Zombie Fluxx

It’s official! There’s a new member of the Fluxx family of card games: Zombie Fluxx.

Via The Wunderland Weekly News for 4/26/7:

“Yes, it’s Fluxx… with Zombies! The newest Fluxx features a new type of card: The Creeper. It’s like a Keeper you don’t want but must play anyway, and it usually stops you from winning. The good news is, Zombie Fluxx also includes a bunch of Keepers you can use as weapons against the Zombie-Creepers, including the Shotgun, the Chainsaw, and the Can of Gasoline. Plus you’ve got Sandwiches and Coffee and a couple of Friends to help you win. The bad news is, if your Friends become Zombies, you’ll have to destroy them. Welcome to the dark side of Fluxx!”

And, here’s Andy Looney himself, doing an introduction of Zombie Fluxx:

And, just because it’s about Looney Labs, you really should check out all their games, especially the spectacularly cool, but strangely ignored pyramids.

Maybe the cat will save us from the octopus

This is apparently not an April Fool, but a real story via the Daily Mail:

“The feline, which has a purple collar, gets onto the busy Walsall to Wolverhampton bus at the same stop most mornings – he then jumps off at the next stop 400m down the road, near a fish and chip shop.”

Which, you know, I find it incredibly heartening that we’re training up our army of cats to help us take on the evil mollusks when those squishy things finally decide to start taking over.

But, I have to question the wisdom of selecting cats for our defensive army against the evil mollusks. I mean, cats aren’t exactly in it for our best interests, after all. If you’ve ever lived with a cat, you’ll know what I mean. Still, I’d rather be treated indifferently by a cat than be even in the same room as an octopus.

Then, again, maybe it’s the biological warfare being waged by the cat against us that we should all really be worried about, and I’m under the mind-altering influence of the cats already?

Hide the dynamite!

Via Fark, “The Sun Online – News: Giant owl attacks drinkers

A GIANT owl that devours foxes and small deer is terrorising shoppers and drinkers in a town centre.

It launches itself off high roofs and swoops on passers-by with talons outstretched.

Late-night shoppers and revellers even take taxis to avoid falling “prey” to the eagle owl, which has a 5ft wingspan.

OMG. This could only get worse if that owl gets its talons on some dynamite. Good thing I’m on the same side as the dynamiting owls and rabid attack lobsters … until their “sudden but inevitable, betrayal” …

Oh, woe. It’s … it’s just like Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, only … um, with more animal diversity.

And, so it begins …

Terrorist Squirrel Causes Chaos in Colorado – Wonkette

I can’t quite understand why so much attention is being paid to the Democratic takeover. It’s the squirrels, I tell you! The squirrels are not what they seem.

This could be the sign they have finally decided to take control away from us and consign the human race to the trash bin of evolutionary history. Have the squirrels, and evil octopus overlords, finally decided to act? All this talk of corruption, but not enough attention has been given to the conspiracy, the evil alliance of squirrel, goat and, the alien intelligence behind it all, octopus!

It was only a matter of time.

And, now there’s new crimes revealed. Squirrels have been killing off song birds in the UK for years, and only now does it come to light? Where’s the oversight? Why have people failed to keep an eye on this kind of rampant corruption of all that is right and beautiful?

I may never swim again … in Japan.

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers … for real

In an act straight out of “Invasion of the Bodysnatchers,” a marine microbe has been caught red-handed merging with green algae on a Japanese beach.

By engulfing a single cell of algae, the single-celled Hatena microbe is able to remake itself from a sleek, colorless predator into a fat, verdant sunbather.

The strange switcheroo resembles a pivotal evolutionary step in which early, single-celled organisms took in and eventually formed permanent, long-term relationships with what are today the green, solar-energy-capturing chloroplasts in modern plant cells.

Not quite the recipe I was hoping for …

What could possibly go wrong?

“Scientists have made from scratch the Spanish flu virus that killed as many as 50 million people in 1918, the first time an infectious agent behind a historic pandemic has ever been reconstructed.”

via CNN

and as a bonus, dead alligator burst from a python stomach … ewe!

“A meeting between two of the largest and fiercest predators in the Everglades — a Burmese python and an American alligator — ended in a scene as rare as it was bizarre.

The 13-foot-snake and six-foot gator both wound up dead, locked so gruesomely it is hard to make heads, tails or any other body part of either creature.”

… with a picture.