April 28, 2008
Deputies: Drunk Driver Crashes Through 911 Call Center Gates, Passes Out
POSTED: 8:45 am EDT April 28, 2008
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies say a woman who crashed her car into the Orange County Sheriff's 911 Communication Center was drunk.
Investigators say Jennifer Kossow rammed the gate of the facility on Saturday, then drove around to the back of the building where she passed out.
A clip about Kate Nicholas and her dog Gin at Britain's Got Talent.
A priest, a rabbi and a preacher walk into a bar.
"Hey," says the bartender. "What is this, some kind of joke?"
April 26, 2008
A sad fate
The doctor was trying to be reassuring. "Don't worry," he said. "Many people talk to themselves."
"I know that," said the patient. "But I'm such a bore!"
This is pretty impressive to watch.
08/02/06, Thailand, World Team Breaks The Skydiving World Record, Now at 400. Do I hear 444?
It won't give you the time o' day
From The Wealth Report blog:
The $300,000 Watch That Doesn’t Tell Time
A $300,000 watch? Luxury. A $300,000 watch that doesn’t tell time — and that sells out? Pure genius.
According to several news reports flagged by my friends at Luxist, Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome just launched the “Day&Night” watch. The watch won’t tell you what time it is. That’s so yesterday. But it does tell you whether it’s day or night — helpful, I guess, for billionaire types who can’t afford windows.
As the company’s Web site boasts: “With no display for the hours, minutes or seconds, the Day&Night offers a new way of measuring time, splitting the universe of time into two fundamentally opposing sections: day versus night.”
Lake Shore Drive
Here's another great shot of Chicago at night. Andrew Roth writes at the Club for Growth blog, "If Al Gore saw this picture, he would probably let out a frustrated moan. When I saw it, I said, 'God bless capitalism.'"
And when I saw it, I was reminded of this old song about Lake Shore Drive.
April 24, 2008
Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 17/08/2003
Good news for rational, level-headed Virgoans everywhere: just as you might have predicted, scientists have found astrology to be rubbish.
Its central claim - that our human characteristics are moulded by the influence of the Sun, Moon and planets at the time of our birth - appears to have been debunked once and for all and beyond doubt by the most thorough scientific study ever made into it.
For several decades, researchers tracked more than 2,000 people - most of them born within minutes of each other. According to astrology, the subject should have had very similar traits.
No frills flying
Here's a funny ad about flying budget airlines, courtesy of Carol.
But it gets great mileage
Man Attempts To Fill Up Imaginary Car
Kentucky Man Charged With Drug Trafficking
POSTED: 12:08 pm EDT April 21, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky man was arrested on drug trafficking charges early Sunday morning after he was reportedly pumping gas into an imaginary vehicle, reported WLKY-TV in Louisville.
According to the arrest report, Metro Police arrived at a gas station in Louisville and immediately smelled marijuana coming from Joshua L. Moore, of Frankfort, Ky., who station clerks contend was filling up an imaginary vehicle.
Officers searched Moore and found "two large baggies" of marijuana and a large amount of Ecstasy.
Here's a site dedicated to optical illusions. The one below is called, appropriately enough, Sea Sickness. It's even more effective in its larger size at the site.
April 23, 2008
The #1 Song
To look up and listen to Billboard's #1 song on a specific date in history, select a month to the left.
What was the #1 song on ...
- the day you were born?
- the day you graduated from high school?
- the day you were married?
- the day your child was born?
- the approximate date you were conceived?
Once you find the song for the date you've chosen, the site links you to either iTunes or to Amazon so you can hear a preview snippet.
It's Tax Freedom Day
I've been waiting all year for this (*rimshot*). Dan Mitchell writes at Cato-at-Liberty:
Taxpayers can breathe a sign of relief. According to the Tax Foundation, April 23 is Tax Freedom Day. That means that the average American has finally earned enough to pay estimated federal, state, and local taxes for 2008. One of the most depressing finding in the Tax Foundation’s report is that Americans pay more in tax than they do for food, clothing, and shelter combined. To compensate for being the bearer of bad fiscal news, the Tax Foundation released an amusing video. It doesn’t quite equal this classic tax video, but it’s worth watching.
Here are the video clips he mentions. This is the Tax Foundation's amusing video, Tax Freedom Day: The Song
And this is the "classic tax video": What Will They Tax Next? I believe this one's appeared here before but it's worth a second showing.
Here's an interesting site: Paulville.org.
The goal of Paulville.org it to establish gated communities containing 100% Ron Paul supporters and or people that live by the ideals of freedom and liberty.
I think the Free State Project is a good idea (though I wish they'd chosen Wyoming rather than New Hampshire). But this Paulville project makes me think that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
One day poem
An interesting thesis project by Jiyeon Song.
The results of an extensive exploration with shadows, the One Day Poem Pavilion demonstrates the poetic, transitory, site-sensitive and time-based nature of light and shadow. Using a complex array of perforations, the pavilion’s surface allows light to pass through creating shifting patterns, which–during specific times of the year–transform into the legible text of a poem.
Check out the time-lapse Flash movie.
April 22, 2008
Tempe man with road rage accidentally shoots self
The Associated Press
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.20.2008
TEMPE — A man accidentally shot himself after he waved a gun in anger at a fellow driver in Tempe, police said.
The man tried to evade police by driving into a nearby neighborhood after the Friday night road-rage incident, but he crashed his car into a canal embankment, according to a police report.
The man then got out of the car and ran away, but police soon caught up to him. He was taken to a hospital and was in serious condition.
Chicken fried bacon
Served with a dish of cream gravy.
And while we're on this topic, what the heck's the deal with chicken fried chicken? When did fried chicken become "chicken fried" chicken? Someone call the Department of Redundancy Department.
Livin' on Mecca time
Muslim call to adopt Mecca time
By Magdi Abdelhadi
BBC Arab affairs analyst
Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.
Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.
The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.
One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.
That last claim is pretty interesting, since the position of the north magnetic pole moves over time.
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk
Mary sends this picture of "this year's presidential choices."
April 21, 2008
52 years ago in Australia
Olympic torch relay evokes memory of Australian hoax
Fri Apr 18, 12:11 PM ET
SYDNEY (AFP) - The arrival of the troubled Olympic torch relay in Australia next week will revive memories of a 1956 stunt in which a hoax runner fooled crowds with a homemade torch topped by flaming underpants.
Barry Larkin, then a university student, carried a wooden chair leg crowned with a blazing metal pudding container which held the remains of the pants, up the steps of Sydney's Town Hall and delivered it to city mayor Pat Hills.
The mayor, sensing nothing wrong as tens of thousands of people cheered the runner, took the torch and gave the first part of his prepared speech before becoming aware of the prank.
The job market in 2009.
SCOTT: Well here we are: a Mormon, a Jew, and an atheist. You know what, we should walk into a bar.
A contest at Worth1000 to present modern products in vintage styles.
April 18, 2008
Double your fun
Identical twins walk into a bar and start laughing as one of the barflies starts to gawk at them. One of them says to him, "Don't worry, it's not the booze. We're twins."
"No kidding?" the man says. "All four of you?!"
Love the whole world
An ad for the Discovery Channel.
Three women were chatting about their relationships; one was engaged, one married and one a mistress. They decided to amaze their men. That night all three would wear black leather bras, stiletto heels and masks over their eyes.
A few days later they meet up for lunch.
The engaged woman said, "The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. When he saw me he said, 'You are the woman of my life. I love you.' Then we made love all night long."
The mistress said, "Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing the leather bodice, heels, mask and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word, but we had wild sex all night."
Then the married woman told her tale. "I sent the kids to stay at my mother's house for the night. When my husband came home he found me wearing the leather bodice, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. As soon as he saw me he asked, 'So what's for dinner, Batwoman?'"
Nighttime in Flagstaff
This nice view of the Milky Way was the Astronomy Picture of the Day for April 16th.
This sky is protected. Yesterday marked the 50 year anniversary of the first lighting ordinance ever enacted, which restricted searchlight advertisements from sweeping the night skies above Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Flagstaff now enjoys the status of being the first International Dark Sky City, and maintains a lighting code that limits lights from polluting this majestic nighttime view.
April 17, 2008
A woman scorned...
Make that 2,400,000 views -- up a few from the 150,000 in this report.
Divorcing Wife Spouts Secrets On YouTube
Woman Also Dishes About Spouse's Family, Intimate Life
POSTED: 12:39 pm EDT April 16, 2008
NEW YORK -- A New York woman involved in a divorce battle has taken to the popular video sharing site YouTube to spill secrets about her husband, his family, and even their intimate life.
Tricia Walsh-Smith lashes out at her husband, Broadway executive Philip Smith, in a teary and furious clip that's already netted nearly 150,000 hits.
Walsh-Smith goes through their wedding album on camera, accuses her husband of trying to evict her out of their apartment, and even makes embarrassing claims about their intimate life.
Duke University library has a site called Ad*Access, which is:
An image database of over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955.
Here's an ad from the 40s for Ivory soap.
Whose laws are they, anyway?
Here's an interesting post at boingboing. It always amazes me when government bodies try to apply copyright law to things like laws, regulations, maps, and so forth. Shouldn't those things be a matter of public record - with unrestricted access?
Oregon: our laws are copyrighted and you can't publish them
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,
The State of Oregon is sending out cease and desist letters to sites like Justia and Public.Resource.Org that have been posting copies of Oregon laws, known as the Oregon Revised Statutes.
Nokia N95 Photo Awards
Half a dozen nice images taken with Nokia smart phones.
April 15, 2008
Ave atque vale, John Wheeler
CodeWritinFool passes along some sad news.
John A. Wheeler, Physicist Who Coined the Term ‘Black Hole,’ Is Dead at 96
The New York Times
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: April 14, 2008
John A. Wheeler, a visionary physicist and teacher who helped invent the theory of nuclear fission, gave black holes their name and argued about the nature of reality with Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, died Sunday morning at his home in Hightstown, N.J. He was 96.
I own a book by Mr. Wheeler called A Journey Into Gravity and Spacetime. It's a great book.
Panorama of the Great Wall
Here. (The site will resize your browser window... naturally.)
This one is hard to believe but it's reported as straight news.
Satellite Abandoned Thanks To Patent On Lunar Flybys
[...] Basically, what happened is that SES had a problem with a satellite launch, such that the satellite did not reach the proper orbit (it was intended to be a geostationary satellite used by Echostar). SES then figured out that it could get the satellite into a proper orbit by making use of a lunar flyby. That part is just basic physics. But, at that point, SES discovered that Boeing happens to own a patent on doing this sort of lunar flyby, despite the fact that you can't patent physics.
A dangerous job
Live television is exciting because anything can happen. Most exciting of all is when 'respectable' television journalists succumb to the unexpected (they trip, get mauled by animals, lit aflame, etc.) right there on your TV. Here is a compilation video I made of everything tragic that could possibly happen to a television news reporter. Some of these clips have become internet classics, and some you may have never seen before. Either way it's three minutes of pure bliss that will make you feel better about dropping out of j-school.
April 14, 2008
With friends like these...
In December 1985, U.S. Congressman Delbert L. Latta summarized the progress being made on simplifying the tax code. "I hold in my hand," he declared, "1,379 pages of tax simplification."
George Harrison performing Taxman in Japan in 1991.
The owner of a small sandwich shop was brought before the tax people because of certain deductions he'd taken. The auditor wanted an explanation for the deduction of two trips to Greece as business expenses. Going on, the auditor also wanted explanations for a week in Paris, four days in Capri, and a weekend in Bermuda.
"You have a small sandwich shop," the auditor said. "How can you justify deducting these trips?"
"We deliver!" replied the shop owner.
Happy Tax Day
Here's one of many funny cartoons at TaxGuru.net.
The importance of banks
Banks are necessary institutions that were established to provide people a place to store the government's money until tax time.
The average citizen works four months a year for the government...
Government employees don't work four months a year for the government!
On the first page of the tax return are spaces for personal information. I think of them as foreplay.
I hate taxes. Every time my ship comes in, the government unloads it.
April 12, 2008
R/C lawn mower
Check out this radio controlled craft.
Get a bigger hammer
Thieves Use Front-End Loader To Topple ATM, Steal Contents
POSTED: 7:26 am EDT April 11, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Thieves used a front-end loader to steal an ATM from a Washington Mutual bank on South Kirkman Road. The ATM had just been loaded with cash for the weekend and could have contained as much as $80,000.
The tractor was still at the scene when detectives arrived Friday morning. Across the parking lot was the drive-up ATM that had been toppled over by the thieves.
Some assembly required
Here's a very nice set of 40-odd photos showing the process of assembling a space shuttle and its fuel tanks and payload, in preparation for launch.
A crumbling monolith?
An interesting post at ZDNet's Between the Lines blog:
Gartner: Windows collapsing under its own weight; Radical change needed
Posted by Larry Dignan @ 9:07 am
Microsoft’s Windows juggernaut is collapsing as it tries to support 20 years of applications and becomes more complicated by the minute. Meanwhile, Windows has outgrown hardware and customers are pondering skipping Vista to wait for Windows 7. If Windows is going to remain relevant it will need radical changes.
That sobering outlook comes courtesy of Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald. Half of a full room of IT managers and executives raised their hands when asked whether Microsoft needed to radically change its approach to Windows. “Windows is too monolithic,” says Silver.
April 10, 2008
Funny license plate
Messenger (someone with a New Zealand e-mail address) sends this funny image.
Click for a larger version so you can read the plate frame.
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Harold Snepsts was once advised by his doctor to wear a helmet to protect himself from potential brain damage.
"Don't worry about that, Doc," he replied. "If it happens, I can always come back as a forward."
"This guy ought to be running for president," says Rich.
An affair of the heart
From Jules Crittenden's forward movement:
1995, 33-year-old man kills himself. Dead man’s heart goes into 56-year-old man’s chest. Rejuvenated recipient meets, woos, marries donor’s 28-year-old widow. Fast forward to 2008. Transplanted heart recipient kills himself. Heart buried. Foul play not suspected. Weird but reportedly true.
April 09, 2008
Interesting graphics technology
An interactive 360° light field display, at they call it at the ICT.
Pet tales needed
Owner Of Ocala Mansion Holding Essay Contest To Give Away Home
POSTED: 5:55 pm EDT April 8, 2008
OCALA, Fla. -- The owner of a million-dollar mansion tried to sell it, but couldn't. So now she's trying an unusual new approach. [...]
In order to move into the million-dollar mansion, all you have to do is write a winning essay and pay the $200 entry fee. The owner gets the fees and the winner gets the home. [...]
The essay has to be a pet loving story. The person who sends in the most touching work gets the home. But there is a catch. Each entry has to come with a $200 check and there must be a minimum of 6,250 entries. If it all works out, Giovanetti will get $1.25 million, her asking price for the home.
Interested? Here's how to enter.
Buildings made of ice at environmental graffiti.
Nobody said it was easy
A woman walked into a bar and marched straight to her husband, who was feeling no pain on his barstool. The woman took a sip of his drink and spat it out in disgust. "It tastes awful!" she said.
The man answered, "And you think I'm here having a good time every day..."
April 08, 2008
An amusing piece of geekery for Apple machines called the Newton virus (from Troika).
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
Job Application Tips Police To Suspect
Man Accused In Armed Robbery Of Store
POSTED: 3:07 pm EDT April 7, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. -- It won't go down as the most difficult crime police in Athens have had to solve.
It took them several days to track down the suspect in last week's armed robbery of a Golden Pantry convenience store, but they had one strong lead.
Before pulling a knife, authorities said, 28-year-old Demetrius Robinson filled out a job application, apparently leaving his real name.
Investigators said he was trying to kill time until the store emptied of customers.
Robinson managed to evade immediate capture by using his uncle's phone number and a phony address.
Space flight simulator
If you like flight simulators, check out Orbiter, the space flight simulator.
From My Zimbabwe Today:
Wonder if anyone can explain how Zimbabwe came to this? Zimbabwe has been led by a Zanu PF government which is proud of it's performance and management of the country's economy. But the people say the Zanu PF government has ruined the economy where as on the other hand the government says they are puppets of the west.
Now the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has rewarded the people of Zimbabwe with a new $50 000 000.00 bank note to reduce the number of notes they have to carry around.
April 07, 2008
A cartoon by Mike Lester.
Everything is relative
Banks have fallen on hard times. Many are closing. That things are tough is reflected by this banker who goes into a hardware store and buys a hundred shovels at six dollars each. Three days later he returns for another hundred shovels.
"It's none of my business," says the storekeeper, "but I'm curious. What are you doing with all these shovels?"
"I sell them for three dollars each," replies the banker.
"Three dollars? But they cost you six!"
THe banker nods and says, "It's better than banking!"
Ready to retire?
Carol sends a link to this funny spoof about retirement investing.
Another funny tattoo
April 04, 2008
Follow the bouncing ball
This one has it all: a cute animal with a geeky toy. It's Jerry the dachshund and his ball-throwing machine.
The builder left at a pretty good description at YouTube.
A beggar stood in front of a department store, trying to raise some money for a pint. An elderly woman came out of the store, stopped when she saw him, rummaged through her purse and came up with a dime. Dropping it into his hat, she asked, "My poor man, how did you get in this condition?"
"Well, ma'am, I was just like you. I gave away vast sums to those in need."
The Windy City
The wine expert
A joke from a decades-old book I rediscovered recently.
The scene was Elaine's Restaurant on Second Avenue in Manhattan on a crowded Saturday night. A stranger walked in from the street and pompously announced that he could identify any wine served there - even with a blindfolded.
The challenge was immediately accepted. A dark cloth was placed over his eyes and wine after wine was handed to him.
"Lafite-Rothschild, 1958," he would announce. Or, "Bernkasteler Badstube, 1951." And he was always right.
Finally, someone handed him a glass he couldn't identify. He sipped, and then he sipped again. Suddenly he spat it out and pulled off the blindfold.
"Hell! This is urine! Plain fresh urine!"
"Yes," said a small voice in the background, "but whose?"
April 03, 2008
Mary sends this collection of 8 cartoons about the high price of gasoline.
I wonder if they have a graduate program
Pouring A Cold One Counts As Final Grade In Beer-Brewing Class
POSTED: 8:04 am EDT April 3, 2008
MIAMI -- It's not a stretch to say that most college students would choose beer over writing a term paper. Some lucky students at Florida International University will get graded on their beer skills if they choose handing in a cold one over handing in a paper.
FIU has offered a beer-brewing class for the last three years. It's taught by analytical chemist and wine expert Barry Gump. Gump says the class helps round out his students' knowledge of the food and beverage industry.
Instead of writing a paper or cramming for a final exam, Gump's students can spend some time in a teaching kitchen to brew beer for a grade.
You say you want a Revolution?
Check out the Revolution at Mojo Motorsports. This clip's a little long but they do look like fun.
Testing the tester
I once had a lab course that required lab procedures to be sumitted before each class. Since I doubted the prof was reading all the procedures from all the students, I included a recipe for stuffed cabbage on the second page of one of mine.
This reminds me of that.
I got busted too.
April 02, 2008
The Phantom Keystroker sounds like an especially nasty - but funny - little practical joke. I hope no one ever tries it on me.
If you thought the story about the man and his bicycle was weird, check this one out.
Unusual Sex Charges Against Man Dropped
Felony Indecency Charges Dropped
POSTED: 12:19 pm EDT April 1, 2008
BELLEVUE, Ohio -- Felony indecency charges against a Bellevue man accused of lewd behavior on a deck behind his house have been dismissed, the Toledo Blade reported.
Police said a neighbor in Bellevue videotaped Art Price having sex -- termed as "relations" -- with his picnic table on four separate occasions, WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported.
The Mean Kitty Song
Carol sends a link to this clip about a guy and his cat.
Unfortunately, there's no date on this article so I have no idea what "the next 30 days" means. (Update: As Patrick points out in a comment, the story's dated Feb. 13 - so the USGS report should be out by now.)
Massive Oil Deposit Could Increase US reserves by 10x
America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.
In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951.
April 01, 2008
Two standing spirals
Here's some nicely done geekery by Sachiko Kodama.
"Morpho Towers--Two Standing Spirals” is an installation that consists of two ferrofluid sculptures that moves [sic] synthetically to music."
English or else
Judge To 3 Men: Learn English Or Go To Jail
Men Face Prison For Conspiracy To Commit Robbery
POSTED: 12:27 pm EDT March 28, 2008
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A judge in Pennsylvania gave three Spanish-speaking men a choice: Learn English or go to jail.
The men faced prison terms for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.
But the judge said they can stay on parole if they learn to read and write English, earn their GEDs and get full-time jobs.
During a court hearing this week in which the men pleaded guilty, they needed translators.
Judge Peter Olszewski said, "Do you think we are going to supply you with a translator all of your life?"
This is a nice collection of images of American life between 1939 and '69. (Warning: the banner ads at the site are definitely NSFW.)
A man who was new to town goes to the best brothel in the city. Picking a beautiful companion, he retires to a large and well-appointed bedroom where a most pleasing sexual interlude occurs. Satiated, the man asks the madam of the house, "How much do I owe?"
She motions for him to put away his money. Taking $50 from a silk purse, she gives him the money. She fends off all his requests for an explanation.
Naturally, the man returns the following evening. Again, he sports in an opulent bedroom and again he's given $50.
And he returns for the third night and passes a pleasant hour before going down to see the madam. She tells him, "That'll be $75."
"Wait a minute," the man says. "Wait a minute... I came in the first time and you gave me $50. The second time, you gave me $50. But now you want to get paid... Why?"
The madam tells him, "Because tonight you weren't on television."