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May 30, 2009

School's out

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Where the schoolmarm teaches, people sometimes give her small gifts at the end of a term. The bouquet above came from the family of one of her pupils. It's a monster: just under 3 foot high and its scents have filled the house.

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May 29, 2009

All cost and no benfit

What if global-warming fears are overblown?
In a Fortune interview, noted climatologist John Christy contends the green crusade to fight climate change is "all cost and no benefit."

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- With Congress about to take up sweeping climate-change legislation, expect to hear more in coming weeks from John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at University of Alabama-Huntsville.

A veteran climatologist who refuses to accept any research funding from the oil or auto industries, Christy was a lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report as well as one of the three authors of the American Geophysical Union's landmark 2003 statement on climate change.

Yet despite those green-sounding credentials, Christy is not calling for draconian cuts in carbon emissions. Quite the contrary. Christy is actually the environmental lobby's worst nightmare - an accomplished climate scientist with no ties to Big Oil who has produced reams and reams of data that undermine arguments that the earth's atmosphere is warming at an unusual rate and question whether the remedies being talked about in Congress will actually do any good.

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Quite a parody

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Ew-w-w-w

It's officially 'pool season' now that Memorial Day has passed. Be careful.

Study: 1 In 5 Adults Uses Pool As Toilet
Officials: Swallowing Urine-Contaminated Water Isn't Harmful

PHOENIX -- A new study by the Water Quality and Health Council found that nearly one in five adults admits to urinating in a swimming pool instead of using the toilet.

Eight in 10 adults are convinced their fellow swimmers are guilty of such a crime, the study said.

Nevertheless, health officials insist that swimming in and even swallowing urine-contaminated water isn't harmful to someone's health. [...]

Swimmers should be more concerned about swallowing parasites than swallowing urine, officials said.

Last summer, dozens of swimmers in the Phoenix area got sick from pool water, forcing the closure of all 29 Phoenix city pools.

The parasite which caused the illnesses, Cryptosporidium, comes from diarrhea.

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Funnies

Mary sends seven cartoons by Tim Whyatt.

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Poor Chrysler

Q: What’s the difference between a Fiat and a Jehovah’s Witness?

A: You can close the door on a Jehovah's Witness.

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A child's prayer

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Hat tip: Tucson John (and Steve, who sent something very similar)

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The prosecutor loves you, too, when you plead guilty

Man Convicted After Boasting On MySpace
Joseph Northington Faces 7 Years To Life In Prison

Posted: 5:42 pm EDT May 28, 2009Updated: 9:52 pm EDT May 28, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A man who confessed to robbing a South Carolina bank in a message posted on MySpace has pleaded guilty. [...]

Prosecutors said before his arrest, Northington posted a message to his MySpace account reading: "On tha run for robbin a bank Love all of yall."

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May 28, 2009

Fancy footwork

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After all this time

Archie pops the question

(CNN) -- "Jughead, do you want to be my best man?" comic book character Archie asks on his blog.
The marriage issue is due to arrive at comic stores in August and on newsstands in September.

The marriage issue is due to arrive at comic stores in August and on newsstands in September.

Archie Andrews -- who spent decades in high school, flirting with girl-next-door Betty Cooper and heiress-next-door Veronica Lodge -- is getting married.

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More trompe l'oeil

John Pugh does some extremely impressive murals. Here's one called Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life.

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Mother's little helper

Toddler Buys Earthmover In Online Auction
Girl Bought Earthmover While Her Mother Napped

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand mom made some online bids on toys before napping. Then her 3-year-old daughter took over and bought a bigger plaything than expected -- a huge earth-moving digger for a cool $12,300.

Pipi Quinlan made the winning 20,000 New Zealand dollar ($12,300) bid on the Kobelco digger with a few mouse clicks at the auction site TradeMe while her parents slept, the Rodney Times newspaper reported in northern New Zealand.

"The first I knew about it was when I came down and opened up the computer," said Pipi's mother, Sarah Quinlan.

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The life-sized rubberized red & purple rhinoceroses

A very funny letter from a homeowner's association in California to one of its members. Click the image for a larger view.

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Found at TYWKIWDBI.

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So how'd the kidnapping work out?

Dad Reunited With "Kidnapped" Daughter

Posted: 5:59 am EDT May 28, 2009Updated: 4:43 pm EDT May 28, 2009
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A 9-year-old girl was as reunited with her father in Orange County Thursday afternoon after her mother was accused of faking their kidnapping.

A woman in Philadelphia called 911, claiming she and her daughter had been kidnapped, but they were actually on vacation at Walt Disney World.

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May 26, 2009

Night scenes

This is 1 of 100 photos taken at night.

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When the Dow is low

DE'TAT'CHED ATTITUDE
JOB SEEKERS ERASING BODY ART TO COMPETE

When the Dow is low, the "tramp stamp" has to go.

Dermatologists across the city are reporting a boom in tattoo laser removals, as body-art fanatics fretting over their professional image rush to erase their inky mistakes.

"People can't afford to handicap themselves be cause of a tattoo in a tight job market," said Dr. Jef frey Rand, founder of the Tattoo Removal Cen ter in Midtown. "We're seeing a huge surge right now in people getting rid of their tat toos."

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REACH

Luke Randall's entry in this year's NFB competition.

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A public-spirited barber

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.

After the cut, he tried to pay but the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a Thank You card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop came in for a haircut and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a Thank You card and a dozen donuts waiting at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I can not accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

H.T. Tucson John

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Wall-E case mod

Russian Wall-E Case Mod (110 pics)

This project took 18 days from this Russian guy to accomplish. It all has began after he has watched that cartoon. An idea sparked thru his head "I want to build such thing to hold my computer stuff in it". A solid-metal Wall-E computer case, each detail carefully cut from the metal sheets processed and put in place.

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Judging from the photos, the man machined all the parts used in this case from aluminum plate.

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Following her passion

Letourneau hosts `Hot for Teacher' night at bar

SEATTLE – A teacher who became notorious in the 1990s for having an affair with a sixth-grader is hosting a "Hot for Teacher" night at a Seattle bar — along with the former student, now her husband.

Bar owner Mike Morris says Mary Kay Letourneau (leh-TUR'-noh) has served her sentence and it's OK for the couple to have some fun.

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May 23, 2009

Memorial Day 2009



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A toast to engineering

Drink up: Space station recycling urine to water

HOUSTON (AP) - At the international space station, it was one small sip for man and a giant gulp of recycled urine for mankind.

Astronauts aboard the space station celebrated a space first on Wednesday by drinking water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water that condenses from exhaled air. They said "cheers," clicked drinking bags and toasted NASA workers on the ground who were sipping their own version of recycled drinking water.

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Ode to a Butterfly

I'd never heard of Nickel Creek when I ran across this clip so finding it was pure serendipity.

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A fine reductio ad absurdum

I don't think it's a good argument against ending prohibitions but it is pretty funny if you read the whole thing.

Time to Legalize Counterfeiting

Many Americans today believe certain illegal vices in our society should be decriminalized, taxed, and regulated. The most popular of these vices include marijuana smoking, prostitution, and all forms of gambling. The proponents for decriminalization believe that the new tax revenues produced would help support schools, healthcare, and the impoverished, ease the pain of taxpayers, and reduce the deficit. They also believe that transgressions such as these will take place no matter, but, if properly regulated, would be safer for society in general. It would be a win, win situation.

Unfortunately, when it comes to lowering taxes and helping the downtrodden, the best-laid government plans seem to fall short of expectations. However, there is one vice, one small illegal indiscretion, that, if decriminalized would solve all our problems. The United States needs to legalize the victimless crime known as counterfeiting.

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Pancho & Lefty

One of my favorite covers by Emmylou Harris: Townes van Zandt's Pancho & Lefty.

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Nothin' to it

It sounds to me as though the Mexican wheels of justice were pretty well greased.

53 Inmates Walk Out Of Prison On Video
Guards Don't Act Until Getaway Vehicles Drive Off

MEXICO CITY -- Security camera footage shows that guards at a Mexican prison nonchalantly stood by as 53 dangerous inmates walked out -- and didn't rush into action with their guns drawn until well after their convoy of escape vehicles had disappeared into the inky night.

The footage, first published by Reforma newspaper Thursday and then released publicly by the Attorney General's Office, provides a rare inside look at lax security inside Mexico's prisons, a problem that makes prosecuting drug smugglers vastly more difficult. Interpol described the worst of the criminals, who escaped without firing a shot, as "a risk to the safety and security of citizens around the world."

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May 20, 2009

Don't litter

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Know when to go

Regrettably, the site mentioned below seems to have exceeded its bandwidth.

RunPee: collaborative boring-bit locator for the small-bladdered film enthusiast

It's a feeling many of us will be familiar with: sitting in a cinema, realising you need the toilet - but there's still over an hour of the film to go, and you just know that if you dash out now, something really important will happen and you'll miss it.

Well, don't worry - as is so often the case, the web is here to help. RunPee.com is a website that lets you know when it's safe to, well, run for a pee.

Operating like a sort of Wikipedia for the boring bits of films, it lets users nominate moments in films where the plot dawdles, and urination may safely take place. An approximate point in the film's running time is given for each pee-opportunity, along with a brief description of what you'll see onscreen when the toilet-window opens.

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Still more juxtaposition problems

Daithi at MacRaven sends a link to this collection of badly placed ads.

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Hotel Avión

Costa Rican Airplane Hotel Takes Flight

If you have fantasies of living like the Swiss Family Robinson or even the characters in Lost, this rainforest resort near Quepos, Costa Rica may be just the ticket. Situated on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Costa Verde Resort features an incredible hotel suite set inside a 1965 Boeing 727 airplane. In its former life the airplane transported globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines, and it now serves as a two bedroom suite perched on the edge of the rainforest overlooking the beach and ocean.

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Tie me kangaroo down!

Household Drill To Head Saves Boy's Life

MELBOURNE, Australia -- A doctor in rural Australia used a handyman's power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.

Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his father, Michael, said Wednesday. By the time Rossi got to the hospital, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.

The doctor on duty, Rob Carson, quickly recognized the boy was experiencing potentially fatal bleeding on the brain and knew he had only minutes to make a hole in the boy's skull to relieve the pressure.

But the small hospital was not equipped with neurological drills -- so Carson sent for a household drill from the maintenance room.

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May 19, 2009

The grocery list

Carol sends this audio clip from Jeanne Robertson's humor CD Southern Style. I found it pretty amusing but ymmv.

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Very amusing

Awkward Family Photos. Here's a sample:

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Premature eradication

Evidently this park was scheduled to open in October.

Staid In China: Yet-To-Open Sex Park Demolished

BEIJING -- This investment turned out to be as risky as it was risque.

A sex theme park that featured explicit exhibits of genitalia and sexual culture is being demolished before it can even open, a government spokesman in southwestern China said Monday.

The park, christened "Love Land" by its owners, went under the wrecking ball over the weekend in the city of Chongqing, said the spokesman, who like many Chinese bureaucrats would give only his surname, Yang.

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A metaclock

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Phony as an ink jet 10

Police: Stripper spotted suspect's fakes

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- Police in New York said a man accused of using counterfeit money was reported by a stripper who suspected the customer's $10 bills were frauds.

Authorities said Michael Harris, 40, was arrested in the early hours May 5 after a stripper at the Gotham City peep-show parlor determined that his $10 bills were counterfeit and told a manager, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Harris threw 21 of the fake bills on the floor of the establishment and attempted to flee, but he was caught by the manager and held until officers arrived, police said.

Investigators found a few more of the bogus bills stashed in Harris' boot. They said he walked into the business with 28 of the fake notes, which appeared to have been made on an Ink Jet printer.

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May 15, 2009

Bud bot

Thanks to John.

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Bolt your food!

Eat Quickly, for the Economy's Sake

IF you eat rapidly, will your economy grow the same way?

Unlikely as it may seem, data released this week seems to indicate that the answer is yes. The relationship is not perfect, but it is persistent.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which includes leading developed countries, released a study about the living conditions of its members. The data included survey results in 17 of the countries regarding the amount of time each day people spent eating and drinking.

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Down by the sea

Mary sent 10 beautiful photos of ocean waves, taken by Clark Little. You can those 10 (and many more) at Mr. Little's online gallery.

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Bleep'n Golden

Blagojevich Inspires Hair Care Products
Brand Name Called 'BLAGO It's Bleep'n Golden!'

CHICAGO -- Just when we thought we'd heard "bleep'n" everything.

A Chicago-area company is marketing hair products inspired by ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The shampoo and conditioner carry the brand name "BLAGO It's Bleep'n Golden!"

The owner of Delta Laboratories Inc. of Elk Grove Village says the idea came to him one night.

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Nunchuck master

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May 14, 2009

No frills flying

The Air New Zealand brand bares all - CEO and staff go nude in latest TV advertisement.

This is what I call daring branding! Air New Zealand has just come up with an advertisement that features the airline CEO and staff appear in nothing but body paint. The point they're trying make is that "they've got nothing to hide" with their all-in prices, as opposed to budget carriers. The fares Air New Zealand advertises include baggage allowance and refreshments. In an age of rising ala-carte styled pricing, this is indeed refreshing.

Video at the link.

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Amazing dancer

I've never seen a pole dance before. But Felix Cane does her act like an Olympian. There's no nudity in this clip but it still may not be SFW.

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When it walks out of the fridge...

Funky Office Fridge Sends 7 To Hospital
Hazmat Team Responds To Clean Up Old Lunches, Disinfectant

Posted: 10:54 pm EDT May 12, 2009Updated: 11:43 am EDT May 13, 2009
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill.

Firefighters had to evacuate the AT&T building in downtown San Jose on Tuesday after the fumes led someone to call 911. A hazmat team was called in.

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History lesson

This clip's a real blast from the past.

Hat tip: Tucson John

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May 13, 2009

So how big is your phone, Hugo?

Chavez launches $15 mobile phone with a name to make his mother blush

Venezuelan president predicts the Vergatario will be a bestseller worldwide

It is perhaps the world's cheapest mobile phone. It is the latest offering from Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution. And its name is derived from a slang word for penis. Behold the Vergatorio.

Venezuela's president launched the handset on his TV show with a Mother's Day call to his mum and predicted it would conquer all rivals. "This telephone will be the biggest seller not only in Venezuela but the world," he said. "Whoever doesn't have a Vergatario is nothing," he joked.

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Play dead!

Carol sends this video of a stupid pet trick on Letterman's show.

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Well said!

The ILVTOFU plate was in the news early last month.

ACLU wittily defends ACLUSUX proposed license plate

Coming on the heels of the much-publicized rejection of an ILUVTOFU Colorado license plate (the plate was rejected for possible sexual overtones), State Senator Greg Brophy joked that he wanted a vanity license plate that reads ACLUSUX. Brophy made the remark after the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) requested records from the Colorado Department of Revenue of those people whose vanity plate requests had been rejected because they were deemed as being too offensive.

Lynn Bartels, political blogger for the Denver Post, reports that the ACLU responded to Brophy's comment with a letter from ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Cathryn Hazouri:

If you apply for that license and are refused, please contact the ACLU because we stand ready to represent you if you want to pursue your right to have that license plate. . . After all, censorship is censorship and the ACLU doesn't draw any distinction between speech with which we agree and speech we may not like. That would be content discrimination and would violate one of our major principles of protecting free speech.

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Slogan fail

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Talent in Germany

Whistling orangutan releases CD

Hey, hey, we're The Orangutans, and people say we orangutan around, but we're too busy whistling to put anybody down...

OK, it may not scan, but orangutan Ujian is set to become the biggest thing in the world of apes and primates since Micky Dolenz and his Monkees hit the charts.

Ujian, a resident of Heidelberg Zoo in Germany, has become a star thanks to a whistling fruit and veg delivery man.

Frustrated by a delay in his daily food basket, 14-year-old Ujian let out an exasperated whistle to jolly the delivery man along and has since progressed from simple notes to melodies.

A local musician recorded his whistles, wrote the lyrics, and released Ich Bin Ujian (I Am Ujian) on a CD.

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May 12, 2009

A walk through time

12 clever examples of photo superpositioning.

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How to spice up your C.V.

McDonald's plans to offer PhDs

FAST food giant McDonald's is hoping to offer PhDs, after receiving approval to award its own nationally recognised qualifications in Britain, the company's "chief people officer" said.
Speaking to the Financial Times, David Fairhurst said the company's new power to award qualifications made it "a university in its own right", and added that the company wanted to award qualifications equivalent to university degrees.

"One day, I'd love to see us doing a PhD, I definitely think we should go as far as we can," he said.

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L'homme 100 têtes

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Father Cutie

No, really.

Priest in Racy Photos Admits Affair
Says He May Leave Catholic Church and Marry Woman

MIAMI (May 11) — A popular Miami priest and media personality said Monday he is thinking about leaving the Roman Catholic Church for a woman he loves after a magazine ran pictures of the couple kissing and hugging.

Rev. Alberto Cutie told the CBS "Early Show" on Monday he supports the church's stand that priests should be celibate and said he does not want to become the "anti-celibacy priest." At the same time, Cutie admitted to having had sex with the woman.

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May 11, 2009

What were they thinking?

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A real act of faith

Danilo sends a link to this article about a strange ritual in India. "At least, no babies were harmed in the video. So far," he writes.

Babies Dropped in Sacred Ritual
Babies Cast Off Roof of Temple in India, in the Name of God

In the Indian Province of Maharashtra, the centuries-old ritual of dropping babies from a roof to ensure their longevity and health, is still being practiced.

A mother's worst nightmare, watching as her newborn baby is dropped from the roof of a building, its fall only to be broken by a white cotton sheet held by a slew of strangers. [...]

The centuries-old ritual takes place at a Muslim temple in the Musti village of Maharashtra, practiced by both Muslims and Hindus alike. If parents wish to have their baby "blessed" they must pray at the Baba Sheikh Umar Saheb Dargah temple, thanking God for the gift he has bestwoed upon them--- a healthy baby. The baby is then flung off the roof of the 50-foot temple.

Here's some CNN footage of this event.

Hat tip: Danilo

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Old school motivation

PBB sends this link to Mark Twain motivational posters

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Open mouth, insert foot

Golf's David Feherty Apologizes For Joke

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty apologized Sunday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a morbid joke that went bad in a Dallas magazine.

Feherty, one of the most popular golf analysts for his sharp wit and self-deprecating humor, was among five Dallas residents who wrote for "D Magazine" on former President George W. Bush moving to Dallas.

"From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though," Feherty wrote toward the end of his column. "Despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death."

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May 08, 2009

Famous mothers

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A history of Mother's Day

AGAINST MOTHER'S DAY?

BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY–Hey, it's time once again to send Mom that special e-card. From the vaults, the story of the men who voted against the first Mother's Day:

In the annals of easy votes, one might expect to find a prominent place for the congressional resolution that established Mother's Day. Yet the first Mother's Day was hooted down in the U.S. Senate. They made senators of sterner stuff in those days, I tell you. [...]

But a funny thing happened on the way to the florist. Anna Jarvis, the mother of Mother's Day, became its harshest critic.

Jarvis denounced the greeting card and gift and candy manufacturers who battened on her day. In vain, she urged sons and daughters to buy buttons instead of flowers for mom; she called greeting cards "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write." The embittered Jarvis concluded that "charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites" had corrupted "with their greed one of the finest, noblest, truest Movements and celebrations known."

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Big slow wave

Super slow motion video of big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom in a 12 foot monster barrel - the first shots of their kind ever recorded.

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Busts 4 Justice

British retailer admits bra boob

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Charging chesty women more for their bras doesn't win a lot of support, British retailer Marks & Spencer acknowledged Friday as it announced an end to the surcharge on its larger lingerie.

"We boobed," screamed a full-page Marks & Spencer ad, which appeared in British newspapers Friday. [...]

"It's true that our fantastic quality larger bras cost more money to make, and we felt it was right to reflect this in the prices we charged," the ad said. "Well, we were wrong."

It follows a nearly year-long campaign by members of the Facebook group Busts 4 Justice.

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May 07, 2009

Brussels in bloom

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Security theater

Check out Cisco's action-packed site The Realm.

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What can't he do?

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Chuck Norris saves a bakery

A POSH bakery in Split, Croatia, has been broken into almost every week.

But not since the shop owners posted a life-sized photo of the toughest man in Hollywood Chuck Norris in the window.

The sign says: "This shop is under the protection of Chuck Norris."

Now the bakery hasn't had a single burglary for more than a month.

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Intel rock star

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Whatever it takes

Paramedic tried to buy wine wearing only his thong after supermarket staff 'refused to serve him in uniform'

A paramedic was facing disciplinary action today after he walked into a supermarket crowded with shoppers wearing just a thong. [...]

Police were called in and interviewed the medic about his actions which were said to have left shop staff and customers embarrassed and stunned.

The man, aged in his 40's, had walked into the large Tesco shop at Addlestone, Surrey wearing his full all-in-one green coloured ambulance uniform.

He selected a bottle of wine but become annoyed when the check-out assistant told him it was the store's policy not to sell alcohol to people wearing uniform.

The paramedic then stormed out of the shop, walked to his vehicle in the car park and took off his uniform.

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May 06, 2009

Honda's BMI

I don't know whether this is for real or not. But Gizmag has an interesting post about it.

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He takes back all those nasty things he said

Man Mistakes Musical Card For Noisy Neighbors
Elderly German Man Calls Police To Report Neighbors

BERLIN -- German police said an elderly man was so annoyed at hearing the same serenade over and over that he called authorities to report his neighbors -- only to discover the culprit was a musical greeting card on his own windowsill.

Police said Tuesday the 82-year-old from Goslar in central Germany told officers he was sick of the music, which would come at irregular intervals and at all hours.

Upon further investigation, police found the musical greeting card on his windowsill, where occasional breezes opened the card just enough to play an irritating tune.

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Have a nice spider!

Spiders like this one live in Hawaii (and are non-threatening to humans).

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Op. cit.

Student's Wikipedia hoax quote used worldwide in newspaper obituaries

A WIKIPEDIA hoax by a 22-year-old Dublin student resulted in a fake quote being published in newspaper obituaries around the world.

The quote was attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre who died at the end of March.

It was posted on the online encyclopedia shortly after his death and later appeared in obituaries published in the Guardian, the London Independent, on the BBC Music Magazine website and in Indian and Australian newspapers. [...]

Mr [Shane] Fitzgerald said he placed the quote on the website as an experiment when doing research on globalisation.

He wanted to show how journalists use the internet as a primary source and how people are connected especially through the internet, he said.

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May 04, 2009

Where the balloons go

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Smoke 'em if you got 'em

China's ultimatum: smoke or be fined

OFFICIALS in a county in central China have been told to smoke nearly a quarter million packs of locally made cigarettes annually or risk being fined, state media reports.

The Gong'an county government in Hubei province has ordered its staff to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-produced cigarette brands a year, the Global Times said.

Departments that fail to meet their targets will be fined, according to the report.

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No regrets?

The Telegraph has a slideshow of regrettable tattoos, like the one below.

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They come from the book No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever.

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Father knows best?

Corrections sergeant shocks kids with stun gun during prison visit

It was "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" at the Franklin Correctional Institution, and Sgt. Walter Schmidt wanted to give the kids an idea of what their parents do.

So he took out a handheld stun device and zapped them with 50,000 volts of electricity.

The children, whose ages are not available, reportedly yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms. One was taken to a nearby hospital.

DOC spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff said in an e-mail, "We believe that a number of children may have received a shock."

Schmidt, the arsenal sergeant at the Panhandle prison, said he asked parents for permission to shock the kids.

"When they said 'sure,' I went ahead and did it," he said by phone Friday.

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Musical Mayo

Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years) playing impromptu recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic. He'll be 90 in February.

I believe this means he turned 90 in February '09.- JdJ

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May 02, 2009

Raptors

One of the galleries at Miguel Lasa's photography site is this slideshow of hunting ospreys. 39 images in all.

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Via

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Grizzly buddy

Casey Anderson and his buddy Brutus, who appear in National Geographic's Expedition Grizzly which airs tomorrow.

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CWOT

New Wrinkle On Avoiding Jury Duty
In no uncertain terms, a Montana man tells judge why he won't serve

APRIL 30--There are probably better ways to avoid jury duty than the approach recently taken by a Montana man. After Erik Slye, 36, received a jury notice earlier this year, he filed a notarized affidavit seeking to be excused from serving on a District Court panel in Gallatin County.

Follow the link to read Mr. Slye's affidavit; it's worth the time.

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The mother of invention

"When they run out conventional masks"

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TMI

Census Worker Accused Of Inappropriate Questions
Overland Park Woman Shocked By Census Worker's Questions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A Johnson County woman said a man who said he was a census worker asked her some questionable questions.

Overland Park resident Kim Mertin said that when she opened her front door on Monday to find a man claiming to be a U.S. Census worker, she answered his questions.

She said he started with the expected questions -- "How many people live here?" -- but it didn't take long before the talk took a surprising turn.

Mertin said the man commented about her clothing, asked if she'd like a back rub. She said he even asked if she "was wearing pink undies." [...]

Mertin went inside, locked the door and called police. She also sent the Census Bureau an e-mail, assuming the man must be an impersonator.

But, it turned out the man was really employed as a Census worker.

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