Ben Franklin’s 220 Euphemism For Drunk

Pop Quiz: Which of America’s Founding Fathers created over 200 euphemistic terms for drunkeness? Here’s a hint: Which founding father was a famous partier? The answer of course is Benjamin Franklin. Yes, Franklin was a well known imbiber (and probably the first spokesperson for Sam Adam’s beer), so naturally he would be interested in creating several clever ways to indicate that someone was “contending with Pharaoh.” In 1737 Franklin published his 220 drunken euphemisms in the Pennsylvania Gazette and believe me, they are a hoot. So, head over to mental_floss to read the full list. However, if you’ve “had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone” and are too “overset” to read the list, check out this video crated by comedy troupe I Made America in which Keith Habersberger recites all 220 phrases. Have a good weekend, and make sure to watch out for anyone whose “Head is full of Bees.”


Traffic Enforcer Mimes

Let’s say you’re driving on the road one day when all of a sudden you see a mime standing on the sidewalk. You’d take notice wouldn’t you? Well, that’s the hope of several Latin American cities which have recently hired mimes to help enforce traffic laws.

Nearly everyone looks at a mime, especially when dressed in a brightly colored getup while eagerly making fun of people on the side of a busy street. The latest effort has about 120 mimes on the downtown streets of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, making a (silent) scene any time a driver or pedestrian disobeys a traffic rule.

So far mimes have been spotted in Caracas; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bogota. Colombia.   Head over to Time Magazine for more info about the traffic mimes.

The Last Lincoln Assassination Witness

In the 1950s, CBS had a panel show called I’ve Got A Secret. The premise of this show was that a panel of celebrities had to guess the secret of a seemingly ordinary individual.  In February of 1956, 96-year-old Samuel J. Seymour appeared on the program as a witness to history: In 1865, a 5 year old Seymour went to Ford’s Theater with some family friends to see the play Our American Cousin, but little did young Sammy Seymour realize he would become witness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. In fact, by 1956 he was the last living witness to the assassination. Check out the clip from the I’ve Got A Secret episode here and then head over to the Washington Times website to read more about Seymour’s recollection of that historic night in Ford’s Theater.


The scent of rain on dry earth.

Two Brits Visit A Wal Mart

Is there anything that gives a more frightening depiction of America than Wal Mart? When you look at the shoppers featured at the “People of WalMart” website, you can’t help but feel a little ashamed that this is how some of our fellow countrymen go out in public.

But enough about the residents of Wal Mart nation, what about the store itself? What would happen if two foreigners decided to visit the store? Two Brits, Alex and Liam visited America and stopped off at a Wal Mart. On their journey they discover such products as “Pizza with Wyngz” and the suggestion to “Try pork tonight. And enjoy something extraordinary.” I think it’s safe to say the two intreped travelers came back with a greater understanding of America upon leaving the story.

Lego Car Prank

If you’re going to pull a prank with someone’s car, there are several classic options: You could wrap it in saran wrap, fill the car with shaving cream, or even go with that ol’ college classic and rebuild the auto in someone’s room or around a flagpole. Yeah, those are all well and good,  but not good enough for the staff of Legoland California. The Legoland staff decided to prank the park’s General Manager by replacing his van with a Lego replica made from 201,076 Lego bricks. Believe it or not, the Lego van was just lying around from a 2004 park promotion.

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

I discovered a pretty fantastic tumblr yesterday. It’s called “Awesome People Hanging Out Together.” It’s a photoblog that collects pictures of celebrities and other famous folks hanging out in sometimes unexpected situations. It’s a pretty great archive of photos ranging from the early days of photography to just a few weeks ago. I’ve shared five of my favorite images from the site here, but you have to go look at the site. You’ll see actors, politicians, artists, musicians and even Mark Twain with his pal Nikolai Tesla (seen here). So, visit “Awesome People Hanging Out Together” now.

  Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton and Marilyn Manson

Jeff Goldblum, Jane Lynch and Zooey Deschanel

Elton John and Freddie Mercury

Wilson Pickett with Jimi Hendrix