Halloween is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other treats.
The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day". Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is one of the liminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent
Some drinkers are snorting vodka through the nose to get drunk more quickly in a fad that alcohol health workers say could be dangerous.
The Alcohol Problems Advisory Service in Derby said people were snorting the spirit through a straw or from a thin glass tube. Bar owners have said that the trend is on the rise amongst some drinkers in the city, particularly students.
Bar staff said some people were "in tears" after trying the trend, while others reacted so quickly they were seen falling to the floor as a result of snorting the alcohol. The Coyote Wild club in the city has already banned people from snorting vodka on its premises and owners said anyone caught doing so would be barred.
If you have your heart set on the latest Fendi bag or Gucci sunglasses -- but these luxury items aren't in your monthly budget -- you may consider going online to find bargains on these hot items.
While the majority of online sellers are honest and reliable, the sale of counterfeit items on the Web has been dramatically increasing the past few years. Unfortunately, luxury goods providers cannot authenticate items unless they were purchased from their own store, Web site or authorized dealer, so it is up to the buyer to choose wisely when purchasing higher-end items online.
When it comes to blowing, everyone has their own ritual/technique in getting the job done. Heck, some of you went as far as banging it and slamming the damn thing wherever possible. What I’m trying to say is “How did you blow your Nintendo cartridge?” The following are descriptions of some of the known and more popular techniques used to get an NES cartridge to work.
This individual is an exaggerated version of the blower. Rather than casually blowing into the cartridge, he/she blows into the cartridge in much the same way an individual blows into a harmonica. Usually, there is a set pattern to his/her technique which can vary depending on title. It is natural to discover saliva has escaped his/her mouth and onto the cartridge. If unsuccessful, he/she may retire or often resort to more drastic measures (see list below).
Well, that’s the list. I'll be honest, I did a bit of everything on the list and then some. I even knew friends who did far more to get a chance at playing their games. When the SNES came out, I remember one of the big selling points for me was the fact that you didn’t have to blow into the games to have them work. I thought of it as some sort of new technology in much the way HD is a new feature in next-generation systems such as XBOX 360 and PS3. So, how did you blow your NES?
Rockstar’s latest controversy, if you even want to call it that, is boys that kiss boys in its latest game Bully. Apparently people are mad that the box didn’t have a disclaimer saying “kiss girls or boys, you decide”.
"Bully" stars 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, who must navigate cliques, fights and young love at his new boarding school, along the way winning brawls, completing missions and plying girls with candy and flowers in exchange for kisses. But Jimmy can also use the same approach with boys.
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The dye in your blue jeans could soon be used to kill cancer cells, say scientists. UK researchers are employing tiny gold "nanoparticles", 1/5000th the thickness of a human hair, to deliver the chemical compound directly into cancer cells, tearing them apart instantly.
The common dye found in blue jeans and ballpoint pens is called phthalocyanine and is a light-activated, or photosensitive, agent with cell-destroying properties.
The commercial is going to confuse most people besides hardcore gamers, so Sony is definitely not going for the masses from the start. If a 9 year old shows their parents the commercial and asks for the PS3, their parents are going to be more disturbed than anything.
There's this type of person who buys a new console not to play it, but to re-sell it. This 'type' of person compounds supply issues by buying up stock at retail price not strictly to make a fast buck. Meanwhile the eager game system fanboy looses out because he has to pay 3,4,5 times the retail price to get that system now because 1/2 the supply is up on eBay for sale to the highest bidder.
We saw this with the Xbox360 and it's only going to be worse with the Playstation 3. Remember all those scams on eBay last year? A few people were selling just their Xbox360 box so they had a photo of just the box and people were bidding 600, 700 bucks for it. Some clown had a brown cardboard box and with marker drew an X on it and put it up online as an X box and it drew a stupid amount of money in bidding frenzy.
Only one of each console can be listed per seller at a time prior to the system launch dates.
The seller must only accept PayPal payments and have a minimum of 50 feedback and a rating of 98% or higher to qualify for PayPal Buyer Protection.
The pre-sale can only be in Auction format, no Buy It Now listings will be accepted.
The listing must include a clear photo of the pre-order receipt in the description of your auction.
For the first time, women in India have legal protection against abuse in their own homes under a law which came into force yesterday. It is the first time Indian law has recognised marital rape, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse of a woman by her husband as crimes.
India is a country where the streets are safe - but a woman is not safe inside her own home. Last year 6,787 cases were recorded of women murdered by their husbands or their husbands' families because of their dowries. Many die in "stove burnings": set alight by husbands or in-laws who then claim it was a kitchen accident.
A new fast food is making its debut at U.S. fairs this fall -- fried Coke. Balls of the batter are then deep-fried, ending up like ping-pong ball sized doughnuts which are then served in a cup, topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry on the top.
Gonzales ran two stands at the State Fair of Texas and sold up to 35,000 fried Cokes over 24 days for $4.50 each -- and won a prize for coming up with "most creative" new fair food.
Millions of viewers of NBC's Heroes know actor Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, the bored young Japanese office worker who discovers he has the power to alter time and teleport. What they probably don't know is that he's been working behind the scenes for years as one of Industrial Light & Magic's top programmers.
In an ensemble cast that features solid acting all around, Oka steals the show every time he's on the screen. The show literally has his Hiro living out the exploits of his own comic book, 9th Wonders.
Twelve years after his death, Kurt Cobain is making millions upon millions. He's even richer than the King. Cobain, who raked in an estimated $50 million between October 2005 and October of this year, has edged Elvis Presley from the No. 1 spot on Forbes.com's list of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities."
Presley, who sat atop the list each year since its debut in 2001, ranks second with earnings of $42 million. Presley died in 1977.
The top 10 was made up by scientist Albert Einstein, artist Andy Warhol, children's author Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel), soul star Ray Charles, actress Marilyn Monroe and country singer Johnny Cash.
It is not often that computer users cheer a victory for Microsoft, the monolithic software firm whose uncompromising success has made founder Bill Gates the world's richest man.
But many will have shared his satisfaction yesterday after the computer giant claimed a victory in the fight against unsolicited emails when a man dubbed the "Spam King" agreed to pay the company $7m (£3.9m).
Google has vowed to take a tough line on copyright when it completes its $1.65bn (£875m) takeover of YouTube.
The video-sharing website's rapid growth has been partly down to the thousands of clips from old TV shows uploaded illegally by its users. But Google Europe vice-president Nikesh Arora told MPs his company would not tolerate copyright violations.
YouTube is thought to have escaped prosecution so far because it is a new business with little cash, MPs heard. Its policy is to take down copyrighted material when it is alerted by the owners, but it has been criticised for not being vigilant enough.
A high school principal has decreed that Captain Underpants has no place in an institution of learning. Three 17-year-old girls were told to leave Long Beach High School on Wednesday after they showed up on Superhero Day costumed as the subject of the best-selling children's books.
The girls depicted this superhero _ who has battled, among other things, talking toilets and the infamous Professor Poopypants _ by wearing beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs and red capes.
And thus, Horowitz and fellow seniors Ashley Imhof and Eliana Levin went home to change back into their mortal attire.
The PS3, Xbox360, and Wii have distinct personalities. Here's who I think they would be, if they were people you know:
The PS3 is your rich, eccentric uncle who is always promising extravagant things, like an African safari, or a ride on his private spacecraft. Unfortunately, he never follows through on any of his overblown promises, so at this point you listen to his ramblings only to humor him. He even tells you you've got big things coming in his will. But let's face it: that's a long, long way off, and it's probably just another hollow promise. So your (supposedly rich) eccentric uncle is pretty much just a pain in the ass. Still, you never know, that private spacecraft sounds pretty sweet . . .
The XBox 360 is "that guy" in Sales. He's flashy and drives a spankin' new Porsche. He's fun to hang out with for short periods, because you go to hot clubs and hang out with attractive women. He's also way too full of himself. In fact, underneath the hair gel and Rolex, he's kind of a prick. Yeah, you'll hit the clubs with him Friday night, but you always feel kind of dirty afterwards, and ready to spend time with someone a little more wholesome.
The Wii was your best childhood chum. You recall long summer afternoons killing time together. You don't hang out with him much these days, because he didn't follow as good a career as you did. So, you don't invite him to your dinner parties, do you? Thing is, whenever you do hang out with the guy, you have a blast -- just like old times. Kinda makes you want to call him up and see what's happening, doesn't it?
A hard to find documentary about Tetris and its creator Alexey Pajitnov. Also covers the rivalaries between Nintendo and Atari and the absurdities of buying copyrights for software from a country that doesn't believe in property, much less intellectual property. Ultimately, a great documentary about a very important game.
Have you heard of the "Chuck Norris Facts"? There are more than 50,000 jokes making their way around the Internet that purport to be "facts" all playing off my movie roles as a "tough guy" and my history as a martial arts champion. But they aren't "jokes" to those who spread them – they're "facts."
Here are a few Chuck Norris Facts:
"When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris."
"Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants."
"Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris."
Such vests are commonly worn by police forces, the military, and private security and civilians where legal. However, they are sometimes worn illegally by those that the relevant government refuses to allow body armor.
A controversial, caped crusader was the star at a local comic book convention. Comic-book superhero "Thong Girl" was in Nashville signing autographs, and promoting her new film which comes out in February.
Thong Girl stirred up controversy when she and a local director filmed a movie scene in the Gallatin mayor's office. The controversy, also known as "Thonggate", sparked international attention, and a new following.
ConocoPhillips continues a 54-year tradition by transforming a pumpkin-shaped 3 million gallon storage tank at its Wilmington, California-based Los Angeles refinery into Smilin' Jack, the world's largest Jack-o-lantern. The refinery pumpkin patch expects at least 30,000 visitors who want a close-up look at Smilin' Jack.
Preparing Smilin' Jack for his annual appearance requires more than 100 gallons of orange, black and white paint. According to refinery engineers, if the giant jack-o-lantern were filled with pumpkin meat, there would be enough to make 26,800,000 pumpkin pies!
It seems that the plastic pink flamingo is going the way of dodo. The plastic bird, a kitsch icon that has populated the front lawns of American homes since the 1950s, is about to become extinct.
Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts, which has made the birds since 1957, is going out of business. "The plant's pink flamingo will be an endangered species," Dennis Plante, the company's president, said.
An estimated 20m of the plastic birds have been sold since the company began production. The line began when a newly-hired art school graduate named Donald Featherstone made a clay model of a flamingo, copied from a photograph in National Geographic.
A mock-up of a plane crash is displayed as part of a Halloween display in the garden of a home in Los Angeles October 20, 2006. Los Angeles police visited the scene after thinking the crash was real. The homeowner is an aircraft mechanic in training and the parts are from a real Gulfstream jet.
Make all the boys blood boil! After wearing this scorching outfit you might have to go to confession! This blazing hot hellion costume features a bright glittery red pull-on jumpsuit made of stretch material with back tie closures, flame detail along the bust line, small hoop accent that connects the costume at three points in the front, red rhinestone horns and a rhinestone belt with snap closure and red tail.
A great couples costume set! Includes both costumes! Includes: Black and Gray socket costume AND White plug costume with cord. These costumes are made of a lightweight durable fabric over Denur foam. Plug will fit into socket costume! Sure to be a hit at any party! One size (medium/large) fits most adults.
Socket Costume is a Black tunic with gray sockets on the front. Bottom socket has flap openings for prongs from plug costume to fit into. Plug Costume is a White foam plug piece (goes all the way around) with an elastic waist band.
Ever wonder what it is like to be Hef...? Here's your chance! Be the most tireless swinger of the 20th century for a night with this swanky costume.
Includes one luxurious red plush velvet smoking jacket with two front pockets, red velvet belt with belt loops, contrast black luscious satin collar, cuffs and embroidered Playboy logo and namesake on the back, and a pipe accessory. Transform yourself into this ultimate bachelor and magazine mogul for a letter-worthy evening!
It has nothing to do with ego. If you want to get a laugh from the crowd this costume is the way to go. The God's Gift costume includes: giant blue & white striped gift box with attached satin bow and removable imprinted gift tag. A great play on the "god's gift to women" line.
Shocking? Maybe. This Hysterical costume is certainly an attention-getter. The Birthday Stripper is an all-in-one body/cake jumpsuit complete with tassels and candles. It even has a Happy Birthday tiara.
He IS the ladies man! The Chick Magnet costume includes a red and silver foam “magnet” with attached baby chicks. They won’t be able to explain it, but the ladies will feel an unexplained attraction to you!
Lex Luther doesn't stand a chance against this guy!
This costume includes a red and blue jumpsuit with attached boot tops, yellow belt and red cape guaranteed to steal Lois Lane's heart. Pair with the Supergirl or Wonder Woman for a great couples costume!
Yes. According to United States copyright law in United States Code, Title 17 §106, authors of works such as musical compositions have the exclusive right "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." In United States Code, Title 17 §101, the law defines publicly performing a work as "to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered."
This means that if you sing Happy Birthday to your family at home, you're probably not committing copyright infringement. However, if you do it in an restaurant — and if the restaurant hasn't already worked out a deal with ASCAP — you may be engaging in copyright infringement.
Some time ago Pete Rose signed a bunch of baseballs with the inscription “I’m sorry I bet on baseball.” According to media reports, he gave these balls to friends and never intended them to be sold for profit.
But the estate of one of the collectors who received the ball decided to put 30 of them up for auction. There was speculation that these balls would sell for a huge amount of money.
That is when Pete Rose stepped in and delivered one of the fundamental lessons in economics: as long as there are close substitutes available, prices can’t get too high. He is now selling them on his website for $299. This has killed the idea of an entrepreneur making big bucks from them….. and Rose makes money.
I think one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away. Well, here’s a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body RIGHT NOW.
In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal. In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal. In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level. In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks. In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%. In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half. In 5 yearsyour risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker. In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker. In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke.
Lucille Greene takes baking and mailing about 30 fruitcakes as Christmas gifts seriously. Seriously enough that the 88-year-old grandmother sued the U.S. Postal Service for emotional distress after accusations of being a terrorist from a postal clerk, according to her federal lawsuit.
In December 2002, Greene showed up at the Magnolia post office to mail fruitcakes to relatives and friends when, her lawsuit says, a postal worker asked her, "What kind of explosives do you have in here?" before shaking the box.
In the lawsuit, Greene said others in the post office laughed at her, leaving her upset and in tears. She said she tripped over a concrete parking barrier outside and fell, breaking her glasses and chipping a tooth.
Justin Hazen shows us how to hack a Coke vending machine — basically 2-3 drinks for the price of one. Video after the jump. Here’s one tip from Justin:
Hold the door shut until the pops are touching each other. This will not work if the door has a chance to shut (between the two pops in this case) as soon as the door shuts the conveyor belt stops and the retracts leaving a pop bottle floating in the machine for the next guy who buys pop. Hopefully you can pull the first bottle out fast enough to get the second.
Prosecutors say a teenager will be charged with misdemeanor littering after the bra she hung on a car antenna flew off and led to a highway accident.Emily Davis, 17, of Bowling Green told investigators she took her bra off while her friend was driving on Interstate 75.
A vehicle following the car crashed and rolled several times after swerving to avoid the bra. The driver, 37-year-old James Campbell broke a vertebra in his neck, and his passenger, 40-year-old Jeff Long, broke several ribs.
The girls told investigators that before the accident, Campbell and Long motioned for them to lift up their shirts. The men say that never happened.
Three workers at a Burger King restaurant were arrested after two Isleta tribal police officers discovered that the hamburgers they ordered were sprinkled with marijuana.
The Isleta Police Department officers ate about half of their burgers Sunday before discovering marijuana on the meat. The officers used a field test kit to confirm the substance was pot, then went to a hospital for a medical evaluation.
The three Burger King employees - Justin Armijo, 19; Robert Nuckols, 21; and manager Joseph Ledesma, 33 - were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and aggravated battery on an officer, a felony.
Current oil prices are not very high and crude is actually cheaper than Coca-Cola, the chief executive of Italy's oil company Eni ENI.MI said in an interview with the New York Times. "Sixty dollars a barrel is not very high," Paolo Scaroni said in the interview published on Saturday.
"Today, a barrel of oil is worth half a barrel of Coca-Cola. So you should put things into perspective," he said, adding that the fact that consumers had not significantly changed their behavior proved that they were not particularly feeling the pinch.
The safe and reliable Volvo Estate has finally got sexy - it has been voted the best car for getting steamy in the back seat with your lover. Until now it has had a boring image, but it turns out the car has actually seen more action than any other, according to a new survey. The secret, apparently, is the estate's spacious interior.
According the pollsters, some 68% of people have had sex in a car and one in 10 say they have even got fruity while driving.
In the throws of passion, a steamy six percent of respondents said they had damaged their vehicles while getting busy - but only one in 100 of these were bold enough to claim on their insurance.
The 10 cars that have seen the most action are:
1. Volvo Estate 2. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van 3. VW Camper Van 4. BMW 3 Series Saloon 5. Ford Escort 6. Audi TT 7. Land Rover Discovery 8. Porsche Carrera 9. VW Golf 10. Ford Focus
Tsquared arrives at the tournament looking like he's stepped out of a hip-hop video: large sunglasses, cap on backward, shorts past his knees, Jordan jacket unzipped a quarter of the way down, goatee beautifully symmetrical, not a single piece of lint clinging to him anywhere. Everything looks like it just came off the rack at the mall.
The 18-year-old high school dropout from Jupiter whose real name is Tom Taylor has managed to turn himself into a small but lucrative franchise, easily earning six figures through gaming contracts, product endorsements and a successful video game tutoring business.
And all the while proving thousands of parents wrong: You can get paid to play video games.
Google is in discussions to acquire YouTube Inc. for about $1.6 billion, although the deal is far from done and the talks could collapse, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.
Google entered the market in early 2005, at about the same time YouTube was founded. But so far the success has gone to the scrappy startup, not Google.
In September, YouTube nabbed almost 46 percent of all U.S. visits to video Web sites, while the video section of News Corp.'s MySpace.com came in second with 21.2 percent, according to Hitwise Pty. Ltd.
Waldo McBurney of Quinter, Kan., isn't. In fact, the 104-year-old has just been honored as America's oldest worker by Experience Works, a group that provides training and employment services for seniors.
A 1927 graduate of Kansas State Agricultural College, which is now Kansas State University, McBurney had a nearly 25-year career in agriculture. He now works as a beekeeper. In the last few years he's maintained as many as 100 colonies.
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I dunno know about you, but I just hate rewinding my DVDs manually after watching them. Thank goodness someone came up with the DVD rewinder to relieve my tired hands. Just snap the disc on top, press the button and watch in wonder as your disc spins up thanks to the "Centriptal Velocity Spindle."
It even has its own rewinding sound which if you don't like, can be re-recorded. Show this to your less-technical friends, sit back and enjoy the show. Batteries not included and yes this thing is real and can be purchased.
A bear rides a motorcycle on a high-wire while carrying a stuntwoman below during a show at the Animal Games in a wildlife park in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. The show was one of many events held to attract visitors to the park during the week-long National Day holiday.
A Seminole man is fighting to stop alimony payments to his ex-wife because the woman is now a man.
Lawrence Roach says his ex-wife has had a sex change and is now living as a man with a new identity. Roach says he should be allowed discontinue $1,200 in monthly alimony payments.
"This isn't right. It's humiliating to me and degrading," Roach said. "You know, I'm a man and I don't want to be paying alimony to a man. If you can't be married to a man legally, how can you legally pay alimony to a man?"