Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Technically, yesterday was a vacation day, since this week we switched schedules and my only day off was Sunday. I did not like that so I took an extra day, since I'm switching to 10 hour shifts - which is a big, hairy "ugh" but it gives me 3 day weekends with Secret Agent Man. I have worked here over ten (10) years and this will be my first time with weekends off. Ever.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Uncle Secret Agent Man's new look is stylin'.
Hey, I just realized that Uncle Secret Agent Man = Uncle SAM. How 'bout that?
And now, for your viewing pleasure...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sometimes Photoshop can be a lovely thing, but when it renders someone unrecognizable, it's just ridiculous. Why even bother asking a celebrity to be a spokesmodel for a product if you're going to completely change how they look? Why not just grab someone off the street and make them look somewhat like a celebrity? Does this really look anything like Zoey Deschanel? No, no it doesn't.
[Image via Splash News]
Strange things have been noticed that dogs actually climbing the parapet wall before making the jump. Even stranger are the reports of dogs surviving their brush with death, only to return to the bridge for a second attempt. Some more interesting facts about the bridge is it has never claimed the life of humans but engulfed more than 600 dogs till now, averaging one dog per month.
What makes this tragic mystery even more mysterious is that many of the dogs that jump from Overton Bridge jump from the same side and from almost the same spot: between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge.
But why is this happening? What would compel otherwise contented canines to leap from the stone structure?
Some believe that the bridge is haunted. In 1994, a man threw his baby son off the bridge claiming that it was the anti-Christ. Later, the man attempted suicide there as well. Was Overton Bridge responsible for this tragic event?
Another theory comes from Celtic beliefs that Overton Bridge is a "thin place" where the barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead meet and sometimes cross over. Some believe that dogs are more sensitive to the paranormal and perhaps they are getting spooked by spirits. In fact, one psychic toured the bridge and, although she admitted that she felt nothing malevolent - only peace, her dog pulled on its leash to the right side of the bridge.
However, the explanation which seems to be the most logical involves the presence of minks on the banks of the burn. The mink’s powerful anal glands leave marks wherever they go and the strong musty smell they produce apparently interest dogs. So it is suggested that the height of the bridge’s granite walls significantly impairs the dogs’ sense of sight and hearing, so when they go to investigate the smell, they are unaware of the massive fall that awaits them. This would explain why the dogs all went over on clear and dry days, because the mink smell wouldn’t have been strongly dilluted by the rain.
Whatever the explanation for the famous Dog Suicide Bridge actually is could be debated for years without satisfaction. Just take some advise from the locals and keep your best friend on a leash when visiting Overton Bridge.
[Image via Gawker]
Friday, March 18, 2011
While playing around with some ideas, I also came up with this one that I really liked, so I'm offering it for one of my free backgrounds.
This one really makes me antsy for summer. I'm so tired of cold, windy, rainy and snowy!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
There is a tunnel under the old railroad tracks just to the west of the Queen Elizabeth Way in Niagara Falls. Located near the end of the road on right-hand side of Warner Road, just off of Taylor/Beechwood Road, the tunnel runs under the railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. The tunnel is made of rough-cut stone and measures 16 feet high by 125 long.
According to local legend, over a century ago, a farm house located just past the south entrance to the tunnel caught fire one night. A young girl, her clothes engulfed in flames, fled screaming from the house. She ran through the tunnel in an attempt to extinguish her garments but collapsed and died on the tunnel floor.
Some have heard that the young girl was kidnapped by a crazed butcher, who dawned a pig’s mask and burned her alive after she had tried to escape through the tunnel.
Another legend involves a little girl who was chased down and burned by her angry father when he found out he lost his children to his wife in a bitter custody battle.
Perhaps the most gruesome story, the young girl was raped while inside the tunnel, with the perpetrator burning the body in order to hide the evidence...
It is said that the girl is still in this tunnel, haunting it. The urban legend has it that if you stand in the middle of the tunnel and light a wooden match stick, she will blow it out immediately and you will be able to hear her screams. It is also noted that the middle of the tunnel is quite cold, even on a hot summer day. People report that when they are in the tunnel, they have a feeling of being watched. Orbs are very noticeable on photographs taken inside the tunnel.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Quentin Tarantino has had just about enough with his next door neighbor Alan Ball (and one of my favorite creative geniuses) and his aviary full of exotic birds that screech and squawk and let out "blood curdling" and "obnoxious pterodactyl-like" screams at all hours of the day and night. Tarantino is suing Ball, claiming that the crazy bird harpies are driving him insane and making it impossible for him to work creatively. Hmm, is it a legit claim or does Tarantino have writer's block, therefore needing to blame his creative nose-dive on something or someone?
[Image via Back Seat Cuddler]
Jennifer Aniston is close to purchasing this penthouse in the West Village in New York for a measly $14.95 million. The duplex has a baby nursery, a staircase out of a grand Hollywood mansion, and two outdoor rooftop patios under a water tower that’s encased in brick to make it look like a castle.
Mr. Awesome Twitterer put his uber-modern bachelor pad in LA on the market for $3.995 million. With a shower like that, how could you not want to offer less than the asking price???
Dancing Queen Tom Brady and his super model wife Gisele are building a 22,000 square foot home in California. 22,000 square feet. For three people. Makes total sense.
The angry driver known as Nicolas Cage has finally sold his Bel-Air mansion, originally on the market in 2007 for $35 million, for $9.95 million. That's a pretty insane price drop. I guess even celebrities aren't untouchable when it comes to the recession. The house was previously owned by Dean Martin.
Courtney Cox and David Arquette's home in Malibu recently sold for $33.5 million, which Arquette then immediately blew on booze and stippers.
The doozy award has to go to Tiger Woods. He just purchased a $50 million estate on Juniper Island, FL, that boasts a 6,400-square-foot gym/media room/bar, an elevator, a reflecting pond and a lap pool, and a practice facility (which has multiple grass types). Apparently Tiger is unhappy with his golf swing and is looking forward to being able to practice 24-7. Sounds exactly like the type of lifestyle a father of two (three? four?) should have.
[Images via Daily News and The Real Estalker]
Sunday, March 13, 2011
So, what did I change my mind about? Well, it has to do with the 100 Illustrations book that I'm going to be part of.
Initially I was going to go with this little guy:
Then I found out I could submit a second piece! So I decided to go with this one:
I liked the contrast between cute and sketchy looking (the picture looks more like a sketch, not
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
[Image via Fame]
Monday, March 7, 2011
Candyman is an urban legend about the ghost of a slave who returns from the dead in search of revenge.
According to the legend, if you look into a mirror and chant the name “Candyman” five times, the Candyman will appear and kill you with his hook. For you see, the Candyman is a vicious killer with a bloody hook for a hand. He appears from the mirror, covered in blood and bees and with nothing but murder on his mind.
They say that years ago, Candyman was once a real man. Back in the days of slavery, Candyman was a black slave named Daniel Robitaille, who worked on a plantation in New Orleans. He was a talented painter and was chosen by the plantation owner to paint a portrait of his daughter.
But Daniel fell in love with the daughter of the white plantation owner. When the racist plantation owner discovered that his daughter and the slave were in love, he raised an angry mob and chased Daniel out of town.
Armed with pitchforks and a pack of dogs, they chased the poor slave across fields and streams. Finally, they caught up with the exhausted slave near an old barn. The evil men siezed Daniel and cut off his right hand with a rusty saw. Then they covered him in honey and threw him into a beehive.
The unfortunate Candyman was in terrible pain and died from his injuries, but not before he cursed the men who killed him and vowed to return and exact his revenge. They say his spirit would never rest and now his ghost walks the world for all eternity, appearing when his name is called five times.
So remember, you can say “Candyman” once, twice, three times or four. But never say it five times or you’ll be sorry!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
And this is what she's supposedly wearing in the video. Honestly, when will the insanity end? Sigh.
[Image via Kim Kardashian]