Gamers and Lesbians Get Rickets, A Photographer Fakes It for Nat Geo and Please, Please Not the iPad

O HAI TABLET: In case you live under a rock stacked under an infinite pile of other rocks, the Mac Tablet will (with 99.9% likelihood) be announced at a press event in San Francisco this Wednesday. Just please let it not be called the iPad. I just can’t bear to own a thing called that.

STREET VIEW PSYCHADELICA: If you ever doubted that Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips was actually as batshit-awesome in real life as he is on stage, an amazing Google Street View photo of Coyne captured by sheer chance showing him in costume in a bathtub in his front lawn will make you a believer. Love him!

FAKING IT: A dude who won Wildlife Photographer of the Year in National Geographic’s high profile contest is probably a dirty liar, it turns out.

His seemingly awesome photo of a “wild” wolf jumping a fence like some kind of show pony is about as wild and exotic as the photos you take of your dachsund wearing various seasonally-themed outfits. The photog in question allegedly got a loaner wolf named “Ossian” from a zoo near Madrid and put a steak in front of it or something to get it to do the fence hop pictured above.

This case of a faked photo refreshingly doesn’t involve digital manipulation, but it’s still pretty lame to rent a wolf and make it do tricks for the camera. Especially when one of Nat Geo’s contest rules clearly states that you can’t rent wolves.

On a semi-related note, hey guys, did anyone else own one of these sweet tie-dyed 4th-grade-earth-mother-t-shirts?

IN THE BUFF: Research suggests that research may some day suggest that spending more time naked is good for you. Tell me something I don’t know! Also, if I knew “gymnos” was Greek for naked I might actually work out every now and again.

POKEGASM: Someone please, please help Pokemon-paraphenalia collector Lisa Courtney before she actually suffocates to death under a deadly rainbow sea of ever-multiplying stuffed animals! Also, how amazing is this picture?

TWITTER HERMITS: Five journos will shut themselves up in a cabin in the Perigord region of France and report the news solely based on input from Twitter and Facebook.

This is a pretty awesome idea for a social media experiment, assuming the journalists don’t get fed up with RTing and the “like” button and go all Donner Party on eachother. Also, go ahead and start propagating bizarre misinformation, you little devils.

SCANNING FOR PTSD: Researchers appear to have discovered preliminary evidence of a neural activity pattern unique to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers. This study, conducted by the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, can only help to further legitimate an often stigmatized psychiatric disorder and could likely be implemented to keep PTSD-diagnosed veterans out of the battlefields.

See? “Soft science” isn’t always so soft, jerks.

LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE: In a study that will unfortunately be cited by reactionary anti-gaming technophobes for years to come, British kids are increasingly turning up in doctor’s offices with rickets, a condition linked to a vitamin D deficiency.

And since vitamin D is linked to sun exposure, the logical conclusion is that all of England’s children are probably locked in dark rooms playing Halo, plotting violent crimes and experimenting with gateway drugs.

But like, don’t a lot of things happen inside? Like, you know, all of the things that go along with living in a modern-day shelter with a roof? Those kids probably don’t study for their spelling tests and brush their teeth outside. But maybe I am jumping to conclusions here.

Coincidentally, rickets is also linked to living in Victorian-era England, speaking with a cockney accent and wearing those funny little street-urchin newsboy hats thatmodern-day lesbians love.

So watch out for that, also.

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36 Comments

  1. i actually did own a t-shirt like that. and when i say “own”…i mean it was given to me by my 5th grade drama teacher for doing such a good job in the school play. we were the Windsor Wolves. makes sense right? anyway….i wonder what ever happened to that t-shirt…and why were wolves so cool?

  2. 1) Is she wearing a helmet? In a pool of stuffed animals? Ha! I’m too lazy to grab my glasses, so I could be completely wrong. I did collect the cards at one point.
    2) I definitely had a few of those wolf t-shirts. I had a grizzly bear one, too.
    3) I have always wanted to see the Flaming Lips live! I have heard incredible things, but every time they come to Chicago I can’t make it. Hooray for being a broke-ass college student. 🙁

      • hahaha, perfect!

        And being the curious person that I am.. I googled Golbat. There is definitely a Bulbapedia, an encyclopedia for Pokemon, I may be stating the obvious but I found it funny. Kind of like the Harry Potter Wiki. Love it.

  3. My mom thought those t-shirts were tacky so I never had any. Instead I got unicorn sweatshirts with 3-D details such as ribbons cascading from light-filled horns. Let it be noted that my best friend had 4,000 or so epic tees, primarily fox-themed but with a solid representation of hawks, black bears, polar bears, wolves, and wild palominos.
    I’m still a little jealous of that collection.

    • What! I love moms. My mom used to make me sweatshirts with iron on bears or rabbits with puffy paint details. Remember puffy paint?! I think some of them would glow in the dark too.

  4. 1. I’m sure Wayne Coyne wasn’t there doing his thing by accident when the Google car drove by, half a small town somewhere did something similar recently and staged weird/awesome acts when they were tipped Google would be refreshing their sw pics in the area- they had duels in costumes, marching bands coming out of nowhere etc… Need to find link to story. Nevertheless, Wayne is still batshit awesome.
    2. I plan to own a “three keyboard cats howling at the moon” tshirt in the very near future, meme-combo made of WIN
    3. I would love to live as a hermit in Perigord, France, cause seriously, the awesomeness of their ‘foie gras’ and wine is…yumm

    • I will def be in the middle of some kind of perverse/hilarious act if I am ever tipped off to a Google drive-by.

      Yeah, seriously, lock me up in the Dordogne valley and throw away the key. I visited last spring (the Perigord Noir) and it was gorgeous and full of castles and pleasant French townsfolk! Who let us hitchhike with them!

  5. The Vitamin D deficiency most likely stems from the fact that there is no sun in England.

    I’ve watched Midsomer Murders and that chick on the Travel Channel that goes around telling people how crappy their hotels. Never seen the sun.

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