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The Fifth Modern Wonder of the World

The Fifth Modern Wonder of the World

Perhaps you missed the last visit of the majestically inbred boy-king of Egypt as he was hauled about the world for all to revere. And maybe you’ve never graced the great halls of the British Museum to look upon its chunks of Grecian monuments. Or stepped up to the mighty pyramids and been harassed into […]

The Long Lost Vestments of American Reason

The Long Lost Vestments of American Reason

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 68 In the dark corner of a far away forlorn church stand these three forgotten souls. Bruised, dirty, chipped and abandoned they doze like wallflowers in the shadows as patrons play hooky for every reason but lack of sin. In their bright vestments creased with dust the saints and […]

Traces of Progress: Open Forums

Traces of Progress: Open Forums

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Breakfast of Survivors

Breakfast of Survivors

No, the four different bread products aligned so neatly on the plate is no mistake. That – along with a cup of lukewarm tea and some soft cheese – is what you eat for breakfast after a night on a rickety train sailing south into Upper Egypt. That is all a stomach can handle. Our […]

Life of Pig: a fable

Two pigs beget one. Such is the way of pigs, as it has been since the beginning. In the first months, Pig rolls amid the muck, snorts his own excrement, and eats whatever morsels and collected orts are deposited into his sty. It is a base life, one of pure sensory perception, instinct, and consumption, […]

What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #19

This is What Happens When…

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Dear “White Bear”

Dear “White Bear,” WHITE BEAR! Your skin’s hue of Sprite bottles, severe seasickness, and apple candy is cause for concern. Your sallow belly is not hidden behind your crooked tie. Neither is that torso spanning scar. A vicious fight it must have been. Your American flag top hat, raised arms with flashing cards and a […]

Traces of Progress: Blooming Patriotism

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What Are Sidewalks For? Answer #16

Controversies First Hand: Dogs as Food

It is a stigma China may never shake. Today it is the source of many unfair prejudices and a great number of jokes; the internet’s tubes are filthy with inflamed diatribes, dog-friendly campaigns and slogans, and reports of official attempts to curb the ancient custom of canine consumption. Coming to China on the proverbial eve […]

Stuff People Ingest Voluntarily episode 29

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Little Red Killing Hood

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 58 A Bedtime Story Once there lived a little gun made of the finest metals called Little Red Killing Hood. She was a spoiled gun as both her Country and the World loved her very much. One day, when her Country was making trouble, it said, “My child, you […]

Traces of Progress: Making the Rice Paddies Good for Something

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Stuff People Ingest Voluntarily episode 28

Good Luck China

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 36 Asia is a pagoda made of Samsung television sets. Personified within this architectural beast’s tapered walls and flashing postmodernist programs is every repressed, suppressed, depressed or otherwise pressed living being – man, animal, and plant – of recent Asian country-itude just waiting for their own opportunity to feed […]

Hooray for Trash Eating Cows!

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 20 Free range cattle! Hooray for their freedom! And look at the chain of consumption – gloriously short! From us, to the ground, to them, to us. Hooray for trash eating cows! And like that we have achieved a picture title and focus. As you know, this is the […]


ASIA – The remains of an unidentified snake were found stamped to the side of a beach town road on Wednesday. Authorities are investigating the possibility of foul play, but no official statement has been issued. A spokeswoman for the local police department was hesitant to assume any link to the recent fish murder of […]

Stuff People Ingest Voluntarily episode 7


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Chinese Laundry

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 7 Walking down the street in Hong Kong, literally down – it’s very hilly – past a 7-11, a smoothie shop, discount clothing stores-picking up speed– inexpensive restaurants, expensive restaurants, a silk boutique-but eewee what’s that smell?– click. If it weren’t for open garage doors like this butcher shop, […]