I am literally wheezing

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time.

A guy sings “I can Ram It all day and Ram It all night.” In tight tight football pants. I’m crying here people. (THANK YOU for sharing this with me, Erik!)

California inflation

I’ve been meaning to share this for a couple of weeks since I noticed it. I’ve been using a different grocery store lately as it’s across the street from a library and noticed something that cracked me up. Just before I left St. Louis it seemed like there was a sudden explosion of dollar stores – Dollar Tree, Deals, etc. Everything in the store for $1 is the gimmick. Well, California’s more expensive so here’s what we have:

$1.37 store

We walked by and I just about fell over laughing. 🙂

You thought this campaign was dirty

I spent a lot of time reading books and the internet this weekend. I stumbled across this article on CNN about campaign allegations of America’s finest – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Among the campaign slurs:

Jefferson’s camp accused President Adams of having a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”

In return, Adams’ men called Vice President Jefferson “a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.”

OUCH. Read the article, it’s a pretty fascinating look at two of our founding fathers and the nasty history of American presidential campaigns. There’s also a link to some fun trivia about American presidents.

Venn Diagrams of Truthiness

I have a special place in my heart for Venn diagrams because I’m the daughter of a math dork who invented curriculum around them. Anyway, a friend of mine turned me on to a new website today which cracked me up. Indexed, in the words of the author, is “a little project that lets me make fun of some things and sense of others. I use it to think a little more relationally without resorting to doing actual math.”

Heee. There’s a bunch more that are fun so check out her website! Happy Friday!

Officially a hoax! Take that, uppity Sasquatch!

ABC News just published the following:

In the end, it seems Bigfoot was nothing more than a frozen Halloween costume.

Last Friday, two men, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, announced they had found the remains of the elusive legend, Sasquatch, better known as Bigfoot.

The two men had teamed up with self-proclaimed Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi, creating a media bonanza replete with claims that they had a real half-human, half-ape body in their possession. They even said they would unveil DNA proof and photographs confirming the existence of the new species.

But all the brouhaha over the “discovery” of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, was for nothing.

Biscardi, who himself has a history of dubious Bigfoot sightings, claims the story started to unravel over the weekend. And he apparently tried to shift responsibility to Whitton and Dyer claiming the pair “deceived him.” But several Bigfoot academics say all three men appear to have been perpetrating a hoax.

Biscardi claims he dispatched another Bigfoot “expert,” Steve Kulls executive director of Squatchdetective.com, to Georgia to investigate the body, supposedly being held in a freezer.

Kulls, wrote in a news release posted on Biscardi’s Web site, searchingforbigfoot.com, that as the “remains” thawed, it became increasingly clear that the men had stuffed a frozen apelike costume into a freezer.

Kulls wrote that when Biscardi confronted Whitton and Dyer on Sunday, they admitted that all they had was a costume.

The article continues on for a while but that’s the salient point right there – Halloween costume in a freezer. Well that lasted what, all of 4 days?

Desecration

Two more childhood items being mined for the present:

CBS is looking to make an updated version of… Hawaii 5-0. And they’re referring to it as “Hawaii 5-0 2.0” which is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. More details here, with awesome snarky comments.

Hawaii 5-0 DVD cover

In other news, Hasbro is updating the game of Clue.

The six characters’ last names remain the same, but their first names and bios have been updated. For example, Miss Scarlet is now Kasandra Scarlet, a famous actress often featured in tabloids. And Mr. Green is now Jacob Green, an African-American “with all the ins.”

Colonel Mustard is now Jack Mustard, a former football player. The professor? Now Victor Plum, a billionaire video game designer.

Each character — rounded out by Eleanor Peacock and Diane White — also now has a special power that could help players discover clues more quickly. New “intrigue” and “clock” cards add clues and can eliminate players in the latest version of the game.

Hasbro has also lengthened the weapons list from six to nine. The candlestick, knife and rope remain, but now weapons choices include a dumbbell, trophy or poison. The lead pipe, revolver and wrench are no longer part of the game.

Meanwhile, new rooms include a theater, spa and guest house nearby.

Booooooo.

Sunny Monday

I decided to do something new today – the weather is simply gorgeous and I was tired of puttering around the apartment. So I took myself to the San Jose Heritage Rose Gardens. It’s kind of a weird place – just rows and rows of roses. But what makes it even odder is that it’s right next to the San Jose airport so there are all these really low flying planes coming in for landing right over your head. Anyway, it was nice to spend an hour in the sun walking around with my iPod and my camera just enjoying the scenery. I uploaded a slew of pictures to my flickr account. Here’s a few faves:

White rose

Pink rose

Orange rose

Roses & planes

Happy Monday!