Blackalicious Shout-out

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I awoke this morning to find a nice little shout out to me about my current favorite rap group Blackalicious on Blah Blah Blog. Here is the first sentence of the post:

“Maybe I am old and out of the loop, but I just discovered the genius of Blackalicious, and it took a Jewish guy from Long Island to introduce me.”

My street cred has probably now increased at least 25% due to how I’ve helped spread the word about Blackalicious’s delicious rhymes and deft beats. I can go on and on about how amazing this group is but really Chris’s post says it all, plus, he provides an opportunity to download Alphabet Aerobics, the songs that first made me love the group, as well as Chemical Calisthenics, which actually makes physics sound gansta. As Chris put it, they are “like Kool Mo Dee with a master’s degree.”

Thanks Chris


Sold! Virgin Mary seen on a Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

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It sold for only $28,000!

To me, that is incredibly low amount for a holy relic. This sandwich is a physical embodiment of the mother of god and I don’t know what’s worse, the woman selling it or only fetching less than a top of the line Ford after selling it. Adding sacrilege to sacrilege, an online casino bought it. Christ almighty, a casino! It would be funny if they had a press conference where someone ate it live on camera. You could bet on how much time it took to eat it, if he threw up and if he’s going to hell.
You can read more about it straight from’s mouth after the jump.
Thanks Phyl

‘Virgin Mary’ sandwich sells on eBay for $28,000. Online casino gobbles up grilled cheese icon

HOLLYWOOD, Florida (AP – 11/23/04) — A woman who said her 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich bore the image of the Virgin Mary will be getting a lot more bread after the item sold for $28,000 on eBay., an online casino, confirmed that it placed the winning bid, and company executives said they were willing to spend “as much as it took” to own the 10-year-old half-sandwich with a bite out of it.

“It’s a part of pop culture that’s immediately and widely recognizable,” spokesman Monty Kerr told The Miami Herald. “We knew right away we wanted to have it.”

Photos posted on eBay show what can be viewed as a woman’s face emblazoned on the sandwich, a bite taken out of one end. Bidding closed Monday.

In a statement, CEO Richard Rowe said he planned to use the sandwich to raise money for charity. Kerr and Steve Baker, CEO of GoldenPalace’s management company, Cyberworld Group, flew to south Florida on Monday to make arrangements for a sandwich handover from its owner, Diana Duyser.

“I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God,” Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer, said in the casino’s statement.

The online auction site initially pulled the sale, saying it didn’t post joke items. The page was restored after the company was convinced that Duyser would deliver on the bid, said eBay spokesman Hani Durzy.

Duyser said she took a bite after making the sandwich 10 years ago and saw a face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand. She said the sandwich has never sprouted a spore of mold.


Neu: I Get to Hit You

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Dr. David Graham, associate director of science for the office of drug safety at the center for drug evaluation and research for the Food and Drug Administration testifies before the Senate Finance Committee and shows them what is colloquially known as “the flying asshole.”

If only George, Turtle and a few others read my blog, I could hit them too…


Flashback: State Song Lyrics

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I was going through a folder I have on my work PC which contains all sorts of random docs, such as a spreadsheet used to plan my bachelor party, a letter to my pediatrician requesting my immunization history, a list of places to eat around my office and a video, shot from the doomed Columbia Space Shuttle, of Israel from space (email me if you want this – I don’t want to post it and get hit with the bandwidth overages). I also found the lyrics to a song I learned in 5th grade which I sang in some concert: The 50 States in Rhyme Song. For all those who are nostalgic, especially for a time when we thought of states as just states, not red states or blue states, here is the song:

Alabama and Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Connecticut and more.

Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Hawaii, Idaho. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, still 35 to go.

Kansas and Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine. Maryland, Massachusetts, and good ole Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana, Nebraska’s 27, number 28’s Nevada.

Next, New Hampshire and New Jersey, And way down, New Mexico.

Then New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, O – Hi – O.

Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, now let’s see.

Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee.

Texas, then there’s Utah. Vermont, I’m almost through. Virginia, then there’s Washington and West Virginia, too.

Could Wisconsin be the last one in the 49?

No, Wyoming is the last state in the 50 states that rhyme.

I for one can sing from memory the song up till the “#28’s Nevada” part.


Tragedy on the Mountain

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In the news today:

Rangers removed the ice-encrusted bodies of two other hikers who died on the peak in an unexpected early blizzard in the Sierras. The deaths occurred on El Capitan, a forbidding granite mountain at Yosemite National Park,

The two deaths created a gruesome sight for a helicopter crew that managed to fly close enough Wednesday to spot the bodies, which were blue and dripping with icicles as they dangled from their ropes about two-thirds of the way up the precipice.

To retrieve the corpses, rangers rappelled down El Capitan, put the bodies into yellow mountaineering bags, and carried them on their backs hundreds of feet to the summit.

The two victims – an unidentified Japanese man and woman – had been ill-prepared for the weather, a ranger said. They also had their arms around each other, probably in an attempt to keep each other warm.

I can think of a very sad 2 person play that could be written about this tragedy. Such a sudden storm of sadness.


Virgin Mary seen on a Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

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My co-workers alerted me to this auction for a grilled cheese sandwhich that has an image of the Virgin Mary on it. At first eBay yanked the auction thinking it was a joke but the woman protested and proved that yes, she has been sleeping with a grilled cheese sandwich on her bedside table for 10 years. It just has to be the Virgin Mary – look, no mold!

This is from the actual description: “The item has not been preserved or anything, It has been keep in a plastic case, not a special one that seals out air or potential mold or bacteria, it is like a miracle.”

The funnier part is this: go to eBay and type in “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese” into the search box. There are now tons of auctions with Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese in the description title – they are all trying to take advantage of this crazy auction. There are non-holy grilled cheese sandwiches for sale, pics of the virgin mary for sale and even “Sexy Pantyhose NOT Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich” for sale. As my co-worker Jason just mentioned, “Why when someone sees a woman’s face on a food item, in a window, etc does that person automatically think its the Virgin Mary. What about other women, like Pat Nixon?”

Thanks Jason and Chris for illuminating my day


Because I’m Fat, I’m Fat, Really Really Fat

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This is burger was just introduced by the Hardee’s fast food chain. Yes, it looks ridiculously delicious. It’s called the Monster Thickburger and is made of two 1/3-pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered sesame seed bun.

Now for the downside: it contains 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat. That’s right. 107 grams of fat. Your intake for the day is supposed to be around 60 grams of fat. This burger gives you enough fat for 2 days. I would need to bike for 4 hours (at 10 mph) to burn this puppy off. Oh but it looks so tasty…

After the jump read the article that was on MSNBC about it. Thanks Neu for making my mouth water.

Hardee’s serves up 1,420-calorie burger; Fast-food giant skips diet craze, creates fat-filled sandwich

The Associated Press

Updated: 12:47 p.m. ET Nov. 16, 2004

ST. LOUIS – As many fast-food chains introduce healthier fare amid fears of being sued, Hardee’s is serving up a hamburger with 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat.

St. Louis-based Hardee’s Food Systems Inc. on Monday rolled out its Monster Thickburger – two 1/3-pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered sesame seed bun. The sandwich alone sells for $5.49, $7.09 with fries and a soda.

The introduction comes at a time when McDonald’s Corp., Wendy’s International Inc. and other fast-food giants have broadened their offerings of salad and other lower-calorie fare amid concerns that the industry could be held legally liable for America’s obesity epidemic. Last year, a federal judge in New York dismissed two class-action suits blaming McDonald’s for making people fat. McDonald’s was also skewered earlier this year by “Super Size Me,” an award-winning documentary that targeted the fast food industry.

Even before the new Monster Thickburger, the chain offered five sandwiches with 1,000 calories or more, and eight overall that have more calories than what was once the big-burger standard – McDonald’s 600-calorie Big Mac.

“Maybe this is a smart strategy because there are still folks out there who care about the taste and size of their sandwich, and less about their weight,” said Jerry McVety, president of the restaurant consulting firm McVety & Associates in Farmington Hills, Mich.

In trading Monday, shares of Hardee’s parent company, CKE Restaurants Inc., closed up 13 cents, or 1 percent, at $12.63.