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I'm posting mostly over at Quirky Cookery right now, where I play with my food and teach you to have fun with it, too. Come check me out?

Singapore Cancer Society--Lung Ashtray

Here's an interesting way to reach out to smokers, although it's sad that those who need to quit smoking the most, will be effected by this the least. They have to really want to do it and very few are actually hit by triggers like this....but I suppose even one person who thinks twice about it next time is enough, huh?

Spoon Shaped Ice

Hehe. I thought they were kinda cool anyway. Now granted, they're going to be cold and wet to touch/use after a few minutes...and ultimately they'll melt/water down your drink (won't regular ice do that anyway?)....but it's an interesting idea for things like tea where your drink sometimes needs to be stirred a few different times during drinking, but you don't always keep a spoon in it. Also, if you freeze lemonade/lemon juice into them, it adds that extra bit of lemon while it melts! And getting your own ice mold is fairly cheap, too, at $2.99 (plus shipping, of course, but order other things and you won't even notice). Find them here.

(Too bad I don't get paid for advertising for them, heh)

Bathroom Etiquette in the 21st Century

Okay, I'm not one for toilet talk....I don't even like the word "toilet" actually, and it wasn't until I was in London for a while where that's 'all' they say, that I finally was comfy enough to use it from time to time....like now.

So I walk into the restroom and I hear someone loudly chatting away. A quick glance around locates the voice coming from a stall, and the phone conversation is not being kept private at all......which is really the only legit reason why the girl would be in a bathroom stall while talking to someone on the phone, right? (Even though around here, most people step into a side room or a stairwell if they need to be out of their own place to talk). As I turned toward the stalls, I see from under the door that she indeed has pants around her ankles, still just a talking away.

I'm sorry, but ew. No. That is *not* appropriate. Yes, I know people sometimes talk on the phone while they're on the phone, and even though I don't think that should be done, I'm not going to judge. The part that gets me is that it was in a *public* restroom....and that *I* had to make the decision of if and when to flush....or to even use the restroom at all....because *I* didn't want to be the one being rude, while someone else was already being rude by my own standards.

Toilets aren't exactly the quietest things in the first place, but how does one judge when to intrude another person's public conversation in a semi-private place?

Time Lapse Rage--Across the Country in 4 Minutes

So apparently it's all the rage now to do videos in 'fast forward'....so like this one, you travel across the country with the guys in 4 minutes (literally, Cali to NY), through various types of weather in his little convertible car. It's kinda interesting to watch the landscape change and it doesn't take very long either...

I Love Posing Questions...(Emperor Penguins)

But I also love answering random questions. After noticing how many people stumbled back across my blog after I found the Dear Carbs/Love Letter video and pointed questioners in the right direction, I've paid a bit more attention to the questions that land people here. A couple days ago, a user got here by searching "what's an emperor penguin's gestation period?" The page they got, obviously didn't get them their answer, but I'm here to inform you all that it is indeed 63 days. (Am I the only one that that strikes as being an odd number of days?) While we're at it, here are some more things you might want to know about Emperor Penguins:

  • After those 63 days, she'll lay a single egg...no more. She then hands it over to her mate and off to the sea to fish she goes. If you've seen Happy Feet, you already knew this, hehe.
  • The male is unable to eat during the next 9 weeks while watching over the egg. ("Ha, you got me knocked up and now you're going to pay. Not only am I going to take a vacation, but you can't eat while I'm gone!")
  • When she returns, he'll have lost up to a third of his body weight. Then guess what...he gets to make the journey himself, which could be up to 60 miles, to go get himself some food. That can't be a fun.
  • Emperor penguins are the largest of all penguins.
  • Emperor penguins have amazing dives, reaching up to 700 underneath the surface, and they're able to stay under for up to 18 minutes.
  • And most importantly, Emperor penguin chicks are absolutely adorable!

Punxsutawney Phil

I don't think I ever knew his full name, but yep, that's the groundhog. Did you know he has his own site? Yeah, me neither. And here's Phil's official forecast (originally in"Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle) according to the website).

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler's Knob:

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.

Guess the Real Logo


I was kinda surprised how unsure I was on some of them. They're logos I see on a weekly basis, including places like Ebay and Google, but when it comes done to pinpointing which one is the correct logo when given some variations, sometimes it's not so easy. Give it a shot and see how well you do....there are only 10 of them, so it doesn't take long. Enjoy!

What's on Your Cat's iPod?

And is this how he/she looks when dancing?


(See kitties with headphones, dancing to various genres, hehe)

My Snowman--Lemonade Poem

One of the five things to be happy about from the calendar I mentioned was "a poetry reading." It prompted me to share a fun poem with you guys. Enjoy.

My Snowman
by Neal Levin

My snowman had a lemon nose
And lemons for his ears.
His eyes were made of lemon slices,
Hair of lemon spears.

His teeth were candy lemon drops
That smiled in the shade,
But then the sun came out and turned him
Into lemonade.

I Still Don't Get It--Garfield's Strip Morals

Never be afraid to step out of the box.....but always be true to yourself. Gotta love Garfield and his hidden "morals of stories." :P

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