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December 31, 2008

Robot Nine Picture Puzzle Two










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December 30, 2008

Nine Popular Robot Nine Posts

Creepy Jesus- With You Always

The art of Larry Van Pelt is searched for a lot, and many people visit the post. Most find it creepy with the stiff Jesus hovering in the background. I'm sure Larry had the best intentions, I find them and their popularity fascinating.

Cute Russian Female Athletes

This post gets looked at a lot, and I posted it because during the olympics I noticed how many pretty Russian women were competing. I think many visitors were hoping for something more... revealing.

Henna Art Pregnant Bellies

These are just so intruiging, and what a canvas to choose. Very popular, I have seen it mentioned in other posts and venues.

Lonely Trees

Lonely trees seemed to strike a nerve with folks, and it was just as more people were finding out about Robot Nine. Many comments, e-mails, everybody has a favorite tree here it seems.

Fabulous Lives Of The Lottery Winners

Of course the title is ironic as so much bad befalls so many winners. This one was more personal as Billie Harrell was a guy I worked with, and fit the mold perfectly, one of those guys so nice you were glad he won. But it all turned out so bad.

Overloaded Third World Bikes

Lots of looks at this one, people seem to enjoy it. Of course we worry for their safety but at the same time admire the 'make it happen and do what it takes' spirit they show.

Body Painting Art Of Emma Hack

Just beautiful work, incredible style and talent. Check out the blog post and give Emma a visit at her website.

Tiny Art Of Willard Wigan

What wonderful little masterpieces. Every day someone stumbles across this collection of Wigan's tiny works.

Worst Websites Ever

Hey, but who am I to judge. Well, if epilepsy inducing strobe-like graphics, shocking explosions of color, meaningless and confusing graphics, interminable waits, droning voices, creepy feelings, well, shall I go on? If any of that counts you may not enjoy these.

Let me know what you think.

I chose these based on a feel for what gets searched for a lot through Feedjit and StatCounter. Or comment action. Some more recent posts received a LOT of attention but I wanted to dig back a bit to keep it fresher. Next year should be even more fun.


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December 29, 2008

Top Weird News Stories Of The Year

Michelle Allen was dressed in a cow suit, chasing children through the neighborhood, and caught urinating on a front porch. Amazingly she was just told by the cops to go home and stay there. Kind of put out to pasture, so to speak. Making a bad decision she wandered to another part of town where she was arrested for disrupting traffic. No answer as to why she wore a cow suit. (Is it just me or does she bear a strong resemblance to the woman who played the waitress on the TV show 'What's Happening') Read the news article here.

Philip Seaton went into surgery to have a circumcision as "part of a medical procedure". The surgeon discovered he had cancer and removed his penis. That's a shocker to wake up to. Let me guess, if the doctor removes the cancer he is sued for doing it without permission. If he leaves the penis with the cancer, he is sued for endangering the man's life. What do you think? Read the article here.

64 year old Rebecca Willis must have danced up a storm in her town, Her sexually suggestive dance moves caused the town itself to ban her from the local dance hall. Rebecca sued for a violation of her right to free expression and won. $275,000! Read the story here.

San Francisco artist Tanya Vlack lost an eye and she wants to have it replaced with a web-cam type camera, perhaps attached wirelessly to her cell phone. I just hope she pipes the images into a website. Come on, you know you would log on! Read the story here.

We have all known a couple where perhaps the mom was Catholic, the dad Baptist, or some variation of that story. But what to do when you are arrested for threatening to kill the mother of your four year old child for differences in belief? This time the mom is black and belongs to the Crips, the father Hispanic and is a member of the Westside Ballers, and they got into a horrible fight over which gang their child will become a member of. Can anybody say child protective services? Why can't they just let their young child see both sides of the story and decide which gang to get jumped into at an appropriate age? Read the whole sad tale here.

If you thought the last story featured less than wonderful parents, imagine being the unfortunate child of a witless father who saddles you with the name of Adolf Hitler Campbell! That's not the news, the news is dad is mad because local stores refused to make the boy a birthday cake reading 'Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler'. Of course you and I would have ordered a cake saying simply Adolf but I am pretty sure dad had to insist on the full name. Poor child. You may have to scroll down a bit for the story, which is located here.

Surely you simply delete e-mails from African diplomats and princes, and hang-up on phone offers that randomly come to you. Who falls for this junk. Poor Janella Spears did, to the tune of $400,000. Would be funny if not so sad. We all need to keep an eye on those in our life who might be a little too nice and fall for these scams. Read the story here.

Frederic J. Baur, designer of the iconic Pringles can, passed away last year, and per his final wishes his ashes were laid to rest in one of the cans. Unique and I think, just an odd and cool story. Read the story here.

John R. Grant spent the last few years of his life traveling as a transient, eventually passing away in a motel room. Authorities found an amazing $263,000 in small bills stashed in the room, apparently money he had saved over the years. Police tracked down his granddaughter in Florida who inherited the cash, making her college expenses suddenly very affordable! Read the story here.

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December 28, 2008

Ads From A Simpler, Less Complex Time. It Really Was Different Back Then

It's good to see that at least somebody has a purpose in life and takes some pride in living up to it. You go hog.

Don't think that a medicated society just rolled about in the last few years. This very direct old ad shows the beauty of Thorazine- give Gramps a dose and don't get whacked with the cane.

Really, is it ever to early? Relax, this was in the days when a sharp razor was totally safe, as long as you didn't cut yourself with it.

Worn out from some time on the ice? Nothing gives you energy like a Camel cigarette. Hey, if its good enough for a store manager AND a society leader, well...

Feed the infant sugary, high caffeine soda as quickly as possible and they will fit in better as teenagers. Especially in backwoods areas lacking dental care.

Robot Nine's lady readers will love this old ad demonstrating exactly what would happen if the coffee was not fresh. A good spanking was the order of the day. Realize ladies, Robot Nine is an enlightened blog, and this horrid physical abuse is out of line, an antiquated and embarressing notion. When the coffee is stale here I simply give the little lady a stretch in time out!

Social enlightenment. What do we do that will look as crass as this. Will 'big beautiful woman' or 'plus size' or 'rubenesque' ever be as creepy as advertising clothes for "chubbies"?

Now we are talking, an actual flame gun to melt the snow. How lame is salt, shovels, snowblowers. Real men (and women) flamethrow the drive.

This one merits a careful read, very careful. The ad starts off by assuring women that any coolness in their relationships is their concern, and not to bother the man with it. I thought from there the ad would suggest a fresh, clean home, cleaned with Lysol, freshening up the marriage, but holy cow, read what they suggest you clean with Lysol! Is this still done?

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December 27, 2008

The Tortuous, Twisted, And Difficult Path To Blog Development


Is the loneliest number you will ever know.
So please send comments.

2, 2, 2 Mints In One- A Minty Fresh Breath Blog

Audiences in the test kitchen mistakenly thought there were 222 mints in one, and failed to understand the analogy of fresh ideas as a breath of fresh air. Besides, 2 can be as lonely as one, it's the loneliest number since the number 1...

Three Dog Night- Keeping You Warm In A Cold World

Again, nobody was aware of the Eskimo tradition of staying warm by sleeping with the dogs, a three dog night being particularly cold. Again, it was assumed to be a Three Dog Night music blog.

Four Horsemen of the Blogosphere

Who are the other three? Who are the other three? Who are the other three? SHUT UP!

The Five Dollar Blog

Quick click-through indicated the public thought that it was a pay for porn site. If only!

Joe Six Pack- Observations of the Common Man

Family and friends informed me of two things. I'm more the uncommon man, and a quick peek under the shirt proved more keg than six pack.

Seven-Bringing New Meaning To The Middle Finger

Since the site was mostly images there was little opportunity for people to read between the lines.

From Here To Eightfinity

Just saying it hurt my head, typing it hurt my fingers.

Robot Nine

Finally, true genius...

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December 26, 2008

Karswell Wins First Robot Nine Picture Puzzle!

1 was a comb.

2 was indeed the ear of a chimpanzee.

3 was the cord of an old style rotary telephone.

4 was a Picasso self-portrait, painted in Paris in 1907.

5 was the head of a microphone.

6 was difficult, up-close and a bit blurry, the underside of a black widow spider.

7 was perhaps the most difficult. It is Napoleon Dynamite, from the movie of the same name. Perhaps easier if you were younger or a movie fan.

8 was the edge of the eye socket on a human skeleton.

And 9 was the mask from King Tut.

I debated some things about the answers, doing a little research as many people said sarcophagus instead of mask. I suppose some could split hairs and say the sarcophagus was the large stone coffin, but the death mask was inside the stone case, so I think it is part of it. Besides, answering sarcophagus basically says you know what it is.

I tested these on a couple of people, wanted to have them challenging but not impossible. Everybody didn't get them all, but some did, so I may make them a little more challenging on the next one.

The first response was totally correct, so congratulations go to Karswell! Send me your shipping address and I will get the book 'One Red Paperclip' into the mail for you. I enjoyed it, hope you do to. E-mail me at or

Hope everyone and more join me for future puzzles, just a bit of a fun diversion. I think I may offer three different prizes and the winner gets their choice.


A couple of other ideas have come about, as I am making this up as I go along. One of them is that I will not post answers until I guess the winner comes in. That way if the first person gets all but one right they are not penalized, no advantage to later readers.
Maybe I will post daily how many answers come in so you will know. Hopefully more and more people will play.I also am going to attempt harder images, not impossible but harder.
Another idea is I will offer a choice of three books. Books are easy as I have a lot of them, I read a lot, most bloggers are readers, they ship cheaply. This is coming out of my little pocket so no million dollar prizes!
Any ideas - send them to me!

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