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January 31, 2014

It's science

A sign in Moore, OK.

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Sad cow face

No Super Bowl ad for Nampa fertilizer company

The owners of Nampa fertilizer company Poop - Natural Dairy Compost, learned their TV ad will not play during the Super Bowl this Sunday. The company was a finalist in a national small business contest sponsored by Intuit awarding a 30-second TV ad to the winner.

The company announced the news via its Twitter feed, @GlenndaDaCow: "Sad cow face...the boys just told the herd we didn't win...Big thanks to all who have supported us!"

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Magic beans

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January 30, 2014

The velocity is cancelled

Physics pron

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Just call him Woody

Yeow!

Man somehow survives going through wood chipper

Frank Arce truly must have a guardian angel looking after him. That's how he explains surviving the unthinkable; being caught inside a high-powered wood chipper when it was mistakenly turned on.

Arce had gone in to the machine to dislodge an object that had clogged up the machine. Before going in, he says he made sure the machinery was turned off in accordance with his company's safety protocol. But once inside he heard a sickening noise; the engine powering on.

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Snow Fell On Alabama

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January 29, 2014

Shadows on the lake

Shadows from the Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan.

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It's Miller Time

Man fights off shark, stitches up own leg, goes to the pub

A junior doctor has recounted how he fended off a shark attack and stitched up his own wound on the beach before enjoying a pint of beer at a nearby pub.

James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of New Zealand's South Island on Saturday when he was attacked by what he believed was a sevengill shark. [...]

He quickly made it on to rocks on the shore, where he took off the wetsuit – borrowed from a friend – and saw bites up to 5cm long.

Grant gave himself stitches using a first aid kit he kept in his vehicle for pig hunts. He and his friends then went to the Colac Bay Tavern, where he was given a bandage because he was dripping blood on the floor.

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More Super Bowl ads from auto makers

Audi's Doberhuahua

Jaguar's British villians

And my fave, Kia's play on The Matrix

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January 28, 2014

It's a Wonderful Car

Volkswagen's Super Bowl ad (or one of 'em maybe)

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Best & worst of the press, 2013

The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013

Apology of the Year

Runner-Up The Sun (U.K.):

In an article on Saturday headlined 'Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ', we stated "two flat silver discs" were seen "above the Church of Scientology HQ". Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.

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Tattoo illusion

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January 27, 2014

F'real (6)

Props to whoever thought up the name of this pale ale from the New England Brewing Co.

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And there's another: 667 Neighbor of the Beast is brewed by the Lone Pint Brewery in Texas.

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Ehh, what's up doc?

Picture of the mystery rabbit at the link.

Nelson Mandela statue: Sculptors told to remove bronze rabbit hidden in the ear

A bronze rabbit nestled in the ear of the recently unveiled Nelson Mandela statue has angered the South African Government, which has ordered sculptors to remove the animal and "restore the statue back to dignity".

The 30ft-high bronze statue stands outside the government's headquarters known as the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Portraying Mr Mandela with his arms outstretched the current South African President, Jacob Zuma, said it is designed to reflect that he had embraced the entire nation.

Upon closer inspection, a bronze statue of a rabbit can be seen peering out from inside the ear.

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Saw you coming

Via Sippican Cottage

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January 24, 2014

Riding the rails

This person is a serious train nut, bless his heart. He's got a lot of money and time in this project.

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Stay glassy, people

First Google Glass App for Sex Sees Everything (Yes, Everything)

It was bound to happen: A developer claims that he built the first Google Glass app designed for sex. No, not porn — sex. Sex With Glass is designed to let partners share their point of view with each other to "experience sex like never before."

The idea is that both parties will don Glass for the encounter, and the app will send a live video stream to the other person's display upon the command, "OK, Glass, it's time," letting them see what they see in real time. You stop the stream with the words, "OK, Glass, pull out," according to the app's website.

The site claims the app will also be able to dim room lights and play mood music, presumably with home automation, as well as suggest new sexual positions with the words, "OK, Glass, give me ideas."

Someone did a Google glass porn parody last summer. It's marginally SFW, if you're discreet.

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Atop the Great Pyramid

Russian Photographers Sneak to Top of Great Pyramid and Capture the View

Russian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov recently visited the Great Pyramid of Giza with two of his adventuring photography buddies: Vadim Mahorov and Marat Dupri. Unlike most camera-toting tourists visiting the famous site (the pyramid is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), the trio was not content with sticking to visitor-approved areas: they decided to risk prison time by sneaking to the top of the pyramid and photographing that rarely-seen view.

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The Giza plateau with the lights of Giza and Cairo in the background

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January 23, 2014

They're replicating

The license plate (on both) reads 'GRUVEE'

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It's hard to tell who's crazy here

Man sues Jennifer Lopez for 'tricking him into sending her naked photos of himself'

A man is suing Jennifer Lopez for allegedly tricking him into sending her nude photos of himself.

The pop star, 44, is being sued in Los Angeles by Rodrigo Ruiz, who is asking for $10,000, alleging a series of letters from Jennifer left him so depressed he sought counseling, according to a report on TMZ.

But it appears that a 53-year-old woman is behind the bizzare events, according to the report.

In the suit, Ruiz says the singer mailed him a series of unsolicited letters, beginning in 2008, demanding he send her naked photos and demo CDs.

The suit further claims the letters encouraged his belief that he had a chance at a music career and a possible romance with Jennifer.

He says she failed to follow through, leaving him with depression for which he sought professional help.

In addition to the lawsuit, Ruiz filed a police report claiming sexual harassment.

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See Sunny Europe

By paraglider

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January 22, 2014

Time for a change

Via Miss Cellania

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And the winners are...

The 25 most common passwords of 2013

Password security is more important than ever. If you wonder which ones are the worst to use, check out the 25 most common passwords of 2013 and avoid them like the plague.

According to password management company SplashData, the top three passwords of the year are "123456," "password" and "12345678." The top three passwords haven't changed, but "123456" and "password" swapped places from last year. The company's list of the "25 worst passwords of the year" was compiled using data that hackers have posted online, which are said to be stolen passwords.

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Tattoo Kitty

One of 15 utterly bizarre Hello Kitty Tattos at Neatorama.

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January 21, 2014

Meanwhile in Canada

Light pillars.

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The Internet of Spambots

Fridge sends spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets

A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets.

The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign.

Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets.

The attack is believed to be one of the first to exploit the lax security on devices that are part of the "internet of things".

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Spider Salsa Rumba

Powered by Robugtix's Bigfoot Engine, the T8 bio-inspired 3D printed spider robot is showing off some Spider Salsa dance moves. [...] For more information, visit www.robugtix.com.

Via David Thompson's Friday Ephemera

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January 20, 2014

Polar

Looks like fun.

Check out the full video on Kicksrtetar (from September '13).

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Someday you'll thank me, bro

Woman cancel's brother's wedding because she HATED the bride

Ann Duffy, 50, impersonated her future sister-in-law when she rung up Plymouth Registry Office in Devon to tell them that she wanted to cancel the wedding - just 20 days before it was set to take place.

A court heard how on the same day that Duffy cancelled the wedding, she called her brother and said: "You better put this on speakerphone.

"I have saved you on the divorce.

"I have cancelled your wedding.

"Would you like me to send you the confirmation email?"

The friction between the two women was said to be over the care of Duffy's mum, who all three were living with.

In a police interview, Duffy said she was trying to protect her brother from a marriage to someone she dislikes and who she believed was taking her mother away.

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Truth in advertising (7)

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January 18, 2014

Truth in advertising (6)

I've had Newcastle's brown ale. I might drink one if they paid me $6. Or maybe not.

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They're everywhere

TIL that 'invigilator' is a word.

CHEATERS BEWARE: Belgian school uses aerial drone to monitor exams

Thomas More school, located about 30km north of Brussels, posted a video on YouTube showing the aerial drone soaring above students while they take a test.

The tiny DJI Phantom aircraft, armed with a GoPro video camera, is controlled by one invigilator while another watches a monitor for potential cheats.

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Animating pottery

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January 17, 2014

Or maybe not...

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Just put some cards in the spokes

Oh, yeah.... This'll make your Kia Soul sound really impressive I'm sure.

Automakers work with BlackBerry's QNX to develop synthetic engine sounds

TORONTO -- For car lovers, there is just something about a revving engine that gets the blood moving faster.

Now automakers can capitalize on that feeling by teaming with a division of BlackBerry that is developing a way to replicate the sound of yesteryear's driving experience, even as cars become quieter and more fuel efficient.

QNX Software Systems -- acquired by BlackBerry (TSX:BB) nearly four years ago -- debuted a couple of concept cars on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

One is a modified Kia Soul hatchback that showcases a new technology called "engine sound enhancement." In its most basic form, it's a soundtrack that simulates the engine both inside the car and for people on the outside through speakers.

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The largest fiddle in the world

...is in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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January 16, 2014

How to panhandle

When did "Weed smokers" become a religion?

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Who's crazy?

Space aliens seem to be a hot topic these days.

Jennifer McCarthy Pulls Gun From Vagina After Dispute Over Space Aliens: Cops

The ex-wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy was arrested Saturday after allegedly whipping a gun out of her vagina and threatening her boyfriend.

Jennifer McCarthy, 48, got into an argument with her 53-year-old lover about space aliens, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun. McCarthy left her Santa Fe residence, then came back and changed into lingerie. The outfit was accessorized by a silver handgun placed in her vagina, with which she began to have "inner course," [sic] according to the affidavit.

While cleaning the chamber, McCarthy reportedly posed the question, "Who is crazy, you or me?" before pulling out the gun and pointing it at her boyfriend's head, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The boyfriend told deputies he wrested the weapon away from her and put it first in the toilet, then the trash can.

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We interrupt our regular program...

For an impromptu marriage proposal.

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January 15, 2014

If Google was a guy

Hilarious. But contains strong language and definitely NSFW.

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Whoa, Trigger!

Question: How could a passenger jet land at the wrong airport? Answer: Uh ...

(CNN) -- A day after a Southwest Airlines jet with 124 passengers landed at the wrong airport, many are asking: How in the world could that happen?

"It's not common, but it's not unheard of," said pilot Mark Weiss, a 20-year veteran of commercial aviation who has frequently flown Boeing 737-700s, the same kind of aircraft that touched down Sunday at a small airport in Taney County, Missouri, about seven miles from where it was supposed to land at Branson Airport.

The plane stopped about 500 feet from the end of a runway at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, but no one was injured, said Chris Berndt, the Western Taney County Fire District fire chief and emergency management director. [...]

The airport's runway is 3,738 feet long, about half the length of the Branson Airport runway, which is 7,140 feet. That forced pilots to act fast and brake hard when the aircraft touched down.

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Straight lines

This was the Illusion of the Week at Scientific American's Illusion Chasers blog.

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January 14, 2014

Food miniatures

1 of 15 pix at imgur of the the work of Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida. They call it minimiam.

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It reminds me of Christopher Boffoli's Big Appetites (which we saw in June 2011).

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I just read the daily news... (2)

...and swear by every word.

Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens. Really.

Iran's semi-official news outlets have something of a reputation for taking conspiracy theorism to the next level. They've written on Israel's secret plans to annex Iraq, the conspiracy by Western media to fabricate quotes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemning the Holocaust and the secret Jewishness of the British royal family. You may notice a certain theme here.

On Sunday, the hard-line semi-official Fars News dropped one of its biggest bombshells yet: The United States government has been secretly run by a "shadow government" of space aliens since 1945. Yes, space aliens. The alien government is based out of Nevada and had previously run Nazi Germany. It adds, for timeliness, that the controversial NSA programs are actually a tool for the aliens to hide their presence on Earth and their secret agenda for global domination. This is all asserted as incontrovertible fact with no caveats.

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Movie date

This is one of five in a series. If you like this one, you'll like the others.

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January 13, 2014

Don't be so ignrent

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Monkey drugs

Experts: Florida's millipedes harmless to humans, useful to monkeys

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Experts said the millipedes infesting south Florida are harmless to humans and serve as both mosquito repellant and a recreational drug to monkeys. [...]

G.B. Edwards, an entomologist with the Division of Plant Industry at the state Department of Agriculture in Gainesville, said the millipedes are also put to good use by monkeys, which rub the creatures on their fur to use their defensive chemical as an insecticide. He said the monkeys also eat the millipedes as a hallucinogen.

"They eat them," Edwards said. "I wouldn't recommend a person doing that."

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After you've lived to ride

Motorcycle Funerals Ltd. in Britain. They even offer a choice for the bike.

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January 11, 2014

Winter in Leiden

In South Holland

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That would be a fine trick

Another act in the Penn & Teller Fool Us series

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January 10, 2014

What's for dinner? I'm starved

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A proud Pastafarian

‘Strainer’ things have happened

A unique style of headwear was present during newly-seated Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer's oath of office Thursday afternoon, but it wasn't intended to keep his head warm.

Schaeffer wore a colander (a strainer typically used to drain water from spaghetti) while Town Clerk Allison Dispense administered the oath of office to him before the board's reorganizational meeting. When the OBSERVER asked afterward why he wore a colander on his head, Schaeffer said he was a minister with an even more unique organization - the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

"It's just a statement about religious freedom," he said. "It's a religion without any dogma."

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Impossible buildings

Artwork and Photography by Victor Enrich

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January 09, 2014

He's strong to the finich

Nice tat

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Mr. Reichert is feeling lucky

Residents Fuming Over Name Of Northern NJ Smoke Shop

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Some northern New Jersey residents are fired up over a new smoke shop that's about to open in their neighborhood.

It's not the bongs and other paraphernalia that have them fuming. It's the name: Fu King Smoke Shop.

Picture the sign, then use your imagination.

The head of a parent teachers association at a nearby Hackensack elementary school told The Record that the sign "is almost like an insult to the intelligence" of the community.

The store's owner begs to differ. [...]

Reichert said “Fu” is Chinese for wealth or lucky, and is part of a theme.

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It's another World Record

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January 08, 2014

Back to the Doritos

This is Ryan Andersen's entry in the Crash the Super Bowl contest.

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I'm sure he was

Mooroopna is in the Strine state of Victoria.

Embarrassing end to naked hijinks

Emergency service crews were called out to help free a naked man from a washing machine in Mooroopna.

Emergency services took 20 minutes to free a naked Mooroopna man from a top-loading washing machine after a game of hide-and-seek went horribly wrong.

Shepparton police Sergeant Michelle De Araugo said the man had attempted to climb into the washing machine on Saturday afternoon with the aim of surprising his partner, but he became firmly wedged.

Police, firefighters, paramedics, Tatura SES and Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad had to work out how to manoeuvre the man to free him from the tight space.

''He was very well wedged in there and we were concerned for his health and wellbeing,'' Sgt De Araugo said.

''It was just a game gone wrong.

''It would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed.''

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Selfie games

This Twitter account is pretty hilarious: @SelfyGames. This is one of the tamer examples.

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January 07, 2014

Aurora over Norway

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Hmm... maybe his flamethrower's for sale

'Fire-breathing weaponry'? That's a new one.

Fargo Man Arrested For Clearing Snow With Flamethrower

Fargo, ND – Local resident Todd Fox has been detained for "reckless endangerment" and "illegal use of high-powered fire-breathing weaponry" for attacking snow with his flamethrower. Fox reportedly became so fed up with the week-long blowing snow epidemic in his area that he decided to KILL IT WITH FIRE.

The neighborhood was treated with quite a show last night as Fox unleashed an inferno upon the mountainous snow palace that was his front yard. Neighbors to his immediate right and left noticed a bright orange cloud and could hear what they thought was "puff the magic dragon spewing mayhem all over hell," which prompted one of them to notify police.

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5.5 tons of ice

Canadian Tire makes a good advertisement for truck batteries.

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January 06, 2014

Slender Size Me

How to lose those holiday pounds

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Well, duh (5)

It's official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.

The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.

"Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners," Lombardi said.

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Maybe I'll just stay home

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January 03, 2014

Snow sculptures 2013

This was the winning sculpture in the 2013 (last year's) Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championship at Breckenridge, Colorado. (This season's competition is scheduled to start this month.)

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Mongolian Warriors

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It's a cold, cruel world

Missouri man says he robbed store to return to prison

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. • A Missouri man says he meant to get caught in November when he tried to rob a St. Joseph convenience store.

When the man asked the clerk to open the cash register and give him the money, the clerk refused — even after Roy Murphy, 43, offered to put on the camouflage ski mask he was carrying.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Murphy was prepared to plead guilty Monday to second-degree robbery. But Circuit Judge Patrick Robb told him there was no threat of physical force, so he couldn't convict Murphy of the charge.

Murphy told the judge he doesn't know how to make it outside of prison and wanted to go back.

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It must be tough to be this fly

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January 02, 2014

What a catch (5)

Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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I'll bet the Gideons never expected this

Two charged with battery following fight over Bible, Ten Commandments

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A man and a woman were arrested for battery following a fight over the Bible and the Ten Commandments, Georgia police said.

The fight occurred at 1 a.m. Saturday morning in a hotel room in Cartersville.

When the police officer entered the motel room, he saw blood on the carpet and a bloody towel in the sink, the police report states.

Carolyn Unfricht, one of the detainees, told the officer that the conversation had become tense, and that she used a Bible to hit Daniel Camarda across the face, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Camarda then allegedly slung Unfricht across the room, and she suffered a cut to her head and an injury to her foot.

Both individuals were highly intoxicated, were slurring their speech and had difficulty walking, police said.

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Passive-aggressive FTW

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January 01, 2014

Internet of Things

Ken & R-E's Internet controlled Christmas lights

Internet Controlled Christmas Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.
This project started in 2010, when Ken and Rebecca-Ellen connected their Christmas tree lights to the internet and allowed vistors from around the world to turn the lights on and off.
The lights moved outside in 2011, as it was quite annoying to have the lights blink on and off ALL THE TIME inside the house.
The 2012 season offered the ability to control the lights surrounding the windows and the roof.

Christmas 2013 brings more lights. You can control the lights along the roof, windows, columns, door, and the lights in the wreath. We also updated the page with our current outside temperature.

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New Year's in Dubai

The staggering display of fireworks is a world record of 400,000 shots fired in the sky from 400 locations on the Palm island and the islands of The World.

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When your knickers get in a twist...

I shudder to think what Japanese game shows will do with this.

Knickers are downloaded as couple produce underwear on 3D printer

Mornings when you cannot find a pair of clean pants could be a thing of the past thanks to an Israeli couple whose revolutionary technology makes it possible to download a pair of new knickers through 3D printing.

Tami and Udi Giloh have developed a woven fabric created on a hi-tech printer, and are in discussions with suppliers to lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret over a possible marketing deal.

The couple moved to north Manchester from Israel to develop the technology through their company Tamicare, and claim to be able to print a pair of knickers in three seconds, potentially producing 10 million pairs in a year.

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Happy New Year

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