Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sick Whiffle Ball Pitcher

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New Zealand Beachgoers Mistake Fog for Tsunami, Prompting Panic and Evacuation

New Zealand Beachgoers Mistake Fog for Tsunami, Prompting Panic and Evacuation: "A trick of the light on some sea fog created havoc on a New Zealand beach Friday when people saw what they thought was a tsunami rushing towards them.

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."

Rare photos from the Scopes Monkey Trial

Friday, October 3, 2008

New 4-Door Lamborghini Estoque Introduced In Paris (w/PICS)

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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Evolution of the Tree (and other objects) in Video Games

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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Unspoken Communication

Time Warp Wives: Meet the women who really do live in the past

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

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

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)."

The Cutest

The Cutest | things that make you say awwww

25 Weirdest Newspaper Headlines

25 Weirdest Newspaper Headlines: "These 25 weird news headlines escaped the eyes of newspaper editors before they went to press."

The Best Career Opportunities (High-Paying Jobs), College Degree Not Required

The Best Career Opportunities (High-Paying Jobs), College Degree Not Required: "The table below contains data on hundreds of careers. Jobs at the top of the list are good bets for people with no degree. Jobs at the bottom of the list are bad bets (for example, lawyers are listed near the bottom since they all pretty much have multiple degrees)."

100 Skills Every Man Should Know

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

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."

Radioactive scorpion venom could be used to fight brain cancer

Radioactive scorpion venom could be used to fight brain cancer : "Scientists have discovered that a non-toxic extract from the venom seeks out and locks onto malignant cells after it is injected into the body.

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."

Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games

Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games : "Could playing computer games enhance mental agility enough to turn people over 50 into better drivers? Allstate Corp. wants to find out, and if the answer is yes, it might offer insurance discounts to people who play the games.

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."

30 Amazing photoblogs

30 Amazing photoblogs (and a few tips for creating one):

Name That Beer Label

World Mountain Bike Downhill Venosc camera onboard

How to Survive Falling Out of a Plane

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

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."

Kids' Cereal Rated

Kids' Cereal Rated

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.

Box Dodge Fury!

The Egg - Customized egg dropping game

How Many of Me?

There are 305,296,225 people in the U.S.
How many have your name?

There are 14 people in the U.S. with my name
Click here to check yours

Has the LHC destroyed the earth?

America's Best Burger Joints - Men's Fitness

America's Best Burger Joints - Men's Fitness: "Even the fittest of the fit crave a good-quality burger every now and then. That's why we teamed up with the foodies behind the Zagat restaurant guides on this list of the country's best burgers. Consider it the ultimate burger lover's checklist."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10.) ROUGE
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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Man Meets Whale

The 32 Best PC Games

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

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

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."

The Internet’s Famousest Felines (Videos)

The Internet’s Famousest Felines: "One of the most striking things about the internet boom and the rise of sites like Youtube is the democratization of fame (or “fame” — there’s certainly a difference between reality show famous and Tom Cruise famous) — but many of those it’s brought fame to aren’t even human. They’re cats. Of the top twenty or so most-watched-ever videos on Youtube — ranging from about 5 million views on the low end to 40 million on the top end — eight of them feature cats. Can you imagine twenty million people watching your pet do silly tricks? It boggles the mind! I had to find out what these cats were doing that so many people found irresistible."

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New Perfume Supposely Makes You Smell Younger

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.'"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DIY iPhone or iPod Touch Paper Clip Stand

Girl who bleeds without being cut baffles doctors

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."

Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way To Die

speech accent archive

speech accent archive: "The archive also contains a set of native language phonetic inventories so that you can perform some contrastive analyses. If a particular sample does not have a phonetic transcription nor a generalizations page, please be patient—all samples will eventually be complete. We are adding new samples weekly, and the pages are updated frequently.

To hear each sample, just click on the pause/play button of the sound control bar. You can also control the volume, the speed, and the cueing, by clicking on the other iconic buttons."

Eating foods you loved when you were a kid

#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

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

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)."

Learn About the 50 States


LP Cover Lover

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"

Arthritis not bettered with glucosamine, chrondroitin

Arthritis not bettered with glucosamine, chrondroitin: "According to new research by American researchers, sugar pills work just as well as the highly advertised nutritional supplements glucosamine and/or chondroitin on the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Sugar pills also worked as well as the prescription drug Celecoxib."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Rare Plant Thought Extinct Re-discovered in Upstate New York

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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10 Awesome Acting Performances By Famous Music Stars

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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Woman fails at shoplifting - puts 19 items in her pants

Woman fails at shoplifting - puts 19 items in her pants: "A Michigan City woman pulled 19 items out of her pants -- including 10 DVDs -- Thursday after police were called to investigate a theft report.

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

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."

Video Gamers Surprisingly Fit and Older

Video Gamers Surprisingly Fit and Older : "Drop those stereotypes about people who play online role-playing games — chances are they're more physically fit than the average American.

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 Nature Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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

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."

How could parenting 17 kids be dull? Just watch. -

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

Why Can't We Divide by Zero?

Besides causing rifts in reality, unstable Time paradoxes and causing the LHC to short-circuit, the real reason you're unable to divide by Zero is...The result of a division by zero is Undefined, and cannot be defined due to the fact any attempt at a definition leads to a contradiction. Confused yet? if not, read more.

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Unnecessary Knowledge

Real Life Disorders That Make Life Seem Like Scifi

Delusions and neurological disorders have the ability to radically alter your perception of reality. But the effects of many of these disorders resemble the consequences of an alien invasion, a government conspiracy, or a scientific experiment gone awry. So how can you determine if you're delusional or in a work of science fiction? It may be impossible to tell until it's too late.

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Top 20 Most Influential things to happen to the Video Game Industry

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."