When I was on hiatus, I found that my creative urge kept popping up and I also kept reading a lot of online material. So during that time, since I wasn't blogging, I kept track of things by using delicious, which I previously had no use for. Now I find it somewhat invaluable for the oddments that creep up from time to time. But there are some things I still cannot find, and it burns me up.
Don't you hate it when somebody asks you a question that you know that you used to know? You walk around all day fixated on this stupid bit of information that you can't get your mind to remember. OK, it's just me. I obsess over such things. Part of my personality is that I get off my butt to answer questions, but not generally to volunteer information. I think I'll be a wonderful grandfather rather than a tedious one for that reason.
So to initiate this, I have two particularly nasty splinters in my mind that I just cannot get rid of. And so far, Google and the Internet Archive have been singularly unable to come up with the answers I seek.
Baby Bin Laden Animation
The first is one I've mentioned several times before. I especially want to find this because it was such an annoying meme when it surfaced sometime after September 11th but before Bush started the invasion of Iraq. You probably remember it too, and now the git who published it is probably rightly too embarrassed to keep it on the web. It had a cartoon map of the Middle East, with little British (imperialist) soldiers in pith helmets. It predicted Armageddon as all the Arab states rushed across the borders into a (quagmire) Iraq and basically illustrated this scenario where the whole region erupted with a mass of baby Bin Ladens. The Left distributed it like it was the Qaran and we all suffered through the madness of this 'wisdom'. So now that it was clearly disproven, where did it go? Somebody knows what it was called, where it came from and where it is now. Just not me, and it's killing me. Hopefully it's killing you to and you won't rest until we all have a delicious tag.
Multicultural Last Name Survey
Some university or research institution came up with a very cool way to determine if someone was truly worldly by giving them a list of 100 (or so) last names. If you knew somebody with the name 'Patel' for example, it proves that you have had contact with Indians, and so on and so forth. They had done enough research on this matter so that it was very difficult for you to score 100. It was directed at Americans and could be a barometer on how often you get out. I can't find it anywhere, can you?