|Our monthly spin around the web, part of an ongoing effort to reduce workplace productivity by 43%.
Really Bad Tattoos
Perhaps this divided country can come together on just this one issue: getting a Clay Aiken tattoo is a seriously bad idea. The site has several galleries of equally oh-no-you-didn't adventures in pigment.
This organization, devoted to solving the mystery of Sasquatch, says that for over 400 years, "people have reported seeing large, hair-covered, man-like animals in the wilderness areas of North America." Yes, many jokes immediately present themselves, but, no, we're not going there.
For reasons best known to Sabrina, the site's creator, and perhaps her therapist, she is a 'cable news junkie.' To scratch that itch, she has over 50,000 screen captures of cable reporters archived on the site.
Songs to Wear Pants To
At this site, you can request a free song from the site creator (though he gets far more requests than he can handle and he won't do personal songs such as anniversaries). You can hear recent entries such as "All You Need is a Little Pancreas," and "How to Upgrade the Components on Your Mogrificating Desambongulizer." We give it an 85 because you can dance to it.
Don't even think of tossing in a disinfecting pink puck into these works of art, created by California sculptor Clark Sorensen. They take up to eight months to complete, so show a little respect.
Double Tongued Dictionary
Developed by a NYC lexicographer, Double-Tongued Word Wrester tracks the "fringes of English": slang, jargon, and neologisms.
Things to Eat Before You Die
The Traveler's Lunchbox website is compiling a list of food bloggers' five things they think everyone should try. Lots of great entries, including Berthillon's salted caramel ice cream, a freshly baked pasteis de nata from Lisbon, a plate of fennel-and-green-onion-stuffed Beijing dumplings eaten in a tiny hole-in-the-wall Beijing restaurant, and the warm, lemony skate salad at NY's Veritas.
Over 2000 butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas, wasps, ants, and more, photographed in the forests around Chiang Mai. You know when you're channel surfing and you get accidentally get hooked on an Animal Planet or National Geographic show — even though part of you wants to change the channel, you can't stop looking? That's what this site is like.
It strikes us as a sad state of affairs (or a sad affairs of state) when the CIA has to advertise help wanted on television, as they have been doing recently. In a related development, the FBI has apparently decided to warm-and-fuzzy-up its image — witness this interactive spy game for kids where they can help Special Agent Bobby Bureau create an effective disguise. Next week, Dick and Lynne Cheney give lindy lessons on the south lawn of the White House.