Look! It’s a YouTube advertisement for #SouthwestAirlines disguised as a viral video


As a high school lacrosse team was waiting to board a flight to a Summer tournament, one athlete took it upon himself to sneak into the pre-board group for “young passengers”. He thought he had beaten the system, but his coaches saw the whole thing go down. One hastily written speech and a nice bit of cooperation from the crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 592 later, this video was born.



Go forth and manscape no more


From Salon:

Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.

Additionally, I’ve seen cellulitis (soft tissue bacterial infection without abscess) of the scrotum, labia and penis from spread of bacteria from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner’s skin.

In other words, mom jean shorts might be popular with the all the kids, but be on the look out for 70s style, hairy crotch porn.

Yee ha!


In other news, the butter in microwave popcorn might cause alzheimer’s.


Gabby Douglas: let me revise that #ForAmerica statement

In the above graphic featuring the metal-heavy Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas is said to have said, “I give ALL the glory to God.”

The emphasis is on ALL as it’s in a typeface that towers above the rest of the words.

In my mind Gabby is really saying,

Wait, did I say “God”? Shoot. I mean, 10,000+ years of human-dominated evolutionary history that eventually informed civil and women’s right, because otherwise, should the south have won the war, I might be losing at slavery right now. I didn’t mean “God” at all. I give secular humanism thanks. If I were to thank God, that would mean I wouldn’t be able to give interviews as I should keep my mouth shut in public. I should give thanks to winning the ovarian lottery that placed me at a time in history in which all the recognition, endorsements, and accolades were possible. I give all my hours of sweat, tears, practice, injuries, and endurance a big thanks. I give friends and family thanks for supporting me, and protecting me from all things that would prevent me from this accomplishment. In fact, God hasn’t been there for any of this, has he? No. Let’s go with these other thanks.

Graphic seen ignorantly posted on facebook

From the Friendly Atheist: an Interview with a former nun

You can read Hemant Mehta’s full post about Mary Johnson, a nun who worked under Mother Teresa who is now an atheist (here).

It’s a worthy read.

A couple of my favorite parts happen early in the interview. I’ll post it below. Good writing and interviews tend to make me wish I were that person and that I could snatch up their descriptions of their experiences for myself — save the fact she grew up Catholic while I was protestant to the core. 🙂

Mary Johnson’s four stages and her emphasis on endless, insatiable inquiry are the before and after of my own journey. Kudos to her.

Could you describe your religious journey?

I think my religious journey has four stages.

Child Mary: God is my best friend. I play priest in the backyard, saying Mass with Kool-aid and potato chips.

Teenaged Mary: God is my truth. I see Mother Teresa on the cover of TIME magazine and sense God calling me to a life of adventurous service as a nun.

Nun Mary: God speaks through my superiors (or so they say) and I try to obey. Sometimes God feels close, mostly life is full of sacrifice and struggle. I am a naughty nun, but I last for twenty years.

Now Mary: I think my own thoughts, am responsible for my own actions and no longer believe in God. Life is an adventure again.

How would you describe your faith, or lack thereof, now? 

I believe in mystery. I believe that we shouldn’t pretend to know what we don’t and that we should ask a lot of questions. I believe that we’re all connected, that every human action affects each of us, that living well means making the world a better place. I believe honesty is more important than tradition, that fostering the common good brings more happiness than self-aggrandizement does. Life is full of meaning and frustration, joy and fear, love and uncertainty — and I enjoy wading into the midst of it all.

Read on. 

What Stan at TYWKIWDBI is posting


Tina and I have a busy shooting day today, and I am leaning on other blogs to help out today.

TYWKIWDBI is probably one of my favorite blogs right now, as Stan’s interests are either my interests or are quickly becoming ones I admire.

Above is a recent photo he posted from NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day. Click to enlarge.

Below are two posts that I thought you might enjoy. The first one is a must-click.

Bon appétit.



Democrats, democrats, what are they good for?

I cracked up when I saw the above on Facebook recently. It’s a young girl looking like she’s hissing and below it reads, “Democrats, the party of tolerance. Unless you disagree with them, then it’s: ‘Shut the fuck up you lying, racist, hater!”

There is truth in hilarity.

I recently sent a family member a note that said something like, “Every time you post something to facebook that shows you don’t support gay marriage, you send a big fuck you to my family.”

You better believe I wrote it with the above face.

Although, in an effort to disclose transparency, to my face behind closed doors, that same person says how the issue of gay marriage is fast becoming a non-issue in the conservative camp and that most Republicans are now in support of it.

And out of the other side of the mouth, hetero marriage is awesome comes flying to the surface.

In other news, I have been disheartened to see the formula for attacking Paul Ryan is similar to the ones attacking Palin in 2008. Here are two graphics who are essentially only going to be heralded by liberals.

You can tell conservative women that Ryan is a douchey punk who wears t-shirts telling women to shutup in public, but that doesn’t matter. The conservatives I know are going to vote for Romney/Paul anyway. Because the same things that make Paul a demon-faced woman like the one above, is the same information that conservatives love.

It’s bizzarre.

Here are two in question:



USA. The good news or the bad news?


Good news first. It appears, although I watched very little of the Olympics, that we came. We saw. We conquered.

Here’s the final metal tally (found here):

And I have good news on top of good news. It’s always amazing to see how the Olympics brings the world together in ways that only sports can.

The Daily Wh.at writes:

American Jordan Burroughs’ gold medal victory over Iran’s Sadegh Goudarzi in men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling led to this poignant photo, proving the Olympic brings the world together like no other event.

But then there were the results of the Japan vs US women’s soccer game and our unrelentingly ignorant references to history. We did it after the Tsunami and now this?

Here were just a few. Go here for more.