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 I had the creepiest dream about an organ donation scheme a few days ago. It was one of those movie-length dreams where everything happened so effortlessly and seemed very true to life's, if by true to life I mean that the hair salon that just closed behind our house turned into a boutique craft store. It was more like a jewellery store with large glass display cases and spotlights. I made friends with the proprietor, a woman in an orange and black flowered dress who was a Hutterite or Mennonite. We talked about crafts and then we went out to get lunch at McDonalds, also in the same strip mall. 
Afterwards, we went to another store that looked like a Home Depot for pets. She had to go back to work, but I continued to walk around the store and soon discovered that it was a for-profit organ donation warehouse. The walls were light green and grey and the front of the store had big windows at the front. You lined up and checked out with your organ, picked from a shelf. All the staff had red and black polo shirts and were kind of tough looking! 
What did I buy? I bought a heart and some brain cells! I paid for my purchase, which was put in a paper bag. As I was sitting there I looked out the window and someone sitting at the bus stop in the distance dropped their organ. It rolled out of the paper bag and fell on the ground! 
When I looked away from the window, my bag was gone and the person next to me was talking to his mother. He was assuring her that he could pay his bills this month. I guess people who were there to donate organs went into a separate line. He was going to sell his organs and pay his debts. 
The staff had a switch over - new staff burst through the door and one had a guard dog on a short leash. I asked the man where my bag was and at first he said that he didn't know. 
I said something like "I paid a lot of money!" 
Then he admitted that my purchase had been docked the heart, but offered no further explanation.
The only reason I remember so much is that I woke up to go pee. Naturally I couldn't get back to sleep easily after that, so I wrote the details down on my phone and went for an early morning walk! 
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Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at A real whoooodunit!
Pardon for the terrible pun, but I couldn't help myself. I guess there's a murder case that has been dragging on since 2001 and there's a theory that an owl attack led to the death of the victim. Quite a fascinating read regardless! Here's the story on Audubon.
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I almost asked [ profile] whatwasthatone about this movie because it was driving me crazy. I don't know if kids today still have to take Career and Life Management in high school in Alberta, but it was a dreadful class when I took it. It was a combination of how to get a job/how to balance a checkbook/how not to get pregnant. The gym teacher taught it, of course!

We watched a lot of bad movies in that class all woefully outdated. There was one from the 70s with two teenage boys trying to buy condoms from a drugstore and The Mask. I am sure there were many other short films but none was so memorably awful as Johnny Lingo. Except that I couldn't remember the name. I thought it was Johnny Gringo, which didn't sound right. Google kept coughing up "Johnny Ringo" instead. Finally I typed in "johnny hawaii movie bride educational film" and thankfully the second link was YouTube.

The movie is so cringeworthy, even when I watched it back in 1994. I don't know even where to a nutshell, it's about a girl named Mahana who is considered ugly by everyone in the village and even her father is surprised that someone wants to marry her at all. He even threatens to beat her when she hides and everyone insults her. Only Johnny can see her true beauty. Today it seems like a long and problematic way to teach the value of self-worth. If you watch it, be warned...

Bonus trivia: Blaisdell Makee, who stars as Johnny Lingo, appeared in two episodes of classic Star Trek.

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Some time ago I stumbled across YouTuber Lucky Penny Shop...not sure how, but I'm always checking in to see what weird and wonderful things they're reviewing, which is mostly toys. Love their enthusiasm and demos, especially when they pull out older toys. Here's just one video from an oddball set of McDonald's toys made in 1993 used to condition young folks into accepting McJobs. All the toys seem rather weird in that they don't produce the actual product in any form - the French fry maker cuts bread up into strips, for example - but I guess someone deserves props for thinking up something like this. The burger maker is by far the strangest of the bunch - and watching it in action as the narrator makes a cereal, chocolate and peanut butter burger patty is oddly gross, fun and...unique!

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It's the Nyquil, I swear! My husband thought I was photoshopping (ahem, CorelDrawing) Vin Diesel on a My Little Pony. The font is called Antique Olive FS Nord and can be purchased for $12.

Tee hee!

Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:19 pm
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Originally posted by [ profile] hlw at Not my pic
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I threw out a tub of Dannon Activia yogurt this morning and have sworn to never eat the stuff again. All I wanted was something different than cereal or toast for breakfast, and yogurt and granola seemed like a nice change. I only bought Activia because it was on sale, and only somewhat dimly aware that it was a probiotic yogurt that was supposed to do good things for your insides. Unfortunately, it did nothing but bad things for my insides. 

Really, the product should come with a warning label that it can have a laxative effect, but the packaging only touts the positive side effect of the friendly bacteria it contains. By the fourth day of eating it for breakfast, I was Googling "Activia yogurt side effects" and found story after story, including a big page of stories. For some people, Activia truly does wonders and I'm happy for IBS sufferers and the like. But a lot of people note that adding Activia resulted in gas, bloating, diarrhea, loose stools, a burning sensation or itch, stomach cramps and other unpleasantness. I also experienced a weird dehydrating effect, despite drinking lots of water.

Usually I'm loathe to discuss anything so TMI, but I want to add my experience to the search results. I imagine few people would make the connection that Activia is causing all these effects and the anecdotes seem to prove that. For me it came to a head last night when my stomach bloated past my breasts. I can't remember being in such terrible intestinal pain in my life. It was hard to fall sleep and I didn't know if an antacid would help or make things worse. Depending on the person, Activia can stay in your body for 2-3 weeks, which is not on the packaging either. 

On a last note, I find it interesting how people describe "going on", "going off" or "using" Activia as if it is no longer a food product, Some even suggest that it is a  detox agent - apparently the Activia challenge is to eat it for two weeks. Ah...I'll just stick to regular yogurt from now on, thanks.
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The latest My Little Pony FIM episode was accidentally released a few days early because the date in the iTunes store was marked 2011 instead of 2012. Naturally someone figured this out and the episode, "Hearts and Hooves" found its way to YouTube. A cute ep, but it contains one mind-boggling scene - Sweetie Belle gleefully puts the fun in funeral while singing a song! A funeral, and a Catholic one at that, in Ponyville? Weird!! It seems like a nod to something, but I can't quite figure it out...certainly not Father Ted anyway. I can't really think of any pipe smoking priests from popular media...GK Chesterton's Father Brown maybe?

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Lately I have been getting inspirational quotes from spammers. They all come from munged addresses and goofy names like regular spam. Is it some kind hearted employee who has said "Geez, this sucks, I'm going to use my spam powers for good!"?

Today's message is: "If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me." Ann Landers
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EDIT: Whew!

Just a couple days after the fifth one!

I wonder how common it is for bodies to wash ashore on the BC coast. Maybe these bodies are getting caught in something and just the feet are being found because they're floating in sneakers - everything else would just sink to the bottom I guess.
calzephyr: (eek!)
Holy cow!. This is getting seriously weird. Part of me wonder if has something to do with people smuggling. I hope there isn't a fifth foot.
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twice is a coincidence and three is a pattern :-P Third right foot washes up on B.C. shore.


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