May 20, 2015
With plenty of tonic, please
Years ago, I had a dish in Mexico City that the locals called Montezuma's caviar - which turned out to be ant larvae. It was pretty tasty.
Anty Gin – World’s First Gin Made Using Ants
True to its name, ‘Anty Gin’ is literally made from red wood ants. British distiller Will Lowe collects thousands of ants from the forests of Kent and prepares the gin at his lab-style distillery in Cambridge. The bizarre concoction is the world’s first gin to be made from insects, so naturally, it doesn’t come cheap. Each 70cl bottle costs £200 ($313), and contains the essence of 62 ants.
The idea for Anty Gin came about when Danish organisation Nordic Food Lab contacted Lowe, who makes custom gins for a living. “We were approached by a company from Copenhagen called Nordic Food Lab who explore the culinary qualities of insects and argue for the eating of them in western cuisine. They asked us to come up with a gin where the typical citrus flavor came not from lemon or lime peel, but from ants.” Lowe said. [...]
“We did a lot of research and found that the reason ants taste like citrus is because they spray formic acid as a method of defence. Hundreds of years ago formic acid was made by distilling ants, and so that’s what we decided to do,” he explained.
Lowe started with 6,000 ants and soaked them in high strength ethanol. He then distilled the liquid to make an ant concentrate, which he mixed with juniper, stinging nettle, wood avens root, alexanders seeds, and other botanicals foraged from the forest.
“The result is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind gin that is being very well received worldwide,” he said. “People are astounded at how good it tastes. It’s expensive because it is so labour intensive – Anty Gin was almost a year in the making.”
The Legographie series created by French photographer Sofiane Samlal, aka Samsofy, who is having fun staging his LEGO
May 19, 2015
Irony meter pegged again (5)
Salt from tears
These are offered by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. (But what I really want is salt from my enemies' tears.)
Salt Made From Tears combines centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallisation tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine. Experience the full range of these flavours in this exclusive collection.
This looks like fun - but only if I were in front of the others.
May 18, 2015
Some fine geekery going on here
Get-out-of-jail free message
The Prisoner Who Emailed Himself Free
On March 9, 2015, Neil Moore was in Wandsworth Prison, a maximum security prison in England, awaiting trial. He was charged with orchestrating a series of bank heists, with his modus operandi centering on fraud. He’d pretend to be a bank official and, via a bit of social engineering, convince (real) staffers at other financial institutions to wire him some cash. Using four different aliases — some male, some female — Moore ended up unlawfully acquiring £1,819,000 (about $2.65 million) in total, in eight such heists.
On March 10, 2015, Neil Moore was released from prison. An official from Southwalk Crown Court emailed Wandsworth to inform them that Moore had been granted bail.
On March 13, 2015, attorneys (solicitors) went to Moore’s cell to interview him regarding his pending case. He, of course, wasn’t there. But he should have been. No one at Southwark Crown Court had authorized his release.
If you’ve noticed what appears to be a typo there, congratulations — you caught something that the officials at Wandsworth did not. The email came from Southwalk — pay attention to the second to last letter — and not Southwark, as is the court’s actual name, per the BBC. Further, as NBC News notes, the sender’s email domain was @hmcts-gsi-gov.org.uk; the true email address of the Royal Court’s staff is @hmcts.gsi.gov.uk. The email was Moore’s latest act of fraud.
From Murad Osmann's Instagram page which shows a large collection of images from around the world using this #followmeto theme.
May 15, 2015
Never mind, SETI
Signals that baffled astronomers for 17 years traced to observatory's microwave oven
For 17 years, astronomers at a well-known Australian radio telescope known as "The Dish" had not been able to figure out the source of a strange, vexing interference.
Now they've solved the mystery, and the culprit was right under their nose rather than in a galaxy far, far away.
Simon Johnston, head of astrophysics at the CSIRO, the national science agency, told the Guardian that a couple of times a year signals known as perytons were detected "within five kilometers" of the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales. The first theory was that the perytons were caused by local lightning strikes.
On New Year's Day, the observatory installed a new receiver to monitor the interference, and it detected strong signals at 2.4 GHz.
Two point four gigahertz is the signature of a microwave oven.
When scientists tested the facility's lunchroom microwave, no perytons were found — at least not at first.
But when the door of the microwave was opened while food was heating — as one might do to check on a reheated dish — bingo! Perytons spilled out like microwaved popcorn.
Complicating matters was that the Dish only registered the perytons when it was pointed at the microwave.
Astronomers generally operate the telescope remotely, but several maintenance workers are on the site during daytime hours. Little did they know that reheating their coffee created an enigma that would remain unsolved for almost two decades.
It's like magic, Dad
A boy turns over playing cards indoors and his sister stands behind him and tells his dad what number is on the card. The boy gets frustrated each time his dad guesses what number is on the card.
May 14, 2015
You gotta know when to hold 'em
From NowIKnow. I don't know whether this story's true but I sure hope it is.
While FedEx showed promise even early on, it didn’t reach profitability very quickly. The company burned through its capital within a year or two and, in or around 1974, found itself short on cash. At one point, FedEx was down to about $5,000. There were some potential investors who were considering giving the company a cash infusion it sorely needed, but that would take some time to sort out. And Smith was out of time. As recounted by the company’s former SVP of Operations Roger Frock in his book, “Changing How the World Does Business: FedEx’s Incredible Journey to Success,” FedEx had a $24,000 jet fuel bill due. And it doesn’t take a Yale grad to figure out that it’s hard to pay a $24,000 bill when you have only $5,000 in the bank.
So how did FedEx stay afloat? Frock explains:When I arrived back in Memphis [where FedEx is headquartered] on Monday morning, much to my surprise, the bank balance stood at nearly $32,000. I asked Fred where the funds had come from, and he responded, “The meeting with the General Dynamics board was a bust and I knew we needed money for Monday, so I took a plane Las Vegas and won $27,000.” I said, “You mean you took our last $5,000–how could you do that?” He shrugged his shoulders and said, “What difference did it make? Without the funds for the fuel companies, we couldn’t have flown anyway.” Fred’s luck held again. It was not much but it came at a critical time and kept us in business for another week.
All about that grace
May 13, 2015
How many Germans...
Yeah, I guess she is
Woman denied cigarette, lights car on fire at gas station
If you happen to be making pilgrimage to Jerusalem and a shady woman in her mid-30s asks you for a cigarette, we'd suggest you give her one. Otherwise she might light your car on fire.
That's what one motorist in the Israeli capital found out the hard way, as revealed in this video captured by a closed-circuit security camera at a gas station on the city's Bethlehem Road. The woman apparently asked the man filling up his car at the pump for a smoke, and when he refused, she tossed a lighter at the pump nozzle in his tank. [...]
According to YnetNews.com – the English-language online portal of Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth – police arrested the suspect, a 35-year-old woman known to locals and identified by her own mother as "mentally unstable."
AdWeek has a nice collection of 24 photos of different cubes with the misleading headline: Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed the World's Most Incredible Ice Cubes. The ice cubes were CNC-milled. That's sort of the opposite of 3D printing, even though both processes are computer-controlled.
May 12, 2015
How to market your house
There are videos about these candles at the maker's site. What good's a video for a scented candle?
Nothing sets the mood like a Double Down fried chicken candle
The famed fried chicken candle simply wasn't enough.
Kentucky for Kentucky, a company that promotes, engages and informs the world of all-things Kentucky, is bringing a familiar smell to their collection of Kentucky-inspired scents: The Double Down Candle, which is inspired by the popular "sandwich" from KFC.
We're using the term "sandwich" lightly here, because the Double Down consists of bacon, sauce and cheese between two pieces of fried chicken.
Much like the "food", the Double Down candle starts with the scent of fried chicken mixed with bacon pieces, followed by a bacon-scented center and is finished off with yet another layer of fried chicken scent.
The company's gourmet candle line, called the Scents of the Commonwealth, made headlines in 2013 when it released a small batch of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Mint Julep candles, which reportedly sold out in less than a minute.
May 11, 2015
It's that time of year
Best of Craigslist
Wife says its gotta go. 7 1/4 blade. Runs great. The good: Pretty much stops at nothing when cutting. The bad: safety guard malfunctions randomly. Probably easy repair.
How it's done (11)
May 08, 2015
Step aside, Nick
His burrito's not that loco
Denied sex, woman allegedly attacks boyfriend
An Oak Forest woman has been charged after attacking her boyfriend for refusing to have sex with her in the men's restroom of a Midlothian restaurant, police said.
Stephanie Miller, 26, of the 14500 block of Sussex Avenue, is charged with domestic battery and illegal possession of prescription drugs, according to police.
The man told police he brought Miller, his girlfriend, to El Burrito Loco, 4705 W. 147th St., for dinner April 25 after the two left Sullivan's Pub, where he said Miller had thrown sandwiches and behaved erratically.
At the restaurant, the man was urinating in the men's room when Miller followed him inside and began stripping off her clothes and asking him for sex, police reported. They said that when the man refused, Miller responded by banging his head against the wall.
May 06, 2015
In the Gulf of Aden
Everyone likes a little drama
But there are always some spoil sports.
Teen wears fake bomb to ask date to prom, gets suspended
LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) — A Washington teen who strapped fake explosives to his body in a stunt to ask a date to prom has been suspended from school.
The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver reports (http://is.gd/x04wKA) that the five-day suspension will prevent Ibrahim Ahmad from attending La Center High's dance Saturday.
The 18-year-old senior says he was trying to go all out with his proposal, wearing a vest filled with paper-tube props made to look like explosives. At lunchtime, Ahmad stood on the cafeteria stage and held a sign that said he was "the bomb" and inviting his would-be date to prom.
Superintendent Mark Mansell says Ahmad's actions were inexcusable and that he deserved punishment for disrupting the learning environment.
Ahmad says the girl accepted, so they will likely go to dinner on prom night.
At least he has a helmet
May 04, 2015
And a diet Coke
I wonder who thought of this
China vows crackdown on strippers at funerals
Beijing, Apr 23 – Chinese authorities on Thursday bared the details of their latest anti-vice sweep: a campaign to halt the hiring of strippers at funerals
In a statement posted on its website, China’s Ministry of Culture pledged a “crackdown” on the practice, which it said has become increasingly common in rural areas.
“From time to time, ‘stripteases’ and other illegal performances have occurred in the countryside,” the statement said, adding that authorities will “promptly investigate and punish” businesses and individuals involved in the risque shows.
China’s official Xinhua news agency said such performances are typically organised in order to draw a larger crowd at last rites.
One example cited by the Ministry of Culture was a funeral in north China’s Hebei province.
“Two strippers wearing revealing clothes danced on a stage at a public square in our village at night on February 15,” an eyewitness surnamed Zhang told the state-run Global Times newspaper earlier this month.
“They first danced passionately and then took off their clothes piece by piece,” the man said. “Behind them, an electronic screen was displaying a picture of the deceased with elegiac couplets on either side.”
Piso mojado (2)
May 02, 2015
Over the Golden Gate
Life on the station
Images of "Cooky's Creation" at the link.
Farmer ordered to take down ‘offensive’ hay bale sculpture
A farmer who built a hay bale sculpture of a bull having sex with a cow has refused to take it down after police told him he could be charged with ‘publishing pornographic images’.
Bruce Cook, who owns Kactus Point Charolais near Kerang, Australia, built the sculpture on Good Friday as ‘a bit of fun’ but was ordered by police to take it down after someone complained that they found it offensive.
Mr. Cook flatly refused the order, however, telling the police officer to ‘p*** off’ and saying he will now light up the sculpture at night so passers-by can see it for longer and more clearly. He is also considering adding calves to the sculpture.
‘I couldn’t believe it,’ he told NT News.
‘How could anyone be offended by something that happens out in the paddocks for real every day of the week?
‘They have picked on the wrong person. I don’t care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays.’
Mr. Cook insists he is not angry that someone complained about his sculpture, just baffled that anyone could find it offensive.
‘It’s just a stack of hay bales,’ he said.
Who's a good boy? (3)
H.T. Paul B
April 30, 2015
Two wheels or four
It's always nice to be recognized by your neighbors
The Most Loud Sex Complaints in New York City Come From This Building: Data
NEW YORK CITY — A Bay Ridge couple is having the loudest sex in the city — and the carnal cacophony is driving their neighbors bonkers, records show.
The city’s 311 system received six complaints in the past year about the Brooklyn pair’s loud lovemaking, according to records obtained by DNAinfo New York. That put them on top of the city’s noisy nookie list.
In all 311 received 133 complaints between Jan. 1, 2014 and Feb. 12, 2015, from people moaning and groaning about their neighbors’ clamorous coitus, records show.
Brooklyn logged 42 complaints — the most out of all the boroughs. Queens was second with 37, followed by the Bronx with 31 and Manhattan with 23. Staten Island didn’t make a peep — it had no complaints.
But the epicenter of wall-shaking whoopee appears to be 7201 Ridge Blvd., a six-story, 59-unit apartment building in Bay Ridge that’s located next to a public library and an elementary school.
Between October and December, residents there registered six 311 complaints against a couple for being full-throated and frisky in the early morning.
“Neighbors are having very loud sex with the windows open that can be heard throughout the whole bldg. [sic],” one person said in a 311 complaint submitted at 4:40 a.m. on Nov. 14.
That complainant told DNAinfo New York that the couple first got busy and loud in October.
“I’m not sure what they were doing, but the woman was moaning and screaming, ‘Oh yeah, oh, do it to me,” said the complainant, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of angering the landlord.
by lightning (it's claimed). This is one of two images.
Photo (c) Waddy Thompson