March 31, 2015
A master at recycling
This dude must be one smooth talker
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
A man has been accused of encouraging hundreds of followers to be castrated in a promise for them to become closer to God.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, an Indian pop-star and telepreacher with a reported wealth of more than $50 million, is being investigated after he allegedly manipulated around 400 men to get their testicles removed – according to India Today.
One of his former followers who underwent castration seven years ago – named Hans Raj Chauhan – is one of the few to break the silence to speak out against him and the group.
"[The victims] were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet God," said Chauhan's lawyer, Navkiran Singh, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Be careful out there
Teen Drivers in Their Natural Habitat
You say you never text while driving. You should still worry, because these teenagers are out there on the same roads you drive. While it happens to all age groups, teenagers are most likely to believe they are more competent than they really are. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report on teen drivers who crash due to distracted driving. This video is a sampling of some of those crashes, which are mostly due to cell phone use, and the horrible habit of texting while driving. The very first thing any new driver should learn is the importance of constant observation. Traffic is like a complicated mass dance, with most of the dancers at less-than-professional level.
March 30, 2015
The most elaborate one I've seen
Given the number of cuts, I'm not sure this was all one take with the camera. But it's impressive nonetheless.
Don't be anal
Don't touch our 'Butthole', say residents
Residents of an unfortunately named Leicestershire lane say they don't want it changed - even if it does make them the butt of jokes.
Butthole Lane in Shepsted, Loughborough, was named after the targets used in archery as it was where men went to practice their arrow skills in Tudor times.
Unlike the residents of Butt Hole Road in South Yorkshire, who had their street name changed to Archers Way, the people of Shepsted see it as a local tradition.
Parish council chairman Bill Hutchinson told the Leicestershire Mercury: "Everybody that is a Shepshedian by birth has happy memories of Butthole Lane.
"It is a permanent fixture, I would hope, for centuries to come, and anyone proposing to change it would be laughed out of court."
Watch a Calligrapher Perfectly Draw Famous Logos From Scratch With Pen and Ink. (This is one of eight.)
March 27, 2015
It's The Principle Of The Matter
(I am second in line, and it's early morning on a Thursday. The area has just gotten a severe weather warning about freezing rain and hail. In front of me is a chipper customer chatting with the clerk as she pays for her 40-oz bottles of malt liquor.)
Customer: "I got four of these. Does the two for five bucks still apply?"
Clerk: "Sure does. You got the day off, do you?"
Customer: "Yep, I work for the school district, and school's been cancelled! I'm gonna get sh*t-faced before noon!"
Clerk: *slightly shocked* "Okay, well, that's $10.20. Have fun."
Customer: "Oh, don't worry. I'm not teaching your kids. I'm the principal!"
March 26, 2015
Best viewed in full-screen, HD
And his two unhappy partners
'Pocket Dial' Leads To Triple Arrest In Mankato Burglary
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three Mankato residents are in custody in connection to a burglary that police first got wind of due to a 911 pocket dial.
The Blue County Sheriff's office says a 911 dispatcher received a call from a cell phone at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The dispatcher could hear two men talking about their involvement in a possible burglary or theft, and then determined their location.
Deputies and Mankato police officers responded to the 3500 block of 3rd Avenue where found two men hiding inside the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office Gun Range: 29-year-old Kyle Scott James and 38-year-old Jeramie Jason Ites.
Jessica June Friedrichs, 29, was found waiting nearby in a vehicle inside Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery.
Authorities found cash and items on the men that they traced to North Mankato Supply, located just across the road. There were signs of a forced entry at the business and the inside appeared to have been ransacked.
March 25, 2015
On the wing (7)
With Mont St. Michel in the background
Foo-key. Got it...
What's in a name? Fuck proud of his
What's in a name?
For Medicine Hat College Rattlers men's basketball forward Guilherme Carbagiale Fuck, the answer is simple: pride.
While the Brazilian basketball star's name may stand out on paper, it's pronounced "Foo-key" and is of German origin.
"It doesn't mean what people think it means," said Fuck. "In German it means fox."
Given the fact that Fuck's name could bring about unwanted confusion, the college initially opted to use his middle, or first-last name, Carbagiale.
He picked a good venue
March 24, 2015
You smell so flame-broiled, darling
Japan has an "Anniversary Association"? Who knew?
Burger King's whopper-scented perfume is now a real thing
Though the smell of burgers may be mouth-watering to some, the idea of smelling like one sounds pretty gross. But that's not stopping Burger King from releasing their new Whopper-scented perfume!
As part of Burger King Japan's new ad campaign, they announced via Facebook today that the new body fragrance, 'Flame-Grilled', will be sold at Burger King stores for just one day: April 1. Though obviously being released on the the international holiday for pranks, Burger King Japan has also registered April 1 as "Whopper Day" with the Japan Anniversary Association, making it an official holiday.
Playing in the mud
Here's an example of relief sculpture done in drywall joint compound (commonly called mud). These are done by Tom Moberg - who's got quite a portfolio.
March 23, 2015
ISS transiting the sun during eclipse
From Thierry Legault's Astrophotography site.
He had ONE job
Police: Louisiana man shoots son after orange juice runs out
BATON ROUGE, La. • Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, say a man is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice.
Police tell The Advocate ) Eldridge Dukes, 58, and his son were fighting Sunday morning about the lack of orange juice.
Investigators say the squabble escalated when the victim broke a vase, and Dukes grabbed his handgun.
They say Dukes chased the victim out of the house and down the street, firing at least three times. Police say the son was hit in the buttocks and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
It's a miracle (3)
March 20, 2015
Serious gear head
Mechanical Engineer 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota 22RE Engine
Who says that you can't make anything useful on a desktop 3D printer? Sure, there are plenty of designs that you can find on 3D printing repository websites which make you question the motive of the designers — but at the same time, there are engineers and designers creating things that make you just stop and say, "WOW!"
One of these latter instances comes in the form of a 3D printed 5-speed transmission for a Toyota 22RE engine, created by a mechanical engineer named Eric Harrell of Santa Cruz, California. Not only does it look legitimate, but it also is completely functional.
You may recall a story that we did back in January about a 3D printed Toyota Engine. It was also designed by Harrell, after he completely reverse engineered a real Toyota 22RE engine. It received such a great reception from both Thingiverse users and the national media, that Harrell decided to take his creation one step further, providing this latest 3D printed transmission to complement the engine.
Spring at last
Happy Equinox. Here's a reprise from 2013. It's appropriate today: we have a warm south wind and sunshine after several days of northwesterly winds and cloudy skies.
The name of this song is "Wenn der Südwind weht". It's one of those German phrases that an Anglophone can read pretty easily without a translation.
If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid (2)
This is 1 of 27 Geniuses Who Just Might Be The Next MacGyver
March 19, 2015
It was a long walk
Missing South Carolina cat found 2 years later in California
RIVERSIDE, Calif. • A cat that vanished in South Carolina two years ago is going home after ending up nearly 2,000 miles away in Southern California.
Kevin the orange tabby is leaving Palm Springs on Wednesday after disappearing from Anderson, South Carolina, in 2013.
John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services says the cat turned up in early March inside a U-Haul trailer a woman had driven across the country.
During a routine inspection, the inspector heard meowing. The driver says she didn't know Kevin was inside.
The dehydrated cat was taken to a shelter. His microchip helped track down owner Cheryl Walls, who jokes that Kevin has seen more of the country than her.
She says somebody must have cared for Kevin. But who — and how Kevin got into the trailer — are mysteries.
I wonder who was first to try this?
March 18, 2015
H.T. Jeff G
"Kind of odd" indeed.
Jefferson County pizza delivery man shot twice by customer who tossed explosives at police
JEFFERSON COUNTY • A Jefferson County man faces multiple charges after a seemingly mundane pizza delivery turned into a bizarre and almost deadly incident.
What started as a routine pizza delivery ended with the driver shot twice and the customer leading police on a high-speed chase while tossing homemade explosives at authorities Friday night.
Todd Pigg, 38, was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon, among other lesser charges, Jefferson County sheriff's Lt. Col. Steve Meinberg said. [...]
Meinberg said the incident began at 9:30 p.m. when the pizza delivery driver arrived at Pigg's home in the Vogel Manor mobile home park in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County. Meinberg said Pigg didn't give the deliveryman enough money. When he asked for more, Pigg closed his door.
As the deliveryman walked to his vehicle to call his boss, Pigg allegedly walked up behind him with a gun. The deliveryman turned, and Pigg fired at him, hitting him in the chest.
The deliveryman ran through the mobile home park as Pigg chased him while firing more shots, wounding him in the back. The shooter then got into his own vehicle. The victim ran to a nearby home and residents called police.
Meinberg said the deliveryman was conscious when taken to a hospital. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the deliveryman was stable, Meinberg said.
Police chased Pigg northbound on Interstate 55 and into Illinois. Meinberg said during the pursuit Pigg threw homemade dynamite sticks at them. The chase went from Illinois to downtown St. Louis on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and then to Interstate 170. Police used spike strips to disable the vehicle near Page Boulevard. [...]
Meinberg said Interstate 55 was temporarily closed while police searched for objects he had thrown at officers. [...]
Meinberg said neighbors said Pigg lived alone and described him as "kind of odd."
Biker to the bone
March 17, 2015
There's a 'Digital Desires Book 1'? Why, yes, there is: Taken by the Tetris Blocks
Conquered by Clippy: An Erotic Short Story
(Digital Desires Book 2) [Kindle Edition]
Christie Aackerlund doesn't need help with anything. So when the world's biggest technology company offers to fly her to a remote location and investigate an alien artifact, all by herself, she's all like "I'll do it!"
But the artifact isn't what it seems, and soon an overly helpful giant living paperclip is getting her all bent out of shape.
Conquered by Clippy is a 4000 word short story featuring sexual situations with digital assistants. It's for super mature audiences only.
Check this, dude
And for an encore:
March 16, 2015
An amazingly expensive way to cook bacon but I suppose he'd have fired the ammo in any case.
Could've been a real downer, man (3)
'I was just freefalling': Golfer plunges into Illinois sinkhole
ST. LOUIS - Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.
The 43-year-old mortgage broker was counting his blessings Tuesday and nursing a dislocated shoulder sustained four days earlier when he tumbled into an 18-foot deep sinkhole on the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Club near Waterloo, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis.
Friends managed to hoist Mihal to safety with a rope after about 20 minutes. But the experience gave him quite a fright, particularly following the much-publicized recent death of a man in Florida who died when his bedroom fell into a sinkhole. That man's body hasn't been found.
"I feel lucky just to come out of it with a shoulder injury, falling that far and not knowing what I was going to hit," Mihal, from the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, told The Associated Press before heading off to learn whether he'll need surgery. "It was absolutely crazy."
Mihal said it was a real downer on what had been a fine outing.
A magpie named Penguin
One from a large collection of photos of a magpie living with an Australian family.
Penguin Bloom Rescued by Noah as a baby and raised by us. Free to fly but loves our home as much as we do. Is known to occasionally sneak in on wet nights.
March 14, 2015
Cake is round
March 13, 2015
Nice work with a ball point
This comes from Morgan Davidson's Tumblr site. She mostly works with colored pencils but I liked this one, done with ball point pen.
But isn't the whole idea about multiplying?
Our contributor sends news about another Indian wedding, similar to his last contribution.
Indian Bride Ditches Groom After He Flubs Math Test at Their Wedding
Here's an easy math problem: two lovebirds, minus one bride, is one lonely groom. That's what happened after an Indian bride ditched her soon-to-be groom at their wedding ceremony for failing to answer a simple arithmetic problem.
At her wedding ceremony in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, the bride posed the following math problem to the man she was due to wed: 15 + 6 = ?
The groom answered 17, and the bride fled. The groom's family tried to get her back, but she refused to marry someone who couldn't add.
How the new Macbook was designed
More Apple-bashing: Armando Ferreira did a clever job adding subtitles to this video of a Spanish language talk show.
March 12, 2015
A revolution in communication
People are a little weird to pay Apple prices for anything. Just sayin'
A for Effort
I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week.Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.
As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment. I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away.
I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?" I didn't respond. After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal. Some shopping, cleaning, cooking. After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?"
I told her to get another one from the cupboard. She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."
Never going back to that doctor again.
March 11, 2015
H.T. Jeff G (who has a job like that, I think)
Going with the floe
Teens begin floating away into in Lake Michigan on a tiny iceberg
Two teenagers had to be rescued by firefighters on Saturday after the chuck of ice they'd foolishly stepped onto broke away from the shore and started floating out into Lake Michigan.
The males, ages 17 and 18, were roughly 40 yards into the lake when the Racine Fire Department arrived to rescue them just after 12:40 p.m., reports The Journal Times.
Three divers in scuba gear from the department had to swim out to rescue the pair.
The two males, aged 17 and 18, had stepped onto a chuck of ice that broke away from the shore and they had to be rescued by three members of the Racine Fire Department in scuba gear
The firefighters, with help from Kenosha's Coast Guard, gave the teens life vests to put on and then pushed the chunk of ice back to shore.
They then put a ladder down for the two to climb back to safety. Neither teenager was injured, reports Racine Uncovered.
The incident took place at the beach behind Racine Zoo. Frequent visitors to the lake say it is currently difficult to tell where the beach ends and the ice begins.
H.T. Paul B
March 10, 2015
Well, that's a switch
Indian bride marries a wedding guest after the groom has an epileptic fit
An Indian bride ended up marrying a guest at her own wedding after her husband-to-be suffered an epileptic fit during the ceremony.
Groom Jugal Kishore was just about to exchange vows when he collapsed with a seizure and was rushed to hospital.
Angry that she had not been informed of his condition, the 23-year-old bride, Indira, asked a member of her brother-in-law's family, Harpal Singh, to marry her instead.
Mr Singh, who was wearing jeans and a leather jacket, was caught off guard, but agreed to go ahead with the wedding.
After the ceremony, Mr Kishore returned to the venue after being treated in hospital to find that his fiancee had married someone else, it was reported by The Times of India.
Mr Kishore is said to have begged Indira to reconsider, saying that he could not face his family and friends after her humiliating snub.
When she refused, violence is said to have broken out between the two families, with cutlery and plates being thrown at each other.
Nice bridge they sold 'em
Early 17th century Fort de Roovere is surrounded by a moat and was originally built without a bridge. Yet, as part of a recent restoration program, it required the addition of an access bridge. Out of respect for the fort's original island status, Netherlands-based RO&AD Architecten constructed the Moses Bridge, a discreet "sunken" bridge that sits flush with the line of the soil and the water. The result is an almost invisible bridge that partially immerses pedestrians into the moat.
March 09, 2015
Living room on wheels
Mercedes-Benz's latest concept car is a driverless "living space". It's Mercedes' F 015 model.
Ride 'em, cowboy
Giant Clitoris Statue Unveiled at Sewanee
Nashville may be It City, but Sewanee is closing in on the title of Clit City: An enormous gold clitoris was installed yesterday in The University of the South's main library. The artist, Sophia Wallace, has a history of feminist, clitori-themed work, which includes the neon sign proclaiming "Cliteracy" that was also installed at the Sewanee site. The work is part of Wallace's clit rodeo, an interactive performance wherein participants take turns riding a mechanical clitoris instead of a bull.
The work will be on view at the university library through March 5, and Sewanee’s Women’s Center has promoted the event on social media with hashtags such as #SolidGoldClit and #yeaSEWANEEScliterate. See a photo of the installation after the jump. No word yet on whether or not any men have experienced any difficulty in locating the clitoris.
Dead eye (3)
March 06, 2015
Stop action Etch-a-sketch
Just imagine the jokes...
Sushi underwear does exist. So do cheeseburger panties.
Any food porn lover will tell you, nothing is sexier than a double cheeseburger dripping with meat juice and melted cheese, a plate of silky toro sashimi or a thick and creamy milkshake, with a cherry on top. And now Naja, a San Francisco-based lingerie company, is putting food porn on its underwear.
Naja makes a collection of Cheeky Knickers with your favorite comfort foods, right on the front of the undergarments. Think white pima cotton panties with photos of a double cheeseburger, golden French fries and a milkshake, all in one package of underwear called the Happiest Meal ($50).
If you're more of a Chinese or Japanese takeout girl, the After Takeout collection includes a pair of underwear printed with a fortune cookie across the front; a pair featuring pieces of sushi; and another printed with sake barrels ($50).
And in case you're wondering, no, the underwear is not edible.
A sailors' moon
March 05, 2015
Major League Baseball's Dirty Little Secret
Over the course of a typical Major League Baseball (MLB) game, the two teams will use well more than 50 baseballs. Some balls go into the stands and become souvenirs for lucky fans, of course, but there are times when the balls simply get so scuffed during game play to warrant a replacement. The baseballs have to be in great condition to be usable — we don't want a low quality ball interfering with the game's outcome.
So you'd expect that MLB games use brand new, fresh-from-the-box ones. They do, but there's a problem with new balls; it turns out that baseballs aren't sold in ready-to-use condition — not, at least, if you're a Major League caliber pitcher. Factory-sealed baseballs are a little too perfect. They're coated in a shiny gloss which makes them look great on a store shelf, but, unfortunately, makes them a little hard to grip, especially if you're trying to throw an 80 mile an hour curve ball through an invisible target the size of a mini-fridge. The baseballs need further processing and care: they need to get a little dirty.
As in: someone needs to literally rub the balls with dirt.
And not just any dirt will do. It has to be special. Luckily, MLB has a connection — there's a company which, every year, provides special mud to the league. Before each game, one of the umpires (or someone from the stadium staff) takes these five dozen or so balls and rubs each and every one of them with a Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, named for a coach who, apparently, discovered this special mud in the 1930s.
March 04, 2015
Yoga card trick
Well, that was easy
Ohio fugitive who responded to his photo on sheriff's Facebook page now in custody
HAMILTON, Ohio- Andrew Dale Marcum won't be on Facebook for a while, the Butler County Sheriff's Office said.
The sheriff's office featured the 21-year-old Lemon Township man on their Facebook page on Monday as the "warrant of the week." Shortly after, Marcum commented on his own wanted poster.
"I ain't tripping half of them don't even know me," Marcum wrote.
"Andrew Marcum- If you could stop by the Sheriff's Office, that'd be great," the Butler County Sheriff's Office replied.
He took their advice. The sheriff's office said Marcum turned himself in and is now at the Butler County Jail, where he will not have access to social media.
March 03, 2015
Making snow even less appealing
Robber left trail of cash as he fled University City bank, police say
UNIVERSITY CITY • Police searching for a bank robber in University City say the trail went cold — as in cold, hard cash.
The man who robbed a Commerce Bank on Delmar Boulevard last Wednesday afternoon dropped bills along the way. Thousands of dollars, in fact.
Police used tracking dogs and found cash dropped on a sidewalk, on streets and in a stairwell. They tracked him to Clayton, where officers arrested him near an underground parking garage with only about $100 in $1 bills left.
Could've a been a real downer, man (2)
Possibly the scariest moment of my life. On the 14th of November 2014 while doing stage five of my Accelerated Free Fall program I have a near death experience. At around 9000ft I have a seizure while attempting a left hand turn. I then spend the next 30 seconds in free fall unconscious. Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4000ft. I become conscious at 3000 ft and land safely back to the ground.
March 02, 2015
Today's PSA (13)
We did a dime
Friday, Feb. 27th marked 10 years since active posting began here. We did a dime (as some would say)... and just under 9200 posts.
Chiseled in wood
An example of Peter Demetz' sculptures in wood.