November 29, 2012
4 internet-inspired baby names
1. The American girl named Hashtag
Last Saturday, a couple gave birth to a baby girl whom, in an homage to Twitter, they reportedly named Hashtag. "Hashtag will likely grow up to be a happy, healthy, beautiful adult woman, but we can't help but think she's going to face a great deal of scrutiny and teasing on the grade-school playgrounds," says Chase Hoffberger at The Daily Dot. Do you think they'll call her Tag for short?
Winter in Amsterdam
November 28, 2012
Nicely done illusions
What the... ? (2)
Argentine court convicts UNC-CH physics professor of drug smuggling
CHAPEL HILL - The 68-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor arrested in Argentina early this year after being caught with more than 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase has been convicted by an Argentine court.
Paul Frampton, the Oxford-educated Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, told investigators he was duped into unknowingly carrying the drugs after being lured first to Bolivia with a promise of meeting a famous bikini model.
November 27, 2012
3D pencil drawing
H.T. Tucson John
Ohio State's Urban Meyer on one of his players: "He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words."
Why do Tennessee fans wear orange?
So they can dress that way for the game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up trash on Monday.
What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs?
How many Michigan freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb?
None. That's a sophomore course.
How did the Georgia football player die from drinking milk?
The cow fell on him.
Two West Virginia football players were walking in the woods.
One of them said, "Look, a dead bird."
The other looked up in the sky and said, "Where?"
What do you say to a University of Miami Hurricane football player dressed in a three-piece suit?
"Will the defendant please rise."
If three Florida State football players are in the same car, who is driving?
The police officer.
How can you tell if an Auburn football player has a girlfriend?
There's tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room?
A full set of teeth.
LSU Coach Les miles is going to dress only half of his players for the game this week.
The other half will be dressing themselves.
How is the Indiana football team like an opossum?
They play dead at home and get killed on the road.
Why did the Virginia Tech linebacker steal a police car?
He saw "911" on the side and thought it was a Porsche.
How do you get a former Illinois football player off your porch?
Pay him for the pizza.
What are the longest three years of a University of Kentucky football player's life?
Freshman I, Freshman II, and Freshman III.
November 26, 2012
Pet your friends
You Are Here
Atwood, Ontario. I don't know if this for real. I hope it is.
Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat [Illustrated] [Paperback]
Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Are there fur balls piled up in every corner of your home? And do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, it's time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! "Crafting with Cat Hair" shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour-with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!
November 23, 2012
Flaming turkey wings
A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light
As part of his senior thesis exhibition at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, art student Yasutoki Kariya re-imagined the ubiquitous desktop gadget, Newton's Cradle, using a lovely sequence of light bulbs. Entitled Asobi (which translates roughly as "playing") the 11-bulb installation creates a visual interpretation of the popular toy named after Sir Isaac Newton demonstrating his third law of motion regarding momentum: that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, instead of actual energy created by the kinetic force of steel balls, Kariya devised a method for using programmed light and two surreptitiously placed pistons to create this purely visual experience that's arguably more mesmerizing than the original concept.
November 22, 2012
November 21, 2012
Today's PSA (8)
The philosophy of television
World Television Day
In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day (through resolution 51/205 of 17 December 1996).
World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.
From Oz, I believe.
November 20, 2012
Somebody had a lot of time on his hands
Pretty impressive -- but turn the audio off.
H.T. Ms. M.
He's got legs, he knows how to use them
Check out the photos at the link
72-Year-Old Grandpa Finds Internet Fame after Modelling Teen Girl Outfits
Photos of a 72-year-old Chinese man modelling stylish clothes for young women have recently went viral online, after his granddaughter posted them on China's largest retail website. What started out as a silly joke turned into a massive advertising campaign for her store.
[...] Liu Xianping, a grandfather from China, is the first elderly male model who reached Internet stardom for modelling girls’ clothes. Liu, 72, has been posing for his granddaughter’s female fashion store on Tmall and although the garments are designed for sweet and cute teen girls, featuring rosy shades, laces and ribbons, he totally pulled it off. His confidence in front of the camera, his slim physique and pair of long skinny legs have apparently gained the admiration of millions and made some girls green with envy. And most importantly, his granddaughter’s store sales have increased 5 times since his pictures went viral.
Timely tater tip
I think we've seen something like this before but it bears repeating, given the time of year.
November 19, 2012
Granny and her cat
1 of 27 images here. (We used to keep an odd-eyed cat similar to this one, though her eyes were green and blue.)
I recognized one of the people in this clip so maybe I'm not completely out of the loop. And I know how to spell 'kludge'.
His chequered past
And he's got the 'stache to prove it. (See photo at link.)
District attorney admits to being 1970′s porn star
A district attorney in central New York on Friday admitted to appearing in a number of pornographic films and apologized for lying to the media, according to The Post Standard.
November 17, 2012
Autumn in Appalachia
November 16, 2012
Bowling like a boss
November 15, 2012
Riding the juice train
This train somehow manages to avoid South Carolina completely.
You are what you eat (2)
Deodorant Candy Makes People Smell Rosy
Most people probably don't start the day thinking, "Man, life would be so much easier if I could just eat this deodorant instead of wearing it." But there's good news for those people—on the off chance that those people are out there somewhere—because a new candy has come out that promises to make anyone who eats it excrete a floral scent for the next six hours.
There are a lot of foods that can change the way a person smells—garlic and asparagus come to mind—but that effect may finally have been harnessed for good instead of evil. According to Refinery29, Deo Perfume Candy contains rose oil and geraniol, an antioxidant that smells like roses and has been theorized to both fight cancer and repel mosquitos.[...]
The candy is flavored like roses, and when consumed "leaves your skin with a beautiful rose fragrance," according to the company. "Studies showed that when ingested, rose oil exudes aromatic compounds, such as geraniol, through the skin. When evaporating through the skin, geraniol aromatizes it with a beautiful rose fragrance."
November 14, 2012
No blame us
A few bottle rockets shy of lift-off
At Life's End, A Final Home On The (Shooting) Range
Many people keep cremated remains in an urn on the mantle or scatter their loved one's ashes over a sacred place.
Now, a company has pioneered a new twist: putting cremated remains into ammunition.
For $850, Holy Smoke will take cremated remains and put them into various types of shotgun shells and bullets for rifle and pistol shooters. The Stockton, Ala., company was started a year ago by two state game wardens.
Literally and figuratively, Holy Smoke's business is "booming." Clem Parnell, a co-founder, thought the families of the dead should have a livelier method to honor those who enjoyed the outdoors.
"Wouldn't it be cool to put some ash in a shell, to the point of a 250-round case of shells, and all his friends could go out and have a day on the range and celebrate the way this guy used to be?" Parnell says. "The way he was when he was alive — vibrant and enjoying life."
November 13, 2012
World's First 3D Printing Photo Booth to Open in Japan
3D printers – it's a word that offers glimpses into the future that seems so far, and yet is so close. The technology, which allows you to replicate 3D objects the same way you make a photo copy, has been around for a couple years now, but, for the most part, has been far too expensive and inaccessible to the public.
But now, what's being called the world's first 3D printing photo booth is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku. From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have their portraits taken. Except, instead of a photograph, you'll receive miniature replicas of yourselves.
How to separate an egg
November 12, 2012
What a guy!
Not entirely safe for work.
Who says there ain't no justice?
Video at the link which shows her getting stopped by police.
U.S. woman ordered to wear 'idiot' sign after driving on sidewalk to avoid stopping for school bus
CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots.
Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."
November 09, 2012
"What a day" indeed
Roger that (2)
Markets in everything (17)
Actually, it sounds like people are offering to trade gas for sex. Who knows whether anyone's taking them up on the trade.
Sandy Gas Woes Continue: People Trading Gas For Sex On Craigslist
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - How far would go to get gas?
Long gas stationlines and empty gas pumps have plagued drivers across New York and New Jersey since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast last Monday, leaving a gas shortage across the region.
Stories of price gouging and fights at gas stations have also been commonplace. But now it seems people — men in particular — are finding new ways to take advantage of gas-seeking Tri-State residents: Sex.
Men have been taking to the personals on Craigslist, trading gasoline for sex. Some of the ads on NewYork.Craigslist.org read as follows:
November 08, 2012
Inside the world's narrowest house
This is 1 of 21 images in a slideshow about Keret House in Warsaw, Poland. It's four feet wide.
A tilt-shift film by Joerg Daiber. Shot in Slupsk, Leba, Gdansk, Malbork, Torun, Warszawa and Wroclaw.
Justin Bieber Gay Sex Doll 'Just-In Beaver' Leaves Teenage Hearthrob 'Incensed'
A gay sex doll apparently modelled on teen popstar Justin Bieber has hit the market for the just £20.
Ingeniously named 'Just-In Beaver', the anatomically-correct doll proclaims itself "the barely legal boy-toy" and boasts that it offers "multiple entry". [...]
Apparently the 18-year-old Baby singer is less than flattered with the likeness though, and has instructed his legal team to get on the case.
A source told The Sun: "Justin is absolutely incensed with this monstrosity.
"He's already set his lawyer on these sickos."
November 07, 2012
A brand new American Built EMD GT46C-ACe was dropped while being unloaded from the cargo-ship at dock. Not sure of the root cause yet but this one is going to be expensive to fix. The frame is certainly broken and every rotating apparatus can be deemed scrap. Who pays this bill?
The Oxford comma
November 06, 2012
A real campaign promise
I feel lucky (4)
The Portuguese title means, "The luckiest driver in the world."
Careful around the Secret Service
Des Moines store near Obama rally has a message for the Secret Service
DES MOINES, Iowa—President Barack Obama is planning an outdoor rally here on Monday, but one store within the event's security zone is taking a stand against Secret Service searches inside the shop.
A sign on the window of Raygun, a clothing store that sells quirky T-shirts, tells Secret Service agents who intend to "sweep" the premises before Obama's speech that it does "not consent" to any searches. The sign also added a little humor, too: "It's not that there's anything illegal in here, we just employ several Colombian prostitutes and don't want to tempt you guys," the sign reads [...]
A store clerk told Yahoo News that the sign went up Monday morning, and Obama staffers have asked for its removal. The store is refusing.
Image of the sign here.
November 05, 2012
Chris Rock on the election
H.T. Jeff G.
A nice image collection (2)
1 of 10 from this collection of 'amazing images.'
November 03, 2012
The kitten is not amused
A spiral stairway in the Taihang Mountains, China
News from the North
Sweden pays jobless youth to move to Norway
Under a scheme organised by the local authorities in the town of Soderhamn and by Sweden's national employment office, anyone aged between 18 and 28 can volunteer to take a "Job Journey" to Oslo and attempt track down gainful employment.
Those who sign up get a ticket to the Norwegian capital and are put up in an Oslo youth hostel for a month, with Soderhamn council picking up the £20 a night bill. The package also includes on-the-spot guidance on how to get a job in Sweden's northern neighbour.
Sweden Wants Your Trash
Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.
Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according to Swedish Waste Management. Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from other countries.
Norway is now paying Sweden to take its garbage. Swedish sights are also set on Bulgaria, Romania and Italy as future trash exporters, as Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the country's environmental protection agency, told PRI
November 01, 2012
More details at the maker's site.
British Royal Air Force pilot flies up to the back door of a C-130 Hercules. This is 1 of 5 images.
H.T. Jeff G
The best policy?
Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was and I said, "Fried chicken."
She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right because everyone else laughed.
My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much.
I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed and told me not to do it again.
I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders."
Guess where I am now...