Back when I was trying to get in touch with Mr. Xavier Roberts, expert needle molder and creator of the Cabbage Patch Dolls empire, the receptionists at Babyland General HospitalÂ could sniff around all myÂ aliases. Though I neverÂ got through to him,Â IÂ did spend a lot of time on hold learning all about theÂ adoption process--C-sections (uh, that's Cabbage-section), birth certificates, everything. If it had been in the budget, I might have considered a visit, if for no other reason than to... READ ON
Speaking of things we do to raise smart babies...Consider the plight of Castaway, a pregnant bottlenose dolphin who's due any minute. When dolphins are deaf, they're not able to echolocate in order to defend them against predators, and that's a rough sentence for a dolphin in captivity.Â Castaway wasÂ rescuedÂ last November and has since been stayingÂ atÂ Key Largo'sÂ Marine Mammal Conservancy. Her calf is about to be born any day, and tests confirm its hearing abilities are normal. To make... READ ON
It's National Eggs Benedict Day. And with all the poor dears coming out of the woodwork this weekend with tax debacles, I can't think of anything more soothing than the never underrated mucilage of Eggs Benedict.Â And in whose honor do we partake of thisÂ brunch heavyweight? Apparently, his name is Lemuel Benedict, and he woke up one morning in 1894 with a ripping hangover;Â naturally, heÂ sought outÂ a breakfast thatÂ mightÂ aspire to cure his condition.Â HisÂ low blood sugarÂ made him... READ ON
I don't know about you, but my day's been awesome. But maybe that's just because I'm not suffering fromÂ paraskavedekatriaphobia and I'm notÂ living in a Norse myth. The one that's helped give 13 a bad name involves a Valhalla dinner party gone wrong...12 gods were throwing down, and when Loki--the uninvited, 13th god--showed up, he was so offended at the extent of their good time that he tricked the blind god of darkness into killing the god of joy and gladness; hence, the mayhem of thirteen. And a... READ ON
I know this is an animal post, but it's not exactly ripped from the annals of Cute Overload. A coyote recently entered a Quiznos in downtown Chicago, heading straight for the drinks cooler, whereÂ he remained lodged until he was brutally (it's not just me--watch the video) removed by an Animal Control officer. I know coyotes attack, but is this kind of treatment really necessary? It was coweringÂ next to a row ofÂ SoBe Leans--most likely wounded and described by witnesses as "passive."Â In almost... READ ON
RPGs have caused a lot ofÂ upset before--gamers are an easy target, surely--butÂ ifÂ games get in the wrong (and perhaps improperly medicated?) hands, they get in the wrong hands. Recently, a robbery was committed in the (quasi) name of Shadowrun, a popular urban fantasy RPG:
Robert Boyd, 45, from Broadlands in Carrickfergus, held up staff at the Orchid shop in Belfast disguised in a wig, hat and glasses.
He told the court he had been in a role-playing game at the time and may have blurred... READ ON
If you're a glutton for the early work of Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg (were they ever to reunite again?), you were probably curled up with your PopplesÂ back in the 80s, watching Short Circuit on VHS (or Beta). I know I was. A robot with a Christ complex? Golden. I've always enjoyed fan fic (WB shows circa '98, cough cough, DIY Dawson soliloquies),Â and I'veÂ alwaysÂ enjoyed fan sites (don't visit John Candy'sÂ when you're already feeling blue).Â Welcome, Johnny-Five.com. And if you're... READ ON
Around the end of the 19th century, the French were fond of christening cocktail hours "l'heure verte" in honor of all the absinthe people were knocking... READ ON
If you're sick of racing snapping turtles in your driveway, you might want to consider attending (or "attending")Â The Great Turtle Race, April 16th-29th; sponsorship & donation proceeds will benefit leatherback conservation. Eleven very intrepid leatherback turtles will beÂ pitted against each other in the crawl from Costa Rica toÂ the GalapagosÂ Islands (their feeding grounds & Darwin's muse)--it's kind of like a reptile Amazing Race, and the casting is killer. Here's Genevieve, one of the... READ ON
Oh, they do. And here's proof: menwhoknit.com, where there are forums, insightful polls (e.g. "How do you pronounce the word skein?" & "Would you rip out your work to fix a mistake?"), event listings, and a Cafe Press store. I don't know that the content is necessarily gender particular, but the community certainly protects its niche--though it seems to be tongue-in-cheek and not equivocally defensive. Or maybe it's just the Midwest? The Detroit News covered this a while back, and found some men who stand... READ ON
Wilford Brimley was Howard Hughes' bodyguard.