It’s a little know fact about me that I watched way too much Grand Designs, Changing Rooms and Extreme Makeover:Home Edition as a kid.
One of my house mates recently went on holidays. I took advantage of this opportunity to live a dream.
OK…so my friend Emma puts this video of her venting her frustration (with much profanity) about Google Plus on YouTube. It gets an overwhelmingly positive response…30,000 likes after like three hours of being online and less than 1000 dislikes.
And yet…let’s take a look at the “Top Comments” YouTube decided would be more relevant and important to me:
1. From everything I’ve seen on every YouTube video I’ve watched in the last day, popular google+ users are almost universally misogynistic, racist assballs. Like, this comment integration makes google+ seem like a miserable place populated by awful people, and I tend to respond to those sorts of social environments by not spending time in them.
2. It’s a horrendous idea to privilege the comments of assballs who happen to have been circled by a lot of fellow assball google+ users over the comments of people who actually like and watch and care about online video.
3. Hank points out in his comments that this will probably get worked out, and I hope he’s right. But this has the faint smell of new digg about it to me.
4. Great video, Emma! Thank God there are still great ukulele songs on YouTube or I would just give the hell up.
"A sword-swallower, through and through…"
So a load of us decided to go as (most of) the cast of Game of Thrones for Halloween this year. Naturally, I went for some beardy Queen of Thorns realness! Amazing drunken fun on the cold streets of Dublin and absolutely worth the hours of sewing machine time involved! Click through for the album of photos by Cian Markey.
After succumbing to a fever of some sort in 1705, Irish woman Margorie McCall was hastily buried to prevent the spread of whatever had done her in. Margorie was buried with a valuable ring, which her husband had been unable to remove due to swelling. This made her an even better target for body snatchers, who could cash in on both the corpse and the ring.
The evening after Margorie was buried, before the soil had even settled, the grave-robbers showed up and started digging. Unable to pry the ring off the finger, they decided to cut the finger off. As soon as blood was drawn, Margorie awoke from her coma, sat straight up and screamed.
The fate of the grave-robbers remains unknown. One story says the men dropped dead on the spot, while another claims they fled and never returned to their chosen profession.
Margorie climbed out of the hole and made her way back to her home.
Her husband John, a doctor, was at home with the children when he heard a knock at the door. He told the children, “If your mother were still alive, I’d swear that was her knock.”
When he opened the door to find his wife standing there, dressed in her burial clothes, blood dripping from her finger but very much alive, he dropped dead to the floor. He was buried in the plot Margorie had vacated.
Margorie went on to re-marry and have several children. When she did finally die, she was returned to Shankill Cemetery in Lurgan, Ireland, where her gravestone still stands. It bears the inscription “Lived Once, Buried Twice.”
John Landis talking to Adam Savage
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