February 28, 2011
Road Runner 3D
I just love Road Runner cartoons.
A collection of pix of the snow monsters of Japan
The iPad 2
Free-range ice cream?
As though these women are nomads, roaming the moors? Right.
Mmm? Ice cream-maker to sell breast milk treat
Earlier this year, we blogged about a Wisconsin woman who was making cheese from women's breast milk. Now, a London ice cream parlour is creating a breast milk ice cream, calling it an "organic, free-range" treat.
H.T. Ms M.
February 26, 2011
The Mind of Watson
If you liked last weekend's post about The Face of Watson, you may like this clip about Watson's mind. It's a long one - nearly 22 minutes.
February 25, 2011
Clever job ads
One of nine ads (from Germany apparently).
Here's a dose of cute.
There is some justice
Woman: Driver Makes Obscene Gesture, Crashes Into House
COVINGTON, Ky. -- A reckless driver lost control of his pickup truck after making an obscene gesture and crashed into a Covington home, witnesses said.
Shelley Gillespie said the man was driving too fast Wednesday afternoon on Kentucky Avenue when she motioned for him to slow down.
She said the man turned toward her and extended his middle finger just before crashing into the living room of Melvina Sheffield.
February 24, 2011
Hello, my name is Lucas, I'm a 29 year old Brazilian. For the last 3 years I've been really happy living in Barcelona and that's why I'd like to say goodbye being grateful to the city in a special way. I hope you enjoy it.
I would like to give special thanks to Atrapalo.com for helping me making this happen, to Jessica Allossery for the wonderful song "Change the world" and to Barcelona for making me so happy.
Big hug, Lucas
Solar City tower
Bill forwards an e-mail with several images of the Solar City tower and the claim that it will be built near Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Stop action bookcases
The No-Eat list
Seattle-Area Restaurant Refuses To Serve TSA Agents
Fed up with what he views as crappy treatment from the TSA, the owner of a restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has decided to put all TSA agents on his No-Eat List.
"We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren't allowed to come into our business," one employee tells travel journalist Christopher Elliott. "We have the right to refuse service to anyone."
She says that whenever a TSA agent attempts to dine at the restaurant, "we turn our backs and completely ignore them, and tell them to leave... Their kind aren't welcomed in our establishment."
February 23, 2011
A clever piece of work from Nike.
Here's one of 20-odd Chevy ads on billboards around Detroit (so it's claimed).
Biters bit (3)
An entertaining story.
Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It)
Wells Fargo is meeting today at noon with the Philadelphia homeowner who "foreclosed" on them, The Consumerist has exclusively learned. Patrick says he "received a call from upon high" late yesterday and that he now has an appointment, "with a very senior Wells Fargo person." It will be interesting to see how this plays out. But how did Patrick go from embattled and ignored homeowner to seated across the negotiating table with leverage? I spoke with him to find out more about both how and why he did what he did. His story is an inspiration to anyone who's dreamed of going toe-to-toe with the big banks and winning. Turns out that armed with persistence, and a little legal know-how, Davids can take down Goliaths.
H.T. Paul B.
February 22, 2011
Oklahoma gun show
H.T. Steve R
Terra cotta fire sale
The Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas (near Houston) is going out of business and selling practically everything.
This is 1 of 10 photos about the sale at the WSJ Photo Journal. There were nearly 6000 terra cotta statues, most of them at 1/3 scale.
Only in Japan (4)
A curious game show: recite the tongue-twister correctly or suffer the consequences. The prize for winning must be pretty rewarding.
A stereotype in the flesh
Penis-leash couple nabbed at shops
French police say they have arrested a 63-year-old woman who was leading her 40-year-old companion along a busy shopping street by a leash attached to his exposed penis. [...]
The couple admitted to being sex addicts and said they were in the middle of a game when arrested, police said on Thursday.
February 21, 2011
You're as young as you feel (2)
A vow made in college and kept:
There's a long, funny story associated with this image. It's all posted as a screen capture - here.
A kinetic sculpture - not to be confused with a tie-knotting appliance - by Seth Goldstein.
It's a small world (2)
Missus in a bottle
Mandy English was just 13 when she hurled the note requesting a penpal into the sea during a 1979 school trip to Scotland.
Two years later Richard, then just six, spotted the glass bottle on the beach and sent a reply by postcard.
Mandy never wrote back because of the age difference.
But while sorting through keepsakes last week, she found the 1981 card and realised its schoolboy sender had the same name as Richard, her boyfriend since last June.
February 19, 2011
The Face of Watson
Here's Watson doing pretty well against two humans in a recent Jeopardy session.
February 18, 2011
This is almost intriguing enough to make me try it.
I think I'd regret this
A good use for empties
Foodies to race for stallion semen
New Zealanders will be serving up glasses of horse semen at the famed Hokitika Wildfoods festival next month, a "delicacy" that racehorse owner Lindsay Kerslake says will have extreme foodies "raring to go".
"Horses are pure testosterone, you know. They have hardly any cholesterol, so the idea is you knock it back and feel like a stallion yourself," said Mr Kerslake, of Christchurch.
"You'll have as much zizz as a stallion for a week afterwards." [...]
Even the organiser of the edgy festival, Mike Keenan, said he wouldn't be letting the drink pass his lips.
"God no, it's definitely not to my taste, but you'll be shocked how many people will go for it," he said.
February 17, 2011
That's gotta sting
Peter Rabbit, Tank Killer
Read the whole story here.
What a splash (2)
Someone in Norway jumps 11 meters into 30 centimeters of water (36 feet into not quite 12 inches of water) - and lives to tell the tale. Warning: the audio's very loud on this clip.
Safety first! (2)
'Safety' wall built across motorway
Road officials who built a wall across a 70mph motorway at night without warning motorists are being sued by crash victims.
The five feet high wall - which had no lights or signs - had been built to protect road repairers working further down the highway.
But officials are facing an inquiry after dozens of cars slammed into the wall in Xian, Shaanxi province, western China, without realising it was there."
February 16, 2011
It's like Fantasia for cigarettes
An early attempt at animated advertising for television. The first thing I thought was L.S.M.F.T. and, sure enough, it appears.
They're out there
And probably looking for you.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Force Patrol Car
As fashionistas and celebrities pile into New York City this week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, they might want to do a look over of their outfits before heading out. The reason? The fashion police just got themselves a brand new patrol car.
How game developers propose
To other game developers.
One of the oddest bits I've read recently but there is a reason given, if you read the whole thing.
Latest boffinry: Feeding TNT to sheep
There's a good reason, honest
Stateside boffins are diligently getting a small number of laboratory sheep to eat as much TNT as possible.
One should point out straight away that this will not - or ought not to, anyway - involve any sheep then exploding in a sequence of fearful fleecy detonations and spattering the landscape with woolly fluff and raw mutton. This is not some kind of crazed attempt to create instant-self-barbecuing lamb or similar. In fact it seems that the guts of a sheep, capable of digesting various things which would prove fatal to lesser species such as cows or humans, can break down trinitrotoluenes - TNT - into harmless residues without any ill effects on the animal.
February 15, 2011
The crazy honey badger
The narration on this is a hoot but it's NSFW, so mind the volume.
H.T. Paul B
One of 39 pix at The Big Picture.
A skier is pulled by a horse during a traditional highlander's competition in Male Ciche, Poland January 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Marek Podmokly/Agencja Gazeta)
How they say 'Wow!' in France
I like the way they say 'standing ovation' too.
Pay attention, people
That's what Steve R said when he passed this item along.
L.A. County Employee Found Dead in Cubicle a Day Later
DOWNEY (KTLA) -- An L.A. County employee apparently died while working in her cubicle on Friday, but no one noticed for quite some time.
51-year-old Rebecca Wells was found by a security guard on Saturday afternoon. She was slumped over on her desk in the L.A. County Department of Internal Services.
"I came in Saturday to do a little work, and I saw them when they were taking her out," co-worker Hattie Robertson told KTLA.
The exact time of death is not clear, but detectives say that, at worst, she had been dead for a day before her body was discovered.
February 14, 2011
Perpetual motion machine
More cute animal action - VIII
A 10-slide show of newborn animals.
What's in a name? (4)
What a headline (5)
Flying dong dings bucks party goer
Jure Skumavc was hit in the head by a flying dildo during a bucks party stripper show. Picture: BRAD FLEET
THE best man at a wedding was left battered and bloodied after he was hit in the head by a fast-moving dildo.
The flying phallus left Darwin architect Jure Skumavc, 31, nursing a split forehead.
Mr Skumavc said he was injured by the bullet-shaped, pink, sex toy - measuring about 12cm in length - at a bucks party to farewell friend's Peter Rolih's bachelorhood.
February 13, 2011
This comes from a post at Futility Closet. After noting that Mark Twain had described this swan in Innocents Abroad, the post continues:
The swan still exists, now on display at England's Barnard Castle. As a music box plays, the life-size creature preens, searches a flowing "stream" of rotating glass rods, spies a fish, and catches and swallows it. No one knows who designed it, but it's certainly more than two centuries old — it's described in a 1773 Act of Parliament.
(A Wikipedia article claims this swan was made by John J. Merlin. - JdJ)
More marvelous automata... This BBC clip about Theo Jansen's strandbeests emphasizes the "new life form" angle. But a better description is kinetic sculptures, I think. I was fascinated by the helical crankshaft.
Here's a page about them with several other videos.
Hat tip Ms M.
February 11, 2011
Quite a card trick
Not your usual pick-a-card-any-card bit either. Very entertaining.
H.T. Jeff G
Only in New York City
What a gonef.
Cabby admits 800G rip-off
A car-service driver has pleaded guilty to fraud for taking a businessman on what is probably the most expensive airport cab ride in New York history.
Peter Rahhaoui, a Queens limo operator, admitted billing a Hong Kong mogul's credit card nearly $800,000 after driving him 13 miles from Teterboro Airport to Manhattan in 2008.
Tony Chan, a megamillionaire and feng-shui master, did not notice the startlingly exorbitant charges and learned of them only after he was notified by bank security.
A pigskin pro
Drunken woman pulls herself over
A woman suspected of drunk driving pulled herself over on Milan Road after mistaking the flashing Skate World sign for police lights.
While pulling to the side of the road, however, the woman lodged her black Dodge Avenger into a snow bank near the sign.
A passerby stopped to see if the woman needed help and called police after noticing she seemed intoxicated, according to a Perkins Township police report.
The woman told the passerby she thought the flashing lights from Skate World's sign were police lights, police said.
February 10, 2011
Today's PSA (4)
Law enforcement officers have been approached lately by people wanting to know how to identify meth labs. Here is a visual guide. It's pretty obvious which one is the meth lab.
H.T. Steve R
An interesting visualization of other planets in the Moon's orbit (ignoring the orbital dynamics of course).
How about a permanent ban?
Sex ban suggested for Belgian coalition negotiators
The partners of Belgian politicians are being urged to go on a sex strike until a government is formed.
The country had general elections last June but parties have so far been unable to form a governing coalition. [...].
It is now 241 days since the elections, and Belgium is fast approaching an unofficial world record.
Apart from Somalia, it is reported that only Iraq has taken longer (249 days) to form a government.
"I call on the spouses of all negotiators to withold sex until a deal is reached," said [Socialist senator Marleen] Temmerman in an article for a Belgian newspaper. "Have no more sex until the new administration is posing on the steps of the Palace."
February 09, 2011
Rollin' into Los Angeles
A time lapse video of a landing at Los Angeles taken from the cockpit of a plane. 30 minutes compressed to 3.
Markets in everything (9)
Tucson John forwards an e-mail with this photo and the claim that the woman's selling margaritas and making $1250 per day at it. But other stories claim it's lemonade at $10 per customer. Pretty clever, no matter what the real deal is.
A well-mannered robber
There's an app for that (2)
Catholic church gives blessing to iPhone app
The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession.
The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99).
Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament.
Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first.
February 08, 2011
Horns and halos
His lucky day (3)
Now we need bears
In addition to Mama, trains, trucks, prison and gettin' drunk.
Unwelcome bear on Boulder hospital property chased off with country music
Maybe it was the country-western music or maybe it was just too loud to sleep. Either way, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials succeeded over the weekend in shooing away a hibernating bear after it was found holed up under a residence on Boulder Community Hospital property.
A plumber for the hospital found the bear around 1 p.m. Friday in a crawl space beneath one of two cottages that the hospital reserves near its Mapleton Center [...]
State wildlife officials discussed several options and decided to scare the bear away by tucking a loud radio in the hole with the bear, Sheehan said. They played country western music, he said.
February 07, 2011
This reminds me of the golfers shooting at a gong in a lake -- except a lot harder. I'm surprised any of them managed it.
Sanitation truck slogans
1 of 18 images of well-labeled sanitation trucks.
Use the Force
I read that this was Volkswagen's Super Bowl commercial.
Today's irony update
Calif. cap-trade plan dealt blow by S.F. judge
The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision.
If the decision is made final, California would be barred from implementing its ambitious plan to combat global warming until it complies with portions of the California Environmental Quality Act, though it is not yet clear what the air board would have to do to be in compliance. The state's plan, which implements AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, would reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
February 05, 2011
These folks have some nicely automated factories.
February 04, 2011
Quite a hoax
Or is it?
A good landing (2)
A car landed vertically in a snowbank in an accident involving several vehicles on Interstate 93 north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured.
A fine bit of nonsense
Woolly Mammoth Resurrection, "Jurassic Park" Planned
A team of Japanese genetic scientists aims to bring woolly mammoths back to life and create a Jurassic Park-style refuge for resurrected species. The effort has garnered new attention as a frozen mammoth is drawing crowds at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan (see photo).
The team of scientists, which is not associated with the exhibit, wants to do more than just put a carcass on display. They aim to revive the Ice Age plant-eaters, 10,000 years after they went extinct.
February 03, 2011
Useless speed sign
It starts off slow, but stay with it.
Google Art Project
Visit 17 museums in Europe and the U.S.. It's a collection of high resolution images of paintings and sculpture that can be panned and zoomed, as well as "Street View" type tours through the museums themselves.
This painting is at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. Not as good as being there, but think of all you'll save on airfare.
Four vignettes about reserving judgment, compiled into one clip.
Food Fight: Maine Weighing Whoopie Pie as State Dessert
Here's a weighty matter for Maine lawmakers: whether to crown the whoopie pie as the state's official dessert.
Those who support the idea say the chocolate cakes filled with creamy white frosting are a decades-long Maine tradition and help the economy, as bakeries turn out thousands a day. The one-man opposition is concerned about glorifying a product made with lard amid an obesity epidemic.
February 02, 2011
How cool is this? 8 feet tall!
Not another 2 feet of snow!
H.T. Jeff G
No hills? No problem.
What he said
Self-deprecating suspect held in holdups
Paul Stoliker probably ranks high up there in the annals of not-so-smart bank robbery suspects. After all, it says so right on his alleged demand note: "Dumb Ass Robbing Bank."
It all started at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday when a man walked into the U.S. Bank on Second Avenue in downtown San Mateo, approached a teller and asked if there was an urgent care center nearby.
The teller told him that Mills Health Center was just down the street "and asked the robber whether he was OK," FBI Special Agent Adrienne Sparrow wrote in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
The man said everything was fine before showing the teller a piece of paper that said, "I'm unarmed," the affidavit said. He left with $1,330 in cash, but not before telling her, "I'm sorry I had to do this to you," according to Sparrow.
February 01, 2011
He wants to dance
Ready to rock
Where to start?
H.T. Jeff G
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
And THREE YEARS is a lot of absence.
Immigration officer put wife on terror list
An immigration officer was so sick of his wife that he put her on a terrorist watch list - so she couldn't get home from Pakistan.
The officer added her name to the register of people banned from flights into the UK while she was visiting family overseas, reports The Mirror.
When she went to the airport to get her return flight back, officials told her she could not board the plane and did not explain why.
She called her husband, who promised to look into it - but left her stuck in Pakistan for three years while he had the "time of his life".