|A lie told often enough becomes the truth|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 03/02/16 3:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
In 1969, American comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre released their second satirical comedy LP entitled "How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All," which famously featured this picture on its cover:
It took 47 years, but now that punchline has finally come full circle.
According to the French news agency AFP, since the February 2014 ouster of the ex-Soviet republic's Russian-backed president, and an April 2015 law banning public displays of communist symbols, large swathes of Ukraine have been erasing remnants of their totalitarian past.
Today it was reported that in Kalyny, a western Ukrainian village of about 5,000 people located just 12 miles from the European Union's eastern border, a street which used to honor Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin has now been officially renamed, ironically, after The Beatles' John Lennon.
While some streets have been renamed by the proposal of local communities, in the case of John Lennon Street, the governor of the region himself ordered the change.
I wonder, does this mean future releases of the Beatles' White Album in the Ukraine will have to be issued without "Back In The USSR?"
(Image thanks to Phil Proctor)
No, the app must be broken!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 02/14/16 5:26 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
Can't give these Beemers away
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/12/16 1:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
This is one of my favorite eBay auction listings so far:
The seller, who's listed as being located in Redwood City, California, explains he's "trying to purchase a house in the Valley of Silicon."
It's a really good thing he listed this auction as Free Shipping. Can you imagine what it would cost to send a license plate with a BMW attached to it through UPS?
Marty! Where's my cell phone?
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 01/08/16 10:10 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]
This artifact, a clay tablet claimed to be dated to the 13th Century, was recently found in the Fuschl am See archaeological dig in Salzburg, Austria:
The artifact is curious for several reasons, first of which is that it so closely resembles a cell phone from 1998:
But the weirdness does not end there, because the symbols on the "buttons" of the "cell phone" are in the Sumerian writing style known as Cuneiform. Finding artifacts with Cuneiform writing on them are common in areas like Iran, but they are rare in Austria. And it's the first artifact ever uncovered that appeared to look like a cell phone.
So, why was this artifact with Cuneiform out of place in Austria? Does the uncovering of this strange artifact prove that people from our time have Time Travelled to the past? Or that ancient aliens visited our world long ago with similar technology?
Nokia could not be reached for comment, but we suspect that the Sumerian cell phone would no longer have active service.
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/23/15 12:16 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]
Oh, wait. There he is.
Whoa, this is heavy!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 10/21/15 4:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
Today is Back to the Future day, the day Marty and Doc Brown went to in the future in the movie Back to the Future II.
Candlestick Park is now Yesterday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 09/24/15 9:30 am] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
The Beatles played their last live concert on August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, the home of the baseball team the San Francisco Giants. About 25,000 fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles' fee was around $90,000.
|The Beatles at Candlestick in 1966|
The Beatles played just 11 songs in that final show. It lasted only 33 minutes.
Damaged in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake, Candlestick Park stood strong. But constant buffeting by strong winds and sometimes bad fog because of its location off the San Francisco Bay caused the teams playing there to eventually want to move on.
|Candlestick Demolition in progress, May 12, 2015|
The Giants played their last game at Candlestick in September of 1999. The San Francisco 49ers played their last game at Candlestick at the end of the 2013 season. The stadium's final performance was put on by Paul McCartney in 2014, a nod to the Beatles' last concert.
Now, 49 years after that historic Beatles show, Candlestick Park is no more. Demolition started earlier this year on February 4, and today, none of the original structure is left standing.
A development with a mall and housing is planned for the site.
The needs of the many
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/27/15 10:45 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. May your memory live long and prosper.
Uplifting random act of kindness
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 08/12/14 2:22 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
I was out for my daily walk just now, which takes me past a major Los Angeles Metro Orange Line bus station, and saw this sitting all by itself on one of the bus benches:
Inside the bag were some canned goods and a few boxes of things like pasta.
On the heels just 24 hours ago of the tragic death of Robin Williams, it feels for me like this beautiful random act of kindness has lifted the black cloud hanging over Hollywood.
Thank you, to whoever did this wonderful thing. I wonder if you'll ever know you helped more than one person today.
A site for sore eyes
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 05/12/14 4:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]
Below is an unretouched image of an actual ad spotted recently out on the nets. (Click on the image to see it in actual context as it was captured from the web site.)
Do you see what I see?
When I first saw this ad for new eye glasses, it immediately struck me that the text at the top of the ad and the image of the glasses is slightly fuzzy and out of focus, unlike the rest of the ad, which is sharp and clear.
This is an ad, presumably, which is being directed at people with less than perfect eyesight. WIth the fuzzy image, are they trying to drum up more business by trying to convince people they need new glasses?
There's gotta be a more honest way of making a buck...