Yes, you really can compare apples to oranges

Old NFO sent me a link to an article proving that the old “apples to oranges” comparison is actually not as silly as it might seem.  It’s from Improbable Research, the people who bring us the annual Ig Nobel awards. … it is not difficult to demonstrate that apples and oranges can, in fact, be compared (see figure 1). Materials and Methods Both samples were prepared by gently desiccating them in a convection oven at low temperature over the course of several days. The dried samples were then mixed with potassium bromide and ground in a small ball-bearing mill for two minutes. One hundred milligrams of

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race of 2019

The annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race was held a few weeks ago in England.  As usual, a lot of fun was had by all. The event was born out of the enthusiasm of the newly-formedKnaresborough Round Table in 1966, an organisation looking for a major charity fund-raising push. They came up with the idea of a time-trial in which teams would follow a pre-determined course pushing beds around the town. It could have been a chariot race, a tug-o-war, a raft race on the river, a soap box derby or any of a hundred other ideas. But they plumped for a bed race,

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Too funny! “Florida Man” versus the aliens!

A contributor on Reddit has composed a series of stories about challenge fights between “Florida Man” and an alien opponent.  They’re very amusing .  Here’s a brief example. Skorath the bloody, champion of the arena and chosen warrior of the gygax empire was restless. He paced around his chambers, his frost bear cloak swirling behind him, 9 foot of muscles and scar tissues wearing a furrow in the carpet with every lap. His next opponent was the ‘Florida man’ of Earth, a tiny planet from the other side of the system, and it was completely unknown. Not capable of interstellar travel yet

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Heh

This warms the cockles of my African heart.  I received it via e-mail – origin unknown. Is it my imagination, or is that rhino actually trying to look seductive? Peter

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More over-the-top Bollywood

This fight scene from the 2014 movie Maanikya is utterly impossible.  Anyone sustaining the sort of blows and injuries depicted would certainly not be capable of fighting back, let alone the miraculous recovery exhibited by the protagonist:  and the feats of strength (including launching seven or eight attackers into the air simultaneously) are just plain ridiculous.  Nevertheless, the movie was a smash hit in India – perhaps not surprising, given all the smashing and hitting in this scene! Peter

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Underwear as an economic indicator?

It seems China is using a new benchmark for economic progress. Sales of boxers and briefs are surging in Liaoning Province, according to The Global Times, a fervently nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party, bringing a bit of good news to a down-and-out part of China’s rust belt that epitomizes many of the country’s economic problems. Cheered by the prospect of a brighter future, the article argued, Liaoning men are upgrading a part of their wardrobe that most of their friends and family will never see. In highlighting such an unorthodox economic indicator, The Global Times is harking back to a

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A treat for Peter Sellers fans, if you’re quick

I note that the 1974 Peter Sellers comedy film “Soft Beds, Hard Battles” is currently on YouTube.  I’ve no idea how long it’ll stay there, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s good for a giggle.  Wikipedia describes it as follows: Set in Nazi-occupied France, the story follows Major Robinson of the British Army. Installing himself at a Parisian brothel, he assists the French resistance and works with Madame Grenier and her girls who find themselves eliminating high ranking German officers (using ingenious rigged beds and killer flatulence pills) right under the noses of the Gestapo. The girls find themselves enlisted in the

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Not Freddie Mercury

Reader J. M. sent me a link – well, two of them, actually – that had me laughing out loud. The late Freddie Mercury led the crowds at the 1985 Live Aid concert in a sort of wordless chant, getting the audience to follow his musical lead. It seems someone with a sense of humor “married” that Freddie Mercury chant to images of a rodent.  The results are hilarious. Musical mice?  What next – rapping rats? Peter

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