Friday, April 25, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Relationship

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Relationship | Zen Habits:

"A reader, newly married, asked me to share my tips on how to make a marriage work. I wish I had a magic formula, but here’s a simple list of tips:

* spend time alone together;
* appreciate each other;
* be intimate often;
* talk and share and give.

But just as important as what you should do is what you shouldn’t do — and I’m sure many of you have stepped into these pitfalls yourselves. I know I have. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and have learned to recognize when I’m making a fatal error, and how to correct it.

If you can avoid these seven things, and focus instead on doing the four things above, you should have a strong relationship. I’m not going to guarantee anything, but I’d give you good odds. :)"

Disco Bath Means There's a Party In My Tub

Bathtime: Disco Bath Means There's a Party In My Tub and You're All Invited:

"The Underwater Disco Light Show is a small waterproof contraption that you chuck in the tub for a full-on psychedelic bath-time experience—although, if you want really full-on, it might help to get the hallucinogens in before you strip off your clothes and your dignity and jump in."

The Uno - a one wheeled motorcycle

MAKE: Blog: The Uno - a one wheeled motorcycle:

"The 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto has always been heavily influenced by the American V-twin crowd and highlights some of the area's top custom builders who have on display a fine array of one-off custom machines."

Honest College Ad

If only your school had been so straightforward.

Coke And Mentos: Belgian Students Break Mento-and-Coke World Record

Coke And Mentos: Belgian Students Break Mento-and-Coke World Record:

"Here's what you do when you're a student in the Belgian town of Leuven. You don a blue plastic poncho alongside 1,499 undergraduates, all standing in line at very long table, on which is placed a bottle of Diet Coke and a Mento. On the count of three, having raised your hood, you drop the mint in the plastic bottle, and 1,500 fountains of sticky drink erupt simultaneously. More pics below."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Portland Prom Prank Probed

Portland Prom Prank Probed - April 24, 2008:

"Oregon educators want law enforcement officials to probe who was responsible for mailing parents a letter on school letterhead suggesting that they supply students with alcohol at post-prom parties. The letter, a copy of which you'll find below, was sent this week to families of students at Portland's Lincoln High School."

Humans nearly wiped out 70,000 years ago, study says

Humans nearly wiped out 70,000 years ago, study says -

"The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated that the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age."

McDonald's Employee Won't Let You Have It "Your Way" -- Shoots You

Crime: McDonald's Employee Won't Let You Have It "Your Way" -- Shoots You:

"The News On 6 in Tulsa, OK. reports that customer Jeff Cox was placed in intensive care after being shot by McDonald's employee Erick Thurman at a Tulsa McDonald's. The chain of unfortunate events began to unfold at approximately 2am on Sunday, April 13th. After waiting nearly an hour for her order, customer Makayla Hall returned to the drive-thru window to ask for a refund..."

Stephen Colbert Larry King 4/14

Happiness Increases with Age

Happiness Increases with Age

"The study is based on interviews with about 28,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 88, and took place over a thirty-two year period, from 1972 to 2004. Happiness levels tended to fluctuate along with economic rises and falls, but, by and large, the oldest people were always the happiest. 33 percent of all 88-year-olds proclaimed themselves to be 'very happy,' as opposed to 24 percent of people under 25."

Top 10 Amazon Power Shopper Tools

Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Amazon Power Shopper Tools:

"You already love the one-stop convenience of shopping online at, but chances are you're not getting everything you can out of this feature-packed shopping engine. Did you know Amazon can email you suggestions from Mom's wish list two weeks before her birthday? Automatically ship you a new case of toilet paper every two months? Refund the difference on the price of an item you purchased that went on sale? Several advanced Amazon features and third party apps and add-ons can help you get the best deals and the stuff you want delivered to your door right on time. After the jump, add our favorite 10 Amazon power-shopper tools to your cart."

Scientists have found astrology to be rubbish

"Good news for rational, level-headed Virgoans everywhere: just as you might have predicted, scientists have found astrology to be rubbish.

Its central claim - that our human characteristics are moulded by the influence of the Sun, Moon and planets at the time of our birth - appears to have been debunked once and for all and beyond doubt by the most thorough scientific study ever made into it.

For several decades, researchers tracked more than 2,000 people - most of them born within minutes of each other. According to astrology, the subject should have had very similar traits."

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World Record 209 three pointers in a row by 60 year old man

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wal-Mart Rations Rice, Warns of "Supply and Demand" Concerns

Wal-Mart Rations Rice, Warns of "Supply and Demand" Concerns:

"Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said on Wednesday that it would ration the amount of rice each customer can purchase at its Sam's Club warehouse stores because of recent “supply and demand trends.”

“We are limiting the sale of Jasmine, Basmati and Long Grain White Rices to four bags per member visit,” the company said in a statement. “This is effective immediately in all of our U.S. clubs, where quantity restrictions are allowed by law.”"

OneLessDesk - Josh Spear

OneLessDesk - Josh Spear:

"Plenty of people use their desk as a space to separate their work lives from their personal lives, but often times those hulking masses of wood and marble end up taking on a life of their own. They tend to inherit loads of clutter that pertains to both personal and business matters and it doesn’t help that they’re certainly not so easy to move around either."

Top RB Draft Prospects

Top RB Draft Prospects - Photos -

'Pushers' pushing people on a crowded Japanese train

Bear gave off no reasons for concern before trainer's death "BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- The grizzly bear that wrestled Will Ferrell's character in the recent film 'Semi-Pro' seemed to obediently follow cues - which made its killing of its trainer with a bite to the neck all the more stunning.

Three experienced handlers were working with the grizzly Tuesday at the Predators in Action wild animal training center when the bear attacked Stephan Miller, 39, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Beavers.

Stephan Miller is the cousin of training center owner Randy Miller, she said.

Pepper spray was used to subdue and contain the bear, and there were no other injuries, Beavers said. Paramedics arriving shortly after the initial emergency call around 3 p.m. were unable to revive Stephan Miller.

The state Department of Fish and Game and Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the incident."

Three Year Old Solves Rubik Cube Three Year Old Solves Rubik Cube:

"Mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubikis solved by Chinese girl in 114 seconds"

Midwest has the worst drunken driving rates

The Associated Press: Study: Midwest has the worst drunken driving rates:

"The upper Midwest has the worst drunken driving rates in the country, according to a government report that says 15 percent of adult drivers nationally report driving under the influence of alcohol in the previous year.

Wisconsin leads the way. The federal government estimates more than a quarter of the state's adult drivers had driven under the influence. Rounding out the worst five are North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Utah had the lowest incidence of drunken driving. It was the only state where fewer than 10 percent of adult motorists reported driving under the influence. Following closely behind were a slew of Southern states that often fare poorly when it comes to government health statistics. This time, however, they're serving as models. West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina all had drunken driving rates for the prior year of less than 11 percent."

Want a boy baby, UK study says eat a lot of food

iTWire - Want a boy baby, UK study says eat a lot of food:

"A study performed by Oxford and Exeter researchers has found a relationship between the amount of food eaten by women around the time of conception and the sex of the baby.

They found that when the mother ate the most (least), she was more likely to have a son (daughter)."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital | U.S. | Reuters

Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital | U.S. | Reuters:

"Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft."

Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’ - New York Times

Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’ - New York Times:

"The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations."

Giant earbud speakers

Giant earbud speakers:

"These oversize speakers provide big sound and big laughs. They take 3 AAA batteries and work with any audio player with a standard audio jack."

Ohio Teacher Accused of Burning Crosses on Students - Ohio Teacher Accused of Burning Crosses on Students - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News:

"A public school district in Ohio says it has hired an independent investigator to look into allegations by parents that a teacher used an electrostatic device to burn crosses on to students' arms."

Delta to get better, weirder seats by 2010

CrunchGear � Archive � Delta to get better, weirder seats by 2010:

"The constant attempt to ignore the person next to you on the airplane is about to get a little bit easier, thanks to Delta’s plans to install these Thompson Solutions Cozy Suite seats on all of its Boeing 777 and 767 airplanes by 2010."

Real Ingredients or Real Bull?

Marketers often have to come up with creative ways to gain a competitive advantage by repackaging common ingredients and giving them new (and newly trademarked) names and identities.

read more | digg story

16 Lies Mothers Tell Their Kids

We have all been victim to a few of Mom's lies. "Stop cracking your will give you arthritis!" was just one of the many things mothers tell their children to keep them in line. What lies did your mother tell you?

read more | digg story

Priest carried up by balloons missing

Priest carried up by balloons missing - World -

"Reverend Adelir Antonio de Carli lifted off from the port city of Paranagua yesterday afternoon, wearing a helmet, thermal suit and a parachute.

He was reported missing about eight hours later after losing contact with port authority officials, according to the treasurer of his Sao Cristovao parish, Denise Gallas."

10 Killer Texting Tricks

PC World - 10 Killer Texting Tricks:

"Text messaging isn't just kid's stuff anymore. Use these amazing online tools to turn any SMS-capable phone into a productivity powerhouse."

Putting Game

My Best is 6 so far

25 Seriously Twisted Trees

25 Seriously Twisted Trees: From Uncanny Overgrowth to Awesome Arbosculpture:

"Trees and plants have a kind of flexibility that is both disturbing and inspiring. Left to their own devices they can wrap around objects and create strange works of unintentional art. Properly pruned and cultivated they can be made into curious, compelling and useful shapes of all sorts. From tree furniture designs to unchecked acts of nature here are 25 examples of the amazing malleability of trees."

Woman finds 8-foot alligator in her Florida kitchen

Woman finds 8-foot alligator in her Florida kitchen

OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) -- And some people get jittery about mice in the kitchen.

Authorities say 69-year-old central Florida woman found an 8-foot long alligator prowling in her kitchen late Monday night.

Sandra Frosti says the gator must have pushed through the back porch screen door and then went inside through an open sliding glass door at her home in Oldsmar, just north of Tampa. It then apparently strolled through the living room, down a hall and into the kitchen.

A trapper with Animal Capture of Florida removed the alligator, which was cut by a plate that was knocked to the ground during the chaos. But no one inside the house was injured.

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Lunchtime Flash Game: Doeo

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Candidates: How will they look in four years?

The Candidates: How will they look in four years? - - PopPhotoApril 2008:

"The Presidency really takes its toll; just look at how George Bush has aged. To see how the current candidates would fare after a term in the Oval Office, we put them through the Pop Photo Time Machine. See our Photoshopped before and afters of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama."

Golden Eagle Throws Goat off Cliff

Exhaust Air Jack Lifts Your Car with a Toxic Balloon

Vehicles: Exhaust Air Jack Lifts Your Car with a Toxic Balloon:

Simply plug the hose into your exhaust pipe, stick the balloon under the frame of the car, and let the exhaust lift the car up so you can change the tire. Apparently, it's strong enough to lift a three-ton vehicle 18 inches for up to 45 minutes, which should be enough time for even the most inept of us to change a tire."

TimeLapse Video of a Guy Trapped in an Elevator for 41 Hours

Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design

Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine:

"Below you’ll find the celebration of retro and vintage design — ads, illustrations, book covers, pins and posters from 1920-1980s. The images weren’t necessarily created in the mid of 20th century. Vintage is living today which is why this post also features artists and designers who make use of the vintage and retro style in their works."

The Perfect Song Length: Two Minutes ans Forty-Two Seconds

Two Minutes and 42 Seconds in Heaven by Joshua Allen - The Morning News:

"How many horn solos does it take to kill a perfect pop song? JOSHUA ALLEN applies science and taste to determine the exact best length—down to the second—for the platonic song, including a full mix tape of samples."

AC/DC Planning Major World Tour

AC/DC News: AC/DC Planning Major World Tour:

"Paul Cashmere of Australia's Undercover News has just revealed that AC/DC will be touring in support of their new album due out later this year.

According to Paul,'Plans for a major world tour are underway to coincide with the release of the album and the tour will been announced shortly.'"

The White Line of Brooklyn Bridge

The White Line of Brooklyn Bridge - The best free videos are right here

BrandZ Top 100 Most Powerful Brands 2008

BrandZ-2008-PressRelease.pdf (application/pdf Object)

The third annual BrandZ ™ Ranking issued today proves that brands are becoming ever more valuable and powerful in driving business growth. Companies that own brands in the BrandZ Top 100 have significantly outperformed the stock market when compared to the S&P 500.

Jordan's son aims to establish basketball identity

Jordan's son aims to establish basketball identity | - Houston Chronicle:

"There was once a time when Marcus Jordan felt immense pressure when he stepped on the basketball floor. Considering that his father is a six-time NBA champion, that's understandable.

Now, as a 17-year-old junior, Michael Jordan's youngest son is busy establishing his own identity — as perhaps one of the top prep guard prospects in the class of 2009."

The Crowd at a Rock Show

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tim Duncan hits a *super* clutch three-pointer

10 Paradise Islands To See In Your Lifetime

10 Dreamy Islands: "A holiday on a remote island might be the single relaxing experience and the perfect getaway. The white smooth sand and the blue waters go great with a hammock and a refreshing cocktail. Even if you’re trying to find your the destination for your next holiday or just want to relax thinking of sunny beaches, here are 10 perfect islands you have surely dreamt about."

Quiz Leftovers

mental_floss Blog � Quiz Leftovers

The Best Free Software

The Best Free Software - Reviews by PC Magazine: "157 software tools. No fees. No expiration dates. No problems. Sometimes even no downloads. No kidding.

by Eric Griffith and PC Magazine Staff
Buzz up!on Yahoo!

We did the math: If you bought popular apps instead of trying their gratis counter-parts, at the manufacturers' list prices you'd be out $5,183 and change! Why spend money when you can get what you need for nothing? Sometimes, you do get what you don't pay for."

Top 11 Deserted Beaches Around the World

Top 11 Deserted Beaches Around the World | The Travelers Zone: "Here are some of the secret sands; to those who are looking for secluded beaches around the globe, where quiet coasts invite in-the-know sunbathers to savor their relative solitude."

Ten typographic mistakes everyone makes

Ten typographic mistakes everyone makes | Life, Tutorials | Receding Hairline: "Below are ten mistakes that everyone makes, an explanation of why each is wrong, and details on how to fix them. At least, you'll see how to fix them on the Mac; under Windows, you'll need to dig through tables of Alt characters. Have fun."

The Unknown Russia: The Russian South

English Russia � The Unknown Russia: The Russian South: "All people know Russia is a Northern country with snow, frost, cold winter. All keep in mind pictures of taiga, Siberia, polar bears and vodka. Well, it’s all true, we all know now that 65% of Russia is covered with permafrost, but there is one fact than less people know. Russia has a territory that is located more to South than Milano, Nice, Monte Carlo and other places of European South. And this territory occupies more square than France or Germany. Meet Sochi, the Winter Olympics 2014 host. This Russia doesn’t look like Russia at all, maybe the next place for your vacation?"

20 Animals in Desperate Need of a Tanning Salon | Canpages blog

20 Animals in Desperate Need of a Tanning Salon | Canpages blog

Patrick First Female IndyCar Winner

Patrick First Female IndyCar Winner - New York Times:

''It's a long time coming. Finally,'' Patrick said. ''It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I knew I was on the same strategy as Helio and when I passed him for the lead, I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous.''

The 26-year-old Patrick won in her 50th career IndyCar start, taking the lead from Castroneves on the 198th lap in the 200-lap race.