June 30, 2012
Judging from the production values, I don't think this is an ad for Molson's beer. For a traditional rendering of the Canadian anthem, try this.
Good focus on the course
Tucson John says, "Obviously it is not his house." (It would be totally awesome if it were his house.)
OK... maybe clowns are scary
Evil clown stalks kids as birthday treat
For a fee, actor Dominic Deville dresses up in a deathly clown mask and contacts his child "victims" in the Swiss city of Lucerne to tell them he is watching them.
His "evil clown" service unfolds further as he teases his targets with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters, warning them that at some point during their birthday party, he will throw a cake in their face, the Austrian Times reports.
June 28, 2012
Amusing game but I wouldn't call it a sport.
More from America Revealed
Ethnic minority turn to Jesus as more 'affordable' option
At upwards of US$500, the cost of slaughtering a buffalo to revive a relative condemned to ill-health by the spirits has pushed the Jarai indigenous minority residents of Somkul village in Ratanakkiri to a more affordable religious option: Christianity.
In the village in O'Yadav district's Som Thom commune, about 80 per cent of the community have given up on spirits and ghosts in favour of Sunday sermons and modern medicine.
Sev Chel, 38, said she made the switch because when she used to get sick, it could cost her hundreds of dollars to appease the gods with a sacrificial package that might include a cow or buffalo, a chicken, bananas, incense and rice wine.
"So if I sold that buffalo and took the money to pay for medicine, it is about 30,000 riel to 40,000 riel [for them to] get better, so we are strong believers in Jesus," she said. "If I did not believe in Jesus, maybe at this time I would still be poor and not know anything besides my community."
Via Carpe Diem
June 27, 2012
Via The Daily What
From the Ottawa Citizen. I've never heard anyone make this particular mistake.
Get the video
The poster writes, "In Russia, everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It's better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection, but you might still want that lead pipe..."
I'm reminded of something the writer Pico Iyer told me about the Dalai Lama. Whenever the head of Tibetan Buddhism visits Japan he is asked how the country can improve. His devotees expect an answer along the lines of deeper spiritual contemplation or a stronger commitment to peace. According to Iyer, the Dalai Lama consistently deflates his audience with the practical admonition: "Learn English."
- David Pilling, interviewing Hiroshi Mikitani in the Financial Times.
June 26, 2012
Walking your pet
One for Carol J
A 12 gauge bow
Burger King to introduce bacon sundae
Would you buy a bacon sundae? Burger King is betting you will.
The fast-food chain famous for the Whopper will introduce the limited-time dessert on Thursday as part of its new summer menu. The 510-calorie sundae—vanilla soft serve topped with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon—has 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.
June 25, 2012
A starry night
Another starry night
Milky Way Over Piton de l'Eau is today's APOD.
Ms M writes, "Gorgeous picture. As you’ll note when reading the caption, the photographer waited nearly two years for the conditions to be just right to get this shot."
This happened on June 7th in New Zealand. That snow is looking pretty good right now. (But I don't know how two locomotives make a train.)
Israeli scientists take the high out of weed
In a move unlikely to win Israel new friends abroad, Israeli scientists have figured out how to neutralize the chemical in marijuana that makes users high.
A new type of marijuana developed in Israel contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in the cannabis plant that causes mind-altering effects when the plant is smoked.
Instead, the new breed contains a higher level of cannabidiol (CBD), another component of the plant which is not high-inducing, but does offer beneficial effects for patients suffering from various symptoms.
June 22, 2012
There I was, just flying along...
Here's 1 of 11 pix of the alleged mid-air break-up of an F-15. I have no idea whether this really happened or, if it did, where.
H.T. Tucson John
Update: Paul B writes, "That breakup happened in southern Missouri a few years ago. It was a pilot from the Air National Guard / Lambert (St. Louis - JdJ). The photos aren't photos. They're CGI of the reconstruction, if I remember correctly. The pilot survived but was injured." (See Pilot hurt in jet breakup sues Boeing.)
Now you know.
Worse than a finger in yer eye
Follow the link to check out the radiographs (x-rays).
Teen miraculously survives spear through his brain, speaks throughout ordeal
(CBS News) Sixteen-year-old Yasser Lopez is currently recovering from a freak accident in which a spear longer than 3 feet discharged through his head. Amazingly the teen survived, and his doctors explained the unusual case to media at a press conference in Miami on Monday.
CBS Miami reports that Yasser's survival may be a result of the spear miraculously missing the major blood vessels in the teen's brain.
June 21, 2012
Lego milling machine
Still more awesomeness
A credit card for the masses
Karl Marx bank cards prove hit in eastern Germany
BERLIN | Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:53am EDT
(Reuters) - Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some eastern Germans are once again carrying round images of Karl Marx - if only in their pockets.
The disappearance of communist former East Germany has not deterred them from using credit cards emblazoned with the image of the man who foretold the end of capitalism and the triumph of communism.
More than a third of customers at Sparkasse bank in Chemnitz opted for the picture of a bronze bust of the bearded 19th century German-born philosopher, bank spokesman Roger Wirtz said.
June 20, 2012
A nice image collection
Here are several dozen interesting images from around the world - some are nature shots, others are urban. Here's the Crescent Moon Tower in Dubai.
Scanning past the graveyard
Whoa! What a thought...
Are Grave QR Codes The Next Big Thing?
Heather Weis put a QR code on her son's grave who died from brain cancer. When scanned with a smart phone, the code will direct an Internet browser to Nicholas Weis' memorial web page.
June 19, 2012
Via Miss Cellania
50 years ago in England
The non-labor union
Just how do you get 'U cubed' out of Union of Unemployed Activists?
Union aims to organize the unemployed
America's jobless are unionizing, or at least furthering an agenda of one of the nation's biggest unions.
An organization aimed at giving the unemployed more influence has announced it now has more than 100,000 jobless activists in their ranks.
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) Activists is an Internet-centric "community service project" of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) — one of the country's largest industrial trade unions.
June 18, 2012
Don't fence me in
Houdini, the Escape Dog.
H T Tucson John
Ms. M writes:
[Mr. M] is on a new project in Pittsburgh. He told me the city and his hotel (and others) started to fill up late in the week with people attending a convention this weekend called Anthrocon; which is basically a gathering of "furries," or people who like to dress up as furry animals – who like to LIVE like furry animals. Here’s a photo of some of them.
He said they were EVERYWHERE. They were on the streets, in the hotel elevator, unavoidable. And in full costume everywhere they go.
He then told me that the hotel staff told him that some of these crazy lunatics make a LITTER BOX in their hotel room and USE IT, and that furthermore they LEAVE IT for the hotel staff to clean up. They were NOT kidding
Photo from Douglas Muth's Flickr collection
June 16, 2012
Father of the Year (2)
Oh the Places You'll Go...
I graduated High School this week. When my Dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless. Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of "Oh the Places You'll Go," by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book.
But then he told me "No, open it up." ...On the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. I start tearing up but I'm still confused. He tells me "Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten I've gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book."
He managed to keep this book a secret for 13 years, and apparently everyone else in my life knew about it! Yes the intended effect occured... I burst out in tears. Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town. My early teachers mention my "Pigtails and giggles," while my high school teachers mention my "Wit and sharp thinking.." But they all mention my humor and love for life. It is astounding to receive something this moving, touching, nostalgic, and thoughtful.
I can't express how much I love my Dad for this labor of love.
Via The Agitator
June 15, 2012
Father of the Year
Way out west
How the Wild West REALLY looked, a collection of 34 B&W and sepia photos taken in the early 1870s.
Landscape: Browns Park, Colorado, as seen by Timothy O'Sullivan in 1872 as he chartered the landscape for the first time.
Definitely NSFW - mind the volume.
Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time (2)
The photos at the link are pretty funny.
New French Ads Poke Fun at the British Olympian
A new French ad campaign for Eurostar, the high-speed train connecting Paris to London's Waterloo station, pokes fun at the latter city's Olympic aspirations. The posters, created by Paris ad agency Leg, depict two Grecian statues reminiscent of the iconic discus thrower—but instead of the discus, the statues are holding darts and a pool cue, respectively. And instead of a chiseled physique, they display protruding beer guts and doughy pectorals.
June 14, 2012
Truth in advertising (4)
You look mahvelous, dahling
Swedish party wants sit-down urination
(UPI) -- Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination.
The Left Party in Sormland said it wants the Sormland County Council to pass a motion requiring toilets reserved for stand-up urination to be labeled, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.
The party said sit-down urination is more hygienic and reduces the risk of bathroom users having to negotiate their way around puddles en route to the toilet.
June 13, 2012
The cat looks a lot like one of ours, except for the hovering.
A short resignation
Pop a top!
Via Miss Cellania
Wine dress takes on a whole new meaning
Dress Made of Wine
We've heard red wine can benefit your health, but how about your closet? Researchers at The University of Western Australia have just discovered a way to make the beverage into clothing. The process is a lot easier than you'd think: the fabric actually creates itself without any weaving. Talk about futuristic fashion! [...]
The resulting material clings to the body and is entirely seamless. The duo then successfully created fermented fashion made of red wine, white wine, and beers like Guinness, which all retain their natural odor and color.
June 12, 2012
2 Border Patrol Agents Accused Of Engaging In Sex Act During Cirque Du Soleil Show
SAN DIEGO (CBS) — An investigation is under way following allegations that two Border Patrol agents engaged in a sex act in public and attacked a woman who asked the pair to stop.
The incident occurred at a Cirque du Soleil show in Del Mar on May 27.
According to San Diego sheriff's investigators, the pair was identified as Border Patrol agents Kallie Helwig and Gerald Torello, Jr.
Witnesses allege Helwig performed oral sex on Torello as they watched the show in the audience.
June 11, 2012
Their lucky day
Biggest dog in the world?
18 stone is 252 pounds or 114 kilograms.
Sneakin' into the end zone
Meth-makers of Walmart
Woman Caught Making Meth In Her Purse At Walmart
MEHLVILLE (KMOX) - A woman was caught cooking meth in her purse using a 20-ounce soda bottle inside of the Walmart store on Telegraph Road at I-255.
The store was immediately evacuated, out of fear for customers' safety.
St. Louis County Police Lt. Mark Cox said if the meth concoction had spilled or leaked, it would have quickly circulated through the store's ventilation system, contaminating the building and sickening lots of people.
June 08, 2012
The perfect puppet
Via Miss Cellania
Carol sends a collection of images of interesting designs. I don't know the source of these. The pineapple corer looks pretty cool.
New password blues
Like, who would sell his weed to buy food, man?
Stoner tries to pay for meal at Denny's with a bag of weed
A Niagara Falls man did nothing to help Denny's reputation as being a late-night hangout for grubby stoners when he attempted to pay for his meal on Saturday with a sack of weed. According to police, the dude, apparently racked with the munchies and Jonesing for a Grand Slam, wandered into the all-night diner in New York around 2 a.m. He ordered a meal worth $9.91 but when it came time to pay, he presented the cashier with $1 and a bag of marijuana. When the cashier refused, he began walking around the restaurant trying to sell the pot to other diners before someone called the cops. Police are still tracking him down, but come on, man, didn't you hear how this ended for the taxi guy?
June 05, 2012
You gotta love the audio track.
A little macabre for my taste.
It's a tribute to the cat Orville, that was named after the famous aviator Orville Wright. After the cat was killed by a car, and followed by a period of mourning, visual artist Bart Jansen transformed him into the Orvillecopter: Now he is finally flying with the birds. The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!
If you've got it, flaunt it
An NBA Player Has An ATM In His Kitchen That Holds $20,000 And Charges An Egregious Fee
Brooklyn Nets player Deshawn Stevenson made waves when he tweeted out a picture of himself and his in-home ATM earlier this week.
It holds $20,000, and he gets it refilled 4-6 times a year
It has a $4.50 fee every time you use it (!)
It cost $3,500
Stevenson's reasoning for buying it, "I like doing things that aren't normal and it's cool to have."
He added that it's primarily used by his rich friends before they go out.
June 04, 2012
There's an app for that (5)
Free beer! I could use a copy of this one myself.
She's a killer
Queen Elizabeth II firing an SA80. I don't know if this is related to her Diamond Jubilee.
When a trope loses traction
Via The Daily What
The cleaning fairy doesn't work cheap
Cleaning fairy breaks into woman's home, cleans apartment
A cleaning woman in Ohio may be stuck sweeping a jail cell.
Susan Warren, 53, was arrested by Westlake, Ohio, police after she allegedly broke into a woman's apartment, cleaned it (lightly) and left a bill.
"She wrote a note on a napkin and left it on the table, saying, '$75 I was here to clean,' and left her name and number," Sherry Bush told WBBH-TV.
Bush said Warren cleaned a few coffee mugs, took out the trash, vacuumed the carpet and cleaned up her daughter's playroom.
Flabbergasted, Bush called the number to ask if she had gotten the wrong house. She said Warren became irate and told her she "did this all the time" and demanded she pay up.
Frighteningly, that may be true.
June 01, 2012
Via The Daily What
A new record (2)
I assume the big digital display indicates distance, not speed.
This'll get their attention
Sex tape spliced into graduation video
HELLERUP, Denmark, May 29 (UPI) -- The principal of a Danish high school said he was outraged when a video shown at graduation was interrupted by a video of a student having sex.
Principal Jorgen Rasmussen said the video shown to the 450 people attending the ceremony at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium was supposed to celebrate the graduating class with pictures from their time at the school, but the video was interrupted by footage of a male student having sex with a woman who does not attend the school, The Copenhagen Post reported Tuesday.