March 07, 2014
Where's Bullwinkle and his parachute?
That'll buy a lot of napkins
Man sues McDonald's over napkin: Second napkin denial leads to $1.5 million suit
A man who is suing McDonald's over a napkin is asking a hefty award of $1.5 million for the mental anguish he has suffered. Apparently this really caused him a great deal of distress when he was only handed one napkin with his Quarter Pounder Deluxe. Clearly everyone knows that one of those burgers are at least worthy of two napkins!
It seems when Webster Lucas found only one napkin in his bag, he went to the counter and asked for another and he was refused, claims his lawsuit. This is when this unhappy customer claimed the manager made a racist remark to him, reports the New York Daily News on March 2.
The lawsuit came about because of the one napkin, but when this manager of the Pacoima, California McDonald's refused him another, he said something that Lucas took as racist. Lucas claims the Mexican-American boss said something under his breath that sounded like, "you people," which Lucas felt was in reference to him being black.
This is 1 of 5 images of Extraordinary Brick Sculptures by Brad Spencer
March 05, 2014
The US Army Center of Military History
The contents include weapons, personal artifacts, and an amazingly large collection of art - much of it done by soldiers.
What in the world is a "level 2 look alike firearm"? (And who hires these people to run schools?)
10-year-old suspended for making fingers into shape of gun
(CNN) -- Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn't understand why he got suspended from school for three days.
According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was "goofing off" with his friends in fifth-grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom, invoking Ohio's zero-tolerance policy.
The offense? Nathan was "making his fingers look like a gun, having the thumb up and the pointed finger sticking out," said Entingh, describing the February 26 incident.
"He was pointing it at a friend's head and he said 'boom.' The kid didn't see it. No other kids saw it. But the teacher saw it," he said. "It wasn't threatening. It wasn't hostile. It was a 10-year-old kid playing."
The next morning Paul Entingh escorted his son Nathan to the principal's office, where they met with Devonshire Alternative Elementary School Principal Patricia Price.
"She said if it happened again the suspension would be longer, if not permanent," said Entingh, who also received a letter explaining the reason for Nathan's suspension as a "level 2 look alike firearm."
Running on empty
March 04, 2014
Do you want to believe?
It's a what?
Confusion Is An Electronic Cigarette That Also Lets You Make Phone Calls
The Supersmoker looks like your run-of-the-mill e-cigarette. Only this one comes with its own Bluetooth chip, and mic and speaker set. This means that on top of vaporizing flavoured nicotine liquids, it lets you make and receive phone calls without even taking your phone out of your pocket. You can even stream music to it, thus serving as a Bluetooth speaker. It's an odd combination and we're still trying to figure out how exactly you're supposed to use it. Do you puff and talk at the same time? Or do you take it out of your mouth and hold it to your ear? It's bizarre but that's sort of what makes it interesting as well. $110 will get you one, and it's available now.
Video here, if you're interested.
Wait... what? (8)
March 03, 2014
30+ images of a house with an extremely open floor plan, built on a hillside in Costa Rica.
Timing is everything (2)
Dead Man Kicking: Mississippi Man Wakes Up In Funeral Home Right Before Embalming
A Mississippi funeral home says it found a man alive and kicking in a body bag hours after the coroner pronounced him dead.
Walter Williams was pronounced dead Wednesday night after his pulse stopped, but funeral home employees found him trying to kick through his body bag Thursday morning.
Eddie Hester, Williams’ nephew, said Friday Williams is in the hospital and breathing without the help of a respirator, but is too weak to talk.
“It’s a miracle,” Hester said in an interview. “I don’t know how long he’s gonna be here, but right now he’s here, and the whole family is glad.”
All the vertigo you can stand
The thing that impresses me most about free-solo climbers is their optimism. How do they know they won't get most of the way up the rock and then run out of options?
March 01, 2014
Walking man walks on by
I saw Steve Fugate on the side of the road in the Californian desert the day after Christmas. In 1999, lost his son to suicide. A few years later he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to "love life." Prior to his departure, Steve ran a couple of successful car detailing businesses in Vero Beach, Florida. After fourteen years and 34,000 miles of walking, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.
Rare natural phenomena
The Hessdalen Light (in Norway) is 1 of 22 Ridiculously Cool Rare Natural Phenomena That Happen on Earth.
According to Wikipedia:
The Hessdalen light is an unexplained light usually seen in the Hessdalen valley in the municipality of Holtålen in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway.
History and description
Unusual lights have been reported here since the 1940s or earlier. Especially high activity of Hessdalen lights took place from December 1981 until the summer of 1984 when lights were observed 15–20 times per week. The frequency of the lights caused a gathering of numerous tourists staying there overnight to see the phenomenon. Since then, the activity has decreased and now the lights are observed some 10–20 times per year.
The Hessdalen light most often is a bright, white or yellow light of unknown origin standing or floating above the ground level. Sometimes the light can be seen for more than one hour. There are several other types of unexplained lights observed in the Hessdalen valley. [...]
In spite of ongoing research there is no convincing explanation of the origin of these lights.
February 28, 2014
Yellow labs in googles; what everyone needs in his sidecar.
Who wouldn't love 3-year-old pizza?
Three-year pizza to join US Army MRE delicacies
Pizza with a three-year shelf life will soon be joining the US Army's field rations menu. These infamous MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) have a long and checkered history, acquiring such sobriquets over the years as "Meals Rejected by Everyone" and "Materials Resembling Edibles." Pizza has long topped the list of requested meals, but the task of providing a palatable slice of this complex food that will survive the required three-year shelf life has foiled all attempts. Now, the folks at Natick's Combat Feeding Directorate have achieved a minor miracle in food technology: stopping time for a slice of pizza.
The Final Member
This is a trailer for an independent documentary about the Iceland's Phallological Museum's quest to get the final jewel for its collection: a human penis. Or maybe it's about the people who are vying to be the first donor.
February 27, 2014
If I had pants like those, I'd burn them too
From where else?
No more Woof
This reminds me of a very old joke.
Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon
What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?
It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, "Up," but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind.
The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind "No More Woof" -- technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone. [...]
The research team, who previously brought the world such inventions as the pet flying carpet, weren't immediately available for comment on Wednesday, but explained the most recent project on their website.
The tattoo work of Sasha Unisex
Here. She plies her trade in St. Petersburg, Russia (formerly known as Petrograd and Leningrad).
February 26, 2014
Here's an example of Michael Grab's stone-stacking artwork that he calls gravity glue.
Not an offer I'd be interested in
Bruce the dog offered a personal cheque by Darwin council for his testicles
BRUCE Wallder the great dane may well be the first dog in history to receive a cheque in the mail as consolation for having his testicles removed.
That is exactly what Darwin council did last week, much to the amusement of Bruce's owner Tom Wallder.
De-sexed dog owners receive a registration reimbursement of $60 from the council for having their pets de-sexed, however the last thing Mr Wallder - the human - was expecting was for the cheque to be sent out in the name of his beloved and recently castrated eight-month-old canine. "I said to my wife, 'that's funny, the dog is getting mail now'," Mr Wallder said.
"I don't know what Bruce is going to spend it on ... probably some new balls."
I feel lucky (7)
February 25, 2014
Calling Karl Popper
Was the fire alarm broken?
Lindenwood student gets probation for bomb threat she called in because she hadn't finished homework
ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A Lindenwood University student who phoned in a bomb threat because she didn’t do her homework got a suspended sentence Monday and was placed on five years’ probation.
Lori L. Knight, 39, of the 5000 block of Lansdowne Avenue in St. Louis, pleaded guilty earlier of making a terrorist threat.
On May 1, Knight called Lindenwood’s main switchboard from a blocked phone line and told the operator that her “brother” planned a bombing.
Knight called Lindenwood’s Westport campus two hours later and asked if classes had been canceled.
She said her “niece” had heard about bomb threats at the St. Charles campus.
Police were able to trace Knight’s phone number, and she was apprehended a few hours later.
Dr. Woo's tattoos
February 24, 2014
Locomotive number 478 on the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge road in Colorado.
Here's video of the iron horse in action.
Pure marketing genius
Girl Scout sells cookies outside pot dispensary: 117 boxes in 2 hours
It's that time of year again. Time when your local market entrances are flooded with Girl Scouts selling boxes of Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints. But one 13-year-old Girl Scout in San Francisco and her mother made a rather business-savvy decision to sell cookies outside of a medical marijuana dispensary.
On Monday, Danielle Lei and her mother set up shop outside the Green Cross store with the cookies. With the store's blessing, Lei sold 117 boxes in two hours.
Holli Bert, a spokeswoman for the Green Cross, said that after just 45 minutes, Lei had to call for backup cookies to replenish her stock.
Not a sport in the winter Olympics
February 22, 2014
The Sanderson orrery
A nice piece of work. Too bad it's not actually steam-driven.
Via The Presurfer
One of four animated GIFs at Imgur.
February 21, 2014
Handling snow in Switzerland
On the Landwasser Viaduct
Handling snow in North Carolina
SuperDroid fields remote control snow plow
In the southeast United States, snow storms are as about as common as canoes on Mount Everest, which is what makes the current task of digging the region out from under the recent deposit of the white stuff so irksome. To aid the inexperienced snow shoveler, SuperDroid of Raleigh, North Carolina is selling a remote-controlled robotic snow plow that allows you to clear the drive while sitting where it’s warm with a cup of cocoa.
Handling snow in Quebec
February 20, 2014
Pull over... Right now!
More traffic fun from Russia
Don't mess with a man with a forklift
The Twix bar, the forklift, and the fired Iowan
It's a familiar tableau: an overpriced vending-machine candy bar dangles on a spiral hook, tantalizingly out of reach and refusing to drop.
For most of us, that mini-drama usually ends in defeat. But not for Robert McKevitt of Spirit Lake, whose victory over an uncooperative vending machine ultimately cost him his job.
McKevitt was working the second shift at Polaris Industries' warehouse in Milford when he decided to break for a snack last fall.
He says he deposited $1 in a vending machine, selected a 90-cent Twix bar, and then watched as the candy bar crept forward in its slot, began its descent and was abruptly snagged by a spiral hook that held it suspended in midair.
"I was, like, 'Oh, man,' " said McKevitt, 27. "So I put in another dollar, and then it wouldn't do anything."
At first, McKevitt's frustration took the customary route: He banged the side of the machine. He tried rocking it back and forth.
But when that didn't work, McKevitt walked away and commandeered an 8,000-pound forklift, according to state unemployment compensation records.
He reportedly drove up to the vending machine, lifted it 2 feet off the concrete warehouse floor — then let it drop. He allegedly repeated the maneuver at least six times, by which time three candy bars had fallen into the chute for his retrieval.
When a supervisor confronted him, McKevitt allegedly explained he was simply trying to get the snack he had paid for.
He was fired five days later.
In a ruling that became public last month, a state administrative law judge denied his claim for unemployment benefits, saying McKevitt had demonstrated a willful disregard for his employer's interests.
Think fast (2)
Two views of a very close call.
February 19, 2014
Get hammered and sickled
No doubt the red color comes from being flavored with the blood of the bourgeoisie.
The old banana peel scam
Screening for man charged after banana peel suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. judge has ordered a psychological screening for a Maryland man accused of staging a fall on a banana peel in a Metro station elevator.
The screening was ordered Tuesday after a request from an attorney for 42-year-old Maurice Owens of District Heights. Owens sued the transit agency for $15,000, claiming he injured his left leg and hip in a fall at the Potomac Avenue station in August.
Surveillance video shows Owens dropping a banana peel, stepping on it as the elevator door opens, then appearing to thrust himself forward and falling to the ground.