The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Sci Fi Themed Brothel Near Area 51

By Piper Bayard

Star Wars Princess Leia and Jobba the Hut

For those who have always dreamed of an out-of-this-world threesome.

Alien Cathouse? Wonder why they went with that instead of Area 69? Will this make Princess Leia the first Disney Princess to end up in a brothel? Will there soon be a Disney-themed brothel near Magic Mountain? Speculation is endless.

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So now let’s sweeten things up a bit with a recipe from author Amber Medina. Citrus Almond Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream

Terrific article from Bestselling Authors Jen Talty and Bob Mayer about The Relevance of Customer Reviews and Discoverability.

Where Children Sleep Page

image from Amazon.com

 

Christine Moore brings us a fascinating post by Sunny Skyz with some outstanding pictures from Where Children Sleep, a large format collection of photographs of children’s bedrooms from around the world by photographer James Mollison. 17 Children and Their Bedrooms from Around the World. I can’t encourage you enough to take a look at this.

The 50 Coolest Inventions from All 50 States via Bestselling Author Larry Enright.

Some outstanding perspective on the latest Ft. Hood shooting by Jenn Carpenter, who lived there. The Truth about Ft. Hood. Thanks to  Jenny Hansen of More Cowbell for pointing me to this.

Kudos to this Aquinas College class for The Best Classroom April Fool’s Prank Ever. Seriously. This was awesome!

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Corn Dogs Shut Down Interstate

By Piper Bayard

image by BenFranske, wikimedia commons

image by BenFranske, wikimedia commons

A truck carrying ketchup, mustard, and 76,000 corn dogs wrecked on I-220 near Shreveport, Louisiana, this week, shutting down the interstate. Acting on the Five-Second Rule, local rednecks descended on the grub like zombies attacking the cast of The Walking Dead. Fortunately, no one was injured in the making of this End is Near moment.

Louisiana weather forecast? Cloudy with a Chance of Corn Dogs.

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A big welcome to Kelly Roberts, the new kid on the Blogoverse Block. And So It Begins . . .

Interesting perspective from Natalie C. Markey. Life Lessons from a Middle Eastern Compound Resident

7 Minutes with . . . Allison Brennan by J.T. Ellison. New York Times Bestseller and Sharp Lady Allison Brennan this week kicked off her new Maxine Revere crime series with the release of NOTORIUS.

Notorius by Allison Brennan

Author K.B. Owen reminds us that there is a holiday devoted to mirth. Happy Hilaria! Cool Pranks, Past and Present

“Flat Stanley” Home after Decade in Soldier’s Wallet. Via Author Jenny Hansen of More Cowbell.

Author Julie Glover shares Dancing Bacon and My Three Degrees to KevinThose of us from small towns in and near Texas know that Footloose wasn’t fiction. This fun video that Julie found brings it all back.

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

By Piper Bayard

Always trying to outshine Stalin, aren’t you, Vlady?

Let me put this in perspective. Putin is invading Ukraine based on the argument that because there are Russian speaking people of Russian heritage in that country, Russia has the right to go in and protect the interests of those people. By that reasoning, we can expect the Mexican army to be setting up camps through the Southwest any day now.

Ah, well. Once Yasser Arafat won it, there were no surprises left.

Vladimir Putin, Dove of Peace image by premier.gov.ru

Vladimir Putin, Dove of Peace
image by premier.gov.ru

See our previous response to the notion of Putin and Peace Prize in the same sentence at B&H Nobel Peace-Through-Ironic-Laughter Prize Nominations.

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Proud to say our Monday post, Ukraine Crisis: Vladimir Putin and the Power of Gas, was Freshly Pressed this week. A big welcome to all of our new subscribers!

It Didn’t Start Last Week — Timeline of Ukrainian Invasions

Timeline of Ukrainian Turmoil — Part Two, 2001 – Present

Ukraine in Crisis: Vladimir Putin and the Power of Gas

The Cliffside Rose

The Cliffside Rose

The Cliffside Rose Flash Fiction Contest — Vote Now! When Holmes and I stumbled across this rose on the side of a cliff in the middle of a secluded desert on the day after Valentine’s Day, we challenged our readers to explain this oddity using the words “Dixie,” “witness protection,” and “cheese grater.” We have eight outstanding entries who are vying for your vote. Come by and enjoy the yarns they have spun in an effort to win a copy of DOWN AND DEAD IN DIXIE by USA Today bestseller Vicki Hinze.

I had the honor of guest posting at New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan‘s Murder She Writes site this week. In James Bond vs. The Spook, I share a few things I’ve learned about real covert operatives since I started working with Holmes.

Is this the real Holmes?

Is this the real Holmes?

Recently, numerous bloggers participated in August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blogfest 2014. Three of my favorites are What are Your 21 Layers of Beauty? by Jenny Hansen, Beauty: A Matter of Mind Over Matter by Kassandra Lamb, and Inspiring Beauty Quotes: A #BOAW3 Wrap-Up, Part II by August McLaughlin.

Like Detective Fiction? Thank the Metropolitan Police Act by K.B.Owen at Misterio Press.

Yoga IS for Everyone. A Short Guest Series, Part 2 by Christine Moore.

When so many of us are tired of winter, it helps to be reminded of the beauty. Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling Dubstep Violin Original Song.

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Dead Mice Chess Pieces

Taxidermy Chess: Play with Rooks and Dead Rodents

Because jade, onyx, wood, pottery, crystal, resin, plastic and origami chess sets are passé.

Taxidermied Mice Chess Set Etsy

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Microsoft “Smart Bra” Nags You to Not Overeat

Microsoft Developed a “Smart Bra” for Dieting

Those of us over a size 8 already have to take crap from the TV, modeling, and White House industries. Now Microsoft wants us to take crap from our underwear, too? I have a better idea. How about use the money for a gym membership instead of a bra that nags us like a disapproving relative?

Canstock Red Bra

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Cybercrooks Start Customer Service Website for Their Victims

CryptoLocker crooks launch new ‘customer service’ website for victims

CryptoLocker ransomware is nasty malware that locks up their victims’ files until a ransom is paid. To facilitate these payments, they have set up a customer service site.

Canstock Cybercrime

Suppose we could get these guys busy on fixing the Obamacare site?

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Funeral Selfies

Funeral Selfies? Yes, They Do Exist

Proving once again that bad taste on social media has no boundaries. Apparently, taking selfies at funerals and other serious places like Chernobyl, Pearl Harbor, ad Auschwitz is the new trend.

Click on the title for the text version.

gFuneral Selfie

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Wine for Cats

Nyan Nyan Nouveau, Wine for Cats, On the Market in Japan

I’m delighted to report that Japan no longer has homeless people, orphans, diseases, or natural disasters so that the Japanese can develop wine for cats. Click on the title for the text.

Nyan Nyan Nouveau

Nyan Nyan Nouveau

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Fun, quick post from Jenny Hansen–Life is All About . . . Give Me One Word!

I don’t go on haunted tours. I let Susie Lindau do it for me. Ghost Walk

Some gorgeous photos from Award Winning Author Justine Dare Davis. Do You Love Where You Live?

International Giveaway and Interview with Allison Brennan at Larissa’s Bookish Life. Allison is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Lucy Kincaid series and a fun lady, to boot.

And to get the rest of the bad news over with, the NSA is collecting millions of contact lists, including those of Americans. Yes, this one is so undeniable, even MSN is reporting it. Also, the Washington Post article: NSA Collects Millions of E-Mail Address Books Globally

And for the latest on whistleblower Edward Snowden . . . Edward Snowden: US Would Have Buried NSA Warnings Forever.

Now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, time to cheer you back up again . . .

image from Bored Panda

image from Bored Panda

This one via literary agent Chip MacGregor cracked me up. 15th Century Flemish Style Portraits Recreated in Airplane Lavatory from Bored Panda. I know how I’m killing time on my next airplane flight.

Saudi Cleric Warns Driving Could Damage Women’s Ovaries

The video in this piece from Kitt Crescendo had me actually ROFL, but beware that the language evokes some quite graphic sexual images. What I Brought Back

Brickhouse Chick gives us a far more interesting Story from the Shutdown than the things you’ll find in mainstream media. Brickhousechick Gets Arrested

And a big thanks to Julie Glover for pointing me to this gem. If this guy doesn’t give you a smile, not much will. One Man Dances Like Nobody’s Watching . . . While Everyone Is.

All the best to all of you for a week of pampering.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Vatican Misspells Christ’s Name on Papal Medal

Vatican Recalls Pope Francis Medals after Jesus’ Name Misspelled

Pope Francis Image by Agencia Brasil, wikimedia commons

Pope Francis
Image by Agencia Brasil, wikimedia commons

On a Pope Francis commemorative medal, the Vatican misspelled the name “Jesus” as “Lesus.” Four of the medals were delivered before over 6000 others were withdrawn. Click title for the full story.

News from the Unnecessary Government Shutdown Drama Department:

Park Service Abuses Spark New ‘Battle of Yorktown’

Amid Growing Complaints, Government Unblocks View of Mount Rushmore. Blocking the pullouts on the road with cones? Seriously?

Last week it started when the WWII Vets took and occupied the WWII Memorial. This Sunday it continues with the Million Vet March on the Memorials. This is the 17th government shutdown since 1977. None of the other 16 shutdowns resulted in barricades around our memorials, people being run out of their privately owned homes, or private restaurants being shut down. This time, there are reports from government employees who say they have been told to make the public as miserable as possible. I’m so proud of our vets for taking action against this unnecessary melodrama, and I support them 100%.

Million Vet March on Memorials

And to bring a bit of levity to the situation, Revocation of Independence by itzhakts.

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Check out these 20 actual complaints from spoiled rotten customers about Thomas Cook Vacations. It’s Enough to Make You Cancel Your Reservation via NYT Bestseller Allison Brennan.

Find out what’s up on the airwaves in Part Five of TV maven Tiffany White’s New to TV – Fall 2013.

Best Cave Art in Europe? Visiting Font de Gaume in the Dordogne via Debra Eve.

An enhanced digital comic by Ellie Ann and Alexis Malecon with Motionworks, Introducing Tale of Frida.

The Tale of Frida

Just What Is In That Chicken Nugget?

Fantastic story of determination from Jenni James: Food Stamps, Welfare, Seven Kids, Oh, MY!

From NYT Bestseller and Super Smart Guy Bob Mayer, Five Thoughts on Publishing for a Friday.

James L’Etoile tells us how to go about converting an ebook to a print book. To Print or Not to Print – No Question

Via Best Selling Author and Bond Aficionado Alan J. Porter, 6 British Customs that Will Puzzle Americans.

This lady has some great moves. Yeva Shiyanova dances to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Man Crushed to Death by Own Marijuana

Guy Crushed to Death by His Own Marijuana Stash

A man in Brazil was trafficking 1100 pounds of marijuana in the back seat of his car. He led the police on a three mile high speed chase and crashed into a tree. When he crashed, the marijuana in the back seat came into the front seat and smashed him into the steering wheel.

Marijuana public domain wikimedia

As my Granny would say, “That’ll learn ya’.”

While this may be an eye-roller, I concede that it’s a good lesson for those of us who indulge in home repairs, squeezing all kinds of cabinets and plumbing apparatus into our vehicles. I mean, no one wants to die from a toilet attack in their car and end up on this blog, right?

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Hands down my favorite story of the week. Badass WWII Veterans Storm Memorial on National Mall, Defy Government Shutdown Closure. The government actually took the time to put up barriers to our public memorials which always have open access at any other time. Wonder where they got the money for that? I love these vets!

Les Edgerton on Writing: HEROES. This guy knows what it takes to make it.

Congratulations to my awesome publisher, Aaron Patterson–known as A-Pat in the gossip rags–for making the USA Today Bestseller List with Sweet Dreams.

Sweet Dreams by Aaron Patterson

Small motorized object repair with Jess Witkins. I Broke the Fan, so Then I Fixed the Fan

23 Motivating Lessons from Zig Ziglar by Jenny Henson.

Of Monkeys and Men and How We All Need Love by Jennie Saia. Read this and then go hug someone.

Obamacare kicked in this week. Getting health insurance is a blessing for some, but the regulations and devastation to Medicare have been apocalyptic for others. For those who choose not to sign up for health insurance, they could lose their property. A Facebook post went viral when a man talked about how Obamacare allows the government to seize fines from his bank account or take his house. This is partially true. Here is what Snopes has to say about the draconian penalties of not rendering unto the massive social parasite that is our broken health care system. Snopes.com Penalty Shot

After that, we could all use some cheering up. Otter Pups Swim Lesson.

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