Sign of the day: “Totally failed at life? Then why not blame a foreigner?”

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Posters like this have been seen in the UK in the past couple of months. I’m pretty not sure what the URGOV logo near the lower right of the poster’s photo stands for — it looks like a modified logo for UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party. They’re a horrible lot; the British equivalent of the “alt right”.

Here’s a more direct image of the poster, with the UKIP logo modified to feature the BNP, the British National Party, another terrible bunch:

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I need to get my hands on this “Doge Hound” patch!

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Found via Will Perkins. Click to see the source.

For those of you who are fans of the Metal Gear videogame series and the “Doge” Shiba Inu memes, this patch is for you!


Florida of the day: The Flintstones car is real, and it’s illegally parked in Key West

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Photo by the City of Key West. Click the photo to see the source.

Ah, Key West. Also known as the Conch Republic, a tongue-in-cheek micronation that supposedly left the United States in 1982 to become their own sovereign country (their motto is “We seceded where others failed”), it’s Florida’s Florida — a laid-back, offbeat place where eccentrics, weirdos, the Great Prophet Jimmy Buffett, and Judy Blume hang out and generally spend their time being odd. Since moving to Tampa a little over two years ago, I’ve been told by at least a dozen people that I should visit Key West because I’d fit right in with my accordion schtick.

How laid back is Key West? This laid back:

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Yesterday, the Key West police posted a photo of what has to be to most Key West illegally-parked car ever: it looks just like Fred Flintstone’s:

They wrote on the City of Key West’s Facebook page:

This Flintstone car is in front of 828 Emma Street. It is illegally parked in the public right of way. It’s been red tagged, but the City would really like to find the owner before we have to take it away. The owner has not yet come forward. Please, if you know whose it is, let them know. Please help us find the owner of this ride… QUICKLY!

Key West citizens, being the fun-loving lot they are, made lots of funny comments, but also ended up helping the cops find the car’s owners. As they put it in an addendum to their Facebook post:

Thanks to everyone who helped on this! And thanks for all the funny remarks. This island is awesome!

While the police have identified the owner and got him or her to move the car, there are still some very important questions that remain, some of which come from this article in Miami New Times:

  • It is a prop, or it is a functioning vehicle? (My guess is that it’s a converted golf cart.)
  • Was this an art project? A themed pedicab designed for the purpose of enticing and overcharging drunk tourists?
  • Has someone actually been picked up for a date in this thing?

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I should go and visit the Conch Republic sometime soon.


Florida of the day: Man ejected from school board meeting after saying “erect penis” to fuel anti-gay hysteria

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If there’s one thing that people won’t stand for in ‘Murica, and especially Florida, one of the most ‘Murican parts of ‘Murica, it’s treating the Ell-jee-bee-tees like human beings. Case in point: at Tuesday’s school board meeting in Brevard County (the Orlando area), board members were voting on whether to schedule a public hearing about a proposed non-discrimination policy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. According to Florida Today, “that meeting included many outbursts from the audience, including yells, cheers, and jeers”…and one slightly unhinged guy who decided to tell some story about a teacher who showed his students a photo of his erect penis.

Because this is Florida in the 21st century, there’s video, which I took and turned into my latest “Florida” piece:

From Florida Today:

Before the LGBT policy can be voted on, a public hearing must be scheduled. Though a vote on whether to schedule a public hearing is typically a pro forma vote, this is the point in the political process when a previous version of the LGBT policy was tabled by the school board. Since February, the debate about an LGBT policy in Brevard Public Schools has been heated and emotional on both sides.

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Dean Paterakis’ mug shot. Even his expression says “erect penis”.
Photo from Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The slightly unhinged guy I mentioned earlier is Dean Paterakis (pictured above in his mugshot, and thanks to Florida’s Sunshine Law, you can see his arrest details here). He seems to be against having a hearing on the non-discrimination hearing. He brought up some story about a teacher who supposedly showed his students a picture of his erect penis. I assume it was an attempt to show the sexual nightmare the schools would become if we suddenly treated LGBT people with the same dignity as heterosexuals.

More from Florida Today:

Critics of the policy have said that they believe an LGBT policy would legislate social values they disagree with on religious and moral grounds, and that it would threaten public safety and they have repeatedly emphasized the idea of majority rule. However, supporters of the policy say that it would give LGBT students and staff an official recognition of their dignity which would help ensure that they are treated with respect.

Paterakis was released on a $750 bond before midnight Tuesday on two misdemeanor charges.

The story does have a promising ending: the board voted 3 – 2 in favor of holding the hearing on an LGBT non-discrimination policy. Let’s hope it’s enacted — mostly for the sake of human rights, decency, and the LGBT students in Brevard County, and just a little bit for more opportunities to see Paterakis completely lose it at a board meeting.


“Star Wars: A New Hope”, in giant infographic form!

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SWANH.NET is a site that features a single, 123-meter (about 403.5 feet) infographic that tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope (a.k.a. Episode IV, “The Original”, “The template for Episode VII…not that there’s anything wrong with that”) with all the dialogue.

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There’s a lot of scrolling involved, but you’ll love every second of it.

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It was drawn with Adobe Illustrator CC, measures 1024 by 465152 pixels, and was created by Swiss illustrator Martin Panchaud.

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It’ll suck you in, so don’t view it if you’re in the middle of something important.

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Homage to Hodor

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Photo by Hanksy. Click to see the source.

Hodor was a man of very few words — well, one word to be precise — but he was hard-working, loyal, and brave to the very end. Let’s all hold the door for someone today in his honor.


A little inspiration, courtesy of “Saturday Night Live”

I’ll let Leslie Jones do the talking here…

sometimes you gotta fail