11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).
22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it's aired.
25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.
15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).
"We all use the word, we all think we live in a world full of it and we probably are it ourselfs a great part of our time. But how do you define stupidity? And can intelligent people also be very stupid? This documentary shows a nice collection of viewpoints to the matter. "
The Super Prank.John Hargrave at Zug.com pulled off a breathtaking prank at the Super Bowl and is currently telling the story of the prank, in installments, at his website. Although strictly speaking the prank didn't have the visual impact he hoped for, it is still amazing from a planning and execution standpoint. Plus, Rob Cockerham from Cockeyed.com was on his IMF team, which gives it more geek cred.
"For our latest prank, we wanted to show how easy it would be to broadcast a secret message not just on national TV, but on TV's biggest event. We hacked the Super Bowl. During the second quarter of the big game, a team of elite, highly-trained pranksters quietly distributed 2,350 packets to the lower east section of Dolphin Stadium. These "Party Packs" were labeled by individual seat and row number, and contained a six-inch light-up necklace. An official-looking brochure explained that by turning on the necklace lights during the halftime show, audience members would spell the word "PRINCE." But they didn't. They spelled a secret message that we broadcast to 93.1 million people."
"You're about to read a real-life heist story. Super Bowl XLI was a Level One national security event, usually reserved for Presidential inaugurations. We had to get two full vanloads of materials through federal marshals, police, police dogs, bomb squads, ATF, robots, and a five-ton state-of-the-art X-ray crane. We spent four months on this prank, which required five people on the inside, one on the outside, and dozens of support staff. "
[UPDATE : 11:20 PM - It would appear that I may have fallen victim to a meta-sub-prank. On the talkbacks at John's site, he reveals that he'll link to any videos of the prank, even if they're crazy. I found this mooninite clip there, but YouTube user http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ILovesTheCamera may have faked it up, or posted it for an accomplice who faked it up. So, until John finishes his story, consider the message a mystery for now...-MJM]
[UPDATE: 02/15/07 9:00pm Hargrave finished the last installment of his story, but DIDN'T REVEAL WHAT THE MESSAGE WAS. I'm pretty cheesed, because now I HAVE TO KNOW what it was. Rob at Cockeyed hasn't revealed it yet, either. I've procured a Hi-Def video of the halftime show and I'm about to start mining it for better imagery. I'll update this post with whatever I can find... I'm getting a lot of traffic from all over the world, which is very exciting. Email me at email@example.com to say hi or help me crack this puzzle. Or, leave a comment below... - MJM]
[UPDATE: 03/09/07 5:35pm WOW I had given up on this weeks ago, but I just got this email:
Figured it out? I can't, but have you seen the"secret" pages? first one:http://www.zug.com/pranks/super/MMMCMXCIX/which when deciphered leadsto:http://www.cockeyed.com/pranks/super/which has a zip file and a riddle. I can't solve theriddle as I don't know what is on page 83 of his book. The zip file contains a photoshop image with 51layers that when deciphered allegedly just say,zug.com. But I can't believe that is it, all thatbuildup just for zug.com? Check that stuff out, whatdo you think? What's the point of the riddle if youcan solve the photoshop with just a macro? - Archibald
This is cool and now I don't think Hargrave is a tool anymore. I suspected that the message was ZUG.COM as that's the only message that would have made sense. Nice job, Archibald (and whomever else found this out.)]
"BLOGUMENTARY playfully explores the many ways blogs are influencing our media, our politics, and our relationships. Personal political writing is the foundation of our democracy, but mass media has reduced us to passive consumers instead of active citizens. Blogs return us to our roots and reengage us in democracy. Shot in candid first-person style by director Chuck Olsen."
The Bugatti Veyron is the world's fastest production car. It is an extraordinary engineering feat, it's sixteen cylinder engine capable of generating over 1000 horsepower. It is capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds. 200 km/h (124 mph) takes 7.3 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) takes a mere 16.7 seconds. No other car is capable of this, but from here the car can actually accelerate 67 more mph, to a frightening top speed of 253 mph!!
In this video, James May, the host of Top Gear, brings the Veyron all the way up to it's top speed. And I wish I could have been a passenger. He is reported to have said that upon decelerating to 70 mph his senses felt like he had stopped, and that he could open the door.
Stephen Colbert icecream! The blog Nofactzone has an amazing scoop about a new Ben & Jerry's flavor called Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream. (hey, scoop, icecream, huh huh) A Whole Foods employee even sent them a picture of the prototype package, and revealed that it will probably hit store shelves in April. Personally I think they should have called it Toothiness Decay.
"Back in November of 2004, a guy named Mike Miksch started a thread at a Transformers message board called The Allspark about insane comic book covers throughout the ages. Initially it was a laugh in at the expense of Lois Lane Comics, but before the responses had gotten past even the first page, Mike had posted a pair of pictures depicting Superman burning a father's day gift from Jimmy and laughing in Lois's face as she begged him to prevent her from being forced to marry Titanman, and inadvertently set the tone for the resulting 30+ pages of responses:
Superman is a dick.
...And from there it spread across a fair number of blogs and other discussion board forums, ... ... it was imitated by I-Mockery .... .... made the front page of Fark.com... ...At more than a quarter million views, that thread beats out the nearest competitor ten times over. Such is the appeal of Superman is a Dick."