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June 30, 2008


I split up with my last girl friend because she was so terribly hypocritical.

She used to say, 'I love surprises,' but when she found out I was sleeping with her sister...

- Jimmy Carr

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The web site is down

CodeWritinFool sends a link to this very funny clip about Sales Guy vs. Web Dude. (Mostly SFW, if you mind the volume.)

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Get a life

Man auctions off his life, sale price disappoints

Sun Jun 29, 3:41 AM ET

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man who put his life up for auction on eBay found it wasn't worth quite as much as he thought when he settled for around A$100,000 ($96,000) less than his target price.

Ian Usher, 44, held the seven-day auction of all his belongings, including his three-bedroom home in the west Australian city of Perth and a trial for his job at a rug store, after the break-up of his five-year marriage.

Bids had reached as high as A$2.2 million, only for Usher to discover there had been a glitch on eBay's system which allowed the participation of non-registered bidders who had put in bogus offers.

In the end, the winning bidder agreed to pay A$399,300 ($380,286) for all of Usher's worldly goods, which also include his friends, a motorcycle and a jetski. According to the eBay website, the mystery buyer, whose user name is "mslmcc," is in Australia and has a 100 percent feedback score.

Here's Alife4sale.com, Mr. Usher's site.

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Wet stuff

A photoessay from Boston.com's Big Picture site: Water, Water, Everywhere


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June 28, 2008

Dmitri the stud

I came across this in a post at The Sherman Foundation and thought it was too funny not to pass along. If this is legit, then Dmitri must be a real piece o' work.

This is going around via the following email about "Dimitri the stud":

Okay guys here is the info on this voicemail. One of my friend's from work and her friend were out one night in the SF Marina district and were hanging outside of the bars trying to find a cab. One of the girl's, Olga ends up meeting this guy Dmitri and they talk for at the most 2 minutes. She hands him her business card and says call me.

Well attached is the actual voicemail that this guy left her. Wait till you hear it you will be laughing so hard you'll fall out of your chair.

Update: Evidently 'Dmitri' is quite a piece of work; he seems to be a Toronto physician who lost his license for sexual assaults on his patients. For details, follow the links in Oliver's comment.

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June 27, 2008

Air on a 6 string

Here's a clip of aerobat Sean Tucker with music by Steve Morse - a nice mix.

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State offers free replacements for 'WTF' license plates

Raleigh – Thanks to some text message-savvy grandchildren, N.C. drivers whose license plates have the potentially offensive "WTF" letter combination can replace the tags.
A 60-year-old technology teacher from Fayetteville complained about the plate last July after her teenage grandchildren clued her in.

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Plastic music

This cat does a rendition of Tequila on ukulele, melodica and an old suitcase (among other instruments). It's surprisingly well done but the thing that most amazes me is how well it's mixed.

He has a YouTube channel which includes a nicely done version of The Seekers' 1966 tune Georgy Girl.


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Meet Bob Levy

Like many people, I was more pleased than not with the Supreme Court's decision in DC v. Heller this week. Here's an article about Robert Levy, the case's "prime mover," according to Tim Lynch at Cato-at-liberty.

Mr. Levy reminds me of Thomas Paine's advice: "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government."

Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 18, 2007; Page A01

Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District's tough gun-control statute this month. Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation out of his own pocket.

Meet Robert A. Levy, staunch defender of the Second Amendment, a wealthy former entrepreneur who said he has never owned a firearm and probably never will.

Note: This article was written after D.C.'s gun ban was struck down by the US Court of Appeals, not after this week's Supreme Court decision. Hence the March, 2007 dateline.

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June 25, 2008

Shuttle shots

Jeff sends a link to a collection of 12 or so images of Endeavour and the International Space Station.


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It should be expected

People are always shocked when a celebrity gets caught in a hotel room with hookers and cocaine.

But what else are you supposed to give hookers in a hotel room? Yogurt?

- Dylan Moran

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What a garage!

This is basically an ad for BMW automobiles. I found it interesting despite that because it shows the inside of Jay Leno's garage -- the 16,000 ft2 garage where he keeps his 84 cars and his 73 motorcycles. I didn't know he was such an avid collector. This clip was filmed in the 'German section' of his garage.

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It ain't easy being green

From the front page of the WSJ. The convention organizers have even hired a "Director of Greening."

The Greenest Show on Earth:
Democrats Gear Up for Denver
From Organic Fanny Packs to 'Pure' Trash,
Party Planners Face Logistical Nightmare

June 25, 2008; Page A1

DENVER -- As the Mile High City gears up to host a Democratic bash for 50,000, organizers are discovering the perils of trying to stage a political spectacle that's also politically correct.

Consider the fanny packs.

The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wanted 15,000 fanny packs for volunteers. But they had to be made of organic cotton. By unionized labor. In the USA.

Official merchandiser Bob DeMasse scoured the country. His weary conclusion: "That just doesn't exist."

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June 24, 2008

A practical juggler

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Puppy on wheels

This one's hard to beat in the cute category.

The puppy born without front legs who's now using model aeroplane wheels to get around

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 23rd June 2008

This tiny puppy may have been born without front legs but there's no way that is holding her back.

Hope, the appropriately named two-legged Maltese puppy gets around by using a specially-designed device which features wheels from a model aeroplane.


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A very funny headline

Enema of the state: Russian spa unveils monument to colon cleansing

Thursday, June 19th 2008, 3:31 PM

MOSCOW - A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk.

There's a picture of this monument with the article but since it's an Associated Press article I don't want to press my luck. You'll have to follow the link to see it.

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David - after immigrating to America

I don't know where this one came from.


H.T.: A.E.

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June 23, 2008

A fungus among us

Here's an amusing rear window I spotted in traffic recently.


Here's the site, for the curious.

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Funny auto-replies

Here's the first of 10.

Some of the Best 'Out of Office' Automatic email Replies

1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position.
Please be prepared for my mood.


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Solar powered theremin

The Solar Powered Theremin (Heliophone). June 2008

This is an electronics kit suitable for beginners but it DOES require some soldering. With very few parts you can build a tiny solar powered theremin enclosed in an ALTOIDS mint tin. So when the oil runs out, the ice caps melt and civilization crumbles to dust, thanks to the Heliophone, we will still have electronic music :-)

This looks like an interesting widget to build -- but I'm not sure I'd call it a theremin. Where are the aerials that change the circuit's reactance? I think those are pretty critical elements in a thermin.

Maybe it's just the video but this device appears to change its output with changes in photon flux. So I prefer his other name Heliophone.

Here's Debussey's Claire de Lune played on thermin and piano; it's a nice demonstration of the theremin's ethereal voice. (And there are quite a few other theremin clips at YouTube.)

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How to market sugar

We here at PenisReductionPills.com have a solution for men with any size penis who want everyone to believe, probably mistakenly, that they have an enormous johnson, without the possibility of doing anything to change the size of their penises. To do this, we pledge to sell the finest penis reducing placebos available today, using only government-approved placebo ingredients, shipped in boxes with our logo and name emblazoned in large type on all six sides. We are the premiere male ego enhancement product on the market today under $10.


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June 21, 2008

Happy Solstice III

For those on my side of the equator: Enjoy the summer.


And a little retro music for the season

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June 20, 2008

Circle searching

From Telegraph.co.uk

Google Earth: Top 10 British crop circles

By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 2:01pm BST 19/06/2008

Crop circle enthusiasts are using Google Earth to track down the most interesting patterns in fields across Britain.

The internet giant's satellite mapping service has made it easier than ever for fans across the world to locate and study the phenomena, which previously had to be photographed from light aircraft.

The circle is a coded representation of pi to the 10th significant figure

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You know it's a slow market when...

Condos Banking On Clothing-Optional Pool To Increase Sales

POSTED: 6:51 am EDT June 20, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. -- Free upgrades and paid closing costs not enough incentive to buy a condo in a sluggish housing market? How about nude swimming and sunbathing?

The developers of Arbors at Branch Creek, a Tampa condo conversion, are hoping a clothing-optional pool will attract buyers.

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Can you say 'center of mass'?

An interesting trick with 17 dominoes.

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The economic singularity is coming

An interesting article in the New York Times.

Malthus vs. the Singularity

By John Tierney

Before any other readers post another comment about "overpopulation" and doomsday scenarios, I suggest they take a look at my colleague Donald McNeil's excellent article on Malthusian mistakes. As he notes, the current forecasts of energy and food disasters sound just like the ones made during the 1970s. Similar apocalyptic forecasts were made in the 1940s (in books like "Our Plundered Planet") and in other eras by prophets following in Malthus' tradition.

These prophets have always claimed to be seeing the big picture, but they ignore thousands of years of history during which the prices of natural resources fell and the wellbeing of humans improved. [...]

You can see this trend nicely in an an article by Robin Hanson in the IEEE Spectrum's special issue on the Singularity. Dr. Hanson, an economist at George Mason University, takes a long look at economic history and sees fairly steady growth punctuated by two "economic singularities"–the invention of agriculture and the Industrial Revolution–that caused dramatic accelerations in growth.

Dr. Hanson extrapolates from these trends to suggest that we're due for another economic singularity sometime between now and 2075.

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You'll never guess

...what these are used for.


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Misery loves company

Just in case you thought the U.S. was the only place with idiotic drug policies, here's a story about Holland's ban on tobacco smoking that will give you another view. The 'smoking ban' mentioned below applies only to tobacco and to tobacco mixed with cannabis - but not to pure cannabis.

You can Still Have Your Joint, but Only if it's Pure

By Frederik Hartig

In July, the Dutch government will introduce a nationwide smoking ban in bars, cafes and restaurants, aimed at protecting workers. But it will also make life a lot harder for the country's infamous coffee shops, where customers will only be allowed to smoke pure cannabis.


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June 19, 2008

Aptera hybrid

Aptera calculates an equivalent of 300 MPG for its Type-1H plug-in electric hybrid. It looks pretty cool in this nicely done promo clip.


I'm always a little suspicious of equivalent-MPH calculations for hybrids, since the conditions have to be just right. Generally, their mileage for highway-only driving is worse than conventional IC-only vehicles -- but that may not apply to the Aptera.

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This little piggy wears wellies

Pig in Boots: The world's only porker who is afraid of mud

By Beth Hale
Last updated at 8:31 PM on 10th June 2008

You can't get much happier than a pig in muck, or so we are told.

But when this little piggy arrived in the farmyard she showed a marked reluctance to get her trotters dirty. [...]

Owners Debbie and Andrew Keeble were at a loss, until they remembered the four miniature wellies used as pen and pencil holders in their office. They slipped them on the piglet's feet - and into the mud she happily ploughed.

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Soap bubbles

Isaac Newton would have loved this collection.

Creative Review commissioned photographer Jason Tozer to shoot these pictures on behalf of Sony using its new Alpha digital camera.

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When socialism works

Ivan dies and his soul is sent to hell. In front of the gate a devil asks him, "Do you want to go to the capitalist hell or the socialist hell?"

Ivan is thinking about how to decide when he hears his friend Vasily calling to him from behind the gate. "Hey, Ivan! Come to our hell. In the capitalist hell they'll throw you in a large cauldron full of boiling tar where you'll burn eternally."

"And in the socialist hell?"

"The arrangement is the same, only here they either run out of tar or they run short of fuel -- and when both tar and fuel are available, the devils have a union meeting."

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June 18, 2008

Contact juggling

This is an interesting set of techniques that I'd never seen before. It's called contact juggling (among other things) and naturally there's a site about it.

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Two men are robbing an apartment in a high-rise building when they hear police sirens approaching.

"Quick! Let's jump out of the window," says one of them.

"Are you crazy?" the other replies. "We're on the thirteenth floor!"

"Don't be ridiculous... This is no time to be superstitious!"

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Flash On

Nine Mind Blowing Flash Animations

Drum Machine by TokyoPlastic was my favorite, followed closely by one called Kaleidoscope.

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Pick the profiteer

This post at The Motley Fool does a pretty good job of humorously debunking all the windfall profits nonsense that we've been hearing about lately.


Maybe Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) would like to nationalize these enterprises too?

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June 17, 2008

The great flood

I knew there'd been a lot of rain in Iowa recently but I hadn't given it much thought until I ran across this slideshow yesterday. Here's the banner from yesterday's front page of the (Iowa City) Press-Citizen.


The Big Picture (at Boston.com) has a really good collection of images of the flood.


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Not a woman to trifle with

I wonder why she picked 'R'?

Woman Gets 5 Years For Branding Ex-Lover

POSTED: 3:53 pm EDT June 13, 2008

NEW YORK -- A Manhattan woman who admitted she forcibly branded an "R" on a former lover's body with a hot iron has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kristina Caban was sentenced for what state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus called a "bizarre" crime that was "not remotely justifiable."

Caban, 23, hatched the plan against Samir Sara for having sex with her once in 2004 and never calling her again, prosecutors said. Caban enlisted new boyfriend Robert Testagrossa to help brand a four-inch-high "R" on 23-year-old Samir's abdomen in October 2006, prosecutors said.

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Funny animal takes

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License plate injection attack

This is extremely geeky but also extremely funny. It comes from a post (in Spanish) titled Hackeando at Alfredo Reino's blog. The post is about a plan to do character recognition on license plates that have been photographed by radar guns. Naturally, the next step would be to query a database for the license plate number...


I think this must be little Bobby Tables' car.


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June 16, 2008

Extreme roller coaster

Popular Mechanics has an article & video clip about a new roller coaster in Pennsylvania called Fahrenheit:

In just two months' time, riders will crest this same piece of steel, then hurtle down a record-setting 97-degree slope—yes, that's 7 degrees past vertical—on the steepest and most severe roller-coaster descent in the United States. "When you come over the apex of the curve, you're lifted forward into the harness," says Kent Bachmann, the park's director of design and engineering. "The track actually disappears for a few seconds."

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Clever salad ad

New McD's billboard 'sprouts' in Wrigleyville
By: Lorene Yue Oct. 03, 2007

(Crain's) — McDonald's Corp.'s latest effort to promote its health-conscious menu items takes advantage of the saying that the medium is the message.

Green lettuce has been planted to form the words "fresh salads" on a billboard in Wrigleyville near the intersection of Addison and Clark streets to promote its four premium salads.


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No alternative

Some people are against drunk driving. I call those people the cops.

But sometimes, you have no choice. Those kids just gotta get to school.

Dave Attell

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More sand sculpture

Extreme sand sculpting has some very nice pix of sand sculptures.

Time Mirror: the left is "looking into the past," the right is "looking into the future."

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June 15, 2008

How to fold a plane

Since it's Fathers Day, I think I'll add this to my wish list.

Foldable sports plane gives Everyman a chance at crashing
By Austin Modine
12th June 2008 23:43 GMT

If what's keeping you from buying your own personal ultralight aircraft is lack of garage space and a USB plug on the plane's dash for your iPod — you are certainly in luck.


This craft is made by Icon and here's their site; they do a very nice job on presentation.

And this is video of a 'private unveiling' in Los Angeles last week.


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June 13, 2008

Doorway to Hell

Interesting story.

This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals "The Door to Hell". It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years.

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Great political animation

I found this extremely funny. Some folks think that the finale was a recent addition.

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Brick daddy

A couple are walking along the street when the girl stops in front of a jeweler's and says, "Honey, look at that necklace! It's so beautiful."

"No problem," says her boyfriend, throwing a brick through the window and grabbing the necklace. A little later the girl points to a bracelet in the window of another shop. "Oooh, honey," she says, "I'd love that too."

"No problem," says her guy and heaves a brick through that window and snatches the bracelet for her.

Not much later, they pass a third shop where she spots a diamond ring. "Oh, isn't that lovely?" she says.

"Hold on!" says the boyfriend. "What do you think? That I'm made of bricks?"

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The sky looking down

A photo essay from the Boston Globe's Boston.com:

The Sky, From Above
June 9, 2008 11:34 AM

[...] One of the best features of the space program has always been astronaut photography, and I will take this opportunity to share some of the best photographs of Earth's skies, taken from above - way above (over 200 miles to be more exact). (15 photos total)

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You can sell anything with the right marketing

Women Flock To Bird Poop Facials
Excrement Sterilized With UV Light

POSTED: 11:03 am EDT June 11, 2008

Getting hit by a bird bomb is usually considered a gross inconvenience, but some women in New York are paying big bucks for a facial containing the excrement.

A story on CNN.com said women are flocking to Shizuka New York for the Geisha Facial, which contains nightingale poop.

The service costs $180, about $100 more than most of the other services there.

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June 12, 2008

Sky ballet

Very nice - and the photography is stunning.

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Bokito glasses

Bokito Glasses for all Zoo visitors

Bokito is now a world famous gorilla, after he escaped from his enclosure in the Rotterdam Zoo May 18 [2007 - jdj], and tore up the zoo while attacking a woman in particular and several other people.

From the Wikipedia:

The woman who was attacked had been a regular visitor to the great apes' enclosure, visiting an average of 4 times per week. She had a habit of touching the glass that separated her from the gorillas, while making eye contact with Bokito and smiling to him, a practice that is discouraged by primatologists, as apes are likely to interpret human smiling as a form of aggressive display. Zoo employees had previously warned her against doing this, but she continued, claiming a special bond with him: in an interview with De Telegraaf, she said "if I laugh at him, he laughs back"



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Drill here

Mike writes, "Look at this site and lets sign this petition and keep some of that oil money home, right here in America."


A lot of other folks agree with this idea.


And just In case you hear about China and/or India drilling off the coast of Cuba, Sen Martinez (R-FL) says that's an urban legend.

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Why did the chicken bomb the road?

No one seems to know...

Pipe Bomb-Stuffed Chicken Left On Road
No Injuries Reported

POSTED: 7:08 pm EDT June 10, 2008

Authorities in Connecticut are wondering who stuffed a raw roasting chicken with a pipe bomb and left it on a roadside.

Simsbury police Capt. Matthew Catania said a motorist noticed the chicken Friday morning. He said the bomb was large enough to harm a person if it went off.

The road was closed while the Hartford Police Department's bomb squad came and blew up the chicken.

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June 11, 2008

Who needs all those annoying rules?

A collection of funny ads and headlines.


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Die, scum

I was walking across a bridge one day when I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. So I ran over and said, "Stop! Don't do it. There's so much to live for."

He said, "Like what?"

I said, "Well, are you religious?"


"Me too!" I said. "Are you Christian or Buddhist?"


"Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"


I said, "Me too! Are you Episcopalean or Baptist?"


"Wow - me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"

"Baptist Church of God," he said.

"Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God or Reformed Baptist Church of God?"


"Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879 or Reformation of 1915?"

"Reformation of 1915," he said.

I said, "DIE, HERECTIC SCUM!" and I pushed him off.

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Maxwellian magic

A little dry, but interesting.

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Chilled out

Man Gets DWI After Riding Motorized Cooler
'Cruzin Cooler' Can Go Up To 13 MPH

POSTED: 12:47 pm EDT June 10, 2008

One New York man's Memorial Day fun ended when police pulled him over while he was driving his motorized cooler.

Leslie J. "Bomber" Marr, 57, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after the police saw him swerving on the street and driving on the sidewalk in his "Cruzin Cooler," Whitehall Police Chief Richard LaChapelle told the Post Star newspaper.

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June 10, 2008

Holding the sun

Mary sent a nice collection of images in this vein, which I found hosted at this site. (Along with many other sites - it's a popular topic.)


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Goin' down in flames

This guy sets alight to his parachute midair, before opening up the reserve chute. It's a risky and reckless stunt, but he pulls it off.

'Risky and reckless' indeed; the author should have added 'wasteful' since this skydiver toasted a perfectly good canopy. But I have to say that it is an impressive show.

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Don't be a dummy

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Redd Foxx

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Weigh less, pay less

Papers run ads about fake airline Derrie-Air
Fictitious campaign a test, says 'smile, we're pulling your leg'
Matt Rourke / AP

PHILADELPHIA - Derrie-Air has been exposed. Readers of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News opened their papers Friday to see ads for a new airline called Derrie-Air, which purportedly charges passengers by the pound.


Not a bad spoof site, either.

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June 09, 2008

The view from Mars

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera would make a great backyard telescope for viewing Mars, and we can also use it at Mars to view other planets. This is an image of Earth and the moon, acquired on October 3, 2007, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Lost dog

A man loses his dog so he puts an ad in the paper. And the ad reads, "Here, boy!"

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Drag-n-drop life


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Overheard in New York

...what the tourist learned in the Midwest. Very funny if you don't mind strong language.

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June 06, 2008

Sushi art

This is 1 of 11 images at Toxel.com.



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Something Store

These folks opened their 'shop' last October but I just ran across it recently. When I was a lad, my southern cousins called this type of thing a pig-in-a-poke.

SomethingStore is a fun new website that operates simply: We will send you something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping in the US) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it. What will yours be?

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Chaos theory in action

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Designer gets canned

Fredric J. Baur was designer of P&G's Pringles container
Chemist had a hand in many products


COLLEGE HILL - Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for Pringles potato crisps that he asked his family to bury him in one.

His children honored his request. Part of his remains was buried in a Pringles can - along with a regular urn containing the rest - in his grave at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township.

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June 05, 2008

Live skyjumpin'

Here's an ad that aired in Britain. It's a group skydive in Spain in which the divers spelled 'Honda' letter-by-letter - during a live broadcast. (No pressure, eh?)



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The Cleveland of Asia

Here's an interesting article by P.J. O'Rourke in World Affairs. It's a little long, but he's in fine form in this one.

The Cleveland of Asia: A Journey Through China's Rust Belt

P. J. O'Rourke

[...] I went to China for a month in 2006 and ended up taking a tour of the world of things and stuff. I didn't mean to. I was just sightseeing. I'd only been to the mainland once and then only to Shanghai. I wanted to visit the Three Gorges before the new dam turned the Yangtze into a cesspool. I wanted a look at the Terracotta Warriors. And that sort of thing.

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What a tattoo

This picture of a tattoo appeared at the The Sun's site. It's quite a piece of work.


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Trapped by something

There's an image with this article that has the legend "Trapped by Technology." I'm not sure technology is what had this woman trapped.

Woman Calls Orem Police To Free Her From Her Locked Car

Last Update: 6/02 1:12 pm

[...] A woman called Orem police Friday afternoon needing help because her battery died and she was locked inside her car.

When police arrived, they found the woman sitting in the car, unable to get herself out. She couldn't hear the officers instructions through the rolled-up windows so she motioned to them to call her on her cell phone, according to police.

Once officers were able to talk to the woman on the phone, they were able to tell her how to manually operate the slide lock mechanism on the inside door panel to open the door and free herself.

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June 04, 2008

A two-fer

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A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting there. After an hour or so of working up his courage, he finally goes over to her and asks, "Um, would you mind terribly if I chatted with you for a while?"

She responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs, "NO! I won't sleep with you tonight!"

Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is completely mortified and he slinks back to his table.

After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, "I'm sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I'm a graduate student in psychology and I'm studying how people respond to embarrassing situations."

At the top of his lungs he says, "What do you mean $200?!"

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There'll always be an England

Graffiti snails roaming London
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Most people have to shell out to give their homes a makeover – not so for these multi-coloured molluscs.

The flashy snails have had their drab shells given a paint job for nothing – and they didn't even have to move a muscle.

A London artist, known only as Slinkachu, has used the molluscs' shells for a series of designs dubbed 'Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street art project'.


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Japan man discovers woman living in his closet
Fri May 30, 2008 1:35pm EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man who was mystified when food kept disappearing from his kitchen, set up a hidden camera and found an unknown woman living secretly in his closet, Japanese media said Friday.

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June 03, 2008


A Victorian trans-Atlantic viewing tunnel revitalized for the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge.

This device connects London and New York City. See the video at the site.

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Tomato PSA

A tomato a day keeps the cancer away. Now if you could only avoid the doctor.

Hat tip: Rich

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A town gone to the dogs

Town's Mayor, A Dog, Dies At Age 12
Rabbit Hash, Ky., Put Labrador Retriever In Charge

POSTED: 12:56 pm EDT May 29, 2008

RABBIT HASH, Ky. -- The dog mayor of Rabbit Hash has passed away.

The Rabbit Hash General Store confirmed Thursday that Junior Cochran died two days before his 13th birthday, Cincinnati television station WLWT reported.

Junior Cochran was elected mayor with more than 3,000 votes in November 2004. A documentary aired on Animal Planet about the black Labrador in 2006.

This is either for real or a well-done spoof: check out this site.

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More nice pix

(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos at Smashing


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June 02, 2008

You can have my t-shirt when you rip it from my cold, dead body

Not sure whether this one's true. It'll be interesting to see if there's any further news about it.

Man threatened with arrest at Heathrow for wearing Transformers T-shirt
Last updated at 14:04pm on 02.06.08

An airline passenger claimed that a security guard threatened to arrest him because he was wearing a T-shirt showing a cartoon robot with a gun.

Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow's Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed 'offensive.' ...

Mr Jayakody said the first guard started joking with him about the Transformers character depicted on his French Connection T-shirt.

'Then he explains that since Megatron is holding a gun, I'm not allowed to fly,' he said.

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The world's tallest Lego tower

The world's tallest Lego tower containing 500,000 bricks has been built at Legoland Windsor Castle.


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You'll never take me awake, copper

Standoff Over in Hales Corners
By Jon Byman

Story Created: May 27, 2008

Police in Hales Corners have taken three people into custody after a standoff there overnight. The standoff started when police responded to a report of shots fired in a home near 118th Street and Indian Trail Road.

Apparently three people in the home, two 19-year-olds and a 21-year-old, had fired some shots around 1 this morning and then went to bed. The 21-year-old was apparently playing around with the gun and decided to shoot it.

When police responded, they apparently never knocked on the door. Instead they tried calling the home and had no luck. During the time police were trying to call the home, officers called in the swat team and began to evacuate the neighbors as a precaution.

Around 8:30 this morning, the guys finally woke up, realized what was going on outside, and peacefully left with the cops. All three were arrested for possessing a firearm and firing it.

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Snakes alive!

Carol writes:

This is from a Dallas news broadcast. Watch at least twice... The more times you watch it the funnier it becomes.

Watch the little critter, a small desert lizard, on the left side of the table. Remember the guy on the left is concentrating on the snake the other guy is holding.

This news guy will never live this down, that's for sure. Watch the second time and listen closely to the sounds the newscaster makes!

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June 01, 2008

WorldWide Telescope

Something that looks pretty interesting from Microsoft Research.

What is WWT?

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

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