Distracted Girlfriend

You’re probably familiar with the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme, in one of its many forms. This is the raw template:

…a decades-old and weathered photo — shared to the popular subreddit, r/USMC… a motivated staff sergeant of Marines sauntered on by what could be interpreted as a couple of steady-going folks, one of whom donned the Navy’s old cracker jack duds.

Efforts to dig up the photo’s origin have yielded few results.

J.D. Simkins, Marine Corps Times

h/t Village Idiot’s Apprentice commenting on Ace of Spades

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Born With Almost No Brain

When he was born, scans showed he had only 2% of his brain.

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Mrs Wall discovered three months into her pregnancy that her unborn son had a raft of health problems.  These included spina bifida – a condition which prevents the spine from developing properly — as well as rare chromosome abnormalities and hydrocephalus.

His parents were told five times to terminate the pregnancy…

…but they were determined to see it through.

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For Bigger Coconuts

Does Coconut Milk Make Women’s Breasts Bigger?
Chinese Ads Say ‘Yes’

by Tyler Durden | Zerohedge, Thu, 02/14/2019 – 23:40

…A Chinese coconut milk manufacturer… Coconut Palm, has spent several years promoting this claim…

…a 2017 ad featuring scantily clad women folicking in the ocean recommends that women “drink one can every day, [your] curves will excite people, whiter and more plump,” and “drinking more coconut milk every day can make [your] breasts fuller….”

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Least Successful Author

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William A. Gold of Australia had the dubious distinction of being named the least successful writer ever in the 1975 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. To my knowledge, Guinness never awarded this record to anyone else.

Gold gained the title because, as of 1975, he had written at least eight novels and 100 short stories, but none of them had been published, despite his best efforts. His writing had only ever earned him 50 cents from an article published in the Canberra News. …

From Alex on Weird Universe


I have a few items, this was one, that stacked up while I sang the alphabet song.

 

My Battery is Low and It’s Getting Dark

We may grow to have a strange affection for an inanimate object, like our faithful car that keeps running despite all odds. How like a faithful pet is a dutiful robot, especially one that lasts sixty times its expected lifespan while exploring a neighboring world!

Dust devil on Mars, as seen by Opportunity Rover

ABC7 Chicago
NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover was built to operate for just 90 days, but kept going for 15 years. NASA officially declared it dead on Wednesday (Feb 13).

Opportunity’s final message:
My Battery is Low and It’s Getting Dark

Sad robot by Ledererkid on DeviantArt

Gleason’s Mothership


The Round House in Cortlandt Manor

CORTLANDT MANOR, NY… [T]he late, great Jackie Gleason… a UFO buff, called his home The Mothership….


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Search behind the couch cushions for the $12,000,000.
Oh, currently off market. Nevermind.

From Michael Woyton, patch.com
h/t Poppins commenting on Ace of Spades

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Ghent Altarpiece

115 This may be my favorite interpretation of the agnus dei.

Posted by: Kris at February 12, 2019 09:47 AM [h/t!]

Restored and ravishing: the magnificent Ghent Altarpiece gives up its centuries-old mysteries

Noah Charney | The Guardian

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…It has been called “the most influential painting ever” and “the world’s most coveted masterpiece”. It is also the most frequently stolen. And now, after a four-year restoration to clean away six centuries of dirt and varnish, the Ghent Altarpiece looks the way it did originally – electric, radiant, gorgeous and glorious.…

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The altarpiece was likely begun by Hubert van Eyck in 1426, but he died that year so there has always been a question over whether any of his hand survives in the work. It was completed by his younger brother, Jan, and rapidly became one of the most famous artworks in the world, a point of pilgrimage for educated tourists and artists, something it continues to be today.…

More pix and info at the Oct 2016 Guardian article.