October 2009 Archives

20 Most Bizarre Craigslist Adverts

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http://snipurl.com/syof5

"Craigslist, the anarchic classifieds website, has developed a reputation for hosting some of the oddest adverts on the internet. Earlier this year the website agreed to drop its "erotic services" section over claims that it promoted pornography, but otherwise the unmoderated, anything-goes ethos on which its success was built continues."

This page presents a selection of some of the most bizarre adverts, requests and personals listed on the site - from the elderly woman looking for a lodger to live in her bathroom, to the man selling 1,300 Pope hats.

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"Full head rubber mask, old, has discoloration on white feather part from age, storage. Hey I got it on my big head, so it works that way."

People Of Walmart

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http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

Random pictures of people taken by (I assume) the CCTV in various Walmart stores in the States.

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Normandy During WW2 And Now

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http://snipurl.com/swmt9

An amazing selection of photos of the Normandy in the first days after the allied forces landed in 1944 and the way it is today.

204 pictures of the comparison on this site.

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Hypercomplex Fractals

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http://bugman123.com/Hypercomplex/index.html

Don't ask me what a fractal is because I am unable to get my head around this concept at all.

However Wikipedia defines them as "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. Roots of mathematical interest in fractals can be traced back to the late 19th Century; however, the term "fractal" was coined by Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning "broken" or "fractured." A mathematical fractal is based on an equation that undergoes iteration, a form of feedback based on recursion.

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Phallic Logos

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http://www.b3ta.com/features/phalliclogoawards/

As the title suggests there are some businesses that should take a good hard look at their company logos because these are a bit unfortunate.

See also more like this.

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Extraordinary Billboard Advertising

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http://tiny.cc/nN49w

Billboard advertising needs to catch the eye and make you smile. These examples go some way to achieving that.

See also these other examples of clever advertising.

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Bora Bora

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http://snipurl.com/sox5l

"Bora – Unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands remains the island of all dreams. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words “Bora Bora” bring an almost mystical presence to the island. The island, located about 230 kilometres northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef."

This is a collection of 25 stunning pictures of the island...

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How Derren Predicted The Lottery

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http://u.nu/4tvm3

"Most Americans aren’t familiar with Derren Brown, the mentalist-cum-magician-cum-con man, but in the UK, he’s been boggling the minds of  TV watchers for years, with his oft-unexplained feats of psychological tomfoolery, such as reading minds, performing live séances, and predicting horse races. In the first of series of live specials for UK’s Channel 4, he upped his game by claiming to be able to predict the outcome of the British National Lottery on live television, a feat he apparently successfully achieved."

This page goes into the details of theories on how he actually managed to pull this off.

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YouTube Picks #59 - Kramer's Entrance

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If you watch Seinfeld this is a compilation of clips from the show - should read 'Kramer's Entrances'...

My Parents Joined Facebook

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http://myparentsjoinedfacebook.com/

"So, you finally caved. You've accepted a friend request from your Mom, Dad, crazy Aunt Ida, and your college roommate’s newly divorced mother. Well here's your chance to get back at them for taking away your public privacy."

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America's Favourite Pork Chop Recipes

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http://tiny.cc/XmWrf

"Simple pork chop recipes always make for a great meal, from grilled pork chop recipes and healthy pork chop recipes to baked pork chop recipes. In homage to the pork chop, Recipe Lion has compiled this eCookbook, the best pork chop recipes collection."

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Sceptical Science

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http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

Examines the science of global warming scepticism. There's an ongoing battle between scientists in different camps on the topic of climate change. This site examines the arguments closely and gives readers the chance to leave their own comments and opinions.

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Recent Hindu Festivals And Rituals

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http://snipurl.com/ski25

"Many Hindus throughout India recently celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi, a 10-day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesh, their supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Hinduism, the predominant religion in India, is rich with traditional festivals and rituals, celebrated in many ways and locations around the world. Collected here are a few photographs from recent Hindu festivals and of Hindu devotees worshipping and practicing ritual ceremonies in India, England, Nepal and Indonesia."

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Hindu holy men chant mantras and pray in the Varuna Yajna ritual to appease the rain god

Wordle

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http://www.wordle.net/

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends"

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you can also generate a cloud from your blog page which is what has happened here

Top Eternal Questions in Popular Music

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http://snipurl.com/sj3ty

"How many roads does a man walk down?"

"What has love got to do with it?"

and "Who let the dogs out?"

are just some of the questions found in pop music. Submit your own on this site.

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Bob Dylan
...By Blu and David Ellis...


Let Them Sing It For You

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http://www.sr.se/p1/src/sing/#

Enter your own customized lyrics and hit the 'Play' button to hear them sung back to you in a rather odd mix of styles...

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Best And Worst Logo Remakes Of The Century

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http://tiny.cc/odiQo

Times go on and companies and corporations roll with the changes. Many find it necessary to refine their branding logos. Some of these logos end up better than before, others are probably a step in the wrong direction...

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I preferred the original one...

Bicycle-Towed House

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http://u.nu/2zdh3

"Why tow around a bus-sized motorhome when you can create a 100-pound trailer that has nearly everything you need?

Meet a guy named Paul, creator of this bicycle-towed camper with a wind turbine on top, a place he called home at the Burning Man project for a week.

He cooks his meals in a solar oven, and heats up water for showers and kitchen use with a solar water heating system."

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Quirky eCommerce Site

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http://producten.hema.nl/

Done as a bit of fun, this is an ecommerce site with a difference. Hover your mouse over the blue cup to start the action.

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Food Stamp Facts

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http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10101.html

The food stamp program helps low-income people buy food. Although it is a federal government program, it is run by state or local agencies.

If you live in the States and you're having a hard time of it this link will take you to a facts page about this program.

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Clever McDonald's Advertising

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http://snipurl.com/sdq98

"McDonald's corporation is the world’s largest chain of fast food restaurants, serving nearly 47 million customers daily. The business began in 1940 with the first restaurant opened by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald in California. Today McDonald’s operates over 31,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people."

This is a collection of some of their better advertising campaigns.

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caption says 'the McCafe'

Odds Of Your Plane Crashing

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http://u.nu/5u3v

Graphical representation of the odds of you dying in a plane crash. Done by destination, aircraft type, where in the plane you are sitting, month of the year, and airline that you're flying with.

Worth a look if you fly at all.

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Pass The Head Jelly Please

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http://tiny.cc/L8tw6

This page refers to these foods as 'gag-inducing'. Personally, I like a bit of black pudding and vegemite myself but there are one or two of these that I don't think I'd bother with unless I had to...

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"Head cheese is a more appetizing way of saying “meat jelly,” which is various animal (usually a cow or pig) head bits set in gelatin with herbs and spices. In Europe, it’s used as sandwich filling."

The Snuggie Sutra

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http://thesnuggiesutra.com/

I'd never heard of a snuggie before seeing this site and even the spell checker on my browser thinks I've typed something wrong but Wikipedia defines a snuggie as 'A sleeved blanket is a body-length blanket with sleeves usually made of synthetic fleece.'

This site, as you can probably imagine from the title of this, is kind of a Kama Sutra with snuggies thrown in.

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"The woman wears the Snuggie on her back and covers her partner with the rest. She won’t miss a minute of Sex In The City and he won’t miss the tattoo of her ex’s name on her ass."

I apologize in advance for this one - might appeal to viewers of questionable tastes.


Periodic Tables

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Here's a regular periodic table (slightly interactive) which can be used to help you with your chemistry homewor.

Here's a periodic table of beers...

Here's one of typefaces (fonts)

and

here's a periodic table of condiments that periodically go bad!

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Unusual Freaky Graves

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http://tiny.cc/oPLm3

I guess some people just want to leave a lasting impression with their final resting places. Many of these examples must reflect their owners loves in life when they were still around.

I could quite go for one of those motorcycle gravestone designs myself now I think about it...

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very droll..

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