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April 27, 2008

Photo: Stumble

You got to love some of the Photoshop stuff you see on the Net.

I remember seeing a movie once where a guy attempted to pick up a Shar-Pei and ended up with a hand full of lose skin… with the dog still on the floor.

Though I don’t remember which movie it was, I do remember the actor saying “There’s enough for two dogs in here!”. This feature bred into these dogs; for those who don’t know, is what made the Japanese Shar-Peis such good fighting dogs.

If for instance in a fight; and I do not approve at all of Dog Fights, if a Pitbull grabbed a Shar-Pei around the neck, the Shar-Pei would just swivel around in it’s skin and grab the surprised attacking dog around it’s neck and the fight would generally be all but over.

List of unusual deaths

April 10, 2008

# 458 BC: Aeschylus, greek playwright, was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone. The tortoise survived.

# 270 BC: Philitas of Cos, poet and critic and reportedly wasted away and died of insomnia while brooding about the Liar paradox.

# 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs.

A little side note on Philosophers, I once heard someone say about Philosophers that he thought they would wear white lab coats (as do real scientists) if they though they could get away with it… well I thought it was funny.

# 336: Arius, the heretical priest who precipitated the Council of Nicea, passed wind and evacuated his internal organs.

# 1016: Edmund II of England died by having a sword thrust in his anus by the soldiers of King Canute while using a primitive latrine.

Side note. I wonder how long the assassin waited for to give Edmund a pain in the ass.

# 1410 Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing.

Side note. Sounds suspiciously like an over dose cyanide with a side dish of magic mushrooms.

# 1753: Professor Georg Wilhelm Richmann, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was struck and killed by a globe of ball lightning while observing a storm.

# 1899: Félix Faure, french president, died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.

Well it would have saved the US and us all the BS about Bill & Monica.

# 1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.

# 1978: Janet Parker, a British medical photographer, died of smallpox in 1978, ten months after the disease was eradicated in the wild, when a researcher at the laboratory Parker worked at accidentally released some virus into the air of the building. She is believed to be the last smallpox fatality in history.

# 1979: Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known man to be killed by a robot.

# 1981: A 25-year-old Dutch woman studying in Paris, Renée Hartevelt, was killed, raped, and eaten by a classmate, Issei Sagawa, when he invited her to dinner for a literary conversation. The killer was declared unfit to stand trial and extradited back to Japan, where he was released from custody within fifteen months.

# 1984: Jim Fixx, who wrote “The Complete Book of Running” and lectured about how running and a healthy diet would promote longevity, dropped dead from a heart attack while running. An autopsy revealed he had 3 massively blocked heart arteries.

# 1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was “unbreakable.”

# 2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Website: Wikipedia

The Art Of Japanese Pen Spinning

February 18, 2008

Video: Metacafe

Wow, I didn’t know it was a Japanese thing and I don’t know how long they have been practicing but it is impressive… OK get out your pens and start twiddling.

Another funny Japanese video…

February 6, 2008

You have to laugh, but you got to wonder about liability… not that I support the amoral opportunistic ambulance chasers.

So many Lawyers, so few bullets.

Hilarious Japanese TV Show

It’s shameful that they are still murdering whales though.

Japanese car parking

February 1, 2008

Video: Metacafe

This should save quite a few accidents and maybe the insurance companies will reduce premiums ( now that is funny ). That would be like trying to get blood from a stone.

Japanese Snow Monkey takes the Plunge

January 30, 2008

Japanese Snow Monkey takes the Plunge
Photo: Brian Caine

Great shot and how freaky… the monkey’s doing a very human dive!


Funny Japanese game show

November 30, 2007

Video: YouTube

The Japanese really like their funny game shows. They always give me a laugh too.

Website: JapanProbe.com

Deadly Australians – Blue Ring Octopus

November 22, 2007

Australian Blue Ring Octopus
Photo: Photo: Blue Ring Octopus – Hapalochlaena maculosa – Earlham College Biology Department

The poisen of the Blue Ring Octopus is said to be 10,000 times more potent than cyanide… and there is no known antidote. The bite can leed to paralysis, respiratory arrest and finally death if artificial respiration and heart massage is not carried out on the victim and maintained till the toxin washes out of their system.

This little; not much bigger than a golf ball, somewhat attractive, innocent looking creature can be found widely from Australia to Japan, it can be found in rock pools and as down far as 20m deep. The fact that it’s atractive and can be found in rock pools means that kids should be tought about it since it’s just the sort of thing that they would be attracted to if not warned.

Website: Wikipedia