A man who alerted beachgoers was called a “hoaxer” and taken in for questioning over the incident at Kairaki beach, north of Christchurch, but police later said he was not the only one fooled.
Police decided the man's concerns were genuine and the apparent sighting was confirmed by fishermen in the area, Senior Sergeant Tony Ellis said."
Friday, October 3, 2008
You've seen the whole Estoque shebang in Lamborghini's words, pictures, and videos. Let us add our own word to it: hmmm. It's a Lamborghini, so it's hard not to like it. And we hate to tread out the refrain, but it's much nicer in person.
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Over the next few pages we’ll be looking at gaming’s unsung heroes – objects like rocks, puddles and, er, breasts – and how they’ve changed over the decades. After you’ve witnessed the horrors within, you’ll never complain about graphics again.
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Time Warp Wives: Meet the women who really do live in the past: "Meet the 'Time Warp Wives', who believe that life, especially marriage, was far more straightforward in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties."
The 10 Whiniest Coaches in College Football: "They may be great masters of the gridiron, but they're also the whiniest coaches in college football."
Paper that Self-Erases After 24 Hours : "Recycling's better than sending good paper to the landfill. Even better is not printing in the first place. But there's still a lot of stuff that comes out of printers and some studies show that more than 40% gets discarded on the day it was produced (and a lot of the rest gets discarded not much later, or gets stuffed in a box and is never looked at again)."
25 Weirdest Newspaper Headlines: "These 25 weird news headlines escaped the eyes of newspaper editors before they went to press."
100 Skills Every Man Should Know: "Brains and charm are fine, but a real guy needs to know how to do real stuff. After months of debate among PM’s expert editors, here’s our lineup of essential skills, broken down in 10 categories for the competent man—plus 20 tools you need to own. Did we leave anything out—or included a skill you don’t think is worthy? Sound off in our chat, then take PM’s interactive DIY quiz to see how you measure up—and pick up the new issue of Popular Mechanics for the instructions!"
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Converting a YMCA Gym into a Beautiful Apartment: "A few months ago we presented “A Chapel that was Converted Into a Modern Apartment by Zecc” , the chapel was part of a large housing complex of the Friars of Utrecht, which at its height, around the mid-20th century, housed 217 residents. Today I would like to present another challenge that an interior design agency had. They ( the Apartment ) completely converted a 7,000 square-foot YMCA gym into a beautiful 5 bedroom apartment building, and I can say that every details of the apartment is stunning, from the vibrant colors to the detailed wallpaper and carpets. The place was in disrepair from years of abandonment ( as you can see in the picture below ) and needed some love."
By irradiating it before it goes in the body it can be used to target the cancer cells with killer radiation but at the same time leave the healthy cells unharmed.
The scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus lives in the Middle East and among the powerful cocktail of neurotoxins packed into its venom is a peptide that is non-toxic to humans but binds to tumour cells."
Under a new pilot program called InSight, Allstate will offer specialized computer games to 100,000 customers in Pennsylvania aged 50 to 75. The games' developer, San Francisco-based Posit Science, will track the total number of hours these drivers play."
How to Survive Falling Out of a Plane: "Let us imagine that you are on a long distance flight and you decide to answer the call of nature. Misunderstanding the stewardess, you open the wrong door1 and now find yourself falling from 30,000 feet, the average cruising height for civil airliners. What are you going to do?"
Original Locations of 15 Mega-Chains : "In this era of strip malls and outlet stores it’s getting difficult to tell one suburban community from another. Some people might like the fact that you can hardly tell your hometown from a city across the country or even in another part of the world, but it wasn’t always like this. All these ubiquitous chains started somewhere with only one location, so if you ever wanted to know where to go to shake your fist in the air to curse the strip-malling of America, these 15 locations below would be a good start."
There's some new information out today that will come in handy the next time you're walking down the grocery aisle trying to decide what kind of cereal to buy for your kids. Consumer Reports has conducted its first nutritional analysis of cereals marketed to children.
In a report that will be published in November issue of the magazine, only four out of 27 cereals are rated as "Very Good" because they are relatively low in sugar, have some fiber, are high in iron and are a good source of calcium. They are Cheerios, Kix, Honey Nut Cheerios and Life. Cheerios topped the list with only 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
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1.) BURGER JOINT AT LE PARKER MERIDIEN
New York City — This is the place to get an old-school burger without the quirky toppings. All it takes is one bite of their smoky, slightly spicy burgers and you'll understand why these popular eats are one of the worst-kept secrets in town.
2.) IN-N-OUT BURGER
Los Angeles — The menu at this hot spot may appear simple, but that's because the best offerings are kept under wraps. Our suggestion: Order your burger "animal style" for a mustard-drenched patty served on a bun with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and grilled onions.
3.) JAK'S GRILL
Seattle — Famous for its half-pounders, Jak's seasons its burgers with onions, garlic, black pepper, a mixture of soy and Worcestershire sauces, red-chili paste, and brown mustard while they grill.
4.) JOE'S CABLE CAR
San Francisco — Hand-trimmed choice cuts of chuck steak and rib eye are ground daily in the Cable Car's on-site, open-air butcher shop—where first-time visitors can even try the meat before placing an order.
5.) KINCAID'S HAMBURGERS
Fort Worth, Texas — Kincaid's has been flipping the same classic burger for the past 40 years: a delicious half pound of beef topped with mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
6.) MR. BARTLEY'S GOURMET BURGERS
Boston — The favorite dish at Mr. Bartley's is dubbed the Viagra Burger. And with its handmade seven-inch patty, blue-cheese dressing, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes—plus a side of sweet-potato fries—it may be just as stimulating.
7.) PALENA CAFE
Washington, D.C. — Made with hamburger that's freshly ground in-house each day, the patty is topped with garlic mayo and a blend of truffles and Italian cheese, and it's served on a fluffy sesame-seed bun with pickles on the side.
8.) PETE MILLER'S SEAFOOD AND PRIME STEAK
Chicago — Pete's prides itself on serving burgers up any way you want them. Their most popular option: the Prime Burger, a giant one-pound slab of top-of-the-line beef topped with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and grilled mushrooms.
9.) ROARING FORK
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Order up the Big-Ass Burger—12 ounces of ground beef marinated in green-chili sauce and then grilled and covered with bacon, Colby longhorn cheese, and a pile of caramelized onions.
Philadelphia — Once you get tired of Philly's famous cheesesteaks, stop off at the Rouge for the house special: the "Rouge Burger," made with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese on a brioche roll, with a side of crispy, homemade Belgium-style fries. Bon appetit.
The 32 Best PC Games: "It's the granddaddy of all consoles. It defines gaming culture. We use our computers to socialize, to communicate, to read news and troll forums. We e-mail, we IM, and despite the systems in our living rooms, a good many of us still game on our computers, too. Because let's face it: there's no better place to play the most hardware-frying games or reminisce about old times than the PC.
Consoles may have become the center of modern gaming, but they owe everything to the computer's classics. The thing is, only a handful of those classics remain as fun today as they were in their prime. Add them to recent history's most popular titles, and you've got this list: our take on today's top 32 must-own PC games."
Unreasonable Cleanliness May Cause Diseases : "Pursuit of cleanliness is an asset. But too much water drowned the miller, as they say. Scientists found that chasing dirt may increase the risk of various diseases. According to statistical data, there was a sharp increase in type 1 diabetes among children for the last 5 years. Scientists have been unable to explain the upsurge for a long time until they finally found the link between the diabetes in kids and their parents’ unreasonable pursuit of cleanliness."
Meet a deer little handful called Rupert who was delivered by Caesarean section after his mother was killed by a car"
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Man punches shark to save pet dog : "A man has saved his pet dog from a shark attack by jumping into the water and punching the fish in the neck.
Greg LeNoir and his rat terrier Jake were swimming at a Florida Keys marina when the attack happened.
The 53-year-old carpenter said: 'I saw a big, dark green shape, which I realised was a big shark's head. It zoomed up from under Jake."
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New Perfume Supposely Makes You Smell Younger - Lemondrop: "This just in: The fountain of youth is only $120 ... and includes free shipping!
New York perfumer Harvey Prince just released Ageless Fantasy, a grapefruit-scented fragrance promoted as 'the world's first anti-age perfume.'"
Girl who bleeds without being cut baffles doctors: "Twinkle Dwivedi, 13, has a strange disorder which means she loses blood through her skin without being cut or scratched.
She has even undergone transfusions after pints of it seeped through her eyes, nose, hairline, neck and the soles of her feet.
Sometimes her condition is so bad she wakes up with her entire body covered in dried blood.
Villagers near her home in Uttar Pradesh, India, believe she must be cursed and shout cruel things in the street."
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#928 Eating foods you loved when you were a kid � 1000 Awesome Things: "The flood of memories that come shooting back when you eat food you loved as a kid is a giant, neuron-splattering head rush.
You get transported back to the kitchen you grew up in and can practically see the avocado-green stove, three-hundred pound microwave, and plastic alphabet magnets covering the fridge.
So come on, let’s all go back together now:"
Adobe official confirms Flash for the iPhone, says Apple will decide when : "Our friend Jens Chr Brynildsen, a Flash expert who maintains a number resources for the standard including Flash Magazine, has reportedly confirmed with Adobe Systems’ Sr. Director of Engineering, Paul Betlem, that Flash is coming to the iPhone. However, Betlem says that “Apple calls the shots as to when it’ll be available.”"
Costner to release country music album: "Kevin Costner will release a country rock album with his band Modern West in November.
The actor, whose film credits include The Untouchables, Field Of Dreams and Dances With Wolves, will put out the 12-track LP on November 11 and tour later in the year.
After his band performed a gig in July, Costner is reported to have said: 'I just remember looking out into the crowd, thinking, 'This just feels right'.'
Other Hollywood actors to have attempted music careers include Russell Crowe (who fronted 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts), Keanu Reeves (Dogstar) and Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars)."
LP Cover Lover | The world’s greatest LP album covers, and 45s too: "Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs"
Monday, September 29, 2008
A salt-marsh plant thought to have vanished from upstate New York is back. But it has not come back to the inland salt marshes, of which only four remain (three in New York and one in Michigan). Rather, the rare goldenrod was found growing alongside local streets, probably competing well where run-off from winter road salt suppresses other plant..
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What famous music stars did great acting jobs in movies? And I’m not talking bit parts here. I’m talking real deal acting.Here are 10 performances that I thought were worthy of a mention.
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A loss prevention agent at Kmart, 750 Indian Boundary Road, on Thursday stopped Tina Yeakey, 32, of Michigan City, and her friend in the parking lot for suspected shoplifting."
Physicists Say Headfirst Slide to Base Faster, Maybe : "Headfirst slides are better than feet-first slides, says Washington University physicist and baseball fan David Peters.
According to Peters, it's simple physics: As a runner slides headfirst, the body's center of gravity -- and therefore its momentum -- is thrust forwards. Slide feet first, and the body's center of gravity falls backwards, away from the base."
That's just one of several new survey findings that explode the popular image of video gamers as socially awkward, overweight teenage males. Or at least, researchers have now found this among players of EverQuest II, an online fantasy game centered on group quests and other social activities."
100 Absolutely Nature Wallpapers For Your Desktop: "If you’ve noticed close enough, you’ll see that with every operating system recently launched comes a set of great nature wallpapers. This has raised a fact - nature wallpaper is favored by most people. Be it a coke/pepsi fan, apple fanboy or a Microsoft supporter, I trust that you can’t resist beautiful nature wallpaper on your computer desktop. That we think, is the power of nature on technology point of view."
12 Greek Words You Should Know: "Along with Latin, Greek is probably the language that most influenced other languages around the world. Many English words derive directly from Greek ones, and knowing their origin and meaning is important.
Below you will find 12 Greek words that are commonly used in our society. The next time you hear someone saying “Kudos to you,” you will know where it comes from."
They just announced they are having a little girl - which will make 18. Do they deserve to be TV stars? TLC clearly thinks so, having done well enough with a string of Duggar documentaries, including "14 Children and Pregnant Again!" and "On the Road With 16 Children!" Tonight at 10, the network launches its new series "17 Kids and Counting."
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Top 20 Most Influential things to happen to the Video Game Industry : "There are a lot of things within the Video Game Industry that we take for granted. Whether you like to sit on your couch with a controller playing your Xbox 360, or sitting in a leather computer chair microing your units with a mouse and keyboard, have you ever wondered how we got here? This is the Top 20 Most Influential Things to happen to the Video Game Industry. This is not just limited to games, but covers technology related to gaming, events, business practices of game developers, gaming culture, and everything else that influenced the entire industry. This Top 20 list reflects the entire Video Game Industry as a whole. Whether you're a casual or hardcore gamer, professional gamer, game designer, or game shop owner you are affected by almost all of these (if not all), even if you've never heard of any of these before."