The Page Turner – YouTube

20 01 2012

So  here’s a merry pickle.

My distate of cats has already been documented (they’re a bit stringy), but I do have a soft spot for hamsters. I also like “OK Go” videos, which has a spurious link to Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg machines (overly complex for their actual effectiveness). A friend made me aware of this YouTube video today, which seemed to bring the threads together quite neatly…

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20 01 2012
misfits' miscellany

If you have a soft spot for hamsters, you have more in common with cats than you might care to admit.

20 01 2012
Quieter Elephant

S-o-o-o-o pleased you didn’t mention Richard Gere.

20 01 2012
misfits' miscellany

I did hear a truly funny and sordid tale, probably apocryphal, but I’ll tell you anyway and feel free to delete. As it goes, two men were experimenting with the whole gerbil thing. This is evidently not done by just forcing the poor rodent into the cavity of noxious doom, but rather by tying a piece of string to its tail and then sending it up the paper towel tube which has already been inserted. It’s easy to imagine the gerbil wearing a hard hat and feeling like the expendable supporting actor in the horror film. But let’s not anthropomorphize him too much–at least I presume it was a him–for the way the two humans behaved makes a great case for zoomorphizing them. This is what is supposed to have happened: The gerbil in the cave, the roll still in place, the string snaps at the moment he’s being hauled back to the surface; for the cave owner can take no more. Ties severed, the gerbil stranded, the winch operator lights a match to peer into the paper towel roll tunnel. Unfortunately, the internal gasses in the mine shaft were ill disposed to the flame and there occurred combustion which forced the gerbil, in a cannonball fashion, out the tube. But this is not the end of the poor beast’s adventure, for at the end of the tube was the winch operator who had his nose broken by the flying gerbil.

20 01 2012
Quieter Elephant

And that, children, is why we don’t play with matches!

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