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This cruddy weather got you feeling a little anxious? Just watch the video above.

We stumbled across this 45-second slice of mesmerizing ‘horse-play’ taken at the New York Aquarium at Coney Island.

In this hypnotic video, we get a sight of some majestic sea horses swimming up and down in their tank while heavenly guitar chords chime wondrously in the background. Thanks to Robert Gramaglia for uploading it.

Excuse me, while I kiss the sky….

Photo Curtesy of Katherine V.

When it snows every year, we LOVE when our readers send us pictures of the neighborhood covered in all that fun white fluffy stuff. Well, last weekend it snowed, barely, and the lovely Katherine V. was the only one who sent in a picture documenting the unforgettable events of “Blizzard ’13.”

I love this scrappy little snowman. He is filled with all the emotion that Mother Nature’s recent light dusting was capable of mustering. The only thing he needs is a name…any ideas?

Here at Sheepshead Bites, we are inundated with a deluge of craigslist listings peppering our news alerts, and while most go straight to the trash, an occasional odd gem will pop up that we simply cannot ignore.

Today we stumbled across a listing from a self-described “all-american man” in his mid- to upper-40s, willing to provide a free room in his Coney Island Avenue apartment. All you have to do to claim this free room is A) be a woman, and B) share a physical relationship with this 5’8, 170-pound treasure of All-American manliness.

Now, now, ladies. Before you choke back your vomit at the thought of this well-intentioned altruism, know that Adonis here also has a heart as big as the gaping hole in his basic grammar education.

“i live alone and I’m tired of having to find someone for my physical needs. i’m willing to take care of your needs as well the apartment is clean nice and you get your own bedroom (other side of apartment) !! but i think that a few times a week we can …..”

Come on, creepy craigslist dude! Have you thought this through? You just want to skip the whole dating game, move a girl you barely know into your home and start a sexual relationship? Are you crazy? Well, obviously you are crazy, but seriously… have you thought this through?

Does the woman in question have to have nooky with you every time you want it? What if she says no? What if she moves in and you decide you don’t like her anymore? Are you gonna kick her out after a week? There seem to be many holes (pun intended) in your grand scheme to override all the rules of courtship and decent society in an attempt to have a live-in sex partner.

Do yourself a favor: Take this ad down ASAP, give eHarmony another try, and never tell anyone you did this. Meanwhile, don’t mind us as we laugh at you forever.

We’re seven days into 2013.

I’ve already had drinks on more than one weeknight.

I’ve procrastinated work that needs to be done.

I’ve made several people feel bad, and one cried.

I’ve spent money on things I shouldn’t have.

I did not wash my dishes immediately after using them.

If I made New Year’s resolutions, I would’ve broken them all by now.

We’re seven days into 2013. What New Year’s resolutions have you bungled?

Everyone here at the Sheepshead Bites offices has been staring at this hypnotic video we found of a simulated B Train running express from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach in a virtual environment.

For those wondering what you’re looking at, it’s not footage of a hijacked subway via some Grand Theft Auto-type video game. Rather, it’s a video capturing OpenBVE software in its full glory.

OpenBVE is an open source program for Windows, Linux and Mac created by dedicated train simulating enthusiasts. This particular video was created by AlognquinRider810.

According to Wikipedia:

Users operate trains from the cab controls viewing the track ahead, or from trackside with a roaming view of the 3D exterior and railway scenery. The goal is to successfully drive a selected railway route and train, obeying signals, making stops on schedule, picking up and dropping off passengers, without speeding or derailing.

So, it’s like the opposite of Grand Theft Auto. That’s all well and good, but wouldn’t it be more fun to see what happens when you send the B Train hurtling at high speed off the rails of the elevated platform? I mean, for educational purposes, of course.

For those without the patience to see their local train stop in full 3D glory, skip to 10:45 to see the train pull into the Sheepshead Bay station.

Ho ho ho! A Merry Christmas to you all.

We here at Sheepshead Bites hope you’re having a terrific holiday, and we wish you a healthy, happy New Year while we’re at it.

The following is a holiday greeting paid for by Friends of Marty Golden.

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The following is a holiday greeting paid for by Friends of Steven Cymbrowitz.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

May our hope and strength as a community grant us resiliency in the face of life’s storms. A healthy and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year to all.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

2658 Coney Island Avenue (Temporary Office)
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 743-4078

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We came across this incredible historic gem of a film this week, featuring the extraordinary training of the first female lifeguards of Manhattan Beach. The film, dug out of the public domain section of the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive (the wing housing the collection of U.S. cultural history), is a wonderful document of life on beautiful Manhattan Beach in 1940. I was impressed by the old-timey swimsuits, ridiculous drill-like training routines (can someone please explain what is going on starting at 3:47?), and the hilarious canned orchestral soundtrack, which has been parodied thousands of times since its heyday.

Souce: nolastname

Has anyone else noticed a spate of stripped cars in the neighborhood? Apparently peeling an abandoned or junked car of all its undamaged parts is the latest rage in Sheepshead Bay.

It seems that the mother of all misery, Superstorm Sandy, is likely to blame for the trend as apparently all the cars getting stripped are all the abandoned non-functioning ones short circuited by flood waters. Its hard to blame these “street strippers” as many of the Hurricane Sandy cars still haven’t been pushed off the streets.

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