Friday, February 27, 2009
Vegas in 1954
Bob Turek Object Remix
Family Wordsearch Tattoo
Sweden's Underground Naval Base at Muskö
When the world was at war there was only really one safe place and that was underground. That's why the world today is littered with underground military bases many of which are still secret today. Many though have been declassified and some even open to the public. Sweden's Muskö (Musköanläggningen) Naval Base is one that looks right out of a Hollywood film.
The Stinger - Pontiac Concept Car 1989
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Cindy Crawford | MoPo Forum Arcade
Origin of the Dreaded Middle Finger
Before the Battle of Agincourtin 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”).
Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!
Since ‘pluck yew’ is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F’, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!
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Man Loses Car He Just Parked
Michael Otero parked his new red truck in front of a convenience store in Laguna Beach, California and went inside for only a few minutes. When he returned, the truck was gone! Since he had left the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked, Otero assumed it had been stolen. Police watched the surveillance video and found out what really happened. You can, too.
Remote Controlled Remote Control From Sony
From Sony: The new remote control—along with the additional remote it is designed to control—will soon come standard with all Sony televisions, allowing viewers to remain “more immobile, more stationary, and more physically inert than ever before.”
The new device, which can be controlled via remote control through the use of a second remote control unit, will replace older models that needed to be held in the hand to be operable.
“Constantly leaning forward to pick up the remote control from the coffee table is a tiresome, cumbersome chore that will soon be a thing of the past,” Sony director of product development Dan Ninomiya said. “These new remotes, should they be left on the coffee table or in some other barely-hard-to-reach place, will not need to be picked up and actually pointed at the screen in order to work.”
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
50 Jobs, 50 States in a Year? 1 Man Gives it a Try
At a time when some people are having trouble finding one job, Daniel Seddiqui is lining up 50 — one in every state. Each job symbolizes the state's most famous industry, and each lasts one week — just long enough for the 26-year-old to appreciate the labor and explore the region.
Since starting in Utah in the first week of September, he's been a park ranger in Wyoming, a corn farmer in Nebraska and a wedding coordinator in Las Vegas. Last week, in Week 23 of his yearlong saga, he was a cheesemaker in southeast Wisconsin. He mixed ingredients, hoisted slabs of cheddar — and tasted plenty of his work.
Message from the Entertainment Industry
How to win at Monopoly Without Losing a Friend
PlayStation Palmar Hidradenitis Hand Disease
Our next public service announcement comes to you from the doctors at the Geneva University Hospital. There is a new disease out that many of you are in danger of contracting…PlayStation palmar hidradenitis. Yes that is the name. No, I am not kidding.
The doctors suspect that the problem was caused by tight and continuous grasping of the console's hand-grips, and repeated pushing of the buttons, alongside sweating caused by the tension of the game. They said 'PlayStation palmar hidradenitis' could now be added to the list.
Replacing Landmarks with Cheap Souvenirs
Terminator Salvation Poster
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Nigerian Accused in Scheme to Swindle Citibank
Why pull a Nigerian scam on one person for a few bucks when you can pull it on Citibank for $27 million?
Citibank received two dozen faxed requests for money to be wired, and it transferred $27 million to accounts controlled by the conspirators in Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Cyprus and the United States, the complaint says. Citibank called the officials whose names and numbers it had been given to verify the transactions, prosecutors said. The numbers turned out to be for cell phones in Nigeria.
Citibank ID Theft Video
Bukowski's Dying Breath - $6000 Minty Fresh
Boy Killed When Office Chair Explodes
Well, stories don't get much worse than this. A 14-year-old boy in China was killed when his chair exploded, sending chunks of metal into his rectum. The bleeding this caused killed him.
The alleged explosion came from the gas cylinder that was in the base of the chair, the part that allowed the user to adjust the seat up and down. The canister gets compressed when you sit on it, but can it actually create enough energy to make the seat cushion explode like that and kill a man? I doubt it, but this is what people are reporting.
Beer Pong Linked to Herpes Rise
Beer Pong – or to some, Beirut – is no doubt one of the most popular drinking games known on the typical university campus. It is so prevalent that frequently, those interested in playing a round have to sign their name on a “next up” list in order to secure a place on the table. But the champions of the table may be signing up for more than Friday night glory.
For those self-proclaimed “beer pong champs,” and for those who get in on the fun less frequently, beware. Studies show the less drunk from those red Solo cups, the better. According to the Center for Disease Control, unprotected beer pong play is nearly as dangerous as unprotected sex.
NY State Buys Worthless Ferry On eBay
NY Taxpayers got taken for a ride but not on the ferry the state spent $500,000 tax dollars on. Why? Because it isn’t seaworthy. What to do? Put it back on eBay…current bid is $14,800. Better get your bids in, officials say they are taking the highest bid, regardless how much the high bid is.
ALBANY A ferry boat for New York Harbor, purchased by taxpayers for $500,000, has turned out to be a useless rusting hulk officials are now desperately trying to sell on eBay. Top bid so far: $14,800.
Photograph a Cop, 10 years in Jail Law
Britain’s set to introduce a law that can send you to jail for a decade for taking a picture of a cop:
The new set of rules, under section 76 of the 2008 Act and section 58A of the 2000 Act, will target anyone who ‘elicits or attempts to elicit information about (members of armed forces) …which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
A person found guilty of this offence could be liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, and to a fine.
Porsche 911 4S versus... BRP Ski-Doo?
On the surface, it would be difficult to find two machines that share less in common than the 2009 Porsche 911 and the latest Ski-Doo MX Z X snowmobile. But dig a little deeper (into their engine bays) and things start to show a few similarities, most notably the use of direct injection. After taking a little detour explaining how direct injection came about in Germany during World War II, the scribes at Winding Road put the two DI machines up against each other for some impromptu non-instrumented drag racing.
In one lane, we have the twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine in the Ski-Doo that displaces 600cc and sends 120 horsepower to the single studded rear track. Across the aisle sits a 3.8-liter flat-six engine from Porsche that puts out 385 raging ponies and sends power to all four wheels. Surprisingly, the two heavyweights proved to be evenly matched in straight-line acceleration when each was placed in its proper element.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Google Earth Reveals Coolest Driveway Ever
What could quite possibly be the coolest driveway ever was found outside of Lakeland, Florida. Our friends at The Car Lounge used Google Earth to get a closer view of this killer not-so-mini racetrack driveway.
If you look closely you'll notice that he's even installed FIA curbs to each of the corners. We're wondering what kind of ride he has lurking under those trees - a shifter kart, some Italian muscle or what.
Online Archive of Unflattering Hillary Clinton Photos
20 Moments That Would Have Improved Great Movies
Asgarda - Tribe of Ukrainian Fighting Women
French photojournalist Guillaume Herbaut spent some time with an unusual and tough group of 150 Ukrainian women who call themselves “Asgarda.” These women live in the Carpathian Mountains and follow a rigorous routine of fighting and boxing, often with medieval weaponry.
The women idolize Yulia Tymoshenko, the icon of the Orange Revolution and leader of the Ukrainian Fatherland party.
Only 244 Genuine Windows Vista sold in China
Microsoft spent millions of dollars advertising Windows Vista in China, in fact the IT juggernaut threw up the biggest Vista Ad on the 421 meter high Jin Mao tower in Shanghai China. However after 2 weeks (Jan 19 to Feb 2) from launch Microsoft managed to sell a mere 244 copies of Windows Vista. Software piracy is rampant in the middle kingdom and a pirated version of Vista sells for a mere $1 on the streets. The following numbers are quoted by Windows Vista chief distributor in Bejing.
Duramax 14 Gallon No Spill Portable Gas Pump
This is the 14-gallon gas pump with a patented siphon handle that instantly stops and starts the flow of gas, allowing you to fill a 10-gallon gas tank in five minutes while eliminating spillage and overfilling. A squeeze of the handle initiates hydrostatic pressure that dispenses gas without any pumping.
Two sturdy 6" wheels and the integrated handle ensure ease of transport to a dock or shed, while the 10' hose allows you to refuel hard-to-reach gas tanks without lifting the entire container. Unlike traditional gas cans, the unit has two shut-off valves--one on the hose and one on the container--that seal internal pressure and restrict gas vapors.
Made from durable, high density polyethylene, the gas pump will neither rust nor dent and it can be set up horizontally or vertically when refueling.
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Friday, February 20, 2009
This is What a Criminal Looks Like
File-sharing is good, allowing people to share music, movies and culture. Today four of the pioneers of file-sharing are on trial in Sweden, in yet another attempt by the movie and music industries to stop technological innovation and development by force.
But it is not the people behind the Pirate Bay who have shared files. It is us, the millions who use their site. They've got the wrong people. We won't go away even if the prosecution should win this case, nor will the technology disappear that lets us share the music and films we love.
Hanne Agathe M. Wathne Location: Kristiansand, Norway
Space Ship for Sale $3500.00 OBO
This space ship is in excellent condition! Only 300 million Intergalactic miles, 4 passenger, no meteor dents, possibly needs reactor seals and recharged flux capacitor, 1 owner.
Still have the original owners manual. Does have a wobble issue at Mach 12 but clears once it hits 15 not sure what that is but I lose the GPS screen for about a minute or so. Complete with bubble glass windows! Never crashed! For sale $3500 OBO.
Sony Closing Flagship US PlayStation Store
The hard times continue for Sony, the company announced yesterday that it is closing its US PlayStation store in downtown San Francisco.
The news comes just weeks after the Japanese electronics giant announced it is slashing 16,000 jobs and closing plants as the company braces for a record operating loss of 260 billion yen in the full financial year to March.
What the Stimulus Package Could Buy
Mario Explains Relationships
RCS One Minute Drink Chiller
Eliminating the wait associated with trying to rapidly cool packaged beverages, this device chills drinks 90 times faster than a refrigerator, and 40 times faster than a freezer (without risk of freezing).
It cools cans of soda to 38° F in just one minute, and can chill a bottle of white wine to the low-50°s F in less than four minutes. Ideal for last-minute dining events, as well as sporting events (a 12-volt car adapter is included), the chiller stops automatically when your drink reaches the correct temperature and is capable of holding one 12-oz. can or one wine bottle.
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Birdwatcher's Motion Activated Camera
This weather-resistant digital camera detects motion and automatically snaps pictures of birds or other wildlife. When the 1.3 megapixel camera senses motion within its 9" x 12" field-of-view, it instantly captures up to 20 pictures in 20 seconds. The camera mounts to windows, walls, posts, or trees (mounting accessories provided).
You can pan and tilt the camera up to 15° and the touch of a button projects a laser beam that shows where pictures will be taken, providing a reliable guide for directing the camera at birdbaths or bird feeders. The lens can be focused at 5', 6 1/2' or 10' away from your subject, ensuring clear photographs.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Facebook’s Users Ask Who Owns Information
Who owns the information posted on Facebook? Do you own your own info? Does Facebook? Despite the panic over a recent wording change, Mark Zuckerberg says you shouldn’t worry, you control your own info.
This month, when Facebook updated its terms, it deleted a provision that said users could remove their content at any time, at which time the license would expire. Further, it added new language that said Facebook would retain users’ content and licenses after an account was terminated.
Apple Wants To Make Jailbreaking = Jail Time
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has petitioned the to officially protect phone owners who bypass software restrictions on their phones—aka "jailbreaking." Apple has just filed an objection, arguing that doing so would infringe on their .
If Apple gets it's way, it would have the right to claim statutory damages of up to $2,500 "per act of circumvention." People who jailbreak phones, might even be subject to criminal penalties of as long as five years, if they circumvented copyright for a financial gain.
The big question, of course, is who really owns your damned phone? Apple says that bypassing their software restrictions messes with the "chain of trust" they've set up and screws up their "ecosystem." The EFF counters that if you apply Apple's argument to any other industry, it falls apart.
The EFF has set up a "Free Your Phone" website where you can follow the case as it moves before the Library of Congress: http://www.freeyourphone.org/.
IBM Armor Gives Humans Ability To Dodge Bullets
Believe it or not, IBM has filed for a patent on tech that heightens our reflexes so that we could, theoretically, like Neo in The Matrix.
Guantanamo Bay Going out of Business Sale!
Man Gets Prison Time for Software Piracy
Some guy just got 41 months in prison for software piracy. Adding insult to injury, he has to pay back $810,000 and give up a Ferrari and Rolex he bought with the proceeds from the pirated software. Some people just never learn, everyone knows the golden rule. Sheesh.
Timothy Kyle Dunaway of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas for selling counterfeit software with a retail value of more than US$1 million, the DOJ said. Judge Reed O'Connor also sentenced Dunaway to pay more than $810,000 in restitution and turn over a Ferrari 348 TB and a Rolex watch he purchased with money from counterfeit software sales.
Miss Earth 2009
Steinhausen World's Thinnest Watch
Measuring only 1/10th of an inch thick, this timepiece is the world's thinnest wristwatch. The watch face fits comfortably under sleeves and gloves, and it weighs merely one ounce, so you'll hardly know you're wearing it.
Made by Steinhausen of Germany, crafters of fine timepieces for 85 years, the watch is the product of five years of research and design by German engineers and Swiss watchmakers who collaborated to put intricate mechanical clock movement into the world's thinnest watch face.
The movement is precision Swiss quartz for accurate, reliable timekeeping, displayed on an elegantly simple face with Roman numerals and a day-of-the-month display. The watch is carefully plated in 18k gold, its crown is embedded with a sapphire stone, and the band is made from genuine Italian leather.
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Retro Cell Phone Rotary Handset
This is the re-molded, updated handset from a mid-century telephone that enables you to talk comfortably on your cell phone. The handset plugs into your cell phone's 2.5mm audio jack--found on most cell phones--for conversations that evoke a simpler, slower way of life when phone numbers only had seven digits.
It also comes with a hands-free adapter kit for phones without an audio jack. A button built into the handset answers and ends calls. The coiled cord extends to 10' and still allows you to intertwine your fingers while engaged in riveting neighborhood gossip.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Mad physicist creates cars out of LEGOs
Vandals advertise their stupidity on Facebook
Nazi in Colour
We'd like to know more about the people who use our Website, and we need your help. The survey is completely anonymous and takes less than two minutes. When you click the final "submit" button at the end, you will be returned to the page you just left.
Click here to complete the survey.
UK spends billions on IDs, forgets to buy card readers
This has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a long time. The UK has spent £4.4 billion ($6.6bn US) on a controversial high-tech National Identity Card scheme for the whole country. The card, intended to be issued to government workers first and the general population soon after, would include biometric information such as facial scanning data and fingerprints, encoded onto the card. Sounds great if you’re into the whole Big Brother thing — but they forgot one thing. No police or border station, to say nothing of licensing and job centers, has a machine capable of reading the damn things.
Incredibly, they neglected to include in the budget the absolutely necessary counterpart to the card: the card reader. Like an inexperienced shopper who buys a digital camera but not a computer to view the pictures on, they are now in possession of a far-reaching and complete ID tracking solution that they can in no way use.
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Nudity + Facebook = Banned
I am not sure why people act surprised when their Facebook account is closed after they post semi-nude pictures on the site. The way this girl is talking (claiming she is losing business), I smell a lawsuit coming.
It is possible that she was not entirely clothed in all the shots. However, no doubt deeply wary of Facebook's Areola Police, who monitor breast-feeding pictures with the latest microscopes, she doctored the pictures on Photoshop. She says she covered all her potentially controversial parts with a barcode--which surely shows a rare artistic bent.
Casinos Warned Of Card Counting iPhone App
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has warned casinos about a new card counting app for the iPhone. For only $0.99 you too can become a felon and have your ass kicked by casino security!
Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos in the state about a card-counting program that works on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod Touch that illegally helps players beat the house in blackjack.
Logitech Third Eye Video Camera Headband
Smaller than a golf ball, this ultralight spherical video camera attaches to a headband, providing a third eye while biking, hiking, or during other activities. The camera's sensor captures images at 320 x 240 resolution at 30 fps (the built-in microphone records audio).
Up to 1,200 still images and six hours of video can be saved onto the included 8GB micro SD memory card. Images and video are downloaded to your PC via a USB cable.
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Wake Assure Ameriphone Sensory Alarm Clock
This jarring alarm clock uses high-decibel sound, flashing light, and a bed-shaking vibration pad to wake even the soundest of sleepers. About as loud as an idling bulldozer, the 85dB alarm prevents the most stubborn dozers from extending their slumber.
The alarm clock connects to a lamp and automatically turns the light on and off in tandem with the alarm. A vibrating pad can be placed under a mattress or pillow and provides an insistent, bed-shaking tremor that serves as the last line of defense against oversleeping.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Altec Lansing Sound Shelf Rack – Speaker Concept
I have to admit, I really like this idea of a speaker that also doubles as a DVD rack. I would even take this guy’s idea one step further and have those wall shelves snap together to make the floor stands.
13 Year-Old Has Baby, Plays Playstation
The whole of Britain is aghast and, quite naturally, deeply interested in the story of Alfie Patten, a 13-year-old boy who has just become a father for the first time. Yes, he and his maybe girlfriend, 15-year-old Chantelle Steadman, are celebrating the birth of little Maisie.
And they're toasting their bliss like every other newly-blessed couple- with a touch of PlayStation.
According to The Sun, Alfie was just 12 when he impregnated 15 year-old Chantelle. When asked what he would do to support the child financially he asked in a small, high pitched voice, "What's financially?"
Britan has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, with about 39,000 girls under 18 falling pregnant in 2006. This figure however is still far below that of the US. Still, the country's reputation as Europe's teen pregnancy capital has become an issue for politicians.
Young Chantelle and Alfie have pledged to raise their child, Maise, as best they can.
"We know we made a mistake, but I wouldn't change it now," Chantelle was quoted by The Sun as saying.
Lost in Space: 8 Weird Pieces of Space Junk
Humans have ventured into space over the last 50 years, and all manner of junk has been left behind. From tiny bolts to whole space stations, people have discarded lots of stuff up there. Much of it eventually dies a fiery death as it falls through Earth's atmosphere, but some larger debris poses risks for astronauts and spacecraft that could collide with it. Here are some of the quirkier items left in space:
2. Tool bag
4. Tank of ammonia
5. Gene Roddenberry's ashes
Cellualar Phonebook Backup Pal
This is the device that instantly backs up the contacts stored on your cell phone. Saving you hours of manual re-entry in the event you need to switch or replace your cell phone, the device plugs into your phone using one of nine included adapters that support the most popular cell phone brands--over 200 different cell phones and PDAs.
It backs up and re-loads contacts with the touch of a button. The device stores one phone's contacts only, and can transfer contacts to any other supported phone regardless of carrier, brand, or model.
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Polaroid Zink | Zero Ink Instant Digital Camera
Developed by Polaroid, inventors of the first instant film camera, this is the digital camera that instantly prints the images you capture. The camera's integrated printer produces 2" x 3" borderless color photographs without using any ink.
The camera uses a patented paper embedded with colored dye crystals that are activated by thermal pulses as the paper passes through the printer, resulting in crisp photographs and rich hues without the hassle of ink cartridges. The photographs are smudge- and tear-proof, fade- and water-resistant, and peel off of the backing for display as stickers.
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Shortest Man Alive
The world's shortest man alive and certified by Guinness World Records, Chinese He Pingping, 20, at 74.1 centimeter-tall (2 feet, 5.17 inch-tall) smiles as he gives a press conference in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. He visited Japan to promote the Japanese 2009 edition of the annual book.
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Monday, February 16, 2009
GPS Car Tracker Driving Activity Reporter Covert
This is the device that monitors a car's activity and provides a detailed report of places, routes, and speeds traveled. It uses a 16-channel GPS receiver to track the movements of the car to which it is attached (internally or externally, using the device's built-in magnet for covert purposes), storing locations on its built-in flash memory that holds up to 100 hours of driving activity.
Removed from the car, the reporter connects to your computer's USB port, and the included software allows you to view the time, date, and precise locations visited--even how fast a driver was traveling--using animated digital street maps. The data can also be examined using Google Earth (a free application from the Internet) for precise satellite pictures of locations visited.
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The Ride to Conquer Cancer | The Rail Riders
Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Visual Perspective
Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons.
Most of my subjects are drawn from the Cold War period during which there was a very real threat to the survival of civilization itself. The last sixty years has seen a frenzied tango between strategy and technology that has left us with the chilling array of doomsday machines seen here.
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Space Colony Art from the 1970s
Top 10 Sandwiches
I have downed many a sandwich in my day. When it comes to food conveyances, the sandwich is perhaps the most ingenious design in its simplicity. Examples of the sandwich go all the way back to ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who supposedly consumed meats sandwiched between pieces of matzos.
People of the middle ages ate their food off of thick slabs of bread called “trenchers” which after the meal was finished would be given to the dog or a beggar: the precursor of the modern open-face sandwich. Though probably the most famous sandwich origin story is attributed to John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich.
It was said that he was an avid gambler and card player and couldn’t be bothered to leave the betting table in order to have a proper meal. So, he had servants bring him slices of meat between slices of bread in order to keep his hands clean while he played cards, though this is just a legend.
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The Napalm Caverns of Russia
This abandoned Russian fortress is probably one of the creepiest places I have seen.
The reason for it to have such a strange look is because it was used later by Russian army to test the influence of Russian alternative to napalm inside of the brick houses.
Due to very high temperature of napalm the bricks started melting just like ice melts in the spring forming the icicles, but those icicles are of red brick.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Sony Releases New Piece of Shit That Doesn’t Work
The Onion has been reusing the old “Area Man does mundane activity” type of humor for a while now so it’s refreshing to see them do something genuinely hilarious. Check out their take on Sony releasing a new product (audio NSFW).
The End Of The Rainbow
You know the economy is REALLY bad when you have proof there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…it’s a dead end in the middle of a busy freeway.
What People Search For On Google
I am not sure whether I should laugh or cry at these figures. Hit the link for a much bigger list of search data, it is definitely one of the funniest things (intentional or not) you will read all day.
Another Reason to Upgrade to First Class
That’s right Sweetheart…
When Is Valentine's Day
Reinforcing the myth -- or fact, perhaps -- of the aloof male, Yahoo has released some Internet user search keywords that show a spike in the number of men who have searched the following: "when is Valentine's Day".
Yahoo also reported an increase in the number of searches for free and cheap things, like "free valentines day cards", up 224 percent; "free restaurant coupons", up 522 percent; "cheap lingerie", up 63 percent; and "cheap engagement rings", up 195 percent.
The top two spiking rose searches have been about yellow and black roses, according to Yahoo.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Your Keyboard Is A Human Rights Violation
The keyboards you and I are using right now, even the very keyboard I used to type this, could have been made in a factory guilty of human rights violations. I guess now is a bad time to complain about the letter X on my keyboard sometimes sticking.
The workers are paid a base wage of 64 cents an hour, which does not even come close to meeting subsistence level needs. After deductions for primitive room and board, the workers' take-home wage drops to just 41 cents an hour. A worker toiling 75 hours a week will earn a take-home wage of $57.19, or 76 cents an hour including overtime and bonuses. The workers are routinely cheated of 14 to 19 percent of the wages legally due them.
New Dual Screen Laptop | gScreen
Check out this dual screen laptop by a company called gScreen. The specs are impressive enough but it is the side by side dual screen set up that catches your eye. Apparently these things are supposed to be really rugged too, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Gretchen Bleiler | MoPo Forum Arcade
Circuit City Wants To Pay Execs Bonuses
Circuit City wants to pay out $2.3 million in bonuses to 16 executives, $1.62 million to the rest of the management and is asking for an additional $750,000 to pay discretionary bonuses to the 34,000 non-management workers.
In all, the company will cut about 34,000 employees by the time the liquidation process ends by the first of April. A skeleton crew will stay on for as long as two years to finish winding-down operations.
I think everyone is in agreement that Circuit City was mismanaged into bankruptcy. So the people making the decisions during that time (the 16 executives) stand to make a $150k bonus if the money is divided equally. The people that worked in the stores, if their slice of the pie is divided equally, could get twenty two bucks. Seems fair.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
MoPo Sighting | Banff Canada
ID Theft Is On The Rise
There is a new report out today (pdf) full of handy little statistics and graphs that all say the same thing, identity theft is on the rise. That’s to Edward C. for the linkage.
This is Why You're Fat
David After the Dentist
David is a 7-year-old who had an extra tooth removed; lucky for us, his dad had a camera handy to film David’s reaction to the experience — of being high on drugs for the first time.
Anyone who’s ever done psychedelics will cringe, LOL and generally empathize at David’s stages of drug-induced self-realizations and reactions. But mostly we look at what is typically experienced over a 4-6 hour trip — boiled down into a two-minute summary, point by point.
It is all too familiar. Unintentionally hilarious, if anyone asks you what it’s like to try psychedelics, you can pretty much just show them this video.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Math Proves Vampires Dont Exist
Just in case you sill believed.
Efthimiou's debunking logic: On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on.
Where's Waldo: Google Earth Edition
A young artist and web designer has created a game that she hopes will take off. Melanie Coles has hidden an enormous 55 ft painting of Waldo– the nerdy, lanky spectacled character clad in a red and white striped top and cane, from the Waldo books - on a rooftop of an undisclosed location in Vancouver, in the hope that it will be picked up by Google Earth satellites.
The location of the painting is top secret, and the anticipation of when it will show up on Google Earth is part of the fun, Melanie says. Since Google Earth does not publicize their schedule, no one knows when Waldo will show on a computer screen somewhere. The project has sparked off an international buzz with net users, who are keen to be the first to spot Waldo.
The Discovery of Wine
Miniature people hard at work and play
Painting With A Windows Error
Okay, this article about making art with Windows errors takes creativity and ingenuity to a new level.
Cuba to Continue Internet Access Limits
A new fiber optic cable running from Venezuela to Cuba is scheduled to go online in 2010 and is expected to “dramatically” increase the level of Cuba’s connectivity. However, a top official said that this will not necessarily change the policy of restricting Internet access to the general public nor make it any cheaper.
"We believe that the most responsible policy is to privilege collective access" to the Internet, said Boris Moreno, deputy minister of computer science and communication. Nevertheless, there is a desire for "larger number of citizens to have Internet access," technical and economic conditions allowing, Moreno told the daily Juventud Rebelde.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Beware Of Hot Chicks on Facebook
You know that hot chick on Facebook asking you for nude pictures? Well, I’ve got bad news for you...it's a dude and he's going to blackmail you for sex. Welcome to the age of the internet.
An 18-year-old high school student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.
Sign Of The Times
Funny picture of the day has to be this informative Best Buy sign that lets customers know that they will no longer be able to price match stores that have went out of business. Go ahead, it’s okay, I laughed too.
Peter Griffin At A Dance
Bush Ducking Shoe Portrait
Man Chokes Woman With Wii Controller
Here’s a bit of advice, if your woman wakes you up in the middle of the night because you ate all the cookies in the cookie jar….don’t choke her with a Wii controller. Jeez, what are they putting in those damn Girl Scout cookies?
An Austin man has been accused of trying to choke his girlfriend with the cord of a Wii video game controller after she became angry that he had eaten all of her Girl Scout cookies, according to an arrest affidavit.
Travis Pastrana does a backflip on a Big Wheel
This dude is balsy. According to the Rad Report, when TP was 14 he separated his spine from his pelvis and was in a coma for two weeks. After multiple blood transfusions he finally regained consciousness and to this day claims only three people have ever survived that type on injury in the US.
That is just one injury out of many, which includes: "in his left knee he’s torn his ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL, his bucket handle meniscus, broken his tibia and fibula, he’s had surgery on his left wrist twice, left thumb once, two surgeries on his back, one on his right elbow, nine on his left knee, six on the right knee, one shoulder surgery which left him with the only piece of metal he has in his body."
I eat dead animals
Friday, February 06, 2009
Fake Parking Tickets Lead To Scam Sites
You guys know how much I hate spammers and scammers but, as much as it pains me to say it, this scam is pretty clever. Computer savvy people would no doubt realize this is bogus but how many people do you know that would fall for this. I’m guessing a lot.
The yellow tickets found on the cars in Grand Forks, North Dakota, read "PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations. To view pictures with information about your parking preferences, go to" and gave a Web site, according to a blog posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center site.
How much would it cost to make a Death Star?
How much exactly? $15 Septillion, I told you. But how can we conceive of that number? Well, the figures I could find for the World Economic Value were pretty general, around $14 Trillion USD. In other words, the DS would cost 1.11 TRILLION times the amount of money available in the world, that’s not even including the fact that the majority of that is digital and not physical.
How about something else? Say, how much is the Iraq war costing? You see all sorts of calculators out there, but one figure says $343 million per day, and that is a huge waste of money! But you know what? The Iraq war would have to last 124 TRILLION years, or 9,730 time the age of the UNIVERSE to equal the costs of building one measly Death Star. I mean, come now … it’s only one.
$15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226 and 94 cents. Tell you what, I’ll pitch in the 94 cents.
Drunk Pilot? Relax, We Have Computers!
Are you panicked because your pilot is too drunk to even give pre-flight announcements? Calm down, calm down…the airline says that computers practically fly the planes by themselves anyhow. Wow, those computer things sure are handy, fasten your seat belts!
As the rebellion spread, Aeroflot representatives boarded the aircraft to try to calm down the 300 passengers. One sought to reassure them by announcing that it was "not such a big deal" if the pilot was drunk because the aircraft practically flew itself.
Woman Sets Breast Implant Record. 38KKK
A woman from Texas has reportedly undergone nine breast enlargement operations to become the proud owner of the world's largest breasts — size 38KKK.
American doctors had refused to carry out any more operations on Sheyla Hershey, 28, when her breasts were a staggering 34FFF, but that didn't stop her from going under the knife for the record breaking surgery.
"To me, big is beautiful. I don’t think I have anything to worry about," the Houston-resident said.
Still determined to increase her bustline, Hershey jetted off to Brazil where there are no limits on the size of implants. The surgery required a full gallon of silicone.
Thanks to MoPo Forum member Dimajio
Recompute: The Sustainable Cardboard PC
We just recently saw some of the entries in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition that's happening in New York on February 27th. The designer of one of those entries, the cardboard-housed Recompute, was kind enough to contact us with some more detail about his computer, including a few specs.
The fully functional PC houses all off-the-shelf components, including an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, and 2GB of RAM. The designer, Brenden Macaluso, also mentioned that there's been some concern over the safety of using cardboard -- but his reasoning with regards to the materials is that cardboard is more heat-resistant than many plastics, with a much higher fire and ignition point -- 258°C and 427°C, respectively -- where plastics begin to melt at about 120°C.
The designer also stressed that the material that Recompute is made out is just one facet of its sustainability: just as important in this design is the idea that less time, labor and parts go into the production of the unit, and that there will ultimately be far less to dispose of when the computer has reached the end of its life cycle.
Google Latitude Keeps Tabs on Family and Friends
Google is supposedly launching a program called “Latitude” later today that allows mobile phone users to know exactly each other are at all times. In order to protect privacy, the company specifically requires people to sign up for the service.
"What Google Latitude does is allow you to share that location with friends and family members, and likewise be able to see friends and family members' locations," said Steve Lee, product manager for Google Latitude. For example, a girlfriend could use it to see if her boyfriend has arrived at a restaurant and, if not, how far away he is.
Christian Bale Rant Remix
If you missed the original this week you can check it out here, but the real fun starts with a solid dance remix of the The American Psycho's bitchin and yellin at a poor light guy...
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Massive Supercomputer to Manage Nuclear Stockpile
Having a supercomputer manage a nuclear stockpile? That is as scary as it is cool. Insert your own “Skynet became self-aware at…” joke here.
Because a computer this size has never been built, scaling the processor count, memory DIMMs and management subsystems comes with a level of uncertainty, Turek acknowleged. "This is not an exercise for the faint of heart," he said "When you push the limits of scalability you start to observe problems that were simply unanticipated."
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Are those UFOs near that mountain? No -- they are multilayered lenticular clouds. Moist air forced to flow upward around mountain tops can create lenticular clouds. Water droplets condense from moist air cooled below the dew point, and clouds are opaque groups of water droplets.
Waves in the air that would normally be seen horizontally can then be seen vertically, by the different levels where clouds form. On some days the city of Seattle, Washington, USA, is treated to an unusual sky show when lenticular clouds form near Mt. Rainier, a large mountain that looms just under 100 kilometers southeast of the city. This image of a spectacular cluster of lenticular clouds was taken last December.
GSAT: The Geek Social Aptitude Test
Are you a geek? Well, there is one way to find out and that is to take The Geek Social Aptitude Test. Answer 50 questions, tally up your points and let everyone know your score in the comments section.
Taking the test is simple. There are 50 statements. Mark down one point for yourself for every one that applies to you. At the end, score yourself. We can't solve your problems, but at least we can help you figure out just how bad your problems are.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ
Anyone with questions about the new USB 3.0 spec should check out the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ brought to you by the guys at EverythingUSB.
Dubbed "SuperSpeed USB", USB 3.0 promises a major leap forward in transfer speeds and capability, while maintaining backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. It may sound straightforward, but a lot has had to change; in this FAQ we will address the most common questions about USB 3.0 and explain in plain English what it all means.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
PUSH the damn door and if that doesn't work...
What Would Happen With No Google?
While I don’t think the world would come to an end if Google went down for a week or so, I do think the world has become pretty damn dependent on Google. With that said, is it as bad as people are making it seem?
One wonders: If Google were to go down (or become essentially unusable -- same thing) for, say, 72 hours or more, how disruptive would it be to the economy? Would online retailers see a slowdown in business? Would job-seekers remain out of work longer? Would the productivity of information workers (who supposedly spend a couple hours per day doing online searches) be seriously affected?
Students Call Space Station With Home-Built Radio
Four college students made contact with the International Space Station Monday with a radio system they designed and built themselves. The Astronauts replied “how did you get this number?” Okay, I made that last part up...but you know they were thinking that.
Four Toronto college students made contact with the International Space Station on Monday with a radio system they designed and built themselves. They had a 10-minute conversation with astronaut Sandra Magnus, during which they asked some technical questions and passed on a few queries from students at the school.
Fake brands shopping center set to open in China
China has confirmed itself as the 'king of counterfeiters' with the building of a new shopping center dedicated to fake brands. Some of the brand impostors at the mall in Nanjing, east of Shanghai, include a McDonalds look-a-like burger bar called McDnoald’s, a Starbucks-style coffee shop called Bucksstar Coffee, and a wannabe Pizza Hut called Pizza Huh.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Valentine’s Day Virus is Back
Security vendors are warning anyone who will listen to prepare for a new Valentine’s Day-themed spam attack this year. They’ve already seen an increase in the messages, which are trying to dupe readers into installing the Waledec bot Trojan. If you fix these types of issues for a living, better go put the removal tool in your toolkit.
Subject lines for the spam, said Sam Masiello , vice president of information security at MX Logic, are "short and sweet," and include "Me and You," "In Your Arms" and "With all my love." From the spam, users who browse to the embedded link reach a site with a dozen hearts, any one of which download an executable file when clicked.
Tourists Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa
It may shock you to learn that these tourists were not actually supporting the leaning tower of Pisa with their bare hands based upon the pictures that they showed you. I know it’s hard to believe. It’s not the first time a tourist has conned me though.
In related news, the Washington Monument is also not your friend’s penis, no matter how many cleverly constructed photos from DC your friend showed you. Additionally, if his penis did look like a white stone building, he may have a very serious condition or be a Stone Man like the Thing from the Fantastic Four. In which case, you should probably sell him to a freak show. In fact, you should probably do that anyway, just to be safe. That’s what friends are for.
Convicted Spies Use PS3 To Smuggle Money
I’m not sure why I am surprised that the son of a convicted spy would use a PlayStation case to smuggle money, the damn thing is big enough to haul a ton of loot in it.
Prosecutors said Nathan Nicholson, a former Army paratrooper, had returned from his visits with the Russians with at least $35,000 in cash, some of it in a PlayStation video game case. The money was intended in part to settle a “pension” that Harold Nicholson said was owed him from his days as a C.I.A. spy for the Russians.
Nerd Alert: The Power Glove Tattoo
Greatest thing since
'Wake n Bacon' alarm clock
A frozen strip of bacon is placed in 'wake n' bacon' the night before. because there is a 10 minute cooking time, the clock is set to go off 10 minutes before the desired waking time. once the alarm goes off, the clock sends a signal to a small speaker to generate the alarm sound. we hacked the clock so the signal is re-routed by a microchip that responds by sending a signal to a relay that throws the switch to power two halogen lamps that slow-cook the bacon in about 10 minutes.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Micromotors Swim in Bloodstream, Assist Surgeons
Researchers in Australia are working on a “micromotor” that’s only 250 micrometers wide, which is about 2.5 times the width of a human hair. They hope to mount sensors and cameras on the tiny flagellating device to assist in delicate and minimally-invasive surgical procedures. Neato.
"Serious damage during minimally invasive surgery is however not always avoidable and surgeons are often limited by the width of a catheter tube for example, which in serious cases, can fatally puncture narrow arteries," Professor Friend said.
Obama's Secret Service Yukon
Ads That Watch You Watching Them
More about those ads that watch you as you watch them. I'm not sure how this will help advertisers, it’s not like they can tell if you liked the ad or if it was even effective at all. Besides, they already target ads towards people they “think” are watching (beer ads during Super Bowl, Midol ads on the We channel), this just helps them change the ads on the fly.
Small cameras can now be embedded in the screen or hidden around it, tracking who looks at the screen and for how long. The makers of the tracking systems say the software can determine the viewer's gender, approximate age range and, in some cases, ethnicity - and can change the ads accordingly.
Post Secret Everquest
Every song is the same and here is the proof
Do Humanlike Machines Deserve Human Rights?
And the award for ridiculous story of the day goes to this Wired article on "rights for robots."
With advanced robotics becoming cheaper and more commonplace, the challenge isn't how we learn to accept robots—but whether we should care when they're mistreated. And if we start caring about robot ethics, might we then go one insane step further and grant them rights?
Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built
In honor of the Super Bowl and our need to cram our faces full of processed foods with funny names, we created this football stadium made entirely out of snack foods.
1 Pound of Guacamole
15 Oz. Queso Dip For The Steelers End Zone
15 Oz. Salsa For The Cardinals End Zone
2 Oz. Sour Cream for the Field Lines
15 Vienna Sausages
Helmets - 3 Oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
The Goal Posts:
1 Slim Jim for Each Goal Post
1 Oz. Monterey Jack Cheddar To Anchor (each)
1 Pound of Bacon
1 Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
1 Bag of Cheetos
1 Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
1 Bag of Chex Mix
20 Oz. Football-Shaped Summer Sausage (optional) (on second thought, no, this isn't optional. Go buy one.)
TOTAL CALORIES: 24,375
TOTAL GRAMS OF FAT: 1,285
TOTAL COST: $86.47
TOTAL DELICIOUSNESS: 1 Billion trillion, dude. One billion trillion.