October 30, 2014

Marc Paul

A little long but entertaining.

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Set a thief to catch a thief

Sample principle anyway.

Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident

The investigator who led the internal inquiry into the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal resigned in August, after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to a report from The New York Times.

Local law enforcement in Florida reportedly saw David Nieland, the investigator, going in and out of a building they were surveilling as part of a prostitution investigation. The prostitute later identified Nieland as a client.

He said the allegations were untrue in a statement to the Times. As of Tuesday, he had not been charged in connection with the incident.

Nieland is said to have resigned after he refused to answer questions from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office. The DHS is the supervising agency of the Secret Service.

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Halloween special



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October 29, 2014

Good job, Marie Antoinette



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Living in a Glass House

Slideshow at the link - check it out.

Yuusuke Karasawa's maze-like S House has an entirely transparent facade

The exposed criss-crossing skeleton of this see-through house in Japan frames a labyrinth of wall-less rooms connected by over a dozen different staircases.

Designed by Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa, S House is a two-storey-high building broken up into five split levels, creating a series of evenly sized rooms that are connected by staircases rather than corridors.

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Nicely choreographed

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October 28, 2014

Who's a good boy?

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Excuses, excuses

10 Hilarious excuses for calling in sick

"I accidentally got on a plane" was on the list of most dubious excuses for calling in sick to work, according to a recent survey by careerbuilder.com.

"I just put a casserole in the oven," "I need to tweak my botched plastic surgery," and "I broke my ankle after my leg fell asleep while I was sitting on the toilet," were among other hilarious, yet real, excuses that employers reported.

The survey found that 28 percent of employees called in sick when they were feeling well, down from 32 percent last year, and that one in four employers have caught an employee faking sick through social media.

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Wildlife in Alberta

Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Pat Roque


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October 27, 2014

Wait... what? (11)


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What are the odds? (2)

A review of The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day. (My emphasis below.)

Statistician David J. Hand Shows How the Seemingly Improbable Becomes a Sure Thing

Back in 1980, a woman named Maureen Wilcox played the Rhode Island and the Massachusetts lotteries at the same time. And she hit the correct numbers for both. Unfortunately, she picked all the correct Massachusetts numbers on her Rhode Island ticket and all the right Rhode Island numbers on her Massachusetts ticket. [...]

Hand notes the case of one Roy Sullivan, a seven-time loser in the lightning-strike lottery. Sullivan was a park ranger, so he upped his odds by being outdoors a lot. The same went for a sportsman named Major Walter Summerford, struck three times, whose gravestone took a shot four years after his death.

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Feelin' lucky, pumpkin?

Well, are ya?

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October 24, 2014

There's an app for that (13)

And I can remember (barely) when people used slide rules. Not available for Android yet, more's the pity.

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But the nurses thought it was hilarious

This one really piques my curiosity.

Del. man sues after awaking in women's underwear

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware man who says he awoke from a colonoscopy to find he was wearing pink women's underwear is suing a surgical center.

Andrew Walls of Dover filed the civil lawsuit in New Castle County Superior Court against the Delaware Surgery Center on Friday. It seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for the surgery center declined to comment on the case. [...]

Walls says he had not been wearing the underwear before being given anesthesia for the procedure.

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Acorns and patience



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October 23, 2014

Hamster walker



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Like kicking a puppy

Homeland Security confiscates Royals underwear in Kansas City

Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.

The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the bottom, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Tuesday. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.

“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”

She thought that since the underwear featured her hand-drawn design that she was safe. But the officers explained that by connecting the “K” and the “C,” she infringed on major league baseball copyright. (The officials involved could not be immediately reached for comment.) [...]

Danielle Meister, Honig’s shop partner, says it was like something out of the movies, with the badges and all. But on the bright side, the officers were nice. She says you could tell “they felt like they were kicking a puppy.

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Sweet chariot

Evidently motorcycle chariots used to be a thing. The rig below was filmed at Sturgis, ND.

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October 22, 2014

McNuggets de Pollo Especial


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Feel the burn

Bunbury local discovered a spider had burrowed under his skin on Bali holiday

NOTHING tops off a holiday in Bali like discovering there is a spider burrowing under your skin.

Bunbury local Dylan Thomas' first trip to Bali last weekend was complete with a visit to the Bali International Medical Centre to have a tropical spider pulled out of his stomach.

21-year-old Dylan awoke after a quiet night in his four and a half star hotel room to find a bizarre red trail two inches from his naval and heading upwards.

"It was as if someone had scratched me with the tip of a knife," he said.

Later that evening, the trail had moved two or three inches higher.

When a concerned Dylan fronted up to the doctors early on Sunday morning, they told him it was a small insect bite, and gave him some antihistamine cream to rub on the red line.

Later that morning he awoke to blisters.

"That's when it became painful, it was a searing burn," he said.

He finally saw a dermatologist on Monday, who told him that it was something out of the ordinary.

Doctors extracted a tropical spider that had burrowed itself into the scar from Dylan's recent appendix removal.

"It was a bit bigger than the size of a match head," he said.

He has now earnt himself the nickname Spider-man.

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Mount Shasta

In northern California



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October 21, 2014

Oh look!

Outside a bar in Columbia, MO



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Riot breaks out at New Hampshire pumpkin festival

It wasn't the pumpkins they were smashing.

A quaint pumpkin festival in New Hampshire ended with tear gas, street fires and at least one flipped car on Saturday as mobs of college students and young people turned parts of the town of Keene into a free-for-all.

Social media footage from the scene showed revelers destroying street signs, throwing glass bottles, pushing barricades and hurling curses at the police.

“It’s (expletive) wicked,” Steven French, an 18-year-old from Haverhill, Mass., told the Keene Sentinel. “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops. ... It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”

Keene police could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday, but the department arrested at least 49 people over the weekend in the normally sleepy town of 23,419, according to the Associated Press. [...]

The town's annual Keene Pumpkin Festival is one of its biggest events, bringing millions of dollars to local and state businesses and upwards of 70,000 attendees, according to some estimates. Attendees bring tens of thousands of pumpkins for the festivities.

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Dead eye

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October 20, 2014

Musical targets

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Yes, they do

Advert of woman's breasts posted on side of van causes 500 car crashes in just 24 hours

An advertisement showing a woman's bare breasts has reportedly caused more than 500 accidents in one day in a poorly-thought out PR campaign.

The photograph showing a woman cupping her breasts with a thin blue strip across the nipples was posted on the side of 30 vans in Moscow, Russia.

The advert simply read: 'They attract'.

But as the vans drove around streets in the city, cars started colliding with one another in their wake. It is thought 517 accidents happened in total. [...]

ADVTruck.ru, the company that organised the sign, said it would pay compensation to all those who crashed.

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On the Blue Ridge Parkway



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October 17, 2014

Ready to roll



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Heads up! (3)

Beavers with parachutes in Idaho?

Just the title - "Transplanting Beavers by Airplane and Parachute" - of this 1950 report in the Journal of Wildlife Management raises questions. Like, for goodness sake, why? And how? Did they specially make tiny beaver-sized parachutes and goggles, and push them out of the cargo hold, one by one, like a tiny dam-making army? Once on the ground, did the beavers suffer post-traumatic stress from the sudden drop? Or did they spend the rest of their days mourning in rivers, longing for another taste of the sky?

Fortunately, the article by Elmo W. Heter from the Idaho Fish and Game Department answered all our questions. [...]

Heter doesn't say exactly how he and his colleagues came up with the idea of an airdrop. They got war surplus parachutes from the Idaho Forest Service, and placed the animals in boxes, one pair in each box. Settling on the release mechanism required some innovation:

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Levitating train

Japanese demonstration of quantum levitation

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October 16, 2014

Getting serious about paper airplanes

Can an armadillo paper airplane fly? Autodesk says yes.

H.T. Paul

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Man of many talents

Police officer drives car and does CPR at same time on toddler

A Red Hook police sergeant thought he was just pulling over a speeder; instead it turned out to be a frantic dad trying to get help for his son.

The 22-month-old was having a medical emergency and the officer took quick action that saved the little boy's life. [...]

On Monday, Morgan's 22-month-old boy, also named Matthew, suffered a seizure and collapsed. The 19-year-old grabbed the small lifeless body and jumped into his car. Speeding through the Dutchess County Village of Red Hook, Morgan and Police Sergeant Patrick Hildenbrand spotted each other at just about the same time.

"I was going and then he hit his lights and then as soon as I seen that I stopped and I ran to his car. You get through traffic a lot faster," Morgan said.

"He has a young boy in his hands and he's running at me, yelling at me, his son is not breathing. 'I think my son is dead, my son is not breathing,'" Hildenbrand said.

What happened next is extraordinary. Morgan, now in the back seat of a police SUV held his son close to the partition and watched as the 35-year-old policeman drove to the hospital and performed CPR on the boy at the same time.

"I reached my hand back here as I'm driving, moved my body over and started doing all the compressions and feeling for a pulse while I could still operate the vehicle," Hildenbrand said.

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Tiny (7)



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October 15, 2014

Tiny (6)

A newborn hedgehog



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It's deja moo, all over again

Cow-suit wearers break world record at Cowaramup in WA's South West

A town in WA's South West has udderly smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as cows.

The record was previously held by the town of Fairfax in Virginia, USA, where 470 people dressed as cows last year.

On Saturday a total of 1,352 people dressed in cow onesies to break the record at Cowaramup's Deja-Moo Country Fair.

The fair was held on the second anniversary of 32 cow statues being installed in the town's main street.

Jill Turton, from the Cowaramup Retailers Association, said the cows had helped with the branding of the town, long referred to by locals as "Cow-Town" in a nod to the region's dairy industry.

"We've become a minor destination in a way," she said.

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A pile o' pugs

WorldLingo translated the title as 'Good morning, mopsy.'

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October 14, 2014

First world problems

Good spoof of a process almost universally hated. Mind the language.

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Going with the flow

UEA students urged to urinate in shower

University students are being urged to urinate in the shower in a bid to save water.

The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

They want the university's 15,000 students to take their first wee of the day while having their morning shower.

Mr Dobson, 20, said the idea could "save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times".

The pair want those taking part to pledge their allegiance on Facebook and Twitter and have offered gift vouchers to the first people to join the challenge.

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Levitating building

Alex Chinneck's spectacular levitating building in Covent Garden


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October 13, 2014

Meanwhile in Rio


The link below is to a Google translation of an article in Portuguese. 748 meters is 2,454 feet above sea level. The statue itself is 124 feet tall.

G1 rises to the head of Christ and shows the inside of the statue, which is 83 years

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, Christ the Redeemer complete 83 years on Sunday (12). To celebrate with the monument and gifting readers, G1 visited the interior of the statue, climbed the 10 floors of stairs to reach the top of the head and how is the view from the top of the main postcard of the city, 748 meters from the level of the sea.

Here's the original in case you read Portuguese.

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