August 30, 2008
The best one-hit knock-out
Kevin sends a link to this clip.
Fried jelly beans?
Foods vie for best of fried title at State Fair of Texas
07:28 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
By ERIC AASEN / The Dallas Morning News
Who will be crowned this year's king or queen of fried fair goodness?
Maybe it will be a cook who whips up something sweet, like the Fried Banana Split or Texas Fried Jelly Bellys or Fire & Ice, a deep-fried pineapple ring.
A large collection of signs in 'Engrish'.
Not cut out for that line of work
Man Turns Himself In After Bank Robbery
POSTED: 8:47 am EDT August 29, 2008
BRADENTON, Fla. -- A Manatee County man decided to turn himself into authorities a day after allegedly robbing a bank.
Deputies say 43-year-old Charles Bernard Whitley called the sheriff's office from a gas station pay phone Thursday morning. A sheriff's spokesman says Whitley told deputies what he had done, apologized and waited to be picked up.
August 28, 2008
He's that good
What happens when religious people don't go to church?
Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos kicked match referee Chakir Chelbat in the face after being declared the loser in his bronze- medal tae kwon do match against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov. Matos leading in the match when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Chilmanov later said: "To me it was obvious he was unable to continue. His toe on his left foot was broken." The Cuban was subsequently banned for life.
What a surprise!
Nobody wanted to pay 30,000 for an old Chevy pickup with a million miles on it. What a shocker!
Million-Mile Truck Doesn't Sell On eBay
Owner Says He'll Try Again
POSTED: 9:36 am EDT August 27, 2008
CATAWBA, Wis. -- Low mileage? No way! But Frank Oresnik is still hoping to sell his million-mile pickup.
Oresnik put his 1991 Chevrolet Silverado up for auction on eBay. He had wanted at least $30,000, but he didn't get it.
August 27, 2008
One of 38 pix of military humor.
A different world
There's a store in my neighborhood called Futon World. I love that name. It makes me think of a magical place... that gets less comfortable over time.
- Demetri Martin
The first lesson
An ad by a Dutch insurance company that's a retelling of an old joke.
Moline man jailed after sending hostages for beer
By The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 2:23 PM CDT
FORT MADISON, Iowa — An Illinois man who police say held five people hostage in a Fort Madison motel was arrested after he sent two of his hostages on a beer run.
August 26, 2008
Pimp your Lamborghini
Here's one of many photos of this hand-customized Lamborghini.
The car was actually done in sharpie markers on the paint and then finished with a clear coat for protection. It took about 2 weeks total. Prestige (Lamborghini Miami) definitely shocked a lot of people when this car was first seen in California during the Concorso Italiano/Pebble Beach week. It attracted attention good and unfortunately bad everywhere it went.
Kansas university fires mooning debate coach
Fri Aug 22, 10:18 PM EDT
WICHITA, Kan. — Fort Hays State University has fired its debate coach for losing his temper at a tournament, engaging in a videotaped shouting match that included pulling down his shorts to expose his underwear.
University President Edward H. Hammond also announced Friday that the school was immediately suspending its debate program until problems are addressed at the national level. He said it was important to take a stand against the declining standards of college debate.
Quick change housekeeper
An ad from Ikea.
Too much information
Trailer Thief Caught As Officer Tries To Buy
Detective No Longer Interested In Trailer
POSTED: 9:47 am EDT August 26, 2008
OCALA, Fla. -- A vacationing Florida deputy was looking for a deal -- but got a crook.
Off-duty Marion County sheriff's Detective Thomas Tingue spotted a travel trailer on the road with a "For Sale" sign. He called the number to ask the price and learned the trailer had been stolen.
August 25, 2008
A 360° view of the Olympic stadium in Beijing
Buds R Us
Authorities Find Marijuana Grow Operation At Miami Mall
POSTED: 7:55 am EDT August 25, 2008
MIAMI -- The Mall of the Americas in Miami was home to a business not usually found among the food courts, retail stores and movie theaters of similar locations: a hydroponic nursery with more than 200 marijuana plants.
The gymnast you didn't see
They're here to help
Commuter Flights Grounded Thanks To Bumbling TSA Inspector
Wed, 20 Aug '08
Damaged TAT Probes On Nine Jets While Conducting 'Security Checks'
They're the government... and remember, they're here to help. A bumbling inspector with the Transportation Safety Administration apparently has some explaining to do, after nine American Eagle regional jets were grounded at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday.
Citing sources within the aviation industry, ABC News reports an overzealous TSA employee attempted to gain access to the parked aircraft by climbing up the fuselage... reportedly using the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes mounted to the planes' noses as handholds.
Mary sent this cartoon about super swimmer Michael Phelps.
When I went searching for its origin, I found this site with 6 other Michael Phelps cartoons.
Update: Narayanan at Tech Spikes left a comment: 'Here are 14 more Phelps cartoons.'
Carol sends an oldie that's worth another go...
A drunk man who smelled like a distillery sat down next to a priest in a subway car. The man's tie was stained, his face was smeared with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, 'Say Father, what causes arthritis?'
The priest replied, 'My son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for yourself and the lack of a bath.'
The drunk muttered in response, 'Well, I'll be damned.' He resumed reading his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. 'I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to be so uncharitable. How long have you had arthritis?'
The drunk answered, 'I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.'
August 22, 2008
It's not long 'til deer season
And if you start soon, you can build a deer stand like the one described here.
Spot the difference between the seventh and eighth pictures in this collection.
50 years of American history
Mary sends a like to a Flash clip based on Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire. The presentation's a little cheesy, but the collection of images is pretty good. (Of course, it helps if you like the song.)
Did I say, 'Stranger than fiction'?
Ms. McKinney's story gets even weirder than my first post about her.
Dog cloner Joyce McKinney sought over burglary to fund horse's wooden leg
An American dog lover who garnered global attention after having her pit bull cloned and then admitted to being the woman accused in a 1970s British sex abduction case is now being sought on charges of plotting a bizarre burglary in Tennessee.
August 20, 2008
Presentation is everything
$11,111.11 per foot
Man Sues Restaurant Over 9-Foot Tapeworm
Customer Says Salmon Contained Parasite
POSTED: 2:25 pm EDT August 19, 2008
CHICAGO -- A man who contends he got a 9-foot tapeworm after eating undercooked fish has sued a Chicago restaurant.
Franz's lawsuit seeks $100,000 from Shaw's and its parent company, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, contending the restaurant's staff was negligent in serving him improperly cooked fish.
This comes from a collection of pix of 11 'head graphics'.
Headed for the Office Olympics
German police seize teens' motorized office chair
Mon Aug 18, 5:55 PM ET
BERLIN - German police have confiscated what may be the world's fastest office chair. Police say officers happened on the contraption — the work of two inventive 17-year-olds — in the western town of Gross-Zimmern on Saturday.
The pair had added a lawnmower engine, bicycle brakes and a metal frame to the revolving chair — making into a go-kart-like vehicle.
August 19, 2008
It's not particularly aerobic
From a post titled The State of Exercise in America
The old trouser snake trick
Weatherman freaked out by trouser snake
Monday, August 18, 2008
There's a reason the saying 'never work with children or animals' was coined, as a terrified TV weatherman found out.
Weatherman Kurtis Gertz put on a fixed-yet-terrified grin as a python started to slither inside his shorts on US television.
It had all started so well. The KCCI-TV presenter first appeared with the 10ft long creature around his shoulders as he reported from the Iowa State Fair last week.
But the giant Burmese python, called Dawn, had other ideas.
says CodeWritinFool. And it is pretty impressive.
Uni. Washington and Microsoft Research collaborates on (yet another) mindblowing 3D photo viewer
If you think you've seen what's possible with Photosynth, then you've seen nothing yet. The collaborative research team from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research who only two years ago in 2006 published their paper "Photo Tourism" and their technology demonstration "Photosynth" have again pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved by intuitively processing the abundance of digital images shared on the web.
This week at SIGGRAPH 2008 they're sharing with the world some even better technology they've been working on which they call "Finding Paths through the World's Photos". Don't let the name fool you, it's damn cool. If you're not much of a reading person like me, take a look at this video demonstration. (Watch it till the end)
Seemed like a good idea at the time
Poodle drove car
A Chinese couple received a police caution for trying to teach their dog to drive.
Traffic police at Liunan spotted a car driving too slowly on a local expressway, reports Nanguo Morning Post.
As they pulled in behind the car, officers were amazed to see a poodle with its front legs on the steering wheel. [...]
The woman says she and her boyfriend came up with the idea of teaching their pet dog, Niu Niu, to drive after noticing the expressway was nearly empty and the weather was good.
August 18, 2008
The downtown duck hero
Carol sends a batch of photos of a mallard duck who built a nest on a second storey ledge in downtown Spokane and hatched her brood there. The link goes to a story -- with the photos in a slideshow -- about a man named Joel Armstrong who took them all under his wing and helped Mama Mallard get her ducklings to the Spokane river.
Downtown Duck Hero
On Tuesday, May 20, a Spokane man who works downtown as a loan officer at a local bank, became a hero in the eyes of his sister and many of his co-workers. What follows is his story, as told by his sister, Candace Mumm.
Here's a picture of the happy ending.
If you want to be happy
Lonely Aussie Men Appeal To Ugly Women
Following Criticism, Mayor Says He Was Misquoted
POSTED: 9:31 am EDT August 18, 2008
SYDNEY, Australia -- Ugly women are wanted for the bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa.
August 15, 2008
More latte art
The Wall Street Journal and I are both a few months behind on this one. Be sure to check out the video.
Foam Sweet Foam: 'Latte Art' Heats Up in Home Kitchens
By CARI TUNA
August 14, 2008; Page A1
For the past eight months, Wayne Mathias has been perfecting his pour.
Every morning, the 47-year-old San Francisco legal-records analyst makes a cup of espresso, froths some milk and then decants it into the cup with a rhythmical flicking motion. When all goes well, the delicate white swirls form a heart or a fernlike leaf called a "rosetta." Sometimes he gets a formless blob instead.
Who'd have thought?
From Time magazine.
Spray-On Condoms: Still a Hard Sell
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008
By CALLIE LEFEVRE
Edison had his lightbulb, Ford had his Model T, and Jan Vinzenz Krause has his spray-on condom. Inspired by the mechanics of a drive-through car wash, the German sexual-health educator designed a custom-fitting male contraceptive using liquid latex and some materials from a hardware store. "I felt a little like MacGyver," he says of building the contraption.
Dare to dream
Cinderella, Snow White and Mickey Mouse arrested as police clash with staff at Disneyland
By Daily Mail Reporter
Mickey Mouse had his tail between his legs yesterday - after being arrested by police and led away in handcuffs.
Also taken into custody outside Disneyland in Anaheim, Los Angeles, were Cinderella, Snow White, and Tinkerbell.
It happened as workers at the theme park - dubbed the Happiest Place on Earth - staged a demonstration over pay and conditions.
August 14, 2008
Large Hadron Collider
There are 27 images of the LHC at The Big Picture.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year.
When people ask me how I'm getting to the airport I say, "Well, I'm flying to one of them."
- Stephen Wright
By NASA's THEMIS mission.
Who'd have thought?
Chef Julia Child: Super Spy?
Secret CIA Files Identify Nearly 24,000 Spies From WWII Era
POSTED: 4:46 am EDT August 14, 2008
WASHINGTON -- What big secret did chef Julia Child, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg share?
During the time Adolf Hitler's Germany was threatening the world, they served in an international spy ring managed by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.
August 13, 2008
An old clip from his Saturday Night Live days.
A rave review
I am writing to say what an excellent product you have. I've used it all of my married life, as my Mom always told me it was the best. Now that I am in my forties I find it even better. In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to belittle me about how clumsy I was and generally started becoming a pain in the neck.
One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with his blood on my new white blouse. I grabbed my bottle of Tide with bleach alternative and to my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I was no longer considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband!
What a relief! Going through menopause is bad enough without being a murder suspect! I thank you, once again, for having a great product.
Well, gotta go, as I have to write to the Hefty bag people.
Sorry we missed you
Police's fridge-magnet calling card
Neal Keling and Pul R Taylor
AN investigation has been launched into claims that cheeky cops are said to have left a fridge-magnet calling card after smashing into the wrong house.
Officers hunting a criminal recalled to prison for breaching his release conditions broke into the home of a couple in Oldham.
The family came home to find a hole in their back door, police in the yard, and fridge magnets rearranged to spell "OLDHAM TASK FORCE CALLED".
August 12, 2008
When I first got into this business in 1981, one of the machines I worked with was a Modcomp Classic. It came new with 512 KB of RAM (twice the RAM of the previous model) and a fast 16-bit CPU that was four RCA 4-bit processors in parallel. It had a front panel somewhat similar to the one above. (I could tell you about the old discrete-component, drum memory GE computer the Modcomp replaced but I don't want to tax your patience too much.)
To start one of these machines, you entered a simple program (a dozen instructions, say) into memory using the toggle switches on the front panel. Then you started that program running.
The program you toggled in would read the bootstrap loader, stored in ROM, into memory and start that. In turn, the loader would go looking for a boot device - a tape, a hard disk or even a card reader - and load the operating system into memory. As you can guess, this was a fairly slow process. A boot from disk that went quickly probably took about 5 minutes. If you used a tape drive (or a card reader) it took even longer.
We kept the boot instruction sequence written in machine language (hexadecimal) on the backs of punch cards on the inside of the cabinet doors. Those were the days, my friend.
It's not the age. It's the mileage
A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles per year. Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.
That means, again on average, that we're getting about 41 miles to the gallon.
Kind of makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?
Racing 'round the world
An ad from Shell oil called The Circuit.
Even weirder than the headline sounds
Woman Strips Naked After Causing Crashes, Carjacking SUV
POSTED: 7:56 am EDT August 12, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman was arrested after she caused a string of accidents, carjacked an SUV and then stripped naked after crashing into a fence Sunday night.
August 11, 2008
Stranger than fiction
And here I thought Mormons frowned on B&D.
Cloned puppies may have exposed 31-year mystery
By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press Writer
Sat Aug 9, 4:08 PM ET
SALT LAKE CITY - A woman who made news around the world when she had five pups cloned from her beloved pit bull Booger looked very familiar to some who saw her picture: She may be the same woman who 31 years earlier was accused of abducting a Mormon missionary in England, handcuffing him to a bed and making him her sex slave.
Life's a beach
Curfew violation too?
Bike-Ridding 11-Year-Old Sneaks Out Of House To Rob Walgreens
POSTED: 5:59 am EDT August 11, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Another Walgreens was held up and police said the 11-year-old gunman snuck out of his parents' home, rode his bike to the drug store and used BB guns to demand cash. Police caught the child as he was trying to leave.
August 10, 2008
An art deco sunset
When the afternoon clouds cleared off yesterday evening, I was struck by their shape, arrangement and color. Click for a larger view.
August 08, 2008
It was only a matter of time
From Time magazine.
Who Can You Sue? Click Here
By SIOBHAN MORRISSEY / MIAMI
As if there weren't enough people out there suing each other, now a Florida attorney has come up with a way to make the process even easier.
Beginning next month, anyone with access to the Internet should be able to log onto WhoCanISue.com. The new website plans to help consumers determine whether they actually have a case and help them find an attorney from a list of lawyers who advertise their expertise on the website.
Another priceless example
Running stop light: $100.00
Not wearing a seat belt: $150.00
Putting you & your girlfriend's photo on your fake drivers license? Priceless!
I read about this earlier in the week but just found the video on YouTube today.
British couple wed strapped to wings of airplanes
RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 5, 7:30 PM ET
LONDON - It was Katie and Darren's wedding day and they were in the clouds — strapped to the top of biplanes reciting vows 1,000 feet above the earth. Katie Hodgson, 23, took to the skies Tuesday in a full bridal gown on the top wing of red-and-white plane operated by Team Guinot, a group of stunt pilots.
Groom Darren McWalters, 24, flew by her side on an identical plane, while Rev. George Bringham — flying ahead of the couple — married them over an airborne communications system.
If you ever want to see your crane again
Crews Drop Crane Back Into Water After Learning They Weren't Getting Paid
POSTED: 6:27 pm EDT August 7, 2008
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Crews lifted a crane from the bottom of the Titusville Marina on Thursday, but dropped it right back in the water when they found out they weren't getting paid.
The crew was lifting the crane that sunk during a barge collapse last week, but the crewmen had no intentions of doing the work for free.
August 07, 2008
Spread your wings
A clever ad for the Washington State lottery.
This is an antique that's made the e-mail rounds for years. But we'll give it another go since it's never appeared here.
In a gynecologist's office: Dr. Jones, at your cervix.
In a podiatrist's office: Time wounds all heels.
On a septic truck: Yesterday's Meals on Wheels
On another septic truck: Caution - This truck is full of political promises
At a proctologist's door: To expedite your visit, please back in
On a plumber's truck: We repair what your husband fixed.
On another plumber's truck: Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.
At a tire shop in Milwaukee: Invite us to your next blowout.
At a towing company: We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.
On an electrician's truck: Let us remove your shorts.
On a maternity room door: Push. Push. Push.
At an optometrist's office: If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.
On a taxidermist's window: We really know our stuff.
Seen on a fence:Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!
At a car dealership: The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment.
Outside a muffler shop: No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.
In a veterinarian's waiting room: Back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!
At the electric company We would be delighted if you send in your payment. And if you don't, you will be.
In a restaurant window: Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.
In the front yard of a funeral home: Drive carefully. We'll wait.
At a propane filling station: Thank heaven for little grills.
At a Chicago radiator shop: Best place in town to take a leak.
Acts 2:38, LLC
Here's a local oddity. I spotted this dump truck one morning while driving and was lucky enough to get a clear shot of it as we pulled away from a traffic signal. While I don't recommend that driving technique, I'd never seen a company name that was chapter & verse numbers in the Bible. (Click for a larger view.)
I'll make a wild guess that the owner of this enterprise is a Baptist - maybe a Pentecostal. The verse is, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
Blessed are the meek
Preacher, 71, Convicted For Road Rage
Man Waved Gun, Cursed At Another Driver
POSTED: 10:34 am EDT August 7, 2008
CINCINNATI -- A 71-year-old Cincinnati preacher was on his way to church when he allegedly waved a gun at another motorist and cursed at her.
The preacher, Thomas Howell, claims that the woman cut him off. Howell testified in court that he has a gun and permit but denied ever removing the weapon from its holster.
But a judge sided with the woman, who said the preacher threatened to shoot her and called her names as their cars chased each other.
August 06, 2008
A very good collection of businesses with puns in their signs.
Robbed by a one-armed bandit
Man tells 911 slot machine stole his money
Tue Aug 5, 3:03 PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. - A second Florida man has been arrested on charges of making false 911 calls in as many days. An arrest report says 47-year-old Carlos Gutierrez was at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino early Monday and called 911 to say the slot machine stole his money. The report says Gutierrez left the casino to place a second 911 call to say the same thing.
A blast from the past
There's nothing new under the sun. Here's a 30-year-old clip of Jack Nicholson driving a hydrogen-fueled car.
Don't ask, don't tell
A man's in bed with his girlfriend. After having great sex, she spends the next hour lovingly stroking his penis, something she's done on many occasions.
Rather than just enjoying it, he asks her, "Why do you love doing that so much?"
"Because I really miss mine."
August 05, 2008
A show of hands
A Spanish ad for Head & Shoulders shampoo.
Show a little sympathy
I went to the dentist. He said, "Say, aaah."
"Why?" I asked.
"Because my dog just died."
This Week in Bacon
This week's feature is a bacon alarm clock, the cleverly named Wake n' Bacon, that wakes you up with the smell of real cooked bacon, rather than the traditional, grating, cruel, terrible, gruesome alarm-clock sound.
Revenge is sweet
Check out the photo with the article.
Man Says House Color Is Way Of Fighting Back Against Neighbors
POSTED: 11:08 am EDT August 4, 2008
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- John Sauve said he was fed up with his neighbors on Nottingham Street off of SR-407. He says they snitched on him to code enforcement.
Neighbors called his home an "eye sore" and and an "Easter egg." Sauve's home is kiwi green, lavender and aqua blue with bright yellow accents.
"I'm going for the Key West look," Sauve said.
August 04, 2008
The superhero vote
As he says, "Interesting."
And call me in the morning
"I tried to kill myself yesterday by taking a thousand aspirin."
"Well, after the first two I felt a lot better."
Carol sends this set of 17 curious newspaper clippings. I thought the first one was bogus but when I checked, I found an article about that lawyer in that newspaper.
"This is an artist's conception of the Mount Pleasant High School football field Friday after an electrical transformer blew,knocking out the stadium lights."
"We had no idea anyone was buried here."
"I wouldn't do it again" says the hero, "she's been a pain this week"
Here's the winner of a local dog look-alike contest. He does look exactly like his dog!
August 01, 2008
Speed is Life
High speed passes in jet fighters.
Solar-driven catalytic electrolysis
'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution
Scientists mimic essence of plants' energy storage system
Anne Trafton, News Office
July 31, 2008
In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine.
Check out the video of Professor Nocera's description.
Trash bag balloon animals
An article with a cool video in New York magazine about the street art of Joshua Harris.
Call us boring and simple-minded, but before we saw the work of street artist Joshua Allen Harris we never once considered the artistic possibilities of subway exhaust. Using only tape and garbage bags, Harris creates giant inflatable animals that become animated when fastened to a sidewalk grate. Steven Psyllos caught up with Harris recently to discuss his older works (including a bear and a giraffe) and unveil a new beast that looks not unlike the Cloverfield monster.
I wonder if it's funny
New Spider Species Named For Colbert
Comedian Gets Same Honor As Neil Young
POSTED: 9:21 am EDT August 1, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- A trapdoor spider species found along the coast of California last year is the new eight-legged tribute to Stephen Colbert.
There's a type of spider named after Neil Young?