This is fascinating: An Albino Family in India

Living in a one-bedroom flat in Delhi, the The ten members of the Pullan family, headed by Rosetauri, 50, and his wife Mani, 45, are set to land in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest Albino family.

.The couple say they have had a ‘tough life’ and often been treated as outsiders, but mother Mani says despite the family’s setbacks she sees the condition as a ‘gift from God’.

Renu, their 23 year old daughter, married a man who also had albinism, Rosheh, 27, and the couple’s son Dharamraj, 2, also inherited the condition from his parents.

The Pullan children Shankar, 24, Ramkishan, 19, and Vijay, 25 (back row), along with daughters Deepa, 21 (left) and Pooja, 18 (right) all inherited albinismn from their father Rosetauri and mother Mani (center)

Heads of the family: Rosetauri, 50

Mani, the mother, 41

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The Daily Mail – zombies, pork and uggs – The Top 3 Dumbest Articles This Week

I’ve professed my love for the British tabloid the Daily Mail before when they decided that Fatbooth-ing Victoria’s Secret Models was considered Journalism.  So as a special treat and as an ode to my favorite “news” source, I’ve decided to show their three best un-news articles:

1.  “Zombie George Washington:  How a mad scientist planned to reanimate the first president with lamb’s blood after he died” – LINK

I thought they were writing a review for a book of the ever-popular zombie genre, but then they said this:

The tale of zombie George Washington, revealed by the science fiction blog io9, is reminiscent of the best selling book ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ which recast the 16th president as a combat-hardened vampire slayer. Except Washington’s story is true.

Daily Mail:  this is for real

2.  Ugg boots banned at school after students caught hiding cell phones in the fuzzy footwear – LINK

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Jack yourself into Shape! Shake Weights on Groupon

So, Groupon has a monumental deal of selling shake weights (you know those seemingly innapropriate exercise weights) for only $12.  You can purchase one HERE.

This entry is calling for more awkward sexual innuendos than I think I can handle.  I don’t even need to write the jokes. Groupon did it for me.  It describes the shake weight as:

User-powered weight fires like piston, using kinetic energy to cause quick bursts of muscle contraction for short, high-intensity workouts (that’s what she said*)

*That’s what she said joke may or may not have been added to the description by hahabuda

totally normal workout…

You have one week left to buy it, so jump on it.  You don’t want  to come too late only to see that the offer has ended prematurely.  Sigh… Also, HI MOM!

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Jeopardy fans are not happy, may start nerdy riot

Please read Part I of the Jeopardy controversy HERE to get more fully up to date on the craziness that is happening among people who are usually too busy memorizing vice presidents, English royals and no longer circulating currencies (I kid, I kid. I love you guys).

A few days ago, I reported that Jeopardy has decided to close registration early for its online tests to qualify to be on the show.  Usually, you have until two hours before the test starts to register.  This year, they closed it off DAYS early without warning.  Rumor has it that hackers may have been a factor. Really, Jeopardy, just because we Jeopardophiles are smarter than the average bear, doesn’t mean we don’t participate in some good ole fashioned procrastination.

Things got awkward when they were still showing commercials saying you could register, despite the fact that registration was long since closed.

The correct response is “What is a douchey thing to do?”

Now, fans are not happy.  As one fan states on their facebook page:

Closing reg while still saying register on the tv sucks. I’ll be contacting Sony, SEC about false advertising, FCC, and the state Attorney General Department of Consumer Affairs. Hope others do the same.

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BOTOX PARTY!

I found this little gem on the streets of Los Angeles.  BOTOX PARTY!  It’s like a real party but with needles, pain and low self-esteem. WAIT. that kinda sounds like a heroin/crack den. Even snacks and beverages are provided because nothing washes down dissatisfaction with yourself like a cookie and some fruit punch.

 

Weekly Wiki: Chess Boxing

So I’ve decided that every week, I will feature a weird wikipedia page that interests me.  This week, the link is CHESS BOXING.  Yes, you read that right… CHESS BOXING. The definition of it is what you would expect, it’s a hybrid game of chess and boxing.

From wikipedia:

A match consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of boxing and chess. The match begins with a four-minute chess round. This is followed by three minutes of boxing, with rounds of chess and boxing alternating until the end. There is a one minute break between rounds. Speed chess is used, a form in which each player has a total of only twelve minutes for the whole game.

Competitors may win by a knockout, achieving a checkmate, by the judges’ decision, or if their opponent’s twelve minutes of chess time is exceeded

I bet it’s hard to find great players for this, since I would imagine that the two sports seem semi mutually-exclusive.  OKAY OKAY, I know that I’m just following stereotypes for jocks and for nerds, but I just can’t see Bobby Fischer in the ring or Mike Tyson check mating someone.

Has anyone else heard of this before?  Also read the wikipedia page for more info.

Farmville the Movie: Sign Number #2049 that the apocalypse is upon us

Confession: I once played Farmville.   I think my attention for the game lasted one, maybe two days.  I had convinced myself over the years that a game that requires NO skill, NO strategy and (to someone with any semblance of a life) NO allure couldn’t possibly exist.  But stupidity reared its ugly head and formed Zynga’s massively popular Farmville.  I can’t really explain its gameplay because it doesn’t really seem to have any.

ooooh chickens!

So rant aside, here is the news:  talks have been in the work to create a Farmville Movie. Although not officially confirmed, the script would be written by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen who co-wrote Toy Story (but also Cheaper by the Dozen and Garfield).  Come on Hollywood, are you really this out of ideas?

Um... Maybe they are

Word on the street is that Mafia Wars is being transformed into a film as well, which has brought a debate of which (facebook!) game would have a better transition onto the silver screen.  Let me throw my two cents in… it’s gonna be crap either way.  Or I have an idea, merge the two concepts and save the world 90 minutes… MafiaVille – FarmWars (hmmm, that’s my idea Hollywood!)

Source AVCLUB

P.S. Insightful Vanity Fair profile on Zynga games HERE – worth the read

 

 

 

 

The morbidly eccentric Werner Herzog cast as villain in upcoming action movie

Herzog is a miserable, hateful, malevolent, avaricious, money-hungry, nasty, sadistic, treacherous, cowardly creep…he should be thrown alive to the crocodiles! An anaconda should strangle him slowly! A poisonous spider should sting him and paralyze his lungs! The most venomous serpent should bite him and make his brain explode! No — panther claws should rip open his throat — that would be much too good for him! Huge red ants should piss into his lying eyes and gobble up his balls and his guts! He should catch the plague! Syphilis! Yellow fever! Leprosy! It’s no use; the more I wish him the most gruesome deaths, the more he haunts me

                          -Klaus Kinski in Kinski Uncut : The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski (1997)

Before I begin to talk about the more recent news regarding director Werner Herzog, I think it’s important for me to tell you why this German filmmaker should be on your radar. Besides directing films such as Grizzly Man, Fitzcaralldo, Aguire: Wrath of God, he is absolutely fascinating to listen to and

1.  He was shot mid-interview and continued with the interview anyway.  You can find the video proof HERE.

2.  He lost a bet against documentary fillmaker Errol Morris and ate his shoe when he lost the bet.

3.  He and I share a mutual dislike for chickens, describing them as “frightening for me because their stupidity is so flat. You look into the eyes of a chicken and  you lose yourself in a completely flat, frightening stupidity. They are like a great metaphor for me… I kind of love chicken, but they frighten me more than any other animal.”

There is so much more about him (like him reading Where’s Waldo), that I URGE you to look up more information about him.  I guarantee he will become your new favorite person.

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