December 30, 2011
One of several built by the Treehouse Workshop. (These 4 images are all of the same treehouse.)
Drawn in salt
Via David Thompson
Kind columnist vows to help N.Y.Times readers on its reneged offer
Oh, geez, where's the Unsend button?
It's happened to most everybody, though less expensively so. A worker for the New York Times was preparing a pleading missive to several hundred disgruntled subscribers noting that they had recently canceled their paper deliveries.
We've all received such offers, some of them pretty good. 'We just know you miss us.' How about we cut the price of your newspaper subscription in half for the next 12, no, make that 16 weeks as a gesture of commercial good will -- and privately, "God Almighty, we've got to stop this circulation drop somehow!"
The Times worker, who will shortly be informed that he/she has accepted the next buyout offer, pushed the button. And off the email went -- to nearly 9 million people on the wrong list.
People who had not canceled their subscriptions. People who'd given their email to the newspaper for some reason long ago. People who liked the generous out-of-the-blue offer to cut in half what they'd already paid in full. And people who had thought the famous newspaper knew what was going on in the world but now discovered in its own offices apparently not so much.
December 29, 2011
Light saber tennis?
Central Park in New York City
Hi-res image here.
100 Years in 10 Minutes
The years were just packed.
Man shot as people pass around loaded gun
A Rock Island man was shot in his lower right leg and ankle when a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, which several people were passing around inside a house and posing with for pictures, discharged and struck him, Moline police said.
December 28, 2011
On a roll
Cut out paper rolls by Anastassia Elias; these are 3 of the 34 that she's made from toilet tissue rolls.
Guitar picking innovation
The title means "tremolo on the guitar." This guy reminds me of Red Green.
Meet Pink Sparkly
'Call me Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice' says name change salon owner
Beauty therapist Charlotte Price has changed her name to Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice in a bid to promote her business.
The Nottingham mother of three, who goes by the shortened version of her name, Pink Nice, is just one of 100,000 Brits who decided to change their name this year.
She admits that she is obsessed with the colour, wears mostly pink clothes and has decorated her house in the colour, complete with furnishings.
'Everyone is still calling me by my old name. My mum thinks I'm a bit mad really and so do my children. They stick to Mum,' she said
The salon worker even decked her business out entirely in the colour and even uses pink wax on her clients.
December 27, 2011
The Year in Volcanic Activity: 36 photos at The Atlantic's In Focus blog.
Now this is a fuel surcharge
Comtel Air forces NRI passengers to raise fuel money on Amritsar-Birmingham flight
Passengers travelling by the Austria-based Comtel Air from Amritsar to Birmingham, most of whom were of Indian-origin, were asked to pay for fuel in the last leg of the journey at the Veinna stop.
More than 180 passengers were told to disembark because the airline had "ran out of cash to fund the last leg of the trip."
The passengers refused to get off the plane and were told that the flight would go to Birmingham only if 23,400 euros (20,000 pounds) was handed over.
The Austrian police were called to the aircraft during the six-hour stand-off, which only ended when passengers were escorted to cash point machines.
Many elderly and young passengers did not have any money, and had to borrow from others. The passengers were told that they and their luggage would be removed from the plane if they did not pay up.
December 26, 2011
Flipped into the end zone
Merry Christmas, baby
Bitter: a soon-to-be-divorced husband's card.
Sweet: a wife's Christmas surprise for her husband.
Criminal master minds (2)
Markets in everything (15)
Mexico Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown
Seize the day.
Only 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world.
Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, plans a yearlong celebration.
Mexico's tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.
December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas to all (4)
The ultimate Christmas yard decoration
One of eight images in this collection.
H.T. Jeff G
All lit up
Season of LEDs, they should call it.
Merry effin' Christmas
X-rated Christmas email wishing staff 'good sex' gets police chief suspended
Euclides Santos, police chief in the central Portuguese city of Coimbra, was suspended after an x-rated power point presentation was emailed out to all municipal staff in place of a wholesome festive message.
The presentation, featured on Portuguese television, included images of scantily clad women and was rounded off by Mr Santos wishing the 15,000 recipients success in the bedroom, Reuters reported.
'Enough with insincere and useless words. What I wish you from the bottom of my heart, is that you have incredible sexual relations, live a merry and happy life, work hard and get well paid,' the slide said.
December 23, 2011
Best viral videos of 2011
According to Videogum. There are 79 entries on their list so it could be a real time-killer. This one's #26.
Awkward Christmas photos
One of fifteen found here.
H.T. Ms M.
Joe Schmo's Lambo
Utah man wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later
SALT LAKE CITY — A truck driver who won a Lamborghini worth about $300,000 in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and he now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he can't afford the insurance or taxes.
"I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."
Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a "Joe Schmo to Lambo" contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.
December 22, 2011
The notes at YouTube say
59Year old Brenda Hewett whom (sic) has never held a hockey stick in her life makes a hole in one from the far blue line. the hole was the same size as the hockey puck. For making the hole in one she has won a brand new 2012 Ford F-150 from Frenchie's Ford in Massena, NY
Via The Daily What
27 worst nativity sets: the annual, growing list!. Here's one made of cupcakes; another is carved from Spam.
If I hadn't watched this, I'd have never believed you could do a donut in a tank.
I'm sure these assaults were no fun for the victims. Nonetheless, this sounds like an SNL skit.
Amish beard-cutting suspects arrested
Federal agents arrested the leader of a renegade Amish group and six others in eastern Ohio on Wednesday and charged them with hate crimes for a series of beard- and hair-cutting assaults against Amish men and women.
In a case that drew wide attention because of the unusual nature of the attacks, five of the men were arrested last month on kidnapping and other state charges, and were out on bail. [...]
In at least four violent attacks over the last few months, groups of men from Mullet's compound held men down to shear their beards with scissors and battery-operated clippers. In one case, several of Mullet's nephews also hacked off the hair of their own mother — Mullet's sister — who had fled the compound years earlier.
December 20, 2011
Here's a fairly clever take-off on Rebecca Black's Friday video.
Plus ça change...
115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt
Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge — exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt — the much-touted $31,645 electric car General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called "not a step forward, but a leap forward."
The executives at Chevrolet can rest easy for now. Since the Roberts was constructed in an age before Henry Ford's mass production, the 115-year-old electric car is one of a kind.
December 19, 2011
A nice stop-motion animation done with paper by Steven Briand.
H.T. Ms M.
Redneck Christmas decorating
Via Miss Cellania
Anonymous donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.
He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn't be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.
"She told him, 'No, I'm paying for it,'" recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. "He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn't, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears." [...]
Before she left the store Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register.
December 16, 2011
Top 10 ads for 2011
DYAC end of the year review
How to play with pigs
...without getting muddy. See Playing with Pigs.
Cheaper than an empty patrol car
Cardboard cop cars slow traffic
Traffic police in China have come up with a cost effective way of slowing down speeding motorists - with a cardboard cut-out of a squad car.
The cut-outs, which look like police vehicles from behind, are being used as a traffic calming technigue in eastern China's Jiangsu Province.
One motorist, Liu Yuan, said: "I spotted what I thought was a police vehicle parked on the hard shoulder so I hit the brakes. [...]
"It was so realistic. It even had a solar panel to power a flashing light to make it look even more realistic at night."
December 15, 2011
You have to admire this guy's confidence - no helmet, no pads.
It's pretty killer
Hot wheels (2)
Petrolhead gives old 1967 Chevrolet a top speed of 300mph
A speed demon has come up with a novel way of making his car go faster - by strapping a cruise missile engine to its roof.
Once a reliable 1967 Chevrolet barely driven over 100mph, the Jet-Impala 67 can now reach speeds of up to 300mph.
The powerful car also fires out 30ft flames and leaves massive clouds of smoke in its wake.
The monstrous motor created by petrolhead Paul Stender, has a 10,000bhp engine - the equivalent of 10 Bugetti Verons.
December 14, 2011
Another Siri parody
Funny but NSFW.
The year in pictures
At The Atlantic's In Focus photo blog. This page is part 1 of 3.
A gunman identified as Michael Gonzales aims his pistol at local village politician Reynaldo Dagsa shortly before Gonzales pulled the trigger, assassinating Dagsa in Manila, Philippines, on January 5, 2011. Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year's eve, moments before he was killed by Gonzales, who was captured on his camera together with an accomplice (man on the right). Police said they arrested both men charged in the assassination. (Reuters/Dagsa Family)
Burger King in Moscow
Sandusky lawyer inadvertently touts gay sex line
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A lawyer for a former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys said Tuesday he didn't mean to refer to a gay sex phone line when he said anyone who believes university officials thought his client raped a 10-year-old boy and did little about it should call 1-800-REALITY.
The phrase is one attorney Joseph Amendola says he has used for years to mean "get a life," but the phone number is that of a sex line for gay and bi-curious men.
H.T. Paul B
December 13, 2011
A penguin in a pear tree
Hit the switch
Impressive explosions with a click of the mouse.
Via The Daily What
Bizarre - and definitely NSFW. Site here.
So take that!
N Korea furious at South's Christmas lights plan
North Korea has warned South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if it lights up a Christmas tree-shaped tower near their tense border.
The North's state-run Uriminjokkiri website said it would amount to a form of "psychological warfare".
Seoul's annual tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree tower was suspended in 2003 following a warming of ties.
However, the South lit a tower last year as relations deteriorated between the neighbours. [...]
The official says the towers will be located in the western, central and eastern parts of the border and security will be tight during the 15 days they are lit, beginning on 23 December.
Via The Agitator
December 12, 2011
AdWeek's 30 Freakiest Ads of 2011. This one is not the freakiest one - not by a long sight. (It's intended to be an ad for dish soap.)
Gives a new meaning to 'double wide'
The fastest and most inexpensive way to build a house. (31 pictures at the link.)
Starting with these...
and ending with this.
Quitting is tough
Reports of her death are greatly exaggerated
Hey, I’m Not Dead Yet
BROOKVILLE, Pa. (December 9, 2011)—A Pennsylvania man published an obituary for his still-living mother in an attempt to get paid bereavement time off from work, authorities say.
Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville, Pa., after the obit appeared to report that the woman was actually alive and well and to underscore that, the woman visited the paper, too.
Click here to find out more!
Brookville police charged Scott Bennett, 45, with disorderly conduct on Tuesday.
December 09, 2011
"That's a wrap"
An ad for Toyota trucks from New Zealand.
Looks like Zero Tolerance works both ways
Principal forced out over 9-year-old's 'sexual harassment' suspension
The principal who accused a 9-year-old North Carolina boy of sexual harassment for allegedly calling a teacher "cute" has been forced to retire. [...]
Jerry Bostic, principal of Brookside Elementary School in Gastonia, told WSOC on Tuesday night that he had retired because of the controversy.
"One mistake in 44 years, and I'm not given the benefit of the doubt. I really don't believe I was treated fairly," Bostic told the station.
December 08, 2011
Nicely done; there are some serious vocalists in this group.
About as retro as TV gets and still pretty funny (if you like slapstick).
Via Maggie's Farm
Who says prayer doesn't work?
'I put my hands in holy water and asked Jesus to give me some boobs'
She defies the size zero ideal of beauty with her vivacious curves, but Salma Hayek claims she didn't always have the womanly figure she is recognised for now. [...]
She said: 'I was the youngest in class and all these girls were starting to get them (breasts) and I wasn't getting anything - I was really scared.
'I was getting teased a lot because everyone was older and I was the skinny tomboy.'
Salma added: 'I went to a church that had a saint that was supposed to do a lot of miracles.
'I put my hands in the holy water and went: "Please Jesus give me some boobs."'
December 07, 2011
I think you'd have to build your own kit to get one of these. Luckily, you can find info about kits at his site.
100 Incredible Views Out Of Airplane Windows. Some are more striking than this one - some less so.
A radio-controlled, steam-powered trike.
A moving experience
Hanford worker goes for wild ride in portable toilet
A forklift operator learned the value of knocking first after he moved a Hanford portable toilet with a Teamster still in it.
On Oct. 5, a forklift operator near Hanford's D and DR reactors picked up the chemical toilet to move it to a new location, unaware that it was occupied, according to an occurrence report filed with the Department of Energy.
The driver lifted the outhouse 12 to 18 inches off the ground and backed it up about 15 feet across a gravel haul road. The door was against the loading rack of the forklift, trapping the Teamster inside.
The driver set the chemical toilet down to secure it to the loading rack, and when he got out of the forklift cab, he heard the Teamster inside. The report didn't indicate what the Teamster was saying.
December 06, 2011
Here's the story: Concerned About Facebook Privacy? Drink Up
News from Down Under
Even though I can't find this article online, this may be legit. Mr. Penberthy is a real journalist in Australia and the brothel has a place-holder site here.
Freaky the Snowman
It's a small world (4)
Bulawayo man gets shocked as his newly hired prostitute happens to be his daughter
A man in Bulawayo's Nkulumane 5 suburb got the shock of his life after a commercial sex worker he allegedly called to his hotel room turned out to be his daughter. Mr Titus Ncube is said to have collapsed while the 20-year-old daughter bolted after seeing her father.
December 05, 2011
This time-lapse of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City (née Saigon) reminds me of traffic in Cairo, Egypt. 7 million people and (seemingly) only a dozen traffic signals.
1 of 17 copies of famous artwork Bill Taylor's drawn on his whiteboard.
Glass steam engine
Effin in County Limerick seen as 'offensive' on Facebook
For most people adding the name of where they live on Facebook is relatively straightforward.
A problem, however, arises when the place where you live is seemingly branded as offensive by the social networking site.
One woman from Effin in County Limerick in the Irish Republic has so far been unable to add the village name to the 'home place' section of her Facebook profile.
Ann Marie Kennedy, who works in the department of nursing and midwifery at the University of Limerick, has now started an online campaign to to get Effin recognised.
"I was born and raised in Effin and my family come from here," she said. [...]
Ms Kennedy now lives in Banogue but hopes to move back to Effin. "I'm a proud Effin woman and I always will be an Effin woman," she said.
December 02, 2011
Via Miss Cellania
Grand Falls, Arizona
A study of the sky
The Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility's Newest Inmate: Yup, Patrick J. Sullivan
If you needed any real-world evidence as to why you should never put your name on a building while you're still alive, former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. has you covered.
The National Sheriff Association's 2001 "Sheriff of the Year" was arrested on Tuesday, suspected of trafficking methamphetamine, according to CBS Denver. The 68-year-old Sullivan served as Arapahoe County (Colorado) Sheriff for 19 years before retiring from his elected post in 2002.
December 01, 2011
No wheels? No problem
Your cup of tea?
A baby wombat in a tea cup.
Via David Thompson
Via The Daily What
Payback time (4)
Picture at the link -- it's a piece of work.
A FURIOUS woman is suing her ex-boyfriend after he tattooed a steaming poo on her back.
Rossie Brovent wants £60,000 in damages from Ryan Fitzjerald.
Rossie, from Dayton, Ohio, US, wanted a scene from the Narnia trilogy inked on her back.
Instead she was left with a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.
Tattoo artist Ryan turned rogue after discovering that Rossie had cheated on him with his best friend.
H.T. Ms M.
Or maybe not.