The great thing about the persistently growing zombie fad is that anyone — at any point during their day, regardless of their activity — can be turned into a zombie and therefore find themselves stuck in that outfit for the rest of their undead lives. Thus, our costumes for 2011: Zombie Businessman (me) and Zombie Triathlete (him).

We briefly considered Zombie Pharmacist and Zombie Fly Fisherman but those seemed too conventional.

Alas, my 6th-grade daughter didn’t want to dress up, zombified or otherwise, this year.


I love organized public improv events. Love them. Also, I love ninjas and sword-fighting. So this video, courtesy of Improv Toronto, makes me very, very happy.

If I teach my kids anything, I hope to teach them to be the kind of people who, when faced with a mysterious ninja proffering a foam sword and an invitation to fight, will take the opportunity to fight that ninja. And, if upon attacking the ninja they find themselves overrun by a horde of ninjas, I hope they will find it within themselves to KEEP FIGHTING with their fake sword rather than run away.

I am convinced that those are the kinds of kids a good, strong father will raise.

Over the weekend, an unidentified 100-lb., 8 ft. tall Lego man washed up onto the beach at Siesta Key, Florida. He’s wearing a shirt that says “No real than you are.”

A guy named Jeff Hindman discovered it, photographed it, and contacted the police. The authorities have taken it but will return it if no one claims it after 30 days. Similar giant Lego figures turned up along the shorelines of Holland (in 1997) and England (2008).

Clearly I need to spend more time along the seashore.

[photo by Jeff Hindman via BoingBoing]


Sure, today everyone’s talking about the death of Gaddafi/Qaddafi/Ghadafi or the end of the world (according to Harold Camping). But me? I want to point you toward this video of a 2,000 foot-long Hot Wheels track that goes on forever. Upstairs. Downstairs. Throughout the house. Outside. Around the block. Over a hot tub.

For. Ever.

So awesome.

FYI: the video was produced to raise money for Hope For Gabe, a foundation raising awareness of and searching for a cure for a terminal disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which little Gabe Griffin suffers from. If you enjoyed the sweet Hot Wheels action, maybe drop a donation at Hope for Gabe?

[H/T: Deadspin]