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  • PURE VANITY: IF you could put an end to one specific thing, what would it be and why?

    05/29/2015 4:12:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies
    Some times I get real bored.. Or I'm losing at online poker and wondering why it is worthwhile to tap away on a keyboard trying to advance the cause of sanity and its return to the common man's mind in an uncommon time. Or I figure what better way to let a few here vent.. As Rome burns. Plus I haven't had a thread in the Smoky BarrenLand room in ages..
  • Man Caught Stuffing Assault Rifles Down His Pants at Davie Pawn Shop: Police

    05/29/2015 12:51:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 27, 2015
    A 19-year-old man faces grand theft charges for allegedly trying to steal assault rifles from a pawn shop in Davie by stuffing them down his pants. Marlon Paul Alvarez of Fort Lauderdale made his first court appearance Wednesday. The Sun Sentinel reports that Broward County Judge John Hurley, reading from an arrest report, said Alvarez was seen Tuesday taking an AK-47 from a display and sticking it down his pants. Hurley said Alvarez removed the weapon, then took another assault rifle off another display, put it down his pants and then limped out the door. Police say the owner of...
  • Feminists upset over statue of man and woman talking

    05/29/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 05/29/2015 | ASHE SCHOW
    Scene: You're a woman, sitting on a bench reading a book. Your male friend sees you on the quad and comes over to say hello and talk. You put down your book, lean back against the bench and smile. He doesn't sit next to you; instead, he puts his foot on the bench and leans over his knee. So sexist, right? That scene is depicted in a statue at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and despite no sign of distress or physical assertion, some women have decided it is a statue of "mansplaining" — a...
  • Atheists worship pork at the self-proclaimed Church of Bacon

    05/28/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2015 | Matt Finn
    For some eating bacon is a religious experience. But in Las Vegas, there’s a group dedicated to the worship of the cured pork.Founded in 2010, the United Church of Bacon now claims nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is based on beliefs that include its followers must love the smell of bacon. "...we say bacon is real therefore it’s our god." “Bacon is a way to bring people together, even if you are religious, there’s no discrimination. You can have a god before bacon,” said church founder and ex-Marine John Whiteside. “I like pigs in a blanket, that’s great, I like...
  • "God Bless Him:" Antioch Gas Station Hostage Describes "Nice" Suspect Who Drank Brisk Tea

    05/28/2015 1:20:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/28 | odi Hernandez
    Many would imagine that being taken as a hostage would be scary and nerve-wracking. But Jagdish Bhalla, 75, who was one of two hostages held against his will inside an Arco gas station in Bay Area for hours on Wednesday, described the ordeal differently. "I'm feeling great," the Antioch gas station owner said Thursday. "He was nice to me. He never misbehaved, did not use filthy language. He treated me very respectful." In turn, Bhalla offered the 35-year-old Newark suspect – who was arrested after surrendering peacefully to police Wednesday afternoon – Brisk tea so that he wouldn't "have a...
  • $52,293 NIH Study Aims to Reduce Discrimination of LGBT Schizophrenics by Convenience Store Clerks

    05/28/2015 11:39:30 AM PDT · by massmike · 16 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 05/28/2015 | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.” “Inquiry will extend from individuals with schizophrenia to include family members and service providers of participants as well as community members with whom they are in frequent contact (e.g., convenience store clerk),” the grant, titled “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” stated....
  • Upstaged at her own wedding: Her smile says 'congratulations', her eyes say something [tr]

    05/28/2015 6:29:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2015 | Andrea Magrath
    Their wedding is an occasion when a bride and groom can reasonably expect for all the attention to be on them. Stealing the newlyweds' thunder is considered a terrible faux pas. And so it is unsurprising that a picture showing a wedding guest proposing to his girlfriend right in front of the bride and groom at their reception has been met with outrage and ridicule online. The picture, uploaded to Reddit this week by an unnamed user who has since deleted their account, has been viewed a staggering 1.36million times.
  • Janet Yellen is Gonna Give Me Some $

    05/27/2015 9:18:07 PM PDT · by woofie · 10 replies
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    I received this email today: From: Janet Yellen Sent: Wed, May 27, 2015 3:43 pm Subject: Urgent Attention Needed I am Janet L. Yellen, the newly-sworn Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. You will get more information about me here. http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/bios/board/yellen.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/new-fed-chief-janet-yellen-has-long-history-of-breaking-barriers/2014/02/02/9e8965ca-876d-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.html I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled this fiscal year 2015. I have your file here in my office and it says...
  • Fire ants invade North Texas with heavy rains

    05/27/2015 1:58:36 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 114 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Philip Townsend
    The ants take turns walking on one another to stay out of the water and survive. They eventually build dense circles like the one Nathan captured on his phone. "I was floored when I saw them," said Nathan's dad, Dwayne. "I had never seen anything like that."
  • Certain Text Message Can Cause iPhone to Crash

    05/27/2015 1:24:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    A nasty computer bug in Apple’s iOS allows anyone who sends an iPhone a certain text message — with specific Latin and Arabic characters — to shut it down. The worst part? You don’t even need to open the text message. Your device just needs to receive it. That means anyone can pull off this prank — and anyone whose mobile number is known by someone else is susceptible
  • Time to erase erasers? Academic says 'instrument of the devil' should be removed from classrooms

    05/27/2015 7:34:41 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2015 | Harriet Crawford
    Erasers are an ‘instrument of the devil’ and should be banned from classrooms, an education expert has warned. Guy Claxton, visiting professor of learning sciences at King’s College London, said rubbers wrongly encourage children to feel ashamed of their mistakes. Youngsters need to be unafraid of making errors, to recognise and learn from them, the cognitive scientist added. ‘The eraser is an instrument of the devil because it perpetuates a culture of shame about error,’ he told the Daily Telegraph. ‘It’s a way of lying to the world, which says, “I didn’t make a mistake. I got it right first...
  • I am ready to offer 50 cows for Obama’s daughter – ‘Ruto lawyer’

    05/27/2015 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies
    StandardDigitalMedia ^ | May 25, 2015 | Pkemoi Ng’enoh
    A city lawyer has a special request for President Barack Obama. His dream is to marry one of Obama’s daughters, Malia, and is ready to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats as bride price. Speaking to The Nairobian, Kiprono, who hit the headlines when he moved to court seeking to have William Ruto sworn in as president when Uhuru travelled to The Hague for his ICC case, said he is ready to meet Obama to discuss the matter when the US president visits in July. “I got interested in her in 2008. As a matter of fact, I...
  • Swimmer carrying rock drowns on (his 21st) birthday

    05/26/2015 1:25:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/26/15 | Mike Moffitt
    A swimmer trying cross a wildlife-area pond while holding a large rock drowned Monday in Oroville. California Highway Patrol officers said Austin Harr of Gridley was celebrating his 21st birthday with a swim at the dredger ponds when he sank below the surface about 5 p.m.
  • ...Bizarre new pyramid ... opens in Pompeii to house volcano exhibition

    05/26/2015 7:03:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Jack Crone
    The 12-metre high pyramid allows visitors to walk along a track before entering it. It is built almost entirely out of wood with an inner dome made of fiberboard Inside, they will be find the casts of Roman citizens killed more than 1,900 years ago in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted with devastating force destroying the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The plaster casts are placed in the centre, while the exhibition also features archival photographs documenting the work in the excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The photos are partly broken down into fragments and then reassembled...
  • Alligator Strikes Decisive Victory in Fight Against Truck

    05/25/2015 8:36:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    "Messing with a gator and he won!" the video's description reads.A motorist filming while taunting an alligator with his truck learned a valuable lesson when the reptile ripped into the front of the vehicle. The "Gator vs. Truck" video, posted to YouTube by user keet246, shows the truck approach the alligator, which slowly backs away with bared jaws, and the driver can be heard saying, "Hey, watch my truck," when the gator gives a warning bump to the vehicle's front bumper. The truck continues to slowly roll toward the gator, which responds by ferociously tearing off a portion of the...
  • Google brings dolls to life

    05/25/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    Google has filed a patent for a toy that pays attention to who is in the room and that can interact with other media devices. ... "The anthropomorphic device may be a doll or a toy that resembles a human, an animal, a mythical creature or an inanimate object," the published patent said. The toys could also have face and voice recognition.
  • Twitter trend ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ has teens trying to summon demon

    05/25/2015 5:46:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 25, 2015
    NEW YORK — The latest topic to create some commotion on Twitter has teens trying to summon a demon named Charlie. The Charlie Charlie Challenge surfaced Thursday on Twitter and has gone viral across social media platforms. The challenge includes putting two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross. The words “yes” and “no” are written in boxes outlined by the pencils. Then the participants say “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” Social media users have been uploading videos “summoning” Charlie
  • Bounce House Goes Airborne With Kids Inside

    05/25/2015 5:00:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Chris Perez
    A Memorial Day beach bash in Florida was shockingly cut short Monday when a waterspout made it’s way ashore and uprooted an inflatable bounce house, sending it — and the kids playing inside — soaring across a parking lot and into a roadway. Four children were injured, including one seriously, according to NBC Miami. They have all been rushed to a nearby hospital.
  • Toronto looks at banning pigeon feeding

    05/25/2015 4:43:56 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 6 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 25, 2015 | Don Peat
    TORONTO - Feeding pigeons may soon be outlawed in the City of Toronto. Licensing chairman Cesar Palacio got the licensing committee to vote Monday to have staff look at the possibility of prohibiting the feeding of pigeons in public spaces in the city. “There are public places, for example Yonge-Dundas Square or piazzas in my ward, where very often it is becoming a nuisance because of feeding,” the Ward 17 (Davenport) councillor said. “What I’m asking is if there is a way to work together with those that feel very passionate about it but also to maintain the cleanliness of...
  • Pink Coconut Marshmallow Cakes

    05/25/2015 12:40:08 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 133 replies
    Date: Now | Author: Me
    You know those pink coconut marshmallow cakes you find on convenience store shelves...? If you get too many of them together in close proximity, critical mass is reached and an explosion ensues. The explosion creates tens of new pink coconut marshmallow cakes per cake found on the shelf. This, in turn, causes another explosion, which occurs a few hours, when the cakes heat up again. This is known by Military EOD specialists and government teams dedicated to controlling these outbreaks, as a Pink Coconut Marshmallow Cake Event (PCMCE). In the effort to make these dangerous snacks more acceptable, Hostess renamed...
  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. […] “(T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception,” Kerry said. “And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • New Mexico investigator explains chupacabra sightings with climate change

    05/24/2015 3:40:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    mySanAntonio ^ | Joshua Fechter
    An investigative author from New Mexico with a history of scientifically debunking the chupacabra myth says he can explain sightings of the mythical creature. "When you do DNA testing on these alleged chupacabras, they're known animals," Benjamin Radford, who authored the 2011 book "Tracking the Chupacabra," told New Mexico television station KOB. "They are coyotes or dogs. In some cases, they're raccoons. The hairlessness can be explained by a disease called sarcoptic mange, which is caused by skin mites." Animals with advanced mange often die when exposed to cold, but because of warmer temperatures brought on by climate change, those...
  • Watch Moment Armed Man Is Tasered After Shouting 'I am Your King' at Police in Hackney

    05/24/2015 3:31:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 5/25/2015 | Ramzy Alwakeel
    This video shows the dramatic moment an attempted murder suspect was tasered and bundled into a police van by 20 officers following a tense stand-off in east London during which he allegedly shouted: 'I am your king.' Before tasering him and knocking him to the ground, police are shown spraying the man with CS gas - which has no effect. After firing the taser, they rush to surround the man, who has dropped his weapon, and appear to secure him to a stretcher while he shouts. Neighbours in the Hackney street, alerted by the noise, rush out of their homes...
  • Hillary Clinton: We need to redefine what free speech means(satire)

    05/24/2015 12:33:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 5-24-15 | Chedoh
    Hillary Clinton released an announcement over Memorial Day weekend on her Facebook page, saying that what we may think of as "free speech" can be hurtful towards other Americans, and we should put more effort into monitoring what we and others say to avoid painful dialogues, especially on the internet. "There is a problem in this country when people, mostly right-wing bigots, can easily inflict pain and suffering towards others through hurtful words and objections against alternative lifestyles and political stances. You often see it on Facebook and other forms of social media, where they are constantly spewing hate and...
  • Green Activists Explain How To Brainwash Children With Climate Pornography

    05/24/2015 11:15:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 24 May 2015 | James Delingpole
    As the Jesuits almost said: “Give a child until he is seven and I will show you the fully indotcrinated, yogurt-weaving, polar-bear-hugging eco-loon.” Such, at any rate, has been the message at one of the panel discussions at this year’s luvvie-fest of impeccably correct thinking, the Hay Literary Festival, where a group of “CliFi” (climate fiction) authors have been singing the praises of brainwashing the impressionable young through the medium of kiddie-friendly climate pornography. […]David Thorpe, author of the book Stormteller, said […] “You can try to be seriously subversive and try to infect their minds with these viral ideas...
  • Man Named Innocent Wanted in Cell Phone Robbery

    05/24/2015 1:14:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 22, 2015
    The Broward Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man named Emmanuel Innocent for his part in the robbery of a man who was selling his cell phone. Around 7:15 on May 15, deputies responded to the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of West of Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. The victim had fired at a group of suspects whom he agreed to meet to sell a cell phone, which he had advertised on Craig’s List. During the investigation, detectives determined the four suspects held the victim at gunpoint and took him in their vehicle after stealing his...
  • Gallup: Americans Overestimate Gay Population 6-Fold

    05/23/2015 9:06:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 22, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Americans believe that there are six times as many gays and lesbians in the population as there actually are, according to new data released by Gallup. According to Gallup’s tracking surveys in the first four of 2015, 3.8 percent of the U.S. adult population says they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. However, in a survey conducted May 6-10, Gallup asked: “Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?” On average, Americans said it was 23.2 percent. …
  • The First 15 Things You Must Do Immediately After an EMP

    05/23/2015 2:14:13 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 38 replies
    http://thesurvivalmom.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Lisa Bedford
    At the top of every prepperÂ’s list of nightmares is an EMP event. It ranks even higher than a power grid failure by sabotage or a coronal mass ejection. Those are almost as bad, but they would leave much of our transportation and other infrastructure intact. With an EMP, itÂ’s a different, scarier story. An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, is a broadband burst of electromagnetic energy. This massively powerful wave has the potential to damage nearly everything electronic over hundreds of miles. The wave of electromagnetic energy would affect electric circuits throughout our transportation, energy, telecommunications, water supply, and financial...
  • Men with Purses go Deer-Hunting

    05/23/2015 1:34:09 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 13 replies
    So how about these newfangled "point-of-sale" signature capture devices that are popping up at registers at all the supermarkets and retail stores? You know the ones, where they have your swipe your card and then you have to write your signature with the plastic pen provided. Only it's not really a pen but a piece of plastic shaped like a pen that is tethered to the device with a plastic chain - like what the banks used to do back in the 1970s. Only back then, they were real ball-point pens and were connected to the writing table with...
  • Shear-ly Not? Debate Arises Over Whether SHEEP Can Be Offended by Swear Words

    05/22/2015 4:15:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, May 22, 2015 | Levi Winchester
    A COMPLAINT over alleged animal abuse has sparked a completely BAAH-MY debate - over whether SHEEP can be offended by BAD LANGUAGE.The bizarre topic arose when the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia, were approached about the alleged mistreatment of sheep - including verbal abuse - at a nearby farm. The complaint was launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after one of their volunteers worked undercover at the Boorungie Station ranch and had apparently obtained footage from the alleged abuse incidents. Ken Turner, who operates the shearing facility, said the allegation seemed to suggest that the...
  • The NYC street vendor charging $30 for a hot dog and drink

    05/22/2015 2:50:41 PM PDT · by dennisw · 54 replies
    /nypost ^ | May 20, 2015 | By David K. Li
    On Wednesday, Mohammed was slapped with three food-vending citations — after WNBC caught him on camera overcharging customers with accents, police sources said. A downtown Manhattan food cart vendor is ripping off tourists, charging as much as $30 for a hot dog and a drink, according to a report. Ahmed Mohammed, who peddles dogs at Greenwich and Albany streets, was caught on camera charging the exorbitant price. “I asked for a hot dog and a Dr Pepper. ‘$30.’ I said, ‘You’re joking, right?’ ” a New Jersey customer named Ben told WNBC. “He was like ‘$15, maybe $10.’” The high-priced...
  • False Alarm of the Day:Someone called 911 after seeing a stuffed tiger on roof of car.

    05/21/2015 10:47:06 PM PDT · by Gefn · 17 replies
    I Can Haz Cheezeburger ^ | 05/20/2015 | I Csn Haz Cheezeburger
    A man finds the body of a stuffed tiger on the road in Washington.
  • Swedish man shows people the right way to escape a bear attack

    05/21/2015 8:43:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | AMEENA SCHELLING
    To thwart a bear attack, make yourself look bigger and scarier.This is how you escape from a bear attack. Ralph Perrson was walking with his wife and dog in the woods when he noticed his dog was barking differently, the Swedish outlet The Local reported. Suddenly a large Eurasian brown bear ran out of the woods and charged at him.Fortunately for Perrson, he knew bears are much more scared of us than we are of them. Standing his ground, he raised his arms and let out a primal yell. The very startled bear spun right around and ran back into...
  • Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society

    05/21/2015 3:52:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/17/15 | Elizabeth Roberts
    For years Star Trek fans – known as Trekkies – have been the butt of jokes about their penchant for wearing pointy ears and attending science fiction conventions. But the police feared British fans of the cult American show might boldly go a little too far one day. It has emerged that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek, The X-Files, and other US sci fi shows amid fears that British fans would go mad and kill themselves, turn against society or start a weird cult. The American TV shows Roswell and Dark Skies and the film The...
  • 'Bin Laden's bookshelf' includes porn, video game guide, mushy love letters

    05/20/2015 6:09:36 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 29 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 20, 2015 | Postmedia Network
    In the years before U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, the al-Qaida leader was an avid reader — and possible porn enthusiast — and worried about his family, all the while making plans for more terror attacks. On Wednesday, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released 103 documents, called "bin Laden's bookshelf," which were seized during the deadly raid of the terrorist's compound in Pakistan. The materials include letters to his four wives, 20 children and terrorists; 39 English books; news clippings about al-Qaida and former U.S. president George Bush; religious books; a Delta...
  • Nadia Lockyer: ‘OMG! Twins!!!’

    05/20/2015 8:32:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Matier and Ross
    The other day we told you that former state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, 74, and his 43-year-old wife, Nadia — who nearly divorced after a meth-fueled sex scandal ended her tenure on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors — are expecting another child. Well, as luck would have it, they’re actually expecting two.
  • If you type the N-word into a Google maps search, you get the White House

    05/20/2015 7:57:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    statesman.com ^ | 5-20-15 | unattributed
    A Google Maps user edited the site’s search function allowing terms including “n***** king” and “n***a house” to show results for the White House. "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused," a Google spokesperson said to the Washington Post Tuesday. "Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly." However, as of Wednesday morning, the search and results still come back. Because of pranks like this Google has suspended user edits to Google Maps for now.
  • A 73-year-old base jumper died after intentionally setting his parachute ablaze. Why did he do it?

    05/20/2015 6:30:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 20, 2015 | Sarah Kaplan
    The video shows a tiny, dark figure leaning off the side of Idaho’s Perrine Bridge. The sky above is gray, the Snake River rumbles 500 feet below. The figure, 73-year-old base jumper James E. Hickey, leaps from the bridge and his parachute bursts into flame. “What the hell?” a spectator behind the camera says, half shocked, half chuckling. “We gotta —” But as distant fireball plummets toward the river below, it’s clear that something isn’t right. The laughter dies.
  • 'Everyone should wear flats': Emily Blunt on Cannes' rumored high-heels-only policy

    05/19/2015 5:45:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Blunt addressed Tuesday's reported ban on women's flat shoes on the red carpet while speaking during a press conference for her film "Sicario," calling the move "very disappointing." "Everyone should wear flats to be honest," Blunt said (via Variety). "We shouldn't be wearing high heels anyways. That's my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers. That's very disappointing." "Sicario" director Denis Villenueve agreed. "As a sign of protest, Benicio [del Toro], Josh [Brolin] and I will walk the stairs in high heels tonight," he said — perhaps joking, perhaps not, about the show of solidarity. The controversy was...
  • Chinese Man With 17 Girlfriends Arrested on Fraud Allegations

    05/19/2015 1:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    bbc ^ | 5/19
    The man from Hunan province made headlines last month when all 17 women discovered each other when they rushed to his hospital bedside. The allegation of fraud relates to sums of money which he regularly took from the deceived women, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The women set up an online chat group called "revenge alliance", SCMP said. It was on this chat group that they discovered he would ask some of his girlfriends for money every month, the paper said. The man, identified only as Mr Yuan from the city of Changsha, in Hunan province, is...
  • Highway traffic jam turns into jam session

    05/18/2015 8:15:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | May 18, 2015 | KRON and WAVY
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (KRON) — A recently formed music group in Virginia Beach seized the opportunity to play in front of a stadium sized audience, and it was all for a great cause.Members of the Hot Gumbo Brass Band decided to perform a mini-concert for frustrated drivers and passengers after traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 264 while police worked to clear the scene of an accident, Saturday night.Many viewers asked 10 On Your Side about a big backup on I-264. Dispatchers told WAVY.com a two-vehicle crash shut down the westbound lanes of the highway at Rosemont Road around...
  • 250 Year-Old Shipwreck Could Hold Thousands of Litres of Rum

    05/18/2015 6:26:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 18th May, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Shipwreck Could Hold Thousands of Litres of Rum • Sunken British warship the Lord Clive could hold “treasure worth millions”, including “vast stocks” of 250-year-old rum which will be recovered later this year. The wreck, which sunk off the coast of Uruguay, was discovered in 2004, but the Uruguyan government has only given permission for its recovery this year. Salvage of the ship, which was sunk by Spanish cannons in 1763, will require cranes, excavators and around 80 workers and is expected to begin within two months. The ship, which was constructed in Hull for the Royal Navy and was...
  • Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris

    05/18/2015 4:45:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | May 18, 2015 08:31 AM ET // | by Charles Q. Choi,
    Now researchers suggest the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO), scheduled to be installed on Japan’s module on the space station in 2017, could help the orbiting complex detect dangerous debris. They add that a powerful laser under development could then help shoot down this space garbage. “The EUSO telescope, which was originally designed to detect cosmic rays, could also be put to use for this useful project,” study lead author Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, an astrophysicist and chief scientist at the RIKEN (Rikagaku Kenky?sho) Computational Astrophysics Laboratory in Wako, Japan, told Space.com.
  • What-strange-sound-sky-Noise-heard-globe-nearly-DECADE-explanation.html

    05/18/2015 12:42:27 PM PDT · by make no mistake · 39 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 05/16/2015 | John Hutchinson for MailOnline and Ash Tulett For Mailonline
    One woman in Canada has recorded chilling sounds several times At its strongest, eerie noises sounds like a trumpet Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus One man in the U.S. says he woke up screaming after hearing the sounds
  • Icelandic Public TV Network Airs 24 Hours of Sheep Birthing

    05/17/2015 10:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    UPI ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, ran the live feed from a Skagafjordur farm for 24 hours.An Icelandic public TV network aired 24 hours of live sheep birthing to give the country's residents "insight into the traditional farming life." RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, ran a live feed from a farm in Skagafjordur from noon Thursday until noon Friday to bring the lambing season to living rooms across the country. "The sheep birthing season is an unforgettable time for those able to see the little lambs being born into this world," RUV said on its website. The broadcaster also...
  • What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE...

    05/17/2015 5:06:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 146 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 17, 2015 | John Hutchinson
    Full Title: What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation One woman in Canada has recorded chilling sounds several times At its strongest, eerie noises sounds like a trumpet Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus One man in the U.S. says he woke up screaming after hearing the soundsA mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world - as well as giving those who hear it sleepless...
  • Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle

    05/17/2015 8:09:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. ... With no motor and only about 10 parts, the Cicada resembles a paper airplane with a circuit board. It is designed to glide to programmed GPS coordinates after being dropped from an aircraft, a balloon or a larger drone, researchers said. ...outfitted with a range of light-weight sensors, including microphones. "They are robotic carrier pigeons. You tell them where to go, and they will go there," Edwards said.
  • Shop Raid Uncovers Fake Vodka 'Unfit for Human Consumption'

    05/15/2015 4:58:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Nottingham Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Alexander Britton
    A Hyson Green supermarket could lose its licence next week after a police raid found nearly 8,000 illicit cigarettes and vodka containing "industrial grade solvent". Trading Standards found 399 packets of counterfeit cigarettes at Super Sam's in Gregory Boulevard following the raid on January 6. Six pouches of tobacco were also found in the raid with all the goods seized after being found in a hidden area behind the shelves in the shop. The raid also uncovered Arctic Ice Vodka which contained the solvent so contaminated it was deemed "unfit for human consumption". A report going to the licensing panel...
  • Saudi- 'Jinn converts to Islam on Twitter'

    05/15/2015 12:00:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has announced that he converted a jinn to Islam on Twitter according to a report in a local newspaper recently. The man who uses ruqya the reciting of Qur'anic verses to heal people published the supposed conversation he had with the jinn on his Twitter account which has 16000 followers. Jinns are creatures with free will created from smokeless fire by God alongside humans and angels according to Islamic belief. According to the post the jinn said: 'I am the jinn Habibi. I announce my conversion to Islam at the hands of...
  • 40 VolcanoesThe Ring Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along Of Fire

    05/15/2015 7:04:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 05/14/15 | Michael Snyder
    As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century. When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year. So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year. especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire. If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all...