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I designed a new blog back in Desember 2011, when the fate of Palingates was uncertain. The idea was to do what we normally do on the open.....

Updated: 2015-09-16T16:40:30.691-07:00


How to make babies


Mrsgunka brings us another good laugh:The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said,'Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon.' Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a

2nd Amendment Christmas in Arizona


I read this on the Daily Mail:A gun club in Scottsdale, Arizona, is inviting children to pose for pictures with Santa Claus – and a high-powered firearm. Each family member carries their choice of weapon, from pistols to $80,000 machine guns.Children and babies can also get their hands on a firearm of their choice, including grenade launchers, assault rifles and AK-47s.The picture, taken against

If pigs could fly...


My friend Dominique sent me this sweet video and I had to share it with you. After all, we're partial to cute piggies...

Bored husband


View_From_Here sent me a very funny e-mail:After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target:Dear Mrs. Harris, Over the past six

Real life surrealism in Antarctica


We've been watching a remarkable series on the BBC, called Frozen Planet. A couple of nights ago we saw this incredible footage. The landscape under the ice in Antarctica can only be described as surreal. As I watched, I kept thinking that it would be great to share it with you. Thanks to youtube, my wish was granted:The BBC website explains the phenomenon and how it was filmed:With timelapse

Happy Thanksgiving


A very happy Thanksgiving to all What Time friends. Peter joins me in wishing you a great time with your loved ones. It's not a good time to be a turkey...

Plastic bottle virtuoso


Oh my gosh


The woman explains:Mommy was not feeling well and had to stay in the bathroom longer than usual during which my two boys, ages 1 and 3 took my new bag of flour out of the cupboard and destroyed my house. This is from ONE 5lb bag. Don't believe me? Hand a full bag to a 3 year old and see what happens.

Pepper Spraying Cop


Moseyon pointed to some Daily Kos diaries featuring the pepper spray cop photoshopped into various pictures and Sleuth sent me some links. Here are the original photos and a small selection of the creative work of several people on the internet:There are loads of other pictures on Daily Kos and Tmblr.Thank you, Moseyon and Sleuth.

Mushroom and goat's cheese strudel


It's time to bring over another recipe from the food blog. This one was sent in by Texasgal2009. It looks scrumptious![This recipe came from a well-known chef in Dallas who made it on a morning TV show. I't very easy to make.]INGREDIENTS¼ cup olive oil3 peeled shallots, minced1 bay leaf2 pounds of shiitakes or mixed mushrooms, chopped1/2 cup sherry2 tbls unsalted butter2 to 3 cloves peeled garlic

Not to be missed


Whatever internet travels you have planned for today, please schedule a stop at Sleuth's blog and listen to an excellent video that should be compulsory listening for all GOP candidates and for "you know who" also, too.

Men and their imaginative ideas


Mrsgunka sent me a load of photos that show men at their most creative. The last picture prompted mrsgunka to ask: "Is that Austin on the cooler-scooter?" It must be the cowboy hat...Thank you, Mrsgunka.



Linda1961 sent me this hilarious e-mail:Grandma is ninety-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes: Dear Granddaughter,The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a 'Honk if you love Jesus' bumper sticker.I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting. So, I bought

Good bye to a dear friend


Peter and I would like to pay tribute to a good friend who died suddenly a few days ago. Sara was married to Ross MacManus, Elvis Costello's father (from a previous marriage). The family is very musical. Ross sang and played the trumpet with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Sara and Ross's four sons formed a band and tried to follow in Costello's footsteps. They performed traditional Irish songs and other

Special photos of a special bird


Spike sent me these stunning photographs of an albino hummingbird, snapped by fifteen-year-old Marlin Shank in Staunton, VA. Spike wrote:How lucky was the guy that grabbed these shots? I'd love to be able to just SEE one feeding in my flower beds. We get several that come thru every spring & fall. But I've never seen an albino. The pic with the red rose is outstanding. Enjoy, Spike.[Click HERE

Grasshopper's treasures - Part II


A guest post by GrasshopperHi everybody, here is the next installment in the Native American auction I recently won. Some of you may recognize this photo Regina posted on that old blog called Palingates (Remember her?). Anyway, I've had these for about 40 years, they were given to me by a family friend who knew I loved all things Indian (except for the scalping). They are 9" from wrist to



Many years ago our boys were invited to pose for a Dorling Kindersley catalogue and earned the princely amount of £30 each. Their school days bring back many memories...When Paul (on the right) was about eight years old, he made his teacher laugh with something he wrote. They were learning words ending in "ight" and had to make sentences using them. Paul wrote:"My mom and dad never fight.""My mom

Gabby Giffords will get better and stronger


video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerConsidering her present difficulties, Gabby has a very positive attitude. What a refreshing contrast from the shallow, vitriolic attack dogs unleashed by the GOP and the Tea Party!(H/T to Shapeshifterbelly.)

A purrfect birthday treat


Hey Ripley, happy birthday! Many hugs and kisses!

Nautical humour


My friend Hilary sent me these, they're very creative and funny.

Why dogs bite people


Shapeshifterbelly sent me some photos of dogs made to look silly by their owners. They're quite funny and the dogs have not been harmed, but I think that if we had owners who dressed us in silly costumes just for fun, we would surely bite them!Thank you, Shapeshifter.

The elephant in the room


I feel a rant coming. Watching the news can have that effect...The western economy is tanking. America is in turmoil and the Eurozone is a mess. Earlier this year I wrote a post about it on Palingates, where I looked at the games being played by politicians, the big corporations and the banks. They dominate the economy in the West, playing with monopoly money while the Chinese expand their

Texan funnies


Mrsgunka sent me two jokes featuring Texans.A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo Theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy, 'Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat.'The cowboy groaned but didn't budge. The usher became more impatient: 'Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager.'Once

Something unexpected from Paraguay


I searched for Paraguayan Harp and found something that took me completely by surprise...

Grasshopper's treasures - Part I - UPDATE


A few weeks back Grasshopper mentioned an auction that was going to take place near him. He even offered to bid on our behalf if anything caught our eye and ship it to us, as long as it wasn't a car. Peter wouldn't settle for anything less than a Packard, so it didn't happen (ha ha ha). Joking aside, our friend was successful in securing the lot that had captured his imagination and sent me many