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Friday, December 31, 2010

Downright Terrifying...

I found this artwork by a man named Stephen Gammell. He drew illustrations for a set of scary stories designed for young children. The book was called 'Scary Stories to tell in The Dark'. This book has been the subject of much debate and many people have desperately tried to get it banned. The reason for this is not because of the stories themselves... it is because of Stephen's freaky as hell illustrations. They are rather mentally scarring. Click play on the below video at your own mental risk.


....................................................um..........ok then. Freaky. I mean seriously, the book was intended for very young children. I guess they just needed their mental scarring early. I think I'll dedicate the rest of this post to creepy places.

First we have Aokigahara Forest at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan.You're probably thinking, well that doesn't look creepy at all. It isn't if you take it at face value. But once you know what this place is, you can't look at it the same. It is one of the top locations for suicide in Japan. Since the 1950s, more than 500 people have lost their lives in the forest. They pull out up to 70 bodies a year from this place. It's scattered with signs that beg suicidal people to reconsider and think of their families.Not exactly a place I would recommend for vacations, unless you are not bothered by the fact that over 500 people have taken their lives in the trees around you. If you're not go right ahead.
Next up we have The Sedlec Ossuary, in the town of Sedlec in Czech.Nice looking church isn't it? Well apparently back in the 13th century someone decide it would be a good idea to take soil from 'The Holy Land', meaning of course Jerusalem, and sprinkle it over the graveyard. Well when news got out, everyone began demanding to be buried here. The bones kept piling up until 1870 when the Priests here decided to do some crazy, and EXTREMELY creepy, shit with all the bones lying around.That's right. They decorated the entire place, with F**king Bones!Including, and I kid you not, AN ENTIRE BONE CHANDELIER.
Our third location is La Isla de las Munecas, meaning the island of the dolls, In southern Mexico. It is an Island in the middle of a swamp.Once again not too terrifying on the outside. Except for the fact the the islands former sole resident, he's dead now, believed that there was the spirit of a little girl on the island. He also believed that collecting dolls for her would appease her soul. So for about 50 years he collected dolls and strung them up all over the place, before drowning in a nearby canal. The results of this 50 year obsession are nothing less than horrifying.

The fourth, and final, place I shall talk about is The Glore Psychiatric Museum. Formerly known as the Missouri State Asylum in St. Joseph. I think I'll just start off with one of the creepiest things in it first.That, my friends, is a collage made up of all the stomach contents of a woman who had a compulsive swallowing disorder. The woman died in the surgery, so that begs the question of, WHO made this collage. The rest of the stuff in there is just really creepy.
From cages used to 'contain' patients.
To schizophrenic embroidery.Have an ok day... if I didn't just give you nightmares.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Batman

I'm dedicating this post to The Batman. He is my favorite superhero of all time. Why? Because he has no powers and is awesome at all times. He may be a little angsty, but he more than makes up for it with his badass fighting moves, ballsy chances, chess master plots, and truly threatening moments. If Batman tells you to do something you do it. Also he totally tossed Superman when they first met. Check it.



Yeah I know Superman throws him too, but Batman isn't even phased by it and calmly gets up pulls out a chip of Kryptonite and informs Superman that the Joker has about 20 more pounds of it.

The rest will be really cool fan art and such I found of him.

Stuff that happened today:
1170 – Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

1778 – American Revolutionary War: 3,500 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.

1813 – British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.

1835 – The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1845 – According with International Boundary delimitation, U.S.A annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. For others, the Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is admitted as the 28th U.S. state.

1851 – The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.

1860 – The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

1939 – First flight of the Consolidated B-24.

1940 – World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.

1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.

1959 – Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.

1965 – Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England.

1997 – Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

1998 – Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.

2003 – The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.

Have an ok day.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mein Gott

That's a coconut crab. It's the world's largest species of crab. Scary no? I figured out I can take videos with my digital camera I got for Christmas. I can only take like four minute videos though. Another thing I got for Christmas was the Hetalia DVD's. The English dub is funny, but I think I'll always prefer the original Japanese. Most of the character's voices in the Dub were alright. Spain's and England's, I'll actually say, were improved, but four Character's voices were a letdown. First were Russia and Canada's voices. They kind of lost Russia's original cuteness, and they made Canada's voice sort of... raspy? I guess? Austria was the next letdown. They made his voice really annoyingly nasal in the English dub. The biggest Letdown however was Prussia's voice. I can't really describe it just... have a comparison.

Original Japanese... skip to 3:26



Yeah he just jumped out of a bush... because he was stalking Austria solely for the purpose of calling him out on showing off. He seriously just stalks people as a hobby. Besides that here his voice sounds like he is a totally egocentric character, which he is. The voice suits him very well. And in the English version... well.



...undefinable accent he almost sounds French. Yeah I think they kind of killed it. Oh well. Have an ok day.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Brain Ache

Well Christmas happened and it was fun. Got some awesome presents and such. Today I've decided to dedicate this post to stuff that makes my head hurt. First a picture that is confusing.

It reads "this is not a pipe." And it isn't. Really it's not. Now for some really head hurting questions.

If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

If the sky is the limit, then what is space?

Why is it when we ask for the check in a restaurant they bring us a bill?

If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?

How important does a person have to be before he is considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up about every two hours?

If you drink Pepsi at work in the Coke factory, will they fire you?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom do they call?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

When your photo is taken for your driver's license, why do they tell you to smile? If you are stopped by the police and asked for your license, are you going to be smiling?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

What do you call male ballerinas?

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called "rush hour"?

Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there’s billions of stars in the universe, you believe them. But if they tell you there’s wet paint somewhere you have to touch it?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

If a crocodile steals a child and promises its return if the father can correctly guess what the crocodile will do, how should the crocodile respond in the case that the father guesses that the child will not be returned?

Now for some confusing theories and paradoxes.

(1) All ravens are black.
(2) Everything that is not black is not a raven.
(3) Nevermore, my pet raven, is black.
(4) This green (and thus not black) thing is an apple (and thus not a raven).
By the same reasoning, this statement is evidence that (2) everything that is not black is
not a raven. But since (as above) this statement is logically equivalent to (1) all ravens
are black, it follows that the sight of a green apple offers evidence that all ravens
are black.In the above example the existence of a green apple adds evidence to the
statement that 'all ravens are black'. However, had we started with the initial statement
that 'all ravens are white' (perhaps having found a rare albino raven) the existence of
green apples would equally support this statement. So yeah, every time you see a green apple it proves all ravens are black -.-

If there is an exception to every rule, then every rule must have at least one exception;
the exception to this one being that it has no exception." "There's always an exception
to the rule, except to the exception of the rule — which is, in of itself, an accepted
exception of the rule.

It is opposite day today.

Practice moderation in all things. Including moderation.

I know that I know nothing at all.

For almost everyone, their friends have more friends than they do.

You are given two indistinguishable envelopes and you are told one contains twice as much money as the other. You may open one envelope, examine its contents, and then, without opening the other, choose which envelope to take.

Why is the night sky black if there is an infinity of stars?

You travel back in time and kill your grandfather before he conceives one of your parents, which precludes your own conception and, therefore, you couldn't go back in time and kill your grandfather.

If all truths are knowable, then all truths must in fact be known.

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.

If someone says "I always lie", are they telling the truth? Or are they lying?

The sentence following this one is true. The sentence preceding this one is false.
Which one is true?

What is better than eternal bliss? Nothing. But a slice of bread is better than nothing. So a slice of bread is better than eternal bliss.

Nobody goes to that restaurant; it's too crowded.

Don't go near the water 'til you have learned how to swim.

Can a man drown in the fountain of eternal life?

Your mission is not to accept the mission. Do you accept?

Also 2=1. How? Just take this example.

Let x = 1. Then x² = x. So x² - 1 = x -1. Dividing both sides by x -1, we conclude that x + 1 = 1; that is, since x = 1, 2 = 1.

I just broke math...YAY!

One final note, I want to point out the paradox/plot hole in the Terminator series. I got this from Cracked.com and it says it more perfectly than I ever could.

In the mysterious and distant future--1997, to be exact--Skynet, a highly-advanced
artificial intelligence, is introduced to the world. Humans decide to hand over all
military control to this system because in the Terminator universe the people have not
seen The Terminator.
Decades later, the humans are at war with the robots and a brave warrior named John Connor
takes charge and turns the tide. The machines strike back by sending the Governor of
California back to the 80s to kill Connor's mom before he's born. The humans send Michael
Biehn back to protect her.As it turns out, when Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton sleep
together, they conceive John Connor. And, as we learn in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when
the Terminator is destroyed in the first film, the microchip in its skull survives,
falls into the hands of computer company Cyberdyne Systems, and allows for the creation
of Skynet in the first place.

Therefore, the only reason either John Connor or the machines exist is because the
Terminator went back in time, and the only reason the Terminator went back in time
is because the machines and John Connor exist. Get it?
Oh, and John Connor and our heroes spend the last act of the second movie trying to
prevent said war, meaning John Connor is trying to prevent his own existence, by
eliminating the reason for his dad to travel back in time to conceive him. And, if
he does prevent his own existence, well, he certainly won't be around to prevent the
war thus prevent his existence and...yeah.

Have an ok day.

Friday, December 24, 2010

So Close

To Christmas that is. I can't really think of anything else to post... so you should all listen to this awesome Our Lady Peace song.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hetalia Look-alikes

It's really quite scary who I have found. I found real life Turkey and France from Hetalia. Turkey's look-alike is actually a Turkish model named Berkay Yurdem, weird name, but quite a coincidence. Here's Turkey...Now here's his real life counter-part. Ear shape, eye color, fuzz on the face, it's all similiar.He even has the same freaking Jawline and eyebrows... how is that possible?
France's look-alike was an American Idol contestant named Casey James. All I could think during this video was, Bad female judges, stop making him live up to his appearance.



Stuff that happened today:

1783 – George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.

1793 – The Battle of Savenay, decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in Revolt in the Vendée during the French Revolution.

1823 – A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.

1893 – The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.

1913 – The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.

1914 – World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.

1937 – First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.

1938 – Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

1941 – World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.

1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

1958 – Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world's highest self-supporting iron tower.

1970 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.

1972 – The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.

1979 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.

1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.

1990 – History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia's population vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

2005– Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.


Have an ok day.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas.

Well it is almost Christmas. Time to insert pessimistic ideals! Guess what?! Suicide rates go up quite a bit around this time. Why? Probably because they keep getting Christmas joy thrown in their face when they're feeling depressed and alone.
I mean it must really suck to be feeling depressed while everyone around you is really happy. You hear so much talk about thinking of those less fortunate than you at this time of year, but... how many times do you actually do it? Also besides that, what good does thinking about them do? It doesn't stop them from killing themselves or freezing to death by thinking about it. It may be nice to pray for them and think all you want, but what you should really do is go out and do stuff. My mother actually went out to help feed the homeless today. She did something. Thinking never solved shit. If you're going to be a selfish ass at least admit that you don't care much about other people, and that's why you're not helping people. Don't sit around thinking about the less fortunate while doing nothing.
Hmmm I once had a friend who was a Mormon. She kept saying we should help people too. Although she believed in multiple levels of heaven. That made me wonder... what's better then heaven? You would get into higher or lower levels based on your good deeds and stuff in life, but all it did was confuse me. What would make a higher level of heaven better then a lower one? Do higher levels get pie? What makes a lower level worse? Do they have to be quiet? It just confuses me.
I recently read this manga that was kind of bittersweet. It was called Hana to Akuma. It was about this demon named Vivi (demons typically are not bad guys in manga) and a human girl named Hana that fall in love. The only problem is that he'll live forever and she is mortal. He actually left her for awhile to let her grow up as a normal human, but she kept waiting for him. When he did come back she still loved him, their reunion was very sweet. So you go through the whole story, and eventually they get married and everything. Then it time skips to the future. You see their children, who have an extended life due to being half-demon. Then it shows you Vivi standing over Hana's grave. It turns out that she eventually did die of old age after living to 90 with Vivi by her side. He looks at her grave and says how he is the happiest person in the world because he got to live by her side. It was so happy yet sad. I cried at the end. It was an amazing love story, and one of the few love stories I could stand reading.

Well I found a new band I liked. It's called Our Lady Peace. The first time I heard this song I got the urge to turn it off, but then it grew on me. I especially like the chorus.



Stuff that happened today:

69 – Emperor Vitellius is captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.

1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.

1809 – The Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1851 – The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.

1864 – Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his "March to the Sea".

1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.

1942 – World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

1944 – World War II: Battle of the Bulge – German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"

1947 – The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.

1956 – Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.

1965 – In the United Kingdom, a 70mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.

1974 – Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.

1989 – Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.

1990 – Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.

2010 – The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama. (Still not totally in the green... The policy remains in place until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that repeal will not harm military readiness, followed by a 60 days waiting period.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fangirl

I watched the lunar eclipse! From its start at 11:30 p.m, through it's totality at 12:40, and finally till the moon returned to normal at 3:01 a.m. It was absolutely beautiful. A lot of people took pictures of. I found that thousands upon thousands of people had been watching it along with me.It was great. Besides that, after I began watching Hetalia this year in February, I learned about fangirls. I suppose I could consider myself one, but some fangirls are scary. The rabid fangirls have become infamous in the anime world. Actually... they're infamous everywhere. Perhaps they wouldn't be so bad if they didn't travel in packs.
Stuff that happened today:

1140 – Conrad III of Germany besieged Weinsberg.

1620 – Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1861 – Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

1872 – Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.

1883 – The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment.

1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.

1941 – World War II: A formal treaty of alliance between Thailand and Japan is signed in the presence of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew.

1967 – Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days after the transplant.

1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity.

1970 – Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon meet in the White House.

1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.

1994 – Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash.

1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

2006 – The title and release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is announced.

Wait what's that noise? OMG Run for your lives! They're he....