Best Of The Web

by on 30 January, 2011


Faced with a deluge of death threats, vitriol, and abuse from the "civil, polite, thoughtful left," following his efforts with Stop The Levy, Menzies House Editor Tim Andrews decided it was time to lighten things up, and post the next installment of the weird, the wonderful, and the wacky from around the world. So here it is, the latest installment of Best of the Web! 

A marijuana firing catapult discovered on the U.S.-Mexico border. On a related note, here's the conservative former President of Mexico calling for an end to the drug war. Because apparently smoking pot actually helps prevent lung-cancer (although I suppose the researchers were just high). In anycase, law authorities have more important things to worry about, like the menace of Dungeons and Dragons.

An 82-year old Oregon barber with more than half a century of experience cutting hair is accused by government authorities in Oregon of "criminal barbering", because his government license to cut hair inadvertently expired.

Important health news: Adults who make love first thing in the morning apparently not only feel more upbeat for the rest of the day, but also benefit from a stronger immune system. Research suggests that adults who begin their day this way are healthier and happier than those who simply opt for a cup of tea and some toast before heading out of the door. (via InstaPundit)

Here's an example of free market Haiku (and who said we on the right wern't artsy!):

Markets chomp at bit 
To end global poverty 
But statists say no.

Government waste: U.S. style:


Smoking bans ruin lives and make everyone unhappy. No-one more so, I assume, than this monk in Bhutan that faces five years in gaol for being caught with some tobacco. But good news in the freedom front! In Spain, the revolution against the nanny state is triumphing

Forget your everyday backpack or bag, here's one designed to contain a drink-mixing kit!

Leftists praise Genghis Kahn: mass murder is good for the environment 

Here's an amusing clip of a kickboxing bouncers taking down a troublemaker. Trust me, it's worth a watch:


A tactic freedom fighters in Australia ought try – fighting government overspending – with beer coasters

A cost-benefit analysis of the TSA's nudie scanners. British airports, on the other hand, have decided to introduce holograms as customs agents

How to foil a nation-wide internet shutdown: dial-up! By the way, U.S. Democrats want the internet to come with a kill-switch too. =

Microsoft employees in 1978: where are they now

IKEA has been shown to deliberately trap its customers in a maze

The Chinese Government passes off Top Gun footage as a military drill. Yes, really. (Not that we should be surprised, given their track record…)

U.S Congressman Dennis Kucinich (darling of the left) is suing the senate cafe for damages of $150,000, because… wait for it… a sandwhich he bought had an "unpitted olive".

I am sure that anyone with either a long memory of a geeky interest in computer games will find this great: Wolfenstein 1-D. It's surprisingly addictive! Treasure your gaming freedom while it lasts though, Democrats want to put warnings on computer games. And in more nanny-state news, apparently jogging while listening to music is the next thing they want to be illegal, as is cycling with children. Sigh, just go read this good piece on the nanny state and the death of personal responsibility: Helmet Required

We have long resisted posting "kitteh" clips here. But this one I could just not resist posting. Why? Because it appears that this cat is possessed by demons:


What happened to the anti-war movement now that Obama is in power? Oh right, they're hypocrites.  

A thought-provoking reflection by some "best and the brightest" Yale students who attended a Jerry Springer show

Vest Pocket Guide to Brothels in 19th-Century New York for Gentlemen on the Go.

Not my cup of tea, but everyone promotes liberty in their own way, so, it's good to read that The Thiel Foundation just pledged $1 million to support The Seasteading Institute

Why can't people walk straight

Redditch Borough Council, with a "commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions" is considering proposals to re-use energy at its crematorium to heat a nearby leisure centre (h/t Andrew Bolt)

The corruption of psychiatry 

A woman was paralysed by a hickey

Ever wondered what the numbers on your credit card mean? Probably not, why would you if you were a normal person. But, just in case you wanted to know, here's how you can crack the credit-card code

Scottish activists attempt to overturn the U.S. ban on haggis

A map of London's most common surnames.

"The two roads to courage." A suitcase that holds nothing but a bottle of bourbon and a set of brass knuckles:

"The two roads to courage." A suitcase that holds nothing but a bottle of bourbon and a set of brass knuckles.


How American farmers avoided data charges in the telegraph days

Children as young as four are to be taught about homosexuality in maths, geography and science lessons as part of a Government-backed drive to "celebrate the gay community".

Ukranian croc swollows a phone. No-one believed the story before it started ringing. Inside him. 

Scotland bans extreme pornography, except they won't define what it is, apparently so that people won't change their behaviour and follow the law. Odd, to say the least. 

I suspect the Objectivists amongst us would get a lot more support if they changed the front cover to this:

Quote of the week:  "The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner hosted a dinner for the guy holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in prison…"

Finally, because in this Brave New World of big-government, we all need a ray of sunshine (and apparently the ocelots from last week weren't enough), here's a baby anteater taking a ride on it's mother's back. It is, without doubt, the cutest thing you will see all week. 

Tim Andrews is  the acting Editor-in-Chief of Menzies House. His personal blog is Musings of an Australian Classical Liberal in Washington DC. 

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