Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Every time you speak English God kills a kitten

  • I think it's pretty well-known that I love me some Welsh language, so criticizing any effort to get people to speak it feels a bit traitorous to me. But a sponge has got to be the most half-assed mascot ever. It makes you think that there is someone at the Welsh Language Board who was assigned to think up a new campaign and put it off until the last minute.
    "What have you got for us?"
    "Well, erm... shit... car keys. No, wait. A chair. Uh, the floor."
    "The floor?"
    "Did I say floor? I mean sponge. Yes, a sponge."
    I found the link via Dafydd, who has named the sponge Sioni and suggests that it may become the stuff of Internet legend.

  • My coworker returned from London today. It was his first time there, and this was his assessment: "It was really cool. It was a lot like Atlanta."
    His biggest complaint was that restaurants put lemons in the glass when serving cola.
    "I sent those back," he told me.
    "Ah. Well, then you probably got a chance to taste British urine," I said.

  • According to this tool, I don't look like any celebrities. None at all. That's depressing.

  • My Wikipedia article has been deleted. That's also depressing. I am unrecognizable and non-notable. Woe is me. Woe.

  • Up until 50 years ago, in Britain "heroin was legal and widely prescribed for common ailments such as coughs, colds and diarrhoea, as well as a pain killer."

  • I learned today that Cardiff has a sizeable Somali population, with its roots extending back to the 1880s. Coincidentally, the Twin Cities area has the second largest Somali population in the United States. The best part about this article is that I now know where I can find Somali food in Cardiff.

    Afe said...

    You look like me, and I look like Screech. Problem solved. That website doesn't know shit.

    heatherfeather said...

    okay the facial recognition thing (while wholly accurate, judging on the hottness of the first match) is slightly insane, as it says i look like:

    halle berry
    kate winslet
    christina ricci
    elisha cuthbert
    billie holiday
    zhang ziyi
    celina jaitley (who?)

    Bethgun said...

    That face recognition software is something else...let's hope the police aren't using it! The main reason, being, that it doesn't appear to do anything but randomly generate celebrity faces. Like Heatherfeather, I apparently look like a cross between Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, and some hideous-looking 80-year-old guy. Oh, and Charlize Theron! I knew I must be hot.

    Anonymous said...

    The term was coined by the good people at Bayer, makers of "Aspirin," who also came up with the formulation of heroin from opium. They thought it was good stuff, claiming it was much better than morphine and it was supposedly not habit forming, oops.

    Well, that helped with sales, I'm sure.

    Today my verification word looks like Yiddish.

    Anonymous said...

    Katherine Hepburn, Whitney houston, Condo-bloody-leeza Rice, Jennifer Aniston, Liza Bleedin' Minelli, Julianne Moore, JK rowling, Harriet Beecher Stowe.

    My god that's some list!

    OldHorsetailSnake said...

    Somali food? What would that be? Warlord roadkill?

    Jenny said...

    Sending the lemons back is genius! All my friends put them in my glass instead, so I end up with about 150 lemon slices per Diet Coke. If I'm very drunk or hungry I just eat them.

    But yeah, he probably got urine.

    Crystal said...

    i still say you look like hugh grant and john stuart's love child.

    Astrid said...

    "According to this tool, I don't look like any celebrities. None at all. That's depressing." --> Could it be coz you ARE a celebrity, Chris? And yeah, the rumor goes Afe looks like you, Chris Cope the man himself.

    mo** said...

    I thing it was up until the early 1900's that coca cola had cocaine in I need me a coke now...
    I'm checking the celebrity thing..we'll see- we'll see...
    ok results are in- I look like:
    Pj Harvey
    euh I hope Pj is a girl....looks like one..but am not sure...

    Astrid said...

    And can you believe I am 62 percent Penelope Cruz?

    Lindsay Hansen said...

    I got Julia Roberts, which I guess is nice, and then Julianne Moore, and then BARACK OBAMA. My mistake, I guess I do look like another gender and race!

    Gary said...

    My results came up kind of strange. Apparently I look like more women than men: Ingrid Bergman, Neve Campbell, Guy Pearce, Jim Morrison and Sarah Michelle Gellar. I am confused.