Category Archives: The Unusual and the Weird

Mice Engine Denouement

By | March 9, 2005

After nine weeks at the Audi dealership, my TT has finally come home. On January 5, I dropped off my car at the dealership because the check engine light was staying on, the car was running rough, and at the very end, the engine wouldn’t start at all. The diagnosis – mice had eaten through… Read More »

Mice Ate My Car

By | January 8, 2005

Well, not the entire car, but apparently enough of the essential wiring to kill the battery and various other essential engine components. Apparently an industrious set of mice made a nest in the engine compartment of my Audi TT while I was on vacation and proceeded to chew through some of the wiring and miscellaneous… Read More »

Linux Powered Toilet

By | October 1, 2004

Okay, maybe not. But if Linux isn’t involved, why the heck are these penguins fondling a toilet on a studio set for Laugh-In? The rest of the page at the Toto site has many other fascinating photos that reveal more about Japanese culture than I thought possible in a set of marketing photos from a… Read More »

The Pleasures of Peat

By | September 26, 2004

How do I love, thee, peat? Let me count the ways. You amend the soils of my plants by helping the soil hold water, while still allowing sufficient oxygen transfer. You halt the germination of malted barley at the perfect moment, and give whisky a lovingly smoky flavor And finally, you help make for a… Read More »

Scary Snacks

By | August 28, 2004

What’s not to like from the list of the World’s 9 Worst Convenience Foods. Clam jerky, anyone? This list seems to have drifted around the Internet for quite some time. Too bad none of the sites added links to where one might order these tasty botañas. Here’s a couple I found: Reindeer pate Corned mutton… Read More »

Toto Neorest 600

By | August 24, 2004

I’m starting to think I need to add a new toilets category to my blog. I couldn’t resist posting about the Toto Neorest 600. While I thought my incinerating toilet was pricey in the $1,000-$1,500 range, I found the the Neorest 600 listed at $7,000, but available at the low, low discount price of $3,400… Read More »

Feel the Burn

By | June 20, 2004

One of the most popular things on my website is my two-part pictorial essay describing and depicting in glorious detail the magical wonders of the Incinolet incinerating toilet at my cabin. However, I had left a major gap in the story. Sure, I included lots of photos from a charming Incinolet marketing brochure. Sure, I… Read More »

Toilet of the Future

By | April 28, 2004

BBC News | HEALTH | Stay healthy with the toilet ‘doctor’ I don’t often get excited about toilets, unless of course we’re talking about my incinerating toilet, but an English company has dared to do the unthinkable – combine a waste removal device with an automated diagnostician. Or some such thing. Dear readers, please direct… Read More »

New Meaning to Calling a Buick a Boat

By | February 5, 2004 – Cubans try floating vintage car to Florida – Feb. 5, 2004
Buick Boat

The first time this group of Cubans tried to immigrate to the US, they set sail in a 1951 Chevy pickup. This time they upgraded to a 1959 Buick that they sealed up to make seaworthy. They were halfway to Key West when they got caught. They even hooked up some kind of propulsion system, presumably a propellor, to the V-8 engine. I wonder how many knots per gallon they got.

This story reminds me of an episode of Junkyard Wars. The two teams had to build boats out of scrap equipment and engines that they found in a prepared junkyard. I think the show would have been a lot more exciting if they had made the two teams pilot their car-boats through shark infested waters.