Category archives for Humour

The search engine optimization rap

This track, called Design Coding by The Poetic Prophet, has just been uploaded on YouTube. I thought it was hilarious the first time I saw it, and it’s still very amusing on the fourth viewing. I’m not an expert on search engine optimization, but the advice provided here is, as far as I know, accurate.

Psycho shower curtain

The great filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had a profound insight into the workings of the human mind. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it,” he once said, and the shower scene from Psycho, demonstrates this perfectly. This scene is one of the most shocking ever filmed. Yet, it does not…

The toad is in custody

From KMBC: Clay County sheriff’s deputies said David Theiss, of Kansas City, possessed a Colorado River toad with the intention of using it as a hallucinogenic. Experts said it’s possible to lick the toad’s venom glands to achieve psychedelic effects. Most pet stores don’t sell the Colorado River toad because the venom can sicken humans…

“Gay bomb” wins Ig Nobel Prize

The U.S. military has been awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for its alleged plans to develop the “gay bomb”. The device was proposed in 1994 by researchers from the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. The plans for its development are contained in a 1994 document entitled Harassing, Annoying, and “Bad Guy” Identifying…

Transcript of Osama bin Laden’s statement

ABC News has posted a transcript of Osama bin Laden’s videotaped statement, in which he refers to Noam Chomsky as “among the most capable” of commentators on the Iraq war. And in a Mind Hacks exclusive, Vaughan has posted a deleted portion of the statement, in which bin Laden lays out his demands for psycholinguists.

Science in The Simpsons

“What is matter? Never mind. What is mind? Never matter.” So says Homer, in one episode of The Simpsons. And although I’m not an adherent of Homerian dualism, the show is still my favourite thing on television. I think it’s sheer genius. The Simpsons often contains science-based jokes and references to evolution, cosmology and particle…

Definitions from the Devil’s Dictionary

The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, began in 1881 as a weekly column in a San Francisco paper, and was published as a book in 1911. BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think. That which distinguishes the man who is content to be something from the man who wishes to do…