Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 1/30/2011 | 0 Comments

10.  “Wanna swap teeth?”

9.  “Are you a model, or were you a model during the Truman Administration?”

8.  “Ever done it in a Craftmatic adjustable bed?”

7.  “What’s a nice girl like you in ---Wait, where am I?”

6.  “Much like high-sodium foods, you send my blood pressure skyrocketing!”

5.  “Excuse me while I slip into something orthopedic.”

4.  “How’d you like to be in my will?”

3.  “Wanna see my cane?”

2.  “My arteries aren’t the only thing that’s hardened!”


A companion piece to its recent listing of the TOP 50 WEBSITES (2010), "Time" magazine lists/describes/pictures the 50 WORST CARS OF ALL TIME.
Just to whet your appetite, here's the "Times" list of the worst cars since 1990:

1995 Ford Explorer
1997 GM EV1
1997 Plymouth Prowler
1995 Fiat Multipla
2000 Ford Excursion
2001 Jaguar X-Type
2001 Pontiac Aztek
2002 BMW 7-Series
2003 Hummer H2
2004 Chevrolet SSR
And if, by chance, you're the once-proud owner of the '03 Hummer H2 (#9 on the list), here's "Time's" review:

One struggles to think of a worse vehicle at a worse time. Introduced shortly after 9/11 — an event whose causes were tangled in America's unquenchable thirst for oil — the Hummer H2 sent all the wrong signals. It was/is arrogantly huge, overtly militaristic, openly scornful of the common good. As a vehicle choice, the H2 was a spiteful reactionary riposte to notions that, you know, maybe we all shouldn't be driving tanks that get 10 miles per gallon. Not surprisingly, the green-niks struck back. A Hummer dealership was torched in Southern California. The H2 was also a PR catastrophe for GM, who happened to be repossessing and crushing the few EV1 electric cars at the time. It all contributed to GM's emerging image as the Dick Cheney of car companies.

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 8/12/2010 | 0 Comments

A baby hippopotamus, survivor of a tsunami along the Kenyan coast, has formed a close relationship with a 130-year-old giant male tortiose.  The hippo, a 650-pounder nicknamed Owen, was saved by wildlife rangers after being swept down the Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean. 

Now living in an animal facility in Mombassa, Owen immediately befriended Mzee, who is his surrogate mother. 

"It is incredible. A less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," says ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park.


"They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added. "The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.


"The hippo is a young baby.  He was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

The Great Places blogmaster is guessing that our readers think this story is too good to be true.  Here's verification from Snopes:

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