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"This is probably the best thing I ever did in my life" – Jerry Stiller

Water Bearrel

I’m not always a big fan of chain emails. But when they aren’t assailing the President or promising some heavenly reward, they can be downright adorable.

Here’s one I recently received (thanks JM):

“People living in Colorado Springs wondered why their water barrel was almost empty every day. They set up a camera and caught a bear bathing.”

Somewhere, Stephen Colbert is shaking in his boots.

Happy [New] Birthday

If you don’t think we live in a kick ass, it’s a wonderful life, clam bakin’, Kermit The Frog singin’ totally awesome day and age, then check this out:

About four weeks ago our dear friend (we’ll call him Dave) woke up in the hospital. Dave probably had a brief moment where he wondered where he was and what was going on. The whole thing probably happened so fast, Dave must have felt blitzed.


(Photo: Royal Victoria Hospital)

Maybe Dave remembered the special pager going off. Maybe he remembered calling the hospital and hearing that good news had finally arrived. Maybe it dawned on him all at once that he was now living with a new heart. However it happened, our friend Dave woke up the recipient in a successful heart transplant. Okay, now think about that for a minute . . . what must it feel like to have what was just hours ago someone else’s heart beating inside your chest? The idea is totally amazing.

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For Once We’re Paying Too Little Attention to Breasts

Okay, so there’s been a little bit of bad news lately. We’ve got an oil spill, a sinkhole, violence on a flotilla, and just to kick us while we’re down, Al and Tipper call it quits.

You know things must be bad (outside of the Goodosphere) because a pretty amazing story has garnered relatively little media coverage thus far. Here’s the scoop: Researchers believe they may be on to a vaccine for breast cancer!

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute’s study, published in the June issue of Nature Medicine, demonstrates how the vaccine was able to prevent breast cancer from developing in genetically engineered mice. Researchers are quick to add that not all drugs that work in mice go on to prove successful with humans, but the results indicate significant progress in the fight against breast cancer.

Whether it’s still theoretical or FDA-approved, I’m ready to celebrate. We need this. It’s a win for science, a win for progress, and goddamnit it — a win for breasts. These are the kind of breakthroughs the future always promised. So, let’s hear it for science (and let loose a carefree chuckle when we drive past San Onofre).

Happy Birthday… Laser?

This year marks the laser’s 50th Anniversary and fans of the laser are celebrating the innovation that made this nail-biting moment possible:

Lasers, which began as a ‘scientific curiosity’, are now used in medicine, defense, optics, manufacturing, and many other fields. It’s hard to imagine a laserless existence. Ponder, if you will, what Office Space would be without our trusty friend the laser printer. Consider what your cat would do without his laser pointer nemesis. Frightening questions indeed…

We should point out that lasers aren’t just for tormenting pets or blowing up Alderaan; lasers have practical applications too. From DVD players to price guns, lasers are an integral part of every day life.

True laser afficionados should check out LaserFest, a year-long celebration of all things laser. Read more at BusinessWire.com

Good Friday

I’ll be honest with you, do-Gooders: I don’t have much of a post for you today.

You see, right now Sean is probably drinking a Fin Du Monde in the streets of Toronto while sporting a Blue Jays cap, Collin is spinning plates, and Nimesh – I don’t know what Nimesh is doing but I hope it involves NIN or Iron Man 2. So, it falls to me to write a post.

Why does there have to be a post on a late Friday afternoon on a site few people even read that dozens depend on for their daily dose of faith-affirming decency? Because the good don’t stop (don’t let the beat drop).

This post isn’t about nanorobots curing cancer or dogs that sing opera or anything like that (although maybe it should be). It’s just about Friday. Not this Friday. And not this Friday either. Not even this Friday.

Why are Fridays good? Well, I’m surprised you have to ask. For most of the world, it’s the last day of work in a given week. Friday is optimism, anticipation. Friday is promise and hope and an imminent feeling of joy. Friday is just good.

So, that’s it. Friday = good. That’s the big revelation today. Just go out and enjoy it. Or stay in. Or take a nap. Or exert yourself. I don’t care- it’s your Friday after all- that’s the beauty of it. But whatever you do, TGIF from Goodosphere.

Bully for Census (2010 Edition)

Thursday was April 1st, and besides being a day for online ‘destinations‘ to pull silly pranks, it was officially ‘Census Day’ here in the U.S. of A.

My top 5 reasons to fill out your Census form:

5. Iron Clad:
The information you provide on your Census form is private and protected by law. The information you provide on Facebook might not be.

4. Demography:
The Census is a great way to determine how diverse, young, old, colorful, etc. America is.

3. Tim Meadows & Christopher Walken:

2. It’s Easy:
The form consists of 8 or 9 questions. It’s not exactly the SAT.

1. The Benjamins:
When you fill out your Census form, you allocate $2,000 in resources for your community. Over ten years (the time between each Census) that’s $20,000!

Good Egg: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren has got the proverbial back of America. As the head of the Congressional Oversight Panel, lady goes around on the TV speaking nothing but unadulterated truth about the predatory banks and creditors that have taxed the naive out of The Dream. She speaks about it all so plainly and often that people are taking notice. She may just change the status quo if appointed the head of the still-possible-if-the-Dems-can-man-up Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA).

Essentially, a CFPA is a totally requisite arm that would make sure that the average prole doesn’t get hosed when she signs up for a credit card or buys a house. Somehow, this is a contentious issue. Good thing Elizabeth Warren has our backs: “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she told the New York Times. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

God bless Elizabeth Warren and God bless the United States of America.

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Obligatory Pigeon on Public Transportation Post

There’s not much to this one. Rats, raccoons, mice, pigeons, squirrles–it takes a real champion animal to stick around and tolerate urban development. Some even partake in the daily hustle and bustle:

suicide |soo-uh-sahyd| (n) when someone loves you

Hanging out with kids has its perks. Yes, they appreciate flatulence in a way we’re no longer allowed to, but there’s so much more than just that. The more we age, the more we ebb out into the regrettable realm of the known. No alarms. No surprises. Suicide is some awful term that refers to some even worse act. But when you’re a feral moppet devouring every second until your next chance to botch a cartwheel, every term you’ve never heard is synonymous with love.

Proof comes in the form of the choppiest cell phone video that’s ever been worth your time: