Category Archives: Strange World


Mencken on Trump

The Trumps and Synchronicity

Frederick Trump

(born Friedrich Trumpf; 14 March 1869 – 30 May 1918)

Ran away from Bavaria to avoid conscription. (They didn’t have bone spurs back then.)

Made his fortune in Alaska owning brothels.

Died in 1918 of Spanish Flu in the pandemic – – –

Donald J Trump

Developed bonespurs to avoid conscription.

Made (and lost) several fortunes running hotels of ill-repute in New York.

We are now in a COVID-19 pandemic

I wonder if synchronicity will continue – – –


Stopping To Think About It.

I think most people honest-to-Gawd believe the Papist date “is” the “real” date because they never stop to think about it.

I suspect, also, that most people do and say most of the things they do and say for exactly the same reason: they never stop to think about it.

I know this sounds brutally cynical, but at least it explains the religious and political behaviors of our species, which otherwise seem totally beyond rational comprehension.


The Timberlake Disease

Justin Timberlake, for those who don’t know, was an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He came to fame as the lead singer of pop boy band ‘N Sync and has won four Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy Award.

He has since moved into the rarefied air of Celebratoryhood where he simply has to walk down the street to add to his fame.justin-timberlake

With all that success, there are rumours that his life may tragically be shortened by an unusual disease!

Back in 2005, Timberlake discovered that he was suffering from a throat condition. What his medical team referred to as “nodules” were subsequently removed from his throat.

But rumours have abounded that they were not the normal “nodules” we expect to find on the larynx?

Some people with inside knowledge claim they were cellulosiverous Isoptera?

Doctors have revealed that there is no need for general panic as this disease appears to be genetically confined to the Timberlake family and is, in general, unlikely to affect the majority of the population.

Isoptera would, in the long term, totally infest the Timberlake body and all his internal cellulose would be consumed by these small, white, parasitic little critters.

He could be eaten to death by termites!

To Understand Recursion

You must first understand recursion!


Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership

Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo’s composition

In a bizarre ruling, an English court has ruled that in favor of a commercial poster company that argued that a photo that showed a similar (but different) scene taken by a different person in a different place nevertheless infringed the copyright of a poster. What the judge ruled was that photographing a scene that is “substantially similar” to a scene someone else has already photographed infringes the first shooter’s copyright.

Read more of this insanity here at Boing Boing. I’m off to check  whether I can get a case going against all those other photographers who have stolen my composition idea of clouds near the horizon at sunset!

Beware of the Chandelier!

An Australian Federal Government employee is suing for compensation after being injured while having sex on a work trip.

The woman, who cannot be named, was injured when a glass light fitting came away from the wall above a bed in 2007. The Federal Court in Sydney has heard she suffered facial injuries after the light hit her.

It heard she was staying in a country town to go to a work meeting the next day. Leo Grey, representing the woman, told the court there was no suggestion she had engaged in any misconduct. Mr Grey said her injury occurred during “an ordinary incident of life commonly undertaken in a motel room at night“.

She applied for compensation from Comcare, the Federal Government workplace safety body, but it found the sexual activity was not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay like showering, sleeping or eating.

Mr Grey said she had been injured while engaging in “lawful sexual activity, noting there had not been any rule that employees should not have anyone else in their room without express permission of their department”. “This is not the 1920s, after all,” he said.

Andrew Berger, for Comcare, said people needed to eat, sleep and attend to their personal hygiene but “you don’t need to have sex”.

The appeal is continuing.

Burgled from ABC News Online

Strange looking thing – Answer

It is the chart for a large (and quite accurate) sundial near Cottesloe Beach in Perth.

The wavy lines are how the time is estimated. The longitudinal straight lines enclose the months (January is next to the numerals) and the wavy line is where you tell the time for whatever month you are in. In this case, this morning was 16th of April so I looked at the shadow half way between the third and fourth month line and picked the time as near enough to 7:47am.

All Hail Eris

Growing into an early adulthood in the 1970’s I naturally became involved in  conspiracy theories.

It was cool to see the hidden hands of the United States in all sorts of events. From the obvious falsities of the assassination of John F Kennedy to LSD experimentation on civilians. That Grassy Knoll was never explained.

The attempted genomicide on the plant species Cannabis sativa was also a conspiracy between US Government and US industry barons.

Then I discovered the conspiracy theorist’s bible; “The Illuminatus! Trilogy” by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

The real source of all conspiracies. The original and the oldest of all conspiracies. In fact it is not a true conspiracy if the Illuminati are not behind it.

Just as a sidelight, did you know that with a tale with multiple time lines, it is necessary to have four copies to cut and paste it back into a single time line! What? Of course I didn’t! A person would have to be a complete nut case to do something like that!

Anyways, back to the point of this tale, playing vinyl tracks backwards showed the Satanist conspiracy in Rock and Roll. I always believed that the Illuminati were behind this one as well.

Proof has arrived.

Type illuminati in reverse into your browser and then add the dotcom to complete the URL.

A Time Traveller?

Man’s Best Friend

A New Zealand man has good reason to question whether his dog is truly his best friend after his family pet shot him in the backside in a potentially fatal accident.

The 40-year-old man was sitting in the back seat of his car when the dog stepped on the trigger of a loaded .22 rifle and shot him, police told the Northern Advocate newspaper on Wednesday.

The wounded man was with a group of friends who had just finished killing and butchering a domestic pig, and he thought the rifle had been unloaded.

He was rushed by helicopter to a nearby hospital in the far northern town of Dargaville where doctors said he underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his left buttock.

Dargaville police constable Ian Anderson said the man was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.

Freezing to Death in a Heatwave

A heat wave has hit Taiwan in recent days, with temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius in Taipei on Tuesday.

A 38-year-old Taiwanese man froze to death as a heatwave swept the island after he walked into a refrigeration room to cool off and apparently suffered hypothermia, police say.

Chen Sung-mou, a worker at a sugar factory on the offshore island of Penghu, was found unconscious inside the room on Sunday and was pronounced dead in hospital, police told AFP.

He had apparently entered the room to seek refuge from the heat.

But it appeared that hypothermia caused him to fall asleep, trapping him inside the room, even though the door was unlocked.

Burgled from abc online news

Act of God?

A six-storey-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The sculpture, nearly 19 metres tall and 12m wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown in a game of football.

It was made of plastic foam and fibreglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

Switzerland Whips Up Giant Tiramisu

Swiss volunteers have whipped up the world’s biggest tiramisu weighing 2.31 tonnes, regaining the record they lost to a group of French bakers last year.

Around 155 volunteers from the Italian community of Porrentruy in western Switzerland spent 14 hours making the enormous dessert at the town’s ice-skating rink, restaurateur Nicola Maurizio said.

Measuring eight centimetres high and 50 square metres in area, the giant dessert was made with 799 kilograms of mascarpone cheese, 6,400 eggs, 350 litres of cream, 189 kilos of sugar, 300 litres of coffee, 35 kilos of cocoa, 66 kilos of liqueur and 64,000 biscuits. “The tiramisu weighs exactly 2.31 tonnes and 80 grams,” Mr Maurizio said.

The record was registered on Saturday by the Guinness Book of Records after hygiene checks, according to Switzerland’s ATS news wire.

The previous record was set by bakers from the French city of Lyon last October with a tiramisu weighing 1,075.9 kilos, beating Porrentruy’s own record of 782 kilos set in 2007.

Octopus Kleptomania

Some things just have to be seen to be believed.

Off the coast of New Zealand an undersea camera is stolen.

Now it has been seen by over a million people in just ten days.