Top Ten Posts For 2012

These are posts from this blog which got the most hits in 2012. This was another banner year for the blog, with an increase of nearly 50% over last year’s traffic. We thank our readers and subscribers for making this happen. (Who knew that odd women’s shoes and possums would be so popular?)

Here are last year’s top ten posts in order of hit count.


#1 One Tough Chick

Queen Elizabeth with a machine gun

I love the look of determination on her face. Who can resist a woman who knows how to handle a machine gun?

(H/t @reedtome)


#2 “The Forgotten Man” by Jon McNaughton, Controversial?

According to CBS, this is a controversial and politically charged work:

"The Forgotten Man" by Jon McNaughton

Really, it is hard to see it as anything but a fair comment.

If the painting is politically charged and controversial, I wonder what CBS would say about these images? …



#3 Funny Pictures From The Obama 2012 Website

These were all chosen by Obama’s reelection team and posted on his website and Facebook page:

I belive

Translation: “I’m alive”? …



#4 And She Is In Every Way Gorgeous

This photo popped up in my Facebook stream yesterday, and I think it is absolutely wonderful. I cannot think of any better celebration of life:

pregnant breast cancer survivor
Apparently, the words in Portuguese mean, “I had breast cancer and now I have Theo.” Though the photo is popping up everywhere, none of the sources I have seen have been able to identify who she is, or even where the photo came from.

(H/t being pregnant)


#5 In North Korea, Even Wild Bears Mourn the Passing of Their Dear Leader

According to Reuters,

The passing of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-il has been marked by plunging temperatures, mourning bears and now, according to North Korean state media, by flocks of magpies.
Kim, who died in December aged 69 years after 17 years running the world’s most reclusive state, was reputed to be able to control the weather, as well as to have scored a miraculous 38 under par round of golf.
“At around 17:30 on December 19, 2011, hundreds of magpies appeared from nowhere and hovered over a statue of President Kim Il Sung on Changdok School campus in Mangyongdae District, clattering as if they were telling him the sad news,” state news agency KCNA reported on Monday …
KCNA reported last week that a family of bears who usually hibernate through the fierce Korean winter had been seen lamenting Kim Jong-il’s death.
“The bears, believed to be a mother and cubs, were staying on the road, crying woefully,” it said.

(H/t Bluegrass Pundit)

This might be the makings of a great Far Side cartoon, if it were even possible to satirize something already so bat guano crazy.


#6 Designer Makes Women’s High Heels From Horses’ Hooves

German designer Iris Schieferstein is enamored with the idea of using dead animal parts to make clothes and other decorative items. Orange News explains:

Iris Schieferstein, 45, spends months creating high heel horse hooves, stilettos from snake skins and sandals sculpted from doves.
Ms Schieferstein, who designed a pair of horse hooves for Lady Gaga, sells the shoes for up to £3,900.
She collects the dead animals from her local butcher in Berlin, then spends a week stripping out the meat and bones from the animal’s feet before the skin is sent to a tanner to be preserved.
The sculptor then sets the skin – complete with fur still in place – around a shoe model before doing any needlework to add insoles and lining.
She said: “I love horses and I love shoes so I thought this would be perfect. Horses have a beautiful walk and I wanted to recreate that with my footwear …
“Once the shoes are made I wear them to make sure they work, although they would not be suitable to wear around the house.”

Here is a pair of her high heels:
horse hoof high heels

There is no indication as to whether or not she also provides a bridle and stirrups as accessories …



#7 Paul Ryan’s VP Acceptance Speech (Video)

Today, Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Here is Ryan’s acceptance speech:


#8 A Non-Denominational Guide to Official Worship Signals

guide to worship hand signals

(H/t Patheos)


#9 Democratic Leadership Rams Jerusalem And God Back Into Party Platform, To The Boos Of Delegates

Oh, my. You can hear the voice vote for yourself. Two thirds certainly did not vote in the affirmative. The delegates voted against the changes, but the chair deemed them passed anyways.

(H/t Weasel Zippers)


#10 Spam Comment of the Day

I often check the spam filter for my comments because sometimes real comments get caught up there and I need to fish them out. Of course, some of the spam comments are interesting to say the least. Here is one:

possum removal are you sick of possums?

The link leads to a website dedicated to keeping possums out of your yard and swimming pool, and removing dead possums. No possum recipes however. Pity.

The truth is, there aren’t any possums in my neck of the woods, I don’t have a swimming pool or a yard, and I’m not sick of them.

But I guess if you have a pool or yard, and you are sick of possums lounging about, then this website is for you.

dead possum


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5 Responses to Top Ten Posts For 2012

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    LOL John, some really good posts there. I love the possum one, every since we moved late this year, we have been chasing possums out of the cats food outside. Sometimes there will be three big ones out there and since they can be pretty viscious, the cats pretty much leave them alone and they pretty much ignore people until you get really close. I have discovered that they usually only come out at certain times and try to feed the cats accordingly. God bless you and may your New Year be filled with blessings.

  2. Paulo Roberto Silvs says:

    Hy. My name is Paulo. I’m from Brazil. The woman on the photo is Ariadna. She is my wife. She died in august 18, 2010. Our kid, Theo, is a amazing boy.

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