February 28, 2013
Nice catch! (9)
Drinking to their health
Massachusetts man drinking his way across the state for a good cause
If you need a good reason to have a beer at 9:30 in the morning, Todd Ruggere has one.
"I'm drinking a Sam Adams in all 351 towns in Massachusetts and I'm doing it for charity," Ruggere said.
His latest stop was in Waltham at the Tempo Bistro.
And with each swig, he's raising money for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund to help with children's cancer research.
"I've always wanted to raise money for it and never really had a good idea, and I came up with this idea and everyone seems to love it," Ruggere said.
His mission: one beer a day at a different bar, in a different Massachusetts town.
Two body interactions
From one physicist to another; it may be the geekiest proposal ever (click for a zoomable version).
February 27, 2013
How to deal with panic
Via Miss Cellania
Found at Futility Closet
The Conscience Fund
During the Civil War, the U.S. Treasury received a check for $1,500 from a private citizen who said he had misappropriated government funds while serving as a quartermaster in the Army. He said he felt guilty.
“Suppose we call this a contribution to the conscience fund and get it announced in the newspapers,” suggested Treasury Secretary Francis Spinner. “Perhaps we will get some more.” [...]
Many contributions are sent by citizens who have resolved to start anew in life by righting past wrongs, but some are more grudging. In 2004, one donor wrote, “Dear Internal Revenue Service, I have not been able to sleep at night because I cheated on last year’s income tax. Enclosed find a cashier’s check for $1,000. If I still can’t sleep, I’ll send you the balance."
Cookie or creme?
February 26, 2013
Worth fighting for
The lottery party was a blast
Brothers celebrate lottery win by blowing up house
Two brothers who were celebrating a $75,000 winning lottery ticket by purchasing marijuana and meth accidentally blew up their house on Friday, said Sgt. Bruce Watts of the Wichita Police Department.
The explosion sent one of the brothers – a 27-year-old – to the hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition with second-degree burns on his hands, arms and chest.
The other brother was sent to jail, Watts said.
The brothers were in a house in the 100 block of North Nevada Court, near Douglas and West Street, about 7 p.m. Friday, Watts said. One of the brothers went to the kitchen to refuel the butane torches they planned to use to light their bongs. He emptied a couple of large cans of butane lighter fluid, leaking butane into the air.
"The butane vapor reached the pilot light in the furnace, and as you might expect, ka-boom," Watts said.
The victim was wearing a lottery T-shirt during the explosion.
That must feel really odd -- to both the cat and the person.
February 25, 2013
Beat with an ugly stick
1 of 12 of the Ugliest Pets So Far.
Via The Presurfer
She's got legs, she knows how to use them
'Absolute territory'... heh.
Young Japanese Women Rent Out Their Bare Legs as Advertising Space
A good way to make sure your advertisement gets plenty of exposure is to place it where a lot of people are looking. With this important marketing rule in mind, one Japanese advertising service is offering brands a novel way to raise awareness to their business – placing advertising stickers on the bare thighs of young girls.
[...] Japanese PR company Absolute Territory PR has begun paying young women to wear advertising stickers on their "absolute territory" – the part of their thighs between the edge of their miniskirts and their high socks. Apparently this area of the female thigh is very popular with Japanese men, as evidenced by the fact that it even has its own Facebook page.
But wait! There's more...
Farmer Uses Sheep as Living Billboards
English farmer, James Metcalfe, has brought a whole new meaning to the term "branding", after using his sheep to advertise a business venture.
After authorities denied his request to erect billboards near the A1 highway, because they could distract drivers, Metcalfe, from Dalton, North Yorkshier, decided to advertise his turf company using 20 of his sheep as living banners. Sheep marker comes in spray cans so it was quite easy to write Tyas Turf on the oblivious animals, and since the fields they graze on are right next to the A1, they're just as good as any billboards.
Definitely NSFW - but very funny.
February 23, 2013
Nice shot (3)
Wow! I wonder how much practice this took.
Ashlee Arnau, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, provided the highlight of the night with an incredible, acrobatic, half-court shot.
Value is subjective
Vintage porn? I think it's funny that people add up their costs for something and then call that the value of the thing.
Earlie Johnson's vintage porn collection stolen
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A lakeshore man says it's taken him years, and thousands of dollars to assemble the collection of vintage pornography stolen from his house.
Earlie Johnson says he arrived home Tuesday afternoon to find his back door was kicked in. Three flat-screen TVs were taken, along with his stockpile of DVDs. [...]
Angela Morton, Johnson's fiancé says she first realized the adult film collection was missing. "I went in the bedroom and I told him 'oh you really getting ready to be mad.' He said why? I said 'all your porn is gone,'" said Morton.
"I had a sinking felling because my porn collection is valuable, man," Johnson told WZZM 13.
Johnson collects rare performances by black adult film stars that were difficult for him to find and impossible to replace. He says the stolen pornography collection is worth $7,500, much more than the televisions that were taken.
H.T. Paul B
February 22, 2013
On Cloud Nine
This looks pretty good after yesterday's winter storm.
Special delivery (4)
Rare Delivery: Texas Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Identical Twins
Your chances of being audited by the IRS are one in 175. Your chances of becoming president of the U.S. are one in 10,000,000. Your chances of winning the Megabucks Slot Machine Jackpot are one in 50 million. Your chances of giving birth to two sets of identical twins at once?
Seventy million to one, which is right up there with, well…someone has to win the lottery, right?
A woman in Houston, Texas has four baby boys to crow about, which for just about any parent would be an event unto itself. But now 36-year-old Tressa Montalvo can add "had two sets of identical twins" to her bucket list.
Via Miss Cellania
RC car chase
February 21, 2013
There's an app for that (10)
Ghost writer: New app to keep you tweeting after death
A new application will soon allow users to keep posting Twitter updates from beyond the grave, independently using intricate knowledge of your online character to create a virtual continuation of your personality after you die.
"When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting," says the new application's tagline.
'LivesOn' will let users pursue 'life after death' on their social media profiles, letting the deceased communicate with loved ones. LivesOn will keep posting after you kick the bucket, following the example of the DeadSocial platform.
[...] The service will utilize advanced analysis of your main Twitter feed, to carefully select appropriate subjects, likes, or articles that would have been likely to interest you, posting them on your behalf for your friends to read.
[...] Users of LivesOn can even nominate an 'executor' to their LivesOn will, who will decide whether to keep the account 'live'.
Nice shot (2)
February 20, 2013
It simply can't be done
Nice work if you can get it (9)
5 Bizarre Workers' Comp Claims That Were Actually Successful
#5. A Woman Breaks a Lamp With Her Face Mid-Coitus
In 2007, an Australian woman filed for workers' compensation benefits after being hit in the face by a lamp that she ripped from the wall while having violent sex in a hotel room on a business trip (this is the only kind of sex that is ever had in hotel rooms).
Her employers initially rejected the claim, as well they should have, on the grounds that sex was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay." However, a federal judge overturned the decision, arguing that "no approval, express or implied, of the respondent's conduct was required."
Nine at a time
February 19, 2013
A master at going faster (3)
Yeah, quantum mechanics is weird but...
Prof Strips, Shows 9/11 Footage, Impales Stuffed Animal (VIDEO)
A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background.
Then it got weird.
The professor, Emlyn Hughes, proceeded to redress himself in black, complete with sunglasses, and hug himself on stage at the front of the classroom, a large theater.
As Hughes sat in the fetal position, two "actors" dressed in ninja costumes walked onstage and placed white stuffed animals – lambs – on stools before the audience, according to a student-recorded video of the incident posted on Vimeo.com by "Bwog," a campus news website run by Columbia students.
The ninjas blindfolded the lambs, then a ninja impaled one of the stuffed animals with a long sword and banged it against the stool – right as an image of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 started rolling on a large screen behind the performance.
H.T. Jeff G
I'm trying to imagine the occasion for this
...without much success.
February 18, 2013
Drawings by Kevin Okafor
Drawings by Dirk Dzimirsky
Drawings by Franco Clun
Pants optional. Dash cams not.
Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam
How is it possible that a dozen different motorists around the Russian city of Chelyabinsk were able to capture video of a massive meteor flying through the sky? Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car.
The sheer size of the country, combined with lax — and often corrupt — law enforcement, and a legal system that rarely favors first-hand accounts of traffic collisions has made dash cams all but a requirement for motorists.
"You can get into your car without your pants on, but never get into a car without a dash cam," Aleksei Dozorov, a motorists' rights activist in Russia told Radio Free Europe last year.
February 17, 2013
Best of the Web 4
Compiled from 243 videos. 10 minutes long because it covers a lot of territory.
Chett DeLong practicing random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
February 15, 2013
I feel lucky (5)
There's obviously more brawn than brains on display here. It sounds like they're in Minnesota (or maybe northern Iowa or the eastern part of the Dakotas).
Special delivery (3)
This College Student Founded A Startup Delivering Emergency Condoms On Campus
By day, Kyle McCabe is a sophomore student at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township.
By night, he's the president of his very own startup called "Condam," which is short for "Condom Ambulance."
McCabe describes Condam as an "emergency contraceptive delivery service" – hence the flashing siren on his head during deliveries.
Students can place orders online at Condam.net, and they can choose from a wide selection of condom types and flavors.
You learn something new every day
I'd never heard of combining fried chicken and waffles, much less seen potato chips flavored that way. But when I looked, I found they're sold at several local restaurants. (Not that I have any plans to try them.)
February 14, 2013
There's an app for that (8)
I'll bet you didn't know
The world's most experienced penis reattachment surgeons can be found in Thailand...
"... where, during the 1970s, an estimated one hundred vengeful Thai wives, spurred by media coverage of a prominent 1973 case, sliced off the penises of their adulterous husbands as they slept. [...] The most serious complication, in the Thai attacks, was infection. Two of the wives flushed the penises down the toilet, forcing their husbands to grope for their lost manhood inside the septic tank. (Incredibly, both were found, cleaned, cleaned some more, and reattached.) More commonly, the women would hurl the penis out the window. In the cases described in 'Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam,' all the recovered penises were 'grossly contaminated.' Better that than eaten by livestock. Many rural Thai homes are elevated on pilings, with the family's pigs, chickens, and ducks tending to mill about seeking shade in the space underneath. It is not, oddly, the pigs, but rather the ducks, that the castrated Thai must worry about. The paper does not provide the exact number of penises eaten by ducks, but the author says there have been enough over the years to prompt the coining of a popular saying: 'I better get home or the ducks will have something to eat.'"
Via Althouse (with a tip o' the hat to Jeff G).
Any landing you can walk away from... (3)
And Happy Birthday, btw.
2/2/13- I was up for a birthday flight with my wife (her first flight ever), her mother and my seven month old boy when we received the shocking news that our carburator had iced over. After gliding over some field we found an ideal place to land the plane. The pilot was experienced in field landings but unfortunately the snow caused the landing gear to sever from the plane, flipping the plane front to back and smashing the tail before it came to a rest upside down. No one was hurt in the accident save for bruises, whiplash and minor cuts.
February 13, 2013
The science of love
You'll never guess where this happened (2)
Unicorns' Existence Proven, Says North Korea
You can be forgiven for thinking that unicorns only exist in medieval fables and modern-day cartoons. North Korean scientists say you are wrong.
On Thursday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korea's government mouthpiece, said scientists "reconfirmed" the location of the burial site of the unicorn ridden by King Dongmyeong, the founding father of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo (37 BC-668 AD).
The unicorn's grave was rediscovered near a temple in the capital Pyongyang, with a rectangular rock engraved with the words 'Unicorn Lair' at its entrance, according to the report. The report did not elaborate on what further evidence of the royal unicorn's existence was discovered.
A little love note
February 12, 2013
Via Miss Cellania
You'll never guess where this happened
Kerry Councillors call for permits to allow rural drink-driving
Kerry County Councillors have backed a motion calling for a permit system to be introduced which would allow rural people drink in moderation and drive.
The motion from Councillor Danny Healy-Rae was passed this afternoon 5 votes to 3 with the remainder of the 27 councillors either absent from the vote or abstaining.
Councillor Healy-Rae is calling on the Minister for Justice to bring in legislation which would allow Gardai issue permits to people living in isolated rural areas.
February 11, 2013
It's raining spiders
Think Nemo's Bad? In Brazil It's Raining Spiders
What's that? You're worried about a little snow falling on your head? How adorable.
Meanwhile, in Brazil, it's raining spiders.
Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.
Video at the link
This is 1 of 10 images of unusual cupcakes.
February 08, 2013
Happy Eggs' Pancake-omatic
Happy eggs has linked up with a team of designers to create a Wallace & Gromit-style device that makes pancakes from eggs laid just minutes before. The cracking contraption takes its cue from a free range hen laying an egg to set in motion a chain reaction that makes the world's freshest pancake.
The Pancake-omatic took a team of four design engineers more than 200 hours to construct and a further 100 to test.
Take my money!
The next best thing to a frictionless surface. (I think this video's a hit. Their site at http://spillcontainment.com/ has been unavailable due to traffic volume.)
Just hangin' out
February 07, 2013
The more things change, the more they stay insane
An unusual choice for a weapon
Death by cunnilingus
Look, I do not relish making light of attempted murder. But sometimes you just need to write about a really crazy attempted murder.
A Brazilian woman has been accused of trying to kill her husband by putting poison in her vagina and asking him to have oral sex with her.
The intended victim — identified only as a 43-year-old man from Sao de Jose Rio Preto – knew something was going on when he noticed an unfamiliar odor coming from his wife's freshly poisoned nether region.
But here's the thing about vaginas, as this woman soon learned: They are very porous.
Realizing that his wife was probably absorbing a majority of the poison she had intended to kill him with, he brought her to the hospital and saved her life.
Down in the valley
February 06, 2013
Action figures of some US Presidents as Hollywood monsters.
Dragon Ball Z
Nice stop-action work.
February 05, 2013
It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being 'It'
Group of Men Have Played Game of Tag for 23 Years; Hiding in Bushes, Cars
Earlier this month, Brian Dennehy started a new job as chief marketing officer of Nordstrom Inc. In his first week, he pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building?
Mr. Dennehy doesn't have a particular interest in corporate security. He just doesn't want to be "It."
Mr. Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a game of "Tag."
It started in high school when they spent their morning break darting around the campus of Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Wash. [...]
The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is "It" until he tags someone else. But men in their 40s can't easily chase each other around the playground, at least not without making people nervous, so this tag has a twist. There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays "It" for the year.
I always thought 'electric fork' was part of a joke
But I was wrong. It's 1 of the 10 Most Useless Kitchen Utensils. Some are worse than this, actually.
February 04, 2013
Zen of profanity
Cash & carry
Bank Robber Uses Test Drive as Get-Away
It's was a Chrysler 5th Avenue with only 64,000 miles for $2,200. One sweet ride. But police say when Gail Castle came to buy a Manteca man's car, she took him on a trip he will never forget.
"She said 'would you trust me to drive the car?' I said I wouldn't trust you to back it out of the driveway," said the Manteca man who didn't want to be identified.
They both got in the car, for what the man thought was going to be a short drive down the block. But he says Castle eventually asked him to take her to the bank, where she would get the cash to buy the car.
He did, taking Castle to the Bank of America in downtown Manteca. The bank was crowded, so the man says he was surprised when Castle came out just a few minutes later, flashing him a purse stuffed with bills.
They headed back to the man's home to complete the deal. But they only got so far.
Via The Presurfer
February 03, 2013
The Superbowl explained
Still works; just change the team names.
Via Miss Cellania
February 02, 2013
Ever raised a 3 year old?
The first 5 of Jason Good's 46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might be Freaking Out
Some of these are total guesses. Educated guesses, but guesses nonetheless. Seems like it’s hard being a kid.
His sock is on wrong.
His lip tastes salty.
His shirt has a tag on it.
The car seat is weird.
He’s hungry, but can’t remember the word “hungry.”
No guts, no glory
Wow! Just the thought of doing this gives me the heebie-jeebies.