1. Snow article contains connection to Trey Parker

    jake on 2003.12.08
    at 05:47 pm

    I found an interesting article about how humans have dealt with snowstorms in North America at Blues News. But beyond all that I also found a reference to a movie in the text.

    In winter 1873, Alferd Packer and several other gold seekers trekked into the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Trapped in severe winter weather, months later, only Packer returned. When the bodies of the remaining men were found, evidence indicated that they had been cannibalized by Packer, for which he was tried and convicted.

    This is the basis for a movie that Trey Parker of South Park fame made while he was in college. Called Cannibal! The Musical it is a comedy loosly based on the event referenced above.

    Posted in: Humor · Movies · Science

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  2. Real life Hungarian Phrasebook Sketch

    jake on 2003.12.08
    at 05:39 pm

    A practical joker released a Japanese to English phrasebook book with incorrect translations. I read the article over at Yahoo!

    "For instance, when the Japanese think they're asking 'Can you direct me to the rest room?' the book actually has them saying, 'Excuse me, may I caress your buttocks?'"

    This is similar to a sketch from Monty Python where a man publishes a Hungarian Phrasebook containing incorrect translations.

    Cop: What's going on here then?
    Hungarian: Ah. You have beautiful thighs.
    Cop: (looks down at himself) WHAT?!?
    Clerk: He hit me!
    Hungarian: Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot wait 'til lunchtime. (points at clerk)
    Cop: RIGHT!!! (drags Hungarian away by the arm)
    Hungarian: (indignantly) My nipples explode with delight!

    Posted in: Books · Humor

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  3. Community Building ("for America")

    brian on 2003.12.08
    at 03:36 am

    I haven't made my final decision on whom to support for President (right now its just anyone but who comes up when you search Google for "miserable failure" and press the "I'm feeling lucky" button), but I have been seriously impressed by the community (virtual, etc) that has sprung up around Howard Dean.

    The New York Times Magazine has a great story on some of the people who make "Dean for America" go. It's quite the page turner. Highly recommended.

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  4. Snow, snow, snow

    brian on 2003.12.08
    at 03:26 am

    If you're in the US, then you likely heard about the mammoth snow drop this weekend.

    If you're curious how it hit my abode, check out the web gallery I have put together on how my neighborhood fared under enormous snowfall.

    Posted in: Recent Events

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