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“There’s No Winners. If You’re In A Boxwar You’ve Already Lost”

Here’s a simple premise: spend time creating elaborate armour/weapons entirely out of cardboard then demolish them in melee combat with other similarly garbed enthusiasts.
There are rules for construction of the costumes, there are none for the war itself.
It’s a competition in creativity.
Weeks of work destroyed in seconds.

…a metaphor for modern life?

Matthew 6: 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


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In Which Mini-Me Drives A Mini-Tesla

I found this video in which actor Verne Troyer (mini-me in the Austin Powers movies) unboxes and test drives a child-scaled Tesla car irresistibly charming.
His enthusiasm for the project disarms any cynicism.


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Something I Never Noticed

The 1966 Batman movie is on TV tonight. (The one from the TV show).
One famous scene features Batman fighting off a shark on a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter (!!) using Shark Repellent Bat Spray conveniently stored on the Bat-copter.

What I didn’t remember was that Shark Repellent Bat Spray was only one of the available Marine Repellent Bat Sprays on board in case of emergency.
Barracuda, Whale, and Manta-Ray were the other Oceanic Repellent Bat Sprays.

You never know, that may help you out in a trivia contest some day.


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KFC Only Follows Eleven Specifically Chosen People

It’s been showing up around the place on the internet that the main twitter account for KFC (we used to call it Kentucky Fried Chicken in our less health conscious youth) only follows eleven people. The five members of the pop group Spice Girls and six people whose first name is Herb.
Eleven Herbs and Spices.
Get it?
Classic. That’s how you market on the internet.
Go see for yourself.
(KFC Australia follows 300+ complete randoms)


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Ali – A Life by Jonathan Eig

I saw an excellently priced copy of Ali – A Life by Jonathan Eig at Big W.
It looks like it will be the standard biography of a landmark figure in 20th century popular culture.
Ali was so much a product of the culture in which he grew up, was prepared to stand aloof from that culture and suffer its condemnation, and came to be accepted and revered by that same culture on his own terms. A transformative figure.
I’m not a fan of boxing (I balk at ticking the ‘Sport’ box in my tags, but this is well written and provides genuine insight into a polarising and distinctive figure.


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Concert Crowd Of 65,000 People Sing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Band Green Day posted this video of the crown singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody while waiting for the concert to start.


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The Mechanics Of Being Big Bird

This three and a half minute video reveals the puppetry skills of Caroll Spinney, the man who gives life to Sesame Street’s Big Bird.
It’s hard work, and seeming proof that at least one man can multi-task.