Thursday, September 28, 2006

Misirlou,' From the Del Tones to Pulp Fiction

The tune "Misirlou" has traveled quite a path, from klezmer music to 1950s exotica acts and finally to surf guitar and an appearance in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

Surf guitar legend Dick Dale & His Del-Tones turned the song into a surf guitar hit in 1962.

See the 1962 video

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Penis-Melting Zionist Robot Combs

The phrase 'penis-melting Zionist robot combs,' while not widely known, does seem to be growing in popularity.

The phrase refers to a mass panic that swept through Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in September 2003. The people of Khartoum feared that a Satanic foreigner was going around shaking hands with Sudanese men and thereby causing their penises to melt upwards inside their body.

In one case a man reported that he was approached by a stranger at the market. The stranger handed him a comb and asked him to comb his hair. "When he did so, within seconds... he felt a strange sensation and discovered that he had lost his penis."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Survey America - Driving

What surveys say about Americans


4 out of 5 sing in the car. (and probably 4 out of 5 can't sing for beans either)

12% of men never use their car blinkers.

45% of us consistantly follow the speed limit. (This is hard to believe - Get on a highway and go the exact speed limit. Are 45% of the people not passing you - I doubt it)

2/3 of us speed up at a yellow light.

1/3 of us don't wear seat belts.

71% can drive a stick-shift car.

44% of men tailgate to speed up the person in front of them.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Diebold Voting Machines Opened With Hotel Minibar Key

Vote Smirnoff

Contributed by a Misc-Reports reader

The key that controls access to a standard Diebold voting machine is a common key that can be ordered from the Internet, also used to open hotel minibars.

The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine — the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus — can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet...

Using such a standard key doesn’t provide much security, but it does allow Diebold to assert that their design uses a lock and key. Experts will recognize the same problem in Diebold’s use of encryption — they can say they use encryption, but they use it in a way that neutralizes its security benefits.

The bad guys don’t care whether you use encryption; they care whether they can read and modify your data. They don’t care whether your door has a lock on it; they care whether they can get it open. The checkbox approach to security works in press releases, but it doesn’t work in the field.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Meat Cake at

Overeating and then feeling remorseful about it is one thing. Overeating, taking photographs of the evidence, and then posting them online is something else.

Such ill-advised hubris is on display at The site encourages visitors to forgo baby steps and instead take a running leap toward obesity by gorging themselves on Bunyanesque burgers, burritos, pizza and “Meat Cake”.

While many of the submissions come from folks who found their glutton's paradise at restaurants, an alarming number are from people who cooked up their own gargantuan meals.