Category Archive 'Amusement'
24 Aug 2016

Somebody Had To Do It

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SmugglerRoad

BBC:

Alexander Laznenko of the Smolensk Region Border Agency tells Tass news agency that the smugglers used heavy earth-moving equipment at night to “widen and raise the gravel track, and put in more turning and passing points” — right under the noses of the local authorities.

Earlier this month, customs officers ambushed a convoy of nine lorries there laden with 175 tonnes of Greek and Polish fruit worth 13m roubles (£154,000; $200,000), but are none the wiser about who upgraded the road through the tiny Russian village of Klimenki.

Local administration chief Sergei Listopadov said villagers have come forward to say they saw crews working on the road earlier this year. He joked to RIA Novosti news agency that he’d like to write their mysterious benefactor a “letter of thanks” for improving a road that only a horse and cart could negotiate before.

But Mr Laznenko doesn’t see the funny side. He says customs officers have put the 4.5km (2.7 mile) track under constant surveillance but, as they do not have the authority to barricade or dig it up, they will have to rely on catching the smugglers out.

Russia announced a ban on food imports from the European Union last year, in retaliation for an EU trade embargo over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Since then, the number of lorries crossing legally from Belarus has increased dramatically in the last year to 73,000, all of which Russian customs have to inspect for banned foodstuffs, Mr Laznenko says.

Social media users tend to agree with Mr Listopadov, though. “At least someone is maintaining our roads,” one person writes, a sentiment echoed in many other comments on RIA Novosti’s site. Some even suggest the smugglers should form a party to stand in next month’s parliamentary elections on a “Let our lorry through, and we’ll fix your potholes” platform.

20 Aug 2016

Ironic Images

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NothingWritteninStone

An excellent collection from the Daily Mail.

Hat tip to Roger de Hauteville.

14 Jul 2016

Seriema Golf

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Red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) at golf course in Brazil.

19 Jun 2016

“Game of Thrones” Characters as US States

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Thrillist:

California
King Tommen Baratheon
Blond and easily duped, powerful but clumsy with said power, impressed by girls’ boobs and wacky religions.

Colorado
Jorah Mormont
Athletic, secretly wealthy, with a sun-tanned, weathered face. Incessantly trying to sleep with a younger woman.

Connecticut
Joffrey Baratheon
Rich, bratty, emotionally unnerving. Definitely PG’d at Taft.

Delaware
That guy Ned Stark executes in the pilot
No one remembers that Delaware is the first state either.

Florida
“Mad” King Aerys II Targaryen
Senile, wealthy, paranoid, prone to random outbursts of insanity. Pretty confident that he will eventually turn into a dragon.

Georgia
Janos Slynt
Does not do well in cold weather.

Hawaii
Sansa Stark
Unspoiled and beautiful, until evil outside forces wreak havoc on her. Understandably angry.

Idaho
Mance Rayder
An anti-big government Libertarian with his own militia.

Whole story.

23 Feb 2016

Somebody Should Have Fixed That Roof

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LeopardRoof

17 Jan 2016

Reasons for Admission

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31 Dec 2015

Amusing Non-Art

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In 2005, a group of artists in Italy built a giant 200-foot-long plushie rabbit in the countryside, and just left it there. It’s been there ever since.

18 Sep 2015

Yale Collecting Interest on 1648 Dutch Bond

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Lekdijk Bovendams, Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Yale University acquired a 17th century Dutch bond as an acquisition for its rare book & manuscript collection, but that is not stopping Yale from collecting the interest due on the perpetual bond.

Bloomberg Business:

Yale University will receive 136.20 euros ($153) in interest on a perpetual bond issued in 1648 from Dutch water authority de Stichtse Rijnlanden.

The 1,000 guilder-bond ($509), which is written on goatskin, is among five of the world’s oldest bonds that still pay interest, according to Clarion Wegerif, a spokeswoman for the water authority. The money will be paid out on Monday.

Yale contacted the agency to collect the interest, Wegerif said in a phone interview from Houten, the Netherlands. “We’ll be handing out a symbolic check and wire the rest.”

Yale, which has an endowment of $23.9 billion, paid 24,000 euros to acquire the bond in 2003 as an artifact. The university hasn’t been paid interest since the acquisition, according to the agency. The bond was issued to pay for a small pier in the Netherlands’s Lek river.

03 Aug 2015

The 50 States If They Were Actually People In A Bar

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Connecticut

Tickld:

Colorado is a beautiful, perfectly athletic couple wearing all Patagonia, drinking craft beer talking about their last mountaineering trip, with an air of aloofness.

Connecticut is a rich white woman sipping a martini and silently judging all the other states.

Delaware is that guy who hangs around the outside of the New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey friend-circle, taking occasional sips from his Yuengling and mostly being ignored, except when New York has to go past him to get to the bar.

02 Aug 2015

Seagull Steals German Couple’s GoPro Camera, and Proceeds to Make His Own Video of the View From the Spanish Island of Cíes

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Note the human cries of “Scheiße!”

16 Jun 2015

Deft!

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At Pinkpop Festival 2015 in Holland, John Coffey, lead singer David Achter de Molen, catches a beer thrown from the crowd, while crowdwalking, and drinks it!

Full song ‘Dirt and Stones’ here.

via Ratak Monodosico.

29 May 2015

The Casebook of Nips and Porkington

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09 May 2015

Cryptozoological Map & T-Shirts

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CryptozoologyUSA

Disinformation links the Hog Island Press Cryptozoological Map of the United States, which is at least amusing.

Some states haven’t got any imaginary monsters. Connecticut and Rhode Island, for instance, are out of luck. Pennsylvania gets Thunderbirds, which I and Wikipedia have never heard of.

07 Apr 2014

Knocking Down a Silo

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Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

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