Posts Tagged ‘Friday Sillies’

Friday Sillies: Charlie the Unicorn

Or the original QuickTime version.

Friday Sillies: Spam

Spam.

Spam

Spam poetry.

Spam comics.

Spam art.

And spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam…

Friday Sillies for Halloween

First you need a jack-o-lantern.  When I was in grad school one of my classmates was an expert carver of anime pumpkins.  I don’t know much about anime but I do admire the skill and artistry of her carving.  My favorite pumpkin though still has to be the Melvil Dewey pumpkin (second from the top) she made for our cataloging class.

Next you need a costume.  How about sexy mustard?

Note that there is naughty language in this clip:

Happy Halloween!!!

Friday Sillies: The Miracle of Birth

According to Monty Pyton:

If the most expensive machine in the hospital doesn’t do it for you, maybe you’d prefer natural child birth.

According to Bill Cosby:

Part 1

Part 2

Friday Sillies: Cycle Facility of the Month

Warrington Cycle Campaign: Cycle Facility of the Month is a funny look at poor urban design for cyclists in one English town.  Click through the puzzling photos captioned with great wit and sarcasm and have a good laugh while learning about bicycle safety.

Friday Sillies: Simulacraceae

Simulacraceae

I heard about this project on the Scientific American podcast “Science Talk“.  It is no less than exhaustive, six-year project in the taxonomy of artificial plants.  Be warned, the Ethnobotany Journal article (pdf) contains requires knowledge of Pig Latin.  The publication date is interesting as well.

Friday Sillies: Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

I’m a fan of newspaper comics, although these days I seem to enjoy them more for ironic reasons such as the snark at Comics Curmudgeon. My childhood seemed to be a last golden age for comics with the likes of The Far Side, Bloom County, and Calvin and Hobbes (I think even Garfield was funny back then). But starting during my teenage days I also gained appreciation for older comics from long before I was born. Back in the early 20th century newspapers ruled the media world, and comics were given full page treatment full of great artistry, quirkiness, and subversive humor. Granted many of them make little sense today without knowledge of then current events much less the dialects of the times. The major exception is George Herriman’s Krazy Kat whose humor is timeless.

Last year when I visited Milwaukee I was pleased to be there as the Masters of American Comics exhibition was on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum. There I discovered another classic comic, Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend by Winsor McCay. More famous for the children’s comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, McCay’s Rarebit Fiend was a comic for adults with surreal visions and intelligent humor. The punchline was always the same, with the protagonist of the strip waking up and blaming the bad dreams on eating Welsh Rarebit (one of my favorite pub foods). Along the way were visually stunning and hillarious depictions of these wild dreams. The strip is said to have Masonic references as well. The strips are collected in a new book, which would make a great gift (especially if you’re shopping for your favorite blogger).

McCay was also an innovator in animation with Gertie the Dinosaur being one of the earliest animated films.

He also made several films based on the Rarebit Fiend:

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

The Pet (1921)

The Flying House (1921)

Bug Vaudeville (1921)

This Friday Silly is partially inspired by this post on MetaFilter: The Moving Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend.

I’m hungry for some cheese now (even though it’s almost bedtime).

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