Saturday, January 24, 2009

Girl is scared to death of pickles

Widow finds dead husband's secret toy treasure trove hidden in shed

Widow finds dead husband's secret toy treasure trove hidden in shed: "He had always 'politely refused to say' when she questioned him about it, but when he died recently aged 77 curiosity finally got the better of her.

What Mrs Rowlands found was a treasure trove of children's toys dating back to when her husband was a boy and that he had kept lovingly under wraps for over 70 years."

What's Left Behind After a Tarantula Sheds its Skin

Is Chewbacca trapped in my nightstand?

Songs can cue specific memories

Songs can cue specific memories - "Thinking about a particular song -- no matter if the music of your life was doo-wop or disco -- can cue vivid memories of the past, U.S. researchers found.

'We thought that actually hearing the song would bring back the most vivid memories,' Richard Harris of the Kansas State University said in a statement. 'But in our study there wasn't a lot of difference in memory between those who heard the song and those who didn't. What we determined was happening is that you already know the song and you're hearing it in your mind.'"

Online Coloring

Online Coloring

Quarter back spikes ball

Recently discovered Archimedes text that seems to describe calculus was written over with Christian prayers

A Prayer For Archimedes: "The owners wondered if the strange book might have some value, so they took it to Christie's Auction House of London. And in 1998, Christie's auctioned it off—for two million dollars.

For this was not just a prayer book. The faint Greek inscriptions and accompanying diagrams were, in fact, the only surviving copies of several works by the great Greek mathematician Archimedes."

100 Best Companies to Work For

100 Best Companies to Work For 2009: Full list - from FORTUNE

Woman confesses to 1967 slayings -

Woman confesses to 1967 slayings - "Two months before dying, a Virginia woman confessed to killing two women nearly 42 years ago, authorities said Friday, telling police she shot the women because they had taunted her for being a lesbian.

Sharron Diane Crawford Smith, 60, confessed in a November 28 interview to shooting the women at a Staunton ice cream store in 1967, authorities said.

'I was just pushed so far,' Smith said, according to a transcript of a police interview."

Should your wife have guy-friends?

Should your wife have guy-friends? - "-- When Suzanne Babb, a 34-year-old professional organizer from Gilbert, Arizona, is having a bad hair day, she does what many women do. She calls her best friend.

'I'll be crying my eyes out and will say, 'I'm fat and ugly, and I don't have a boyfriend,'' she says. 'Then Eric will come over and tell me I'm pretty, and we'll watch '300.' It's like having all the benefits of a really great husband -- without having to do the laundry.'

Babb is one of many adults whose platonic friendship contradicts the old 'When Harry Met Sally' maxim about sex always getting in the way of men and women being buddies. Though they have been close since high school, Babb says she and Eric have never even kissed."

Area Teen Up To Something

Area Teen Up To Something | The Onion: "A local teenager, standing on the corner of Spring Street and Dunlap Lane, is clearly up to some kind of no good, neighborhood sources reported Thursday."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Presidential Transition

Triumph the Insult Weatherdog

Triumph Weather Dog - video powered by Metacafe

EA Sports simulates Super Bowl using Madden NFL 09, and the winner is…

EA Sports simulates Super Bowl using Madden NFL 09, and the winner is…

High Five!

Cheers to You!

A 1,474-Megapixel Photo of Obama’s Inaugural

A 1,474-Megapixel Photo of Obama’s Inaugural: "My final photo is made up of 220 Canon G10 images and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images on my Macbook Pro and the completed TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.

Use the controls to zoom and pan around the photo. You can also double click to zoom in and double click again to get even closer."

A 100 Meter Long Photo

A 100 Meter Long Photo - Neatorama: "Simon Hoegsberg, a freelance photographer based in Copenhagen, Denamrk, has taken a photo that is 100 meters long. There are 178 people in the photo and it was shot during a period of 20 days on a railroad bridge in Warschauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany."

The 7 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time

The 7 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time : "Predicting the future ain't easy. That's why astrologers and fortune tellers tend to keep their forecasts as vague as possible. But in the high-stakes world of high technology, the future belongs to those who see it coming well in advance.
Of course, even the most successful tech prognosticators make their share of foolish predictions, multiplying the candidates for inclusion in this article. In any case, here are a few of my favorite forward-looking flubs of the past 65 years."

9 Minimalist Japanese Homes

Eastern Delights: 9 Minimalist Japanese Homes: "This wonderful collection of minimalist Japanese homes illustrates how creative thinking merged with revolutionary use of building techniques can give shape to soothing and spectacular abodes. Ready? Here we go …"

Man arrested for 190th time in Florida

Man arrested for 190th time in Florida: "A 46-year-old man has been arrested 190 times in Florida, most recently for carjacking, police say.

Police in Boca Raton, Fla., said Henry Farrell was arrested this week for allegedly attempting to steal a truck from an unidentified man, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said Thursday.

Police spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg said the arrest of Farrell following Tuesday night's theft did not mark anything new for area police.

'He's somebody we have been dealing with for years,' Boonenberg said of Farrell. 'He lives locally and apparently likes Boca Raton.'"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Who Pays for the Obama Family’s Food?

Who Pays for the Obama Family’s Food?: "Like all presidents, Barack Obama and his family will have to pay for their own food while they’re living in the White House. But does someone actually send them a bill? How does this system work?"

Death by Caffeine

Death by Caffeine: "How much of your favorite energy drink, soda, or caffeinated food would it take to kill you? Take this quick test and find out:"

Man's alcohol-fueled attack on his door leads to arrest for pot possession

Man's alcohol-fueled attack on his door leads to arrest for pot possession: "An intoxicated man who was found kicking in the door of his own apartment in a North Seattle neighborhood early this morning was treated at a hospital for alcohol poisoning and then arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, according to Seattle police.

The man's neighbor called 911 just before 2:30 a.m. and reported that someone was kicking in a door inside an apartment building in the 12000 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. When officers arrived, they found the 28-year-old man inside the apartment.

He was so intoxicated that he couldn't tell officers his name or give them any other information, and soon lost consciousness, Witt said. The officers searched the apartment for victims or suspects, but no one else was there.

Instead, they found a large quantity of marijuana, bags, a scale and cash, she said. They found the man's ID and determined he had broken into his own apartment.

The man was treated at Northwest Hospital and later booked into the King County Jail, Witt said. Officers secured the apartment and requested a search warrant. Detectives with the department's narcotics unit is investigating.

Copyright � 2009 The Seattle Times Company"

Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos

Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos: "You don't have to go far to find fascinating stories behind some of the world's most famous logos. Just take a look inside your kitchen cabinets ..."

Eight Comedians Who Did Serious Well

Eight Comedians Who Did Serious Well: "Every so often, a comic actor goes through a crisis of faith. Maybe they feel they’re being pigeonholed into roles that involve fart jokes and being hit in the balls too often, or maybe they just want to see what else they’re capable of. Sometimes this can be a trainwreck, but for these eight actors, it’s gone pretty well at least once. Here are a few comedians who held a straight face effectively for an entire film."

Movie Poster Game

Japanese Obama Doll

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snowboard horizontal slalom

A face you can trust

A face you can trust: "Princeton psychologists recently showed that certain faces, even when expressionless, strike people as trustworthy or untrustworthy. Features like the shape of the eyebrow are part of an unconscious language of trust that powerfully affects human interaction."

Needles, not technique, may be acupuncture key

Needles, not technique, may be acupuncture key: "Acupuncture prevents headaches and migraines but faked treatments when needles are incorrectly inserted appear to work nearly as well, German researchers said on Wednesday.

Their findings suggest the benefits of acupuncture may stem more from people's belief in the technique, said Klaus Linde, a complementary medicine researcher at the Technical University in Munich, who led the analysis published in the Cochrane Review journal."

This is Convenient

My Inaugural Photo

Man arrested after exiting plane, walking on wing

Man arrested after exiting plane, walking on wing: "An airline passenger was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday evening after opening an emergency door on a Delta Air Lines flight as passengers were exiting at a gate.

Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the 37-year-old man arrived in Phoenix from Salt Lake City about 4:30 p.m. His name has not been released.

After getting out of the plane, the man was detained and arrested on the tarmac.

Thompson says the flight taxied into the gate at Sky Harbor Terminal 3. As people were getting off the plane, the man opened an emergency door and walked out on the plane's wing. Police and federal authorities questioned the man. Thompson says charges are pending."

Mongo the Trebuchet

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The ‘80s Wendy’s Burger Rap

The ‘80s Wendy’s Burger Rap: "If you’ve ever wondered how Wendy’s grills up those fresh beef patties here is a sweet ass 80’s rap/training video that explains the whole process. I know the 80’s were a different time but if someone sat me down and showed me this as some kind of “training” I would have just walked out."

Before & After:

Before & After:

Throw your hard drive away, Google's Gdrive arriving in 2009

Throw your hard drive away, Google's Gdrive arriving in 2009: "Google Drive, or Gdrive as it is better known, has to be the most anticipated Google product so far. When it arrives, Gdrive will likely cause a major paradigm shift in how we use computers and bring Google one step closer to dethroning Windows on your desktop.

The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Google's second best-known product after their search engine. That said, it's no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years - yes, that's how long the rumors have persisted. Gdrive is basically online storage where Google servers have enough capacity to hold the entire contents of your hard drive. It will likely also come with enough brains to do cool tricks now with bigger things down the road - like booting your computer from online drive to load the Google operating system."

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910): "The National Library of France (BnF) has an amazing collection of prints from 1910 which depict life in the year 2000. They are credited to Villemard."

10 Extraordinary 2008 Purchases by Extremely Rich Collectors

10 Extraordinary 2008 Purchases by Extremely Rich Collectors: "Do you sometimes wonder what it would feel like to purchase some really rare item that would truly add monetary value to your collection? It seems that for some people cost is just not an issue, and they actually made some pretty extravagant purchases in the year 2008, most of them turning out to be pretty expensive investments as well…"

Women less able to suppress hunger than men

Women less able to suppress hunger than men : "Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain's mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.

Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory and colleagues were trying to figure out why some people overeat and gain weight while others don't.

They performed brain scans on 13 women and 10 men, who had fasted overnight, to determine how their brains responded to the sight of their favorite foods. They report their findings in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fla. Cold Snap Causes Iguanas to Fall From Trees

Fla. Cold Snap Causes Iguanas to Fall From Trees: "NAPLES, Fla. — The chilly weather in southern Florida this week was cold enough to force some iguanas to fall from trees.

Experts say the cold-blooded reptiles go into a deep sleep when the temperature falls into the 40s. Their bodies basically shut off and they lose their grip on the tree.

According to Collier County Domestic Animal Services control supervisor Dana Alger, iguana reports traditionally rise when temperatures drop, as the reptiles seek to warm themselves on asphalt surfaces such as sidewalks, roads and driveways.

Most of the iguanas were once pets that got released when they got too big. The reptiles can grow up to six feet long."

The Price of Piercing

The Price of Piercing: "While body piercing has increased in popularity and social acceptance, long healing time, infections and scarring can plague those who pierce."

Top Earning Dead Celebrities

Top Earning Dead Celebrities: "Will Kurt Cobain sell cars? Perhaps. The Nirvana front man's music could start popping up in some unexpected places now that his widow Courtney Love has sold a 25% stake in his band's song catalog to Primary Wave, a New York music publishing company. Primary Wave, which paid a reported $50 million for its stake, has already struck a deal to feature Nirvana music in an episode of CSI: Miami. Now it is considering licensing the music to certain marketers. Meanwhile, Nirvana's recording catalog sold 1.1 million units in the U.S. in 2005 and is on track to come close to that total this year as well, according to Nielsen SoundScan. -"

8 Racist Words You Use Every Day

8 Racist Words You Use Every Day: "Have you ever worried that, no matter how hard you try, you'll just never be racist enough? Well, you're in luck. As it turns out, you've been unconsciously using racial slurs your entire life! Slurs like..."

The Curious Case of Forrest Gump

Almost Unrecognizable list

Almost Unrecognizable list

Pedigree dogs are becoming stupid as we breed them for looks, not brains

Pedigree dogs are becoming stupid as we breed them for looks, not brains: "Their mental and physical agility of many breeds is being eroded as owners now look for docile, pretty pets to live in their homes.

In the 19th century dogs were more likely to be selected for their strength and skills, so they were able to earn their keep guarding homes and livestock and fetching the quarry on a hunting trip.

But a significant change in breeding trends has meant the ancestors of these proud working dogs are now less responsive to commands and not as alert or attentive.

Scientists in Sweden have found strong evidence that breeding for appearance has led to a decline in intelligence."

The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words

The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words: "The 25 most commonly misspelled words is a list that has circulated among businesses for decades. It contains the words business people must spell correctly when they use the words in a specific context."

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Water drop

How Captain Chesley Sullenberger's skill saved 155 lives

How Captain Chesley Sullenberger's skill saved 155 lives: "As flight 1549 climbed away from New York's La Guardia Airport, Jeff Kolodjay leaned back in his seat and smiled at the thought of the golfing trip ahead of him in sunny North Carolina.

It was the coldest day of the winter in New York with temperatures way below zero.

The ten-year-old Airbus 320 ascended smoothly to 2,800ft, then 3,200.

It had been snowing on Thursday morning and Mr Kolodjay took in the picture-postcard view below him of Washington Heights and the Hudson River."

'Memory pill' that could help with exam revision could be available soon

'Memory pill' that could help with exam revision could be available soon: "The medicine has been designed originally to help treat Alzheimer's disease, but could be adapted and licensed for sale in a weaker form within the next few years.

One brand of memory-enhancing pill is being developed by the multinational company AstraZeneca in collaboration with Targacept, an American company, while Epix Pharmaceuticals, also from the US, is developing another."

Ten Musician Biopics That Struck a Chord

Ten Musician Biopics That Struck a Chord: "Hollywood has been singing a tune in the key of music biopics for decades, most recently with this weekend’s release of the Christopher “Notorious BIG” Wallace biopic Notorious. To honor Biggie Smalls, we take a look at 10 biopics that moved us far more than P. Diddy’s dance moves. We thought we told you that we won’t stop, eh eh."

Strange new creature with legs discovered walking on a sea bed

Strange new creature with legs discovered walking on a sea bed.