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June 30, 2014

Sing for your suds

This was made to mark Canada Day, which is tomorrow, July 1st. (TIL I have an anniversary in common with Canada.)

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Ding dong the merry-oh

Husband locked wife in shed for singing ''Ding dong, the witch is dead'' after his mum died

A husband locked his wife in their shed because she wouldn't stop singing "ding dong, the witch is dead" after his mother died.

Andrew Salmon, 42, packed up his wife Beverley's belongings and refused to let her into their home in Cornwall, Truro Magistrates' Court heard.

Furious Andrew told her: "It is my house now - you are not getting in."

When she took refuge in the garden shed he locked her inside but she managed to climb out of a window.

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June 27, 2014

That about covers it

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hitchBOT

Hi there!

I am hitchBOT — a robot from Port Credit, Ontario.

This summer I will be traveling across Canada, from coast-to-coast. I am hoping to make new friends, have interesting conversations, and see new places along the way. As you may have guessed robots cannot get driver’s licences yet, so I’ll be hitchhiking my entire way. I have been planning my trip with the help of my big family of researchers in Toronto. I will be making my way from the east coast to the west coast starting in July.


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Gizmag writes:

According to his designers, hitchBOT boasts artificial intelligence (AI) and and has been endowed with speech recognition and speech processing capabilities so that he may understand and converse with those people that he may encounter on his journey. To keep them engaged in conversation, hitchBOT apparently also runs social media and Wikipedia APIs, so that he will not only be able to talk to the people that pick him up, he'll be able to make interesting and informed small talk with them whilst tweeting and posting his "thoughts" to a wider audience.


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How it's done (3)

How to peel spuds. And if only it diced them too...

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June 26, 2014

Keep your wits about you

This happened to someone I knew - on his second or third jump. He also went to his reserve chute and landed safely. But his wife, who'd come to watch him that day, put a stop to his budding parachuting hobby. I believe it was his last jump.

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Talkin' trash

Wow...

De Soto woman critically hurt in fight about a garbage can

DE SOTO • A woman was critically injured when a man hit her in the head with a baseball bat and a woman kicked her during an argument about a trash can, police said Wednesday.

Christina Goebel, 33, of De Soto, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The dispute started when she and another man visited friends in the 800 block of North Third Street in De Soto on Tuesday evening to help repair a car.

About 8:20 p.m., Jacob Lee Kelley, 27, and Melinda Warden, 28, approached a group in an alley and were angry a trash can had been moved. A fight broke out in which Kelley allegedly grabbed a wooden bat and struck a man in the back and Goebel in the face.

A witness said Warden then kicked Goebel in the head when she was down and punched two others, according to court documents.

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Fotografias imposibles

A sample of the Photoshop work of Martin De Pasquale.

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June 25, 2014

What karma means

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Quite a pair

'Dull' is to twin with 'Boring'

The British village of Dull is to forge links with a US town called Boring.

The partnership came about after a Scottish cyclist, who knew of Dull, in Perthshire, pedalled through Boring in the American town of Oregon.

News was relayed back to villagers in Dull - who immediately made contact with their US counterparts in an effort to set up 'Dull and Boring'. [...]

A spokesman said: "This absolutely illustrates one of the top reasons why people come to Scotland - our sense of humour.

"We already know that, after the landscape, the friendliness and sense of humour of the Scottish people is the top reason why people come to Scotland.

"And I'm sure that that sense humour will now be translated across the Atlantic to Oregon. All we need now is a town called Fed Up."

The idea to 'twin' Dull, in Perthshire, and Boring, in the US state of Oregon, came about after Scots cyclist Elizabeth Leighton pedalled through Boring during a holiday.

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Best documentation ever

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June 24, 2014

Bar magic

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Where else would you open your safe?

Suspected bowling-alley burglars roll a gutter ball

TACOMA, Wash. -- Two burglars had a lot of balls on them -- literally they had half-a-dozen stolen bowling balls on them -- when they loudly tried to break into a pilfered safe in the middle of a church parking lot, according to charges filed Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a church parking lot outside Spanaway around 2:30 a.m. June 14 for reports of two men hitting a safe against the ground.

One of the men, Jeffery Smith, told deputies the safe belonged to him but he had forgotten the combination. He said he took it to the church parking lot to open it without waking up his family.

According to the charging documents, deputies noticed six bowling balls with the price tags still on them in the back of the men's car. Smith told deputies he likes to bowl and the balls belonged to him.

Later, Paradise Bowl in Tacoma reported being burglarized sometime between midnight and 8:30 a.m. According to the charging documents, someone had taken $1,000 worth of bowling balls and a safe containing $4,000.

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Bumper sticker of the day (2)

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June 20, 2014

Haiku needed

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Feces-flinging mayor

If he didn't leave it the doorstep with the top afire, I'm not sure it should count. "No harm, no foul," as the lawyers say.

San Marino Mayor "Embarrassed" Over Dog Poop Controversy

The mayor of an affluent Southern California community caught on surveillance camera tossing a bag of dog poop into a neighbor's yard has resigned, he confirmed to NBC4 on Tuesday.

Dennis Kneier, the mayor of San Marino, announced his resignation, effective Tuesday.

"I thought it would be the very best thing for us to move forward and have a reorganization and have a new mayor," he said in an interview at his doorstep. [...]

In his letter, Kneier cited continuing public fallout and embarrassment stemming from a June 7 incident in which he admitted to discarding a bag of dog feces on a neighbor's private walkway.

Kneier was cited for littering by the San Marino Police Department.

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Chili for one

Strong language may make this NSFW.

Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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June 19, 2014

Realistic Garfield

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Good morning, THC

Marijuana infused coffee claims to give you a real morning buzz

A new product promises drinkers a jolt of something extra than your daily dose of caffeine.

Washington state based Mirth Provisions plans to release a cannabis-infused cold-brew coffee called "Legal," as the new product will only be available in markets where marijuana is legal.

Creator Adam Stites told My Northwest that each  bottle will contain about 20 milligrams of THC, enough to create “an alert, creative, high,” but not too much as to make it an unpleasant experience, “especially for people that are just getting into marijuana."

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Things that make you go hmm...

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June 18, 2014

More street art

Here's one of many striking images made by the artists at A'Shop in Montreal.

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Ouch! (12)

What an expensive mistake... I'll bet they get a survey before they build the next one.

Court: $1.8M house built on park must be removed

A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on parkland has been ordered to remove it.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court found that the unoccupied home in Narragansett was built entirely on land owned by the Rose Nulman Park Foundation, and therefore must be removed.

The developer, Four Twenty Corp., began building the home in 2009, but it didn't discover the error until 2011 when it tried to sell the house and the prospective buyers got a survey. Robert Lamoureux, who owns the company, then contacted one of the park's trustees to try to work something out, but she told him the land was not for sale, according to Friday's opinion.

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What goes around, comes around (2)

Karma's a bitch, as they say.

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June 17, 2014

This will get their attention

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Don't mess with nuns

Nuns sue strip club next door to their suburban Chicago convent

STONE PARK, Ill. • A group of nuns is suing to shut down a strip club next to their convent in a western Chicago suburb that the sisters say keeps them awake at night.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians say in the suit that Club Allure has ruined their peace with blinking neon lights and loud thumping music. The nuns say they have witnessed drunken fights and found condoms littering the area.

The suit, filed against the club and the village of Stone Park, states that the club violates a state law against operating adult entertainment within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship. The club is also near houses, and three neighbors have joined the suit.

"I think most people would find that offensive, to put a strip club next to a home for sisters," said Peter Breen, attorney for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit law firm that filed the suit on behalf of the nuns.

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Stuck at Prom (again)

Here we see Ryan and Gabrielle, modeling their prom outfits (including shoes) made from Duck brand duct tape.

They're contestants in Duck's "Stuck at Prom" scholarship contest. Here's the 2014 Gallery of entrants.

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June 16, 2014

What a head shot! (2)

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Flush your troubles away

Toilet is a fixture in Kalamazoo Christian baseball team's dugout

BATTLE CREEK — The Kalamazoo Christian baseball team is trying to flush away bad plays by making a tradition of carting a toilet to its games.

The former bathroom fixture has become a game-day fixture in the team's dugout, mlive.com reported.

On Tuesday, as Kalamazoo Christian celebrated a 6-4 win over Britton Deerfield in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 quarterfinals, players carried out the toilet, to the surprise of many at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Andrew Long, a senior, explained the potty's presence. He said the team had a miniature toilet last season that players would activate after a bad play to "flush down the bad memories." This year, Long said a discarded toilet was found for the dugout.

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Fine tuning

Fascinating... Who knew?

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June 14, 2014

The perfect Fathers Day

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Maybe they take after her husband?

Woman who cares for 100,000 cockroaches in home: 'These are all my children'

A 37-year-old woman in China shares her countryside home with the estimated 100,000 cockroaches she breeds. The South China Morning Post reports that Yuan Meixia cares for the roaches that she eventually sells to a pharmaceutical company, which uses the bugs for medicines. "These are all my children, my babies," Yuan told the Southern Metropolis News. The insect breeder resides at a separate home in Siqian county but visits the breeding house, in the Linbian village, every day.

Yuan, a pharmacy employee, was inspired to raise roaches after seeing a China Central Television program that aired last year. "I saw people raise this kind of cockroach in Anhui," she said. "They said it can be food and also can be medicine…So I took tens of thousands of yuan to learn [how to breed them] for a week and spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,600) to buy 20 kg (44 lbs) of live cockroaches."

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Genius

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June 13, 2014

Plastic pennies

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H.T. Jeff

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Some competition for the Manneken-Pis

Polish town erects statue of a urinating Lenin

A statue of Vladimir Lenin has returned to a Polish town which was constructed by the communists in the hope of it becoming a proletarian bastion.

But instead of striking a dramatic pose designed to inspire revolution, the new Lenin statue in Nowa Huta comes bright green in colour, and depicts the revolutionary leader relieving himself, with a water feature providing the necessary effects.

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Samurai in Brazil

More of that World Cup Feeling

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June 12, 2014

Golfboard

H.T. Tucson John

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One leg at a time... for over three millenia

World's Oldest Pair of Pants Found

(Newser) – Archaeologists working at an ancient graveyard in western China have unearthed what they say is the oldest pair of pants ever found, reports Science News. In fact, they found two pairs, and the clothing items are not only functional but relatively stylish. The wool pants were found with the remains of two men, each about 40, who lived as many as 3,300 years ago and likely rode horses long distances, based on the riding gear that was placed in the tomb.

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Sky high

This is 1 of 18 computer-generated images of a project in Singapore. It's under construction and scheuled to be completed in 2016. That's a pool in the area between the tops of the two buildings.

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SKY Habitat — A Luxury Residential Complex in Singapore

Singapore's CapitaLand construction company in 2012 started the construction of the most expensive residential complex in Singapore: Sky Habitat.

The snow–white 38-story skyscraper located on lush on 506 apartments planned to be completed in 2016. Luxury condominium project to be located in the suburbs of Bichat, by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, developed for him an impressive stage structure.

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June 11, 2014

Groovy

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Toronto ticklers

The City of Toronto wants you to wear its edgy, branded condoms

Toronto Public Health has unveiled its edgy, city-branded condoms just in time for Pride Week and the start of the summer dating season.

The condom wrapper features a street pole standing proud and tall, along with rainbow-flagged signs featuring three of the city's most oft-double entendred streets, Coxwell Avenue, Wood Street and Cummer Avenue.

"No matter which way you go, put it on," the condom wrapper says.

Toronto Public Health is launching "condomTo" after the success of similar campaigns in Los Angeles and New York.

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More bottle music

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June 09, 2014

Bottle symphony

So was your first thought of Hi-yo, Silver! Away!?

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Insert Monty Python joke here

Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditating

The family and followers of one of India's wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation.

His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.

However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.

According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, he simply went into a deep Samadhi or meditation and they have frozen his body to preserve it for when he wakes from it.

His body is currently contained in a commercial freezer at their Ashram.

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The Monty Python joke

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Heh (14)

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The War of Currents

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June 08, 2014

Mean mustache

1 of 11 images from Absurd Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships.

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Science marches on

MagnetoSperm: A microrobot that navigates using weak magnetic fields

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In this work, a propulsion system similar in motion to a sperm-cell is investigated. This system consists of a structure resembling a sperm-cell with a magnetic head and a flexible tail of 42 μm and 280 μm in length, respectively. The thickness, length, and width of this structure are 5.2 μm, 322 μm, and 42 μm, respectively. The magnetic head includes a 200 nm-thick cobalt-nickel layer. The cobalt-nickel layer provides a dipole moment and allows the flexible structure to align along oscillating weak (less than 5 mT) magnetic field lines, and hence generates a propulsion thrust force that overcomes the drag force. The frequency response of this system shows that the propulsion mechanism allows for swimming at an average speed of 158 ± 32 μm/s at alternating weak magnetic field of 45 Hz. In addition, we experimentally demonstrate controlled steering of the flexible structure towards reference positions.

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Dear kitten

Another one for Carol J.

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June 07, 2014

Delete your Facebook

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If it quacks like an gorilla...

Zoo Vet Mistakes Employee In Gorilla Suit For An Actual Ape, Shoots Him With Tranquilizer

A veterinarian at Loro Parque, a zoo and marine park in Tenerife Spain with a disturbing history of animal welfare violations, shot a fellow park employee with a tranquilizer after mistaking him for gorilla. The park employee was actually dressed up in a gorilla costume and participating in a practice drill to simulate the escape of a captive gorilla from one of the enclosures.

The employee was running around the park mimicking an escaped gorilla when the veterinarian spied him and, apparently uninformed about the drill, shot him in the leg with a tranquilizer dose meant to take down a 400-pound gorilla. The employee had an allergic reaction to the dose and was taken to University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he is in serious condition.

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70 years ago

The Guardian has a series of 10 Before-and-After images described below:

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive

Peter Macdiarmid has taken photographs of locations in France and England to match with archive images taken before, during and after the D-day landings. The Allied invasion to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during the second world war took place on 6 June 1944. Operation Overlord was the largest seaborne invasion in military history, with more than 156,000 Allied troops storming the beaches of France

• Photography then and now lets you move through time by tapping or clicking on a historic image to reveal the modern view. You can drag or swipe to control the speed of the transformation

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omaha-beach-2014.jpg7 May 2014: A view of the beach near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Photographs by Popperfoto/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

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June 05, 2014

Make it so

One of several unusually-decorated rooms in [t]his Absurd Mansion Features Star Trek-Themed Rooms And Could Be Yours For $35 Million. I think this one's intended as a home theater.

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More like February - December, I think

'Extreme toyboy', 31, takes 91-year-old girlfriend home to meet his mother

As a society, we've become used to May to September relationships - just look at Madonna and her latest backing dancer; Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and their 25-year age gap. No one bats an eyelid any more.

But one 'exteme toy boy' does raise a few eyebrows when he steps out with his lover - because baby-faced Kyle Jones, 31, is in a relationship with a 91-year-old great-grandmother.

Kyle, from Augusta, Georgia, dates numerous pensioners at the same time and even takes them home to meet his 50-year-old mother. For the last five years he has been in a 'casual' relationship with 91-year-old Marjorie McCool.

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What a head shot!

Danilo writes, "it's World Cup feeling."

Peruvian player hit in head by paper airplane during friendly with England

Bored fans chucked paper airplanes on the Wembley pitch Friday night. (Getty Images)
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England beat Peru 3-0 in an otherwise uneventful World Cup tuneup for the British side, but also some dude in the crowd hit a Peruvian player with a paper airplane from the nosebleed section and it's pretty insane.

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June 04, 2014

Let's get serious

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Home-grown mutton

Norway artist cooked and ate own hip on 'a whim'

A Norwegian conceptual artist boiled his own hip bone on "a whim" and then ate the flesh with some potato gratin and a glass of wine. According to the artist, the meat tasted like "wild sheep".

Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25, made his startling claim to Nordlys newspaper at the opening of his graduation show from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art.

The hip bone was displayed as part of the exhibition, as was a film of the operation to remove it.

Wengshoel told The Local that he spent a year convincing his doctors to let him film his hip replacement operation and then keep the bone. At the time he was a 21-year-old art student doing a foundation course in Oslo.

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