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March 31, 2011

Jitterbugging

Poodle skirts, saddle shoes and all.

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Norwegian wood

This is a view of the Juvet hotel. It's one of 18 images of outdoor design in Norway.

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Here's the Juvet hotel site. It's billed as Europe's first "landscape hotel". It looks pretty interesting but it also looks to be pretty remote from any cities.

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Our kindergarten teacher

A group of North Korean children play a tune called Our Kindergarten Teacher. They're barely bigger than their guitars; the expressions of the middle one tickle me.

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Chicago 1949

Here's a collection of photos taken in Chicago by Stanley Kubrick in 1949, when he was a young photographer for Look magazine.

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March 30, 2011

Life goes on

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The USS J.F.K. at Malta

A nice aerial photo of this aircraft carrier docking at Malta and showing its size relative to objects on the land. Note that "Big John" is smaller than both the Enterprise class and Nimitz class carriers that have been built since she was.

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Bigger source version here.

H.T. Steve R

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Toothpicky beard

This seems more like the kind of thing someone might do to you if you passed out at a party...

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Heh (3)

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March 29, 2011

Share the airhead

I don't know if anyone's certain whether this was a big prank on the Venture Capital Fundraising Club or this person's serious. (I'd vote for the prank.)

In any case, it was voted Audience Choice Winner of the first VCFC Meetup, February 3, 2011

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Solar system explorer

Here's a very nicely done interactive orrery. If you don't like the Copernican view, try the Tychonian.

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Downhill ride

This is from Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2010 (which I believe occurred in Valparaiso, Chile). It's an impressive ride but the scariest thing is how close the spectators are standing to the course in places.

H.T. Tucson John

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Japan, two weeks later

In Focus has a collection of images from Japan two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami.

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March 28, 2011

Paris at night

Luke Shepard, a student at The American University of Paris, took 2000 photos and stitched them together to make this clip.

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Bridges

As seen in Google Earth - here's 60 of them.

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Manatee sound effects

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Carbonate your fruit

The CO2inator

In an effort to make fruit fun for the kids, I built a carbon dioxide injector from parts in my garage with the purpose of carbonating whole fruit! With a common house water filter housing, a 16 Oz paintball CO2 canister, an old gas regulator, and some miscellaneous valves and fittings, I was able to bring this fizz fruit apparatus to life, and the kids love the results.

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March 25, 2011

Un bouton rouge

It's in France. What can I say?

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Yippie-ki-yay

...in the Rhone valley of Switzerland. This is from a collection of photos by Yann Gross, who documented his trip to Horizonville.

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By the means of a trip by motorbike in the Rhône Valley, the pictures are about the American dream. The myth we know through the medias and the movies. Most of the people I photographed haven’t ever been in the United State of America. They feel a sense of belonging to another culture that they don’t really know. Far from the Swiss stereotypes, the confusion of symbols and the lifestyle of the people take us in a strange atmosphere, a dreamed reality that doesn’t exist in facts.

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What a shot! (3)

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Wouldja look at that!

Naked shower protest causes car crash

A Los Angeles motorist crashed his car while distracted by two naked women taking a shower by the side of the road.

The women were activists for animal rights pressure group Peta who were showering in public in Hollywood to make a point on World Water Day.

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March 24, 2011

Chain reaction

And imagine this happening in three dimensions.

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Pick your battles

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H.T. Mary

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Now they should teach him to open a beer

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Ya think?

Manhattan Federal Judge Kimba Wood Calls Record Companies' Request for $75 Trillion in Damages 'Absurd' in Lime Wire Copyright Case

Does $75 trillion even exist? The thirteen record companies that are suing file-sharing company Lime Wire for copyright infringement certainly thought so. When they won a summary judgment ruling last May they demanded damages that could reach this mind-boggling amount, which is more than five times the national debt.

Manhattan federal district court judge Kimba Wood, however, saw things differently. She labeled the record companies' damages request "absurd" and contrary to copyright laws in a 14-page opinion.

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March 23, 2011

A nice animation

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Venn Piagram

Source.

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Splish splash (2)

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A good man with a blade

Philadelphia Breast Surgeon Moonlights as Knife Thrower

Meet Dr. Ted Eisenberg, holder of the world record for the most breast surgeries performed in a lifetime.

Rest assured, ladies -- you're probably in safe hands.

Not content with handling scalpels all day, in his spare time Eisenberg is a competitive knife thrower.

Inspired by fictional Australian outback hero Crocodile Dundee and James Bond movies, the Philadelphia surgeon is a delicate artist by day who relaxes after hours with tomahawks and hunting knives.

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March 22, 2011

Tilt-shift Whistler

A tilt-shift video for Whistler Blackcomb

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Involuntary collaborations

Involuntary Collaborations: I buy other people's landscape paintings at yard sales and Goodwill and put monsters in them.
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Tilt-shift Disneyland

Continuing with the tilt-shift videos, here's another well done one from Disney.

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That good old liquid lunch

Man Brings Beer to DWI Court Appearance

A 49-year-old man is in Sullivan County Jail without bail after authorities say he showed up for a court hearing on a felony DWI charge drunk and carrying an open can of Busch beer, plus four more cans in a bag.

The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that Keith Gruber of Swan Lake was an hour and a half late for his court appearance Monday before Sullivan County Judge Frank LaBuda, who asked him if he enjoyed his "liquid lunch."

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March 21, 2011

The woes of Nuclear Boy

A Japanese video made for children.

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Screw art

Andrew Myers makes portraits with screws using a 3D relief technique.

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Marble machines

They look more like ball bearings to me.

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What a headline (6)

Deputy: Strip Search Finds Crack Between Buttocks

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- A deputy said the strip search of a "belligerent" man after a traffic stop turned up crack cocaine in a plastic bag tucked between the man’s buttocks.

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March 20, 2011

Happy Equinox (3)

At 7:21 p.m. EST astronomical spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere. It almost slipped by me.

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Cake image from What I Eat, Apparently.

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SpaceChem

SpaceChem is an obscenely addictive, design-based puzzle game about machine building and fake science.

Take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. Construct elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products! Streamline your designs to meet production quotas and survive encounters with the sinister threats that plague SpaceChem.

Not sure what this means? Play the free demo, available now for Windows, Mac, and Linux!

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March 18, 2011

How to sell a house

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Catching some rays

Source.

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Saturn fly-by

This animation was built from still photos captured by Cassini.

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Not-for-profit animated IMAX film in early production by a single filmmaker. [...]

This is fly-through of this photograph - photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/​catalog/​PIA11141 - only a little brightness and contrast has been made to balance the moons with saturn's body. Do note that several thousand layers of many Cassini photographs were animated to make the fly-through work without any 3D CGI.

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The right to bear pitchforks

Pitchfork Rights Case

In State v. Fried (Ariz. Just. Ct. Mar. 5), defendant was carrying a pitchfork as a political protest, and tried to enter the County Administration Building; the County Manager insisted that defendant leave the pitchfork outside, the defendant nonetheless entered the building with the pitchfork, and the defendant was then prosecuted for trespass.

Held: The defendant must be found not guilty because,

Without addressing any First Amendment protections which may be applicable to the Defendant, the Court concludes that the County Manager’s decision to allow members of the public with holstered handguns to access the building but deny access to the Defendant because he had a “holstered” pitchfork was arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.

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March 17, 2011

Ride to live

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Before and after in Japan

ABC (as in Australia) News has an interesting page of interactive overlays of satellite images before and after the tsunami in Japan. The presentation really gives you a feel for the destruction.

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H.T. Kevin H.

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The school board candidate

Definitely NSFW. This is a couple of years old now; it's one of the strangest things I've seen.

I don't know how serious his school board campaign was but he made the paper in central Arkansas:

Dwight David Honeycutt throws down

Dwight David Honeycutt knew his campaign was over before it really began. “I had big plans,” he said in a recent interview. “But I drink a little bit, and things got out of hand.”

“It was a lesson to me. Politics is about putting your best side forward, but I got a lot of ugly sides, and I realized real quick that it'd be bullshit to hide 'em. My son-of-a-bitch nephew, Roland, I knew what he was doin'. Like I said, I drink a little, and pretty soon he was askin' questions about my sex life and puttin' a didgeridoo in my hand, and I went with it."

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A BIG party

Teen cancels Facebook party with 200,000 'guests'.

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian schoolgirl had to cancel her 16th birthday party after her Facebook invitation went viral and close to 200,000 people said they would turn up at her house, reports said Tuesday.

The Sydney girl had wanted her schoolmates to attend, and the post -- which included her address -- said they could bring friends if they let her know, Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

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March 16, 2011

Space hoppers

- in Venice.

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Bad boy

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H.T. Mary & Steve

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Wedding dance

The first minute and 1/2 is pretty slow. But bear with it - it gets pretty funny

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The value of time

Video at the link.

Woman Sells First Spot in iPad 2 Line For $900

College student Amanda Foote has turned the die-hard techie tradition of waiting hours, sometimes days, to be the first to purchase a new Apple product into a lucrative odd job. After nearly 41 hours of waiting in line for the iPad 2 release at Apple’s flagship store in New York, she sold her number one spot for $900.

Foote sat through an entire day of rain, had a stranger help himself to a box of doughnuts she was eating, and slept a total of 3 hours and 10 minutes in the time between when she got in line at 5 p.m. Wednesday and when she left it at 9:00 a.m. Friday. She plans to buy tickets to a Lady Gaga concert with the cash that she earned for her trouble.

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March 15, 2011

Video hacking in Times Square

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Carnival time in Brazil

Danilo sends a link to this photo, taken during Carnival in Brazil (which ended last Tuesday).

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And the In Focus photoblog has a nice collection of Carnival pix from around the world, like this one from Sao Paulo.

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How to fix a flat with WD-40

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Over-stocked pirates reduce ransoms

Somali pirates cut ransoms to clear hijacked ships

MOGADISHU, March 13 (Reuters) - Somali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean.

Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India, said they were holding too many vessels and needed a quicker handover to generate more income.

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March 14, 2011

Vintage Inception

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All about Pi

A local pizzeria.

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Reduction

Another Inception parody.

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Frog porn?

Frog's porn found on magistrate's laptop

A MAGISTRATE has narrowly avoided jail after being caught with a collection of extreme pornography — including images of women having sex with a gerbil and a FROG.

Michael Hall, 46 — who is also a school governor and worked on a council panel to protect children — downloaded the disgusting images on to his laptop computer.

When police raided his home they found 230 photos and 150 videos showing women engaging in sex acts with horses, a donkey, dogs, a gerbil, a frog and a live snake.

It's not easy being green.

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March 12, 2011

The sound of Π


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Woodies

Tucson John sends a bunch of pictures of wood-paneled cars. Marty North has a slideshow of them here.

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A truckload of birds

This clip raises a whole lot of questions... At least the birds seemed happy to be free.

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Another criminal mastermind

Taking a shower??

Intruder calls 911, afraid homeowner may have gun

(CNN) -- This time it was the intruder who called 911.

A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police -- afraid the homeowner may have a gun.

The suspect, Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower when the homeowner returned to the house Monday night, Portland police said in a statement.

Accompanied by two German shepherds, the homeowner asked Chapek what he was doing in the house.

Chapek locked himself in the bathroom and made an emergency call, police said. He said he had broken into the house, the owner had come home, and that he was concerned the owner might have a gun.

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March 10, 2011

Going UP

National Geographic's TV series How Hard Can It Be? launches a small house into flight using only balloons.

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Now that's a CAPTCHA

TYWKIWDBI has a post about math CAPTCHAs.

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Get acclimatised

Somewhat dark humor from Britain.

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The halfro stabber

This is the lower of two items on this page.

In other non-professional criminal news, a man at a barber shop in Connecticut decided to stab another man halfway during his own haircut. He then fled the scene, creating another candidate for best mugshot of the year:

Police in Stamford, CT said in a statement that David Davis was getting a haircut when the victim approached in what Davis characterized as an “aggressive manner.” He then picked up scissors to protect himself and slashed the man in the back.

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H.T. Jeff G.

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March 09, 2011

Goin' viral

I thought this was amusing (plus Jennifer Aniston's pretty easy on the eyes).

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Health posters

This is one of nearly 7,600 posters at an NIH site. Some are retro, some modern, and they come from around the world. Many are in French and Spanish.

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Argh!

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The planes and the bees

A mother and her young son were flying from Kansas City to Chicago. The little boy, who had been looking out the window, turned to his mother and asked, 'If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?' The mother couldn't think of an answer so she told her son to ask the flight attendant.

So the boy went down the aisle and asked the flight attendant, 'If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?'

The busy flight attendant smiled and asked, "Did your mother tell you to ask me?"

"Yes."

The flight attendant said, "Well, then, you go and tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. Ask her to explain that to you."

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March 08, 2011

Nice trick

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At the dog show

The Big Picture has 34 pictures from the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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A Komondorak in the ring during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vanishing head

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Vatican assassin warlock?

Witch Community Upset With Sheen's Depiction of a Warlock

Charlie Sheen managed to upset a group he probably never thought of -- witches -- after one of his notorious tirades last week.

In a week in which the embattled actor described himself as having "tiger blood" and other apparently super-human aspects usually found in the pages of comic books, the star described himself as a "Vatican assassin warlock" during a radio show.

The description evidently did not sit well with the witch community in Salem, Mass.

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March 07, 2011

Anne Lilly's sculptures

This clip is one of twelve at Anne Lilly's site that demonstrate her kinetic sculptures.


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Industrial retro

A collection of vintage industrial ads, along with discussion about whether they were 'propaganda'. (?)

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TGFB (3)

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Vodka on the rocks

Vodka on the rocks man rescued

A Polish man had to be rescued by coastguards after he drifted out to sea on a sheet of ice clutching a bottle of vodka.

Michal Kawolski, 23, had been drinking with pals at Gdansk when he decided to test the strength of the ice forming beside the shore.

But as he clambered on, a piece broke away and swept terrified Mr Kawolski into the Baltic Sea by powerful currents.

"We dared him to do it and it seemed like a good idea after a few hours of drinking," said one friend.

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March 04, 2011

Tilt-shift auto race

This is the Sydney Telstra 500, shot by Keith Loutit.

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The book surgeon

This is one of fifteen examples of books carved by Brian Dettmer. Many are more elaborate.

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Ready for a date

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Because it's bare

Picture at the site - in case you're wondering what "cat ears" are.

Woman's naked mountain climb

CONQUERING one of the Sunshine Coast’s most treacherous mountains is not enough for some.

Take Jess Kelley, a 24-year-old Brisbane archaeologist, for instance.

She decided to take on the challenge while utterly starkers.

Jess ventured onward and upward armed with experience, a mobile phone and a pair of “cat ears” to keep her fringe under control.

A gentleman named Jeremiah also took on the challenge and shed his clothes – aside from a dapper pork-pie hat.

They reached the summit and posed as though she had conquered Europe.

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March 03, 2011

Modular robotics

See ModRobotics.com.

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Matchstick insects

By Kyle Bean.

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The Death Ray

A home-made version of the solar furnace in last December's Flame On post.

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Meet Prince Charming

Accused kidnapper says he was going to propose

TRENTON -- A city man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, punching her in the head and threatening to kill her with a screwdriver told a judge yesterday that it was all just a prelude to a marriage proposal.

Melvin Cade, 44, of North Clinton Avenue, is being held in connection with the Feb. 16 abduction of his ex-girlfriend in Ewing.

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March 02, 2011

Te borro del Feisbuh

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Zombies, aliens and robots

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From here, via here and here.

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Avalanche

I don't know where this occurred but it's a heck of an avalanche.

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Busted! (5)

Former president of MADD arrested for DUI

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A woman who was the former president of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter in Gainesville has been arrested for drunk driving.

Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested around 1:00 a.m. February 18 after police say the car she was driving was swerving on Northwest 39th Street. According to the arrest report she was given two breathalyzer tests and measured .234 and .239. The limit in Florida is .08.

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March 01, 2011

Discovery's last launch

Here's video taken from a commercial craft as Discovery lifts off for STS-133.

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Under Paris

A National Geographic slideshow about what's under Paris.

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Behind the neat stacks of skulls, tibias, and femurs in the Paris catacombs lies a chaos of bones. In the 18th and 19th centuries the city dug up millions of skeletons from over-flowing cemeteries and poured them at night into old quarries.

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Nice mashup

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Smart kid

Student Uses Smart Phone To Beat Speeding Ticket

A student describes how he was able to get out a speeding ticket by whipping out his Android.

The cop cited him for going over 40 mph in a 25 zone, which he was too frazzled to contest at the time. After he had cooled down and parked his car later, he remembered that he had been running the My Tracks app by Google which records your GPS info and speed. Pulling up the data, he found that he hadn't been speeding. When his court date arrived, he plead not guilty, presented his GPS data, and successfully got out of the ticket. Nice!

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