By Mark Draughn on May 7, 2010
I thought this was a joke, but it looks like they’re serious. This just might be the dumbest idea on the internet. Stephen Baldwin of the famous “Baldwin Brothers” Hollywood clan is a veteran actor who has starred in over 60 films and TV shows. He is no stranger to the Hollywood life of glitz, [...]
By Mark Draughn on February 5, 2009
Well, sort of. Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria. (Hat tip: Radley Balko)
By Mark Draughn on June 17, 2008
And somehow that’s national news.
By Mark Draughn on June 12, 2008
Sometimes reality gets ahead of the Onion: Rock-Paper-Scissors.
By Mark Draughn on May 25, 2008
I complain a lot about abusive cops, so it’s only fair then that I link to this video of a bunch of cops handling some outrageously abusive people with calm professionalism. Caution: Very bad language.
By Mark Draughn on February 10, 2008
Visit Gideon’s blog to see a really strange form of motorsport. No, make that gameshow. The thing is, I enjoy seeing people demonstrate the impressive skills needed to do seemingly ordinary things. A school bus rodeo is a little too removed from my experience for me to get into, but I can appreciate fine grocery [...]
By Mark Draughn on January 4, 2008
I don’t usually cover the abortion issue here, but I’ve been loosely following the Illinois Review‘s coverage of the Planned Parenthood fight in Aurora, and it’s taken a really weird direction. As I understand it, a front company called Gemini Office Development built a medical building in Aurora, putting it through the whole city approval process without ever [...]
By Mark Draughn on September 18, 2007
Without the happy ending. (Hat tip: Balko)
By Mark Draughn on May 12, 2007
A few nights ago I was getting ready to go to bed when I heard my cellphone buzzing away in the pocket of my jacket. It does that periodically when I’ve missed a call, so I pulled it out to see I had missed anything important. It wasn’t a missed call. It was an instant [...]
By Mark Draughn on February 13, 2007
Maybe it’s time for me to have a new logo designed, like one of these. (Hat tip: Lindsey)
By Mark Draughn on February 9, 2007
If you were a clothing designer, and you were making T-shirts for sale at WalMart, and somebody said “How about a shirt with a skull? Maybe something kind of crude and retro-looking?” You might google around for royalty-free skull images and come up with the one I have here, and a few months later the [...]
By Mark Draughn on January 31, 2007
This is a breaking story, but apparently Turner Broadcasting wanted to promote their surreal Cartoon Network show Aqua Teen Hunger Force in an unusual way, so they hired New York’s Interference Inc., which describes itself as “A nationwide guerilla and alternative marketing agency,” to drum up some street-level publicity. I guess you could say it [...]
By Mark Draughn on January 23, 2007
Here’s an idea for a post I wish I had come up with: Scared Bunny is blogging about strange signs in the restroom at work.
By Mark Draughn on January 3, 2007
From an AP report by Chris Newmarker: FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A metal, rock-like object about the size of a golf ball and weighing nearly as much as a can of soup crashed through the roof of a Monmouth County home, and authorities on Wednesday were trying to figure out what it was. Nobody was [...]
By Mark Draughn on December 4, 2006
Here’s a cool and slightly freaky video of an octopus escaping from a box through a 1 inch hole.
By Mark Draughn on November 22, 2006
In a bizarre story, the folks at the Volokh Conspiracy ask: If a prosecutor walks around naked in his office late at night and there’s nobody there to see him, is it still indecent exposure? (Full disclosure: Not to put any ugly pictures in people’s heads, but I’m often naked while writing this blog. Just [...]
By Mark Draughn on September 12, 2006
The Guardian reports: Up to 11 stingrays have been found dead and mutilated on Australia’s eastern coast since the Crocodile Hunter’s death, prompting fears that Irwin’s fans are exacting their revenge on the normally docile fish. Officials from the department of primary industries and fisheries say two of the dead stingrays were not the victims [...]
By Mark Draughn on August 9, 2006
There’s something I admire about people who learn how to do pointless things, so I agree with Blondie that this is cool. Update: More silly dancing here.
By Mark Draughn on August 2, 2006
Just in time to cash-in on Snakes On A Plane fever, in New Delhi they have… On June 9, a monkey reportedly crawled through some pipes and ended up aboard a train, scowling at passengers and jumping around a car. Passengers had to be moved to another car while staff chased the dexterous creature, causing [...]
By Mark Draughn on July 18, 2006
A lot of folks around here, such as Marathon Pundit and Ferdy, are posting in support of Israel’s incursion into Lebanon to suppress Hezbollah forces there. Well, if you folks want to give them some concrete Chicago-style assistance, don’t forget you can send them a pizza. What a world.