October 21, 2014

Oh look!

Outside a bar in Columbia, MO



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Riot breaks out at New Hampshire pumpkin festival

It wasn't the pumpkins they were smashing.

A quaint pumpkin festival in New Hampshire ended with tear gas, street fires and at least one flipped car on Saturday as mobs of college students and young people turned parts of the town of Keene into a free-for-all.

Social media footage from the scene showed revelers destroying street signs, throwing glass bottles, pushing barricades and hurling curses at the police.

“It’s (expletive) wicked,” Steven French, an 18-year-old from Haverhill, Mass., told the Keene Sentinel. “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops. ... It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”

Keene police could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday, but the department arrested at least 49 people over the weekend in the normally sleepy town of 23,419, according to the Associated Press. [...]

The town's annual Keene Pumpkin Festival is one of its biggest events, bringing millions of dollars to local and state businesses and upwards of 70,000 attendees, according to some estimates. Attendees bring tens of thousands of pumpkins for the festivities.

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Dead eye

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October 20, 2014

Musical targets

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Yes, they do

Advert of woman's breasts posted on side of van causes 500 car crashes in just 24 hours

An advertisement showing a woman's bare breasts has reportedly caused more than 500 accidents in one day in a poorly-thought out PR campaign.

The photograph showing a woman cupping her breasts with a thin blue strip across the nipples was posted on the side of 30 vans in Moscow, Russia.

The advert simply read: 'They attract'.

But as the vans drove around streets in the city, cars started colliding with one another in their wake. It is thought 517 accidents happened in total. [...]

ADVTruck.ru, the company that organised the sign, said it would pay compensation to all those who crashed.

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On the Blue Ridge Parkway



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October 17, 2014

Ready to roll



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Heads up! (3)

Beavers with parachutes in Idaho?

Just the title - "Transplanting Beavers by Airplane and Parachute" - of this 1950 report in the Journal of Wildlife Management raises questions. Like, for goodness sake, why? And how? Did they specially make tiny beaver-sized parachutes and goggles, and push them out of the cargo hold, one by one, like a tiny dam-making army? Once on the ground, did the beavers suffer post-traumatic stress from the sudden drop? Or did they spend the rest of their days mourning in rivers, longing for another taste of the sky?

Fortunately, the article by Elmo W. Heter from the Idaho Fish and Game Department answered all our questions. [...]

Heter doesn't say exactly how he and his colleagues came up with the idea of an airdrop. They got war surplus parachutes from the Idaho Forest Service, and placed the animals in boxes, one pair in each box. Settling on the release mechanism required some innovation:

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Levitating train

Japanese demonstration of quantum levitation

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October 16, 2014

Getting serious about paper airplanes

Can an armadillo paper airplane fly? Autodesk says yes.

H.T. Paul

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Man of many talents

Police officer drives car and does CPR at same time on toddler

A Red Hook police sergeant thought he was just pulling over a speeder; instead it turned out to be a frantic dad trying to get help for his son.

The 22-month-old was having a medical emergency and the officer took quick action that saved the little boy's life. [...]

On Monday, Morgan's 22-month-old boy, also named Matthew, suffered a seizure and collapsed. The 19-year-old grabbed the small lifeless body and jumped into his car. Speeding through the Dutchess County Village of Red Hook, Morgan and Police Sergeant Patrick Hildenbrand spotted each other at just about the same time.

"I was going and then he hit his lights and then as soon as I seen that I stopped and I ran to his car. You get through traffic a lot faster," Morgan said.

"He has a young boy in his hands and he's running at me, yelling at me, his son is not breathing. 'I think my son is dead, my son is not breathing,'" Hildenbrand said.

What happened next is extraordinary. Morgan, now in the back seat of a police SUV held his son close to the partition and watched as the 35-year-old policeman drove to the hospital and performed CPR on the boy at the same time.

"I reached my hand back here as I'm driving, moved my body over and started doing all the compressions and feeling for a pulse while I could still operate the vehicle," Hildenbrand said.

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Tiny (7)



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October 15, 2014

Tiny (6)

A newborn hedgehog



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It's deja moo, all over again

Cow-suit wearers break world record at Cowaramup in WA's South West

A town in WA's South West has udderly smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as cows.

The record was previously held by the town of Fairfax in Virginia, USA, where 470 people dressed as cows last year.

On Saturday a total of 1,352 people dressed in cow onesies to break the record at Cowaramup's Deja-Moo Country Fair.

The fair was held on the second anniversary of 32 cow statues being installed in the town's main street.

Jill Turton, from the Cowaramup Retailers Association, said the cows had helped with the branding of the town, long referred to by locals as "Cow-Town" in a nod to the region's dairy industry.

"We've become a minor destination in a way," she said.

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A pile o' pugs

WorldLingo translated the title as 'Good morning, mopsy.'

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October 14, 2014

First world problems

Good spoof of a process almost universally hated. Mind the language.

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Going with the flow

UEA students urged to urinate in shower

University students are being urged to urinate in the shower in a bid to save water.

The Go with the Flow campaign is the brainchild of students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

They want the university's 15,000 students to take their first wee of the day while having their morning shower.

Mr Dobson, 20, said the idea could "save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times".

The pair want those taking part to pledge their allegiance on Facebook and Twitter and have offered gift vouchers to the first people to join the challenge.

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Levitating building

Alex Chinneck's spectacular levitating building in Covent Garden


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October 13, 2014

Meanwhile in Rio


The link below is to a Google translation of an article in Portuguese. 748 meters is 2,454 feet above sea level. The statue itself is 124 feet tall.

G1 rises to the head of Christ and shows the inside of the statue, which is 83 years

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, Christ the Redeemer complete 83 years on Sunday (12). To celebrate with the monument and gifting readers, G1 visited the interior of the statue, climbed the 10 floors of stairs to reach the top of the head and how is the view from the top of the main postcard of the city, 748 meters from the level of the sea.

Here's the original in case you read Portuguese.

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Want to play chicken?

News from Wyoming

Disgruntled employee steals train

A jaunt on a stolen train Thursday ended in a crash and possible federal felony charges for the 22-year-old driver.

Derek Skyler Brux was charged Friday with reckless endangering, felony destruction of property and felony destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures after allegedly stealing a train from North Antelope Rochelle mine and driving it south 13 miles before plowing it into another train. [...]

The incident started when Brux, a utility coal operation for Rail Link, allegedly became upset about his supervisor's response to working conditions, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Circuit Court.

The disgruntled employee then unhooked some cars and drove the locomotive around what is described as a "loop" at the site and "pretty much squashed the 'expletive' outta their scales," Brux said, according to the affidavit.

Brux then called his supervisor and asked her if she wanted to play chicken, the affidavit says. He hung up the phone and then called the rail dispatch, advising personnel there he was going onto the main rail line.

Brux said he estimated he was going 60 mph for about 15 minutes before plowing through switch 1. He told deputies he did not know where he was headed and that he wanted to make Rail Link pay, the affidavit says.

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I think you'd call this a high dive

Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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October 10, 2014



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The urge to merge (2)

Couple Had Sex In Back Seat Of Police Cruiser

OCTOBER 8--After being arrested, a Wisconsin couple had sex in the back of a police cruiser, an encounter that was interrupted when a cop heard the woman "begin to moan loudly" while her legs were "touching the ceiling" of the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Heather Basten, 29, and Travis Husnik, 33, were taken into custody by Oconto County Sheriff's Department deputies after their car was spotted drifting into oncoming traffic on August 3. [...]

While subsequently transporting the suspects, Deputy Adam Zahn "observed Travis lay onto of Heather in the backseat." The cop then saw "Heather's legs go up touching the ceiling and heard her begin to moan loudly."

Zahn stopped the cruiser, opened the rear door, and saw "Travis onto of Heather having sexual intercourse." The complaint does not indicate whether the lovebirds were handcuffed (though it seems likely).

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Sunset on the road

Pretty good for a picture taken while driving.



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October 09, 2014

Europe from the air

European cities and historic sites photographed from new angles using drone technology, by photographer Amos Chapple.

13 well-composed images; this one shows the Liberty statue and Budapest, Hungary.


H.T. Paul

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Got an iPhone 6 to "invest"?

Man offers to trade Detroit home for new iPhone 6 or iPad

A man is offering to swap his three-bedroom house in Detroit for a new iPhone 6 or 32GB iPad.

But there is no app to fix the brick house at 11954 Laing. The home is vacant and appears to have been scavenged by thieves. It sits on a block dominated by abandoned houses. And the owner owes $6,160 in property taxes, according to Wayne County records.

That hasn't stopped a real estate agent from calling it an "investor special" with a finished basement.

The homeowner was asking $3,000 for the brick house but has been unable to find a buyer.

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October 08, 2014

Feelin' lucky?

I never have understood why people stand along the outside of curves during a road race. D'oh!
But I have to admit it sometimes makes cool video. (No spectators were injured and the driver had only minor injuries.)

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I'll drink to that (3)

Sounds to me like IPAs are prescribed. Cheers!

Main Ingredient Found In Beer Can Help Improve Memory

CORVALLIS, Oregon (CBS Seattle) – Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory.

A researcher at Oregon State Universtity points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice.

The mice were given large doses of xanthohumol, a flavinoid found in hops. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their color.

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Close call catamarans



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October 07, 2014

Haiku homework

Nice job, kid.



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Send in the clowns (again)

Danilo sends email about an old post from 2010. It sounds as though Tiririca wasn't the only clown running.

"Remember you posted a long time ago, that a clown was elected in Brazil? With several votes?
Yeah, happened again. And before you ask, no, i didn't vote for him. Never."

Brazilians re-elect clown with 1 million votes

BRASÍLIA – Brazilians re-elected a clown named Tiririca (Grumpy) to Congress on Sunday with one million votes, the second-highest number of any candidate, election officials said.

Tiririca was first elected to represent Sao Paulo in 2010, winning the most votes of any candidate in the country after running on the slogan "It can't get any worse."

Illiterate at the time, he had to learn to write his name to start his new job.

In four years, he never spoke on the floor, but had one of the best attendance records in the lower house.

His success spawned a flood of protest and gag candidacies in Brazil, where those standing for office can register under any name they like. [...]

The ballot for Sunday's elections featured five Barack Obamas, three Osama Bin Ladens, a Jesus, a Wonder Woman, a Brazilian 007, a Hamburger Face, a Rambo and a Crazy Dick.

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Toy Wars

Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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October 06, 2014

Pretty awesome

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Mr. Ballsy

Man pushes giant testicle across America for cancer awareness

AUSTIN -- Testicular cancer survivor Thomas Cantley is pushing a giant ball across America to raise awareness for men's health.

He quit his job and sold his house to push a six-foot 'testicle' from Los Angeles to New York City after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to his website. [...]

They call him "Mr. Ballsy" and you can find him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or his website.

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Smoove (2)

Very stylish - but I don't think I'd throw any parties here.



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October 03, 2014

Sculpting in light

Kinetic Light Sculptures by Paul Friedlander, a Scientific Artist


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Shapewear is a thing?

Refunds ordered over caffeinated underwear

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies - Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey - have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased "shapewear" that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it is infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things.

"Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest 'weight-loss brew' concocted by marketers," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear."

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Count 'em

You can't count the F's this guy doesn't give.

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October 02, 2014

How it's done (5)

A day's worth of barn-raising in a few minutes.

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