Uppies and Downies


Workington in West Cumbria, England, is home to a game that is played every Easter over 3 days. It is called Uppies and Downies, and it has been played in this town since medieval times. The aim is to get a small ball to the capstan on harbour (if you’re a Downie) or gate of Curwen hall (if you’re an Uppie), a distance of roughly 3km.

This game can attract thousands of participants and there are essentially no rules. The local police monitor the game, help people who get hurt, and to try and prevent damage to property. It starts off on a small bridge on the Cloffocks, just behind the town hall, where a local kid throws the ball into the air then quickley runs away.







This goes on for several hours from 6pm until a winner is decided each night. The game regularly lasts until the early hours of the morning. Three balls are hand made each year, one for each day, and the date is stamped on it. Once you get the ball to your sides “goal” you have to “hail” it by throwing it up into the air three times.

If this sounds insane, it is. You can watch the below short documentary on the game to get a better sense of how this epic competition is played.

Uppies & Downies from Tim Brunsden on Vimeo.


International Driving Permits (The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)

International Driving Permits (The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has suspended the enforcement of a state law that required Canadian drivers to carry an International Driving Permit in addition to their drivers license. The initial law was quietly introduced on January 1st, 2013 and was found to violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which the United States is a party preempt state laws in conflict with them.

From the moment IBAO learned about this new Florida legislation early yesterday morning and how it was affecting Ontario consumers, the association responded immediately, initiating phone calls and discussions with our political and industry partners to work on a resolve as quickly and effectively as possible. We were on and off conference calls all day yesterday and learned around 3:30 p.m. that the Florida legislation had been suspended, and vehicles remain insured.

We compliment the Canadian government on taking action quickly. Keep in mind that this immediate response is a suspension only, and the Florida legislation has not been entirely revoked. The suspension eliminates the need for an International Drivers Permit at this time. IBAO will continue our discussions with our political partners and will keep you informed as to any updates as we learn of them.

In the meantime, you can read more about the government’s response on the following links:


Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles release

Toronto Star Article

CBC News Story



Paperman – Disney, bring back the old school annimation!

Pretty neat little short from Disney Director John Kahrs.  If you saw Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, than you’ve probably already seen this.  It was animated with a new technique of blending hand drawn animation with CG.  The short is also up for an Oscar.  More here


Golden Eagle Snatches Baby (fake video?)

I’ve seen this movie before, someone call Bernard and Miss Bianca:

Now, look! I’ve got a long way to go. You’re, you’re gonna take me there, and you’re not gonna give me any trouble about it, right? Good! Now git!

This video is apparently fake: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/12/19/montreal-golden-eagle-viral-video.html


AXE Morning After Pillow

Supposedly AXE does such an amazing job of attracting girls, that they’ve created the “morning after pillow” to help get guys out of the morning snuggles.  The link at the end directs viewers to AXE Puerto Rico, and No hablo traducción españolas.  So I can’t tell if it’s a real product or not.  I would guess not yet, and depending on the response to the campaign, maybe.

I personally have no problem cuddling with a special lady, and kinda think dudes that liberally apply body spray as depicted in the commercial are assclowns.  In any case, this campaign is sure to accomplish it’s viral goal.  Especially if feminists start showing up to denounce the whole this as misogynistic.

What say you internet?


Science of Guinness

Chock-full of real science, they even have a research paper: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/guinness/waves.pdf


Man’s best friend learning how to be a DD! What have you done for me lately cats?

This very good boy Monty can drive a car like a person.

FOX 35 News Orlando

“AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks — a trainer in New Zealand is teaching man’s best friend to drive — really!  The SPCA in Auckland thought it would be a good way to showcase how smart rescue dogs are and perhaps improve their adoption rate. So they called on animal trainer, Mark Vette, who was up for the challenge.” More: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/20270364/2012/12/05/trainers-teach-dogs-to-drive-cars


I’m Ron Burgandy?

Diane Sawyer Sauced! Who can blame her…after Billions spent these is no change in the Senate, House of Executive.  She gets to look forward to an imminent showdown on the Debt ceiling (itself a replay from 2011), four more years of The Donald demanding total Obama disclosure (high school transcripts next?), possible military intervention in SyrIran,  and the end of the world on December 21st.  Things look bleak for the US of A; what if Sauced up Sawyer was a reflection of of how depressed others might be getting.  Maybe… just maybe, a young politician will be pushed just close enough to the edge of insanity to throw off the shackles of party doctrine and stand for REAL change.  In the mean time, I’ll have what Diane’s having.