- A new photograph of Helen Keller and her mentor, Anne Sullivan, has been found. The funny comes from the breathless description - it's a doll! Helen loved dolls! She had lots of dolls! This is the only photo in existence of Helen with a doll! Der. She was a little girl. Of course she liked dolls. No wonder that was the first word Anne Sullivan tried to teach her. Big whoop, AP. Incidentally, there is not much else about Helen Keller that is funny, in case your brain tried to reference any of those awful, tasteless jokes that still make the rounds.
- A newsreel from the 1930s predicts fashion in 2000.
- 7 Insane Conspiracies that Actually Happened (Cracked)
- Presidential Superstitions (Neatorama)
- Here's a classic: John Hargrave's Senator Prank, in which a grown man posing as a ten-year-old boy convinced various senators to send him their favorite jokes. This is much funnier now than it was in 2003, considering that among the respondents you'll find eventual newsmakers like Jon Corzine and Larry Craig.
- In the "unintentionally funny" department, Phyllis Schlafly explains the real reason college students so often fail at simple history questions - they're not reading enough books on how great the GOP is! Yeah, that's gotta be it!
- It's been a bad week for museums - The Lincoln museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is closing up on the eve of the Lincoln bicentennial and the Australian Computer Museum Society just lost its storage space.
- Here's a fascinating archive of music, lyrics, and video footage from World War I.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Friday Links Aren't Going There, So Don't Ask
Even though I'm right up against a major-ass deadline at work, I still found time to dig up an economy-sized links package for y'all this week. Read and enjoy!