State of the economy

Now I’m no expert on financial matters. But when $700b are being thrown around to save some banks, even I know that the shit has hit the fan. And the fan’s still on full speed!

But as always, Jay Leno has the perfect line to sum it up:

To give you an idea of how bad the economy is, over the weekend, I wrote a check and the bank bounced.

Link to Newsmax via Domain Maximus.

Ur anus will shine the brightest

Yes, yes. This is juvenile humor. But I just couldn’t resist it. Read the following excerpt and tell me if you can come away without a snigger (real story here):

Keep your telescopes handy for a wonderful celestial activity – Uranus will shine at its brightest when it aligns directly with the Sun and the Earth on Saturday.

“Celestial” is what really got me laughing! You still not laughing? Well, you’re a better man than I.

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Male belly dancers. Kill me now.

I mean it. Kill me. Belly dancing, that awesome art form that is aesthetic and then something else (wink, wink, hint, hint!) has now been invaded by male dancers as well.

However, some investigation reveals that this is nothing new. I was uninformed. Like perhaps the rest of the world that male belly dancing has in fact existed for a while.

I still wish I didn’t know about either.

Play delayed by…

Rain? Bad light? Ice? Snow? Road rage? One may have heard of all these as reasons for play being held up or delayed in a cricket match, but here’s a unique one: rocket attack.

Fun is in short supply for British forces on tour in Iraq, so a cricket match near Basra between an Army XI and the nation’s sporting rival Australia provided a welcome tonic – and a slightly surreal experience.

Ashes amid ashes? It seems so.

Underage mail-order brides in the US

“I was SO scared getting married so young, but my husband is an okay guy and I am SO proud that because of me my parents were able to get their first brand-new car and take the trip they always wanted to. I couldn’t have done it without your site!"

—Katrina K., married at 14

At 14 years of age, Katrina K may hardly know what’s best for her, let alone her parents. And a look at the reasons suggests abject poverty and/or utter ignorance. Coming from a country like the US, it’s even more shocking. This ‘testimonial’ was found on a website called Marry Our Daughter that lists mostly under-18 girls for marriage with the consent of the parents. And how is that possible? The FAQ section on the site explains it (also tells us who runs this nonsense):

A: Absolutely. Within the United States girls can marry as young as 13 years old with parental permission, and the Bride Price is a custom of long standing, mentioned many times in the Bible, and as such is a protected religious practice. Click HERE for a listing of the age limits and legal requirements in various states. Click HERE for what the Bible says on Bride Price.

And you thought India was regressive. But what is a mail-order bride? Wikipedia answers:

Historically, mail-order brides were women who listed themselves in catalogs and were selected by men for marriage, often with little or no communication between them prior to their first meeting. Sometimes the men and women involved were citizens of different countries, e.g. women from European countries moving to the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries, and sometimes they involved citizens of the same country. Today, most of the women referred to as mail-order brides list themselves on the internet and communicate regularly with their intended husband prior to marriage.

Arranged marriages in India have been around for a very long time. And while we believe there is a certain sanctity to the entire procedure, the growing popularity of marriage websites suggests that this activity is no different from that going on in India. But there is definitely no underage marriages going on as far as I know (through the websites, that is). And the prices make this simply appalling. The explanation:

A: The bride price is an ancient custom, somewhat like a dowry. A man wishing to marry a woman would offer her family a Bride Price in cash or kind, or sometimes offer to work for their family.

Thankfully, the tips on how to propose tell the suitors not to propose to more than one ‘daughter’:

To propose to one of Our Daughters, just click on Propose on her listing and you will be directed to our proposal form. Please do not propose to multiple Daughters or you risk having all your proposals disqualified.

And to answer the question what I was doing on the site, I discovered it by accident through

Paris moves to China

Paris, ChinaIt had to happen sooner or later. With all the offshoring, outsourcing and influx of Chinese food, the Parisian purists have finally called it quits. Over the last few years, the Eiffel Tower has been losing out on some of its charm and appeal and in the recent New Seven Wonders of the World voting, the Eiffel Tower lost out. The French aren’t too good at accepting losses and could no longer bear to be in a country without a wonder to talk of. Continue reading “Paris moves to China”

The food chain reversed?

It would seem so, eh? The lions get their ass whooped by a herd of buffaloes… sure they were badly outnumbered, but where’s the fear factor? And that opportunistic croc… heh!

Kiss my art!

A moment of passion that you cannot overcome. You just need to go all the way. There’s no stopping mid way… Kissing a $2 million painting could well cost a budding artist a lot more than she bargained for.

"A red stain remained on the canvas… This red stain is testimony to this moment, to the power of art."

So said the accused! And where did she leave her mark?

The immaculate white canvas so attracted Sam Rindy she smudged it with her lipstick, saying later she had wanted to make it even more beautiful.

The 3x2m (9×6-foot) painting by US artist Cy Twombly is valued at more than $2m (£970,000).

Well, let’s hope that 10 years later the price of the painting is added to by the kiss!

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Brilliant use of technology

I love it when a piece of computing equipment comes in handy in ways other than what it’s intended for. The story of the man who was stranded and used his tablet PC to keep himself warm is one such:

As he shivered on the platform Lee had an idea. He turned the brightness up to full and kicked of a defrag on his LS800 and stuffed it inside his jacket – as a heater! With the extended battery on it there was more than enough juice to keep Lee mildly warm until the next train. So if ever you find yourself a drunken idiot stranded on a train platform at two in the morning – make sure you have a tablet to stuff into your jacket!

He also quit smoking to buy the tablet in the first place. Some may say it’s two good things achieved, but I think he may have been better served still smoking!

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