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Darwin Awards

Over at The After Hours Pub, halfast posted a list of Darwin Award winners. I hadn’t read this list before, but it prompted me to head over to the official Darwin Awards website and browse through some of the stories.

Man, some people scare me with their stupidity.

However, I did end up with two more books in my Amazon wishlist: The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action and The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection. You can even pre-order The Darwin Awards III: Survival of the Fittest!

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Welcome back, John Robb

John Robb, whose site disappeared a couple weeks ago, has reappeared at a new address.

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Alaska Jack

Concurrently with today’s announcement that Alaska Airlines has contracted with Jack Nicholson to act as spokesperson for the airline in all of their television and print advertising in 2004, the airline also revealed an upgrade to the traditional and distinctive Alaska Native image on the tail of their jets:

Alaska Jack

Tribal leaders and Mr.┬áNicholson’s representatives have so far declined to comment on the announcements.

(Image found in this mindblowing Worth1000 Photoshop contest. Pesudo-‘news’ dragged, kicking and screaming, out of the dingy corners of my brain.)

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Hoaxing Bambi

The jury’s still out on this one, but I’d be willing to bet that the Hunting for Bambi ‘business’ (in which men dress up in camo, grab paintball guns, and go running through the woods ‘hunting’ naked women) is nothing more than an elaborate spoof. While most media reports have been long on hype and short on investigation, the Urban Legends Reference Pages are extremely skeptical.

We’re still investigating, but we’d be quite surprised if this scheme was hatched as anything but an attempt to sell videos. (After all, \$19.99 tapes and DVDs, and not \$10,000 hunts, are the product advertised on the site’s opening page.) Our estimation is that the whole “hunt” concept was a phony promotional dog-and-pony show staged for credulous reporters, but now that Hunting for Bambi has attracted plenty of free publicity from the media, they’re attempting to make the concept work for real.

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Need help?

Got a question? Can’t find an answer? Take a quick peek at Help!Blog, maybe someone can help you out. Looks like a good resource if it takes off — kind of like LazyWeb, only more rounded in topic. Their news page, unfortunately, is all sorts of funky in Safari.

(via Scott)

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Most literate cities

Here’s something cool: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has posted a study of the most literate cities in America. Seattle got number two!

The top 10:

  1. Minneapolis, MN
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Louisville, KY
  9. Portland, OR
  10. Cincinatti, OH

(via Brian)

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Greek Mythological family tree

Wow. Just wow. A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology, by Harold Newman, looks to be fascinating.

It was about 20 years ago when Jon O. Newman, a federal appeals court judge in Manhattan, walked up to a staff member in the New York Public Library and asked, “Do you have a book anywhere in this library that has a complete genealogical chart of Greek mythology?” They didn’t.

“O.K., second question,” Judge Newman said. “If there were such a book, would you buy it?”

“We’d have to,” the librarian replied.

It was what the judge had wanted to hear. For years, his father, Harold Newman, had pursued a hobby — an elaborate genealogy project — trying to link all characters from Greek mythology in a single family tree. Judge Newman wanted to finish it.

Now, the Newmans’ work has been published by the University of North Carolina Press as “A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology: Comprising 3,673 Named Figures of Greek Mythology, All Related to Each Other Within a Single Family of 20 Generations.”

More details can be found at the New York Times. It’s a bit on the pricey side at \$75, but man would that be a fascinating book to spend time browsing through.

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Lego fun

Leonard posted a ton of links to cool Lego creations. My personal favorite is the soccer stadium — complete with hooligans. :)

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Drink the Kool-Aid

Robert Scoble switches Kool-Aid brands, if only for a moment. ;)

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Jet-propelled sheep

I can’t help but think that this is one sheep that I wouldn’t want to be standing behind when it passed gas

Shaboom the sheep’s favorite meal consists of animal feed made from nitrogen-based chemicals and other dismantled gun propellants — one of the more creative uses Albuquerque company TPL Inc.┬áis finding for unwanted military munitions.

(via Prairie)