Saturday, December 29, 2007

You know it's going to be a bad day when....

- You wake up face down on the pavement.

- You jump out of bed in the morning and miss the floor.

- You turn on the morning news, and they're showing emergency routes out of your city.

- Your bar of Ivory soap sinks. [Hyperion's Note: when I first read this one I thought it was, "Your bar of Ivory soap stinks," a totally different bad day....]

- You put both contact lenses in the same eye.

- The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.

- Your horn gets stuck when you're following a group of Hell's Angels on the freeway.

- You get to work and there's a 60 Minutes news team waiting in your outer office.

-from Arcamax

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Reindeer Games?

I'm working up my best Christmas songs list (I know it's late, but don't hate: Christmas lasts all week), and I realized there is a big debate that needs to be solved.

When singing Rudolph with the "add-ons," I always sang it like this:

All of the other reindeer (REINDEER)
Used to laugh and call him names (LIKE DUMBO)
They never let poor Rudolph (RUDOLPH)
Join in any reindeer games (LIKE FOOTBALL)

However, my sister sings the last line thusly:

...Join in any reindeer games (LIKE MONOPOLY)

So, I ask you, the Monkey Barn: which is it? Football or Monopoly?

P.O.D. - Dangerstyle

I verified the picture. it's the real deal. Tell me: how well would you do?


A busload of politicians were driving down a country road when all of a sudden, the bus ran off the road and crashed into a tree in an old farmer's field.

The old farmer, after seeing what had happened, went over to investigate.

He then proceeded to dig a hole to bury the politicians.

A few days later the local sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus, and asked the old farmer where all the politicians had gone.

The old farmer said he had buried them.

The sheriff asked the old farmer, "Were they all dead?"

The old farmer replied, "Well, some of them said they weren't, but I didn’t believe them."

-from Arcamax

Unique Wedding Dance

What are the odds this girl was a whore in high school? 95%? 99%?

Nice dress, though

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hyperion's 2007 Christmas Present to You

I promised you an incredibly wonderful present, and I'm going to deliver.

But first:
Mr. Skin put out it's annual "Best Nudes Scenes of the Year." Basically they look at mainstream movies (non-porn), and rate the nakedness of the stars. It's not curing cancer, but one could do much worse with one's life. Anyway, here is 2007's list. Such notables include Maris Tomei, Ashley Judd and Lucy Liu.

And, just in case you're interested, here is 2006's list.

Now, on to the present.

The innocuously named Celebrity Movie Archive has done yeoman's work. They have made it their mission to collect every available scene of female nudity in Cinema History. (It's not an exhaustive list, but they are getting there.)

Now, what they want you to do is join, pay a membership fee, and then have access to all of those movie clips. And if that's your desire, more power to you. (Hyperion does not have a credit card, and therefore the ability to join. If he did have one, he would probably join, but only to further his knowledge of a movie reviewer.)

Okay, so like me, you can't or won't join. That's cool. The Celebrity Movie Archive still allows you to see still pictures of those clips for free! Did you hear me in the back?


The site is broken down and cross-referenced by Actress and Movie. Also, the more high-profile actresses not only have nude scenes but sexy/scantily clad ones as well. (They let you know which is which, so you don't inadvertently waste your time looking at covered boobies.)

Take their "tour" and just type in the actress or movie. By the way, the site is totally safe for work. It takes several steps to actually get to any nekkedness, and you'll know when you're about to see the holiest of holies, so it's okay to just examine.

So, other than wonderful nakedness, why would you be interested? Here's where I think even chicks will like the Celebrity Movie Archive. Say you're sitting around at work and suddenly the question comes up: has Anne Hathaway ever been naked on film? (Answer: yes, in two movies, four clips total.)

Or, let's say it's late at night and HOLLOW MAN shows up on cable. Now, if you found out that Rhona Mitra is naked and Elisabeth Shue is in her underwear, aren't you more likely to keep checking back to the movie?

For me, one of the most fun things is finding out if so-called pristine stars have ever appeared naked. I have been surprised many times. For example:

Clean-cut Meg Ryan - Naked in 5 different movies!

Catherine Zeta-Jones - Naked in 2 movies

Reigning Oscar Champ Hellen Mirren - Naked in 7 movies!

Bea Arthur - Not naked ever, thank the Light

You can see how this gets addictive. Just now, writing this post, I searched every female member of Grey's Anatomy (4 naked movies between them). I have to stop.

Well, one more. I wonder if Marcia Cross (from Desperate Housewives) has ever been naked in a movie?



Merry Christmas, people

NFL Passer Ratings

Okay, this will probably appeal to no one, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I'm working on a big Sports column for the end of the year (or beginning of next year: whichever comes first). One of the things that piqued my interest is the bizarre way they calculate NFL Passer Ratings. Perfect is 158.3, a totally weird random number, and you don't even have to be perfect to score perfect! Find last night's Steelers/Rams game, and calculate Ben Roethlisbergers statistics. (I'm not including a link, because I figure if you don't know how to find and interpret a box score, you're not going to be able to help me, so this is a good way to weed people out.)

Anyway, Ben had a magnificent game, including a stellar 16 for 20 passing, 261 yards and 3 touch downs. It's awesome, but it's not perfect! So, how did he score a "Perfect" rating?

So, my plan is to work on a new formula. I suppose you wouldn't have to be a Sports Fan to help, just into math, but if you're interested, email me at and we'll get an email correspondence going.

P.O.D. - Eagle Style

See, your day isn't going that badly!

Daily Lynx - SVU style

Today's Lynx are stories in the news that astonish/anger me.

People, I am not making these up;

Woman Arrested for Groping Santa (Do you go with a "Ho Ho Ho" joke here or something more on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" ? Discuss amongst yourselves.)

Michigan Senior Citizen calls 911 on his wife, after she refuses to turn up thermostat (What the hell is going on in Michigan these days? They're becoming Ohio!)

People, as you may or may not know, in February of 2009 cable will all be digital. This isn't as bad as it sounds: IF YOU HAVE CABLE OR SATELLITE, you'll be fine. People who don't want that will have to buy a Digital converter to keep watching TV. So far so good: digital picture is much better. But here's the kicker: There is a government program for $80 in coupons to help you buy those converters. (You MUST take the quiz on the website. If people are that dumb, what are the odds they can turn on a computer?) Let me get this straight: we're now going to subsidize people to watch TV? Will Liberals stop at nothing?

This just pisses me off, but do you remember the old DA on Law & Order SVU, that really sexy blond with the glasses? Her character's name was Alex Cabot, easily one of the hottest women in glasses of all time. Her real name is Stephanie March, and I think she's awesome. Well, guess who Stephanie March is married to? I hate that prick, and I just want to throw up in my mouth all day.

But, I can't leave you on that horrible a note. It turns out the other extremely sexy woman on Law & Order SVU, Mariska Hargitay, has a happier family connection. Her father was a Mr. Universe and her mother was one of the sexiest women of the 20th Century. No wonder she keeps getting better and better: it's in the genes!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Best Christmas Shopping EVER!

Yesterday I told you that I would reveal the best place to STILL get Christmas gifts delivered on time. They have free overnight delivery. In fact, if you order by SUNDAY AFTERNOON, on the 23rd, they will guarantee it gets there before Christmas. I talked about them last year, but you really need to visit:

Did I mention shipping is free? That goes more than one direction. Last year I got my dad a pair of Ohio State Buckeye Crocs (in bright red). I didn't know how shoe sizes ran in crocs, and I got him the wrong size. They let me ship the crocs back free, and sent me another pair. Sadly, the day they sent the new crocs, I found out I STILL had my dad's size wrong, and I called them up. Without waiting for the second pair of crocs to arrive (just to see if they might fit), they went ahead and sent out a third pair for, trusting me to send back the second one.

How's THAT for customer service?

I tell you what: when I dealt with these people on the phone I thought it would be a hassle, but they were so nice I wanted to cry. I would do a commercial free of charge for them they were so great. Seriously: you HAVE TO TRY

Their raison d'etre is shoes, but Zappos also sells clothing, bags, jewelry and other accessories. I can see my mother spending 56 hours there.

Speaking of which, even if all your Christmas shopping is done, you have to go to the site just to type in "Naughty Monkey." It's a brand of high-heeled shoes, and I, who have no fashion sense, know they are awesome. I am naming Naughty Monkey the official high-heeled shoe of Monkey Barn. Maybe I can work a tie-in promotional deal with them.

Currently Hyperion is jonesing for a size 15 pair of sandals. The Chaco Z/1 and ZX/1 are my current faves, although the black Propet Summerlite Walkers are also causing lust.

(If for some reason you were determined to buy me sandals, have them send them to 540 Front Ave. Columbus Ga, 31901. Or even a gift certificate. And remember: you're doing it to say thank you for all the hard work I do for you!)

Anyway, there has to be SOMEONE in your life who could use a gift from Zappos, even if it's you! Don't you deserve a great pair of shoes or bag just in time for Christmas? Of course you do!


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mom is Santa

Last Minute Shopping (Free Delivery!)

A few last minute shopping websites you need to know about, with free Shipping!

(And since my paypal account has not been ringing up yet, this is a fine way to send me a gift!) Recently these dudes have been advertising on TV, but they really are the cat's pajamas. Their philosophy is to take stock stores can't sell (often previous years' merchandise, but still new and good), and sell if cheaply. And did I mention FREE SHIPPING?

Hyperion Connection: Hypie has been craving some good cordless headphones, so he can watch TV with his very loud fans on. Also, if you're looking for stocking stuffers, DVDs are only six bucks! They aren't the newest releases, but hey.....If you're willing to spend a few more dollars they have The Simpsons Movie and Superbad Unrated for about 15, but even the non-new releases have some gems. They have The Ref for $7.27, Clue for $6.97 (one of the funniest movies EVER), Grosse Point Blank for $8.99 and Return to me for $10.10. (Note: anyone who buys me Return to Me will be shot. I only include it because chicks like that shit.)

Moving on, we have These dudes really know how to top off a party. (Top off. Har har.) They boast free shipping if you buy three (I don't think it's very much otherwise), and tons of deals on discounts and specials that pop up all the time. The fedoras by Country Gentleman will make your man do back flips. (Hyperion recommends the "Raider" or the "Bogey," and yes, they are modeled after Indiana Jones and Rick Blaine. Sadly, they are not likely to fit Hyperion.)

Hyperion Connection: most of the hats won't fit Hypie, but if you really want to get me a hat, the grey colored "Glen" by Bailey in XXL would fit me.

Tomorrow: the mother of all last minute gift places. I'm so confident they can have your stuff to you by Christmas, I'm not telling you until then.

Drunk Man on Lawnmower

Remember in the last post where I said it might be the funniest video you'll see in awhile?

I might have to take it back already. Koz sent me this video this morning. Stick with it, for the end is a prize above rubies

Jingle Bells - Detroit Pistons style

If you are from Michigan, feel free to commit Sepuku after seeing this.

One of the funniest Christmas songs I've ever seen. You'll never look at Jingle Bells the same way. In particular Rasheed Wallace deserves some sort of award. At all costs DO NOT take your eyes off of him.

'Sheed, all is forgiven. You are loved by me once again.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dan Fogelberg

I wrote about Dan Fogelberg over on my blog. I thought I would post the three songs I talked about (my favorites) here:

Longer Than

Leader of the Band

Another Old Lang Syne

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Tips for managers

1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00pm and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.

2. If it's really a "rush job", run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it's going. That helps. Or even better, hover behind me, advising me at every keystroke.

3. Always leave without telling anyone where you're going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.

4. Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of living increase. I'm not here for the money anyway.

5. If you give me more than one job to do, don't tell me which is the priority. I like being a psychic.

6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.

7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.

8. If you don't like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.

9. If you have special instructions for a job, don't write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.

10. Never introduce me to the people you're with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.

11. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it's nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so much taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.

-from Arcamax

Saturday, December 15, 2007

12 Days of Christmas - Acapella

This was too good not to share

(I especially like the weird anti-semetic vibe, and what about what happens right after that? Somewhere Toto is rolling over in his grave...)

Friday, December 14, 2007


Christmas Present or Christmas Past?

Finish The Sentence With Sea Hag

The first time I really felt like I was an adult was when I ______________.

Finish your sentence in the comments!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Barbie is bringing the apocalypse

Here are some of the Barbies available this Christmas season:

Titanic Barbie (Is this promoting Suicide?)

Christabelle Barbie (the dress costs 175 bucks!)

Cabaret Dancer Barbie
(if that ain't a hooker outfit, I don't know what is!)

'80s Cher Bob Mackie Barbie (you have to be 14 to own her! I am not making this up!!!)

Laides (and Sparky), explain something to me: why would you have to own more than one Barbie? I get wanting to see her in the different clothes, but why not just buy the different clothes? Why a new Barbie for each outfit? At least with G.I. JOE there were different characters, but these are all just Barbie???

Finally, I leave you with the one Barbie Mattell would actually let me link: Holiday 2007 Barbie. (Not Christmas Barbie, mind you. See Advent Day 8 for more on that):

Mitchell Report

The Mitchell Report comes out at 2:00 today.

No, not Beverly Mitchell, the "uggo" from Seventh Heaven. This guy:

Former Senator Mitchell. The man who (supposedly) brought peace to Ireland. Who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. His report comes out today about Major League Baseball, about steroids. How big is the problem? Who is to blame? What can be done?

Yeah yeah yeah. No one cares about any of that stuff. What they want to know is: Who did it?

And this is where the problem lies. I haven't read the report yet, so I will hold off until I see what evidence they have, but you know most people will take any name in the report as an automatic Guilty Verdict, and that may not be the case.

Howard Bryant of has written an excellent article about how the Mitchell Investigators did (and did not) obtain their "information." If Bryant's information is correct, and I rather suspect it might be, many of these so-called guilty names will be hearsay at best. Hall of Fame careers can and likely will be ruined in fewer than five hours. But you, friend, you be one who doesn't just call for a noose. Read Bryant's article and see what you think, and then be a little more skeptical when these so-called guilty people are named.

What Crappy Christmas Gift are you?

Over on Rick Leonard's site, I found this quiz about what kind of Christmas gift you are. Here is me:

You Are a Fruitcake!

You taste like nothing else in this world.
And get ready, you're about to get tossed!

Great. That's the worse thing I could possibly be. Fuck you, Christmas Gift Quiz! May you rot in hell!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Garfield speaks for me

Normally I'm not a big Garfield fan, but the punchline of this strip should be the motto for the season!

Monday, December 10, 2007


You Are Apple Pie

You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.
Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them.
You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.

What Kind of Pie Are You?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

P.O.D. - Lio style

Take that, Ecocrites!

My friend Ann and I were eating at a Chinese restaurant. When an elderly waiter set chopsticks at our places, Ann made a point of reaching into her purse and pulling out her own pair.

"As an environmentalist," she declared, "I do not approve of destroying bamboo forests for throwaway utensils."

The waiter inspected her chopsticks. "Very beautiful," he said politely. "Ivory."

Take that, Ecocrites!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

P.O.D. - Li'l Koz Style

Two nights ago Koz and Teela welcomed their second child into the world.

Joining their boy Storm Shadow they now have the Baroness. I figured in honor the least we could do is give Koz and Teela--and the little B.--the Picture of the Day.

To all the Idiot Cat Lovers

To all you idiot cat-lovers out there, I offer you this. Go nippy

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." --Anonymous

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." --Anonymous

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." --Jeff Valdez

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." --English proverb

"No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me." --Unknown

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." --Albert Schweitzer

"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." --Ernest Menaul

"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God." --Anonymous

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." --Colette

"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." --Missy Dizick

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." --Colonial American proverb

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." --Joseph Wood Krutch

"I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic." --Anonymous

"My husband said it was him or the cat... I miss him sometimes." --Anonymous

"Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit." --Anonymous

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." --Ellen Perry Berkeley

"One cat just leads to another." --Ernest Hemingway

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." --Mary Bly

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." --Joseph Wood Krutch

"People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." --Faith Resnick

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." --Anonymous

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." --Hippolyte Taine

-from Arcamax

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

P.O.D. - Xmas Island

Hey, it won't kill you to learn a little geography in your Picture of the Day!

Daily Lynx - Bushwick Bill Style

1. This is either the creepiest or the coolest thing ever: a man drawing a woman from the inside out. (There's nothing obscene or pornographic. He just starts with the skeleton and keeps adding layers. It's almost profound.)

2. Proof of just how eclectic Monkey Barn is, we turn to the 10 Spookiest Hip-Hop songs. I think they missed a few, but #1 is with a bullet (no pun intended).

3. Another gift to consider, and this time it's not even for me. May I present the Sexiest Teapot ever made! (Seriously, it's so damn sexy, even I wouldn't mind having it, but get it for a chick you hope to sleep with, okay?)

Those are your daily lynx. Learn them. Know them. Live them.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Food Quiz

So you think you know a lot about food? Take this culinary quiz, and find out just how much of an idiot you are. (My sister and I took the quiz together and only managed 4 and a third. Should have been five and a third. Yup. That was our ceiling!)

1) There are over 450 varieties of this 'nut', many of which have been used for food. They are native to all continents except Australia. What nut is this?

2) Cheese has been colored with various plant substances for hundreds of years. Yellow/orange coloring may have originally been added to cheese made with winter milk from cows eating hay to match the orange hue (from vitamin A) of cheeses made with milk from cows fed on green plants. Can you name 3 plant substances which have been used to color cheese yellow/orange?

3) This blue veined cheese, was first made around 1720, and sold at the Bell Inn in a village in Huntingdonshire. It owes its name and reputation to the village, but it is not actually made there. What is the name of the village, and the cheese?

4) This traditional dish of a central European country can trace its origins back to the ninth century Magyar shepherds. Originally it consisted of chunks of meat and onions, slowly cooked until all the liquid was boiled away, and then dried in the sun. The meat could then be used to prepare a stew by boiling it in water. What is considered the key ingredient was added to the recipe in the 18th-century. What is the name of this dish, the country of origin and the key ingredient?

5) Before setting up the a fast-food restaurant chain, this man was a high school dropout, ambulance driver, jazz pianist, Florida real-estate salesman, radio station manager, and paper cup salesman. What is his name and the name of his fast-food restaurant chain?

6) This 'fruit' will not ripen on the tree. They must be picked from the tree to initiate ripening because the leaves supply a substance that prevents ripening. The best way to store them is to leave them on the tree; they will store for 7 months or more when left on the tree. What is the name of this 'fruit'?

7) It is believed that the sheep's milk cheese that Polyphemus the Cyclops made in his caves in Homer's 'Odyssey' was most likely an early form of this cheese. You are really good if you can name this cheese.

8) This sweetest of all fruits has a 55% sugar content. The tree has no blossoms because the flower is inside the fruit. What is this physically unusual fruit?

9) Native to the Mediterranean areas and the Middle East, this vegetable was used as a flavoring by the ancient Greeks and Romans and as a medicine by the ancient Chinese. It was first cultivated in Europe for medicinal purposes. Cultivation of the plant for food was first recorded in France in 1623, and was probably developed there or in Italy. By the early part of the 18th century, there had been improvement of the wild type previously transported to Italy, France, and England, and as early as 1726, the plant was being used in England to flavor soup and stews. The modern variety we all now know, was first cultivated in Kalamazoo Michigan, in 1874. Name this common vegetable.

10) First made at the beginning of the 20th century, this candy was named after a race horse of the time. Name the candy and the racehorse.

Courtesy of

(Answers in Comments)

I got your Teen Wolf.....right here

You remember Teen Wolf, don't you? Remember at the end when he won the big game? Remember that?


(Watch it again if you have to. It's only 8 second. Did you see it? POW!)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

P.O.D. - Christmas (beef)cake

Schrodinger's Kitten whined so much about yesterday's P.O.D. that I decided to give equal time just to shut her up.

A highway walks into a bar......

I don't care who you are, or how much you groan, you WILL use this joke within 48 hours. You know you will......

A highway walks into a bar one day. He goes up to the bartender and orders himself a drink. He just sits down when in walks a strip of tarmac.

The highway sees the tarmac and starts to panic so he jumps over the bar and ducks down so it won't see him. The bartender looks down at him and says, "What's the matter with you? Why are you hiding? You've got six lanes and two hard shoulders. Why are you frightened of a piece of tarmac?

The highway replies, "You don't know him like I do. He's a cyclepath."

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Daft Punk - Hands on version

I'm not sure why I found this video so compelling. I guess I'm just impressed when someone dedicates themselves to becoming the best in the world at something, even if that something is fairly pointless.

Don't the hands --especially at the beginning--seem to have a personality?

I guess we have figured out who the genius is in the Kanye song. Daft Punk. If they can make two fists fascinating, Kanye knew it was money in the bank.

Daily Lynx - Spartaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

1. Things you can do with a single sheet of paper. (This is both simultaneously beautiful and creepy.)

2. Cool Gifts you can buy (and it doesn't even have to be for me): a pen made out of metal. The pen is completely metal, and actually writes metal! I guess a small piece of the pen is coming off with each thing you write, but the manufacturers guarantee the pen for 25 years. How cool is that?

3. You remember King Leonidas, everyone's favorite "This is Sparta!" guy? Well, here is a collection of Leonidas photoshops. I'm not sure if my favorite is the one with the turtle, the parka or the gay exercise video, but they are hilarious.

Those are your Daily Lynx. Use them wisely.

P.O.D. (First Day of Christmas)

Tracy Lynn called me last night to bitterly complain that none of the P.O.D.s so far had been anime. I was touched she cared so much, and since today is the first day of December....I thought I'd supersize her request! (One of the ladies below is actually modeled on TL. Can you guess which one?)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Toilet Paper Law Suit

An admirable law suit even. This woman sued Kmart for taxing her for toilet paper which is a non taxable item in PA. She didn't do it for the money either but for the principle and encourages people to watch their receipt because you can't trust stores any more. Yahoo! had an ABC video on earlier is the story....

Woman Sues Kmart Over Toilet Paper Tax

PITTSBURGH - A woman has sued Kmart for allegedly collecting a 7 percent state sales tax on a nontaxable item: a 12-pack of toilet tissue. Mary Bach alleges a Kmart department store in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville improperly collected the tax on the $3.99 item, charging her $4.27 - or 28 cents too much.
Although most paper goods are taxable under Pennsylvania's sales tax code, toilet tissue is listed as a nontaxable item by the state Department of Revenue.

Bach told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she was overcharged for the item at the same store twice before she filed the small claims suit last month in district court in Monroeville.

She is seeking $100 in damages plus court costs for the alleged violation of the state's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. Under the law, plaintiffs can sue for the amount of the damages or $100, whichever is greater, said Bach, of Murrysville.

Wizardly who would win....

Who would win the battle between Dumbledore and Gandalf (the grey or white)?


Friday, November 23, 2007

Career Change

When Ruth's grandson Jordan was 5, he always told everyone he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. One day he was running through the house and into the corner of a chair and hurt his eye. He cried for a while and kept saying, "Oh no, oh no, now I can't be a doctor when I grow up."

Ruth assured him he could still be a doctor and Jordan kept telling her he couldn't.

Finally she asked, "Why can't you be a doctor?"

Holding one hand over his eye, Jordan said, "Because now I will have to be a pirate!"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving P.O.D.

Sweet Caroline

Last week Neil Diamond finally revealed who the subject of "Sweet Caroline" was. This wasn't quite Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," in terms of mystery, but still: at her 50th birthday party, Diamond revealed that he wrote the song in honor of JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy. He saw a photograph of the young girl and was inspired to write the song.

Hey, that works for me. All I really needed was an excuse, am I write, people?

So, grab your coworkers, crank up the sound and sing along. YOU HAVE TO SING ALONG, and to help, I have the lyrics below the video. Enjoy!


Where it began
I cant begin to knowin
But then I know its growin strong

Was in the spring
And spring became the summer
Whod have believed youd come along

Hands, touchin hands
Reachin out
Touchin me
Touchin you

Sweet caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Ive been inclined
To believe they never would

But now i
Look at the night
And it dont seem so lonely
We fill it up with only two
And when I hurt
Hurtin runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when Im with you

Warm, touchin warm
Reachin out
Touchin me
Touchin me

Sweet caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Ive been inclined
To believe they never would
Oh, no, no

Sweet caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Ive been inclined
I believed they never could
Sweet caroline

A Soldier

I thought it would be good to have a poem to remember our Soldiers. I ran across this one by Robert Frost, which I admit I don't know exactly what Robert is trying to say. Still, I guess I don't have to know everything, do I?

A Soldier
by Robert Frost

He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled,
That lies unlifted now, come dew, come rust,
But still lies pointed as it ploughed the dust.
If we who sight along it round the world,
See nothing worthy to have been its mark,
It is because like men we look too near,
Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere,
Our missiles always make too short an arc.
They fall, they rip the grass, they intersect
The curve of earth, and striking, break their own;
They make us cringe for metal-point on stone.
But this we know, the obstacle that checked
And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
Further than target ever showed or shone.

Thanksgiving Lynx

This weekend you will be gathering with friends and loved ones, which will be both good and horrifying. Therefore, my Thanksgiving Lynx are with that thought in mind: helping you survive Thanksgiving and possibly even enjoy it.

Lynx #1 - If you're with family, you better believe they are probably lying to you. How helpful would it then be if you knew How to Detect Lies. Hyperion already knows all of this stuff, but regular people (like you) can use it too.

Lynx #2 - People of the 70s, what the Hell were you thinking? I present to you the Plaid Stallions, a collection of "cool fashion" from the period. Now, my real question is: how many of these dudes has Schrodinger's Kitten dated?

Lynx #3 - Not to bum you out, but you should bloody well know what you're thankful for. I present then a selection of some of the World Press Photo 50th Anniversary Edition. The pictures are all winners of Photo of the year, and as you can imagine are mostly of suffering. EXTREME WARNING: THESE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE VERY VERY DIFFICULT TO LOOK AT, AND WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT. IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE, AND SEEING DEATH AND MAYHEM WOULD CAUSE YOU DISTRESS, DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. I am not kidding here, people. These are often war-time pictures, and include dead children. I present the link because I think we too often want to shield ourselves from the idea that others might be suffering, especially as we stuff our faces tomorrow.

Lynx #4 - Okay, back on track with something you'll like. You're sitting around after dinner, realizing you hate everyone invited. But you can't just start swearing. What you need is a good old fashion insult. May I present the site When Insults had Class. There you will find some real great old gems you can use. Below are some of my favorites, and let me know what yours are, and especially if you use any of the insults, and what happened when you do:

“He had delusions of adequacy.”
–Walter Kerr

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."
—Thomas Brackett Reed

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
—Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
—Billy Wilder

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."
-Winston Churchill


If for no other reason than you are stressed, and need a three minute seventeen second break in your life, I present the Does-Nothing-O-Matic.

How cool is that?

Monday, November 19, 2007

P.O.D. (Superhero-style)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Casting complete

Casting has been announced for the sixth Harry Potter film (HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE). All along the movie's main strength has been their excellent casting. It seems like everyone in Britain who has ever acted has been tapped, with some great results. Some of them were matches from the start, while others might not have seemed like they would work, but did in spades.

For example, Helena Bonham Smith (Bellatrix), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) were obvious smashes.

I had my apprehensions about Kenneth Branaugh (Gilderoy Lockhart) Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), but of course they all three knocked it out of the park. As they are fabulous actors, I know not why I had any initial doubt.

I think that up until this point, the gold standard in perfect casting for the series had to be Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. That man just inhabits the character! (Actually, this would make a great top ten list: best casting in HP, and best alternative casting, since I know that Dominique has always wanted to see Carrot Top as Minister Fudge.)

The point (and I do have one) is that the Movie 6 casting may have topped them all.

Before I get there, though: David Yates (who directed #5) is back for #6, and Steven Kloves (who wrote #1-4 but not #5 ) is the writer.

Perhaps more important than any of that, Bruno Delbonnel will be the DP (Director of Photography, or Cinematographer). Delbonnel is a visual genius, and responsible for such splendor as A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT and AMELIE, as well as this fall's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. He has a style that saturates the screen with unique color blends, and I am very excited about his arrival in what may prove to be the most difficult of the books to film.

On to the casting.

Several kids have been cast (Tom Riddle at various ages, Lavender Brown), but as we don't know who they are, I'll skip that.

Helen McCrory plays Narcissa Black Malfoy, who as readers of the books will know plays an immensely important role in the last two installments. The only thing that jumped out at me on her IMDB page was playing Tony Blair's wife in THE QUEEN.

And then, the creme de la creme, the most perfect piece of casting in the series yet. If you asked me two years ago whom would I cast, I'd have picked him.

Jim Broadbent is playing Professor Slughorn.

His IMDB page is filled with great acting roles. I fell in love with him in RICHARD III, and then again in GANGS OF NEW YORK, and of course as the immortal Harold Zidler in MOULIN ROUGE. You may know him as Bridget Jones's father. Either way, he's the man, and sure to bring nothing but awesome to the role and the films.

Well done.

Daily Lynx

Found a site over the weekend I think you would enjoy.

In fact, you'll enjoy it so much, that I FORBID you to go there until you've read everything current on the Institute bevy of sites.

The site is called "The Sneeze," and the part that cracked me up is called Steve, Don't Eat it!

Various things Steve eats in these installments:

Potted Meats
Picked Pork Rinds
Beggin' Strips
1991 Urkel-Os
Breast Milk
(on this one I'm jealous, as you all know I was not breast fed, and have had a craving for this as long as I can remember.)
Prison Wine
Silkworm Pupas
Tree Brain

I am including a picture of one of the things he ate, which is actually a delicacy in fine restaurants (cuitlacoche):

Each article is hilarious, with his vulgar commentary and "can-do" spirit, you'll be rolling in the aisles.

And it brings up a good point: what's the grossest thing YOU'VE ever eaten?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Booze Test

Even though I don't drink, I still managed to only miss one. I guess I'm just good at quizzes.


Reasons to allow drinking at work

Below are valid reasons as to why drinking should be allowed at work. If you use them wisely, you may even be able to convince your boss into allowing alcohol.

1. It's an incentive to show up.

2. It reduces stress.

3. It leads to more honest communications.

4. It reduces complaints about low pay.

5. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover.

6. Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.

7. It helps save on heating costs in the winter.

8. It encourages carpooling.

9. Increases job satisfaction because if you have a bad job you don't care.

10. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.

11. It makes fellow employees look better.

12. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.

13. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.

14. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.

15. If someone does something stupid on the job, it will be quickly forgotten.

--from Arcamax

Friday, November 16, 2007

P.O.D. (lolcat style!)

Paul Potts

My dad sent me this video a few weeks ago, and if floored me. Literally. I fell off my chair onto the floor. (Okay, I'm crippled, but still.....)

You know that dorky show in the Summer called "America's Got Talent"? Well, they did it in Britain too. Trust me like you never have before, and take three minutes and thirty-six seconds to watch this video. (And while you're at it, is she the British Paula Abdul or what?)

What'd I tell you? If you want to know how it all ended, you can see Part 2 here.

(And I'll be a man and admit: I teared up a bit)

Daily Lynx (I luh you!)

I haven't done the Daily Lynx since Monday, and it is a weekend, so you get them Super-sized today.

1. Sure, you're brave, but are you brave enough to Poke the Penguin? (It's not a euphemism. You really poke a penguin. At your own risk.)

2. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been freaking out about how to guard my banana. (Again, not a euphemism. What is with you people and your gutter minds this morning?)

3. I have no idea what the point of this Pattern Animation Simulator is. So why did I spend almost twenty minutes playing with it?

4. Everybody knows what time it is! It's time for some Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre! (The last one is the funniest, by far.)

5. As America faces a very real enemy out there that is not going away, now more than ever wee need to be prepared. But thankfully there are folks out there to help us, folks out there to care, like the good people of the American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention. God bless those magnificent bastards!

And those are your Daily Lynx. Use them, know them, live them.

Engineering Students

An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess".

He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week."

The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want."

Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"

The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pixar Vs. (who ya got?)

When I was preparing my review of RATATOUILLE, I decided to rank all 8 Pixar movies. However, I have found myself unable to do so. The movies are just too magical, too good for me to have a coherent opinion.

that's where there is you. Below are the 8 Pixar movies. I would like feedback on what you think the ranking order should be. Rank them from #8 to #1 (if you haven't seen on, just leave it out; don't rank it last), and tell us why you ranked them the way you did. There are no wrong opinions, although you still may be an idiot.


TOY STORY (1995)

A BUG'S LIFE (1998)


TOY STORY 2 (2001)



CARS (2006)


So there is the list. Rank them 8 to 1....if you can.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Blogging LIVE at the scene

Even the most well-intentioned people leave behind packages. It happened today at my school (Goooo Blue!), which triggered a bomb scare.

The thing that scared me was that this was occurring about 150m from the chemistry building. They had evacuated the museum, rightfully, but ignored the chemistry building? We weren't evacuated or even told about the event.

Monkey Barners can sleep easily knowing that I was here, well within the blast radius and in a chemical-laden building, and I blogged the event for y'all.

I hereby pronounce myself the first ever Monkey Barn TV anchorwoman. I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...

LJS reporting LIVE!

Lady Jane's Karaoke

Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Baby Got Back"

You're a total show off who is willing to risk looking like a fool to get a few laughs.
In fact, you'll go for the cheap laugh if you need to... because it's better than no reaction!

Your friends can count on you to get a party started, and you'll party hard until you can't remember their names.
You're charismatic, charming, and a total character. With or without a few drinks in you.

You might also sing: "I Touch Myself," "Oops I Did it Again," or "My Humps"

Stay away from people who sing: "Candle in the Wind"

Karaoke Theme Song

Shamelessly stolen from Rennratt (because I don' think she comes here any more, so how will she ever know?), we have


I have to say: even though I like these little quizzes and consider them harmless, the questions are too vague, too weird and too predetermined to truly get at my Karaoke song, which would have to be "Friends in Low Places" or else "Rainbow Connection." Alas, I am but a slave to their limited thinking, and as such....

Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Livin' On a Prayer"

You believe the best things in life are mostly forgotten, and you're definitely more than a little nostalgic .
You're likely to still like the same foods, fashions, and music as you did when you were a teenager.

You have a knack for knowing what elements of pop culture people have missed, without them even realizing it.
It's great to remember the past, but don't forget that not everyone is as stuck in it as you are.

You might also sing: "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Rapper's Delight," and "Cherry Pie"

Stay away from people who sing: "Toxic"

Walt Disney Vs. Menstruation (who ya got?)

I'm not even sure how I found this video. It seems that in 1946 Walt Disney produced the following: "The Story of Menstruation." The ten minute movie (I found a streamlined version if you can't bear to watch the whole thing, although it's worth it) tells girls exactly why they are getting their periods, and how they should feel about it. Oh to have been a girl in the '40s!

As you are watching the film, I want you to ponder the following things:

What the hell are those girls looking at the cat for? Is that some sort of Period ritual?

I'm torn between the somewhat condescending tone and the (especially for the times) rather frank practical advice. What do you think?

I love that accent!

Things I love: showing the girl in the shower. Things I hate: she has no feet.

Speaking of showering, women used to not bathe during their periods? Gerrrroooosssss!

Speaking of no feet, is that some sort of chauvinist statement, or a limit of the animation?

Speaking of the animation, is that Cinderella in the beginning?

So, dancing on period = good, heavy petting on period = NO!

Did you see who sponsored the film at the end? Very classy. If that was made today you just know there would be some product placement going on!

Don't let it get you down. Remember, no matter how you feel, you have to live with others. Once you stop feeling sorry for yourself....

Constipation equals troubles with pregnancy? Do the baby and the turdy fight or something? I have never heard of this.

Well, see for yourself:

Cork Floors

Cork flooring is made from the bark of the tree and is actually a bi-product of the manufacturing of the wine cork. It is soft, resilient, resistant to moisture, a good insulator (heat and sound), comes in various colors and can be (easily) laid in different patterns. It is very durable too. I was surprised to find in my research of this amazing flooring, that it has been in places for over a century. There is a church near Chicago that has had it since 1898.

It's prettier than you thought, isn't it? Check out more at