Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snowman Prank

There is one lady in here who is completely prepared to kill this snowman with only her hands.  You'll know her when you see her.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry Christmas from Idaho

Nothing says "Happy birthday, baby Jesus" like 35,000 LED lights synced to dub step.

Full Story: Gawker

Friday, November 30, 2012

80's Video Friday

What's that you say... You're in the mood to see some taxidermied animal heads singing along to 80's pop tunes?  Well have I got the video for you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Menina Fantasma no Elevador...

A Brazilian prank show terrifying elevator riders.  Not cool, Brazilians.

Friday, October 19, 2012

80's Video Friday

I have no idea what is happening at any point in this video. There seems to have been some type of dance assault happening at about 2:30, and then the woman in the red dress was lifted and carried off... to her death if I had to guess.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Manatees - They're not for riding

 What she thought was happening:

   What was really happening:

   The manatee doing his thing:

   New resident to Pinellas County, FL, Ana Gloria Garcia Guitierrez has recently come into contact with the long arm of Florida law.  A witness photographed and reported the new Floridian genius attempting to mount and ride a manatee, an endangered animal protected by federal law.  After a brief, but effective full scale man hunt Guitierrez surrendered herself to authorities with apologies stating that she was unaware this was illegal or in any way frowned upon.

Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, has been quoted stating "Go ride a Jet Ski. Don't use animals. She has to be held accountable for her actions."  He's clearly frustrated and exhausted with this reckless behavior, but I commend him offering a more socially acceptable option for water riding.

Under Florida law molesting or annoying the sacred creature is a second degree misdemeanor, and punishable by death. The manatee is not pressing charges, but did not care to comment.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Foo hiatus

    Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl, casually announced that this would their last show for the foreseeable future. During the bands set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park this Saturday, Grohl stated "without making a big deal about it, we don't have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly, I don't know when we're going to do it again... and this is the perfect place to do it"

Sad news indeed.

Full article on

Friday, September 28, 2012

80's Video Friday

Good luck getting this one out of your head.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bacon Shortage!

The Mayan calendar predicts 2012 to be the last year that bacon will ever be available…. Well, not really, but it will  be more scarce and thus more expensive due to the recent drought.  While the National Pork Producers Council promises that we will not see “bacon lines”, personally, I do not plan on taking any chances.  I’ll be placing my order for this handy home appliance to ensure that I always have at least 7.0 cubic feet of frozen pork at the ready.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shaun White Arrested


The Olympic snowboarder faces charges of public intoxication and vandalism after some drama that went down at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

A drunk person, apparently White, started the ruckus by pulling a fire alarm, causing the hotel to evacuate all guests. An employee then witnessed White destroying a hotel telephone, according to police. When the "Flying Tomato" tried to leave the scene, shit — as they might say — got real:

White reportedly attempted to flee the hotel in a cab but a citizen prevented the cab from leaving, telling the driver he was calling police. When White overheard their conversation, he allegedly kicked the citizen and fled on foot. The citizen reported that he chased White until White turned and ran into him apparently causing White to fall backwards and strike his head against a fence.

White is now free on his own recognizance. None of his several sponsors have commented on the arrest.

Friday, September 7, 2012

80's Video Friday

Daryl Hall: “Great moustache John”
John Oates: “Thanks so much, Daryl.  I'll bring it closer to the camera while I'm singing so everyone watching can enjoy it as well!"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

That cat has a human face

Doesn't the face on this manul give you the feeling that he can speak a human language in a quiet, raspy, but very wise voice. Creepy.

Friday, August 31, 2012

80's Video Friday

If I had to pick, my favorite part of this video would be when he tosses him the giant Vegemite sandwich. Also worth mentioning – solid flute use in this song.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Cuppow

  Has anyone seen or used this awesome looking product?  The Cuppow looks like an amazing alternative to the ever terrible coffee travel mug and I'm guessing it would have prevented my disgraceful display on the train today.

This morning I committed the cardinal sin of the Chicago public transportation morning commute...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Urinals: Not just for the fellas anymore

    ... and it's about damn time.  Why should men be the only ones allowed to go #1 standing up.  Way to go, lady urinal inventor. Kudos to you.

This was taken from a post titled "9 Reasons Why Women Can Have it All" - a truly idiotic article.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tourist in my own city

   Have you ever spent a day being a tourist in the city you live in?  After being out of town weekend after weekend for friends' wonderful weddings all summer long, Whit and I thought it was about time for a little vacation in our own favorite city... Chicago.

Friday, August 10, 2012

80's Video Friday

This being Bearded Brain's 99th post, I thought this video was a good fit.  Enjoy!

While at a June 1982 concert by the Rolling Stones in West Berlin, Nena's guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft (referred to in the German lyrics as a "UFO"). He thought about what might happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet sector.[1] The English (but not the German) version tells about two children who buy 99 balloons at a toy shop and release them into the air, where faulty radar equipment is unable to identify the balloons. The German version starts with the narrator stating he will tell of a story about 99 balloons. Both versions then continue much in the same way with the government immediately put their troops on red alert and scrambles fighter jets to intercept the balloons, which ultimately triggers a nuclear war. Although originally in German, no countries are ever named. In the apocalyptic aftermath, the song's narrator stands in the rubble of the city and finds a single remaining balloon. Thinking of the other child, he releases the balloon.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hurdles 2012

If you have not downloaded the Google Chrome browser yet, they've just given you the perfect reason to.  This Hurdles 2012 game is both addictive and a great way to instantly get carpal tunnel syndrome.  My top score was 12.9.  Let's see what you can do!

UPDATE: 10.6 with 3 medals is my new high.

Friday, August 3, 2012

80's Video Friday

This is one of my all time favorite 80's videos. I can't hear this song without thinking about my 6 year old self spazzing out in my living room. "Gramps" Roberts, who was always ready to cut a rug, would never pass up an opportunity to join me in walking like an Egyptian.  Although, looking back on it, I think he might have just been way in to the hot lady rockers that were The Bangles and would bust out the dance moves so I didn’t change the channel.  Well played.

I apologize if the whistling from this video is stuck in your head all weekend.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Muir Project

On July 10, 2011 seven multi-media artists set out to capture the sights, sounds, and experiences of hiking the 219 mile John Muir Trail in 25 days. Check out the trailer and like, share, and contribute to help bring this epic adventure to the masses. 

The crew just surpassed their goal of 5k likes on Facebook and REI has matched this with a $5,000 pledge to their Kickstarter fund. Incredible all around.

Check out the full project site for more videos, stories, and inspiration at

Monday, July 30, 2012

Superheroes - HBO Documentaries

This is real. The HBO Documentary from director Michael Barnett, Superheroes, provides a glimpse into the lives of a few Real Life Superheroes (RLSH). The 80 minute film follows these eccentric crusaders as they attempt to rid the streets of violent crime, and help those in need.

A noble cause fueled by delusions? Maybe. But this documentary is absolutely worth the watch.

HBO Subscriber? See the full film now on HBO Go.

Friday, July 27, 2012

80's Video Friday

While research shows this was NOT the first documented sighting of the 80's video dance move known as the "80's gentleman snap and twist", this is clearly the first video to show the move perfected. This 1986 masterpiece not only contains the legendary dance move, but they've also thrown in  an electric keyboard on a shoulder strap just for good measure.

Thanks to my friend Amy B. for this week's 80's Video Friday submission.  This was her pick because "Steve looks really nice "...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012



Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right). Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. In the image, the areas classified as “probable melt” (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as “melt” (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting. The satellites are measuring different physical properties at different scales and are passing over Greenland at different times. As a whole, they provide a picture of an extreme melt event about which scientists are very confident. Credit: Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

San Diego Fireworks 2012

I'm sure most have already seen this, but for those who haven't... this is AMAZING.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pot-smoking moms tired of being judged by wine drinkers

Every night, Margaret’s two boys fly into the house after sports practice and flip on the TV, while she races to the kitchen to get dinner cooking. “It’s that tedious witching hour when I feel incredibly frazzled,” says the Tennessee singer/songwriter mom of a 6- and an 8-year-old. But instead of pouring herself a glass or two of Merlot, she heads to the standalone garage next to their house for a few puffs of Humboldt Kush, one of the four strains of pot she smokes seven days a week.
The drug helps her keep focus on the giant statue of popsicle sticks she’s building with her kids and relaxes her so she can get through the rest of the night without stressing. “It can make folding a pile of laundry fun,” says Margaret, 45, who asked that we not use her last name for fear of getting in trouble with the law. “If I didn’t smoke, that’d be three piles later in the week.”...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Celebrity Sighting

Good news, ladies. I spotted a very intoxicated Brad Pitt stumbling out of a dive bar on Western and Roscoe.

Friday, July 13, 2012

80's Video Friday

It's hilarious that guys were actually serious when they made this video.  Please note that it appears 80% of this band had perms.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shark: "Don't touch my stuff"

I really like how this dipshit, after shrieking in terror, attempts to reel in this "big ass shark". "It's all mine, It's all mine!!!"..... I think you're going to need a bigger net, buddy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hong Kong Apartment

Architect, Gary Chang, took his tiny 360 square foot Hong Kong apartment and turned it in to an efficient 24 room livable space.  This should give Ash and M. of The Dim Sum Diary some great ideas for their space in HK.  With M.'s love of Transformers, they should have their walls sliding into 50 or so rooms in no time. I expect to see a full size movie theater and billiard room in their place on our next visit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For Esteban!
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Steven Foundling created the image of Steve Zissou returning to exact revenge on the Jaguar Shark who ate his closest colleague and senior statesman, Esteban du Plantier. The image shows Papa Steve fearlessly arriving to the battle mounted to a dolphin, weilding a trident, and cocking back to throw a stick of dynamite in the beast's mouth... as promised. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

80's Video Friday

I heard someone blasting this song through their headphones this AM on the train. The lady looked like she was having just a terrific ride in to work.  Thanks for this excellent 80's video, Huey.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Big Lebowski 2: The Dude Goes to Washington

  The Dude, Walter, sadly not Donnie, Maude, Brant, The Jesus ,and others will be making their way back into the long awaited sequel to the 1998 cult classic, The Big Lebowski. The Cohen brothers bring you yet another story centering around Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski and Walter Sobchak.  The two have just learned that their beloved bowling alley will be closed down and destroyed to make way for a new parking garage all at the hands of a corrupt and evil land owner, Bavarian Illuminati, played by Bill Murray

Filming is slated to begin Oct 2012, and shooting for a Summer 2015 release.  Great news for Lebowski fans everywhere, but is there any way the sequel in the saga of The Dude can live up to the expectations left predecessor? I'm sure we'll be far from disappointed.

Examiner Article

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beer Beard

   Hey hipsters. Tired of being shunned to the outer circle of that group that you didn't want to be a part of anyway, because you're way too awesome and you just don't care?  Is that patchy, haggard excuse for a face sweater leaving you cold and lonely with only your skinny jeans to keep you warm at night?  Not to worry. Thanks to this handmade Beard Coozie, now your PBR tallboy will be able to step up and fill in even more of the blanks left by your missing social skills. You're welcome.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



What America spends on booze - 1982 v. 2011

         Prices at bars restaurants have gone up 79% since, my birth year, 1982.  This explains why my dad thought the vendor at the Roger Waters concert was f*n with him when he asked for $8.50 for an Old Style.

 Full NPR article here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

One Tiny Hand

                       For more tiny hand photos please go to  All images have been altered to show one tiny hand, with the exception of Newt Gingrich's - that is his actual hand. 

Thank you to my wonderful sister in law, Ashley of The Dim Sum Diary, for sharing this hilarious site.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday night with Roger Waters

                  Tonight we get to enjoy the rare experience of seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall at Wrigley Field.  I'm planning on having my mind blown.  This is especially exciting as my folks will be joining Whit and I. I can distinctly remember being a kid and hearing my dad tell me about the very theatrical shows that Pink Floyd put on when they were still touring. I'm literally counting the minutes.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


This video is horribly ironic, but slightly hilarious.  I'd assume you normally wouldn't want oil colored liquid shooting out of the beverage rig at your Arctic drilling release party.

Monday, June 4, 2012

1000 Awesome Things

#6 The last day of school

#9 Crossing off the last item on your list

1000 Awesome Things is a time ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Blog creator Neil Pasricha began his list of all that is awesome after being burnt out on all the negativity found in media and life in general.  The author says that at the time of starting the site "If you flipped open the newspaper it was filled with the same stuff every day. The polar ice caps were melting, there were pirates storming the seas, the economy was on the verge of collapse, and there were wars going on all over the world." As a result, he created a website discussing "popping bubble wrap, or snow days, or the smell of a bakery."[ 

Whenever you're in need of a reminder that you're constantly surrounded by awesomeness, be sure to check out or go pick up The Book of Awesome.  Thank you to my awesome wife for telling me about this site.
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