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Saturday, May 22, 2004

 

What do Ice Cube, Tron and a gun weilding rabbit all have in common?




It's Saturday and that means I'm stuck at 'ze office. Fortunately, the internet is here to ease me through my weekend workday. Here's how I've been ticking away the moments that make up a dull day.

Oregon once banned Ice Cube? Yup! After the release of Death Certificate in 1991, an album depicting Cube standing next to Uncle Sam's corpse in a morgue, a statewide ban prevented record stores from displaying his image in sales displays. Learn more about this and other famous incidents of music censorship over at tabootunes.com. Their Gallery of the Forbidden is a great, if not entirely comprehensive, read.

Heinrich Hoffmann, a doctor working at an insane asylum in the mid 19th century, decided to write and illustrate a book called The Struwwelpeter. It's been scaring the hell out of youngsters ever since. While not nearly as popular as the Grimm Brother's equally disturbing menagerie, these cautionary tales are a kick in the pants. In one story, a thumb-sucking kid is attached by a scissor-wielding tailor when he refuses to give up his habit. In another, a rabbit steals a hunter’s gun and kills him in front of his wife. The illustrations and a translation of the text can be found here.

The Tron Man's website really is the visual equivalent of a Lemon Warhead. Yes, there's a million things on the internet far more distrubing but...well, have a look for yourself. Apparently, he recently made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. If his site doesn't send you into an epileptic fit, there's always this, which doesn't need an explanation.

Finally, there's this mystery link! What could it be? Click and find out.

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