Assorted links

by on July 22, 2013 at 2:47 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Air Genius Gary Leff on the Colbert Report.

2. Dubai diet markets in everything: “In an effort to fight increasing obesity rates, the tiny Emirate has once again outdone the world in flashy extravagance by tantalizing dieters with a one-time offer: a gram of gold for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) lost over the course of a one-month challenge.”

3. Grannies in the classroom.

4. A long, sick story, involving Disney falsifiers who did even worse things too.

5. World’s fastest lawnmower.

6. Markets in everything redux, can you pick out the useful ones?  You should ponder “The Japanese Shouting Vase Holds your Anger.”  Some of the others are from Japan too.

7. South Korean fake funerals.

1 rluser July 22, 2013 at 4:49 am

1) This is poor satire. The audience (if real) must be out of their minds. It has potential, but fails significantly. Do we or do we not abide by ridiculous rules?

2 Andrew' July 22, 2013 at 5:11 am

4. That’s just good police work, right there.

3 anon July 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

This “Assorted links” would be better titled “News of the weird”

(And good to see Gary Leff carrying water and not cellos for Delta)

4 Chris S July 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

#4’s relevance to this blog was marginal, at best.

5 Sanjay July 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

One’s enthusiasm for the mower ought to be tempered by the statement that the “maximum cutting speed” is 15 mph. That seems sort of pussified. I don’t see the point of going 130mph if you cant be simultaneously atop a whirring blade, capable of turning a dead rabbit into a hundred cases of tularemia even as you blow through the meadows.

6 Scoop July 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Agreed. The world’s fastest lawnmower is the one that can travel at the fastest speed while providing a quality (or at least passable) cut to actual grass. The fun would be in testing how close you, the home driver, could come to professional times (set on courses that match your yard for size and difficulty) without missing anything that should be cut or cutting anything that shouldn’t be cut.

7 John Mansfield July 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Speed of the world’s fastest lawnmower should be measured in acres per hour, not miles per hour.

8 JWatts July 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm

+1, but should be acres per hour / by square feet of cutting area

It’s far more fun to have a fast small mower than a large lumbering gian.

9 Sanjay July 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Well, no, because then the world’s fastest lawnmower is a brush fire.

10 Matt July 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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11 x July 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The Dubai offer isn’t that great: assuming a reasonable 5kg weight loss in a month, that’s only around 210$ worth of gold.

I guess it needs to be around 10-100x higher (2-20k payout) to get people to take notice, and 1000-10000x (200k-2m) to get EVERYONE doing it.

Anyway, how do they prevent several obvious ways of cheating?

Even if they weight you before/after, I guess you could always stuff lead-filled eggs up your anus and drink some heavy liquid beforehand, and be devoid of shit and dehydrated afterwards.

12 Ben July 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Ironic that one can’t actually buy many of the things listed on the page entitled “Funny And Strange Things You Can Actually Buy” — indeed some don’t even exist (bath mat that turns red when wet).

13 Gazeteye ilan verme July 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I think a good move

14 Ed July 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

#4: It is a sad commentary that despite committing horrendous, violent sex crimes, Allred did not face the threat of serious punishment until he dared to made a knockoff Disney pin. Apparently you don’t mess with the mouse. To be sure, it is highly unlikely that he’d be sentenced so leniently today as he was in the 1970’s.

Economically speaking, why doesn’t Disney just lower the price of its pins? They could knock out the knockoffs in one blow if they would just set the price lower.

Another interesting tidbit: Apparently there is a market for fan-created, “fantasy” pins that use Disney characters in unique scenes not created by Disney. Someone should test the trademark law on those.

15 Shane M July 24, 2013 at 4:33 am

Good one. Here’s a link discussing legality and licensing of cakes shaped like cartoon characters

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