Silly Men Walking

Rejoice! There is now a Monty Python channel on YouTube (warning: a video will start playing when you click that link), where you can find a host of Python clips. Okay, so you could find the clips on YouTube before, but they were all unauthorized:

For 3 years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube. Now the tables are turned. It’s time for us to take matters into our own hands.

So now you can watch The Ministry of Silly Walks as Python intended:

In related news, today I also learned of this terribly Silly Short Movie involving Men Walking at The Skwib. Steve Sullivan’s brilliant “A Heap of Trouble” features men walking down the road singing: “…nine naked men just walking down the road…”

Intrigued? You can watch it yourself: “A Heap of Trouble.’

As Mark so eloquently warns:
“Warning: Not Safe for Work if your co-workers are uncomfortable with brief shots of sausage and/or Welsh singing.”

To read more about this short (where most of the men aren’t even wearing shorts), go visit The Skwib.

Do you know the nipple song?

I made a discovery a few weeks ago that I’ve been meaning to share. And what with Sunday’s nipple-related post, I thougt now would be as good a time as any. This is a music video from India, which has been captioned/subtitled for English-speakers:

Apparently a new tradition has blossomed across the internets to add English subtitles to videos that are not translations of the lyrics, but what the non-English lyrics sound like to an English speaker. I somehow had missed this, even though it has clearly gone viral, judging from the over 9 million YouTube views on a video called “Crazy Indian Video” since it was posted just over a year ago:

I stumbled across this phenomenon when following a link from Ashley Awesome to an Indian video, which I found strangely compelling. Then I found that same video, “buffalaxed.” (Go see Tunak Tunak Tun for yourself!)

I admit it. These crack me up. Does this prove to the world that I am actually a 12-year-old masquerading as an adult?

Obama: a little too awesome

Here’s Obama’s speech from the Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner last night¹, in which we learn the truth about his name:

Many of you know I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahali for ‘That One.’ And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn’t think I’d ever run for President.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Edits from 10/18:
For those of you wondering about the post title: we also learn about his hidden weakness:

If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. My greatest weakness: it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.

Edit from 10/21:
The clips I’d had up last appear to have been removed from YouTube. The clips I’m linking to above may not be up for long. Here’s the full dinner, with both Obama and McCain’s speeches and intros, can be found here. It will probably stay up, since it was put there by CSPAN. It)

There’s also a version up at crooks and liars that can be downloaded or viewed.

Hat-tip to crooks and liars, via la loca.

¹ McCain also gave a speech, but I haven’t watced it yet.

a supplemental banana

My laptop is restored, thanks to John, and it’s been back to the grindstone. (And while Phoebe does appear to have an intestinal bug, so far, John and I both seem to be resisting it.)

In any case, no time for a ThThTh list. Instead, I hope this supplement to last week’s banana list will tide you over:

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and assistant Beaker demostrate the banana sharpener.

Would you could you?

green_eggs.jpgHappy Seuss Day!

Today was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Last year, I celebrated the day with a list of a few things Seussy. This year I’ll offer up a small serving of green eggs and ham for your enjoyment.

  • Jesse Jackson’s inspired reading of Green Eggs and Ham. (Sorry about the poor video quality. It’s what I could find.)

  • Weird Al’s video of Green Eggs and Ham. (To fully appreciate it, you might want to check out U2’s “Numb” video.)
  • Also, be sure to check out this brilliant post from Books Are Pretty, which discusses this “grim tale of stalking and harassment…”