Postings to the B-List.
Subject: B-List: Some Mad Cows and a Raging Bull
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 08:08:21 +1030
1. "Wedding guest cow wanders into bank"
< http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13384225 >
Perhaps she was inspired by the TV ad where another cow uses an ATM?
2. "Slaughterhouse cow has last laugh in town rampage"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_855613.html >
3. "MOO-OO-VE: Cow attacks Union City man" [broken]
< http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~1918192,00.html >
< http://www.livejournal.com/users/canadianknight/3937.html >
4. "Cow swallows 1722 diamonds"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_857161.html >
5. "Rodeo bull jumps into Perry crowd, injures 10"
< http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0204/28rodeobull.html >
Subject: B-List: Livio De Marchi, Sculptor
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 08:22:12 +1030
Livio De Marchi, Sculptor
< http://www.liviodemarchi.com/ >
"Livio De Marchi is a sculptor from Venice whose specialty is creating things
in wood that you wouldn't have imagined possible"
A couple of highlights:
* Floating Ferrari F50, with motor, life size
< http://www.liviodemarchi.com/f501_uk.htm >
* Fiat Topolino
< http://www.liviodemarchi.com/topolinouk.htm >
Subject: B-List: Seven Firestarters
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 08:35:43 +1030
Seven excuses to start a fire ...
1. "Man set house alight because he couldn't walk dog"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_779408.html >
2. "Man started fire to get out of sex"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_802216.html >
3. "Firefighter torches home because it's untidy"
< http://www.irishexaminer.com/breaking/2004/01/15/story129650.html >
4. "Lawton woman burns apartment to get rid of ghost"
< http://kfor.com/Global/story.asp?S=1566470 >
5. "Gillette man lights self on fire to ward away officers"
6. "Man torches car after failing driving test"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_813569.html >
7. "Accused firestarter allegedly kept girlfriend locked in box"
< http://www.thelouisvillechannel.com/news/2872604/detail.html >
"A Louisville man was indicted on charges Tuesday that he set fire to
three homes in order to keep his girlfriend"
Subject: B-List: Follow the Trail
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 07:42:39 +1030
1. "Brazilian bandit caught red-footed"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1059490.htm >
"A Brazilian crook shot himself in the foot while trying to rob a bar,
then left a trail of blood that led police straight to his home"
2. "Footprints in the snow led police to robbers" [Austria]
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_859868.html >
"Snow help police track alleged robbers" [USA]
< http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/2793378/detail.html >
3. "Paint tracks led to burglary suspect"
< http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1299058 >
4. "Trail of ham led police to meat thief suspect"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_758878.html >
5. "Sweet lolly trail lands dumb burglar in the slammer"
< http://abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s757890.htm >
6. "Trail of broken parts leads police to cash machine thief"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_867907.html >
7. "Robbery suspect wore electronic monitor"
< http://www.indystar.com/articles/9/126630-7369-102.html >
Subject: B-List: From the eBay Files
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 08:44:13 +1030
1. "'Claytons' girlfriends offered on eBay"
< http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1038319.htm >
2. "Man auctions wife on internet"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_804636.html >
3. "German women promise party oomph after Internet auction"
4. "Latest e-sign of lousy job market"
< http://www.wired.com/news/ebiz/0,1272,57472,00.html >
"a group of writers, editors and producers formerly employed at a ZDNet website
geared toward IT managers are auctioning their talents on eBay"
5. "Soul for sale on eBay"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_844462.html >
6. "Area man pulls eBay auction for his vote"
< http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2435761 >
7. Sites that list unusual eBay items
* Ain't Capitalism Grand? The Weird eBay Auctions Warehouse
< http://www.whattheheck.com/ebay/ >
* Who Would Buy That? (auction oddities from all over the web)
< http://www.whowouldbuythat.com/ >
* The Strangest - Weirdest - Funniest - Most Bizarre eBay auctions EVER!
< http://www.dotcomscotland.co.uk/weirdsites/ebayauctions.htm >
* Webshots Community - Weird Ebay items
< http://community.webshots.com/album/3671602SBjnqQJIBz/2 >
Subject: B-List: Order of Skull and Bones
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 08:04:29 +1030
It's reassuring to know that whoever wins the upcoming presidential election
in the United States, he will be a member of an elite secret society known as
the "Order of Skull and Bones".
* "Skull & Bones: The Secret Society That Unites John Kerry and President Bush"
< http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0122-10.htm >
* "The Order of Skull and Bones"
< http://www.parascope.com/articles/0997/skullbones.htm >
"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask"
* "CBS 60 Minutes: Skull And Bones"
< http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/02/60minutes/main576332.shtml >
Subject: B-List: Far Side Cartoons Made Real + Freaks of Nature
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:40:08 +1030
A. Far Side Cartoons Made Real
A selection from a recent competition to submit real-life interpretations of
Far Side cartoons:
The rest of the site is also interesting, but some sections require you to
B. Freaks of Nature
1. "Gargantuan pig battles Big Bill for world record"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_874955.html >
2. "Boy finds two-headed snake"
< http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/10/17/offbeat.twoheaded.snake.ap/ >
3. "'Warning' over three-headed frog"
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/3534361.stm >
4. "Rare cow is a sixy beast"
< http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-12815981,00.html >
5. "Five-legged dog steals hearts"
< http://newsobserver.com/news/triangle/story/2986218p-2735969c.html >
6. "Zenkey foal a hybrid star"
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/28/1062050609625.html >
Subject: B-List: The Ides of March
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 08:05:18 +1030
Today is March 15 - the legendary "Ides of March". Julius Caesar was warned:
"beware the Ides of March". Read about the significance of the term "Ides"
and how it relates to the Roman calendar:
< http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ides1.html >
Basically there's nothing particularly fateful about the date, it's just one
of the three named reference dates in a month. The remaining dates in the
months have their names derived by counting back from the reference dates.
Subject: B-List: Take Your Time Part 1 - Late Mail
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 07:51:17 +0930
Yes it's been a while since the last b-list posting - two weeks in fact.
A couple of things popped up which prevented me from having the time to
prepare the b-lists. Things should get back to normal (whatever that is)
1. "Better late than never" [USA]
< http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2003-06-23-postal_x.htm >
"A letter posted with a 10-cent stamp in San Francisco has arrived in Council
Bluffs - 35 years after it was sent"
2. "Better late than never" [Sweden]
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/13/1073877794449.html >
"A postcard sent from southern Sweden in 1982 arrived at its destination in
the centre of the country last month, more than 21 years later"
3. "Bulgarian postcard mailed in 1988 finally reaches its destination"
< http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=29672 >
"A postcard mailed from Bulgaria in 1988 has reported finally reached its
Czech destination 15 years late"
4. "Xmas card arrives after 10 years"
< http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/20/1071868701460.html >
"A Christmas card sent from Zagreb has taken 10 years to reach its destination
in Sesvete, 10km from the capital"
5. "59-year-old paycheck finally delivered to rightful owner"
< http://www.msnbc.com/local/ksnw/m330307.asp?0ct=-302&cp1=1 >
"A Hays man was surprised recently to receive a paycheck. He doesn't remember
doing anything to earn it, and the check was issued in 1944"
6. "Council responds to letter seven years late"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_782961.html >
"A man who wrote to the local council to oppose a planned tree-felling operation
has received a reply seven years later"
Subject: B-List: Buy a Town on eBay (a John West post)
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 07:58:36 +0930
I keep an electronic scrapbook of potential B-List posts, organised by topic.
Some topics seem to hang around for ages, and aren't really that funny. So
I've decided to start getting rid of them under the banner "the b-list posts
that John West would reject", or for the H2G2 afficionados, "Golgafrincham
B Ark b-lists".
Why settle for a mere house when you can buy a whole town or even a state?
1. "Town for sale on Internet"
2. "Aberystwyth available on eBay"
< http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_778617.html >
3. "For sale: Town with a view"
< http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jul-10-Mon-2000/news/13865636.html >
4. "Arizona town for sale on eBay for $5.5M"
< http://www.softcom.net/webnews/wed/ap/Atown-for-sale.RwLB_DDI.html >
5. "EBay pulls plug on auction of W.Va."
< http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2004-01-15-wvasale_x.htm >
If you don't know what in the universe Golgafrincham is, and you're curious ...
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/hitchhikers/guide/golgafrincham.shtml >