharing my rants and raves with you all. I plan to keep this blog going in the future but for now I am taking a bit of a break. I have a lot of other wonderful things going on in my life at the current moment and my energy and creativity is needed elsewhere. Peace out for now.

Sunday, August 07, 2011


The comics in the newspaper frustrate me. Every time I look at them I'm reminded of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine cannot figure out why a certain comic is supposed to be funny. That show really hit the nail on the head. Check out this little gem from today's paper. Can anyone tell me how this is supposed to be funny?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Square watermelons

Over the 4th of July weekend I won a prize in a watermelon seed spitting contest. This got me thinking about an article I read a few years back that said a dude in Japan figured out a way to produce square watermelons. The idea is that they are easier to carry, ship, and store in the fridge. I don't know why but I am really fascinated by this idea and have always wanted to get one of the watermelons.

I did some research and discovered that the melons have recently been introduced to the United States market. I was excited until I learned how much they are being sold for. A cool $75 a piece.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's not a weasel!

Man with dead weasel accused of assault
Associated Press - June 8, 2011

Police say a man was carrying a dead weasel when he burst into an apartment and assaulted a man in Washington state.

The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker answered, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.

The attacker was apparently looking for his girlfriend and had gone to her former boyfriend's apartment Monday where the victim was a guest.

KXRO radio reports he left the carcass behind.

Police later found the suspect arguing with his girlfriend at another location and arrested the 33-year-old Hoquiam man after a fight.

He said he had found the marten dead near Hoquiam, but police don't know why he carried it with him.

Martens are members of the weasel family.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More debunking

More fascinating facts from Armchair Reader: The Book of Myths and Misconceptions.

* Caffeine does not stunt your growth. Early studies suggested that drinking lots of caffeinated beverages contributed to reduced bone mass. More recent studies have debunked that idea.

* Not a single pirate treasure map has ever been found. Scholars doubt that pirates buried that much treasure in the first place. The idea that pirates drew maps to locate their buried treasure came from the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

* Dog's mouths are not cleaner than human's. Canine mouths are rife with bacteria and their saliva does not have any amazing antibacterial properties. Dog's cuts heal faster because their tongues help get rid of dead tissue and stimulate circulation which in turn facilitates the healing process.

* Walt Disney was not cryonically frozen. Disney hated funerals and didn't want one so when he died his family honored his wish with a quick, private burial. Months later, when a man in California underwent the first cryonic preservation, rumors began to swirl that Disney himself had been frozen. The rumors were completely false. Disney's cremated remains reside at a memorial park in Glendale, California.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Real names of celebrities #2

Bono - Paul Hewson
Cary Grant - Archibald Leach
Charlton Heston - John Charles Carter
Demi Moore - Demetria Gene Guynes
Elle Macpherson - Eleanor Gow
Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight
John Wayne - Marion Morrison
Judy Garland - Frances Gumm
Natalie Portman - Natalie Hershlag
Vin Diesel - Mark Vincent

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Looking for posts in all the wrong places

Many people don't realize that the search bar at the top left of this blog is specifically dedicated to More Rants than Raves. It's a great way to track down your favorite posts from the past without having to slog through the archives. All you have to do is type in a keyword or phrase and click the little magnifying glass icon.

Go ahead and give it a try!

Actually, don't. After I made this post I searched for a bunch of stuff in my blog and only about half of it showed up. I did some research (get it, re-search?) and found out that the Blogger search bar has been "broken" for the last few years. Apparently Google can't figure out how to fix their search engine. How's that for irony?

Even though the search bar doesn't work very well, I decided to keep this post. I spent a lot of time on it and I don't want it to go to waste. I mean, look at the fancy graphic. And the title? Classic.

I am a little disappointed that my original plan isn't going to work, however. You see, I hid a post entitled "rat turds" in the archives of this blog in hopes that people would type the phrase into the search bar (after seeing my example above). If the Blogger search bar actually worked, they would have been redirected here.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Cheap laughs #2

Check out these t-shirt designs from I'm not getting paid to endorse the company, I just think the shirts are funny.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Simsplea the best

Last month I ran across a couple of interesting news articles. I didn’t post them at the time because I didn’t want to interrupt my "best toys from childhood" series. Now that March has come to a close, I thought I'd share these little gems.

Man fires gun to protest slow service
United Press International (article excerpt) - March 12, 2011

A man decided to let employees at a Denny's restaurant in Florida know he was unhappy about delayed service by firing three shots outside the door, police say.

Frederick Louis Sims, 31, of Orlando was arrested near the restaurant Tuesday afternoon, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Police officers said they found a small quantity of marijuana and a .22-caliber Ruger pistol in Sims's Cadillac Escalade.

I'm interested in this article because this Fred Sims character is undoubtedly a long-lost relative of mine. My family has a distinguished history of getting extremely agitated over lengthy restaurant wait times. Also, I couldn't resist a news article that mentions a police search of “Sims’s Cadillac Escalade.”

A few days after the Denny’s incident, another guy got busted for shooting a gun in a different restaurant.

Cops: Angry Taco Bell customer fires at officers
Associated Press (article excerpt) - March 21, 2011

Police say a San Antonio Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired an air gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself into a hotel room.

San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides says officers used tear gas Sunday night to force the man from the hotel room after a three-hour standoff. The man is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.

Brian Tillerson, a manager at the Taco Bell/KFC restaurant, told the San Antonio Express-News that the man was angry the Beefy Crunch Burrito had gone from 99 cents to $1.49 each.

The article above doesn’t mention the perp’s name but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also a Sims. Consider the facts of the case:

1. The guy was at a Taco Bell (everybody knows I love Taco Bell).

2. He was angered by gratuitous price gouging ($1.49 for a beefy crunch?!).

3. He was packing an airsoft gun (I have one and I'm not afraid to use it).

**I should mention here that I draw the line at assault rifles and police standoffs.**

In all seriousness though, what is wrong with these two guys?! Their parents must have let them play with cap guns when they were kids. . . .

Friday, March 25, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #1

Cap guns

The cap gun wins for the best toy of my childhood. I spent much of my youth running around on imaginary adventures with one of these on my hip. The best type of cap gun was the revolver that took plastic ring caps. I also had guns that took roll caps but they took forever to load, and those frustrating paper caps didn't go off half the time. Whether I was a scurvy pirate, Indiana Jones, or just a cowboy shootin' some Injuns*, I always had at least one gun loaded and ready to fire. I have many fond memories of shoot outs with my brothers (which were often followed by heated debates over "who shot who first").

I realize that many people shy away from letting their children play with cap guns because they think the toys teach kids to be violent as adults. I believe that cap guns are harmless. I shot my own brothers in cold blood thousands of times as a kid and I haven't killed anyone in real life yet.

*Don't worry, I can say "Injun" without being racist because I'm 1/16 Native American. Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it, Paleface.

Well there you have it, the 10 best toys from my childhood. Tracking down and editing images of these toys proved to be a time consuming and sentimental process but I think it turned out pretty dang good. I would like to end this series by thanking my late grandfather, Charles Sims. He bought me pretty much everything on this list, and was the best grandpa a boy could ever have.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #2

G.I. Joe action figures

Out of all my action figures, my G.I. Joes undoubtedly saw the most action. I remember building elaborate forts out of mud, sticks, and brush to set the stage for countless wars. While I loved these toys as a child, I didn't watch the cartoon. I actually think that this made playing with the action figures more fun because I had to imagine their backgrounds, voices, and relationships to one another.

By the end of their tour of duty many of these guys were missing limbs and some of them quite literally had their faces melted off. Apparently the Geneva Conventions don't apply when it comes to the war on Cobra.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #3


If I was the type of person who used the expression "'nuff said," I would write those two words (one and a half words?) here and be done with this post. Of course, I am not that type of person (I actually hate that phrase) so instead I will say the following:

The enormous popularity of Legos throughout the past few decades suggests that most people are familiar with how completely awesome these toys are. That is all.

. . . .

Actually, I lied. I have one more thing to say. About two years ago I sold the space monorail set (pictured below) at a garage sale for about $10. The set was really neat and I don't know why I sold it. The train ran on a battery and actually went around the track on its own. While looking for photos to use in this post I ran across the same set being sold on Ebay. Apparently the space monorail is a rare toy and is currently being auctioned off with a starting bid of $599! I am NEVER having a garage sale again.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #4

Star Wars action figures/lightsaber

The combination of creative costumes and unique weapons helped make these action figures super popular. Oh, and the fact that they were based on the most awesome movie trilogy of all time didn't hurt either. I had all the main characters and many of the large sets including the Ewok Village, Imperial Shuttle, and the Millennium falcon (with the super cool secret smuggling compartment!). My brother had the speeder bike that blew apart when you pushed a button and man, was I jealous.

The lightsaber pictured below was my "Holy Grail" of toys. I searched countless toy stores trying to find an official Star Wars lightsaber (which made a whistling sound when you swung it). I eventually tracked one down and it was everything I hoped it would be - until it promptly broke. I don't remember how this happened but I'm pretty sure it hurt one of my brothers more than it hurt me.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #5

M.U.S.C.L.E. men

I LOVED these little pink plastic wrestlers. They came in clear bubble packs of 4, semi-transparent trash can packs of 10, and box sets of 28. The company also released a series of different colored wrestlers but I only liked the pink ones (which were more flexible and had a great, distinctive plastic smell). In order to collect them all you had to scour your local Toys "R" Us store, shaking and peering into the packages to find the figures you wanted. Out of all the toys listed in this series of posts, these are the ones I miss the most. If I ever win the lottery I swear I'll buy as many as I can get my hands on.

Despite my love of these little wrestlers, I never collected the full set. At some point my mom decided that the toys were Satanic and made me throw them all away. I'm glad the Devil never appeared and offered to trade some M.U.S.C.L.E. men for my soul. I don't think I would have agreed to the deal but I have to admit I would have come pretty damn close.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #6

Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos

I honestly don't remember exactly why I loved these toys so much. They were rather large compared to other action figures and they were made up of squishy rubber heads attached to hard plastic bodies. All I know is that the toys were based on a ragtag band of karate fighters and ninjas, themed around the great Chuck Norris. Wait, what am I saying? These toys were AWESOME!

As a kid I didn't even know who Chuck Norris was, I just knew I had to have the action figures. This type of mind control is just another example of how diabolically badass Chuck Norris truly is.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #7

Super Soakers/water balloons

The only reason water guns are so low on my list is that you could only play with them outside, during the summer. Despite these restrictions, Super Soakers and water balloons were a blast. I thoroughly enjoyed teaming up with any one of my brothers to ambush the other two with these water weapons. I came strapped with the Super Soaker 50 as my main water cannon and the more compact 30 as my backup pistol.

Water balloons were also a great way to soak your enemies (and piss off your parents if you accidentally dropped one inside the house). If you find yourself engaged in water combat in the future I offer you the following advice. Before you throw your water balloon, stretch the top part (where it's tied off) and bite a tiny hole. Pinch the hole so no water leaks out, and when you see your enemy fire away. Think of it as pulling out the pin of a grenade with your teeth before tossing it at your foe (at least that's what I used to imagine). This trick guarantees that your balloon will pop on impact. If you don't follow my advice your balloon may bounce off your target, allowing them to pick it up and throw it back at you - a truly humiliating experience.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #8

M.A.S.K. action figures

These toys were bright and colorful and I loved the little snap-on helmets. Each character had their own removable mask to conceal their true identity. As if that wasn't cool enough, the vehicles/playsets transformed into kick-ass battle stations and fighter jets! Even after all these years I can still recall the theme song. Muh muh muh mask!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #9

My Pet Monster

Your own personal pet monster. What's not to love? My Pet Monster was a huge stuffed animal, complete with corduroy horns and a set of moldy looking rubber teeth. To top it all off, the toy came with life-sized orange handcuffs that you could wear around your own wrists. The handcuffs were rigged so every time you pulled them apart the chain would "break" down the middle - making you feel like a badass monster yourself.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Best toys from my childhood #10

Koosh balls/super balls

Koosh balls made it at the end of the list because, while they may not be the most flashy and complicated toys, they were a lot of fun. They also smelled really good. Super balls were great because they were the only toy cheap enough that my parents would occasionally buy for me on a whim (they were $0.25). I loved those things but I was often too scared to bounce them in public because they got lost so easily.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Best toys from my childhood

Hello reader, you are in for a real treat! Over the next two weeks I will be posting photos and descriptions of my top 10 favorite childhood toys. I have ranked them in order and will start next Monday with number 10, posting one per weekday.

Please feel free to add your own input to these posts in the form of comments. You can try to guess which toys I will include in the list and/or give a shout-out to your own favorite toys from when you were a kid.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Top 5 discontinued snack items (+ worst ever)

1. DinaSour Eggs
2. Bubble Gum Cigarettes
3. Peanut Butter Handi-Snacks (with orange crackers)
4. The McDLT
5. Koala Springs sparkling lemonade

Worst: Crystal Pepsi

Disagree? Submit your own list as a comment!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Olfactory work results

Without further ado, I present you with the results of the Yale study I posted about last month.

The 20 Most Recognizable Smells in the US

1. Coffee
2. Peanut butter
3. Vicks VapoRub
4. Chocolate
5. Wintergreen oil
6. Baby powder
7. Cigarette butts
8. Mothballs
9. Dry cat food
10. Beer
11. Ivory bar soap
12. Juicy Fruit gum
13. Orange
14. Cinnamon
15. Lemon
16. Tuna
17. Banana
18. Crayons
19. Cheese
20. Bleach

Sunday, February 27, 2011

NPR rant

The other day I tuned my radio to NPR and discovered (to my dismay) that they were smack in the middle of one of their pledge drives. For those of you that have not had the pleasure, basically their pledge drives consist of NPR radio personalities trying to make you feel guilty for listening to their station and not contributing money. While I find these segments annoying, I realize that they are a necessary evil for public radio. The problem arose when NPR took a break from its pledge drive to air some COMMERCIALS for Nissan and Progressive. Now I'm no genius but I was under the impression that the reason NPR has to beg for money periodically is because they are a public radio station, made possible by listeners like me. Okay, maybe not like me since I haven't contributed, but you get the idea. My point is, what the hell are commercials doing on this station?!

"But Ryan," you may be saying, "they aren't commercials. They're just shout-outs to companies that contribute money to the station." First of all you really shouldn't start a sentence with a conjunction. Secondly, bullshit. They are pre-recorded endorsements promoting specific corporate consumer products in exchange for money. If that's not a commercial I don't know what is.

Now don't get me wrong, I love NPR. It is a great radio station that provides a wealth of fascinating information. One of the reasons I love it, however, is for its balanced approach to news. If they continue to accept corporate sponsorship they run the risk of becoming biased towards their investors. I understand that the economy is bad and money is scarce (which is why I haven't contributed to their programming yet). I just worry that they are going down a dark road. Also, the fact that they're taking breaks in their PLEDGE DRIVES to air commercials is just plain insulting.

So pull yourself together NPR. You're on notice.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


My sandwich bread is trying to friend me on Facebook. Maybe the world is going to end in 2012.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

That's Mr. Baals to you

No joke: Ex-mayor's name too funny for Ind. center
Associated Press (article excerpt) - February 8, 2011

A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won't name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire.

Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis. But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that probably won't be enough to put the name of the city's longest-tenured mayor on the center.

"We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that," Malloy said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press.

An online site taking suggestions for names showed more than 1,000 votes Tuesday for the Harry Baals Government Center. That's more than three times the votes received by the closest contender.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Olfactory work

I have in my possession the results of a Yale University study that lists the "20 most recognizable smells in the United States." I am going to post the list on my blog sometime in the near future. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to guess what is on the list. Share your answers by commenting on this post and we'll see who comes closest to the results of the study.

P.S. I want to establish once and for all that you do not need to create a Google account to post comments on this blog (see below).

To comment on a post click the "comments" link beneath the post you want to write about. Type your comment into the text box and select "Name/URL" as your identity. Type your name in the "Name" box and hit "publish your comment." Congratulations, your typings will now be posted into the matrix of the interwebs.  Now get commentin'!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Hey everybody, I got a rad new camera and a Flickr account. Visit to see my latest work.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Myths debunked!

I recently purchased Armchair Reader: The Book of Myths and Misconceptions. I love this book because it reminds me of the stuff I used to buy at the Scholastic Book Fair when I was in elementary school. The reader is filled with popular myths and fascinating trivia. I've been taking notes while I read in order to post the most interesting information on this blog. Here are some of my favorites.

* Contrary to popular belief, hair and nails do not continue to grow after a person dies. When we die our bodies dehydrate and our skin shrinks, giving the illusion that our nails and hair are still growing.

* A mother bird will not abandon her baby if she smells evidence of human touch. Most birds have little or no sense of smell.

* A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would not kill a person. Some of the speed that the penny picked up through the force of gravity would be negated by air resistance. The most damage it could cause would be a small cut.

* Lobsters do not scream in pain when dropped into boiling water. Lobsters have no vocal cords and lack the receptors to feel what humans call "pain." The sound that is caused by boiling them is from air trapped under the lobster's shell that expands rapidly and escapes through small openings.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Wise wisdom

I heard this the other day and I really like it:

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gate rant

Okay, so you know those gates that guard "gated communities" like apartment complexes and condos? I have an opinion about those gates.

Let's say you are going to rob a house.* The gates are not a deterrent. All you would have to do is wait in your moving van until some sucker comes along to enter the code and let you in. Imagine, however, how stressful it would be to have to wait for someone to enter a code to let you out. Configuring the gates this way would also be better for emergencies. Usually emergency responders have to manually pull the gates open, wasting precious seconds or even minutes. If the gates opened without a code on the way in, there would be no delay in treatment.

*Note to current and future employers: This is a hypothetical situation. I have no intention of committing grand larceny. I may consider petty larceny if I can't afford to buy food, but really employer, whose fault is that?

Friday, January 21, 2011

I've been living a lie

Like anyone with half a brain, I've devoted my entire life to following my horoscope. Every morning I check my forecast and strictly adhere to every warning and suggestion. Imagine my horror then when I discovered that I've been following the wrong instructions! Apparently, in the 3,000 years since the start of astrology, the Earth's tilt has changed. I've been skipping through life thinking I was a weird schizophrenic man-twin (Gemini) when I am in fact a moderately priced mid-sized sedan (Taurus).

While I'm shocked that the scientific geniuses who follow astrology didn't figure this out sooner, I'm happy to be finally living my life according to my true path. Check out the new horoscope dates.

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

Here are my (old and new) life instructions for today according to Click the image if you would like to make it larger.

If I hadn't learned my correct sign I'd be spending my day talking with friends and sharing a romantic evening with my partner like a sucker. Instead I'm off to buy a bunch of crap to decorate my apartment and adopt a pack of wayward pit bulls!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guinness rant

If I had a Guinness for every time somebody told me that drinking Guinness "weighs them down," or that they can only drink one or two because they "get too full" I would be dead (from alcohol poisoning). Guinness Draught has only 125 calories per 12 ounce serving. To give you a reference for comparison, Budweiser has 145 calories and Coors has 149. Guinness is practically a light beer people!