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  • Man's best friend for 30,000 years: Canine skulls discovered in two separate digs reveals...

    01/24/2012 7:04:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Scientists believe that two 33,000-year-old skulls unearthed in digs in Siberia and Belgium show dogs were domesticated long before any other animal, such as sheep, cows or goats. Researchers from the University of Arizona said the skulls had shorter snouts and wider jaws than undomesticated animals such as wolves, which use their longer snouts and narrower jaws to help them hunt. That suggested the dogs had been kept for protection and companionship by our ancient ancestors -- just as they are today. The researchers think dogs could have been the first species of animals to be domesticated by humans, long...
  • Seabees Rescue Family from Car Crash

    01/23/2012 9:51:21 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1/14/2012 | staff reporter
    BUELLTON, Calif (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and the 31st Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) helped to rescue a family involved in a car wreck on Highway 101 in Buellton, Calif., Jan. 12.
  • The Great Road: The Story of Frederick Road

    01/22/2012 10:17:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Montgomery Village Patch ^ | January 22, 2012 | Susan Soderberg
    Traveled by Native Americans, presidents, generals, gypsies and families seeking a new life in the west, “The Great Road,” known today as Frederick Road or Route 355, provided a path for both the adventurer and the entrepreneur. As the main route northwest from Georgetown, the last port on the Potomac River, it was heavily traveled from the mid 18th century until it was replaced by Interstate 270 in the 1960s. It began as an Indian trail leading from the Piscataway settlement at the mouth of Rock Creek to the great “Conestoga,” a trail that included footpaths and waterways (what we...
  • Costa's '30 per cent off' compo offer leaves survivors stunned

    01/22/2012 9:03:39 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Cruise and Liner History ^ | January 22, 2012 | staff reporter
    Cruise and Liner History: The offer of a 30 percent discount on future cruises, made by the owners (Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp) of the recently shipwrecked Costa Concordia (Costa Cruises), has been faced with a number of angry responses from passengers of the ill-fated luxury liner.
  • "The Tuscany Titanic" Pretty Much A Reflection Of The Obama Administration. Captain Barack Obama !

    01/22/2012 7:05:58 PM PST · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The cruise ship hitting a rock and tipping over throwing thousands overboard, is pretty much what we have been seeing under the Obama Administration. Think of the cruise ship as the economy and the debt. The cruise ship finally hits that wall and Captain Obama is the first one to bail leaving his economic team to save the passengers. Anyone surprised Chrissy Matthews hasn't compared the Captain to the Tea Party yet? He probably would just like during the mining crisis!
  • Schoolgirl sailor triumphs after battle with authorities

    01/21/2012 9:08:16 PM PST · by Oztrich Boy · 13 replies
    BBC NEWS Europe ^ | 21 January 2012 | Anna Holligan
    You can probably imagine the kinds of nightmares a teenager on a solo voyage round the world might suffer from: pirate kidnappings, treacherous coral reefs or perhaps scary encounters with mysterious sea creatures. But not Laura Dekker. The 16-year-old schoolgirl's sleep is haunted by memories of the traumatic experiences she suffered at the hands of the Dutch authorities. And ever since she set her sights on sailing round the world she says Dutch social services have done their best to stop her from pursuing her dream. ~~~~ Earlier this month truancy officers issued her father with a summons claiming that...
  • Into the mind of a Neanderthal

    01/21/2012 5:48:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | Thomas Wynn
    Palaeoanthropologists now know a great deal about these ice-age Europeans who flourished between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago. We know, for example, that Neanderthals shared about 99.84 per cent of their DNA with us, and that we and they evolved separately for several hundred thousand years. We also know Neanderthal brains were a bit larger than ours and were shaped a bit differently. And we know where they lived, what they ate and how they got it. Skeletal evidence shows that Neanderthal men, women and children led very strenuous lives, preoccupied with hunting large mammals. They often made tactical use...
  • Discovery of a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, KV 64

    01/20/2012 5:28:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1+ views
    University of Basel Kings' Valley Project ^ | January 16, 2012 | Dr. Susanne Bickel
    During the season of 2011, three edges of an unknown manmade feature appeared at 1.80m to the north of KV 40, on the 25th of January, the first day of the Egyptian revolution. Due to the situation, it was immediately covered with an iron door. As this structure is so close to KV 40 and as it was impossible to know whether it was just a short unfinished shaft or a real tomb, we gave it the temporary number 40b. This number is now replaced by the final designation KV 64. The KV numbers should definitely be used exclusively for...
  • The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

    01/20/2012 5:10:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PHYSorg ^ | January 17, 2012 | unattributed
    This has cast doubt on the popular theory that Mesopotamian brewers used to crumble flat bread made from barley or emmer into their mash. The so-called "bappir" (Sumerian for "beer bread") is never counted as bread in the administrative texts, but in measuring units, like coarsely ground barley. Damerow also points out that the high degree of standardisation, which meant that the quantities of raw materials allocated to the brewers by the central administration remained exactly the same over long periods, sometimes even decades, makes it difficult to base any recipes on them. According to Damerow, even the "Hymn of...
  • Outta my way! America's rudest cities (can you guess without reading?)

    01/20/2012 5:00:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 01/20/2012 | Katrina Brown Hunt
    <p>Which is worse when you’re traveling: the local driver who blithely cuts you off in traffic or the surly cabbie who gives you attitude right to your face?</p> <p>Such skirmishes no doubt fueled this year’s America’s Rudest Cities contest, voted on by Travel + Leisure readers. Three-time-champion Los Angeles, home of road rage, went head-to-head with classically brusque East Coast cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. — all of which landed in the top five.</p>
  • Diamond Jubilee River Thames spectacular: What Queen's flotilla will look like when 1,000 boats

    01/19/2012 12:07:29 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 19th January 2012 | Rebecca English
    It will be, we are confidently promised, the greatest show the Thames has ever seen and perhaps even outshine the Olympics. The Diamond Jubilee river pageant will feature 1,000 boats, 20,000 eager participants and millions of cheering spectators. Details of the spectacular event on June 3 were released yesterday, prompting London Mayor Boris Johnson to predict a ‘glorious’ spectacle which would ‘perhaps be more exciting than the Olympics themselves’. Pageant Master Adrian Evans spoke of ‘a once-in-a-lifetime event, one that will reclaim the Thames as a royal route’. He added: ‘I’m hoping it will be majestic, joyous, uplifting and patriotic...
  • President Clinton To Play In Celebrity Golf Tournament {Sink Emporer in LaQuinta tomorrow]

    01/18/2012 6:51:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | January 18, 2012 11:02 AM
    LA QUINTA (CBS) — Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to hit the links Saturday in the Humana Challenge golf tournament. The Humana Challenge begins Thursday morning with professionals like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Bill Haas. Celebrity players include singers Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton; actors Morgan Freeman and Don Cheadle and basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving. The tournament will be played at the La Quinta Country Club and the Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses at PGA West, and airs live on Golf Channel 12-3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday...
  • Freep a Poll! (Do TSA agents do a good job?)

    01/18/2012 2:54:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies ^ | 1-18-12 | NY Daily News
    The TSA's performance Do you think TSA agents do a good job? Yes No Not Sure
  • Tel Aviv trumps New York to be named world's best gay city

    01/18/2012 6:58:39 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-18-2012 | Graham Smith
    Israeli metropolis beats New York and Toronto in poll naming best urban destinations for gay travellers Tel Aviv has been named the world's number one gay city. The Israeli metropolis beat out competition from New York to top a survey carried out by American Airlines and to find the most popular destination for gay travellers. It landed a staggering 43 per cent of the vote, way ahead of runner-up New York's 14 per cent and third-placed Toronto with 7 per cent. Sao Paolo came in at four with 6 per cent, while rounding out the top five with 5...
  • New York's JFK ranked the worst airport in the world..

    01/18/2012 6:28:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    Long gone may be the days when flying was a luxury though the handling of the airport's terminal is believed by one travel site to still make all the difference to its passengers. Travel website Frommer's has released their list of the top 10 best and worst airport terminals in the world.
  • Concrete balls to deter Indonesia 'train surfers'

    01/17/2012 3:00:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies ^ | January 17, 2012 | bbc
    Railway staff have begun hanging concrete balls above train tracks in Indonesia to try to stop commuters from riding for free on carriage roofs.
  • Divers use explosives to blow holes in hull of capsized cruise liner ...

    01/17/2012 6:13:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 17th January 2012 | Lee Moran
    Italian navy divers have set off explosives to create openings in the hull of a cruise ship that ran aground near a Tuscan island, in a desperate effort to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew. Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero said micro-charges placed on the side of the ship created four openings to allow divers 'to enter easily for the search'. Extensive debris and the 'sideways' nature of the ship has hampered rescuers from getting into sections of the stricken vessel. The holes were made both above and below the water level. Television footage showed the holes to...
  • Sicilian temple not for sale 'even for 40 bln'

    01/16/2012 8:56:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    ANSA English ^ | January 5, 2012 | unattributed
    Russian magnate Prokhorov reportedly wants to buy Temple of Zeus. The mayor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento said Thursday that he would not sell one of Italy's prime archaeological treasures even for 40 billion euros after it reportedly attracted the interest of Russian industrialist Mikhail Prokhorov. The precious-metals billionaire, who plans to run in this year's presidential elections in Russia as an independent candidate, has set his sights on buying the ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento's famed Valley of the Temples, according to media reports. But Agrigento Mayor Marco Zambuto has moved to nip the notion...
  • Dug out of the Thames mud, a token Romans used to pay for their pleasure

    01/16/2012 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Eleanor Harding
    Made from bronze and smaller than a ten pence piece, the coin depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act. Historians believe it is the first example of a Roman brothel token to be found in this country. It lay hidden in mud for almost 2,000 years until it was unearthed by an amateur archaeologist with a metal detector. On the reverse of the token is the numeral XIIII, which experts say could indicate the holder handed over 14 small Roman coins called asses to buy it. This would have been the equivalent of seven loaves of...
  • Must Farm Bronze Age site: Archaeologists at work [ East Anglia, 3K yr old boat ]

    01/16/2012 6:05:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Past Horizons ^ | Sunday, January 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Over three thousand years ago the inhabitants of a small southeast fenland community were skilled boat builders, enjoyed fishing, and practised a method of eel trapping still in use today in East Anglia. Mark Knight, senior project officer for Cambridge Archaeological Unit, said: "It's archaeology like it's never been preserved before." The incredibly detailed picture of Bronze Age life discovered on the River Nene, at Must Farm quarry, Whittlesey, has everything from well preserved boats, spears and swords to clothing and jewellery as well as carved bowls and pots still full of food, making it one of the most significant...
  • Airborne Commuters: EU Project Sees Flying Cars in Europe's Skies

    01/16/2012 5:14:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/13/2012 | Hilmar Schmundt
    It's a special kind of dressage: When Raffaello D'Andrea lifts his right arm, a plate-sized helicopter obediently starts its engine. When he moves his finger through the air, the device follows as if on a horse's lead. … At first sight, the way D'Andrea controls the device with gestures might seem like magic. But the researcher is aiming for something quite different than magic: He wants to build flying robots that are so ordinary and simple that anyone can control them. "Today's cars are my ideal," he says. "They are nearly perfect; all you have to do is put gas...
  • Almost 3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

    01/16/2012 11:38:55 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies · 1+ views
    PHYSorg ^ | January 16, 2012 | AFP
    Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday. The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland's Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt, the minister told the media in Cairo. The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the Twenty-Second Dynasty (945-712 BC), according to an inscription on a wooden plaque found in the tomb. She was the daughter of the High...
  • Airlines paying more for fuel because waistlines are expanding

    01/13/2012 9:53:23 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Herald Sun AU ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Anne Wright
    Airlines paying more for fuel because waistlines are expanding by: Anne Wright From: Herald Sun January 12, 2012 12:00AM PEOPLE weighing more than average should pay more for their airfares than slimmer passengers, a former Qantas executive says. Tony Webber said airlines were paying more for fuel because the average weight of the population had increased. The extra fuel needed cost about $472 a plane, he said, and additional weight of passengers affected airlines' profits. "It's just a fact, and the thing is airlines consider these things when deciding how much fuel to put on the plane," said Mr Webber,...
  • "Fatti Maschii Parole Femine" Should Be, "Fatti Totalitaria Parole Liberale"

    01/13/2012 6:44:01 AM PST · by Sensei Ern · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Me ^ | 1/13/2012 | Senseiern
    (For the short version, skip to the "Body of Comment" section.) This is a personal rant, and is why I will leave Maryland as soon as I can afford to. Please indulge. Thank you. The state of Maryland kicks a man while he is down. April 2010, I lost my job as a computer programmer. Though I interview at least twice a week, jobs are competitive and very hard to get. Perhaps my biggest pet peeve is the trend for employers to tell me, "You're hired. You will start as soon as we get the budget for the project approved."...
  • Question about transporting a handgun across state line:

    01/12/2012 6:23:34 AM PST · by JNRoberts · 40 replies · 1+ views
    JN Roberts | 01/12/2012 | JN Roberts
    So, does anyone know how I can legally get this handgun from California to me in Texas without me having to drive there to pick it up?
  • Roman helmet turns history on its head

    01/11/2012 8:44:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Anita Singh
    Every school child used to learn how the British defended their land during the Roman Conquest. But the discovery of a 2,000-year-old Roman helmet beneath a Leicestershire hillside suggests a different story. Rather than repel the invaders, some Britons fought in the Roman ranks. The ornate helmet was awarded to high-ranking cavalry officers and was found at the burial site of a British tribal leader. According to experts, it transforms our understanding of the Roman Conquest... The treasure, known as the Hallaton Helmet after the area where it was found, dates to around the time of the Roman invasion in...
  • Salt Lake City ‘gayest’ town in U.S.?

    01/10/2012 7:21:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 57 replies
    World Net Daily/MSNBC ^ | Jan. 10, 2012
    (MSNBC) Forget San Francisco (18th) or New York (not even on the list) — the gayest city in the U.S. is Salt Lake City, Utah, according to The Advocate, the gay and lesbian newsmagazine. Rather than rely on the U.S. Census tabulation of gay and lesbian populations, which inevitably yield San Francisco as No. 1, The Advocate used different measures to establish “per capita queerness” — including a city’s number of teams entered in the Gay Softball World Series, gay bookstores, openly gay elected officials and semifinalists in the International Mr. Leather Contest...
  • High-speed rail: just 1.2 miles of railway in Chilterns will be above ground (UK's HS2)

    01/11/2012 12:31:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:16PM GMT 10 Jan 2012 | David Millward, Transport Editor
    Just 1.2 miles of the new High Speed Rail line in the Chilterns will be above ground in an attempt to lessen the visual impact of the controversial project. Direct train services linking Birmingham to Paris in just over three hours will be possible from the middle of the next decade after the Government confirmed it will press ahead with plans for a high speed rail network. The decision to include a direct link between the existing high speed line from London to the Channel Tunnel and the new route up to Birmingham was the biggest surprise in the announcement...
  • The 'gayest' city in America is...

    01/10/2012 8:01:44 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies · 1+ views
    sun-sentinel ^ | January 10, 2012
    The Advocate, an LGBT magazine, has released a list of what it says are the "gayest" cities in the U.S. The equation breakdown used is a bit different from what you may have expected. The magazine takes into account such parameters as LGBT bookstores and "International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists" among the nine criteria used to compile the list.
  • High, low desert camping offers stark beauty in winter

    01/09/2012 10:25:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 08, 2012 2:50 PM | SOLVEJ SCHOU, For The
    “In day time, in winter, it averages 60 degrees. That’s perfect weather for hiking and rock climbing,” said Cynthia LaSala, who oversees the park’s campgrounds as a supervisory visitor use assistant. “Tent campers prepare for that cold weather at night so they can experience the beautiful days. Part of people wanting to be here during the winter is that there are no crowds. Through December and January, there’s hardly anyone here. You can get your choice of a campsite.”
  • Introducing the Matternet, A Network of Drones For Deliveries In Remote Locations

    01/09/2012 1:32:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 08/29/11 | Rebecca Boyle
    Introducing the Matternet, A Network of Drones For Deliveries In Remote Locations By Rebecca Boyle Posted 08.29.2011 at 1:09 pm This summer’s crippling famine in Somalia, which has killed tens of thousands of people and led half a million more to seek refuge in Kenya, is notable for many reasons — but the theft and sale of life-saving aid is arguably one of the worst. A new project could be one way to prevent such atrocity in the future: Use drones to drop food and drugs right where they’re needed, no human intervention required. Enter the Matternet. Matternet is a...
  • The joy of Microsoft's 'avoid ghetto' GPS patent

    01/08/2012 5:02:08 PM PST · by Daffynition · 25 replies
    C/net ^ | January 7, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions. Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car. Now Microsoft has been granted a patent that is designed to make its maps more pedestrian-friendly. Somehow, this patent has immediately been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature.
  • Take the ICC and exit at Norwood — where?

    01/07/2012 8:28:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Drivers leaving the newly opened Intercounty Connector at Exit 10 for Layhill Road have a choice listed on the big, green overhead sign: They can head south onto Layhill to go to Glenmont or travel north to go to Norwood. Norwood? “Anybody who’s lived here any length of time would say, ‘Norwood? Where’s Norwood?’ ” said Elizabeth Hartge, a lifelong resident of the area whose great-great-grandfather built the family homestead in 1855. Even local history buffs are stumped. “I wouldn’t know to call it Norwood,” said Cathy Case, interim director at the nearby Sandy Spring Museum and a resident of the...
  • The Earliest Roman Ghost in Britain

    01/07/2012 7:17:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Dr Beachcombing ^ | January 4, 2012 | Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
    Owen Davies in his fascinating The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts notes the way that strangely (or obviously if you are a sceptic like Beachcombing) ghosts follow the fashions and interests of their times. Take OD's thoughts, for example, on Roman ghosts in the UK. The most recent addition to the corpus of heritage hauntings is also the most venerable of all -- the roman [sic and below] legionnaire. A search on the internet reveals numerous sightings in diverse places such as London, Derby, the Isle of Wight, and an old Roman road near Weymouth. Some readers will be...
  • Mighty Arms Helped Extinct Cats Keep a Mouthful of Fanged Teeth

    01/07/2012 7:07:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 4, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Sabertooth cats and other super-toothy predators apparently possessed mighty arms that they used to help them kill. The beefy arms would have served to pin down prey and protect the ferocious-looking teeth of the feline predators, which were actually fragile enough to fracture, scientists find. The finding also may hold for other knife-fanged prehistoric carnivores; long before sabertooth cats evolved, a number of now-extinct toothy hunters once roamed the Earth. These included the nimravids, or false sabertooth cats, which lived from 7 million to 42 million years ago alongside a sister group to cats known as barbourofelids, which lived from...
  • Earliest Directly-Dated Human Skull-Cups [ 14,700 BP ]

    01/07/2012 5:35:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Public Library of Science ^ | February 16, 2011 | Silvia M. Bello, Simon A. Parfitt, Chris B. Stringer
    Abstract Background The use of human braincases as drinking cups and containers has extensive historic and ethnographic documentation, but archaeological examples are extremely rare. In the Upper Palaeolithic of western Europe, cut-marked and broken human bones are widespread in the Magdalenian (~15 to 12,000 years BP) and skull-cup preparation is an element of this tradition. Principal Findings Here we describe the post-mortem processing of human heads at the Upper Palaeolithic site of Gough's Cave (Somerset, England) and identify a range of modifications associated with the production of skull-cups. New analyses of human remains from Gough's Cave demonstrate the skilled post-mortem...
  • Stripped down as you've never seen her: Pictures of Tower Bridge during construction found dumped...

    01/07/2012 5:10:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Saturday, January 7, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Stripped down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of Tower Bridge -- one of the world's most recognisable structures -- have been unveiled after the stash of hundred-year-old prints were found in a skip. Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the bridge's foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the capital's most popular tourist destinations, which was the first bridge of its kind in the world. The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed 'The...
  • Dine On A Dime: Fuku Burger

    01/07/2012 2:24:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBS) ^ | January 6, 2012 7:58 PM | Suzanne Marques
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Okay, first things first… that is pronounced FOO-cue. Got that? Good. (Although let’s be honest, that’s not how you WANTED to pronounce it!) Suzanne Marques reports from this little hamburger gem (1634 Cahuenga, Hollywood, 90028 323-464-3858) that mixes big American beef flavors with Japanese inspired sauces and toppings. Take the “Lucky Burger” for example. Your typical all-beef patty, American cheese, onion, pickles and bun…but this one has a wasabi mayo and Fuku sauce. Or the “Karai” — one spicy burger topped with pickled cucumbers, avocado cream, and habanero kabyaki. Hot! And if you don’t like beef,...
  • The Top 10 Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

    01/05/2012 12:31:44 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 010512 | Jesus Diaz
    The Transportation Security Administration has released a list of the worst/best/most crazy things caught by their airport agents in 2011—including a whooping 1,200 loaded firearms. I picked my favorite top ten because theirs is not right.
  • 'Discovery of a lifetime': Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge...

    01/04/2012 6:00:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd January 2012 | Ted Thornhill
    The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as 'the discovery of a lifetime'. So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct. Until now Stonehenge was considered to have been the centre of Neolithic culture, but that title may now go to the Orkney site, which contains Britain's earliest known wall paintings. Oliver said: 'The excavation of a vast network of buildings on...
  • Never been there, but.... (relocation VANITY)

    01/03/2012 10:12:19 AM PST · by thescourged1 · 38 replies
    I've been job hunting for a while, and had to cast my net out in a wider arc. I'm looking at a possiblity in Sioux Falls, SD. I've never been there and never known anyone from there. Is it nice? Full of lefties? etc. Thanks in advance!
  • News Angels Flight Railway Marks 110th Year With 1-Cent Fare

    12/31/2011 6:42:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBS) ^ | December 31, 2011 1:49 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Angels Flight Railway is expected to mark its 110th anniversary with a 1-cent fare promotion. Riders will be able to take advantage of the special rate through 10 p.m. Saturday. Normally the fare is 25 cents. The 298-foot inclined railway, dubbed the “shortest railway in the world,” operates mostly on a single track with a bulge in the middle to enable the two counter weighted rail cars to pass. When the Angels Flight opened in 1901, commuters used the railway to climb the hill to what used to be one of the city’s fanciest neighborhoods....
  • Scholarly world abuzz over Jewish scrolls find [ Afghanistan ]

    12/31/2011 10:12:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Gil Shefler
    The Jewish scholarly world is abuzz over the discovery of ancient Jewish scrolls in a cave in Afghanistan's Samangan province, Channel 2 reported on Friday. According to Arab Affairs correspondent Ehud Yeari, if validated the scrolls may be the most significant historical finding in the Jewish world since that of the Cairo Geniza in the 19th century. "We know today about a couple of findings," Haggai Ben-Shammai, Professor Emeritus of Arabic Language and Literature at Hebrew University was quoted as saying. "In all, in my opinion, there are about 150 fragments. It may be the tip of the iceberg." The...
  • But officer, I wasn't tailgating (2-second New Year's safety video)

    12/31/2011 9:59:38 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
  • Venezuela Journal Part IV (Andrew Zimmern MUST Visit San Cristobal!)

    12/31/2011 8:49:01 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    Self | December 31, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Paging Andrew Zimmern! Paging Andrew Zimmern!!! You MUST visit San Cristobal and the surrounding region of the state of Tachira. I´m a big fan of ¨Bizzare Foods¨ and I believe the closest Zimmern has ever come to this area was Ecuador. Keep in mind that the state of Tachira was almost completely cut off from the rest of Venezuela until early in the 20th century due to the high mountains and lack of adequate roads. Therefore this region developed its own unique cuisine in isolation from the rest of the country. Access to these many foods is easy accessible at...
  • Only Eight Pilots Are Qualified to Land on This ‘Terrifying’ Runway

    12/31/2011 7:27:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 30, 2011
    Only Eight Pilots Are Qualified to Land on This ‘Terrifying’ Runway There is a small airport in the Himalayan mountains with a 6,500-foot runway and picturesque surroundings. When flying into Paro Airport in Bhutan passengers may be staring in terrified awe of the 18,000-foot mountainous peaks or have their eyes squeezed tightly shut as the pilot weaves through the range. But only eight pilots are qualified to fly into Paro. And up until earlier this year, only one airline serviced the airport. The Daily Mail reports that take off and landing can only take place in daylight hours: The runway...
  • Airport X-ray Surprise: Poisonous Snakes [Snakes Almost On A Plane]

    12/30/2011 10:36:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 28, 2011
    A man tried to board a plane in Argentina with almost 250 poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles in his baggage, each meticulously labeled with its Latin name. Czech citizen Karel Abelovsky, 51, was en route to Spain when airport officials made him open his baggage at Buenos Aires' international airport after police spotted the reptiles in the X-ray scanner. They found 247 exotic and endangered species in all, packed inside plastic containers, bags and even socks. Authorities believe the Czech was a courier for a criminal organization that smuggles exotic species whose exports are banned, a judicial source told The...
  • Venezuela Journal Part III (Plastered With a Priest...And Drunken Moonwalking)

    12/30/2011 9:11:00 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    Self | December 30, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    I can´t say that I´m a fan of Michael Jackson. I´m not particularly fond of his music nor do I agree with a lot of his lifestyle which best be left unmentioned. However, I do have to give Jackson credit for bringing us an incredible innovation...Moonwalking. And it was Moonwalking, or at least the drunken version of it, that made yours truly a big hit at a mountain resort wedding party on Wednesday. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let us drop back a few hours from your humble correspondent´s drunken Moonwalk to our arrival at the resort. We...
  • 9500 year old obsidian bracelet shows exceptional craft skills

    12/29/2011 10:36:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 74 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | LTDS press release
    Researchers have analysed the oldest obsidian bracelet ever identified, discovered in the 1990s at the site of Asikli Höyük, Turkey. A high level of technical expertise Using high-tech methods developed by LTDS to study the bracelet's surface and micro-topographic features, the researchers have revealed the astounding technical expertise of craftsmen in the eighth millennium BCE. Their skills were highly sophisticated for this period in late prehistory, and on a par with today's polishing techniques. This work is published in the December 2011 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science, and sheds new light on Neolithic societies. Dated to 7500 BCE, the...
  • Last Neanderthals near the Arctic Circle?

    12/29/2011 10:14:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | CNRS press release
    Dating of butchery marks crucial A multi-disciplinary team of French CNRS researchers, working with Norwegian and Russian scientists, studied the Byzovaya site in the Polar Urals in northern Russia. Using carbon 14 dating and an optical simulation technique, the team was able to put an accurate date on sediments and on mammoth and reindeer bones abandoned on the site. The bones bore traces of butchering by Mousterian hunters. The results intrigue scientists in more ways than one. They show that Mousterian culture may have lasted longer than scientists had originally thought. What's more, no Mousterian presence had ever been identified...