Aug
31
2007
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Game for the long weekend : Sea of Glomp

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As per the instructions, use the arrow keys for movement, the space bar to glomp and just figure it out! Play the game

Written by Peter C in: Cool Games,Fishing,Flash,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor |
Aug
31
2007
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The Great Iraq Swindle

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From Rolling Stone Magazine: 

How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins — he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq.

You start off as a well-connected bureaucrat: in this case, as an Air Force civil engineer, a post from which Robbins was responsible for overseeing 70,000 servicemen and contractors, with an annual budget of $8 billion. You serve with distinction for thirty-four years, becoming such a military all-star that the Air Force frequently sends you to the Hill to testify before Congress — until one day in the summer of 2003, when you retire to take a job as an executive for Parsons, a private construction company looking to do work in Iraq.

Now you can finally move out of your dull government housing on Bolling Air Force Base and get your wife that dream home you've been promising her all these years. The place on Park Street in Dunn Loring, Virginia, looks pretty good — four bedrooms, fireplace, garage, 2,900 square feet, a nice starter home in a high-end neighborhood full of spooks, think-tankers and ex-apparatchiks moved on to the nest-egg phase of their faceless careers. On October 20th, 2003, you close the deal for $775,000 and start living that private-sector good life.

Continue reading (links to video also)

Aug
31
2007
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‘Vatican air’ passengers’ holy water confiscated

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This is asinine:

The passengers on board the Vatican’s first flight to Lourdes may have been pilgrims in search of spiritual healing, but they still had to obey anti-terrorism rules, it has emerged, after several of them had their holy water confiscated.

The Vatican’s new service, a Boeing 737 painted in yellow-and-white papal livery, took off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Monday, serving swordfish canapes to 148 pilgrims reclining on headrests stamped with the message: “I search for your face, oh Lord”.

While the outward journey was smooth, turbulence struck on the return when anti-terror rules were strictly applied by the French police.

No bottles containing more than 100ml of liquid were allowed on board unless checked in, meaning passengers were forced give up the holy water they had just collected at Lourdes.

Many hoped to ferry the water back to sick relatives.

Instead, dozens of plastic containers in the shape of the Madonna were left at security, while one man decided to drink all of his.

Link 

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Aug
31
2007
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Actual news headline: Russian police arrest man for stealing a bridge

Russian police have detained a 45-year-old municipal worker for stealing a bridge.

The 5-metre span metal bridge disappeared from a river crossing in the Ryazan region, east of Moscow. Police said they tracked it down to the man, who had used his work truck to remove it and then chopped it up and sold it for scrap.

In a statement, Ryazan region police called it "the bulkiest theft of the year".

Found here 

Aug
31
2007
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Hungry sinkhole swallows family’s kitchen

ORLANDO, Fla. — A loud explosion heard inside an Apopka home led a family to a 30-foot sinkhole swallowing their kitchen, bathroom and other rooms inside the structure.

Rodrigo Coronado, who is renting the home with nine other family members, said the structure could be heard cracking Thursday.
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Coronado spoke to Local 6 through an interpreter.

"(Coronado) said basically what happened was last night at about 7:30, the first thing he heard was an extreme explosion in the house," interpreter R.L. Colina said. "When he went to go investigate what it was, he said he looked in the bathroom, the entire floor was gone."

A 30-foot hole opened in the home and has taken the kitchen down 25 feet, according to the family.

Firefighters said they were not certain if the sinkhole will continue to grow and neighbors have been warned.

Watch video on this story.

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Video,Weird News |
Aug
31
2007
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China’s Burning Man : Midi Music Festival 2007

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From Ich Bin Ein Beijinger's blog

The Midi Music Festival has become a real cultural phenomenon, drawing young people from all over the country and giving me increasing hope that the still-marginal rock culture has reached critical mass and momentum. This year, I hear there were 80,000 people on the first day, and the line for tickets was nearly a kilometer long, wrapping from the east gate of Haidian Park all the way around the north side. Organizers did a terrific job of crowd control and security, but I still worry whether the auhorities will squash the thing next year–especially if there's as much dope-themed stuff for sale as I saw this year.

 

Interesting Flickr set here 

Aug
30
2007
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Tip for advertising marketers: Don’t come across as a stalker

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The Twingo. Little did its creators know it would become the cause of so much marital strife

From article: 

Hundreds of angry Dutch women have complained to car manufacturer Renault after receiving handwritten letters purporting to come from a unknown admirer who called them "darling", suggested meeting soon for a drink and signed themselves "lots of love, M".

Some 30,000 letters were sent out – and Renault is now writing 30,000 apologies.

The letter was in fact part of an advertising campaign for a new version of their car, the Twingo, to be launched next month in the Netherlands where it has proved a particularly big seller.

Link to article

Aug
30
2007
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Puppies and Flowers : 3 yr. old vs. Monster

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Via Neatorama:

When this 3-year-old girl was asked what she was going to do if a monster came after her, the girl’s answer was far more intelligible than the recent Miss South Carolina hubbub.

Link to YouTube 

Written by Peter C in: *Puppies & Flowers,Humor,Video,Weird News |
Aug
29
2007
0

Point, Click … Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

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The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is far more intricately woven into the nation's telecom infrastructure than observers suspected.

It's a "comprehensive wiretap system that intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems," says Steven Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science professor and longtime surveillance expert.

Link to Wired article by Ryan Singel via boingboing

Aug
29
2007
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Paris Hilton photographed screwing by the pool

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C'mon folks, what kind of blog do you think this is? 

Aug
29
2007
0

Hilly Kristal, founder of CBGB, RIP

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Hilly Kristal, who founded CBGB, the Bowery bar that became the cradle of punk and art-rock in New York in the 1970s and served as the inspiration for musician-friendly rock dives throughout the world, died in Manhattan on Tuesday. He was 75.

Continue reading 

Aug
29
2007
0

The art of Luis E Camejo

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Installation at Havana Biennnial

 

Lots more work available on his website 

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Events,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Illustration |
Aug
28
2007
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Burning Man sculpture was set on fire prematurely

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According to Scott Beale at Laughing Squid: 

Wow, this is a shocker. At around 3 am Tuesday morning at Burning Man 2007, during a rare lunar eclipse, the Burning Man sculpture was set on fire prematurely (it is normally burned on Saturday). The Black Rock City Emergency Services Department was able to put out the fire in time and salvage the sculpture (it had not yet been loaded with fuel or explosives). It is still scheduled for its normal burn on Saturday and they will be working throughout the week to repair any burn damage and re-install the neon.

Lots more info, pictures and updates at Laughing Squid 

UPDATE: arsonist arrested 

Link to SF Bay Guardian blog 

Aug
28
2007
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Man With No Legs Cited For Driving Drunk

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found photo: JPaul23

From article: 

ABBOTSFORD, Wis. Two men, driving the same pickup truck, have been cited for driving drunk in central Wisconsin.

Police stopped their truck in Abbotsford, Wis. recently and found 43-year-old Harvey Miller was steering the truck. Miller has no legs.

Officers say 55-year-old Edwin Marzinske was operating the gas pedals and brake.

The police report says Miller admitted he was too drunk to drive, but argued he wasn't actually operating the truck because he couldn't push the gas pedal. Officers disagreed and cited him for drunken driving, third offense.

Marzinske was cited for his second drunken driving offense.

Both men were also cited for operating a vehicle after revocation.

Link to CBS13 

Written by Peter C in: Humor,Weird News |
Aug
28
2007
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Somebody dropped the ball — U.S. troops apologize for soccer ball with ‘Allah’ written on It

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found photo: lafrancevi

From article:

KABUL, Afghanistan —  The U.S. military regrets any offense it may have caused by handing out a soccer ball emblazoned with the name of Allah on it as part of a public relations exercise in Afghanistan, a spokesman said.

(more…)

Aug
27
2007
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Actual news headline : Kangaroo Injured In Low-Speed Chase Through Alps

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photo: mummajinx

Skippi Eluded German Authorities For Almost A Month After Escaping Zoo

BERLIN Skippi, a wily kangaroo on the run since early August was returned to his home at a petting zoo Monday in southern Germany, but not after a chase through the German Alps that left the animal with a strained leg.

The injured marsupial was captured in a cornfield near Leutkirch im Allgaeu, almost 10 miles from where his journey began, police in the nearby town of Ravensburg said.

(more…)

Written by Peter C in: Actual News Headline,Weird News |
Aug
27
2007
0

Bill Murray terrorizes Stockholm in drunken golf cart escapade

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photo: gailatlarge

From article:

On Sunday evening, Murray hit the town with some golfers who had participated in the Scandinavian Masters tournament. When the evening's festivities at Café Opera drew to a close, he hopped into a golf cart and made a beeline for his hotel.

The officer, who described Murray as "very pleasant", added that he had never before come across a golf cart in the city centre during his thirty years in the force.

Link via dethroner

Written by Peter C in: Humor,Weird News |
Aug
27
2007
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Aug
27
2007
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400 Russian men and women use inflatable sex dolls as flotation devices on river run

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From article:

The unusual sporting event was dreamed up by mastermind and organiser Dmitry Bulawinov.

He said the idea of floating down the river in the embraces of a rubber woman was conceived as a joke at a party where the men got drunk and the women didn't show up.

While considering the possible uses for a rubber woman on a camping trip, someone suggested that a sex doll would make a handy flotation device. Thus the 'Bubble Baba Challenge' was born.

Article with two more pictures

YouTube clip 

Written by Peter C in: Events,Humor,Sex,Video,Weird News |
Aug
27
2007
0

Exterminate! Exterminate! Daleks invade Manchester

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From BBC:

Daleks bid to make world record

A bid to create a new world record and have the biggest number of people dressed up as daleks in one location has taken place in Manchester.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester brought together 67 home-made Daleks on Sunday afternoon.

Their original creator, Raymond Cusick, who was there to judge the world record attempt said the initial design 40 years ago was very basic.

The museum is currently featuring an exhibition on Dr Who and the Daleks.
An official decision is yet to be announced as to whether the daleks succeeded in the world record bid.

 

Link to Flickr set 

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Written by Peter C in: Europe,Events,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Weird News |

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