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. . . do they have any idea what they look like . . .

Posted July 16, 2006 by Mike

I was coming out of the local drugstore yesterday, and saw the most bizarre thing - a guy (late teens, early twenties) with his earlobes pierced and stretched out so the hole was at least an inch and a half across, possibly as much as two inches! Each earlobe hole had a plastic insert with a hole in the middle that looked as big as a boat's portal - they looked like something out of a 1930's National Geographic. Very strange.

After I recovered from the shock, my first thought was "Why do I never have my camera when I need it", which was followed shortly thereafter by "Hmmmm . . . I guess there's a use for those cellphone cameras after all."

I guess it would make it easier for his mom to grab him by the ear . . .

Posted May 8, 2006 by Mike

. . . aaaarrrrggggg - half my 2006 posts were dated 2005 !
. . . grumble, grumble, grumble . . .

! ! !

. . . an aircraft carrier ???

Posted May 2, 2006 by Mike

A Chinese businessman
buys a Mig-21 jet fighter on eBay.

Interesting, but not earth-shattering.

Maybe it's news that he bought it on eBay, but not that he was able to buy it. A local business, Jet Chevrolet, has had a Mig-21 jet fighter parked out front for 20 years or more.

What I found interesting was this little quote buried down at the bottom of the article:
"There is the precedent of a Chinese company buying a retired aircraft carrier, but I don't know if this jet plane is a banned item," Zhang reportedly said.

Zhang was apparently referring to the Soviet-built Minsk aircraft carrier that a Chinese company bought and converted into a floating theme park in the southern city of Shenzhen. The company went bankrupt and recently put the ship up for sale.

An aircraft carrier.


. . . really, I did! Honest, I did!

Posted February 13, 2006 by Mike

You've all heard of the "Green Flash", right? (no, not a comic book super hero) It's the near-mythical flash of green light that occurs just as the sun sets below the horizen. Well, this evening on my daily walk, I saw it for the first time in my life, and there was absolutely no doubt about it. Except it wasn't a "flash" - it lasted for a full 3 to 4 seconds. I had just put my camera away, or I'd have for-real photographic proof of the event!

Ah well - next time I'll keep the camera out, just in case.


I just dropped a Tropical DOTS Dot. It tumbled into a hole in the top/side of my computer case, and I can't find it.

I am so screwed.

Woo-hooo! I'm saved! the DOT did NOT go into the computer! it was under my chair. Whew!

Posted January 21, 2006 by Mike

Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight !

Newsflash dudes - there's a reason the lion is called the King of the Beasts.

Posted May 21, 2005 by Michael A. Morrow

Cold Fury, this story from the BBC:

42 midgets went for the "Group-Darwin Award" by getting into a ring with an African lion, apparently blissfully unaware that an African lion can tip the scales at 800 pounds, accelerate in small parts of a second to 55mph, and maintain that speed for a quarter of a mile.

Maybe they thought 600-800 pounds of fast-twitch muscle would be at a disadvantage in a small ring . . .

(photo credit: Lion photo from my personal collection)

UPDATE: It took 12 MINUTES to stop this idiocy! I can't imagine that it would take more than 30 seconds for the promoters to come to the realization that it's not a game for the lion, and that people were dying!

So Who're the REAL Sports Professionals?
it sure ain't the NBA right now ...

Posted November 22, 2004 by Michael A. Morrow

I've never been a big fan of 'professional sports'. I was never big enough to participate in any of the big 3, those being football, basketball, and baseball. Even when I was in high school in the early seventies, athletes in the big 3 sports programs tended more towards the thugly snob persuasion than the gentile sportsman. On the other hand, the peripheral sports where individual performance was more of a factor, like track, cross-country, wrestling, and gymnastics, seemed to disproportionately attract a more respectful class of athlete.

Something about athletes who were more accountable for their own personal performance seemed to attract a more responsible class of individual than the 'team sports' even then.

Fast forward to today.

The recognized team sports haven't changed much - it's still football, basketball, and baseball, and for some reason, they are accorded 'professional' sport status by the media and large segments of the public. In the case of each sport, both the teams and the fans exhibit dog-pack-like behavior when their team is 'dissed', or just plain beaten. Mobs, fist-fights, food and drinks being tossed at the players - all seem to be par for the course at big 3 sporting events. And it gets worse during playoffs - rioting mobs, field riots, destruction of property, overturning and burning of cars, etc., etc., etc.

Friday night's Pacers/Pistons game was just the latest example of juvenile behavior, this time caught on network television. Unsportsmanlike and just plain spoiled brat behavior were prominently on display by 'professional' athletes and 'adult' fans alike.

Compare this episode involving a so-called 'professional' sport with an event that is more entertainment than sport. An event that has been publicly denounced as promoting violence to America's youth. An event with big-time fans. They bring signs. They cheer. They boo. They participate. They're within 6 feet of the action on all sides. Sometimes the 'entertainers' run through the audience in pursuit of each other.

And the fans NEVER assault or throw objects at the performers.

Likewise, the performers NEVER assault or throw objects at the fans.

Yeah. I'm talkin' 'bout WWE Wrestling.

'Professional' Wrestling.

In a sport frequently dismissed as 'low-class entertainment', why does there seem to be so much more mutual respect between the fans and the athletes? Based on the actions of the performers and the fans of the two sports, who are the REAL professionals here?

Who would have thought that there would be a time when 'professional' wrestling would provide better, more respectful, safer, and more entertaining events than the NBA?

Ny thin ichis ....
... an ny neeth ache, an ny nongue ith athleep.

Posted November 11, 2004 by Michael A. Morrow

A couple of days ago, I put some oil and vinegar dressing on my salad, put a forkful in my mouth, and almost had to scrape myself off the ceiling. A quick look in the mirror at the offending location in my mouth, and there, to my complete disgust, was a cavity.

So today, it was off to the dentist, where an x-ray confirmed a surface cavity on one tooth, and the beginning of one on a second tooth. Nerve deadener followed. After a suitable length of time, a test for sensation showed a need for more nerve sleepy juice. Drilling/grinding commenced, then cleanup, followed by application of the filling material, and then contouring and smoothing of the filling.

An nen ny nouf nin-nin werth. Neeth nop an bothum un rithe thide noth nere.

After about 4 hours, my chin started to itch. But I couldn't feel it to scratch it. But it still itched! AAAARRRRGGGH!

Then just before dinner, the right side of my mouth went from feeling completely numb to feeling everything in ten minutes. But I was smart. I figured something like that would happen, so I'd already taken a couple of aspirin. Headed that mouth-ache right off at the pass.

Oh. Did I mention I haven't been to the dentist in about 12 years? Yes, I brush religiously.

Hopefully good for another 12 years now. Except for periodic cleanings.

Copyright Michael A. Morrow - March 21, 2004.