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The Future of Political Campaigning

I'll admit that this is just an excuse to put a picture of a monkey on our blog. But go ahead and click on the monkey anyway. Click the monkey!

By fnord12 | September 24, 2008, 3:03 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Musical Road

I'm not sure what council member or planning board person would agree to something like this. Either they're not very smart (you had to know the residents would complain) or a huge fan of the Lone Ranger.

Lancaster city officials said this week that they're paving over a quarter-mile strip of asphalt grooved to play the William Tell Overture when auto tires speed over it.

The road was completed this month as part of an ad campaign for Honda. It's engineered to play the overture _ also known as the theme to "The Lone Ranger" _ at perfect pitch for motorists driving Honda Civics at 55 mph.

Or Honda offered the town a massive amount of money to do it.

By min | September 22, 2008, 2:38 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link


Oh, thank you Colbert Report for bringing this to our attention.

By min | September 18, 2008, 3:11 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (3)| Link

Beware the Sausage Smacker

A man suspected of breaking into the home of two California farmworkers, rubbing spices into the face of one man and smacking another with an 8-inch sausage has been set free.

Prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence to file criminal charges against 21-year-old Antonio Vasquez. He was released from Fresno County Jail on Tuesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Ian Burrimond says Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack. Vasquez is also accused of stealing $900 from the home.


Where did he get the sausage, i ask you? Where?

Fnord and i have been watching season 1 of the A-Team and when i read this story, i picture Murdoch doing the sausage smacking.

By min | September 12, 2008, 12:25 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

You love the monkeys!

You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!
You love the monkeys!

ADMIT IT!!!!!!

By fnord12 | September 12, 2008, 10:16 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Beware the Professional Seducer

Apparently, divorce is a difficult thing in Japan. If your spouse doesn't agree to get a divorce, you might be stuck. And if you're a woman, you might be socially ostracized. Enter the professional seducer.

Mr A

Mr A is outside a bank in a busy part of Ikebukuro, a faintly seedy area of Tokyo, waiting for his date. He beams as she teeters across the road on high heels. Kyoko, 20, is half his age. She has a mane of black hair, sloe eyes, a fetching smile and a cute giggle. Her blouse is open to reveal her cleavage and she has on a short skirt and sheer black tights. Mr A is a bald 40-year-old salesman in a crumpled grey suit and glasses.

Mr A doesn't know that a team of private investigators is recording his every move. The boss, the ebullient Mr Tomiya, lurks behind a lamppost on the other side of the road and takes photographs as Kyoko meets Mr A. Tomiya's equipment includes a packet of cigarettes and a pen, both of which are actually cameras. Shimizu, a heavy-set man with a bullet head and cropped hair, carries a black bag. It contains a camera with which he films continuously through a tiny hole in the bag. A third man acts as a lookout. They follow the couple down the street, dodging the crowds and sprinting across red lights, keeping far enough behind so as not to arouse suspicion but close enough so that Shimizu can film.
Mrs B

In a very different part of Tokyo, Mrs B is waiting for her date. She works in the glitzy Ginza district, near the new Gucci building, where they've arranged to meet. She's 29 and wears a blue short-sleeved jumper over a sparkly low-cut blouse and pretty skirt. Her husband is away on business. The marriage isn't going well; in fact, he asked for a divorce, but she refused. Even so, she's nervous to be seeing someone else.

The young man on the leather sofa directly opposite is playing with his mobile, as everyone does. But he is filming the pair canoodling. The whole scenario has been carefully planned to suit her taste. The flash car is one of a fleet of company cars. The restaurant bill is paid by the company and ultimately by her husband.

The goal is to get the target to fall in love with the seducer to the point where the target is the one trying to get the divorce so that they can marry the seducer. Failing that, the cuckolded spouse now has a file proving the other's infidelity.

It's not all about catching the spouse cheating, though. In other cases, in a more Hitch-like method, they help couples get together by creating a situation for the client to meet the target and coaching the client on how to make a good impression.

The bit where the seducers have sex with their targets and often have several cases going on at once while carrying on a regular relationship with a boyfriend or a spouse is kinda oogy, imo. But i think i liked this line best:

Men are not suspicious when a lovely young girl starts chatting to them. Even a bald 40-year-old salesman in a crumpled suit with a cheap briefcase assumes he's irresistible to women.


By min | September 3, 2008, 12:52 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

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