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Day February 28, 2005

Oscars Wrapup

Radmila has the final say.

Origins of American Animation


The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer Kids. As well as showing the development of animation, these films also reveal the social attitudes of early twentieth-century America.

Pictured above is a clip from the racially sensitive Bobby Bump Starts a Lodge.

Upcoming Movie Sequels and Remakes

There is a movie coming out for The A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Miami Vice and Knight Rider? Sacrilege!

Here’s a list of sequels and prequels that are slated to come out in the next several years. They don’t necessarily mean that the geniuses behind them ran out of story. I included the movie title, the slated year of release, and a personal ranking.

(via Backwards City)

Bad Cop, No Donut


Your weekly wrap-up of North American police brutality, misconduct and corruption.

Japanese Vengeance Balloon Bombs of WW2


During the Second World War the Japanese conceived the idea of fashioning incendiary bombs and attaching these to balloons which were released with easterly wintertime jet stream winds above 30,000 feet to float 5,000 miles across the north Pacific. The idea was to have these devices explode over the forested regions of the Pacific Northwest and initiate large forest fires that would hopefully divert U.S. manpower from warfighting in the Pacific theater to combating fires at home.

Totalitarian Art


I hadn’t seen 90% of these photos and paintings. Stalin is pictured above in the Chef Boyadee getup.
(via Tom McMahon)

The Cross in Space


I dunno.

The cross will be over You personally! The Cross will be over every Nation on earth! Over Afghanistan! Saudi Arabia! Jerusalem! America! The cross in Space Satellite will be in a Polar orbit from pole to pole. As the earth turns it will pass over every inch of the earth like peeling an apple. The cross will circle the earth every one and a half hours. After launch we can tell you on our site when it will be over you and your nation.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Haunted Hotel Reviews

Check out the reviews on tripadvisor.com for the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Fond du Lac, WI. They all claim that it is haunted.

Let me start out by saying it’s a great Ramada with clean rooms, and friendly staff. However, in the middle of the night, I heard the sound of someone pulling covers off the other bed. I looked at the other bed in my room, and saw the outline of a head resting on the pillow. I put my hand on it, and it was ICE cold. 30 minutes later, I am woken up again with the sound of footsteps by the bathroom. I get up, and find no one. But wait theres more, I also heard the sound of water from the sink in the bathroom. I got up, and could not find any faucet running. At that point, I just asked whoever was there to please let me have some rest. And the ghost(s) must have been listening, because after that I slept fine. Give it a chance! If you love spacious, haunted hotels, this is for you!!!

(Thanks Anonymous)

True Facts

I have no idea if these are really true. And isn’t ‘True Facts’ redundant?

Only 6% of the autographs in circulation from members of the Beatles are estimated to be real.

More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed each year from using products that are made for right-handed people.

A private elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia, accidentally served margaritas to its schoolchildren, thinking it was limeade.

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