Saturday, November 21, 2009

Anvil! The Story of Anvil is robbed

The Academy recently released their shortlist of 15 feature documentaries which may compete for the Best Documentary Oscar in February, and out of 15 — FIFTEENAnvil! The Story of Anvil didn’t make it. I don’t know anyone who saw Anvil! who didn’t leave the theater raving about how awesome it was. How does that not get on the list??

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Worried pimp 'called off Rabbi's three-day drug-fuelled orgy'

An eminent rabbi was so exhausted after three days of constant cocaine-fuelled partying with escorts that his pimp grew worried and cancelled that day’s supply of girls, a jury was told.

Rabbi Baruch Chalomish, 55, who has a £6 million fortune, was a scholarly academic, an accomplished businessman, a charity giver and a dutiful family man until his first wife died of cancer and his world fell apart.

He turned to alcohol in his depression, then took refuge in cocaine, spending up to £1,000 a week. He lived in squalor, seeking comfort from prostitutes.

Rabbi Baruch Chalomish was the financier in a commercial cocaine supply business while Nasir Abbas, 54, a convicted drug dealer, provided the drugs and the customers.

The pair rented a luxury flat in Manchester and for ten days over the new year enjoyed a non-stop party. Mr Abbas admitted to police that he procured a supply of girls from an agency called Pure Class. They were also offered cocaine.

The court was told that on the ninth day, and after the rabbi had stayed up for three straight days, Mr Abbas was so concerned about his health that he scrapped that day’s supply of prostitutes.

Duck fans fight over a hockey stick

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oh God, Bo Derek is 53 today!

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Best bumper sticker I've seen in a long time

What? Belle du Jour is a scientist?

The author of notorious prostitution blog Belle du Jour, has finally discarded the cloak of anonymity and revealed herself. In fact she is a nice Jewish girl.

I haven’t actually visited the blog, read the book (I am assuming there is one) or even seen the TV adaptation starring Billie Piper, but, like the X-Factor, it is one of things you can’t escape knowing about even if you do not actively partake in it.So what I already knew was that there was an anonymous writer and that the speculation about their true identity was on a par with similar speculation about the identity of The Stig, Banksy or the author of Primary Colors. Given that single fact, the biggest surprise of the announcement was not that the notorious prostitue/writer turns out to be a respectable scientist but this:

A month ago she revealed her secret to her colleagues at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health, who were “amazingly kind and supportive”. She was preparing to tell her parents this weekend.

So a group of her colleagues were told this last month but none of them has run off to sell the story. Remarkable behaviour these days.

Never thought much of Katy Perry until this...

Katy Perry's appearance at the MTV Awards earlier this month in West Ham United lingerie – a tribute to her boyfriend Russell Brand – has provided the club with an unlikely new revenue stream.

The American singer appeared at the ceremony in a West Ham basque, complete with the team's badges on her chest, prompting the club to commission a special limited-edition range of underwear for sale to fans. West Ham say they were "responding to huge demand".

She is turning out to be a marketing machine. The replica shirts, was seen by millions of viewers around the world and a limited-edition run of copies will be sold for £300 each.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What are they teaching kids in science class these days?

Mug Shot of the Week

Australopithecus man?

Cute ad

Golf balls are killing the planet

Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem.

The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch.

It was found that during decomposition, the golf balls dissolved to release a high quantity of heavy metals. Dangerous levels of zinc were found in the synthetic rubber filling used in solid core golf balls. When submerged in water, the zinc attached itself to the ground sediment and poisoned the surrounding flora and fauna.


Priority Flu Shot: Canada's hottest reality TV show

Happy 35th Birthday Chloe Sevigny

What happened to a simple high five after scoring a goal?

How much is a 80,000 seat dome stadium worth?

Not too much it turns out. The city of Pontiac will be selling the Silverdome for $583,000 to a Canadian company that hopes to maintain it as a sports venue. The company was one of four bidders considered today during an auction at the Marriott Hotel for the Silverdome, the former home to the Detroit Lions.

The Silverdome has sat largely empty since the Detroit Lions moved to Ford Field in 2002.

Its $1.5-million-a-year upkeep has been a drain on the city of Pontiac, now beset by budget woes and supervised by Fred Leeb, the city's emergency financial manager. The city invested $100,000 in marketing and advertising for the Silverdome's auction globally.

If they can but it on wheels and ship it to Hamilton, maybe the Ticats would be interested.


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Hump Day Hottie

Aimee Mullins

Whay the fuss over Newsweek's cover of Sarah Palin?

The picture is actually from the August issue of Runner's World. Nobody made a fuss about it then. Both sides of the political divide always trying to make something out of nothing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mom offers to trade kids swine flu vaccine for Bon Jovi tickets

The following ad was actually posted on Craigslist until it was recently removed. Hey you gotta do what you gotta if you need good concert tickets.



It's Danny Devito's 65 birthday

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Battle of the Blades - and the winner is...

My personal favourites and runner ups...they even did some hydroblading...

Fashion Disaster

This one is for you AnObiter.

How many husbands wish their wife had this problem?

A single mother with a medical condition that gives her 300 orgasms a day has finally found a man to keep her satisfied - after she wore out a string of boyfriends.

Michelle Thompson, who suffers from Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, thought she would never meet the partner of her dreams. She was just too demanding for all her previous lovers.

But she has been with her neighbour Andrew Carr, 32, for six months now - because he's as keen as she is and they make love 10 times a day.

She even had to quit a job in a biscuit factory because the machines kept setting her off. She said: "I know I'm lucky to have so many orgasms when there are women who have never had one. But the condition has ruined my love life."

Strippers in a Box

A new Las Vegas advertising scheme takes a page from the bookmobile idea. Deja Vu Nightclub takes a mobile unit around town featuring pole dancers inside, performing behind glass from 10PM to 2AM. Although the dancers wear underwear, some people are complaining that the advertising is not appropriate for the streets where children are sometimes present. Link has video.

UPDATE: The mobile advertisement got plenty of local and national attention this week. It also grabbed the attention of our county commissioners. Now it appears the Stripper Mobile may be a thing of the past.

The odds were actually in Bill Belichick's favour

If you saw the finale of last night's Patriot-Colt game you were probably questioning Patriots coach Bill Belichick for his decision to go for it on fourth down on their own 28. The Patriots coach has been ridiculed by experts, fans, and former players for his call.

But according to, a site created by computer geek named Brian Burke (not the Maple Leaf GM) devoted primarily to determining win probability for football teams. Burke’s simulation engine is perfectly suited to solve debates such as, say, whether a team should go for it on fourth and 2 from their 28 with two minutes left while leading by 6.

According to Burke’s calculations, going for the first down gave the Patriots a 79 percent chance of winning. Punting gave them a 70-percent chance to win.

But Belichick makes for great villain so who cares if he was right. Everyone will continue to insist he screwed up. I doubt Belichick gives a shit what we think.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

NHL Suspension Flowchart

Stolen from here.

One Hit Wonder

Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air (1970)

Statue of the Week

Happy 80th Ed Asner

Who's idea was it to celebrate the Leafs of the 80s?

Last night the Maple Leafs did a tribute to the Leafs of the 1980s. They invited Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall, 2/3 of the Hound Line for a pre-game ceremony and showed tons of videos from 1980 teams. Wisely, Gary Leeman must have decided to stay at home.

Any Leaf fan, even the most rabid ones knows that the 1980s was a disaster for the Leafs. There were very few highlights and way too many low-lights. What marketing genius came up with this one?

The Leafs didn't have a single winning season that decade and the best season was only 75 points. Four seasons they didn't make the playoffs and in 1984-85 they finished last overall with only 48 points. They only advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs twice.

Owner Harold Ballard was the linchpin to this disastrous period. It began with the return of Punch Imlach as coach and GM. Imlach traded Lanny McDonald to undermine his friend Darryl Sittler's influence on the team. Sittler himself was gone two years later. The McDonald trade sent the Leafs into a downward spiral that took a decade to recover from.

Despite finishing near the bottom of the standing each season, they only had one successful high draft pick, Wendel Clark in 1985. There were a few highlights including Rick Vaive's 3 straight 50-goal seasons.

For the last 3 seasons in the 1980s the team didn't even have a captain. The coach and GM offices had to be fitted with revolving doors. GMs included Imlach, Gerry MacNamara, Gord Stellick, Floyd Smith. The list of failed coaches is even longer: Floyd Smith, Imlach, Joe Crozier, Mike Nykoluk, Dan Maloney, John Brophy, and George Armstrong.

There were some awful trades in the 1980s. Here are some of the worst:

Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville for Wilf Paiement and Pat Hickey
Darryl Sittler for Rich Costello and Peter Ihnacak
Russ Courtnall for John Kordic

Perhaps the darkest hours of the decade were revealed years later when it came out that boys were sexually abused at the Gardens. Fortunately Ballard died in 1990 which allowed the team to restore some respectability though not much more success.

Norman Bates took care of mother too

A long standoff with Metro Police led to the discovery of the badly decomposed body of an elderly woman inside her Louisville home. But police say it is what happened the Friday before Mother's Day that landed Julius C. Harris in jail. His mother, 89-year-old Sina Harris, died of natural causes, but her son never did anything about it.

He just left her as is and continued to live in that home. Since he didn't have a job, police say he lived off his dead mother's money. He continued to write checks and cash checks that she was receiving through different agencies and companies.

Police say concerned family members called authorities when they didn't hear or see the woman since August. A welfare check by detectives with the Crimes Against Seniors Unit ended in a standoff with SWAT and hostage teams.

Nine hours later, Harris gave up and detectives made the gruesome discovery inside. The report described a "body decomposed", "not properly cared for" and treated in a way that "would outrage ordinary family sensibilities."

A real life Sweeney Todd?

Police in Russia have arrested three homeless men suspected of killing a man, eating part of the body and selling other parts to a kebab shop.

The men were held in the city of Perm, some 1,400km east of Moscow. The suspects had targeted the 25-year-old victim out of "personal hostility".

It was not clear when the incident occurred. The men - who have not been named - have been charged with murder.

The investigators said that the body of the man had been found in a forested area in Perm. They said the three men attacked their victim with knives and a hammer.

After carrying out the attack, the corpse was dismembered. Part of it was eaten and part was also sold to a kebab and pie kiosk. It was not immediately clear if any customers had been served.

All that's missing is Mrs. Lovett's meat pies.

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