Urban Non-Legends: Japanese Vending Machines That Sell (Pre-Worn) Underwear

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

This one is true. Even though we all wish it wasn’t.

In Japan, there are vending machines that sell underwear. Schoolgirls’ underwear. Previously worn and unwashed schoolgirls’ underwear.
Yes – an entire industry of trading-in the day’s underwear for a new pair. And underwear sold with a photo of the underwearer can fetch a higher price. The almighty Snopes has a nice article on this subject, which they report to be true.


By the Numbers: Evel Knievel

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

According to his last wishes, the remains of Robert “Evel” Knievel will be set on fire and launched over the Grand Canyon.
Given his recent passing, his final numbers can now be tallied:

•Wives: 2
•Longest Coma: 29 days
•Pelvis Fractures: 3
•Number of Broken Bones: (sources vary from 35 to 40)
•Total Number of Days in the Hospital: 36 months
•Number of Times Running an Anaconda Mining Company Earthmover into the Butte Montana City Powerlines: 1
•Number of Mountain Lions Jumped at One Time: 2
•Greatest Number of Cars Jumped at One Time: 19
•Greatest Number of Greyhound Buses Jumped at One Time: 14
•Convictions of Assault with an Aluminum Baseball Bat: 1
•Arrests for Solicitation of a Prostitute: 1
•Liver Transplants: 1
•Back Taxes Owed in 1983: $1,600,000.00

Book Reviews: Wanderlust and Point It

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Two books I am currently in love with (and they have no words, only pictures):

“Wanderlust” by Troy M. Litten – A wonderful collection of travel photos that sum-up a profound principle: the journey can be as dynamic as the destination. Litten’s photos capture the world of transit around the globe: an orange-tiled hotel bathroom, cryptic restroom signs, airplane meals, greasy food carts on the street, vivid taxi paintjobs, cups of coffee in 18 different hotels and restaurants.

“Point It” by Dieter Graf – this book just may be the most brilliant travel tool ever devised. Graf has created a language-free travel dictionary; namely, it is a pocket-sized book of photos of nearly anything that one would need (or one might encounter) while travelling. You don’t know the Russian word for “eggplant” – just point at the picture of it on the vegetable page. You can’t speak Mandarin and you want to know what meat you’re eating – the waiter can point to the deer, the cow, the goat, the bunny, the elk . . .

Dieter Graf, thank you for saving my ass in Estonia more than once.

Mountain Dew Does Not Glow

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Dear Friends,
Please stop sending me this amazing video. It is a hoax – it does not work. How they did it below . . .

Mountain Dew Glows!!!! Mountain Dew Light Hack!!!The most amazing videos are a click away

I’m pretty sure they switch Mountain Dew with luciferin (the stuff in the small glass vial in glowsticks). The peroxide oxidizes the luciferin (making it glow) and the baking soda catalyzes the reaction (making it happen at a slower rate). If you doubt this de-bunking, consider this:

•Why do they suggest only a small amount of Mountain Dew (instead of the whole bottle)?
*Because it’s the right color and volume for the small amount of luciferin that comes in a glowstick

•Notice when they zoom in to the teaspoon with baking soda, notice the bottle of Mountain Dew before and after the zoom:
*The label has been turned around, perhaps this is when they made the switch.

I tried this at home – what the hell am I going to do with the rest of the F@#$ing 6-pack of Mountain Dew?

Stop posting this on your websites as a great Halloween tip.


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

The downside of a wiki site is that any garden variety blockhead can and will insert fart jokes. Doing some research on eclipses, I stumbled across (and almost missed) this small piece of wikivandalism.

The lesson: subtle vandalism survives longer than large/obvious vandalism.

Business Plan Archive

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I just came across a rather interesting website. Conceived by a partnership between the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business; this site is dedicated to archiving business plans and other such organizational documents from companies of the dot-com era. A great resource for anyone wanting to venture out on their own, and learn from the mistakes and successes of those from the previous era. Check it ›


Action Hero Name Generator

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Behold! The Super-Awesome Action Hero Name Generator!!! Push the button for non-stop crime-fighting Action Hero names!!! You can’t fight zombies with a name like “Scooter.” Push the button and get ready for ACTION!!! [Does not work well with Internet Explorer - the browser of the feeble].

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