« May 2007 | Main | July 2007 »

June 29, 2007

One day in space

There's a really nice collection of 37 images at Dark Roasted Blend showing space shuttle Atlantis' rendezvous with the ISS. Most of them are of the astronauts or the craft, but this one is sunset over the Pacific ocean.

Pacific_sunset.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 07:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Japanese soft drinks

Steve Levenstein catalogs his Top Ten Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks at InventorSpot.

KidsBeer.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Candy is dandy...

but sex won't mess up your teeth.

Woman Suing Over Starburst Candy Injury
Plaintiff Says Candy Caused Teeth To Stick Together

POSTED: 8:17 am EDT June 28, 2007

BOSTON -- A Michigan woman is claiming that a sweet snack turned into her worst nightmare, and now she's suing a well-known candy company.

Victoria McArthur said she misaligned her jaw while eating Starburst candies.

She said a piece of the candy caused her top and bottom teeth to stick together, resulting in a condition called "temporal mandibular joint dysfunction."

Posted by joke du jour at 07:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rudy's chance to save America

Lou sends this interesting image and subject line.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 28, 2007

Summer moon

For those in the northern hemisphere:

Summer Moon Illusion

June 27, 2007: Sometimes you can't believe your eyes. This weekend is one of those times.

On Saturday night, June 30th, step outside at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth's moon with the usual craters and seas, but something's wrong. This full moon is strangely inflated. It's huge!

You've just experienced the Moon Illusion.


seattlemoon_stephens.jpg
Above: A time-lapse sequence of the moon rising over Seattle. To the camera, the moon appears to be the same size no matter what its location on the sky. Credit and copyright: Shay Stephens.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Table manners

Carol writes, "I think this woman needs a child not a cat!" She's talking about this clip of a cat that eats with a fork, or a spoon or even with chop sticks.

CatFork.jpg
Roger that, Carol.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Take my car - please.

Drivers Officially Divorce Their Cars
Motorists Partner With Community Car

UPDATED: 8:06 am EDT June 27, 2007

MADISON, Wis. -- Some Madison area residents said that they have a solution to the rising cost of gas: Divorce your car.

Six residents did just that in a ceremony Monday. The six signed divorce papers to give up their cars and instead take part in the community car program.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 27, 2007

The real Batman

This teenager is completely blind and gets around using echo-location.

RealBatman.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 07:32 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A toast to extraterritoriality!

The British House of Commons passed a ban on smoking in pubs, clubs and restaurants last year. It becomes effective next week -- except for the Wellington Arms.

Pub landlord fights smoke ban by declaring his boozer an embassy
By LUKE SALKELD
Last updated at 20:19pm on 26th June 2007

For pub-goers who enjoy a cigarette with their drink, next week's ban will make England a very different place.

So one landlord has claims to have found a loophole to fight the new law - by declaring his pub to be part of a different country.

The Wellington Arms in Southampton is set to transform itself from a public house into the official embassy for a tiny Caribbean island.

If it is successful, the pub would be classified as "foreign soil", allowing smokers a haven from the smoking laws covering the rest of the UK.

In theory it would then also be allowed to serve cheaper drinks because the pub would be exempt from VAT.

Earlier this month, the pub was named as the official consulate in Britain for the island of Redonda, which lies 35 miles south west of Antigua in the Caribbean.

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Time to check the want ads

If you're the one operating the crane when this happens, you may not be operating the crane tomorrow. Value of the craft reported to be $2.5M.

BoatCrane.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 07:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 26, 2007

The best/worst gadget ever made

...is what Engadget calls this virtual bubblewrap. The inventor calls it PuchiPuchi.

VirtualBubblewrap.jpg

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Not exactly a typo

The report of this faux pas comes from Colorado Confidential:

It's a press guy's worst nightmare — sending out a draft news release with some choice personal comments in the body.

Now, a staffer in Sen. Wayne Allard's office is wearing some serious egg on his face after dissing first responders in a release that was supposed to ballyhoo his boss's resolution to declare a national day of recognition for police, firefighters, and rescue personnel.

"First responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados," added Allard. "Since I don't think first responders have really done anything significant in comparison to their counterparts who have dealt with real natural disasters, I have no idea what else to say here..."

A corrected release and an apology were sent out 19 minutes after the mistake was discovered.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Top Gear's Space Shuttle

Here's a clip about the "space shuttle" that the Top Gear guys built using a Reliant Robin. They really launched it.

TopGearShuttle.jpg

At 18:42, it's a little long.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 25, 2007

lolcats

Check them out at I can has cheezburger?

SuspectsNothing.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Not so fancy after all

Here's a follow-up to the Fancy Pants post in early May. That was the story about the judge who sued his local cleaners for tens of millions over a pair of trousers.

Plaintiff Gets Nothing in $54M Case of Missing Pants
Ruling for Dry Cleaner May Spell Bigger Woes for D.C. Judge Roy Pearson

By Henrí E. Cauvin and Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, June 25, 2007; 4:58 PM

The D.C. Superior Court judge who ruled that an administrative law judge deserved nothing in his $54 million lawsuit against a neighborhood dry cleaner over a pair of lost pants "chose common sense over irrationality," said the attorney who represented the Chung family, owners of Custom Cleaners.

[...]

Financially, he could soon be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by the owners of Customer Cleaners. Attorneys for the Chungs have said they will seek such payments, as well as sanctions against Pearson for bringing the lawsuit. Bartnoff said in her ruling that she would decide those issues after both sides have filed their motions, counter-motions and legal briefs.

Professionally, Pearson could find himself out of his $96,000-a-year job as an administrative law judge for the District government.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Women in art

An interesting clip of various paintings of women (in Western art) that morph from one to another.

WomenInArt.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 22, 2007

A tough job

The journal Scientific American once ran a competition for the best exposition of relativity in three thousand words. A prize of several thousand dollars was at stake.

"I'm the only one in my entire circle of friends who is not entering," remarked Einstein ruefully. "I don't believe I could do it."

From the Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

What's wrong with this picture?

DumbBuilders.jpg

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Weekend Watching III

This isn't an amusing clip, but it's an interesting one. And I'll bet it gets some strong reactions. Here's a summary from Computerworld:

In the video, a person identified as Lawrence Lebowitz, an attorney at Cohen & Grigsby, explains a method that can be used for hiring foreign workers under the U.S. government's Program Electronic Review Management process. PERM stipulates requirements for placing help wanted ads to fill job vacancies, with the intent of either hiring U.S. workers or showing that no qualified Americans are available.

Here's the clip at YouTube.

H1-B.jpg

Don't rely on the subtitles. Listen carefully to what's said, instead. (The one in this image is misleading, IMO.)

I found the generally outraged comments at YouTube pretty interesting. "How can they do that?" summarizes many of them. Here's a clue: when the rate for native contract engineers is roughly three times the rate for non-native contract engineers, then there's a lot of incentive to take advantage of that difference.

If it were your business, would you hire a legal firm to help you do that? Probably - and particularly so if you were responsible to shareholders. Is there any shortage of lawyers to explain the law to you? Of course not: that's a lawyer's business.

Globalization is a two-edged sword. It not only gets you Starbucks in Thailand, it also gets you people in Bangalore managing your databases and your database applications. But I think the guys at Cafe Hayek have it right: overall, globalization works to everyone's benefit, even if some individuals have to make painful changes.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Stellarium

"Truly cool," says the CodeWritinFool. He's talking about Stellarium, "a free open source planetarium for your computer."

Here's an image of what the sky looks like from Saturn. If there were a "Google Universe", I think it would look like this.

Stellarium.jpg

Available for Linux, Mac and Windows boxes.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 21, 2007

This is for real

And I thought Moxie Crimefighter was a bizarre name.

Family Not Allowed To Name Child '4real'
New Zealand Says Numerals Not Allowed

POSTED: 6:51 am EDT June 21, 2007

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- If your name is 4 real, everybody knows what it means. That's the reason why a New Zealand couple want to name their son "4real," with four being a numeral.

However, New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages doesn't want to grant the request, on the grounds that numerals are not allowed.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided on the name after they glimpsed their son for the first time during an ultrasound examination and were struck by the reality of his impending arrival.

The dad said most people have to look up the meaning of their names in baby books, but "with this name, everyone knows what it means."

Posted by joke du jour at 06:12 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Viagra for politicians

I don't know much about the Drug Policy Alliance but I do know that this clip about "Incarcerex" is one of the best lampoons I've seen of the War on Drugs.

Incarcerex.jpg

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 06:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rest in peace

As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director to hold a grave-side service for a homeless man, with no family or friends, who had died while traveling through the area. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery way back in the country and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there. As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost. And being a typical man did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late.

I saw the backhoe and the crew, who were eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured the workers I would not hold them long, but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch.

I poured out my heart and soul. As I preached the workers began to say "Amen", "Praise the Lord!" and "Glory!" Inspired, I preached and preached like I'd never preached before, from Genesis all the way to Revelations. I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked to my car. I felt I had done my duty for the homeless man and that the crew would leave with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication, in spite of my tardiness.

As I was opening the car door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, "I ain't never seen anything like this before... And I've been puttin' in septic tanks for twenty years."

Posted by joke du jour at 06:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 20, 2007

Low riders

A cartoon from the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

CrackBust.jpg

And a story from the BBC (this topic seems to be popular in Europe):

US town set to ban saggy trousers

Low-slung trousers are fashionable among some young people

A mayor in the US state of Louisiana says he will sign into law a proposal to make wearing saggy trousers an act of indecent exposure.

Delcambre town council unanimously passed the ordinance earlier this week making it a crime to wear trousers that show underwear.

"If you expose your private parts, you'll get a fine" of US$500 (£254) Mayor Carol Broussard said.

Offenders will also risk up to six months in jail.

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Real-life Tetris

Contestants must fit themselves through variously-shaped holes in moving walls in this Japanese game show. (Where else?)

JapaneseTetris.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Better than a dart board

From Reason.com:

A Random Walk and a Bite to Eat
Katherine Mangu-Ward | June 20, 2007, 2:42pm

It's not quite the random walk hypothesis in action, but it looks like the winner of a stockpicking contest sponsored by CNBC might be a waitress who "never even paid much attention to the markets before signing up for the challenge."

Business Week reports that Mary Sue Williams "of the tiny Appalachia town of St. Clairsville, Ohio" is showing a 29 percent return so far in the two-week contest. The prize is $1 million. The story writes itself from there...

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 19, 2007

Apocalypse Pooh

Now here's a strange video mash-up: Winnie the Pooh meets Apocalypse Now.

ApocalypsePooh.jpg

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 07:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tech secrets revealed

How does the small arrow on your computer monitor work when you move the mouse?

The Japanese have finally revealed the secret. Now, through the miracle of high technology, we can see how it is done with the aid of a screen magnifier. Click on the link below. The image may take a minute or two to download. When it appears, slowly move your mouse over the light gray circle and you will see how the magic works. Also click while you’re in there to see how clicking works.

Follow this link and find out the truth: http://www.1-click.jp/

Tip o' the hat to Lou

Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

T-qualizer

What's more geeky than a Flash clip about a cursor magnifier? How about a T with a built-in, working equalizer display...

EqualizerShirt.jpgTHE SHOW OFF T-SHIRT is a t-shirt with a built in sound sensitive graphic equalizer panel. As the music beats, the shirts equalizer lights up to the beat of the music. Great for concerts and parties.

THE SHOW OFF T-SHIRT is made from 100% cotton. It has a fully functional EL (Electro Luminenscence) panel with a battery pack that snuggles discretely into a pocket inside the shirt. The end result is an awesome sound sensitive music T-Shirt that commands attention.

Here's a video clip of the shirt in action (from a different source).

If you're interested, shop around. I think the market's getting pretty competitive.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:00 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 18, 2007

Tape casting

Carol sends several images of "scotch tape sculptures", including the one below. A little googling revealed that these are made of cling film (plastic wrap), packing tape and Scotch® tape using a process that Mark Jenkins came up with for making street art.

You can find a nice collection here (keep scrolling down).

TapeCasts.jpg

If this fires your imagination, here's a tape casting tutorial that tells you how to do it (also courtesy of Mr. Jenkins).

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

More Etch-a-Sketch action

Almost two years ago, I had a post about George Vlosich's Etch-A-Sketch artwork. That post linked to a site hosted by the Lakewood, Ohio public library.

George has a site of his own now that features his Etch-A-Sketch drawings and even offers to sell prints. (H.T. MacRaven)

EtchedInTime.jpg

What's more, I discovered that George also has a video clip on YouTube. Here's a stop action movie of him making a portrait of LeBron James, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The etching took 5 hours; in the video it's compressed to 187 seconds.

And here's another clip of him being interviewed on MSNBC, which features many of his etchings.


Update: Ron Morse left a comment with a link to his site: "For more and different types of Etch A Sketch pieces, check out my site: http://www.etcha.net."

Here's one of the etchings in his slide show there (which is roughly a dozen different etchings).

RonMorse.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Come on up and see the skyline

Cop interrupts pair having sex on crane

Thu Jun 14, 5:37 PM ET

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A police officer interrupted a couple's weekend sex romp on top of a 100-foot construction crane, but let them go with a warning, authorities said.

Police went to the construction site to investigate Saturday night after bystanders spotted the couple climbing into the cab of the crane. An officer's command to come down was followed by a naked foot popping over the railing, police said.

The officer noted the couple then got dressed and climbed down.

The man, who worked at the site and had keys to the crane, told officers he was photographing the city skyline.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 15, 2007

Trailer mixes

Trailer Spy posts its Top 15 Trailer Remixes.

Top15.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 08:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Jogger's Prayer

Almighty God, as we sail with pure aerobic grace and striped orthotic feet past the blind portals of our fellow citizens, past their chuckroast lives and their necrotic cardiovascular systems and rusting hips and slipped discs and desiccated lungs, past their implacable inertia and inability to rise above the fully pensioned world they live in and to push themselves to the limits of their capacity and achieve the White Moment of slipping through The Wall, past their cruisomatic cars and upholstered lawn mowers and their gummy-sweet children already at work like little fat factories producing arterial plaque, the more quickly to join their parents in their joyless bucket-seat landau ride toward the grave--help us, dear Lord, we beseech Thee as we sail past this cold-lard desolation, to be big about it.

- Tom Wolfe

I ran across this in Russell Baker's Book of American Humor.

Posted by joke du jour at 08:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Google in 20 years

Image from Flickr.

GoogleKeys.jpg

H.T. MacRaven

Posted by joke du jour at 08:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 14, 2007

Street View

An interesting post at Mashable.com:

Top 15 Google Street View Sightings
May 31, 2007 — 11:05 AM PDT — by Stan Schroeder

Google’s Street View feature for Google Maps, which enables users to see certain parts of several big US cities through panoramic images, has caused a new trend: StreetSpotting (we just invented that). We’ve gone through the avalanche of reports about funny, weird or even sexy things spotted on Street View, and chosen 15 that we like most.


StreetScenes.jpg

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:35 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Eco Speedster

Here's an interesting video clip about Opel's Eco speedster: a diesel-powered killer with amazing fuel efficiency.

EcoSpeedster.jpg

More details here.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bear scare

A man from New York City decided that he really wanted to become a great hunter. To do this, he decided that he should apprentice himself to the greatest hunter in northern Maine, the legendary Jacques Leblanc.

He drives as close to Jacques' home as he can, then hikes fifteen miles through the woods to find Jacques' cabin. He knocks on the door, introduces himself, and explains why he is there.

Jacques, lonely after all those years of living alone in the woods, welcomes the company and the challenge of turning this city slicker into a hunter. "Why don't you grab that water bucket and go over the next hill to get some water out of the river?"

The man grabs the bucket and disappears over the hill. About fifteen minutes later, he comes running back into the cabin, breathless, and without the bucket.

"Where's the bucket?" asks Jacques.

"You won't believe what happened! I was just filling the bucket when the biggest bear I've ever seen - he must have been bathing in the river - gets up on his haunches... not more than twenty feet from me... looks at me and growls! I just dropped the bucket and ran like hell back here."

"You have a lot to learn. That bear was just as scared of you as you were of it. Now go back and get the bucket and the water."

"You mean that the bear was really that scared?"

"Sure he was."

"Then, you don't want to drink that water."

Posted by joke du jour at 07:33 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 13, 2007

Why every kid needs a pet

The mega-dose of cute a couple of days ago was just to prepare you for this clip of infants and house pets.

KidsPets.jpg

It looks to me like a collection of home movie clips. But it's so-o-o cute, you'll be overdosin'.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

People in a glass house

At Althouse's I came across a link to an article in the NYT about Philip Johnson's glass house in Connecticut.

GlassHouse.jpg

The slideshow has some interesting pictures in it.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:43 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Not a bit o' blight to be seen

From today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, here's a follow-up to an eariler post about an eminent domain battle in Clayton, a suburb of St. Louis.

No blight in Clayton says court
By William C. Lhotka, Margaret Gillerman and Tim O'Neil
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
06/13/2007

The Missouri Supreme Court narrowed the bounds of eminent domain Tuesday in rejecting the Centene Plaza plan for downtown Clayton and raising the bar for taking private property.

The upscale city failed to prove that property in the 7700 block of Forsyth Boulevard was blighted, the judges ruled in a 6-1 decision favoring landowners who fought condemnation.

A 6-1 decision... cool!

Posted by joke du jour at 06:42 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 12, 2007

YMCA

Carol writes, "Amazing - and cool. Only the Indian in the middle is real; the others are puppets."

Christopher.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:16 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gigapixel Chicago

Click on the image to visit Scott Howard's photography site. Then click on that image to zoom in... and in... and in. The image is 67,000 x 15,000 pixels and comprised of 194 separate pictures that took an hour to shoot.

ChicagoNite.jpg

I was surprised that I could nearly make out the faces of people in the amphitheater of the Shedd Aquarium (at the left side of the image). There are two other equally impressive megapixel images at his site as well: Sydney and Machu Picchu.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:15 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I'm gettin' a good visual on this...

Via the (Hilton Head) Island Packet, this news from Bluffton, S.C.

Husband writes profanities on wife; wife bites on husband
From staff reports
Published Monday, June 11, 2007

A Bluffton woman who woke up to find profanities written on her arms, legs and back ended up in jail Thursday.

While she was asleep, her husband scrawled the words on her with an ink pen, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Seeing the markings caused her to fly into a rage and start fighting with her husband. While the two wrestled, she bit her husband in the stomach and back, the report said.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:14 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 11, 2007

More cute animal action - V

This colleciton of two dozen images comes from A.E. Most of them were new to me.

More_cute_01.jpg

More_cute_02.jpg

More_cute_03.jpg

More_cute_04.jpg

More_cute_05.jpg

More_cute_06.jpg

More_cute_07.jpg

More_cute_08.jpg

More_cute_09.jpg

More_cute_10.jpg

More_cute_11.jpg

More_cute_12.jpg

More_cute_13.jpg

More_cute_14.jpg

More_cute_15.jpg

More_cute_16.jpg

More_cute_17.jpg

More_cute_18.jpg

More_cute_19.jpg

More_cute_20.jpg

More_cute_21.jpg

More_cute_22.jpg

More_cute_23.jpg

More_cute_24.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experimental results

Charles Edison, Thomas Edison's son, was governer governor of New Jersey from 1941 to 1944.

Campaigning for the governorship in 1940, Edison was anxious to dssociate himself from his father's renown. "I would not have anyone believe I am trading on the name Edison," he would explain as he introduced himself.

"I would rather have you know me merely as the result of one of my father's earlier experiments."


From the Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Surface computing

Popular Mechanics continues to morph into "Popular Technology" with this clip on multi-touch interfaces and Microsoft's "surface computing" machines, which are scheduled to roll out later this year.

MultiTouch.jpgt

Bill Gates was on the Today Show demonstrating the MS system a couple of weeks ago. You can see that video at Gizmodo.

I remember an early version of "touch computing" when Control Data installed a Cyber system at UIUC in the late 70s. As part of the roll-out, CDC installed several terminals on campus that featured touch interfaces -- and folks complained about gorilla arm.

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

You'd need a big UPS

...to keep a roller coaster running.

Blackout Stops Coaster Riders Upside-Down
Some Stuck 150 Feet Up For Half Hour

POSTED: 6:16 pm EDT June 10, 2007

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- "It was very scary," said Connie McBride, and she says she will never get on the X-Coaster again.

A dozen riders were on the roller coaster at an amusement park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday night when it and several other rides lost power, leaving riders suspended upside-down for about a half hour. Some were hanging 150 feet above ground.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 09, 2007

Some e-cards

someecards.com features a hilarious set of electronic cards you can send.

SomeECards.jpg

They remind of the Demotivators® line from Despair, Inc.

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 09:33 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Goodbye wires

Imagine a future in which wireless power transfer is feasible: cell phones, household robots, mp3 players, laptop computers and other portable electronics capable of charging themselves without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous power wire. Some of these devices might not even need their bulky batteries to operate.
WiTricity.jpg

If only Tesla had lived to see this.

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 09:32 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

It's a trap

Here's a funny ad from Toyota (Spanish with subtitles).

ToyotaTrap.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 09:31 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Interesting safety campaign

Bill Kennedy submitted this to rec.humor.funny:

The local power company where I'm working on assignment decided that they would do a promotion for public safety. They thought that distributing whistles would allow their customers and others to whistle for help.

Not thinking too clearly, the whistles were produced with the legend:

NEED HELP? BLOW ME!

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 09:30 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 07, 2007

Orphan hedgehogs

It's positively cute overload in this story about orphaned hedgehogs from the UK's Daily Mail.

BabyHedgehog.jpg

This is one of 4 images.

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:32 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Swear jar

We haven't seen a funny ad from Budweiser in too long - and this one's great.

SwearJar.jpg

Via

Posted by joke du jour at 06:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

War is Hell

Platoon Leader Is Soldier's Mother-In-Law
Man Says War Will Be Family Affair

POSTED: 12:42 pm EDT June 6, 2007

ALBANY, Ore. -- Private Duncan Schneider has more reason to behave himself in uniform than most other members of the military: His platoon sergeant is also his mother-in-law.

Schneider and Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Mesteth are members of an engineer company with the Oregon National Guard. They're training for a year-long deployment in Iraq.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 06, 2007

Talking meat

This sci-fi animation is pretty well done despite the unusual dialog. But it's a little frustrating because I know I've read this story and I can't remember its title or author.

TalkingMeat.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:32 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Another liquid viagara?

At last report, it was goat's milk. This particular case sounds like a Post Hoc argument to me, but who knows? Maybe Boost Plus really is liquid Viagara.

Man Sues Drinkmaker After Unwanted Erection
Customer Says He Needed Surgery On Penis

POSTED: 8:48 am EDT June 6, 2007

NEW YORK -- Christopher Woods charges he got too much of a boost -- from an energy drink called Boost Plus.

He has sued the maker of the health drink, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away and caused him to be hospitalized.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Great graffiti

Via pressesc.com, I found these images of graffiti at flickr (each image links to its flickr page).

GraffitiFace.jpg
Photo by aperte

NoBills.jpg
by striatic

3DGraf.jpg
Photo by gilles_itzkovitchklein

TeddyBear.jpg
Photo by southtyrolean

Posted by joke du jour at 06:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 05, 2007

Sin and atonement

A man was sent to Hell for his sins. As he was being processed, he passed a room where an economist he knew was having an intimate conversation with a beautiful woman.

"What a crummy deal!" The man complained. "I have to burn for all eternity and that economist gets to spend it with that gorgeous woman."

A demon jabs the man with his pitchfork and shouts, "Who are you to question that woman's punishment?"

Posted by joke du jour at 07:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Orbo

Last August I posted about Steorn, an Irish company that claims to have developed a "free energy" source of power.

I check up on Steorn periodically to see if they've backed off from that claim. They haven't so far. Since last August, they've branded their technology with the name Orbo.

Here's a video update from their CEO, Sean McCarthy, talking about their claim. He says they'll be giving public demonstrations next month in London. I would dearly love to see that.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:01 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Where's your phone?

Here's a pretty interesting site that will locate your cell phone: GSM mobile phone tracking system via the GPS-TRACK satellite network.

Posted by joke du jour at 07:00 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

June 04, 2007

More crazy tattoos

I found another collection of crazy tattoos at Living in the Whine Country. Some are very definitely NSFW, so be warned.

MoreTattoos.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 06:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

So much for the Good Humor man

Officials: Ice Cream Truck Driver Stabs Man In Apparent Road Rage

POSTED: 7:43 am EDT June 1, 2007

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Authorities said an ice cream truck driver stabbed a man in the chest with a screwdriver in an apparent road rage incident west of Boynton Beach. Authorities did not identify the victim.

The man told Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies that he was driving in a pickup Thursday afternoon when he noticed a blue ice cream truck following him and blowing its horn.

Authorities said the man got out of the truck to confront the ice cream truck driver and the man stabbed him in the arm and chest.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bad breath and beyond

This is a nicely animated ad for Wrigley's Extra gum.

ExtraGum.jpg

Via DiClerico.

Posted by joke du jour at 06:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 02, 2007

Snap shots

I added Snap Shots™ to the site today, even though I'm of two minds about it. On the one hand, I like the look-ahead, see-where-you'll-end-up-if-you-click feature. On the other hand, I sometimes find this feature annoying because it clutters things and obscures something I'm trying to read.

And, naturally, that reminds me of Harry Truman's joke about the one-handed economist.

At the moment, though, the positives have pulled ahead of the negatives and I'm giving it a try. If you have comments about it, either pro or con, please leave them. I'll be interested what reaction there is, if any.

Posted by joke du jour at 09:23 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Together again

Here's an interesting pair of clips at TheCellFreak.com featuring Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The first is part of a joint interview at the D5 Conference this week and the second from an Apple function in 1983.

Taken yesterday at the D5 Conference, this Bill Gates and Steve Jobs joint appearance was the first between the two since Gates appeared at the 1997 Macworld via video-link, and perhaps the first time the two have appeared together in person since 1983. If you thought Steve Jobs’ presentations are over the top now, check out this footage.
Jobs_Gates.jpg
All in all though, this was a fascinating joint interview. Bill Gates talking about the early days of working on the Mac, Steve Jobs talking about how he sees Apple as a software company and the upcoming iPhone, and both pondering the future of industry, as much as anyone, they created.

You can watch the whole of this week's interview in a set of clips at the D5 site.

Via.

Posted by joke du jour at 09:09 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 01, 2007

Silly

UsbGrill.jpg

CodeWritinFool says, "This guy has a hotplate powered by 30 USB ports. I'm not certain why anyone would even try this."

http://xe.bz/aho/24/ or translated:
http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fxe.bz%2Faho%2F24%2F&langpair=ja%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8

(And Google's Japanese translater produces a fairly amusing bit of Engrish.)

Posted by joke du jour at 09:04 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hydrogen on demand

New fuel for 21st century -- aluminum pellets?

By Julie Steenhuysen Fri May 18, 2:40 PM ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Pellets made out of aluminum and gallium can produce pure hydrogen when water is poured on them, offering a possible alternative to gasoline-powered engines, U.S. scientists say.

[...]

The metal compound pellets may offer a way, said Jerry Woodall, an engineering professor at Purdue University in Indiana who invented the system.

"The hydrogen is generated on demand, so you only produce as much as you need when you need it," Woodall said in a statement. He said the hydrogen would not have to be stored or transported, taking care of two stumbling blocks to generating hydrogen.

For now, the Purdue scientists think the system could be used for smaller engines like lawn mowers and chain saws. But they think it would work for cars and trucks as well, either as a replacement for gasoline or as a means of powering hydrogen fuel cells.

Posted by joke du jour at 09:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nice case mod

A clip about a system in an aquarium.

AquaCaseMod.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at 09:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gimme a double

I met an older woman at a club last night. She wasn't bad looking for being 57. We drank a bit, danced a little and she asked if I'd ever had the sportsman's double -- a threesome with a mother and daughter.

I said no.

We drank a bit more, then she said that tonight was my lucky night. So we went back to her place.

She turned the hall light on and shouted upstairs, "Mom? You still awake?"

Posted by joke du jour at 09:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack