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  • Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

    04/26/2015 8:38:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | Aviva Rutkin
    The super-strong bots – built by mechanical engineers at Stanford University in California – will be presented next month at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, Washington. The secret is in the adhesives on the robots' feet. Their design is inspired by geckos, which have climbing skills that are legendary in the animal kingdom. The adhesives are covered in minute rubber spikes that grip firmly onto the wall as the robot climbs. When pressure is applied, the spikes bend, increasing their surface area and thus their stickiness. When the robot picks its foot back up, the spikes...
  • Canadian town finally admits ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ is not a good slogan

    04/25/2015 11:36:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 47 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 22 Apr 2015 | Oliver Wheaton
    Many towns have questionable names, as the people of Twatt, in Scotland can attest, however surely town slogans are easier to change than town names? This may be why the people from Tisdale, in Saskatchewan, Canada, are finally admitting the fact that their town slogan, ‘The Land of Rape and Honey’, needs updating.Rather than sexual assault, the slogan cites the harvesting of rapeseed which was a large part of the town’s economy many years ago.However, after witnessing hundreds of giggling travellers stopping by the town’s signs to take humorous pictures, Tisdale’s Economic Development Office have created an online survey asking residents if...
  • Another coyote caught in Manhattan as police track down critter in Battery Park City: officials

    04/25/2015 11:26:03 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 25, 2015 | CAITLIN NOLAN
    Police caught another not-so-wily coyote Saturday morning in lower Manhattan after a nearly hour-long pursuit, officials said. The critter was first spotted around 7:30 a.m. in Battery Park City, police said. Cops quickly responded, chasing after the fast-moving critter on foot and in police cruisers, authorities said. The coyote was eventually cornered near a cafe at North Cove Marina about an hour after being first spotted, cops said. Police shot the animal with tranquilizer darts, placed it in a cage and brought it to Animal Care & Control’s East Harlem facility. It is unclear if the coyote captured Saturday was...
  • Mattel Dumps "SeaWorld Trainer Barbie" Amid Animal Rights Backlash

    04/25/2015 10:42:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Apr 25, 2015
    “SeaWorld Trainer Barbie” is going to need to freshen up her resume. A Mattel spokesperson has confirmed that the company has ceased production of the doll and the rest of its SeaWorld-related merchandise. "We're not making the doll anymore," Alex Clark told NBC News. "Consumers may find it on retail shelves but we are not shipping and not producing the doll." Clark didn’t name a specific motivation behind the move. "A number of factors go into a decision like that," he said. "Their licensing deal expired and we've elected not to renew it." However, Mattel’s decision follows a growing backlash...
  • DOT requirements for a construction truck and trailer.

    04/25/2015 9:05:17 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 11 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 4/25/2015 | self
    I have a growing construction business and am thinking about using an extended cab long bed truck with a 14' enclosed trailer for tools. I currently use a Chevy Express van. I wanted the truck so I could haul material or debris while leaving the trailer onsite. The combined weight of the truck and trailer will be over the 10,001 lbs limit and require DOT numbers. I know about inspection requirements but what about fees and insurance requirements? I have commercial vehicle insurance but I will have to up my weight for policy ratings. Is it worth it to have...
  • Random Observations

    04/25/2015 12:45:57 PM PDT · by walford · 11 replies
    Facebook ^ | 04/25/2015 | walford
    The talent of the musical act is in inverse proportion to the volume at which its fans typically prefer to play their "product" on their car stereos. The more expensive the car stereo and rims, the worse the upkeep and mechanical condition of the vehicle. [Learned this the hard way after buying a car with "rimz" on it. Never do that. Only buy a car that is full stock.] On a heterosexual male, the more intricate the styling of the head and/or facial hair -- and the more evidence that he regularly spends a lot of time on same --...
  • Straight Vegas teen asks gay best friend to prom — PHOTO

    04/25/2015 10:30:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 38 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | April 24, 2015 - 12:56pm | By ASHLEY CASPER
    A 17-year-old gay student from Las Vegas’ Desert Oasis High School was completely caught off guard when his straight best friend asked him to prom. Anthony Martinez posted the promposal on Twitter with a giant sign that read: “You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8. But you’re like my brother. So be my d8?” Jacob Lescenski came up with the plan after Martinez, who often plans school dances with his student council, said he’s never asked to go, New Now Next reports.
  • Parents anger after children as young as THREE told to sign contract promis'g not to use transphobic

    04/24/2015 8:10:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 04/24/2015 | ELEANOR HARDING
    Children as young as three are being asked to sign a contract pledging not to use transphobic language at school. The pledge is contained in a ‘home-school agreement’ which all children must sign before they start at Turnham Primary School in September. The infants must also promise to refrain from using homophobic and racist phrases and to be tolerant of people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. Each child must print their name and provide a signature to confirm that they understand their ‘responsibilities’ while attending the school. It is understood that teachers at the South-East London school introduced the...
  • Polls Giving Hillary A Lead Over Anyone?,They Can't Be Serious.What States Were They Surveying?

    04/24/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 25 replies
    So what is with these polls saying that Hillary is ahead of any of the leading GOP candidates? Who are they polling? People living near the beaches of Los Angeles who have never had a job? At this point, pollsters should just take polls in the six or seven purple states that the GOP needs to flip. That leaves about 51 states that don't matter at this point!
  • Tulane scientists say tiny 'pocket shark' reveals secrets in depths of Gulf of Mexico

    04/24/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A rare, tiny "pocket shark" found about 190 miles off the Louisiana coast is only the second of its kind ever discovered, according to Tulane University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. The fish was caught five years ago during a Gulf of Mexico research expedition, frozen and then sent to Tulane researchers in 2013. They ultimately identified the species and compiled a study that was published this week in Zootaxa, the international journal of taxonomy. The 5 ½-inch male juvenile is unique because of the twin pockets next to its front fins. Those pockets are believed to...
  • "Demonicide" - a Thrash Metal song, by Yours Truly [Vanity]

    04/24/2015 5:09:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 4/24/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Welcome to my song "Demonicide." This is my first attempt at thrash metal, and while I know that the lyrics are supposed to be shocking, I fear that these lyrics may shock even the most hardened fan. You've been warned.A few notes about the song: 1. I write and record my music under the pen name Hopalong Ginsberg. If youse has ta ask why, youse ain't never gonna unnerstan'. 2. A free MP3 of the song may be downloaded here or here. If you click here I cannot be held responsible. 3.
  • Best Thing About "Hillary-Gate".Can't Tie It To The Bush's This Time.Gosh Darn It!!.

    04/24/2015 4:07:35 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    Nope, Sorry Far-Left Loonies and "Staunch Hillary Supporters". Not this time, but odds are they will find a link between the Bush's, Russia,and President Putin on the Uranium Deal. Can't use the classic,"This All Started Under The Bush Administration" and new excuse,"Well Jeb Has Ties To Russia or Putin Too". Maybe the far left may even bring Romney into the mix. But never the less, finally we have a Democrat Scandal the left can't blame on Bush! Awe, Shucks!
  • Search for someone who has archived Space X Parody

    04/23/2015 6:22:25 PM PDT · by mojo114 · 17 replies
    Anyone archive Space X Parody? Grandson's favorite and can no longer find it on the internet. If anyone has it archived would you send me link please.
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this country’s attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports world’s biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in today’s era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • WHAT THE HELL IS A BRONY? PLAYBOY INVESTIGATES

    04/23/2015 3:35:00 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 63 replies
    Playboy ^ | APRIL 21, 2015 | Zaron Burnett III
    Bronies can be summed up in one sentence: they’re grown-ass men who love a little girl’s cartoon show about the adventures of a group of magical ponies. It’s Easter weekend, and I’m in an airport hotel in San Francisco attending the second annual Bay Area Brony Spectacular Convention, aka BABSCON. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I just really want to see this scene for myself. I gotta know: What the hell have Bronies found in My Little Pony that the rest of us dudes missed?
  • Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman's Brain During Surgery in LA

    04/23/2015 9:35:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles ^ | April 23, 2015 | John Cádiz Klemack
    An Indiana woman undergoing surgery in Los Angeles to remove a tumor experienced a twist worthy of a sci-fi plot when doctors discovered an embryonic twin in her brain. Yamini Karanam, 26, was unaware of what was happening in her head until she underwent a procedure designed to reach deep into the brain to extract the tumor. After waking up from the surgery, Karanam was surprised to learn of the "teratoma" -- her embryonic twin, a rarity in modern medicine, complete with bone, hair and teeth.
  • Poop Equality: Students Hold "[snip]-In" at Public California University

    04/23/2015 6:17:12 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    <p>The Queer Student Union at California Polytechnic University recently orchestrated a three-day “shit-in” at which students preached “Gender Diversity” and encouraged students to use solely gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.</p> <p>“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” a post from the organization’s Facebook page read.</p>
  • Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' ....[snip]

    04/23/2015 2:13:15 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 46 replies
    MCTV ^ | April 22,2015 | Craig Bannister
    Uncut title: "Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' 'Over a Decade,' or 'A While'" First Lady Michelle Obama couldn’t remember how long she’s been married to the President of the United States at a “Q&A With Children at Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day” event at the White House today – vacillating from “twenty-something years” to “over a decade” – before settling on, simply, “a while.” QUESTION: “How long have you been with Barack Obama?” MRS. OBAMA: “Have we been married? Twenty-something years. (Laughter.) Wait, somebody. You guys know the date. When was it? It’s been over a decade. It’s...
  • Babes behind bars: Most attractive mug shots

    04/22/2015 8:36:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4-20-15 | NY Daily News
    She may look like a model but Bridget Garcia is anything BUT a model parent! The Florida mother was arrested on April 20, 2015 after she sent her son flying when she slammed on her breaks while he was riding on the hood, police said. The 32-year-old woman of Port St. Lucie faces a child abuse charge for injuring her 13-year-old son, who hopped on the hood of the car to stop his family from leaving him home alone after he was grounded. As Garcia stopped, her son fell off injuring his hip, right knee, and foot.
  • Super Dave grounded due to noise complaints

    04/22/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Chilliwack Progress ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Feinberg
    The roar of Super Dave Mathieson's aerobatic aircraft has been grounded over noise complaints. The full-time air show pilot, who made Chilliwack his home base a few years ago, received notification from Transport Canada earlier this month that he could no longer perform the aerobatics under 2000 feet at Chilliwack Airport, citing proximity to "noise sensitive or livestock" areas.
  • The Woman Who Ate Chernobyl's Apples

    04/22/2015 7:10:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 135 replies
    atlasobscura.com ^ | Dan Nosowitz
    For the past couple of years, a young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has been making strange, dangerous videos in and around one of the most infamous nuclear zones on Earth—the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Nothing is too radioactive or risky for her. She has shown herself getting injected with the radionuclide technetium, eating radioactive apples from a tree in Chernobyl, being chased by a possibly rabid fox, and picking up fragments of the nuclear plant’s reactor fuel with her bare hands. When a freakishly large catfish appears on camera, she calmly explains that it’s probably not a mutant—“They are just...
  • Sole Reason Mike Huckabee Wont Win.Megyn Kelly's Live And Infamous "F--!$#Bee Blooper".

    04/21/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 38 replies
    And did Mike Huckabee even have second thoughts about running after Megyn Kelly Almost Called Him "Mike F--Abee" on live TV? In a comical way, Megyn may have already dissed Mike Huckabee's chances of even making the top seven. You have to feel a little sorry for Mike Huckabee at this point. You can't help but think of "F---Abee" every time we see Mike Huckabee on TV. Can you imagine if Megyn Kelly inadvertently introduced Hillary by a particular name that "Sounds Like Hillary" if she ever gets an interview?
  • Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

    04/21/2015 1:24:34 PM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    http://bigstory.ap.org/ ^ | 04/21/2015 | KATE BRUMBACK
    He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed...
  • Forget Coffins: These Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die

    04/20/2015 5:29:31 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 58 replies
    Forget coffins, these burial pods are the future. Capsula Mundi is an eco-friendly alternative to being buried in a coffin.
  • Iceberg Will Be Home to Italian Adventurer for a Year

    04/19/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Patrick J. Kiger
    This winter, Bellini plans to travel to the west coast of Greenland, select an iceberg, and survive on it for an entire year. As a message on his website explains, "Clinging to that piece of drifting ice, Alex will spend up to 12 months to witness the last phase of its long life, while managing with a constantly changing environment. As the iceberg will get smaller and less stable Alex Bellini will have to adapt himself to the new situation." ... Bellini won't be out there on that slowly shrinking hunk of ice in a store-bought tent. Instead, he'll be...
  • Clowns Brawl w/(Animal Rights) Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino

    04/19/2015 2:26:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 18, 2015 | Michael Larkin
    Clowns Brawl With Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino • Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night, witnesses say. Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside after the Ramos Bros. Circus show began. Two protestors were arrested following the melee, while two circus employees were injured when the fight broke out at 8:08 p.m.,...
  • 20 Things Our Parents Did To Us That Would Be Considered Horrible Now

    04/18/2015 5:32:00 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 147 replies
    Distractify.com ^ | April 17,2015 | Deboral Gross
    Mommyshorts.com asked their readers to submit childhood throwback pictures from the 70's and 80's. Judging by these pictures, it's a miracle the generation survived. Here are 20 things parents did back then that would be considered completely questionable today: {snip pix at source]
  • Idiot prisoner tried to carve 666 into his forehead but used a mirror so it came out backwards

    04/18/2015 5:11:39 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    It was meant to be the ultimate symbol of menace: carving '666' into his forehead. But in a phenomenal case of idiocy, convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins used a mirror - so the numbers came out backwards. The symbol is described in the biblical book of Revelation as 'the sign of the beast', and has since been popularized by the horror movie The Omen. However, with a series of upside-down 9s, Jenkins has fashioned himself an entirely unique - and irreversible - engraving.
  • Waynesboro Man Suspected of Stealing Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks, Runs From Police (Hillary Veep?)

    04/17/2015 4:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC29 ^ | Apr 06, 2015
    Waynesboro Police Department News Release: The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Waynesboro man Friday morning after he stole a box of fruit snacks from a local grocery store and then fled from officers. Marquis Lamar Pullen, 19 years old, faces two misdemeanors after last week's incident at the Kroger, 245 Arch Avenue, which happens to be across the street from the Police Department. At11:15 AM on March 20, an officer responded to the store for a report of a male shoplifter, later identified as Pullen, who had taken some merchandise. Before the officer arrived, the WEOC broadcast that the suspect...
  • Marines launched a ‘kamikaze’ drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgent’s fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were “inert,” with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • This Is No Time for Partisan Politics: Vote on Loretta Lynch Now | Commentary

    04/17/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | al sharpton
    More than 150 days ago, President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general following Eric Holder’s decision to step down. More than 48 days ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Lynch as the top law enforcement official in the nation. And yet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., still refuses to schedule a vote. At a time when key issues important to the American people like protection of voting rights, law enforcement accountability/reform and oversight of numerous areas demand leadership, McConnell and many in his party are stalling.
  • Snoring Airline Passenger Stabbed with Pen at Midway Airport

    04/17/2015 6:19:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    patch.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lauren Traut
    Snoring Airline Passenger Stabbed with Pen at Midway Airport A woman lost her temper, grabbed a pen, and took the noisy matter into her own hands aboard a Southwest Airlines plane. By Lauren Traut (Patch Staff) April 16, 2015 A woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Thursday afternoon couldn’t stand the snoring of a man sitting nearby, so she stabbed him with a pen. Passengers aboard the already delayed Flight 577 out of Midway Airport were perturbed when the pilot was forced to circle back to the gate where Chicago Police escorted the woman off the plane. Other passengers tweeted...
  • FACT CHECKING CAR ACRONYMS

    04/16/2015 9:28:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 68 replies
    Hagerty ^ | 4/15/15
    Lost in the mists of time are the identities of the clever individuals who created pithy acronyms out of the names of various car manufacturers. Although they were coined long before the age of the Internet troll, it’s no surprise that none are remotely positive. But are they remotely true? Here are three of the better-known ones: FIAT, “Fix It Again Tony”: Fiat had a long history in the U.S., riding the wave of the first import car boom in the 1950s until pulling out of the U.S. market in 1983 (for nearly 30 years). While Fiat offered stylish and...
  • Artificial Photosynthesis Holds Promise Of Cleaner, Greener Environment

    04/16/2015 5:03:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | Jim Algar
    The breakthrough technology is a hybrid of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that can take in carbon dioxide and use solar energy to convert it into pharmaceutical drugs, biodegradable plastics or liquid fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, developed the system. The hybrid system mimics natural photosynthesis, the process used by plants to take energy from sunlight and synthesize carbohydrates out of water and carbon dioxide. In the hybrid system, however, the CO2 and water are used to synthesis acetate, a basic building block for biosynthesis, the researchers explain.
  • Uhhh-Uhhhhhh Uhh-Uhhhhhhhh Uhhhh-Uhhhhh Ashton Carter, Defense Secretary

    04/16/2015 12:00:50 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 14 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    There was a Defense Department Briefing at The Pentagon today, where Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions. Carter has a SERIOUS "Uhhhh-uhhh uhhhh-uhhhhh" speech disorder. What a moron. Did 0dungo appoint him because he is an embarrassment? Couldn't 0dungo find someone who could talk in the public arena without saying "uhhhh-uhhh uhhh-uhhhh" every other word? UHHH-UHHHHHHH UHH-UHHHHHH PATHETIC!!!!
  • Cops: Man Set Rental Car Ablaze While Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

    04/16/2015 8:46:13 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/15
    A Long Island man accidentally set his rental car ablaze in an effort to kill bed bugs, police say. Authorities say 44-year-old Scott Kemery poured rubbing alcohol on the bed bugs because he thought it would do the trick. Then, he lit a cigarette, setting himself and three cars on fire. "He said he had bedbugs in the car, and someone told him if he saturated them with alcohol, it would kill them," Det. Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald told Newsday. "So he went and bought some alcohol, he poured it all in there and he sat in his car and lit...
  • BBC refuses to axe show by paedophile supporter which calls for age of consent to be lowered

    04/15/2015 12:19:19 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 04/15/2015 | MARC HORNE and MARTIN BECKFORD
    BBC bosses have sparked outrage by broadcasting a historic film presented by a notorious child sex campaigner – and have refused requests to remove it from the internet. The documentary is presented by Ian Dunn, one of the founders of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children. It is one of 30 archive films on the BBC’s website telling the history of the gay rights movement. The 30-minute documentary – Glad To Be Gay? – portrays Dunn as a legitimate gay rights activist and makes no reference to his role in setting up the reviled...
  • Was Siri programmed to be homophobic in Russian?

    04/15/2015 12:03:59 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    The new Russian-language version of iPhone's “personal assistant” has been accused of providing homophobic responses to questions about gays and lesbians. One Russian man in London, Alex, posted a video on YouTube in which Siri responds in a woman's voice to his questions about gay marriages and whether they are “normal”, by saying, “Alex, you are so rude!” Asked in Russian, “How do you register a gay marriage in England?” Siri replies on an iPad, “I will pretend I didn't hear that.”. The Russian LGBT site, www.lesbiru.com, noted that when told “Lesbianism is normal”, Siri came back saying, “There’s no...
  • Video: Flying Fish 'Attack' Rowing Team

    04/14/2015 12:38:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-12-15 | Benjamin Rosenbaum
    People have been injured .... ??
  • Bakersfield Officer Placed on Paid Leave After Allegedly Tickling Feet of Man Shot Dead by Police

    04/14/2015 10:20:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Stringer is accused of grabbing Ramiro James Villegas’ head and touching his feet as he lay dead on a gurney, the Bakersfield Californian reported. He reportedly told another officer that he “loves playing with dead bodies,” the newspaper reported. A trainee apparently was so disturbed by Stringer’s comments that she reported it to her superiors, said attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing Villegas’ family in a claim against the department.
  • Cabal keeping UFO secrets to blame for world’s woes, says former cabinet minister Paul Hellyer

    04/14/2015 10:16:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    thestar.com ^ | Jim Coyle
    On Saturday morning, he was keynote speaker at a Toronto symposium on UFO secrecy, an event that saw about 150 people gather at a University of Toronto auditorium for the old politician’s fascinating review of what ails the country, the world economy, the entire planet. In short, explained Hellyer, it is a secret cabal’s stranglehold on the international banking system, humankind’s failure to adopt the technology available from extraterrestrial visitors, and to apply it to the climate crisis of global warming. “Most of us do not know what is going on,” Hellyer said. And the problem, he said, in the...
  • Lesbians4Hillary: Billie Jean King comes out in support of Clinton

    04/14/2015 6:14:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 44 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 04/14/2015 | MICHAEL ZENNIE
    Hillary Clinton has garnered one of her first major endorsements in run bid for the White House: The nation's largest lesbian political action committee. The group, LPAC, launched Lesbians4Hillary on Monday to support the former First Lady's bid to become the nation's first female president. Lesbians4Hillary, co-chaired by pioneering tennis great Billie Jean King, said: 'Hillary Clinton is a proven leader and she has a strong track record when it comes to inclusion -- specifically for women and the LGBTQ community. King, who was outed as a lesbian in 1981, was a leader of the group 'Women for Hillary' in...
  • Russian version of the Siri app was accused of homophobia

    04/14/2015 3:02:07 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    LNR Media ^ | 04/14/2015
    Owners of smartphones and tablets from Apple complained about homophobia in the Russian version of personal assistant Siri. This was reported by one of the users of the video hosting site YouTube. According to him, those interested in the topic of homosexuality are called 'rude' by the Siri. [...]In a video (in Russian) posted on YouTube, the user talks with a smartphone. "I'd blush if I could," replied Siri in the video to the request "gay clubs around me". On the request to talk about same-sex marriage, Siri remained at first silent, then said: "I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear...
  • Hacked to pieces with a Samurai sword, the burglars who got a VERY unpleasant surprise (...)

    04/13/2015 8:27:12 PM PDT · by Ramius · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-13-2015 | Jack Crone
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the four raiders The men, armed with guns, had broken into his home in central Argentina Raiders were forced to flee in getaway car and they are all in intensive care. By JACK CRONE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 12:24 EST, 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 EST, 13 April 2015 A man defended his home from four armed burglars by hacking pieces out of them with a Samurai sword. Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the raiders, who fled the property in a getaway...
  • VIDEO: Hillary's New Campaign Manager Hilariously Explains Their 'Strategy"

    04/13/2015 4:54:53 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 31 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 04/13/2015 | Steven Crowder
    There isn’t a whole lot that I can say about Hillary’s new campaign that her manager doesn’t better explain in the video there. Wow. You'll be glad you watched it.
  • Jeb Bush Needs An Exploratory Committee.For What?,Is He Finally Having Second Thoughts?

    04/13/2015 4:37:01 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 29 replies
    Maybe Jeb is finally reading the tea leaves? Been watching FOX and reading message boards? What does he need an exploratory committee at this point of the race as Cruz, Paul, and Rubio are already the first three horses in the Preakness? Maybe Jebby is finally at that point where he is as afraid to run as much as Hillary is afraid to make speeches in front of a "Live Audience"?
  • Man says photo at center of Civil War mystery is a 30-year-old hoax he did as a teen

    04/13/2015 11:02:03 AM PDT · by dware · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.13.2015 | Fox News
    A photograph that has posed a Civil War mystery, puzzling historians for three decades, appears to be a long-surviving hoax. The mysterious photograph of what appeared to be a far older photo — showing a figure in a coat and hat and the blurred image of a warship — surfaced in 1986. Some historians believed it might be a photo of the CSS Georgia, a Confederate ironclad that sank 150 years ago in Georgia as Union troops captured Savannah.
  • Risk Taker Almost Swept Up By The Tornado in Rochelle, IL

    04/13/2015 9:54:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 4/13/15
    Guy named Sam S. was in a storm of trouble when he was caught inside the Tornado in Rochelle IL, Not only was he unlucky but he also screwed up with bad filming, But for liveleak i managed to fix his mistake during the best shot of the video.
  • Caffeine High: Space Station Getting Espresso Maker

    04/13/2015 2:07:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 12, 2015 | Marcia Dunn
    The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds of food, science research and other equipment — Monday afternoon. The experimental espresso machine is intended for International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. It was supposed to arrive in January, shortly after her arrival, so she could get some relief from the station's instant coffee. But it ended up on the back burner after a...
  • Someone’s Actually Doing Something Good With Leftover Hotel Soaps

    04/12/2015 11:14:03 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 51 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mary Beth Quirk
    Because no one wants to arrive in their hotel room and find used soap awaiting them in the shower, guests are always given a fresh bar upon checking in. While many of those partially used bars surely end up wasted in the trash, one non-profit group is collecting a bunch of leftover hotel soaps to help people in need. Clean the World started seven years ago, founded by a tech company worker who traveled often. He tells the Associated Press he was hit with a thought one night while staying at a Minneapolis hotel. “I picked up the phone and...