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You don’t want to be a writer.

No, no, I know. You think it’s all kittens and rainbows. It’s one big wordgasm, an ejaculation of unbridled creativity. It’s nougat-filled. It’s pillows, marshmallows, parades. It’s a unicorn in a jaunty hat.

via No, Seriously, I’m Not Fucking Around, You Really Don’t Want To Be A Writer.

The night of 18 June 1815 was one to remember. After 23 years of war in Europe, Napoleon faced the combined might of England, Holland and Prussia at Waterloo. By 10 pm, the battle was over. The French were defeated and 50,000 men lay dead or wounded on the battlefield. The casualties were high but for one group of people that was reason to celebrate. They were the dentists who were about to benefit from the great tooth bonanza.

Via A Web of English History

Mix reality TV and Japanese game shows and throw in the plot of The Truman Show, and you’ve got this (truly!) unbelievable true story.

MADE IN JAPAN

In January 1998, a struggling 23-year-old stand-up comedian known only by his stage name Nasubi (Eggplant) heard about an audition for a mysterious “show-business related job” and decided to try out for it.

Via Neatorama and Miss Cellania

Andy Ellison posts MRI scans of vegetables on his site Inside Insides. This is a much cooler idea than can be conveyed without seeing it for yourself.

via Everlasting Blort (Thanks again to Miss Cellania)

Random Married To The Sea Comic (06/18/09):

dear william

Cephalopoda from History

BibliOdyssey: The Cephalopoda.

In 1898, the steamship Valdivia left Hamburg for a nine month scientific voyage to the Atlantic, Indian and Great Southern oceans [map]. Known as the German Deep-Sea Expedition, the mission was led by Leipzig University Professor of Zoology, Carl Chun and investigated chemical, zoological and physical characteristics encountered in the oceans during the voyage.

In 1975, the Israel Program for Scientific Translations (in association with the Smithsonian Institution) arranged for the publication of the Professor Chun cephalopoda volumes in English for the first time.

Polypus levis Hoyle (male) - Port Gazelle, Keguelen

Follow the link for more stunning pictures of cephalopods.

I Heart the Internets!

OK.  Why has no one told be about this? 

There I was, looking for a slow cooker (crock pot) recipe for Boston Baked Beans, and the first page I looked at talked about the Great Molasses Flood that swept through part of Boston, Massachusetts on January 15, 1919.

Well, when I had stopped laughing, I thought Oh, surely not.  But yes,  There really was such an event.  And I felt really bad about the laughing, when I realised just what had been involved.

Imagine, there you are, going about your daily business in the Molasses Capital of the Western World (due to slavery and sugar and rum and location) when you hear a boom, then a sound like machine guns firing, then a swoosh and a tide of molasses 15ft high travelling at 35 mph sweeps down the road towards you.  No running from this molasses, no sir!  150 people injured, 21 dead, and uncounted numbers of horses and other animals, glazed to death in a sea of stickiness.

A tank containing an estimated 2.5 million gallons of molasses – and that is one hell of a lot of sweet sticky stuff – burst.  Probably due to the temperature rising quite steeply on that day.  The company blamed Italian anarchists, and claimed the tank had been blown up.  Sabotage!  But they lied (now there's a surprise!) and were fined $1,000,00 for lack of care. 

It took weeks months to clear up. 

And I only found out because I wanted to make some nice Beans.  The internets is, indeed, a truly wondrous place.

Here is the Snopes page about it.

The map shows the area of the disaster.

Now, if only I could find a place to download Intruder by Peter Gabriel, my life would be – not complete, but happier!

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