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Day February 8, 2007

Dead Sodas

A tribute to soft drinks that are no more:

Orbitz: Orbitz was made by Clearly Canadian, who if you’ll recall were neck-and-neck with Mistic for jurisdiction over the realm of sodas that posed as fruit-flavored waters. Orbitz was much like regular Clearly Canadian fruit sodas, save for two important differences: It was a lot thicker, and it had tiny candy balls from Jupiter floating around inside it.

Yes, it’s that drink — the one with the balls. While Orbitz drinks would’ve seemed worlds apart from the competition sheerly on the merits of their oddball flavors (Pineapple Banana Cherry Coconut?), it was the dozens of gelatinous, colored balls floating around each bottle that made it famous. The balls were more or less flavorless, serving only to soak up whatever flavors their liquid homes bore. This was like the kiddy version of the holy flakes in a bottle of Goldschlager.

Colorful (and Sometimes Poisonous) Frogs

From A Thrilling Wonder:

Not all beautiful frogs depicted here are poisonous, but those who are – can be very deadly indeed. The most poisonous animal is not a snake or a spider. It’s a beautiful little frog! “Most frogs produce skin toxins, but the dart poison frogs from Central and South America are the most potent of all. The golden poison frog, called terribilis (the terrible), is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous.

Update:

Thanks to Bibi from Bibi’s Box for this link to the American Museum of Natural History’s colorful frog page.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Skin

From Discover.com:

3 The skin releases as much as three gallons of sweat a day in hot weather. The areas that don’t sweat are the nail bed, the margins of the lips, the tip of the penis, and the eardrums.

4 Ooh, that smell: Body odor comes from a second kind of sweat—a fatty secretion produced by the apocrine sweat glands, found mostly around the armpits, genitals, and anus.

5 Yum! The odor is caused by bacteria on the skin eating and digesting those fatty compounds.

Dazed and Confused by the Yardbirds

The Yardbirds line-up included Jimmy Page, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja & Jim McCarty. The song originated from a man called Jake Holmes, whom the Yardbirds had seen in America. Dreja & Page were so impressed with Dazed that they bought his album the next day & learned the song from it, Relf made up his own lyrics to accompany the song & they started to perform it as part of their live set. When the yardie called it a day Page used it with Led Zeppelin. This version is live from Baton Rouge on French-TV, broadcasted on the 9th of March,1968. I know there is the full set of this show on YouTube this just the one song from it. Enjoy!

And a few years later.

Pharyngula on Debbie Schlussel’s “When Atheists a/k/a Future Muslims Attack” Post

Don’t get on PZ Myer’s bad side.

The “HooHaa” Monologues

The Brouhaha over the HooHaa:

Driving by the Atlantic Theater yesterday afternoon on my way to a meeting, I noticed that their huge marquee had changed slightly — what was once billed (as recent as the day before) as “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES – Feb. 15th,16th and 17th” had been changed to “THE HOOHAA MONOLOGUES.”

Confused at the change in terminology from the anatomical to the informal, I called the Theater immediately (904-249-PLAY) and asked the answering manager if some kind of complaint had been made. He told me that a woman, who had driven by with her niece earlier in the day, demanded that they remove the vulgar “VAGINA” from the marquee, as it was wholly offensive to her and others (of presumably equally low intelligence).

The manager, in perhaps the coolest act of management ever, informed the lady that it was (Atlantic Theatres’) sign and that (Atlantic Theatres) could post what they wanted on it. Never mind the fact that the word in question was, in fact, part of the title of an award-winning play and a perfectly appropriate term for female anatomy.

The woman then demanded that Atlantic Theatres change the sign or that she’d “pursue further action.” The manager I spoke with sounded a bit frustrated yet resigned to the fact that any hell this woman could raise would far outweigh his personal satisfaction in keeping the sign as it was.

Here’s the local news coverage on the HooHaa.
(via Boing Boing)

CNN’s Discrimination Against Atheists

I’ve been battling the flu for the past few days so I missed this earlier this week. Paula Zahn had a discussion about atheists without having an actual atheist in the debate. Here’s the short version if you don’t feel like watching the video.

Karen Hunter: “Atheists need to shut up cuz they have no beliefs.”

Debbie Schlussel: “Atheists are future Muslim extremists

(Thanks Marlea)

Update:

Richard Dawkins will be on Zahn’s show tonight. To make it fair, the panel should consist of Dawkins, Sam Harris and Penn Jillette.

Gangster Art

Gangster art by Michael Bell.

(via Information Junk)

Copper Plating and Etching Altoid Tins

From The Steampunk Workshop:

While looking for information on transferring toner using a fuser assembly from an old laser printer I ran across several websites where people suggested using glossy magazine pages for transferring printed circuit board images to a copper substrate. I thought I’d give this a try for etching Altoid tins, so I cut up a likely magazine.

Preparing the Altoids tins turned out to be harder then I predicted. The paint stripper I use comes in a spray can and is sold as “Paint & Epoxy Remover.” It’s strong stuff. If you get even a drop on your skin it hurts like hell and you need to flush the area with lots of water to make it stop. Most paints just wrinkle up and fall off when I hit them with this stuff yet the paint on the Altoid tins required several minutes of scrubbing with steel wool while wearing nitrile gloves (latex gloves fall to pieces in seconds.)

(via Make:blog)

Hairstyle Names From 1970s Ebony Ad

From Meathaus:

Here are some pictures of hairstyles with awesome names that I scanned from one of my 1970s Ebony magazines. These are from an ad for hair products, not from an article. All good haircuts should have an equally good name.


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