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July 31, 2008

The periodic table of videos

The University of Nottingham runs this site which features a video for each element in the periodic table. Here's the clip about hydrogen.

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For wetter or for worse

There's an Illinois river in Oregon?

Couple Marries 20 Feet Under Water
Scuba Team Leader Introduces Woman To Sport

POSTED: 11:10 am EDT July 30, 2008

SELMA, Ore. -- The bride wore a white veil, a red garter and black diving gear. The groom also wore a wet suit, accessorized with a red bow tie.

Brian Wilson and Christina Gunn got married in a ceremony held 20 feet under the surface of the Illinois River in Southern Oregon.

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July 30, 2008

Brain magic

A very impressive stage mentalist act by Keith Barry. A little long, but watch the whole thing: the finale's outstanding.

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Medical advice

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But in my experience, so does an air rifle.

- Harry Hill

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Final preparations

This is one of 2 dozen photos at The Big Picture about the final preparations for the Olympics in Beijing.


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Apparently it wasn't nailed down

Man Found With 40-Foot Light Pole Strapped To Minivan

POSTED: 7:19 am EDT July 30, 2008

MIAMI -- Man Found With 40-Foot Light Pole Strapped To Minivan

A man in south Florida said the bad economy forced him to commit a bizarre crime.

When Miami police pulled over 42-year-old Elio Valero, he had a 40-foot light pole strapped to the top of his minivan. He happened to be in front of a scrap yard.

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July 29, 2008

Police motorcycle show

A film of Italian police riders putting on a motorcycle display in the 50s.

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Double your work load

Hard-working 'couple' revealed as four twins
A married couple who astonished diners at their restaurant by appearing to work 21-hour days have revealed the secret of their labours.

By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 11:15AM BST 24 Jul 2008

Customers dubbed the pair the "robot couple" because of their marathon hours, which involved opening the restaurant at 6am and apparently still being there to close it up at 3am.

But it has now emerged that the restaurant in the city of Yiwu in eastern China is actually run by two couples – and both the men and the women are identical twins.

This reminds me of Wrigley's Doublemint gum ad.

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Be master of all you don't see


Well now you can!

Authority for Universe Ownership allows you to purchase deeds to an entire parallel universe - a universe customized exactly as you want it!



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July 28, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?

Dealership Making Deals By Giving Away Car With SUV Purchase

POSTED: 12:48 pm EDT July 23, 2008

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Gas prices have hurt SUV and truck sales so much that one car dealer says, if you buy a gas guzzler from him, he'll give you a more fuel efficient car for free.

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Earth from above

A nice portfolio of images by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. If you like these, poke around his site a bit; there are many others there but access to them isn't too obvious.


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The good old days

Weren't the eighties grand? Cash grew on trees or, anyway, coca bushes. The rich roamed the land in vast herds hunted by proud, free tribes of investment brokers who lived a simple life in tune with money. Every wristwatch was a Rolex. Every car was a Mercedes-Benz. A fellow could romance a gal without shrink-wrapping his privates and negotiating the Treaty of Ghent. Communist dictators were losing their jobs, not presidents of America and General Motors. Women wore Adolfo gowns instead of dumpy federal circuit court judge robes. The Malcolm who mattered was Forbes. Bill Clinton was only a microscopic polyp in the colon of national politics, and Hillary was still in flight school, hadn't even soloed on her broom. What a blast we were having. The suburbs had just discovered Martha Stewart, the cities had just discovered crack. So many parties and none of them Democratic... Back then health care was a tummy tuck, not an inalienable right. If you wanted a better environment, you went to Laura Ashley.

- P.J. O'Rourke


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At the ATM

Here's another strength-of-materials demo (like the one two years ago).

Update: Here's an article in Shelby County Today with many pix of this accident.

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July 26, 2008

Another week, another climate change doubter

This comes from Watts Up With That.

Roy Spencer's testimony before congress backs up Monckton's assertions on climate sensitivity

Dr. Roy Spencer went to Washington to give testimony today to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Here is his presentation. While not as technical as Lord Moncktons paper at APS (since it had to be simplified for a congressional hearing), it nonetheless says the same thing - climate sensitivity is overstated by models and not supported by observational data

Here's Mr. Spencer's testimony on YouTube.

The Monckton person mentioned above is the author of the paper at the APS that I linked to last week.

I thought this part was particularly interesting (my emphasis).

For example, during the Clinton-Gore Administration I was told what I could and could not say during congressional testimony. Since it was well known that I am skeptical of the view that mankind's greenhouse gas emissions are mostly responsible for global warming, I assumed that this advice was to help protect Vice President Gore's agenda on the subject.
Squashing the science is something any politician will do if s/he has the power to.


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July 25, 2008

Cool pools

A nice slideshow of custom pools at PointClickHome


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Pain relief

The pain-relieving ingredient, there's always got to be a lot of that. Nobody wants anything less than Extra-Strength. "Give me the maximum allowable human dosage. Figure out what will kill me, then back it off a little."

- Jerry Seinfeld

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I believe that means "Beijing welcomes you." This is a promotional clip for the upcoming Olympics.

2008 Beijing Olympics song [with] various artists Jackie Chan Jolin Jang Nara Han Geng FIR. 100 day countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games song (ranslation by www.anti-cnn.com).

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Extreme highwire

More news from China...

Head for heights

Two Chinese high wire walkers have set a record after crossing on a single wire more than 850ft above ground.

Adili, vice-chairman of the China Acrobatic Artists Association, and his apprentice, Ya Gebu, 19, completed the stunt without safety wires or nets.

They started at opposite ends and had to climb over each other in the middle of the wire to finish the journey.

The wire was more than 1.1 kilometres long, and it was stretched over a valley in Muhe Big Valley, a scenic spot in Gansu province.


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July 24, 2008

A new Windy City

Actually, Rock Port is so small that I think you'd have to call it a village. It's located is the northwestern corner of Missouri near Iowa and Nebraska. This article leaves a lot of questions unanswered but it's interesting news.

Rock Port, Missouri, First 100 Percent Wind-powered Community In U.S.

ScienceDaily (July 16, 2008) — Rock Port Missouri, with a population of just over 1,300 residents, has announced that it is the first 100% wind powered community in the United States. Four wind turbines supply all the electricity for the small town.

Here's a news clip at YouTube.

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Thinking big

Take the huge dry lake bed. Choose a stick. Make the largest sand drawing on Earth.

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Men sentenced for setting friend's crotch ablaze

July 21, 2008

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—Two practical jokers are behind bars for setting their passed-out drinking buddy's crotch ablaze while boozing in Grover Beach. Matthew Craig Pillers and Jack Brent Nicholas Keiffer pleaded no contest to a felony great bodily injury charge.

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She's right


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July 23, 2008

A nice collection

The Quest For Every Beard Type

I've been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. Listed below are descriptions of the 34 facial hair types from the chart, including examples of the 19 24 variations that I've been able to attain so far.

Yes, he does have too much time on his hands.

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What has four legs and goes RI-I-I-ING?

Answer here.


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He was not amused

Motorist's quip about 'Grey Poupon' met with cocked, black handgun
By Jason Bergreen
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 07/23/2008 10:48:39 AM MDT

A Sandy man took offense to a motorist, who, after getting him to roll down his window, asked, "Excuse me, sir, do you have any Grey Poupon?"

After hearing the request for Dijon mustard, the 22-year-old driver pulled a black handgun from his glove compartment, cocked the weapon and pointed it at the three people in the other car.

"Here's your Grey Poupon, roll your [expletive] windows up," he responded.

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At the font conference


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July 22, 2008

Please help

A woman with a clipboard stopped me in the street. She said "Could you spare a couple of minutes for cancer research?"

I said, "All right, but we won't get much done."

- Jimmy Carr

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Phun is an educational, entertaining and somewhat (!) addictive piece of software for playing around in a 2D physics sandbox in a cartoony fashion.

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The days are just packed in Wisconsin

Experts Choose Perfect Cow Chips
Chips Need Weeks To Dry Out

UPDATED: 7:19 am CDT July 22, 2008

SAUK COUNTY, Wis. -- Some residents of Sauk County were hard at work on Monday evening choosing the perfect cow chips for the annual chip throwing competition.

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She doesn't look very impressed

New adverts are the pits

An advertising world first has been launched in London - pitvertising.

The innovative new concept uses digital TV screens built into the armpits of shirts.


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July 21, 2008

A pretty good rant

Too long to excerpt; it gets better and better.

The Blame Game
July 18, 2008; Page W9

Dear CEOs of U.S. airlines:

I want to say thanks for the July 10 email you sent to all your customers seeking to explain why today's air travel experience is so painful. The letter, signed by 12 of you, explained that "oil speculators" -- presumably by betting on future oil prices -- are killing your industry and thus requested that I, as a consumer, pressure Congress to rein in this "unchecked" market "manipulation."

I admit that just lately I'd begun to feel that flying was something akin to having my intestines fished out with a long hook. Actually, I'd been wondering whom to blame for the fact that it would probably be cheaper, easier and maybe even faster to drive to wherever I want to go than to board one of your planes. Suddenly, all is clear.

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24 clever ads

At Toxel.com. Here's a martial arts studio.


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Got a big one!

Fisherman Hooks Drowning Man, Reels Him In
Man Calls 911, Is Advised To Throw Something To Drowning Man

POSTED: 8:57 am EDT July 18, 2008

HALLOWELL, Maine -- [...]Bob Greene of Hallowell said he heard what he thought was a bird early Thursday as he was having his morning coffee. He then realized there was a man bobbing in the Kennebec River.

Greene said a 911 dispatcher told him to throw something to the man. He snagged the man's shirt with a fishing lure and reeled him in.

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This is what I'd call fly fishing

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July 19, 2008

Now isn't this interesting?

I ran across an article about climate change/AGW titled Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered at the APS site on Friday. It's an interesting read about the models used for the IPCC's reports on climate change.

I checked again this morning, since I was thinking of posting about it, and I noticed a disclaimer had been added at the top of the article.

The following article has not undergone any scientific peer review. Its conclusions are in disagreement with the overwhelming opinion of the world scientific community. The Council of the American Physical Society disagrees with this article's conclusions.

It's a little curious that there's a disclaimer today but wasn't one when the article was originally posted a couple of days ago.

Then I came across this interesting post at Transterrestrial Musings, which referred to a letter the article's author had sent to the APS, demanding that the disclaimer be removed since his paper had been reviewed.

Curiouser and curiouser.

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Kinetic sculpture

An interesting piece of art at the BMW Museum in Munich.

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The food pornographer

Food at its porniest.


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Unusual demolition method


Unlike conventional demolition that begins at the top of the building, Kajima's new method starts on the bottom floor, where the support columns are cut and replaced with giant computer-controlled jacks. Once the floor is demolished and the debris removed, the entire building is lowered and work begins on the next floor. The process is repeated for each floor until the entire building is gone.

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Parents can be so embarrassing

Denton pizza employee: Surprised to see dad when wig falls off robber

10:51 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 15, 2008

By DONNA FIELDER / Denton Record-Chronicle

A Denton pizza worker said she was surprised when a fellow employee overpowered a would-be robber -- and even more surprised by who the bad guy turned out to be.

As Stephanie Martinez was getting money out of a cash drawer, a co-worker, Rudy Sandoval, fought back against the intruder, knocking off his wig and sunglasses. [...]

Whe she saw the face behind the wig and dark glasses, "I dropped the money," Ms. Martinez said. "I said, 'Don't hit him again! That's my dad!'

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July 17, 2008


Someone googled 'biggest regret'.

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Tough boss

I hated my last boss. He asked me, "Why are you two hours late?"

I said, "Because I fell downstairs."

"That doesn't take two hours," he said.

- Johnny Carson

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La chute

Here's a collection of photos by Denis Darzacq titled La chute. (It's one of 13 portfolios at his site.)


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Bad cop! No doughnut! (2)

Daytona Beach Officer Fired Over Free Coffee At Starbucks

POSTED: 8:21 am EDT July 17, 2008

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Daytona Beach police officer has been fired over coffee.

According to an Internal Affairs report, Lt. Major Garvin threatened employees at a Daytona Starbucks. The store gives free coffee to officers, but he wanted a specialty drink.

The report says he told workers if they didn't make his latte, he might be slow to respond in an emergency.

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July 16, 2008

A BIG image collection

This page has a large number of (mostly) aerial photos in large format: 1024x768. There are some very nice images there. This one is of Fisherman's Point in the Orinoco delta in Venezuela.


Unfortunately, not a few of them lack captions so you can't tell what and/or where they are.

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Performance art

December 2005 - Paper & Vinyl - 400x330x280mm

Fully working, manual record player made entirely of paper. To play the record the handle needs to be turned in a clockwise direction at a steady 331/3rpm. The paper cone then acts as a pickup, amplifying the sound enough to make it audible. (Record shown, 'The Sound of Music' 1965).


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No fear

Hard to believe...


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They ought to give him a medal

Man, 94, Won't Be Prosecuted For Soliciting Hooker

POSTED: 10:57 am EDT July 16, 2008

BRADENTON, Fla. -- A 94-year-old Bradenton man whose arrest for soliciting a prostitute became fodder for late-night comedians won't be prosecuted after all.

A judge tossed out the misdemeanor charge Tuesday, saying Frank Milio was entrapped by an undercover officer before his arrest in November.

It's nice to see a judge throw out an entrapment case, too.

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July 15, 2008

Dancin' the Boogie

Everybody dance! The video's not bad but the music's what I like.

H.T.: Carol who says, "No wonder these two don’t have an ounce of fat between them!"

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Le roi est mort, vive le roi!

Living in the St. Louis metro area, I've heard a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth lately about InBev's acquiring Anheuser-Busch. Politicians have been especially noisome on the topic.

So this column in the Baltimore Sun is a breath of fresh air: Don't shed a tear over bid for beer

The American public's reaction to InBev's proposal was predictable, but some Belgians find it puzzling. They ask me: "Is this the America that prides itself as a bastion of free enterprise and competitive markets?" "Is this the America that chides Europe for its resistance to embracing free markets?" Yes, yes, I tell the Belgians - but you must understand that whenever our economy hits a bump in the road, we like to blame the foreigners.

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The Googling.

It's like something Hitchcock would have done if Google had been around in his time.

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Amtrak Mooners Forced To Pull Up Pants
8,000 Revelers Moon Amtrak Trains

POSTED: 11:43 am EDT July 14, 2008

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- The moons had to stop shining in the Orange County beach town of Laguna Niguel.

Sheriff's deputies told some 8,000 partiers to pull up their pants Saturday afternoon, shutting down the annual celebration known as "Moon Over Amtrak."

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July 12, 2008

What goes around, comes around

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Anti-discrimination run amok

Air traffic controller ad - in Braille

An airport has been accused of political correctness after advertising for a new air traffic controller in Braille.

Although '20/20 vision' is a requirement of the position at St Mary's airport on the Isles of Scilly, the application form is offered in both Braille and audio format.

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Geek tattoos

A collection of 15 pix of geeky tattoos.


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Methane monitors

Cow farts collected in plastic tank for global warming study
By Rupert Neate
Last Updated: 9:55PM BST 09/07/2008

Scientists are examining cow farts and burps in a novel bid to combat global warming. [...]

In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.


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July 10, 2008

Small government is possible℠

If you're a limited government type, here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is. The Committee For Small Government, which is sponsoring the End the Income Tax ballot initiative in Massachusetts, could use a hand.

They've done a huge amount of work to get their initiative on this year's ballot and they need to pay some of the bills incurred and they need to publicize the issue between now and November.

This is their second shot at this, having tried and nearly succeeded in 2002 (with 45% of the vote). They're obviously tired of living in Taxachusetts.

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How to water a cat

This automatic cat waterer at Hacked Gadgets reminded me of Harold, a cat who used to live with me many years ago.


I never made one of these for Harold, but he didn't need one. The tap in our bathtub had a very slow leak and Harold used to to get water from it by hopping into the tub and holding his paw against the tap. This caused any water that was about to drip to run down his foreleg and he'd lap it up when it got to his elbow. It was the cleverest thing I've ever seen a cat do.

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And in local news

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

The Belleville sock bandit strikes again

BELLEVILLE -- The Belleville sock bandit has struck again, police said.

James M. Dowdy, 36, of 7702 W. Main St., was charged with residential burglary, a class X felony. He's accused of stealing a pair of socks early Monday morning from a victim's basement.

Dowdy has gained a bizarre infamy for stealing woman's socks. He has served several prison sentences since 1993 for stealing socks.

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Last week we went to see the latest Pixar film WALL E. As usual for a Pixar movie, it was preceded by a short and the short was called Presto.

Update: Since the VideoSift version seems to be unavailable, let's try the Videolog version. (I wouldn't be surprised if we lose this one, too.)

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Crazy stories from the E.R.

A California doctor relates some crazy stories from the emergency room at DailyStrength.org. Here's one of 'em:

A woman came in complaining of pain in her pelvis, so the doctor put her in the stirrups and performed a pelvic exam. He immediately removed the problem -- a set of car keys. The woman explained she didn't want her boyfriend taking the car, so she hid the keys in a place where "he never goes".


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July 09, 2008

At the drive-thru

Carol sends this clip out with the comment, 'Cute Jack Nicholson impression."

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School of hard knocks

I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like "What I'm going to be if I grow up."

- Lenny Bruce

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Head painting

Taking face-painting to a new level.



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A novel memorial

When I ran across this article a week or so ago I was struck by it because I recognized one of the people it quoted as a client from a few years back. It's a small world.

San Francisco may name sewage treatment plant after Bush
By Jesse McKinley
Published: June 25, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO: Reagan has his highways. Lincoln has his memorial. Washington has the capital, and a state, too. But President George W. Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.

From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water-treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

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July 08, 2008

The moments before the pain begins

Jeff sends this collection of 9 images.










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Man Calls Police To Report Theft Of Money He Stole

POSTED: 12:47 pm EDT July 7, 2008

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A Kissimmee man was arrested after he called police to report that he'd been robbed of the money he stole.

Police said, early Friday morning, John Opperman-Green robbed a 7-Eleven on Orange Blossom Trail. When he left the store, he tried to get a ride with some men he didn't know. They robbed him of the money he had stolen and that's when he called police.

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Escalator fun

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Thanks so much

A Jewish grandmother is watching her grandchild playing on the beach when a huge wave comes and washes him out to sea. She pleads, "Please, God, save my only grandson! I beg you to bring him back."

And a big wave comes rolling onto the beach and washes the boy back, good as new. The woman looks up to heaven and says, "He had a hat!"

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July 07, 2008

Where's Matt?

I'd never heard of Matthew Harding but evidently many other people have. Some of them danced with him when he visited their countries on his trip around the world.


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Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jeb...

Back in April, I had a post about the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. While I still don't know if it's as large as that Next Energy News article claimed, I did run across some interesting corroboration in the news last week.

Oil Is Making Millionaires in North Dakota
Oil Deep Underground is Making Millionaires of North Dakotans at a Gusher-Like Pace

Associated Press Writer
BEULAH, N.D. June 30, 2008 (AP)

Oscar Stohler was raised in a sod house in western North Dakota and ranched there for nearly seven decades. He never gave much thought to what lay below the grass that fattened his cattle.

When oilmen wanted to drill there last year, Stohler, 83, doubted oil would be found two miles underground on his property. He even joked about it.

"I told them if they hit oil, I was going to buy a Cadillac convertible and put those big horns on the front and wear a 10-gallon hat," Stohler recalled.

He still drives his old pickup and wears a mesh farm cap — but it's by choice.

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Casa 11 mujeres

From Gizmodo:

It may not be crazy high-tech architecture, but there's something about this Chilean home hanging over the Pacific that has me glued to the screen with a mixed feeling of complete awe, peace, and envy. The materials, the clean design, the floor plan, the breathtaking views, all of it, make it the perfect place I want to live in.

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I'll believe this when I see it

110 MPG car

To find the future of the auto industry, Doug Pelmear looked to the past.

The Napoleon mechanic says he's perfected an engine developed by his grandfather 60-years ago--an engine that gives his 1987 mustang 110-miles to the gallon.

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July 06, 2008

From the cockpit

A collection of 10 photos taken from airplane cockpits. This one was taken in a P-51 Mustang.



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Tomorrow's gas at today's prices

I'm not sure what's up with MyGallons.com. The site's founder explicitly says that he's not selling gasoline futures.

Save Money On Gasoline Purchases.

Save money by pre-purchasing gas at today's prices, then fill up with your MyGallons Card when prices rise. No matter how high prices at the pump will go, the price of the gallons you've purchased will be locked-in.

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July 03, 2008

Happy 232nd, fellow citizens

From way down Texas way...

This is a video of The Cactus Cuties, very talented young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 13 singing The Star Spangled Banner. The performance was at the Texas Tech vs Texas basketball game January 20, 2008.

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Last laugh

An old prospector walked his tired old mule into a western town one day. He'd been out in the desert for about six months with nary a drop of whiskey.

He walked up to the first saloon he came to and tied his mule to the rail. As he stood there brushing some of the dust from his clothes, a young gunslinger walked out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, 'Hey old man, have you ever danced?'

The prospector looked up at him and said, 'No, I never did dance. I just never wanted to.'

A crowd had gathered by then and the gunslinger said, 'Well, you old fool, you're gonna dance now,' and he started shooting at the old man's feet. The prospector was hopping around and everybody was laughing. After the gunslinger fired his last bullet, he holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old prospector reached over to the mule, drew out his shotgun, and pulled both hammers back making a loud clicking sound. Somehow everything got very quiet. The crowd watched as the gunslinger slowly turned around and looked down the barrels of the shotgun.

The old man said to the gunslinger, 'Tell me, son. Have you ever kissed a mule's ass?'

H.T. Bill

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Last day on the job

Six images from Carol on this topic. Some, I gather, are causes of that last day while others look like results of it. (Click for a larger view.)

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But is it better than a cucumber?

Could Watermelon Replace Viagra?
Chemical In Rind Relaxes Blood Vessels

POSTED: 11:37 am EDT July 2, 2008

People often eat watermelon to cool down, but it could help get you heated up, in one way.

Researchers at Texas A&M University said that a substance in the rind of the fruit may relax blood vessels in a manner similar to Viagra, the popular erectile-dysfunction drug.

The substance is a phytochemical called citrulline, according to a news release from the school.

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July 02, 2008

Extreme highliner

This is not something I'll ever try - I get vertigo just watching it.

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Carrier pigeons

From the Globe and Mail:

Brazilian prisoners use pigeons to get high


June 27, 2008 at 9:34 AM EDT

It was the dipping flight path of pigeons that first alerted prison guards.

The birds were flying in and out of a prison in Marilia, Brazil, like any other day. No one thought anything of it, until they noticed the birds were struggling to fly - as if something was weighing them down.

Guards caught some of them and found out what was slowing them down. The birds were drug runners - smuggling narcotics and cellphones in little pouches.

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Identity theft

More cute animal pix from Carol (16 total). Her subject line was Beware of identity theft.


















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Travelin' light

Power Tools At Store Used To Rob Home Depot

POSTED: 6:55 am EDT June 30, 2008

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Whoever broke into the safe at a Miramar Home Depot was able to pack light.

Police say the thief or thieves used power tools on display in the store to open the vault room door and cut the hinges off the safe. Employees found the alarm disabled and the vault door open when they arrived for work Sunday morning.

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July 01, 2008

Sydney to L.A.

Check out item 6 in these directions for getting from Sydney to Los Angeles.


I'm not sure why you'd go from Sydney to Washington, rather than directly to Los Angeles. But I suppose that's a minor point.


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The bombs bursting in air

A funny - and timely - clip about fireworks from The Colbert Report.


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More externalities

I can just imagine all these brothel owners saying, "Drill here. Drill now. Pay less."

Gas Prices Hurting Brothel Business
Gas Cards Offered As Incentives For Truckers

POSTED: 9:06 am EDT June 30, 2008

RENO, Nev. -- Sex sells -- but not well enough.

Nevada's legal brothels are having to offer gas cards and other promotions to lure customers. Geoffrey Arnold, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association, said truckers are about 75 percent of the patrons at the state's rural "houses."

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How's your day going?

This photo from John looks a little bit odd since the foreground focus is sharp and the background's not; maybe the auto-focus caught the convertible.

But it's pretty funny nonetheless. (Click it for a larger image.)

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