Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Everyone loves a good bigfoot sighting

Pa. hunter's images stir Bigfoot debate
Associated Press - October 28, 2007

It's furry and walks on all fours. Beyond that, about the only thing certain about the critter photographed by a hunter's camera is that some people have gotten the notion it could be a Sasquatch, or bigfoot. Others say it's just a bear with a bad skin infection.

Rick Jacobs says he got the pictures from a camera with an automatic trigger that he fastened to a tree in the Allegheny National Forest, about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, hoping to photograph deer.

"We couldn't figure out what they were," Jacobs said of the images captured on Sept. 16. "I've been hunting for years and I've never seen anything like this."

He contacted the Bigfoot Research Organization, which pursues reports of a legendary two-legged creature that some people believe lives in parts of the U.S. and Canada.

"It appears to be a primate-like animal. In my opinion, it appears to be a juvenile Sasquatch," said Paul Majeta of the bigfoot group.

However, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has a more conventional opinion. Agency spokesman Jerry Feaser said conservation officers routinely trap bears to be tagged and often see animals that look like the photos.

"There is no question it is a bear with a severe case of mange," Feaser told The Bradford Era.

It's good to see that Harry is alive and well. I wonder if the photographer baited him with a delicious McDonald's fish sandwich. . . .

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

McDonald's Monopoly maddness

I ate at McDonald's a couple of days ago and noticed that they are hosting a Monopoly prize game again. I wanted to post a few facts about the interesting history of this sweepstakes.

• From at least 1995 to 2001 the games were rigged. A man named Jerome Jacobsen, director of security for Simon Marketing (the company that created the play pieces for McDonald's), embezzled over $20 million in prizes. Jacobsen accomplished this by stealing high-value game pieces and distributing them to his family and friends who claimed the prizes and split the proceeds with him.

• In 1995 St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee received an anonymous letter containing a winning game piece worth $1 million. While it was later revealed that Jacobson sent the piece to the hospital, McDonald's did award the money to St. Jude's.

• Only one property sticker per monopoly is a rare piece that's crucial for winning each prize. I put together the following table to show how the prizes break down.

Information in this article was compiled from a variety of sources including Yahoo! News, Wikipedia,, CNN, and the Associated Press.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pop quiz hot shot!

I am happy to report that over 20 people voted on my "would you rather" quiz! The results are as follows:

Would you rather . . .
have a little red blinking light in the lower corner of your vision (76%)
have a constant pinging in your ear (24%)

Would you rather . . .
eat a handful of chicken feathers (25%)
eat five tablespoons of frog eggs (75%)

Would you rather . . .
save all your photo albums and computers from a house fire (35%)
save the family pet(s) (65%)

Would you rather . . .
as a writer, lose your life's work because your computer crashed (78%)
have someone steal your idea and make a fortune (22%)

Would you rather . . .
be completely alone with nobody in the vicinity for one year (67%)
never be alone for even one minute for one year (33%)

Would you rather . . .
be able to fly (17%)
be able to become invisible (83%)

Would you rather . . .
eat one small bar of hotel soap (69%)
eat six sticks of butter (31%)

Would you rather . . .
stick your hand into a sealed box of rattlesnakes (31%)
stick your hand into a box filled with unknown contents that are making a buzzing sound (69%)

Please feel free to comment on these results and explain your decisions (i.e. attempt to convince others that your answers are correct and that their answers are completely ridiculous).

Saturday, October 20, 2007

My faith in humanity has been restored

Today I attended the E for All video game expo in LA. While on the show floor a woman next to me found a wad of cash on the ground which looked like it contained at least $100. Immediately upon finding the money she started tapping shoulders and asking people around her if the money was theirs. Everyone said that it didn't belong to them and I congratulated the woman on her honesty.

I don't know what pleased me the most about this situation; the fact that the lady tried to return the money or that the people didn't falsely claim it. Way to go human race!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Vocal impressions

Click here for samples of my vocal impressions.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Guitar Hero tournament

Last Friday I played in my first Guitar Hero tournament. I was eliminated pretty early but my friend Jim actually took home the trophy! Well, actually there was no trophy . . . and he wasn’t technically acknowledged as the winner.

You see the contest was based on percentages, not points and Jim’s guitar lost its connection for about 20 seconds during his song. Despite this handicap he powered through, dominating his rival in points scored and general rockoutability. The percentage points were awarded to Jim’s opponent but everyone attending (including the crowned “winner”) acknowledged Jim as the true face-melting rock champion.

Jim avenging my loss.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The real Hobo McGee

My name on MySpace is Hobo McGee and I secured the url long ago. So you can imagine my surprise when I checked my account today to find a message from a woman claiming to be "the real Hobo McGee." Her email is below (click on it to make it larger and easier to read).

Of course, I had to set the record straight.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Squirrel taxidermy on eBay

"Grey squirrel in hunting outfit"

"Grey squirrel riding a chopper bike"

"Fox squirrel rowing in canoe"

Friday, October 05, 2007

Cheap laughs

I just realized that instead of shelling out money for funny t-shirts I can simply post pictures of them on my blog. Just pretend that I own these shirts and you saw me wearing them at a really cool party.