Shortages or not, be thankful for your toilet paper!

If you’re running low on TP, be thankful you still have some, and don’t have to use an old sailor’s method.  The always interesting Old Salt Blog reports: Sailors in the Age of Sail used tow-rags. What is a tow-rag? As can be seen in the video below, close to the ship’s head — the toilets in the bow or “head” of the ship — there was a long rope ending in a short rag that hung over the side into the water. After using the head, the sailor could then clean his backside with the wet rag then drop the

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Ouch!

This happened a few months ago, but I’ve only just seen the report.  I found myself wincing as I watched, and crossing my legs, too! I’m glad he’s recovered from his injury. I had to laugh at the young man’s comment that he’d never been closer to his father than when he stitched up the injury! Peter

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Evolution in action?

I found this over at Chief Nose Wetter’s place yesterday: I resemble that most recent “evolved” man a little too closely for comfort!  (Looks down ruefully at expansive belly . . . ) How about you? Peter

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Inflation and your clothes (literally)

I’m still mind-boggled after reading this report. After London College of Fashion designer Harikrishnan unveiled his inflatable latex trousers that come in a variety of colours, people couldn’t help but make fun of the high fashion number. The quirky graduate collection featured billowing latex trousers which are tapered at the ankle. But folks in their droves took to Twitter to say it looked more like ‘swollen testicles’. Tough crowd. Clearly the essence of the piece was lost on the audience. There’s more at the link. Looks more like an inverted life-jacket to me.  Let’s call it a death-jacket.  Fall into the water

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The not-so-sweet smell of political success?

Just in time for this election year, here’s the perfect gift for the politically minded persons in your life – a candle made with (and smelling like) Kentucky horse doo-doo.  Just keep it out of your own home! Ahh, politics. United, divisive, and smells like the same old s***. Burn it down and start over with a revolutionary new scented candle! Featuring a subtle bouquet of profits over people, nothing ever changes, well whaddabout, also guns are actually people, and if you don’t like it maybe you should move to Canada!  between layers of actual real deal dehydrated horse s***. There’s more

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Tasteless, clueless, classless, and just plain trashy

(And when I say “tasteless”, I don’t mean using tastebuds!) I refer, of course, to the seemingly growing fad among some women of marketing the scent of their nether regions.  Gwyneth Paltrow started it, at a not-so-cool $75 per whiff.  (Hilariously, a Canadian taxi company promptly copied her using the masculine equivalent at $25 more per pop, to highlight the “pay gap”.) Now R&B singer Erykah Badu is doing her bit for the cause with a perfume claiming to embody (you should pardon the expression) the scent of her more intimate bits and pieces.  She says it was derived from burning her used underwear.  Talk about the bonfire

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The lighter side of the dysfunctional apocalypse

I had to laugh at this video prediction of everything that can (and will) go wrong when the dystopian apocalypse finally happens.  It’s so dire, it’s funny. Oh, well.  At my age, I don’t have to worry about most of those problems – I doubt I’ll live long enough to encounter them.  I’ll leave them to my younger readers, who can write their own blogs (by then doubtless circulated on paper, rather than electronically) to describe them! Peter

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Oh, he just dropped in for a little swim .

A family in Botswana, Africa, found an unexpected guest in their swimming-pool a couple of days ago. Q:  How long do you allow a hippo to swim in your pool? A:  As long as he bloody well wants to! The Independent reports: Brent Reed, 47, said the giant male was discovered by a night watchman in the garden of his home in Maun, Botswana, in the early hours of 31 December. The safari director managed to capture pictures of his youngest son Troy, 11, and friend Kyle Steyn, 15, gazing down at the wild animal, which he said appeared completely at ease with

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Ewwwww!

An antiques expert in England has learned (the hard way) not to jump in where angels fear to taste. Glass specialist Andy McConnell inspected a sealed bottle from the 19th century on the BBC show [Antiques Roadshow], and decided to sample its mystery contents in front of an expectant audience. . . . Mr McConnell used a syringe to transfer a sample from the bottle to a tumbler, and sipped at the mystery beverage. “It’s very brown,” he told the audience at the time.  “I think it’s port. It’s port or red wine, or it’s full of rusty old nails and that’s

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The collapse of America’s cities into Third World conditions

It’s infuriating to be living in the leading nation in the First World, the largest or second-largest economy in the world (depending on who’s measuring, and how), and the most powerful nation in the world, and yet see Third World levels of filth, infrastructural breakdown and dysfunctional government invade many of our cities. The headlines over the past few years tell a horrifying story to anyone who values the achievements of civilization.  I won’t bother linking to actual reports here;  there are so many that simple Internet searches will find an abundance of them.  Consider these areas of concern: Public

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