Category Archives: Weirdness

Digging up St. Paul

MSNBC says the Vatican has been digging in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls Basilica (which is a goofy name for a church). I was amused by this quote:

"These excavations give us the full certainty and knowledge that the sarcophagus is St. Paul’s tomb, whether it contains his remains or not," said Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, head of the basilica.

Um…okay, then. I guess the box of Kleenex on my desk is also the tomb of St. Paul. I have full certainty and knowledge that this is so, whether it contains his remains or not.

The Illinois Counties project

Rummaged around in the iPhoto library this evening, and gathered all eighty-two pictures from the Illinois Counties project into their own album. (Handy things, albums. I should use more of them.)

I had the notion to start uploading them to Flickr, but – alas – free accounts like mine are limited to three photo sets. I already have three, so it’s decision time: pay the $25 for a one-year pro membership, or not?

I do like Flickr. It’s certainly worth $25. Hm….

Hi, I’m a PC

The head of System Administration at Wolfram Research bears an uncanny resemblance to the fella in the Apple commercials who says, "Hi, I’m a PC."

On the other hand, many of the System Administration staff bear a certain resemblance to the other guy….

Playing spot-the-virgin in California

MSNBC says:

Workers at [Martucci] Angiano’s gourmet chocolate company, Bodega Chocolates, discovered under a vat a 2-inch-tall column of chocolate drippings that they believe bears a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary.

The thought of a kitchenful of confectioners worshiping a two-inch-high lump of chocolate is rather amusing, I must say.

Leon Redbone vs. Frank Zappa

Wikipedia says:

At one point, it was rumored that [Leon Redbone] was Frank Zappa in disguise, but since the latter’s death due to cancer, these rumors have subsided.

Or maybe Leon/Frank wearied of living a double life, and killed off one of his/their identities.

At the grocery store

At the grocery store yesterday, I noticed some disturbing items in the freezer section: long, narrow pieces of meat, shrink-wrapped on styrofoam trays.

Beef tongues, thought I. Some people will eat anything. Euww.

Upon closer examination, I discovered that mystery meat objects weren’t beef tongue after all. They were…rabbits. Imported Chinese rabbits, according to the label. (What, there are no rabbits in Illinois, they have to ship them in from China?)

Seems like the sort of thing you should get a free rabbit’s foot in every package, but I didn’t see any.

82 down, 20 to go

Went on a little road trip yesterday, visiting the western part of the state & taking pictures for the Illinois Counties project.

The day’s haul was five counties: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Green, Schuyler. I also tried for Morgan county, but was chumped again by road construction: US 67, where it crosses from Morgan county into Scott county, has just been rebuilt as a four-lane divided highway, and there was no county sign to be found.

I’ve been working on this project for two years, off and on. (Jennifer’s been very understanding.) There are twenty counties left: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, De Kalb, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Lee, McDonough, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago.

I imagine I’ll finish, one of these days.


MSNBC reports that approximately 1350 people have stood on the summit of Mt. Everest, but until now no one had ever done so naked:

The Himalayan Times had reported on Friday that the Nepali climbing guide, whose name it gave as Lakpa Tharke, stood naked for three minutes in freezing conditions on the 8,850-meter (29,035-ft) summit of the world’s highest peak.

Hope he didn’t get frostbite….