January 26, 2015

DIY failures

Here's 1 of the 25 Worst Do-It-Yourself Auto Repair Fails.


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The Beagle had landed

Beage-2 Lander Found On Mars

The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.

Beagle-2 was released from its mother craft on 19 December 2003 and was due to land six days later. But nothing was heard from the lander after its scheduled touchdown, and searches by Mars Express and NASA's Mars Odyssey mission were fruitless.

Now, over a decade later, the lander has been identified in images taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The lander is seen partially deployed on the surface, showing that the entry, descent and landing sequence worked and it did indeed successfully land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003.

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Facebook stalking

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January 25, 2015

Close enough? (2)

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It can be done

Man Finds Needle In Haystack

Sven Sachsalber, an Italian artist who lives in New York City, is known for playful conceptual art, like sitting in a tree and sawing it apart while still in it, or filming himself eating poisonous mushrooms in the woods. His latest, a jumbo version of a previous exhibit, is a classic: find a needle in a haystack.

Taking place at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the president of the museum hid a single silver needle in an enormous stack of hay, one far taller than the artist himself. Sachsalber gave himself 24 hours to find the needle by hand, during which the entire event would be broadcasted on French TV. His method is pretty simple: take a handful of hay, not too large a handful, fold it a couple times and bend it, and, theoretically, if the non-pliable needle was in that handful, he’d feel it. Here’s the performance in action.

Amazingly, Sachsalber managed to find the needle, and with a few hours to spare, reports MSNBC. After about 18 hours, in the early evening of Friday, he emerged from his position next to the haystack, whooping, as he brandished the needle.

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It's a Jeep Thing

...we wouldn't understand.



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January 19, 2015

Beer tasting results



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Thanks but no thanks

Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for

Many of us have become inseparable from our smartphones and tablets, but if you're looking to take the relationship to the next step and actually 'f*ck your iPad', sex toy brand Fleshlight has now made this possible for some reason.

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Old dog learns a new trick

Who's a good girl?

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January 17, 2015

Dash cam confessionals

Hey! Both hands on the wheel, pal!

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Here's a brand name I never expected to hear again

The luxury-goods company Shinola is capitalizing on Detroit

DETROIT — You may not know you-know-what from Shinola, but no worries. Shinola does.

No, not the World War II-era shoe polish that gave rise to that unprintable colloquialism. This Shinola is a luxury-goods producer that chose to start up in this struggling city, and less than two years later has become an innovative giant in branding, storytelling marketing and, above all, understanding the consumer zeitgeist, what people want at this very moment.

This Shinola knows watches, bikes, leather goods, pet toys and, yes, shoe polish. Perhaps what this company knows best is that a little consumer guilt — or "responsibility," if you prefer — can translate into a lot of company dollars, a projected $80 million in gross sales for its first 18 months of production.

The Shinola story is all about marketing Detroit, selling Detroit and attempting to build the first great nonautomotive brand out of the city in decades — and watching buyers respond. And respond they have. Bill Clinton has purchased more than a dozen $550 Shinola watches, and he has hawked the company's story in speeches, declaring: "We need more American success stories like Shinola in Detroit."

Headquartered on the fifth floor of the former General Motors Argonaut research building, now an arts college, Shinola, in an amazing piece of marketing legerdemain, promotes this hardscrabble, poverty-pocked city as a luxury brand, selling its $475 to $1,500 watches in some very non-Detroit-like places: New York's Tribeca, London's Soho, suburban Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus locations, the Abu Dhabi airport, the cult Parisian store Colette and, as of last Saturday, in a holiday pop-up shop on the gentrified corridor of 14th Street in Northwest Washington. Early next year, a permanent Washington store will open nearby.

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Heaven & Hell

An old joke, nicely rendered. I don't know where this photo was taken but if our contributor (Jeff G) took it, I'll guess somewhere in the Floriday Keys.


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January 15, 2015

Night over New York

These are the most amazing aerial photos of New York ever, period. (This is 1 of 9 images.)


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Florida sheriff's rug accidentally printed 'In Dog We Trust'

LARGO, Fla. • The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida has gone to the dogs. Well, at least its rugs have.

Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Wednesday that a new, $500 rug at the sheriff's administration building said "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."

The forest green rug with the sheriff's yellow badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.

H.T. Paul B

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Beach bot

Quick, somebody write a printer driver for this and let's hook it up with Bluetooth.

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January 14, 2015

Police chase in Canada

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Turning 30

From 30 Things Turning 30 in 2015 at MentalFloss:

1. Back to the Future

The highest-grossing film of 1985 featured Michael J. Fox as a teenager traveling ... wait for it ... 30 years back in time. Now that it's 30 years later, the film holds up, though doing the math makes us feel extremely old (today's 1985 is as distant in the past as 1985's 1955).

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She wants to be sure she gets a picture

1 of 36 images in A World Transfixed by Screens

Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais Camille Cerf takes a selfie with her smartphone, surrounded by photographers, after winning the Miss France 2015 beauty contest on December 6 in Orleans. Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images

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January 13, 2015


1 of 10 Jobs That No Longer Exist

Lector Who Entertained Factory Workers

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Nice work if you can get it (13)

Government fires employee who skipped work for 24 years

New Delhi: AK Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was fired after last appearing for work in December 1990.

"He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work," the government said in a statement on Thursday.

Even after an inquiry found him guilty of "wilful absence from duty" in 1992, it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to remove him, the government said.

India's labour laws, which the World Bank says are the most restrictive anywhere, make it hard to sack staff for any reason other than criminal misconduct.

Take it, Benny...

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Clever advertising (6)

H.T. Jeff G

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January 12, 2015

Beer train running

en Colombia

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Some thanks

Soldier shot trying to surprise wife with breakfast

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Recent break-ins may be to blame for a woman allegedly shooting her soldier husband while he was trying to surprise her Friday morning.

WTVD reports that the Fort Bragg soldier was shot at couple's home in the 1100 block of Christina Street around 10:15 a.m. [...]

According to Fayetteville police, 28-year-old Zia Segule, had left for work when his wife, 27-year-old Tiffany Segule, crawled back into bed and activated the home's alarm system.

But when Zia Segule later came back home to surprise his wife with breakfast, he walked in through the front door and triggered the home's alarm system.

Police said Tiffany Segule shot her husband through the couple's closed bedroom door.

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Awkward dates



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January 09, 2015

Rainbow and cloud



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Thieves steal house

Thieves steal house

A San Antonio, Texas couple had build a 'tiny house' to commit themselves to 'green living' but the entire home ended up being stolen.

Casey Friday says, "It was depressing, devastating, made me angry and shocked all at the same time."

An advocate for so-called green living, Friday and his wife had invested 2 1/2 years and $35,000 into building a tiny home from the ground up. [...]

After a local TV station reported on the theft, the house was reported being found on the south side of town. Neighbors had apparently seen it for days but did not know it was stolen. [...]

As for how the house was stolen, it was on a trailer that the thief simply attached to a truck and drove off with.

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How it's done (6)

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January 08, 2015

Learned too late

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News from Flori-duh (2)

Here's 1 of 49 Crazy Headlines That Could Only Be Created by Florida Man

46. Florida Man removes facial tattoos with welding grinder.

Tampa Bay Times:
Just before the 2012 Labor Day weekend, Eriks bought gauze and hydrogen peroxide, 18 Budweisers and a bottle of Sailor Jerry rum. He'd asked his friend Brian to do it. Brian was, after all, a certified welder. The worst part was when Brian poured rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide on the wound and scrubbed the dead skin with a steel wool pad. Tears trickled down Eriks' face, but he didn't scream.

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Sky cycle

A self-powered ride at an amusement park in Japan (widely but wrongly described as a pedal-powered roller coaster - the entire track is at the same level).



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January 07, 2015




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What's in a name (6)

My emphasis.

Amanda Miranda Panda, and Accomplice, Charged With Shoplifting, Stealing From Cars In Store Parking Lot

A man and woman, he's from Middleton and she's from Caldwell, are behind bars at the Ada County Jail after being accused of some holiday shoplifting.

Boise police were summoned to the area of Milwaukee Street and Franklin Road Monday night. That's where the suspects allegedly shoplifted items from stores and burglarized at least two cars in a department store parking lot. Police said as they attempted to question the male suspect, he took off on foot but was caught a short time later. The woman was arrested without incident. [...]

The male suspect is 18-year-old Tristen Parsons and the 18-year-old female's name is—and this is no joke—Amanda Miranda Panda. They are each charged with three felony counts of burglary. Parsons is also charged with resisting and obstructing officers.

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And it looks like you'd even have time to drink the beers. (That ranging system sure is slow.)

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January 06, 2015

Hi-Yo, Silver

Don't know if I'd want to ride it against the wind.

The Seahorse(tm) provides the ultimate in recreation, exercise and relaxation, allowing you to cycle, boat and float! Take your Seahorsetm out fishing or even camp overnight in the water on its comfortable trampoline. Watch birds or dolphins, snorkel, or bask in the sun. Seahorse lets you do it all!

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What we learn from the past

...is that we never learn from the past.

Will You Float on Zero Gravity Day? Don't Get Fooled Again

Don't be fooled by a new astronomy hoax making the rounds on social media websites.

A widely shared story is claiming that Jan. 4 is "Zero Gravity Day," a date when people on Earth will be able to experience weightlessness while on the planet. The bogus post now appearing on Facebook and other websites at first blush looks legitimate. It shows a Twitter message that was seemingly posted by NASA and says a planetary alignment "will cause a gravitational fluctuation that will leave you weightless" at 9:47 a.m. PT on Jan. 4.

Other reports attributed the details regarding this supposed alignment to the late British astronomer Patrick Moore, who supposedly stated, "At exactly 9:47 PST AM on Jan. 4, Pluto will pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to Earth. This rare alignment will mean that the combined gravitational force of the two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, temporarily counteracting the Earth's own gravity and making people virtually weightless." [...]

This story is completely false. In fact, it is a repurposing of an old April Fools' Day joke perpetrated by Moore in 1976. [...]

On April Fools' Day in 1976, Moore told listeners that they'd float momentarily if they jumped in the air at 9:47 a.m. that day.

Afterward, dozens of listeners phoned in to say the experiment worked.

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New Year's Day

Grand Canyon Enters New Year Covered in Snow


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January 05, 2015

Cloud city



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Walk a mile in his shoes

Judge accepts sneakers instead of bail from Framingham man

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Framingham man couldn't post bail, so a judge allowed him to pay with shoes.

Jason Duval, 39, told Judge Douglas Stoddart that he didn't have money to post bail Friday, but he would be willing to use his new Nike sneakers as payment, according to the Metro West Daily News. He got the kicks as a present for Christmas and said they're worth about $85.

"OK, we'll take them," Stoddart reportedly said. [...]

The judge said he didn't want to release him without bail because he didn't believe that Duval would ever pay.

The judge suggested that Duval could go to jail for a few days to do away with the court costs, but Duval didn't like that option.

"I'll give you a chance to be creative," Stoddart reportedly told him. "If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me that you'll come back, I'll work with you."

That's when Duval offered his shoes for payment and Stoddart accepted. Duval can have his sneakers back after he pays $100.

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Unclear about chirality

You can admire her persistence, if nothing else.

Title ref

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January 03, 2015

And the crowd goes wild

The video is from 2007 (via Now I Know).

One Note Secret Show on George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland Canada.

The White Stripes
have been doing 'secret shows' on their Canadian Tour that they announce only on their website within hours of playing. This was totally free, and everyone knew it was a 'One Note Show'.

They put on an incredible show later on that night at Mile One Stadium. So whether you think this show was stupid or not, most of the fans on the street thought it was hilarious, and were glad to be a part of it.

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