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Courtesy of afriti, a strong contender for The 10 Worst Album Covers. Be prepared. This is probably suitable only for veterans of the Gallery of Regrettable Foods.

In a surprisingly entertaining thread yonder on afca, on the topic of toilet germs, one phrase came up which I found quite memorable, referring to disposable toilet seat covers: "ass-gaskets". It'd be a wonderful name for a band, too.

Interesting - BT are beginning to roll out a service for SMS on landlines ("BT Text"). With a compatible phone, the text is displayed as sent, but there's also an option to have it spoken to you - and the text-to-speech system used apparently does cope with SMS-speak, expanding such "shorthand" into conventional English.

Murray Saul, a DJ on WMMS, is apparently very, very enthusiastic on the subject of Friday arriving. (2.5MB mp3) Let's say it doesn't lend itself to transcription.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

I did take the opportunity of slipping into town to retrieve a couple key ingredients for a special chicken preparation stego_s_aurus and I once enjoyed. I'm pondering whether to disclose the ingredients or not, as I know Mum's not keen on one of them (a particular fish).. I'm tempted to keep it mysterious. ^_^

Heh! Via ibneko: godhatesshrimp.com has made it into an amusing opinion piece on the mayhem and anarchy which has swept the United States in the wake of gay marriage, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Perhaps the most significant piece of camping equipment in 20th Century British literature.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Those are bad! A little googling brought up the latest from Devastatin' Dave, who seems to be still pushing the boundaries of tasteless album cover design;

Here's a page with reviews of two of the 'top 10 worst album covers' by someone who has actually listened to the albums.
Egad. The sacrifices people make in the name of research..

That "bearded guys" one really is calling out for a caption competition, though - the middle one's sideways glance speaks volumes. ^_^

"Godhatesshrimp"

Yup, that little piece made the rounds here too. I love it :)
It's certainly an amusing alternate take on those who'd seek to impose a theocracy by - well, I'd say stealth, save for it being conducted in plain view, under the guise of morality.

Similarly, the "sanctity of marriage" doesn't seem quite so overriding a concern, strangely, with Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire and its ilk - or, for that matter, the remarkably brief (even by celebrity standards) matrimonial fling Ms Spears enjoyed a little while ago in Vegas. Yet two people, profoundly in love, often for several years, or even a matter of decades, are to be denied sanction of their love? Eh. Nowt so queer as folk, as they say.
> SMS on landlines

I keep seeing this as "SMS on landmines", which brings odd images into me head.