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Wow! Curious George is a Holocaust survivor! Really.

Artist H.A. Rey and his writer wife, Margret, were living in Paris when the Nazis occupied France in 1940. As German Jews, the Reys knew that in order to survive they had to get out. So they began a 9-day journey by bicycle to Lisbon, sleeping in barns and begging for help along the way.

Noreen Brand with the Illinois Holocaust Museum says the Reys left Paris penniless but, among the few possessions they stuffed into their knapsacks, were the drawings and original manuscript that would later become the Curious George series.

The Reys finally made their way to freedom and settled in New York where they went on to write and illustrate the entire Curious George series.

via Local Museum Opens Curious George Exhibit – WBBM 780 – Chicago’s #1 source for local news, traffic and weather.


March 24, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, Fun stuff | Comments Off on Wow! Curious George is a Holocaust survivor! Really.

Did you remember the marshmallows?

A James Bond fan fed up with drivers cutting him up on his moped invented the ultimate gadget to gain his revenge – a 15ft flamethrower.

Colin Furze, 30, from Stamford in Lincolnshire, spent a month converting the 60mph sports scooter in his back garden.

“It’s a lot of fun and when I fire the flames out the back it makes me feel just like James Bond,” said Mr Furze.

“The flames are pretty big and up to 15 feet long so you could definitely set fire to someone’s car if you wanted to.

“The only problem is it can get rather hot if you are riding the moped and blast the flames when the wind is in the wrong direction.”

via Ananova – Moped rider invents flamethrower.

March 24, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, Fun stuff | Comments Off on Did you remember the marshmallows?

Live to be 100…smoke and drink

A 100-year-old Gloucestershire woman believes her longevity may be down to cigarettes and alcohol. Lorna Gobey, of Cheltenham, smokes 20 cigarettes a day and regularly enjoys a glass of Guinness with a whisky chaser.

She smoked her first cigarette in 1940 – and reckons she’s gone through over half-a-million since then, reports the Daily Telegraph.

via Ananova – Centenarian puts age down to cigs and booze.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff | , | Comments Off on Live to be 100…smoke and drink

The skinny on Britain’s narrowest house

A former donkey cart shed which is just 6ft wide is believed to be one of the narrowest homes in Britain. Owners Iain and Rachel Boyle bought the property for just £8,000, 12 years ago, after driving past it every day and wondering what it was like inside.

They spent another £15,000 turning it into a stylish pied-a-terre over three floors – including a mezzanine bedroom – and now rent it out.

via Ananova – Is this Britain’s narrowest house?

The owner says it’s “compact”.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff, Strange | | Comments Off on The skinny on Britain’s narrowest house

The other side of Mount Rushmore

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff | | 1 Comment

Fill ‘er up?

The sequence of events happens dozens of times every day at the BP gas station/convenience store at U.S. 19 at Nursery Road.

An unsuspecting customer pulls up to the drive-through window. But instead of a store clerk, up pops two paws, deep brown eyes and the tongue-flapping grin of a happy chocolate Labrador retriever named Cody.

Kids in the back seats of minivans often squeal with joy.

Even the usually stony faces of gruff construction worker-types can't help but crack a smile under the dog's unpretentious greeting.

“He hears the bell and goes running. When he pops up, that sets it off,” said Karim Mansour, the store's and dog's owner. “Uncontrollable giggling.”

More at St. Petersburg Times.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | animals, cool stuff, dogs, Fun stuff, retail | | Comments Off on Fill ‘er up?

Basketball is a non-contact sport, right?


November 22, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, games | | Comments Off on Basketball is a non-contact sport, right?

The Theory of the Universe

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

Douglas Adams
English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 – 2001)

November 22, 2009 Posted by | cool people, Fun stuff, Quotes | | 1 Comment

Christmas Decorating idea (Thanks, Katherine)

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October 31, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Fun stuff | , | Comments Off on Christmas Decorating idea (Thanks, Katherine)

Fore! Plunk!

There’s something lurking in the depths of Loch Ness, Scotland and it has nothing to do with monsters.

On a recent expedition to try and find evidence of the Loch Ness monster, U.S. research teams came across something quite unexpected — not a prehistoric creature of the deep but thousands of plastic covered golf balls.

Mike O’Brien of SeaTrepid explains: “At first we thought they were mushrooms, there were so many. But when we lowered the camera, we were surprised to see that they were in fact golf balls.”

The smattering of balls were found roughly 300 yards from the beach and 100 yards from the shore where it is thought locals and visitors have been using the loch to practice their driving skills for quite some time.

via The lost golf balls of Loch Ness – CNN.com.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, Strange | | Comments Off on Fore! Plunk!

Clam chowder anyone? Ivar’s is the best in Seattle, I think.

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He has been called the greatest self-promoter in the history of Seattle. And now, more than 24 years after he died at age 79, Ivar Haglund apparently has managed one more fantastic stunt.

Underwater billboards that date to around 1954. Anchored to the bottom of Puget Sound with concrete footings. Yes, at the bottom of Puget Sound. At around 55 to 80 feet in depth, depending on the tide, and near the shore.

You know, just in case you were in a personal submarine cruising along Elliott Bay, or Edmonds, or Alki Point.

More via Seattle Times Newspaper.

Three of the stainless steel billboards have been brought up in the last month.

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, Odd signs | , | Comments Off on Clam chowder anyone? Ivar’s is the best in Seattle, I think.

That’s not how it works…

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September 17, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff | | Comments Off on That’s not how it works…

“Naked man foils car theft”

Some headlines are too good to change and this one from Boulder, Colorado , is one of them:

Naked man foils car theft, nabs suspect for Boulder police

Justin Chentnik, now wearing clothes, gives credit to Skip [his girl friend’s dog] for alerting his friend that a man was trying to steal her car around 4 a.m. Friday. Chentnik ran out of the house naked, grabbed the man and held him until police arrived

It’s a good thing Justin Chentnik isn’t modest. If he were, his friend would be out a car, and he’d be out a good story.

The rest of this story is here at   Colorado Daily

September 15, 2009 Posted by | cops, crazy, Dumb Crook, Fun stuff | , | 1 Comment

Ain’t it the truth…

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Thanks, Katherine.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, Think about it | | Comments Off on Ain’t it the truth…

Shouldn’t have had that last serving of sauerkraut

An Austrian man has been fined £45 for breaking wind while he was being questioned by police officers.

Police in Graz said the laughter of passers-by humiliated them, giving them grounds to book Hansi Sporer, 20, under local anti police abuse laws.

“This was no accident. He clearly intended to make a laughing stock out of the officers and deserved what he got,” said one police source.

via Ananova – Windy Austrian fined.

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Big stink, cops, Fun stuff | Comments Off on Shouldn’t have had that last serving of sauerkraut

The Queen may not have had legs but she sure had drawers

They look like something snaffled from a pantomime dame’s wardrobe. But these generously proportioned linen bloomers and chemise were fit for a queen. And not just any queen. None other than Queen Victoria herself wore these at the end of the 19th century…

As well as being embroidered with a crown and the initials VR the underwear also have a number to ensure they could be kept track of when sent to the laundry…

Victoria’s underwear is at Kensington Palace. Which means they have become one of the most important museum pieces in the country. Embroidered with a small crown and the initials VR, the undergarments have been given ‘national designated status’ by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

via Victoria’s big secret | Mail Online.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Fun stuff, Strange | , | Comments Off on The Queen may not have had legs but she sure had drawers

The Great Pumpkin arrived a little early this year

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A 1,145-pound pumpkin from the “Kentucky Pumpkin Mafia” came in first place at the Giant Pumpkin Contest at the Indiana State Fair Sunday, officials said.

More at  The Great Pumpkin is from Kentucky – UPI.com.

August 17, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, Fun stuff | | Comments Off on The Great Pumpkin arrived a little early this year

“How to tie your shoe laces”

There are 15 different ways to lace your shoes at How To Tie Your Shoe Laces. The link is below the image.

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via How to tie your shoe laces | MailDumper.

August 16, 2009 Posted by | Art?, cool stuff, Fun stuff | , | Comments Off on “How to tie your shoe laces”

OK, Vicar. Pony up the drawers.

Summer fete committee members in Langton Herring, Dorset, were forced to slash costs for the annual summer party due to the recession. Committee member Amanda King jokingly suggested using the pants as bunting after hearing there was not enough money to buy new decorations.

Villagers have responded by donating hundreds of pants and knickers of all shapes and sizes.

“We all thought that life is a bit of pants these days so how appropriate to fly pants instead of bunting,” said Mrs King. “It’s given people a bit of a chuckle although I don’t think everyone approves,” said committee chairman Anne Kerins added.

“Ann has run with the idea and the village has been very supportive. We even hope to have some holy pants from the vicar.

via Vicar’s underwear used for bunting – Telegraph.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, People | , , | Comments Off on OK, Vicar. Pony up the drawers.

Someone in Colorado believes in the direct approach

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Link to imgur.com

July 17, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff | , | 1 Comment