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October 2008
Does Sarah Palin Have A “Dull Normal” IQ?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Fri Oct 31, 2008
I'm not a fan of McCain/Palin and I certainly won't be voting for them. With that out of the way, I don't believe that Sarah Palin has an IQ just above "borderline retarded." When I look at her, I'm not seeing Albert Einstein in a skirt but I'm not seeing Forrest Gump either. Go to this link and do a page search for "mrtshw" (without the quotes) to see a posting claiming that the Alaska governor is not all that intelligent: Capitol Hill Blue The posting immediately below that one links to a probable source for this libel. Obama's had a lot of nasty crap thrown at him…
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Can Today’s Audience Be Fooled?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Fri Oct 31, 2008
When I read the first paragraph of this story about Orson Welles' Mercury Theater production of War Of The Worlds 70 years ago today, I was a little ticked at the writer. Read it all the way through for the punchline; I won't spoil it for you. Time
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The Moral Of The Story Is…
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Mon Oct 27, 2008
...make sure that your fellow passengers don't decide that you aren't wearing pants (even though you are). Salt Lake Tribune
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Pray Phone
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Mon Oct 27, 2008
So, you're walking down the street. Suddenly, you decide you need to pray right then and there. Sure, you COULD just pray silently in your mind, but what fun is that? Enter the Prayer Booth: MDolla It's pretty obviously a modified phone kiosk (not exactly a "booth" really). The website, written in somewhat broken English as you will see, says this is in Florida, but the sixth photo down sure looks like New York, probably Manhattan, to me. Are these a franchise or something? Have any of you seen one of these? Are they popping up all over on the streets of Big City America? Incidentally,…
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The Case Of The $54 Million Trousers (NOT a Nancy Drew Mystery)
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sat Oct 25, 2008
If you thought that Sarah Palin's (alleged) $150,000 wardrobe was excessive, consider the concept of pants worth $54 million bucks: Washington Post
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“Attack” on McCain Supporter Turns Out To Be Massive BS Story
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sat Oct 25, 2008
By now, you've probably heard about Ashley Todd. She's the young McCain campaign volunteer who claimed to have been attacked by a large black man while she was at a Pittsburgh ATM. She told police that the letter "B" scratched on her right cheek was put there by her assailant after he saw the McCain bumper sticker on her car. "I'll make you an Obama supporter," the mugger said. The whole thing started falling apart when the police noted that the "B" was backwards, as if Todd had done it to herself. Guess what? She did. Under questioning, she admitted that there was no black mugger. Her motives for filing the false police report…
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Non-Christian Pareidolia
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Thu Oct 23, 2008
Alex has posted a lot of stories about pareidolia (seeing things that aren't objectively there). Most of the pareidolism (word?) one sees in America is Christian-related. People tend to see Jesus and/or his Mom all over the place. In the interest of providing equal time to religious hallucinations of a non-Christian nature, I present: Pareidolia Ganesha
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Who WOULDN’T confuse a couch with a Hershey bar?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Tue Oct 21, 2008
A company named Art Van Furniture is asking its customers which of ten proposed designs it should use for its delivery trucks. One of them shows a couch emerging from what looks like a big candy bar's wrapper. Cute and harmless, no? Not according to Hershey. They're filing a lawsuit against Art Van, claiming that the design is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. Like people are going to think that Art Van's couches are made out of chocolate? When people talk about "frivolous lawsuits," this should be the kind of thing they're referring to. Chocolate/Couch
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Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Mon Oct 20, 2008
I like the concept of viral videos, but there's been so many of them of lately, mostly from companies looking for a "big bang" with little cash outlay, that I think the genre is getting stale very quickly. Here's the latest one making the rounds, along with some reporter's observations about it: Viral Wedding Video I live on the Edge of Nowhere on the Oregon coast where we can't get high-speed Internet access, so I haven't watched the whole thing, but I did see a clip of it on one of the Portland TV news shows. One thing which occurred to me which the reporter didn't mention is that…
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Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sun Oct 19, 2008
OK, I heard back from Alex, who is now in Germany. My log-in is working now (obviously) so it's Go Time! When I couldn't log in as the Subby, I said in a comment that as soon as I could be here in my "official" capacity, I would make a confession. Here goes. Earlier this year, when Hillary Clinton was still in the race for the White House, I got a crazy idea for a hoax so I went with it. As "retired dot com entrepreneur Bob Porter," I spread the word that I wanted to pay the Senator $750,000 (later increased to a cool million bucks) to pose for a "series of tasteful…
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I’m off to Germany!
Posted by The Curator on Fri Oct 17, 2008
I've barely been able to post anything in the past week. Why? I'm blaming it on my decision to remodel the hallway bathroom in my house... and do all the work myself (because I can't afford to hire a contractor). New drywall, plumbing, electrical wiring, tile floor. I did it all. Problem was, I really wanted to get the bulk of it done before I go on vacation to Germany, which I do today. My flight leaves in about four hours. So that meant I've been scrambling to get it done for the past few days. Here's a picture of the new tile floor I just installed (the first tile floor I've ever installed), which I'm quite proud of. You…
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New Cardiff Giant Book
Posted by The Curator on Fri Oct 17, 2008
It's probably not going to be received by the book-buying public with as much enthusiasm as the latest John Grisham thriller, but this is the kind of book that gets me excited. It's a new (and what looks to be very well researched) history of the Cardiff Giant hoax titled A Colossal Hoax: The Giant From Cardiff That Fooled America by Scott Tribble. It's due out at the end of November. A bit pricey, but that's often the case with non-mass-market books. From its blurb: In October 1869, as…
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Satirical Candidates
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 16, 2008
I just finished writing a list of the Top 20 Satirical Candidates of All Time, which I've now added to the site. It seemed an appropriate time for it. I chose "Nobody" as the #1 satirical candidate. I thought it was an obvious choice. After all, how can Anyone top Nobody? But also on the list are the foot powder that won an election, Pat Paulsen, Stephen Colbert, Vermin Supreme, etc. What the list doesn't cover is mock political parties. The focus is entirely on candidates.
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A Year Without Lying
Posted by The Curator on Tue Oct 07, 2008
Cathal Morrow is embarking on an experiment to live for a year without lying. When he's done, he'll report the results in a book to be titled The Complete Kant. (The title refers to Immanuel Kant, who said that lying is always morally wrong.) Morrow doesn't seem to have a publisher yet for the book, though according to the Guardian, he does have a private equity company financing him for the year in exchange for half the profits of the book. (The book better be a bestseller if they expect to make a return on their investment.) I don't believe it's possible to go a year without telling some kind of lie,…
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Piper Palin gives one-finger salute
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 06, 2008
A picture (top) has been doing the rounds showing Piper Palin, Gov. Palin's six-year-old daughter, apparently giving a boy the finger. Yes, it's a hoax. In the original (bottom), which can be found on the Alaska state website, it's clear that Piper has two fingers raised.
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