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Archive for December, 2006

In the U.S., it now seems like everything has an obvious warning label. “Warning: coffee may be hot” … “Warning: your child could hurt themself by jumping off the playground” … “Warning: antifreeze may be fatal if swallowed”. I always thought these warnings were endemic to the U.S., stemming from 50 or so years of a litigious society out of control. Was I ever wrong.

Apparently Japan shares the U.S.’s propensity for stating the obvious in warnings, and then some. Check out these real warning images from the Japanese Nintendo Wii manual:

Warning: don’t eat Wii twist ties:
don't eat Wii twist ties

Warning: don’t wear pink shirts while playing the Wii:
don't wear pink shirts

Warning: don’t hit your friend in the face with a Wiimote:
don't hit friends with wiimote

Warning: suffocating yourself with the Wii bag is not fun:
head in wii bag

Warning: your Wii doesn’t need a blanket to stay warm:
wii blanket

Warning: your Wii is not, and will never be, thirsty:
wii thirsty

Warning: your Wii is not hungry either:
wii hungry

I think U.S. consumers would actually read warning labels if accompanied by pictures this amusing.

Looks like there’s one more reason for people to dislike former President Clinton:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

We have a winner!

Our second contest, identify five pictures to win $20 to $100 is officially over, and Luke is our winner! He selected the Super Secret Mystery Prize (which we’ll announce once he gets it), so for now I’ll just show some of the funny responses to the bonus question:

  • “Hey…pssst…c’mere…let me out and I’ll tell you everything I know about time travel.” – Cameron
  • “Sunkist orange advert.” – Prying1
  • “Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, Had a wife and couldn’t keep her,
    Put her in a pumpkin shell, and there he kept her very well. ” – MathMom
  • “Mr. Koolaids match.com date. ‘OH, YEAAAAAH!'” – Kendall
  • “RUUUN!! ITS HEADED RIGHT FOR US!!!! this guy lost a bet. to an orange.” – Amanda

Will it blend followup

You have probably seen the sometimes ridiculous (and sometimes funny) “Will It Blend” commercials for the industrialized home blender that will blend just about anything (from cell phones to rakes to hockey pucks … if you haven’t seen them, check out our videos). Here’s a fantastic spoof of these ads that I just found on YouTube:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

The transitions from blending to blended, and the last 30 seconds, just cracked me up.

Huh? Nope, I didn’t make up the title myself, it’s from MSNBC of all places. News doesn’t get much weirder than this, and the story is actually stranger than the title implies.

Here’s some highlights:
“Rick Lisko hunts deer with a bow but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers — and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs” … “John Hoffman of Eden Meat Market skinned the deer for Lisko, who wasn’t going to waste the venison from the animal. ‘And by the way, I did eat it,’ Lisko said. ‘It was tasty.'”
(you can read the whole story here)

Imagine if he decided to mount this one on his wall …

(Sorry all … I haven’t had any free time lately, plus I’ve been pretty sick, which is why I haven’t contributed much original content the past few days. I hope the short, more frequent (3 today!) posts have kept you amused, and hopefully Ben’s techie humor contributions haven’t scared off too many of you)

Cool wavy illusion

Hopefully I’ll have a chance to announce the winner of our contest tonight (worst case I’ll announce it tomorrow), but until then I thought I’d share this cool little illusion. Try moving your head around, towards/away from the monitor, scrolling with the up/down arrows, or move scroll the screen up and down with the slider bar (this worked best for me):
wavy illusion
via Belle

Crazy Guy Dancing at Best Buy

Have you ever been in Best Buy or other electronics store and felt compelled to start dancing with the music? Every once in a while I’ll see someone bop around a little, and in trendy clothing stores teenage girls sometimes “get down”, but I’ve never seen anything like this guy:

(if you can’t see the video click here)

If nothing else, this served as a reminder that security cameras are EVERYWHERE. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my last embarassing moment in a department store isn’t floating around on YouTube.

A friend of mine just e-mailed this video to me… it’s a funny little public service announcement for all you Star Wars fans out there:

(if you can’t see the video click here)

Good thing my dad was a Jedi and not a Sith Lord. 😉

Chuck Norris “facts”

chuck norrisI’m told that if you don’t live in a bubble, a third world country with no electricity, or a zoo, that you have probably heard the silly Chuck Norris “facts” circulating the internet and on TV. Apparently I’m completely removed from society, as I was surprised and amused when I stumbled across a series of these “facts”. Below is a small sampling … sure, Chuck Norris plays a tough guy on TV, but not exactly this tough:

  • Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.
  • Chuck Norris’ calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.
  • Bill Gates lives in constant fear that Chuck Norris’ PC will crash.
  • They were going to release a Chuck Norris edition of Clue, but the answer always turns out to be “Chuck Norris. In The Library. With a Roundhouse Kick.”
  • While urinating, Chuck Norris is easily capable of welding titanium.
  • Jack was nimble, Jack was quick, but Jack still couldn’t dodge Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick.
  • If You Have 5 Dollars And Chuck Norris Has 5 Dollars… Chuck Norris Has More Money Than You.
  • Chuck Norris CAN believe it’s not butter.
  • When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
  • Chuck Norris’ cowboy boots are made from real cowboys.
  • Chuck Norris uses Tabasco Sauce for eye drops.
  • When Chuck Norris exercises, the machine gets stronger.
  • Once a grizzly bear threatened to eat Chuck Norris. Chuck showed the bear his fist and the bear proceeded to eat himself, because it would be the less painful way to die.
  • When Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into the Hulk. When the Hulk gets mad, he turns into Chuck Norris.
  • Nothing can escape the gravity of a black hole, except for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris eats black holes. They taste like chicken.
  • Chuck Norris can kick start a car.
  • Chuck Norris invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Cruise invented pink.

My apologies if you’ve heard these before. Once I started searching, I found that there must be hundreds of these facts … if you’ve heard others that you like (or would like to make up your own), I’d love to hear them.

A one horsepower Russian car

If you thought your car was underpowered, check out this one horsepower Russian car. Apparently the sign indicates that it is parked in front of an insurance company, presumably for repair assessments. Although … it is Russia, so maybe they were just looking for a good rate. I wonder if you get a discount for using animals for propulsion?
one horsepower russian car
via English Russia

Anyone have any good car stories?

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