Thursday, June 21, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

Tourists who flocked to Chile this week, anticipating a charming and scenic view of a massive glacial lake were probably really disappointed and let down by “nature” when it was discovered that the lake itself had completely disappeared. No one knows why and, because it’s in their nature, scientists want to know why. My guess is that the lake just up and quit. It always wanted write a novel anyway so with the money it had saved up, it just took a little trip to the country and is now sitting in front of a typewriter staring blankly. [source]

As laid back, calm and emotionally balanced as the Chinese government is well known for being, they still just had to put an insistently controlling foot down when it came to police uniforms. The People’s Police are not allowed to wear decorative clothing or nailpolish at all. When I read that all I could think of was that it was a rule set up because of that one naughty police officer man who wears peacock blue nailpolish. It never occurred to me that it’s actually quite common for women to wear nailpolish. The Chinese government knows that rebellion begins with makeup and hair color. They are wise. [source]

Ok, great. Some imbecile New Zealanders are about to have a kid and they want to seriously name the kid “4real”. With the number 4 in it. So far authorities have said that “no numbers are allowed”. Which is hilarious in itself. There are things allowed when it comes to naming your own son or daughter and things are also NOT allowed. “For most of us, when we try to figure out what our names mean, we have to look it up in a babies book and ... there's no direct link between the meaning and the name," Pat Wheaton, the father told TV One on Wednesday. "With this name, everyone knows what it means." Well, yes, the inherent meaning behind it IS quite clear to everyone; namely, that you’re a god damned half wit who is more than likely going to be a liability to his poor son. [source]

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