While researching another science post, I came across the following image:
The image is from The Harmsworth Monthly Pictorial Magazine, vol. 1 (1898-1899), at the end of the introduction to the magazine by Alfred C. Harmsworth. This seems to be an early version of an LOLcat, popularized by I Can Has Cheezburger! Though I wouldn't exactly call it "laugh out loud", the picture is a captioned image of cats with the caption in the cat's own voice (hence the "we").
I'm wondering if this is the oldest LOLcat found yet -- the oldest one I'm aware of comes from 1905, seven years after the Harmsworth image.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- one finds all sorts of interesting things while wandering through old journals and magazines...
I never believed it when people told me that their cats are trying to kill them. Well, I never believed it until last night. The wife and I were watching television, and I got up to make some popcorn. While I was returning with two small bowls for us, our kitty Sabrina thought that it would be a good time to pounce at my foot!
She didn't actually grab me, but she managed to get her paw under my foot as I was putting it down. To avoid stepping on her, I stumbled forward -- and completely hyperextended my big toe in the process. It is now completely swollen and painful, and I've spent most of Saturday off my feet playing videogames. (Though it is arguable that I would have done that anyway.)
Sabrina has acted remorseful all day, coming up to me and rubbing her head up against me, something she typically doesn't do. I'm not fooled, though; this was a dry run before my eventual elimination. The wife claims that it wasn't intentional, and that she acted alone, but I have my doubts. Would you trust a face like this?
I don't usually like making short posts without adding much substance, but I couldn't let this one go by. DougJ of Balloon Juice wrote yesterday about people's desire to see Dick Cheney actually run for President in 2012. His choice of title for the post is priceless, and I hereby declare that DougJ won the internets yesterday...
My mind, in particular my memory, often works in bizarre ways, especially when it comes to film and television. I've regularly identified movies and television shows that I've never even seen from a split second clip during the flip of a channel. I can think of two striking examples, both curiously involving Stephen King stories. Once, I turned on the television and saw a man lying by the side of the road, critically injured in a hit-and-run accident. A monstrous creature appeared out of the trees and approached him -- and I immediately knew I was watching a story written by Stephen King. An even more impressive instance occurred once when I turned on the TV and saw a man standing outside a small airport at night, looking up at a single-engine aircraft flying above his head. I said to myself, "Hey, they made a movie version of King's The Night Flier" -- and I hadn't previously known such a version existed.
Often, watching a television show, I'll single out a particular actor and immediately identify them as someone I've seen in some other obscure role years before. I may have just beaten myself for weird identifications tonight, though.
Philosopher, political economist, historian, sociologist, humanist, political theorist, and revolutionary Karl Marx joins MSNBC as host of "Karl's Komments," premiering on Monday, April 6. "Karl's Komments" will air weekdays, 6-7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC.
"I am thrilled to have Karl kicking-off our primetime lineup," said Griffin. "He's proven that he can connect with Americans and will be a perfect compliment to Chris, Keith, and Rachel. He's already made his mark on political thought and I'm excited to see what he'll do with the 6 p.m. hour. It hardly matters that he's dead."
"Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." said Karl, who was contacted via séance through Jenny McCarthy, who turns out to be able to channel all sorts of crazy shit. "The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite."
He added, "I'm excited to have this opportunity with MSNBC."
MSNBC has addressed concerns that the appointment of Marx demonstrates a liberal bias by planning regular guest appearances by Vladimir Lenin for counterbalance.
In related news, Glenn Beck had a really rough time on his FOX News show today:
(And, in completely unrelated news, congratulations and sincere well-wishes to Ed Schultz!)
I did my undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, and though I can vouch for the fact that we all took ourselves way too seriously in general, it turns out the kids there now are okay! The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church clan, led by uber-homophobe Phelps, decided to stage a protest at the campus. They were answered by the men of Alpha Delta Phi (h/t Americablog):
While I'm on the subject, Michael Moore's take-down of WBC from his show The Awful Truth is still relevant, and a riot:
Once again the folks at The Onion have demonstrated their satirical genius! They 'report' on an Arkham, MA school board member who is pushing to add the unspeakable, sanity-shattering dark arts to the curriculum:
"Fools!" said West, his clenched fist striking the lectern before him. "We must prepare today's youth for a world whose terrors are etched upon ancient clay tablets recounting the fever-dreams of the other gods—not fill their heads with such trivia as math and English. Our graduates need to know about those who lie beneath the earth, waiting until the stars align so they can return to their rightful place as our masters and wage war against the Elder Things and the shoggoths!"
The article is very entertaining, even for those with only a passing knowledge of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. (h/t Pharyngula)
Well, right-wing pundits were convinced that Iraqis would be so grateful to Bush for liberating their country that they'd construct statues and name streets after him. It's taken some time, but finally a monument related to Bush has shown up in Iraq (via CNN):
For the war-beaten orphans of the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, this big old shoe fits.
A monument to a shoe thrown at former President Bush is unveiled at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.
A huge sculpture of the footwear hurled at President Bush in December during a trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.
Assisted by children at the home, sculptor Laith al-Amiri erected a brown replica of one of the shoes hurled at Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki by journalist Muntadhir al-Zaidi during a press conference in Baghdad.
You know, I've always had great sympathy for the Iraqi people and the suffering they've undergone, but stuff like this really just makes me think they're awesome. It puts them in the same league as the folks who tried to get a wastewater treatment plant named after Bush in San Francisco. That proposition failed at the ballot, but the arguments against it were none too flattering to Bush either.
Incidentally, the shoe-thrower himself, Muntadhir al-Zaidi, is still incarcerated in Iraq. His employer, al-Baghdadia television, keeps a prominently displayed picture of him on their home page.
... at least that's what a pair of electronic road signs warned drivers on Wednesday:
Station KXAN in Austin has the details. Apparently a group of enterprising prankster hackers changed the messages on the road signs to warn of a zombie holocaust ahead. Some samples, taken from the video report:
"Caution! Zombies ahead! The end is near!!!!!"
"Zombies ahead! Run! Nazi zombies! Run!"
The prank counts as a definite act of hacking, because on top of cutting the padlocks protecting the computer interface of the signs, the hackers needed to get past the password protection. (Which, I would guess, involved putting in whatever the factory default is. Who would think of seriously password-protecting a road sign?)
Of course, the Austin Public Works is not amused, and was quick to point out that this is a crime which potentially endangers public safety (the signs are there to warn of traffic issues), not to mention an act of vandalism (cutting padlocks).
Provided it is a one-time prank, I find it pretty amusing. I'll have less sympathy if this becomes a recurring or copycatted event.
For now, though, a little extra unexpected silliness in the world is really appreciated.
Update: Be sure to take the KXAN poll, on a tab on the story's web page: Do you have a zombie escape planned out already?