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September 30, 2013

Mucho gusto en conocerlo

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There are marshmallow-launching devices?

San Diego nixes annual marshmallow fight

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- City officials in San Diego said the annual July 4 marshmallow fight will no longer be allowed in the Ocean Beach neighborhood.

The neighborhood's town council passed a resolution Wednesday requesting San Diego police prevent the annual event by enforcing laws against littering and use of harmful objects, KSWB-TV, San Diego, reported Thursday.

Officials are also asking local businesses not to promote the event by selling marshmallows, marshmallow-launching devices and paraphernalia.

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Tourist tips

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September 27, 2013

Nice shot (6)

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And what a day the patient had

Florida man steals ambulance with patient still inside

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A suspect from Florida is facing kidnapping charges in Philadelphia after police say he carjacked an ambulance at gunpoint with a patient inside.

"It was pretty scary. He was weaving in and out of traffic, on a blowout tire riding on that rim. I thought he was going to flip over," eyewitness Brian Perkins said.

The incident started on the Schuylkill Expressway just before 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police say 25-year-old Brian Timothy Kada Jr., of Philadelphia, walked onto the westbound side of the expressway near Girard Avenue while the ambulance was transporting a patient. Police say Kada pointed a gun at the two operators stuck in rush hour traffic and jumped into the passenger side.

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Today's PSA (9)

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September 25, 2013

Our demands

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Like socks on a rooster

Diapers For Chickens -- No Kidding!

The economy has created a surge in the number of people engaged in urban farming. This has led to an increase in the number of people keeping chickens to lay eggs. Many of these chickens have made their way into the hearts of their owners -- and from there into the house. This has, in turn, led to the creation that would have shocked our farming forebears -- the chicken diaper.

It is one of those items that you never thought you would ever hear of, but for people who love their chickens it is a godsend. That's not all! You can also buy a chicken saddle. Wait! What? Yes indeed. While the diapers are to protect your home from the chickens, the saddle is to protect the hen from the roosters.

Video of a chicken being fitted with a diaper.

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Sweet (5)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology owes a great deal to cheap energy." That's what always occurs to me when I see a tour-de-force like this one.

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September 24, 2013

A fan letter

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The knickers cop

Cops: Professor Filmed Student "Upskirt" Videos

SEPTEMBER 23--A college professor who used a camera pen to secretly film under the clothing of two students explained to police that he was attempting to gather evidence that one of the women "was not wearing undergarments," which he thought was "inappropriate," according to a police report.

That explanation, however, did not keep cops from arresting Don Samuelson, 65, on a pair of felony video voyeurism counts. Samuelson, who teaches at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, allegedly victimized the two students on four separate occasions this year.

One of the victims "became aware of the videotaping" as it occurred about three weeks ago, noted investigators in a University of Florida Police Department report. During a subsequent search of Samuelson's office earlier this month, cops recovered the camera pen, which had an integrated USB thumb drive.

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Just carry on, then

I don't know if the British paper The Sun but it looks like it. Nor do I know whether this is about the British trademark case.

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September 23, 2013

Showin 'em the Benjamins (2)

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Busted! (11)

I'm sure she'd have been happier without the editorial comment.

Officials: Miss Uzbekistan a fraud

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Uzbekistani government says the Miss World contestant competing as Miss Uzbekistan is nothing but a beautiful liar.

Officials with the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the national committee on women told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that Rakhima Ganieva, 18, who is entered to compete in this month's Miss World competition in Indonesia, was not dubbed Miss Uzbekistan in a July 20 competition as she claims in a video, ABC News reported Thursday.

A representative of the Pro Models modeling agency, which once represented Ganieva, accused her of "choosing to build a career on lies."

"Rakhima Ganieva never passed through any special selection process in Uzbekistan," said Zhavlon Komolov of Pro Models. "If there had been a process to choose a young lady for this competition, I can assure you that a much more beautiful model would have been chosen."

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Feeling carefree

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September 21, 2013

And another one

As an Irish toast has it:

Here's to a long life and a merry one,
A quick death and an easy one,
A pretty girl and an honest one,
A cold beer - and another one!

Via The Presurfer

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Happy Equinox (5)

Autumnal or Vernal, as the case may be.

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September 20, 2013

Pure geekery

This is 1 of 10 images from a collection called Science Tattoos, Or, How to Let the World Know You are REALLY a Nerd. It's the Golden Ratio in a rectangle with sides at that ratio. (Pure geekery indeed.) Other tattoos are more exotic.

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Oops (25)

Offensive phrases on bottle caps prompt Coca-Cola to cancel Canadian promotion

Coca-Cola has cancelled a Canadian promotion that paired randomly generated English and French words inside bottle caps after an Edmonton woman got one that said "You Retard."

Blake Loates said she and her husband were eating at a restaurant in Edmonton earlier this week when her husband read the cap off his bottle of Vitaminwater.

“Both my husband and I were pretty shocked. We couldn’t actually believe what we were seeing,” Loates said. “We thought maybe it was a joke or that maybe a rogue employee got a hold of the lid machine and wrote it.”

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Fly like an eagle

I have to wonder how the got a camera on this bird.

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September 19, 2013

Wipe out

Ouch!

Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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But it's the thought that counts

Teacher's aide gave principal marijuana as gift

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A teacher's assistant in Providence is facing criminal charges after he allegedly gave a bag of marijuana to a middle school principal as a present last Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Sheehan, 57, was arrested at an Everett Avenue home Friday and charged with unlawful delivery of marijuana in a school zone, according to a police report obtained by WPRI.com.

Police say Sheehan, who works with special education students at Nathanael Greene Middle School on Chalkstone Avenue, handed the school's principal an envelope, calling it a "gift" for winning the city's principal of the year award.

When the principal opened the envelope, she saw a sandwich bag with two smaller bags that contained the marijuana. The principal immediately contacted the police and her supervisor, according to the police report.

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Mitch Dobrowner

This is one of many striking images at Dobrowner's fine art photography site. He seems like a Big Sky kind o' guy. This photo was taken near Tucson in Pima County.

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At Three Points, Arizona 2012

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September 18, 2013

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What a guy

Another tongue-in-cheek obituary.

William McCullough

William Freddie McCullough - BLOOMINGDALE - The man. The myth. The legend. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. William Freddie McCullough died on September 11, 2013. Freddie loved deep fried Southern food smothered in Cane Syrup, fishing at Santee Cooper Lake, Little Debbie Cakes, Two and a Half Men, beautiful women, Reeses Cups and Jim Beam. Not necessarily in that order. He hated vegetables and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order. [...]

He attracted more women than a shoe sale at Macy's.

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Batter up!

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September 17, 2013

There's no accounting for taste

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Nice work if you can get it (11)

Nasa recruits couch potatoes for microgravity study

Nasa is currently recruiting a number of willing volunteers to spend 70 days doing very little at its Houston headquarters.

The couch potatoes will get paid around £3,000 a month as part of the US space agency's research into the effects of microgravity on the human body.

'Of all the potential challenges crew members encounter in the space environment, microgravity has proven to be one of the most difficult to mimic in an experimental setting,' explains Nasa.gov. [...]

Successful candidates will stay in a tilted bed 24 hours a day as part of the 70-day project, where they can play computer games, surf the internet or watch TV

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Fire-back guarantee

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September 16, 2013

Zoomed in

This is 1 of 32 Photos of the Amazing and Gruesome World Under a Microscope. It's the wing of a moth.

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Low budget political ad

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Bizarre mayoral campaign ad in wet underpants

A MAYORAL candidate has posted a bizarre campaign video in which he emerges from a lake in clingy wet underpants and pledges not to frequent strip clubs.

Jeffrey Wagner, who is running for mayor of the US city of Minneapolis, also tells voters to "wake the f*** up" in the advertisement which has receive 211,000 views on YouTube and widespread publicity across America.

Wagner walks out of the water carrying a coffee cup and clad only in a pair of soaked underpants to where a woman waits on the shore. [...]

Wagner is known for crude jokes on his Facebook page.

He is up against more than 30 candidates running for the mayoral election on November 5.

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Key copter

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September 14, 2013

Be careful using web forms

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A little hair of the cat

Man tries to return cat he stole drunk

A Californian man who says he accidentally stole a cat while drunk posted an ad on Craigslist hoping to find its owners.

The cat-napper says in the ad that he thought the cat, Django, was a stray, but then noticed the next morning he had a collar.

The ad says: "If anyone is missing a cat name Django (pronounced Jango the D is silent) I stole him last night.

"Not on purpose, I was extremely intoxicated and thought he was just some random stray I was rescuing."

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"Holy Grail" trailer, modernized

Nicely done

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September 13, 2013

Not a woman to trifle with (4)

It happens quickly.

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Eat Me

It's one of their tag lines.

How a Food-Delivery Company Found Love by Advertising on Adult Websites

Here's your curious advertising case study of the day. Food-delivery app Eat24 has written a lengthy blog post detailing, from start to finish, why and how it went "where no marketing team has gone before. Well, at least not without clearing their browser history afterward."

Eat24, which apparently had something of a following among porn stars already, decided to advertise on adult websites. Its rationale? Almost no mainstream brands want anything to do with the XXX world. And yet the traffic figures are through the roof, and the CPMs are low. What's not to like?

Below are a few excerpts from the case study. Here's the whole thing. Via @hollybrocks.

The idea:

"If you ever take two seconds out of your naughty time to glance at the ads on porn sites, you'll notice that 99% of them are for more porn. It's a world where no one besides male enhancement pills and adult friend finders have dared to go. Not a single mainstream brand advertising there. We could be that 1%."

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Meanwhile in Kansas

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September 12, 2013

Sweet (4)

Nice design for a sidecar

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What a sight to see

Picture at the link, if you're interested

Artist held after Eiffel Tower coq stunt

Millions of wide-eyed tourists visit the Eiffel Tower every year, but on Tuesday morning a handful of them were treated, depending on your viewpoint, to a highly unusual spectacle.

At around 9.30 am, South African artist Steven Cohen emerged from a car and joined the crowds at Place du Trocadero, under the shadow of the world-famous monument, for a spot of breakfast-time performance art. [...]

Dressed in a bird outfit, and shuffling over to a prominent spot on the public square, Cohen began dancing about, with no less than a cock tied to his penis with a long ribbon.

In high-heeled platform shoes and wearing a corset, thigh-length tights, and long red gloves, and with long, wild feathers emanating from his head and hands, Cohen began “walking” the chicken up and down before crowds of tourists. [...]

Perhaps inevitably, Cohen was held by Paris police on charges of indecent exposure, before being released later in the day.

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F'real (5)

This appears to be the Real Deal.

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September 11, 2013

Beam me up, Scotty

Pretty slick trick - but only the British would call a 'transporter' a 'teleporter'.

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Fat's where it's at (6)

Huge 'fatberg' grows to the size of THREE blue whales as yet more grease is added to the 15-ton blockage in London's sewers

Like a scene out of Ghostbusters, the sickening images of the oozing, putrid grease blocking London's sewers made even those with the strongest stomachs queasy.

The stinking mass of lard, and much worse, highlighted Britain's love of cooking oil - and how we think nothing of throwing it down our sinks.

Now the double-decker sized blockage is getting worse, after experts discovered three tonnes had been added to the mass since its discovery last month.

This reminds me of the Original Talking Blues.

If you want to get to heaven,
Let me tell you how to do it:
Grease your feet in a little mutton suet,
Slide out of the devil's hand,
Ooze into the Promised Land,
Take it easy. Go greasy.

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Nice shot (5)

Sidney Crosby.

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September 10, 2013

Motherbored

More jewelry from re-purposed material at motherboredjewelry.com.

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Via Carpe Diem

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I've always heard that rugby players are tough

Man left with a HAMMER in his head following horror nightclub attack

Matthew Probert, 21, was left with a HAMMER in his head outside a Lincoln nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Scunthorpe rugby star was snapped slumped against a wall with the claw of the tool embedded in his skull.

He had been on a night out with pals, before he was attacked at about 12.50am. [...]

Probert, a loose-head prop, was rushed to a specialist brain unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Surgeons spent an hour removing the hammer from his forehead and he has since been described as being in a stable condition.

Lincolnshire Police later confirmed a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Kickstarting WW III

With organic, grass-fed bombs, hybrid Prius tanks and iPad-controlled rockets

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September 09, 2013

Applied thermodynamics

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A sign that the Apocolypse is near

Fruit-flavored beer?

Hello Kitty beer now sold in China

The world's favorite mouthless, red ribbon-wearing kitten has reached legal drinking age. Hello Kitty, the iconic cartoon cat designed by Japanese company Sanrio, is now selling beer in China.

The adorable kitten, known for gracing snack cakes and children's wardrobes, now has its own fruit-flavored beer, which is sold exclusively in China.

The Hello Kitty brew, licensed by the Shanghai KT trading company and made by Taiwanese beer maker Long Chuan, comes in at least six tropical flavors, from passion fruit to banana.

While the beers are only 2.3 percent alcohol by volume, they are so sweet that it is easy to consume too many.

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Nonjudgmental

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September 06, 2013

At the Meatshop

Here's a large gallery of tattoos by Peter Walrus Madsen at Meatshop Tattoo in Copenhagen.

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How to make a lasting first impression

First date ends with police chase

A first date ended in a dramatic police chase when a man snatched a woman's phone as compensation after she refused to go Dutch on drinks.

Southwark crown court heard that Kishore Nimmala, 32, spent a total of £54 on two rounds and was furious when Fakhara Sultana told him she thought men should pay on a first date.

The Daily Mail reportys that Nimmala then continued to follow her and pester her for money as the first date which was arranged online went sour.

When she tried to make a call on her BlackBerry, he snatched it and ran off.

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TGFB (20)

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September 05, 2013

Gravity gun

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TGFB (19)

This page says they're served with 'tangy ranch dressing' -- sounds like a heart-attack-on-a-stick.

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Ring clock

This is an Indiegogo project that still $118,000 short of its goal (with 36 days left).

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September 04, 2013

Roger

Seen in London

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Markets in everything (21)

Women selling fake positive pregnancy tests, 'no questions asked'

Women around the country are selling used positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist, according to reports that began popping up last week.

One mother in Buffalo, NY advertised used tests for $25 each, according to MailOnline.

Some of the sellers offer ways to get creative with your second-hand purchase.

"Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad or one of your friends," writes one seller in New Jersey.

Others have taken the "no questions asked approach." One listing in Manhattan reads, "I'm pregnant and will sell you my positive pregnancy test for $20. I don't care what you need them for."

And apparently there's a market. Other listings want to buy the used tests, or in some cases offer to just buy a pregnant woman's urine. Motives range from revenge to educational purposes.

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Golf stereotypes

See anyone you know?

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September 03, 2013

If you don't bet, you can't win (2)

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Badger??

Not just Rocky Mountain oysters any longer, it seems.

Balls to that!

Hold onto your shorts! The World Testicle Cooking Championship takes place this weekend in Serbia.

The unusual cook-off, first held in 2004, has seen chefs go at 17 different kinds of testicle over the years, among them bull, ram, donkey, bear, reindeer, wild boar, kangaroo, stallion, goat, turkey and badger.

Creator and organizer Ljubomir Erovic has since put together recipes in The Testicle Cookbook.

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Summer in the Arctic

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September 02, 2013

F'real (4)

On I-86 in Idaho, I believe

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Lucky... Right.

The Ariizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control has undercover agents?

Dad asks son to hold beer, kicked out of Arizona Cardinals game

Just after the opening kickoff of the Arizona Cardinals' preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, Cardinals season ticket holder John Coulter wanted to take a picture. He says he asked his 15-year-old son to hold his beer cup while he did so.

Seconds later, two undercover officers with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control approached him. Coulter says they told him that what he did was illegal and that he could be arrested for it. In the end, officers escorted the father and son out of the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Officials say Coulter is lucky he was able to walk away from the situation.

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Going up?

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September 01, 2013

I feel lucky (6)

This happened yesterday in Taiwan. Here's an Australian news report about it.

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Not quite 'at-a-glance' but it's close

The full chart is available at the link.

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

This "Histomap," created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. [...]

This giant, ambitious chart fit neatly with a trend in nonfiction book publishing of the 1920s and 1930s: the "outline," in which large subjects (the history of the world! every school of philosophy! all of modern physics!) were distilled into a form comprehensible to the most uneducated layman.

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Backflip

Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013 at The Atlantic's In Focus blog.

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Zakary Noyle was named the winner of the Sequence category for this shot of Gabriel Medina in the surf off Oahu, Hawaii.

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