Take a Trip Down the Amazon River with Google Street View

If, like my shut-in/hermitised self, you have never ventured anywhere near the Amazon or Rio Negro Rivers of north-west Brazil, but have always wished to do so, fret not: the internet has provided the next best thing. Thanks to those wonderful people over at Google Street View, you can now trek your way through the tropical trees of the Amazon rainforest, wander down the paths of the village of Tumbira, visit the other local communities of the Rio Negro Reserve, and, even more amazingly, take a boat trip down the Rio Negro River, all from the spacious comfort of your very own living room – no having to deal with the scorching heat or those pesky piranhas! [Read more...]

Top Four Tabletop Gaming Annoyances

Despite their rep for being associated with the nerdiest and most unwashed of basement dwellers, tabletop RPGs can be really, really fun. However, just as with any hobby there are always a few things – or people – that can ruin it for everyone. Here you will find a few of the most irritating; be sure to avoid committing these cardinal sins yourself. [Read more...]

The Dark Side of the Internet

Imagine if tomorrow, the Internet were outlawed and boom, overnight, it stopped existing. How would you pay your bills? You’d have to resort to using phonebooks again! If a friend of yours had run out of toilet paper, there would be NO way for you to know immediately via Facebook – in fact, by the time you and that friend got together, that information would no longer be useful, and you may NEVER find out about your friend’s toilet paper tragedy! If you were at a dinner party and were suddenly wondering whatever happened to the actors in The Waltons, you would have NO way of knowing, so you’d have to CONTINUE talking to the people you were with!

Let’s face it. The Internet, being likely the greatest invention of modern times, is an invaluable tool that puts all knowledge at our greedy little fingertips. Like a beehive, the instantaneous information that flits across the globe in seconds informs the rest of the colony, transforming the way we do business, the way we learn, and our relationship to the rest of the world. [Read more...]

Dogs Eating Pizza

Last January, we at ThisBlogRules warned you of the rapidly growing national epidemic (possibility of slight exaggeration there) of cats who like pizza. Well, now this speedily spreading contagion, which has left many innocent American citizens well and truly pizza-less, has worked its way into an unlikely source, namely a cat’s worst enemy and man’s best friend. Yes, the pizza-loving epidemic has spread to and throughout the canine community, plaguing millions of mutts worldwide with the sudden urge to devour a pizza, be it a Cheese and Tomato or a Vegi Volcano. Note: speculation has arisen that this urge may have in fact been there the whole time.

Either way, there are boatloads of dogs out there who love to eat pizza, and we have the photographic proof, as you shall see below. Enjoy, but be sternly warned: if you have a dog living within your own home or watching you closely from across the street with puppy dog eyes, protect your pizza with all your selfish, gluttonous might; if you do not, you may lose every delectable last slice of it. [Read more...]

5 Losses at Sea that We Will Probably Never Know the Cause Of

There are many challenges to determining why something sank to the bottom of the sea, the main one being that the object in question is, in fact, at the bottom of the sea.

“Well, I didn’t find a pineapple, but you’re never going to guess what I DID find.”

In any case, most of the famous ships and planes we’ve found down there have told us why they were down there, whether that be an in flight explosion (TWA 800) a result of enemy action during wartime (USS Arizona, RMS Lusitania, the Bismarck) or forced penetration of an iceberg (RMS James Cameron’s Moneyship.) However, there are some that we may never know the cause of, such as… [Read more...]