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April 13, 2008
is a global project for people around the world to share their innermost hopes - and fears - through prayer. Some photos NSFW.
posted by ColdChef at 9:25 PM PST - 39 comments
The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments
has been chosen as Australia's new head of state from next month. As the first Australian female in the role she joins a growing list (currently 48
) of international national leaders. Bryce previously served as the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner and director of the Queensland Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission prior to her role as Queensland governor.
Replacing a highly decorated ex-soldier
, who cut a low profile
, who had himself replaced a controversial
clergyman, Bryce has the opportunity make a significant mark on the country.
She will join the list
of first holders of political offices, and bring us closer to to a situation where the appointment of women to positions of power is no longer remarkable.
posted by bystander at 8:20 PM PST - 30 comments
- a photo and audio essay from Mother Jones magazine about a day in the life of a 58-year old seamstress who caters to the Ku Klux Klan.
posted by ooga_booga at 1:16 PM PST - 105 comments
If you've ever been to Bangkok you might've run into one of them
and not even known it. They are a ubiquitous fixture on the bar scene
and can be found in the Nana Plaza
area. If you're asking yourself the same question that I was then this
maybe your answer. Although they enjoy a certain amount of acceptance, they still have a long way to go
to be recognized as full citizens with equal rights. Of course, this hasn't stopped them
from staking their claim to the spotlight
, and trying to become as much of the mainstream
as they can. But, if you thought that they were pushovers, well then, think again
. [previously mentioned here]
posted by hadjiboy at 6:47 AM PST - 24 comments
If you love the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (and who in their right mind doesn't?) and enjoyed the Japanese version of Smoke on the Water, you might just barely tolerate this
. Warning: contains five minutes of repackaged
progressivepretentious rock and images of cello-based dorkiness. I gave it 98/100.
posted by wendell at 1:46 AM PST - 26 comments