Monday, December 19, 2005

Because You Don't Want to Work Anyway

Here are some links for your enjoyment. And by the way, Guitar Hero on hard is officially HARD.

From DQ reader Don Barree, a link to a new option after death (I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for new options after death): mummification. Believe it or not. Here's the link: And don't worry, because your pet can be "forever memorialized" by mummification as well.

That reminds me in a very obtuse way of a brilliant, memorable Ray Bradbury short story titled "Next in Line." A married couple visits Mexico and the wife sees a mass-burial tomb, and her reaction and the subsequent events of the story are tremendously unsettling. It's in the short story collection titled "The October Country," in case you're interested.

Then, from Mitch Youngblood, a link to a city that has made it illegal to die. It's in Biritiba Mirim, Brazil, in case you're wondering, and here's the link:

From DQ reader Marty Devine, an amazing story about a Christmas tree (in reference to the post I made last week about Eli 4.4 wanting to use our Christmas tree "next year"):
My dad one year actually re-planted our Christmas tree, and believe it or not, it worked! To this day, I have no clue how he managed to get a hole dug in the frozen ground in Illinois in January, but he lopped off about six inches of branches off of the tree bottom, then cut off about four inches from the trunk itself, replanted it, and by god that sucker grew! We let it grow through the next two years, then cut it down and used the tree again. However, at that point my dad threw the tree out. Said it was too much work, and that it was easier to just buy a new one. My brother and I were crushed.

Thank you for not telling Eli 4.4 about this.

From DQ reader Michael Kolar, a terrific link to an exhibit by the Library of Congress of color photographs from the early 1940's. They're fantastic. Here's the link:

From Geoff Engelstein, a very funny link to the history of, believe it or not, Flubber. It actually existed as a commercial product in conjunction with the Son of Flubber movie in 1963. It didn't go well. Here's the link:

From Dan Holmes, a link to a bizarre celestial object. Here's an excerpt:
A large object has been found beyond Pluto travelling in an orbit tilted by 47 degrees to most other bodies in the solar system. Astronomers are at a loss to explain why the object's orbit is so off-kilter while being almost circular.

Well, that's just, um,seems wrong. Here's the link:

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