Oct
30
2007
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‘Suicide blonde’ kills three people while trying to kill herself

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From article:

A model who killed three people while trying to commit suicide has been told she faces up to ten years in jail.

Stunning Jeanette Sliwinski deliberately rammed her car into another vehicle that had stopped at a red light.

The three occupants of the car were killed instantly in the horror smash – while Sliwinski only suffered a broken ankle in the accident, which happened two years ago.

Link 

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Oct
30
2007
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A thief has stolen a book titled “Steal this Book” from a modern art exhibition in Switzerland.

From Annanova:

The organisers of the Basel Shift Festival have decided not to report the theft to the police yet, and hope the thief will return the book.

The book with the words "Steal this Book" emblazoned across its cover had been placed in an incubator by artists from the Viennese artist's group Ubermorgen.

A spokesman for the artists said: "The central part of the work was a book with the title 'Steal this Book' as a way of representing in art an internet hacking operation that made entire books readable on amazon.com, instead of just single pages.

"It was an attempt to praise those that fought for the right for literary freedom, and not an invitation to steal the book."

The book was written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970 and published in 1971, and includes advice on growing marijuana, starting a pirate radio station, living in a commune, stealing food, shoplifting, stealing credit cards, making pipe bombs, and obtaining a free buffalo from the US Department of the Interior.

Many bookstores refused to carry the book, because so many patrons followed the advice of the book's title and stole it.

 

Oct
30
2007
0

Germans… knitting… grandmas… kink?

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Clip: 

A group of German grannies have turned their knitting circle into a company selling kinky knitwear.

Their range includes lingerie, face masks and willy warmers, as well as conventional woollen clothing.

Manuela Buesch-Dankewitz, 45, who manages the group of lady knitters said: "The women love to knit, and it's great to earn something from it.

"Our oldest team member is 86. She makes willy warmers and other gear just like the rest."

Ms Buesch-Dankewitz came up with the idea after a US customer asked for a woollen bondage suit and since then has expanded her team to cater for ever more exotic tastes.

She added: "Since we put the items on-line we have been flooded with requests from all around the world.

"We make our wool products to order and there is a big demand out there."

The firm's products can be seen on their new web site at http://wolltraum.de

Link

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Fashion,Humor,Sex,Weird News |
Oct
30
2007
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Oct
30
2007
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Stainless Steel Spiders made from Stolen Scissors

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Christopher Locke buys up confiscated scissors from TSA auctions and makes these really cool spider sculptures from them. Follow link to see more pictures and a how-to of the process.

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Hmmn. Interesting. |
Oct
29
2007
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Walmart custom cakes? probably not such a good idea…

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From Neatorama:

Some people that work here had a going away party the other day for a woman that is leaving.

One of the supervisors called a Walmart and ordered the cake. he told them to write: “best wishes Suzanne” and underneath that write “we will miss you”. here’s the cake that was delivered.

Link

Written by Peter C in: Food,Humor,Weird News |
Oct
29
2007
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Serial jailbreaker escapes for fourth time

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Found image

This is a wild story:

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A Belgian inmate made a dramatic escape from jail for the fourth time Sunday evening after his armed accomplices landed in the prison grounds in a hijacked helicopter, prosecutors said Monday. 

Nordin Benallal, self-styled "escape king" with several convictions for armed robbery and carjacking, has previously run from a prison van, walked out of jail wearing a wig and sunglasses and scaled a prison wall with a rope ladder.

Sunday, Benallal's accomplices hijacked a helicopter near the prison in Ittre, some 30 km (19 miles) south of Brussels.

On landing, the helicopter was crowded by other prisoners, making takeoff impossible and causing it to crash. The pilot and a prisoner were slightly injured.

Benallal and his cohorts then briefly seized two prison warders as hostages and fled in a car parked nearby.

It marked the second time this year that a prisoner has escaped from a Belgian jail using a helicopter. In April, two men posing as tourists hijacked a helicopter and flew into the yard of a prison near Liege, in the east of the country, to pick up an inmate.

Found here

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Oct
26
2007
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40 acre cornfield maze makes Guinness World Record

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The elaborate corn maze in Dixon, 40 acres in size, has been certified as the largest in the world by Guinness World Records. It's easy to get lost in the tall stalks that make up the maze.

Link with more pictures

Written by Peter C in: Cool Games,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Oct
25
2007
0

The Best and Worst Logo Remakes of the Century

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Link to lots more samples 

Below: the new NYC Taxi logo that caused an uproar, click here to see reader submitted designs, some of which are excellent.

Designed by Wolff Olins — who also created the 'fabulous' London 2012 Olympic logo:

 

Link to BBC readers alternatives

Oct
25
2007
0

Sam Adams (Beer Co.) sues Sam Adams (Mayoral Candidate)

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Will the *real* Sam Adams please stand up: 

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Boston brewers of Sam Adams beer objected when they learned that a mayoral campaign here included Web sites invoking the name of their product.

What they didn't realize is that Sam Adams is also the name of the candidate — and has been since before the beer hit the market.

The Portland Sam Adams, a mild-mannered bicycle rider, is a far cry from the Boston Sam Adams, a patriot, brewer, rabble-rouser and business flop of Revolutionary War times. The second cousin to former president John Adams inherited the brewery, and it failed several years later.

When Mayor Tom Potter said he wouldn't seek re-election last month, City Commissioner Sam Adams jumped into the nonpartisan race. So far he's the only candidate.

Enterprising KEX radio hosts Mark Mason and Dave Anderson registered the Web addresses http://www.samadamsformayor.com and http://www.mayorsamadams.com, promising to give them to Adams if he discussed his political future on their show. Adams did.

The letter from Boston Beer Co. came to Anderson last week.

"Boston Beer has used the trademarks SAM ADAMS and SAMUEL ADAMS since 1984," said the letter, which asked Anderson to surrender the Web sites.

The radio hosts have responded by broadcasting the sound of a listener pouring Sam Adams beer in the toilet.

Article found here 

Written by Peter C in: Alcohol,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Oct
25
2007
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Just in time for Halloween, skull templates to carve on pumkins

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Found here. (A PDF file is also available for download)

Originally posted 2007-10-26 19:39:45.

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Entertainment,Illustration |
Oct
24
2007
0

Actual news headline — Guilty barmaid crushed cans with breasts

From article:

A BARMAID has been fined for crushing beer cans between her bare breasts while an off-duty colleague has been fined for hanging spoons from her friend's nipples, Westrern Australia police said today.

Police said the 31-year old barmaid pleaded guilty in the local magistrate's court to twice exposing her breasts to patrons at the Premier Hotel in Pinjarra, south of Perth.

The woman "is alleged to have also crushed beer cans between her breasts during one of the offences", in breach of hotel licensing laws, police from the Peel district of Western Australia said.

The barmaid and the hotel manager were both fined $1000, while an off-duty barmaid was fined $500 for helping to hang spoons from the woman's nipples, police said.

"It sends a clear message to all licensees in Peel that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour in our licensed premises," local police superintendent David Parkinson said.

Oct
23
2007
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Beer in a bag?

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China. Tsingtao in a bag.

Thanks Mike L 

Written by Peter C in: Alcohol,Asia,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Weird News |
Oct
22
2007
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NASA withholds results of air safety study so as not to upset travellers — or affect airlines bottom line

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Clip from ABC News:

Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized.

NASA gathered the information under an $8.5 million safety project, through telephone interviews with roughly 24,000 commercial and general aviation pilots over nearly four years. Since ending the interviews at the beginning of 2005 and shutting down the project completely more than one year ago, the space agency has refused to divulge the results publicly.

Just last week, NASA ordered the contractor that conducted the survey to purge all related data from its computers.

Link to article 

Written by Peter C in: Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,Weird News,Words etc |
Oct
22
2007
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New Senate Bill would grant immunity to e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging servers

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Clip from c|net:

A new Senate bill would protect not only telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency. It would retroactively immunize e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging services too.

The broad language appears in new legislation that a Senate committee approved by a 13-to-2 vote on Thursday during a meeting closed to the press and public. It enjoys the support of the panel's Democrats and Republicans.

It goes further in crafting an impenetrable legal shield than similar proposals in the House of Representatives, such as the so-called Restore Act (PDF), which immunizes only "communications service providers." Bowing to pressure from President Bush, House Democrats postponed a vote on the Restore Act last week.

The broader Senate bill (PDF) would sweep in Web sites, e-mail providers and more. "My suspicion is the scope of the immunity provision is the most revealing way to assess the scope of the underlying authority," said Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Link to c|net article 

The Raw Story is reporting that Comcast has a pricing structure for installing FISA wiretaps:

Comcast, which is among the nation's largest telecommunication companies, charges $1,000 to install a FISA wiretap and $750 for each additional month authorities want to keep an eye on suspects, according to the company's Handbook for Law Enforcement. Secrecy News obtained the document and published it Monday.

Link to the raw story report

Written by Peter C in: History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,Tech |
Oct
15
2007
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Great news! They’re stealing our books!

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Clip:

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition — the unofficial "most stolen book" index.

Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.

"The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on," Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which published a list of the 10 most stolen German-language books this year.

Continue reading

Oct
15
2007
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New sport, single bamboo cane water race

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Ananova reports:

A new water sport in which contestants row a boat made of a single bamboo cane has been invented in China.

Villagers from Chishui, near Zuiyi city, came up with the idea, reports News Express.

They make the boats out of locally grown bamboo and hold races on the Pinzhou River.

"Participants can sit or stand on the piece of bamboo, and with a thin bamboo oar, they race and compete at other tasks," explained one villager.

Villagers say the races have become a popular local attraction and hope the sport will spread across the region.

Link

Oct
15
2007
0

Real Flying Saucer Eyed by Defense Department

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Clip:

The disc-shaped device can take off vertically from any surface, land practically anywhere, and if it accidentally contacts a building or cliff, it won't explode into a fireball, like those rascally helicopters.

These features could make the aircraft uniquely suited to flying in urban war zones, aiding with search and rescue in disaster areas, inspecting crops and pipelines, and taking aerial photographs (read: surveillance).

Read more

Written by Peter C in: Design,Hmmn. Interesting.,Tech,Weird News |
Oct
12
2007
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Oct
12
2007
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Three kinds of service…

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Written by Peter C in: Advertising,Humor,Tech,Weird News,Words etc |

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