Archive for the Odd Category

Better drivers … men or women?

Posted in Odd with tags , , , on March 11, 2010 by macmystery

It’s not like it’s a new argument.

Freakonomics took a look at the topic on Wednesday. While the blog entry is interesting, the comments, of which there are quite a few, may be better.

Take a look here.

All hail the “Throwback”

Posted in Odd with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by macmystery

Dew ... old school.

I’ll try and make this brief, because it’s ridiculous I’m writing about this … and even more ridiculous you’re reading it.***

In the spring of 2009 (May 31 to be exact) I published a blog post entitled Beware the Throwback. Pepsi had released it’s limited run of ‘Throwback” beverages, including Mountain Dew. While on a camping trip in Tennessee, I purchased a 12-pack.

Upon my first taste of the Throwback Dew, I determined something was amiss … and I wrote about it. The folks at Pepsi had re-introduced real sugar to Dew, but in the process they removed the orange juice, … a cost-cutting measure I would guess.

The result was what I thought to be a weak beverage. The kick was missing. So I wrote about it. The Throwback drinks ran their limited time in the stores and were gone.

Well, as several readers have told me, Pepsi has re-released the Throwback Pepsi and Mountain Dew. And this time, the OJ is back. I held off on writing this until I could actually find some (they’ve been out since Dec. 28) and try it. And it was near perfect. (I haven’t tried Pepsi since I’ve always disliked it, real sugar or not. I’m a Coke man.)

This time, according to Pepsi’s all-things-Throwback Web site, the limited run will last until Feb. 22.  Go get you some.

*** My original Beware the Throwback post has received 2,200-plus direct hits. In and of itself, that’s not a large number. But when you consider I average about two dozen blog hits a day, most from family and friends likely, 2,200 in eight months is a significant number of hits. Thanks for the business.

I triple-dog dare you

Posted in Humor, Odd with tags , , on December 9, 2009 by macmystery

This is ironic because, somehow, we managed to discuss this particular scene from the greatest Christmas movie ever — A Christmas Story — in Sunday school class this past weekend.

And now, once again this year, someone has put the tongue-to-flagpole theory to the test, only to find themselves stuck.

Read here.

The definition of stupidity

Posted in Humor, Odd on October 19, 2009 by macmystery

This was too good to pass up.

A man groped the nurse helping to deliver his baby. He was arrested and missed the birth altogether.

Story here.

They don’t make ’em like they used to

Posted in Odd, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 19, 2009 by macmystery

I thought this was interesting. I found it on the auto page at

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air in near perfect condition and decided to crash it head on at 40 mph with a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu to illustrate what progress in safety had been made in 50 years of American car manufacturing.

Take a look. I took particular note of how fast the airbag in the 2009 Malibu deployed. The driver never sniffed the steering wheel, much less the windshield.

As for the driver of the Bel-Air, well, he didn’t hit the windshield either. But that’s because he had a steering column coming through the back of his spine.

Give me your money, Update

Posted in Humor, Odd on September 16, 2009 by macmystery

I’ve been caught.

Well, not me, but the guy who looks like me. The one who robbed 12 banks in six states in four months.

Chad Schaffner was arrested earlier this week … at a Super 8 motel in Missouri.

They were calling him the “Brazen Bandit” because he made no attempt to hide his identity when taking down a bank.

Here’s the report from WSPA Ch. 7 here in Spartanburg. Here’s my previous post.

Upon his arrest, he confessed to all the robberies (like he could deny it).

I guess I’ll have to find someone else to live vicariously through, now.

Give me your money

Posted in Humor, Odd with tags on September 9, 2009 by macmystery
This is a stick up!

This is a stick up!

I’ve resisted posting this, but I couldn’t hold off any longer.

There’s a serial bank robber who has struck 11 times in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky.

And he happens, at least in surveillance photos, to look a lot like me.

A lot like me.

Trust me, though … if I were successfully robbing banks, I wouldn’t be posting to Facebook or updating a blog … much less going to work.

He hasn’t shot anyone, he asks nicely for the money … and he even brings his own little bag for them to fill up so the tellers won’t have to use one of the bank’s bags (equipped with dye bomb).

What a considerate fellow.

And judging from the photos, he’s not bashful.