One of Us: Open Thread

FREAKS_Freaks01_493x750_100920061722 Good Evening

I thought we needed some fun tonight, and since Dak already wrote about the real Freaks earlier today, we will just have a few laughs…

If you have not seen Jon Stewart the past few days, you have missed some great bits.  Just check it out,  Jon Stewart: U.S. May Be ‘F**ked,’ But At Least We Don’t Have Meteors And Horse Meat In Our Burgers

 

Stewart first took on the growing scandal in England over horse meat found in Burger King burgers, saying that at least Americans can expect grade A ground beef that’s processed and assembled in factories. Only three countries on record eat horse, Italy, France, and Kazakhstan; the latter led Stewart to create a new dish: KFH (Kentucky Fried Horse). “If the bucket doesn’t look at you, it’s free.”

Horse D’oeuvre – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 02/19/13 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

The second part of this link is a laugh riot…Jon highlights something I have never seen before…a mass cow tipping.

Stewart then turned to the meteor that exploded over Russia, but what interested Stewart more than the meteor itself was how Russians reacted to it. He showed how the only reason there is so much footage of the meteor is because cars in Russia have cameras installed on the dashboards. After seeing one Russian’s unfazed reaction to the exploding meteor, Stewart asked, “Is everyone in Russian society just that jaded?”

But then Stewart showed clips of other weird car-cam moments, and could only conclude that Russians see “so much crazy shit,” a meteor isn’t really that surprising.

How I Meteored Your Motherland – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 02/19/13 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

Oh that is beautiful…tanks, drunks, men with hatchets and the average Russian woman.

Stewart also kicked the ass of both distinguished Lady from South Carolina, and the king of Sunday talk shows: Jon Stewart Destroys McCain For Hagel, Benghazi Outrage, And Iraq: ‘You Don’t Get To Pull… That Sh*t’

Jon Stewart tonight took on Republican senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain for their hyped-up outrage over Benghazi that led both to support holding up Chuck Hagel‘s nomination for Defense Secretary in order to get answers. Stewart tore into McCain specifically for having the hubris to demand answers for Benghazi when he did no such thing regarding the Iraq war and his motivations for blocking Hagel were not exactly free of personal bias.

Stewart is on fire!

In other news, the world of flight celebrated an anniversary today.

Today in Geek History, the First Flying Car Left the Ground

Remember when we didn’t have flying cars? Remember when all we could do is zoom around in two dimensions like suckers? Life was simpler then. Anyway, that’s the wistful reality that inventor/aviator Waldo Waterman was hoping for us. You see, today in 1937, the first “flying car” left the ground.

We saw this flying car when we went to the Hazy Hanger during our trip to Washington, DC. They are so cool.

Lake Tahoe…I often wonder about all those mob hits that must litter that cold lake bottom. This next link makes that phrase “swim with the fishes” even more significant. Monster Goldfish Found in Lake Tahoe

A new kind of lake monster has been found, in the depths of Lake Tahoe: gigantic goldfish. Researchers trawling the lake for invasive fish species scooped up a goldfish that was nearly 1.5 feet long and 4.2 pounds.

“During these surveys, we’ve found a nice corner where there’s about 15 other goldfish,” environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra of the University of Nevada, Reno, told LiveScience. “It’s an indication that they were schooling and spawning.” The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners, has Chandra worried — goldfish are an invasive species that could interfere with Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem.

Wow, that goldfish would need a big ass fish bowl.

This is an open thread.

Oh, and by the way…Freaks will be shown on TCM Saturday April 20th, at 8pm.


6 Comments on “One of Us: Open Thread”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Now that is a humongous goldfish!

    Freaks is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if I could bring myself to watch it again.

  2. Holy shit…60 million in path of winter storm – CNN.com

    A massive winter storm spanning 20 states dumped more than a foot of snow in some places Thursday and brought life to a standstill in parts of the central United States.

    About 60 million people — 20% of the U.S. population — were under winter weather warnings, watches and advisories in the 750,000 square miles affected.

  3. RalphB says:

    The Guardian: Pope Benedict retired after inquiry into ‘Vatican gay officials’, says paper

    This would be ironic but not totally unexpected.