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Cool Google Street View – Pompeii Ruins

So budget woes have kept you from taking a holiday vacation this year.

Same here for the Squirrel Queen.

For those of us who spend hours watching the Discovery and History channels, this will be a perfect alternative to that whirlwind trip around the world.

Instead of forking over wads of cash to fly your extra bag across the globe, just click on Google Street View’s tour of the ruins of Pompeii.

The tour of the city that Vesuvius stopped in time is cool stuff that can entertain you for hours.

It doesn’t come with a tour guide and you can’t buy tacky souvenirs, but it’s a great trip none-the-less.

Now if I can justĀ  find the baths with all the naughty frescoes they always allude to during shows about those randy Italians.

Here’s more Google fun.


Historically Dirty Jobs and Baldrick

I’ve spent the past couple of hours watching a show on the History International network about (drum roll please) The Worst Jobs in History.

Tony Robinson (Baldrick from the Blackadder series) is the host and he’s covered everything from wiping royal bums to the use of leeches in medicine and the fetching of those leeches.

Mike Rowe has nothing on these ancestors.

Here’s a bit of Baldrick from his Blackadder days totake you back to that time.


Evolution of the BBQ Apron

Father’s Day is coming up tomorrow and for those of you who haven’t purchased a gift yet, I’ve got an idea for you – the ultimate outer wear for the master of the grill.

In the 1950s, suburbia led to leisure time and backyard patios and manly barbecuing.

Barbecue accessories have evolved greatly over the past half century.

From this

to this

and this

to this

to this

and this

Ye olden “Kiss the Cook” apron has also evolved.

From this

to this

The apron has progressed into a cargo variation with lots of pockets.

The idea started with this

then advanced to this

But there are those manly men who in this modern age refuse to wear an apron when they throw their meat on the grill or at least near it.

For them I present the Weber Utility Shirt.

Note: The sauce bottle protector pocket is also an excellent spot to stow your beer bottle while you’re flipping your burgers.

Einstein Casanova


It appears that Albert Einstein had more than science on his mind.

Letters written by the genius indicate that he was quite the ladies’ man, rebuking prior information.
The letters, released by a family member upon the 20th anniverseray of her death, indicate the Gene Simmons pose above may have revealed why he was so popular with the chicks.
I’m guessing maybe his brain wasn’t his best physical attribute.