Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Mother of All Lotteries : El Gordo = €2.3 Billion

The Mother of All Lotteries : El Gordo = €2.3 Billion

From holavalencia: El Gordo, the “big one”, is the most important prize in the Spanish Christmas Lottery — the largest lottery in the world. This year, there’s €2.3 billion in prizes (about 3 billion dollars). There’s a word for that: CRAZY. Also: EXCITING. Roughly 18% of participants stand a chance at winning something, which ain’t(…)

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The Art of the [Glenfiddich] Barrel

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(…)

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Application for Bailout Funds Now Available Online — Go Get Some!

From Mother Jones: The Treasury Department is all about efficiency these days. The original bailout plan that Secretary Paulson proposed, which has been quietly dumped, was just three pages. I guess it's no surprise, then, that the application to get some sweet, sweet bailout bucks from the TARP Capital Purchase Program is just two pages.(…)

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More good news about mushrooms…

More good news about mushrooms…

A Swiss researcher said Thursday he had hit on an unlikely way of recreating the unique sound of a Stradivarius violin — by treating the wood of a replica instrument with mushrooms.  Francis Schwarze of the Zurich-based Federal Materials, Science and Technology Institute (EMPA), made a replica of a violin by the Italian master Antonio(…)

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The Art of Kris Kuksi

The Art of Kris Kuksi

From Artist's statement: I get inspired by the industrial world, all the rigidity of machinery, the network of pipes, wires, refineries, etc. Then I join that with an opposite of flowing graceful, harmonious, and pleasing design of the Baroque and Rococo. And of course I add a bit weirdness and the macabre. Propaganda Am-Bush Machine(…)

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From The Billboard Liberation Front…

From The Billboard Liberation Front…

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Intersection of Mission St. and Cesear Chavez, NE corner San Francisco Dear Shareholders and Clients, The Billboard Liberation Front has partnered with Wachovia to release a daring advertising campaign that celebrates Wachovia’s new money management strategy. This campaign emphasizes the silver lining in the economic storm front now threatening to swamp(…)

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Want to know how to respond to a UFO crash? — See chapter 13 of the FEMA Firefighters Manual

Want to know how to respond to a UFO crash? — See chapter 13 of the FEMA Firefighters Manual

Video after the link. From Gizmodo: This video shows how FEMA no only deals with credible threats as hurricanes and terrorist attacks, but also with credible threats like alien attacks and UFO crashes: They have an entire chapter dedicated to this topic in their firefighters manual. Great. As if it wasn't enough with the UK(…)

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