French Daredevil Rides Rocket Bicycle at 163 MPH

Yes, you read that right. A maniacal Frenchman piloted a home-made rocket-powered bicycle to what he claims was a speed of 163 mph. On a bicycle. Holy crap!

rocket powered bicycle francois gissy

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French Bulldog T-Shirt

French-Bull-Dog-T-shirt

French bulldogs are a comical breed of dog, as any Frenchie owner will attest. There’s no denying that these dogs have a lot of personality, and if you love the breed, you can showcase your love thanks to this interesting French Bulldog T-Shirt.

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Concrete Watches Look Heavier Than They Are

Concrete is an interesting material, but I’ve never thought about using it to make watches. Paris-based designer Dzmitry Samal has launched a series of watches, with frames made out of the durable material.

concrete watch dzmitry samal

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Carmela Ciuraru on Histoire d’O

Carmela Ciuraru on Histoire d’O, the famous sadomasochistic love affair written by Anne Desclos, aka Dominique Aury, aka Pauline Réage.

Engrenages saison 3

Je suis en train de me taper la troisième saison d’Engrenages. J’ai découver cette série française lorsque je regardais les épisodes de Wallander en suédois. A priori, j’aime bien Audrey Fleurot, parce que c’est une rousse, et que j’ai un faible pour les rousses. Ma femme est rousse, naturallement.

Enfin, Engrenages est une excellente série. Je me demander pourquoi il n’y a pas plus de séries françaises qui passent à la télévision québécoise. Cette série se nomme Spiral en anglais. Elle aurait due être traduite par Cog et non Spiral.

-Qu’est-ce que je peux faire maintenant, M. le Procureur?
-Ce que vous savez faire le mieux, ça veux dire foutre la merde!
Juge d’instruction Roban et M. Machard

Existential Star Wars: Hell is Other People (and Jar-Jar Binks)

This is a great little mashup featuring the existential musings of the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and Star Wars, though the effect is slightly ruined if you understand French. If you’re wondering, the French that you hear is simply the dubbed version of Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

star wars existential jean paul sartre mashup video fun

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Michel Houellebecq On Coffee & Other Things

It takes you through all the different stages of consciousness. You start out semicomatose. You write. You drink more coffee and your lucidity increases, and it’s in that in-between period, which can last for hours, that something interesting happens.

I never plan anything at all.

And this German journalist arrives and, it was very curious, she wasn’t behaving normally. She didn’t have a tape recorder and she wasn’t taking notes. And she said, “I had a dream that you were in a phone booth after the end of the world and you were speaking to all of humanity but without knowing whether anyone was listening.” It was like being in a zombie film.

I bought books on cults. I went to an orientation session for non-Raëlians.

-You have a special talent for insult. Do you take pleasure in insulting?
-Yes. It is, I have to say, satisfying.

No. I left in full undisputed glory without any enemies.

The other thing I’ve noticed is that men and women are more separate. When you go into a restaurant, for example, you often see women eating out together. The French from that point of view are very Latin. A single-sex dinner would be considered boring. In a hotel in Ireland, I saw a group of men talking golf at the breakfast table. They left and were replaced by a group of women who were discussing something else. It’s as if they’re separate species who meet occasionally for reproduction.

Michel Houellebecq in the Paris Review

Men & Women In the Anglo-Saxon World

In a hotel in Ireland, I saw a group of men talking golf at the breakfast table. They left and were replaced by a group of women who were discussing something else. It’s as if they’re separate species who meet occasionally for reproduction.
Michel Houellebecq, The Art of Fiction n°206
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