Category Archives: Curious

The Elevator

Yesterday I saw over at Metal Hygiene a classic prank from Allen Funt’s ‘Candid Camera’: the victims enter the elevator with three actors who employ unusual activities during the ride. It clearly illustrates the influence group behavior has on an individual, especially in tight spaces.

People aren’t so different from sheeps after all. This prank reminds me of something that happened to me a year ago or so, which I will call:

On My Way Up… I Think

Place: Building condo on my way to visit a friend
Date: Saturday afternoon
Time: 3 o’clock-ish

I enter the elevator lobby. A man comes in and faces the control panel. He pushes the button to his final destination, and says:

Rider: ‘Hello! How are ya?’
Me: ‘Oh. I’m fine, thanks… you?’
Rider: ‘Good, good. Where are you heading?’
Me: ‘Ninth floor, please. Thanks!’

The man doesn’t push the button, and mind you, the control panel is right in front of him. He then says:

Rider: ‘Ugh! I am exhausted! Lately I’ve been working seven days a week and over 12 hours each day. But I’m finally home now.’
Me: ‘Well, that’s good. Uh… are you going to push nine for me?’

He doesn’t move, but says:

Rider: ‘Oh! You’re with so-and-so? Say hello to her for me! On your way here, can you please bring us a bottle of wine and some capers? Yeah, man. See you in a bit!’.

He was talking to somebody else on his wireless headset all along and I didn’t notice because he was facing the wall. How embarrassing is that?!

National Debt

This is the trailer of a documentary about national debt: a topic that is growing rapidly but is greatly ignored. Would it have the same exposure of ‘Fahrenheit 911’? We’ll see.

Scary.

This Title Made Perfect Sense At The Time. Now I’m Not So Sure.

  • I don’t know much about surfing, but I bumped into this magnificent video of the biggest wave ever ridden. Let me tell you… it is amazing! Check it out!

 

    Looking for info on the biggest wave ever, this is what I found on WikiAnswers:

    Cortez Bank, Mike Parsons officially surfed the biggest wave ever on January 5, 2008, photographed surfing a wave that the Billabong XXL judged to be 70+ feet, which should put him in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • I came across this article showing a collection of families from around the world with their food supply for one week. It is interesting and sad at the same time.
    PS: Wow, that Mexican family drinks a lot of Coke!
  • I bought a new bottle of dishwashing liquid on my last visit to the grocery store. After I got home, I noticed this new label:

    Okay, my question is, how do you know if it’s working? I guess I’ll just have to take their word for it unless you have an electron microscope. At least I sleep better at night knowing that all my unseen food residue is being eliminated.

About The Olympics

I shouldn’t say this is shocking since China has proven to fake just about anything. Why should the Olympics be any different, right?

During the opening ceremonies, if you think 9 year-old LinMiaoke sang beautifully for all the Olympic attendees, think again… she was not actually singing at all.

Milli Vanilli style, LinMiaoke was chosen to lip sync for the real singer because she is cute. The real singer was YangPeiYi, a 7 year-old from Beijing.

Apparently YangPeiYi’s beautiful voice wasn’t enough to grant her the opportunity to sing at the Olympics celebration. The director thought that YangPeiYi was not pretty enough to perform, therefore they recorded her voice so the 9 year-old could lip sync for her during the opening ceremonies.

The Chinese government claimed it was better for the image of China. Really.

After the news spread, Yang was interviewed on CCTV. When the reporter asked her how she felt about all of this. She replied:

“I’m happy to have my voice in the opening, that’s good enough for me.”

Sad… very sad.

Now to conclude, Dubya is the Leader of the free World and has no clue which way to hold the flag. His daughter had to correct him.

A Graphical Dream! (No Nightmares here)

Check out this beauty! (Click this link for supersize)

Is the work of Matei Apostelescu, a freelance illustrator who lives in Bucharest, Romania. He uses all kinds of media to create his dreams: from colored pencils, markers, spray paint, to Photoshop, and Illustrator, keeping his work as freestyle and fun as possible.

Check out the entire collection over at his site, www.013a.com.

Map of Olympic Medals

The New York Times has an awesome interactive map that shows the medals received by the various countries that have participated in the Olympics since 1896. Apparently, there wasn’t much competition for USA during the 1904 Olympics…

‘We May Never Know’ Speculations


(Click image to read, unless you have, like, really good eyes)

I was watching a documentary about Nostradamus the other night, was it interesting? Oh, yes… and full of stupid “We May Never Know” historical information. The problem with the believers in Nostradamus is their inability to tell us what any of his quatrains mean BEFORE the fact. I actually found a couple of his quatrains.

So here… for the first time ever… (Drum roll please)… we can see his famous prophecies….. ahead of time!

Let’s do this thing:

After the files the ass-drivers burned,
They will be obliged to change diverse garbs:
Those of Saturn burned by the millers,
At Easter in the temple abysses opened

Come on people! This is obvious. “After the files the ass-drivers burned” = meaning how bad people drive in Florida. Continuing with, “they will be obliged to change diverse garbs” = after being stuck in traffic for hours, you’ll need to change your underwear. Then, “those of Saturn burned by the millers” = clearly refers to those Saturn drivers who were rapidly passed by a Lamborghini driven by the Millers. “At Easter in the temple abysses opened” which, as if I needed to tell you, it refers to Easter Sunday.

Let’s check another one, shall we?

From a saw to a house
in the time of reptile falling
a great shaking in the City
when torn from one to the next

This is loud and clear. “From a saw to a house” = means everything you need to own once you’re 30. “In the time of reptile falling” = obviously, the Florida Gators losing the 2008 season. HELLO!

Then, we have “a great shaking” clearly referring to earthquake prone CA or Chile. “…in the City, when torn from one to the next” which refers to the day that the writer’s strike started and we weren’t able to watch our favorite shows.

See? That was easy.