Archives: 2011 February

Archive for February, 2011

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: Hamburger

Mama Mia!

A whole generation of youth grew up on Nintendo (and less so, Sega) and seem determined to pay homage for the rest of their lives. Take this whippersnapper I ran into in Chicago:

It’s a relationship that we’ll likely never see repeated again. Having a tattoo of that sleazy drug dealer from GTA III Miami Vice just isn’t the same. The confluence of adventure, graphics, colors, characters, and music made those halcyon early days of Nintendo a once in a lifetime experience. And the World Wide Web will forever teem with tribute:

Opossum Oscars

I loved Paul the Octopus and followed his predictions closely during the 2010 World Cup. The startling accuracy of his prophecies inspired the pride of his countrymen at times and the ire of his hungrier compatriots at others. Of course, I was deeply saddened when he passed away last October.

Since that time Paul has been immortalized by his fans and made the subject of much discussion. I, for one, like to think he lives on in spirit. And perhaps a bit of Paul’s prophetic perspicacity continues in Germany’s newest oracle, Heidi the Cross-Eyed Possum.

Heidi has garnered a lot of attention in the wake of Paul’s passing and recently she’s made some waves with her Oscar predictions. Pawing her picks for the year’s biggest entertainment awards, Heidi has given her nod to several nominees, including Natalie Portman for Best Actress and Colin Firth for Best Actor.

Hope you still have time to get in your office Oscar pool.

Don’t Heater Hate, Appreciate!

People love to hate the Heat. I guess they made it easy when they decided they wanted to win? Tonight, lacking love for Miami was like having beef with the Harlem Globetrotters. Here’s what you may have missed:

Now, if only he could do that while soaring over a sedan…

Protest Pizza? NEVER! Pizza Protest? Sign Me Up!

It’s hard to get everyone behind unions. Harder still to unite factions to overthrow a impossibly powerful regime. One thing we can all get behind is pizza.

As reported by the entire international press corps and its uncle, Ian’s Pizza in Madison, Wisc. has been receiving orders from around the world. Is the pizza that good? Maybe. But the deluge of calls has mostly been a show of support for the very hungry and very cold pro-union protestors outside the State Capitol building.

There are some disputes as to who placed the first order, but Ian’s says it was a concerned mother (obvz!) who responded to a call from her daughter with a $200 order of pie. Since then there have been more than 500 orders placed from more states than you can count on your fingers and toes and countries like Canada (friendly neighbours), Egypt (simpatico), Turkey (pizza?), and Germany (vested interest) among others. Need to feed an angry mob of protestors in the 21st century? Pizza cake!

Ian’s phone lines became so tied up with donations on Saturday night that they actually had to shut down. They’ve taken to redirecting traffic to their Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to free up phone time for the average joe to get a slice. When asked for comment, the Madison area’s Average Joe said he didn’t mind the wait.

Goodosphere Tells A Joke: The Queen’s English, The Queen’s Tree

What better way to observe George Washington’s birthday than with a friendly jab at our friends across the pond?

Get your Presidents’ Day on, America!

Good Quotations: A Not So Silly Goose

“I never thought I’d be 65 years old and in love with a goose.”

– Dominic Ehrler, an Angeleno who found an unpredictable source of companionship in retirement.

Ken Jennings Shows Us What A Computer Can’t Do

Namely, throw in a good Simpsons reference. Go Ken, show that computer we humans can still make with the funny even while desperately losing a battle of wits!

The Harry Baals Government Center


Thanks, Pollie.

Thai Kissing

What’s the longest you’ve ever held a kiss? Not an amorous afternoon of kissing a la France nor any sort of torturous hickey-giving, but a model lip-on-lip face-to-face kiss–what’s the longest you’ve ever held one of those?

I’m guessing your answer is somewhere under 46 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds; however that would be the response of at least two people in this system: Laksana Tiranarat and her main man/husband Ekkacha.


Apichart Weerawong / AP

Along with 13 other couples, the Tiranarats took part in a “Kissathon” competition in Pattaya, Thailand yesterday to raise awareness for “the power of love” and for a chance at a handsom cash reward.

According to the Beeb, “Couples were allowed to eat, drink and use the ‘lavatory,’ provided they did not break their embrace.” Couples who couldn’t kiss sleeping and sitting goodbye were eventually dealt the kiss of death.