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The prevailing lore is that once you discount spam (which we all try to ignore), 98% of the internet is composed of cats, pornography, MySpace, and bacon. Bacon? Yeah, bacon is all over the internet. I first noticed bacon as a shared motif when John Scalzi taped bacon to his cat. It was on his list of "things to do" and some commenters did not believe he'd do it. The cat was the hottest thing on the internet for a while. He later posted a motivational poster summing up the experience.

And why not? Bacon is tasty, fattening, decadent, and in some religions, taboo. A couple of my favorite blogs, The J-Walk Blog and YesButNoButYes have posted so much about bacon that it achieved its own category on both sites. There are entire blogs dedicated to bacon, including The Bacon Show, Bacontarian, Six Degrees of Bacon (not Kevin Bacon), and Bacon Unwrapped. You can keep up with bacon news as it happens. If you broadened your scope to pork or barbecue, no doubt you'll find a lot more bacon resources. After all, this is the Year of the Pig.

More tasty bacon, after the jump.

300_baconcupcake.jpgYou can find hundreds, maybe thousands of bacon recipes, but the most interesting are bacon desserts. You'll find recipes online for Bacon Cookies, Pig Candy, Bacon Baklava, Bacon and Egg Ice Cream, and Maple Bacon Cupcakes (pictured). If you aren't inclined to cook, you can still enjoy bacon sweets for sale on the internet, such as Bacon Mints and Chocolate-Covered Bacon Bits.

Some recipes are hard to classify as dessert, but they are still a bit on the strange side. I'm thinking of Bacon-Wrapped Dates and the Bacon Martini.

baconshoes.jpgIf you are a bacon devotee, you can dress the part. Show up at our next formal occasion with a suit that looks like bacon, and smells like bacon, too! Be warned: dogs may follow you home. Accessorize properly. Converse now has the Chuck Taylor Eggs and Bacon shoes available. There are many ways to wear bacon on your head, including a bacon hat, toupee, and tattoo. Some folks just can't advertize their devotion to bacon enough.

BLT-Candles.jpgBacon addicts can make a home smell like bacon, too! Wake up to the aroma of bacon with the Bacon Alarm Clock, which you've seen here before. Or if you'd rather have a long-lasting scent, this Bacon Candle is just the thing, or you might want to go with the Bacon Air Freshener.

Archie McPhee stocks items you'd never otherwise associate with bacon. You can clean up after a bacon meal with Bacon Flavored Toothpicks, then pay for it with money you keep in your Bacon Wallet. Always keep some Bacon Strip Bandages handy! If you like those items, you'll love the What Would Bacon Do? Spin Folder.

baconbubbles.jpgDogs like bacon, too. For a different treat, get your dog a Bubble Buddy and blow him some Bacon-Scented Bubbles! Recommended by Dave Barry, who loves dogs because "they are morons."

baconcoke.jpgThere are those who craft their online persona according to the lure of bacon. There are songs about bacon. Scientists are studying how to get more pleasure out of bacon. But if you really want to impress a bacon-lover, you can't do better than a gift from the Bacon of the Month Club. After all, reading about bacon is only a pale substitute for eating it.

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10 Fab Facts About George Harrison
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You probably know George Harrison as a Beatle, the lead guitarist of the most famous band in the world. We’re guessing that there’s a lot you don’t know about the youngest of The Fab Four, who was born on this day in 1943.

1. HE WAS ONLY 27 WHEN THE BEATLES BROKE UP.


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George Harrison turned 27 on February 25, 1970, less than two months before Paul McCartney told the world he had no future plans to work with the Beatles. It had been 12 years since Harrison had joined John Lennon’s band, The Quarrymen—shortly after McCartney, his Liverpool schoolmate—in 1958.

2. HE INVENTED THE MEGASTAR ROCK BENEFIT CONCERT.

Before Harrison organized the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, there were performances for charity, of course. But when his friend, the great Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, told him about the plight of Bangladeshi refugees, victims of both war and a devastating cyclone who now faced starvation, Harrison felt compelled to devote himself to the cause. He recruited stars like Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Badfinger, and Leon Russell, and together they played two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971. Harrison then arranged for the release of a concert album and film. The ventures had raised more than $12 million by 1985, and profits from sales of the movie and soundtrack continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

3. HE WROTE “CRACKERBOX PALACE” ABOUT HIS QUIRKY MANSION.

Harrison nicknamed his 120-room Friar Park mansion “Crackerbox Palace” after a friend’s description of Lord Buckley’s tiny Los Angeles home. The 66-acre property, about 37 miles west of London, was first owned by Sir Frank Crisp, a lawyer who lived there from 1889 to 1919. Harrison bought the estate in 1970—and quickly penned “The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp,” which appeared on his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, also in 1970.

Friar Park was a strange place, with gnomes, grottos, a miniature Matterhorn, and lavish gardens, which Harrison loved to tend. According to the Victoria County History website, the house itself “is an architectural fantasy in red brick, stone, and terracotta, mixing English, French and Flemish motifs in lavish, undisciplined profusion.”

4. HE LOVED HANGING OUT WITH BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND.

All four Beatles were Dylan fans, and first met him in 1964. But Harrison felt a special bond with him, and spent weeks at Dylan’s Woodstock, New York home in the fall of 1968. The Band was there, too, and Harrison loved the collaborative atmosphere. During this time Dylan and Harrison co-wrote “I’d Have You Anytime,” which appeared on 1970's All Things Must Pass. The two would become bandmates in the Traveling Wilburys, and maintained a close, lifelong friendship.

5. THE "QUIET BEATLE" WASN’T SO QUIET.

"He never shut up," friend and fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty once said of Harrison. "He was the best hang you could imagine."

6. WHEN HE LOST HIS VIRGINITY, THE OTHER BEATLES CHEERED.

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During the band’s early years, they had extended runs as a house band in Hamburg, Germany, and were paid so poorly (and had to be on stage for so many hours) that they shared a small room in the club’s basement. Hence the witnesses to George’s deflowering, at age 17. "We were in bunkbeds," Harrison recalled. "They couldn't really see anything because I was under the covers, but after I'd finished they all applauded and cheered. At least they kept quiet whilst I was doing it."

7. WITHOUT HIM, THERE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN.

EMI Films, Life of Brian’s original backer, withdrew funding for the Monty Python comedy classic just before filming began, scared that the religious subject matter would be too controversial. Harrison, a big fan and friend of the Pythons, set up his own production company—Handmade Films—to fund the project. Why? "Because I liked the script and I wanted to see the movie,” he explained. Harrison not only saw the film, he appeared in it, as Mr. Papadopolous, "owner of the Mount.” Monty Python’s Life of Brian, released in 1979, was a huge hit in both the UK and U.S., and was ranked as the 10th best comedy film of all time in 2010 by The Guardian.

8. HE WAS THE FIRST EX-BEATLE TO SIMULTANEOUSLY TOP BOTH THE SINGLES AND ALBUMS CHARTS.

Harrison began recording the songs that would comprise All Things Must Pass at Abbey Road on May 26, 1970, just weeks after the Beatles broke up. The triple album was released in late November, along with “My Sweet Lord,” the first single from the album. Both the record and the single spent weeks at the top of the Billboard and Melody Maker charts in early 1971, while receiving rave reviews.

9. THE FIRST SONG HE WROTE WAS INSPIRED BY A DESIRE TO TELL PEOPLE TO GET LOST.

Harrison wrote “Don’t Bother Me,” his first first solo composition, while sick in bed at the Palace Court Hotel in Bournemouth, England, in the summer of 1963. It “was an exercise to see if I could write a song,” Harrison said. “I don't think it's a particularly good song ... It mightn't even be a song at all, but at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good." “Don’t Bother Me” appeared on With The Beatles, their second studio album.

10. HE WAS THE FIRST BEATLE TO VISIT, AND PLAY IN, THE U.S.

In the fall of 1963, Harrison traveled to Benton, Illinois to visit his sister, Louise, and her husband, George Caldwell. During his 18-day stay, Harrison also became the first Beatle to play in the U.S.—appearing on stage with The Four Vests at the VFW Hall in Eldorado. He played the second set with the band, taking over lead guitar and singing "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Your Cheatin' Heart."

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