Archive for March, 2010

7.8 billion mosquitoes will hatch.
Only 65 000 will be swatted by humans.

Enough sunlight will reach the Earth’s surface to power the world for eighteen hundred years. Right now we are only able to harness enough to power Europe for 12 minutes.

55 million people will think about quitting their jobs.
1000 will actually quit their jobs.

150-190 million litres of ocean water will evaporate. The actual amounts vary since more ocean surface area is closer to the sun between the months of April and September due to the Earth’s tilt.

96 billion dollars of wealth will change hands. 54 million dollars will be going to someone more wealthy than the person parting with it. The rich are literally getting richer by the minute.

3 million meteors will enter a planet’s atmosphere in our galaxy alone. Most of them will be the size of a rice grain. 7 of them will be the size of Texas.

And finally, in the amount of time it takes you to read this, 247 000 people on the internet will read some sort of informational chart, graphic or presentation that is wildly inaccurate and has absolutely no reference to scientific studies.

Of course, none of this changes the fact that God hates sharks.


Miles Fisher’s original take on the Talking Heads classic, This Must Be The Place is also an homage to another cult classic American Psycho written by Bret Easton Ellis. Very rarely in life to the stars align to create a mash up of your all time favourite song and one of my favourite books.
Fisher is a talented young actor, musician, and digital media entrepreneur who has made supporting cast appearances in some hit TV shows like Mad Men and Gossip Girl and is currently working on a full length album to follow up his Electro Pop EP. Click his website link under the videos to check out his showreel, music and full bio. I think his impression of Christian Bale’s brilliant film performance as Patrick Bateman is uncanny and considering the quality of this cover version I would not be surprised if Fisher has a successful film and music career ahead of him.

China executed more people last year than the rest of the world combined, according to a report published today by Amnesty International. In other obvious news, Ricky Martin is gay, but you knew that already.

Amnesty said there were “thousands” of Chinese executions in 2009 — the precise number is considered a state secret — and the rights group called on Beijing to divulge how many it carries out.

The report said that at least 714 people were executed in 17 other countries, led by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Methods of execution included beheading, stoning, electrocution, hanging, firing squads, lethal injection and listening to Sarah Palin speak for 48hours straight without food or water.

Amnesty said in its report last year that China had executed at least 1,718 people in 2008, nearly three-fourths of the 2,390 executions worldwide that year.

In Europe in 2009, for the first time since Amnesty International began keeping records, there were no executions. Belarus is the only European nation with the death penalty still on its books; the former Soviet republic reportedly executed two men two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, in England, a hedgehog tried to open a savings account.

A South African psychiatrist known as Dr. Shock for his notorious attempts to “cure” gay military recruits through electroshock therapy has been charged with sexually assaulting a male patient. Dr. Aubrey Levin, who was arrested in Calgary, Alberta, after he was secretly filmed sexually abusing a male patient, had previously been accused of gross human rights abuses for his treatment of gay soldiers and conscientious objectors in Apartheid-era South Africa.

As a top military psychiatrist for the South African apartheid regime, Levin is believed to have not only given gay patients electroshock therapy but also chemically castrated one gay soldier and driven one patient to suicide. After emigrating to Canada in 1995 he kept his past abuses out of the media by threatening lawsuits, the Guardian reports. Since Levin’s recent arrest Canadian police have begun investigating similar allegations by at least 30 other previous patients of his in Canada.

After years of keeping quiet about his personal life, pop star Ricky Martin has announced that he is gay. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Ricky said in a message posted on his official Website. “I am very blessed to be who I am.” I am pretty sure this is not a suprise to anyone on the planet.

Ricky is busy finishing up his memoirs for publication. Now, I know this is going to sound cynical but do you think there is a remote possibility he waited to make this announcement prior to the release of his book in an attempt to boost sales and garner more publicity?
To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where [sic] born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment,” he wrote. In an earlier Tweet on Monday, the singer also posted a quote attributed to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. M.L.K.Jr.

Below is a related clip from Kevin Smith’s Zak and Miri Make a Porno.

An elementary school production of Scarface. I have no idea what school district would allow such explicit material to be portrayed by children, or why they used popcorn instead of cocaine, but I wish my old school was this cool. My guess is some drama teacher got his pink slip and said, “Fuck it, I’m puttin’ on Scarface.” Then before the administrators knew it, Tony Montana was dead floating face down in a hot tub whilst parents were clapping from sheer confusion.

Tony Montana: I kill a communist for fun, but for a green card, I gonna carve him up real nice.