The FeeJee Mermaid

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You can blame my library for having PT Barnum’s autobiography for this post.

the feejee mermaid was introduced to the world in august of 1842 when an englishman named dr. j. griffin stopped in new york claiming to have a real mermaid that had been captured near the feejee islands. he agreed to exhibit the mermaid for a week before taking it to a british museum. darwin had just introduced the theory of evolution, and the public was hungry for natural oddities. barnum purchased the “american museum” where the feejee mermaid was moved to and exihibited, becoming the number one attraction in america over the next twenty years.

Rating Root Beer

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A comprehensive list of root beers that this person has reviewed. I didn’t realize that one could be a connoisseur of root beer but I am proven wrong here. This is how he prepares for his reviews:

I employ a very rigorous process when taste-testing root beer, in order to determine the most accurate grade. First, I fast for 4 hours. Then I brush my teeth with a new toothbrush using only baking soda. I rinse 3 times with distilled water, then I take some fresh mint (home grown!) and lightly crush it on my tongue. I rinse again, the finish the cleansing of my palette with a very light lime sherbet. Two final rinses and I’m ready to go!

(via Monkeyfilter)

I Am Better Than Your Kids

This site cracked me up. As a side note, I have no children.

If you work in an office with lots of people, chances are that you work with a person who hangs pictures up that their kids have drawn. The pictures are always of some stupid flower or a tree with wheels. These pictures suck; I could draw pictures much better. In fact, I can spell, do math and run faster than your kids. So being that my skills are obviously superior to those of children, I’ve taken the liberty to judge art work done by other kids on the internet. I’ll be assigning a grade A through F for each piece: