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Archive for May, 2008

The fable of the dolphins and the giant

Once upon a time, on a very distant communist kingdom, there were happy dolphins, jumping around on the Fushun aquarium. But one day, the beautiful aquatic mammals swallowed some plastic objects. And they became stuck on their stomachs.

The poor dolphins lost appetite and were very, very sad. Worried about them, the kind veterinarians tried to remove the objects using tools, but the creatures, scared, contracted their stomachs. They couldn’t remove the plastic objects. All hope was lost.

That was until Bao Xishun, the tallest man in the world, was called in. With an arm more than a meter in length, Xishun simply slipped it down the dolphins throats (or the equivalent dolphin organ). Problem solved. The little plastic pieces that remained were digested by the saved dolphins, and everyone lived happily ever after.

Amazingly, this tale (apart from my unfunny story-telling) actually happened, and there’s a video to prove it. Now, in a thousand years it may become a new fairy tale. [via core77]

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Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge (sometimes referred to as Manhattan Solstice) is a semi-annual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main street grid. At sunset, a traveler along one of the north-south avenues on the West Side while looking east can observe the phenomenon indirectly, being struck by the reflected light of the many windows which are aligned with the grid. An observer on the East Side can look west and see the Sun shining down a canyon-like street.” [via Fogonazos]

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A (naughty) living alien video

Ufology is abuzz again with a tabloid news item, as Jeff Peckman — who also sells a credit card that will save your life — showed the video of a “real living breathing alien” looking through a bedroom window to a selected audience in Denver.

The detail is that the video has not been actually released publicly, and the one above is a recreation by the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society. They also created some other videos with the same alien doll, which is in fact a very common prop, with units being auctioned on eBay and even appearing in NSFW shoots. Those blinking eyes were created in post-production, I guess, as the original doll doesn’t have that.

The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society probably didn’t spend dozens of thousand of dollars in that recreation, and yet their alien is, according to someone who watched both, looks “slightly more animated”.

Peckman’s video is certainly a fake, as we all know aliens are camera shy. [via BAblog]

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Pork, Beans and Haitian UFOs

You certainly have seen this elsewhere (along with the other four million people since last Friday), but did you notice that even that infamous Haitian UFO made a cameo appearance? It’s right there, in front of the Sneezing Panda:

Oh, and again, just behind Miss Teen South Carolina, in front of dramatic chipmunk:

Will it blend? All Hail Weezer and the Red Album.

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9/11 Conspiracy Theories ‘Ridiculous,’ Al Qaeda Says


“Then why is Osama Bin Laden safe in… somewhere”.

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