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  1. Tiki Tom

    The Cheese thread

    This disgusts me. All over the news today: Brie and Camembert recalled due to listeria danger! Zoot allors! https://bronx.news12.com/brie-camembert-cheeses-recalled-from-dozens-of-retailers-due-to-listeria-outbreak Umm. Actually, no. IT IS NOT BRIE AND CAMEMBERT. It is a Brie-like product...
  2. Tiki Tom

    What Are You Reading

    “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. SOMEHOW I managed to avoid reading this book until now. That’s really a shame. What a book! Huckleberry Finn basically has three parts: 1. The first 35 or 40 pages paints the picture of Huck’s miserable background and upbringing and tells...
  3. Tiki Tom

    Under-Reported Good News

    Abandoned baby piglet adopted by a heard of cows. Cute. Oh, c’mon, yea hard hearted cynics! https://www.npr.org/2022/09/30/1126169873/a-piglet-left-behind-by-its-herd-finds-a-new-family-with-some-cattle
  4. Tiki Tom

    What Are You Reading

    Just finished “I heard the owl call my name” by Margaret Craven. Ms Craven was born in 1901 and didn’t publish this gem until 1967. It didn’t become a bestseller until it was published in America in the early 1970s. Although she wrote a few other things, it was this book that cemented her...
  5. Tiki Tom

    Clean Jokes

    If you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any Tupperware container in your kitchen.
  6. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Culture

    Top 20 Tiki Bars in the U.S. A useful list… but in Honolulu, I’d ditch the Mai Tai Bar and replace it with the La Mariana Sailing Club which dates from 1957 and is much more authentic (and I think the location is better too.) I have heard positive reviews about the Undertow in Phoenix...
  7. Tiki Tom

    What Are You Reading

    Sometimes I surprise myself. I Just finished “The Age of Reason” by Jean-Paul Sartre (who turned down the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964. “No writer should become an institution.”) To my surprise, it was well written and held my attention right through to the amazing pyrotechnic ending...
  8. Tiki Tom

    RIP Land Rover Defender

    Interesting ad popped up. I usually try to ignore pop up ads, but as a Land Rover Romantic, I could not pass this one up: https://www.bishoprook.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2qqoloau-gIVkfARCB0G7AeQEAEYASAAEgLJgvD_BwE
  9. Tiki Tom

    You know you are getting old when:

    Shudders.
  10. Tiki Tom

    The Agents of F.L.A.S.K.

    Robert Bigelow (founder of Bigelow Aerospace; net worth $700 million) is at it again. You will recall that some time ago, Mr Bigelow paid a prize of $500,000 for the best essay on the subject of “best proof of life after death”. (See response #504, above. The winning submission is worth a...
  11. Tiki Tom

    You know you are getting old when:

    Eyebrow trimming is something that I never used to do. But now it’s a part of my normal routine. On the other hand, I am now very happy that I have a beard that actually looks like a beard, and it slowly continues to thicken. When I was in my twenties and thirties, I was the most...
  12. Tiki Tom

    Tramp Steamers

    Holy preventable disasters, Batman! As we speak, an ancient super tanker is slowly falling apart… and it’s filled with more crude oil than the Exxon Valdez. Not good. BTW, hat tip to the Netherlands on this one...
  13. Tiki Tom

    The Agents of F.L.A.S.K.

    From the Irish press. Literally: A fairy tale. Dublin Live reports that a woman claims to have taken a walk in the Irish woods and to have passed through a portal. Fairy voices called out to her and tried to lure her to her doom. Takeaway pro tip: If you find yourself in such a situation...
  14. Tiki Tom

    DEATHS ; Notable Passings; The Thread to Pay Last Respects

    Fred Franzia, the man behind “Two Buck Chuck”, has died at the age of 79. It was his mission to bring affordable wine to the public at large. R.I.P. https://www.npr.org/2022/09/15/1123070279/fred-franzia-two-buck-chuck-wine-bronco-dies
  15. Tiki Tom

    The Agents of F.L.A.S.K.

    Monster of the week! U.S. Navy ship attacked by unknown creature. Apparently this is a true story. Most noteworthy is the estimated size of the creature (assumed to have been a giant squid.) On the one hand, the wold‘s oceans are vast and largely unexplored. On the other hand, why hasn’t a...
  16. Tiki Tom

    Under-Reported Good News

    When I was a kid, India was an economic basket case. The poverty of India was almost a cliche. It was very depressing. Now, forty years later, take a look at India! Millions of people lifted up from poverty…...
  17. Tiki Tom

    Clean Jokes

    ^^^^ you started it! ——————————————- Putin:: How can this be happening!? General: The Ukrainians have a weapon that we didn‘t expect and that we can’t match. Putin: What kind of weapon? General: Here. I have a picture:
  18. Tiki Tom

    Indiana Jones V

    I am sensing that we are VERY close to having a preview either leaked or released. Please post it as soon as you find it! :) This article confirms what we heard before: that NYC is one of the locations. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/10/entertainment/indiana-jones-d23-expo/index.html
  19. Tiki Tom

    THE KING IS NOT AMUSED! King Charles III. Pilot Varsity II disposable pen disaster.

    I can’t blame him in the least. Wait ‘til he sees the Maccy D’s catering at the reception. ;)
  20. Tiki Tom

    DEATHS ; Notable Passings; The Thread to Pay Last Respects

    Wow. Great lady, great story. R.I.P.
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