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A few weeks ago, we showed Nike golf balls hitting household objects at over 200 mph. While the following video of a bullet going through random objects doesn’t have the same novelty factor, I still thought it was cool:

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

You may ask why I’m posting this on a humor blog … well, I’m not sure why, but I thought the banana and soda can shots were pretty funny. Maybe I need to get a tune-up on my sense of humor? 😉

Tickle Me

Do you think you’re funny … or do you have a good joke that you’d like to try out? If so, now you can get an unbiased opinion from the unlikeliest of places – Google. That’s right, apparently Google has a sense of humor, and is anxiously waiting to critique your jokes.

Skeptical? Me too, until I just asked Google to “tickle me”. And guess what? Google laughed! Actually, only 86% of Google laughed, but that’s still a lot of Googleliciousness for just two words.

Want to give it a shot? Go to Make Google Laugh. If you create good ones, I’d definitely love to know.

Time for a few more jokes. Let’s see what Google thinks:

First: A REALLY BAD joke that I just made up

What is the difference between the Easter Bunny and a well rested blogger?
Some people still believe the Easter Bunny exists.

The verdict? No laughter, Google only found it 3.5246% funny. I was hoping for at least 3.53%, but I think I’ll live.

Second: A nonsense kids joke that I just made up

Oink Oink.
Moo there?
Poo hoo?
Poo poo!

Google’s verdict? Google laughs!!! Almost 65% funny. Now if only Google could tell me what my cow and pig knock-knock joke actually meant, I’d be impressed!

Third: A silly kid’s knock knock joke from a friend’s 6 year old

Knock Knock
Who’s there?

(note: if you plan to deliver this joke, say CHICKEN well before the person can finish saying “chicken who”)

The verdict? Google laughs!!! 100% FUNNY! No applause needed, my comedy tour starts next week.

How did you do? Did you make Google laugh? If so (or if you just want to share your jokes), leave me a comment. I had a lot of fun with this, and hope you did too! 😉

(found via Google Blogoscoped)

A couple weeks ago I was told “This is a humor site, try not to get too nerdy.” Well, I guess Anita is going to kill me for this post (or at least start moderating me).

Strange but true – your HP deskjet scanner can play music. Nope, scanners don’t come with speakers, but they can be programmed to scan in such a way that it sounds like music. We’re not talking concert hall quality, but music nonetheless – check it out:

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

For those of you on the nerdy side (like me), you can download the source code and learn how to create your own scanner music here.

If there’s enough interest, I’ll even write a program that you can download and play songs on your scanner, and post a video of songs that I create. Yes, I’m serious. Any requests?

I always get frustrated searching for specific pictures via Google Images or Flickr. I know what I want to use, but it takes forever to find it. For this reason, I was elated to find retrievr.

Retrievr lets you draw a picture (or even upload one), then uses your drawing to search Flickr for similar pictures. Here was one of my attempts to draw my favorite cartoon character, SpongeBob:

SpongeBob Drawing

Before you ask: yes, I’d be happy to create custom artwork for you, but the immense demand for my artistry forces me to charge very high rates (also, my 2 year old son says I can’t sell this SpongeBob picture, sorry). OK, so I was pretty excited to see the results, but here’s what came up:

SpongeBob Results

Maybe the picture in the middle was SpongeBob, and was removed from Flickr for copyright reasons? The pin cushion looks a little like SpongeBob though … perhaps an uploaded picture will work better. What better test than to upload a photo originally from Flickr? Here’s a flickr photo that I showed a couple days ago in our Funny Signs post:

Telescope injury

And here is what Retrievr found:

Telescope results

Hmmm … so Retrievr thinks there’s a 2 in 9 shot that the picture is a sign … not too accurate. It appears to rely heavily on shape outline and color. Even if it doesn’t work real well, it’s a lot of fun to try. Personally, I was more impressed by the recognition capabilities of MyHeritage when we did our fun Celebrity face recognition test.

Special thanks to LadyBanana for giving me the idea to find a better way to search Flickr.

Here’s something really neat to try … go to any website, then in the Address bar copy and paste the following (to stop the effect, just type another website address into the address bar and hit enter):

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(%22img%22); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+%22px%22;*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+%22px%22}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0)

You’ll see the pictures fly all over the place in a crazy tornado vortex fashion. Some sites are awesome (Amazon’s home page is a good example). Here at Say No to Crack, you might see something like this:

Say No to Crack Vortex
(the Barbie is from a post on Barbie’s Pooping Dog Tanner, which amazingly, is a real product)

For the technically inclined (sorry Anita, I couldn’t help myself), you can change some of the javascript parameters for other neat results. If you find any sites that this trick works well on, or have modified the script and want to share your results, let us know. Appears to have originated here, found via.

What do you think, would you buy a Mac from this guy?

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

Apparently this is a Mac commercial from early 1998. I can’t imagine why, but after Steve Jobs returned to Apple later in the year, the Computer Man was never seen again. What a shame.

By now, I’m sure almost everyone reading this has heard of Firefox (or for kids: The Little Browser that Could). You’ve probably also seen the rather boring, but ubiquitous, Firefox logo:
Firefox logo

Ho hum, a fox circling the globe. Obviously, such a boring logo and mascot would not fly in Japan, land of super-cute everything and devices such as the nose stretcher and face slimmer. So the geniuses at Firefox have decided to create a new mascot for the Japanese market … Foxkeh:
Foxkeh playing

That’s right, they’ve chosen as their mascot a Fox who has a perpetual supply of flammable gas … even when sleeping:
Foxkeh sleeping

Only the Japanese could turn a flammable farting mammal into a nationally loved mascot.

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