October 31, 2013
Another one who deserves a trick or two
The Flaming Bag trick sounds like a good idea.
Teen Shot While Toilet Papering Principal's House
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. – An Estill Springs man is out on $125,00 bond after police say he fired a shotgun at teens who were toilet papering their principal's yard. 65-year-old Dale Bryant Farris is accused of firing at least two shots, striking a 15-year-old boy in the right foot, inner left knee, right palm, right thigh and right side of his torso above the waistline.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Chris Guess said the boy "got peppered pretty good." With regards to the suspect, Guess had this to say: "The problem is they were not on his property and they were not doing anything to his property. Some kids got out at a residence over there to roll it with toilet paper and this gentleman came out of his residence a couple of houses over and shot one of the teenagers who was rolling this other guy's yard."
According to Guess, the "other guy" was Huntland School Principal Ken Bishop, who does not plan to file charges against the teens.
1 of 48 pix of the Creepiest pumpkins of all time.
October 30, 2013
Engrish WTF (3)
One of the commenters at imgur writes: For those of you who can't read Japanese, "Do not throw garbage here."
Sounds like she deserves a trick or two
Woman to give 'obese' children letters, no candy
A Fargo, N.D., woman says she will give trick-or-treaters that she deems "moderately obese" a letter instead of candy this Halloween.
"I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight. ... I think it's just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just 'cause all the other kids are doing it," the woman said in a morning radio interview with Y94. She wouldn't identify herself.
The letter states: "You child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season."
It continues: "My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."
Show 'em the biscuits
We're overdue for a cute animal video - and just in time for Hallowe'en.
October 25, 2013
A master at going faster (5)
He ends up playing at 350 beats-per-minute at the 3:33 mark.
A master at going faster (4)
October 24, 2013
You've seen one, you've seen 'em all
Granddad picks up wrong kid from school
An elementary school in Britain has apologized after handing over the wrong girl to a short-sighted grandfather for a trip to the doctor.
The 6-year-old girl shares the same first name as the man's granddaughter and is in the same grade, according to The Guardian.
She took the bus with the 74-year-old man to a doctor's office in Kent, where she was prescribed Acetaminophen, before being dropped back off at class.
The girl's parents only heard about the incident when she came home and showed the medicine to her mother.
Like buying bottled water
October 23, 2013
Pint-sized beer glasses
Bill would require each beer pint have 16 ounces
Some Michigan lawmakers are working to make sure a pint of beer is really a pint of beer.
A bill introduced last week would amend the Liquor Control Act to require each pint of beer have at least 16 ounces. It would make it an offense to "advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer."
Rep. Brandon Dillon, R-Grand Rapids and a co-sponsor of the bill, said short pints aren't the most pressing issue facing Michigan or its Legislature. But, he said, "a lot of people, I think, would appreciate knowing what they get when they order a pint."
Self-employed plumber Gary Lord of Lansing is among them.
Lord said he has been in a few taverns where the pint glasses didn't appear to hold what they advertised.
"A pint should be a pint, and a U.S. pint to the best of my knowledge has 16 ounces," Lord told the Detroit Free Press at a Lansing bar on Friday.
Some pint-style beer glasses with thicker bottoms hold as little as 12 to 14 ounces.
It's important to know your priorities
October 22, 2013
6 second toothbrush
Fairly pricey but maybe worthwhile. Leave a comment if you've tried it.
Blizzident "toothbrush" is claimed to clean your teeth in 6 seconds
[...] with the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete cleaning of the teeth can reportedly be accomplished in just six seconds.
Before they can receive a Blizzident, users first have to go to their dentist and get an impression made of their teeth. Next, a 3D digital model of that impression is uploaded to the Blizzident company's server. The company proceeds to create a 3D-printed plastic negative mold of the teeth, which is lined with approximately 400 toothbrush-style angled bristles. That mold is the actual Blizzident toothbrush, and is sent to the buyer.
To brush their teeth, users just put the Blizzident into their mouth, bite up and down into it, and grind their teeth back and forth. Because it's an exact fit for their teeth, six seconds of chomping and grinding is reportedly long enough for the bristles to get into all the nooks and crannies, including between teeth and along the gum line.
She must be Russian
A pint of vodka at age 55?!
Billings woman charged with DUI No. 4
A Billings woman accused of calling police and saying she was "just too damn drunk" to get out of her vehicle was charged Wednesday with her fourth drunken-driving offense. [...]
Omeara was arrested Tuesday at about 10:40 p.m. after a police dispatcher received a call from a woman who said she could not get out of her vehicle, which was parked outside her residence on South 29th Street.
"When asked if she was having a medical or mechanical issue, the caller said, `No, I'm just too damn drunk,'" court records state.
An officer said he found Omeara inside the vehicle, which was parked about two feet from the curb. The woman reportedly told the officer she had been at a Billings bar for about five hours, had driven home but had been sitting in her car in front of her home for about four hours.
Prosecutors said Omeara told the officer she had consumed a pint of vodka.
Don't count your chickens...
The crowd goes wild, the defense evaporates, and the guys with their eyes on the ball win the game.
October 21, 2013
Nice trompe l'oeil ad from Honda
The more things change...
...the more they stay insane.
Q&A: The Women Who Write Dinosaur Erotica
Alara Branwen and Christie Sims met in the dorms at Texas A&M. Alara worked at a supermarket and Christie worked as a tutor — until they discovered how lucrative erotic fiction about women having sex with dinosaurs could be. After e-book titles like Taken By the T-Rex and Ravished by the Triceratops drew attention from Jezebel, E!, and the Daily Mail, we e-mailed the duo to ask how they're holding up, and how two Texan girls in their early twenties got into dinosaur porn.
With Alara at the keyboard ("Christie made me do it because she is too lazy"), the college students explained. [...]
Are Alara Branwen and Christie Sims your real names?
No, those are just our pen names. Do you honestly think we would publish the crazy stuff we write under our own names?
Via Clayton Cramer
The academic version of RTFM
October 18, 2013
One of sixteen images from Interlocked Coins Form Complex Geometric Sculptures
Japanese company unveils "Nyan Nyan Nouveau" red wine for cats
Cats have been working on us humans for years now, using the internet to their advantage and doing whatever it takes to look adorable. And now it seems they've taken a significant step towards their ultimate goal of world domination: a Japanese company has manufactured wine especially for felines.
Earlier today, pet food and supplement maker B&H Lifes launched its newest product, Nyan Nyan Nouveau ("meow Nouveau"), announcing the good news via press release.
Where else but Japan (2)?
More video oddities. Words fail me regarding this first one.
This second one via David Thompson's Friday Ephemera
October 17, 2013
The condensed version
When you gotta go...
And with a passenger, no less.
There's speeding, and then there's this Illinois motorcycle driver
PEKIN, Ill. • A motorcyclist who authorities say was driving his bike at speeds that reached 140 mph told central Illinois police he was rushing because he needed to use the bathroom.
The Pekin Daily Times reports Adam Lester was arrested Tuesday night after a Pekin officer clocked him going more than two-and-a-half times the speed limit over a Tazewell County bridge.
Still more aerial photography
One of many interesting aerial shots at the UK's Daily Mail: This one shows rice terraces in Yunan Province, China.
October 16, 2013
There's midget pron?
Dwarf porn bandits nabbed
A MAN has been indicted for a mobile home burglary that netted him an assortment of midget pornography DVDs. [...]
Investigators allege that Sergio Seanez, 18, and a teenage boy broke into the Chaparral residence last month and swiped electronics, kitchen appliances, and furniture. Seanez then allegedly set fire to the home.
In addition to the normal haul associated with a burglary, Seanez and his 17-year-old accomplice also made off with "multiple DVD's relating to Midget Pornography," according to a criminal complaint, The Smoking Gun reports.
Paper stop motion
Very nicely done
October 15, 2013
Had 'em at NSA
Pretty funny but with a little strong language so mind the volume.
The eyes have it
You can take the quiz at the link
Can You Read People's Emotions?
Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive?
If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.
For each photo, choose the word that best describes what you think the person depicted is thinking or feeling.
This is one of thirteen images at The Verge: See the haunting, beautiful weirdness of Mars
Via The Presurfer
October 14, 2013
That must have been some application. Click for larger view.
Good news for Mr. Blagojevich
Governor Bars State From Asking Job Applicants About Felony Records
(CBS) — Illinoisans with a felony on their records will no longer be asked about their criminal past when they apply for state jobs.
Promoting the decision to what he calls “Ban the Box,” State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) says the governor’s administrative order doesn’t mean private employers will be required to hire ex-cons. It simply means applications for state government jobs will no longer include a box indicating whether an applicant has pled guilty, or been convicted of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic violation.
State agencies would still be allowed to conduct background checks, and request information on criminal convictions, but not until later in the process.
October 13, 2013
Kickstarting a sandwich
Lettuce and tomato but no onion? I'd never have backed this project.
October 11, 2013
This means war!
Pretty well done for an internet cat video
Zombie for love
Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates
It's August in Australia, and a small, mouse-like creature called an antechinus is busy killing himself through sex. He was a virgin until now, but for two to three weeks, this little lothario goes at it non-stop. He mates with as many females as he can, in violent, frenetic encounters that can each last up to 14 hours. He does little else.
A month ago, he irreversibly stopped making sperm, so he's got all that he will ever have. This burst of speed-mating is his one chance to pass his genes on to the next generation, and he will die trying. He exhausts himself so thoroughly that his body starts to fall apart. His blood courses with testosterone and stress hormones. His fur falls off. He bleeds internally. His immune system fails to fight off incoming infections, and he becomes riddled with gangrene.
He's a complete mess, but he's still after sex. "By the end of the mating season, physically disintegrating males may run around frantically searching for last mating opportunities," says Diana Fisher from the University of Queensland. "By that time, females are, not surprisingly, avoiding them.
Michael Paul Smith's time machine
This is one of many images of you can find of Mr. Smith's models of mid-20th century Pennsylvania.
Check his Flickr site, or see his gallery of photos of his fictional town, Elgin Park.
His models carry me back, they do. I've ridden in many of those later model cars, through towns that looked like the scenes he sets up. The first car I drove regularly was a '61 Chrysler New Yorker that was a hand-me-down. What a ride! A lot faster than it looked but fuel economy wasn't part of the package. At the other end of the economy spectrum was a used '62 Ford Falcon wagon I got for $40 and drove for nearly two years. Man, was it ugly - and slow besides. But it was cheap to run.
Via Sippican Cottage
October 10, 2013
Good dog! (3)
The snippet below doesn't do justice to this article from The Daily Cricket. You really need to read the whole thing because it gets more bizarre as it goes on. (I believe the towns of Canton and Foxboro are the ones in Massachusetts.)
Police Stop Leads To Bizarre Arrest
Three people remain in custody after being arrested on Saturday morning following a traffic stop in Canton. In what was described by Lt. Paul Sullivan as "the most bizarre traffic stop" that he has seen in his 23 years on the force, Canton police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle traveling on Route 95. They came across the vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. traveling in the high-speed lane on the southbound side.
"We spotted the green Hyundai Elantra traveling at approximately five miles-per-hour in the passing lane with a huge shower of sparks coming from the rear of the vehicle. As we got closer we noticed that the rear end of the vehicle was dragging on the ground due to the fact that there were no rear tires or axle on the vehicle," said Lt. Sullivan of the Canton Police. "After the vehicle pulled over, we approached it and found that the driver was not only drinking a can of beer, but that he was not wearing any pants and that he had urinated on himself."
After not one, but two, brief foot chases, Francis Fasher, 45, of Foxboro, was placed under arrest.
H.T. Ms. M
Now this is a bullseye shot
October 09, 2013
Life Hack test
Forced at gun point
Man accused of faking kidnapping to party with friends
All Rogelio Andaverde wanted was to get out of the house and have a few beers with his buddies.
So Tuesday afternoon, the 34-year-old Edinburg man created an excuse to sneak away: He staged his own kidnapping.
According to a release from the Hildalgo County Sheriff's Office, Andaverde was with his wife, Maria Hernandez, in their home off F.M. 2812 in rural Northeast Edinburg when about 10:30 p.m. two men wearing masks and toting guns forced their way inside — and made off with Andaverde.
Sheriff Guadalupe Trevino said Hernandez called authorities right away, "petrified" after seeing what she thought was her husband's abduction. [...]
Mid-morning on Thursday, Andaverde returned home, telling his wife he'd been released.
A follow-up investigation revealed he had staged the kidnapping to "spend time with his friends and party."
Who translated this?
Foodbeast reports on Hana Yakiniku (“Nose Grill Meat”).
Japan Invents 'Smell-o-Vision' for Smartphones, Cartridges That Emit Mouthwatering Scents
Meat's expensive. Sure, you probably could have funneled your monthly data plan money into more than a couple cuts of steak, but then how would you use this crazy scented smartphone app?
It's called Scentee, and it was designed to help poor college students and dieters cut back on calories and save money by tricking them with smell. Just plug in the Square-esque scent cartridge into your smartphone, load the photo app, and cozy up to a nice bowl of delicious (and cheap) rice or bread or salad. It'll be just like having your favorite foods right there in front of you. Except, you know, not.
Rocket News reports the cartridges come in a wide range of frustratingly mouth-watering scents including apple, coffee, cinnamon roll, and, starting in mid-November: meat – namely, short ribs and beef tongue.
October 07, 2013
Eating Bacon Will Make You Live Longer (Because It's Rich in Niacin)
Basically, Marmite is the Fountain of Youth.
Bacon-lovers, you're in luck: a new study from researchers at ETH Zurich has revealed that niacin (aka Vitamin B3) could help you live longer! The niacin-rich food menu includes not only bacon, but also Marmite, sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, and peanuts; so, this pretty much sounds like the most delicious recipe for long life ever.
Energy Metabolism Prof Michael Ristow and his team decided to feed roundworms a bunch of niacin, and discovered that the new element in the worms' diet saw them living one-tenth longer than their Vitamin B3-free peers.
How to clear a coffee shop
A very well done ad for the soon-to-be-released remake of Carrie.
October 05, 2013
A man who's good at his job
This is a series of clips of a yeoman Warder at the Tower of London who's acting a tour guide. They're an entertaining lecture on British history, sprinkled with gratuitous insults. Part II is is the funniest, I think.
You can tell this Warder's Irish: what a line of blarney, eh?
H.T. Paul B
October 04, 2013
On the wing (2)
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...
Attempt to fly phone into prison on pigeon fails
A woman's attempt to fly a mobile phone into a prison on the back of a pigeon failed when the exhausted bird collapsed just after clearing the jail walls.
Cristielli Mansa, 21, had attempted to send the device to her boyfriend, Wagner Machado Rodrigues, 19, who had been arrested for drug trafficking.
Unfortunately for the pair, the pigeon cleared the three-metre high wall of the Central Prison in Porto Alegre, Brazil, but then fell right in front of a patrolling prison officer's verhicle.
Now here's a real piece of work
A little long but impressive.
October 03, 2013
Duke Nukem's disease
Chinese tourists warned not to pick noses or urinate in public
As an increasing number of Chinese people travel abroad, the Chinese authorities have issued instructions how to be "civilized" tourists, with an illustrated list of dos and don'ts to ensure tourists don't give the country a bad name.
China's National Tourism Administration have publicized a 64-page guidebook on their website, entitled "Guidebook for Civilized Tourism," advising Chinese nationals not to pick their noses in public, urinate in pools or steal airplane life jackets, according to a report by news agency AFP on Wednesday.
Interesting way to test a battery (and nice attention to detail on that armature).
October 02, 2013
Don't look down (4)
Still more serious vertigo
This is one of 20 images at Twisted Sifter:
Mustang Wanted is a daredevil athlete from Kiev, Ukraine. On his website he releases heart-stopping photos and videos of himself climbing and hanging off of extremely high surfaces without the use of ropes or safety harnesses. The activity has become known as rooftopping or skywalking, a blend of death-defying stunts and photography that has produced some very dramatic results.
Mustang Wanted: Website | VK | YouTube | Facebook
Step away from the dryer!
Man Arrested For "Laundry Rage" Attack On Retiree
SEPTEMBER 26--In a violent episode of laundry rage, a Florida man twice shoved a 75-year-old victim to the ground and stomped on him after the senior citizen had the temerity to try and put his clothes in a dryer that the attacker claimed was his, police allege.
The confrontation earlier this month at the Super Matt Laundry in Fort Myers resulted in last night's arrest of Kenneth Wood, 55, for felony battery on a person 65 years or older. Wood, seen in the adjacent mug shot, is locked up in lieu of $150,500 bond.
What the doctor ordered
October 01, 2013
Nice place for a bridge
The type that doesn't float on the water's surface, I mean. (This one crosses the Nadym river in northern Russia.)
And here's another place that could use one (in the Orkney Islands).
So to speak...
Businessman's hands full with bra bid
West Cork businessman Sean Murray, whose Skibbereen shop houses the region's largest lingerie department, has issued an appeal for at least 70 women — or men — to flock to his store on Saturday, Oct 26, to let him pop open their bras in a record-breaking bid for a cancer charity.
He will have to display deft fingerwork using just one hand to unclasp more than 69 bras in 60 seconds if he is to break Dutch-man Dennis Storm's 2012 record.
He is practising on mannequins to ensure he will be at his breast on the day. "Now that word is out about this, the pressure is on to break the record, which will be tough but I am ready to give it a go," Mr Murray said.