Today is the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. To this day, there are some people who maintain it never happened, that NASA faked the whole thing.
In August, 2001, a friend sent me a link to a web page that mercilessly lampooned the conspiracy theories surrounding the moon landings. It contained a series of photos and paragraphs. The photos became increasingly ridiculous while the accompanying paragraphs supposedly debunking the photos grew ever more fixated on alleged inconsistencies. The progressively wider contrast between the absurd photos and the paranoid “explanatory” text was almost painfully funny.
Unfortunately, in 2003, some morons defaced the webpage and the site owner never restored it to its original condition. I thought it had been lost forever, but then I stumbled across a copy of the original page, retrieved from the Internet Archive and lovingly restored by Pigeon. So here it is again in all its scathing glory! :)
The link above is to one of my favourite jokes, and is dedicated to anyone reading this in the US on Independence Day. :)
It relies on the widely-held perception on this side of the pond that many Americans have difficulty appreciating irony. Surely not! ;)
Originally published in May, 2001, on the defunct UK-based satirical herdofsheep.com. Fortunately, the website was preserved for posterity by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil today. Over the next month, 32 teams will play 64 matches in 12 cities including Rio de Janeiro, home of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.
And I’m using this great occasion as an excuse to post an infamous photo of a kitsch statue of Jesus playing football. :D
Bertie Ahern stepped down as Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) 6 years ago today. He was in office for an historic 3 consecutive terms and enjoyed consistently high popularity ratings throughout his 11 years in power.
However, he also had a reputation for using Bertiespeak, memorable malapropisms, and making controversial off-the-cuff remarks.
Below are some of Bertie’s more famous (and infamous!) quotes.
Happy Cinco de Mayo to all my Mexican-American readers!
To mark the occasion, here’s a spoof commercial that first appeared on newsgroups in January, 2006. The ad promotes an effective new treatment for anyone suffering from feelings of inadequacy or shyness… although there can be severe side-effects.
The name of this new wonder-drug? Tequila! ;)
Happy Easter! :)
Here’s a classic “three blondes” joke about the true meaning of Easter for your delectation.
It dates from March, 1998, and is all over the web. A Google search unearthed thousands of results. So why not link to one of them instead of reposting it here? Well, I couldn’t track down the original source and besides, it’s so funny, I felt it was too good to… pass over. ;)
The first Dilbert comic strip by Scott Adams was published on this day 25 years ago. Today, Dilbert appears online, in 2000 newspapers in 70 countries, and in 25 languages. o_O
As a tribute to the geek with the curly tie, I’ve put together a small sample of links that will hopefully give you a flavour of the uniquely “Dilbertesque” sense of humour.