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!! OMG, how retarded: Boris Johnson !!

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Conservative candidate Boris Johnson has won the mayoral election in London, UK (I blame Madonna), but don’t worry, he is a purebred “compassionate conservative” in the vein of George W. Bush. Just look at the conciliatory tone he takes when speaking about black people:

He caused deep offense after labeling members of the Commonwealth “piccaninnies,” a derogatory term for black people; referred to Africans as having “watermelon smiles”; and likened his party’s internal conflicts “to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing.”

And the following truly original observation about gay marriage shows his depth as a thinker:

Johnson’s scorn has also been directed at gay marriage, which became legal in Britain in 2005. In his book “Friends, Voters, Countrymen,” he said that if homosexuals could marry, then why not “three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.”

Doesn’t it all just make you want to move to London and buy one of Johnson’s shitty books? I really do blame Madonna.

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!! OMG, they work: Boomerangs in space !!


This piece was posted on Pink Tentacle in March:

Do boomerangs return when thrown in zero-gravity? Japanese astronaut Takao Doi will soon find out by throwing some around inside the International Space Station. When the Space Shuttle Endeavour launches on March 11, Doi will be carrying a pair of paper boomerangs presented by Yasuhiro Togai, a 2006 world boomerang champion and space enthusiast from Osaka. Togai, who long wondered how boomerangs would fly without the downward pull of gravity, suggested Doi conduct boomerang experiments in space after they met several years ago. Doi agreed, and Togai taught him how to throw. Togai believes the space boomerangs will spiral up and away without returning, but he says he is looking forward to the results.

And the video above displays the result. Gravity is not the reason that boomerangs work. (Thanks to Kevin R. for the tip!)

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!! OMG, what a pioneer: Adriano Celentano !!


In 1970, Italian singer/actor Adriano Celentano performed his song “Prisencolinensinainciusol” (translated as “universal love”), sung in a nonsense language, for Italian TV. The performance predates rap and disco, but as Sasha Frere-Jones writes in The New Yorker, it “is very close to both,” and a touch of cabaret rounds out the bizarre picture.
The beginning of video shows Celentano speaking to a fake classroom about why he wrote a song in a nonsense language. He says it’s about “our inability to communicate in the modern world.” (Thanks to Ari for the tip!)

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!! OMG, how retarded: Lesbians !!

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Before you get all mad at me, I don’t mean THOSE lesbians, like all the ones you and I know. I’m talking about some citizens of the Isle of Lesbos (home of First Lesbian Sappho and her acolytes) who are suing a Greek gay rights group for using the word “lesbian” in their title.
This is what the guy spearheading the lawsuit has to say:

My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian. Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos … This is not an aggressive act against gay women. Let them visit Lesbos and get married and whatever they like. We just want (the group) to remove the word lesbian from their title.

(Thanks to Graydon for the tip!)

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