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Caganers: All Too Human

The little peasant is squatting. He’s already evacuated. There’s a brown pile there and it’s surprisingly realistic. Oh, the Catalans and their scatological fixation. I’m continually fascinated when I think about caganer figurines. What does this mean for a people? What does this mean for a culture?

Not only do the figurines exist, they are placed in Nativity scenes! Imagine preparing the solemn Nativity scene with shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph, Magi, etc. . . and then placing a little figurine hidden away and squatting.

Something happened when the Conquistadores were crossing the Atlantic. As far as I know, Latin America is lacking this scatological component. We do not casually mention shitting on the communion wafer. In Mexico shitting on anything is not used as an insult, shitting is shameful. What does this mean about Catalans and Spaniards? On the one hand, I admire the idea that even at this great cosmic moment – the birth of the Savior – we mere humans still had to poop. I admire the figurines of famous people squatting and pooping. Yes, Zapatero, Bush, and the Pope all poop (and caganers of all of these people have been made). But on the other hand, isn’t this larger scatological fixation kind of weird?

Filed under: curios, images, wtf

Platypuses are Weird

Yesterday’s issue of Nature has a piece on the platypus genome. It’s interesting to compare the reporting in Nature, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. I found the Post article thoroughly enjoyable and not at all lacking in substance.

Yet in its wackiness, Wilson said, the platypus genome offers an unprecedented glimpse of how evolution made its first stabs at producing mammals. It tells the tale of how early mammals learned to nurse their young; how they matched poisonous snakes at their venomous game; and how they struggled to build a system of fertilization and gestation that would eventually, through relatives that took a different tack, give rise to the first humans.

The Times article was too short and the sense of wonder/weirdness was missing.

An international scientific team, which announced the first decoding of the platypus genome on Wednesday, said the findings provided “many clues to the function and evolution of all mammalian genomes,” including that of humans, and should “inspire rapid advances in other investigations of mammalian biology and evolution.”

The Nature article is of course good but I still prefer the wonder and style of the Post article.

Filed under: curios, hmmm, images, random, wtf

Richard Ramirez: The Mentor

This is Ramirez’s response to a supposed 10 year old asking if he should stay in school (note the stationery):

More on the hilarious and creepy Billy Letters at Radar Magazine.

Filed under: curios, wtf

Vogue and Subliminal Racism?

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Slate has an article regarding the cover to Vogue (seen above). What was Vogue thinking?

Filed under: wtf

Mexico: Anti-Emo Violence Escalates

Holy fuck. I often think Mexico is progressing splendidly but then something comes out that makes me think we’re still a god-forsaken retrograde nation. First, this fucking idiot in Televisa rants against emos, then some idiot(s) take his message and expands on it. About 800 stupid youth show up in a plaza in Queretaro where emo youth congregate and then beat the fuck out of them. It’s completely “Lord of the Flies,” scary shit! See for yourself…

Read more about it here.

Thanks to Israel for bringing this to my attention.

Filed under: wtf

Chikilicuatre will change the lyrics to that stupid song

In an effort not to deal with the breaking news regarding Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring, I’m going to focus on something completely frivolous… I’ll assess Spitzer’s Sins later.

Damn him, in order to conform to Eurovision’s ban on political lyrics, Mr. Chikilicuatre will change the lyrics to his stupid song. Those political lyrics are the only interesting thing that stupid song had going for it!

Lo canta el tigre-puma con su traje a rayas, Y Juan Carlos le dice ¿por qué no te calla?

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A big boo to Eurovision for discouraging political content and also to Mr. Chikilicuatre for appeasing the bland order!

La alusión a Chávez, Rajoy y Zapatero choca con la norma del festival de no incluir “contenido político”

Filed under: hmmm, random, wtf

Spain Will Not be Winning the 2008 Eurovision

This song will be Spain’s entry. It’s fun to dance like a retard!

The lyrics to “El baile del chiki-chiki”:

Perrea perrea…..

El chiki chiki mola mogollón
lo bailan en la china
y tamben en alcorcón

Dale chiki chiki a esa morenita
que el chiki chiki
la pone muy tontita

Lo baila Rajoy
lo baila Hugo Chavez
lo baila Zapatero
mi amor ya tu sabes

Lo bailan los brothers
lo baila mi hermano
lo baila mi mulata
con la braga en la mano

Y el chiki chiki se baila así…….
1 el breikindance
2 el crusaito
3 el maikelyason
4 el robocop

Baila chikichiki
baila chikichiki
lo bailan los heavy
y también los friki

Lo bailan en al cárcel
lo bailan en la escuela
lo baila mi madre
y también mi abuela

Lo canta el tigre puma
con su traje a raya
y juan carlos le dice
porque no te calla

En el velatorio del padre Damian
pusieron chiki chiki
y el muerto echó a bailar
bailar bailar…….

Y el chiki chiki se baila así …….
1 el breikindance
2 el crusaito
3 el maikelyason
4 el robocop

Filed under: random, wtf

Barack OBollywood

Thanks to Matan:

Filed under: wtf

Apollyon

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
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