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.
I love the look of determination on her face. Who can resist a woman who knows how to handle a machine gun?
According to CBS, this is a controversial and politically charged work:
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? …
These were all chosen by Obama’s reelection team and posted on his website and Facebook page:
Translation: “I’m alive”? …
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:
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)
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.
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.”
There is no indication as to whether or not she also provides a bridle and stirrups as accessories …
Today, Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Here is Ryan’s acceptance speech:
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)
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.