Taken by NASA’s Terra satelite today:


Pretty freakin cool (click for bigger) though where we are seems to be getting off fairly lightly (not that that’s a bad thing!)


The skies yet blushing with departing light


This week was the first week it started to feel like Autumn (and definitely not Winter as I have to keep insisting to a certain somebody).

I’ve decided this year to try my hand at a spot of homebrewing (which will hopefully be a little more successful than growing my own veg which managed to produce a single snozzcumber). I’m going to go for some cider and perhaps a berry wine though I need to go a-foraging to see what I can turn up. Worst comes to worst I’ll steal a little blackberry wine from John when it’s time for me to mull my Christmas cider.

(Pic from The Big Picture)


7 Secrets

7 Secrets Only Two Living People Know


The Coca-Cola Recipe:

All of this is pointless in the end. Coca-Cola still derives some of its flavor from the coca plant; the same place that cocaine comes from. Due to the obvious drug related issues that would arise from importing lots of coca plant into America legally, only one company has government permission to do it. That company is Coca-Cola. So even if someone broke into the bank and managed to take the formula, they would never be able to produce an exact Coke rip-off.

And if another company did somehow get permission to import coca, hell, there is at least one better way to make money with it.

The location of Cromwell’s head

Everyone knows that if they should ever let the location slip, somebody’s going to be rubbing that skull in dog poop within the hour. Or at least posing it in some kind of ridiculous hat.

And craziest of all the Farmer’s Almanac weather predicting formula developed in 1792:

As crazy as it seems, they keep it secret for good reason. The average seven to 14 day weather report, using up to the minute information and state of the art Doppler radar systems, is often no more accurate than what you, the Cracked reader, could predict.

This 200-year-old formula has an 80 percent accuracy rate even though predictions are made 2 YEARS IN ADVANCE. How do we know that? The Almanac told us. How do we know they’re right? We just told you. They’re accurate 80 percent of the time.

(thx to Johnboy)


Life on Mars

Pictures of the dust storm that hit Eastern Australia today – there’s definitely an eerie sci-fi/post-apocalyptic feel to these pics.




See also the Flickr Pool.

(via The Big Picture)


Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay

Even though Autumn is yet upon us, let alone Winter, the elements have definitely taken their toll on my garden. My most promising tomato plant appears to have contracted some sort of rot and a vicious wind has left my sunflowers lying prone. In fact the only plant that looks healthy is my (unfortunately fruitless) jalapeƱo.


PotW – 17/7/09