Celebrate Christmas with stolen hams and crazed yetis

The holidays are here and everyone is shopping for their hams and turkeys. Enjoy this cautionary tale from The B-52s frontman Fred Schneider's side project, The Superions.

After you've learned the Disco Garbage Can (if you've watched the video above, you'll know what I'm talking about), give a listen to my hands-down, all-time favorite holiday song: Teddy and Betty Yeti, from The Superions' album Destination Christmas.

That's Teddy Yeti on the album cover. Everything about it is pure Christmas genius.

The Best Bigfoot Podcast

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The Bigfoot Show is the best bigfoot podcast you're not listening to.

That's saying a lot, because there are a LOT of bigfoot-themed podcasts out there. Some are good, and some are painful to listen to, but The Bigfoot Show is great. The hosts bring just the right blend of skepticism, science and humor to the oft-ridiculed subject. And yet several of them have had encounters that they can't explain even from a skeptical point of view, which makes for a fascinating discussion. (I know from personal experience; I've been a guest on the show.)

Could there really be an undescribed, upright, bipedal ape wandering the forests of North America? If you're even remotely interested in the subject, you need to check out this show.

Here's the latest episode.

LEGO introduces female scientist minifig! (And Yeti too!)

Legoooo LEGO's new Minifgure Series 11 includes its first female (lab) scientist character and a Yeti. Both are excellent additions to the minifig universe! I also appreciate that the scientist is holding Erlenmeyer flasks while the Yeti is gripping a popsicle.

UPDATE: Maia Weinstock writes that she "she's not the first (LEGO) female scientist... she's the first female LAB scientist." More background in Maia's SciAm piecec, "Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist"

Bigfoot by K-tel

The reason you really know this was a seventies TV commercial? Children playing outside.

Official rules for Yeti seekers in Nepal (1959)


According to this 1959 US Embassy document, it costs Rs.500 for a Yeti search expedition permit. You are allowed to photograph or capture a Yeti, but you are not allowed to kill one or shoot it "except in an emergency arising out of self-defense."

(Via Anorak)