Saturday, October 18, 2008
Pictured: The incredible secret world at the bottom of the sea: "In a year-long mission, a BBC team probed a small part of the earth's amazing undersea world. They completed 1000 dives and explored seven different oceans across the globe. What they found was extraordinary..."
Mob Eats World Record Sandwich Before It Can Be Measured: "TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran failed Friday to register what it said would be the world's largest sandwich in the Guinness book of World Records after people rushed forward and began eating it -- before it was measured."
Confusing Words: "Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.
Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused."
Giant Multi-legs Animals: Deadly Killers in the Nature: "Giant centipedes are relatively venomous animals that attack furiously and swiftly while fighting its prey with their venomous bites. To most of its prey, it is almost a challenge to escape away from the captivity of this giant MONSTER."
In 1990, a new species was born. It was not formed from the cross-breeding of existing creatures. It didn’t evolve from a simple to a complex organism. It sprung from the hands of a Dutch artist whose imagination and technical knowledge somehow turned plastic yellow tubes into graceful beach faring creatures.
World's longest insect discovered: "A recently identified stick insect, from the island of Borneo, almost the length of a human arm, is the world's longest insect."
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Hippie" Monkeys Leave the Commune, Go Hunting: "Deep in the forest, south of the river Congo, live the free-lovin’ relatives of the common chimpanzee, the bonobo. Previously known as the pygmy chimpanzee, the bonobo spend their days getting frisky in the forest, weaving hemp hammocks, and living among an ever-present haze of sandalwood smoke.
Well, maybe not those last two, but they have developed a reputation as being the peaceful hippies of the chimpanzee world. After five years of observation, however, primate researchers stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made a startling discovery about these animals: Not only do they hunt and kill, they hunt and kill other monkeys, just like the common chimpanzee."
united states / mexico border station, 1925 - present: "came across the above photo by chance today. it's san ysidro border station in 1925, the same border station that is now the busiest on earth. although it looked fairly busy even in 1925 with 4 or 5 lanes of queueing cars, these days it has a whopping 24 lanes of northbound traffic for those travelling through from tijuana to san diego and another 6 southbound lanes for those going the other way. every day up to 50'000 vehicles pass through this gate, plus another 25'000 people on foot, and that's just into the united states. plus it's just about to be expanded.
here it is today...
Dude Eats Incredibly Large Hamburger: "We love burgers here at Gearfuse and while we normally wouldn’t do a post on food, this dude ate a 15-pound hamburger. You heard me. 15 pounds of delicious meat was consumed by one Brad Sciullo, a chef from Pennsylvania. And this just wasn’t bun and meat either:"
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks:
"misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005"
Bacon Corn Dog Ice Cream Is the Greatest: "Bacon corn dog ice cream is the brainchild of James Boo of The Eaten Path. With the help of two friends, this flavor—'the greatest ice cream I have ever tasted,' according to James—became a reality. After reading his description, I'd have to agree with him:"
ITunes: iTunes Now Has TV Downloads in HD From All Four Major Networks: "Just about a month after launching TV shows in high def on iTunes with NBC leading the charge, iTunes now offers shows in HD from every major network: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. So pretty much every major primetime show that matters is now in HD on iTunes, which is great if you don't wanna settle for Hulu."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Personal Pod Transport Is Coming: "The age of the pod car may finally be upon us.
Futurists have long predicted the day when we zip along in autonomous and electric monorail-like systems they call Personal Rapid Transit, and several projects underway in cities around the world suggest we soon may be freed from the bondage of gridlock.
'It's time we design cities for the human, not for the automobile,' says Jacob Roberts, president of Connect Ithaca, which is trying to make the city in upstate New York the first pod-car city in America. The pod car, he says, 'creates the perfect blend between the privacy and autonomy of the automobile with the public transportation aspect and, of course, it uses clean energy.'"
Who Needs Windows? Supersonic Jets May Fly By Cam: "There's a good reason the nose of the Concorde tilted down 12.5 degrees each time it came for a landing -- if it didn't, the pilots wouldn't be able to see out of the windshield. That's a bad situation, unless the plane doesn't have a front window to begin with."
Pantyhose for Men: "e-MANcipate! is a project to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item"
The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: "The Bible tells us that God created Adam and Eve just a few thousand years ago, by some fundamentalist interpretations. Science informs us that this is mere fiction and that man is a few million years old, and that civilization just tens of thousands of years old. Could it be, however, that conventional science is just as mistaken as the Bible stories? There is a great deal of archeological evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us. Consider these astonishing finds:"
We will start off with a VERY related history lesson, one that Microsoft taught IBM back in the early 1980’s."
Peanut Butter Machine: "Make your own warm, delicious peanut butter at home--for much less than store bought butter!
Fill the top bin with your favorite shell nuts (you can also use macadamia, sunflower, cashews and more) and select chunky or smooth texture. In minutes you have creamy, all-natural nut butter perfect for baking, sandwiches, and crackers. Hopper holds up to two cups of dry nuts."
Being it's National Pork Month, there's only one way we at YBNBY recommend celebrating...have a Baconucopia!
To help you on your way to bacon euphoria, here's some bacon recipes to sample and devour.
Azentek nav-equipped SmartMirror coming end of year - Autoblog: "Everything is in line to be a convergence device, and now the boring rear view mirror has stepped under the lights to get stuffed with extra equipment. The Azentek SmartMirror has a four-inch touchscreen on the right for a 2D and 3D text-to-speech GPS display. It's also offers Bluetooth connectivity, a call log, and caller ID. It has two video inputs, one that can be used for a rear view camera, and an SD card slot in case you want to record... well, whatever you might want to record with your rear view mirror."
A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning.
The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.
The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry."
Worst Celebrity Albums: "Forget sex tapes, sometimes a CD is the most embarrassing thing a celebrity can release."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Amazing Wooden Mirror: "The concept is simple but formidably clever: a tiny camera gathers light and shape data, before sending it to a computer that processes it and uses hundreds of tiny electric motors to shift the wood blocks into the image in front of the device. Subtle gradations of shade are achieved by both the natural grain of the wood and the angle at which they are displayed, casting shadow if necessary."
Totlol - Video for Kids : "Totlol is a video website designed specifically for children. It is community moderated. It is constantly growing. It is powered by YouTube."
The revelation that somebody collects toasters often leads to the same reaction: awkward pause, nervous laugh, then: '...Toasters?' The problem is not, to collect toasters. The problem is, to have hundreds of them. The result: They simply call you crazy. Well, and sometimes I think they are right!"
Top 13 James Earl Jones Voiceovers & Monologues: "James Earl Jones is an acting legend who has used his signature baritone voice to conquer both screen and stage. But while he's contributed some truly enduring moments to cinema history, Jones has never been embarrassed to do a little corporate shillin' on the side, establishing himself as the reigning master of the modern voiceover. Nearly everything Jones graces with his vocal moneymaker instantly turns to gold, which makes his flops and dated commercial crap extra hilarious. Today, (because really, why the f*ck not?) we mine the YouTube archives to salute the many contours of his glorious career."
Here are ten tried and tested ways to help you turn that frown upside down:"
A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.
Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
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A sheriff's report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald's or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana."
10 Historic Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages: "For all of humankind’s history, we’ve been fascinated with hidden places. Before they were a fun architectural addition to new homes, hidden rooms and secret passages served a purpose. Most often, that purpose was to allow someone to hide or escape from some kind of danger. At other times, though, they have served a much more sinister purpose. Here are ten notable hidden chambers, secret rooms, and concealed passages from throughout history from priest holes to royal escape routes."
Product Placement: The History Of Product Placement In Science Fiction: "Science fiction is all about showing us new and startling worlds — and it doesn't hurt to sell a few widgets along the way. Like Eureka, which recently proved that you can save the world using Degree antiperspirant. Or the Sarah Connor Chronicles, which showed on Monday that a certain brand of car is the official vehicle of the anti-robot resistance. Product placement has been a part of science fiction for decades, but it's grown as the genre has become big business. Here's our history of the phenomenon since the beginning."
Rats that were fed white wine as part of their diet suffered less heart damage during cardiac arrest, compared to animals fed only water or grain alcohol. These benefits were similar to animals that ingested a red wine or its wonder ingredient found only in grape skin, resveratrol."
iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers.: "iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers from a selection of designers and illustrators from around the world."
Archaeological Dig Uncovers Roman Mystery: "University of British Columbia archaeologists have dug up a mystery worthy of Indiana Jones, one that includes a tomb, skeletons and burial rites with both Christian and pagan elements."
Top 10 strangest things in space: "From miniature black holes to distortions in the fabric of space-time, from galaxies that are eating each other to matter that can neither be seen nor detected directly...space is full of many strange things. And here are ten of the strangest."
Marines Fund Non-Lethal Heat Ray: "The system beams millimeter wave energy at the speed of light for more than 250 meters and penetrates the top layer of the skin. As soon as you move away from the beam the pain stops, although there is a nagging sensation of pain for few moments afterwards. The antenna covers a full 360 degrees and the beam can be used to sweep across a crowd or to target one person at a time. It’s got safety cutoffs so it doesn’t cause permanent damage, according to John Patterson, a Raytheon spokesman."
Getting to Know the FDIC: "You may have heard that the banking industry isn’t looking so hot right now. If your bank goes under, just how much do you stand to lose personally, though? You probably know that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protects your money, but how much and through what avenues? Let’s take a look at the FDIC:"
The discovery was made by a team of scientists who asked 130 volunteers to conduct a word association experiment.
Half the group were told to break off from their test to concentrate on something entirely different for five minutes.
The results showed that those who spent time focusing on a different task were much quicker at solving the first task when they returned to it than the group that had stuck with it."
Financial Advice for Banking Customers: "Get smarter about banking with tips from the financial services industry."
"Lost" Deer Species Rediscovered in Trap: "In the first ever photograph of a live Sumatran muntjac, the dog-size deer awaits release from a poacher's snare on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The photo, released Friday, is the first record of the 'lost muntjac of Sumatra' in 80 years, says U.K. conservation group Flora & Fauna International."
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ryugyong, the second largest hotel in the world | Oddity Central: "Who knew North Korea had the second largest hotel in the world? Too bad it’s deserted.
Ryugyong Hotel was one of Kim Jong Il’s plans of really putting North Korea on the World Map. He thought the best way to do that would be to build the world’s largest structure. The Koreans started buillding Ryugyong in 1987 but ceased construction in 1992 due to serious financial difficulties. The country never recovered from its financial crisis so the work on Ryugyong never picked up, until 2008 when the government decided to resume work on their giant super-structure."
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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I recently found this gem, 1959 concert footage of Johnny Cash letting his hair run wild and doing a pretty twisted take on Elvis Presley singing Heartbreak Hotel.
For comparison, check out the clip below of Andy Kaufman in 1979 (coincidentally on a Johnny Cash TV Special) doing a very straight impersonation of Elvis twenty years later.