Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Irish Drinking Toasts

Money Pubs: Home of the World's Most Expensive Wallpaper

Beer Flag

Irish Drinking Toasts

Drinking stories that put yours to shame

How To Sneak Booze At Work

The Real Hustle - Bartender Scams

Why Is Moonshine Against the Law?

Making vodka pills in 24 hours

Monkeyshine banana wine

A complete set of the 1968-1974 Alcoholics Anonymous comic strips

Beer Haiku Daily

The History of the English Language

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Ten-year-old schoolboy can speak eleven languages

Fun poem about English pronunciation

Chicago Manual of Style - the indispensable online reference for all who work with words

Interview with Language Master Stuart Jay Raj

Swearing At Work Can Boost Productivity

I'm going to tell my son the worst swearword in the world

The history of the English language

Weird and wonderful foreign phrases

List of self-contradicting words in English

Why you should avoid giving someone the thumbs up in Nigeria

Important infrequently used words to know

If you missed it the other day you can see my Halloween post here Happy Halloween.

The 16 Greatest Moments in Web History

The 16 Greatest Moments in Web History

The Forbes Web Celeb 25

World Internet Users and Population Stats

Embed Flash Movies Easily in Web Pages Via Adobe Share

The Seven Most Useless Computer Accessories Ever

Han Solo in PC

Dark Blade Case Mod

Stopping the Google van from crawling your house :)

Adding Smiley Faces (Emoticons) to Email Messages in Gmail

Google Analyst Day: Jonathan Rosenberg On Search, Apps; New Versions Of iGoogle, Gmail And More

Sex, Nazi, burrito and Viagra: Who Googles what?

Gmail 2.0 Screenshots

TSA Breaks Your Laptop, Threatens You With Arrest

10 Ways to Find a Lost Word .doc

More gnashing of teeth after Microsoft update brings PCs to a standstill

Ten Absolutely Stupid Quotes By Steve Ballmer

Microsoft Hotmail Taken Over By Spammers

Russian Hackers Memento give Memor 32 PS2 memory card mod-chip functions

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


A 'fancy' serial number can make a $1 bill worth thousands

Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping

Rio’s Real-Life Slumdog Millionaires

Why Poor People Stay Poor

Why Countries Wage Currency Wars

Your lifetime earnings are probably determined in your 20s

Philadelphia literally burns old money for electricity

Why Did This Penny Sell For A Record-Breaking $2.6 Million?

Bankers' Bonuses, Roman Style

Object of Intrigue: The Most Beautiful Banknote in U.S. History

The government of Denmark wants people to stop using cash

The US says it finally busted the gang behind the most convincing counterfeit dollars in the world

Where bribery works, charted

How the Filthy Rich Live in Rising Asia

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

7 time lottery grand prize winner shares some secrets of success

Are you part of the 'pay-as-you-live' generation?

A Never Before Seen Optical Trick Creates Ultra-Secure Cash

The wealth of nations

Five Fortunes Found at Thrift Shops

Single Dollar Bills Transformed Into Amazing Collages

10 Most Bizarre Banknotes Ever

Banknotes featuring Scientists and Mathematicians

4 Coin Flips That Changed History

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Money

More than $600 billion was smuggled out of China last year

Unusual and Fascinating Coins & Currency, Part 2

Stupid Hobbit Money Now Legal Tender in New Zealand

The 9 Most Unbelievable Tax Deductions

The coin worth less than any other in the world

The World’s Wealthiest Royal Families

10 Richest People of All Time and How They Made Their Fortunes

Would you spot this skimmer on an ATM?

10 Celebrated Geniuses Who Died Penniless

What minimum wage buys, then and now

Tipping Etiquette Around the World

20 Photos of Chinese Lottery Winners Wearing Silly Masks

Osama On The $20 Bill And 'Secret' Messages On Money

Russian Millionaire Tosses Paper Money Planes Out of Office Window, Laughs as People Brawl Over Them

9 Tech Millionaires Under Age 30 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Passengers leave behind over $400,000 in loose change at U.S. security checkpoints annually

6 Awesome Treasure Hunt Finds by Amateurs

What I learned from two months of living cashlessly

Metal detector knows how much cash is in your wallet

9 Best Ever Investments

During the Civil War, Some People Got Rich Quick By Minting Their Own Money

8 Big Bets Made by Famous People

Defacing Canadian currency

Canada's new plastic $100 bill is all tricked out

Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom?

Greatest defaced dollar bill, ever.

Cost of waiting for the cable guy: $38 billion

Money Trees

Have you ever wondered what 1,000,067,088,384,000,000 pennies looked like?

Hawaii Dollars

The 10 Most Ridiculously Expensive Items Ever Sold On eBay

A Year in the Wallet: How People Spend Their Money Over the Course of One Year

Libertarian Island: A billionaire's utopia

10 Millionaires Who Lived on the Streets

10 Pro Athletes Who Couldn’t Stop Gambling

Who has most debt? Answer may surprise

'Lucky' woman who won lottery four times outed as Stanford University statistics PhD

Not Trickling Down: The Percentage Of Americans In Poverty Now Equals China

Queen to share Pacific nation's coins with Star Wars characters

10 Most Notorious Money Laundering Cases of the 20th Century

10 Things That Are Actually Getting Cheaper

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

A cautionary tale: How to go from billionaire to broke

What will people do for money?

10 Cool & Unusual Piggy Banks

Pop Culture Cash

$1M Coin Collection Scattered

Cash machines are as dirty as public toilets

Cracking The Credit Card Code

Top 10 Most Valuable American Coins

Top 10 Worst (Best) Money Launderers

Do You Know Where That Bill Has Been?

What $1 Looks Like in 15 Other Currencies—Real and Virtual

6 of the Biggest Vegas Wins in History

The Life and Death of a $1 Bill

30+ Cool Things You Can Make with a Dollar

Pensioner who didn't trust banks loses entire £80,000 life savings after leaving cash on roof of his car

Phoenix Woman Wins Lotto -- Right Before Being Fatally Hit by Car

Could a Lottery Be the Answer to America’s Poor Savings Rate?

The Dirty Dozen Biggest Gambling Losers of All Time

Eight Monetary Misprints

10 Valuable Coins That Could Be In Your Pocket Right Now

15 Kids Who Are Way, Way Richer Than You

Silly Products That Made Millions

Chart of the Day: Housing Prices Since WWII

16 Highest Selling Items in Auction History

Top 10 Most Valuable American Coins

Top 10 Truly Bizarre Taxes

25 Bizarre Coins that are legal tender

Top 10 Most Valuable American Coins

Real Money vs. Fake Money

10 weird jobs that pay really well

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents: From Washington to Obama

20 Cool Examples of Dollar Bill Origami

10 Bizarre Business Ideas that Made Millionaires

Best Celebrity Quotes about Money

How to Earn and Blow $2.5 Million Before Your 22nd Birthday

15 Awesome Coin Mosaics

'Sir, you've won £7.7m on the lottery': Workaholic rushes straight back to his job after being told of jackpot win

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Money

Rare 2,200-year-old gold coin found in Israel

The Worst Examples of Inflation Ever

Deflation Education: Secrets of the Death Spiral [Infographic]

How Change is Made… At the U.S. Mint

Where the Dollar Sign Comes From

Why China's currency has two names

Steve Perkins, the broker who traded $520m when drunk, to resume career in Switzerland

The Dumbest Financial Laws Of All Time

Woman wins millions from Texas lottery for 4th time

10 Lottery Winners Who Were Better Off Without Their Prizes

27 Of The Sickest Things You've Done To Save Money

20 products that are cheaper today than 10 years ago

The 13 Weirdest Currencies In The World

County dipping into employees' pockets for 16-year-old debt

World's (un)luckiest man to give away his lottery fortune

The World's Most Colorful Currencies, Part 2

Personal Bankruptcy in America(infographic)

9 Amazing Treasures Found Beneath The Floor

10 Artworks Made of Money

Funny Money: Unusual and Fascinating Currency

Chilean mint boss loses job after coin spelling error

Millionaire gives away fortune which made him miserable - Telegraph

The Celebrity Billionaires

10 Celebrities Who Went Broke

Just file it under “oops” (7 costly clerical errors)

Get your shovel! (5 still hidden treasures)

Would You Have Spotted the Fraud?

2 Interesting Ways To Track The Route of Paper Money

6 People Who Accidentally Found a Fortune

10 Gamblers Who Beat The Casino

Woman fights for a decade-old 14 cents

Redesign of the dollar

The History of Tipping

Funny Money: Unusual and Fascinating Currency

The Gambler Who Blew $127 Million

Abraham Shakespeare, Who Won $31 Million in Lottery, Has Been Missing Since April

Ceiling Cat Debit Card
Rare coin fetches over £2.3 million in auction

8 Quick Facts About the $100 Bill

The Most Ridiculous Fines in the US

10 Extraordinary Creations Made of Money

Top 11 Oddball Tax Deductions

How Countries Spend Their Money

The Origins of the US Dollar

8 People Who Accidentally Found a Fortune

How penniless teen Lotto winner Callie Rogers blew her £2m fortune - including £250,000 on cocaine

10 People Who Won the Lottery–Then Lost it All

10 ways to earn some extra cash

Cool Currency: 12 Beautiful Bills

Mix-up at Royal Mint creates dateless 20p pieces worth £50

Man's beer change includes rare coin

The History of Money

Get Rich Quick: 6 People Who Accidentally Found a Fortune

10 Things You Didn't Know About Money

14 People Who Gave Away at Least $1 Billion

Vampire Energy

50 Wealthiest People in The World

A taxi passenger was arrested for throwing T$1 million (£20,000) out of the window, causing disorder in the streets

A Tel Aviv woman has been searching through Israeli rubbish dumps after she said she accidentally threw away a mattress containing $1m (£700,000).

15 Coolest Piggy Banks

The MegaPenny Project

The Strangest Places Money Has Been Found

Binman Finds £10,000 Shredded - he can keep it if he can piece it all together

Teen hands out thousands of dollars after finding drug money

Wall Street on the Tundra

Running cost of appliances

China Wants A New Global Currency

Money for (Practically) Nothing: 4 Very Big Paychecks for Very Little Work

The Five Oldest Banks in the World

5 Retarded Get-Rich Quick Scams (People Still Fall For)

Dirty Jobs That Pay Well

Stuff that people write on money

Spider Payment

ONE of the high street banks bailed out by the Government is spending almost £2.5million on Christmas parties for its staff

Spanish shopkeeper finds Homer Simpson euro

World's Worthless Money

Bankrupt! 65 Famous People Who Lost It All

Rookie plumber's $12m blunder

Boy Returns Lost Bank Deposit Bag Of More Than $100,000. Police gave him a $20 reward.

The $1million holiday you will never go on

10 Richest People of All Time and How They Made Their Fortunes

10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Credit Card

Business Advice From Billionaires

Refacing Government Tender

Man accused of trying to cash check for $360,000,000,000

Man loses money trying to double it by marinading

History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day

World's Most Worthless Money

The World’s Most Valuable Collectibles That You May Already Have and Not Know It

The Colour of Money from Around the World

The New UK Coin Designs Revealed

50 Fun Facts About Cold Hard Cash

Ten Facts Credit Card Companies Don’t Want You to Know

Refacing Government Tender

My New Coins

History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day

How Coins Are Made

50 Fun Facts About Banks

7 lottery winners who lost their millions

Great Seal secrets revealed

$5 Bill Dollars from 1896

How People in Different Countries Count Money

The EURion constellation is a pattern of symbols found on a number of banknote designs since about 1996. It is added to help software detect the presence of a banknote in a digital image. Such software can then block the user from reproducing banknotes to prevent counterfeiting using colour photocopiers.

The World’s Worst Currencies

41 Money Facts That Will Blow You Away

Mr. Spock on the old Canadian 5

How to launder money

What's the difference between a million, a billion and a trillion?

Shelling Out -- The Origins of Money

Strange currencies of the world

50 Fun Facts About Credit Cards

How to launder money

How to Detect Counterfeit US Money

Streetkid-run bank in New Delhi

Why Do Some Coins Have Ridges Around the Edges?

The Art Of Moneygami - Origami With Bills
41 Mind Blowing Money Facts

The fight over grandma's money

Man Tried to Open Bank Account with a $1 Million Bill!

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

The World´s Worst Plastic Surgery NSFW

Inside Karen’s Crowded Mind

20 Useless Body Parts (Why Do / Did We Need Them?)

Health Problems Related to the Geek Lifestyle

Unreal Sky. A hospital with artificial sky ceilings installed.

Heart attack victim died and was brought back to life 12 times

Maggots Rid Patients Of Antibiotic-resistant Infection, MRSA

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

The 12 germiest places in your life

Dozens of rescuers called in to move 35 stone woman

Doctors battle to save 'human pin-cushion'

Average Joes Who Get Plastic Surgery to Look Like Their Favourite Celebrity

Troops unite to save soldier knifed in head

UK gov advisor proposes 'licence to smoke'

Rather Large Mixed Bag

A rather large mixed bag of links that should keep you going for a while as I'm off to do some work on my photos site.

Not in My Cart. Heading into the holidays, too many recalls! We've made tracking them easier.

Evolution of the Calculator Watch

The 10 Greatest Crying Moments In Sports

YouTube's 7 Scariest Teachers

Brian's Origami Page

Woman Finds Painting Near Bin, It's Now Worth $1,000,000

Pirate Lore: 7 Myths and Trrrrruths About Pirates!

The Worst Mayor in America

Stuff You Didn’t Know

Moving to Canada? 10 Things you have to know. NSFW.

The Ultimate Online Archive of Unflattering Hillary Clinton Photos

Crazy Facts

The Horror of Fairy Tales

Spot a liar at work

Streetkid-run bank in New Delhi

Unusual Weapons Of The World

Celebrity Tattoos and The Stories Behind Them

Cultural Tattooing and Body Modifications

The World's Creepiest Places

Fence of Crayons

Who were you in your last life?

Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century

Fashion tips for women from a guy who knows dick about fashion. Maddox is as entertaining and NSFW as ever.

Harry Potter and the Tattoo of Regret

Someone should work on their math before they work on their grammar. Grammar Nazis make an appearance in the comments.

The real vampire slayers

Monday, October 29, 2007

The National - Getting Gouged by Geeks

10 computer repairmen called to fix a simple problem to see how well they know their stuff.

Rock's Hardest Partiers

Pink Floyd - Early Singles

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' made into a play

Gilmourish. The largest David Gilmour resouce on the net.

10 Old School Hip Hop Videos

A big list of free music making software!

Free Sounds Database

New health fears for Keith Richards after erratic awards show appearance

The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational '80s Songs

Assignment: Please translate the following Rap song lyrics from Ebonics to standard English

Sex Pistols reunite for sweaty L.A. club show

I will not shave my beard until Metallica comes out with a new album

Top 10 Cowbell Songs

Rock's Hardest Partiers

Happy Halloween

A re-hash of last years Halloween post with a couple of dozen new links thrown in and the dead ones taken out. Enjoy. :)

The History of Halloween
Halloween is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets. It is celebrated in parts of the Western world, though most commonly in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and with increasing popularity in Australia and New Zealand. Halloween originated among the Celts in Ireland, Britain and France as the Pagan Celtic harvest festival, Samhain. Irish, Scots, Calan Gaeaf in Welsh and other immigrants brought versions of the traditions to North America in the 19th century. Most other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture in the late 20th century.

The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day" (also known as "All Saints' Day"). In Ireland, the name was All Hallows' Eve (often shortened to Hallow Eve), and though seldom used today, it is still a well-accepted label. The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Pope Gregory III moved the old Christian feast of All Saints Day to November 1 to give Halloween a Christian interpretation . Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit.

Halloween is often associated with the occult. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is one of the liminal times of the year when the spiritual world can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent (e.g. Catalan mythology about witches, Irish tales of the Sídhe).

Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween

Trick or Treat
The main event of modern US-style Halloween is trick-or-treating, in which children dress up in costume disguises and go door-to-door in their neighborhood, ringing each doorbell and yelling "trick or treat!"

In Ireland, great bonfires were lit throughout the breadth of the land. Young children in their guises were gladly received by the neighbors with some "fruit, apples and nuts and of course sweets" for the "Halloween Party", whilst older male siblings played innocent pranks on bewildered victims.

In Scotland, children or guisers are more likely to recite "The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween" instead of "trick or treat!". They visit neighbours in groups and must impress the members of the houses they visit with a song, poem, trick, joke or dance in order to earn their treats. Traditionally, nuts, oranges, apples and dried fruit were offered.

In England, trick or treating does take place much, particularly in working class neighbourhoods. On the whole, however, it is frowned upon as a form of begging and as a negative part of American global culture.

Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween

Halloween Snippets
Halloween is also know by other names:
All Hallows Eve
All Hallowtide
The Feast of the Dead
The Day of the Dead

Halloween in Welsh is 'Nos Calan Gaeaf'.

Halloween is correctly spelt as Hallowe’en.

Black cats were originally believed to protect witches' powers from negative forces.

A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber.

About 99% of pumpkins sold are used as Jack O' Lanterns at Halloween.

The biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds. This gigantic gourd was weighed in October 2004 at a pumpkin festival in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada.

The record for the fastest pumpkin carver in the world is Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio. He carved a pumpkin in just 37 seconds!

The very first jack o' lantern was made out of hollowed out turnips.

Ringing a bell scares evil spirits away.

If you see a spider on this night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.

To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.

Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween

Halloween links

Pumpkin Recipe Favorites
Halloween Masks. Why dress as a ghost or a vampire this Halloween when you can disguise yourself as someone genuinely scary--like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or bald-headed problem parent Britney Spears.
South Korean Subway Goes Halloween Extreme
20 Ways To Confuse Trick-Or-Treaters
The Kenova Pumpkin House
Halloween Kid
Brewing in a pumpkin

The Optimus Prime Costume: Halloween 2007

Make your own Halloween mask
Pumpkin Carving Patterns - What Halloween is Really About
Homeowner's Mom Takes Down Controversial Halloween Display
Halloween guinea pig.
Old Haunts: Happy Blogoween!
Pumpkins on Flickr part of the Pumpkins pool
Halloween Puzzles and Worksheets for Teachers
How Do You Keep a Jack O' Lantern From Rotting?


Awesome Zelda Pumpkin
Revenge of the Halloween Masks
Halloween Hangman
Pumpkin Stencils
Pumpkin Carving With Klingons. And a cat
1970's Halloween Makeup Kits
Scary Stories
Halloween - Theopedia. Various Christian views of the holiday.
Turing pumpkin

The 30 Most Unsettling German Halloween Costumes
Awesome jack-o-lanterns
MAKE: Blog: Pumpkin computers!
Make Your Own Halloween Costume - Free Creative Halloween Costume Ideas
Instructions On How To Make A Pumpkin Computer
Squirl: Jack O' Lanterns Collection
Halloween origins and customs
Get Ready for Scares with the DIY Halloween Roundup
Halloween Avatars

Online Pumpkin Carving
Worst Halloween Costumes of All Time
13 REAL Haunted Places That Will Make You Cry for Mommy
Halloween Soda
Aurora Monster Models
Halloween's Occult Connection An extensive study of the roots of Halloween
The Ultimate Halloween Horror Cakes

13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants in 2007
World Class Giant Pumpkins
Halloween Photography Tips
Phyllis Galembo: 100 years of Halloween costumes and masquerade
Creative Halloween Suits
Pumpkin Clipart
U. S. Census facts about Halloween in the United States
Halloween Box
Jack O' Lantern Tips

Pumpkin Carving and Free Pumpkin Patterns Patterns
Five Funny Halloween safety tips - Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Halloween Recipes
Extreme Halloween Pumpkin Carvings Slide Show
Devil's tramping ground. Great interactive Flash game.
Origami Pumpkin Face
DIY Halloween Decorations
Spooky Music for Halloween (via)

Carve Your Own Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween: Around The World
Halloween History: the Real Origins
Halloween - Old Vintage Antique Postcard Postcards
Ten Epic Halloween Costumes
Haunted Paper Toys (via)
Halloween on a Budget (via)

Halloween Costumes for your I-Pod
Halloween Tattoos
Biblical Proof Indicating That Jesus Was Born On October 31st
How to Crash Satan's Birthday Party and Ruin Halloween
One from the archives Make Your Own Trick or Treat Star Wars Style Masks
A Successful Halloween Supper Party
"Bewitched" Mechanical Witch
Make a Robotic Snap-O-Lantern!

Pumpkin Case Mod
Halloween Projects
Pet Costumes
Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Halloween
Building a Robotic Dalek Pumpkin
Pumpkin Stencils
Jack-O-Lantern and Witch Models

Spider Dog
Doggies Halloween Costumes

Pickled jack-o-lantern
Pumpkin Carving Gallery
Vintage Halloween icon set
Halloween 99 on Castro Street
The History of Halloween
Bat Pop-up
Pumpkin Diorama and Witch hat. Click green forward arrow for the witch hat.

Krypt Kiddies

AT-AT Costume Halloween 2005 - a photoset on Flickr
Carve a Virtual Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin Stencils
7 Pumpkin Designs Like You’ve Never Seen
National Retail Foundation statistics on Halloween includes the 2005 Top Kids' and Adults Costumes.
Mechanical Bat
Old Time Horror Radio
The book of clones and possessed children

Dont drink and fly

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: An Aural Halloween Trinity: Scar Stuff, Arch Oboler, Reverend Frost. More free music.
Free full-length horror films on
Calling All Fiends - Halloween at Oddio Overplay. Free music.
Halloween Photography Tips
Halloween Recipes
Blogosfear. Turning German bloggers into zombies.
Simple Halloween Origami
Witch Pop-up
YouTube - Halloween cats and dogs
Geeky Jack-o'-Lanterns

Happy Halloween Happy Halloween Happy Halloween

Halloween pic dump
Lego Minifig Halloween Costume
Top 10 Haunting Halloween Cocktails
Creating Ghostly Images
Halloween Squirrel
Worth1000 - Director's Mother's Cut (Making horror safe for kids)
Balloon Manor - An interactive haunted house, made completely from balloons (via)
Get in the Halloween Spirit with your very own Jobs-O-Lantern
Ghosts of Halloween: Extended Arms and Hands
Science of scare
Rotting Pumpkin Time Lapse Video

Late Extras:
Free Halloween Wallpapers
Halloween Image Contest. Submit a photo of your favourite scary son or daughter and vote on them or just vote on others.
75 best movie related pumpkin carving photos
Metafilter - Scary Stuff

If you can stomach any more Halloween then check out this link Halloween - Wikipedia which is where I got some of the text from for this post.