April 26, 2015

Perspective (3)



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Don't over-think this

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

That's the conclusion of a paper in Cell published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.

"This tumor is utilizing the core function of the brain, thinking, to promote its own growth," says Michelle Monje, a researcher and neurologist at Stanford who is the paper's senior author.

In theory, doctors could slow the growth of these tumors by using sedatives or other drugs to reduce mental activity, Monje says. But that's not a viable option because it wouldn't eliminate the tumor and "we don't want to stop people with brain tumors from thinking or learning or being active."

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David Blaine and Harrison Ford

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April 24, 2015

Simple electric trains

...depending on how you define 'train'. But they're definitely electric.

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Turbocharged cremation

Crematorium fire sparked by 500-pound body

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A fire that damaged the roof at Southside Cremation Services on Crump Street in eastern Henrico was likely sparked by a "rather large body," according to fire investigators.

The fire started when the furnace used to cremate the 500-pound body got too hot, Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum said.

"The Henrico Fire Marshal's office has determined the cause of the fire to have been accidental in nature," Rosenbaum wrote in an email. "The rubber roofing near the smoke stack was ignited by the heat of the stack."

Three people inside the building made it out of the building unharmed. Fire crews from both Henrico and Richmond quickly got the fire under control and extinguished, Rosenbaum said. [...]

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I see what you did there



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April 23, 2015

Quad rainbow

Steve sends this picture of a double rainbow reflected in a lake.


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Political relationships

Hate Mail

You may know Arnold Schwarzenegger by such films as Terminator, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, Terminator 2, Conan the Barbarian, Predator, True Lies, Conan the Destroyer, or Terminator 3. You probably also know him as the 38th Governor of California, serving in that office from November of 2003 until January 2011. During his time in office, he, like many other political executives, sparred with the legislative branch on occasion. One example of this came in October of 2009, when the California State Assembly passed an energy policy bill. The details aren’t important — if you’re interested, the Wall Street Journal covered it here – except that Schwarzenegger wasn’t a fan of what the Assembly had proposed. Instead, the governor returned the bill to the legislature, unsigned, thereby vetoing it. In doing so, Schwarzenegger included the following note:


The State Assembly members were not amused. Not because of the rejection — well, maybe because of the rejection — but also because the “Governator” used the letter to tell the legislature what he really thought of them. Don’t see it? This will help:

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What a catch (7)

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April 22, 2015

What a shot! (7)

Cool but looks a little messy.

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Getting wasted

Oregon is Going to Try to Make Beer Out of Sewage Water

Sorry, Oregon, but you’re not being as creative as you think—National Bohemian has already been packaging sewage water as beer for decades.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has just recently approved a proposal to attempt to use recycled sewage water to brew beer. The beer wouldn’t be served in bars, at least to start with; assuming efforts to turn sewage into delicious libations are successful, they’ll only initially be served at tasting events and other “water professional society functions.” This makes a lot of sense, as “pay me for this sewage beer” (as such an attempt would no doubt be initially painted) is a marketing strategy roughly on par with “give me money and I will punch you directly in the genitals” and “who wants to pay to listen to me having a particularly disagreeable bowel movement?” I’m sure water professionals throw some crazy keggers, too, so this should be exciting for them.

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Slurpee waves

1 of 42 images of the very cold Atlantic by Jonathon Nimerfroh


Via David Thompson

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April 21, 2015

Over the wave

Milky Way over The Wave at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona, near the Utah border)


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They needed all the help could get

‘Missing’ woman unknowingly joins search for herself

A woman who was reported missing from an Icelandic tour unwittingly joined a search for herself.
According to the Reykjavik Grapevine, a woman described as "Asian, about 160cm, in dark clothing and speaks English well" was listed as missing Saturday near the Eldgjá volcanic canyon in southern Iceland.

A search continued through the weekend with reports saying she got off a tour bus and never returned.

It turns out the woman merely changed clothes during the bus stop, and after she returned, those on the bus didn't recognize her.

When the description of the "missing" woman was circulated, apparently the lady who changed her outfit didn't recognize the description of herself. So she joined the search party.

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Slick illusion (2)

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April 20, 2015

I feel lucky (14)

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But who won?

Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings

APRIL 17---A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate.

According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage.

As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was “covered in blood” and “also had several lacerations on his body from the fight.”

Both men were treated for cuts and bruises at a local hospital, where Mendez told police that the pair had been “arguing about which phone was better, the iPhone or the Android. [...]

Investigators did not disclose which of the men was the Apple fanboy or the Android devotee.

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Drive Your Tractor To School Day

In Lodi, Ohio, I believe



Meanwhile, in Fremont, Michigan

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April 14, 2015

Talk about a bad day (3)

The problem with positive feedback.



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Experience is the best teacher (3)

But the tuition can be a little high.

Anti-vaxx mom abandons movement — after all seven her of her kids get whooping cough

Writing on TheScentificParent blog, a chagrined Canadian mom announced that she is leaving the anti-vaxx movement after all of her seven children — four of them completely unvaccinated — have come down with whooping cough.

Writing from quarantine, and surrounded by sick kids, Tara Hills wrote she is “emotionally, a bit raw. Mentally a bit taxed. Physically I’m fine,” before admitting that not only are her own kids sick, but they may have exposed her five-month-old niece who is too young to be fully vaccinated.

What began with a cold brought into her home by her brother-in-law, turned into coughing by her kids leading to full-blown whooping cough in all seven children.

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Solution to loud cats

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April 10, 2015

TMI... most definitely.

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An idea that's spreading

Man asks Tampa federal judge to bar Kim Kardashian, Kanye West from Florida (w/video)

TAMPA — Federal judges settle matters of import. They rule on terrorism, public corruption, sex trafficking and the like.

Add to the list: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

A Tampa federal judge was asked this week to grant an emergency restraining order barring the celebrity couple from ever entering Florida or appearing on Florida television.

Oddly, the petitioner was an inmate of a Pennsylvania prison, Wayne Richard Albright, 44.

"I think it's safe to say we as a country are sick and tired of the Kardashians and most of all Kimberly and her self proclaimed best rapper rockstar on the planet, Kanye West," the inmate wrote.

‘No Kardashian Parking’ signs pop up in Hollywood

Los Angeles conceptual artist Plastic Jesus, commenting on celebrity and consumer culture, has placed several signs on city streets reading “No Kardashian Parking Any Time.”

“The Kardashian family has become ingrained in our culture,” the anonymous artist, who styles himself “the Banksy of L.A.,” told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. “We’ve allowed mainstream media to become so profit-driven, we are sacrificing genuine news stories to satiate our vapid celebrity obsessions.”

Seven signs have sprung up in locations including near the Kardashian’s Dash clothing boutique, on Robertson Boulevard near the well-known restaurant Ivy, and along Melrose Avenue.

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Cogito ergo bibo

If You Add Drunk People to Fitness Quotes, Things Get Hilarious


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April 09, 2015

Don't forget your ruby slippers (2)



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I know some people who'd do this

Man accused of stealing forklift to free crashed truck

FAIRBANKS — A 21-year-old Delta Junction man is accused of stealing a forklift and driving it nearly three miles Monday morning to move a truck he had crashed on Phillips Field Road.

About 5:50 a.m., Aleksander Aleksandrovich Glushko, allegedly crashed a truck near Flowline Alaska on Phillips Field Road, then walked to the George Horner Ice Park near University Avenue, where he took a forklift without permission, said Lt. Matt Soden with the Fairbanks Police Department.

Glushko then allegedly drove the forklift down Phillips Field Road past the crash scene, to Illinois Street, Soden said. An Alaska Railroad worker told police he saw a man drive the forklift to Illinois Street. The worker told police Glushko said he was taking the forklift to get his dad’s truck, which had a flat tire.

Glushko then apparently turned back to the west where police at the scene of the truck crash spotted him.
“Police were on scene talking to the railroad worker when Mr. Glushko came driving back up on the forklift,” Soden said.

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What's that racket?

Antique musical reference

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April 08, 2015

How it's done (10)

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No charges in Snow Kone Joe-Mr. Ding-a-Ling ice cream fight

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has dismissed stalking and harassment charges filed against an ice cream truck operator who had been accused of trying to run his rival, Mr. Ding-A-Ling, out of their small New York town.

Prosecutors in Fulton County say a judge in Gloversville dismissed the charges against Joshua Malatino this week.

Malatino and a co-owner of their Snow Kone Joe ice cream truck business were charged in April 2013 after the driver of a Mr. Ding-a-Ling truck said the two had harassed and stalked him. Officials said Malatino had told the rival operator that he owned the ice cream business in Gloversville, a city of 15,000 located 40 miles northwest of Albany.

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We're here to help



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April 07, 2015

Storm in the canyon

The Grand Canyon Lightning Show


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Are you my da-a-a-ady?

Bizarre lamb with human-like face born in Russia

Sheep farmer Blasius Lavrentiev was originally horrified when he saw what one of his ewes had birthed: a baby lamb with a face that looks like an "angry old man with a big nose." But his shock soon transformed into delight when he realized his bizarre lamb could be worth up to 10 times the normal price, reports the Irish Mirror.

The news is also good for the lamb, which will be saved from slaughter due to its anthropomorphic face. Instead she'll be headed to the circus.

The lamb does look disturbingly like a cranky grandpa. Its eyes and mouth are eerily human, with a large nose that gives it a cartoonish angry expression. The cause of the animal's deformities are not due to an aberrant farmer getting a little too cozy with one of his ewes, as some jokesters may suggest. Rather, they are likely the cause of a Vitamin A overdose, at least according to local veterinarian Dorofei Gavrilov, who is also from the village of Chirka in southwestern Russia where the lamb was born.

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An early starter

I don't know this lad's circumstances but he handles the machine pretty well. I'm guessing he's 7 or 8.

H.T. Paul

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April 06, 2015

<groan> (7)

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Bang, you're wet!

This report ends up a lot goofier than it starts out.

House bill bans fake guns — not real guns — near schools

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night that makes it illegal to take a squirt gun — but not a real gun — within 150 feet of a school.

The new ban was included in a larger bill that would nix any local laws prohibiting people with gun permits from taking guns to parks.

The federal "Guns Free School Zones" act makes it illegal for anyone who doesn't a have permit from taking a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. If that person has a permit from the state in which the school is located, though, they can take the gun near school property, the law states. [...]

Cothren noted the federal "Gun Free School Zones" act as to why real guns were not included in the amendment.

"There's no need to include real guns in the amendment because it is already covered. The amendment added additional weapons to the list that aren't covered under other areas of state and federal law," he said.

Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Harrison, R-Rogersville, noted that he thought the amendment was included to address a particular situation in Nashville.

Leonard Embody, nicknamed the "Radnor Lake Rambo," has frequently scared schools and caused police to be called by walking around near schools with a bulletproof vest and a weapon. He's argued it's his right to make such a demonstration.

"That would I think keep situations like that from happening," Harrison said.

However, The Tennessean has reported that Embody has carried an AR-15, a large rifle, when he's around schools. If the gun is operational and he has a permit for the weapon, the new state amendment wouldn't apply.

If he carried a fake gun, he would be breaking the new law.

H.T. Paul

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Majestic waves

1 of 24 images



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April 04, 2015

More drone photography

Here's a large collection of images taken by Amos Chapple's drone(s). We saw some of them in a post last October.

Saint Petersburg's Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood during a squally autumn morning.

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Hello, world

Woman, 38, Flashes Google Street View Camera, Crosses Off Item On Her Bucket List

When a Google Street View car began mapping her neighborhood in January, Australian Karen Davis, of course, pulled up her shirt and exposed her sizable breasts to the passing camera.

But before the photos were uploaded, Google’s powerful algorithms triggered the pixelating of aspects of the images, such as the faces of individuals and license plate numbers.

However, as seen above, the 38-year-old Davis’s breasts, however, received no such touch up (click here for the full Street View image).

“I look at Google Maps a lot and I wanted to be on there and I thought this is the way to do it,” Davis told the Port Pirie Recorder, her local newspaper. “I got to tick something else off my bucket list.”

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Put it in reverse

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