February 28, 2014
Yellow labs in googles; what everyone needs in his sidecar.
Who wouldn't love 3-year-old pizza?
Three-year pizza to join US Army MRE delicacies
Pizza with a three-year shelf life will soon be joining the US Army's field rations menu. These infamous MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) have a long and checkered history, acquiring such sobriquets over the years as "Meals Rejected by Everyone" and "Materials Resembling Edibles." Pizza has long topped the list of requested meals, but the task of providing a palatable slice of this complex food that will survive the required three-year shelf life has foiled all attempts. Now, the folks at Natick's Combat Feeding Directorate have achieved a minor miracle in food technology: stopping time for a slice of pizza.
The Final Member
This is a trailer for an independent documentary about the Iceland's Phallological Museum's quest to get the final jewel for its collection: a human penis. Or maybe it's about the people who are vying to be the first donor.
February 27, 2014
If I had pants like those, I'd burn them too
From where else?
No more Woof
This reminds me of a very old joke.
Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon
What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?
It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, "Up," but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind.
The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind "No More Woof" -- technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone. [...]
The research team, who previously brought the world such inventions as the pet flying carpet, weren't immediately available for comment on Wednesday, but explained the most recent project on their website.
The tattoo work of Sasha Unisex
Here. She plies her trade in St. Petersburg, Russia (formerly known as Petrograd and Leningrad).
February 26, 2014
Here's an example of Michael Grab's stone-stacking artwork that he calls gravity glue.
Not an offer I'd be interested in
Bruce the dog offered a personal cheque by Darwin council for his testicles
BRUCE Wallder the great dane may well be the first dog in history to receive a cheque in the mail as consolation for having his testicles removed.
That is exactly what Darwin council did last week, much to the amusement of Bruce's owner Tom Wallder.
De-sexed dog owners receive a registration reimbursement of $60 from the council for having their pets de-sexed, however the last thing Mr Wallder - the human - was expecting was for the cheque to be sent out in the name of his beloved and recently castrated eight-month-old canine. "I said to my wife, 'that's funny, the dog is getting mail now'," Mr Wallder said.
"I don't know what Bruce is going to spend it on ... probably some new balls."
I feel lucky (7)
February 25, 2014
Calling Karl Popper
Was the fire alarm broken?
Lindenwood student gets probation for bomb threat she called in because she hadn't finished homework
ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A Lindenwood University student who phoned in a bomb threat because she didn’t do her homework got a suspended sentence Monday and was placed on five years’ probation.
Lori L. Knight, 39, of the 5000 block of Lansdowne Avenue in St. Louis, pleaded guilty earlier of making a terrorist threat.
On May 1, Knight called Lindenwood’s main switchboard from a blocked phone line and told the operator that her “brother” planned a bombing.
Knight called Lindenwood’s Westport campus two hours later and asked if classes had been canceled.
She said her “niece” had heard about bomb threats at the St. Charles campus.
Police were able to trace Knight’s phone number, and she was apprehended a few hours later.
Dr. Woo's tattoos
February 24, 2014
Locomotive number 478 on the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge road in Colorado.
Here's video of the iron horse in action.
Pure marketing genius
Girl Scout sells cookies outside pot dispensary: 117 boxes in 2 hours
It's that time of year again. Time when your local market entrances are flooded with Girl Scouts selling boxes of Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints. But one 13-year-old Girl Scout in San Francisco and her mother made a rather business-savvy decision to sell cookies outside of a medical marijuana dispensary.
On Monday, Danielle Lei and her mother set up shop outside the Green Cross store with the cookies. With the store's blessing, Lei sold 117 boxes in two hours.
Holli Bert, a spokeswoman for the Green Cross, said that after just 45 minutes, Lei had to call for backup cookies to replenish her stock.
Not a sport in the winter Olympics
February 22, 2014
The Sanderson orrery
A nice piece of work. Too bad it's not actually steam-driven.
Via The Presurfer
One of four animated GIFs at Imgur.
February 21, 2014
Handling snow in Switzerland
On the Landwasser Viaduct
Handling snow in North Carolina
SuperDroid fields remote control snow plow
In the southeast United States, snow storms are as about as common as canoes on Mount Everest, which is what makes the current task of digging the region out from under the recent deposit of the white stuff so irksome. To aid the inexperienced snow shoveler, SuperDroid of Raleigh, North Carolina is selling a remote-controlled robotic snow plow that allows you to clear the drive while sitting where it’s warm with a cup of cocoa.
Handling snow in Quebec
February 20, 2014
Pull over... Right now!
More traffic fun from Russia
Don't mess with a man with a forklift
The Twix bar, the forklift, and the fired Iowan
It's a familiar tableau: an overpriced vending-machine candy bar dangles on a spiral hook, tantalizingly out of reach and refusing to drop.
For most of us, that mini-drama usually ends in defeat. But not for Robert McKevitt of Spirit Lake, whose victory over an uncooperative vending machine ultimately cost him his job.
McKevitt was working the second shift at Polaris Industries' warehouse in Milford when he decided to break for a snack last fall.
He says he deposited $1 in a vending machine, selected a 90-cent Twix bar, and then watched as the candy bar crept forward in its slot, began its descent and was abruptly snagged by a spiral hook that held it suspended in midair.
"I was, like, 'Oh, man,' " said McKevitt, 27. "So I put in another dollar, and then it wouldn't do anything."
At first, McKevitt's frustration took the customary route: He banged the side of the machine. He tried rocking it back and forth.
But when that didn't work, McKevitt walked away and commandeered an 8,000-pound forklift, according to state unemployment compensation records.
He reportedly drove up to the vending machine, lifted it 2 feet off the concrete warehouse floor — then let it drop. He allegedly repeated the maneuver at least six times, by which time three candy bars had fallen into the chute for his retrieval.
When a supervisor confronted him, McKevitt allegedly explained he was simply trying to get the snack he had paid for.
He was fired five days later.
In a ruling that became public last month, a state administrative law judge denied his claim for unemployment benefits, saying McKevitt had demonstrated a willful disregard for his employer's interests.
Think fast (2)
Two views of a very close call.
February 19, 2014
Get hammered and sickled
No doubt the red color comes from being flavored with the blood of the bourgeoisie.
The old banana peel scam
Screening for man charged after banana peel suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. judge has ordered a psychological screening for a Maryland man accused of staging a fall on a banana peel in a Metro station elevator.
The screening was ordered Tuesday after a request from an attorney for 42-year-old Maurice Owens of District Heights. Owens sued the transit agency for $15,000, claiming he injured his left leg and hip in a fall at the Potomac Avenue station in August.
Surveillance video shows Owens dropping a banana peel, stepping on it as the elevator door opens, then appearing to thrust himself forward and falling to the ground.
New Netflix service
February 18, 2014
Via The Presurfer
Man with flower pot on head wields chainsaw during robbery
6AM, UPDATE: An Ipswich teenager is accused of going on a drunken late-night chainsaw rampage inside a petrol station while wearing a flower pot on his head.
Police rushed to the 7-Eleven service station on Ash St, Flinders View, following calls for help from two terrified shop attendants.
It will be alleged the man - who was wearing a flower pot over his head in an attempt to conceal his identity - entered the store about 4.30am on Monday, while two staff members were cleaning a coffee machine.
Wielding a chainsaw which was running at the time, the man lunged at the store attendants, who retreated into a back room.
Police allege the man then used the chainsaw to damage a window and several display racks in the shop, before exposing his buttocks to the store attendants. He is accused of damaging a parked vehicle upon fleeing the scene.
It will be alleged the man made demands for money, but left the store only with a bottle of soft drink and the chainsaw.
Shot put is hard, yo
This is 1 of 17 Shot Put Faces
February 17, 2014
A funny play on an old meme.
Send in the clowns
National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear
Send in the clowns — please!
As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.
Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.
“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”
He said he wouldn’t release specific numbers, citing the privacy of the members.
Membership at the World Clown Association, the country’s largest trade group for clowns, has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004.
“The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,” said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.
H.T. Jeff G
February 16, 2014
A sentimental journey
February 15, 2014
Happy 250th, St. Louis
Depending on how you read Monsieur Choteau's diary, the semiquincentennial of St. Louis' founding is either February 14th or 15th -- or maybe one of those two dates in March.
The folks at the Missouri History Museum, and local consensus, have settled on February 14th.
The Post-Dispatch has posted A Whirlwind Tour of St. Louis History in Photos (148 images).
M. Choteau clearing the site / Eads Bridge under construction / Current skyline and the Gateway Arch.
Update: Maria Altman, a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, tweets a link to this St. Louis trivia quiz: St. Louis At 250 What's What And Who's Who In St. Louis
Prior to the arrival of the French explorers, the St. Louis area was home to the Mississippians, Native Americans who had a very large settlement at Cahokia circa 600-1400. Cahokia is on the east bank of the Mississippi, directly across the river from St. Louis.
The Cahokians were mound builders and built mounds on both sides of the river. One of the old nicknames for St. Louis is Mound City and there are photos of a mound being demolished in the Post-Dispatch slideshow above.
February 14, 2014
A bet's a bet after all
French weathergirl stuns viewers with nude report
Model-turned-weathergirl Doria Tillier surprises viewers by following through with her promise to present the weather report in the nude if France qualified for the World Cup
Save the doughnut
The Importance of a Giant Doughnut
It may not have the flashy movie-star credentials of the enormous sign at Randy’s, up the road near Los Angeles International Airport. But the giant pink doughnut that marks the former site of a Mrs. Chapman’s Angel Food Donuts chain is a beloved Long Beach landmark nonetheless.
It was erected in the 1950s, when fancifully shaped roadside signs were a common marketing ploy. And it endured even after the shop sold its last pastry more than 10 years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, the arrival of a new doughnut behemoth – national chain Dunkin’ Donuts – threatened to consign it to the trash heap.
The aging doughnut, perhaps structurally compromised, didn't fit into the company’s modern profile. The franchise announced plans to destroy it, along with the adjacent building, when it took over the site.
That’s when doughnut advocates sprang into action. The Los Angeles Conservancy and preservation-minded Long Beachers rallied, launching a campaign to "Save the Giant Donut."
It appears they've won their battle. In an appearance before the city planning commission last week, a managing partner of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee announced that his company had heard the message. "We want to be good neighbors," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The last thing we want to do is be viewed as the guys that killed the doughnut."
Happy Valentine's Day (5)
February 13, 2014
Meanwhile in Kiev
A recent Photo of the Day at The Washington Post
Caption: An opposition supporter plays the piano on barricades in front of riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Ukraine has been rocked by nearly three months of anti-government protests sparked by President Viktor Yanukovich’s refusal to sign a wide-ranging trade agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Worst Valentine's date ever?
Have You Made Your Valentine's Day Reservations at McDonald's, Yet?
What were you planning on getting your sweetheart for Valentine's Day this year? Candy? Jewelry? Maybe a seven foot tall stuffed animal? Well, if you live in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, cancel all the plans, because now you can get your significant other what he or she REALLY wants: a romantic dinner at McDonalds!
According to The Tampa Bay Times, On Friday, February 14th, one McDonalds in Tampa will convert into a romantic, full service restaurant with waiters, LED candles, flowers on every table and the ability to make phone reservations.
The menu items will be the same as always.
Still more vertigo
A couple of Russian guys climb the Shanghai Tower (650 meters, which is 2130 feet -which is right at ½ a mile).
February 12, 2014
It must be humiliating to lose to this guy
A blind card sharp.... Sounds like an improbable blues lyric, doesn't it?
Underarm pepper spray mix-up clears club
A German woman who mistook her pepper spray for deodorant and doused herself with it in a nightclub toilet, injuring two women and forcing the club to evacuate, could face negligent bodily harm charges.
The 20-year-old woman had nipped into the Bavarian club's toilets to freshen up late on Monday night. She reached into her friend's bag for her deodorant, but instead pulled out a canister of pepper spray. [...]
It immediately became clear that the spray was not what she thought though, and the irritant gas – which can be used for self defence and crowd control – spread out into the rest of the disco. Two women sustained eye injuries and had to be given medical treatment.
February 11, 2014
Nice trick (2)
If you like this animation, there's 6 & 1/2 minutes of video at Vimeo.
What a guy (2)
R.I.P., Mr. Smith.
Leonard M. Smith
Leonard Mason Smith, 86, a veteran of World War II and Korea and longtime resident of Pine Island, Florida passed away on November 27th, 2013.
Leonard Smith was a very private man. If you wanted to know his cause of death, he would have told you that it was none of your business. If you asked Penny, his beloved wife, she would tell you that he had cancer, but not to tell anyone. Although his prognosis was dire, he battled on, lived his life and survived several years beyond the experts' expectations. He did not want his obituary to suggest that he lost a long battle with cancer. By his reckoning, cancer could not win, and could only hope for a draw. And so it was. Leonard Smith hated losing. [...]
Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.
February 09, 2014
The LEGO movie
Saw this yesterday and it's a nice bit of lighthearted fun - just the thing for the middle of winter.
February 08, 2014
By Andres Amador.
On the wing (3)
February 07, 2014
Sapporo Snow Festival
The 65th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from February 5 (Wed.) through 11 (Tue.) in 2014.
You should've seen the one that got away
Intruder scared away by Big Mouth Billy Bass
The crime scene of a break-in at a Rochester's Hooked on Fishing shop showed evidence that a burglar got scared off by a motion-activated, singing bass, authorities said.
The novelty bass, which had been hung near the door and would start singing "Take Me to the River" whenever someone entered the shop, was found on the floor after the intruder knocked it down as part of breaking the door to get in, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
But the intruder appeared to have left in a hurry, without stealing anything -- not tackle nor cash that had been left in "a very visible spot," Sgt. Tom Claymon said.
The bass "took one for the team," Claymon said. "There were plenty of things to take but nothing was missing … other than Billy's pride"
I shot Huelux from April-November 2013 in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. The weather in 2013 made it difficult for me to get some of the shots I wanted. There were many times I planned to shoot the Milky Way or Aurora, and the clouds would roll in. But that also allowed me to get more night storm timelapse than I have any other year.
Via The Presurfer
February 06, 2014
I just learned about Martina Hill and her comedy skits on the German series Knallerfrauen. This is a playlist of 17 short clips. (I believe the subtitles are Chinese.)
Bad moon indeed
Ghan be a bad moon rising
A BUNCH of bare asses are about to celebrate 10 years since they mooned the first passenger train from Adelaide to Darwin.
And the only difference in their re-creation is a bit more hair and a lot more saggy skin.
The residents of Livingstone, 40km southeast of Darwin, came up with the idea as the first Ghan passenger train was about to reach Darwin on February 3, 2004.
Spokeswoman Michelle Salmon said: "It was just supposed to be locals and then word got out and this whole airstrip was lined with asses".
A crude poster drawn by local Marko Maguire was pinned at the local reserve and word got out to about 400 people who turned up at Livingstone Airstrip, helped by the NT News.
"We did it because we're buggers out here," Ms Salmon said.
"We have dinner parties on car trailers and silly things like that. And Micko said: 'We should moon the Ghan when it comes through'. It was a rare blue moon that night."
Today's PSA (10)
February 05, 2014
The Motherland Calls
A statue commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad.
The self-powered cyborg COCKROACHES set to clean up our cities
It may sound like a terrifying science fiction baddie, but Japanese researchers have revealed the first cyborg cockroaches - and say they could help keep our cities clean.
The team created a radical new battery that creates energy from sugar in the insect's body.
They now hope to build giant 'swarms' of their cyber insects to create large sensor networks for chemicals and pollutants.
Osaka University and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) co-developed the fuel cell, which measures 20 x 15mm and can be mounted on an insect.
They say the work will lead to forming a wireless sensor network with cyborg insects.
Enjoy your work
February 04, 2014
One-of-a-kind Super Bowl ad
This aired locally in Savannah
An epic 2 Minute Halftime Commercial written and directed by Jamie Casino. The spot features Jamie's brother Michael who was gunned down with his friend on Labor Day 2012. The story reveals how Savannah's Chief of Police, Willie Lovett, deceived the citizens of Savannah after four homicides took place Labor Day weekend. Jamie Casino, a personal injury attorney with a large practice based in Savannah, GA created the ad to set the record straight in the Biggest Game of the Year, Super Bowl XLVIII.
Pants - who needs 'em?
Postal worker dons pants for first time in 10 years
WALLED LAKE, Mich., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A Michigan postal worker said this winter's subzero temperatures led him to don full-length pants for the first time in 10 years.
Kenny Martin, 56, of White Lake Township, said he has worn his postal worker shorts year round on his route in Walled Lake for the past 10 years, but this winter saw him finally put on long pants to go to work, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
"Awfully cold this year. This is the first time in 10 years that I actually started wearing pants to work. Once I hit the zero mark, that was it," Martin said. [...]
"Pants are just an inconvenience. They're for two things. They're for weddings and funerals," he said.
Tattoo illusion (2)
February 03, 2014
To the editors
Careful how you answer
Poetry or prose? Russian literary dispute ends in stabbing death
(Reuters) - The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix.
A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday.
"The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife," the regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.