Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Madden Curse Strikes Again ...: "Since 1999 we have counted 12 players that have been on the covers (2 in 2000). With the conclusion of the 2008 NFL regular season yesterday and the fact that we checked out the worst college sports cover athletes not too long ago, we figured we would take a look at past Madden cover athletes and rank the effect of the 'Madden Curse' on each."
New Year's Eve Traditions in Different Countries: "New Year’s Eve is often associated with drinking champagne and counting the clock strokes. Globalization takes place as fewer and fewer unique traditions remain, yet if we look closely enough we may be able to dig some amusing ones out. Apparently, on New Year’s Eves, some rather crazy things happen around the world. People throw their old furniture out through the windows, eat exactly 12 grapes, break dishes on the neighbor’s doors, splash water on random people walking by, and even ultra-carefully examine their guests. Why do they do all those crazy things? For the good fortune of course!"
Best of 2008: The Most Impressive Laptops - PC World: "Over the past year, we've seen netbooks explode on the scene, a paper-thin ultraportable challenge what we thought was possible, and powerful desktop replacements that really are suitable replacements for your desktop PC."
Popeye the Sailor copyright free: "“I yam what I yam,” declared Popeye. And just what that is is likely to become less clear as the copyright expires on the character who generates about $1.5 billion in annual sales.
From January 1, the iconic sailor falls into the public domain in Britain under an EU law that restricts the rights of authors to 70 years after their death. Elzie Segar, the Illinois artist who created Popeye, his love interest Olive Oyl and nemesis Bluto, died in 1938.
The Popeye industry stretches from books, toys and action figures to computer games, a fast-food chain and the inevitable canned spinach.
The copyright expiry means that, from Thursday, anyone can print and sell Popeye posters, T-shirts and even create new comic strips, without the need for authorisation or to make royalty payments."
A Victim Treats His Mugger Right: "Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.
But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn."
Charles Barkley In DUI Bust - December 31, 2008: "Former NBA star Charles Barkley was arrested early today on suspicion of drunk driving after Arizona cops pulled his 2005 Infiniti over after he ran a stop sign. Barkley, 45, was busted after failing field sobriety tests, and had blood drawn so investigators could establish his alcohol content. Barkley, pictured in Gilbert Police Department mug shot, was cited and released at the scene, thus avoiding a trip to the Maricopa County jail."
No Joke -- Dane Cook's Brother Steals Him Blind: "Talk about keeping it in the family -- sources tell TMZ Dane Cook's brother (who was also his business manager) has been arrested for allegedly stealing millions from the comedian.
Darryl McCauley -- who was in charge of Cook's financial affairs since the 90s -- was arrested today by the Massachusetts State Police and charged with three counts of larceny and forgery.
Authorities say in one case, Dane's bro forged a $3 million check and deposited it in his account.
McCauley will be arraigned tomorrow in Woburn District Court."
230 mph, 8-Wheeled Electric Car May be On Sale Soon: "If the Tesla Roadster just isn't enough for you...not fast enough, not weird enough, and not expensive enough, then you should probably start looking out for Eliica's. Just two of these Japanese peculio-mobiles currently exist, but the Eliica team is looking to get corporate sponsorship to produce 200 of them."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Bad Boy Gene Makes Males Popular: "Male college students who have a gene associated with rule-breaking are popular with their peers.
Researchers from Michigan State University collected DNA from 200 college-aged males who didn't previously know each other, and then set them up in a lab situation in which they were encouraged to interact. After an hour, they were asked which members of the group they liked best. In multiple samples, the students with a serotonin gene that is linked to rule-breaking came out on top."
Wait, did we say 'the future'? Because looking back on 2008, it seems like that geek-dominated future is already here. Consider..."
'Quittin' Time' blared The Dallas Morning News. A column by Jean-Jacques Taylor led with: 'Wade Phillips presides over the most gutless team in franchise history. That's his legacy. Forever.'"
Peyton extends record of 4,000-yard seasons:
Colts QB has failed to reach plateau only twice in his 11-year NFL career"The Indianapolis Colts achieved everything they wanted Sunday.
Peyton Manning reached 4,000 yards. Marvin Harrison became the NFL’s No. 2 all-time receiver. Dallas Clark broke a 42-year-old franchise record. And the Colts won their 12th game for a sixth straight season, extending their own NFL record."
The 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2008: "In less than 3 days it'll be 2009 — but wait, there's at least 19 great movies from this year that you haven't seen yet! Back by popular demand, it's our second annual list of the 19 best movies that you didn't see in 2008 (see last year's list). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and mainstream feature films that were either quietly dumped by studios, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give these films some extra time in the spotlight, and to support some of the best filmmakers out there, we've put together this year end wrap-up for you. I want to encourage everyone to consider watching just one of these that they haven't heard of (or didn't want to see) beforehand."
Are Romantic Movies Bad For You?: "In the celluloid world of romantic comedies, shy but decent men get the girl, arguments set up sweet reconciliations, and couples separated by tragedy are always reunited through improbable coincidence. But now researchers are beginning to ask whether the make-believe world projected in 'rom-coms' might actually be preventing true love in real life."
One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
One year in 40 seconds: "Images from the same spot through one year. Audio captured at the same place. All details on how this video was made, another video of these images and a place to download all the footage here: eirikso.com/2008/12/27/one-year-worth-of-images-give-some-amazing-videos/
The images are creative commons licensed and available for you to download and play with."
Monday, December 29, 2008
Police said Stanley Carter, 21, of Arkansas, surrendered after he heard a police canine inside Stacey Ferrance’s home on Wyoming Street Friday afternoon."
Lady actually inserts credit card into Wii slot, breaks Wii: "A clueless (but probably innocent) mother bought a Wii for her kids for Christmas, and having been told by someone that she had to “put in her credit card when prompted,” actually inserted not one, not two, but three credit cards into the Wii’s poor little disc slot."
Whoever Stole the Huge Statue Out of Bernie Madoff’s Backyard Is Awesome: "Forget the fact that Bernie Madoff managed to run a $50 billion Ponzi scheme over God knows how many years without detection: Whoever managed to go into the backyard of his Palm Beach home and steal the sculpture he kept there is a genius.
The theft occurred sometime between 3 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 11:30 a.m. last Sunday, a week after Madoff confessed to ripping off $50 billion from investors in a decades-long Ponzi scheme. The five-foot, copper artwork overlooked the Madoffs' inground pool, and portrays two young lifeguards sitting on a raised stand."
The 13 most famous Numbers and their stories
The number 7 has a special place in various cultures based on its relative frequency. Scientific experiments have shown how favorable this number is chosen by participating humans. It is the most frequently selection if people are asked to name their favorite number. As blue is as often chosen as the favorite color the phenomenon is also called “blue-seven” phenomenon.
Another finding by the cognition psychologist John Locke in the 17th century shows that in human perceptivity most people could remember 7 objects after a brief look at them.
Strangest Invertebrate Ever: "Check out the mode of locomotion - something i've never seen before. If any one can help me ID this animal or knows someone who could help can you please contact me. I have found a few of them under logs in New South Wales, Australia."
iPhone magnetic mount lenses clarify your photos: "USB Fever have a trio of lenses that adhere to your iPhone via a magnetic ring. The Wide Angle lens (pictured above) offers a .67x zoom with Super Macro. The trio of lenses provide: Wide Angle, Telephoto (2x) and Fish-Eye capabilities to the iPhone (original and 3G) as well as a slew of other phones and even computers. Since the iPhone 3G features a plastic base, USB Fever have a solution to magnetically mount the lenses to those phones with plastic cases"
Why Is There a Mohammad Statue at the Supreme Court?: "Sculpture figures prominently in the Corinthian architecture of the Court Building. One chamber features a frieze decorated with a bas-relief sculpture by Adolph A. Weinman of eighteen influential law-givers. The south wall depicts Menes, Hammurabi, Moses, Solomon, Lycurgus, Solon, Draco, Confucius and Octavian, while the north wall depicts Napoleon Bonaparte, John Marshall, William Blackstone, Hugo Grotius, Louis IX, King John, Charlemagne, Justinian and, you guessed it, Mohammad."
Candy Canes Fight Germs, Settle Stomachs: "New studies on peppermint, the key flavoring in traditional candy canes, reveal the herb may do everything from kill germs to treat digestive troubles.
Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily."
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Stalin strong contender for most popular Russian: "Soviet dictator Josef Stalin remains one of Russia's most popular historical figures despite the purges that marked his rule, according to the latest results in a nationwide poll."
The Polaroid - Imperfect, Yet Magical: "The demise of Polaroid’s instant film cameras has been coming for years. Digital technology did it in. The decision this year by the company that Edwin Land founded to stop manufacturing the film has left devotees who grew up with Polaroid’s palm-size white-bordered prints bereft. They have signed up in the thousands as members of SavePolaroid.com. Digital cameras that print instant pictures have materialized to fill the void, providing a practical substitute. But as in most affairs of the heart, logic is beside the point."
Friday, December 26, 2008
Modern and Creative Bathtub Designs: "Modern bathtubs and creative bathtub designs from all over the world."
Police: 'Missing' Florida Baby Never Existed: "A 6-month-old boy whose mother reported him missing two days ago doesn't actually exist, Miami police said Friday.
Megan McCormic, 22, was arrested for supplying false information to police for a crime occurred, a misdemeanor, according to the Miami Herald.
McCormic admitted that she invented the child, whom she called Riley Archer Buchness, to lure ex-boyfriend John Buchness to Miami to meet his supposed son. She claimed her infant son had a mohawk and a tattoo."
Regenerate Your Brain? -Science Says It's Possible: "Contrary to popular belief, recent studies have found that there are probably ways to regenerate brain matter.
Animal studies conducted at the National Institute on Aging Gerontology Research Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, for example, have shown that both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting along with vitamin and mineral intake, increase resistance to disease, extend lifespan, and stimulate production of neurons from stem cells."
HS Football Coach Never Punts On 4th Down, Wins State Title: "Keeping the offense on the field on fourth down allows for more creative play-calling. Third-and-long does not have to be a passing down. The Little Rock school can run the ball, throw a screen pass or use any number of formations. Defenses do not know whether to use a nickel or dime defense. And Pulaski's offense has less pressure on third down."
The Quest For Every Beard Type - Jon Dyer’s Blog: "I’ve been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. Listed below are descriptions of the 35 facial hair types from the chart, including examples of the 24 25 variations that I’ve been able to attain so far.
Police arrested Carlos Flores on Tuesday night after raiding his home in Peekskill, about 45 miles north of midtown Manhattan. They say they learned about the dental office when a man who went there for a toothache ended up hospitalized after Flores broke the tooth while trying to pull it out.
Police say Flores treated poor Hispanics. They say they seized a dentist's chair, drugs and bloodstained orthodontic equipment from his kitchen."
The man arrived at the party in Covina late Wednesday and immediately opened fire with a handgun, police Lt. Pat Buchanan said."
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
When you get the milk to cereal ratio just right: "Things could go a few different ways near the bottom of that cereal bowl:"
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
An attorney for Roberto Dunn, convicted eight years ago of killing his girlfriend's mother, is asking St. Louis Circuit Judge Julian Bush for a new trial because of the recently discovered alleged sexual escapades involving two jurors, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Monday."
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's the fifth straight year someone has given $50,000 to the Salvation Army's annual holiday fundraiser without taking credit for the generous gesture. And while Capt. Jason Poff says he doesn't budget for the money in advance, but he admits that it's something he does hope for each year.
'We try not to plan on it because it is a gift,' Poff said.
The checks, purchased from Commerce Bank, were dropped into the kettles Thursday. The remitter identified the giver as 'Santa Claus.'"
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The 65-year-old light bulb that outlived Woolworths: "It defied the Luftwaffe during the Blitz - not to mention Britain’s own air-raid wardens when it was left on during the blackout.
Now this light bulb is about to outlive Woolworths, the shop where it was bought more than 65 years ago for one old penny.
The 40-watt wonder, which still works, now has pride of place in a china cabinet at the home of Valerie Beaney, 68, whose late mother Rose Allen bought it in 1943."
CNN First to Kill News 'Crawl': "After rolling it out on 9/11, 22 minutes after Fox, CNN is retiring the crawl to give its screen 'a less cluttered look,' reports the Times.
Instead there will be something even more freakish-sounding at the bottom of the screen: a 'flipper,' which will be a line of text, usually related to whatever's on the screen. The text might 'flip' over to show new information, but in a way CNN claims 'doesn't give viewers a headache.'"
In a study of 40 adults in their 60s and 70s, researchers found that those who learned to play a strategy-heavy video game improved their scores on a number of tests of cognitive function.
Men and women who trained in the game for about a month showed gains in tests of memory, reasoning and the ability to 'multi-task.'"
The boy, who had been missing for several days, was found by Police Officer Lorean Lindgvist, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday
'The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter. There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty,' Lindgvist said. 'When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me. They were keeping the boy warm while he slept.'"
Beer goggles last longer for women - Telegraph: "Researchers found that women who drink even moderately develop a reduced ability to rate attractiveness in male faces, even when they are sober."
Hangover Helpers — National Geographic Magazine: "Around the world, suggestions abound for how to cope with the effects of one too many."
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Valuev stops Holyfield by majority decision: "Nikolai Valuev likely ended Evander Holyfield’s last chance at winning a fifth heavyweight title, narrowly defending his WBA title by majority decision on Saturday night.
The 46-year-old American, attempting to become the oldest heavyweight to win a major belt, started the fight by moving around the ring to neutralize Valuev’s long reach advantage.
The 7-foot Russian, the tallest and heaviest champion ever, struggled to close down Holyfield early but began asserting his jab as Holyfield tired."
Coolspotters: "Coolspotters is a online service that makes it easy to discover and buy the products, brands, and fashions being used by your favorite celebrities – in their real lives, and in movies and television.
It was inspired by the basilisk. Not the beast of the Chamber of Secrets, but the somewhat smaller 'Jesus Christ' lizard found in Central and South America, which can walk on water on its hind legs. Or rather, it can run very fast across the water's surface - if it slows, it sinks.
Now, my mental picture of the earliest known 'bird', Archaeopteryx, has always been of quite a large, hoatzin-like creature living in the depths of a rainforest.
In fact, all the fossils of this half-bird, half-dinosaur have been discovered in what was, 150 million years ago, a shallow tropical ocean surrounding an archipelago of coral islands. The absence of tree pollen suggests there were no forests in the region at all."
Men may flirt with risk because they think it will help them score women."
Curse of the fish that time forgot: "What Marjorie had stumbled on, 70 years ago this month, would change her life for ever. More than that, it would profoundly alter man's understanding of the natural world.
For this was the first recorded specimen of a coelacanth (pronounced see-la-canth) - a fish thought to have been extinct for more than 65 million years, which was believed to be 'the missing link' that marked the moment when animal life first left the ocean for the land.
Previously, the coelacanth's existence had only ever been known from fossil records that showed the species had lived as long as 400million years ago - 200 million years before dinosaurs had first walked the Earth."