March 27, 2015

Wired (2)

The Metallic Beings of Richard Stainhorp


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Don't worry...

It's The Principle Of The Matter

(I am second in line, and it's early morning on a Thursday. The area has just gotten a severe weather warning about freezing rain and hail. In front of me is a chipper customer chatting with the clerk as she pays for her 40-oz bottles of malt liquor.)

Customer: "I got four of these. Does the two for five bucks still apply?"

Clerk: "Sure does. You got the day off, do you?"

Customer: "Yep, I work for the school district, and school's been cancelled! I'm gonna get sh*t-faced before noon!"

Clerk: *slightly shocked* "Okay, well, that's $10.20. Have fun."

Customer: "Oh, don't worry. I'm not teaching your kids. I'm the principal!"


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Ridiculous shots

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March 26, 2015


Best viewed in full-screen, HD

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And his two unhappy partners

'Pocket Dial' Leads To Triple Arrest In Mankato Burglary

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three Mankato residents are in custody in connection to a burglary that police first got wind of due to a 911 pocket dial.

The Blue County Sheriff's office says a 911 dispatcher received a call from a cell phone at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The dispatcher could hear two men talking about their involvement in a possible burglary or theft, and then determined their location.

Deputies and Mankato police officers responded to the 3500 block of 3rd Avenue where found two men hiding inside the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office Gun Range: 29-year-old Kyle Scott James and 38-year-old Jeramie Jason Ites.

Jessica June Friedrichs, 29, was found waiting nearby in a vehicle inside Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery.

Authorities found cash and items on the men that they traced to North Mankato Supply, located just across the road. There were signs of a forced entry at the business and the inside appeared to have been ransacked.

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Cool tools

Here's 1 of 31 Fascinating Inventions That Are Surprisingly Useful


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March 25, 2015

On the wing (7)

With Mont St. Michel in the background


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Foo-key. Got it...

What's in a name? Fuck proud of his

What's in a name?

For Medicine Hat College Rattlers men's basketball forward Guilherme Carbagiale Fuck, the answer is simple: pride.

While the Brazilian basketball star's name may stand out on paper, it's pronounced "Foo-key" and is of German origin.

"It doesn't mean what people think it means," said Fuck. "In German it means fox."

Given the fact that Fuck's name could bring about unwanted confusion, the college initially opted to use his middle, or first-last name, Carbagiale.

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He picked a good venue

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March 24, 2015

Pwned! (6)

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You smell so flame-broiled, darling

Japan has an "Anniversary Association"? Who knew?

Burger King's whopper-scented perfume is now a real thing

Though the smell of burgers may be mouth-watering to some, the idea of smelling like one sounds pretty gross. But that's not stopping Burger King from releasing their new Whopper-scented perfume!

As part of Burger King Japan's new ad campaign, they announced via Facebook today that the new body fragrance, 'Flame-Grilled', will be sold at Burger King stores for just one day: April 1. Though obviously being released on the the international holiday for pranks, Burger King Japan has also registered April 1 as "Whopper Day" with the Japan Anniversary Association, making it an official holiday.

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Playing in the mud

Here's an example of relief sculpture done in drywall joint compound (commonly called mud). These are done by Tom Moberg - who's got quite a portfolio.



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March 23, 2015

ISS transiting the sun during eclipse

From Thierry Legault's Astrophotography site.


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He had ONE job

Police: Louisiana man shoots son after orange juice runs out

BATON ROUGE, La. • Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, say a man is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice.

Police tell The Advocate ) Eldridge Dukes, 58, and his son were fighting Sunday morning about the lack of orange juice.

Investigators say the squabble escalated when the victim broke a vase, and Dukes grabbed his handgun.

They say Dukes chased the victim out of the house and down the street, firing at least three times. Police say the son was hit in the buttocks and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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It's a miracle (3)

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March 20, 2015

Serious gear head

Mechanical Engineer 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota 22RE Engine

Who says that you can't make anything useful on a desktop 3D printer? Sure, there are plenty of designs that you can find on 3D printing repository websites which make you question the motive of the designers — but at the same time, there are engineers and designers creating things that make you just stop and say, "WOW!"

One of these latter instances comes in the form of a 3D printed 5-speed transmission for a Toyota 22RE engine, created by a mechanical engineer named Eric Harrell of Santa Cruz, California. Not only does it look legitimate, but it also is completely functional.

You may recall a story that we did back in January about a 3D printed Toyota Engine. It was also designed by Harrell, after he completely reverse engineered a real Toyota 22RE engine. It received such a great reception from both Thingiverse users and the national media, that Harrell decided to take his creation one step further, providing this latest 3D printed transmission to complement the engine.

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Spring at last

Happy Equinox. Here's a reprise from 2013. It's appropriate today: we have a warm south wind and sunshine after several days of northwesterly winds and cloudy skies.

The name of this song is "Wenn der Südwind weht". It's one of those German phrases that an Anglophone can read pretty easily without a translation.

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If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid (2)

This is 1 of 27 Geniuses Who Just Might Be The Next MacGyver


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March 19, 2015

Fair warning



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It was a long walk

Missing South Carolina cat found 2 years later in California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. • A cat that vanished in South Carolina two years ago is going home after ending up nearly 2,000 miles away in Southern California.

Kevin the orange tabby is leaving Palm Springs on Wednesday after disappearing from Anderson, South Carolina, in 2013.

John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services says the cat turned up in early March inside a U-Haul trailer a woman had driven across the country.

During a routine inspection, the inspector heard meowing. The driver says she didn't know Kevin was inside.

The dehydrated cat was taken to a shelter. His microchip helped track down owner Cheryl Walls, who jokes that Kevin has seen more of the country than her.

She says somebody must have cared for Kevin. But who — and how Kevin got into the trailer — are mysteries.

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I wonder who was first to try this?

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March 18, 2015


H.T. Jeff G

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"Kind of odd" indeed.

Jefferson County pizza delivery man shot twice by customer who tossed explosives at police

JEFFERSON COUNTY • A Jefferson County man faces multiple charges after a seemingly mundane pizza delivery turned into a bizarre and almost deadly incident.

What started as a routine pizza delivery ended with the driver shot twice and the customer leading police on a high-speed chase while tossing homemade explosives at authorities Friday night.

Todd Pigg, 38, was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon, among other lesser charges, Jefferson County sheriff's Lt. Col. Steve Meinberg said. [...]

Meinberg said the incident began at 9:30 p.m. when the pizza delivery driver arrived at Pigg's home in the Vogel Manor mobile home park in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County. Meinberg said Pigg didn't give the deliveryman enough money. When he asked for more, Pigg closed his door.

As the deliveryman walked to his vehicle to call his boss, Pigg allegedly walked up behind him with a gun. The deliveryman turned, and Pigg fired at him, hitting him in the chest.

The deliveryman ran through the mobile home park as Pigg chased him while firing more shots, wounding him in the back. The shooter then got into his own vehicle. The victim ran to a nearby home and residents called police.

Meinberg said the deliveryman was conscious when taken to a hospital. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the deliveryman was stable, Meinberg said.

Police chased Pigg northbound on Interstate 55 and into Illinois. Meinberg said during the pursuit Pigg threw homemade dynamite sticks at them. The chase went from Illinois to downtown St. Louis on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and then to Interstate 170. Police used spike strips to disable the vehicle near Page Boulevard. [...]

Meinberg said Interstate 55 was temporarily closed while police searched for objects he had thrown at officers. [...]

Meinberg said neighbors said Pigg lived alone and described him as "kind of odd."

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Biker to the bone



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March 17, 2015


1 of 10 Ancient Wonders of the World Reimagined in Modern Day.


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F'real (7)

There's a 'Digital Desires Book 1'? Why, yes, there is: Taken by the Tetris Blocks

conquered-by-clippy.jpgConquered by Clippy: An Erotic Short Story
(Digital Desires Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Christie Aackerlund doesn't need help with anything. So when the world's biggest technology company offers to fly her to a remote location and investigate an alien artifact, all by herself, she's all like "I'll do it!"

But the artifact isn't what it seems, and soon an overly helpful giant living paperclip is getting her all bent out of shape.

Conquered by Clippy is a 4000 word short story featuring sexual situations with digital assistants. It's for super mature audiences only.

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Check this, dude

And for an encore:

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March 16, 2015

TGFB (28)

An amazingly expensive way to cook bacon but I suppose he'd have fired the ammo in any case.

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Could've been a real downer, man (3)

'I was just freefalling': Golfer plunges into Illinois sinkhole

ST. LOUIS - Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.

The 43-year-old mortgage broker was counting his blessings Tuesday and nursing a dislocated shoulder sustained four days earlier when he tumbled into an 18-foot deep sinkhole on the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Club near Waterloo, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis.

Friends managed to hoist Mihal to safety with a rope after about 20 minutes. But the experience gave him quite a fright, particularly following the much-publicized recent death of a man in Florida who died when his bedroom fell into a sinkhole. That man's body hasn't been found.

"I feel lucky just to come out of it with a shoulder injury, falling that far and not knowing what I was going to hit," Mihal, from the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, told The Associated Press before heading off to learn whether he'll need surgery. "It was absolutely crazy."

Mihal said it was a real downer on what had been a fine outing.

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A magpie named Penguin

One from a large collection of photos of a magpie living with an Australian family.

Penguin Bloom Rescued by Noah as a baby and raised by us. Free to fly but loves our home as much as we do. Is known to occasionally sneak in on wet nights.

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March 14, 2015

Cake is round

But Π*R2


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March 13, 2015

Nice work with a ball point

This comes from Morgan Davidson's Tumblr site. She mostly works with colored pencils but I liked this one, done with ball point pen.


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But isn't the whole idea about multiplying?

Our contributor sends news about another Indian wedding, similar to his last contribution.

Indian Bride Ditches Groom After He Flubs Math Test at Their Wedding

Here's an easy math problem: two lovebirds, minus one bride, is one lonely groom. That's what happened after an Indian bride ditched her soon-to-be groom at their wedding ceremony for failing to answer a simple arithmetic problem.

At her wedding ceremony in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, the bride posed the following math problem to the man she was due to wed: 15 + 6 = ?

The groom answered 17, and the bride fled. The groom's family tried to get her back, but she refused to marry someone who couldn't add.

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How the new Macbook was designed

More Apple-bashing: Armando Ferreira did a clever job adding subtitles to this video of a Spanish language talk show.

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March 12, 2015

A revolution in communication

People are a little weird to pay Apple prices for anything. Just sayin'

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A for Effort

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week.Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment. I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away.

I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?" I didn't respond. After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal. Some shopping, cleaning, cooking. After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?"

I told her to get another one from the cupboard. She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."

Never going back to that doctor again.

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Cute cats

1 of 15 adorable adult cats with their insanely cute mini-me counterparts


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March 11, 2015

Define 'vacation'


H.T. Jeff G (who has a job like that, I think)

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Going with the floe

Teens begin floating away into in Lake Michigan on a tiny iceberg

Two teenagers had to be rescued by firefighters on Saturday after the chuck of ice they'd foolishly stepped onto broke away from the shore and started floating out into Lake Michigan.

The males, ages 17 and 18, were roughly 40 yards into the lake when the Racine Fire Department arrived to rescue them just after 12:40 p.m., reports The Journal Times.

Three divers in scuba gear from the department had to swim out to rescue the pair.

The two males, aged 17 and 18, had stepped onto a chuck of ice that broke away from the shore and they had to be rescued by three members of the Racine Fire Department in scuba gear

The firefighters, with help from Kenosha's Coast Guard, gave the teens life vests to put on and then pushed the chunk of ice back to shore.

They then put a ladder down for the two to climb back to safety. Neither teenager was injured, reports Racine Uncovered.

The incident took place at the beach behind Racine Zoo. Frequent visitors to the lake say it is currently difficult to tell where the beach ends and the ice begins.

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