If you need to un-spook a camel, this is where to go

On Blogs

November 26, 2006|By Troy McCullough | Troy McCullough,Sun Columnist

Yes, it's true: Blogs have brought down politicians, exposed media scandals, outed criminals, highlighted questionable police conduct and served as suicide notes for the recently departed.

Many blogs have become deadly serious - and deadly dull. But not all.

Many others have stayed true to the original spirit of blogging, offering readers heaping doses of absolutely useless yet completely engrossing ephemera. Here is but a small sample of what's been floating around in the not-so-serious sectors of the Internet recently:

Optical Poptitude (opticalpoptitude.com) points to a site that details how to regain control of a spooked camel (www.wikihow.com/Regain-Control-of-a-Spo oked-Camel). Granted, depending on the circles you run in, this might be absolutely essential information, but I'm guessing not. Either way, it's good reading.

Robot Wisdom (robotwisdom.com) points to a YouTube video of a robot - no relation to the blog's author - that can ride a bicycle in circles (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srwk-i5aXRQ).

Fimoculous (fimoculous.com) has found a timeline of timelines (www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/13/timelines.php). They can apparently be traced back to a Jewish scholar in the second century A.D.

Group site Monkey Filter (monkeyfilter.com) links to another blog that posts nothing but photos of views from people's windows. Why? It's anybody's guess. But recent entries have come from Helsinki, Finland; Sydney, Australia; London; and Bloomington, Ind. (the-view-from-your-window.blogspot.com).

The Presurfer (presurfer.meepzorp.com) recently linked to a geeky list detailing the 10 lamest superheroes of all time. No. 1 on the list is Aqualad: "Now everybody likes to pick on Aquaman as being lame - but can you imagine being his sidekick?"

Kottke (kottke.org) has been reading an extensive Wikipedia list of Boston slang (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston'slang), from barney: "a Harvard student or graduate," to wicked pissa: "awesome, very cool."

Cynical-C looks to the Smoking Gun to find out if sex with an animal carcass is a crime (http:--www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/11 16061deer1.html?link=rssfeed). The short answer: A Wisconsin judge plans to make his ruling in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

Information Junk (footprints.organique.com) points to a large collection of George S. Patton posters(pattonhq.com/posters.html).The collection also includes Patton cartoons, Patton newspaper headlines and photos of George C. Scott in the role of Patton.

In4mador (in4mador.com) has found a Wikipedia list of fictional diseases (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List'of'fictional'diseases), that is: "nonexistent, named medical conditions which appear in fiction." Examples include Dreaming Death, which killed characters on the soap opera Guiding Light, and Pallidome Pancrosis, which was fatal within 10 minutes of contracting it for characters on the British sci-fi series Dr. Who.

And finally, Bifurcated Rivets (catless.ncl.ac.uk/bifurcated/rivets) has found a site that sells unicorn turds (tetragrammatron.com/unicornturds.html), which for the record, are colorful and sparkly, and sell for $10 apiece.

I'm not sure it could get any less serious than that.

troy.mccullough@baltsun.com

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