14 January 2012

Woman Seeking Crack Cocaine Calls Police After Drug Dealer Sells Her Sugar Instead | The Smoking Gun

Woman Seeking Crack Cocaine Calls Police After Drug Dealer Sells Her Sugar Instead | The Smoking Gun

Really, how many times do we have to say this?
If your drug dealer shorts you, steals your money, or provides a substance other than the illegal one sought, do not call 911.

Suzanne Basham, 47, made that mistake yesterday morning when she dialed police in Springfield, Missouri to report that she had paid $40 for crack cocaine that turned out to be sugar, according to an incident report. 

12 January 2012

History of toilets. And toilet paper!

The charming and animated Lucy Worsley on toilets through the ages. Fascinating! And a bit stomach churning.



You may have to watch this video in YouTube rather than here.

There is a great story on Dr. Worsley in the New  Yorker (abstract). And there are many more travels through history with her on YouTube. The Diet of Henry VIII and The History of Toilet Paper are a couple of great examples.

I was blessed to have a history professor very like Dr. Worsley when I studied in England. Christine Mitchell, too, made history come alive! 

04 January 2012

Exciting New Year

Notes from the Universe is a great, inspiring read for the morning. Today's:
If you were able to look back at your most brilliant successes, stunning comebacks, amazing catches, and smokin' ideas, Maria, and you were to find that virtually all of them seemed to materialize out of thin air, when you least expected them, and that they had exceeded even your greatest expectations at the time, how excited would you be about the new year and whatever else I've got up my sleeve?

Hubba, hubba -
    The Universe

If I've ever helped you before, don't you think I can do it again... and again... and again... ad infinitum? Actually, it ought to be even easier next time, with your new saunter.

19 April 2011

All about the way you think

Today's Note from the Universe slapped me upside the head. In a good way.
It's the way you think. That's your purpose. It's never been about what work you choose, what gifts you develop, or what niche you fill - let these be for your pleasure.

Think as only you can think, which will lead to feelings that only you can feel, from which connections will be made, lives will be changed, and worlds will come tumbling into existence.

Thanks,
    The Universe

This is why you're here.

08 April 2011

Full-Service Dental

From Your Logo Makes Me Barf

I’ve gotta get to Village Family Dental Spa. There is no waiter at my dentist’s office. There are no suits at my dentist’s office, they all wear SCRUBS. How low brow.

Also, as Mina points out, what do they do, serve your rotten tooth to you after they pull it out? For your dining pleasure? Yum. I’m booking my appointment as we speak.


10 March 2011

Pop culture for people in cubicles

GraphJam's daily e-mails are a fabulous way to start the day. (Tagline: Pop culture for people in cubicles.)

The graphs aren't math or census-like, or about things that are 'important.' They are about things like the ratio of people who eat oreos by scraping the white part off the cookie with their teeth vs. those who lick the center. Or, the process to get this party started.


14 February 2011

Valentine's Day and spelling

Cake Wrecks = pure delight.

The Hardest Three Words To Say: "Guys, I've been wanting to say this for a while now, but...[deep breath]...well, it's just never felt like the right time, you know? And now here we are, just the two of us and the Internet, and I think...no, I KNOW...that we're finally ready to take that next step.

Ok. Here goes:


Wait. That came out wrong. I mean...


Um, that is, what I'm trying to say is...

Hang on; I've almost got it...


Yeah. Something like that.


And also:

So if you see Al, be sure to let him down easy.


Of course, declarations of love are par for the course today. Not to mention stuff like this:


And this:


And even this:



Still, when it comes to love, I think Cupid says it best:

Yeah. That's like, 'whoah.'


Thanks to Jared, Norma W., Christine, Sarah M., Lizzie S., Franco P., Howard P., & Michael C., who actually have no idea what Cupid said because they can't stop staring at his diaper.

Or is that just me?

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10 February 2011

03 February 2011

Donuts with sprinkles. Or else.

If you are despairing at the state of your fellow humans, this is not the video to watch. I am a big fan of the sprinkles. I have a jar of emergency sprinkles in my desk.This, however, falls into a whole other type of fannage.

Customer Gets Enraged Over Lack Of Sprinkles - News Story - WHIO Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio -- Police in Dayton were called to the Tim Horton's restaurant on Patterson Road Thursday morning after a customer reportedly assaulted an employee over the lack of sprinkle doughnuts.

02 February 2011

Taking "the other" to lunch

TED talks are mind and spirit candy. In this talk, Elizabeth Messer talks about the increasing polarity in our culture. Those of different religions, opinions, parties, etc. aren't just different, they're evil or stupid or wrong. We reduce the worth of those who think other than we do.

This isn't any big revelation. But Messer's suggested antidote is. Take someone who doesn't share your viewpoints or religion or party or affiliation to lunch. Go and listen. And be listened to. It's a small step but it's a step. And that's something.

It starts a bit slow but be patient. It's worth it!

26 January 2011

Charty goodness

Yipes! What happened to January?

This map made me giggle. I'd like to see a chart of how Midwesterners see the rest of the U.S. Probably quite similar. Except, the east and west coasts are all uppity and they virtually ignore us. 

05 January 2011

Passion + Skill = The Element

I'm reading Sir Ken Robinson's fabulous book "The Element." He defines The Element as the place where your passion and what you're good at meet. That's where we thrive.

His argument: we need to move education from an industrial model to an agricultural one. Like agriculture, education at its best sets up the conditions for flourishing. He also emphasizes that we are all creative. It takes many forms but there isn't a person on this planet who isn't creative in some way.

He is quite funny. In the video below he mentions a policy statement he read which said college begins in Kindergarten. "No it doesn't... Kindergarten begins in Kindergarten."

Here he is at TED.





I love this quote, "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original."

More videos on his web site.