Amanda Louise Spayd and her “dolls”

These are the ugly-cutest little creations! Sort of Velveteen Rabbits gone over to the Dark Side….

I covet one… I seriously do… (click on the images for more links).

Yoka Bear

Oh…  And she also makes fragrances and soaps, as well…

People are very, very stupid…..


Thousands flocked to a Roman Catholic church on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion Saturday after believers said they saw the “face of Christ” in the pleats of a church cushion.

Church officials limited access to the Jesus-Misericordieux church in eastern Saint-Andre’s Cambuston district to a few minutes per visitor as traffic in the area ground to a halt.

Believers and curious onlookers pulled out cameras to take pictures of the cushion attached to the priest’s chair.

Antoinette, an 82-year-old parishioner, said the face was a “divine phenomenon” as tears welled up her eyes.

“This church is a holy site,” added Lise-May, another worshipper.

Saturday afternoon Saint-Andre authorities put up four tents outside the church so the faithful could follow mass.

A group of about 30 parishioners who had joined a Christian ceremony ahead of the Easter holiday had been the first to notice the particular setting of the cushion.

“This is not a miracle, it’s a sign of God,” said parish priest Daniel Gavard.

Reunion Bishop Gilbert Aubry has so far not commented on the occurrence which came within days of outbursts of violence over the high cost of living on the island whose economy depends on tourism and subsidies from the French state. – The Australian News

You see WHAAAT?

You see WHAAAT?

Looks more like Bob Marley, to me…

Now, that's a miraculous appearance...

Now, that's a miraculous appearance...

From Spit Shine Your Black Clouds

You have to see the original photo!


Japanese escalator. Would it KILL them to climb 5 steps? And it is DOWN too…

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Mystery Object

I found this along the highway somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I think near Drumheller, Alberta, back in 1977.

I have no idea what it is…. whether it is man-made, something fossilized, or just some naturally created… something.

It appears to be stone and to have a lot of iron content. You can see the size in relation to my hand in the lower photo (although in the upper photo is looks a lot thicker and shorter, it is just the lighting). It is naturally as polished as it appears. I have not polished it.

If anyone has any ideas, I would really like to know. I have looked at it many times over the years and not been able to figure out what it is.



Obama made a pit-stop for a Capital taste treat!

While President Obama’s trip was forecast to be a business-only one, with no chance for the public to see him, the Prez had other plans.

Firstly, he took a moment or two to wave at the crowds gathered on Parliament Hill, which we were all told would be out of the question. Later, after his meetings with Stephen Harper and other politicos, he made a decidedly personal shopping stop in Ottawa’s Byward market to indulge in some very Canadian treats.

His purchases included shortbread maple leaf cookies for his daughters and a Beavertail.

A Beavertail, for the uninitiated, is a fried dough pastry with various toppings. They have various types from the savory (garlic and cheddar) to the sweet (cinnamon and sugar).


Cinnamon Sugar Beavertail

In this case, he got an “Obamatail“, a creation which the local shop came up with for the inauguration and which was a hit at the Canadian Embassy celebrations, in Washington.  It is a variation on the cinnamon and sugar version with an added whipped cream “O”, chocolate syrup and maple butter.

Obamatail FansObamatail Fans
 (tracey tong/metro ottawa)

As an historical aside, the founder and owner of Hooker’s Beavertails in the Byward Market, purveyors of this wonderful delicacy is a descendant of General Hooker, Civil War general and the man whose major claim to fame is allowing “camp followers” to accompany his troops. It was because of General Hooker that we have the term “hooker” for prostitutes.

All this would merely be “interesting” if it weren’t for the fact that back in the 1980s, Grant Hooker, proprietor of the aforementioned Hooker’s Beavertails, was one of the prime movers in the local merchants and residents to have prostitutes driven out of the Byward Market area….

Oh! The irony….

On another note, we were all told that Obama would be arriving at about 7:30 am… I decided to give his arrival a with berth in order to get myself across the city to work, my route taking me right by the airport. Imagine my surprise to find that, in fact, he arrived about 10:30 and I was caught in the midst of the parking lot that was the Hunt Club Eastbound lanes. For some unaccountable reason, traffic was flowing smoothly in the Westbound lanes. Since the two lanes run parallel and mere yards from each other for the full length of Hunt Club East, it was a mystery why the Westbound lanes were moving and the Eastbound were stopped.

I was stuck for more than 1/2 an hour (and 15 minutes of THAT time was AFTER he arrived on Parliament Hill).

Valentine Potato

A friend found this in a bag of potatoes yesterday… Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, when she suggested painting it, the kids just put sparkles on one side instead of her suggestion to paint more…it red.

The non-sparkly side looks a lot like ET…

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Sparkly side

Sparkley side

ET side

ET side

New mother at 60? Henry is a father at 111!

Considered “past his prime” by all that knew him, Henry found new vigour after having recently had a tumour removed from his bottom. Previously, he showed no interest in females (yeah, well, with a tumour on YOUR butt…) but recently he and 80 year-old Mildred became the proud parents of 11 offspring.

Henry, isn’t your average post-centenarian, needless to say.

In fact, Henry is a Tuatara, a lizard from New Zealand. Tuatara are the last remaining members of a species of dinosaur, a “living fossil”.

The babies, like all babies, are cute as buttons.



In a related (sort of) story…

A university has apologised to a graduate student after his unique collection of lizard excrement was thrown away by mistake.

Daniel Bennett had been studying the rare Butaan lizard for more than five years in the Philippines and was working towards a doctorate.

He had built up a collection of faeces samples which were stored at Leeds University.

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