explaining Japan’s nuclear situation to children

Someone sent me a video of a cartoon character named Nuclear Boy, who explains the nuclear disaster in Japan, but in a format for children.  This video (below) has captioning translated to English.  Apparently it was designed by someone in Japan, so I don’t think it’s meant to make light of the situation, just putting it in terms children can relate to, like passing gas / farting, poo, and diarrhea.  Yeah, this video compares radiation emissions to gas, and a complete meltdown like Chernobyl is diarrhea.

Just to be clear, this is not to make fun of what’s happening in Japan right now.  My heart goes out to them.  I can’t imagine what they’re going through.

This video is a lighter take on it, for children — well, also for teenagers and adults who are still fascinated by flatulence and poop.  Not everyone understands nuclear meltdown, but everyone understands diarrhea.

The name of the video translated into English is: A Nuclear Reactor Explained by Poop and Farts: Nuclear Reactor Boy’s Tummy Ache.

I’ve wondered if this is an actual translation, so I looked at the comments on the original video, and someone there translated it very similar, so it appears legit, as far as I know.

caption contest, car attacked by birds

Last week’s caption contest dealt with a serious topic — the oil spill.  Since we can’t have too much seriousness here on this blog, this week’s caption contest will use a photo that leads to easy jokes and easy humor — a car windshield covered in bird poop, and the car’s owner looking quite distraught.  So write a caption explaining what’s going on here or what the woman is thinking or what her friends are thinking, or make up something totally different.  Just keep it clean and funny.

(To see our other caption contests, click on the “Say What?” category in the sidebar.)

where to buy coffee made from poop

A while back we wrote about a very expensive coffee made from poop, also known as “Kopi Luwak”.   Now Think Geek is offering it for purchase and consumption in the U.S., calling it Civet Crap Choice Coffee.  It costs $34.99, for 5-10 servings.  Kinda pricey for coffee, and gross to think about, but, hey, it’s rare and exotic and unique!  Restaurants sell this for $50 per cup!

I will not personally be conducting any research / taste-testing on this coffee.  I don’t drink coffee, and even if I did, I wouldn’t want to drink coffee made from beans that a wild animal pooped.   If any of you reading this have tried it, leave a comment explaining the “complex flavors” and “highly exotic” flavor.

If you go to the website and see the package it comes in, it’s funny how they felt led to put “edible” on the front of the package…  And it’s rare because “only 500 KGs of this rarity are found each year”.  You know why?  People have to find poop from this animal, collect it, and remove the coffee beans from it.   Then they make coffee from it, for you to drink.