Category Archive: Weirdness

Jun 28 2014

My zombie story

The zombie plague was a dud. When the first cases emerged, scattered around the globe, everyone knew exactly how to put them down: destroy the brain. The world had been so saturated with zombie comic books, zombie TV shows, zombie novels, and zombie movies in the greatest, if unplanned, public health information program ever, that …

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Jun 26 2014

It’s not an omen, really


A couple in Oregon were getting married, when a nearby fire went out of control and required that most of the wedding party be evacuated. But it did provide a great opportunity for amazing wedding pictures. I think it was a sign from God that he was furious that this was not a same-sex marriage.

Jun 26 2014

Forget Slender Man

Green ninjas help shampoo and hair dye commercial actresses do their hair swing.

This is far more terrifying, because it’s real. Invisible agents who artfully flip people’s hair! It’s almost as scary as religion.

Jun 23 2014

Cats and Ayn Rand


Ayn Rand wrote to the editor of Cat Fancy magazine in 1966. This gem of literary philosophy has been preserved for us. If only she were alive today to pontificate on LOLcats.

Jun 22 2014

I’d hate to have to get that one past the IRB

In which we learn that kings get to define their own protocols, and that coffee might be good for you. “Coffee drinking was compared with tea drinking in monozygotic twins in 18th century,” Lars Breimer, BMJ, vol. 312, June 15, 1996, p. 1539. The author, at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, …

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Jun 16 2014

Cannibalistic humanoids from the deep

I met Karl Banse, the famous oceanographer, a few times. Back when I started college, I was an oceanography major for a brief while, but then I got introduced to embryos of marine invertebrates and got seduced into developmental biology. I had no idea that he was destined to write a scientific paper on the …

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Jun 12 2014

Weird ways of thinking

Breatharian crank Jasmuheen believes she doesn’t need food or water to live — she claims to absorb nutrients from sunlight and air. She was rather easily exposed, as are all these breatharians, by putting her up in a nice hotel with people to monitor her eating, and observing the subsequent quite rapid deterioration as she …

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Jun 08 2014

I am Power-Mad Drunk on Intoxicating Power!

As many of you may know, just less than a week ago some earnest questions were asked – to the Horde generally – about gender by morgan (frequent, though apparently not current, epitheter of metaphors). morgan’s questions reduced to a more fundamental one: “Why is constructively engaging gender so damn hard?” This is something about …

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Jun 07 2014

Now I’m beginning to wonder if Bigfoot actually exists


If you’ve been reading the Pearls Before Swine comic strip this week, you’d have noticed a dramatic change in the art. There was much speculation about who the substitute artist was, and it has now been revealed: it was Bill Watterson. Whoa. I’m going to put a hint right here that maybe Thomas Pynchon would …

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Jun 03 2014

The usual London traffic problems


Happens all the time when you’re hauling your giant octopus around, and the truck breaks down.

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