September 30, 2008
A clever canine
Another shot o' cute.
As physics professor at Adelaide University in Australia, Sir Kerr Grant used to illustrate the time of descent of a free-falling body by allowing a heavy ball suspended from the lecture-theater roof trusses to fall some 30 feet and be caught in a sand bucket.
Each year the bucket was lined up meticulously to catch the ball - and each year students secretly moved the bucket to one side, so that the ball crashed thunderously to the floor. Tiring of this rather stale joke, the professor traced a chalk line around the bucket. The students moved the bucket as usual, traced a chalk mark around the new position, rubbed it out and replaced the bucket in its original spot.
"'Aha!'" the professor explained, seeing the faint outline of the erased chalk mark. He moved the bucket over it and released the ball - which thundered to the floor as usual.
At False Kiva
That had to be one sick rabbit
Oregon Hospital Tells Grandfather He's Pregnant
Hospital Administrator Blames Errant Keystroke
Talk about some big baby news.
A patient treated for agonizing abdominal pain received this news in the hospital's paperwork: "Based on your visit today, we know you are pregnant."
That was surprising indeed for 71-year-old John Grady Pippen.
September 29, 2008
Falcon 1 to orbit
SpaceX succeeded in putting their bird into orbit yesterday. Video below is 10 minutes.
What a headline II
Hookers to get BJ's in a mall
By Mike McLaughlin
The Brooklyn Paper
The BJ's Wholesale Club destined for the Red Hook waterfront might be part of a six-level shopping plaza with several other stores and even some residential units, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.
This series of battling church signs is pretty funny. These are the first two of nine.
A dramatic exit
A pilot bails before his plane crashes and burns. From the videographier's site:
Kevin Eldridge bails out of the Super Corsair at the first annual Phoenix Air races. Notice he turns the plane away from the airshow crowd and points the plane at the ground before bailing out. You can bet his butt was getting really hot judging from the intense flames. The Super Corsair exploded upon impact, a sad loss. Kevin had minor injuries, but he is fine today. Announcer is Sandy Sanders.
September 27, 2008
The peak theory of rock
The Hubbert Peak Theory of Rock, or, Why We're All Out of Good Songs
Many rock purists and music snobs (myself included) often lament the quality of most modern pop/rock music. "Music these days is so trite and derivative," they say. "It's just been downhill since the 60's and 70's. Those were the days." [...]
I, however, wasn't content with the casual analysis. So I punched the list into Excel, crunched some numbers, and found an interesting parallel between the decline of rock music quality and, of all things, the decline in US oil discovery and production:
September 26, 2008
I had a job selling hearing aids door-to-door. It wasn't easy because the best prospects never answered.
- Bob Monkhouse
More cool ads
Not only no, but...
Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) was just on CNBC and said that his mail and calls on the bailout plan are running 50-50: 50% no and 50% hell no.
Here's a dose o' cute.
September 25, 2008
Enough kids for a baseball league
Parents Of 17 Kids To Gain One More
Oldest Child To Wed On Friday
TONTITOWN, Ark. -- Jim and Michelle Duggar live in Tontitown, Ark., and have 17 children with one more expected in January.
Their second-generation family will begin on Friday with the marriage of their oldest son.
I'm reminded of Groucho Marx asking to a woman contestant on You Bet Your Life why she had so many children.
"Well, I love my husband," she answered.
"I love my cigar, too, but I take it out once in a while."
Tokyo's bike bot
Which is scarier?
That this thing might actually work? Or that the TSA will use it, even if it doesn't?
Homeland Security Detects Terrorist Threats by Reading Your Mind
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
By Allison Barrie
Baggage searches are SOOOOOO early-21st century. Homeland Security is now testing the next generation of security screening — a body scanner that can read your mind.
Most preventive screening looks for explosives or metals that pose a threat. But a new system called MALINTENT turns the old school approach on its head. This Orwellian-sounding machine detects the person — not the device — set to wreak havoc and terror.
Ricardo Salamanca's Salamagica.
September 24, 2008
You gotta license for those grapes?
A EULA for produce? Here's the fine print from a package of grapes.
The recipient of the produce contained in this package agrees not to propagate or reproduce any portion of the produce, including (but not limited to) seeds, stems, tissue and fruit.
I didn't know that Brylcreem was still available but here's a recent ad for it that's pretty entertaining.
What he said - squared
Bailout Quote of the Day
Congressional Republicans have posted a far from impressive record in upholding free market principles in recent years. One of the few exceptions is Indiana Representative Mike Pence, who has the best short comment on the bailout I have seen all day:"I must tell you, there are those in the public debate who have said that we must act now. The last time I heard that, I was on a used-car lot," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana. "The truth is, every time somebody tells you that you've got to do the deal right now, it usually means they're going to get the better part of the deal."
$10 (and who knows how many hours)
This guy in Lexington, Kentucky did an amazing job decorating his basement. See the 360° Flash show in the article.
Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie
By Cheryl Truman
When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over.
September 23, 2008
Here's a switch
Construction workers complain about nude skater
Tue Sep 23, 3:48 PM ET
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police took a waterfront Lady Godiva down a notch this week. Barely. They were getting calls about a nude skater whizzing past tourists and rush-hour commuters. [...]
Police told her to tone it down after construction workers complained.
The Russian Bar trio
A pretty impressive act that appeared on America's Got Talent.
Gimme a sign
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.
- Woody Allen
A large collection of photos taken by Brian Lawrence at the Antique Motorcycle Club of America's Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet at Rhinebeck, NY.
Here's an oldie from Birmingham Small Arms, the largest producer of motorcycles at one time.
September 22, 2008
She's a natural
Woman named Bacon wins Idaho hog-calling title
September 21, 2008 - 11:17pm
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Jolee Bacon really sizzles when it comes to hog-calling.
The northern Idaho woman took first place Saturday in the competition at the Nez Perce County Fair.
Take a number
Help's on the way
Nigerian Billionaire Helps Rescue Failing Banks
By Brian Briggs
New York, NY – Nigerian philanthropic billionaire Esenam Ayele said that he would make $80 billion dollars available to US banks from his accounts in Nigeria. All he needed to transfer the funds was a trusted associate at the bank. [...]
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said Ayele could be trusted. "I know he's had problems in the past with people believing him, but I assured the folks over at Washington Mutual that he was for real."
Extreme sticky notes
An entertaining clip from eepybird.com, the guys who did the Coke + Mentos videos.
September 21, 2008
Web cams at the Large Hadron Collider
Here are two cams for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.
Prunes of the Future
I've never been a fan of Ray Bradbury but this old ad for prunes is pretty funny.
September 19, 2008
Slick beer ad
Check out this Brazilian ad. When the Flash lady finishes loading, put a man's name in the first box and a woman's in the second. (You can leave the email boxes blank.) Then click "Visualizar."
How to pretend you care
Not my personal view but as funny as you'd expect from The Onion.
Your foxy grandma
My grandmother has a bumper sticker on her car that says, 'Sexy Senior Citizen.' You don't want to think of your grandmother that way, do you? Out entering wet shawl contests. Makes you wonder where she got that dollar she gave you for your birthday.
- Andy Rooney
Ever hear a song playing and think, "That could use a little more cowbell..."
Then here's your site: upload an MP3 and add some cowbell.
|Make your own at MoreCowbell.dj|
I thought this clip about malware and cybercrime from F-Secure was pretty interesting. It explained a lot of the bizarre Spam I've seen. ( It's fairly long at 10 minutes.)
September 18, 2008
I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up. I'm only six feet tall, so I couldn't play basketball. I'm only 190 pounds, so I couldn't play football. And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn't be a referee.
- Jay Leno
After hurricane Ike
28 photos of the short - but eventful - life of Ike at The Big Picture.
Nyuk nyuk nyuk
These 50-year-olds aren’t too mature to throw pie
Posted: Sept. 13, 2008
At age 18, Dan Johnson and Malcolm McDowell Woods vowed that when they turned 50 — a laughably remote destination to anyone that young — they would have a pie fight. [...]
Thirty-two years have passed in a blur of jobs, mortgages, wives, kids and pets. So next weekend, Dan and Malcolm will fling pastry at each other and invite friends and family to join in.
September 17, 2008
25 High dynamic range photos
Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create incredibly stunning pictures which blur our sense of the difference between reality and illusion.
You can't blame the train
Police: Man who wanted picture gets 'train rash'
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police say a man who wanted his picture taken next to a moving train suffered "train rash" but no serious injuries when he got too close to the train.
Man clipped by train while lighting a cigarette
ASSOCIATED PRESS 09/16/2008
BENTON, Ill. -- A southern Illinois man will probably pay more attention the next time he lights a cigarette near railroad tracks.
Authorities in Benton say 25-year-old Brandon Robles escaped serious injury early Sunday when he was clipped by a passing Union Pacific train when he stopped near the tracks for a smoke.
A monument to Marxism
A Polish businessman had this house constructed, following up on an idea he had while Poland was still under Communist rule.
An incentive plan
Use cattle prod on unemployed, says Australian politician
AFP - Tuesday, September 16 04:54 am
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian politician has used his first speech to parliament to call for unemployed idlers to be stung with a cattle prod to get them to work.
John Williams, a former truck driver, shearer, farmer and small business owner who only took his place in the Senate on July 1, said he had seen many people living on employment benefits who were "determined not to work".
September 16, 2008
Second Seinfeld ad for Microsoft
At 4:30, it's a little long -- or maybe it just seems that way.
Tour the solar system
Here are 9 posters about traveling to the planets done in a very retro style. The one for Mars is my favorite but this one's pretty cool too.
A little fender bender
Bill passes along this e-mail.
To my darling husband,
Before you return from your business trip, I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too much about me.
I was coming home from Wal-Mart and when I turned into the driveway I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake. The garage door is slightly bent but the pick up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your car.
I am really sorry, but I know with your kind-hearted personality you will forgive me. You know how much I love you and care for you, sweetheart.
Your loving wife.
P.S. Your girlfriend called.
This guy deserves a medal
Not everyone can face cat breath.
Mouth To Meow-th: Firefighter Revives Cat
Feline Rescued From Burning Apartment
POSTED: 8:39 pm EDT September 10, 2008
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- A lucky cat owes one of its nine lives to a Massachusetts firefighter who revived it with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
September 15, 2008
What to do with old planes, copters and missles? Use them for advertising.
Here's the missile collection.
He looks like Rin Tin Tin, too
Pooch Dials 911 When Owner Has Seizure
Owner Says He Trained Dog To Call For Help
POSTED: 12:40 pm EDT September 14, 2008
PHOENIX -- Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., said a German shepherd saved his owner's life by dialing 911 when he began to have a seizure.
Joe Stalnaker said he adopted the dog, Buddy, when he was 8 weeks old and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms.
A clever ad from Puegeot.
Who'd watch Bruce Willis with clothes on?
Naked dog walker Tasered in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- A 40-year-old man walking his dog in the nude was Tasered by police when he refused to follow an officer's commands.
David McCranie of the Tallahassee Police Department says an officer on patrol spotted the man shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.
The man was asked what he was doing and told the officer, "Allah told me to watch a Bruce Willis movie and walk the dog," McCranie said.
September 14, 2008
Pimp your mixer
Did you know that every year over one million KitchenAid stand mixers are sold AND NOT A SINGLE ONE WITH FLAMES!!!! Only you can put a stop to this tragedy. By making a small, non-taxdeductable donation through the PURCHASE link at the bottom of this page we can start the healing process one mixer at a time. Live juicy. Flame it up!
September 12, 2008
More images of funny coincidences.
Right before your eyes
A glass blower makes a cat - in 90 seconds.
How to get off the no-fly list
Quebec man changes name to dodge relentless airport screening
A Quebec businessman whose name is one of the many that have erroneously landed on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's flight passenger watch list has decided to change his name to avoid lengthy security hassles at the airport.
Mario Labbé, an executive with a Montreal-based record company, says his Canadian passport triggers a red alert on the computers of U.S. customs agents every time he tries to board a flight to the U.S. — which is about once a month for the past seven years.
September 10, 2008
A useful tool
More LHC news
Here's an interesting item.
It's a miracle
Evolutionists Flock To Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain
September 5, 2008
DAYTON, TN—A steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the modern evolutionary movement—made manifest on a concrete wall in downtown Dayton.
There's a nice collection of landscape images, arranged in a slideshow, here.
Police: Man blames bad driving on spilled beer
Tue Sep 9, 6:22 PM ET
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man with four previous drunken driving convictions who was stopped for weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 40 was ready with an excuse for his poor driving: his passenger spilled his beer.
September 09, 2008
John sends 11 images of redneck handiwork.
Just imagine the sound effects.
Balls found inside 'rattling' dog
A dog had to have 13 golf balls removed from its stomach after eating them on walks around a Fife course.
First Seinfeld ad for Microsoft
I heard about Seinfeld's deal to do ads for Microsoft a few weeks ago and have been waiting to see what came of it. Here's the first - judge for yourself.
September 08, 2008
Moment a dolphin gave birth caught on film
By Paul Eccleston
Last Updated: 3:01pm BST 02/09/2008
This is the moment of birth of a baby dolphin.
The unique moment was captured by a photographer at the Oltremare Aquarium at Riccione in Italy.
Consider the source
I used to think that the brain was the greatest organ in the human body, then I realized, 'Hey! Look what's telling me that!'
- Emo Philips
That would be the large hadron collider, which is scheduled to start operating early Wednesday (late Tuesday here in the US).
What a wake-up call
Burglar victims wake to spice rub, sausage attack
By Louis Galvan / The Fresno Bee
A burglar who broke into a home just east of Fresno rubbed food seasoning over the body of one of two men as they slept in their rooms and then used an 8-inch sausage to whack the other man on the face and head before running out of the house, Fresno County sheriff's deputies said Saturday.
More geeky license plates
23 shots of license plates.
September 05, 2008
Mars in 2020
A blind spectator
Hoax leaves bitter taste for wine magazine
Author makes up restaurant in Italy; it wins award for excellence despite spotty wine list
By Jerry Hirsch | Tribune Newspapers
August 24, 2008
Milan, Italy's Osteria L'Intrepido restaurant won Wine Spectator magazine's award of excellence this year despite a wine list that features a 1993 Amarone Classico Gioe S. Sofia, which the magazine once likened to "paint thinner and nail varnish."
Even worse: Osteria L'Intrepido doesn't exist.
Food at the Olympics
Carol sends a set of 17 pictures like the one below. You can find them in a slideshow here.
Sense of taste
If you eat a lot of spicy food, you can damage your sense of taste. When I was in India last year I was listening to a lot of Michael Bolton.
- Jimmy Carr
September 04, 2008
Some funny signs at Telegraph.co.uk.
The ultimate in 'manufactured housing' - if you don't mind living in a concrete house.
Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, is starting to support research on the "Contour Crafting" automated construction system that its creator believes will one day be able to build full-scale houses in hours. This is concrete-jet instead of inkjet printing technology.
And someday these machines will sell for $5,000 but the concrete cartridges will cost $250,000.
A funny clip about two cats on a treadmill.
You can find this same clip on YouTube but I preferred this version because of the music.
French education minister finally admits defeat in battle against the English language
By Peter Allen
Last updated at 11:26 PM on 02nd September 2008
French Education minister Xavier Darcos has admitted the secret to the French success is speaking English
For generations, the French have fiercely guarded their language against the horreurs anglais.
But France's education minister yesterday admitted for the first time that the secret to success is speaking better English.
September 03, 2008
"The moral of this story," says Bill, "is just when you think you've seen it all -- wait a minute."
"Breast implants for your tattoo?!" (Three more images after the break.)
Another entry in the Blog For Everything category. Cake Wrecks - When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.
This one ranks right up there with the Under Neat That cake.
If you're a man who wants to live a long and happy life
A funny parody based, I think, on Green Day's Good Riddance.
Cat Hitchhikes 75 Miles In Owner's Spare Tire
Owner Says 'Bella Is OK'
POSTED: 9:36 pm EDT September 2, 2008
A cat hitched a 75-mile ride on a spare tire under her owner's truck, Phoenix station KPHO reported.
Gil Smith, the cat's owner, was heading from his home in Gilbert, Ariz., to Kearny, Ariz., for business. [...]
Smith said the cat, Bella, was hysterical, shaky, dehydrated and tired, but otherwise OK.
"I have to admit when she got out of that truck, she was kind of like a drunken sailor," Smith said. "She didn't have her sea legs yet."
September 02, 2008
YouTube in 1985
How sweet it is
Fried bacon dipped in chocolate.
Google's Chrome project to produce a new browser is rumored to be released today - though it doesn't look like the download link is working at the moment.
In any case, you can read the Google Chrome - comic book.
Update: Here's a download link (Windows only).
Here's a time-waster
Try to click on the ball
Found here, if you want a larger version.