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I personally am more reminded of the old Smash advert, with the laughing tin Martians whenever I see news on the Curiosity bot!
Saw the “lights in the sky” last night myself, and suspect it was a satellite or something crashing down..definately didn’t act like a meteor and “they” are good at not being totally honest with us ( maybe someone in the Middle East finally managed to attempt to nuke us?)
Who knows, but it was one heck of a good light show, and will provide rich fodder for great imaginations such as Kate’s, love the story Kate, brilliant imagery!

Kate Shrewsday

It appears man’s technology is not advancing quite fast enough.

Six weeks ago, the rover robot Curiosity made it to the surface of Mars. It was not a dead cert. There were many things which could have gone awry: but mankind in general and NASA in particular patted themselves on the back when the little robot made it.

What an achievement. Our man on Mars, taking pictures of that ethereal moon, Phobos, crossing the sun; strolling across the surface of the red planet and sending back holiday snaps.

It has not travelled far, however.

During its six week vacation – it landed August 6 –  it has trekked a vast 950 yards and now it has become extremely preoccupied with a rock.

I can see why. It’s a pretty shape.

A bit too pretty, if you ask me.

It is a creditable pyramid, in dark stone. According to the BBC

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Weekly Smile – New School Exit Exam!

You only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.

 

1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel’s-hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI’s first name?

8) What colour is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial airplane?

 

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.

No, googling is not allowed

 

 

ANSWERS

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November

5) What is a camel’s-hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

7) What was King George VI’s first name? Albert

8)  What colour is a purple finch? Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand

10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange (of course)

 

What do you mean, you failed?

Me, too.

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!)

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The English Language….Food For Thought

 

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Then shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England .
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing,
Grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends
And get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out,
And in which an alarm goes off by going on.

And, in closing, if  Father is Pop, how come Mother’s not Mop?

And if  people from Poland are called Poles
Then people from Holland should be Holes
And the Germans, Germs.

And let’s not forget the Americans, who changed s to z, but that’s another story.

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The World Debt Crisis Explained……….

A Dummies Guide to the Debt Crisis

This is the clearest explanation I’ve heard regarding the debt crisis and the credit bottleneck that is stifling the world’s economy.

Helga is the proprietor of a bar. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now , but pay later.

 Helga keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers’ loans).

Word gets around about Helga’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Helga’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in town.

 By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands Helga gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer – the most consumed beverages.

 Consequently, Helga’s gross sales volumes and paper profits increase massively. A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Helga’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.

 He is rewarded with a six figure bonus.

 At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS. These “securities” are then bundled and traded on international securities markets.

 Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as “AA Secured Bonds” are really debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses

The traders all receive a six figure bonus.

 One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Helga’s bar. He so informs Helga. Helga then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons but, being unemployed alcoholics, they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since Helga cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Helga’s 11 employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINKBOND prices drop by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank’s liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.

 The suppliers of Helga’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations; her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

 Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the government.

They all receive six a figure bonus.

The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who’ve never been in Helga’s bar.

 Now do you understand?

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Best of 2012 April Fools Gags

 These are just a few of the many April Fool’s gags worldwide this year, it’s heartening to note that despite all the tough times, companies and people can rally round to give us all a laugh!

Enjoy!

The rather funny “BBC” end of the world gag

 http://gothamist.com/2012/04/01/bbc_successfully_trolls_april_fools.php

 

Peugeot’s Mood Paint colour changing car ( mine would always be red lol)

 http://www.peugeot.co.uk/about-peugeot/news/jan12-mar12/rcz-mood-paint/

 

 Skype For String anyone?

 http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/how-to/skype-introduces-skype-for-string-make-free-calls-without-any-internet-connection/

 

Firebox’s DubStepladder

 http://www.firebox.com/product/5312/Dubstepladder

 

Sony launch the world’s smallest computer, the size of a coin!

 http://discover.store.sony.com/q/sony_content.html

  

Google’s very own self-driving NASCARS’s

 http://www.google.com/racing/

 

 Honda’s new anti-theft negotiator device! ( this one is really funny!)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpSh-uG703A

 

Hello Tosh, got a nice Shaped Toshiba Tablet?

 http://us.toshiba.com/shapes

  

A new Green Tax on Champagne!

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123340/Bubbly-tax-After-furore-VAT-hot-pasties-Osborne-puts-green-levy-champagne-drinkers.html

  

Virgin launch trips to the centre of the Earth via your choice of volcano!

 http://www.virginvolcanic.com/

 

O2’s very long-lasting new phone…talk for 1,000 hours!

 http://blog.o2.co.uk/home/2012/04/the-smartphone-revolution-goes-on-on.html

  

Hungry Hippos launched for iPad

 http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/ee0b/?pfm=AprilFools_homepage_Featured_6_ee0b

  

Multi mouse functionality for your pc!

 https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/multitask.html

  

Arsenal launching a new Emirates Stadium fragrance! ( ewwk)

 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4231953/Arsenal-launch-new-fragrance-that-smells-of-Emirates-Stadium.html

 

 Kodak’s range of “print your own” starting with live kittens!

 http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Home.htm

  

Time-travel Timebar from Reddit!

 http://blog.reddit.com/2012/03/introducing-reddit-timeline.html

   

Sending emails from your phone by Morse Code? Introducing Gmail Tap!

 http://mail.google.com/mail/help/promos/tap/index.html

  

PC Multi-tasking the Google way!

 http://chrome.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/new-way-to-multitask.html

  

Fancy 175 delivery trucks arriving at your home with films for you? See the YouTube Collection for further details

 http://www.youtube.com/theyoutubecollection

 

Anyone fancy a 42” iPad?

 http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/42in-apple-ipad-exclusive-video-preview

 

 Toshiba’s new 3D Monacle

 http://us.toshiba.com/spectacle/

 

 Happy Monday’s star to advise the UK Government? Lol

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/01/cameron-shaun-ryder-advise-tories

  

Police launch Hosepipe Amnesty

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/amnesty-for-hosepipe-owners-as-drought-bites-7606223.html

   

Lynx launch a super new spray app

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM5bCgP479c

  

Hopping Google Mapmakers new Google Street Roo anyone?

 http://google-au.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/google-street-roo-exploring-outback-one.html#!/2012/04/google-street-roo-exploring-outback-one.html

  

 Barbie Digital Fashion Styling Head for iPad

 http://www.geekalerts.com/barbie-digital-fashion-styling-head-for-ipad/

 

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When the cat’s away…A Warning To All Women

Am reposting this from another blogger, it’s far too good not to share!

Be warned girls, if you have to leave your “pets” unattended for a few days, DO ensure they have a very long list of jobs to keep them occupied, otherwise the following could well happen to your home!

When the cat’s away….

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Black Mirror

Tonight, I have just watched the second instalment of    Channel Four’s Black Mirror Trilogy   and I have to say, this time after eagerly awaiting a mini-series, I have not thus far been disappointed.

This series should have been called Close Mirror, shortly after the first episode was aired last Sunday, which involved a Prime Minister having to go the extra mile for his country, shall we say ( I won’t give the game away in case you haven’t yet seen it), our very own Mr Cameron actually stood up to the Euro Bullies and said “NO”. Although in real life I rather suspect that was all for show and there will be some kind of deal brokered behind the scenes quietly!

Exactly WHAT lengths would our beloved Government go to in the name of Queen and Country?

Oink Oink tee hee!

This week’s episode was shown directly after the X Factor Finale, (which I didn’t watch BTW), and proved to be an all-too-close depiction of our modern electronic lives, with strong echoes of Farenheit 451.  I particularly liked the “hamsters on treadmills” vs the “elite few” analogy.  Again, I won’t say too much so as not to spoil it for those who haven’t as yet seen it, but it does make me wonder about all these technological marvels that we all “must have”.

 The internet is a fantastic place, the whole world and its’ libraries at our fingertips, BUT it’s not a substitute for real life.  I so hate this whole “must be in touch at all times” or “must-have this and that” culture that we appear to have now, tis nice to switch off all devices and just chill in the real world with nature and real people now and then.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what we have access to nowadays, but I simply won’t get into debt purely to own whatever the next in-thing is, then get stressed about it, nor will I let go completely of so-called old-fashioned ideas and things. What would we all do IF for instance, all power simply went off tonight?

Good grief, can you imagine the sheer stress that would cause ( not in the least to any comping duckies at Advent time lol), the chaos amongst the “youth” and the inability for most businesses to manage. We rely far too much on the “ethereal” and need to get a lot more grounded in the real also.

Balance, that’s what we are all lacking, I don’t know if that was the exact message that the makers of Black Mirror were meaning to convey, but that’s the over-riding one I have taken away with me!

Do go watch it, highly recommended, and do remember, it’s not real, honest!

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