The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlie Sheen quotes as New Yorker cartoons

This is just toooo funny. From BuzzFeed –– Charlie Sheen quotes as New Yorker cartoons. Here's one, go to BuzzFeed to see the rest. It's worth the click.

Stranded passengers get impromptu concert from Cyndi Lauper

You're stranded at the airport. You're bored out of your mind. Wait. Over there. It's Cyndi Lauper and she's giving a concert! How lucky can you get!

Charlie Sheen's "Tiger Blood" for sale by the IV pouch

It had to happen. You can now purchase the energy drink "Tiger Blood" for $4.00 per IV pouch. Charlie Sheen has been raging about it and now it can be yours. Perhaps best mixed with vodka. Fired by Warner Bros. and now his blood product for sale! Poor, poor Charlie. Here is what the manufacturer, Harcos Laboratories has to say about their concoction:

"It's made from 100% passion specifically to make your brain fire in a way that's not from this particular terrestrial realm. Tiger Blood allows you to use household items, you're welcome to take more drugs than anyone can survive. Be different, have a different brain, and a different heart. When you feel Tiger Blood in your veins, you'll realize dying's for fools and that can't is the cancer of happen. Period. The end."

Still interested? You can order here. 

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Wrecking Crew – the musicians behind the hit records of the 60s/70s

The Wrecking Crew were group of L.A. session musicians who anonymously played behind many of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s, including hits by the Beach Boys, Monkees, 5th Dimension, and numerous TV themes. Here it the trailer for a documentary about them. Rock on Wrecking Crew!

William Shatner gives wake-call to shuttle Discovery

Boldly going where no actor has gone before –– William Shatner, AKA Captain Kirk, recorded a Star Trek wake up call for the crew of the space shuttle Discovery, currently in orbit around the earth on the last shuttle mission. Live long and prosper!

UK scientists ask people to collect climate data by blowing bubbles

Bubbles, Computer artImage via Wikipedia
Meteorologists in the  U.K. are asking people measure climate change for them by using a mirror, soap bubbles or looking up at the sky. They've asked them to measure wind speed by blowing bubbles in the air and by monitoring the direction of clouds using a mirror.

"They're all aspects that are actually quite difficult for us to analyze or measure with our standard monitoring network and so it's all about capturing new data that can complement our existing observation and tell us a little more," Meteorology Office climate scientist Mark McCarthy told AFP. "Contrails (vapour trails), for example -- we want to look at how well weather and climate models are able to predict where contrails do or don't form and whether they do or don't spread out and form clouds."

I think we are all in trouble when scientific data is collected by some yobs blowing bubbles. Think this is nuts? You might want to have a look at this Guinness Tastes Better in Ireland study as well.

The happiest man in America

The New York Times asked pollster Gallup to find the happiest man in the U.S. Well sort of. What they asked for was a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on their previous happiness polling. The winner: 

He's' a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.

The Times tracked him down: "Meet Alvin Wong. He is a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year

Oh Alvin – what a great life you have!  

Alvin Wong and his wife, Trudy Schandler-Wong.

Study: Does Guinness taste better in Ireland

Guinness for strenghtImage via Wikipedia
This one will be filed in my "Useless Studies" folder ... but the short answer is yes –– Guinness does taste better in Ireland. A better question is, "How do I get a research grant like this?"  In any event, this study about Guinness was  published in the Journal of Food Science. From the study:

"Over a period of one year, four researchers of different nationalities traveled to 14 countries and visited 71 Guinness serving establishments in 33 cities to collect data for 103 tastings.
Tasting scores for pints of Guinness were generally high all around the world, yet tastings in pubs in Ireland scored significantly higher.
This difference remained statistically significant after adjusting for researcher, pub ambience, Guinness appearance, and the sensory measures of mouthfeel, flavor and aftertaste. Please note that results are subject to further verification because of limitations in the study design."

Thank-you to ScienceDaily for this. 

Criminals break into prison

A bunch of Razor Wire atop a chain link fenceImage via Wikipedia
It's not a typo –– The bad guys broke into a prison. Thieves broke into New Zealand's oldest prison on Saturday. Maybe it's not a crazy as it sounds: the thieves made off with a large plasma TV. "If any members of the public saw anyone carrying a big TV at that time of night, or heard or saw anything in the area of the prison, let police know," Sergeant Thomas McIntyre said.

The New Plymouth prison is surrounded by a large stone wall topped with razor wire –– designed to keep people in. 

Priest's drunken rant after DUI arrest – offers to be 'sexual slave'

After being arrested for drunk driving, Ohio priest Father Ignatius Kury was handcuffed to a cinder-block in his cell. For twenty minutes, Kury ranted, screamed and raged .... guess the devil made him do it!