April 27, 2018

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July 04, 2015

Independence Day 2015

This is one of several clips of Challenger (the Free-Flying National Anthem Eagle) flying at public events.

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June 20, 2015

It's Caturday

At the newly-opened Crumbs & Whiskers.(A cat project on KickStarter... that sounds like shooting fish in a barrel.)

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June 19, 2015

Slow motion surfing

The surfing is pretty cool but what amazes me is how this was photographed.

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Well, experience is the best teacher

Colorado Springs police: Man shot himself to see what it felt like

A Colorado Springs man told investigators he shot himself in the foot Wednesday night because he wanted to know what it felt like, according to police.

Adam Hirtle, 30, is suspected of prohibited use of weapons, reckless endangerment and child abuse in the shooting. Sgt. James Sokolik, a police spokesman, said Hirtle was served a summons in the case and released.

Officers were called to St. Francis Hospital about 7 p.m. on reports of a man injured in an accidental gun discharge. Hirtle, however, told police the shooting was completely on purpose.

Hirtle told an officer he shot himself in his garage.

"Hirtle stated he took his boot off and shot it, then placed his boot back on his foot and then intentionally shot himself in the foot," police say. "He did not sustain life-threatening injury nor was anybody else injured."

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Welcome To Wherever

A rooftop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as it appears on Google Maps.



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June 17, 2015

My eyes! my eyes!

1970s Men’s Fashion Ads You Won’t Be Able To Unsee. And this is one of the saner examples.


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Like socks on a rooster, IMO

cowboy-boot-sandals.jpgRedneck Boot Sandals

Boot Sandals! We are getting alot of phone calls, emails and text today about the boot sandals and YES we are the Redneck Boot Sandal Company. Here is how it works.

You send us YOUR boots and we re-manufacture them for you. Cost is $50 plus $25 shipping and handling back to you. It takes approx 1-2 weeks from the time we receive them. This way we know the boot fits you and it is the style you want. They can be new or used. We buff them out when finished and know you will be the talk of the town!!!

Lot of gals are getting them for weddings and special events. We have seen them at the rodeo, lake, beach, dressing and casual occasions. We take visa and master card. Let us know they are coming and we will make sure we take care of you!


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Breakfast in Japan

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June 16, 2015

What a shot! (8)

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Dream chalk

Why Mathematicians Are Hoarding This Special Type of Japanese Chalk

This spring, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk.”

With whiteboards and now computers taking over classrooms, the company’s demise seemed to mark the end of an era.

Being neither a mathematician nor a chalk artist, I heard about Hagoromo through my friend Dan, a mathematician finishing up his Ph.D. at Stanford. He recently appeared on a Japanese TV special about the demise of Hagoromo Bungu Co., where a TV crew came out to Stanford to interview mathematicians about the legendary chalk. One professor described hoarding enough of the stuff to keep him in chalk for the next 15 years. Dan is in the special too, calling the end of Hagoromo “a tragedy for mathematics.”

[...] Satyan Devadoss, a Williams College math professor, even wrote a blog post calling it “dream chalk.” He explained:

There have been rumors about a dream chalk, a chalk so powerful that mathematics practically writes itself; a chalk so amazing that no incorrect proof can be written using this chalk. I can finally say, after months of pursuit, that such a chalk indeed exists.

How could mere chalk inspire such hyperbole?

H.T. Paul B

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Heh (18)


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June 15, 2015


An collection of renamed paint colors at Imgur.


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Coolest guy ever

Video at the link.

This Is the Most Rock-’n’-Roll Thing You’ll See All Day

David Achter de Mole is officially the coolest guy ever.

The front man of Dutch rock band John Coffey pulled off an epic stunt Saturday during the band’s set at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands.

De Mole was crowd surfing when someone in the crowd hurled a cup of beer at him. Without missing a beat he caught the cup in one hand, chugged what was left and threw the cup back into the audience.

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Lord of the Ring

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June 13, 2015


H.T. Paul B

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A fool and his money (2)

I don't think I'd want to be identified in court documents like those either

New York Man Says Fortuneteller Scammed Him Out $700K

NEW YORK — A New York man who sought help from a fortuneteller to fix a romantic relationship says she scammed him out of more than $700,000.

Now the allegations have the Manhattan psychic, Priscilla Delmaro, and another person facing charges of grand larceny. [...]

According to the man, those payments included $80,000 for an 80-mile bridge she said would trap evil spirits into another realm, a $30,000 Rolex she claimed would cleanse the sins of his past and $40,064 for a Tiffany diamond ring to "protect his energy," along with other payments totaling as much as $40,000.

The man— who has not been identified in court documents —told police he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars before finding out in February 2014 that Michelle had died. But, the man wrote, Delmaro said she could be reincarnated.

More payments and a trip to seek out the "new" Michelle followed before the man said he decided to go to police. By then, he said he was out $713,975.

H.T. Jeff G

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Timing is everything (4)

What a photo



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June 11, 2015

And yer lookin' good, Gary



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New York's greatest headline

The genius behind ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ headline dies at 74

Vincent A. Musetto, who wrote the greatest headline in New York newspaper history, died Tuesday at 74 from cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Claire, and a daughter, Carly — and will be mourned as well by New York Post employees past and present who were inspired by his professionalism and quirky talent during his Post career from 1970-2011. [...]

Post editor- in-chief Col ­Allan said, “V.A. Musetto was one of the legends of our business, and he became famous for a truly classic headline." [...]

“Headless Body in Topless Bar” ran on The Post’s front page on April 15, 1983. As witty as it was horrific, it expressed with unflinching precision the city’s ­accelerating tailspin into an abyss of atrocious crime and chaos.

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Serious vertigo (5)

Nice work with the aerial photography.

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June 10, 2015

Selling like hotcakes, no doubt

A Kickstarter project.

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Loud & clear

Man tattoos message on forehead

(TULSA) - Police were called to a fight at a home near Admiral and Yale Ave. last Thursday.

Officers on the scene put Paul Terry in handcuffs and noted in their report that he was uncooperative.

He has a color message to police on his face that includes the f-word.

Terry is charged with Domestic Assault and Battery, Malicious Injury to Property and Interference with an Emergency call.

His bond was set at $2,500. Terry entered a not guilty plea. His next court date is July 18.

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I'll try the soupe du jour



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June 09, 2015

Clear and sunny

At Sparks Lake, Oregon



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It was like cat & mouse


NEW YORK (WABC) -- Two costumes characters got into a fight in Times Square Thursday.

Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty characters got into a fight over tips in Times Square, according to the New York City Police Department.

Sandra Mocha, 34, of Queens, and Giovanna Melendez, 40, of New Jersey, were arrested at the scene.

They were both charged with assault.

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Visit sunny Ceres

From JPL.

A new video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, provides dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world. The images come from Dawn's first mapping orbit at Ceres, at an altitude of 8,400 mile (13,600 kilometers), as well as navigational images taken from 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) away. The images provided information for a three-dimensional terrain model. The vertical dimension has been exaggerated by a factor of two, and a star field has been added in the background.

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June 08, 2015

Robot failz

At a recent DARPA Robotics Challenge

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Maybe it's right?

Parking machine calls French mayor a b**tard

A scandal-hit French politician has launched a complaint after a parking machine in the town where is mayor issued around 500 tickets that called him a "thieving b**tard". Police are investigating.

French politicians are used to insults... but not from parking ticket machines

But that's exactly what happened to Jean-François Copé the scandal-hit mayor of the town of Meaux.

The politician, who is the former head of the newly-named French opposition party Les Republicains, quit the party last May after shocking revelations emerged over a funding scandal for Nicolas Sarkozy's failed 2012 election campaign.

But Copé is still in a position of power as mayor of the town to the north east of Paris, and it seems the local parking machines still bear a grudge against him - or at least someone who knows how they work.

Indeed, an estimated 500 tickets were issued to drivers bearing the usual date and time of arrival at the car park, along with an extra message at the bottom that read: "Copé is a bastard, thieving mayor" (see pic below).

Copé has now lodged a formal legal complaint concerning the machine in question to authorities.

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Irony meter pegged again (6)



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June 06, 2015




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Whatever it takes

#HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge – thousands duped into showing boobs online

The #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge encourages women - and sometimes men - to post photos online with a soft drink held in their cleavage, with many images showing mainly topless women barely covering their nipples - all in the name of supposedly raising money for breast cancer.

However, it has now been revealed the Las Vegas-based adult entertainment scout who started the #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge did not intend to raise money for charity but to make fun of similar challenges such as the Ice Bucket Challenge where people tipped an icy bucket of water over themselves and donated money to charity - raising more than £75 million for people suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Many women taking on the new challenge have opted to simply cover their bare breasts with nipple tassels, their hands, hair or tape.

Some women have been doing the boob challenge believing it was for charity [...]

People have been posting their images to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in the belief the challenge is to raise money for breast cancer charities but adult entertainment scout Danny Frost and glamour model Gemma Jaxx have admitted to starting the hashtag as a joke.

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Learning to unlearn

Interesting (though I'm not sure I agree with all of his conclusions).

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June 04, 2015

Worth a pint any night

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Should have expected this, I suppose

So I suppose I'm "cis-abled" now.

Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies

OTTAWA — When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident.

But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.

“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he told the body modification website ModBlog.

His goal was to become disabled.

People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.

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Incredible Surf Dog

(Kevin Chang, HB Independent / June 1, 2015)
Skylar Blue, an Australian shepherd belonging to Huntington Beach resident Lori Craig, rides to shore during the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Surf Dog Competition at Huntington State Beach.


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June 02, 2015

Chalk competition

One of many images from a Japanese chalk-drawing competition. Page at the link is in Japanese; here's Google's translation to English.


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Make me one with everything

Man sprinkles cops’ pizza with weed because ‘they sounded cool on the phone’

A pizzeria owner has been arrested after topping a pizza for two policeman with cannabis because they ‘sounded cool on the phone’.

The customers suffered dizziness and vomiting and were taken to hospital after the meal in Israel.

A synthetic form of cannabis called Mr Nice Guy was used instead of oregano.

The pizza owner told police: ‘I knew the pizza was for the cops but the guy I spoke to sounded cool on the phone.

‘He told me to put whatever I wanted on it. So, instead of oregano, I sprinkled Nice Guy.’

Israeli police are now trying to close the pizzeria.

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Roman drone

I'm always amused when an obviously made-at-home video advises us 'Don't Try This At Home'.

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