Friday, December 30, 2005

Wind Surfer Toilet Bowl Cleaner?

New from German-based company Henkel Wasch-und Reinigungsmittel GmbH comes this cool little toilet bowl cleaner and deodorizer in the shape of a wind surfer.

It hangs onto the rim of the toilet and surfs the porcelain waters keeping it clean and odor free. The cleaning agent is held inside the surfer, while the deodorant is inside the sail.

The surfer was designed by the famed Italian design firm, Alessi. Henkel made no secret of that on its packaging.

It comes in both lemon and grapefruit varieties.

via: Strange New Products Blog

Ice Cream Flavored Skittles!

Ice Cream Flavored Skittles!

Skittles will soon be available in a new "ice cream" flavor.This is going to be a limited edition variety, and it's not a frozen treat, but the same Skittles candies formulated to taste like ice cream.

It's along the same lines as their Fruit Smoothies variety.


QUOTE: Think About This One, However It May Apply...

"If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience."
John Cage

QUOTE: Laughing and Sleeping

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone."--

Anthony Burgess

50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn't Know This Time Last Year)

From - Greenville, N.C.

To assist you in better understanding our changing world, here's a collection of tidbits we learned this year that may have eluded your radar.

1. A crystalline structure in popcorn appears to determine its popping quality. The discovery could lead to a better microwave popcorn with fewer or no unpopped kernels.

2. The U.S. prison population, already the largest in the world, reached a new high of more than 2.1 million in 2004, with one in every 138 residents of the country incarcerated.

3. Tampa is the sixth-worst city for dating in the country.

4. The microphone that once sat prominently on the desk of Johnny Carson was worth $50,787 at auction.

5. Twenty-six percent of the organizations surveyed by the American Management Association said they have fired workers for misusing the Internet. Another 25 percent have terminated employees for e-mail abuse, and 6 percent have canned them for misusing office phones.

6. The Bungee Cam was born in April, during a San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks NBA telecast by TNT. The camera dropped from the scoreboard to 7 to 10 feet from the floor to get shots of team huddles and a view from behind a free-throw shooter.

7. For the first time ever, half of all individual tax returns were electronically filed.

8. Former FBI official W. Mark Felt was revealed to be Deep Throat, the secret source whose insider guidance was vital to The Washington Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal.

9. Fifty-seven percent of cyclists polled by Greenfield Online said they would prefer bike seats with extra padding for added comfort.

10. Four percent of Americans read e-mail in the bathroom on a handheld electronic device.

11. The typical U.S. church congregation draws an adult crowd that is 61 percent female and 39 percent male - a gender gap that shows up in all age categories.

12. More than 900 nutrition bars came to market between 2001 and 2004.

Read the rest of the fascinating list of facts here.

Boy Finds "Mystery" Meat Instead of iPod on Christmas!

When a 14-year-old Hawaiian boy opened up the video iPod that his mother had bought him for Christmas, he was treated not to one of Steve's little treasures but to an unopened package of "mystery" meat instead!

Read the entire blog post about the iPod Mystery Meat here.

Airbus Pilot Maroons Drunken Passenger On Desert Island

This is where that whole Matthew 7:12 / "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" thing would've come in handy for this passenger...

Read about the drunken passenger that was marooned on a desert island by an airline pilot.

The 2005 Dubious Data Awards

From poison popcorn to french fry fright to toothpaste terror to wrong sex babies, the media served of a grand pile of garbage in 2005...

STATS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public understanding of science and statistics . Each December STATS issues a list of scientific studies that were mishandled by the media during the preceding year. This year’s “Dubious Data Awards” detailing the worst examples of shoddy science reporting go to...

Read the list of The 2005 Dubious Data Awards.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Cardboard Box Added To Toy Hall of Fame


"I think every adult has had that disillusioning experience of picking what they think is a wonderful toy for a child, and then finding the kid playing with the box," said Christopher Bensch, chief curator of the Strong Museum. "It's that empty box full of possibilities that the kids can sense and the adults don't always see."

Read the rest of the news story about how this Toy Hall of Fame realizes the facination of the cardboard box as a great play toy over the years.

Added Bonus Thought:::
My Dad was a corrugated box salesman for many years -- years ago. I never knew he was essentially a "Toy Salesman" for millions of children worldwide as well!!

The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Last 50 Years

Here's another one of those lists that's perfect for my blog!

The 50 greatest gadgets of the last 50 years is the kind of list that's intriguing and fun, while touching on feelings of nostalgia and childhood (and other) memories.


Tuesday, December 27, 2005

VIDEO: "Cute" = This...

This brief video is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. The girl's smile is great.

VIDEO: Ping Pong Mastery

This short video shows off some AMAZING ping pong skill!

Totally Absurd Inventions

Staying with the "Silly Stuff" theme today, I give you, "Totally Absurd Inventions."

Lists of crazy laws that still exist in the USA

Learn where you cannot wear jeans on specific streets, what you cannot do on Sunday, the terrible punishment for putting salt on railroad tracks.

There are a lot more truly silly laws -- that are still reported to be on the books -- here at the site.

More Funny Stuff Written On Signs Worldwide

Here are a few examples of the signage silliness...
(WARNING: Some of these are groaners)

A sign seen on a restroom dryer at O'Hare Field in Chicago: Do not activate with wet hands.

At a Music Store: Out to lunch. Bach at 12:30. Offenbach sooner.

At a number of US military bases: Restricted to unauthorized personnel.

At a pizza shop: 7 days without pizza makes one weak.

At a Santa Fe gas station: We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container.

At a tire shop in Milwaukee: Invite us to your next blowout.

World Beard & Moustache Championships

These beard will either intrigue you or freak you out...

See what these beards do for you!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Top 10 Botched Contract Deals In Sports History

From ...

Remember when Nomar Garciaparra rejected a $60 million offer? looks at The Top 10 Cases of botched contract talks in sports history.

Make This Website "Computer" Guess The TV Show or Movie Name

This site,, is a game in which you think of a TV show or movie and see if the computer can guess what it is.

Create An Online Quiz for Your Friends!

Create a quiz about yourself to find out how much your friends really know about you!

PR Losers of 2005

I work in the Public Relations industry, so this list of the PR Losers of 2005 really interests me. It's basically a list of mini-case studies of what NOT to do.

Perhaps you'll find it interesting as well.

The list gives the LOSER label to everyone from Newspapers to the City of San Diego to the Country of France! Check it out!

PR Losers of 2005

I work in the Public Relations industry, so this list of the PR Losers of 2005 really interests me. It's basically a list of mini-case studies of what NOT to do.

Perhaps you'll find it interesting as well.

The list gives the LOSER label to everyone from Newspapers to the City of San Diego to the Country of France! Check it out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Military Chaplains Told To "Shy Away" from Using Jesus' Name (???)

Military chaplains being told to not mention Jesus while talking with military men and women???

Really, read it here.

This genius thinking goes along the lines of banning ice cream from ice cream trucks.

Chaplains talk about Jesus, Donald Trump talks about money, and People magazine talks about celebrities. That's how it works.

I suppose if two or three of us complain that we're offended by ice cream, then ice cream trucks would have to sell t-shirts or something. But, of course, THAT would be silly.

We're such a soft society. We're known as a country offended by everything.

If Christmas celebrations are changed to humanistic celebrations about the cold weather and lots of gifts (complete with traditional song lyrics changed during public events) because some people don't celebrate it, then the 4th of July should be changed.

If the Christmas explanation is applied to all celebrations, then what can we celebrate? Absolutely nothing.

Even atheists, I sincerely believe, would have to agree with that.

If you want to see that military chaplains of every faith are allowed to pray with enlisted soldiers in the name of their God, please call the White House Comment Line and urge the President to sign the Executive Order to allow Navy Chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus with soldiers.

I just did it, and I was only on the phone for three minutes total. It was easy.

The number is:

(202) 456-1414

Even if you are not a Christian, and are a believer of another faith, this concerns chaplains of your faith as well. Because this political correctness policy will continue to spread unless it is cut down now.

Please do your part.

Pope's Smile Looks Evil!

I'm sorry to tell you, but the Pope's smile simply looks EVIL. Send Email To You In the Future!

You can send email messages to yourself for free through!

It's a great idea to send a message to yourself 5 or 10 (20?) years down the line. What will you be like? What do you hope for yourself? What do you want to remind yourself about who you are today or what you no longer want to struggle with?

There are 100 or more reasons to take advantage of this useful service. Find out how you can make it work for you! (You can even use it as a Reminder Service.)

You can also view public entries ... just click next, next, next in order to see them all!

As Seen In Email...


You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

You hear your favorite song in an elevator.

You watch the Weather Channel.

You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as 'dressed up.'

You're the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door won't turn down the stereo.

You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.

Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

You take naps. (AMEN!)

Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer 'pretty good stuff.'

You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

Bonus: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign
that doesn't apply to you..........

It's All the Same Candy Bar!

When the Nestles' Crunch Bar and Milky Way adds nuts, when Milky Way, Snickers, and Kit Kat use dark chocolate, and when other candy bars add nuts, various chocolate flavors, and crispies, don't they all come down to basically one or two kinds of bars??

It sure seems like it these days.

Back in the day, the candy bars, when there were far less brands, were diverse. When I look at the candy aisle today, Snickers offers a version of their candy bar that's the same as a version of another brand.

I just want to state that I'm not fooled. Really, I'm not.

(No links in this post, I'm just talking.)

Charcoal Briquette Technology?

Is it possible to help a charcoal briquette burn better? Absolutely!

Check out what Kingsford's Match Light product line is offering now...

CEO Cowards of the Year

I gave you, the other day, the list of the TOP CEOs of the year. Well, here are the Top Coward CEOs of 2005, according to Fast Company magazine.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

VIDEO: 7 Year-old Pool Shark

This kid is even better at pool than I am. Really.

A Really Bad Idea...

This kid attempts to dodge showers from a roman candle.

The keyword in that last sentence was "attempts." It hits him in the face in this viral video.

Free 411 Phone (and Web) Service

You no longer have to pay to receive phone number information, thanks to FREE 411.

Add 1-800-FREE411 to your speed dial, and tell your friends about this free alternative to paid information services.

The catch? You have to listen to a 12-second advertisement. That's well worth getting the service for free!

You can also get free phone number information from them online at

Aren't you glad you visited my blog today? I just helped you save money!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Why Isn't the Military Using This Technology?

Here's an idea that seems to make sense in my head, but perhaps there's a reason why the military hasn't used this technology ... or, perhaps they simply haven't thought of this yet.

Okay, there's technology out there that can block cell phones from being able to be used. So, why doesn't the military install this technology on their Humvees so the roadside bombs (which are set off through cell phones) couldn't explode and injure our brave service men and women?

If there's someone out there who is reading this, please pass this idea on to your superiors, just in case this idea might work.

What are your thoughts? Can this work?

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the abilities of this technology.

Is Cappuccino-flavored Pepsi Coming To the U.S.?

Cappuccino Pepsi has already been distributed in Russia. Will we ever see -- and taste -- it here in the States?

A New Product for SCRABBLE Fans!

You can now buy Scrabble letter earrings. Really!

Cost: $8

Cheetos-flavored Lip Balm??

Yep, it's true. You can now buy Cheetos-flavored Lip balm in order to keep your lips from getting chapped.

And, you fingers won't get orange when using this product!

From Lotta Luv products.

CRAZY FACT: The Speed of Ketchup!

Tomato Ketchup travels at 25 miles per year when leaving the bottle.

Now you know!

This Is What Happens When You Attempt To Rob the WRONG Person...

Wow, this guy got it good!

Make sure to check out the video of the attempted robbery -- and the ensuing smackdown -- in this story.

The article begins like this...

Store manager Edward Petrossi was working alone when the man entered the store.

It was Nov. 21, around 10:30 p.m. The man entered the Quik Stop market on La Loma Avenue and walked to a bank of coolers in the back. He grabbed an 18-pack of beer, then stood by the counter until all other customers left, Petrossi said Thursday.

The man asked for a Diet Snapple drink. Petrossi left his post behind the counter to check the shelves, found they were out, then walked back to the counter.

"And he followed right behind me," said Petrossi, 44. "I am very conscious of my surroundings. I felt his presence right behind me."

Petrossi, an Assyrian from Iran who said he is a black belt in six martial arts disciplines, spun around and found the man thrusting a knife at him.

Petrossi leaped back. "That's a really good knife!" he recalled thinking. "That's a knife that could kill me. My God, this is not a joke, I have to take this seriously."

Video surveillance shows Petrossi jump into a "ready position" — knees bent, fists cocked — then grab a pair of scissors and a box cutter from under the register.

"I said, 'Come on. You want the money? Come and get it,'" he said. "He dropped the beer and ran."

Read the rest of this great attempted robbery news story.

Friday, December 16, 2005

20 Films Whose "Fans" Are More Annoying Than the Films Themselves

This list is a PERFECT example of the kind of content, the kind of lists I love to link to from this blog o' mine.

It's quirky. It makes you ask why anyone would think to create this list. And, it keeps you reading to the end of the list.

They're films you're mostly familiar with -- even if you haven't seen them. And, they have fans -- I'm talking about the craziest of the fans ... not those of you who simply liked it -- who tend to be more annoying than the films they love.

Comments are now open. Please leave your thoughts in the box!

The Greatest Calvin & Hobbes Snowman Comics

These are hilarious!

Calvin has the most inventive ways to make snowmen ... too funny.

The World’s Most Admired CEOs of 2005

Who do you think these CEOs are?

You've heard of some of them, and you've heard of many of their companies. Now ... who made this list, and why?

Click on this link and scroll down to the article titled, "New Study By Burson-Marsteller with the Economist Intelligence Unit Reveals the World’s Most Admired CEOs of 2005."

Because I don't have a direct link to this part of the news page on Bulldog Reporter's website, here's the top of the list:

1). Bill Gates (Microsoft)
2). Steve Jobs (Apple)
3). Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
4). Michael Dell (Dell)
5). Richard Branson (Virgin Group)

Thanks for commenting with your thoughts!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Crazy Road Signs from

You can see images like this one, "Warning: Trucks Are Running Into Filmstrips Ahead" and more, at

Survey of Marketing Professionals Reveals Top Concerns About Corporate Blogging

Ghostwriting and commercialization are cited as the most common mistakes that corporations make when blogging, according to a new survey on corporate blogs conducted by Peppercom.

The survey offers insights from PR and marketing professionals on the most common mistakes that companies make when using this new medium.

The key findings show that:
  • 72% of PR and marketing professionals cite the creation of artificial, overly promotional corporate blogs as the principal mistake that companies make when attempting to blog.
  • In addition, 50% cite "obvious ghostwriting" as another significant blunder that they have witnessed with corporate blogs.
  • 50% also cite companies that just "blog for blog's sake" as a problem that they have seen.
Although PR and marketing professionals acknowledge the mistakes that are being made with corporate blogs, the majority remain positive about the potential for blogging as an effective communications channel.
  • Most respondents (62%) agree that the blogosphere is an appropriate venue for corporations to communicate with stakeholders.
  • 80% of respondents feel that a corporate blog can help improve the dialogue between a company and its stakeholders, customers, and employees.
  • 79% feel that a corporate blog helps position the company / chief blogger as a thought leader.

Read the full report here.

Top Ten Movie Robots of All Time

They walk, they talk, they work on moisture farms, they hunt Sarah Connor. And sometimes they're eerily human-like.

This critic (and robot nerd) compiles his list of his favorite robots.

Castle Finder: Find Castles In Your Own State!

Really, there are castles all over the place in the U.S.

Learn the history of them, and plan a route to visit a number of castles sometime soon with this very helpful Castle locating site.

Comment To Your Heart's Delight!

I finally took the time to find out how to allow all readers of this blog to comment on my posts.

Anyone, ANYONE (except comment spammers, they're evil) can now comment on my post.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

More Fun/Interesting/Thoughtful Quotations To Enjoy...

I don't necessarily agree with all that is quoted below, but why should that stop my from posting them?

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Virginia Woolf

"I don't necessarily agree with everything I say."
Marshall McLuhan

"The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question."
Stephen Jay Gould

"My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me."
Benjamin Disraeli

"In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from."
Peter Ustinov

"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
Samuel Butler

"I like life. It's something to do."
Ronnie Shakes

"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length."
Robert Frost

"For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off."
Johnny Carson

This Quote Caught my Attention

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."

Ellen Goodman

Magazine Names Best, Worst Celebrity Dog Owners

Joss Stone Is Best; Paris Hilton Is Worst

Joss Stone's love of dogs is being appreciated.

The New York Dog and The Hollywood Dog magazines have named Stone the best celebrity dog owner. Stone has a poodle named Dusty Springfield and she volunteered for an animal shelter after seeing images of stranded pets after hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

She also recorded a public service announcement seeking support for homeless pets due to the hurricanes.

Leslie Padgett, editor of the magazines, said Stone is a huge advocate for shelter dogs and it's not just talk.

The magazines have named Paris Hilton as the worst celebrity dog owner. Padgett said Hilton lost her dog, Tinkerbell, then replaced the dog with a cuter one, then that dog with a ferret and then a monkey.

I'm having trouble finding the full list of the best & worst celebrity pet-lovers, but read more here.

500-Pound Man Accused Of Fast-Food Scam

You know, an all-you-can-eat buffet is a better, legal way to get all the food you need if you're that hungry. It beats scamming fast food.

A 500-pound man in Seminole County, Fla., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of scamming fast-food restaurants out of large amounts of milk shakes and tacos, according to a Local 6 News report.

Investigators said George Jolicoeur, 33, would visit fast-food businesses and order food.

Jolicoeur would then call or visit the restaurants posing as a police officer or a firefighter and ask for a refund because there was a hair in his food, according to the report.

Read the full story and see pictures.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Top Ten Worst PR Blunders in 2005

I work in PR, so this list interested me...

But, even though you might not work in my industry, this list should still amuse/entertain/interest you.

The Top Ten Worst PR Blunders in 2005

Some of these blunders include: Pat Robertson's "Diplomacy," Snapple's "Meltdown," and Merck & Vioxx.

All of these situations were truly handled with terrible care.

VIDEO: "Me" Church...the Perfect Church for You??

This video is equal parts sad and hilarious.

I guess it hits the nail on the head for what suburban America is looking for in a church home.

Okay, more sad than hilarious. Okay, just sad.

Che Jesus?

Check out this marketing campaign put out by a UK church. The image below reads, "Dec. 25. Revolution Begins, Celebrate The Birth Of A Hero."

The attept will certainly grab some attention because of the popularity of Che Guevara revolution t-shirts. (Note: Most of the people who wear these shirts don't know about the terrible things Che did to his enemies -- they only know what The Motorcycle Diaries movie tells about him -- which is very favorable).

Back to the main thought, check out this commentary about whether this particular marketing campaign is appropriate or not. The poll that was run on this site was unfavorable toward the marketing, but the voters were a cross section of American and Brits. The results would be more telling if the voting was only done by ourt friends from the other side of the the big pond as their culture and their lack of a strong church produces a need for stronger campaigns than we do here in the States. It is, for sure, creative. And, I think this will give some Brits a new idea of what church can be like.

What do you think?

Monday, December 12, 2005

The RSStroom Reader™

Blogger's Note: Sure, this'll never be mass-marketed, but it's clever.

A crazy new product out of Taiwan seems to be aimed at the feed dependent of us out there. The "RSStroom reader" is a bathroom gadget that prints news feeds onto your T-P - that's right, your TOILET PAPER! The best part is the "biometrics" toilet seat that'll figure out who you are based on your weight and prints the news you want - not your roommates tabloid garbage.

Going to the RSStroom will never be boring again!

Here's the scoop...


Map of the Earth with Countries Sized by Population

Here's a new way to look at a map of the world. An interesting concept.

If You Need A Laugh, Check Out This "DJ"

Well done, very well done!

Alarm Clock Wakes You with A Noisy Hovering Mini Helicopter

Here's an interesting way to wake-up. A small helicopter-like ball is released when the "alarm" goes off.

It forces you to get up, move around, and catch the little nuisance in order to get your room back to being quiet. By the time you catch it, you're more awake, so you get out of bed for good. That's the theory at least.

Check out the crazy alarm clock.

Recipe for Turkish Delight

For Narnia fans, her'e a recipe for Turkish Delight, from Wikipedia

2 c sugar
1/2 c cornstarch
1 1/2 c water
1/2 ts cream of tartar
2 tb rosewater OR one of the following to taste:
1/2 ts rose food flavoring
1/4 c fruit juice
1 tb vanilla extract
1 tb orange extract
1 tb Creme de menthe liqueur
Food coloring (optional)
1/2 c chopped toasted pistachios or almonds (optional)
confectioner's sugar, granulated sugar, or desiccated coconut for dusting

Combine sugar, 1 c water, cream of tartar, and flavoring(s) in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch with remaining water, mix completely, and slowly stir into sugar mixture. Boil over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, until the mixture reaches "Firm-ball stage," or 245ºF (120ºC) on a candy thermometer. Apply non-stick cooking spray to a form (ice cube trays will do nicely), shallow pie pan, or jelly-roll pan. Pour the hot mixture into the pan or form and allow to set. When cool, release from form or cut into cubes as applicable and roll each piece in powdered sugar, granulated sugar, or coconut.

Store at room temperature in airtight container.

Note: with the exception of the sugar, cornstarch, water, cream of tartar, and cooking technique, this recipe may be greatly altered according to taste and/or occasion.

I found this recipe at

What Does Your Sneeze Say About You?

Here's a question you probably have never asked yourself, but what does your sneeze say about you?

Sooner or later you're going to sneeze.

And what with allergies, cold and flu season and furnaces blasting dust through your house like a leaf blower, we're betting on sooner. Ah, well. Or should we say "Achoo"?

But before you reach for a tissue again, ask yourself how much you really know about the noble sneeze? You might know, for instance, that when you do sneeze you spew 100,000 bacteria through the air at better than 100 mph. But did you know that you're also revealing aspects of your personality?

It's true.

So says Patti Wood, spokeswoman of Benadryl, the creator of "The Achoo IQ Quiz."

Wood, who is also a body language expert, combined a sneezing survey of 547 people with three months of "observational" analysis. Then she correlated people's sneezing styles and behaviors with a "well-researched" personality test.Her conclusion: Even though nearly half the respondents believed their sneeze was spontaneous, most people have a specific sneezing style that closely matches their personality. Here are several styles Wood has analyzed. See which one best matches your personality.

Read the entire article about sneezing.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Brothers Die In Separate Car Crashes Minutes Apart


It's amazing this would happen in the same county, at nearly the same time...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Two brothers died within minutes of each other early Wednesday in separate traffic crashes in a rural county where their father is a sheriff's deputy.

Rory McDowell, 23, and Cory McDowell, 21, were pronounced dead a couple of miles from the home they shared with their father, Andy McDowell, in southwestern Kentucky's Warren County.

Andy McDowell was not on duty at the time but was taken to Rory's crash. He later was driven past Cory's fiery crash, not knowing his younger son was involved in it.

"You take the most unimaginable hell that a parent could be told and double that," Warren County Deputy Coroner Dwayne Lawrence said.

Read the full article here.

Letters To Companies/Consumers To Corporate

If you enjoy reading letter people write to companies about their products, and then enjoy reading the responses written back to those writing consumers, then this link is perfect for YOU!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

GAME: Safecracker/Decoder Game -- Feel Like A Cast Member of Alias!

This is the best code breaker type game I've seen online.

You have to figure out what you need to do by keeping an eye on the clues and trying various combinations on a few different levels within the package bomb you're attempting to diffuse.

You only have 15 minutes to break all of the codes, and I was able to do it the first time!

Can you break the code?

PR Student Blogs About Green Bay Packers Being Fed-up with Cell Phones Ringing During Press Conferences

"This is an interesting example of a major cell phone-induced interruption: a Green Bay Packer’s press conference was canceled when someone’s cell phone rang in the middle of questioning. To further emphasize their point, after the culprit didn’t identify himself by a set deadline, the scheduled press conference with quarterback Brett Favre was canceled, as well."

Read the full Packers event post.

Do you think the Packers reacted the correct way?

My take? Sure, they have a right to cancel the press conference, but, they should've accepted that a mistake happened -- because mistakes happen. And, they probably should've put their relationship with the media above a knee-jerk reaction to call off the event simply because this little thing happened.

Priorities, priorities. Often we lose our priorities because of momentary frustrations. I've done it myself. We all have at one time or another.

Narnia & C.S. Lewis Resources Available at!

Check out the oodles of articles and interviews about the movie, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and also about C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia Book Series.

10 Key Principles Google Uses To Make Their Employees More Effective

One way to strengthen you company or your department is to look at what some of the top companies do when leading and motivating their employees toward effectiveness.

Case in point, Google.

Who Is Lying About Iraq?

This commentary, from Commentary Magazine, by Norman Podhoretz offers a view to consider. It's a long read, but well worth the investment if you're looking for food for thought regarding Iraq, and the "American" response.

I like that he makes citations for what he states. Too few people do that when they share their thoughts out in irresponsible commentaries (IMHO).

We Have A "New Word of the Year" ... What Is It?

The new word of the year, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, is ...


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Coke To Launch Coffee-infused "Coke Blak"

I'd really have to taste this before making a final judgment, BUT...I'm currently leaning toward this being a flop.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co., the world's No. 1 soft drink company, on Wednesday said it will launch a coffee-infused soft drink called Coca-Cola Blak in various markets around the world in 2006.

Read the rest of this Coke Blak story.

Napoleon Dynamite Flippin Sweet Dance Mat

This Napoleon Dynamite dance mat teaches you to have the same "Flippin' Sweet" moves that were able to help Pedro win the election and Napoleon win over the hearts of the entire student body.

This mat comes with the same CD, featuring Jamiroquai, that Napoleon was dancing to. The mat has foot prints that you can follow to learn 5 of Napoleon's dance steps. This mat will give you dancing skills. (And, girls love guys with skills.)

Flippin' Sweet!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

HEADLINE OF THE DAY: "Woman Allegedly Hires Hit Man for Cheese"

What?? A woman hired a hitman and paid him with CHEESE???

In an unusual case of mistaken identity, a woman who thought a block of white cheese was cocaine is charged with trying to hire a hit man to rob and kill four men. The woman also was mistaken about the hit man. He turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Jessica Sandy Booth, 18, was arrested over the weekend and remains in jail with bond set at $1 million on four charges of attempted murder and four counts of soliciting a murder.

Read the full cheesy story here.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Narnia Supertrailer - 9 Minutes Long (Warning: Spoiler Scenes!)

WARNING: Spoiler Alert!

There is a nine-minute long Narnia trailer available online. So, if you cannot wait for the film to come out, view this trailer.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Okay, Okay, I'm Playing Catch-up Today...Many, Many GREAT, IMPORTANT & FUN Links!

This might be a little overwhelming, but I hope you enjoy all of these great links!

Custom M&M's As A Christmas Gift Idea - An interesting gift idea they're never expect. Print an inside joke or a special message on their favorite candy.

Bumper Ball - Hop in a bumper car, and play this soccer/hockey type game.
Stick Shooter - Impressive shooter game where you're a stick figure taking out stick figure "bad guys." The artistry of this game alone is worth the click to check this out.
Gyro Runner - This is a game where your stick figure does its best to balance on top of a giant ball with your help.

STUDY: Caffeine Perks Up Brain's Memory Centers - Obvious? Whose money was used to figure out that caffeine wakes us up? Hopefully not my tax money!
Oops, Those Hurricanes Weren't Because of Global Warming - Well, it was a thought, but the hurricanes weren't President Bush's fault, or because of global warming.
Mr. T & Me - Yes, yet another Mr. T sighting here in my blog. Enjoy!
Shameless Restaurants - Check for bad restaurant reviews in your city here at this informative website.
Wal-Mart Parodies - Funny parody videos, but, there are always two sides to every story.
Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes - Still, the classic problem persists...5,000 channels and you can't find anything good to watch! The best part of this story is this image of his satellite dishes, so make sure to click on that image to the right side of the page.
Mom Makes Teen Stand on Street With Sign - Creative punishments tend to work.
100 Best Communities for Young People - This is a great resource for young families looking for the best communities in the U.S. to raise their children.
Where's Hillary on Iraq? - Your guess is as good as mine!
President Bush Called To Jury Duty In Crawford, TX - He'll probably be excused because he's a little busy. I mean, if people can get out of jury duty for lesser reasons than running the country and fighting a war on terrorism, then I think George should be released from duty. Just my opinion.