November 30, 2011
At the Great Wall
Miniatur Wunderland 2012
This model-railroad-und-so-weiter released a new video. The last one we saw from them was in March, 2009.
Adding insult to injury
A really crazy story - worth reading the whole thing.
Man Sues Couple He Kidnapped
[...] Jesse Dimmick [...] sued Jared and Lindsay Rowley last month. Dimmick was convicted in May 2010 of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping, for a 2009 incident in which he held the Rowleys against their will for several hours. Dimmick was fleeing a murder charge in a stolen van when he drove over some spikes laid by Topeka police. The van came to rest in the Rowleys' front yard, and Dimmick then invited himself in at knifepoint to enjoy some involuntary hospitality.
November 29, 2011
Flying with fighters
All you ever need
Ready, aim, ...
A communist chocolate hellhole
Interesting first name.
Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future
A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world. [...]
Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted him rooting around in bins. He explained that he was looking for fuel for his 'time machine power unit', a device that resembled a kitchen blender.
Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening."
November 28, 2011
Don't kick the dog
'Frosty the Snowman' arrested at Maryland parade
CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Who says "Frosty the Snowman" has to be jolly?
A man in a "Frosty the Snowman" costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He's accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.
Sgt. John A. Dolgos tells The Star Democrat of Easton that 52-year-old Kevin Michael Walsh became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd.
It amazes me that many cops won't hesitate to kill dogs but in this case they're accusing Walsh of "kicking at" a police dog.
Experience is the best teacher (2)
But the tuition can be a little expensive.
One of those doesn't-have-to-be-true-to-be-funny stories.
They dressed the mannequin like a hunter & tied it to the roof of the truck. The driver and passenger put on moose head costumes. Down the Maine Turnpike they went, causing about 16 accidents. They went to jail.
H.T. Tucson John
Got any nude pictures of your wife?
This sort of reminds me of an old joke.
Husband exorted, embarrassed wife with sex pictures, jury finds
Jovica "Joshua" Petrovic was a vengeful man, federal officials said.
When his short-lived marriage began crumbling in 2009, Petrovic threatened to release family secrets.
Beginning in 2010, after his wife said she wanted a divorce, he stalked and harassed her and mailed roughly 150 homemade postcards to her boss, friends, relatives and neighbors. The cards carried suggestive pictures, insults and the address of a website where he posted still pictures from secretly made videos of them having sex, embarrassing personal information and some outright lies.
He demanded $100,000, her wedding and engagement rings and furniture he claimed she stole from a storage unit, in exchange for shutting down the site.
November 25, 2011
Fall Sessions 2011
More base jumping.
Prints available here.
Periodic table of swearing
British style -- and definitely NSFW.
Resistance is futile
Sounds like a spammer's dream, doesn't it?
Terminator-style info-vision takes step towards reality
The streaming of real-time information across your field of vision is a step closer to reality with the development of a prototype contact lens that could potentially provide the wearer with hands-free information updates.
In a study published today, 22 November, in IOP Publishing's Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, researchers constructed a computerised contact lens and demonstrated its safety by testing it on live eyes. There were no signs of adverse side effects.
At the moment, the contact lens device contains only a single pixel but the researchers see this as a "proof-of-concept" for producing lenses with multiple pixels which, in their hundreds, could be used to display short emails and text messages right before your eyes.
November 24, 2011
Because it feels so good when they stop
And I'm thankful I'm not part of this act.
Photographed or painted? (2)
By Roberto Bernardi.
I like these clips from the Penn & Teller: Fool Us series; in this one, Nick Einhorn manages to fool them (as well as me).
Best abstract ever
From this paper (PDF).
Via The Agitator
November 23, 2011
In Auckland, New Zealand.
You can't gobble me
Be A True Bacon Lover With Baconlube
A few years ago J&D's, the makers of BaconSalt and Baconnaise, posted an ad for Baconlube as an April Fool's Day joke. The company tried to move on, but as they explain, "People harassed us via email, in public and in highly inappropriate ways (thanks for that). The waiting list grew to over 3,000 people. Expectations were built."
Now they've created a limited quantity of bacon-flavored lube and massage oils for troubled individuals who want their lover to taste more like cured pork. You shouldn't be shy about contacting the company because they promise, "We'll make no judgments about why you want this or what you want to do with it." However, you may want to figure out if your partner is interested in breakfast-themed sex before springing this on them.
November 22, 2011
Photo contest 2011
This photo was taken in the Upper Antelope Canyon near Page (AZ) and it shows the amazing effect of the sand thrown in the air and struck by the rays of the sun. (© Angiolo Manetti)
I don't know where this came from.
1. Most of the audience either has a Ph.D. or is about to get one.
2. It is extremely hard to get a doctorate without finishing college.
3. Colleges rarely accept students without high school diplomas.
4. Before graduating from high school it is necessary to pass the third grade.
5. Passing the third grade requires being able to read.
6. Therefore, almost all of your audience knows how to read.
7. That makes it completely unnecessary - not to say outrageously annoying - to read your f*cking slides out loud. Slides should complement, not duplicate, your verbal presentation.
H.T. Jeff G.
November 21, 2011
A compilation of clips from 'awesome' YouTube videos (including some we've seen before). Full screen recommended for this one.
It's a record (3)
Well, this didn't take long... I posted an image of the previous record-holder last week. Who knew street chalk was so competitive?
3D Joe and Max x Reebok – World's Largest 3D Street Artwork
Yesterday in London's West India Quays, Canary Wharf, on Guinness World Records Day, Reebok CrossFit has teamed up London-based street art duo 3D Joe and Max to complete what will go down as the world's largest and longest 3D street artwork ever (for now). The deceptively realistic piece measures 1,160.4 metres square and is 106.5m long, beating the previous 892.15metre square record set by China's Qi Xinghua, and will remain on display for the rest of today. (Nov. 18th)
After taking a couple years to restore, an A-4 Skyhawk was being put back on its pedistal in Alameda. The soft ground gave way under the crane.
H.T. Paul B
Markets in everything (14)
Teacher's Porn Site Business ... Gets Her in Trouble With California School District
Hot for teacher? She's got a business plan for that, apparently.
A 35-year-old California high school teacher is in hot water this week after her ex-husband reportedly revealed she was allegedly running "several" porn sites, including MySluttyTeacher.com, from her district-issue laptop, Fox 40 in Stockton reports. [...]
Of course, if this porn site business turns out to be fruitful, Kaeslin might just have a yawn and a good laugh. She's on paid leave as it is.
Finding inspiration for her operations, however, might prove to be more difficult if horny school boys aren't staring at her equipment.
One on of Kaeslin's sites the impetus for her digital smut was said to be the fact that ...... Her male students spent most of the period staring at her boobs.
November 19, 2011
A nice time-lapse video made in Taiwan. Full screen, HD viewing recommended.
Angela Merkel on the Greek debt
The title of this amusing 'infographic' reads: The development of Greek public debt.
November 18, 2011
A cleverly done FedEx ad.
Photographed or painted?
Back-to-back, double-or-nothing bets on Jeopardy.
Meet some cat fanciers
$27,500 bill to save dying cat
A Perth family paid $27,500 in veterinary bills to keep their cat alive after it was bitten by a tiger snake.
Meadow Springs couple Brigitte and David Harris took out a $20,000 bank loan, $18,000 of which they still owe, to pay for Ollie's treatment, but said it was worth it.
The family did not have pet insurance and Mr Harris advised other pet owners to consider it.
November 16, 2011
It's a record (2)
Chinese 3D artist Qi Xinghua's huge 3D painting, which is called 'Lions Gate Gorge', has set a new Guinness World Record as the world's largest 3D painting.
His breathtaking artwork, created in a square in front of a shopping mall in Guangzhou Baiyan Wanda Plaza in Guangzhou, China, measures a staggering 23m wide and 32m long on the ground, while the wall it utilises is more than 6m high. It took him a month of painstaking work to complete.
A fine day for a parade
Somewhere in Europe, evidently (and I'll guess The Netherlands).
Ain't no pork up in the pan
Soy Diet Is Cruel and Unusual, Florida Inmate Claims
MIAMI — One too many bouts of flatulence and cramping has led a Florida inmate to sue the Department of Corrections, arguing that the prison's soy-based turkey dogs and sloppy Joes amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
Eric D. Harris, 34, who is serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child, said the soy in his prison chow is threatening his health by endangering his thyroid and immune system. Florida prisons serve meals with 50 percent soy and 50 percent poultry three times a day, a mixture that costs half as much as using beef and pork, the Department of Corrections says. The cost per meal: $1.70 a day for each inmate. Florida prisons first began serving soy-based meals in 2009.
November 15, 2011
How it's done
I came across this video at TYWKIWDBI and it reminded me of the hours I used to spend playing snooker back in the day. But I've never seen anyone run the table in a snooker game before. It's no small feat.
Nerves of steel
This looks like something that was in a Tom Clancy novel (set in the Carribean).
H.T. Tucson John
A foul-mouthed fairy
(Not that I blame her, mind you.)
Fan launches food drive to show support for fired Sugar Plum Fairy
ST. CHARLES • Fans of the fired Sugar Plum Fairy have come up with a sweet way to show support.
Mike Swart, who started a Facebook page to save the Sugar Plum Fairy's job, is organizing a food drive that includes sweets as well as traditional food pantry items. He's hoping the thousand-plus people who have "liked" the Facebook page will participate.
Laura Coppinger, 29, who portrayed the character at the annual Christmas Traditions festival on historic Main Street for the last six years, was fired for cursing, not on the job, but when she went to take a drug test mandated for all city employees.
November 14, 2011
Time-lapse light show
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan and the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011
How to pet the cat
Superhydrophobic spray means no more clothes to wash
Ross Technology Corp is a company that specializes in steel products including non-slip flooring, security, and racks. For the tech enthusiast, that may sound a little boring, but then you hear about a byproduct of a solution they came up with to stop their steel products corroding.
Metal corrodes when it comes into contact with liquid such as water, so Ross engineers set about coming up with a coating to keep liquid away from the steel. What they ended up with is a silicon-based spray that not only kept steel dry, it could also be applied to many different surfaces and materials.
Rather than just concentrate on steel, Ross decided to create a new product based on the spray known as NeverWet, which we should all hopefully benefit from using soon.
'My boobs saved my life'
A FLAT-CHESTED woman cheated death in a horror car smash — thanks to her 'chicken fillet' bra pads.
Lisa Somerville was driving home in heavy rain when she lost control of her car and careered head-on into another vehicle.
The 28-year-old had to be cut from the car by firefighters and was rushed to hospital with a punctured lung, four cracked ribs and a broken nose.
Doctors later told the mum-of-one how she would almost certainly have died had she not been wearing the silicone implants to boost her AAA bust.
November 13, 2011
Rhinos get upside-down helicopter ride to safety
For some endangered rhinos, a 1,000-mile road to rescue from poachers starts with a helicopter ride — hanging upside down, blindfolded and sedated.
That might sound uncomfortable, but experts say it's actually easier on the massive mammals than other means.
Plus, it's a quick way to pluck them to safety at a time when poaching for rhino horns is rampant. In South Africa alone, 341 have been killed so far this year, up from 333 for all of 2010.
The upside-down helicopter rides are provided by a project between the conservation group WWF and local government agencies in South Africa.
November 11, 2011
A nice collection of aerial photos of clouds.
Via David Thompson
Mr. Miyagi's cat
Seriously, I don't know whose cat it is.
Age cannot wither
World's oldest groom ties the knot at 120
What man doesn't want to marry a woman half his age?
Hazi Abdul Noor, a 120-year-old widower in India, made history this past weekend when he married 60-year-old Samoi Bibi, reports the Times of India.
More than 500 guests attended the wedding in Satghori, a remote village in the state of Assam. More than 100 of them were the groom's immediate family members - two sons, four daughters, their spouses and their many children.
November 10, 2011
How to cut a coconut
Mildly unsafe for work.
We are 30 meters deep, fresh water, then 60 meters deep – salty water and under me I see a river, island and fallen leaves… Actually, the river, which you can see, is a layer of hydrogen sulphide.
Even if you're not a football fan
I'll bet he's... well... relieved
Nigerian actor freed after 25 bowel movements
A leading Nigerian comic actor arrested on suspicion of ingesting drugs to smuggle to Europe was on Friday freed on bail after 25 closely monitored bowel movements produced nothing suspicious.
November 09, 2011
Payback time (3)
Angelo DeSantis took this picture of his cat with a mouse.
Paging Crystal Gayle
Doctor Offers Laser Treatment to Permanently Make Brown Eyes Blue
This week's step forward in conforming to the beauty standard at any cost is a laser that can turn brown eyes into blue ones. The treatment, developed by Stroma Medical's Dr. Gregg Homer, takes only 20 seconds to perform, but is irreversible. Aside from giving you the piercing stare of an Arctic wolf, the procedure could also impair your sight, experts warn. Brown eye pigment helps to prevent problems such as glare and double vision. Removing it could leave the eye with no way to control the light getting in.
Homer assures the BBC that the laser only affects pigment on the eye's surface and that the frequencies used are absorbed by the dark pigment on the iris, so there is no danger of eye damage. After testing on cadavers, he has moved his operation to Mexico, where he says there has been no evidence of injury thus far. His seventeen short-sighted patients have been offered lens transplants in return for taking part in the procedure.
November 08, 2011
Not enough to make me buy a Blackberry - but still pretty amusing.
At the Sarasota Chalk Festival.
This comes from the "We the People" petition page at WhiteHouse.gov. It only needs 15,000 more signatures; it may be worth a cookie.
We demand a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition.
Since these petitions are ignored apart from an occasional patronizing and inane political statement amounting to nothing more than a condescending pat on the head, we the signers would enjoy having the illusion of success. Since no other outcome to this process seems possible, we demand that the White House immediately assign a junior staffer to compose a tame and vapid response to this petition, and never attempt to take any meaningful action on this or any other issue. We would also like a cookie.
November 07, 2011
From Ryno Motors. The "limited edition" is priced at $25,000 - but they're hoping to introduce a production bike for ~$4,000 in 2012.
Attitude is everything
Here's a collection of 13 "doormats with attitude".
Roll your own wind tunnel
Somebody's gotta do it
Brad Lebo is one of the best golfers in the world. He's never competed at Augusta National Golf Club or played a round with Tiger Woods, but he has already won a Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open. Twice.
Lebo is a professional mini golfer. Don't make a windmill joke just yet, though.
"When [people] give me grief about being a professional miniature golfer, if it's someone I know well, I'll say, 'What have you been the national champion at?' and that will end the conversation," Lebo said.
November 04, 2011
Destroying a dam
This is an old (1913) hydroelectric dam in southwestern Washington.
Don't forget to duck
A driver survived having his car skewered by hundreds of steel bars in Taizhou, eastern China's Zhejiang Province. Yang Junsheng, 24, was driving at around 60km/h when he smashed into a truck carrying a full load of steel bars. At the moment of impact the bars shot backward, smashing through Yang's window screen. He says: "My mind was very clear at that second, and I immediately leaned down to the passenger seat When the car stopped I found the bars had filled in the space above me and the door at my side was poked open by the bars. The closest bar was only a few centimetres away." Yang escaped the incident with just a few scratches to his face.
New York Corduroy Appreciation Club searching for 11-year-olds born on 11/11
Somewhere in the city there is a child who will turn 11 on Nov. 11 — and a band of corduroy enthusiasts is hunting for that kid.
It's all part of the Corduroy Appreciation Club's celebration of 11/11/11, the date it says most closely resembles the ribs of its favorite fabric.
"That child is the messiah of corduroy," said Miles Rohan, founder of the 4,000-member club, which was started as a half-joke in 2005. "We liken it to finding the Dalai Lama."
November 01, 2011
Blast from the past (4)
This chart comes from an interactive BBC News page about The world at 7 billion. It's predicted there will be that many people alive by the end of this week.
This reminds me of George Gamow's book Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland.
But you already know that
An ad on Craigslist.
Seeking Clairvoyant (Rochester)
Date: 2011-10-29, 6:42PM EDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
If you have the required abilities you already know what we are asking of you. You know where to find us. We are ready.