March 29, 2012
Rest in peace, Earl
This is one of four nice pix of the F/A 22 "Raptor" fighter plane.
H.T. Jeff G
Nice catch! (6)
Don't hunt for Easter eggs in China
It's one way to get a dose of phosphorus.
Urine-soaked eggs a spring taste treat in China city
DONGYANG, China (Reuters) - It's the end of a school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, and eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.
But that's just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favored by local residents.
Basins and buckets of boys' urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in "virgin boy eggs", a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.
There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys' urine, just that it has been so for centuries.
The scent of these eggs being cooked in pots of urine is unmistakable as people pass the many street vendors in Dongyang who sell it, claiming it has remarkable health properties.
March 28, 2012
Pass it to 'Tiny'
A pair of planes
The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir
You read that right.
Via Miss Cellania
A long walk on a short pier
Texting woman falls into lake
ST. JOSEPH, Mich., March 20 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said they pulled a 45-year-old woman out of Lake Michigan after she fell off a pier while text messaging.
St. Joseph police said Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor was text messaging on her phone and was not carefully watching where she was walking when she fell Monday from the South Pier in St. Joseph, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, reported Tuesday.
March 27, 2012
Spring is here
Some British cattle are released from their winter quarters into a pasture. I think they like it.
Little girl soldiers
One of eighteen photos in a NYT slideshow about young female military cadets in Moscow.
The young students attend the Moscow Female Cadet Boarding School No. 9 — which Mr. Kozmin calls “one of the elite military academies in Russia.” It is a state school, free to all who attend, though the competition to be admitted is intense.
In addition to standard subjects, the students study the basics of military service including marching, military strategy and marksmanship. The school’s curriculum also includes sewing, ballet and compulsory choir practice.
A useful refrigerator magnet
Via Carpe Diem
I'm thinking this started with a crazy lab party
Red Wine, Tartaric Acid, and the Secret of Superconductivity
Last year, a group of Japanese physicists grabbed headlines around the world by announcing that they could induce superconductivity in a sample of iron telluride by soaking it in red wine. They found that other alcoholic drinks also worked--white wine, beer, sake and so on--but red wine was by far the best.
The question, of course, is why. What is it about red wine that doe the trick?
March 26, 2012
IMAA air show
Video from the International Miniature Aircraft Association RC Air Show 2011 in Montlucon-Gueret, France. Some very large and impressive craft appeared at the show. I've never seen an RC tri-plane before.
Visit the Amazon on World Forest Day with Street View
March 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM
Last August, a few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve. Today, on World Forest Day, we’re making those images available through the Street View feature on Google Maps.
In this ad for a Samsung printer.
Real Women of Genius
'SMUGGLER': None-too-subtle license plate nets aspiring drug runner
Here’s a tip for all the would-be drug runners out there – don’t move kilos of cocaine in a car with a personalized license plate reading “SMUGGLER.”
Federal investigators contend a woman was caught in Blaine doing just that late last year.
March 23, 2012
Pretty good for someone who's 5' 9" (1.75 m).
A shady illusion
Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the snails of war
I wonder if they've nicknamed them Phobos and Deimos?
The Snails of War
The electric snail is here. There’s an electric cockroach too.
Both are early experimental forays in a new line of research aimed at creating tiny, self-powered animal/machine hybrids as an alternative to tiny robots.
March 22, 2012
Sweet Tesla Alabama
Nice footage in this clip but a terrible soundtrack. Hit the mute is my advice.
Vibrator jokes get a new lease on life
Nokia patents tattoos and stickers that vibrate when you get a call
If you think cell phones are invasive now, just wait — Nokia has patented a tattoo that vibrates when someone calls or texts you.
The tattoo would be made of ferromagnetic ink and would be able to detect a magnetic field generated by your phone in order to "transfer a perceivable stimulus to the skin," according to the U.S. patent filing, which was first brought to light by the Unwired View news site.
March 21, 2012
Take a lesson
Don't look down
25 death-defying photos by Vadim Mahorov.
Three funny ads for De Lign (The Line), a bus service operated by the Flemish government in Belgium.
Police capture chicken at large
MANITOWOC — Police are seeking the owner of a chicken that was taken into custody Sunday.
According to the Manitowoc Police Department report:
An officer, called to the 600 block of South 28th Street for the report of a chicken at large, located the white hen. Police dispatch did not have any reports of a missing chicken. The chicken was skinny and looked as if it hadn’t been fed recently.
Higgledy Piggledy, my white hen;
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
You cannot persuade her with gun or lariat
To come across for the proletariat.
- Dorothy Parker
March 20, 2012
Flying Monument Valley
A world without people
The Atlantic's In Focus photoblog has a collection of 41 photos of abandoned buildings and cities.
A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the failed Chernobyl nuclear power plant, on April 15, 2011. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Bet you never seen that before
The tire isn't flat it's low on pressure to make slow wheelies easier, and yes the bar isn't real - that's not the point...
The Pirate Bay to Fly 'Server Drones' to Avoid Law Enforcement
The world’s largest and most resilient BitTorrent site plans to redefine “cloud computing” with a plan to move at least some of its servers onto unmanned drones miles above Sweden.
In a Sunday blog post, The Pirate Bay announced new "Low Orbit Server Stations" that will house the site's servers and files on unmanned, GPS-controlled, aircraft drones.
March 19, 2012
They gotcher razors
This appears to be the Real Deal; check out DollarShaveClub.com
H.T. Paul B.
Say what? (2)
Supper with the tom
Hitler's Hollywood homies
Heil Hollywood: The Los Angeles bunker from which Hitler planned to run Nazi empire after the war
It sounds like the bizzare script of a Hollywood B-movie.
In a parallel universe the Nazis have won the war, Adolf Hitler moves to LA where he mingles with the stars of the silver screen while running his evil empire from a luxurious ranch deep in the LA hills.
But during the 1930s, American sympathisers were so confident this exact scenario was actually going happen they spent millions building a deluxe compound ready for their fuhrer's imminent arrival.
Equipped with a diesel power plant, 375,000 gallon concrete water tank , giant meat locker, 22 bedrooms and even a bomb shelter, the heavily guarded estate was home to a community of Hollywood fascists who hoped to ride out the war there.
March 16, 2012
Round up yer mates
From a gallery at Mighty Optical Illusions
H T Ms M
The tyranny of Pi
A couple of days late... but better than never.
Meanwhile in Louisiana
Bill proposes no straw hole for drive-through daiquiris
Louisiana lawmakers will consider restrictions on drive-through daiquiri sales when they convene next month.
Senator Dan Claitor proposes legislation to make it illegal for drive-through daiquiri shops to copntinue to use lids that can be punctured by a straw.
"This bill simply says it can't be pre-perforated," he explained.
The Baton Rouge lawmaker wants to remove the straw hole to make it harder for drive-through daiquiri customers to put a straw in their drink while they drive to their destination.
Claitor says he filed this exact bill two years ago and it didn't get out of committee.
March 15, 2012
Can he do it?
How they roll
Continuing with the Fail theme...
Facebook 'friend' Offer Exposes Man's Other Wife
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A county corrections officer in Washington state has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to be "friends."
Pierce County prosecutors say Alan L. O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing wife No. 1.
Wife No. 1 recently found out about Wife No. 2 when Facebook detected their connection to O'Neill and suggested the friendship connection. [...]
He was placed on administrative leave after prosecutors charged him Thursday. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
March 14, 2012
This guy's into his job
From The Caudal Lure:
This kid was struck by lightning and survived. Unfortunately, or fortunately if you’re into body unique modifications, along with the lightning strike he received this permanent scar that looks like an evolutionary tree (pretty cool in my opinion at least). They’re known as Lichtenberg scars, or figures.
Somebody was having a bad day
Most women would rather be beautiful than smart because most men can see better than they can think.
Why Interacting with a Woman Can Leave Men "Cognitively Impaired"
Movies and television shows are full of scenes where a man tries unsuccessfully to interact with a pretty woman. In many cases, the potential suitor ends up acting foolishly despite his best attempts to impress. It seems like his brain isn’t working quite properly and according to new findings, it may not be.
Researchers have begun to explore the cognitive impairment that men experience before and after interacting with women. A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even when men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about.
March 13, 2012
Via The Agitator
Shed of the Year
This is 1 of 16 sheds in a slideshow at The Telegraph:
Garden sheds which have been converted into pubs, churches and museums are among the entries in a nationwide competition to find the Shed of the Year 2012 sponsored by Cuprinol. The contest has received shedloads of entries. We publish a few of our favourites here, but you can see all of the sheds that have been entered so far - and submit your own shed - at readersheds.co.uk.
NSFW. I could have done without the video effects but it's still pretty amusing.
It's in the air
New theory: CO2 makes you fat
Danish researchers are speculating whether our large emissions of CO2, e.g. from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, have a surprising ‘CO2 effect’ – making humans hungrier and fatter. (Photo: Colourbox)
No, this is not 1 April – and this is not an April Fool’s hoax.
Mad as it may sound, Danish researchers have announced a theory that may not only explain why people all over the world are getting fatter and fatter, but also warn of the serious consequences for life on Earth of continued pollution of the atmosphere by CO2 emissions.
In itself, the theory is quite simple: CO2 contributes to making us fat.
H.T. Paul B
March 12, 2012
This may be a repeat but bears another take even if it is.
World Press Photo Contest
The Big Picture has 16 photos from the 2012 World Press Photo Contest Winners.
A photograph of North Korea's founder, Kim II-sung, hangs on a building in the capital of Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 5, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
a cidade do samba
Lots o' tilt-shifty goodness in the time-lapse movie about Carnival in Rio. This clip was made in 2011.
Brawling to Brahms
Orchestra brawl: Fistfight in elite seats stuns symphony patrons
It gets so quiet during the second movement of the Brahms Symphony No. 2, you could almost hear a pin drop.
Or a sneeze. Or a fist hitting a face.
Such was the case Thursday night at Orchestra Hall in a ruckus the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially described as “an incident” between “two patrons.” But shocked concert-goers and police called it a fist fight in one of the boxes — where the elite typically sit and expect a more refined experience.
Just as the second movement was drawing to a gentle close — with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the podium — a man in his 30s, according to police, started punching a 67-year-old man inside one of the boxes.
March 09, 2012
Pair o' gliders
(Sorry. I couldn't resist.)
The scale of the Universe 2
A well-done Flash presentation of scale which ranges from 10-36 to 1027 meters (some of it is obviously speculative.). It's like an interactive Powers of 10.
Via David Thompson
City rejects 'WTF' campaign
FRUITA, Colo., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Officials in a Colorado town said they won't be giving official approval to a marketing campaign using the initials "WTF."
Clink Kinney, city manager of Fruita, said the city decided not to incorporate the initials -- which stand for "Welcome to Fruita" as well as a popular text messaging and online chatting abbreviation for a profane phrase -- after asking for opinions from the public, USA Today reported Wednesday.
March 08, 2012
Another great goof (2)
Coffee klatch told to give up coffee
Coffee is banned... from mums' coffee morning group
Council officers told the group to change its name from Coffee and Play to Baby Play – and swap biscuits for fruit and breadsticks as snacks
Mums have been told they cannot have a cup of coffee while looking after their toddlers at a children’s centre – because it’s against health and safety rules.
Council officers also told the group to change its name from Coffee and Play to Baby Play – and swap biscuits for fruit and breadsticks as snacks.
No children have been hurt in the five years the group has been running but the council said hot drinks were dangerous – even in special safety flasks.
March 07, 2012
With friends like these
Meat-flavored water? This is one from a large variety of flavors from DinnerInABottle.com.
Meat water was news to me but it's been around since 2007.
The real Polar Bear Club
Surfing Lake Superior in winter.
Beats getting shot by a Smith & Wesson
How to Build a Speech-Jamming Gun
The drone of speakers who won't stop is an inevitable experience at conferences, meetings, cinemas, and public libraries.
Today, Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University, both in Japan, present a radical solution: a speech-jamming device that forces recalcitrant speakers into submission.
The idea is simple. Psychologists have known for some years that it is almost impossible to speak when your words are replayed to you with a delay of a fraction of a second. [...]
In tests, Kurihara and Tsukada say their speech jamming gun works well: "The system can disturb remote people's speech without any physical discomfort."
March 06, 2012
A day she'll remember forever
Unique driver's license
One way to pass the competition
Listen to your mother
Teenager wins £53,000 on lottery after finding ticket when mother forced him to clean bedroom
Slovenly Ryan Kitching, 19, reluctantantly clean his bedroom after being nagged by mum Susan when he unearthed 12 old tickets in his drawer he thought he had checked.
He was about to bin them but decided to take them to the supermarket to double-check - and one ticket contained five numbers and the bonus ball netting him a cool £52,981.
Delighted part-time Tesco worker Ryan said yesterday: "I am totally speechless - it was the happiest day of my life easily.
"My mum had been nagging me for weeks to tidy my room so I started cleaning up and found a pile of old tickets.
"I was about to bin them but at the last minute I got this strange feeling that I should get them checked.
"Next time she nags me to tidy my room I won't need telling twice."
March 05, 2012
Dead stick take-off
I may buy this guy's DVD but I doubt I'd ever ride in his plane.
Save of the year
(So far, anyway.)
I think I'll check out the log flume, thanks
New winged roller coaster ‘the Swarm’ rips the arms off crash test dummies
A theme park in London is set to debut a powerful new winged roller coaster this month, but only after first figuring out how not to dismember its riders. Time reports that Thorpe Park has been conducting test runs of its new coaster, the Swarm, even enlisting fighter pilots who described the ride as "gut-wrenching." [...]
The ride's designers ran some test runs with crash test dummies, leaving many shocked when the dummies returned from the experience missing arms and legs. A team of former British fighter pilots were then brought in as the coaster's preparation neared completion. Mark Cutmore, team leader of the Blades, a stunt pilot organization, told the Metro: "I am a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, but even as a pilot used to G-force there were some gut-wrenching moments, and I have to admit the near miss element is eye-watering -- you really do feel as if you are going to crash into the structures."
March 02, 2012
A duet by The Piano Guys.
What a flyer
Why does a hangar at an Air Force base appear to have Frys.com as a corporate sponsor?
340-ton boulder to begin tortuous trip to LACMA, because it's art
A 340-ton boulder is expected to begin its difficult trek Tuesday night from a Riverside County quarry, rolling to a stop 11 days later in a new art exhibit at LACMA.
The two-story-high rock will begin its 106-mile journey on a custom-built, 294-foot-long centipede-like transporter between 10 and 11 p.m. and travel at the painstakingly slow speed of about 5 mph. It’s due to arrive at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard in the wee hours of the morning March 10.
The 680,000-pound boulder is so large that work crews from about 100 utility districts will have to take down traffic signs, overhead wires and other obstacles to let the rock pass and then reinstall them later.
March 01, 2012
A quadrotor ensemble
Here's 1 of 9 pix about hunting snakes - bare handed.
H.T. Tucson John
A good day to buy a lottery ticket
Fix your FaceTime
Plastic Surgeon Invents Procedure for iPhone Users
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be horrified.
There is now a plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia offering a "FaceTime Facelift," a medical procedure that, very specifically, aims to improve the way you look when video-chatting using the FaceTime app on the iPhone.