Friday Fun with goats, stoats and parodies

Firstly for today’s fun I need to tie up a couple of loose-ends from last week’s foolish fun. Rachel sent me a link to the Daily Mail’s [shudder] fool – extreme dog grooming. Really rather fabulous, yet worrying as it may give dog owners some ideas…

Several people were amused by SE1’s Boris Bike Statue fool, it was certainly a terrifying prospect – even more terrifying now that it appears it might actually be happening, albeit in a different location (the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square). Really? Is this necessary? I’m all for the bikes, but this is taking things a little too far.

In other news, a recently discovered gem is My High School Boyfriend Was Gay. This would be ridiculously apt for me, were it not for the fact that I went to an all-girls school and had no boyfriends, but applies to an unhealthy majority of my crushes.

Like that discovery, the next one should have featured last week, but was displaced by the fools. It’s now two weeks since the Boat Race, but these still amuse me. It seems there are now fringe events attached to this sporting institution – an Oxford & Cambridge Goat Race and Oxford & Cambridge Stoat Race. Personally, I think the goats looked far more interesting than the rowers.

It really wouldn’t be a classic Friday Fun without any musical entertainment, so I’m grateful (in a way) for this turning up on Twitter this morning. Unless you’ve lived under a rock recently, you will probably have come across Rebecca Black’s nauseating Friday, which contains lyrics that are so stupidly inane and obvious that it would make John Lennon turn in his grave. [‘Yesterday was Thursday, Today is Friday…Tomorrow is Saturday, And Sunday comes afterwards…’] You might think that things couldn’t get worse than this, but you’d be wrong.
A parody of such a song is a great idea – take the mick out of something that’s utter dross – but this is an altogether different kind of parody, a Christian parody

So it’s not all about Friday, it’s Sunday – of course. Lyrics include such gems as:
“Can’t forget my Bible, God is my friend.”
“Worshipping, worshipping, worshipping – yay!” 
“Fun, fun, church can be fun, you know that it is.” 
“…looking forward to communion.” [Well, who doesn’t?]
“We so excited, we so excited, we know Jesus is alive today.” 
God help us – quite literally.

Finally, a regular Friday cupcake update. I’ve come across an American blogger blogging about cupcakes in London – an excellent place for tips on where to find good (and bad) ones as well as recipes. It had me drooling over my keyboard yesterday. Oh, and she’s made a map of cupcake places in the capital – genius woman!

Foolish Friday Fun

Happy April Fools Day!

Annoyingly, I don’t think I’m going to get much chance to hunt down the fools this morning, so what I propose is that I share a couple that I’ve spotted already and then return later in the day to offer some highlights.

It seems that The Guardian has had an ideological shift overnight, in terms of its attitude to the Royals. (Read the comments on that one – hilarious.)

YouTube is celebrating its centenary.

A new statue is proposed for Potters Field (a mayor on a bike).

Disappointingly, at the moment I can’t see anything from Google (creators of some of the best past fools), but it may take a while to appear. Oh, wait, I’ve just gone back and there’s something there – go look for yourself…

That’s going to have to be all for now, but do let me know of others you discover and I’ll come back later and report back.

Right, I’m back. Thanks to Kate for suggestions in her comment – we have The Telegraph reporting that Labour are suggesting we celebrate Ed Milliband’s forthcoming nuptials with street parties and The Independent suggesting that Portugal are selling Ronaldo to Spain in order to alleviate their national debt.

A few other fun things cropped up on Twitter during the morning. Particularly painful was the typing of ‘helvetica’ into Google which resulted in all the search results appearing in Comic Sans – ouch. [I got this wrong first time around, thanks to viewing on an iPhone & misinterpreting tweets.]

Then there was the Marmite flavoured Vaseline (the Lip Therapy version, in case you were having any other thoughts). I personally think this ought to be real, but C didn’t think it would be very good for your lips or your salt intake.

Continuing the theme of ‘if only it wasn’t an April Fools’, Rich spotted Starbucks Mobile, while James rather liked the Car Turbine.

As ever, the Guardian (along with other reputable news sources, probably) has done a useful round-up of some of the others. My favourite has still got to be Gmail Motion – if only so that sending an e-mail could be done by licking a pretend stamp and placing it on my knee…

Good Friday Fun

Right, it’s Good Friday, so this is possibly blasphemous, but I couldn’t let the sacred day pass without some comedy reference. I was pondering a few things when, last night, I spotted this video on Facebook, courtesy of a vicar-type friend:

Defying Gravity from Peter Ould on Vimeo.

Yep, that would be right, it’s a combination of scenes from The Passion of the Christ with Defying Gravity (Glee style) in the background. And yes, that’s the very track I was talking about yesterday – spooky! It’s three of my favourite things combined into one short video: Wicked, Glee and Jesus. An unlikely combination, I think you’d agree.

If that doesn’t quite do it for you, here are a few other amusing gems:

  • The difference between nerd, geek & dork explained via a Venn diagram. I am thus able to conclude that I am less of a dweeb and more of a nerdy geek. I’ll sleep easier tonight… 
  • What happens when a small boy discovers that he’s not a single lady. Devastating doesn’t even begin to describe it. 
  • Just in case you missed them, great April Fools round ups courtesy of the Guardian’s live-blog and Gizmodo. My personal favourites were the broadband laying ferrets and xkcd‘s offering – intriguing and diverting. (Read the comments in the Gizmodo article for the full low-down on the xkcd fool, I was entranced.)
And with that, it is Easter – well, it will be on Sunday. Enjoy. Eat chocolate, make sure you’ve tried a MaltEaster bunny before they vanish. Don’t forget to also celebrate the resurrection of the Lord and the disappearance of creme eggs for another 9 months.

Rounding up the fools…

Not even the much hyped G20 meeting or the ongoing credit crunch could stop the creativity of journalists today. (Except in the Metro where they said they couldn’t be bothered to do one, so I equally couldn’t be bothered to read the rest of the paper to see if they were lying.)

In case you’ve missed them (or don’t see the point in trawling media channels trying to find them) here’s a few highlights:

Guardian to become first paper published solely through Twitter

The BBC’s Shark-Whale

Google comes up trumps twice:

Firstly, CADIE, which though possibly not as good as last year’s Virgle, does have a cracking website & youtube channel.

Secondly, Australian google has the fabulous gball, which I think might have to be my personal favourite.

I was tempted to try some facebook prank, but quite frankly lacked the imagination, time or inclination. Instead I will now head off to a meeting where I’m sure there will be no jokes at all…