Sep
30
2007
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Comfortably Numb – Van Morrison & Roger Waters Live

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to YouTube

Originally posted 2007-07-02 13:50:26.

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Music,Video |
Sep
27
2007
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Scohol zone

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uh-oh: 

Seminole County officials are scrambling to fix a typo on a roadway after a motorist informed Local 6 that the word "school" was misspelled "scohol."

Found here 

Sep
27
2007
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Gray-Bans Reverse Sunglasses

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Won't be holding my breath waiting for these… 

Originally posted 2007-10-12 13:24:55.

Written by Peter C in: Advertising,Design,Entertainment,Humor |
Sep
26
2007
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Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years

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YANGON – Tens of thousands of people joined Buddhist monks on marches in Myanmar's former capital on Monday in the biggest demonstration against the ruling generals since they crushed student-led protests nearly 20 years ago.

"I'm very excited and frankly I'm worried too," a teacher said as she watched the massed opposition in Yangon to 45 years of army rule that has impoverished the Southeast Asian nation of 53 million people.

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FOLLOWUP I:

Burmese military threatens monks

Burma's ruling military junta has warned it is ready to "take action" against Buddhist monks leading mounting protests, state media have reported.  

Read more at the BBC

FOLLOWUP II:

Burmese protesters defy warning
   
Buddhist monks march down a street in protest in Rangoon, 25 September 2007
Monks have called for political prisoners to be freed

Some chanted "we want dialogue". Others simply shouted "democracy, democracy".

Earlier, lorries with loudspeakers warned residents that the protests could be "dispersed by military force". 

Read more at the BBC

 FOLLOWUP III:

Riot police 'beat' Burmese monks

Read more at the BBC

Written by Peter C in: Asia,Events,History,Hmmn. Interesting. |
Sep
25
2007
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Biker’s penis hit by lightning

AN Croatian motorbike rider was knocked unconscious when lightning struck his penis during a roadside toilet break.

Metro.co.uk reported Ante Djindjic, 29, escaped relatively unscathed from the incident, suffering only light burns to his chest and arms.

He said: "I don't remember what happened. One minute I was taking a leak and the next thing I knew I was in hospital.

"Doctors said the lightning went through my body and because I was wearing rubber boots it earthed itself through my penis." 

"Thankfully, the doctors said that there would be no lasting effects, and my penis will function normally eventually."

That's just as long as lightning doesn't stike in the same place twice.

Found here 

Sep
25
2007
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Return Of Devil’s Bible To Prague Draws Crowds

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From article:

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) – September 24, 2007 – Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible – a medieval manuscript said to have been written 800 years ago with the devil's help – has returned to Prague after an absence of 359 years. 

And Czechs were eager to see it, officials said.


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The priceless piece, considered the biggest medieval book, was taken from the Prague Castle by Swedish troops at the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648. It is in Prague on loan from Sweden's Royal Library in Stockholm. It was put on display last week under high security at the Czech National Library.

Its return to Prague for the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 6, was made possible after years of negotiations between Czech and Swedish diplomats, National Library spokeswoman Katerina Novakova said.

"We expected big interest from the public," Novakova said. "Now, we are 100 percent full."

Only 60 people an hour can enter an air-conditioned room in the library's medieval complex for a 10-minutes look at the manuscript, which is inside a specially designed, unbreakable case, she said.

According to myth, a Benedictine monk promised to write the book overnight to atone for his sins. When he realized the task was impossible, he asked the devil for help. The page with the illustration of the devil is the one visitors see.

The manuscript was likely written by one monk from the Benedictine monastery in Podlazice located some 65 miles east of Prague sometime at the beginning of the 13th century, said Zdenek Uhlir, a specialist on medieval manuscripts at the National Library.

It contains "a sum of the Benedictine order's knowledge" of the time, including the Old and New Testament, "The War of the Jews" by the first-century historian Josephus Flavius, a list of saints, or a guideline how to determine the date of Easter, Uhlir said.

"I would estimate it took him between 10 and 12 years to write," he said about the piece, which weighs 165 pounds. Originally, it had 640 pages, of which 624 survived in relatively good condition, he said.

The book was transported to the Czech Republic in a military plane. Authorities would not give any details about security measures adopted at the library. It has previously been displayed in New York and Berlin.

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24
2007
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Sep
21
2007
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Cleveland Police say truck full of cookies also contained $1,000,000 in Mexican pot.

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One stop shopping:

Another big cache of drugs off the streets…this time in a legitimate shipment of Chips Ahoy cookies!

634 pounds of marijuana were seized early Friday morning on Cleveland’s west-side. It represents the second $1,000,000 seizure of marijuana in as many weeks.

This latest bust resulted from a three-month joint Cleveland Division of Police, BCI&I and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell says the pot was in the sleeper cab of a tractor trailer rig carrying Chips Ahoy cookies.

Gingell reports that the shipment originated in Mexico and was transported to Cleveland through McCallen, Texas.

Police are planning to take ownership of the big rig under drug laws. The driver and two others are in custody. The three Hispanic males have addresses in southern Texas.

Mayor Frank Jackson is praising the undercover work of his officers, and claims breaking the grip of organized crime is a top quality of life issue in Cleveland.

A few weeks ago, pot was nabbed in a shipment of frozen broccoli.

Arrested and facing aggravated drug trafficking charges are 34-year-old David Ponce and 33-year-old Abel Avalos, both of Edinburg, TX, and 40-year-old Ramon Luna of McCallen, TX.

Each is confined in Cleveland city jail awaiting formal charges.

Link
 

Written by Peter C in: Actual News Headline,Drugas,Weird News |
Sep
19
2007
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Man, 72, refused alcohol over age

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Supermarket staff refused to sell alcohol to a white-haired 72-year-old man – because he would not confirm he was over 21.

Check-out staff at Morrisons in West Kirby, Wirral, demanded Tony Ralls prove he was old enough to buy his two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mr Ralls asked to see the manager who put the wine back on the shelf.

The grandfather-of-three said he had refused to confirm he was over 21 as it was a "stupid question."

Link to article 

Sep
19
2007
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Own a piece of San Francisco history

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These where sent to me by two local San francisco artists:

Below, [Above] you’ll find four choices that highlight the places that most of us urban hipsters like to frequent and the remainder of you drug addicts and johns like to frequent as well.  Choose wisely. Your T-shirt will be a sign that you were the first in San Francisco history to own an ironic SF Parks and Rec parody shirt before everyone else did. 

Each high-quality sweatshop-free 100% cotton American Apparel T comes with a free design on it and will only set you back $20. 

Link to come shortly or check comments.

Sep
18
2007
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Royal Delft — design your own plates…

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Link to generator (Click on 'Design your own plate')

Click here to see more generators 

Sep
18
2007
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Kids just have it too easy these days… Part II

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Article:

A bridge is to be built in a Chinese village where children are forced to cross a raging torrent on a steel cable to get to school. Nearly 500 children, from Maji village in Fugong town, Yunnan province, cross the most dangerous stretch of the Nujiang River each day.

They fasten themselves to the cable with a metal carabiner and a rope and slide across the 200 metre wide canyon.

The youngest student, A Qia, 4, has to go over by herself each day.

The villagers say that usually four-year-old children are taken by their parents, and begin to go by themselves from the age of five.

A Pu, five, who was stuck in the middle of the cable for nearly 20 minutes once, said: “I used to dream of having a bridge, but then I learned that my dream was too expensive.”

But officials finally agreed to spend £35,000 on a bridge after a TV programme was made about the children’s dangerous daily journey.

Source

Written by Peter C in: Asia,History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Sep
18
2007
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EBay pulls the auction of Belgium from its site

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Internet auction website eBay on Monday withdrew an unusual second-hand sale item, the country of Belgium, which had attracted an offer of 10 million euros (13.9 million dollars).

"Belgium, a kingdom in three parts" was posted on the Belgian ebay site as offering "plenty of choice" despite the caveat that it comes with "300 billion of National Debt."

Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Europe,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Tech,Weird News |
Sep
17
2007
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13
2007
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Sep
12
2007
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Anger management student assaults bus passengers with his anger management materials, on his way to anger management class

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A St. Paul man on his way to anger management class demonstrated just how badly he needed to attend the class.

Justin Boudin is charged with fifth degree assault for using his anger management class papers to hit a man.

It was just before rush hour on August 29, that police say the 27-year-old Boudin was at a St. Paul bus stop when he began arguing with waiting passengers.

He was particularly upset with a 59-year-old woman and yelled at her, saying, "Why don't you show me some respect?"

When she took out her cell phone, Boudin hit the woman, causing her to fall and strike her head on a nearby brick building.

A witness tried to help her and Boudin hit that man too, with his anger management folder. 

Found here 

Written by Peter C in: Humor,Weird News |
Sep
11
2007
0

Model Trains Fetish Japanese DVD

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di Frankie says:

Last sunday while hunting for some cool figures in Akiba I discovered a fetish shop devoted to almost any kind of fetish (I should go there again in next few days so I hope to take some photos). One among the most interesting DVDs is Crush by Venus produced by Gagon: a DVD series dedicated to model trains crush fetishists. Seems that the "crush fetish" started in USA. Women would crush insects or worms with their feet, or high heeled shoes, but Japanese switched to otaku products like Model Trains or Die Cast cars…

Link

Sep
11
2007
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Beppe Grillo, Italian satirist’s “Vaffanculo-day” (or F-off day) to old, jaded politicians


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Grillo's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.

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An Italian comedian's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.

Popular comic Beppe Grillo has sent shock waves through the political system with the level of support for his campaign which, if successful, would bar convicted felons from parliament and would limit politicians' careers to two terms in office.

An estimated 40,000 people attended Grillo's rally in Bologna on Saturday and many more went to hundreds of similar "Vaffanculo-day" protests around the country. The word is the Italian equivalent of the "f"-word in English.

Gaining grassroots support via his website, one of Italy's most popular blogs, the 57-year-old comic said Italy needed a radical break from what he said was the political mismanagement of Italy since the end of fascism and World War Two.

"Nothing has changed since 1943. Then the king fled a nation in disarray, today politicians barricade themselves in palaces immersed in 'cultural' issues," said Grillo who, by the end of the protest in the early hours of Sunday claimed at least 300,000 signatures to his petition.

Continue reading article 

Written by Peter C in: Events,History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Weird News |
Sep
11
2007
0

Puppies and Flowers : Organic frozen yogurt for dogs

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About:

yöghund has been developed in response to a growing demand by discerning animal lovers, for a healthy treat alternative for their pets. Over the course of twenty years in the pet care business, the folks at The Barking Dog, Ltd. have stayed keenly aware of the evolving place of pets in our lives. As beloved members of our families, our dogs trust and depend on us to make wise choices for their care and health. 

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Sep
11
2007
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The couple who stopped off at a Travelodge – and stayed 22 years

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This is cute but not quite puppies and flowers… 

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"There is always something going on outside our window," said Mr Davidson, 79, a former Royal Navy sailor and war veteran, in the couple's room beside the A1.

"Our room looks out to the car park and a busy slip road where lorries pass by throughout the night.

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