August 31, 2009
Wikipedia- and trivia-philes rejoice: “Best Of Wikipedia” pulls together interesting, bizarre, random and anything else that qualifies as “Best Of” and gives you the first paragraph or summary blurb of the page. Two of my favorites:
D. B. Cooper
D. B. Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received US$200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but through a later press miscommunication, he became known as “D. B. Cooper”. Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper’s true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered.
Um, I’ve definitely never heard of that story.
Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 was a name intended for a Swedish child who was born in 1991. Parents Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding had planned to never legally name their child as a protest against the naming law of Sweden so, a district court in Halmstad, southern Sweden, fined them. Responding to the fine, the parents submitted the 43-character name in May 1996. The court rejected the name.
It’s pronounced “Albin” and it’s not the only such controversy.
More: Best Of Wikipedia
In other Wikipedia news, they have recently announced that they will color certain passages if it is suspected they may be less than factual. Sounds like a good step. More about that here.
August 27, 2009
[On an unrelated note, my computer is currently in California being fixed by the Apple gods and I’ve been super busy at work, so I apologize for the few-and-far-between updates.]
August 24, 2009
Charlie Crist, homosexual
Anti-gay closeted homosexual and Florida Governor Charlie Crist has recently said that Florida’s current hurricane dry spell is because of his communications with God:
Crist noted that just before his election in 2006, Florida had been affected by a total of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.
“Do you know the last time it was we had a hurricane in Florida? It’s been awhile. In 2007, I took my first trade mission. Do you know where I went?” said Crist, a Methodist, referring to a trip to Israel.
He then told of going to the Western Wall and inserting a note with a prayer. He said it read, “Dear God, please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie.”
“Time goes on – May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December – no hurricanes,” Crist said. “Thank God.” (Source)
Crist is currently running to become a US senator.
August 21, 2009
Temperature 85°!? Ew.
Dew point 77°!? Ew.
Relative humidity 76%!? Ew.
Heat index: 96°!? Ew.
August 21, 2009
More info on the film I first reported on here.
The documentary compiled from Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for the concert series he was preparing when he died will be released in theaters earlier than expected and will be shown for only two weeks. In a news release, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment said that the documentary, called “Michael Jackson THIS IS IT,” would open on Oct. 28, two days sooner than originally announced, and that tickets for the film would go on sale Sept. 27 in most cities. The movie will be directed by Kenny Ortega, the director and choreographer who was working with Mr. Jackson on his planned “This Is It” concerts, a series of 50 shows that Mr. Jackson was to have performed at London’s O2 Arena beginning in July. Sony, which paid $60 million for the film in a deal between the studio, the Jackson estate and the concert promoter AEG Live, said the documentary would draw upon more than 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage and rehearsals shot between April and June.
I suspect Sony is using the “limited release” threat to drum up sales and I wouldn’t be surprised if the planned two-week run was miraculously extended if the ticket sales (which they are conveniently starting a month before hand) are high.
Needless to say, I WILL SEE THIS.
August 20, 2009
It’s in LA this year so be sure to get your hair, nails, and spray tan on before it starts.
10 PM EST/PT
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