Category: Pop Culture

After A Week of Nonstop National Heartache, A Post for Joy’s Sake: Fun Animal Videos

I don’t know about you, but as for me, there is only so much death, bombing, murder and mayhem that I can take in a given period for I hit the “tilt” zone. I could not read even one more news story about murder and death today. I watched pet videos instead.

[ I also weed-eated the edge of the yard, trimmed blackberries vines over the fence, pruned cedars, watered the garden, miracle-grow-fed the garden, swept the garage and driveway, re-stacked what’s left of winter wood, shipped two jewelry orders, and now I am making black beans and rice. So I have been a productive little Cherokee. ūüôā ]¬† Enjoy.

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Share the Love, We Need It.

A fabulous collection of photos which has been circulating the internet arrived in my in-box today and I wanted to share them. Spread the love and send them on!

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A Message From Queen Elizabeth II About the American Secession Movement

The American Secession Movement  Has Been Cancelled
A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN
 
To the Citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.¬† (You should look up ‘revocation‘ in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Since your independence has been thus revoked, there is no Union from which to secede, therefore cease and desist filing petitions, as they are useless.
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.  A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
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1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters,¬† and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’¬† Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.¬† (look up ‘vocabulary’).
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2.¬† Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.¬† There is no such thing as U.S. English.¬† We will let Microsoft know on your behalf.¬† The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of¬† ‘-ize.’
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3.  July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
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4.¬† You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists.¬† The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent.¬† Guns should only be used for shooting grouse.¬† If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.
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5.  Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler.  Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
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6.  All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect.  At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables.  Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
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7.  The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon.  Get used to it.
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8.  You will learn to make real chips.  Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps.  Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
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9.¬† The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all.¬† Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of¬† known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager.¬† South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer.¬† They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them.¬† American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
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10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys.¬† Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters.¬† Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed¬† with a cheese grater.
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11. You will cease playing American football.  There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer.  Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
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12. Further, you will stop playing baseball.  It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America.  Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.  You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
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13. You must tell us who killed JFK.¬† It’s been driving us mad.
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14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
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15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
God Save the Queen!
PS:  Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!

The Incredible World of the Super Small: 2012 Best Microscope Photo Winners

Amazing Candid Photos of World Famous People from the 20th Century

We rarely get to see the moments in the lives of famous people when they forgot the camera was looking and just relaxed. Before the days of excessive papparazzi-ism was a time when the photographer tagged along with the famous person, almost like an extended family member. This was especially true of famous musicians. Some of the most incredible photos of famous people were of course, never planned, staged, or arranged in advance. They were caught as life happened, giving the viewer a rare glimpse into the soul of the artist.

Amazing Candid Photos of World Famous People from the 20th Century
Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger, New York , 1969

The Beatles and Mohammad Ali, 1964

Martin Luther King Jr. and Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

Danny DeVito and Christopher Reeve

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee

Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone, 1921

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor

Ian Fleming and Sean Connery

Johnny Cash and Ray Charles

Elvis Presley and Tom Jones

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi

Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Jr.