Saturday, December 27, 2008

You have to burn the rope -- by Mazapan

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Mr Rogers Goes to Washington

In 1969 the US Senate had a hearing on funding the newly developed Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The proposed endowment was $20 million, but President Nixon wanted it cut in half because of the spending going on in the Vietnam War. This is an video clip of the exchange between Mr. Rogers and Senator Pastore, head of the hearing. Senator Pastore starts out very abrasive and by the time Mr. Rogers is done talking, Senator Pastore’s inner child has heard Mr. Rogers and agreed with him. Enjoy.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Modern and Creative Bathtub Designs

Modern and Creative Bathtub Designs: "Modern bathtubs and creative bathtub designs from all over the world."

Police: 'Missing' Florida Baby Never Existed

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."

John Hodgman Explains Time, Space, Memory

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Spectacular Panoramic of Hong Kong

Regenerate Your Brain? -Science Says It's Possible

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

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

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.


Cops: Man set up dental office in his kitchen

Cops: Man set up dental office in his kitchen: "A man has been accused of operating an illegal dentist's office in the kitchen of his suburban New York City home and giving patients wine from a jug to help them cope with the pain.

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."

'Santa' opens fire at Calif. party; 3 dead

'Santa' opens fire at Calif. party; 3 dead: "COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- A man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas Eve party in a suburban Los Angeles home that subsequently caught fire, leaving three people dead, police said.

The man arrived at the party in Covina late Wednesday and immediately opened fire with a handgun, police Lt. Pat Buchanan said."

A Sneezing Monkey

Most original snake pictures

Most original snake pictures

Our unconscious brain makes the best decisions possible

Our unconscious brain makes the best decisions possible: "'A lot of the early work in this field was on conscious decision making, but most of the decisions you make aren't based on conscious reasoning,' says Pouget. 'You don't consciously decide to stop at a red light or steer around an obstacle in the road. Once we started looking at the decisions our brains make without our knowledge, we found that they almost always reach the right decision, given the information they had to work with.'"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

When you get the milk to cereal ratio just right

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

Sex among jurors could mean new trial

Sex among jurors could mean new trial: "A convicted murderer says his Missouri guilty verdict should be thrown out because two of his jurors allegedly had sex while sequestered at a hotel.

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

Donor Drops $50,000 in Salvation Army Kettles

Anonymous Donor Drops $50,000 in Salvation Army Kettles"JOPLIN, Mo. — An anonymous donor has come through again for the Salvation Army, dropping five cashier's checks for $10,000 each into kettles at the city's two Wal-Mart stores.

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.'"

Obama's $9 Million Vacation Retreat

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The 65-year-old light bulb that outlived Woolworths

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'

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.'"

Video games may do the aging brain good

Video games may do the aging brain good: "Older adults might want to take an interest in their grandchildren's' video games, if early research on the brain benefits of gaming is correct.

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.'"

Cats keep lost boy warm

Cats keep lost boy warm: "- Argentine police say a destitute 1-year-old boy was kept alive by a colony of stray cats who shared food scraps and kept him warm in the city of Misiones.

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.'"

The Praying Mantis vs The Banded Argiope Spider

Photographer: Giannandrea Boiani

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Stacking Food on Animals

The Painfully Unwatchable White House Christmas Video

The Painfully Unwatchable White House Christmas Video

Beer goggles last longer for women

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

Hangover Helpers — National Geographic Magazine: "Around the world, suggestions abound for how to cope with the effects of one too many."