1.The video quality sucks because it’s oriented for an iPhone, but I risked my sister’s wrath and put up the video of her freaking out over a spider.
Apparently what happened was she sucked up a huge spider with her canister vacuum and then she watched in horror as the spider crawled back out.
Of course my brother in law tortured her with the spider to the point where she practically peed her pants a little. She hid in the bathroom where he and my nephew found her and decided to throw the spider at her again.
I wonder if Depends needs a new spokesperson.
2. Today’s Living Social Pittsburgh (like Groupon) deal is 50% off at Las Velas!
Must buy the deal by midnight.
3. People get all in a huff when I joke about kicking pigeons, but no one is out there threatening a boycott of libraries carrying this book. also known as “My Other Bible.”
Internet, surprisingly, I have no killing rack.
[runs to Amazon.com]
(h/t Shawn and a few others whose emails are lost)
4. Video highlights of Mike Tomlin’s playing days at William and Mary. The verdict? Not a chunk.
5. My self-united husband Matt Lamanna isn’t the only local dinosaur man putting Pittsburgh on the … dinosaur … map … or something.
Chatham University’s Mike Habib, who I’ve met, is another. Technically, he’s a biomechanist who also studies paleontology and robotics and about a million other things he told me that I can’t recall because I was too exhausted just listening to how busy he is.
He’s helped out on Hollywood projects related to dinosaurs, and is also Matt Lamanna’s friend (who I haven’t met yet.)
His latest research, featured on Wired and National Geographic, is mind-boggling:
Predating jet travel by at least 65 million years wasn’t a problem for the biggest pterosaurs. These prehistoric creatures might have been able to fly up to 10,000 miles nonstop, according to research presented Oct. 10 at the annual meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology.
The original elite flyers included four species of what biomechanist Michael Habib, of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, calls supergiant pterosaurs … they stood about as tall as a modern giraffe and launched into the air spreading membrane wings to a total span of roughly 10 meters [33 feet].
A dinosaur that could fly 10,000 miles non-stop. FINALLY, a direct flight around the world with no need for refueling.
But that’s not the best part of the article. This quote by Mike is the best part:
Habib said. “They are truly gruesomely huge by bird and bat standards.”
Take a note. Gruesomely huge is the new ginormous. The new gargantuan. The new morbidly obese. The new Brobdingnagian
Next time a waitress puts a hamburger in front of me that’s as big as my face, I’ll say, “Whoa. This is TRULY GRUESOMELY HUGE.”
6. Don’t forget that the Ti Kanaval fundraiser for Jamie and Ali McMutrie’s Haitian Orphan Rescue is November 13 at Whim. We’re busy with planning the details, but you can find the basics here until the web page for the event launches.
It is an extremely affordable ticket at only $10 and will be available for purchase next week via EventBrite.
I’ll give you the link once it’s up.
Some faces confirmed to be there: Mikey and Big Bob, PunchLine, Miss PA USA 2010 and Smoking Hot Burgher Gina Cerilli, and Ian Rosenberger. More will be listed soon as confirmations come in.
7. As I mentioned on twitter, my Keurig stopped working yesterday, sending me into caffeine-withdrawal shakes. This morning, it was still on the fritz, so I tried the Fonz move on it, gave it a bop … and it worked.
So now that I know what my superpower is, does anyone have any broken shit they need punched?