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Sunday Afternoon at the Confluence Bed & Breakfast: Waiting for Spring edition

The Confluence Bed and Breakfast is open once again.  After digging out from the snow, the winding sidewalk to our front porch is now clear and safe for passage.  It’s been a few weeks and so I’ve cooked up an indulgent array of gustatory offerings.  Rico has outdone himself this afternoon and you’ll find an unending supply of his refreshing Mimosas flowing in the golden punch bowl by the buffet table.  Bloody Marys are also available for those who may be so inclined.  The dining room has been set up with comfy chairs to settle down into while you enjoy today’s Sunday Paper supplements, SoD style.

Oh…and don’t forget your coffee.  Enjoy!

As always, let’s get started with some Funny and Addictive Websites to help you waste some time.  A bit of escapism never hurt anyone.

Funny and Addictive

You gotta see: Babies with Laser Eyes. (via mentalfloss.com)

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File this under, there really *is* a website dedicated to literally every imaginable topic. This one sports a collection of passive-aggressive personal missives:  Passive Aggressive Notes; and this one pays homage to the overuse of quotation marks: Unnecessary Quotes.

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Photoshop FAIL

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This person obviously has a thing for Tom Selleck, sandwiches, and waterfalls,…and way too much free time. Seriously, this may be the oddest website I’ve ever come across. Selleckwaterfallsandwich(via mentalfloss.com)

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So you think you are a geography whiz? Test your skills at this site where you’ll find quizzes on everything from Continents and Oceans to the state and territorial capitals of Australia. My daughter and I blew several hours at this.

Cute Animal Corner

Over at the Daily Squee, you can find cute X 100.

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Fat kitty gets stuck under bomb sniffing machine – a hydraulic lift was needed to free the flabby feline.

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Wild and weird animal species

Amazing Kids

I wonder if this kid gives driver instruction lessons in parallel parking. If not, he should:

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This is great. 5 year old Savannah Hensley’s 9-11 call is a viral hit.

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And speaking of amazing kids, watch this 3 year-old solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 2 minutes. I haven’t been able to solve one in 20 years!

Art in its Many Forms

Art is such a subjective term. Case in point, this guy is “an artist.” What do you think? Check out the art of Rafael Rozendaal.

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All out of crayons and markers? No problem, just whip up some pancakes and you’ll be creating artistic masterpieces in no time. Macaroni art move aside – pancake art is the new craze.

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Sand sculptures that are just neat to look at.

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The Earth displays its own art all over the globe. Webecoist has profiled some of these amazing structures, formations, landscapes, and vistas. 52 Land, Water, Fire, and Sky phenomenon.

Earth art

Water and ice formations

Fire and light

and

Sky and cloud formations

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This incredible photograph is not of a real animal or a painting. Can you guess what it is? The Best Optical Illusion Ever. Follow the links in the story for the answer.

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Stereograms. Try these on for size; and don’t worry. Your mother was just kidding when she said your eyes would freeze in the cross-eyed position.  More Stereograms HERE.

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And yet another unusual yet intriguing art medium: The art of leaf cutting.

Science, Health, Minds, and Bodies

PSYBlog has an interesting article on The origins of Conformity.  One of the factors of influence listed is “Social Approval.”

Hmmm…something is very familiar about this.

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I meant to post something on this a while back but never got around to it. Anyhow, it was National Procrastination week last week. Did you miss it?  If you did, not to worry. At this link you can find everything you need to know now but won’t have time to get to until later, including an instructional video by zeFrank on How to Procrastinate. There is even a blog dedicated to procrastination: Structured Procrastination. Check it out,…later is ok.

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Our sense of what’s fair may have evolutionary roots in our human competition for scarce resources.  Now brain scientists have found the region of our brain where this feeling emanates. Brain’s Fairness Spot Found.  Maybe the pols in DC should take note. We’re apparently wired to object to the shenanigans we’re witnessing.

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While we’re on the topic of evolutionary characteristics, scientists are reporting that men are evolutionarily wired to be attracted to shapely women.

Umkay…no surprises there, but this contradictory report says that men prefer video games to sex. Oh really?

In related news: Men become more accident-prone around beautiful women. Maybe they are too busy trying to multi-task with the Wii.

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More on video games: this one’s for Riverdaughter and her Wii obsession. There may be some connection to video game skill levels and the volume of brain matter we possess. Geeky brain science fanatics may find this of interest.

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Beginning with Pangea and going forward 250 million years into the future, this continental drift animation shows us how the Earth looked 400 million years ago and how they predict it will look in 250 million years (that is if T-Pyxidis doesn’t intervene first.) Apparently Africa will be just over the border from downtown Manhattan.

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From the strings of string theory to the vastness of the universe, here you’ll find an interactive scale of the entire universe. Slide the bar to move through the scale – and don’t miss the giant earthworm! Yikes, it’s just like Tremors!

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Are you dying? Or just stoned? Scientists believe it may be hard to tell: Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations.

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Touchy-feely people may be on to something. The New York Times recently had an article discussing the power of physical contact between humans: Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much.

It may be of interest…and then again, maybe not. 

Miss the snow? Here it is again, accumulating a foot or so in less than 30 seconds. Personally, I prefer watching snow on YouTube as opposed to out of my window.

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The Urbanite asks, “Are we shifting away from our consumer culture?

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I was recently in Denver, yet somehow missed their Gourmet Marijuana Restaurant. Dang.

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From my daughter’s favorite periodical, the Smithsonian: A stone structure pre-dating Stonehenge by about 6000 years has been uncovered by archeologists in Turkey. Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple.

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Wild Mustangs are endangered, albeit lacking the formal classification and protection. They are also beautiful and amazing to see. Photographer Melissa Farlow has captured their incredible essence on film.

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In case you were wondering, there are 7 creative uses for poop. Coffee anyone?  For related bodily function facts there is also The art of passing gas.

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Here is a “Typically Incendiary Blog Post.”

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As the Oscars approach, National Geographic notes that the National Parks have appeared in various films.  How many are you familiar with? National Parks in the Movies Trivia.

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If anyone is interested, the Banana Museum is up for sale for the bargain price of $15,000. Well, at least the bananas are for sale – the real estate is not included.

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I came across this interesting career predictor which uses a color test to identify suggested career paths for you. I took the test and it was actually spot-on. If you take the test, let me know how it turns out.

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A primer on lingo for those who may be moving from the city to the ‘burbs.’ Apparently we have a language all our own out here. For example,

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Can’t get to Stonehenge? No worries. Mental Floss has compiled a list of “Stonehenge Substitutes” for travelers.

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For those who have been accused of inhaling their food, it may be the cause of a flabby fanny. Lingering at the table may help you lose the jiggle.

From the Department of teh Stupid:

Sledder, 62, hurt when improvised rocket blows up.

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And Woman feeding Bear at the Zoo gets fingers bitten off. Doh!  Apparently alcohol was involved.  Let that be a lesson to you kiddies.

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Didja hear the one about the guy who super-glued his cell-phone to his ear? True Story.

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Drug user calls police to file a complaint about the hash he purchased

News Stories you may have missed…some for good reason.

Forget about “why?” I want to know HOW? Man arrested while trying to smuggle 44 geckos in his underwear onto an airplane. You just can’t make this stuff up.

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You know that self-heating lotion they advertise as a way of heating up your love life? Well this article proves just how hot that stuff is: Fatal Fire Caused by Self-Heating Lotion.

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Hello? 9-11? There’s a guy and a human-sized teddy bear perched on top of the billboard I just passed. I think he’s going to jump.

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Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This poor guy was almost embalmed by accident. ‘Corpse’ comes back to life at Colombia funeral home.

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Due to medical misadventure, a man ends up with two left feet. True story. Worst part?  His wife thought it was funny.

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Excuse me sir, but do you have a receipt for that thing?  The title of this story says it all: Man caught pushing washing machine down the street, arrested for burglary.

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At first they thought he was electrocuted while urinating on a live powerline…but it wasn’t the urine that killed him.

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Forget about people talking or texting on their cell phones or applying mascara while driving. We need to do something about those using shavers on their private parts while behind the wheel.

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A personal favorite of mine, Fred Schneider of B-52 fame, has a new band on the side (the B-52s still tour). I can’t decide if his new single with The Superions is the worst song ever, or complete Fred Schneider genius, but I do know that I can’t seem to get enough of: Who Threw That Ham at Me?  He claims it’s a true story.  True story!

Let’s all do the disco garbage can dance!

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The Final Word,

The next time you find yourself down in the dumps thinking life sucks, watch this video and you’ll always know someone is having a worse day.

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Open Thread: President Obama Caught Lip-Synching Speech

From The Onion: