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Dogs, man.

PS- Honestly, I can hear the fear in that guy’s voice. He’s pretty sure Storm is trying to save that deer, but a small part of him thinks Storm might just be hungry for a little venison. Good stuff.

So here’s some delightful video of a lady kneeling down in front of some art out in L.A., only to succeed in falling backwards and creating an artistic domino effect of sorts. On a related note, only professional bloggers such as I are capable of writing that last sentence. Anyhoo, here’s the assclown in action.

An underwater photographer named Franco Banfi was the one who snapped these extremely rare photos while following a pack of sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea, near Dominica Island. The whales suddenly stopped moving and went into what’s called a “synchronized vertical rest.” This behavior that was first documented back in 2008, when a team of stunned biologists from the UK and Japan drifted into a group of completely still sperm whales. After further studies, they found that this collective nap occurs for approximately 7% of the whale’s life, almost always in short intervals of just 6-24 minutes. That’s crazy, man.

Everyone knows how I feel about this stuff. Anyone who teases, tortures or otherwise treats animals disrespectfully deserves to be hurt. In this case, the American tourist who gets drilled survived, which is a shame because I was hoping he was dead. On a related note, I read where although this guy was gored in the abdomen he’s vowed to go back to the Running of the Bulls. Awesome. The bulls are getting a second chance. Hopefully next time they’ll finish him off.

“He’s winded!” Yes. Yes he is.

Being the history freak that I am, I’m constantly scouring the interweb for stuff I’ve never seen before. Recently, during one of my late-night forays into the dark recesses of the internet, I came across a couple gems. Both are related to the events of 9/11/2001.

The first is called “September 11th As It Happened: The Definitive Live News Montage” and it basically garners all the news footage from that morning and splices it together as the events unfolded. The second video is from the Howard Stern Show and follows Howard and the members of his show as they follow the events as they sit in Manhattan.

It’s interesting, as least to me, to listen to the people as they first think they’re seeing a random accident, then realizing they’re watching a terrorist attack. It’s also fascinating to watch as the first tower falls and the news people sort of go into denial as to what they’re actually seeing. As for the Stern show, they start by laughing about the first plane, then sobering up as the grim realization hits them.

Anyway, the videos aren’t for everyone, but I find them riveting and I know some of you will too.

September 11th As It Happened: The Definitive Live News Montage

RADIO HISTORY: Howard Stern On-Air As 9/11 Happens

 

Looks fun, man.

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Listen, I know what everyone is saying. McGregor’s not a boxer, he won’t lay a glove on Mayweather, this fight is a joke, that anyone who buys it is a sucker and a fool. Well, call me a fool because I’m fascinated as hell by it. Here’s my take . . .

First of all, I know there’s a chance the fight will go 12-rounds, Mayweather will dominate (he never knocks anyone out anyway), McGregor won’t touch him, and it will all be a disgusting borefest.

However, just imagine with me for a minute. What if maybe, just maybe, one of the following developments occur?

  • What if McGregor sneaks a punch in and “breaks Mayweather’s face” like he says he will? Mayweather is a punk. He’s hit women and is unapologetic about it. How satisfying would that be to witness? The answer is very.
  • What if, and this is much more likely according to the “experts”, Mayweather destroys McGregor, just toying with him before eventually knocking him out? That would be pretty cool as well, since McGregor has about the biggest mouth since Chad Ochocinco. Wouldn’t love it, wouldn’t hate it.
  • Here’s my favorite possibility, and may I just say God please let this happen. Imagine if you will that it’s the 5th or 6th round, McGregor is just getting his shit handed to him as Mayweather taunts and toys with him. And then it happens – McGregor suddenly goes all MMA on his ass, connecting with a roundhouse kick and taking Mayweather down in a Rear Naked Choke or Reverse Armbar as the world watches in a combination of horror and unadulterated joy. Listen, I know there’s a miniscule chance it will happen and there will be a stipulation in the contract that if he does he’ll forfeit his earnings, but wouldn’t he more than make it back through publicity and future endorsements? Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

So I ask you. Wouldn’t it be worth the price of the fight to see one of these things happen? Yes. Yes it would.

I’m in, baby.

Good stuff. Reminds of some things I’ve seen personally. I feel a blog coming on.

Haven’t posted these in awhile.

Listen, there is NO WAY this kid wasn’t messing around up there on that ride. How fast was that Gondola going, like a mile per hour? She had to be goofing off, amirite? Unsnapped her seatbelt and was showing off or something? Maybe breakdancing, doing a handstand or something of that nature? The press is covering this as a feel-good story, and it was cool that the crowd caught her, but nobody is pointing out the obvious, that the kid was either incredibly stupid, reckless, or both. I want the truth, people!

Larry Bird was incredible. He hit shots unseen by anyone prior to his existence. One night he dropped 60 on the Atlanta Hawks and even their bench was impressed. Watch, children, and be amazed.

Man, it was difficult to narrow this list down. There were a thousand musicians who stepped up and made statements musically during the Civil Rights Movement. These just happen to be my favorite moments. Let us proceed. Oh, and click on the title to hear a song if it applies.

PETULA CLARK AND HARRY BELAFONTE TOUCH ON NATIONAL TV

Yes, I said “touched.” Petula Clark was one of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s. She sang songs like “Downtown”, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”, and “I know a Place”, good tunes all.

In early 1968, Clark was given the chance to host her own special on NBC. She had, as a guest star on the program, the popular singer and noted civil rights activist, Harry Belafonte.

Incredible as it may seem now, the show made waves when, during the performance of an anti-war song written by Clark, “On the Path of Glory”, Clark locked arms with Belafonte.

The program was sponsored by Chrysler, and a vice-president of the company, Doyle Lott, was present at the taping in early March of 1968. He took issue with the “interracial touching,” and asked them to use a different take of the song (they had filmed a number of different takes). Clark and her husband (co-producer of the special), Claude Wolff, objected.

To make sure that they could not be overruled, Wolff told the producer of the special, Steve Binder, to actually destroy all other takes of the song. Binder checked with NBC, who said that they’d defer to whatever he decided to do. He agreed with Wolff. Binder later recalled telling the editor to erase the other takes and the editor actually made him sign a document attesting that Binder was taking full responsibility for the erasure of the other takes.

The whole situation made major public waves, and attracted a lot of publicity for the show. Bottom line, good for everyone who fought the good fight that day.

The show aired on April 8th, 1968.

CHUCK BERRY’S DUCKWALK INTEGRATES SOUTHERN DANCE HALLS

Rock n’ Roll played an immeasurable part in getting blacks and whites together in the 1950s. Rock music itself was the result of a blending of the blues and country, sounds that had been pretty seperate the previous couple of decades. The early face of this wild new genre was Chuck Berry, and his risqué lyrics and signature moves sent teenagers of all colors into a frenzy. A few years before Elvis’s pelvic thrusts would define a generation, Berry’s “Duckwalk” guitar solo created such demand from black and white audiences that clubs would hold integrated parties with velvet ropes running down the middle of the dance floor to keep the races separated. Soon, the velvet ropes would disappear. Rock can’t see color, kids.

JAMES BROWN SAVES BOSTON FROM RIOTS

The spring of 1968 was darkened by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the subsequent rioting that took place in cities across the country. Boston, Massachusetts, wasn’t spared, and on the night the news broke, kids took to the streets in Roxbury, Dorchester and the South End to express their rage. James Brown was scheduled to perform there the next day, and the city decided to broadcast the show on local TV to keep folks in their homes and off the block. During the concert, attendees ran on stage and the police began to swarm, but Brown halted them and addressed the kids directly. “Now I ask the police to step back, because I think I can get some respect from my own people.” The crowd obliged, and the concert went on without incident. The next day, he walked through the hoods of the Bean and personally asked the people not to riot, promising, “there’s another way.”

BILLIE HOLIDAY RECORDS “STRANGE FRUIT”

“Strange Fruit” was first performed by Billie Holiday in 1939, and it paints a portrait familiar to southerners in the first half of the 21st century. The song describes “a strange and bitter crop” with “bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,” an illustration of a then all-too-common sight – a lynching. The song is weird because it sounds sort of romantic and sensual. Only when you really listen to the lyrics does the real, more sinister meaning of the song become clear. Just a chilling song, really.

RAY CHARLES REFUSES TO PLAY AUGUSTA

After Bell Auditorium announced that Ray Charles was going to do a show there in 1961, students told Charles the dance floor would be for whites only and the upper balcony would be sectioned off for blacks. Ray immediately took a stand and cancelled his appearance. The venue fined him for breach of contract, expecting him to back down. Instead, in one of civil rights history’s greatest boss moves, he paid the fine and didn’t play another show in Augusta, Georgia until it was desegregated. Ray, man.

MARVIN GAYE RELEASES “WHAT’S GOIN’ ON”

Marvin Gaye needs no introduction: his name has become synonymous with the rich legacy of Motown and the soulful R&B that came to define Black music for decades to come. It should come as no surprise that the man released his (arguably) best single eleven albums into his career. “What’s Going On” is all at once a gripping protest song, a syrupy love song and a giddy party starter. When the track dropped in 1971, Gaye was struggling through the sudden loss of his frequent collaborator and close friend Tammi Terrell, a brother that had been shipped off to war, and a country that was still mired in the dregs of violence and racism. Although inspired by an act of police brutality, “What’s Going On” led to some of Gaye’s most bright-eyed work on the landmark album of the same name, and gave the movement one of its defining anthems.

BOB DYLAN RELEASES “THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'”

I’ve always thought of this classic song by Dylan as more anti-Vietnam than pro-Civil Rights, but the lyrics can apply to both. “This was definitely a song with a purpose,” Dylan would later say. “The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.” That same year saw the arrival of the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to racial segregation in the US. Songs like this one were the soundtrack to the movement.

SAM COOKE RECORDS “A CHANGE IS GONNA COME”

After hearing Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Cooke wanted to write a song about race that had the same impact. He’d encountered racial turbulence in the year prior when he and his tourmates tried to book a “whites only” hotel and were arrested for disturbing the peace. That incident was the inspiration for “Change,” and the song became a massive success in the black community after its release in 1963.

JOHN COLTRANE RECORDS “ALABAMA”

In the early morning hours of September 15, 1963, four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a box of dynamite under the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bomb was detonated a few hours later, murdering Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, all under the age of 14. The incident became a lightning rod for the Civil Rights Movement, which was exactly what the KKK didn’t want. Another unintended consequence – it inspired jazz legend John Coltrane to write and record the stunning song “Alabama”. The song, without lyrics, is a mournful tribute and was patterned after Martin Luther King’s “Eulogy for the Martyred Children,” the speech he gave at the funeral for the four girls. That same year, Coltrane performed the song live on television’s Jazz Casual in front of a stunned, spellbound national audience.

PHIL OCHS RECORDS “HERE’S TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI”

Phil Ochs was never one to mince words, and this song was no exception. After visiting Mississippi and being outraged at what he saw, he wrote this blistering tune where he lays it all on the line. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

Here’s to the State of Mississippi,
For underneath her borders, the devil draws no lines,
If you drag her muddy rivers, nameless bodies you will find.
Oh the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes,
The calender is lyin’ when it reads the present time.
Whoa here’s to the land you’ve torn out the heart of,
Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of!

Yikes.

Like I said up top, I know there are many other songs and incidents that I could have listed, but these are the ones that stand out to me. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment.*

*See what I did there? Feel free? Civil Rights Movement? Never mind. 

 

 

Kids, this is why the internet is magic. Had the moment you’re about to witness below happened in 1987 it would have been witnessed by perhaps a couple people in the store or the guy checking out the security camera. Today it’s put on the worldwide interweb and bloggers such as myself repost it into infinity. Just a special moment where a guy saves his groceries like a wizard or something.

PS- This guy is exactly like me. Dude won’t use a basket or cart unless it’s absolutely necessary. I feel ya brother.

Listen, there are cool guys and then there are really cool guys, and when you can jet over, flip a capsized catamaran back to level and follow that with a couple 20-foot high backflips while standing on high-powered jets of water then you are a really cool guy. Kudos, Jet Boarder. Kudos.

Note: Ever type a word and swear you misspelled it? I did that with capsize. Had to search it up on the Goggle to be sure. Still looks wrong to me.

I need to see more of this type of thing.

Man, how cool is this cat? Just casually skims across the pool like a waterbug, pops up and strolls away like he has a meeting with his financial advisor. I have no idea what that means. Anyway, preposterous move by this bro. Dude must have chicks for days.

Well, this is terrifying.

Sweet Lord a’mighty, now I know why Donnie’s down on his knees for this guy. You don’t wanna mess with a bro who casually walks down the street with Gandalf saying “what’s up” to pigeons. Putin was like, “Hey Larry” and the pigeon was like “What’s up, P?” That’s next level stuff, man. If you have the animals on your side it’s game over. Now excuse me while I go look for this book:

PS- I know it’s not real, but I’ll still get messages from idiots that don’t scroll this far down.

NYT – President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, an extraordinary move that dismayed America’s allies and set back the global effort to address the warming planet.

Trump’s decision set off alarms worldwide, drawing swift and sharp condemnation from foreign leaders as well as top environmentalists and corporate titans, who decried the U.S. exit from the Paris accord as an irresponsible abdication of American leadership in the face of irrefutable scientific evidence. Trump has described climate change “a hoax.”

The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement cannot actually be finalized until near the end of Trump’s term because of the accord’s legal structure and language.

The Donald, man. Gotta give him credit to sticking to his guns on this one I guess? Our children and their children and their children can go to hell, man. We’ll all be gone by then anyway, amirite? But hey, at least we have two other stable, level-headed governments who see things the way we do – Nicaragua and Syria. Thank God for that. I guess all us weenies who believe in the climate change “hoax” can take solace in the fact that our withdrawal from the pact can’t take place for a couple years. The odds of Trump surviving that long are about 9%.

PS- One positive about a Trump administration? Endless source of blogging material.

PPS- Another positive? Wildly entertaining messages from Trump supporters.

PPS- For those who care, and I don’t think many do, here’s climate change explained pretty simply (and spare me the climate change is a hoax videos, please).

On a related note, I never thought I’d miss this guy so much:

bush-doing-the-happy-dance

Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, a father of two, allowed Augusto Lima to go attend the birth of his first child, and Zalgiris still won the game, gaining a 2-1 lead in the best-of-three series. During the press conference, however, one “youngster” reporter, who is not a father, persisted questioning Jasikevicius about Lima’s absence. The coach defended his player from criticism and perfectly schooled the reporter about family values.

I know Sarunas Jasikevicius a little because he played at Maryland for Gary Williams. Love his reaction here.

Say what you want about the Japanese Puffer Fish, but this little dude has it all figured out. Turns out chicks dig art, man. Who knew? Hell, I tried it once and got slapped in the face. Yep, that drawing I did of Kathy Lupert back in 3rd grade did NOT go over well. Seriously, this bro spends 2-weeks making this masterpiece and the Pufferbabes come out of the woodwork like bees to honey.  Diabolical. Anywho, Japanese Puffer Fish.

Man, just watch that sea lion set these people up, just looking all cute and whatnot, poking his head out of the water like a puppy while eliciting oohs and ahs from the adoring crowd. What those people didn’t know was that Mr. Sea Lion was eyeing his lunch buffet, and the minute that kid sat down he went for her like a fat kid snatching a Ho Ho. Sea Lions, man. Sneaky as hell.

PS- And how about mom there, just whisking her kid away without a word of thanks? Hey lady, if it wasn’t for that superhero little Yuki there would’ve been taken to the depths of hell, eaten, and her bones left in a watery grave. But noooo, just march away as if you have a plane to catch or something. Yeesh. 

The Daymak C5 Blast is the world’s fastest go-kart. With a 0-60 speed of 1.5 seconds, it’s faster than the world’s best supercars which max out at around 2.5 seconds. What makes the Daymak C5 the world’s fastest go-kart? Electric Ducted Fans reduce the weight of this go-kart by 50% to only 100kg.

Obviously, we’re talking about some extremely advanced machinery here and that means it doesn’t come cheaply. The C5 Blast from Daymak will put you back a cool $60,000. If you don’t have sixty grand to spend on a go-kart, don’t fret. There is a heavier version for $9,999 that will go 0-60 in 3.9 seconds.

Listen, I gotta be honest here. I want a Daymak C5 Blast Go-Cart and I want one yesterday. 60 mph in 1.5 seconds? Hey, I’m no Math major but even I know that’s fast, man. Jeebus. Hope that sucka has a seatbelt on it.

The Scaredino Lizard, also affectionately known as the “Leaping Lizard of Death,” is known for it’s lust for blood from any source available. Well, hell, that’s just spine-chilling, man. Thankfully, this asshole is native to Scaredino, Portugal. Anywho, Scaredino Lizard.

Man, that snake scared that bro shitless, amirite? Poor dude leaped like he’d seen a Komodo Dragon, man. Seriously, it was every man for himself there for a second. But seriously, did you see that snake leap through the door? Holy crap, that was a snake on a mission. A mission to kill. On a related note, by the end of the video the original guy at the door was 3-blocks away. He gone.