September 30, 2014
Physics in action. That poor trucker couldn't put those brakes on fast enough.
I like to see an enterprising lad
12 Year Old Accused Of Stealing Two School Busses, Steals Truck
SPRINGFIELD - Local police said a 12 year old Springfield boy is at it again.
Michael Propst, who is accused of stealing two different school busses, is now charged with another count of grand theft auto. When talking with Springfield Police, they think Propst's home life is making him lash out by stealing these vehicles.
"Juvenile Justice called and told me 'In case you're not aware, he's on the loose again." That's what Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne said he faced first thing Thursday morning.
Michael Propst, who's previously been charged with stealing two school buses, was now accused of stealing a 1990 Chevy truck from a neighbor.
September 29, 2014
Bruges Will Cut Traffic With…an Underground Beer Pipeline
In the years since the De Halve Maan brewery opened a bottling facility outside Bruges in 2010, the company's faced a tricky logistics problem. It still brews beer at its original site downtown, just as it has for nearly five centuries. To get all that delicious beer to the new factory for filtration, bottling, and shipping, it uses trucks. Trucks that burn fuel, spew carbon and clog the city's cobblestone streets (which surely froths all that beer).
No more. The city council has approved the brewery's unusual but clever plan to save time and money while reducing emissions and congestion. It will build a pipeline to ferry the good stuff across town, underground. Yes, you read that right: A beer pipeline.
Instead of making the 3-mile drive in one of dozens of tankers that traverse town each day, the award-winning beer will flow through a 1.8-mile polyethylene pipeline, making the trip in 15 to 20 minutes. The pipeline will move 6,000 liters of beer every hour, De Halve Man CEO Xavier Vanneste told Het Nieuwsblad.
Traffic signal dancing
September 27, 2014
Paul writes, "This actually works great!"
This video has been carefully designed to create a strong natural hallucination based on the motion aftereffect illusion (MAE). Use full screen and HD for better results.
Worked too well
D.C. news crew robbed while reporting on "sketchy" neighborhoods
Sometimes - but not always - news reporters get exactly what they are looking for when covering a story.
For one news crew from CBS News affiliate WUSA in Washington, D.C., they got a little more.
The news crew's vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to "sketchy" neighborhoods, WUSA reports.
The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that most of the crew's gear had been stolen.
You look mahvelous, dahling (2)
September 26, 2014
Justice is swift
Nothing to hide
As Twain said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
Driver hands officer a joint instead of license
A man who was asked for his driver's license but instead handed the police officer a still-burning marijuana cigarette pleaded guilty in Accomack Circuit Court.
Jeffrey Clogg, 48, of Eden also told the officer the marijuana was laced with cocaine. He also said he had a bag of cocaine and a bag of marijuana in his pants pocket and that he had just bought it, according to court testimony.
"I handed him what I had because I knew it was the right thing to do," Clogg said from the witness stand.
"The defendant was very cooperative, spontaneously confessing to what he was doing," Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew Brenner told the court.
It's an ambush!
September 25, 2014
Donkeys reunited at Polish zoo after sex scandal
WARSAW, Poland — Napoleon is now back with his Antosia.
The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.
The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating. Local conservative official Lydia Dudziak took up their cause and persuaded the director of the zoo in Poznan to have the animals put in separate pens.
The zoo acknowledged making a mistake Thursday and said the donkeys are again in one pen after about a week apart. [...]
The interruption of the long-standing romance turned into a national news item in Poland in the past days. Nearly 7,000 people signed a petition to have them reunited.
Two fan pages appeared on Facebook devoted to their cause, with a total of nearly 10,000 likes — and photos of donkeys in the act.
September 24, 2014
Grow your pumpkin in a mold
A little late to start now but remember it for next year.
Barry Manilow Halloween Surprise: "I Sing with Dead People" Duets with the Deceased
Oh my god. Hilarious. Barry Manilow has recorded an album of duets with dead people. They are all dead. Dead, dead, dead. And he's releasing it a few days before Halloween on October 27th.
After all, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett have duets albums. Why not Barry? Of course, Barbra did resurrect Elvis for her album. Now it's Barry's turn to be the crypt keeper.
And what a group! Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Durante he got from one of those Hollywood Boulevard souvenir shops. Whitney Houston? Why not Michael Jackson? (Probably couldn't get permission.) Barry's also got Andy Williams, Louis Armstrong, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Sammy Davis Jr., Dusty Springfield, John Denver, and Frankie Lymon.
"My Dream Duet" is the name of the album. Barry didn't dream of singing with people who were alive– and breathing. No, it was a visit to the cemetery that turned him on.
Another like yesterday's role reversal video.
September 23, 2014
If girls proposed
This reminds me of Tucson John's story about talking his bride-to-be into buying a boat instead of an engagement ring. They christened it Diamond Dream.
Happy Bicentennial, Belleville
The length is 200 feet but the girth is typical for a bratwurst. Photo at the link.
Success: Belleville grills 200-foot bratwurst to commemorate city's 200th birthday
Months of preparation and planning paid off Sunday as Belleville successfully grilled a 200-foot bratwurst in recognition of the city's 200th birthday.
Hundreds came out to witness and photograph the historic event including 88-year-old Norm Geolat, who's lived in Belleville all his life.
"I think it's the highlight of the whole thing," Geolat said. "It takes a lot for me to get out at 88 years old, but I'm impressed."
Sunday was the final day of the Bicentennial Oktoberfest Weekend Celebration, which kicked off Friday with a performance by The Beach Boys.
Give it a try
In New York's Central Park.
September 22, 2014
A formation in Saudi Arabia called Al Naslaa
Scientist Tries To Crowd Surf To Handel's 'Messiah,' Gets Kicked Out Of Concert By Concertgoers
"Punk as f--k" isn't typically how leading theoretical chemists are referred to in the media. But this week, Dr. David Glowacki, a respected American chemist and Royal Society research fellow in London, earned that description after he was kicked out of a classical music concert for attempting to crowd surf during a performance of Handel's "Messiah."
Quoting witnesses, the Telegraph reports that Glowacki was enjoying a performance at the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, England, and was "so overcome during the 'Hallelujah Chorus' he began lurching from side to side with his hands raised and whooping before attempting to crowd surf."
Tom Morris, the artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, had previously invited the audience to "clap and whoop" with abandon during the performance. However, Morris admits that Glowacki, currently a visiting professor at Stanford University, was perhaps "over-excited" during the show, the Irish Independent notes.
Audience members reportedly became irritated with the antics and physically removed the scientist from the venue.
She'll burn that bridge when she comes to it
An impromptu resignation from the CBS affiliate in Anchorage. The language is a bit salty, so mind the volume.
September 20, 2014
How it's done (6)
WARNING: Using a blowtorch to open a bottle of wine is really dangerous. It works, but seriously, shit could explode in your face probably.
I feel lucky (12)
This is old news - from 1999.
AUSTRALIA: MAN WINS ON SCRATCH CARDS TWICE
A truck driver who came back from the dead after a heart attack has had an extraordinary run of luck, winning a car and 250 thousand dollars on scratch and win cards, just two weeks apart.
Last year Bill Morgan was pronounced clinically dead for more than 14 minutes.This year he is celebrating a run of extraordinary luck.
He had survived a massive heart attack, come out of a 12 day coma with all his facilities intact, and exactly one year after the heart attack he had proposed to the girl of his dreams Lisa Wella , who said yes.
Two weeks ago he went down to the local Newsagent and bought the last five dollar scratch lottery ticket that they had, and won a AUS dollar 26,000 (USD 17 thousand) car.
A local TV station was so impressed with his run of luck that they decided to re- enact his scratching of the winning lottery ticket.
This time , in front of the rolling camera's , Morgan scratched another winning card, for a quarter of a million Australian dollars (USD 170 thousand).
I feel lucky (11)
If this happened to me, I'd go buy a lottery ticket. I'd need only one.
September 19, 2014
How it's done (7)
Unbelievable. YouTube video here.
Sounds like a terminal case
Man calls and texts ex 21,807 times, admits stupidity
Gentlemen, about your lost love.
It may be that the breakup was your fault, that you're an obstinate, thoughtless, misguided, misunderstood eccentric who doesn't deserve even a hug.
It may also be that she was a mendacious manipulator with a brain the size of a 12-inch pianist's and the empathy of an inebriated worm.
When it's over, texting or calling her a couple of times in the hope of a reconciliation is understandable. But when your texting and calling gets to 20 unanswered, it really is time to stop.
When it gets to 21,807, it's time to check yourself into a secure facility.
I mention this number because of a Frenchman from Rhone, located in southern France, who demanded his ex say thank you for work he had done to improve her apartment.
They had broken up in 2011. However, as Agence France-Presse reported Friday, he bombarded her with requests over a 10-month period to either pay him for his work, or at least show gratitude.
Which do you want to hear first?
September 18, 2014
She's all about that bass
More mushroom magic
Hallucinogen in 'magic mushrooms' can help smokers quit: Study
The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" helps longtime smokers quit, a new study from John Hopkins University in Maryland has found.
The researchers warned, however, this is not a "do-it-yourself" way to break the habit.
As part of the small study, 15 participants who smoked an average of 19 cigarettes a day were given psilocybin — the active hallucinogenic agent in magic mushrooms — and monitored.
After six months, 80% of the smokers had quit completely, which researcher Matthew Johnson said is much higher than with other smoking cessation drugs.
Varenicline, which is widely considered the most effective smoking cessation drug, has a 35% success rate.
Every bridge is awesome
September 17, 2014
Rosetta Mission Self-Portrait at Comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander are exploring the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, capturing this amazing selfie as part of a camera test on Philae.
When pigs fly
Farmer sets up zip wire for pigs
A Chinese farmer set up a zip wire for his pigs to stop them doing a runner when he takes them to market.
Sying P'an was fed up with his prized pigs running off whenever he takes them to town in the Chongning area of Weinan, in Shaanxi province.
So he dreamed up this bizarre invention to get them from truck to truck so quickly their trotters do not even touch the ground.
Sying, 43, created a series of harnesses and pulleys based on the Navy's bosun's chair that allows him to 'fly' each pig straight to its new owner's trailer.
Sying said: "At every market a few escape artists would always cause me trouble and often I would never get them back.
"You only have to lose a few and that makes the whole load a loss maker."
The harness has to take the strain of the 100kg [220 lb - JdJ] pigs while a complicated system of pulleys allows Sying to transport each porker into the truck of his latest customer.
"I get a lot of people coming to the town when I am there just to see the pigs sailing through the air," he added.
"They're all healthy and they land in good condition - they don't seem to mind the journey when they see the other pigs are not harmed, pigs are smart animals."
10 years of flight
Path of the Rosetta craft since launch in 2004.
September 16, 2014
What a shot! (6)
Living Simply in a Dumpster
Tucked behind the women’s residence halls in a back corner of Huston-Tillotson University’s campus in Austin, Texas, sits a green dumpster. Were it not for the sliding pitched roof and weather station perched on top, a reasonable person might dismiss the box as “just another dumpster”—providing this person did not encounter the dean of the University College Jeff Wilson living inside.
Professor Wilson went to the dumpster not just because he wished to live deliberately, and not just to teach his students about the environmental impacts of day-to-day life, and not just to gradually transform the dumpster into “the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.” Wilson’s reasons are a tapestry of these things.
Until this summer, the green dumpster was even less descript than it is now. There was no sliding roof; Wilson kept the rain out with a tarp. He slept on cardboard mats on the floor. It was essentially, as he called it, “dumpster camping.” The goal was to establish a baseline experience of the dumpster without any accoutrements, before adding them incrementally.
Not long ago, Wilson was nesting in a 2,500 square foot house. After going through a divorce (“nothing related to the dumpster,” he told me, unsolicited), he spun into the archetypal downsizing of a newly minted bachelor. He moved into a 500-square-foot apartment. Then he began selling clothes and furniture on Facebook for almost nothing. Now he says almost everything he owns is in his 36-square-foot dumpster, which is sanctioned and supported by the university as part of an ongoing sustainability-focused experiment called The Dumpster Project. “We could end up with a house under $10,000 that could be placed anywhere in the world,” Wilson said at the launch, “[fueled by] sunlight and surface water, and people could have a pretty good life.”
A real cliff-hanger
Cliff House by Modscape Concept (which never got past concept stage, AFAIK).
September 15, 2014
Two glider pilots and a stuntman with a lot of confidence in one another.
Smart phone placebo
It can’t make calls. It can’t send e-mail. It’s the NoPhone.
Forget about the iPhone 6. Dutch designer Ingmar Larsen has helped create a new phone that is shatterproof, battery-free and toilet-bowl resistant.
Sure, it doesn’t have all the fancy features of an iPhone — say, the ability to make and receive calls — but Larsen says it’s better. His product, dubbed the “NoPhone,” lets you actually communicate with people.
“Nowadays you see people staring at their mobile phone in social situations,” Larsen told The Washington Post. “They forget about the social contact, the things going on in the world.”
The NoPhone is an antidote to “smartphone addiction” (an epidemic severe enough to merit its own WebMD page). Manufactured via 3D printer to be the exact size and weight as an iPhone, the NoPhone operates as a kind of “smart phone placebo” — it has the comforting heft and feel of an Apple product, without the distracting e-mail notifications, Internet access and phone-call-making capabilities.
With the NoPhone, people can feel safe leaving their real phones at home, and the product’s sleek design saves them from that “unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh” when closing their hands.
Clever advertising (5)
A Japanese ad for fiber optic internet service.
September 12, 2014
Blame the French
Just another smelly day in paradise
San Diego Cabbies Cry Foul Over Body Odor Test
Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.
For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority run down their checklist for each cabbie — proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes. Drivers are graded pass, fail or needs fixing.
Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to change before picking up another customer.
Leaders of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego union say the litmus perpetuates a stereotype that predominantly foreign-born taxi drivers smell bad. [...]
Drivers wonder how inspectors determine who reeks. [...] Airport authority spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield said there is "no standard process" to testing.
Others drivers question how inspectors distinguish between them and their cars. The checklist has a separate item for a vehicle's "foul interior odors," which Bloomfield says may include gasoline, vomit or mildew.
In Canada's Banff National Park.
September 11, 2014
Picture at the link.
Heavy Meta: Maine Man, 19, Poses For New Mug Shot Wearing T-Shirt With Photo Of His Old Mug Shot
In a marvelously meta moment, a 19-year-old last week posed for a jail booking photo while wearing a t-shirt with a reproduction of the mug shot taken of him after a June arrest for drunk driving.
September 10, 2014
What a great score
Musically, this is amazingly well done. What orchestration; what vocals!
Tripping through IBM’s astonishingly insane 1937 corporate songbook
"For thirty-seven years," reads the opening passage in the book, "the gatherings and conventions of our IBM workers have expressed in happy songs the fine spirit of loyal cooperation and good fellowship which has promoted the signal success of our great IBM Corporation in its truly International Service for the betterment of business and benefit to mankind."
That’s a hell of a mouthful, but it’s only the opening volley in the war on self-respect and decency that is the 1937 edition of Songs of the IBM, a booklet of corporate ditties first published in 1927 on the order of IBM company founder Thomas Watson, Sr.
(Mr. Shortz is a well-known crossword author and the current crossword editor for The New York Times.)
September 09, 2014
Sriracha bacon-wrapped onion rings
Police: Arkansas Man Butt-Dials Victim While Allegedly Planning His Murder
It was probably the worst time to make a butt-dial.
Larry Barnett, 68, was deep in the midst of negotiating a hit against his former employee, James Macom, 33, when he inadvertently called his intended victim, police said today.
As Macom listened, Police said Barnett discussed with another man how he should kill Macom, stressing the importance of making the hit seem like an accident.
“It’s not that common, obviously, to hire a hit man,” Doug Formon, a spokesman for the Jonesboro Police Department, told ABC News. “But it’s very uncommon for someone to be having that conversation and to call the victim in the middle of it.”
Amongst the things that Macom overheard Barnett telling the alleged hit man was Macom’s home address and personal information, police said. In addition to instructions to “make it look like an accident,” Barnett allegedly said he “did not care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it.”
Macom and Barnett had been on bad terms for a while, Formon said. The two had an ongoing dispute over the ownership of a vehicle, and Macom had also filed claims against Barnett for lost wages, Formon said.
“I owe the little son of a b—- a bunch of money and if he’s gone, I don’t have to pay for it,” Barnett allegedly said to the unknown man, whom he promised to pay $5,000 up front to begin with, according to Macom’s report to the cops.
September 05, 2014
The much maligned MSG
Illinois women charged with cooking meth in church
HILLSBORO, Ill. • Two southern Illinois women were charged with cooking methamphetamine in a church in a rural area near Hillsboro.
Judith Hemken, 53, of Litchfield, and Tiffany Burton, 26, of Hillsboro, were charged Wednesday with participation in manufacturing methamphetamine, The State Journal-Register reported. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted. [...]
Undersheriff Rick Robbins said authorities responded to a call Tuesday from a Waveland Church member about an apparent meth lab. The member said he had stopped at the church to investigate suspicious activity after the church was closed. He said he saw two women there and what looked like components of a meth lab, before the women took off in a car.
Robbins said deputies stopped a vehicle the church member had described, and then arrested the women. It's unclear if they have ties to the church.
"We don't know if they were members," Robbins said. "There was no conversation on why they chose the church."
The calendar agrees
September 04, 2014
One of several cutting-edge haircuts by Rob The Original.
If they're scaring birds away, I'll stay home
Feds: Nudists Scaring Off Rare Birds From Beach
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say that nudists are scaring off rare birds on Passage Key.
The Passage Key was established to protect native birds and serve as a breeding ground for them, but recently has been home to sandbars and is a popular destination for nudists.
"It is a federal crime to walk on the island," a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson told WFLA-TV. "Nudists are allowed to wade in the water off-shore, but are prohibited by law from being on the island."
The island is monitored by federal officials on weekends and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission helps out during the week, but due to the island being so remote, it is difficult to patrol it seven days a week.
Clever advertising (4)
September 03, 2014
Shocked, they are
It can't be any worse than kidney pie
Time to think of squirrel pie
Kentucky's squirrel season came in yesterday, two weeks earlier than Ohio's.
Nuts and acorns are ripening and hunters intent on keeping a family tradition alive should find good populations of red, grey and fox squirrels deep in the woods, in the hollows and on the hilltops.
Squirrels can live up to 15 years, so now and then the meat hunter may bring home one a bit tough. Squirrel meat is sweet, lean, and nutritious and can be very tender when properly prepared and cooked.
September 02, 2014
Fire in the sky
Perth, Australia, in February 2007: fireworks, a comet, and a lightning strike all at once.
Lightning strike (2)
Police identify bicyclist struck in head by lightning in Maryland Heights
MARYLAND HEIGHTS • A bicyclist riding on the Maryland Heights Expressway was struck in the head by lightning and went into cardiac arrest Thursday evening, witnesses said, but Pattonville paramedics were able to revive him. [...]
The incident happened about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, as Adams was bicycling south on the expressway about a quarter mile south of the Hollywood Casino, said Pattonville Fire District Batallion Chief Ken Aydelott.
Eagan said Adams worked in the Riverport area and was bicycling home. It was storming violently, Aydelott said, and passing motorists saw a lightning bolt strike his head. Eagan said Adams had a wound on his foot, so it was unclear where on his body he was initially struck or if the bolt had exited his foot.
Adams fell to the ground, and the witnesses pulled over, called 911, and began CPR. Paramedics arrived within four minutes and began advanced life support, and they were able to revive him on the way to SSM DePaul Health Center.
"There were a lot of people involved trying to resuscitate this man," the chief added.
Aydelott said about half a dozen people were at the scene when paramedics arrived, and they risked getting struck by lighting as well.
"For those bystanders to get out of their car and help was really something," he said.