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…St. Pauli has a new Girl, and her name is Katarina Van Derham?

St Pauli Girl Katarina Van Derham

After what must have been a very long and grueling search, St. Pauli has finally found their St. Pauli Girl for 2009, and it’s a “successful print and TV model” named Katarina Van Derham.

In case you were worried that the St. Pauli Girl was going to be anything less than perfect, just be happy to know that Katarina is 5’6” tall with blonde hair and blue-green eyes, is fluent in five languages including English, Slovak, Czech, Russian and Polish, has modeled for Vogue, Marie Claire, FHM and Iron Man, has been featured in ad campaigns for AT&T, Bicycle Casino, Rockstar Energy Drink and Dodge, is trained in Krav Maga, a military self-defense technique, enjoys kick-boxing, wrestling and playing basketball, volleyball and table tennis, and when she’s not modeling, she’s developing her own make-up line and working on architectural graphic design.

Oh, and she looks good in a Bavarian Beer Girl costume. (Holding Photoshopped beers if you look closely at the image above.)

[St. Pauli Girl]

…Clocks can tell you more than the time?

Clock Art

Here’s an incredibly unique art idea: A set of 500 clocks that spells out a message once every 12 hours using focused light and the shadows from the hands of the clocks.

Unfortunately it’s only readable for someone that can read a language other than English, so I can’t tell what it says, but I’ll take their word for it that the concept does in fact work as promised.

[N-1 Experimental Research]

[Via: Kottke]

…Royal Shrovetide Football is my new favorite sport?

Each year, the English town of Ashbourne gathers during Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday for a sport with one simple rule: Don’t kill anyone.

To divide up the teams, the townspeople simply group up based on where they were born. Those born north of the town river are the Up’Ards, and those born south of the river are the Down’Ards.

The field of play is three miles long, with a town mills on either end, and to score, a team must bang the custom painted ball against the wall three times.

So just how intense is Royal Shrovetide Football?

Well, to get ready for the game, all stores and shops board up their windows, and all cars are parked outside of city limits. In short: These guys mean business.

According to the rules, once the ball is in play, it’s basically a free-for-all towards one of the goal lines. Unnecessary roughness is “heavily frowned upon”, but besides that, it’s every man for himself.

A three mile long game of football with no pads, no rules, and town pride on the line?

Sign me up!

[Wikipedia – Royal Shrovetide Football]

[Via: The Fan Manual]

…Twhirl might be the best Twitter client?

Twhirl

Twhirl is an Adobe Air based Twitter client that runs on both Windows and Macs, and features the following:

  • Connects to multiple Twitter accounts
  • Notifications on new tweets
  • Shorten long URLs (using snurl or is.gd)
  • Cross-post updates to Pownce and Jaiku
  • Post images to TwitPic
  • Search tweets (using TweetScan or terraminds)
  • Timeline filtering
  • Localized to English, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Color schemes
  • Automatically check for new versions

While I’m currently a fan of Twitterrific, I’ve started to use Twhirl on the Windows based work computer, and definitely like the feature set. It’s easy to use, unobtrusive, and gives you plenty of customization. Plus, Adobe is pushing hard to get developers to work with Air, so there’s a lot of support there for future developments as well.

Maybe it’s time to give Twhirl a whirl.

[Twhirl]

…English ain’t easy?

Girls Reading Books

The English language is by no means easy, which is why so many people butcher it so badly.

Unfortunately, even if you’re familiar with the words that are in common use, you’re probably still led astray by common misunderstandings.

Dick Scale

To clear up some of the confusion, Cracked has put together a list of the 9 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think, and included a dick scale so you can see just how big of a dick you are if you correct people on each mistake.

Irregardless of the ironic titles, I think that for this post, I’m going to peruse the Internet until I can find something better; because it’s deceptively simple to rely on the plethora of info that’s out there.

Bemused?

[Cracked – 9 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think]