The Shoover - which makers Electrolux call the Dustmate - is perfect for anyone who hates housework. It has a tiny rechargeable vacuum inside the base. And there is a laser movement sensor which switches the suction on and off automatically to save energy.
It's all made of green nylon with a flexible rubber sole and elastic sock to fit any foot making it comfortable to wear.
Electrolux said: "We all have to vacuum our home - this product is designed for busy people who want to keep the housework down to a minimum. Dustmate provides a cleaning solution that doesn't take up any precious free time.
A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000 kilometers (8,077 miles) away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination on a flight booking Web site.
Dressed for the Australian summer in T-shirt and shorts, Tobi Gutt left Germany on Saturday for a four-week holiday.
Instead of arriving "down under", Gutt found himself on a different continent and bound for the chilly state of Montana.
In addition to participating in facial attractiveness experiments, you can also complete lifestyle and personality questionnaires about characteristics that may be associated with face and voice preferences and see how you compare to others. We post all our study results after we have finished collecting data.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even post pictures on your own blog.
"I feel like you have to be who you are and be true to yourself first, always. You can't worry about how your're going to be perceived by other people. I have a quote that my mom taught me: 'It's none of my business what other people think of me.'"
Christmas celebrations include a great number and variety of customs with either secular, religious, or national aspects which vary from country to country:
In the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas occurs during the summer. This clashes with the traditional winter iconography, resulting in images such as a fur-coated Santa Claus surfing in for a turkey barbecue on Australia's Bondi Beach.
Japan has adopted Santa Claus for its secular Christmas celebration, but New Year's Day is a far more important holiday. In South Korea Christmas is celebrated as an official holiday, and in India it is often called bada din ("the big day"). Celebrations revolve around Santa Claus and shopping.
In Poland, Santa Claus (Polish: Święty Mikołaj) gives gifts on two occasions: on the night of December 5 (so that children find them on the morning of December 6), and on Christmas Eve (so that children find gifts that same day).
Dogs, bats, Kentucky Fried Chicken and barramundi will grace dinner tables across the Asia Pacific this Christmas, a festival celebrated with lots of cheer, and very little turkey, in this mainly non-Christian region.
Sierra will release what they think will be the most innovative use of the new "Wiimote" used on the immensely popular Wii from Nintendo. They plan to release a new episode of the cult favorite "Leisure Suit Larry" that will use the Wii controller's unique features to create a compelling new use of the device.
Larry has been featured in multiple episodes of the game as a forty-something, balding man trying to seduce young and attractive women. While the popularity of the franchise has varied over the years the graphics have always improved. The game definitely earns its "M" rating.
NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft. Detecting Santa all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System.
This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we use our second mode of detection, the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that's a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth.
The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can detect heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced - enough for the satellites to detect. Rudolph's nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites can detect Rudolph's bright red nose with practically no problem. With so many years of experience, NORAD has become good at tracking aircraft entering North America, detecting worldwide missile launches and tracking the progress of Santa, thanks to Rudolph.
The cats have three albums, Meowy Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claws, and their latest album, Rhythm and Mews. The cats began their musical careers with their first album, Meowy Christmas (1993) which became an overnight sensation and was completely sold out at Christmas.
If you are still reading this, kudos. The appeal of Meowy Christmas was due, in part, to the fact that the cats that sing the songs are real cats. In addition, the album was sincerely crafted with real instruments and a unique musical style as well as a brilliant use of the cat voices which were seamlessly blended with the music.
Meowy Christmas includes the hit singles, Jingle Bells (In the form of the Jingle Cats Medley), What Child is This?/Hava Nagila (also a medley) Oh Christmas Tree (not a medley) , Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard on High, Waltz of the Flowers, Up on the Housetop and much more!!!
Shoppers across America have millions of gift cards tucked away in envelopes, drawers and wallets. And some of the nation's largest retailers are profiting as a result.
Last winter, Best Buy Co. reported a $43 million gain in fiscal 2006 from cards that hadn't been used in two or more years. Limited Brands Inc. recorded $30 million in 2005 revenue because of unredeemed cards.
Even so, this holiday season is likely to see record sales of gift cards. The National Retail Federation, a trade group, estimates that shoppers will buy $24.8 billion worth of cards, up 34 percent from last year.
A North Carolina woman was arrested after complaining to a police officer that the crack cocaine she had just purchased wasn't very good, authorities said.
Eloise D. Reaves,, approached the deputy at a convenience store Friday, telling him that another man had sold her ''bad crack,'' that contained wax and cocaine. She pulled an alleged crack rock out of her mouth and placed it on the deputy's car for inspection, The Palatka Daily News reported for today's edition.
The deputy told Reaves that she would be arrested if the crack tested positive for cocaine. She was charged with possession of cocaine and bonded out for $1,504.
An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters at the Asian Games failed a gender test and was stripped of the medal. Shanti Sounderajan, 25, took the gender test in Doha, Qatar, after placing second.
The Indian Olympic Association said Monday it has been told by the Olympic Council of Asia that the 25-year-old runner was disqualified. "IOA has asked the Athletic Federation of India to return the medal as desired by the Olympic Council of Asia," the Indian Olympic group said.
The IOA also asked its medical commission to inquire into Sounderajan's case and report within 10 days.
This movie was made by the Danish Road Safety Council and aims to draw attention to speed signs and speed limits in Denmark. Despite a decrease in speed violations, 7 out of 10 Danes still exceed the speed limit on a regular basis. Respecting the speed limits is the simplest way to save lives.
YOU were named TIME magazine 'Person of the Year' Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as 'blogs', video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace... You -- YES, YOU -- beat out candidates including Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China's President Hu Jintao, North Korean leader Kim....
A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company's work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico.
After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U-S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company's 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.
10. Gregor Fucka (Italian basketball player) 9. B.J. Johnson (wide receiver for Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 8. Pete LaCock (played baseball with Cubs and Royals)
7. Danny Shittu (football player in England) 6. Harry Colon (played football for Lions, Patriots and Jaguars) 5. Lucious Pusey (linebacker for Eastern Illinois Panthers) 4. Dick Pole (played baseball for the Red sox and Mariners) 3. Dean Windass (striker for Bradford City in England) 2. Misty Hyman (Gold medalist in 2000 Olympics for swimming) 1. Rusty Kuntz (played baseball for White sox, Twins and Tigers)
Twenty-year-old Tara Conner, who hails from Russell Springs, Kentucky, was crowned Miss USA in April of 2006. As part of her duties Connor often takes part in high profile media events. She recently boarded the Black Pearl for a "Pirates of the Caribbean" promotion in Baltimore.
Pageant rules say that if Connor is removed, first runner-up Miss California Tamiko Nash will assume the duties of Miss USA and complete the remainder of the beauty queen's reign. Contacted a rep for Nash, we were told they could "neither confirm nor deny" that she would be taking over the title.
Sermon Benny Hinn wants 6,000 people to pay $1,000 to cover the Down Payment for his new private Gulfstream jet in God's name. He wants us to find Donations because, "There is simply no other possible way for me to keep up with my schedule." Donate now and you even get a desk model of the jet and your name in the jet where he studies. What a Joke!
A man who parked illegally in a space reserved for handicapped drivers was sentenced to stand outside the store with a sign telling everyone about his crime.
Ragheem Smith, 29, stood in front of a Bi-Lo grocery store Thursday with a handmade sign that read "I am not handicapped. I just parked there, sorry." Magistrate Jeff Bailey imposed the sentence. "I figured he needed to apologize in a public way," Bailey said.
Smith told Bailey he didn't have the money and couldn't afford the time away from work that a jail sentence would require. He could have been sentenced to 30 days in jail or fined $325.
At Wheaton North High School the mission is to create self-directed students who make sound decisions. Last week one of those students decided to do the unthinkable when officials say he spiked a container of cafeteria salad dressing with his own semen.
"It's been going on for a month. That's what we've all been hearing," said senior Katie Muir, but school officials say their investigation has shown that it happened just once, last Wednesday.
They say the student admitted he put the semen into a container of ranch dressing in the student commons dining area. And officials have determined that the contents could have been ingested during the last lunch period on Wednesday and during all five lunch periods on Thursday.
The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong has been shuttling guests to and from the airport and around town in Rolls-Royce automobiles since 1970, when it took delivery of a then-record seven Silver Shadows.
Thus began a tradition that saw the hotel place the single largest order for Rolls-Royce automobiles several times through the intervening decades (breaking their own order-size records along the way). Today, the Peninsula outdid itself, taking delivery of fourteen long-wheelbase Phantoms built to custom specifications through RR's Bespoke program.
This was Tyrone Spellman's explanation to police: He "snapped" after he thought his daughter had broken a $600 Xbox game console. Alayiah Turman was only 17 months old, born March 29, 2005. Spellman beat her to death, prosecutors say.
In an alleged confession read at his preliminary hearing yesterday, Spellman, 25, said he was playing one of Tom Clancy's "Ghost Recon" games - a violent combat epic - in a front bedroom of his family's Brewerytown home that Thursday morning, Sept. 7. He had taken Alayiah into the room so her mother, Mia Turman, could rest.
"She pulled the cord and the whole game console fell over," Spellman said in his statement, read by Homicide Detective John Cummings. "I thought it was broken. I popped her in the face. I picked her up and tossed her in a chair."
The U.S. Mint has implemented a rule against melting down pennies and nickels which, at current metal prices, could be worth more as metal than as currency.
The Mint has received numerous questions over the past several months regarding the metal value of the coins and the legality of melting them. "We are taking this action because the nation needs its coinage for commerce," said Director Ed Moy in a statement.
The new regulations authorize a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, against violators.
Pastor Dave Helps Jack Off the Horse. Young Jack McGurkin enjoyed a horse ride under the supervision of Pastor David Bates at the 1st annual Interfaith Picnic, held Sunday at Kiwanis Park. Organizers called the event a great success.
Police on Tuesday arrested a man who they said duped a property owner into thinking there was buried treasure on his vacant lot and then devised a bait-and-switch scheme to pilfer $50,000 from the man.
According to Miami-Dade police, Javier Villamizar called David Berrones on Nov. 28 and, using an alias, posed as an engineer surveying the property. Villamizar told Berrones that he detected a large concentration of precious metals on the property in Florida City and asked if he could meet with him to try and locate the metals, police said.
AN Australian was barred from a London-Melbourne flight unless he removed a T-shirt depicting George Bush as the world's number one terrorist. Allen Jasson was also prevented from catching a connecting flight within Australia later the same day unless he removed the offending T-shirt.
Mr Jasson says Qantas and Virgin Blue were engaging in censorship but the airlines say the T-shirt was a security issue and could affect the sensitivities of other passengers.
There's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging our children and threatening to tear apart our culture. The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean products are feminizing, and they're all over the place. You can hardly escape them anymore.
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products.
The wheel. The plow. The gun. The electric light. The radio. The chip. The untidy march of human ingenuity and innovation has led you here, to our list of the 10 most life-altering devices of the modern era.
10. Motorola StarTac cell phone (1996)
Before the StarTac, cell phones were monstrous bricks that few people bothered to use outside the confines of a car. Motorola changed all that with the groundbreaking StarTac, a streamlined handset that turned the cell phone into a status symbol. As light as 3.1 ounces, it seemed impossibly small, and the flip-phone design made it simple to stow.
Motorola Razr: The StarTac's design continues to inspire must-have phones, although at 3.4 ounces, the Razr actually outweighs the original.
1. RCA Model 630TS TV (1946)
When soldiers returned home from World War II, they could finally kick back and watch TV. More often than not, they flipped on this set, which sold for a cool $350 –- that’s $3,600 in today’s dollars. With a 10-inch black-and-white screen and enormous speakers packed into a fine wooden cabinet that weighed almost 100 pounds, the Model T of televisions was the first mass-produced postwar boob tube.
The set could receive a dozen broadcast channels, including the ill-fated Channel 1, and was considered the standard until 1954, when RCA's 12-inch color set took center stage. It was the golden age of television: Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and I Love Lucy were all on the air, and TV became the center of the family room.
Sharp Aquos LC-65D90U: Sixty years later, the RCA's tiny screen wouldn't impress anyone. The TV experience has grown to cinematic proportions: Sharp's 65-inch monster squashes other LCDs in size and performance.
More than 515 million guests, among them presidents, royalty and other heads of state, have traveled to the park from around the world since the attraction first opened to guests on July 17, 1955.
"To all who come to this happy place – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, dreams and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
What causes thirst? Our healthy body demands the fluid replacement and lets us know relentlessly until we succumb to the desire to drink and satisfy our craving.
Sodas and tea is not a good replacement for water. The caffeine in these drinks is a diuretic and will increase urination causing a loss in body fluids.
Thirst is the basic need or instinct of humans or animals to drink. It arises from a lack of fluids and/or an increase in the concentration of certain osmolites such as salt. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold, or the osmolite concentration becomes too high, the brain signals thirst.
A puppy chewed off four of a baby girl's toes next to her sleeping parents, who were then booked on charges of child desertion and criminal negligence, police said.
Mary Shannon Hansche (22) and Christopher Wayne Hansche Police said on Monday that they were sleeping on a mattress and that the month-old girl was in an infant seat beside them when the six-week-old pit-bull terrier began chewing on her toes.
If you knew someone who'd just been sued by one of the big record companies, you wouldn't want to buy any of their products either. Families like yours are literally getting pushed into bankruptcy. Why not buy music from record labels that don't sue their fans? Check out riaaradar.com.
For all the bluster coming from record industry execs this Christmas, almost none of the $16 you spend on a major label CD goes to your favorite band. Concert tickets would be a better way to support the musicians, and way more fun for your dollar. Just don't stand next to them the whole time, that would be sooo embarrassing.
MATTRACKS rubber track conversion systems transforms most 4x4 vehicles into a true all-terrain vehicle equipped with rubber tracks that will go almost anywhere and bring you back! Rubber track conversions system features the patented rubber torsion anti-torque system. MATTRACKS manufactures over 20 models that work on vehicles up to 1 1/2 tons.
Tires to rubber tracks conversion can take as little as 30 minutes. As easy as changing tires, giving you tank like tracks on all four corners of your 4X4 vehicle! Turn your pick-up truck into an all-terrain carrier for people and gear. Over ten years of world wide track sales.
It's supposed to say sweet things to little girls like, "You're a wonderful friend," but push its button the wrong way and the Little Mermaid Shimmering Lights Ariel doll may say something else — "You're a slut," according to a California mother whose allegation came to light in a newspaper report.
The custom built ink-jet printer, which was developed at Carnegie Mellon, can deposit bio-inks in virtually any design, pattern, or concentration, laying down patterns on fibrin-coated slides placed in culture dishes containing MDSCs.
Based on pattern, dose, or factor printed by the ink-jet, the MDSCs could be directed when to differentiate into various cell types (e.g., bone- or muscle-like). Immunocytochemical analyses confirmed that the bio-ink patterns successfully directed differentiation of the MDSCs toward a myogenic or an osteogenic lineage in direct registration to patterns.
The proof-of-concept experiment led to the formation of muscle- and bone-like tissues simultaneously in the same culture dish. The long-term promise of this new technology could be the tailoring of tissue-engineered regenerative therapies.
In preparation for preclinical studies, the Pittsburgh researchers are following up this work by combining the versatile ink-jet system with advanced live cell imaging developed at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center to further understand how stem cells differentiate into bone, muscle, or other cell types.
The first published use of the world 'condum' was in a 1706 poem. It has also been suggested that Condom was a doctor in the time of Charles II. It is believed that he invented the device to help the king to prevent the birth of more illegitimate children.
Even the most famous lover of all, Casanova, was using the condom as a birth control as well as against infection.
Condoms made out of animal intestines began to be available. However, they were quite expensive and the unfortunate result was that they were often reused. This type of condom was described at the time as "an armour against pleasure, and a cobweb against infection".
A teenager whose high-speed drink-driving left his girlfriend in hospital is promising to drink and drive again.
Rae Rae, 16, has admitted drinking heavily before driving his Toyota early on Saturday in South Auckland. He had three other teenaged passengers and during a police pursuit the car crashed into a lamp post and caught fire.
Anita Matangi was pulled injured from the car and remains in hospital. "I would do it again but with no-one in the car besides me. I would drink and drive again with just me in the car," Rae told National Radio.
Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. They took the cocaine out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant.
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dialate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
70 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
80 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish.
You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system or building strong bones and teeth.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Coke, it’ll make you feel better.
Some mild memory problems can occur in normal older adults, but sometimes memory problems can be a sign of temporary confusion, called delirium, or more persistent memory loss, called dementia. It is difficult to predict whether a person who has mild problems with memory will go on to develop more severe memory loss, because dementia becomes more common as people age.
Problems with memory can have many causes, including medication side effects, strokes, infections, depression, thyroid disease and vitamin B12 deficiency, so it is important to be aware of problems with memory and identify causes that can be treated or prevented. Often caregivers are the first to notice that a family member is having problems with memory. Loss of memory got you down and confused, use a 3M post-it.
A co-worker got a pen stuck inside our printer. He started to try and remove the pen, but I told him we don't have time for that now, just put a note on the printer telling folks not to use it and then report it to the Help Desk.
So he grabbed a piece of paper and scrawled on it. I left before he finished the note. About 20 minutes later, one of my techs comes in laughing and says he was just in the lobby, saw a piece of paper on a printer and went to investigate.
Attached is what he found. Sometimes things don't always come out the way you want them to.
For nearly 20 years -- ever since Pete Costello was 8 -- his mother has collected disability benefits on his behalf.
In meetings with Social Security officials and psychologists, he appeared mentally retarded and unable to communicate. His mother insisted he couldn't read or write, shower, take care of himself or drive a car.
But now prosecutors said it was all a huge fraud, and they have video of Costello contesting a traffic ticket to prove it.
I'm sure all of you are curious to know what the Hottest Toys Of The Year are. The top Toy Experts in the country have hand picked the Best Toys in various categories.
For the Top Toys Of 2006-2007 - Christmas and Holiday Shopping Special, click on Top Toys Of 2005 - Holiday Shopping Special. But first go right ahead and check out the Toy Of The Year Award WINNERS for 2005 presented by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). You can view PICTURES of the award winners by clicking on the link
AGFRAG, the team that announced Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting back on April 1st of this year, has posted a short message on their Yahoo groups page. Unfortunately, the game based around Bob Ross's career has either shifted hands, or more likely, been canned.
Here's the message:
AGFRAG is no longer involved in the development of ANY Bob Ross Game. Please contact Bob Ross Inc. for further information.
So, everyone looking forward to painting happy trees, using your Wiimote, with Bob, will sadly have to settle for digging up tapes of the show and doing some real life paining.
For those interested, you can contact Bob Ross Inc. at email@example.com to see if you can convince them to still make the game.
Nothing says Happy Holidays like a photo of sweet little toddlers screaming at Santa. A couple of years ago, the Chicago Tribune asked readers to send in their "Scared of Santa" photos. Those photos are included here, as well as additional photos sent in by SouthFlorida.com, Sun-Sentinel.com and Chicago Tribune readers in subsequent years. Enjoy!
A first glimpse: No one, not even the office Grinches, failed to laugh at this shot from Valerie Miller of Lansing, who captured now-22-year-old daughter Amie’s first glimpse of St. Nick--artfully rendered in plastic. It’s the first in a series that Miller says she torments Amie with every year. Now this is a mom who knows what Christmas is all about.
One of the teenagers responsible for beating a Holly Hill homeless man to death asked a judge to reduce his 22-year prison sentence Monday. Warren Messner and three other teens pled guilty to killing the man because they were bored, but Messner said prison is too hard.
Messner is a big boy. He was 15 at the time he was brought into the woods to see the homeless man his friends had been beating. Even at that young age, he outweighed the victim, Michael Roberts, by 200 pounds when he jumped on his chest, crushing his ribcage. Roberts died.
A South Carolina boy, 12, was arrested Sunday morning after his mother called police to report that he had unwrapped a Christmas present without her permission. According to a Rock Hill Police Department report (a copy of which you'll find below), the child opened a Nintendo Game Boy, though he had been directed not to by family members.
When the boy's mother learned that the $85 gift had been opened, she called cops, who charged the juvenile with petty larceny. In an interview with The Herald newspaper, the boy's mother, a 27-year-old single parent, described her son as a disruptive child, noting that she hoped his arrest would serve as a corrective to disorderly behavior at school and home.
Do I have a \"terrorist score\" on file with Homeland Security? In a memo-type document released in early November 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed aspects of a targeting program that most citizens and many lawmakers didn't know about.
A computerized profiling program called the Automated Targeting System (ATS), initially implemented in the 1990s to screen incoming and outgoing cargo for drugs and other contraband at border crossings, has apparently been profiling all travelers entering and leaving the United States for the past four years.
As it turns out, if you travel internationally, you probably have a "terrorist score" that rates how risky you are. You also probably have a score if you work in the import/export business, the shipping business or the travel industry in any capacity.
photos of the Aurora Borealis were taken in Caledon, Ontario, which is located approximately 50 kilometers or 30 miles north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We don't live in igloos here, in fact the latitude here is equivalent to Monaco, Nice (France), Florence (Italy), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bucharest (Romania), Portland (Oregon), and Green Bay (Wisconsin). You don't necessarily have to be in the Arctic to see beautiful displays of Aurora Borealis, if the conditions are right and the Geomagnetic Storm is strong enough, you can get a great show at lower latitudes.
We are currently in the midst of a Solar Minimum cycle for sunspots which occurs roughly every 11 years, which means that sunspot activity on the Sun will probably be very low. Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) from sunspots are usually responsible for the geomagnetic storms which produce the Aurora Borealis displays. We probably won't see activity similar to the photos below for a few more years, but you never know when a sunspot might unleash an Earth directed CME!
This motorized replica of the headstrong little droid from the Star Wars films responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away.
R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (Turn around! Move forward two units!) and he plays games like tag, using an infra-red sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded.
R2s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional bad mood. (A simple command of, R2, behave yourself! snaps him out of it.) R2 can also replay sounds and dialog from Star Wars movies, answer yes-or-no questions, and dance while playing the famed cantina music.
This is the jacket designed by SCOTTEVEST for federal law enforcement agents that has 40 pocketsmany of them hiddento manage all of your electronic devices and other travel essentials, plus hidden conduits in the lining which allow you to thread and organize wires to keep them from tangling.
The waterproof and breathable jacket eliminates the need to remove wired devices and send items through airport security individually because it can be sent through the X-ray scanner with all items securely placed in dedicated pockets.
The 40 pockets include specific compartments for your PDA, MP3 player, cellular phone, water bottle, wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens, and dozens more, with non-scratch linings and easily opened and shut magnetic closures .
The jacket also features a protective badge holder, a magnetic wind flap, and a zipped pocket-in-pocket system that turns one pocket into two. The warm, three-season jacket has sleeves and a hood that can be removed or reattached to suit your personal comfort.
This small, lightweight, shock- and water-resistant video camera can be clipped to a helmet, handlebar, ski pole, snorkel, or just about anywhere else, allowing you to capture hands-free video footage without distraction while snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing, cycling, or snorkeling.
The camera records at 30 frames-per-second and includes 32MB of internal memory which can store up to 16 minutes of footage at 640 x 480 VGA resolution, and it has an SD card expansion slot so you can add additional memory up to 2GB for more recording. The camera can replay video directly to a television using an included RCA cable, or footage can be downloaded to a computer using the included USB cable.
Asteroids. Centipede. Missile Command. Tempest. More than 30 classic games return to life in this full size upright console that recalls nostalgic days spent in an arcade mastering the challenges of video games that were the forerunners of todays digital imagery.
Unlike lesser imitations that are 70% the size, our arcade game console is the real thing: it uses the original programming that gave arcade games such a distinctive, groundbreaking feel, with all the lights, color, sound, and gaming action you remember.
The console is made in the U.S. by the world-renowned Chicago Gaming Company, experts in arcade games for over 30 years, and makers of fine game systems for such names as Williams and Konami.
This system is the same kind that has been tested in arcades for years, for true arcade-style play and feel. A host of vintage Atari and Capcom games (35 in all, including the above-mentioned titles, as well as other classics like Battlezone, Millipede, Super Breakout, Ghosts n Goblins , and Street Fighter II) ensures plenty of challenge variety, and will inspire you to take out the photo album to reminisce.
A sweet treat for the holidays! You'll be a vision of Christmas cookie dancing in their heads! Includes a red velvet mini dress with plush white trim, red bow accent and a pair of red & white striped thigh high stockings. Santa will hurry down the chimney for you!
Webmaster Paul Kinsella conducted an interesting test; He dropped 100 wallets in front of hidden cameras to see who would return them and who would steal them... He was curious as to how honest people would be and wanted to see how different races, genders and age groups would compare to each other.
Each of the 100 wallets contained $2.10 in real money, a fake $50.00 gift certificate, some miscellaneous items and a clearly written ID card identifying the lost wallet's rightful owner.
So who was more honest - women or men? Black people or white people? Young people or old people?
1000's of accidental pRoN shots from all types of games - no adult games (Custer's Revenge, Beat 'em and Eat 'em, Knights of Xentar, etc.) If it's meant to be porn, then you won't find it on this site.
A cargo container that apparently fell from a ship washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday and spilled thousands of bags of Doritos brand tortilla chips on the beach. People collected the chips, which were apparently still fresh due to their airtight packaging. It was unknown which ship had lost the cargo or to what port it was bound.
An Alaska high school violated a student's free speech rights by suspending him after he unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" across the street from the school, a federal court ruled on Friday.
Joseph Frederick, a student at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska, displayed the banner -- which refers to smoking marijuana -- in January 2002 to try to get on television as the Olympic torch relay was passing the school.
Principal Deborah Morse seized the banner and suspended the 18-year-old for 10 days, saying he had undermined the school's educational mission and anti-drug stance.
The appeals court said the banner was protected speech because it did not disrupt school activity and was displayed off school grounds during a non-curricular activity. The court also cleared the way for Frederick to seek damages, saying Morse was aware of relevant case law and should have known her actions violated his rights.
Esther Medley of Centralia is legally blind, but when she bowls she can glimpse a bit of the floor to line up with the lane.
Medley, 94, can't see straight ahead, so her 86-year-old husband Ralph tells her which pins are left after her first ball. That's how Medley recently bowled a score of 244, which included eight strikes, at Fairway Lanes in Centralia. It was the second-highest score of the year for her league.
The Medleys have been bowling in the senior league since 1979.
Mankind will need to venture far beyond planet Earth to ensure the long-term survival of our species, according to the world's best known scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking.
Returning to a theme he has voiced many times before, the Cambridge University cosmologist said today that space-rockets propelled by the kind of matter/antimatter annihilation technology popularised in Star Trek would be needed to help Homo sapiens colonise hospitable planets orbiting alien stars.
And he disclosed his own ambition to go into space. "Maybe Richard Branson will help me," he said, a reference to the space tourism plans of Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson, using the privately built SpaceShipOne to take people into space from 2008.