Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

Residents of Stephensville, Texas are all frantic today because last night a whole heap of them reportedly saw a UFO. UFOs are actually smart because they can show up whenever and swan about like a drag queen running down the street but they always choose to do it in places where the collective IQ remains in single digits. No UFO has ever been seen over Manhattan. "People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said a local pilot and freight company owner. Of course, just to scrape this news story from the bottom of the barrel of madness, the reporter writing it made sure to list the occupations of those who saw the UFO too. The group apparently included a pilot, county constable and business owners. Ok, now it’s reasonable. [source]

French car-maker Citroen has apologized to China for running a full-page advertisement in several Spanish newspapers featuring a poster of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong pulling a wry face at a sporty hatch-back and perhaps they got in just in time. China is under a lot of stress right now to whip Beijing into shape and to get their people to behave. In many ways, China is, as I’ve written before, a time bomb diva of a country with a delicate ego. IT’s ready to explode with all the new anxious rules and banning of duck. Apologising was a wise move because who knows how China will act out if it bursts a blood vessel. It would be cardboard everywhere. [source]

Stanford University has just released the results of a study that has proven that people like wine better if it costs more and that the taste really has nothing to do with it. They found this out by measuring brain activity. It makes sense too. Wine is, after all, fermented grape juice. When you get down to it, it’s almost like yogurt in the sense that its bacteria and fermentation and weirdness and then we eat it. So, sure, why not? Plus, if you’re paying a whole heap more it makes you feel less like a cheap crap drunk assed failure. Drinking alone? Oh, it’s ok…I paid 65 dollars for this bottle of wine. [source]

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