Doofus Of The Day #1,051

Today’s award goes to actor Alec Baldwin for this tweet about the death by suicide, while in prison, of Jeffrey Epstein: He shares the award with Ron Perlman, Brian Koppelman, Dave Bautista, George Takei, and probably others in the Hollywood kafeeklatsch, all of whom also inferred a Russian hand of some sort in Epstein’s death. I agree that Epstein’s suicide was, and remains, highly suspicious, with enough grounds for doubt as to what happened to keep us guessing for years to come . . . but Russia?  Really?  I’d have thought there’s nothing Russia would have liked more than to have Epstein’s “little black book” (and video

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Weirdly cute, but is it practical?

A photograph over at Daily Timewaster led me to investigate this strange-looking knife.  It’s the Daktyl model from CRKT. I understand it’s not the first side-opening knife CRKT has produced.  I couldn’t help but wonder why.  I mean, apart from the cuteness factor, why not use a traditional knife body, one that protects the blade against other debris in one’s pocket?  I can see a receipt, or something like that, slipping between the outer wire frame and the edge of the blade, and getting cut when you pull one or the other out of your pocket. However, the reviews on Amazon are sometimes fun.  Examples:

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Joe Biden defines both political extremes at once

Joe Biden yesterday defined much of current American politics in the simplest possible way. “We choose truth over facts”.  Sounds utterly daft, because by definition, truth is fact, whereas “facts” that are not true aren’t facts, but fiction.  Nevertheless, it fits the extremist mindset perfectly.  What is “true” is what conforms to how they think the world should be – whether or not the world really is that way.  If it’s not the way they want the world to be then, even if it’s factually true, it’s not “the truth” – which, of course, only they possess. You can see that right now in the clamor for more gun

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Ye Gods and little Vikings!

Finland has just hosted the world’s first Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship.  Why it was hosted at all remains an open question! Fox News reports: The task was simple: Showcase your knitting skills while jamming out to heavy metal music. “It’s ridiculous but it’s so much fun,” said Heather McLaren, an engineering Ph.D. student who traveled to Joensuu, Finland, from Scotland for the competition. “When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought ‘that’s my niche.’” The competition drew about 200 people, including heavy metal fans in a country where the musical genre is very popular. “In

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Ever heard of “rabbit hopping” as a sport?

I hadn’t either, until I came across this article about competitive rabbit hopping in Australia. A cute companion, a pest and a free lawnmower — that is usually how a domestic rabbit is described. Now ‘athlete’ can be added to that list, because rabbit owners are training up their furry friends to hop competitively, like a miniature version of the equine sport, show-jumping. . . . President of the Rabbit Hopping Society of Australia (RHSA), which was formed in 2013, Neil Worley, said hopping rabbits in Australia were yet to achieve elite status but were on the right track. Elite rabbits can typically

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But is it milk?

I had to laugh at this report. Cinnamon Ridge Dairy Farm is ranked number two in the country for milk production and it may be because their cows are fed a different ingredient. It might sound utterly weird, but the dairy cows at Cinnamon Ridge run on coffee creamer. “This is an oddball ingredient,” says John Maxwell, farmer and owner of Cinnamon Ridge. “It does sound a little cannibalistic, but that’s not true at all.” He says it’s the sugar in the creamer that helps his cows produce some of the best milk in the nation. “This is energy in my

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But . . . WHY???

It seems that a Chinese inventor has come up with a hair washing machine.  Looking at it in action, all I can think is that a conventional shower would be a whole lot less fuss and bother, and much more efficient! Also, the opportunities for mischief by naughty friends or family members are almost endless.  Think of tying the user’s victim’s shoelaces to the retaining device while he’s upside down, or dripping something unpleasant into his breathing tube while he’s inverted.  This has the potential to make washing one’s hair a survival experience! Peter

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Not a moving experience

It seems that car hire in Japan may not always be related to transport. Orix Auto Corp and Times24 Co, two of Japan’s largest rental car firms, realised in the summer of 2018 that as many as one in eight of their hire cars were not actually travelling anywhere after being reserved and paid for. A survey of users showed that some were booking a car so they could have a nap during their lunch break, away from the disapproving scrutiny of their bosses. One businessman admitted that he preferred to work from the car and would set up an “office”

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Bollywood meets car chases, #6

To close out our week of Bollywood car chases, here’s a short clip from the 2011 movie “Singham“.  It’s not so much a car chase as a car interception.  Acrobatic?  Yes.  Impossible?  Heck, yes! The entire movie is so over-the-top it’s ridiculous.  As a bonus for your weekend viewing pleasure, here’s the big fight scene.  When did Superman emigrate to India, anyway? Oh, well.  Impossible or not, that’s Bollywood! Peter

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