October 31, 2014
Now they have drivers licenses?
Nice job on the make-up; photo at the link
Upstate New York woman arrested twice for DWI in 3 hours, once while in zombie makeup
A woman dressed as a zombie was busted for drunk driving — twice — during a three-hour binge in upstate New York.
Catherine Butler, 26, was first pulled over in Gates at 2 a.m. Saturday morning after cops spotted her driving without headlights, RochesterHomepage.net reports.
The woman was wearing a ghoulish costume after attending a Halloween party at the time of her arrest.
She was arrested, and a pal later picked her up from the Monroe County police station and took her to her home.
But, having apparently not learned her lesson, the Rochester native was then caught driving again — this time without the zombie makeup — less than three hours later, after officers spotted her swerving on a local road.
Here's a scary thought
October 30, 2014
A little long but entertaining.
Set a thief to catch a thief
Or something like that... same principle anyway.
Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident
The investigator who led the internal inquiry into the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal resigned in August, after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to a report from The New York Times.
Local law enforcement in Florida reportedly saw David Nieland, the investigator, going in and out of a building they were surveilling as part of a prostitution investigation. The prostitute later identified Nieland as a client.
He said the allegations were untrue in a statement to the Times. As of Tuesday, he had not been charged in connection with the incident.
Nieland is said to have resigned after he refused to answer questions from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office. The DHS is the supervising agency of the Secret Service.
October 29, 2014
Good job, Marie Antoinette
Living in a Glass House
Slideshow at the link - check it out.
Yuusuke Karasawa's maze-like S House has an entirely transparent facade
The exposed criss-crossing skeleton of this see-through house in Japan frames a labyrinth of wall-less rooms connected by over a dozen different staircases.
Designed by Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa, S House is a two-storey-high building broken up into five split levels, creating a series of evenly sized rooms that are connected by staircases rather than corridors.
October 28, 2014
Who's a good boy?
10 Hilarious excuses for calling in sick
"I accidentally got on a plane" was on the list of most dubious excuses for calling in sick to work, according to a recent survey by careerbuilder.com.
"I just put a casserole in the oven," "I need to tweak my botched plastic surgery," and "I broke my ankle after my leg fell asleep while I was sitting on the toilet," were among other hilarious, yet real, excuses that employers reported.
The survey found that 28 percent of employees called in sick when they were feeling well, down from 32 percent last year, and that one in four employers have caught an employee faking sick through social media.
Wildlife in Alberta
October 27, 2014
Wait... what? (11)
What are the odds? (2)
A review of The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day. (My emphasis below.)
Statistician David J. Hand Shows How the Seemingly Improbable Becomes a Sure Thing
Back in 1980, a woman named Maureen Wilcox played the Rhode Island and the Massachusetts lotteries at the same time. And she hit the correct numbers for both. Unfortunately, she picked all the correct Massachusetts numbers on her Rhode Island ticket and all the right Rhode Island numbers on her Massachusetts ticket. [...]
Hand notes the case of one Roy Sullivan, a seven-time loser in the lightning-strike lottery. Sullivan was a park ranger, so he upped his odds by being outdoors a lot. The same went for a sportsman named Major Walter Summerford, struck three times, whose gravestone took a shot four years after his death.
Feelin' lucky, pumpkin?
Well, are ya?
October 24, 2014
There's an app for that (13)
And I can remember (barely) when people used slide rules. Not available for Android yet, more's the pity.
But the nurses thought it was hilarious
This one really piques my curiosity.
Del. man sues after awaking in women's underwear
WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware man who says he awoke from a colonoscopy to find he was wearing pink women's underwear is suing a surgical center.
Andrew Walls of Dover filed the civil lawsuit in New Castle County Superior Court against the Delaware Surgery Center on Friday. It seeks unspecified damages.
A spokeswoman for the surgery center declined to comment on the case. [...]
Walls says he had not been wearing the underwear before being given anesthesia for the procedure.
Acorns and patience
October 23, 2014
Like kicking a puppy
Homeland Security confiscates Royals underwear in Kansas City
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.
The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the bottom, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Tuesday. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.
“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”
She thought that since the underwear featured her hand-drawn design that she was safe. But the officers explained that by connecting the “K” and the “C,” she infringed on major league baseball copyright. (The officials involved could not be immediately reached for comment.) [...]
Danielle Meister, Honig’s shop partner, says it was like something out of the movies, with the badges and all. But on the bright side, the officers were nice. She says you could tell “they felt like they were kicking a puppy.
Evidently motorcycle chariots used to be a thing. The rig below was filmed at Sturgis, ND.
October 22, 2014
McNuggets de Pollo Especial
Feel the burn
Bunbury local discovered a spider had burrowed under his skin on Bali holiday
NOTHING tops off a holiday in Bali like discovering there is a spider burrowing under your skin.
Bunbury local Dylan Thomas' first trip to Bali last weekend was complete with a visit to the Bali International Medical Centre to have a tropical spider pulled out of his stomach.
21-year-old Dylan awoke after a quiet night in his four and a half star hotel room to find a bizarre red trail two inches from his naval and heading upwards.
"It was as if someone had scratched me with the tip of a knife," he said.
Later that evening, the trail had moved two or three inches higher.
When a concerned Dylan fronted up to the doctors early on Sunday morning, they told him it was a small insect bite, and gave him some antihistamine cream to rub on the red line.
Later that morning he awoke to blisters.
"That's when it became painful, it was a searing burn," he said.
He finally saw a dermatologist on Monday, who told him that it was something out of the ordinary.
Doctors extracted a tropical spider that had burrowed itself into the scar from Dylan's recent appendix removal.
"It was a bit bigger than the size of a match head," he said.
He has now earnt himself the nickname Spider-man.
In northern California
October 21, 2014
Outside a bar in Columbia, MO
Riot breaks out at New Hampshire pumpkin festival
It wasn't the pumpkins they were smashing.
A quaint pumpkin festival in New Hampshire ended with tear gas, street fires and at least one flipped car on Saturday as mobs of college students and young people turned parts of the town of Keene into a free-for-all.
Social media footage from the scene showed revelers destroying street signs, throwing glass bottles, pushing barricades and hurling curses at the police.
“It’s (expletive) wicked,” Steven French, an 18-year-old from Haverhill, Mass., told the Keene Sentinel. “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops. ... It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”
Keene police could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday, but the department arrested at least 49 people over the weekend in the normally sleepy town of 23,419, according to the Associated Press. [...]
The town's annual Keene Pumpkin Festival is one of its biggest events, bringing millions of dollars to local and state businesses and upwards of 70,000 attendees, according to some estimates. Attendees bring tens of thousands of pumpkins for the festivities.
October 20, 2014
Yes, they do
Advert of woman's breasts posted on side of van causes 500 car crashes in just 24 hours
An advertisement showing a woman's bare breasts has reportedly caused more than 500 accidents in one day in a poorly-thought out PR campaign.
The photograph showing a woman cupping her breasts with a thin blue strip across the nipples was posted on the side of 30 vans in Moscow, Russia.
The advert simply read: 'They attract'.
But as the vans drove around streets in the city, cars started colliding with one another in their wake. It is thought 517 accidents happened in total. [...]
ADVTruck.ru, the company that organised the sign, said it would pay compensation to all those who crashed.
On the Blue Ridge Parkway
October 17, 2014
Ready to roll
Heads up! (3)
Beavers with parachutes in Idaho?
Just the title - "Transplanting Beavers by Airplane and Parachute" - of this 1950 report in the Journal of Wildlife Management raises questions. Like, for goodness sake, why? And how? Did they specially make tiny beaver-sized parachutes and goggles, and push them out of the cargo hold, one by one, like a tiny dam-making army? Once on the ground, did the beavers suffer post-traumatic stress from the sudden drop? Or did they spend the rest of their days mourning in rivers, longing for another taste of the sky?
Fortunately, the article by Elmo W. Heter from the Idaho Fish and Game Department answered all our questions. [...]
Heter doesn't say exactly how he and his colleagues came up with the idea of an airdrop. They got war surplus parachutes from the Idaho Forest Service, and placed the animals in boxes, one pair in each box. Settling on the release mechanism required some innovation:
Japanese demonstration of quantum levitation
October 16, 2014
Getting serious about paper airplanes
Man of many talents
Police officer drives car and does CPR at same time on toddler
RED HOOK, N.Y. (WABC) --
A Red Hook police sergeant thought he was just pulling over a speeder; instead it turned out to be a frantic dad trying to get help for his son.
The 22-month-old was having a medical emergency and the officer took quick action that saved the little boy's life. [...]
On Monday, Morgan's 22-month-old boy, also named Matthew, suffered a seizure and collapsed. The 19-year-old grabbed the small lifeless body and jumped into his car. Speeding through the Dutchess County Village of Red Hook, Morgan and Police Sergeant Patrick Hildenbrand spotted each other at just about the same time.
"I was going and then he hit his lights and then as soon as I seen that I stopped and I ran to his car. You get through traffic a lot faster," Morgan said.
"He has a young boy in his hands and he's running at me, yelling at me, his son is not breathing. 'I think my son is dead, my son is not breathing,'" Hildenbrand said.
What happened next is extraordinary. Morgan, now in the back seat of a police SUV held his son close to the partition and watched as the 35-year-old policeman drove to the hospital and performed CPR on the boy at the same time.
"I reached my hand back here as I'm driving, moved my body over and started doing all the compressions and feeling for a pulse while I could still operate the vehicle," Hildenbrand said.
October 15, 2014
A newborn hedgehog
It's deja moo, all over again
Cow-suit wearers break world record at Cowaramup in WA's South West
A town in WA's South West has udderly smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as cows.
The record was previously held by the town of Fairfax in Virginia, USA, where 470 people dressed as cows last year.
On Saturday a total of 1,352 people dressed in cow onesies to break the record at Cowaramup's Deja-Moo Country Fair.
The fair was held on the second anniversary of 32 cow statues being installed in the town's main street.
Jill Turton, from the Cowaramup Retailers Association, said the cows had helped with the branding of the town, long referred to by locals as "Cow-Town" in a nod to the region's dairy industry.
"We've become a minor destination in a way," she said.
A pile o' pugs
WorldLingo translated the title as 'Good morning, mopsy.'
October 14, 2014
First world problems
Good spoof of a process almost universally hated. Mind the language.
Going with the flow
UEA students urged to urinate in shower
University students are being urged to urinate in the shower in a bid to save water.
The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.
They want the university's 15,000 students to take their first wee of the day while having their morning shower.
Mr Dobson, 20, said the idea could "save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times".
The pair want those taking part to pledge their allegiance on Facebook and Twitter and have offered gift vouchers to the first people to join the challenge.
October 13, 2014
Meanwhile in Rio
The link below is to a Google translation of an article in Portuguese. 748 meters is 2,454 feet above sea level. The statue itself is 124 feet tall.
G1 rises to the head of Christ and shows the inside of the statue, which is 83 years
One of the seven wonders of the modern world, Christ the Redeemer complete 83 years on Sunday (12). To celebrate with the monument and gifting readers, G1 visited the interior of the statue, climbed the 10 floors of stairs to reach the top of the head and how is the view from the top of the main postcard of the city, 748 meters from the level of the sea.
Here's the original in case you read Portuguese.
Want to play chicken?
News from Wyoming
Disgruntled employee steals train
A jaunt on a stolen train Thursday ended in a crash and possible federal felony charges for the 22-year-old driver.
Derek Skyler Brux was charged Friday with reckless endangering, felony destruction of property and felony destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures after allegedly stealing a train from North Antelope Rochelle mine and driving it south 13 miles before plowing it into another train. [...]
The incident started when Brux, a utility coal operation for Rail Link, allegedly became upset about his supervisor's response to working conditions, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Circuit Court.
The disgruntled employee then unhooked some cars and drove the locomotive around what is described as a "loop" at the site and "pretty much squashed the 'expletive' outta their scales," Brux said, according to the affidavit.
Brux then called his supervisor and asked her if she wanted to play chicken, the affidavit says. He hung up the phone and then called the rail dispatch, advising personnel there he was going onto the main rail line.
Brux said he estimated he was going 60 mph for about 15 minutes before plowing through switch 1. He told deputies he did not know where he was headed and that he wanted to make Rail Link pay, the affidavit says.
I think you'd call this a high dive
October 10, 2014
The urge to merge (2)
Couple Had Sex In Back Seat Of Police Cruiser
OCTOBER 8--After being arrested, a Wisconsin couple had sex in the back of a police cruiser, an encounter that was interrupted when a cop heard the woman "begin to moan loudly" while her legs were "touching the ceiling" of the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.
Heather Basten, 29, and Travis Husnik, 33, were taken into custody by Oconto County Sheriff's Department deputies after their car was spotted drifting into oncoming traffic on August 3. [...]
While subsequently transporting the suspects, Deputy Adam Zahn "observed Travis lay onto of Heather in the backseat." The cop then saw "Heather's legs go up touching the ceiling and heard her begin to moan loudly."
Zahn stopped the cruiser, opened the rear door, and saw "Travis onto of Heather having sexual intercourse." The complaint does not indicate whether the lovebirds were handcuffed (though it seems likely).
Sunset on the road
Pretty good for a picture taken while driving.
October 09, 2014
Europe from the air
European cities and historic sites photographed from new angles using drone technology, by photographer Amos Chapple.
13 well-composed images; this one shows the Liberty statue and Budapest, Hungary.
Got an iPhone 6 to "invest"?
Man offers to trade Detroit home for new iPhone 6 or iPad
A man is offering to swap his three-bedroom house in Detroit for a new iPhone 6 or 32GB iPad.
But there is no app to fix the brick house at 11954 Laing. The home is vacant and appears to have been scavenged by thieves. It sits on a block dominated by abandoned houses. And the owner owes $6,160 in property taxes, according to Wayne County records.
That hasn't stopped a real estate agent from calling it an "investor special" with a finished basement.
The homeowner was asking $3,000 for the brick house but has been unable to find a buyer.
October 08, 2014
I never have understood why people stand along the outside of curves during a road race. D'oh!
But I have to admit it sometimes makes cool video. (No spectators were injured and the driver had only minor injuries.)
I'll drink to that (3)
Sounds to me like IPAs are prescribed. Cheers!
Main Ingredient Found In Beer Can Help Improve Memory
CORVALLIS, Oregon (CBS Seattle) – Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory.
A researcher at Oregon State Universtity points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice.
The mice were given large doses of xanthohumol, a flavinoid found in hops. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their color.
Close call catamarans
October 07, 2014
Nice job, kid.
Send in the clowns (again)
Danilo sends email about an old post from 2010. It sounds as though Tiririca wasn't the only clown running.
"Remember you posted a long time ago, that a clown was elected in Brazil? With several votes?
Yeah, happened again. And before you ask, no, i didn't vote for him. Never."
Brazilians re-elect clown with 1 million votes
BRASÍLIA – Brazilians re-elected a clown named Tiririca (Grumpy) to Congress on Sunday with one million votes, the second-highest number of any candidate, election officials said.
Tiririca was first elected to represent Sao Paulo in 2010, winning the most votes of any candidate in the country after running on the slogan "It can't get any worse."
Illiterate at the time, he had to learn to write his name to start his new job.
In four years, he never spoke on the floor, but had one of the best attendance records in the lower house.
His success spawned a flood of protest and gag candidacies in Brazil, where those standing for office can register under any name they like. [...]
The ballot for Sunday's elections featured five Barack Obamas, three Osama Bin Ladens, a Jesus, a Wonder Woman, a Brazilian 007, a Hamburger Face, a Rambo and a Crazy Dick.
October 06, 2014
Man pushes giant testicle across America for cancer awareness
AUSTIN -- Testicular cancer survivor Thomas Cantley is pushing a giant ball across America to raise awareness for men's health.
He quit his job and sold his house to push a six-foot 'testicle' from Los Angeles to New York City after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to his website. [...]
Very stylish - but I don't think I'd throw any parties here.
October 03, 2014
Sculpting in light
Shapewear is a thing?
Refunds ordered over caffeinated underwear
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies - Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey - have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased "shapewear" that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it is infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things.
"Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest 'weight-loss brew' concocted by marketers," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear."
You can't count the F's this guy doesn't give.
October 02, 2014
How it's done (5)
A day's worth of barn-raising in a few minutes.
Here's your chance (2)
Photos at the link. (They're SFW.)
NYC Taxi Drivers 2015 Calendar
Back for year two, we hit the streets of New York to photograph some of the city's best-humored taxi drivers. These drivers put a face to one of the most dedicated workforces in NYC, driving day and night to transport New Yorkers and our guests alike. This year's calendar features three returning All-Stars and 10 new drivers, and debuts our first ever husband and wife driving duo. The drivers are shown in a playful mix of work and leisure, including a playdate with nine adorable puppies from Animal Haven shelter in Manhattan and some sensuous cookie consumption at New York's favorite bakery, Levain.
Visit sunny Mecca
Check the size of that clock.
October 01, 2014
September in Vermont
I bought a friend an elephant for her room.
"Thanks," she said.
"Don't mention it."