Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday Night at the UN

An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Welshman, a Gurkha, a Latvian, a Turk, an Aussie, a German, a Yank, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Russian, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a Swede, a Finn, an Israeli, a Romanian, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Swiss, a Greek, a Singaporean, an Italian, a Norwegian, a Libyan, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Zulu, an Indabele, a Xhosa, an Afrikaner, and an Ethiopian walked into a bar.

The bouncer said, "Sorry, I can't let you in without a Thai."

(From Miss Cellania)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

N'importe Quoi

Great mash-up of two memes: Princess Beatrice Moose hat and The Situation Room

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hitler reacts to Cannes Festival banning of Lars Von Trier

Context: Filmmaker Lars von Trier had been declared "persona non grata" by the Cannes Film Festival after making some unfortunate comments about his understanding of Hitler. Apparently not everyone likes his "joke" ("OK, I'm a Nazi"), especially in France, a country occupied by Nazis during WWII.

Mais la journée n'est pas terminée pour Hitler!! Il a aussi rencontré Dominique Strauss-Kahn, l'ex-patron de la FMI, qui est actuellement en libération conditionnelle à New York, pour une agression sexuelle présumée contre une femme de chambre de son hôtel.

Friday, May 20, 2011

About that Rapture thingie

The world is coming to an end tomorrow.

Or may be not.

Anyway, since I will not be among the saved, and neither will you, I'll see you at Kam Fung Restaurant on Sunday, noonish, for dim sum. The crowd should be much smaller, now that all the righteous ones would have been raptured away. See you on Sunday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stoopid, Part 2

This is a viral video made and uploaded to YouTube by a 14-year old boy living in Ottawa. The backlash has been predictably ferocious: publication of his name, address and other personal info, death threats, the family had to change their phone number, etc.. You know the drill.

I just wanted to add this clip to my list of stoopid people, this one belonging to the category of morons caught spouting racist rants and getting all surprised and devastated when the bomb they set explodes in their face. I know, I know, he's only 14 years old. There was also that 18 year old girl in the States who made a viral video ranting against Orientals ("ching chong", she said to imitate them. Classy, right?). I wonder how many more of shitstorms like this before people - young and old - realize that if you don't want your life to become a living hell, YOU DON'T MAKE A VIDEO OF YOURSELF BEING AN ASSHOLE AND PUBLICIZE IT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW!!


Monday, May 09, 2011


This is one of innumerable examples of human stupidity. In this specific case, the victim is not particularly to blame because he's only 7 years old, and one has to wonder where was his accompanying adult, but I'm sure you've heard of many cases of drunk young males climbing into lions, tigers and bears cages, often on a dare, and getting deservedly mauled.

One has to ask oneself: what is it, in this day and age where news are spread almost instantaneously all over the globe and one can no longer plead ignorance, what is it, I say, that makes some people willfully and blindly make the same mistakes that other people have already made before them with disastrous consequences?

How often did you read about these incidents and slap your forehead, saying to yourself: "What were they thinking?"

- Kids playing and getting shot with parent's loaded guns, left lying around or in unlocked drawers.

- People riding skidoos on frozen lakes and sinking in frozen water after the ice cracked. It happens every spring when the ice begins to melt.

- Caucasian women marrying Iranian, Pakistani, Syrian,etc. husbands, then acting all surprised and devastated when beaten up by husbands, when finding out husbands have many other wives, and/or when their children are taken away from them by husbands.

- Old Vietnamese retirees going back to Vietnam to find a young wife/mistress and acting all surprised and devastated when their sweethearts go from "love you long time" to "no money no honey".

- All these people who still believe in Nigerian letters offering them millions of free money (Nigerian is used here as a generic term to identify all these strangers writing identical tales of family misfortunes and/or deadly sickness in hilariously quaint English).

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Oldies but goodies:

The Sequel

The Situation Room Photo

This is a famous picture showing the Obama Administration key players watching on a screen, in real time, the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

A lot has been said about Mrs Clinton's reaction, her hand covering her mouth apparently indicating her fear and horror. The usual political analysts concluded that Clinton's demonstration of fear/repulsion is due to the fact that she is a woman , while all the manly men in the same room only showed interest and concentration. To ward off any potential accusation of sissyness ("Women are too weak and sensitive to be part of an administration at the highest levels"), Clinton's cabinet promptly issued a denial, explaining that she was actually repressing a sneeze due to spring allergy.

This is all nonsense, of course. Maybe some men also expressed horror but no pictures were taken then, maybe Mrs Clinton was repressing a yawn, not a sneeze, because this happened in the middle of the night, etc.. Who cares, really.

What's more interesting, in my opinion, is the fact that President Obama seems to be cowering in the corner, sitting on a low chair on the side, while a military man is occupying the central executive chair. Obama looked like a child at his parents' dinner party: he just sneaked in the living room, undetected, to listen on the grownups' conversation. His presence is ignored, at best barely tolerated.

I don't know what to make of it, but I remember an episode of the Fox TV show "Lie To Me", where one of the characters, Dr. Gillian Foster, can detect the real leader in a group, by watching the order in which each member enters a room (spoiler: contrary to popular belief, the man who enters first is not the leader). It would be interesting to have the Lie To Me team analyze the picture.

Update: 8th May, evening

(via Salon:

There are two women visible in the photo: Hillary Clinton sitting in front at the table, and Audrey Tomasen, standing in the back (she's a counterterrorism analyst whom the media had never heard of before). A Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper, Der Zeitung, decided to photoshop the two women out of the picture. Apparently, "the religious paper never publishes pictures of women, as they could be considered 'sexually suggestive'."

Here is the doctored shot in Der Zeitung, as captured by the blog Failed Messiah:

Does anybody need more proof that religion makes people stupid?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

It's official: I'm smart!!

Your IQ is 164

Congratulations! You're in the top 0.001% of the population in terms of intelligence, the exclusive 99.999th percentile.

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If it's printed, then it must be true.

Friday, May 06, 2011

21 years of The Two Ronnies

We never get tired of them, do we?

This is only Part 1. You can watch the rest at

And a little bonus:

Monday, May 02, 2011

Derren Brown vs Faith Healers

In case You Missed It

Scenes from The Wedding

The angry little bridesmaid

The antler hat

Who wears it better? Queen Elizabeth II vs Jim Carrey in The Mask
Results of vote: QE: 2% - JC:90% - Undecided: 8%