December 09, 2013
Winter in Slovenia
All's well that ends well
Ore. man learns driving tank harder than it looks
GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Sometimes an owner's manual is not enough.
Oregon State Police say that's what a 58-year-old man learned when he tried to drive a 50-ton battle tank up a steep grade near the coastal town of Gold Beach.
The Oregonian reports that the 1969 Chieftain had been purchased by a local resident, but a truck driver transporting the tank was unable to climb the grade. So he unloaded it at a turnout along U.S. Highway 101.
The owner's caretaker, Jeffrey Glossop of Pistol River, decided he could get the tank up the hill.
State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings notes that Glossop had the operator's manual.
But Hastings says the tank slipped out of gear and rolled back down across the busy highway, crashing through a guardrail. [...]
Glossop was cited for reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.
Hastings says the tank is fine.
Finally: a good use for a Fiesta
December 07, 2013
Now we know
It's not the heat...
'Stupidity ran deep' during 'stab-proof' vest demonstration
EDMONTON - A young Edmonton man who grievously wounded his friend while testing a supposedly "stab-proof" vest was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday.
Court heard that Justin Harder, 18, was bragging to his friend Calvin Wesley Clackson, 21 about a "stab-proof" vest he'd just acquired as they hung out in an apartment suite at 106th Avenue and 116th Street, Crown prosecutor Mark Huyser-Wierenga told court.
Harder was so confident in the vest that night in October 2012 that he believed it would deflect any attack with a knife. Harder eagerly invited his friend to stab him in the chest to prove the vest worked.
"Mr. Clackson foolishly obliged him," Huyser-Wierenga said.
A very interesting illusion: the color persists so long as you focus on the dot; when your eyes shift, your perception of the positive image changes. Eye saccades in action.
December 06, 2013
Keep it rolling
This is news?
Cats Recognize Their Owner's Voice But Choose to Ignore It
Cats, according to new research, recognize their owner's voice. They just can't be bothered to react to it.
Researchers in Japan arrived at this conclusion after performing experiments with twenty house cats. They played recordings of the cats' owners' calling to their pets in whatever cat-talk voice they typically used. They also played recordings of three strangers calling to the cats, using the same words.
To quantify the cats' reactions, the researchers recorded how often cats moved their head, tail, paws or ears, or whether they meowed or dilated their pupils. While the cats showed a significantly greater response to their owners calling their names than to strangers doing so, they did not bother to get up in either instance, the researchers found.
(And cats don't have 'owners'.)
Not so pure Michigan
H.T. Jeff G
December 05, 2013
This was a woman's project for a Spanish course - made with help from her brother.
Good morning! (3)
Tennessee McDonald's serves couple paper bag full of cash instead of breakfast
McDonald's? They're LOVIN' it!
A couple rocked up at a Tennessee drive-thru to pick up a breakfast snack — and ended up being handed a paper bag stuffed full of cash.
Greg and Stacye Terry couldn't believe their eyes when they returned home and found bill-brimmed pouch.
But the honest couple headed straight back to hand in the loot.
Turns out, bumbling workers left thousands of dollars destined for the bank in a bag on a counter.
A staffer then mistakenly picked up the money instead of the customers' grub.
Your beautfiul eyes
1 of many images in this collection of close-up shots of human eyes by Suren Manvelyan.
December 04, 2013
What a priceless comment.
Condoms of Tomorrow
Vacuum cleaners, eh?
Condom Contest Produces 812 Ideas for Improvement
The condom of the future might be made of cow tendon or fish skin. It might have "shape memory" to instantly mold to a specific man. Or it might come with pull tabs so a man could slip it on with little fuss.
Those ideas are among the winners announced Wednesday by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of a contest to create a condom that men would actually use. The contest, the foundation said, aimed to decrease unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases with "a next-generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure."
The foundation received 812 applications, chose 11 and awarded the winners $100,000 each. They could receive up to $1 million after they develop the ideas. Steven Buchsbaum, a Gates Foundation official, said winners ranged from a longtime condom manufacturer in India to American chemical engineers to British design consultants whose previous work included vacuum cleaners.
More outstanding geekery
Because you never know when you'll want to sniff a protocol. This is a Kickstarter project.
There seems to be a related Android app too.
December 03, 2013
You'll never see this on an Etch-a-Sketch
The Streisand Effect in action
Utah Couple Fined $3,500 by Online Merchant KlearGear Retains Lawyer, Turns Tables
After an online merchant fined a Utah couple $3,500 for writing a negative review and sparked a financial nightmare for more than a year, a public service lawyer has agreed to take the case and fight back with demands for $75,000 in compensation.
When Jen Palmer of Salt Lake City didn't receive a Christmas gift that her husband ordered for her online, she wrote a negative review of KlearGear.com and moved on with her life. But the company fined the Palmers $3,500, citing bizarre fine print on its website.
"No one would have expected this from doing perfectly normal, everyday and perfectly legal things," Scott Michelman, staff attorney with Public Citizen who is representing the Palmers, told ABCNews.com.
This, That, and The Other
Amusing street names in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia.
December 02, 2013
Take A Look At The Verrückt Meg-A-Blaster, Soon To Be The World's Tallest Waterslide
"NOPE. NOT A CHANCE." That's what I'd tell a person who isn't nearly as brave and tough as I am if he wanted to go down the Verrückt Meg-A-Blaster waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park when it opens next year. The slide is currently under construction, but as you can see in the image posted to Reddit yesterday, this reportedly 140-foot tall project is no joke, as it will eventually become the tallest waterslide in the world.
November 29, 2013
A couple of guys who have a television show on New Zealand's TV3.
A man with a mission
Bless his heart.
Israeli restaurant: Turn off phone, get discount
ABU GHOSH, Israel (AP) - A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone and get a 50 percent discount.
Jawdat Ibrahim says smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He hopes the generous discount will bring back a more innocent time when going to a restaurant was about companionship, conversation and appreciating the food, rather than surfing, texting or talking to the office.
"I'm changing something. It might be something small, but maybe in some small way I'll be changing the culture of eating," said Ibrahim, 49.
Kicking it up a notch
And here I thought the St. Louis custom of decorating cars with wreaths and bows was unusual.
November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving (7)
As always, be prepared.
November 27, 2013
The smartest man on the planet
Happy Anniversary to the Betars. There's video of them at the link.
Relationship advice from America's longest married couple
John and Ann Betar of Bridgeport, Conn., are celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary on Monday, earning them the title of America's "longest married couple." When they eloped on Nov. 25, 1932 — Ann's father had plans to marry her to a man 20 years older — her family consoled the patriarch by assuring him Ann and John's marriage wouldn't last.
It has lasted — 81 years. Naturally, everybody wants to know the secret of their relationship's longevity. The first rule would seem to be living a long time: John Betar is 102; Ann is 98. [...]
"Be content with what you have and what you're doing," says John.
"We have watched the world change together," he continues. "The key is to always agree with your wife."
Bingo! says Kiri Blakeley at The Stir. A long, happy marriage has "nothing to do with keeping the sex spicy or the dinner hot or the children quiet or the anti-depressants nearby (though those things don't hurt)." It has to do with the old maxim "Happy wife, happy life." John clearly has "magic 'agree with whatever my wife says' superpowers" — that, or he's simply "the smartest man on the planet."
Via Miss Cellania
It's all relative
These are the people who reach for sweaters when the temperature drops to a frigid 60°
November 26, 2013
You'll be alarmed, all right
Jump start your ambition. Reconnect with powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.
Which is worse?
McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers
A McDonald's outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant.
Fed up with their outlet's nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow.
Matthew Watson, the operations manager at the Mt Annan McDonald's on the outskirts of Sydney, said the music had been a successful deterrent.
Irony meter pegged again (2)
November 25, 2013
! of 11 Impressive Thanksgiving Cupcakes at MentalFloss.
Via Miss Cellania
You can rest easy in Montana
Sack of potatoes subdued without incident
You couldn't make this stuff up! A Kalispell Police officer and a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officer were able to remove a five-pound sack of potatoes reported hanging from a tree on Seventh Street East that looked like it might fall into the street. Apparently, the potatoes were subdued without causing any mayhem.
It's a Jumbo Jet, all right
November 22, 2013
Timing is everything
Wow - it's first time I've ever seen this. They must have calculated his speed at launch pretty carefully.
Darren commented, "This was done way back in the 80s in a Bond movie." A quick Google search turned up this clip from The Man with the Golden Gun.
They "forgot"... twice
I used to hear stories like this when my children were teens.
Utah town forgets to hold election
A Utah town set the gold standard for election mismanagement this month when it simply forgot to hold an election.
The town of Wallsburg, Utah, was meant to elect a new mayor and city council on November 5. But, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, the person in charge of running the election forgot to make the necessary preparations, like letting people know that the filing period for candidates had opened, and printing ballots.
By the time the mistake was realized, it was too close to the day that was supposed to be election day to remedy the situation. [...]
This is the second cycle in a row that the town has forgotten to hold an election.
Fried Thanksgiving dinner
This is one of [t]he 11 Weirdest Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas (at Gizmodo).
Thanksgiving in a ball? Yeah, Thanksgiving in a ball. This is stuffing mixed with turkey dipped in cream corn, rolled into a little round package, fried, and served with gravy. It won the Big Tex award for most creative this year, because it is pure genius.
Via Miss Cellania
November 21, 2013
Front-wheel drive comes in handy
But I hope she doesn't need to stop
Honda's "Hydrogen Boy" pees his way to a cleaner world
TOKYO: A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas on Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology.
The Japanese firm erected a two-metre (6.6 foot) replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis -- the bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain -- for its display at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The not-so-little plastic "Piss Boy", as the famous statue is known in Japan, was meant to show how the company's fuel-cell technology works, and along with the hydrogen tank strapped to his back it has been appropriately named "Hydrogen Boy".
"When hydrogen and oxygen go into a fuel cell, they react chemically and generate power," the boy's recorded voice tells passersby in Japanese, his eyes flashing as he urinates into a pool below.
"But only water comes out. Dribble, dribble."