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“Papa says it won’t hurt us”

iver-johnson-safe-revolver-.jpg Note: According to this wikipedia entry on Iver Johnson, President William McKinley and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were killed by Iver Johnson revolvers.
This vintage ad ran in Harper’s Weekly (1904). Found at LiveJournal.

Maurizio Cattelan’s middle finger displayed in front of Milan Stock Exchange…

From designboom:

the most recent and much discussed artwork by maurizio cattelan arrived today in milan’s piazza affari, in front of the italian stock exchange building. the controversial monument is made in marble, about 4 meters high and has been allocated on a base that brings the sculpture to a total height of 11 meters. during the making process, the famed italian artist changed the title from ‘omnia munda mundis’ – literally meaning ‘to the pure [men], all things [are] pure’, a latin sentence that has entered a relatively common usage in many countries – to ‘L.O.V. E.’

The Art of the [Glenfiddich] Barrel

From Glenfiddich’s site:

Following the success of the inaugural Glenfiddich Barrel Art exhibition in 2007, we have developed a new exhibition for 2008. This year’s programme involves a single artist who will produce a collection of works that encapsulate the theme of time. We’ve chosen esteemed designer Michael Johnson. Michael has been at the forefront of British design throughout a career spanning decades and work the theme of time has been prevalent in his work to date.

Link to Exhibition site with more photos.  [via]

The illustrations of mixmasterangel

mixmasterangel has some very different styles, here are some of my favorites, click images for larger.

















Links to mixmasterangel:



Cat, unaware of video camera, drops middle-aged woman into a ‘wheelie bin’

The curious eye of Nik Daum… amazing photo blog +

Click here to go to Nik’s site. Use the arrow keys to navigate.

Burning Gas Crater in Turkmenistan — Incredible pictures, incredible back-story


In the heart of the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan the Darvaza Gas Crater or The Burning Gates give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. The large crater is a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident in the 1950’s. It was created when a Soviet drilling rig was drilling for natural gas fell into an underground cavern resulting in a crater which today measures roughly 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. The huge crater was set alight shortly after being discovered and has been burning ever sense. The recognizable smell of burning natural gas can be detected from a distance and becomes quite strong as you near the hot edge of the crater.

Link to pictures

Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities: community urinalysis

From the University of Washington:

Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant.

The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal, from wastewater streams. They were able to show that they could get a good snapshot of what people are taking.


This is nothing new, I read about a similar experiment in Washington DC last spring and one in another in a large Italian city last year but having difficulty finding links to the articles. 

Stay tuned or post links in comments.


Fairfax, VA Takes Part in Unusual Wastewater Experiment 2006

Link to wtopnews

Link to Washington Post article 

Link to timesonline (Italian tests)

THE rivers of Italy are flowing with cocaine, say scientists who have adopted a new approach to measuring the extent of drug misuse. The biggest river, the Po, carries the equivalent of about 4kg (8lb 13oz) of the drug a day, with a street value of about £20,000.

F is for Fail — An Alphabetical Odyssey Through The Creative Process


Really nice animation.

Welsh wrapped tree art


An artist's four-year project to enliven prominent dead trees by wrapping them in coloured cloth has been turned into an exhibition. Philippa Lawrence aims to decorate trees in each of the 13 old counties of Wales as part of a scheme called Bound.

Link to BBC with more pictures

Alfred Hitchcock speaks to viewers in the year 2000

Hitchcock Year 2000 (1958)
by donaldtheduckie

Outstanding Collection of Hostess Uniforms

Shown here: Continental Airlines / USA Uniform 1970 – 1973
Link to uniformfreak.com

Anyone got space to store 2 tons of marijuana?


PORT ST. LUCIE — The city has accumulated so much evidence from its 74 marijuana grow house seizures in the past year, it doesn't have enough room to store it.

The police department is using several empty city-owned houses, as well as the defunct Ravenswood Community Center, to store materials ranging from grow house lights, air-conditioning units, hydroponics gear and the green leafy stuff itself. But police say they need more space as the city grows. They want to shift money from planning the eastern substation at the future City Center to build a new evidence warehouse.

Link to article 

9 Sites That Help With Everyday Budgeting

Most consumers could use a little financial handholding these days.

Nearly half of the workers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder.com said they live paycheck to paycheck. Even those who do have cash left after paying the bills are struggling — 52% reported they have less than $100 per month to put into savings.

One silver lining to these tough economic times: a slew of new free online tools and services that help consumers save money and manage it wisely. Whether you're looking to track your credit score, find a better savings rate or finally balance that monthly budget, these nine sites can help:


Worried you're paying more than you need to for your wireless plan? BillShrink searches various cell phone plans to find you the best deal. Answer five simple questions about your usage (or better yet, upload your latest bill), and this service searches plan and add-on service combinations at all providers. It even factors in call quality and the cost to switch. The site offers a similar tool for credit cards that tallies the cash you'd save — in terms of interest rates and fees — by switching to another card.

Credit Karma

Thanks to the credit crunch, your credit score carries a lot more weight than it used to, especially when you want to land a loan or open a credit card. Credit Karma offers free daily access to your credit score from partner credit reporting bureau TransUnion. Most lenders use a different formula — the so-called FICO from Fair Isaac Corp. — but it's still an effective tool for keeping track of any score fluctuations. (Other sites charge $8.99 and up a month for continuous monitoring of your FICO score, or require you to sign up for other subscription services.) Credit Karma also offers a Credit Simulator that gauges the affect of such actions as opening a new credit card or paying your bills on time.


This site offers information on thousands of financial accounts, ranging from credit cards and checking accounts to 529 college savings plans. Search for the best balance transfer rates on credit cards or which CDs pay the most in interest. Also, find out about other consumers' experiences through the customer reviews and ratings. (Dow Jones owns half of FiLife, which launched in June; SmartMoney.com is a joint venture of Hearst and Dow Jones.)


Mint provides one-stop shopping for consumers who want to get a better handle on all of their household finances. Not only does it allow users to track their 401(k), but it also lets them customize their budget for specific expenses, including groceries and gas. One downside: the "Ways to Save" section only includes offers from partner credit card issuers.


Want to get the best rates on a CD, money market or high-yield savings account? MoneyAisle will pit participating financial institutions (mostly small community banks and credit unions) against one another in a real-time auction to compete for your business. The auctions take just a few minutes, and users can decline deals they don't like. For peace of mind, MoneyAisle only deals with FDIC-insured institutions that carry favorable safety ratings from industry experts.

Quicken Online

The web-based version of the popular desktop software ditched its $2.99-a-month fee. Now users have access to an overview of all of their accounts, as well as a 10-day outlook that projects how upcoming expenses will impact account balances. Quicken also assesses user's risk level for incurring overdraft fees and will send text-message alerts when they're overspending.


This combination search engine-online community helps users dig up the best mortgage rates. Enter a zip code to find out what rates and other terms lenders in the area are offering. Then find out what rates consumers with credit scores similar to yours are receiving at various banks.


Want to know where you stand in terms of fiscal fitness? This new budgeting and money management site, which is currently in beta testing, calculates your overall financial health. By looking at spending behaviors and other data, such as account balances, it determines how well equipped you are to meet certain financial goals like retirement or buying a home. Not financially fit enough? The site offers step-by-step advice for gradual improvement.


Like Quicken, Thrive and Mint, this site allows users to handle all of their accounts in one place and to set budget and savings goals. Users can also create their own categories for purchases and select statistics (say, the percentage of the family budget spent on gas) to display as a graphed comparison against those of other site users. The idea: see how others are managing their finances and take away lessons to improve your own.


Via SmartMoney.com

Sea Lion Irish Dance Contest — Lookout Riverdance


Really funny clip of a sea lion tapping the boards.

Link to YouTube 

The Greek Riots in Photographs

On the night of Saturday, December 6th, two Special Guards of the Greek police clashed with a small group of young men. The exact details of what took place are still unclear, but it is known that one of the Guards fired three shots, and one of those bullets caused the death of 15-year-old Alexander Grigoropoulos – whether the injury was made by an accidental ricochet or deliberate shot remains to be determined. The two Guards are now in jail awaiting trial, the shooter charged with homicide.

This undated photo made at a unknown location shows 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Some of the worst riots Greece has seen in years began within hours of the fatal shooting of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on Saturday night in the central Athens district of Exarchia. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi)




Link to Boston.com's photos.

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