Witch Wanted
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:13 pm)

And while I'm writing about odd news, here's a story about a witch position open in Wookey Hole in the U.K..

I don't know about you, but having grown up watching Star Wars the words Wookey Hole conjure up some very...interesting...imagery. Now if they only spelled it Wookiee…

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Chinese Names
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:08 pm)

Go read this story about a girl called Chicken Dung.

So her parents named her after the act of rubbing her down with chicken poo, which, according to their "doctor," cured her. I think they just wanted to call her chicken dung and were looking for an excuse. Heck, that's what I'd do.

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Caught by Google Street View
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Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:51 pm)

Go read this short article about robbers caught on Google Street View.

Now think real hard about the second-to-last paragraph:

The company complied, and a robbery squad detective immediately recognised one of the twins.

I'm a bit surprised that only one of the twins was recognized…

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Naturally Occurring Mr. T
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First dog watch, 1 bell (4:47 pm)

In the spirit of Naturally Occurring Torgo, I'd like to start a Naturally Occurring Mr. T thread.

I spotted this one last summer in Amsterdam:

Naturally occurring Mr. T

Addendum: I swear I had no knowledge of this beforehand, but the day I posted this was the real Mr. T's birthday!

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Sweet, Sweet Bacon
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:55 pm)

Squeeze bacon, where have you been all my life???

Direct from Sweden to your midsection and thighs. Yummmm.

Plus it has a shelf life of twelve years. I'm pretty sure that's longer than Twinkies 🙂

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Evil Koalas
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Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:12 pm)

Apparently Jhonen Vasquez spotted some koalas on his flight over to Australia.

I have never thought the same of koalas since that animal planet show about them and how they eat their mother's poo when they're young.

Disgusting, fuzzy little s***-eaters. Koalas are evil. They stare at you with their dull eyes, but really they're waiting to steal your bank account information and take out loans for RVs in your name so they can destroy your credit and drive around the outback in their giant, shiny, poop-filled RVs and play didgeridoo CDs way too loud.

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Freakishly Large
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Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:03 pm)

We have some friends that raise chickens. They have eight chickens. Apparently these chickens lay up to 20 eggs each day. Some of these eggs are freakishly large, too.

Check this out:

huge eggs

And my hand is not small. These eggs are tough, too. I mean really hard to crack. Apparently they feed them oyster shell, the chickens eat it up, and their eggs are solid.

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Double It! Double It Again!!
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Last dog watch, 3 bells (7:41 pm)

Did anyone else think about today being 03-06-09? Well, I suppose not everyone. I tend towards the very non-American way of writing days as YYYY-MM-DD or DD MM YYYY, which is much less interesting, but I digress…most hideously.

Meh, it's not really a second double. More like double, then square. Still, it was interesting. Bah, it sounded better in my head.

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Pirate Monkey Nutcracker
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First dog watch, 2 bells (5:17 pm)

Poking around stores looking for an appropriate Christmas tree topper (we still have not found an acceptable top decoration for our tree), we stumbled across the Pirate Monkey Nutcracker:
Pirate Monkey Nutcracker

Also, here's a picture of our back deck, and the icicles hanging down from the roof:
icicles

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Have You Been Touched?
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Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:03 pm)

By His Noodly Appendage?
Flying Spaghetti Monster Christmas lights

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Mite? Might Not!
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Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:41 am)

My cow-orker Jeff ordered a jar of Vegemite from an import store about six weeks ago in anticipation of our white elephant gift exchange. I pity the person that picks his gifts.

Last year he made a giant hammer out of concrete and rebar. It probably weighted 30 pounds bare minimum. It actually got stolen, which shocked me. He swears the Vegemite will be stolen too. I think he may be right, it's a pretty rare thing to see in Idaho. Still, I won't be wanting it myself…

Did I mention Jeff's really lucky? The Vegemite was on backorder. It just arrived this morning. Tomorrow is the gift exchange.

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I’m Guessing England
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:22 am)

As the title says, I'm guessing this happened in England, where 0.79% of the population in 2001 claimed the Jedi Order as their religion.

PS I'm kidding. I know it didn't happen in England. It was funnier to say because of the whole Jedi religion thing.

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Who Are You?
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Last dog watch, 1 bell (6:31 pm)

I got a phone call today from a guy in Moscow (Idaho) asking me why I was calling him at 4:30am. I had no idea what he was talking about, and got a little suspicious when he asked me what my last name was. None of my phone records show any calls, and the people I talked to at the AT&T store couldn't tell me any more information.

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The Avenging Unicorn
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Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:32 pm)

Last year for our Christmas white elephant gift exchange at the office, my contribution was the Avenging Unicorn playset; it was quite a hit, actually.

Now, almost eight months later, I had quite forgotten who went home with the unicorn. After a short jaunt around the office fixing computer problems, I returned to my office to find this:

The Avenging Unicorn

The Avenging Unicorn

It found its way home, how endearing…

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Totally Off Track
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:59 am)

Today, dear readers, I present you with a painting of Bea Arthur wrestling a velociraptor.

You can even buy a print if you want.

I believe at this point there is nothing more I can see on the Internet.

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