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  • Texas Dad Invents a Simple Way to Fill 100 Water Balloons - In Less Than A MINUTE (Video)

    07/26/2014 8:16:14 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 22 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-26-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsWhere was this for my son's pool party last weekend?We must have spent 3 hours making water balloons for the kids, and my fingers were sore afterwards.Very soon, I'll be able to do it in mere minutes. My fellow Texan and inventor Josh Malone, along with his kids, developed a much faster way to replace the time-consuming process of filling water balloons.Malone's device, which can fill 100 balloons in a minute, attaches to the hose directly for one-time use. He calls it "Bunch O Balloons" and launched a Kickstarter campaign for the manufacture-ready project. It's called the"Bunch...
  • Current popular gun boards? (vanity)

    07/25/2014 10:01:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    What are the current "hot" gun discussion boards? I've been distracted by politics for a few years, and some of my favored places (SilencerTalk.com, NFATalk.com) have faded as the natural lifecycle of such places tends to. Surely others have popped up. Where to go?
  • Looking over the shoulder of a watchmaker. (video)

    07/23/2014 6:10:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-22-2014 | wimp.com
    Watchmaking is a noble tradition stretching back hundreds of years when they would make all the parts by hand. While technology today has lightened some of their workload, it's still a fascinating sight when a watchmaker creates another mechanical beauty.
  • CrossFit Games 2014 (Vanity/Chat Thread)

    07/23/2014 2:44:13 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 29 replies
    CrossFit Games ^ | 23JUL14 | FSE
    EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ESPN 3 WEDNESDAY (23 JULY)THE BEACH 9AM Pacific Points Available: 100 For time: Swim 250 yards 50 kettlebell thrusters (35 / 24 lb.) 30 burpees Swim 500 yards 30 burpees 50 kettlebell thrusters (35 / 24 lb.) Swim 250 yards OVERHEAD SQUAT 6:30PM Pacific Points Available: 100 1-rep-max overhead squat Athletes will each have 3 attempts.
  • Germans Damage World Cup Trophy at Afterparty

    07/22/2014 5:09:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Jul 2014
    Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina. President of the German Football Association (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach told Spiegel that a “small piece of it was chipped off”. “Don’t worry about it,” he added. “We have specialists who can fix it.” The 63-year-old added the culprit had not been identified, despite their “persistent” investigation. “The investigation was terminated without result,” Niersbach added. After beating Argentina 1:0 in the World Cup...
  • SilencerCo Announces First Commercially Available Shotgun Suppressor

    07/22/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-21-2014 | Yehuda Remer
    Today, the gun world is buzzing with news of a "revolution in silencers." SilencerCo has announced today they will be producing the Salvo 12, the first ever commercially produced shotgun sound suppressor. The official press release reads: “Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.” Active content removed Active content removed “The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” said Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There...
  • Man’s Dream of Fourth Wife Soiled by Pakistan Army Assaults

    07/21/2014 3:53:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18 July 17, 2014
    Pakistan’s ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children — to take a fourth wife. Gulzar Khan is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the North Waziristan tribal area since the army moved in to clear longstanding bases of Taliban and other militants. Escaping the military advance meant leaving the 35-room house he shares in the North Waziristan village of Shawa with around 100 family members, including wives, children and grandchildren. The 54-year-old grumbled that paying to transport his brood used...
  • The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

    07/21/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 20 July 2014 | Mario Cacciottolo
    A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. "Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick. She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17...
  • Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns

    07/21/2014 10:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Burlington, Iowa city council wants to ban open carry of toy guns. The ordinance will make it illegal to openly carry a toy gun or conceal one with clothes. ia Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page: The Burlington Iowa City Council is moving to pass an ordinance that would require you to get their WRITTEN permission before your kids can play with toy guns, replica guns, BB guns, etc! If your kids play with these toys in most outdoor situations, or if they play with toy guns in the car while you drive them around, you are looking at a...
  • Swede Shoots World's Longest Film: 720 Hours

    07/19/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    VIDEO: Anders Weberg tells The Local about the inspiration behind the the world's longest film, coping with the tragic loss of his son, and the 72 minute 'trailer' which has been wowing audiences. The 46-year-old artist, who lives in southern Sweden, has been working on the magnum opus entitled Ambiancé for the past few years. Weberg has made more than 300 films in the past and he intends Ambiancé to be his final work. "I've always been interested in time," he told The Local during a break from filming. "Time is something we can't do anything about. In the past...
  • ELECTRO-HARMONIX B9 ORGAN MACHINE (video)

    07/18/2014 5:11:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-18-2014 | EHX
    With 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the '60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Tracking is fast and flawless. Control of its signature percussive click and sweet modulation is precise. Blend your dry instrument to create lush layers.
  • 'My Dream Is to Open a Post-Apocalyptic Store'

    07/15/2014 5:02:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Jul 2014
    Fredrik Qvarnström, owner of an online survival shop, talks to The Local about being a "prepper" in Sweden and what to have in your bunker when the end is nigh. Although the term prepping is fairly new, the concept has always been around. The modern version of the phenomenon prepping originated in the 1970's America and is an offshoot of the survivalist movement. In short, it is about making sure you have everything you need in case disaster hits, whether it be minor power cuts or a zombie invasion. Fredrik Qvarnström is the owner of Överlevnadsbutiken, an online store dedicated...
  • Bi-Weekly Thread Thread #4 July 15, 2014

    07/15/2014 10:16:46 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 19 replies
    July 15, 2014 | RG
    Welcome everyone to the bi-weekly Thread Thread, a once every other week post of all things sewing. Join us to discuss, ask questions and learn everything you've ever wanted to talk about, ask or discover about sewing. We include anything you can make with fabric, needle and thread. Share with us some or you designs and ideas on how to become more self-sufficient by making your own clothing, home decor or anything else.
  • Bangladesh Farmer Makes Huge German Flag

    07/14/2014 4:59:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Jul 2014
    Germany has honoured a Bangladesh farmer and diehard fan for making a 3.5-kilometre-long (2.2 mile) flag of the country in support of Philipp Lahm's World Cup team, officials said on Sunday. The massive flag was on display Saturday at a stadium in the western town of Magura, which the German charge d'affaires, Ferdinand von Weyhe, visited to pay tribute to the farmer. "The 3.5-kilometre-long German flag circled the stadium four times and hundreds of people have turned up to see this amazing sight," said Ishrat Hossain, a German embassy spokeswoman. She said Von Weyhe handed the farmer, 65-year-old Amjad Hossain,...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, July 13rd, 2014.

    07/13/2014 5:05:55 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 40 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | 7/13/2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • IndyCar: Ganassi locks out front row in Iowa

    07/12/2014 11:33:29 AM PDT · by gymbeau · 10 replies
    racer.com ^ | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Marshall Pruett
    The bullring Iowa short oval is the perfect track for Target Chip Ganassi Racing to get its season in order, and after a day filled with rain delays, defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon led an all-Target front row for Saturday night's 300-lap race. The Kiwi's record-breaking 186.256mph average was set after his No. 9 Dallara-Chevrolet engineers used information from earlier qualifying runs made by Ganassi teammates to make a few quick tweaks before heading out, and it made all the difference. Tony Kanaan will start second in the sister car (185.891). "We missed a bit on balance in...
  • Down but Not Out: The Uncertain Future of the Crossword Puzzle

    07/11/2014 5:41:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JUL 11 2014 | Tanya Basujul
    The future of puzzling is as fluid as the English language itself.While the world warns of an impending print collapse, it might take down an innocent bystander with it—those little black and white squares that have long inhabited the back pages of newspapers and made themselves the primary Sunday-afternoon obsession of crossword nerds, for whom completing a puzzle is a bragworthy accomplishment. Yes, the meager crossword, its unnerving simplicity belying a capability to wrench you mad with clues that speak of everything and nothing at once, is moving toward becoming a relic of the past. Binghamton University English professor Michael...
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • These Target Drones Are the Future of Sport Shooting

    07/11/2014 2:14:07 PM PDT · by Rio · 6 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | 7/10/2014 | Matt Alpert
    Welcome to the future of target shooting. As aerial drones become more commonplace in our skies, one inevitable thought arises: people will try to shoot them down.Some people consider drones to be pesky and intrusive devices. Other people see them as an exciting and challenging target. The latter group have given rise to a thrilling new sport target: gnat drones.Gnats are scaled-down, military-style R/C drones designed for target shooters. These highly maneuverable drones are loaded with explosive charges under each wing.But if you think you can shoot one down, good luck. These drones are nearly indestructible, and they can zip and roll through the sky at...
  • Video: How Not to Park a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

    07/11/2014 1:19:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A valet at the five star Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, India is in a certain amount of trouble after he wrecked a guest's precious Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder recently, causing damages of up to $330,000 to the luxury vehicle. Captured on CCTV for all the world to see, the valet, Arun Kumar drives the car from the parking area at the hotel to the busy valet area. He briefly gets out of the car. Then, after climbing back in, the car suddenly lurches forward, sending other valets running for cover as it hits a wall head-on. The valet managed...
  • Family rescued at sea says satellite cell phone service provider left them in a life-or-death crisis

    07/11/2014 9:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    ABC10 News ^ | 7-11-14 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO - The family that drew national attention when they were rescued at sea off their sailboat, Rebel Heart, in April is finally setting the record straight. Charlotte and Eric Kaufman and their two daughters were about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez when 1-year old Lyra became sick. That was when their adventure of a lifetime turned into a nightmare. It began with a fever, then a rash and then Lyra became lethargic. That was when the couple used their satellite cell phone to call a doctor. He advised them to begin...
  • Bad ammo vanity

    07/09/2014 6:49:18 PM PDT · by papineau · 25 replies
    self
    I tried plinking with my new Marlin 795 .22 semi auto about three months ago. Almost every round jammed, I even had to use a clothes hanger to punch some stuck rounds out of the chamber. Tried again yesterday after a thorough cleaning. Same thing. Thought, "Oh well, send it off to Marlin for repairs". By chance, I ran a few rounds of the same .22 long through a Puma revolver. Oddly enough, a bunch of the rounds didn't fit in the cylinder.. Now I get it.. I was using Aguila ammo, made in Mexico, bought for real cheap at...
  • 18-Month-Old Saudi Baby Catches Snake, Thinking it's a Toy

    07/08/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    An 18-month-old Saudi boy who was playing in the back garden of his house in the Gulf kingdom went back in carrying a snake which he wanted to show to his mother. The boy looked delighted by what he thought a toy he had found before his mother hit him on the hand, sending the snake crawling away. “The mother chased the snake with a stick and killed it. She said her son thought it was a toy and he was very happy with it,” Sabq Arabic language daily said in a report from the southern Dhamad town.
  • Ruger 77/44 44 Mag bolt action carbine

    07/08/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT · by Beagle8U · 51 replies
    Vanity | self
    I just picked up a new Ruger 77/44 bolt action and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them, or favorite loads/reloads for them? It is a SS 44 Mag bolt action carbine with an 18 1/2 inch barrel and Synthetic stock. Michigan just passed a law that will allow pistol cartridge rifles to be used for deer hunting in the 'shotgun zone', so I plan to use it for hunting deer. I'm thinking 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoints should do the job out to 125 yds or so.
  • Our Diamond Miss

    07/06/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by nevermorelenore · 20 replies
    Just wanting some feedback since our daughter has been participating in Our Diamond Miss pageants. She enjoys it, makes new friends, and has improved her poise and talent. Any thoughts on this type of activityfor kids ?
  • Flight 7 03 (Retired US Airways and F-16 Fighter Pilot flies his RV-7 in North Carolina)

    07/05/2014 4:50:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4 July 14 | Ron Schreck
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZHhiOrxxco&feature=youtu.be Ron Schreck is a retired US Airways Captain and also a retired Lt Col who was F-4 pilot in Vietnam and later flew the F-16. The video is him taking off from Gold Hill Airpark, NC, where he lives. He built his RV-7 himself, named "Miss Izzy", and flies it frequently at airshows. Another video - of one of his airshows: From the Cockpit with Ron Schreck Another: EVV, Sunday Performance His team also does the flyby for all Carolina Panthers games.
  • Is there an official Indycar thread?

    07/04/2014 3:25:54 PM PDT · by gymbeau · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | July 4, 2014 | Self
    Hi, Friends, and Happy Independence Day despite these trying times. I'm wondering if there's a thread or ping list for things Indycar-related. If not, is there interest? I don't know how to set up a Ping list, though it can't be that difficult, and if there are others who'd like to keep apprised about things Indycar, as well as to cheer along our favourites drivers and teams, I'm willing to spearhead it, with Admins' blessing of course. We just saw an incredible weekend of racing at Houston's double header and we have another big 500 miler this weekend. It's been...
  • Men Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts

    07/03/2014 3:25:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jesse Singal
    Most people don’t think it’s fun to sit alone with nothing to do but think — it’s part of the reason for obsessive phone-checking during idle moments. A new study in Science highlights just how unenjoyable this experience is: in short, very. To the point that some people will choose to shock themselves rather than sit alone with nothing to do for a little while. The researchers conducted 11 experiments in a variety of settings and among a variety of age groups. In most of them, subjects were asked to simply chill out and think for 6 to 15 minutes...
  • My computer connection is about to bite the dust.

    07/02/2014 6:58:05 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 49 replies
    Self | 7/2/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    Some of you know that I've been having re-occurring Internet connection troubles since the end of Feb. At first I was told it was the computer (which couldn't even be successfully repaired) so I got another (rebuilt) computer and for fifty days I was set to go. Then suddenly on 5/20 the problem started occurring again. I took the computer back to the shop at which I'd purchased it to have it tested and apparently there was no problem whatsoever with it, so I was told it must have been my connection. Then began a very long and painful experience...
  • Woman Realizes Her Life’s Passion Is Bridesmaiding, Takes Out Craigslist Ad

    07/02/2014 6:38:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Maggie Lange
    An accomplished friend and 26-year-old living in New York has realized her vocation: She was made to bridesmaid. She was born to bridesmaid. Bridesmaid she shall, until death does everyone part. This tremendous wedding-party member and recent entrepreneur has taken out a Craigslist ad to describe her skills and services. But why might one want a Professional Bridesmaid and Hired Friend (trademark pending)? Because a master can boast years of honed skills! This particular wedding virtuoso cites her award-winning skills in: • Holding up the 18 layers of your dress so that you can pee with ease on your wedding...
  • AAA Offering Free Towing for Drunk Drivers on 4th of July

    07/02/2014 4:54:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014
    Florida drivers who drink too much on Independence Day can have their cars towed for free by AAA. AAA and Bud Light have partnered in the “Tow to Go” program that offers free towing services to any Florida resident on certain holidays, according to the AAA website. The program is meant to protect the streets from drunk drivers and car collisions and will tow drivers and their cars safely home, as long as it is within a 10-mile radius. AAA has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads since 1998. To have your car towed or for...
  • SCUD Missile Launchers, Tanks, Howitzers, More Up For Auction (Jacques Littlefield)

    07/01/2014 12:53:11 PM PDT · by holymoly · 7 replies
    KCBS ^ | July 1, 2014 | KCBS
    PORTOLA VALLEY (KPIX) — In the market for a tank, armored bridge carrier, amphibious jeep, or maybe a SCUD missile launcher, complete with attached missile? They can be yours, for a few thousand dollars or up to a few million dollars as the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation auctions off 200 military vehicles from the Littlefield collection, including historic vehicles and armaments from both sides of nearly every armed conflict in the last century.Spread across 460 acres in San Mateo County is late tank collector Jacques Littlefield’s estate, and half of these vintage war machines are heading to a museum. To...
  • Weekly Thread Thread #3 July 1, 2014

    07/01/2014 12:41:22 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 12 replies
    July 1, 2014 | RG
    Welcome everyone to the weekly Thread Thread, a once weekly post of all things sewing. Join us to discuss, ask questions and learn everything you've ever wanted to talk about, ask or discover about sewing. We include anything you can make with fabric, needle and thread. Share with us some or you designs and ideas on how to become more self-sufficient by making your own clothing, home decor or anything else
  • Flaris Personal Jets Take Off

    07/01/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 48 replies
    Robb Report ^ | Mary Grady
    Flaris, a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design allows for sweeping lines, with a sharp nose, a cabin that seats four, and long, narrow wings for aerodynamic efficiency. - See more at: http://robbreport.com/aviation/flaris-personal-jets-take?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=relatedlinks&utm_campaign=aviation#sthash.PFsSTX3s.dpuf
  • Why Does Cycling Attract So Many Snobs?

    06/30/2014 8:38:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 198 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 Jun 2014 | Jamie Fewery
    A new breed of cyclist is infecting our roads and destroying the inclusive nature of bike riding. Jamie Fewery introduces 'sportive snobbery'It was inevitable that with the rapid growth in cycling, factions would emerge. Sub groups of cyclists who define themselves by how seriously they take the sport, their kit, their observance of cycling’s heritage; gangs and coteries who jostle to adopt the lifestyle to a greatest degree. Reach a critical mass of humans who enjoy a shared interest and lines will inevitably be drawn. The peloton rarely sticks together. For the most part, this is fine. As with...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, June 29th, 2014.

    06/29/2014 5:08:05 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 203 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | 6/29/2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • WATCH: Atlanta Father, Son Catch 884-Pound Fish in Canada

    06/29/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Talk about a big fish. An Atlanta man and his father last week caught an 884-pound sturgeon during a fishing trip to Canada. According to Great River Fishing Adventures, 19-year-old Paul Jarvis hooked the 11-foot-10 white sturgeon Thursday morning on the Fraser River. “In the first few minutes I had it on the line, I couldn’t believe the weight and power of the fish," said Jarvis, who battled the fish with the help of his father, Ron, for about an hour. "I am a big guy, and I could barely hold on to the rod let alone begin to reel...
  • Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues <video 3:27min>

    06/28/2014 5:58:42 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 26 replies
    youtube.com ^ | September 29, 1958 | Eddie Cochran
    "The American psychedelic blues-rock band Blue Cheer recorded their version of "Summertime Blues" in 1967. Is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by Cochran and Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958." .....WIKI;
  • The Right to Bear Denial-of-Service Attacks - Do We Need a Second Amendment in the Cyber World?

    06/28/2014 3:10:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Josephine Wolff
    Maybe the only thing Americans agree on anything when it comes to the Second Amendment is that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” is all about guns and gun control. We’re very used to seeing that language invoked around incidents of gun violence. So it was striking to see the logic of the National Rifle Association applied to a completely different context in a piece about cybercrime in the New York Times on June 21, in which Jeffery Stutzman, the vice president of the cybersecurity intelligence sharing consortium Red Sky Alliance, is quoted as saying, “I...
  • What Are You Reading?

    06/27/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Tax-chick · 274 replies
    Vanity | June 27, 2014 | Tax-chick
    What are you reading? There used to be a quarterly "What are you reading?" thread, but I haven't seen it for a long time. I got a lot of good book suggestions that way, and I miss it. So here's a thread! If you're reading something interesting you think others would like, or something boring you'd recommend we all avoid, jump in! If you have a ping list of FReepers who might be interested, ping them!
  • Muslim Seeks Refund for Shoes Lined With Pig Skin

    06/24/2014 8:53:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Melissa Lin
    Muslim seeks refund for shoes lined with pig skin PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2014 9:19 AM 935 24 0 0 PRINT EMAIL Ms Nur Najwa Abdullah and the $279 pair of shoes she bought last year. She said she wore them for six months before finding out – by chance – that the lining was made of pig skin. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG BY MELISSA LIN A Muslim woman who bought a pair of $279 shoes was incensed to find out, after wearing them for six months, that the shoes were lined with pig skin. Administrative assistant Nur...
  • ‘Corpse’ Flowers Causing a Blooming Stink

    06/24/2014 7:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WBCO ^ | 6/24 | Letitia Stein
    The blossoming of twin “corpse” flowers, whose towering, phallic-shaped blooms reek of rotten flesh, is drawing tourists like flies to what experts are calling a lunar eclipse of the botany world. It is unusual to see one of these endangered titans bloom in its native Indonesia, much less in captivity, and two are putting on a show within days of each other at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. The creamy yellow flower – actually a stalk called an inflorescence containing thousands of flowers – extends up to 10 feet (3 meters) and emits a stench like decomposing flesh...
  • Weekly Thread Thread #2 6/24/14

    06/24/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 45 replies
    6/24/2014 | RG
    Good afternoon everyone. I'm glad we had a bit of interest in a sewing thread. I'm looking forward to learning from you all! I got busy this past week and made the Little One a pair of shorts. Here is a picture: I'm very please with how they turned out considering it was my first attempt at making clothing. So I'm going to make a few more pairs for him in the next size up. A friend who saw them asked if I would make a couple of pairs for her niece's son and I agreed to do that. I...
  • New Jersey Pals Divided on Whether to Encourage Great White Shark to Eat Their Boat

    06/23/2014 5:16:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 23, 2014 | Caroline Bankoff
    A group of friends were fishing off Cape May, New Jersey, this weekend when a Great White Shark started circling their 35-foot boat, eventually lunging forward to rip a basket of fish right off the side. Rather than lose their minds with horror at the sight of a chomping, many-toothed sea creature — which, at 16 feet long, was nearly half the size of their ride — some of the humans leaned over the water for a better look. "Come back," sighed Steven Clark, the foolhardy dude who shot the video below. "Steven, don't, don't, don't — what are you...
  • Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" KDE is out!

    06/23/2014 4:35:56 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 102 replies
    http://forums.linuxmint.com/index.php ^ | Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:08 am | Clem
    Mint KDE 17 is finally released!
  • Man Avenges Brother’s Death After 37 Years

    06/21/2014 1:42:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, 21 June 2014
    A Saudi man travelled to Qatar and killed a man who murdered his brother nearly 37 years ago, fulfilling his tribe’s long-standing wish to avenge his death. Sada newspaper said the unnamed Saudi managed to identify his brother’s Yemeni killer and locate his whereabouts in Qatar, where he had got the citizenship. “He travelled to Qatar after getting information on where his brother’s killer lives…he went straight to that man and killed him,” the paper said. It said the Saudi man’s tribe intended to stage a big party to celebrate the killer’s death but was stopped by the Prince of...
  • Americans say "Thank You", but Japanese Have at Least 10 Ways to Properly Express Their Gratitude.

    06/21/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT · by lee martell · 25 replies
    June, 21, 2014 | lee martell
    A co-worker of mine is preparing himself for a trip to Tokyo to meet his fiance's parents. He is now studying the rudiments of their language. For most westerners Japanese is not a simple language to learn, unless you are using it on a regular basis. My friend has learned there are many ways to say Thanks in Japanese. You have to remember that this is a society that still gives great focus on the status of an individual, and that individual's relationship to or with the person speaking. Most times, the worst one can do is to speak in...
  • Joe Bonamassa At Pinkpop Festival - Exclusive 1 Hour Live Performance

    06/21/2014 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Bonamassa.com ^ | 06/21/2014 | Oshkalaboomoom
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  • Arrestee's 'Handsome' Mug Shot Goes Viral

    06/20/2014 11:46:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Channing Joseph
    A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, was arrested Wednesday on five weapons charges and one gang charge, according to Officer Joseph Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department. SNIP Silva called Meeks "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area," though he declined to provide any details on the crimes that Meeks is believed to have been involved...
  • Chinese Man Dies From Sleep Deprivation After Staying Up Late to Watch the World Cup

    06/17/2014 5:52:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | June 16, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    The 25-year-old man was found dead with the TV on after the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 on Friday.According to reports, a Chinese World Cup fan who stayed up late to watch the coverage of the event has died from sleep deprivation. The 25-year-old football fan was found slumped in front of his television at his home in Suzhou sometime after the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 on Friday. Due to an 11-hour time difference, World Cup games from Brazil are broadcast in China in the middle of the night. The man was taken to People's Hospital of Xiangcheng and pronounced dead....