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November 29, 2013

Colorful

A couple of guys who have a television show on New Zealand's TV3.

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A man with a mission

Bless his heart.

Israeli restaurant: Turn off phone, get discount

ABU GHOSH, Israel (AP) - A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone and get a 50 percent discount.

Jawdat Ibrahim says smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He hopes the generous discount will bring back a more innocent time when going to a restaurant was about companionship, conversation and appreciating the food, rather than surfing, texting or talking to the office.

"I'm changing something. It might be something small, but maybe in some small way I'll be changing the culture of eating," said Ibrahim, 49.

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Kicking it up a notch

And here I thought the St. Louis custom of decorating cars with wreaths and bows was unusual.

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November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving (7)

As always, be prepared.

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November 27, 2013

Reluctant gluttony

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The smartest man on the planet

Happy Anniversary to the Betars. There's video of them at the link.

Relationship advice from America's longest married couple

John and Ann Betar of Bridgeport, Conn., are celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary on Monday, earning them the title of America's "longest married couple." When they eloped on Nov. 25, 1932 — Ann's father had plans to marry her to a man 20 years older — her family consoled the patriarch by assuring him Ann and John's marriage wouldn't last.

It has lasted — 81 years. Naturally, everybody wants to know the secret of their relationship's longevity. The first rule would seem to be living a long time: John Betar is 102; Ann is 98. [...]

"Be content with what you have and what you're doing," says John.

"We have watched the world change together," he continues. "The key is to always agree with your wife."

Bingo! says Kiri Blakeley at The Stir. A long, happy marriage has "nothing to do with keeping the sex spicy or the dinner hot or the children quiet or the anti-depressants nearby (though those things don't hurt)." It has to do with the old maxim "Happy wife, happy life." John clearly has "magic 'agree with whatever my wife says' superpowers" — that, or he's simply "the smartest man on the planet."

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It's all relative

These are the people who reach for sweaters when the temperature drops to a frigid 60°

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November 26, 2013

You'll be alarmed, all right

ALARMclock

Jump start your ambition. Reconnect with powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.

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Which is worse?

Mandy or La Traviata?

McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers

A McDonald's outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant.

Fed up with their outlet's nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow.

Matthew Watson, the operations manager at the Mt Annan McDonald's on the outskirts of Sydney, said the music had been a successful deterrent.

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Irony meter pegged again (2)

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November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving cupcakes

! of 11 Impressive Thanksgiving Cupcakes at MentalFloss.

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You can rest easy in Montana

Sack of potatoes subdued without incident

You couldn't make this stuff up! A Kalispell Police officer and a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officer were able to remove a five-pound sack of potatoes reported hanging from a tree on Seventh Street East that looked like it might fall into the street. Apparently, the potatoes were subdued without causing any mayhem.

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It's a Jumbo Jet, all right

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November 22, 2013

Timing is everything

Wow - it's first time I've ever seen this. They must have calculated his speed at launch pretty carefully.


Update

Darren commented, "This was done way back in the 80s in a Bond movie." A quick Google search turned up this clip from The Man with the Golden Gun.


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They "forgot"... twice

I used to hear stories like this when my children were teens.

Utah town forgets to hold election

A Utah town set the gold standard for election mismanagement this month when it simply forgot to hold an election.

The town of Wallsburg, Utah, was meant to elect a new mayor and city council on November 5. But, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, the person in charge of running the election forgot to make the necessary preparations, like letting people know that the filing period for candidates had opened, and printing ballots.

By the time the mistake was realized, it was too close to the day that was supposed to be election day to remedy the situation. [...]

This is the second cycle in a row that the town has forgotten to hold an election.

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Fried Thanksgiving dinner

This is one of [t]he 11 Weirdest Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas (at Gizmodo).

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Thanksgiving in a ball? Yeah, Thanksgiving in a ball. This is stuffing mixed with turkey dipped in cream corn, rolled into a little round package, fried, and served with gravy. It won the Big Tex award for most creative this year, because it is pure genius.

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November 21, 2013

Front-wheel drive comes in handy

But I hope she doesn't need to stop

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Hydrogen Boy

Honda's "Hydrogen Boy" pees his way to a cleaner world

TOKYO: A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas on Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology.

The Japanese firm erected a two-metre (6.6 foot) replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis -- the bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain -- for its display at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The not-so-little plastic "Piss Boy", as the famous statue is known in Japan, was meant to show how the company's fuel-cell technology works, and along with the hydrogen tank strapped to his back it has been appropriately named "Hydrogen Boy".

"When hydrogen and oxygen go into a fuel cell, they react chemically and generate power," the boy's recorded voice tells passersby in Japanese, his eyes flashing as he urinates into a pool below.

"But only water comes out. Dribble, dribble."

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Facebook friends in real life

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November 20, 2013

Tissue animals

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A little unclear on the concept

Till death do us part: Couple create gruesome wedding cake made of their own bloody severed heads

A film buff couple had a gruesome wedding cake made of their own severed heads.

Natalie Sideserf, 28, a cake artist spent forty hours creating the cake to match her movie-themed wedding.

Both heads are lifelike, with blank soulless eyes, hair matted with blood and bleeding severed necks.

They were placed on a white board, with a banner draped on the base aptly reading: 'Til Death Do Us Part.'

She said they chose it because her husband David Sideserf, 30, is a fan of scary movies.

'We were watching a horror movie, and I was always interested in sculpting lifelike cakes, especially in the face, so I thought, "How neat would it be if I did our severed heads?’" Mrs Sideserf said.

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Sunrise

In Vermont - and without carnivore-shaped shadows

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November 18, 2013

Sunset

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Each fall, the side of Highway 64 near Cashiers in southwestern North Carolina becomes a location for one of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country – the Shadow of the Bear. This naturally occurring phenomenon makes an appearance for just 30 minutes on sunny days at 5:30 pm mid-October through early November. It starts with a small dark shadow at the bottom of the valley, and grows until it finally evolves into the bear.

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Because we said so, that's why

World-famous Swedish ice hotel is ordered to install smoke alarms

A world-famous hotel in Sweden has been ordered to install fire alarms despite being constructed entirely of ice.

ICEHOTEL, which is located in the north Swedish town of Jukkasjarvi, is rebuilt every winter after it melts in the spring. It is constructed purely from ice including all furniture and appliances.

Despite this the owners of the hotel were told they could not continue construction of the building until at least one detector was installed on the premises. [...]

Bizarrely soon after the alarm was installed it was triggered, reportedly by a guest smoking in a cleaning closet.

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Weirdest Things

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November 16, 2013

The whale warehouse

Via David Thompson

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November 15, 2013

Insane dominos

I always wonder, 'How long does it take to set up one of these?' Then I wonder, 'How long does it take to set it up the second time?'

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I'll drink to that (2)

Beer as good as therapy for some: health boss

One of Germany's most powerful healthcare officials has made waves by saying that some psychological problems could be treated as well with a beer as with therapy.

Josef Hecken is chairman of the Federal Joint Committee (GBA), the body which decides what treatments are offered by the statutory health system.

Generally GBA meetings are dry, specialist affairs, where representatives from doctors' associations, statutory health insurers and hospitals discuss what treatments are effective for patients and value for money.

But eyebrows were raised when Hecken recently declared that not "every second" person needed psychotherapy - and that a beer would sometimes do the job. The Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that the comment was recorded in official notes of the meeting.

Hecken made the remark during a debate over calls for more psychotherapists to be included in statutory healthcare provision.

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Candy is dandy (2)

Is this a new thing or what? Brian sends this pic he took in a St. Louis area Wal-Mart.

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November 13, 2013

MRDs: Meals Ready to Drink

Somewhere in Scotland. It reminds me of Steely Dan's Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More.

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TGFB (22)

Seattle Food Company Releases Bacon-Scented Deodorant

America loves bacon, that is indisputable, but now a Seattle-based firm has taken that affection to pungent new levels.

J&D's Foods, a specialty foods company, has announced its latest product — a gel deodorant that smells like bacon. They call it "Power Bacon," and it goes on sale today.

On its website, the company recommends the product for active bacon lovers or those who "just sweat like pigs."

"It's not really a deodorant, it's an odorant," J&D's owner Justin Esch told ABC News. "It's a strong meat-scented musk that comes off your body."

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Security questions

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November 12, 2013

Qubits


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Times are tough all over

I had no idea that French schools were only used four days a week.

French fight making Wednesday a school day

f you think Wednesday's child is full of woe, as the old nursery rhyme has it, try Wednesday's parents.

Parents like Eric and Isabelle Nizard, who are angry over a sinister social experiment being conducted on their 9-year-old son, Sacha. It's the latest innovation in French public education: Their child must now attend school on Wednesdays.

Beginning in September, hump day is no longer an official day off, a traditional oasis in the middle of the week for primary school students to rest from the rigors of academic pursuit. Instead, French children — who, like their parents, already enjoy longer lunch breaks and summer vacations than their counterparts in many other countries — have to show up for class Monday through Friday.

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Body art illusions

Body Illusions by Chooo-San

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November 11, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

This image was taken by a Japanese satellite before the storm devastated the Philippine Islands.

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Here are 9 Ways to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Gee thanks, Mom

Alleged burglar left phone at victim's house, deputies speak to mom

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a burglary suspect was identified when he allegedly left his cellphone at the scene and his mom called while police were investigating.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said deputies were at the scene of a burglary Thursday in Lake Worth when a phone apparently left behind by the burglar began ringing and the phone's screen identified the caller as "Mom," the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.

A deputy answered the phone and the woman gave her son's name as Derek Codd, 19.

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How to resign in style

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November 09, 2013

Nice timelapse video

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A sobering experience, I'm sure

Reveller wakes up in morgue body bag after big night out

A drunk had a sobering experience after he was sent to a morgue by paramedics who thought he was dead.

Marek Michalski, 56, was found passed out on a bench without a pulse in Piotrkow, Poland, before concerned members of the public called an ambulance.

Hours later he awoke in a body bag and screamed for help. He managed to roll the bag off the table before escaping.

'I remember sitting on a bench and the next thing I woke up in a morgue,' he told local media.

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Singing ringing tree

The Singing Ringing Tree in Lancashire, England was news to me though it's 7 years old now. Here's a video.

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November 07, 2013

Wired

This is 1 of 10 or so images of Meticulously Wrapped Aluminum Wire Sculptures by Seung Mo Park. They're very striking.

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Mannequin Design For Dummies

The picture at the link is pretty amusing.

Curvy mannequins shape a Venezuelan fantasy

VALENCIA, Venezuela — Frustrated with the modest sales at his small mannequin factory, Eliezer Álvarez made a simple observation: Venezuelan women were increasingly using plastic surgery to transform their bodies, yet the mannequins in clothing stores did not reflect these new, often extreme proportions.

So he went back to his workshop and created the kind of woman he thought the public wanted — one with a bulging bosom and cantilevered buttocks, a wasp waist and long legs, a fiberglass fantasy, Venezuelan style.

The shape was augmented, and so were sales. Now his mannequins, and others like them, have become the standard in stores across Venezuela [...]

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Cats being cats

What cat keepers learn to live with

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November 06, 2013

Unconnected

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Giant mirrors

I think this has been done somewhere else in Europe also.

Giant mirrors bring winter sunlight to Norwegian village nestled in the mountains

OSLO (AFP) -- Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever, all thanks to giant mirrors.

The mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are far from Himalayan, but they are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants of direct sunlight for six months a year.

That was before a century-old idea, as old as Rjukan itself, was brought to life: to install mirrors on a 400-metre high peak to deflect sunrays towards the central square.

"The idea was a little crazy, but madness is our middle name," said Oeystein Haugan, a local project coordinator.

"When Rjukan was founded, it was a bit crazy to start a community in the middle of nowhere with this massive hydroelectric plant, huge pipes and a railway line to transport fertiliser to the rest of the world," he added.

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November 05, 2013

The Hovenring

There's more information about this roundabout built for bikes here.

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Gashouse Gang is back

This happened during the World Series last week,

Gas levels traced to photographers, naturally

The sight of St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson standing vigilant behind home plate begged the question: Is there a problem?

"Some years ago, we installed chemical and gas detectors around the stadium," Jenkerson said. "Well, some readings earlier showed that we were getting higher-than normal levels of methane."

"We figured out they were coming specifically from the photographer's pit" along the third base line," he said.

"So we walked down there and asked the guys 'How many of you were at White Castle or Courtesy diner last night?'"

Really?

"Yeah" the chief said. "It happens."


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Octo 2

Wind-powered art

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November 04, 2013

I've had days like this

Strong language makes it NSFW.


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Beer is proof that God loves us

To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.

Leah Stanfield stands at a microphone across the room from the beer taps and reads this evening's gospel message.

She's a 28-year-old leasing agent who's been coming to here in Fort Worth, Tex., for a year, and occasionally leads worship.

"I find the love, I find the support, I find the non-judgmental eyes when I come here," she says. "And I find friends that love God, love craft beer."

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Rainfall

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November 01, 2013

On the Inca Trail

Scott Ellis traveled the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu recently. This is one of many photos of it at his site.

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A master at going faster (6)

I calculate his rate at 1.7 pounds per minute. I doubt that I could eat a pound of anything in less than an hour.

Joey Chestnut eats 121 Twinkies in 6 minutes

TUNICA, Miss., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut added another record to his total by downing 121 Twinkies in 6 minutes at a Mississippi event.

Chestnut came in first during the weekend at the Major League Eating-sanctioned inaugural World Twinkie-Eating Championship at Bally's Casino in Tunica.

His closest competitor, Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie, downed 111 of the cream-filled cakes in the time allowed, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday. [...]

Chestnut's record-setting feast amounts to 10.2 pounds of Twinkies, containing 18,150 calories, the Sentinel said.

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Real life hacks

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