Monthly Archives: July 2010

Video Fun: Disney Character FAILs

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Mickey Never Fails
Mickey Never Fails



But sometimes Mickey does have a bit of a bad day.  As do many of Mickey’s Disney pals around Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the other Disney theme parks.

Because being a walkaround character (sometimes called “rubberheads” or “FUR CHARACTERS” by some) is not always the best job to have in the theme park. 

Your vision is hindered, if you can see at all.  The costumes are heavy, unbearably hot, awkward to manuever in, and not often cleaned to smell as fresh as they should be.  You’re often kicked, poked, prodded, propositioned, and occasionally abused by children young and old-enough-to-know-better.

Yes, being a Disney Costumed Character has been called ONE OF THE WORST JOBS AT DISNEY specifically because of the high accident/injury rate associated with it according to INSIDE THE MOUSE, a book based on interviews with former park employees.

And with all that, the employees who act as “friends of” each character continue to do so in order to bring smiles to the faces of every park visitor.  And for putting up with all that, and doing their job well — we at Web Watch salute you.


The most popular spice found in homes today? Dry Garlic Powder

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Under Cabinet Spice Rack
Under Cabinet Spice Rack

Web Watch knows that making great food requires having great spices.

If you don’t have a PENZEY’S SPICES store near you, then maybe you have some other fresh spice retailer or farmer’s market that you could hit up for some glass jars of spice goodness.

And even if you end up buying your spices at the local supermarket, drug store’s food aisle, or giant-size Super Center Warehouse Emporium, the most important thing you can remember is to rotate your spices on a regular basis.  Dry spices especially will lose their flavors anywhere from 6 months to a year after your purchase.  You wouldn’t serve a beer after it’s “best by” date – you should apply the same philosophy to your spice cabinet and toss out anything that’s more than a year old.

Your taste buds will thank you.


Video Fun: Inappropriate Soundtracks make movies fun again

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Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History
Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History

Most hardcore movie fans are also fans of film music and soundtracks.

We’ve all seen those cheesy Oscar presentations where they show us how important it is to have music supporting key film scenes, as they demonstrate how a film clip plays out both with and without its accompanying audio track.

But who’s to say that the audio track that the film score composer used was the correct choice?  INAPPROPRIATE SOUNDTRACKS puts the creative side back in the hands of us – the movie-loving public – and allows us to recut our favorite movie scenes with new audio for a completely different experience.  Continue reading VIDEO FUN: INAPPROPRIATE SOUNDTRACKS MAKE MOVIES FUN AGAIN

How to perform the “Perfect Handshake” according to math experts, and other handshaking stats

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The Secret Handshake
The Secret Handshake

Howie Mandel doesn’t shake hands.

Donald Trump tries not to shake hands.

World leaders are judged on who they shake hands with, and who shakes hands (or not) with them.

Yes, shaking hands is definitely an art, and the folks at CHEVROLET UK wanted to figure out exactly how to shake hands the right way, as a good solid handshake is often the key to closing a new car sale.

So they came up with THE GUIDE TO THE PERFECT HANDSHAKE, and even commissioned a university professor to come up with a mathematical equation to putting that perfect handshake together. Continue reading HOW TO PERFORM THE “PERFECT HANDSHAKE” ACCORDING TO MATH EXPERTS, AND OTHER HANDSHAKING STATS

Given unlimited money for plastic surgery, most people would get their teeth whitened

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Exercise: Poor Man's Plastic Surgery

Just like many of you, Web Watch knows plenty of people who have gone under the knife for elective plastic surgery.

Sometimes the results turn out well and better than the original, other times… not so much.  Sometimes the reasons behind why the person went and got the plastic surgery are obvious, and sometimes we will never know the true motivation behind why someone decides to do what they do to their bodies.

Whether you’re for or against plastic surgery on others, you may want to be aware of the MOST POPULAR PLASTIC SURGERY REQUESTS made in 2010.  This survey asked over 2000 people about their opinion of getting plastic surgery — 69% responded that they had no issue with having work done if money were no object.  So while the actual number of surgeries being performed is down — mainly due to the current economic situation — interest in plastic surgery continues to be on the rise. Continue reading GIVEN UNLIMITED MONEY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY, MOST PEOPLE WOULD GET THEIR TEETH WHITENED

The Top 10 Selling Cuts of Beef does not include the “milk dud”

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The New Steak Cookbook
The New Steak: Recipes for a Range of Cuts plus Savory Sides

Web Watch has a friend who claims to be a “new-fangled vegetarian”: they will only eat vegetables after they’ve been processed by a cow.

Yes, nothing beats a good piece of steak that’s been rubbed and marinated just right and cooked on a hot grill on a summer day when there’s cold beer to be had for the grillmaster.

So let’s talk a little bit about the type of meat that you’ll want to serve up next weekend.  First, you need to decide what type of meat you want to put onto the grill.  You can always take a cue from the CATTLEMEN’S BEEF BOARD about what they’re saying are the TOP TEN SELLING CUTS OF BEEF for this grilling season.

  1. Boneless Ribeye
  2. Boneless Top Sirloin
  3. New York Strip
  4. T-Bone
  5. Bone-in Ribeye
  6. Bone-in New York Strip
  7. Bone-in Porterhouse
  8. Filet Mignon
  9. Boneless Tri Tip
  10. Boneless Chuck Eye Steak


Mmmmm. That’s one damn good pie.

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Cutie Pie Cherry Pies
Cutie Pie Cherry Pies

Who doesn’t like pie?

That’s right.  Nobody.  Nobody DOESN’T like pie…which means that EVERYONE loves pie.  Well, 92% of those surveyed said they liked pie – and that’s almost everyone.

And research has found out exactly what type of pies Americans like to eat, and where they like to eat their pie. Continue reading MMMMM. THAT’S ONE DAMN GOOD PIE.

Woman loses a lawsuit against Girls Gone Wild due to “implied consent”

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Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild


The 26-year-old woman sued the publishers of Girls Gone Wild, Mantra Films, for US$5 million.  In the lawsuit, she claimed that she had not given consent to show her breasts to the Girls Gone Wild cameraman — the original video even has her saying “no” repeatedly.  Then her top was pulled down by another patron at the bar, where the act was caught on film and later published in the GIRLS GONE WILD: SORORITY ORGY video.   She didn’t know that she was in the video until one of her husband’s friends called to point it out a few years later.

All of this took place in May 2004, while a  then 20-year-old “Jane Doe” was dancing on the bar at the (now defunct) Rum Jungle at Laclede’s Landing in St Louis, Missouri.  The lawsuit was suing for damage to her reputation to the now mother of 2, and was originally filed in 2008.  Can you believe it took two years for this thing to get to trial?  Continue reading WOMAN LOSES A LAWSUIT AGAINST GIRLS GONE WILD DUE TO “IMPLIED CONSENT”

We write like Stephen King. Who do you write like?

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Stephen King - A Memoir on the Craft of Writing
On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

Writing Web Watch is not often easy.

It’s not the finding cool stuff to write about.  Web Watch has a stack of things in our To Do pile to address at some point, and the Internet is always growing.  We’ll never have a topic shortage here.

No, it’s the actual writing that can be problematic.  Finding the right words to say, putting them into their proper order. Making sure words are formed into phrases, that timing and spacing is correct.  Whoever said that writing wasn’t work was lying.  (Yes, we’re looking at you… every English teacher who ever taught.)

So when Web Watch stumbled upon the site I WRITE LIKE, we jumped at the chance to see if all the effort we poured into Web Watch was paying off. Continue reading WE WRITE LIKE STEPHEN KING. WHO DO YOU WRITE LIKE?

My Fault, I’m Female – it’s like FML, but for women

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I Am Woman

I am Woman

Remember F***MY LIFE (aka “FML”) that Web Watch told you about last year?

That’s the website where people bitch and complain about how their life sucks more than yours, and everyone gets to vote on their favorite F-ups?

Apparently, that site wasn’t catering directly enough to women. Continue reading MY FAULT, I’M FEMALE – IT’S LIKE FML, BUT FOR WOMEN

Consumers have spoken: Facebook is worse than the IRS

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Computer Smurf
Computer Smurf

With all the hype surrounding using social websites like Facebook or Twitter, and traditional websites trying to become more timely by jumping onto the social bandwagon, it appears that this may be one of those times when people are going social for the wrong reasons.

According to the 2010 AMERICAN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION INDEX (done by ACSI with ForeSee Results), consumers ranked social networking website FACEBOOK as being worse than the IRS.   When ranked on a 100-point scale, Facebook was ranked at a 64. 

64.  Where Web Watch went to school, this would be a D… if we were lucky.  Some teachers would have given that score an F.


Claim the FATTY 50 VICTORY in the Fifty Phenomenal Fattiest Foods Challenge

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The Fattest Man in America
The Fattest Man in America

Deep-fried Oreo cookies and deep-fried Twinkies are not just a delight to be had at state fairs across the South.

No, unusual deep-fried foods have become a tasty treat that has spread – literally and figuratively – across the country like a delicious fungus, to be treasured.  (Mushrooms, by the way, are also a tasty fungus.  See how clever we are?  No?  Oh well, moving on…)

HEALTH.COM  has decided to embrace the fact that sometimes people want to eat food that tastes good, regardless of whether those foods are actually good for you or not.  So they went out and compiled this list of THE FATTEST FOODS IN THE COUNTRY, one menu item for each of the 50 states.

 No, we’re not passing judgement on anyone who wants to eat these meals.  Web Watch will be one of the first to join in with you, just to be able to say that we did it.  The question that we pose to you, our faithful Web Watch family – who will be the first amongst us to claim the FATTY 50 VICTORY – eating one of each of the following fat-filled items first?

Remember, photos – or it didn’t happen.  So step to it, Web Watch readers!  Hit the road, and chow down on one of these fifty phenomenally fatty foods: Continue reading CLAIM THE FATTY 50 VICTORY IN THE FIFTY PHENOMENAL FATTIEST FOODS CHALLENGE

Why an Athletes’ Creed? Because 81% of athletes surveyed said it’s better to win than play fair

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Good Sport
Good Sport

When it comes to sports – and more importantly, how athletes present themselves both on and off the field – times have changed a lot over the past few years.

With Soccer Parents getting into fights with coaches over why their kids aren’t getting enough field time, fighting-enducing trash-talking during a game, athletes climbing into the stands to punch out hecklers, or even some sports where the scoreboard is being taken away entirely “because kids don’t want the pressure to have to win” — the reason for sports to exist in the first place are slowly falling down by the wayside as the “spirit of competition” gives way to “winning at all costs”. Continue reading WHY AN ATHLETES’ CREED? BECAUSE 81% OF ATHLETES SURVEYED SAID IT’S BETTER TO WIN THAN PLAY FAIR

Want to raise your metabolic rate? Try butchering animals.

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The Resting Metabolic Rate Debate
The Resting Metabolic Rate Debate

Do you know what your METABOLIC RATE is when doing various activities around the house?

Better yet – do you know which day-to-day functions offer the best (or worst) exercise based on the amount of metabolic activity they provide?

A number of doctors and researchers have updated the COMPENDIUM OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES that lists and allows you to compare the MET of each activity you select, and it’s been published in the Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.  The MET is a standard “metabolic intensity level” metric that allows different studies that look at health-related data to all be based on the same overall measurement standard. 

In other words, two different studies on running can use the same MET value associated with running when working out their math.

If it helps, 1 MET is the standard intensity level when a person is resting and just sitting down, relaxing.  Sleeping offers the lowest MET of 0.9.  The highest MET is 18, and can be obtained by running 10.9 MPH.

Now that we know what the range is, here is a list of MET intensity levels for doing various other activities: Continue reading WANT TO RAISE YOUR METABOLIC RATE? TRY BUTCHERING ANIMALS.

Why is there ice in the urinal? (and other bathroom sanitation ideas)

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Toilet Time Targets for Potty Training
Toilet Time Targets for Potty Training

Female Web Watch readers should seldom have reason to enter the men’s room in public places (Jimmy Buffet concerts being a notable exception, where even Ally McBeal’s co-ed bathroom seems quaint in comparison).

But it they did happen to wander into the men’s room in their favorite watering hole – no pun intended – they may see that some businesses feel that it is important to dump a few bags of ice into the urinals for the evening.

All of which brings up the inevitable question as the ladies return from their trip:  WHY IS THERE ICE IN THE URINALS?  Heck, even the vertible New York Times decided to get in on the action by writing about ICE-FILLED URINALS in a travel article a while back. Continue reading WHY IS THERE ICE IN THE URINAL? (AND OTHER BATHROOM SANITATION IDEAS)