Let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life. -- Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics blog)
Monday, November 20, 2006
War on Christmas: I Vote in Favor

Because Christmas started it:
Last month -- a full 72 days before Christmas -- Luberto began covering the exterior of the 8,500-square-foot house with Christmas lights. He says he has spent $10,000 on lights alone, a purchase that he hopes will cause people "throughout the city, throughout Massachusetts" to take note.
The tens of thousands of lights he has put up so far -- eventually he hopes to have 250,000 -- switch on automatically at 4:30 p.m. and blaze until 1:30 a.m., and he plans to leave them on longer as Christmas approaches.
"I'm living next to Las Vegas," said one neighbor, who asked that her name not be used because there have been several testy disputes with Luberto over his new swimming pool and security lights he installed in his backyard. "We're all at a loss of what we can do. But it's not fun."

Luberto concedes the point.

"People in the back, they don't like it," he shrugs. "Well, too bad. It's Christmas."

Sunday, November 19, 2006
An Answer From Coors

I finally sent an email to Coors to ask what the story is with the ads I've been YouTubing (here and here). Here's what I got:
Thanks for your e-mail and interest in our current advertising featuring interviews with two NFL coaches, Dick Vermeil and Bill Walsh.

This commercial was designed by our marketing department. They took real clips from previous interviews with the coaches and revised them for our Coors Light commercial. Our marketing department worked directly with the coaches and our legal department to create this unique footage.
So I was wrong, wrong, wrong. But I've pleased thousands of people by posting the video captures. Like, 45,000. Even dividing by the six commercials, that's over 7000. Admittedly this is because nobody else has posted them, but holy crap!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Hot or Not, the Existential Version

From comments at Unfogged:
Speaking of assessing looks, take a gander at these two pics. Hot or not?

It's a trick question, btw: the woman in the pictures just died of starvation.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
From the History of Locked-Room Mysteries, True Facts Division

In 1979, Morton Conroy, a well-known Long Island barbeque manufacturer and his wife were found shot to death at point-blank range inside a room locked on the inside. Not only was no gun found in the room, but no bullets were found in either body.

It transpired that a maid who had been hired several months earlier had a brother who had died a slow and agonizing death following the explosion of a Conroy barbeque. She had taken her revenge and staged the locked-room to challenge the police, who quickly discovered the special tweezers she had used to lock the door after removing the gun from the room. The disappearance of the bullets was a far more ingenious effort, however. She had fabricated the bullets from pieces of meat and bone, honing the bone into a bullet shape and packing it and the attached meat into a shell case. At point-blank range, the bone pierced the victim's heart and shattered into tiny pieces, and the meat was dispersed into the surrounding flesh where it became practically invisible. The technique was later used in a fictional locked-room mystery published in the UK and the US.

Tautological News Division

And really, who shouldn't?

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