February 29, 2012
Via David Thompson
This is a Slovenian group called Perpetuum Jazzile.
Via Clayton Cramer
Have they got a bridge for you
Two men held for stealing historic Chinese bridge
Two men have been arrested in China on suspicion of stealing a historic, century-old bridge, reports say.
The duo, identified only as Mr Hong and Mr Wang, are both from Anhui province.
They are being held on suspicion of cutting up and stealing the 17.5m-long Fengle bridge in Chenyi village in Fengxian district in Shanghai.
A villager found the bridge missing last November, with only two support structures left, said The Global Times.
"The two men confessed that they used two cranes and two trucks that night to lift and remove the 16 stone pieces that formed the floor of the bridge," the report quoted Ruan Jilong, deputy director of Jinhai police station in Fengxian district, as saying.
February 28, 2012
Push pin art
This is 1 of 11 patterns in snow.
Man Walks All Day to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns
Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.
Via The Agitator
Via David Thompson
When pork gets personal
Giving sausage a face
“Pig 3” has become an online star. The sow was the winner of the latest Meine Kleine Farm Facebook competition. The prize? Slaughter.
Pig 3 met its fate on Friday in Brandenburg at farmer Bernd Schulz’s pig farm - its memory will live on in the form of pork products. The pig’s face will appear on the packaging of 250 glasses of Leberwurst, 50 cotechino or Schlackwurst (a type of boiled Italian sausage) and 25 Mettringe sausages, already promised to buyers over the meinekleinefarm.org online shop.
February 27, 2012
There's an app for that
Via Carpe Diem
This just in from BBC News
He needed the Magic Jingle
Large Naked Woman Stomps On Car In Noe Valley [NSFW]
A woman described as "heavyset" and naked except for her shoes was pulled off the J-Church line on Tuesday morning, and while cops and medical personnel were evaluating her near the intersection of 24th and Church in Noe Valley, she threw off a blanket that had been wrapped around her, walked up on the hood of one man's car, and stomped on his windshield. The man, John Knight, described the crazed woman as about 250 pounds, and he had a lot of explaining to do to his insurance company.
February 25, 2012
What else are you going to do on a Saturday in February?
About $1.44 per square foot, I think
February 24, 2012
This is the legislation he's talking about.
Via The Daily What
Flasher or not?
The funniest part is at the end, IMO.
Try a little wine with that grease
An Unconventional Pairing: Wine and 'Sliders' at the Castle
LAFAYETTE, Ind.—The wine list at the White Castle here proposes a thoughtfully balanced varietal selection, from a pétillant Moscato to a quite approachable Merlot.
Jeanette Merritt stopped by one lunchtime for a tasting. Ms. Merritt isn't new to wine; she's the Indiana Wine Grape Council's marketing director. Wine, however, is new to White Castle. Since December, at this one location, the hamburger chain has been pairing some elegant aspirations with its rather unpretentious "sliders."
February 23, 2012
Dropping the steel
That's why I never go there
‘Too many Bulgarians in Bulgaria’
A Norwegian family who traveled on a package tour to Bulgaria filed a formal complaint and demanded a refund, because most of the other guests at the hotel where they were staying were Bulgarians.
The Hotel Sveti Toma in Bulgaria, shown here on one of many booking sites. The Norwegian family traveled to Bulgaria, but wanted to vacation with other Norwegians, not Bulgarians.
The family conceded in its complaint that the Hotel Sveti Toma itself and its vacation facilities were fine, reported newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday. They had wanted, however, to spend their holiday with other Scandinavians, and contended that tour operator Apollo should have informed them that most of the guests at the Bulgarian hotel were either Bulgarian or from other eastern European countries.
February 22, 2012
A nicely done ad to promote tourism in Alberta.
Wait... what? (5)
School Speed Limit Sign in White Lake Too Complicated?
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- Road signs are supposed to make driving safer for everyone, but one sign recently spotted in White Lake may go a little too far. [...]
The sign is located near Lakewood Elementary. Some drivers say it's just too complicated.
The birds and the bees
A time-lapse video about pollination. Start playback at zero to hear Mr. Schwartzberg talk about his movie.
Kite Surfer Hospitalized After Colliding With Building in Florida
PALM BEACH, Fla. - A kite surfer was hospitalized Sunday after losing control in the air and colliding with a building in Palm Beach, Fla.
The surfer, who has not been identified, was swept into the lakeside one-story building as strong winds gusting as high as 31mph (50kmh) buffeted the area, The Palm Beach Post reported. [...]
There was no damage to the building, the spokeswoman added.
February 21, 2012
A cowboy and his dog
This man's best friend, it sounds like.
Via Maggie's Farm
1 of 7 photos of a glass-floored walkway on Fontanel mountain (in China, I assume).
Via David Thompson
What a dog
The dog's face after it picks up the balls is priceless.
The pole poll
Porn stars set for pole dancing battle to be mayor of Italian town Taranto
Amandha Fox and Luana Borgia are vying to become the next civic leader of the town, and are hoping to wow voters not only with their mandates, but also with their pole dancing skills.
Porn star Amandha Fox Interesting debate: Porn star Amandha Fox is sure to attract a few floating voters (Picture: CEN)
The pair have arranged a pole dancing night next month when voters can come along to hear about local election issues, although how many will turn up for a keen policy discussion is unclear.
February 20, 2012
He does indeed
What font is your cat?
H.T. Dave at MacRaven
What a voyageur
John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74
He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there.
He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance to traverse two oceans without steam or sail, proved irresistible.
In 1969, after six months alone on the Atlantic battling storms, sharks and encroaching madness, John Fairfax, who died this month at 74, became the first lone oarsman in recorded history to traverse any ocean.
In 1972, he and his girlfriend, Sylvia Cook, sharing a boat, became the first people to row across the Pacific, a yearlong ordeal during which their craft was thought lost. (The couple survived the voyage, and so, for quite some time, did their romance.)
February 18, 2012
Welcome to Earth
A compilation of 179 different time-lapse videos (full screen, HD recommended).
Arizona turns 100
Arizona became the 48th state on February 14th, 1912 so it had its 100th anniversary this week. Arizona Turns 100 is a nice collection of photos from around the state to mark the occasion.
San Francisco Peaks from Kendrick Mountain Fire Lookout Tower - Image Al_HikesAZ
Bartlett man finds $26,000 in safe bought on eBay
(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett man found thousands of dollars inside an item he bought on eBay.
James Labrecque sold an old safe on eBay for $122.93.
"I made a mistake, you know, that's what it boils down to," said Labrecque. "And it cost me dearly." [...]
Labrecque lives in California. The person who bought the safe lives in Bartlett. Upon receipt, the buyer brought the safe to a welder, who cut it open.
Inside the safe was $26,000 in cash.
The buyer gave Labrecque a positive review and shared the news.
February 16, 2012
Worth watching until the end.
Via David Thompson
Go vegan safely
Not likely to change my carnivorous ways but it is amusing.
Irony meter pegged again
Diner suffers cardiac arrest while eating a Triple Bypass Burger in restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill
It was always going to be unwise naming a restaurant that glorifies unhealthy food the Heart Attack Grill.
And on Saturday the inevitable happened when a customer suffered a cardiac arrest in the chain's Las Vegas branch.
An onlooker captured video of paramedics wheeling the unidentified man, thought to be in his 40s, out of the fast-food diner.
He was midway through eating a 6,000-calorie Triple Bypass Burger when he began experiencing chest pains.
The restaurant chain - founded in 2005 using the catchphrase 'Taste Worth Dying For!' - is run by a former nutritionist 'Doctor' Jon Basso who, remarkably, used to run a Jenny Craig weight loss diet centre. [...]
The Triple Bypass Burger contains three slabs of meat, 12 rashes of bacon, cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and the Heart Attack Grill's own 'unique special sauce'. And that's before taking into account the accompanying 'Flatliner Fries', cooked in pure lard, and a giant soft drink.
February 15, 2012
Ian Fleming and Sean Connery
Via The Agitator
Smokin' hot Volvo
I used to drive a Volvo 240 wagon like Mr. Prokop's; check out the pictures at the link. I liked mine - though it would hardly get out of its own way.
Swiss man replaces car's broken heater with a wood burning stove
When his Volvo's heater broke, Pascal Prokop took drastic action to avoid the bitter Swiss winter and installed a wood burning stove in the front of his car.
As Europe is brought to its knees by the big freeze, motorists have been advised to take extra precautions when making long journeys.
Drivers and passengers are now making sure they have torches, blankets, food rations, wellies, a thermos of sweet hot tea and a map, just in case their journey is interrupted by an unexpected blizzard.
But if Pascal falls prey to the current precipitation predicament, he won't be too bothered.
He drives a 1990 Volvo 240 - a model that is usually seen with a couple of black labradors and muddy football boots in the back - but in Pascal's car you'll find a fully functioning wood-burning stove.
February 14, 2012
Two wins in one day
An inappropriate Valentine
Mix it up
Since this is titled in Portuguese, I assume it comes from Brazil.
Spice it up
Spice up your Valentine's Day with some 'testi-escargot' for two
“When I think ‘love,’ I think ‘cheeks,’ ‘hearts’ and ‘tongues,’” says chef John Critchley of Washington D.C.’s Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar.
If your Valentine’s plans are absent cheeks and tongues, maybe it’s time to regroup. Food to woo potential lovers include lobster, steak and molten chocolate cake. They're good and all, but they lack imagination. They lack boldness. The lack balls. Chef Richard Knight lacks neither.
"Tongue in Testicles is always a good one,” Knight says of his sheep testicle and lamb tongue mélange. “They’re a bit like sweet breads,” he says of the testicles. Still a hard sell, but you go with what you’ve got.
February 13, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day
(I'm surprised I remembered this; it's been in the queue for two months.)
The notes say these are "Racing paragliders in strong turbulence at the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal in Valle de Bravo, Mexico."
What a caper
A Cop Chased Himself For 20 Minutes Because CCTV Confused Him With a Suspect
On a cold, dark night on the mean streets of the UK, an undercover police officer was radioed and informed that a potential suspect was close by. Keen to do the right thing, he set off in hot pursuit. Twenty fraught minutes later, he learned he'd been chasing... himself.
February 11, 2012
The Nile valley at night
Flying the Rhine valley
Got a permit for that teaspoon?
Teaspoon is 'drug paraphernalia', Sainsbury's tells Grocer journo
When is a teaspoon not a teaspoon? When it’s “drug paraphernalia”, The Grocer discovered this week.
The Grocer’s own senior reporter Elinor Zuke was shocked when an age verification alert was triggered by a £1.19 pack of six Basics teaspoons at a self-scan checkout in The Grocer’s local Sainsbury’s store in West Green, Crawley.
When she asked why the purchase had to be verified, she was told the spoons “could be used as drug paraphernalia”.
“I couldn’t understand what the problem was - when the supervisor said it was because they could be used as drug paraphernalia I was completely shocked,” Zuke said.
“I would imagine the vast majority of spoons sold by Sainsbury’s are used for nothing more nefarious than stirring a cup of tea. Having to prove I was over 18 to buy them seemed total madness.” [...]
February 08, 2012
You couldn't pay me enough
It's the Real Deal, too.
That sound is the irony meter hitting its peg
Via Hit & Run
Another candidate for a 'mysterious death' obituary
This guy is certifiable: check out what he does at the 1:48 mark (shudder) and then again at 5:55. But he sure can climb!
Parts is parts
3D Printer Creates Elderly Woman's New Jawbone
When surgeons replaced the infected lower jawbone of an 83-year-old woman, they needed a fast replacement tailored to fit the patient's existing bone structure, nerves and muscles. That medical dilemma inspired a world-first achievement -- creating a customized jawbone from scratch with 3D printing technology.
February 07, 2012
Dave drove a Ford
Ford Motor Company wasn't very happy about this Super Bowl ad from GM. So they fired off a nastygram: Ford Tells GM, NBC To Pull Apocalypse-Themed Chevy Super Bowl Ad.
Via The Daily What
At least his outfit was co-ordinated
Cops Bust Naked Burglar Covered In Chocolate, Peanut Butter
FEBRUARY 3--A naked burglar covered in chocolate and peanut butter was arrested early Tuesday after workers found him inside a Kentucky supermarket.
February 06, 2012
Pushing the limit
Wait until about the 1:15 mark.
The cats' house
Via David Thompson
Jack in the Box Creates a Bacon Milkshake
Jack in the Box is now serving a Bacon Milkshake. Yes, it's real, and yes, they are hoping it will cause some sort of bacon-fueled mass hysteria, so it's "as limited as limited can be." Denny's produced a Maple Bacon Sundae for their Baconalia promotion, so it's not unheard of for a chain to add bacon to dessert, although word on the street is the Jack in the Box shake uses bacon-flavored syrup and not actual porky goodness.
H.T. Jeff G
Lawsuit: Defendant Breached a Duty Not to Shoot Bottle Rockets Out of His Anus
From a complaint filed on January 23 in West Virginia, reported today by Courthouse News Service:8. [Defendant] was highly intoxicated on this date and time, and decided in his drunken stupor that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus on the [Alpha Tau Omega fraternity] deck, located on the back of the ATO house.
10. [Defendant] placed a bottle rocket in his anus [and] ignited the fuse, but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in Defendant's rectum, and this startled plaintiff and caused him to jump back, at which time he fell off of the ATO deck, and he became lodged between the deck and an air conditioner unit adjacent to the deck.
13. Per the applicable codes ... the deck in question should have had a railing, which comported with said codes.
16. ATO owed plaintiff a duty to provide a safe deck, including a railing, and ... a duty to supervise its guests and its own fraternity members, such as Defendant, and other under age persons, from consuming alcohol on its premises, which leads to stupid and dangerous activities, such as shooting bottle rockets out of one's own anus.
18. [Defendant] also owed plaintiff ... a duty of care not to drink under age, or to file bottle rockets out of his anus.
Via Clayton Cramer (who has better taste than to quote it)
February 04, 2012
Satisfy your inner Calvin
I really wish I knew the circumstances behind this video because my imagination is running wild. - Their landlord raised the rent so they thought, "Well, screw him... Let's clean that bathroom!"- Their neighbor - the one always calling the cops about the noise - happened to be out of town that day- They actually had a contract to re-roof this house. But the first one onto the roof found a hole and yelled down, "Hey! Pass up the firehose!". Inspiration, dude.
Behind the scenes at Puppy Bowl VIII
I'm so out of the TV loop that I'd never heard of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, which is airing for its 8th time tomorrow.
Here are some pix from the production of it. If you like puppies, it's like smoking a rock of cute.
Via The Agitator
a-ha's eternal pop evergreen performed by young accordeon players from Kum Song School, Pyongyang, North Korea.
But what do you tell your mother?
This is being reported as ordinary news; it may be the straight dope.
Dozens apply for brothel inspector job
A firm of private investigators in Australia has been advertising for a £50,000-a-year 'brothel inspector'.
The post involves "partaking of sexual services" undercover on behalf of local councils in New South Wales. [...]
"We had dozens if not more than that apply, it was certainly a popular job," he said, "the perfect job for a male.
February 02, 2012
The right stuff
Wow... what can't you do with it?
It's a medical condition
Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for President put forth by either party in the 2012 election.
It's a record (5)
Water skiing in Oz.
A funny story from Tucson John (who's an engineer)
A toothpaste factory had a problem: they sometimes shipped empty boxes, without the toothpaste inside. This was due to the way the production line was set up, and people with experience in designing production lines will tell you how difficult it is to have everything happen so precisely that every single unit coming out is perfect 100%. Small variations in the environment (which can't be controlled in a cost-effective fashion) mean you must have quality assurance checks smartly distributed across the line so that customers all the way down to the supermarket don't get upset and buy another product instead.
Understanding how important this was, the CEO of the toothpaste factory got the top people in the company together and they decided to start a new project, for which they would hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem as their engineering department was already too stretched to take on any extra effort.
The project followed the usual process. Budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP, third-parties selected, and six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution delivered on time, within budget, and everyone in the project had a great time. They solved the problem by using high-tech precision scales that would sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box weighed less than it should. The line would stop and someone had to walk over and yank the defective box out of it then press a button to re-start the line.
A while later, the CEO decided to have a look at the ROI of the project -- amazing results! No empty boxes ever shipped out of the factory after the scales were put in place. Very few customer complaints and they were even gaining market share. "That's some money well spent!," he thought, before looking closely at the other statistics in the report.
It turned out that the number of defects picked up by the scales was 0 after three weeks of production use. But it should've been picking up at least a dozen a day. So maybe there was something wrong with the report. He filed a bug against it and, after some investigation, the engineers came back saying the report was actually correct. The scales really weren't picking up any defects because all boxes that got to that point in the conveyor belt contained toothpaste.
Puzzled, the CEO traveled down to the factory, and walked up to the part of the line where the precision scales had been installed. A few feet before the scales, there was a $20 desk fan blowing the empty boxes off the belt and into a bin.
"What's that?" the CEO asked some people working on the line.
"Oh, that," says one of the workers. "Well, Bubba put it there because he was tired of walking over every time the bell rang."
February 01, 2012
Acura had its turn yesterday; here's a Volkswagen 'Game Day' ad.
Long train runnin'
RailPictures.Net - Copyright © Jeff Abbott
A hibernating dormouse.
H.T. Ms M.
Organic authentic messaging
How Much Can a Celebrity Make for Tweeting?
The weirdest thing about the rumor that Kim Kardashian gets paid $10,000 for a Twitter endorsement is that it’s true. (She recently plugged ShoeDazzle.com*, for instance.) The biggest player in the pay-to-tweet market is Ad.ly, a social-media advertorial clearinghouse pairing brands with celebs to inject highly personalized advertising into their Twitter streams.
The pay rate for endorsing companies like Old Navy, Toyota, Best Buy, and American Airlines is determined by the size of a celeb’s following and how that group responds to his tweets with shares and retweets. [...]
Of course Charlie didn’t write those tweets himself. No celebrity does. Instead, they’re composed by hungry young tweet ghostwriters whose job it is to broadcast a celebrity’s voice in 140 characters. Says Ad.ly CEO Arnie Gullov-Singh, “Consumers react positively to organic authentic messaging.”
Via Carpe Diem