Monkeys Grooming Dogs and other Oddities

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A monkey grooms a dog.

In this week’s around the web feature (or featurette, if you want to get technical), the esteemed TBR staff hopped on a steamship and traveled to the island of Tripania, where monkeys put on little barber hats and give haircuts to other animals. But don’t just take my word for it (yes, I called in Levar Burton for a moment), have a look at the little monkeys in action. The staff also had some fun sitting in a bear chair, and they grabbed some goobers and laughed heartily at Craig’s List Missed Connections artwork. Check out even more links down below:

Monkeys Grooming other Animals via Environmental Graffiti

A Big Old Bear Chair via Bizarre Bytes

11 Tricks and Cliches that have been Constant through Video Game History via 11 Points

I wish I was Al Bundy via Think Nice

Free Seating at a Baseball Game (Parent Fail to the extreme) via My Bad Parent

Missed Connections Artwork via Digital Bus Stop

So, what do you think? Would you like a bear chair in your home? If you ask me, I think furniture like bear chairs belong in Twilight Zone episodes, not in reality.

By Eddie Hatters, TBR Chancellor

BubbleText.org, A Review

I travel the Internet for a living. It’s not easy, and nobody thanks me for it (except for certain satisfied cyber sex partners of questionable gender) but it’s my thing. Occasionally I come across a website that grabs my attention, for one reason or another. BubbleText.org is one of those websites.

Hmm, a website that holds my attention for more than 10 minutes that involves no butts whatsoever. This is truly an Internet oddity.

The premise is simple: you type in some text into the text box, and through the power of computer algorithms, that text is magically translated into bubble text, which you might recognize as being the hallmark of the copyright sign. You can then copy and paste that bubble text into, say, for instance, a web article. 

Though it can be hard to read at times, I get almost a perverse fun out of it. So, I decided to ask and answer a series of questions about myself to prove my Bubble Text prowess.

What is my middle name?

What state were you born in?

Who’d you lose your virginity to?

Hey, I’m asking the questions here, buddy.

Can it with the attitude, buddy.

Anyway, BubbleText.org is the flagship station of a larger network of converting otherwise legible text into absolute insanity. You have Flip text, where your text is 

Or Crazy Text, where you can turn simple Times New Roman into Doctor’s speak Classic.

I mean, look at that. It’s like a combination of Sanskrit and a newspaper cut out kidnap letter. And you can now include that chicken scratch in your emails to Mom, office jokes involving Germans and hostages, and even helpful letters of encouragement to the President of the United States!

But, for serious, go to the BubbleText Facebook page and join one of the other 20,000 people that like random BubbleText in everyday life, and join their Contest page, where if you’re the first person to translate and then answer the BT question, you get your name listed on the website.

I’d recommend this website to you, if I was some sort of website reviewer instead of a hapless Internet traveler looking for the next bit of entertainment I can’t find on Netflix (no adult films, seriously Netflix?) But in all nonseriousness, go to this website, translate things into BubbleText for awhile. After all, it’s impossible to feel stressed when you’re insulting your boss and he can’t even read it.

Oh, shut up.

An Abbreviated History of Trick or Treating: The Good, The Bad, and the Incredibly Weird

It’s an indelible Halloween tradition: the children of the neighborhood all dressing up in elaborate costumes purchased from the local Halloween specialty shop (or, if you were poor, your costume was “homemade”) and beating on doors, demanding candy lest they unleash their fury on whatever poor sucker gives them apples instead of good ole fashioned American candy bars.

If someone put this in your bag, you knew they were a Communist spy.

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Killer Kush

As Booya Pictures demonstrates in its latest video, having the killer munchies isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Let there be no argument. Halloween isn’t Halloween until you’ve watched all the Alfred Hitchock movies in a row followed by this video. Does this video count as a short independent horror film? It just might.

Make Your Own ‘Archer’-Themed Jack-O’-Lanterns

Well, the spooky annual holiday event that is Halloween has reared its monstrous head yet again, which means celebratory parents everywhere will soon be carving scary, demonic faces into their newly purchased pumpkins (unless they buy them pre-carved, lazy so-and-so’s). But hey, here’s a fun idea: instead of carving a ghastly and ghoulish monster onto the surface of your jack-o’-lantern, how about skilfully sculpting the handsome face of everyone’s favorite self-centered cartoon secret agent? [Read more...]