May
30
2007
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Puppies and Flowers

Irish eagle chick is first in century
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Written by Peter C in: *Puppies & Flowers,Europe,Hmmn. Interesting. |
May
30
2007
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Waterspout off Singapore’s east coast

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SINGAPORE: A waterspout has been spotted from the eastern parts of Singapore. Most callers to the MediaCorp News Hotline reported seeing what looked like a tornado or a twister over the sea. Most said they saw the phenomenon at about 2.30pm and that the phenomenon lasted about 15 minutes. Witnesses said it was moving in a circular motion.

Link to article with lots of submitted photos

Written by Peter C in: Asia,Hmmn. Interesting.,Photography,Weird News |
May
29
2007
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Mao Zedong female impersonator

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chen Yan waves at a crowd of onlookers bemused at seeing China’s late helmsman, Mao Zedong, brought back to life by a middle-aged woman.
Chen, 51, from Mianyang, in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, has been dressing up as Mao since she was discovered on a local TV show in 2005 impersonating another actor who had played Mao in movies.
Link to Reuters with more photos

Written by Peter C in: Asia,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Weird News |
May
28
2007
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Welsh wrapped tree art

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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

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Europe |
May
27
2007
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May
27
2007
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Happy 70th Golden Gate Bridge

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Interesting comments from current employees of the bridge including:

“People in Corvettes are very snotty,” she said. “I hate to say that, but it’s true. They don’t give you the time of day.”

and

Forest “Woody” Becker said working on the bridge is “about the greatest job an ironworker can have. It’s a great icon, and it’s real security.” He is proud to have designed camera mounts for the bridge and recently created a mold to make zinc castings used on suspender ropes. Becker first saw the Golden Gate in August 1964. “I was in the Navy, heading to Vietnam aboard the USS Ranger. Then I saw it 10 months later. It welcomed me home. I’ll never forget it. “

Link to article

May
23
2007
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U.S. Navy Sends Carriers Near Iran

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2007, 11:58 a.m. ET · The U.S. Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 U.S. Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.

Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics |
May
22
2007
0

The US Civil War in Four Minutes.


Link to YouTube

Written by Peter C in: History |
May
22
2007
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Man’s plot to kill girlfriend ends with his death

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A CALIFORNIAN man who tried to kill his girlfriend by leaving her in a car parked across railway lines was himself killed when an oncoming train hurled the car into him as he fled.
His girlfriend survived, the Associated Press reported.
The man drove the car to the head of a line of traffic stopped at a level crossing in the San Fernando Valley neighbourhood of Sunland on Monday, police spokesman Mike Lopez said.
The man, who was seen arguing with the woman, then parked the car on the tracks and jumped out, leaving her behind, Mr Lopez said.

Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Weird News |
May
21
2007
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Gay flamingos pick up chick

pinkflamigos.jpgJohn Waters, Devine? Well not quite…

LONDON (AFP) – A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday. Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to take over their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol.
But their egg-sitting prowess made them the top choice for taking an unhatched egg under their wings when one of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned.

Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Europe,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
May
21
2007
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Zombie warning for San Francisco May 25th…

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Something sinister is coming to San Francisco in May. The conditions for a zombie outbreak will be perfect on May 25th around 6pm. Stay tuned for further dispatches.

Link to eatbrains

Written by Peter C in: Events,Photography |
May
21
2007
0

Can’t get enough of “Deadliest Catch”?

Amazing photographer, Fisherman dude, Deadliest Catch star, Corey Arnold gives you this first hand account.
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Link
to article with awesome photographs

Written by Peter C in: Fishing,Hmmn. Interesting.,Photography |
May
21
2007
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“Serenaded by Bruno, a pianist doing life for murder…”

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DINERS are flocking to what could perhaps be termed the most exclusive restaurant in Italy – one located inside a top security prison, where the chefs and waiters are Mafiosi, robbers and murderers. Serenaded by Bruno, a pianist doing life for murder, the clientele eat inside a deconsecrated chapel set behind the 60ft high walls, watch towers, searchlights and security cameras of the daunting 500-year-old Fortezza Medicea, at Volterra near Pisa. Under the watchful eye of armed prison warders, a 20-strong team of chefs, kitchen hands and waiters prepares 120 covers for diners who have all undergone strict security checks. Tables are booked up weeks in advance. Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Europe,Food,Hmmn. Interesting. |
May
21
2007
0

Mary Poppins eat you heart out

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From the article:

An 18-year girl's life-and-death experience had a happy ending because of an umbrella she was holding when she was blown off the roof of a six-story building in a storm. The umbrella allowed her to land relatively softly on the ground and saved her life. Zhang Haijing, a school student from Jingning County in neighboring Zhejiang Province, was caught in the rain on her way home in the evening of May 15. She intended to wash her soaked clothes in a laundry located at the top of her six-story building, Today Morning Express reported today.

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Written by Peter C in: Asia,Weird News |
May
21
2007
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Hershey sues man who made pot candy

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – It was a big enough bummer for Kenneth Affolter when he was sentenced to more than five years in prison for making pot-laced treats and soft drinks. Now he faces the wrath of a candy giant. The Hershey Co. has sued Affolter, 40, for giving his marijuana goodies names like Stoney Rancher, Rasta Reese's and Keef Kat. Each came in packaging similar to Hershey's Jolly Rancher, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kat candies, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
May
21
2007
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Little Mermaid sporting a Burka

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Guerilla Art?

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Little Mermaid statue in Denmark's capital was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf Sunday morning. Police removed the clothing after a telephone caller reported it, spokesman Jorgen Thomsen said.

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Written by Peter C in: Arts,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
May
17
2007
0

About bleedin’ time!

Wolfowitz resigns as World Bank president
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Paul Wolfowitz resigned as president of the World Bank effective June 30, the bank’s directors announced Thursday. The bank will launch an immediate search for a new president. Directors had been negotiating with Wolfowitz to step down after an internal review found that he violated the bank’s code of conduct by engineering a pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza. “We are grateful to Mr. Wolfowitz for his service at the bank,” the directors said in a statement. “Much has been achieved in the last two years.”

Link to MarketWatch article

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics |
May
17
2007
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IT manager avoids the jams by kite-surfing to work

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Sailing past traffic jams is every commuter’s dream but David Grimes does that almost every day – literally.
The 37-year-old IT manager puts on a wetsuit each morning and kitesurfs to his office in Brighton.
He lives in a beach house along the coast west of the city in Shoreham, West Sussex, and the trip to the shore nearest his office takes about 30 minutes.

Link to article with more pictures

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
May
17
2007
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Good Vibrations

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Soccer stars win sex toy suit
GERMAN sex shop chain Beate Uhse must pay German soccer stars Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn 50,000 euros ($81,205) each for using their names for vibrators without permission, the company said today.
The company had marketed the sex toys, dubbed “Michael B.” and “Olli K.”, before Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006.
Although the surnames of the two German soccer stars were not used, it was clear they referred to Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
Kahn and national team captain Ballack sued Beate Uhse in court for unauthorised use of their names and won.
“The products have been withdrawn,” the spokeswoman said. “We have to pay 50,000 euros to each of them.”

Written by Peter C in: Humor,Sport,Weird News |
May
16
2007
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Tinky Winky says bye-bye to Jerry Falwell

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The former TV star recalls the trauma of being called gay by the conservative preacher.
May 16, 2007 | Eight years ago the Rev. Jerry Falwell warned parents that BBC children’s television star Tinky Winky was a hidden symbol of homosexuality. Falwell died Tuesday at 73, and the world wanted to talk to Tinky Winky.
“They’re calling again, again, again,” he said by phone from his home in Islington, in London. A spokesman said the former “Teletubbies” costar got more than 100 calls from reporters in the hour following news of Falwell’s death.
Link to Salon.com

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