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Three Ways To Play AC DC’s “Thunderstruck” That You May Not Have Considered.

We were never a fan of the group AC/DC, but their song “Thunderstruck” has been covered by lots of people using instruments that we would not have considered.

First, the Finnish version:

Finnish band called Steve’n’Seagulls plays AC/DC’s awesome song called Thunderstruck.

Then you have the 17th century nothing but percussion instruments version:
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Once In A While….

Like many people, we generally love sports. We love the idea of groups and individuals competing hard in a contest and then enjoying the camaraderie of a shared interest after the contest is over. We have always felt that sports are a way to bridge gaps, bring people together and have a good time while doing it.

Lately, some of our love for sports has begun to wane. Whether it be NFL players who feel “disrespected” by offers of $30 million dollar contracts, tennis players who yell and spit at umpires, players who when they score in football or soccer think they did it all by themselves and run away from teammates screaming “look at me!” Accusations of cheating at the Little League World Series for teams stealing signs (Here’s an idea…..change your signs.), major league pitchers throwing at the heads of opponents in the wake of bat flips, taunting and general stupidity, we have simply gotten tired of the entitlement mentality.

Then came this story


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Don’t Mess With Grandma’s Birds And Squirrels.

Garlene Eiceman’s Snake

Do not trifle with the back yard garden of Eden of 89 year old great grandmother Garlene Eiceman up in Tallahassee.

Like many people, Eiceman had set out a bird feeder where birds and squirrels would stop by for a bite to eat. But then something strange started to happen.

The birds started to disappear and some stopped coming her “seed shack.”

The culprit?

A snake.

About three weeks ago, Eiceman looked on in horror when she saw a snake slither out of a bird box where she’d been watching a nest of three baby blue birds be tended by their parents.

The snake’s throat had a tell-tale bulge.

“I started crying, I didn’t know what to

do,” said Eiceman, a great-grandmother of six and a grandmother of six, who goes by the nickname Grandma Bunny. “The snake went down and up a wooden flower box and it went out of sight. After that all the birds disappeared.”

Eiceman was not about to let this interloper affect her little slice of heaven and its inhabitants.

She removed all the places a snake could hide, including all the bird houses. Eventually she spotted the snake. As soon as she did she ran and grabbed a hammer and a twig.
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A Flash Mob We Can Definitely Get Behind.

With all of the controversy and idiocy over Nike, Kaepernick and the Betsy Ross flag, we thought it would be good to do something different.

The Denver Brass and their friends, Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, surprised the patrons of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado with a fun and patriotic flash mob on July 6, 2014.

Great stuff. (Even the bagpipes!)



“LEGALIZE LEMONADE” Is The Sweetest Thing We’ve Heard In A While.

It seems that every year there is a story about authorities shutting down a lemonade stand run by a child in their front yard:

Girl puts up lemonade stand, told to pay for business license
Child’s lemonade stand shut down for no permit
Police shut down girls’ lemonade stand for lack of permit

After all, we can’t have kids learning the value of hard work. We can’t let them indulge in the entrepreneurial spirit of America, can we?

We can’t let a kid sell lemonade without government intervention!

The makers of Country Time Lemonade have seen enough. The company is organizing to help people make lemonade stands legal in all fifty states without the bureaucratic hassles and permits.
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Kids These Days.

Imagine wanting to go from Frederick, Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to googlemaps, the trip is about 480 miles and will take you over 7 hours by car.

Now imagine that you are two brothers named Abernathy – 9-year-old Louis “Bud” Abernathy and his 5-year-old brother, Temple who want to make the journey. Now what?

In 1909, Bud Abernathy and his brother asked their father if they could ride by horse from Oklahoma to Santa Fe. The father, law man Jack Abernathy, said “yes” in order to “toughen up” his two young children whose mother had died.

Off the brothers went.

The trip was not without perils.
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Robot Tuesday.

We’ve been looking at videos from Boston Dynamics and their work in robotics.

This one caught our eye.

“How’s he so good at dancing?”
Boston Dynamics “AlgoRHYTHM baby!”

The robot is named “Spot Mini” for somewhat obvious reasons and is part of the Boston Dynamics “family” of robots:
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Because We All Need Things To Help Waste Time On The Internet.

Don’t blame us, we’re only the messenger.

The website the Pudding has created an interesting map of the US:

A People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place.

While the image above is for the entire US, you can zoom in and get down to small towns.

In our area (Brevard County, FL) towns would be named for a comedian (we are being gracious with that term,) a rock singer, a football player, a surfer, a lawyer, a author from the early 20th century, a golfer and a mixed martial arts fighter.
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The “Miami Grand Illusion Play” Lives!

Something different than politics:

Trine Softball Wins Super Regional With Hidden Ball Trick Play!

With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the 7th and final inning, Trine Junior Catcher Victoria Porter threw the ball back to Senior Pitcher Kate Saupe. Saupe faked a throw to second and several infielders and outfielders sold the fake by diving and sprinting towards the outfield fence. The Geneseo baserunner took off for third and Saupe, still holding the ball, tagged her out to win the NCAA DIII Super Regional Championship. Trine advances to the Championship round in Tyler, Texas next weekend!

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Dusty In Here Right Now.

Frank Manchel

Manchel, 95, collapsed and died on his flight home to San Diego after a weekend seeing memorials and historic sights in Washington, D.C.

In the final moments of his life, Frank Manchel knew that many people honored him for his World War II service.

Manchel collapsed Sunday, on the final leg of a trip sponsored by Honor Flight San Diego, a nonprofit that gives World War II veterans all-expense-paid visits to Washington, D.C. Two physicians aboard the chartered American Airlines flight tried to resuscitate him, but he died before the plane landed at San Diego International Airport. He was 95.

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