April 30, 2012
Social media blues
Via Ms Cellania
Don't look down (3)
Toilet hanging 15 stories in the air may make you hold it in
If you go into this impossible-looking, glass-floored bathroom just to pee, you might be throwing up from vertigo by the time you leave. The stylish lavatory, built atop an empty elevator shaft in a Mexican penthouse, hovers 15 stories up with a clear view all the way to the bottom
There's an app for that (4)
Smartphone app files official TSA complaints in real-time
A smartphone application set to debut next week looks to bring real-time complaint reporting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints.
Developed by funding from The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights umbrella group that looks out for people who follow Sikhism, the app asks a series of questions that mirror the complaint reporting document offered on the TSA’s website, then sends the agency an official report, which they claim are always followed-up on.
April 28, 2012
This building is scheduled to be 'topped out' next month.
Time-Lapse Video Shows One World Trade Construction; Tower Could Surpass Empire State Building in Height
In a matter of days, One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of the tallest in the world.
The building is expected to be taller than New York’s iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the 102nd floor observation deck. [...]
The progression of construction on One World Trade can be seen in a two-minute, time-lapse video from EarthCam, the international webcam technology company.
Construction is estimated to be finished in 2013 or 2014. One World Trade Center will stand 1,776 feet tall.
Greatest car ad evah
"Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ" The Greatest Craigslist Car Ad Ever
I know it's a bold claim, to say you've found the best Craigslist car ad ever. When a site exists where you could likely see an ad offering a 1985 Isuzu Stylus in exchange for a wood-burning set and 20 minutes of fellatio, the bar is pretty high. With that in mind, let's say this is the finest intentionally entertaining Craigslist car ad ever.
UPDATE Here's an interview with the two guys behind this amazing ad.
The owner, Joe, who seems to either have some decent design skills or an easily conned friend with said skills, is offering a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am GT for the low price of $700, marked down from the expected price of $199,999. His hyperbolic rhetoric about the car has an intoxicating effect, and I'm actually feeling like I want– no, I need– this Clinton-era example of what Americans can build at their absolute unfettered best.
(Click to enlarge)
April 27, 2012
Star Trek speed viewing
56 episodes from the original series - at once and with audio.
Moment of impact
21 images capturing the moment of impact.
Must be set on Stun
Ready, fire, aim!
Teen Driver Shoots Flare Into Own Car, Police Say
HOOKSETT, N.H. -- A teen driver who pointed a flare gun at another driver ended up firing a flare into his own car, police said.
State police said the incident began Monday evening when one driver cut off another car as they were going through the Hooksett tolls.
"There was a verbal exchange of some kind. I believe there was gesturing between the two of them," Sgt. Charles Johnston said.
Police said the two cars were driving north on Interstate 93 toward Bow when 18-year-old Nicholas Richer pointed a flare gun out of the window at the other driver. Investigators said Richer fired the flare into his own car as he was pulling the gun back in the window.
The other driver called 911 to report the incident.
"The flare gun discharged inside the suspect's vehicle, ignited, caught the right passenger's front seat on fire," Johnston said.
April 26, 2012
Hyper-realistic pencil drawings
This is one of four examples here.
Mr. Grey seems to be on a Mission From God to educate the world.
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Using U.S. Dollars, Zimbabwe Finds a Problem: No Change
HARARE, Zimbabwe — When Zimbabweans say they are waiting for change, they are usually talking about politics. After all, the country has had the same leader since 1980.
But these days, Robson Madzumbara spends a lot of time quite literally waiting around for change. Pocket change, that is. He waits for it at supermarkets, on the bus, at the vegetable stall he runs and just about anywhere he buys or sells anything.
“We never have enough change,” he said, manning the vegetable stall he has run for the past two decades. “Change is a big problem in Zimbabwe.”
For years, Zimbabwe was infamous for the opposite problem: mind-boggling inflation. Trips to the supermarket required ridiculous boxloads of cash. By January 2009, the country was churning out bills worth 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, which were soon so worthless they would not buy a loaf of bread (the notes now circulate on eBay, as gag gifts).
But since Zimbabwe started using the United States dollar as its currency in 2009, it has run into a surprising quandary. Once worth too little, money in Zimbabwe is now worth too much.
“For your average Zimbabwean, a dollar is a lot of money,” said Tony Hawkins, an economist at the University of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans call it “the coin problem.” Simply put, the country hardly has any. Coins are heavy, making them expensive to ship here. But in a nation where millions of people live on a dollar or two a day, trying to get every transaction to add up to a whole dollar has proved a national headache.
Still, the new predicament is an improvement. By virtually wiping out inflation, analysts say, use of the United States dollar saved Zimbabwe from total economic collapse and brought the country back from the brink. The country’s political future remains deeply unsettled since the disputed 2008 election gave way to a shaky power-sharing government. But its economy is growing, if from a very low base.
April 25, 2012
To bring in the steel
Amsterdam's phaliic fountain
I suppose they're competing with the Mannekin Pis in Brussels
Who says it's hard to do?
The not-so-exciting story of how a Scottish village called Dull became twinned with a U.S. town called Boring
If you lived in a place with a Dull church, a Dull war memorial and a Dull Highland Adventure Safari would you fancy a trip to a town featuring Boring pubs and Boring restaurants?
That's what lies in store for the residents of the small settlement of Dull in Scotland as the community gears up to formally link with the town of Boring situated in the U.S. some 5,542 miles away. [...]
The idea of bringing the two places together emerged after Elizabeth Leighton, from Grandtully, in Perthshire, passed through the U.S. town while on a cycling holiday.
She then decided to share the news of her exciting discovery with her Dull friend Emma Burtles and chairman of the Boring Community Planning Organisation Steve Bates.
April 24, 2012
Watch the whole thing. Then keep your eye on the sky.
"I have a clean..."
An honest first date
Engrish WTF (2)
What exactly is 'Hand Shredded A$$ Meat'? A new dictionary for Chinese restaurants may tell you
BEIJING – Overseas tourists often find the menus here befuddling, for good reason.
After all, what Westerner has experience with foods like these? “Cowboy leg,” “Hand-shredded ass meat,” “Red-burned lion head,” “Strange flavor noodles,” “Blow-up flatfish with no result,” or “Tofu made by woman with freckles.”
As proud as the Chinese people are of their thousands of years of gastronomic culture, even a Chinese native can feel disoriented when going to another province, given all the different styles of cooking. Many of the food names, often unique to different provinces, get lost in translation, especially in booming cities starting to embrace overseas tourists.
April 23, 2012
Happy Kitchen #4
The notes at YouTube say:
1) It is edible. No artificial colours. No preservatives. This kit contains pork and chicken ingredients. 96 calories.
(2) It tastes like real hamburger, bread, cheese, ketchup, french fries and cola. It was delicious.
There's an app for that (3)
From The Joy of Tech
He won't talk his way out of this one very easily
Hunter thinks he hears a pig, shoots his girlfriend
A Florida woman is recovering from bullet wounds to her legs after she was hit accidentally by her boyfriend while hog-hunting, according to authorities.
The couple, both 52, were at Cowart Hunt Camp in Flagler County when the man heard a noise in the woods and fired, thinking it was a hog, wftv.com reported.
Instead of a hog, Steven Egan shot his girlfriend, Lisa Simmons. She suffered gunshot wounds to both legs Saturday night and was in serious condition.
April 20, 2012
The Gallaghers of slo-mo
Illustrated list, updated
Via David Thompson
Another funny goof
Not exactly the Orgasmatron
If you can't believe a management professor and a sexologist, who can you believe?
Researchers Claim Sex Robots Will Be Future Of Sex Tourism
LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – Are robots the future of prostitution and sex tourism? That’s what two New Zealand researchers claim.
Ian Yeoman, management professor, and Michelle Mars, sexologist, are researchers at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Their work together revolved around the concept of futuristic sex tourism.
The hypothesis? Sex robots would become the leading ladies of sex-for-profit in the seemingly distant year of 2050.
The paper was called “Robots, Men and Sex Tourism,” a work that made its way into a journal called Futures, according to a report in The Dominion Post.
April 19, 2012
Sound and water
(Explanation at the YouTube page.)
Ridin' the rails
This looks like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Enough is enough
F***ing had enough of prank calls
Residents of the picture postcard Austrian village of F***ing are to vote this week about whether to change the name.
The final straw has been a growing number of calls by pranksters who ring up locals and ask in English "Is That F***ing" - before hanging up.
F***ing Mayor Franz Meindl said the village's road signs were regularly stolen - even though they were now welded on steel posts set in concrete.
"The phone calls are really the final straw," he said.
Couples have also been spotted romping naked in front of the signs, and local entrepreneurs cashed in by selling F***ing postcards, F***ing Christmas cards and even F***ing beer.
April 18, 2012
LIfe can be tough
Soviet space propoganda
Seven posters here.
Via The Agitator
Eau de pomme
Smell like a MacBook Pro with this new perfume - yes, really
Have you ever opened an Apple MacBook Pro box, inhaled and thought, "If I only I could smell like the inside of this box, I'd be the coolest person ever"? If so, your (frankly disturbing) dreams are about to come true with a new fragrance by Air Aroma, based on the smell of unboxing a new MacBook Pro.
April 17, 2012
Rollerblading in the 20s
Spring in the Netherlands
Parking in the 50s
I'm sure it does
Cannabis wine catching on in California
A number of California winemakers are secretly producing wines laced with cannabis, with Cabernet Sauvignon the grape variety of choice for the blend.
“Pot wine is increasingly fashionable in wine country – much of the marijuana used for the wine comes from California’s weed capital Humboldt County,” Crane Carter, president of the Napa Valley Marijuana Growers said.
“Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag’s Leap district is thought to pair particularly well with pot,” Carter added.
According to Carter, pot wine delivers a quicker high than pot brownies, and the combination of alcohol and marijuana produces “an interesting little buzz.”
April 16, 2012
Summer's almost here
Don't go a-knockin'
Gravy-wrestling model suffers horrific facial injuries after being hit with monkey wrench when she interrupted a friend having sex
A model who became a champion gravy wrestler suffered serious eye damage after being hit in the face with a monkey wrench.
Elisa Sampson, 31, was hit in the face by her 'best friend' Sabina English, after arriving back at her home in Rossendale, Lancashire, and finding the single mother having sex with another friend on her sofa.
When kick boxer Elisa interrupted the two with a shout of: 'What are you doing', laundry worker English jumped up and hit her in the face with the garage tool, which was lying nearby on the floor.
April 12, 2012
Your daily dose
The UK's Telegraph has 21 slides in a show titled Are these the ugliest buildings in the world? (Most are pretty ugly but I few of 'em I liked.)
Paw de Deux
Well it wouldn't cut grass, would it?
Man found pushing lawn mower, cursing while in middle of street
A man was arrested early Tuesday after police found him cursing while pushing a lawn mower in the middle of the street.
Issac Kindred, 56, was charged with disorderly while intoxicated, Columbus police said.
According to reports, Kindred was seen about 2 a.m. Tuesday pushing a lawn mower as he walked in the middle of Floyd Road. Kindred stared at the sky, yelling, and he didn’t stop yelling after police told him to calm down.
April 10, 2012
Makin' bacon (2)
Caught my eye, it did
During yesterday's commute, I was amused to spot this customized license plate holder on a Volvo. (It's not Photoshopped.) I wonder if the middle-aged woman driving the car knows about this.
It's meant to advertise this dealer.
How to exit a perfectly good airplane
'Weather vane' just doesn't have the same ring
Church cock victory joy: 'it's huge and majestic'
Residents of Hisingen in Gothenburg will be celebrating more than just Easter this year, after the cock atop their local church took home Sweden's annual Church Cock of the Year award.
"It's really fun that our cock won," Lars-Göran Vedin, who nominated the cock-shaped weather vane told The Local.
"It's just something special. It's huge and majestic."
Vedin is one of the members of "The Sunday Cocks" (Söndagstupparna), a hiking club whose members are "up with the crowing cocks" every Sunday morning, enjoying ten kilometer hikes around the Hisingen region.
He claims that his club has hiked past the church's glorious cock many times before, and that he had put it up for nomination many time before.
April 09, 2012
If you can fake sincerety, you've got it made
Wait... what? (6)
Don't look down (2)
I don't get the Russian fascination with climbing but it does make interesting video.
Дотянуться до звезды vol.3 [часть 2]
Москва, высотка на Котельнической набережной.
Это самое опасное, что мне когда либо доводилось совершать в жизни, прошу не повторять!
Эта звезда интересна тем, что верхом на ней сидели только строители и птицы.
To suffice to the star of vol.3 [part 2]
Moscow, high-rise on The [kotelnicheskoy] embankment.
This most dangerous, which to me when or had the occasion to accomplish in the life, I please not to repeat!
This star is interesting fact that on top of by it sat only the builders and birds.
What comes after Vista?
Bill Gates funds new machine that filters your toilet waste back into 'drinkable' water
Next time you see a dog lapping thirstily at a toilet bowl, pause for thought - next time, it could be you.
A new invention - funded by Bill Gates - aims to turn used toilet water into drinking water.
Manchester University’s Sarah Haigh is an expert in nanotechnology - the science of manipulating atoms in matter - and says, it could make waste water from toilets safe to drink.
The innovation - which has been funded by billionaire Bill Gates - could transform the lives of millions of people in the third world.
April 08, 2012
Lots o' Easter cuteness packed into one video.
Peeps Show VI
The Washington Post presents a slideshow of its sixth annual Peeps diorama contest, which it calls Peeps Show VI.
Here's the winner: "OccuPeep D.C."
April 06, 2012
This didn't take long
I suspect this is an April Fools' joke but it's amusing nonetheless. The "Lobstercopter" is alleged to operate on the East Coast.
Nom nom nom
Woman's 'cop fantasy' ends with DUI
ALTOONA, Pa. -- A state trooper says an extremely drunk woman met him at the door wearing underpants and holding two yellow roses she wanted him to accept as part of her "cop fantasy" -- before he charged her with drunken driving instead.
April 05, 2012
(according to Google)
Update: Google Glasses Face Serious Hurdles, Augmented-Reality Experts Say
I'm not sure where this was installed. Cordoba, Spain, maybe?
A toast to his wife
John O'Reilly hoisted his beer and said, "Here's to spending the rest of me life / Between the legs of me wife!"
That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night. When he got home he told his wife, Mary, "I won the prize for the best toast of the night."
She said, "Did ye now? And what was the toast?"
John said, "Here's to spending the rest of me life / Sitting in church with me wife."
"Ah, that's very nice indeed, John!" Mary said.
The next day, Mary ran into one of John's drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled knowingly and said, "John won the prize last night at the pub with a toast to you, Mary."
She said, "Aye, he told me. And I was a bit surprised meself. You know, he's only been there twice in the last four years.
"Once I had to pull him by the ears to make him come and the other time he fell asleep."
April 04, 2012
Another great goof (3)
All in the family (2)
Update: Hotze Wilpstra leaves a comment.
Ouwe koek!!! (Old stuff!!!)
Bart Helmholt already has a new World Record Fierljeppen, aka canaljumping.
He jumped 21.51 meters on 28/08/2011 (also my daughter Ambers 18th birthday, thank you Bart) in Linschoten.
You can see this recordjump on the Frisian News on YouTube "It nijs yn fiif minuten: Feehannel draait goed" at 3:00
Here's the Frisian News video:
Priest probed over indecent images
The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has said a priest who revealed pornographic images during a Holy Communion presentation is being investigated.
Father Martin McVeigh was to host a Powerpoint presentation to parents at St Mary's School in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone last week.
Instead, around 16 pictures of gay porn which had been stored on a memory stick were shown to the 26 parents and an eight-year-old child who was also at the meeting.
April 03, 2012
A nice play
It's a record (6)
Rob Surette claims to have made the world's largest image made with Lite-Brite. He finished it in July, 2011.
Apparently, Rob's image beats Lori Kanary's ASICS Shoe ad, made in 2008.
(I didn't even know what Lite-Brite is until Wikipedia explained it.)
The thing that impressed me was when he backed it up.
That'll draw 'em in, I'm sure
US town plans mock execution to attract tourists
Doug Ellison, 49, has asked the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to build the attraction, and intends to stage a mock hanging - with his own neck in the noose. [...]
The commission is expected to vote on the proposal next month, and Mr Ellison said he was hopeful of securing approval.
“My vision is to stage a shooting, where I'd gun down someone in the street, have a trial and a hanging, all within 20 or so minutes,” he said. “Anything longer than that and the tourists would lose interest.”
April 02, 2012
A winning ticket
Duo give police bizarre stories after allegedly trying to burglarize vacant home
He told police that he was just looking for a pregnant horse, which was loose. She says she was just out looking for peat moss in order to decorate for a wedding, and wasn't wearing any shoes or a shirt while doing so.
According to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department, the two were allegedly trying to burglarize a vacant home in the Rockholds community only a few hundred yards from where they lived.
April 01, 2012
Your dog will thank you
The economic consensus
Andrew Dickey in Melbourne.
Check your assumptions
From the Sun Sentinel's FloriDUH blog.
Report: Woman hid urine-filled vodka bottle in vagina
Mishelle Lindy Salzgeber, of Dade City, tried an unorthodox approach to passing a drug test in her probation office: The 20-year-old woman filled a small vodka bottle with somebody else's urine and paced it in her vagina, reports WTSP News-10 in Tampa Bay.
However, the pee inside the vodka bottle failed the test, which led to her arrest.