Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monty Python explained: Housey-Housey

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For years, I've been a fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus. There is one scene in The Cycling Tour where a bunch of mock-Chinese people are very keen on playing Bingo and keep on shouting "Bingo" and "Housey Housey":

This is probably one of the most annoying scenes ever, with lots of characters all shouting "Housey Housey" all over the place for no apparent reason.

Well, as it turns out, this is one of those places where I just don't get it because I'm an American. Doing a Google search this morning, I learned that "Housey-Housey" is what the British call the game of Bingo (and occasionally Lotto). And, like with Bingo, you shout the name of the game when you win.

And now you too know this piece of worthless trivia

Friday, January 23, 2015

Instant Ice - Waterbending In Real Life!

Instant Ice - Waterbending In Real Life!

Want to make a glass of water freeze instantly on command? What is this supernatural power and who can use it? Discover the secrets to Ice-bending ... in real life.

Detailed Instant Ice Tips & Tricks:

You can do it with soda too!:
Project Inspired by: A friend at work, named Lew, told me he left water bottles outside overnight in freezing temperatures, then got the water to freeze instantly by shaking them. Since then, I've seen multiple videos on YouTube demonstrating the effect of supercooled water, and had multiple requests to make a video.

Sounds like something fun to try at home. I'll have to try it out one of these days.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Peanuts Movie trailer

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Peanuts | Official Holiday Trailer [HD] | FOX Family

Published on Nov 18, 2014
Peanuts | Official Trailer: Watch the exclusive new trailer for The Peanuts Movie where Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang will make their big-screen debut.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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According to IMDB, it is scheduled for release on November 6, 2015.

Dry Bones: Good News, Bad News

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So what, one wonders, are an Iranian general and Iranian troops doing on the Golan Heights, on Israel's borders? Hmmmmm?

What, indeed. And yet the US and Europe remain steadfastly dedicated to the idea that this whole conflict is over Palestinian refugees and Jews building homes on their own land. And when you tell them that this is, and always has been, a proxy-war with Iran, they laugh at you. But I'm sure they'll just dismiss this article as fantasy since it doesn't align with their prejudices.

Click through to the article to see a Yahoo News article about this.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Piece of junk bed frame

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In December, out bed broke. The bed is a fairly traditional design. A headboard, a footboard, two wooden rails connecting them, and three wooden planks running between the rails, with mattress and foundation on top. The frame was pretty old, and eventually, one of the wooden rails broke.

Not wanting to go through the same problem again, I thought it would be best to keep the headboard and footboard, but replace the frame with a steel frame. After some Googling, we located Bed Frame Parts and selected the frame seen above. We thought $160 is overpriced (since the steel frame we got with the mattress only cost $100), but it was the best price for something that appeared solid in the picture and its description.

We ordered it in mid-December and it arrived in a few days. Assembly was a little tricky, but nothing I couldn't handle. We put the mattresses on it and considered it done. Until last night.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

What were they thinking? - Princess Elsa Pinata

Princess Elsa Pinata

Queen Elsa is more than ready to attend your upcoming Frozen themed birthday party and have a blast at the most enchanting event of the year! Pinata measures 30 inches high by 13 inches long by 13 inches deep and can be filled with up to 3lbs of candy and toys. This beautiful pinata can be used as centerpiece decoration for your food table or just fill with candy and toys and play the traditional party game!

And in the "what were they thinking" department, you can now take the star character from the most popular animated movie, fill it with candy, and then have children beat it with stick until it breaks apart. Just the thing for traumatizing pre-teens.

h/t The Devil's Panties.