Click for larger image...Here is a cookbook that’s been in my wife’s family since circa 1957 – Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls. It’s really interesting to thumb through this and wax nostalgic over the good ol’ days, when you would make hamburgers by adding a half cup of evaporated milk and a teaspoon of salt, or ‘Saucy Hamburger Crumble’ starting with a tablespoon of ‘fat.’

My mom actually had a grease can that we kept in the ‘fridge well into my teens that was an aluminum tin about the size of a coffee can, with a strainer in the top that all the ‘good grease’ like bacon drippings went into. Mmmm… bacon drippings.

Someone told me recently that I should consider a career as a professional whistler. I know that sounds silly, but doggone it, I really am somewhat of a whistling master, a prodigy so to speak. I was hoping to have a sample of me whistling a Bach concerto or Stars and Stripes Forever, or some such, but in the meantime, here are some slackard whistlers that are still worth a listen:

I’m about to drop the Da Vinci Code references now for awhile, but here’s an interesting link to the Opus Dei Awareness Network: ODAN.

Speaking of conspriracies, this stuff’s pretty sick, but I have to admit that sometimes I wonder… Stupid Conspiracy Theory?

Here’s a website that has sound samples of Presidents Dealing with People over the Phone.

Here’s a great tool for wordsmiths – kind of like a rhyming dictionary, a thesaurus, and a really powerful tool for discovering relationships between words: Lexical FreeNet.

And I’m always in the mood for a good Simpsons quotes page. (via Presurfer)

And last, but not least, here is the obligatory link to Google’s year-end Zeitgiest – it was worth looking into this if only to figure out why Yuko Ogura was the number one Japanese search for ‘popular women.’ Pretty cute.