April 29, 2014
Irony in images
Play it as it lays
Tourist mistakes Richard Gere for beggar, gives him cold pizza
A French tourist listened to her heart when she offered her pizza to a man spotted rummaging through trash in the streets of New York, not realizing it was Richard Gere making a movie.
Karine Valnais Gombeau, a 42-year-old Parisian, spotted the actor, a knit cap pulled down over his ears, sifing through rubbish as she came out of a pizzeria near Grand Central station in Manhattan, with her husband and 15-year-old son, the New York Post reported Sunday.
Without blinking, Gere, 64 asked her what was in the bag Gombeau offered him.
"I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half in French," she told the Post.
"I said, 'Je suis desolee [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold.'?"
"He said, 'Thank you so much. God bless you,'? she said.
She left without knowing it was Gere making his new movie "Time Out of Mind," until the Post ran a photo of the moment two days later.
You gotta love the name
April 28, 2014
Birds on the Wires
Irony meter pegged again (4)
RIP, Ms. Sanford.
Woman posts about 'Happy' song on Facebook seconds before fatal Business 85 crash
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Investigators believe a driver was posting to Facebook seconds before she crashed and died.
The wreck happened Thursday morning on Business 85 in High Point. Investigators say 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford crossed the median and crashed head-on into a truck.
Later on Thursday, investigators say some of Sanford's friends and family told them about a Facebook post that Sanford made around the same time as the crash. Investigators discovered the Facebook post was made seconds before the deadly crash.
"The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.," explains Lt. Chris Weisner, with the High Point Police Department.
Investigators say Sanford's Facebook post read: "The happy song makes me HAPPY!"
"In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy," says Weisner.
Paul sent me a link to the story above. I replied that what smart phones need is a sensor to detect continuous motion so texting and browsing could be disabled while driving.
He replied with a link to this article in The Daily Mail.
Apple to introduce speed sensors in cars to stop drivers texting at the wheel
Texting from behind the wheel could be made impossible after Apple launched plans to install a device that could stop drivers from sending messages.
The electronic giants have filed a patent for a system that could bar access to an iPhone's messaging apps while a user is driving.
Sensors installed in phones would be able to detect the speed of the vehicle and work out where someone was sitting. This would allow passengers to send messages without any restrictions.
Messaging at the wheel is hard to detect and has become so common that many believe a law barring it would not make a difference.
Documents filed on behalf of Apple in the US suggest they are looking to develop 'lockout mechanisms that disable the ability of a handheld computing device to perform certain functions, such as texting, while one is driving'.
How to make the perfect B.L.T.
April 27, 2014
It even shocks a lawyer
What this story doesn't report is that Ms Simon is being sued by the families of the teens. But I don't think that excuses her.
Driver that struck teen suing dead boy's family
ALCONA - Still in the throes of agony from losing their son in a vehicle crash, the parents of young Brandon Majewski are now reeling after they learned the woman who struck and killed him is suing their dead child. [...]
Brandon was struck from behind by an SUV and killed while his friend Richard McLean, 16, was seriously injured with a broken pelvis and other bones. His other pal Jake Roberts, 16, was knocked off his bike but sustained only scratches.
Now the driver of the SUV, Sharlene Simon, 42, a mother of three, formerly from Innisfil, is suing the dead boy for the emotional trauma she says she has suffered. She's also suing the two other boys, as well as the dead boy's parents, and even his brother, who has since died. She's also suing the County of Simcoe for failing to maintain the road.
Even the family's lawyer is in shock.
"In all of my years as a lawyer, I have never seen anyone ever sue a child that they killed," Barrie lawyer Brian Cameron said. "It's beyond the pale. I just couldn't bring myself to tell them on the phone."
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I never thought of this, even though I could have used it.
April 26, 2014
Making a splash in the news
An interview gone awry in the Netherlands
Reductio ad absurdum fail
PETA Will NOT Be Turning Dahmer Home Into a Vegan Restaurant
In a sad development for animal-friendly dining, PETA's dream of turning the former house of one of America's most notorious serial killers into a vegan restaurant has today officially been axed.
After discovering last week that the childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was back on the Akron, Ohio, housing market, the folks over at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals floated the idea of converting it into a trendy eatery.
Known as the "Milwaukee Cannibal," Dahmer raped, murdered, dismembered 17 men and boys from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, posthumously consuming some of them. The home in Ohio was where Dahmer killed his first victim.
In a letter delivered last week to the property's realtor, Richard Lubinski, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said that establishing a vegan restaurant in the house — a 2,100-square-foot, three-bed, 2.5-bath, single-family residential unit, located in the high-end suburb of Bath — would be ideal.
Who was Jeffrey Dahmer?
Northern lights at Juneau
April 24, 2014
Clever business cards
Trial by heavy hammers
Court refuses trial by combat
A court has rejected a 60-year-old man's attempt to invoke the ancient right to trial by combat, rather than pay a £25 fine for a minor motoring offence.
Leon Humphreys remained adamant yesterday that his right to fight a champion nominated by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) was still valid under European human rights legislation. He said it would have been a "reasonable" way to settle the matter.
Magistrates sitting at Bury St Edmunds on Friday had disagreed and instead of accepting his offer to take on a clerk from Swansea with "samurai swords, Ghurka knives or heavy hammers", fined him £200 with £100 costs.
Nice shot (7)
Though naturally I'm wondering how many takes were needed.
April 23, 2014
Drama queen starting young
Some bleachers are more equal than others
Baseball parents ordered to take down seats deemed superior to softball bleachers
Earlier, Prep Rally brought you the story of Plymouth (Mich.) Salem High soccer coach Scott Duhl, who was allegedly fired over a parent complaint before the start of the season. Well, across town at Plymouth High in Canton, Mich., another complaint has the prep sports community as equally fired up.
Six years ago, parents of Plymouth High's boys' varsity team raised money and built stadium seating so they could watch from above a black chain-link fence that made spectating difficult, according to WJBK-TV. The parents also installed a new scoreboard for the baseball field.
Now, the school must tear it all down. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation following an anonymous complaint. Ultimately, officials demanded that the seating and scoreboard be torn down because the upgrades are superior to Plymouth's girls' softball facilities (pictured). The boys' seating is also not handicap accessible, which is a separate violation of government regulations.
April 22, 2014
On the wing (5)
It's a two-fer: a blue heron and a red-winged blackbird, found in North and Central America.
The (Unintentional) Amazon Guide to Dealing Drugs
One day, some drug dealer bought a particular digital scale—the AWS-100— on the retail site, Amazon.com. And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Then another.
Amazon's data-tracking software watched what else these people purchased, and now, if you buy the AWS-100 scale, Amazon serves up a quickstart kit for selling drugs.
One for Carol J
I hear her cats have been missing her. Hope you feel better, CJ.
April 21, 2014
A diet that's too rich for him
A pound of gold found in Indian man’s stomach
Gold has been stashed in all sorts of places — under mattresses, inside caves, in teeth.
This may be the rare occasion, however, that gold has been found in someone’s stomach.
Thursday morning, news broke that a 63-year-old New Delhi businessman went to the doctor complaining about pain in his gut. He told the doctor he had swallowed a bottle cap “in anger,” because that totally makes sense.
But surprise! It was actually gold. And not just a little bit. Doctors found 12 small bars of gold in his gut — weighing nearly one pound. They’re also called “gold biscuits.” The gold was valued at $20,000.
Trash Day prank
Jeff writes, "How to make trash day more interesting: pack your garbage like this and stick it out in front of your neighbors house!"
April 20, 2014
And in that vein, this page from 2009 has been getting a fair number of hits this week.
Finally, from Asleep at the Wheel's 1977 album The Wheel, here's a song appropriate to the day.
April 19, 2014
How to entertain a toddler
New Boise biz lets you destroy stuff with baseball bats, other tools
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A new local business allows you to swing sledgehammers and other "instruments of destruction" at household objects to let off some steam.
"Here at Das Breakroom, our sole purpose is to provide a place for people to engage in recreational destruction," said Tom Farrenkopf, who owns the business, which had its grand opening April 15. "What we mean by that is come in and break stuff."
The idea is you can work out your frustrations in a safe environment.
"I was having a horrible week, and I found myself on the verge of tears," said Lindsey Shultz of Boise, "and I was just pacing back and forth, like, 'What am I going to do? I'm so frustrated right now,' and I walked here and broke an entire box of stuff, and 10 minutes later, I felt perfect, fine."
Blood moon in Texas
Looks like central Texas to me
April 17, 2014
Clever marketing (6)
If you looked up Bad Hair Day in a dictionary...
You'd find Kim Jon-un's picture. And speaking of pictures, there's one of the ad at the link.
North Korean officials visit salon over Kim Jong-un 'bad hair' advert
North Korean officials paid a visit to a London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's picture in a poster offering haircuts.
The poster in M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing featured the words "Bad Hair Day?" below the leader's picture.
Barber Karim Nabbach said embassy officials were shown the door and the salon's manager spoke to the police.
The Met Police said: "We have spoken to all parties involved and no offence has been disclosed."
The salon put up the poster on 9 April and the next day two men claiming to be officials from the North Korean embassy visited the salon and demanded to meet the manager, Mo Nabbach.
Firemen at play
In Russia. This would have made a really impressive dash cam video.
April 16, 2014
Double or nothing
This guy is probably still getting over that sugar buzz.
Published on Apr 10, 2014
Another video from Jamie's trip to Santa's Candy Castle located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Immediately after destroying the Candy Castles record for eating a 1 pound fruitcake [...] Jamie decided to see if he could set another in house record. Up next was "The Avalanche" a 60 ounces (1/2 gallon) of the Candy Castles famous frozen hot chocolate which is, by the way, the world's largest cocoa beverage!
Don't mess with Texas (2)
Man who 'whizzed' on Alamo to do time
SAN ANTONIO — Remember not to relieve yourself on the Alamo.
That was the lesson a judge tried Monday to impart on El Paso resident Daniel Athens, who was ordered to spend 18 months in a state jail facility for having urinated on the Texas shrine
Athens, 23, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief of a public monument or place of human burial in February in exchange for a deal that capped his possible punishment at 18 months. The crime usually is punishable by up to two years' incarceration.
Run, Bambi, run
April 15, 2014
Someone's showing his or her age. (This is a reference to an old Disney movie, if you're wondering.)
No left turns
Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left
In 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its drivers: the right way to get to any destination was to avoid left-hand turns. Even if that means following this route that a UPS driver described to an incredulous press member:
"We're gonna make a right turn onto 135th to Western. We'll make another right on Western down to 139th. Righ turn on 139th and go down to the end of the block and we'll make another right turn."
When better tracking systems emerged in 2001, the package delivery service took a closer look at how trucks performed when delivering packages. As a logistics company with some 96,000 trucks and several hundred aircraft, much of UPS's business can be distilled to a series of optimization problems around reducing the amount of fuel used, saving time, and using space more efficiently. (Trucks in UPS facilities park just a few inches apart with their side mirrors overlapping to save space.)
April 14, 2014
Flight attendant humor
Listen carefully, she speaks pretty rapidly.
Please don't squeeze the jellyfish
Will Your Next Toilet Paper Roll Be Made Of Jellyfish??
Cine'al Ltd., an Israeli nanotechnology start-up, is developing technology to turn jellyfish into "super-absorbers," making the much-disdained sea creature suitable for use in diapers, tampons, medical sponges, even paper towels.
Jellyfish have been the bane of Israeli beaches in recent years, as warmer ocean temperatures have made coastal waters more hospitable for the creatures. During spring and early summer, millions of them appear near beaches, shoot their poison into the water and make swimming next to impossible. Where jellyfish abound, the water is likely to be empty. [...]
Cine'al sees a potential use for the scourge. Hydromash, the dry, flexible, strong material Cine'al is developing, is made from jellyfish and is allegedly several times more absorbent than the "quicker picker-upper" paper towels from the popular TV commercials.
We had a little flurry of snow today in St. Louis (it's mid-April?) and other parts of the Midwest are getting more.
April 12, 2014
For engineers & technicians -- you gotta love the design of that 'O'.
Topless is one way to put it
Pictures and video at the link.
She's lovin' it! The shocking moment a crazed topless woman DESTROYS a McDonald's before pausing to enjoy an ice cream cone
Unbelievable security camera footage shows a crazed topless woman in just her panties tearing apart a Florida McDonald's.
The video shows the nude, extremely agitated lady start her tirade by screaming into the St. Petersburg restaurant's kitchen before slamming her head onto the counter in a maniacal rage.
After proceeding to furiously dump the contents of a refrigerator onto the floor as employees stare in disbelief, she sticks her head under the soft serve dispenser and helps herself to a face full of ice cream.
I've seen other contact jugglers use hoops that didn't do nearly as well.
April 10, 2014
Mom... is that you?
Nursing home hired strippers for patients: suit
The elderly residents of a Long Island nursing home saw their shuffleboards replaced by washboard abs when they were subjected to a low-rent Chippendale's striptease in the facility's rec room, a new lawsuit claims.
The son of one resident, 86-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer's briefs.
Blast from the past (6)
This is one of several images of this wonder.
This 300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 5000 Dinosaur Footprints
Located 5 km (3 miles) from downtown Sucre, Bolivia is Cal Orko, an imposing limestone slab 1.5 km (0.9 miles) long and over 100 meters high (328 ft). On this steep face (inclination of 72 degrees), visitors can peer through time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 68 million years ago.
At Cal Orko you will find 462 distinct dinosaur tracks from at least 8 different species, totaling an incredible 5,055 individual dinosaur footprints. So how do thousands of dinosaur footprints come to be, on a seemingly vertical rock face hundreds of feet high? You’ll have to scroll down to find out.
Photograph by Yatlik.com
April 09, 2014
As smooth as glass
What a great story
The Wreck Tech Pajama Parade was a staple of the Auburn-Georgia Tech football rivalry that was played annually from 1906 through 1987. The sole interruption of the series was in 1943, when the country's attention was focused on World War II and Auburn did not field a football team.
The legend that gave birth to the parade has its roots in Auburn's first ever home football game – against Georgia Tech in 1896. It was a day when football teams traveled by train and the Tech team was scheduled to arrive at the Auburn station, located between North Gay and College streets, early in the morning of Nov. 7.
Several members of Auburn's corps of cadets, knowing the Yellow Jackets' travel schedule, arose in the middle of the night and walked to the station in their pajamas. The cadets, armed with grease and lard, applied a thick coating to about a quarter-mile of rails leading into and out of the Auburn station, then returned to their beds.
According to the legend, the next morning the train carrying the Tech football squad could get no traction when it tried to brake for the Auburn station and slid halfway to Loachapoka, some five miles away. The Yellow Jacket contingent was forced to walk back to Auburn, where Auburn whipped them that afternoon, 45-0.
Tetris, big time
April 08, 2014
Some Germans go to Uzbekistan
Dispute Over Guy Leads to Rat Retaliation
Philadelphia police are looking for several suspects in what appears to be a case of rat retaliation.
Investigators said an ongoing dispute over a man escalated late Wednesday, when a woman in her 20s, her mother and a pack of eight or nine other women went to the victim's house with a baseball bat and a box containing an unknown number of white rats.
The poor man's NASCAR
One of thirteen images in this article about 'The Poor Man's NASCAR:' Inside The Weird World Of Lawn Mower Racing
Via The Presurfer
April 07, 2014
Dressed for success
Motorist, 21, Wearing A "Drunk As Shit" T-Shirt Is Arrested For Drunk Driving
An Oregon motorist wearing a “Drunk As Shit” t-shirt was arrested Sunday night on a DUI charge.
Ross McMakin, a 21-year-old Corvalis resident, was collared after he drove his vehicle on the sidewalk, struck a parked car, and then assaulted his girlfriend when she tried to seize the car keys.
First attempt to create a 360° spherical panorama video using 6 GoPro Cameras in 3D printed mount. And it works! :) More Information here: jonasginter.de/360-grad-video-mit-6-gopro-kameras/
April 06, 2014
Pranked by a kid
April 05, 2014
The ones you've been looking for
That is to say, "Chōshoku, onegai"
April 04, 2014
Andrew Kelly's magic
Easy money, ladies
...if you're a local reader.
Wanted: Women who can burp to order
Women in a US city who can belch on command are being given the chance to earn some extra cash.
An ad agency is offering ladies $750 - the equivalent of £450 - for burps of any size in St Louis, Missouri.
They want belches "from small, quiet burps to monstrously loud belches" for a fizzy drink commercial.
April 03, 2014
Truth in advertising (5)
Putting it on record
Rogue court stenographer causes chaos for New York legal system
Stenotype Stenograph Kochanski was fired after officials learned of issues with the transcripts for six trials and 24 other proceedings he'd worked on. Photo: Stephen Coles /Flickr
A Manhattan court stenographer caused chaos in New York's legal system when he typed nonsense instead of recording the proceedings in the trials for which he was responsible – including, in one case, reportedly writing, "I hate my job, I hate my job" into the transcript.
Officials have been rushing to fix the mess, first reported by the New York Post, by calling back witnesses, lawyers and judges in the affected cases to try to reconstruct missing transcripts.
A source at the New York state unified court system confirmed that the stenographer, Daniel Kochanski, 43, had been fired after officials learned of issues with the transcripts for six trials and 24 other legal proceedings he had worked on.
I feel lucky (9)
What a guess!
April 02, 2014
One tap with a hammer: $2.00
This reminds me of the old story about knowing where to tap.
(YouTube description translated from Russian)
We became accustomed, when the destruction of buildings and structures occurs with the use of the directed explosion. However, in China in order to destroy bridge was required only the small impact of excavator shovel, which led to the complete wreck of bridge, the resembling fall of the bones of dominoes
Live News Report Photobombed by a Unicorn Wearing a Tutu. Seriously.
This is the best local news photobombing ever, hands-down. WTLV reporter David Williams filed a report for Good Morning Jacksonville recently when the live report was interrupted by––and I am not making this up––a unicorn wearing a leotard and a tutu. [...]
Now, when I say it was a unicorn, I obviously don't mean an actual unicorn. That would be silly. It was someone dressed up as a unicorn in a tutu! Yes, that makes so much more sense.
Persistence of life
April 01, 2014
Mentos ice cube bombs
Today's PSA (11)
Drug-resistant mutant head lice now living in MOBILE PHONES
MEDICS fear a new strain of head lice resistant to drugs is now living in mobile phones.
The problem of head lice has been steadily rising for years and treatments to get rid of the irritating little scalp dwellers have got progressively stronger.
But the particular Z31lathawaugh strain now worrying doctors – known as the lughole louse – can dwell for up to 36 hours in the earpiece of a modern mobile phone.
The mobile phone industry is thought to be aware of the issue, but is struggling to find a solution because the discovery is so new.