May 31, 2011
Like a boss
H.T. Tucson John
I wouldn't want to be a weatherman in Italy.
Italian Seismologists Charged With Manslaughter for Not Predicting 2009 Quake
Italian government officials have accused the country's top seismologist of manslaughter, after failing to predict a natural disaster that struck Italy in 2009, a massive devastating earthquake that killed 308 people.
A shocked spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) likened the accusations to a witch hunt.
"It has a medieval flavor to it -- like witches are being put on trial," the stunned spokesman told FoxNews.com.
Enzo Boschi, the president of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), will face trial along with six other scientists and technicians, after failing to predict the future and the impending disaster.
May 30, 2011
Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers came home Thursday, April 14 2011, his body borne upon a sea of waving American flags and hands held tightly in salute for the Brandon, MS Marine killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
The following video is MHP Trooper Elmo Townsend's view as his dash cam recorded the escort from Airport Road and along U.S. 80, as hundreds of onlookers gathered to pay their respects.
May 29, 2011
At the VLT
A hi-def time-lapse video shot at the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. (This is video of the telescopes, not from the telescopes.) Set it to 720P, if you have the bandwidth, and view it full screen.
May 27, 2011
Ode to Spot
The In Focus photoblog has 23 images of this volcano in Iceland.
China farmers face 'exploding' watermelon problem
Farmers in eastern China have been left perplexed after their watermelons began to explode one by one.
An investigation by state media found farms in Jiangsu province were losing acres of fruit because of the problem.
The overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster was blamed in one report by China Central Television.
But agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free melons were exploding. They cited the weather and abnormal size of the melon as factors.
China Central Television said farmers were overspraying their crops with the growth promoter, hoping they could get their fruit to market ahead of the peak season and increase their profits.
May 26, 2011
Two large large hail stones from storms that swept through the Southampton neighborhood of St. Louis on May 25, 2011. Photo via Twitter by Tony Howell / @scholarpreneur
Guess who won't be reading this post
Meet the woman allergic to electricity
A British woman cannot use an electric kettle, keeps her washing machine in a concrete outhouse and cannot have neighbours with wireless internet because she is allergic to electricity.
Janice Tunnicliffe spends every night playing Scrabble by candlelight with her husband because she claims to have a rare condition called electrosensitivity.
She cannot bear to be anywhere near electromagnetic fields of any kind and, as a result, she cannot watch television, listen to the radio or talk on a mobile phone and has been left completely isolated from the modern world by her condition.
Mrs Tunnicliffe, 55, was struck down with the illness after receiving chemotherapy for bowel cancer three years ago.
May 25, 2011
Another theatrical proposal
Nicely done illusion
From Today's Big Thing
Is a playful blimp. You can learn how to make one at http://meandollie.com/.
I stole this screen capture from a post titled Finally a use for Facebook at Musings from the Coast.
Thanks to Dave at MacRaven for the link.
May 24, 2011
Meet Senor Mayhem
It's not bacon
But it's close enough.
How to slice a pizza
POLICE: Louisville woman pulls sword at Pizza Hut
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Police say a woman involved in an argument at a Louisville Pizza Hut raised the stakes considerably when she tried to pull a sword. [...]
According to an arrest report, police were called to the restaurant after they received reports that 29-year-old Wynika Mason was "causing trouble." When they got there, she allegedly began yelling at the officers.
An employee told the officers that, shortly before they arrived, Mason began yelling at him and told him that she had a sword on her person. The employee said that Mason, "began to raise it out of the sheath" when her brother seized it from her and put it in their vehicle outside.
May 23, 2011
The YouTube notes say, "Uncle Gerald's family sends him off with a 320,000 firecracker salute per his final wishes."
Markets in everything (10)
Hop to it: half-price jugs for 4 rabbits
A Wanaka bar has taken to helping deal with Central Otago's rabbit plague by offering half-price beer to patrons who bring in dead rabbits.
Bullock Bar manager Margo Johnston said the bar would offer half-price jugs to anyone who brought in four rabbits to the bar tomorrow.
The idea for the promotion come about not only because the rabbits were a pest in the area but because the New Zealand Warriors were playing the Sydney Rabbitohs in a rugby league match, Ms Johnston said,
"Hopefully it will eradicate a few rabbits from Central Otago farmland," she said.
Unlike the Alexandra Easter Bunny Hunt, where some of the dead rabbits were buried in residential land, the dead rabbits were expected to be turned into dog food.
May 22, 2011
OK, back to making the beds
Make My Bed? But You Say the World's Ending
The Haddad children of Middletown, Md., have a lot on their minds: school projects, SATs, weekend parties. And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.
The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense of their shifting world, which started changing nearly two years ago when their mother, Abby Haddad Carson, left her job as a nurse to "sound the trumpet" on mission trips with her husband, Robert, handing out tracts. They stopped working on their house and saving for college. [...]
“I have mixed feelings,” Ms. Haddad Carson said. “I’m very excited about the Lord’s return, but I’m fearful that my children might get left behind. But you have to accept God’s will.”
The children, however, have found something to giggle over. “She’ll say, ‘You need to clean up your room,’ ” Grace said. “And I’ll say, ‘Mom, it doesn’t matter, if the world’s going to end!’ ”
May 21, 2011
May 20, 2011
Good advice (3)
If you like cats. It's from the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota.
Funny fairy tale
A funny fairy tale found at Maggie's Farm.
Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess... "Will you marry me?"
The Princess said "NO!"
And the Prince lived happily ever after, and rode motorcycles, and went fishing and hunting, and played golf, and dated women half his age, and smoked cigars, and drank beer and Scotch, and had loads of money in the bank, and left the toilet seat up.
May 19, 2011
Against the wind
H.T. Bill F.
News from Chicago
Woman missing since she got lost
Police are looking for a 25-year-old Rogers Park woman last heard from after getting lost last week while heading to a Near West Side nightclub.
Irma Sabanovic left her home in the 1900 block of West Hood Avenue on May 12 with the intention of going to the Exit nightclub near Elston and North, a missing persons alert from Belmont Area Special Victims Unit detectives said.
At 2 a.m., she texted a male friend that she was lost near Milwaukee and Erie. That was the last communication from Sabanovic, the alert said.
May 17, 2011
Raising the bar
This is going to be a tough act to follow.
The Big Picture has 33 images of this spring's flooding along the Mississippi. The fellow below is enjoying the fishing from his deck, normally 50 feet away from the river.
Not pron but probably NSFW either.
Brazilian Woman Wins Right To Masturbate At Work
Ana Catarian Bezerra is a 36-year-old Brazilian woman who suffers from a chemical imbalance that triggers severe anxiety and hypersexuality. Ana, an accountant by day, began to have problems at work because the only way to relieve said anxiety is by masturbating. A lot. Now, after winning a court battle and seeking professional medical help, Ana is allowed to masturbate and watch porn — using her work's computer, no less — legally.
Ana wasn't always like this, she was worse:
"I got so bad I would to masturbate up to forty seven-times a day. That's when I asked for help, I knew it wasn't normal."
May 16, 2011
Everybody was kung fu gaming
The blue sky below
Spacewalks – the blue sky below us [32 Pics]. This is a collection of pictures of space walks, not just pictures from near orbit. But I particularly liked this one of the aurora borealis.
Nice catch (3)
I'm guessing this was staged - but it's well-played in any case.
May 15, 2011
Forgotten Michael Jackson photos could power the world, inventor says
Los Angeles (CNN) -- A Los Angeles inventor who photographed Michael Jackson 33 years ago hopes those images will now help launch an electric motor he claims could solve the world's energy problems.
Reginald Garcia will use cash from the sale of 130 unpublished Jackson photos to fund testing of the motor, which he claims generates more electricity than it uses. Garcia is in the process of getting the photos appraised and prepared for sale.
H.T. Paul B.
May 13, 2011
A one-man soundtrack
Not my taste in material but this guy sings very well.
Here's a nice collection titled The 50 Most Important Landmarks of the World. I don't know if I'd agree with that claim but it's a nice collection nonetheless.
Heavy indeed - think of the G forces if planes really took off this fast.
Know your vortex
NASA Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment
May 4, 2011: Einstein was right again. There is a space-time vortex around Earth, and its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity.
Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B).
"The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts," says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission.
GP-B (twist, 550px)
"This is an epic result," adds Clifford Will of Washington University in St. Louis. An expert in Einstein's theories, Will chairs an independent panel of the National Research Council set up by NASA in 1998 to monitor and review the results of Gravity Probe B. "One day," he predicts, "this will be written up in textbooks as one of the classic experiments in the history of physics."
May 12, 2011
In Lisbon, Portugal
A nice collection of low-level aerial photographs.
North American time-lapse
A year in the making with scenes from Chicago, Manhattan, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto.
Hell hath no fury (3)
Staten Island mom 'hit' boyfriend over head with cooking pot
Maybe he should buy flowers next time.
A Staten Island mom allegedly whacked her baby daddy over the head with a cooking pot yesterday -- because she was furious that he hadn't bought her a Mother's Day gift.
"I hit him with a pot, and I'm glad I did!" a steamed Aretavia Kimbrough, 28, allegedly told cops after nailing boyfriend Charmean Allen, 28, with the pot, leaving him with a 4-inch gash and a big lump on his head.
"I've been with him for seven years, and he never bought me nothing! "
But Allen, who has an 8-month-old son with Kimbrough, later insisted to The Post, "I was going to get her balloons and candy and take her to dinner.
"But I can't take her to dinner because the police aren't releasing her."
May 11, 2011
How to torment your dog
In-car projection for drive-by advertising
DRIVERS are already bombarded with advertising on billboards and vehicles. Now even car windows could become part of the advertisers' canvas.
Wallen Mphepö of the Beijing Normal University in China has come up with a way to turn car windows into billboards that could be used to display dynamic adverts and public safety messages.
Mphepö has developed a polymer film that can be attached to a window to act as a kind of screen, picking up images projected from inside the vehicle and transmitting them to viewers outside through a series of microscopic mirror-like structures. Thin vertical strips of clear film in between these structures allow the driver to see through the window as normal, Mphepö says.
May 10, 2011
Full-scale R/C racing
It must be fun to have sponsors who'll pay for things like this.
The beer holster.
Continuing the crashing cars theme of today's videos...
Man airlifted after fight with cat
A Cleveland man was attacked by a housecat Friday afternoon and the man's injuries are so severe that he had to be taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. [...]
At some point during the attack, the man and the cat reportedly were injured by a knife the man was holding. The man was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center before being transported to Houston.
May 09, 2011
Dogs of war
An interesting photo-essay at Foreign Policy about military dogs.
Dogs usually jump in tandem with their trainers, but when properly outfitted with flotation vests they can make short jumps into water on their own. A U.S. Navy SEAL, Mike Forsythe, and his dog, Cara -- pictured above -- recently broke the world record for "highest man/dog parachute deployment" by jumping from 30,100 feet.
Zenek the mascot
In the superconductor lab at Lublin Polytechnic in Poland.
Photos at the link.
Victoria's $60k open-air urinal 'an attraction in itself'
Canada's battle against public urination has a monument, and it stands in Victoria, B.C.
Prominently located just across the street from one of the city's premier theatre venues stands the first of many artisanal urinals designed to rid Victoria's alleys and alcoves of the unwanted stench of urine.
The $60,000 facility isn't so much a bathroom appliance as a piece of public art.
May 06, 2011
Cat-proof your property
Hilarious but mind the volume if you're at work.
Where do the best grapefruit come from?
Helicopter gunships up for grabs online
Cash-strapped Ukrainian military leaders are selling off their lethal fleet of helicopter gunships - on an eBay-style website.
The deadly Russian-built Mil Mi-8 and Mi-171 attack aircraft are armed to the teeth with guided anti-tank missiles, rockets and armour-shredding chainguns.
Punters can spend up to £7.3 million for a hardly used fully loaded model with cheaper, older transport choppers going for a bargain £266,000.
"We can deliver anywhere," says the ad, posted by the Ukraine's defence ministry.
May 05, 2011
Not exactly rocket science
28 images of jellyfish and other aquatic forms.
How to erase a CD
Not quite Escape
Canadian man's online date turns out to be his girlfriend
A Canadian man's attempts to meet up with a woman he met online have gone horribly wrong after his date turned out to be his own girlfriend.
Barrie police said the 49-year-old woman turned up at a local coffee shop at the weekend at the arranged time and proceeded to throw coffee in her boyfriend's face before slapping him.
An off duty police officer then arrested the woman and called for assistance. Local press claim the woman is currently awaiting a bail hearing.
May 04, 2011
How to steal a car
I assume this really happened and wasn't just staged. The video's several years old.
H.T. Tucson John
Ten strange places
Nice photos of ten unusual places. This one's called 'the eye of Africa.'
Shortest horror movie ever
Bill F. sends a funny story:
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune.
At an investment meeting one evening, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.
"I may look like just an ordinary guy," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die and I will inherit $200 million." Impressed, the woman asked for his business card.
Three weeks later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
May 03, 2011
Very cleverly animated GIFs. Check it out.
Nice catch (2)
What's the RFC for sharing mono?
Japanese boffins build internet kissing machine
Researches in Japan are hard at work developing an internet-enabled kissing simulator that will allow lovers – or perfect strangers – to reach out and buss someone.
"This device is for communications within the mouth," researcher Nobuhiro Takahashi of the Kajimoto Laboratory at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo told DigInfo TV. "In other words, the goal is to obtain the feeling of kissing."
May 02, 2011
I think I'll send him this mug.
Think of England
From the heart of Afghanistan
May 01, 2011
Virtual potter's wheel
Stereolithography technique comes to clay.
Who says you can't polish a banana?
A Japanese person named Yamaden carves bananas.
"We were launching hypersonic bricks at Mach 5, Mach 6″
Here's an exclusive Defense Tech video giving you an update on General Atomics' high-speed railgun project. Last summer, General Atomics and Boeing tested a high-speed sabot round to replace the "hypersonic bricks" (which tended to tumble out of control) that the company had been firing from the gun, says General Atomics' Tom Hurn. The sabot round went seven kilometers downrange after punching through a 1/8-inch thick steel plate.
It's a tough job
City Workers Make Porn Film While on the Job
City officials failed to discipline two traffic officers who appeared in a pornographic film while on the job, NBC4 LA has found.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has opened an investigation into the behavior of two uniformed, on-duty officers who appear in the sexually explicit movie. The investigation was prompted by the NBC4 LA exposé.