August 30, 2013
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These are not gemstones. In fact, it is dried paint that built up, layer upon layer, in factories that built automobiles long ago.
Wait for it
An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German are standing and watching an street juggler. The juggler notices that these people have a poor view of his performance, so he steps up onto a large wooden box.
"Can you see me now?" he asks them.
August 29, 2013
Street artist with spray paint
And it's not graffiti.
All those who believe in telekinesis...
...raise my hand. Video at the link.
Scientist controls colleague's hand in first human brain-to-brain interface
The telepathic cyborg lives, sort of. University of Washington scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco claim that they are the first to demonstrate human brain-to-brain communication. Rao sent a signal into a Stocco's brain via the Internet that caused him to move his right hand. Brain-to-brain communication has previously been demonstrated between rats and from humans to rats.
"The experiment is a proof in concept. We have tech to reverse engineer the brain signal and transmit it from one brain to another via computer," said Chantel Prat, an assistant professor of psychology who worked on the project.
Title quip attributed to multiple people.
Well played! (5)
August 28, 2013
Good evening, officer
Not a complete loss
Randy couple caught having sex on Danish soccer pitch after 0-0 draw
WELL, at least somebody scored.
The hunt is on for a couple of amorous Danish fans who were pictured having sex on the soccer pitch where their team had just played out a tedious 0-0 draw.
A photograph of the daring pair, who remain unidentified, has taken off online.
The two fans were spotted under floodlights in the pitch's centre circle by security staff at Broendby's Copenhagen ground, following a scoreless match against rival Randers on Sunday. Subsequently, a picture of the fans was posted on Twitter.
Top 8 Tips
August 27, 2013
Paper - carefully cut & stacked. See the artist's site here.
Via David Thompson
I can just imagine how thrilled his landlord is.
Man blows up house inflating air mattress
A German man caused €150,000 of damage to his rented house after trying to repair an inflatable mattress. Being new in town, he had no furniture – and now he has no windows or doors.
The 41-year-old, who has not been named, had moved to the town of Diepholz in Lower Saxony and bought the self-inflatable air mattress as he had no furniture in his new home, Bild newspaper reported.
But the mattress was leaky, so he used an industrial strength puncture repair spray to try and fix it. This reacted with the inbuilt electric pump, causing a violent explosion which threw him across the room, ripped doors off their hinges and smashed windows.
Experts believe that heat from the electric motor ignited the gas in the tyre sealant.
August 26, 2013
Best gas station sign ever
I wish I knew the location.
Wanted: asbestos diapers
Doctors confounded with India baby's burst into flames — three times
Doctors are confounded, but parents of a baby boy in India insist: The tyke has burst into flames for no apparent reason at least three times since birth.
The baby — cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution only by the name of Rahul — was born in May, and parents said that they first noticed flames suddenly appearing on his stomach and knees when he was just nine days old. And since, it's happened a handful of other time.
"The case has baffled experts in India, with doctors suggesting the cause of [the baby] Rahul's mystery burns could be due to combustible gases emitting from his pores," his parents said, in the report. [...]
Rahul is currently undergoing tests, AJC reported.
Touring Niagara (2)
Here's another video of NIagara Falls shot from a quadcopter, similar to last April's Touring Niagara post. I think I prefer this one.
August 23, 2013
More incredible poise
This video is very similar to one I posted in March of this year.
Via David Thompson
Now for some straight news.
Teens chase kidnapping suspect on bikes, save 5-year-old girl
(CNN) -- Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl -- on their bicycles.
Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when she vanished Thursday afternoon. Authorities believe she was abducted by a man who lured her by offering ice cream.
For two hours, neighbors and police scoured the area and asked if anyone had seen her.
Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend took off on their bicycles to search.
About a half-mile away, they spotted Jocelyn in a sedan. But the driver was elusive. [...]
The two teens chased the alleged kidnapper on their bikes for 15 heart-pounding minutes. The driver apparently knew he was being followed and gave up.
"He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Temar said.
H.T. Paul B
Advice from New York
August 22, 2013
I wonder what they'll christen her
Here's some follow up to last May's post, Anywhere on the globe in 4 hours. That was about Reaction Engines' SABRE, an engine which sounds like more than just a flash in the technological pan.
ESA Test Opens Way to UK Spaceplane Engine Investment
The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine – intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane – following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology.
The £60 million investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE.
Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine will use atmospheric air in the early part of the flight before switching to rocket mode for the final ascent to orbit.
The concept paves the way for true spaceplanes – lighter, reusable and able to fly from conventional runways.
Reaction Engines plans for SABRE to power a 84 m-long pilotless vehicle called Skylon, which would do the same job as today's rockets while operating like an aeroplane, potentially revolutionising access to space.
We haven't had any cute animals in a spell. These qualify.
Via Miss Cellania
August 21, 2013
Funny convocation speech
Write your own ticket
Guy does to bank what banks usually do to other people
The idea of beating the banks at their own game may seem like a rich joke, but Dmitry Agarkov, a 42-year-old Russian man, may have managed it. Unhappy with the terms of an unsolicited credit card offer he received from online bank Tinkoff Credit Systems, Agarkov scanned the document, wrote in his own terms and sent it through. The bank approved the contract without reading the amended fine print, unwittingly agreeing to a 0 percent interest rate, unlimited credit and no fees, as well as a stipulation that the bank pay steep fines for changing or canceling the contract.
[...] Now Agarkov is suing the bank for $727,000 for not honoring the contract's terms, and the bank is hollering fraud. "They signed the documents without looking. They said what usually their borrowers say in court: 'We have not read it,'" Agarkov's lawyer said. The shoe's on the other foot now, eh? [Source]
Pop a top! (4)
August 20, 2013
Oh snap! (2)
Gee, who could've predicted this?
20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into freetard riot
LG has cancelled a series of publicity stunts promoting its new G2 smartphone after 20 Korean consumers were hurt as they attempted to get a free handset.
The PR boffins at LG decided it would be a good idea to release 100 helium-filled balloons, each carrying a voucher entitling the recipient to claim their 950,000 won ($852.54) smartphone. It then took to social media to promote the event, inviting people to witness the balloons' release and encouraging them to grab one of the vouchers.
But what must have sounded like a good idea in the marketing meeting quickly dissolved into chaos. People aren't stupid. They figured out that the only way to get the voucher was to burst the balloons, and they showed up equipped to do so with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools.
When the balloons were released, the crowd surged for them, and some participants fired BB guns into the air to try and pop their targets. Korea Times reports that in the ensuing scrum, 20 people were injured.
H.T. Bill F
She knows the ropes
August 19, 2013
What a catch (4)
...not to mention he avoided a fractured skull.
The 800-pound gorilla
Google goes offline for 2 minutes, affects 40% of the Internet
It looks like Google pressed a wrong button on Friday (August 16th), most likely in the TGIF celebrations, taking down every single service that the Mountain View-based giant has to offer. This obviously includes Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and every service in between.
According to analytics firm GoSquared, worldwide Internet traffic dropped by a whopping 40% during those hectic 120 seconds, as you can see in the graph,
SteveR sends 15 images of moving (most of) the Asiana Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco. He writes, "I like the Wide Load photo - if that isn't an understatement, I don't know what is. :-)"
The pix & text come from a message making the e-mail rounds. (I don't know the source of the images or the author of the text.)
Wednesday night i was sent to a job at San Francisco Airport which I will probably never have to do again. Our company was tasked with moving one of the largest airplanes in the world across the airport without it breaking apart while crossing the other runways. I ran the crane on your left the aircraft's starboard side. A 265 ton Liebherr the other crane was a 350 ton Grove. The tail section was gone and they removed the cabin aft of the wings due to all the damage. Just the wings to nose totaled 185,000 lbs.
Backing up the truck and trailer. Truck and trailer looks like a 7 axle setup but there are 8 short axles at the back of the trailer. They are only like 4' long allowing for twice the amount of tires.
My little onboard computer telling me all i need to know
Under the fuselage at the wings is a beam and dolly set up that is basically four carts tied together with I-beams. Each cart has a hydronic jack to assist with keeping things level and can be adjusted from a central consul.
All tied down
Rolling out. This is the widest load I've ever seen with a 185' wingspan. The 777 has a 199'11" wingspan but 15' had to be removed prior to transport.
Notice it was dark when we started. Took 2:15 min to cross SFO. They shut down the runways so we could move the plane.
Final stop. Will return next evening to hoist off trailer array
Well it's sad that this happened but the NTSB said this model plane is a survivable plane. Meaning the landing gear and engines are designed to sheer off and make the plane a "bobsled". The angle of impact is what caused the tail section to fail and rip off. The fact that only 3 of the 300 souls onboard died is amazing. Sad but a blessing in disguise.
August 16, 2013
12 images of unusual weather at imgur. Four waterspouts appear in this image.
22 Disastrous Apostrophe Fails For International Apostrophe Day (PICTURES)
Friday 16 August is International Apostrophe Day - yes, it's come round again! - and what better way to celebrate than to gaze in awe at pictures of apostrophes out in the wild, roaming free away from their normal habitat?
Via Carpe Diem, where the abuse of "its" and "it's" is a recurring topic.
Not a woman to trifle with (3)
Via David Thompson
August 15, 2013
There's an app for that (12)
H.T. Jeff G
Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour
No longer will they say, "He's going to end up flipping burgers." Because now, robots are taking even these ignobly esteemed jobs. Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it'll produce "gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices."
With a conveyor belt-type system the burgers are freshly ground, shaped and grilled to the customer's liking. And only when the burger's finished cooking does Alpha slice the tomatoes and pickles and place them on the burger as fresh as can be. Finally, the machine wraps the burger up for serving.
And while you fret over how many people you invited to the barbecue, Alpha churns out a painless 360 hamburgers per hour.
Walk it off
I'll bet he went to buy a lottery ticket.
August 14, 2013
Know your globe
Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day
The most popular name in Cincinnati
Million-Dollar Mix-Up Makes Winners Out of Two Men Named Kevin Lewis
A Cincinnati casino is paying up -- twice -- after it committed a million-dollar mix-up that put prize winnings in the hands of the wrong man.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati awarded $1 million each to two different Cincinnati natives named Kevin Lewis after it mistakenly allowed the wrong man to collect the winnings from a promotional contest it held on Saturday night, casino spokeswoman Jennifer Kulczycki told ABCNews.com. [...]
The casino, which is in the midst of a $3 Million Summer Giveaway promotion, called out for Kevin Lewis to come down and collect his prize after he was selected as the winner of the August drawing at around 9 p.m. Saturday.
"A gentleman whose named they called, Kevin Lewis, was in the crowd, came forward and was given his jumbo check," Kulczycki said. "Then as the local leadership team moved on to do the secondary verification process, the team realized it had made a blunder."
While Kulczycki declined to provide specifics on the two-step verification process the contest employs, she said it turned out there was a second Kevin Lewis from Cincinnati, roughly around the same age, who had actually won Saturday's $1 million drawing. But he was not in the casino when his name was called.
"Get a bigger hammer," they said
So he did.
August 13, 2013
Burma in Ultra HD
You'll probably need to change the player's Quality setting to 'Original' to get the ultra HD stream.
Well, Earl Scruggs he's not
From Orange County, California
Crime: Neighbor Complains About Steve Martin’s Musical Stylings
A rundown of calls that came into the O.C. Sheriff's Department May 31-June 1 in Laguna Niguel:
A caller reported that his neighbor was screaming in his backyard about how Steve Martin can't play the banjo. The incident occurred at 12:59 a.m. in the 28800 block of Placida Avenue.
An ATM in Germany
August 12, 2013
Lost her at the third enema
Enemas and sex act shock audience at Winnipeg Fringe show
A controversial Fringe Festival performance featuring two naked actors engaging in mayonnaise enemas and a sexual act on stage left some audience members in shock while others walked out of the theatre Friday night.
The show, called Hollywood Hen Pit, stars Doug Melnyk and Ian Mozdzen, who are known for their edgy performances, having raised eyebrows in 2011 with their Fringe play Monopoly Man Pit.
This year's performance is about the life of an aging Hollywood starlet, as performed by two nude men.
"What I saw were not one, not two, but three mayonnaise enemas," said Fringe Festival reviewer Michelle Palansky, who was in the audience Friday night.
"By the third time… I was like, you know, this is gratuitous. I do not need to see any more mayonnaise enemas for the rest of my lifetime."
August 10, 2013
Moderation in all things
Hempfest organizer: Giant joint a no-go
Hempfest organizers don't support a marijuana company's plans to build the world's largest joint at the annual pot reform festival.
Speaking Wednesday, Hempfest organizer Vivian McPeak said building a giant joint would jeopardize the Seattle event, which has a standing policy of not allowing marijuana sales. [...]
"The last thing we like doing in the word is enforce pot laws," McPeak said. "But we can't encourage people to bring any amount of pot that they want to Hempfest."
What a catch (3)
Australian rugby player Andrew Walker. What a leap!
August 09, 2013
Via The Presurfer
Man has SIX-INCH worm removed from his brain
Wang Ming, 60, from Chengdu, China, visited his doctor after he had suffered fainting fits and painful migraines for more than six months.
When they X-rayed him, medics spotted a parasite the length of a biro lurking under his skull.
Surgeons performed a three-hour operation on Ming at the First People's Hospital in Shuangliu earlier this month.
When they removed the worm, they put it in a water container and were shocked to discover it carried on swimming.
And left 'em in the dust
August 04, 2013
A pretty funny parody
Don't try to rob a gun store with a baseball bat
In fact, I'm not sure there's any good choice of weapon for robbing a gun store.
Man Attempts To Rob Gun Store With Bat
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — The Washington County sheriff's office says a man who attempted to rob a Beaverton gun store with a baseball bat and a knife was thwarted when the manager drew his own gun.
The sheriff's office says the suspect walked into Discount Gun Sales Thursday afternoon, smashed a display case with the bat and removed a handgun.
Moments later the manager armed himself and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, the bat and a knife he also was carrying.
Nice shot (4)