Car advertisements

Some weeks ago I posted a number of advertisements involving things falling down and banging into each other. Among them was an advertisement for the Honda Accord, which justifiably won awards for its innovation. Since then I’ve been looking at a large number of the funnier car advertisements on YouTube. I thought you might enjoy spending a while chuckling at them. The first isn’t so much funny as very, very clever, in the same vein as the Honda advert above. Ford launched a new advertisement in England for its Focus sedan, showing an orchestra using a range of instruments made

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Explaining the US elections to friends overseas

You may have wondered how to explain our present electoral preoccupations to your friends in other countries. Well, help is at hand. The inimitable P. J. O’Rourke has penned a “Letter To Our European Friends” making everything clear. A few extracts: After the events of the 20th century, God, quite reasonably, left Europe. But He’s still here in the United States. The majority of Americans are Christians, and Christians can be divided into two kinds, the kind who think you should get Jesus and the kind who think Jesus is going to get you. . . . The number of

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Men, romance – and beer!

It seems that beer brewers are finally recognizing that their product may be slightly less than conducive to a romantic evening with one’s partner. Not only have they recognized this, but they’re beginning to acknowledge the reality in their advertising. Ladies, I apologize in advance for the behavior of the men in the following two clips. *gigglesnort!* Peter

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The world’s first time machine?

It seems that scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) based in Geneva, Switzerland, are preparing for a series of “atom-smashing” tests later this year. They aim to recreate conditions in the first billionth of a second after the “Big Bang”. This, they hope, will shed light on the origins of the universe. So far, so good. However, two researchers at Moscow’s Steklov Mathematical Institute, Irina Arefeva and Igor Volovich, are warning that the energy produced by this experiment could “open the doorway to visitors from the future”. They fear that a “wormhole”, or “time tunnel” between the

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Doofus Of The Day #8

Here’s a hint. When you want to get a tattoo . . . In a foreign language . . . It’s very helpful to have someone double-check the translation of your proposed tattoo BEFORE you have it inked! Ms. Joanne Raine wanted her boyfriend’s nickname “Roo” tattooed on her stomach in Chinese characters. Unfortunately, she failed to observe the simple precaution outlined above . . . and subsequently discovered that the letters so lovingly (and painfully) inscribed on her bod actually meant “Supermarket”. To add insult to injury, she’s since split up with her boyfriend. Her comment? “I’m just going

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Paper planes in space?

We have a new candidate for ‘space program of the decade’. It seems that Japanese scientists want to launch origami (paper) planes from the International Space Station and see whether they survive re-entry through the atmosphere. They claim to have already tested models in wind-tunnels at seven times the speed of sound and in temperatures of 250° Celsius (482° Fahrenheit). They hope that the planes, being much lighter than spacecraft, won’t be subject to the same heat and friction that conventional orbital vessels must endure during re-entry. I have only one question. What’s the point? Sure, your paper planes may

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The moonbats are at it again . . .

*Sigh* Where did all the moonbats come from over the last half-century or so? Surely they weren’t in existence in such numbers prior to the Sixties? In San Francisco an organization known as the Global Peace Foundation gathered sufficient signatures to put on the presidential primary ballot a proposal to build a ‘global peace center’ on the island of Alcatraz (demolishing the historic prison in the process). The organization’s Web site is spectacular in its vagueness of language, lack of logic and reliance on pious platitudes rather than rigorous analysis. A few examples: Majestic in its Simplicity, Revolutionary as a

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Touch Typing

In this day and age, where everyone’s using the Internet, keyboard skills are absolutely indispensable for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of their computer. I learned to touch-type using the old “Sight And Sound” method (almost a kind of auto-hypnosis, really) while operating Telex machines in the South African armed forces. We received a thorough training that got us up to about thirty words per minute before we were considered qualified. This ability, to type without looking at the keys at all, has stood me in very good stead over the years, and my speed has

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