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A Day at Six Flags or Waterboarding? Tough One (via oldspouse)

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2011 by Mj Rains

With the summer season coming, and the thought of theme parks flicking ever so slightly through our minds, I thought I’d post this hilarious article I found….Need a laugh? Take a few minutes….
and great weekend to all…

A Day at Six Flags or Waterboarding? Tough One by Roger White Spring break was winding down and nothing of major importance in the house had been destroyed, the trees in our front yard had remained free of toilet paper, the police had not been called all week to my knowledge, and no one near and dear to me had been injured, died, gotten pregnant, or been hauled to the slammer, so as a reward the wife and I decided to take our lovely daughter and a friend of hers to the nearest Six Flags amus … Read More

via oldspouse


Green: Not just for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted in Culture, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2011 by Mj Rains

Found some things associated with the color green:

LOVE:  Green was a symbol of budding love in the Middle Ages.  The Romans associated green with Venus, goddess of love.

SYMBOL OF POISON:  Green dye used to be produced with copper and toxic arsenic.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE’S favorite color:  His home on St. Helena had green wallpaper, paint and furniture.  He was poisoned by arsenic fumes from the green dye.

ISLAM:  The prophet Mohammed loved green and it became the holy color of Islam.

FERTILITY:  Osiris was a god in ancient Egypt; he was regarded as a source of Earth’s fertility.  Also called “The Great Green.”

CATHOLIC WORSHIP:  In 1570 Pope Pius V declared white, red, purple and green the colors of liturgy;
green symbolized hope.



Shamrock  by Matt Jenny
Atomic Water Bomb Green  by  Redevils
Masque of the Red Death: Green Room  by  Pimpdaddyhetser
Islam  by  Abdelghany
Elements – Earth  by  Cassiopeia Art
Green Like Hope  by  Lilyas

Distorted Sexuality and Winking Etiquette

Posted in Culture, Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Mj Rains

“I just read a blog post about why sending someone a “wink” on a dating Web site is stupid. This seemed like a reasonable argument to make. But then the blog writer went on to say that in real life, it is “totally unacceptable” to wink. The guy said that if you wink at a stranger in a bar, the stranger would call the police. Is that true? Or is it sometimes OK to wink (in real life)? Should I save it for specific situations? (Which ones?) Georgia

You should believe only half of what you read on the Internet. To my knowledge, winking is neither illegal nor actionable in any county that permits the sale of alcoholic beverages. (I haven’t surveyed the rest.) Like the eye-roll, the wink is a gesture of complicity. Between friends, it means you share a secret. Between strangers, it means you wish you had a secret to share. You shouldyou must!wink whenever the spirit moves you.”

Personally I’ve always found a wink quite alluring, and not really a sexual overture, but just a little indication that the person who sent the wink is on the same page, or shares in your mindset.  Calling the police when winked at?  The person doing the calling would have to be mentally unstable I’d say, just a bit too sensitive, or simply in need of more attention.  Here, Here! I’m a believer in the wink!  Any winking thoughts?

Link: Distorted Sexuality,Winking Etiquette -The Paris Review

Image: Winking Girl by Camilladerrico

Groundhog Day

Posted in Culture, Current events, In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Mj Rains

Yeah, so we live in Pennsylvania, and the half of us think this is such a stupid thing…though it makes one wonder how a day, which is not a holiday that celebrates a country’s liberation, a religious saint, a religious holiday, a famous person who changed world, nor a President, could actually exist…and honor a rodent no less….but here we have it in western PA, Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure if this is a nationwide celebration, or if anyone from other parts of the world know of this holiday…strange. Perhaps Katie can let us know if you guys down under have ever heard of this furball, Punxsatawny Phil.  These top-hatted dudes get up way before sunrise in Punxsatawny, Pa,  and hoist the sad little creature from his well cared for domain (meaning cage) and see if he sees his shadow.  How does one know if the rodents sees his shadow?  It is a mystery, a mysterious mystery that only handler John Griffiths is keen to I’m sure. I’ve heard that the 14 members of Phil’s club are the ones that decide our mysterious fate.  If the rodent see his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter, if not, an early spring is forecast.

This Pa tradition is based on an old German superstition that if a hibernating animal comes out on Feb. 2, a holiday called Candlemas, and sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Well, today, February 2, 2011, Phil officially did not see his shadow, which could be due to the rain, sleet, and snow, and constant cloud cover we are experiencing today due to that double wammy storm.  Very mysterious….

In any case, I love animals in general, and even though I call him a rodent, I think he’s darn cute.  I think these stupid top-hatted guys are pretty cool anyway, and admire the tradition, strange though it is, which is perhaps why I admire it, and all those people who fight the cold and weather and come out in wee hours of the morning on this one day a year, without liquor mind you, it’s a dry celebration by law, and see Phil make his appearance.  What can I say? I love the weird in Pa.

And, this means we get spring in a few weeks!!

Ah, fat chance people….

Love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Very funny, and brought fame to this strange little sort of kinda almost holiday.

Peace…and Happy Groundhog Day.

Post Thanksgiving Post

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Mj Rains

A note from fellow writer Erick Messias:

America has mused and been sung by many great voices, from Whitman’s poetry to Springsteen’s songs, from Gershwin’s melodies to JFK’s oratory. Yet, each November, as winter knocks on the continent’s door, even the most out-of-tune singer, the most handicapped writer hears the call to pay homage to this amazing land.

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It’s not bound by religious, ethnic, or racial affiliations and does not have equivalent in other countries. It’s also a time when we are reminded we are all immigrants in this generous land. Someone, a close or distant relative, took a boat, or a plane, seeking opportunities and freedom, and made that trip for each one of us, crossing oceans and continents to reach these shores.

Through out its history, America has been a welcoming land, a true beacon of hope for people of all creeds, including no creed at all, and all races. America with its beaches, its rivers, its never-ending prairies, its mountains; America with its swamps and deserts, its lakes and gulfs, has welcomed multitudes that sought these shores as safe harbor from injustice, oppression, and tyranny.

In this holiday season, take some time and thank that relative, that parent or great-grandparent, that five generation forgotten elder, who one day, possible while young and strong, took that decision, crossed the planet and made you an American, a native of this great country, a member of the greatest human adventure for the right to life, liberty and the pursue of happiness.

Erick L M de Messias, MD, MPH, PhD
Psychiatric Research Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

May all of us remember this through the holiday season and always.


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