Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

The Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have produced what journalists are describing as the most boring TV show ever in an effort to measure how much power is used by TVs and LCD screens. The article I’m citing here goes on to explain what the TV show was and they said things like “it lacked drama and coherence” but you know what? Not only did I sort of check out in the second paragraph as I read all the details of the Commission doing the project, I didn’t even get to the end of the piece because it in itself was so boring. Way to achieve multiple levels of boredom at once! [source]

China usually wins out with insane rules on a daily basis but every now and then a control freak American, usually a Christian, can act as a dark horse and race in a sweep all the honor of most inane control freakiness away. That’s what happened here. A school principle named Ms Sharts (I mean, can you get any more mean sounding? Or fecal, for that matter…) at Percy Julian Middle School has banned hugs at the school because students were running late due to too many hugs. "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls," Sharts said. Teachers are weird like that. It’s like working in a school acts as a cocoon from reasonable rational thought and they get left to stew in their own insularity. Still, in a time of unprecedented disconnectedness, it’s good that high school principals are keeping everything in check. [source]

Ramming it home that Chris Crocker is last week’s news, another youtube video sensation has popped up and this time it’s from the UK. His name on youtube is charlieissocoollike (no idea what the “like” bit means) He's been interviewed by the BBC, his little film "How to be English" is soon to appear on Oprah, he has hilarious teeth and is genuinely likeable. Crocker is a media whore and kind of isn’t genuinely likable anymore. Goodbye Chris Crocker, hello…English tea.

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