Monday, March 16, 2009
Great song, but this video -- oy. Looks like somebody bought a new video effects box the day before and decided he needed to use it for EVERY GODDAMN SHOT in the vid: boxes, lines, layers, cutouts, colorized freeze-frames, stop-motion, all of it, every button they could push on the thing. I bet the machine finally just exploded and Billy had to call up Hall & Oates and borrow theirs so he could finish this dog.
Good stuff from Kat, Dianna and Amy H.
Comedy & Tragedy
You Must Pay The Rent! But I Can't Pay The Rent!
Stupid? No way, they look great.
Dopey (with Grumpy's eyebrows)
U Nee Brau
Curses! Foiled Again!
Who released the Kraken?
This looks like a classic from the Weekly World News, which stopped publishing a couple of years ago, leaving the world to wonder forever what became of the Bat Boy. I'm told their website is still active, however.
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From Elizabeth and Sheila.
Saw this weirdness over the weekend and liked it. I've been stung by many things over the years, but nothing was more painful to me than a hornet. I didn't think to ask it if it was a bald-faced hornet or a European hornet, as I was too busy whimpering like a little girl.
The Schmidt Sting Pain Index is a pain scale rating the relative pain caused by different Hymenopteran (flies, bees, wasps, ants) stings. It is mainly the work of Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center. Schmidt has published a number of papers on the subject and claims to have been stung by the majority of stinging Hymenoptera.
His original paper in 1984 was an attempt to systematize and compare the hemolytic properties of insect venoms. The index contained in the paper started from 0 for stings that are completely ineffective against humans, progressed through 2, a familiar pain such as a common bee or wasp sting, and finished at 4 for the most painful stings.
Schmidt refined his scale in 1990, and describes some of the sting experiences in vivid detail:
1.0: Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
1.2: Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
1.8: Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
2.0: Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
2.0: Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
2.x: Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
3.0: Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
3.0: Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
4.0: Tarantula hawk: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.
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