December 31, 2010
Happy New Year
They had an impressive fireworks show in Auckland, NZ.
Vietnam's mammoth cavern
This comes from a National Geographic slideshow about a mammoth cavern in Vietnam. The thing is huge.
Up close and personal
This reminds me of the time I was watching the inspection of a transmission substation transformer. The Westinghouse field engineer was going inside it and asked if I wanted to climb in too. (They're large enough to get into -- barely.) After making sure I didn't have any metal objects on me, the last thing he said before we went in was, "Whatever you do, don't fart."
Like that excuse will fly
Flier Blames Tabasco Spill For Lewd Act
Arrested this week for allegedly masturbating while seated next to a teenage girl on an airplane flight, the 50-year-old suspect told police that he was actually massaging and itching himself because he had spilled Tabasco sauce on his penis.
December 30, 2010
The 7 billionth person
An interesting video from The Economist about global population growth.
For you cat fanciers
It's worth a couple of minutes to read the letters in this post. The second is priceless.
Absolutely Epic 1974 Letter From Cleveland Browns to a Fan
In November of 1974, a Browns fan and season ticket holder sent a letter to the team regarding a concern of his.
The Cleveland Browns (specifically, their general counsel) sent back an absolutely epic response.
Here are their two letters (click on images to enlarge):
December 29, 2010
A funny Venn diagram at Chart Porn: people who touch your junk.
A cleverly-shot clip.
Don't confuse me with facts
December 28, 2010
Season's Greetings from London
Here's a little follow-up to last summer's post about the fat-blocked sewers of London.
Oh, give me a home...
If you like your cute animals large and on-the-hoof, here are 15 pix of a pet buffalo. Some of them show the man and his buffalo riding in his car.
Now this is a fast jet
For a radio-controlled craft. 366 MPH - so fast the videographer can hardly keep it in the frame. What an FPV craft this would make!
Amazon Plan: Let Users Return Gifts Preemptively
(Washingtonpost.com) This story was written by Washington Post staff writer Michael S. Rosenwald.
Undoubtedly, the Thread and Bobbin Sewing Kit that Aunt Mildred sent from Amazon.com for Christmas will never see a stitch. The Stallion Stable Music Box might have looked pretty on the computer screen, but under the tree's flickering lights, it is frightful. The polka-dot nightgown has never been a good idea, even with free shipping. [...]
Amazon is working on a solution that could revolutionize digital gift buying. The online retailer has quietly patented a way for people to return gifts before they receive them, and the patent documents even mention poor Aunt Mildred. Amazon's innovation, not ready for this Christmas season, includes an option to "Convert all gifts from Aunt Mildred," the patent says.
December 27, 2010
The 2nd of two on the topic.
Flame on! (4)
This is one of several pictures of wind turbines that burned, allegedly because the oil in their transmissions caught fire. Impressive destruction, whatever the cause.
H.T. Tucson John
Nice half-time show
This is pretty slick: Google body. It only works with browsers that support WebGL - such as Google's Chrome beta or Mozilla's Firefox 4, beta 8 or Apple's Safari (and probably others I'm not aware of).
December 26, 2010
Season's Greetings from Portland
As Samuel Johnson said about the dancing bear, the amazing thing isn't how well he plays the pipes while riding the unicycle, but that he does it at all.
An honest tattoo
These are his hobbies; in his day job, he's an animator.
Never bring an iPhone to a knife fight
NEW LONDON, Conn. — An accused would-be restaurant robber had a change of heart Wednesday, after cooks at the establishment grabbed knives to defend themselves.
Police said Jerome Taylor, 20, wore a mask as he entered the Northern Indian restaurant on State Street Wednesday afternoon.
He pulled what the cooks thought was a gun and demanded money, according to police. But the cooks grabbed knives and said they weren't handing anything over. [...]
Taylor was gone by the time police arrived, but they caught up with him a short time later. Officers said Taylor confessed to the crime, but told them he didn't have a gun, but used an iPhone.
December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas, Baby - 2010
By the man himself, Charles Brown.
December 24, 2010
Carol of the Dominoes
Pretty nicely done.
Here's a double-barreled dose of cute: two tree kangaroos in one picture, courtesy of the Post-Dispatch.
Baby kangaroo joey peeks out of mother's pouch at St. Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS -- She was born the size of a lima bean six months ago.
Now the little kangaroo joey is about the size of a small cat -- and starting to make herself a little more visible at the St. Louis Zoo.
The Zoo issued a press release Friday to gush about Nokopo, a female Matschie's tree kangaroo joey.
Nokopo, or "Noko" for short, has begun poking her head out from within her mother's pouch at the Emerson Children's Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.
They need a new drug
SANTA'S reindeer will be flying higher than ever this Christmas - after munching magic mushrooms.
Scientists have found that the animals regularly eat the mind-bending fly agaric fungi in the wild.
And Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and pals are often seen staggering around, making odd noises afterwards.
Scientist Andrew Haynes believes reindeer deliberately seek out the mushrooms to escape the monotony of dreary long winters. [...]
"For humans a common side-effect of mushrooms is the feeling of flying, so it's interesting the legend about Santa's reindeer is they can fly."
He also said herdsmen drink the reindeer's URINE to get high themselves.
December 23, 2010
Looking like Christmas
37 photos at The Big Picture about Christmas events around the world.
Flash-mob singers spark California mall evacuation
A spontaneous musical concert at a California shopping mall ended with the entire complex being evacuated after some 5,000 people turned up to sing.
The incident happened at the Roseville Galleria shopping mall, which is reported to have started shaking due to the volume of people inside. [...]
Thousands had gathered at the shopping mall's food court to take part in a group rendition of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus as part of a flash-mob concert - when groups of people - often strangers - conspire on social networking websites to turn up at the same place at the same time and start singing.
But, as they burst into song, there were reports that the building's floor began to move and creak, and witnesses reported hearing popping sounds.
Emergency services were forced to evacuate the entire building.
December 22, 2010
Good luck in 2010
A collection of close calls. (I'm not sure these all occurred in 2010, though.)
Until Niagara Falls
An article about some pictures taken in 1969 when the US Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Niagara river to dry up the American Falls for clean up and repair.
H.T. Bill F.
What can't they do?
A successful hypnotist
It was entertainment night at the Senior Center. Claude the hypnotist told the audience, 'I'm here to put you into a trance. I intend to hypnotize each and every member of this audience.'
The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat. 'I want you all to keep your eyes on this antique watch. It's a very special watch. It's been in my family for four generations now.'
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly repeating, 'Eyes on the watch... Eyes on the watch... Eyes on the watch....'
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming from its polished surfaces. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until suddenly it slipped from the Claude's fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into pieces.
'Shit!' cried the hypnotist.
It took three days to clean up the Senior Center.
December 21, 2010
More speed flying
A collection of "adult themed" cartoons. They're probably NSFW and they may even harsh your Yuletide mellow.
High times in Russia
I don't want to get any closer to this than just watching the video. Yow!
Holiday Parties are Fun
PARTNER: I was telling Scott about this. People in my family have a tendency towards obsessive behavior. A cousin of mine says that every time she buys something, she feels like she's had sex. It's that good.
SCOTT: That's funny. Every time I have sex, I feel like I've bought something. Of course, I usually have.
PARTNER: You should write that down.
December 20, 2010
Happy Solstice VII
There'll be an eclipse tomorrow, too - which happens once every 456 years.
2010 in pictures
The Big Picture has not 1 but 3 sets of images for the year. This one is from the Olympics at Vancouver in February.
Hit & run on Frosty
Ms M writes with news from Champaign-Urbana:
...an MTD plowed through a snowman some college kids built in the middle of Springfield Ave. The driver got fired and there’s a FB page supporting his reinstatement. The News-Gazette report this morning said part of the reason he was fired was because he might not have been able to see someone on the other side of the snowman. An Officer Frost said he would not be doing an investigation into the matter.
WikiLeaks Publishes Santa's Naughty/Nice List
(Roiters) He makes a list, checks it twice. Five billion names - the entire world population, minus children under the age of three, and observers of Festivus. And now it's on the Internet for all to see.
From London's Wandsworth prison, Julian Assange stated that the list was acquired just prior to his arrest. He refused to disclose his source, but Santa Claus identified the culprit - an elf named Lenny, who expressed dissatisfaction with the overtime rules and the health plan.
After passing the data to WikiLeaks, Lenny attempted to flee the North Pole by drifting away in an ice floe, but he was discovered by a film crew scouting locations for CBS's upcoming Arctic Survivor.
December 19, 2010
The closest thing I've seen to a babel fish. Impressive.
Hat tip: Paul B.
December 17, 2010
Ya big dummy
An amusing comedy act by a ventriloquist.
A nativity diorama made of pork (on a bed of sauerkraut, I believe).
H.T. Jeff G.
Ho, ho, ho!
Designed to stay on?
Magnetic bra, undies designed to stay on
A BRITISH department store unveiled a hi-tech line of lingerie today that stays on thanks to magnets.
The underwear, about to go on sale at high-end department store Selfridges, features tiny invisible magnets instead of fastenings to overcome the problem of tricky bra hooks.
The bra comes with a matching pair of "clip-on, clip-off" panties, which have magnetic side strips.
Created by French designer Laetitia Schlumberger, and named "Dement" - the French word for 'insane" - the underwear costs upwards of £165 ($US256) for a bra and panties set.
December 13, 2010
I'm not sure about the beer but this ad's pretty legendary.
Good for what ails you
"The best medicine cabinet ever," says Steve F. Here's a kitchen with a wine cellar beneath a trapdoor.
Three more images after the break...
He's a record holder
In the 2006 Guiness World Records. And he's written a book about it too.
H.T. Jeff G.
Marooned - but it's OK
The ultimate lock-in: Seven trapped in Yorkshire pub for last NINE days
Seven people have been trapped inside a pub for nine days after the building was engulfed by 16ft snow drifts.
The five staff and two local residents have enjoyed the ultimate lock-in at The Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.
They have been cut off since last Friday when heavy snow blocked the windows and doors of the isolated Lion – the fourth-highest pub in England – and made surrounding roads too treacherous for any vehicles to pass.
Enlarge Snowed inn: The Lion Inn pub in Blakey Ridge, North Yorkshire, where seven people have been trapped for nine days
The snow was so deep that vehicles in the car park were completely buried.
But despite their ordeal, the spirits of those trapped have remained high. They have kept themselves busy – eating, drinking and playing games – in a huge bar that normally serves 150 customers a night.
December 11, 2010
A long (14+ minutes) but interesting clip about a man who designs and makes signs on glass.
December 10, 2010
It's a blast
What's on the menu
...In a restaurant near Manchester, Vermont. Regrettably, I don't know its name.
Speed cam lottery
It's worse than blind drunk
Reported blind man arrested for DUI, public intoxication
A reported legally blind man arrested Sunday night for driving while intoxicated, has been re-arrested for public intoxication after allegedly coming to court drunk.
Mark Alan Watson, 41, of Bartlesville, was about to be arraigned Monday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under suspension and assault on a police officer when he fell on his face in front of Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw.
"Are you intoxicated?" Vaclaw asked.
"No, I'm blind," Watson replied.
Doodling in math class
The Nile at night
I believe this was taken from the ISS; it appears in this Twitter page, from "astro_wheels".
Kinematic art -- featuring 1500 Hot Wheels cars.
Shop now: you may not have long to enjoy it
Superior jeweler says end is near, having sale
Larry Falter, owner of Superior's LTD Jewelers, hit upon a novel idea for his latest TV commercial — blending a storewide sale with his belief that the Day of the Lord is near.
After opening with the trumpeting of horns and a glimpse of a land assailed by fire and lighting, the 30-second ad shows Falter in his store, stating his belief that we are really close to the Day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem.
"Nonetheless, here and now, if you want jewelry, I have access to millions," he then says. And it's all on sale at 50 percent off during his Second Coming sale.
December 09, 2010
This person designed and built this thing himself. The geekery is awesome.
Danilo sends a link to this page about The Underwater Sculptures Of Jason deCaires Taylor
A tough day
December 08, 2010
Return of the Dragon
Video and pix at the link.
Why the Dragon Spacecraft Success Opens a New Era In Space Exploration
Dragon orbited the planet gathering crucial data for future missions. Then it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, opening its parachute and splashing gracefully in the Pacific Ocean, right on its projected target—this hasn't happened since the Apollo years! The SpaceX crew has already recovered the capsule.
[...]This launch signals a new beginning in the age of space exploration. Congratulations, SpaceX.
December 07, 2010
Nice video, with some stop action work, from this fall's Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Flame on! (3)
At the Solar Furnace Research Facility in Southern France.
Do They Know It's Christmas was worst song in the world, admits Bob Geldof
If you haven't heard a rendition of Do They Know It's Christmas yet this year, it's only a matter of time.
But should you curse Bob Geldof for writing That Song, you'll be in good company. He's fed up with it too.
The single was released 26 years ago today as Geldof set up Band Aid to raise money for famine-hit Ethiopia.
And although it became the biggest selling single in the world at the time, it seems he's had enough.
He said: 'I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. One is Do They Know It's Christmas? and the other one is We Are The World.
'Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing. Every ****ing Christmas.'
December 06, 2010
More of that German engineering
You will be assimiliated
What beats a Bluetooth headset? A Bluetooth headset that continuously records video: it's called Looxcie.
An impressive visualization
Paul B. sends a link to Linux.fm which broadcasts the source files for Linux:
Linux Radio is an online radio broadcasting the latest stable version of the Linux kernel (currently 22.214.171.124), which is read in plain voice using eSpeak, an open source text to speech synthesizer.
A funny idea but about as entertaining as watching paint dry.
While visiting there, I checked out its "sister radio station": WhiteNoise.fm. (Mind the volume on your speakers.) It does what its name says - plus it will generate Pink noise and Brown noise too.
December 04, 2010
Flying the coast
The videographer says:
Collection of my favorites flights in 2009-2010 over Northeastern (Ceará) and Southeastern (Rio de Janeiro) gorgeous coast of Brazil.
December 03, 2010
Read the 4th
Some one has his finger on the pulse. Here's a site where you can buy 4th Amendment underclothes -- underwear with the 4th amendment to the US Constitution printed in metallic ink. I'd like to see how this flies at a real airport.
More "People are awesome"
Extra credit if you spot the one stunt that was faked.
Iranian National Air Line Has Star of David on Roof?
Al- Arabiya reported this week that Iranian officials were outraged to discover a Star of David on the roof of the headquarters of Iran Air. Iran's national airline's headquarters was built by Israeli engineers three decades ago, but apparently no one noticed the symbol until a Google Earth user picked it up.
December 02, 2010
How not to do it
Drug war in Rio
Danilo, who lives near Rio, mentioned in a recent e-mail that the police were "out of patience" with the criminals there. The Big Picture has 40 pictures of the result.
Word of the week
This one goes out to Tucson John.
Monty Python explained
British humor linked to genetics
LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- Sarcasm and self-depreciation, hallmarks of British humor that don't always travel well, may be linked to genetics, a researcher said. [...]
Martin and his research team surveyed 2,000 pairs of twins in Britain and 500 pairs of twins in North America.
December 01, 2010
V8 powered skateboard
Built by some seriously crazy Australians.
A German clip about a new design. And if you don't understand German, you may be pleasantly surprised by the ending.
Wait a minute... They charged the guy who was getting patted down? WTH?
Man arrested after ejaculating during TSA pat-down
TSA agent gropes manA 47 year old gay man was arrested at San Francisco International Airport after ejaculating while being patted down by a male TSA agent. Percy Cummings, an interior designer from San Francisco, is being held without bail after the alleged incident, charged with sexually assaulting a Federal agent.