Man Arrested for Drunk Driving with ZEBRA and MACAW in his car

I’m just gonna let this story speak for itself… -HAHA

Police in  Ankeny, just outside Des Moines, received a call from a confused and concerned citizen that they had spotted a zebra and a macaw in a parked car outside of a bar.  When the officers arrived on the scene, the car was being driven away by its owner,  55-year-old Jerald Reiter.

A Zebra and Macaw walk into a bar

When pulled over, Reiter described that the zebra and macaw were his pets, and that they frequently enjoyed outings.  Reiter didn’t plan on leaving his pets inside the truck, but that previously, the owners allowed him to bring the zebra and the bird into the bar.  Plans changed, however when the owner would not let the animals in because they were serving food that evening.

He was arrested for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.148, almost twice the legal limit.

Jerald Reiter – owner of zebra and macaw….

And to think, I can’t even get a pet monkey…


Cool Video of the Day: Pacman Frog catches some touch screen bugs

I’ll let this video speak for itself. A frog.  (I think) an iPhone.  and Virtual Bugs.  After the jump see some of my favorite related videos.

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The Five Dumbest Harry Potter Merchandise Items at the Official Online Store

I’m on the low side of the spectrum of Harry Potter fandom.  And I’m saying that when I’ve read all 7 books, seen all the movies and have eaten Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Beans.  Geek fandom just has such high standards!  Of course the studios are going to milk it by making the dumbest movie merchandise that the “hardcore” fan “must have”.  Below you will some of my favorite examples from the Warner Brothers Harry Potter online store.

1.  Harry Potter Authentic Replica Adult Invisibility Cloak –  $354.95 (down from $429.95)

I understand that fans needs their special costumes to wear at conventions, Harry Potter themed parties and while doing laundry.  I get it. But $400 for an invisibility cloak that (surprise) doesn’t make you invisible?

What surprises me more is the amount of people who bought the item and actually expected anything better than something your blind grandma could make.

I did not find this product very fun at all, it is very thick and heavy and well it cost alot of money so i was expecting better quality. As soon as i had a look at it in my own hands i knew the purchase was a mistake, i should have invested in something for my car instead with that kind of money. This product is a waste of money, i got no good comments apart from that it doesnt actually turn you invisible.

A few reviewers said that they were angry that the description doesn’t clarify that the cloak doesn’t make you invisible.  Really?  Why do people like this get $500 to blow on Harry Potter gear. Also I like how the product was not “very fun at all”.  What do you do with this for fun? Run around the house pretending you are invisible and try to sneak up on your cat not so ironically named Hedwig?  SOUNDS LIKE A BALL.

2.  Harry Potter Adult Voldemort Mask

I’ve always though Voldemort (especially aesethically) was an odd choice as the ultimate villain.  Two moments stand out for me.  When he looks like a baby:

Aw isn’t he cute

When he’s on the back of that guys head in the Sorcerer’s Stone:

Voldy’s always giving me a weird vibe, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve always picture him doing the Hannibal Lecter licking his lips thing (you know this thing).  So now you can own his heinous face, which according to reviews is wayyyy too big to fit on anyone’s normal sized head.


It actually looks scarier than the guy in the movie, you think?  It’s like Jason, meets some big-necked wrestler, meets a noseless guy!

3. Harry Potter life-sized Dobby Display Statue – $699.95

Not creepy at all

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Plastic Surgery to look like Cartoon Characters – Are you for real?

I’ve never really understood the whole celebrity idolization thing, but in all honesty, I don’t really care either.  If Madonna is your ideal woman, weird knees and all, then good for you.  Have fun in your lil fan club and stalking the perez hilton website.

But, when someone spends over $10,000 on plastic surgery to look like someone famous, it kinda peeves me.  It makes me mad that people this stupid have enough money to spend on this (or the credit for it).  It makes me mad that there are doctors (aka quacks) who accept money to do the surgeries instead of sending these people to therapy. It makes me mad that there are TV shows (like I want a Famous Face) to encourage these people to live out their idiocy. (TANGENT: MTV you consistently destroy all my arguments that justify reality television.  STOP IT).

Celebrity lookalike plastic surgery? Stupid.  But to look like a cartoon character? Now this is just crazy.

So, in today’s news, a Philipino man named Herbert Chavez got chin implants, rhinoplasty, lip injections, and hip implants (wtf?) to look like my least favorite superhero Superman.

You can find the video on this madness (not in English, but easy to get the gist) HERE and you get to see his house.  It’s cool or weird or whatever.

Far more amusing is the 57 year old great-grandmother who got 10,000 pounds (currency not weight) worth of surgery to look NOTHING like Jessica Rabbit.  It’s so sad… and funny… but sad.   (Tangent: props to my mama for looking so beautiful without all this nonsense.  You look way more like Jessica Rabbit!)

Our culture needs collective therapy.

Cool/Weird Video of the Day: Real-time Face Swapping Technology

Is this the future of espionage, warfare, crime and Halloween costumes?

Again, the Uncanny Valley is coming into play here, which essentially means that the closer something resembles something alive, without actually being alive, the more it makes us feel uncomfortable.  That’s why Pixar movies use outlandishly cartoonish characters and why movies like Polar Express fail.  The uncanny valley is the reason for all the comments labeling the video as “creepy”, “freaky” and “like a horror movie.”  I’ll write a more thorough article about the Uncanny Valley soon because it is one of my favorite topics to discuss.

I really wish that I understood this technology better, but there are some explanations HERE and in the comments on vimeo.


Defective Phobias: Why Chickens are out to get me

Hey all!

My other blog Defective Phobias, one’s girl quest to face the fears that no one else has, was just updated today.

To quote the new blog entry on my fear of chickens:

So within the next week, I will be facing my first fear! ON FILM! Well, not film, as we have access to a digital camera. Anyhoo, the maniacal minds belonging to my (so-called) friends have decided that I will face my fear by lying in a chicken coop on a farm while evil people cover me with chicken feed and let the little buggers feast! Oh, snap!THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME (and by awesome, I mean absolutely horrendous/terrible/awful).