Charles linked to this list of Bizarre Interior Paint Color Names. I don’t think most of these are bizarre at all. I like imaginative color names. “Mayonnaise” strikes me as a little icky. Not that mayonnaise is icky but naming a paint color that brings up the mental image of smearing actual mayo on one’s walls.
But I quite like some of the names on the list. Spirit Whisper – I’m not sure the color really goes with the name but then, I’m not sure what color Spirit Whisper should be. Phantom Mist – lovely, evocative name and the color seems about right for it. I probably wouldn’t paint my walls that color though. I like Obstinate Orange – the name that is. I like the color but I think it might be a bit much to put on the wall. Lavender Secret – one of my favorite names on the list but the color is kind of blah. Cheerful Whisper is a nice name but the color doesn’t look cheerful at all.
Now if you want to talk about weird color names you gotta look at nail polish. And there are lists galore:
And there’s much more. There is a list of “Raunchiest Nail Polish Color Names” that I refuse to link to. I’ve never seen any of those in local stores. I think they might be illegal in Oklahoma. (Joking. I think) There’s even a blog: Stupid Nail Polish Names
I had to look and see what I have in my collection. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the names. Maybe I should so I don’t buy something embarrassing. Most seem pretty tame. I have colors like Fire Opal, Copper Glamor, White Diamond, and Virtual Violet. One of the more imaginative ones is Poetic, a bright pink. The weirdest I have are Solid Rock, weird mainly because it’s a very delicate pale pink which does not make me think of rock of any kind, and Feelin’ Hot, a peach frost, not a “hot” color at all. Oh, and there’s Pumping Iron, a silver metallic. I actually don’t paint my nails all that often I would love to keep them painted all the time but I hate waiting around for polish to dry.
I see Web addresses on the backs of cars all the time. I ignore most of them but last week I saw themadhouseartists.com and the words The Grand Lake Artistic Chaos Foundation on a minivan driving through The Nearby Small Town. You know I had to check that out.
So after looking at the website I’m still not entirely clear about what kind of place it is or if it’s something to go and see. They sell a few things online, including books, they have art workshops and dance classes, and there are some pictures of various animals on the website, but it doesn’t look like there’s anything intended for simply curious tourist/spectator kind of people such as myself. There was an “open house” on June 15th. It doesn’t look like they have updated the website since then. Anyway… sort of interesting.
Top 10 Truly Weird Medical Problems. I suppose you’d have to call it “morbid curiosity” but I’m always interested in this sort of thing. Unfortunately, I find this list frustrating. There is no information about the maladies on the list and the links that are provided are not helpful either. Perhaps I could do some googling but I’m a teensy bit paranoid about there possibly being some record of me searching for weird stuff. Maybe I’ll just go directly to Wikipedia.
I don’t know how things were at your high school but at mine one of the top social sins was to wear jeans an inch too short. Jeans were supposed to almost touch the ground and if they were long enough that you walked on them that was okay too. Pants that were even a little bit too short were “high water pants” and if you wore them you were sure to be asked, “Are you waiting for a flood?” several dozen times that day.
Now, apparently, too short pants have become okay. Well, at least they are okay if they cost over $900. Maybe it’s just part of the Rise of the Nerds.
Here’s a collection of artful and perhaps scary play ground equipment. Some of those look like they were designed by the kids themselves.
So I thought I’d search Flickr for “weird playground equipment”. I didn’t see anything that really stood out for me so I tried just “playground equipment”. I still didn’t see anything that was really weird weird but I like this thing. I guess it’s sort of weird isn’t it? (I think my weirdness threshold is probably way out there.)
But the weirdest thing I found wasn’t playground equipment, it was this sign. (no embed code provided) I guess Canadian toddlers are more advanced? Or maybe the lawyers are more advanced. Or less advanced. Or something.
Is it weird to dream about people you’ve never met? Anyone else ever dream about people you only know on the Internet? Anyway, this was several nights ago but I’m just now getting around to telling it. I wish I could remember more but there’s just this one weird thing I remember. Jaquandor needed something. I can’t remember what it was. It wasn’t a thing it was something you measure out an amount of, like sugar, milk, or something like that but it wasn’t a food type of thing. It was something really important. Darn, I wish I could remember what it was. I’m thinking it was something that doesn’t really exist. Like most of my dreams, it was probably science fiction. But anyway, Jaquandor was looking for this stuff, whatever it was, and I told him that Steph had some and I was going to tell him or show him where she lives (which in real life I do not know) but then… I can’t remember what happened next. Stupid, weird brain.
I saw this on Facebook: Use avocados in place of butter in baked goods. That actually sort of makes sense. I’ve heard of substituting applesauce for butter in cookies and I’ve tried that. They came out okay but really just not right. I’m not really familiar with avocados but I understand they do have some fat content which might make them better as a butter substitute than applesauce. I have to admit to being a little bit… not exactly skeptical… hesitant, a little weirded out maybe. But I’m going to try it sometime anyway.
Oh, and by the way, I hate the term “guilt-free”. As if I’m supposed to feel guilty for eating anything not approved by the food police.
Weirdest, creepiest, most WTF petty crime ever! Ewwww! Ewwww! Ewwww!
Last night I saw Katee Sackhoff in my dreams. Or maybe it was Starbuck. She was drunk and getting in the way in my kitchen. Yeah, that was definitely Starbuck.
I still hear some people say that science takes the wonder out of life. Those people are utterly and completely wrong.
Why do such different beasts play by the same rules? — there
This is where you find out everything there is to know about the Endarkenment. — here
The threads of the sweater holding together your reality pull much more easily than you think. — there
In the Dustbury post I linked yesterday, he talks about the Myers-Briggs personality test. I think I did one of those before but I couldn’t remember what it said about me so I googled Myers-Briggs test and clicked on the first result. It says I am an INTJ. Huh! I understand that’s quite rare?
I don’t have a lot of confidence in the accuracy of the test though. For some questions I could equally answer either way, depending on the specifics of the situation or what kind of mood I happened to be in at the time. I sometimes wonder if I am actually a born extrovert who has been conditioned to be an introvert because my early attempts at being outgoing didn’t turn out well. Is that possible? Or am I just naturally a mix of the two? Or is there possibly a third orientation that no one has
made up discovered yet?
As for the rest of it, a lot of it seems fairly accurate except that I’m not as talented as it makes INTJ’s sound.
A study has found that “low-intensity vibrations led to improvements in the immune systems of mice compromised by obesity.” The vibrations also reversed obesity related bone loss in the mice.
The second I saw the headline my mind went to the vibrator belt machines that were popular in the 60′s.
The title claims, These May Be The Most Beautiful Hamburgers You’ll Ever See but, to me, most of them look slightly horrifying. I might actually be willing to try the Yin and Yang Burger. The ingredients don’t sound too bad. The Heatwave Burger has nothing scary in the ingredients but it looks like it might be a challenge to eat. The Hawaiian Burger, after you remove the pineapple top garnish of course, seems edible, if a bit weird. The green burger? Well, it’s… it’s green. Hamburgers are not supposed to be green. Some of the others are even weirder.
I meant to say something yesterday about the Big, Cool, Once In A Century Date 12/12/12 but never got around to it, mainly because I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say. It’s funny… I was thinking that if the world was going to end it couldn’t pick a better day than 12/12/12 but I really don’t think the universe (or God, if you prefer) is as obsessed with numbers as we are, or maybe He/She/It uses a different calendar. But anyway, the end of the world is supposed to be 12/21/12. I kept forgetting that because 12/12/12 seemed like such a perfect date for the event. It should have happened at 12:12 on 12/12/12 but it didn’t. 12/21/12? Well, it’s still all ones and twos but it’s not as perfect so the world can’t end on that day. We have another hundred years to go before we get to another 12/12/12.
I think we are out of cool dates for the rest of this century. Next year there will be 11/12/13 and the year after that 12/13/14 and then…? But those can’t compare with The Great 12/12/12.
What do you think of toe shoes? Both of my sons have them now. I don’t think I would like having my toes separated like that. Other than that, though, they look comfortable – lightweight and flexible.
So far only some athletic shoes have the separated toes but can you imagine fashion toe shoes? Maybe even high heels? Yeah, my mind went there.
I love YouTube
I found this one at Nicole’s place. Think about this: The woman whose voice you hear in this video drives a car. And there might be more like her. Scared yet? (Some people are saying it must have been a prank call. We can only hope.)
This is probably not the creepiest thing that ever washed up on the beach, but it’s gotta be way up there. I’m not sure how I would have reacted if I had found it. Probably I would have been grossed out but at the same time… “Oh wow! This is so cool!” So, sort of like a ten-year-old boy I guess.
This is rather odd. This is a banana pepper plant. (It’s growing in one of those upside down planters.) This one undersized pepper turned red. Since banana peppers are usually picked when green I’ve never seen one turn red. According to the Wikipedia article this is normal but this one is only about an inch long, which I think is unusual.
Have you seen the new Dog Whisperer commercial? If not, go! Watch it now. You really must see it.
Did you watch it? … Good. Now you’ve got that stupid song stuck in your head too.
Part of me wishes that I had the legs for this. Another part of me does not want to rattle and jingle as I walk.
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I dreamed about kittens last night. That’s not unusual; I dream about kittens a lot, but these were especially interesting. We just found these kittens – really fuzzy ones – playing outside and immediately said we weren’t going to keep any of them because we already have two cats.
Then I noticed that one of the kittens was gray, white, and pink – nothing loud, just a nice, soft, shell pink. Then I noticed another one that was brown, white, and turquoise and decided that’s the one I had to keep.
There were a bunch of kittens and I think there might have been more than one pink one but I can’t remember what they all looked like. One was just black and white but in a sort of odd stripey pattern but not like normal cat stripes but not really impossible either, just a little unusual looking. That one was the only boy and I think it’s interesting that my weird brain got that part right (that almost all calico cats are female) while it was coming up with freaky stuff like pink and blue kittens.
Isn’t it funny that even the weirdest dreams seem perfectly logical and normal at the time? I thought the pink and blue kittens were a little unusual but not much more so than ordinary calico cats. I was extremely disappointed when I woke up and realized that I was not going to get to have a brown, white and turquoise kitten. But then I got to thinking… surely they could genetically engineer pink and blue cats. I mean they can create goats that make spider silk and mice and even monkeys that glow in the dark so why not blue or pink kittens? Huh? I want my brown, white, and turquoise kitten. Someone get to work on that right away! (I would settle for the pink, gray, and white one if that would be easier (but no hairless cats! I want lots of fur!))
Lately I’m having a seriously hard time maintaining any interest at all in blogging, much less coming up with something interesting that someone might actually want to read. Oh, I do have things I want to say but I can’t get motivated to say them. But of course that’s why they invented embedding. So…
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I sort of like that. I’m not sure about the design on the little door at the bottom but otherwise it would go nicely in my big, quirky Victorian fantasy house.
Rabbits – Bunnies are not cute. Well, okay, I guess they are sort of cute but the creepy outweighs the cute by quite a bit. I don’t understand it either. I thought they were creepy way before I ever saw Monty Python so that’s not it. It seems like I should like a pet that’s quiet and furry but there’s something about them that seems just a wee bit wrong.
Sock monkeys – They bother me. I don’t see them as monkeys; I see them more as a sock with a creepy face that looks a little bit monkey-like. I’m not a big fan of real monkeys either. They are not cute, ever. (Well… except maybe the really tiny ones. Almost anything that small is sort of cute.)
Hello Kitty – Actually… not so much anymore. I’ve seen it enough for the past several years that I’ve gotten used to it but Hello Kitty was not something I grew up with or that my kids grew up with. I first saw it on the Internet and for a long while it just seemed weird and wrong. It still seems a little bit wrong but in a much nicer way now.
Anime – Weird and wrong. I don’t know anything about it, I might even like it if I tried it, but it just seems too alien to my whole life experience.
That certain quiet voice – This one’s really hard to define. I like quiet talkers. I wish everyone who isn’t already a quiet talker would quiet down a little bit. I liked Bob Ross for his quiet, soothing voice as much as for his painting instruction. Mr. Rogers was nice and quiet too. Never had a problem listening to him. It would be a wonderful world if everyone talked like those guys. But there’s a certain kind of quiet, refined, pseudo-calm voice that makes my skin crawl a little bit. I think I first noticed it on an episode of the The X-Files. I can’t remember everything about it but it had something to do with a neighborhood that had a seriously control-freak neighborhood association and there was this one scene with several people sitting at a dinner table talking in that quiet, creepy, sophisticated suburbanite voice. Since then I hear someone talking like that occasionally and it always makes me want to try to get them riled enough to make them raise their voices but of course they never would. They would just quietly look down their noses at the loud, obnoxious redneck.