August 29, 2014
ATM PIN hackers
Must have been a heck of a party
IEDs, chickens, marijuana among debris in crash
AMMA, W.Va. —West Virginia state police arrested a Pennsylvania man after he wrecked on Interstate-79 in Roane County early Friday morning, revealing guns and improvised explosive devices among the wreckage.
Seth Grim, 20, was taken into custody and was being held in the South Central Regional Jail. He faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana after troopers found an pot in the vehicle.
What started as a routine response to a motor vehicle accident blossomed into a full-blown security scare for first responders.
Roane County 911 received a call of the wreck near the Amma exit about 3:30 a.m. Firemen arrived on the scene and found the single SUV had rolled over and was in the median. [...]
Fire fighters also discovered about 40 live chickens that had been inside the vehicle were running wild around the accident scene.
However, the story turned from amusing to frightening when suspicious items were found and the state police bomb technicians were called to the scene. The entire interstate was shut down for more than a half-hour between the Wallback and Ama exits. It finally reopened around 8:30 a.m. [...]
Troopers now say the IEDs were actually altered fireworks. They were removed from the scene and rendered harmless. Troopers also confiscated guns from the scene, but did not indicate what caliber, type, or how many were in the vehicle.
August 28, 2014
Why do Russian cosmonauts pee on a tire before space launches?
We all have our own odd traditions, and astronauts and cosmonauts are no different. In fact, you could even argue that since their jobs are a bit, well, high-stress, their traditions are proportionately weird. For example: in Russia, before the cosmonauts board their craft for blastoff, they make sure to pee on a tire. But why? [...]
Apparently it all goes back to Yuri Gagarin, the first man ever to undertake a spaceflight. Legend has it that he took a pitstop on the right rear tire of the bus taking him to the launch pad on April 12, 1961. Though it was probably done out of necessity and not the desire to start a quirky tradition, the man's a national hero, and other cosmonauts started to emulate him. Five decades later, they're still boldly going ... so to speak.
Via Now I Know
August 27, 2014
A little advice
Actually, a lot of advice.
Completely Chocolate Bathroom Can Be Yours for Just $133,000
(NEW YORK) -- Got a spare $133,000? Consider purchasing this entirely edible chocolate bathroom. We're talking a bathtub, toilet, sink, basin and bidet all made of 100 percent Belgian chocolate.
Created as a funny response to the fact that online shoppers looking to buy a new bathroom suite are commonly misspelling the word and searching for bathroom "sweets," Bathrooms.com partnered with British chocolatier Choccywoccydoodah to create this lavish lavatory.
"We decided to answer their search, literally," Bathrooms.com CEO Ian Monk said in a press release. "[It] was initially a bit of fun, but once we realized it was possible to actually make, we decided to buy Bathroomsweets.com and list the product."
Yes, that's right; you can actually order this bathroom and get it shipped worldwide (note: it's not functional). The full suite retails for £80,000, or around $133,000 and clocks in at a whopping 9.4 million calories. If you're feeling a little thrifty, you can also purchase items a la carte, like the toilet for a mere $23,000 and 980,000 calories.
How it's done (4)
Picture taken in Istanbul.
August 26, 2014
Taking it a little too seriously
The colorful history of this Soviet monument in Bulgaria, and why it angers Russia
The continuing destruction of Soviet-era monuments in Ukraine has caused a stir in Russia, where such monuments are often linked to a historical pride for the sacrifices made during World War II. [...]
The statue-related outrage isn't limited to Ukraine though. A Soviet-era monument in Sofia, Bulgaria, was the site of anger earlier this week after the Euronews television channel posted the above picture [first of the four images below. JdJ] to its Facebook page. The problem? The statue had been painted yellow and blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. According to Ria Novosti, Euronews swiftly deleted the image after a complaint from Russia and apologized. The Russian Foreign Ministry has also asked Bulgaria to “take all necessary measures to prevent mockeries of the memory of Soviet soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria and Europe from Nazism," according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
As the picture below shows, this monument has something of a colorful history:
Tattoo removal business booming as inked teens grow up
The year is 2001. Eighteen-year-old Rees Barnett impulsively walks into a tattoo parlour and picks the trendiest designs off the wall display: a tribal arm band and a shoulder tribal tattoo. But over the years, both those symbols quickly went from cool to cliché, leaving Barnett with tattoo regret. "Unfortunately, I can't blame it on booze," he said. "[It's] one of those bad decisions that you wake up and realize, oh crap, I'm stuck with these."
Now, at age 32, the pension fund analyst is erasing this part of his past at Precision Laser Tattoo Removal in Toronto. A technician zaps his two tattoos with a laser while Barnett endures much more pain than when he got inked. "It almost feels like you're getting electrocuted, pinched all at once and times that by 10." There's also the painful price tag. In total, he'll spend an about $5,000 on multiple treatments over the course of about a year. The original tattoos cost him around $400.
Serious vertigo (3)
I don't know where the skyscraper is. Somewhere in China is my guess. (Update: Hong Kong)
August 25, 2014
You win some, you lose some
SpaceX loses the successor to Grasshopper.
I'm betting he didn't get married after all
Groom fakes his own death to get out of wedding
Pro-tip: When faking one's death to get out of a wedding, do a much better job than this guy.
We've all been there—the relationship isn't working out, but you just can't find the nerve to break up. It's not easy. Breaking up with someone and firing someone are probably the two most dreaded conversations a person can have. But there's no way out of it—you have to steel your nerve and go in head first. Unless you happen to be Tucker Blandford, in which case you can just fake your own death.
Blandford wanted to call off his engagement to British fiancee Alex Lanchester. The two had met in college in Connecticut when Lanchester was studying in the States for a year. They got engaged last year before Lanchester returned home at the end of semester, and their plan was to get married in Connecticut last week.
Apparently getting cold feet and unable to face the conversation himself, Tucker decided to fake his own death to get out of the engagement. Where it gets really sociopathic, however, is that he called Lanchester himself, assuming a fake voice and pretending to be his father, to tell his fiancee that he was dead.
groom faked death to cancel wedding Groom fakes his own death to get out of wedding
"Alex, this is Tucker's dad," he told her. "There's no easy way to say this… I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead." Alex says Tucker went on to say he'd been "suffering from depression and had thrown himself in front of a car."
Understandably, she freaked out. She then called Tucker's mother to give condolences and was doubly shocked to learn that she had no idea what Alex was talking about and that Tucker was indeed alive and well. She was triply shocked to learn that Tucker's mom had no idea they were engaged.
Things that make you go hmm... (2)
August 22, 2014
They should ha' named him Rex
But this two-legged monster is called Mercury. This is 1 of 4 pix at the link.
Bacon-fueled motorcycle makes cross-country trip
When biodiesel was all the rage a few years ago, it was a running joke that you could get behind a car powered by cooking oil scavenged from the deep fryer at a local fast food joint and get a whiff of French fries. In the last few weeks if you were driving between Minnesota and California, you may have been passed by a motorcycle with an exhaust that smelled like fried bacon.
Hormel, the brand synonymous with packaged meat products, created a motorcycle fueled by bacon grease and sponsored a road trip from the company's headquarters in Austin, Minnesota, to San Diego. The destination: the Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest that takes place over the last week of August.
But as any road-tripper knows, the real destination is the journey. Or in this case, the chance for Hormel to promote one of its premier products through a series of videos that document a "Driven by Bacon" publicity stunt.
Visit sunny Cleveland
August 21, 2014
This is 1 of 40 nice animated GIFs.
Mind your tongue
In South Carolina -- part of the same country where it's hard to avoid hearing that word in rap lyrics.
No Fucking Way: Woman Arrested for Cursing in Grocery Store
According to a witness, Danielle Wolf cursed at her two little girls last week because they were squeezing the bread at a Kroger supermarket in North Augusta, South Carolina. "Stop squishing the fucking bread," Wolf reportedly said. Wolf says she was talking not to her children but to her husband, who was recklessly tossing frozen pizzas into their shopping cart. Either way, she committed a misdemeanor, so police had no choice but to handcuff her in front of her family and cart her off to the station.
Let the double entendres roll
How to make pool table trick shots worth watching.
August 20, 2014
Just take the money and drive
Drivers Voice Frustrations At Being Mistaken For Uber
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Drivers in the Bay Area, New York and other big cities say they are increasingly experiencing unwanted passengers climbing in the back seat of their cars.
Dozens of people have taken to social media to complain about total strangers assuming that they were working for the San Francisco-based cab-alternative. The system, which operates in 44 countries, requires drivers to create an account with payment info before they can hail a ride using the company's app.
Some drivers say Uber users have mistaken them more than once for their ride.
Based on Tweets, Prius and SUV drivers appear to be the primary victims of the confusion.
In Japan (of course).
August 19, 2014
All my friends know the low rider
It's REAL: Russian doctors confirm picture of mugging victim with a six-inch knife in her back is genuine
An extraordinary picture that has gone around the world of a knife plunged into the back of a woman mugging victim is genuine, it was revealed by doctors in Moscow tonight.
Julia Popova, 22, was stabbed by a mugger as she walked home from work one day last autumn - but she was so traumatised by the attack that she walked home without realising the knife was embedded in her, just a fraction of an inch from her spinal cord.
In the image, blood is shown gushing from the wound as surgeons stare in awe, apparently preparing to operate to remove the six-inch blade.
'This is our photo, she was here,' a senior doctor at the hospital in the north of the Russian capital told the MailOnline last night.
No such thing as bad publicity? (2)
An ad for a mall in St. Joseph, MO.
August 18, 2014
Routing traffic at the Atlanta airport (the world's busiest) as thunderstorms pass by.
This reminds me of a flight I was on to Albany, NY. I saw some impressive cloud scenery before it landed.
Okay, here's the plan...
Florida man allegedly takes woman on date so friend can steal her purse
BOCA RATON , Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man may not have been looking for a cheap date, but he was apparently hoping to make a few bucks by going on one.
Boca Raton police responded after a woman called and reported that a man came up and snatched her purse while she was making out with a friend on the beach.
Neither of the kissers were identified, but the woman told officers that the individual who had dropped her and her date off at the beach, Daniel Eisemann, was the man who took her purse.
She had never met Eisemann before he arrived with her date to pick her up.
After the 27-year-old snatched the purse, which contained her cell phone and $500 cash, the woman's date took off after him, the Sun Sentinel reported.
When he didn't come back, the woman sought assistance and called police.
The woman's date, Eisemann and another man were found at a nearby Red Roof Inn.
Clever - and cute to boot (2)
August 15, 2014
Movie memorial calendar
OAP is a British acronym for old age pensioner.
OAPs recreate famous movie scenes for best calendar ever (probably)
A group of fun-loving nursing home residents have recreated some iconic movie scenes for this unforgettable calendar.
OAPs at the Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany, raided their wardrobes for the Hollywood –inspired 'Classics 2014′ calendar.
Demand for the calendar has soared after the pictures of them posing as James Bond, Mary Poppins and The Blues Brothers began circulating online.
'Everyone was surprised we succeeded in making such a well-made calendar – the residents and others were delighted with the outcome,' said Contilia board member Heinz-Jurgen Heiske.
Payback time (6)
Exotic Dancers Protest Topless At Ohio Church
WARSAW, Ohio - Exotic dancers from a central Ohio strip club have protested topless at a local church in a demonstration that included a few heated verbal exchanges between dancers and church members.
The Coshocton Tribune reports no major problems were reported Sunday outside the Warsaw church that the strip club's owner says has protested his business for years.
Club owner Thomas George has said church members have picketed outside his club on weeknights. The Rev. Bill Dunfee, the church's pastor, said earlier that the Sunday demonstration signaled that churchgoers' protests at the club are working.
The newspaper reports that six bare-breasted women marched from a nearby corner to the edge of the church's parking lot at one point Sunday.
No secrets Netflix
August 14, 2014
Today's PSA (12)
Asleep at the wheel
Asleep in the Cockpit? Flight Takes Scary Plunge as Pilot Dozes Off
A plane full of sleeping passengers: a tranquil flight. A cockpit full of sleeping pilots: a potential disaster.
Air regulators in India are investigating a scary incident on August 8 when a Jet Airways Boeing 777-300 dropped more than 5,000 feet while its pilot was dozing off.
The incident occurred on a flight from Mumbai to Brussels. The Times of India reports the pilot was taking what's called a "controlled rest" as called for by international standards for long flights. The co-pilot was supposed to handle flying responsibilities while the pilot was asleep. But she reportedly says she was working on her flight tablet and didn't notice when the plane descended from its assigned level of 34,000 feet as they were flying over Turkey.
Fortunately Turkish air traffic controllers did notice and alerted the pilots to climb back toward their assigned altitude.
ASCII art, old school
August 13, 2014
It was so romantic
Boyfriend welcomes lover home with romantic candle message - and wrecks home in blaze
A romantic boyfriend lit dozens of candles to welcome his girlfriend back - and wrecked their home in a fire.
Amanj Yassen, 29, had not seen Jana Stankeviciute, 25, for a month while she was on holiday in Latvia.
Eager to show his love was still burning, he arranged dozens of tealights on his bedroom floor in the shape of a heart with an arrow through it and spelt out her name.
But when he closed the door to hide the surprise the carpet caught fire and the flames tore through the entire room.
Amanj tried to tackled the blaze himself but was beaten back by flames and smoke and had to dial 999 for the fire brigade.
August 12, 2014
Who wants dessert?
Calgary radio station cuts songs in half to appeal to short attention spans
At what point have you had enough of Katy Perry's latest hit? One Calgary radio station is now taking it upon itself to pinpoint that moment.
Top 40 station 90.3 Amp Radio has started to cut off the songs played on air halfway through, allowing for twice the number of songs to be played each hour in a bid to cater to their listeners' ever-shortening attention spans.
"We've got so much more choice, we've got less time (and) our attention spans are shorter," Amp Radio's Paul Kaye told CTV Calgary. "We are observing people with their iPods, playing their favourite songs and skipping them before the end because they get bored."
The station used to play about 12 songs an hour, but the new 'QuickHitz' format allows for 24 songs each hour by re-editing the tracks.
Texts from the ex
Awesome Replies to Texts From the Ex (this is 1 of 10).
August 11, 2014
From La Porte, Texas (on Galveston Bay).
Man gets paid with buckets of coins in settlement with insurance firm
When Los Angeles-area resident Andres Carrasco reached a settlement with Adriana's Insurance, he expected a check, but instead received more than a dozen buckets containing at least $21,000 in coins.
Eight representatives with the insurance company delivered 16 to 18 paint buckets filled with quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies to Carrasco's attorney's office as part of a settlement that had to be paid by July 25.
"It's unfortunate that a business like that would use some of these tactics," said the attorney, Antonio Gallo.
Calls to Adriana's Insurance, based in Rancho Cucamonga, were not returned.
The settlement was the result of a 2012 lawsuit in which Carrasco alleged that an employee at the company assaulted him when he tried to purchase insurance, his attorney said.
High times in Maryland
August 08, 2014
I could really use this
The old Dead Koala trick
Dead koala with $50 bill in its mouth baffles Aussie investigators
Australian police are investigating after someone dropped a dead koala with a $50 bill in its mouth at a station in Victoria on the weekend.
Sgt. Jason Von Tunk told ABC News he was working along Saturday night when he heard a thud. As he left the station, he thought he was about to be ambushed.
"The old, put a dead koala out in the middle of the driveway situation and then get ambushed," Von Tunk said. "But when I saw the $50 in its mouth, that made me even more curious."
City at sunset
This was sunset over Lake Michigan yesterday, with Chicago silhouetted by the sun.
August 07, 2014
In northern Arizona, near Grand Canyon National Park.
Just when you thought...
...they couldn't get more obnoxious.
Armpit hair selfies are taking over Chinese social media
Back in March, Madonna's Instagram photo of her armpit hair was quickly picked apart—both praised and criticized—by the digital pack. Everyone on social media suddenly had opinions about it. Are we really, as a culture, this divided on body hair?
A recent competition in China put that into perspective. Women are submitting photos of their unshaven underarms, and starting a conversation about it.
According to Rocket News, the photos are submissions for a best armpit hair selfie competition, the campaign for which appeared on Sina Weibo, China's microblogging platform, on July 17. In less than a week, it had thousands of submissions and millions of views.
I could use this
August 06, 2014
Meanwhile in Panama
Eat a peach
Peaches are being sold with tiny knickers on them in China
ENTERPRISING FRUIT sellers in China are putting tiny pairs of knickers on peaches, and selling them as women's bottoms.
Did you have to read that sentence twice? Well, perhaps this photo will settle your confusion:
August 05, 2014
He's no Benjamin Franklin
Man struck trying to videotape lightning: 'I made possibly the world's worst decision'
A man says he can't help but laugh after surviving a lightning strike that hit him while he was standing in the middle of an open field at Green Lake trying to capture the storm on video Saturday.
"I made possibly the world's worst decision," Robb Montejano told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson. "I'm standing there in the middle of an open field, the highest point in a lightning storm, and I'm trying to video it."
Serious Awws... You tell 'em, carrot top.
August 04, 2014
Hey, it beats Eddy Arnold's Cattle Call.
Signs and wonders
Lake mysteriously shows in drought-torn Tunisia
Local shepherds in the drought-stricken region of Gafsa in the African country of Tunisia recently stumbled upon an incredible and mysterious sight: a beautiful lake, which emerged out of nowhere.
Some locals are calling it a miracle. Others are calling it a curse.
Hundreds of people are flocking to the new lake dubbed Gafsa Beach (a.k.a. Lac de Gafsa) to go swimming, diving, and scuba diving, or to simply find relief from the heat, this despite warnings by local authorities who claim the lake could be radioactive.
("Drought-torn"? That's an odd idiom.)
The kiss of life
Apparently, these men worked for the Jacksonville (Florida) Electric Authority.
The Kiss of Life Photograph is Incredible
Taken in 1967 by Rocco Morabito, this is one of the most powerful photographs we've seen. Called the Kiss of Life photo, it shows a utility worker named J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after he went unconscious following contact with a high voltage line.
What's even more incredible is Champion not only survived this thanks to Thompson, but he lived an extra 35 years. He died in 2002. Thompson is still alive today.
August 01, 2014
It's all in how you say it?
Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents
(AP) Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off.
The course had been advertised as a way to feel confident in meetings, when one might need to speak with a more neutral accent. The class was touted as a way to "be remembered for what you say and not how you say it." [...]
ORNL spokesman David Keim said the class "probably wasn't presented in the right way" and managers decided to cancel it after other employees complained.