The Truth About Frozen Yogurt
I’ve enjoyed frozen yogurt over the years and I’ve always been a little curious about it, so I decided to conduct an experiment and let some melt.
Dude, it’s not yogurt. It’s like milk or something.
Freshly Ground Black People
Penguin Group Australia, the publishing firm that published a cookbook called the Pasta Bible, is paying 12,000 pounds to correct an embarrassing typo that appeared in the aforementioned book. A recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for freshly ground black pepper but instead called for “freshly ground black people.” An obvious spell check mistake quickly grew into an unwanted issue so the firm has already destroyed seven thousand copies of the book. Copies of the cookbook already in stores have not and will not be recalled because of the difficulty involved, though the company has offered to replace any purchased books with the typo if the owners so wish.
The Downfall of 420 Hangovers
While April 20 is mainly known for clouds of marijuana smoke, a lesser-known fact about the day is that it was the birthday of the modern world's most evil dictator. As mentioned in yesterday's DayBird, April 20, 1889 was the day German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler began his maniacal career that brought Europe to the brink of destruction and back. Now that you've sobered up, perhaps now is the time to transition from revelry to revelation, and the following works can help shed a little light on the fascinating history of Nazi Germany and World War II.
Downfall, 2004 film
The movie that inspired all those parody videos of Hitler ranting about his Xbox Live account, the proliferation of the parody videos and everything in between (I even made one about the polio vaccine for a biology project) is not only an exceptional vehicle for humor but also a great film itself. Downfall (German title: Der Untergang) covers the last days of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany and is set in the underground bunker that hid Hitler and other Nazi officials as Berlin fell to the Allied forces above. The movie is based on the memoirs of numerous people familiar with the last days of Nazi Germany, including Hitler's personal secretary and Germany's Minister of Armaments and War Production during World War II. It also probably holds the record for most suicides in a feature film, as the latter part of Downfall consists of a string of Nazi officers and soldiers taking their own lives rather than facing the consequences of the Nazi reign of terror. The film, ranked 81 on the IMDb’s Top 250 films (based on user votes) and a Metacritic.com score of 82, “indicating universal acclaim,” offers a dramatic, powerful look at a story not often told.
Pulled Over by a Fire Truck
This morning I got pulled over on the freeway by a fire truck. When the guy got out and walked over to my window I asked him, "Fireman?"
"Cop. We drive fire trucks now." Then, when he asked about my cracked windshield, I explained how I had punched it because I was frustrated with high levels of crime.
Today Was a Crappy Day
The stench of adulthood wafts in when you hate tax day. Instead of reporting $15 in tips from my Sonic job and a 3 Musketeers wrapper, I've got some income to speak of. I mean, I can't have a long conversation about it, but it's enough to make April 15 dreadful. (Admittedly, I’ve got a number of adult-type personal issues plumping my jowls and etching the lines around my eyes, but don’t we all. Pass the white box wine, Hildegard.)
I don’t recommend calling the feds (1-800-829-1040) or the state (505-827-0827) if you don’t have to. The representatives are cranky at this point and spitting the word “ma’am” like nails from a nailgun.
The main post office in Albuquerque is open until midnight. Good luck!
I Hit It With My Axe
Ever wonder what porn performers do in their spare time? Ok, maybe that's something that doesn't really need a ton of contemplation, but I'm willing to bet you wouldn't have guessed high fantasy paper and pencil role playing games, eh? Today I got a chance to check out I Hit It With My Axe, a new series of 5+ minute shows on The Escapist starring a bevy of porn stars (plus a stripper and a hair dresser) rollin' up characters and getting all stabby with the monsters. So far it's been pretty interesting to see the game get off its feet and lumber forward while the noob, Sasha Grey, gets schooled on the ins and outs (no pun intended) of D&D. The best part is that it's no joke. DM and porn artiste Zak Sabbath seems like a deeply committed player, and has the sweet D&D blog to prove it .
Gifts for Fools
Every year at this exact time, nerdy online retailer Think Geek offers the absolute coolest stuff for sale. Too bad none of it’s real. But which items are real and which are fake? The Dharma Initiative alarm clock? The WiiHelm? The iPad arcade cabinet? Canned unicorn meat? Some of this stuff is so damn cool they’ve actually produced it for real (the Star Wars Tauntaun sleeping bag, for example). Argh! Must have Tribbles ’N’ Bits. They stay fuzzy in milk!