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  • The Super Burrito, A Giant, Plush Burrito Body Pillow Stuffed With Fluffy Salsa and Beans

    03/30/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    LaughingSquid ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rebecca Escamilla
    San Francisco-based artist and designer Lauren Venell created the Super Burrito body pillow, a giant, plush, huggable burrito stuffed to the end with felt salsa and other filling. Venell originally made Super Burrito as a comission for The Bold Italic. More of the artist’s work, including the hilarious Bold Burrito costume, can be seen on her website. For the die-hard enthusiast, now you can have your burrito and spoon it, too. Standing as tall as a beefy second-grader, this burrito makes an excellent body pillow or imaginary friend, who will never judge you for scarfing the half you were going...
  • 'Tampon tests' could be used to track sewage in rivers

    03/30/2015 7:21:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Glow-in-the-dark tampons could be used to show where sewage is seeping into rivers, scientists have suggested. A study has found that tampons absorb even tiny amounts of “brighteners” found in detergents, toothpaste and shampoo and subsequently glow under UV light. A team at the University of Sheffield has shown that “tampon tests” can be used to track down which houses sewage is coming from at river locations where a problem has been identified. David Lerner, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Sheffield who led the study, said: “Sewage in rivers is very unpleasant, very widespread and very...
  • Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

    03/30/2015 2:58:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 62 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/30/15 | Sarah Knapton
    A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA. Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the School of English, at Nottingham University, recreated the 10th century potion to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy. The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach). It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify...
  • K9 Bites Officer During Pursuit

    03/29/2015 6:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Mar 29, 2015 | Samantha Tatro
    A police dog bit an officer during a pursuit early Sunday morning. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., a police officer tried to pull over a driver for a traffic violation, San Diego Police said. The driver took off and lead officers on a short chase before jumping out of the car and running off near the intersection of Fairmont Avenue at Camino Del Rio North in Kensington. When the officer ran after him, he was bitten on the hand by his own K9 dog, police said. The officer was treated and will be okay. The suspect in the pursuit was arrested.
  • Card game based on Salem witches developed in Provo [Project Creator BYU grad]

    03/29/2015 5:24:20 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Provo Daily Herald (Utah) ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jordan Carroll
    Cards and board games are a big part of Utah culture -- perhaps it comes with the Nerdiest State title -- and Kickstarter is usually swimming with projects and ideas for new entertainment. At the moment, Kickstarter has 645 live projects involving games, with names and genres ranging from Dungeonmancer and Demon Lord to Assumptions and the recently completed and funded game Exploding Kittens (which received $8.7 million in pledges, making it the fourth highest funded project in Kickstarter history). Needless to say, even though there are hundreds of games being thrown at consumers out there, there's still demand and...
  • Former NASA engineer claims he saw a nine foot alien on 1991 space mission

    03/29/2015 8:10:09 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2015
    A former NASA engineer claims he saw a nine-foot alien while monitoring a space mission in 1991. Clark McClelland was allegedly part of a team based at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when he spotted the extra-terrestrial humanoid. The 'entity', he says, stood on two legs and approached two U.S. astronauts, that he would not name, for one minute and seven seconds in the space shuttle bay.
  • (Islamic) Gospel Singer Stabs boyfriend to Death Over Dream

    03/28/2015 2:50:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Pulse (Nigeria) ^ | 3/20/15 | Isaac Dachen
    A 22-year-old Islamic gospel singer, Monsurat Yusuf, alias Alhaja Saudi, is currently in the custody of the Ogun State Police Command after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, Moses Eric, to death over a dream she had where the 20-year-old boyfriend attacked her. According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi, the incident happened on March 17, 2015, at the ICT Polytechnic where the two lovers were students. The couple who were said to be very much in love before the devil stepped in between them, were said to have had a quarrel over a dream Yusuf had...
  • Earth Hour Tonight TURN ON THOSE POWER SOURCES. (Vanity)

    03/28/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Vaquero · 40 replies
    Self | 3-28-15 | Self
    Turn it up bright. Fire up that lawn mower and snow blower. Test your outboard for the upcoming season Come on FReepers!
  • Large Hadron Collider Just Might Melt Its Way Out of a Glitch

    03/28/2015 6:00:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Operations at the Large Hadron Collider apparently have been stymied by a little piece of metal that fell into the works, creating a short circuit — and Europe's CERN particle physics center says one of the remedies being considered is to turn up the electrical current high enough to "melt the offending object." After a two-year-long shutdown for upgrades, the world's most powerful particle accelerator was due to resume shooting beams of protons through its 17-mile-round (27-kilometer-round) ring of helium-cooled magnets this week. But the LHC's operators detected an intermittent short circuit in one of the magnet sectors, forcing them...
  • 3D-Printed Bionic Ants And Butterflies As Industrious And Beautiful As Real Ones

    03/28/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    techtimes. ^ | James Maynard
    BionicANTs borrow not just from the physical characteristics of ants, but the design also incorporates many of the behavioral features of the highly social insects. The insect-inspired devices are slightly over 5 inches long and weigh just over 1 ounce each. The artificial ants are created on a 3D printer, forming both the basic structure of the device and electrical connections in a single pass. Each artificial ant is equipped with a small video camera, providing a sense of "sight" for the robotic insects. The robotic insects recharge their internal batteries by placing their antennae against a charging station. Piezo...
  • Woman Killed by Family Wakes up in Grave

    03/27/2015 11:54:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015
    She told police her brother and uncle strangled her but later she dropped the caseAn Egyptian woman who was believed to have been killed by her brother and uncle woke up in the grave and went straight to the police. Once her brother and uncle were arrested, she went to the prosecutor and dropped the case, saying she tried to commit a suicide. Police arrested the two men after witnesses said they saw them taking the 30-year-old woman to the nearby cemetery in Minya town, nearly 250 km south of the capital Cairo. “At first she said they strangled her...
  • MARTY ALLEN & STEVE ROSSI "The Punch Drunk Fighter"

    03/27/2015 10:36:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | ClassicComedyBits
    A belated birthday greeting to Marty Allen who recently turned 93. Here's a bit from a 1964 tv appearance with Steve Rossi who passed away last year at 82. Allen and Rossi were a comedy team who appeared on over 700 television shows, 44 alone on The Ed Sullivan Show. They recorded 16 comedy albums, the title of one using their signature comedy catch phrase of "Hello Dere!" Allen said of his phrase, "We were into the act and I just went blank... and I looked at Steve and said, 'Hello dere . . . hello dere.' Then suddenly everyone...
  • 8 years for woman who gave 'butt injections' with caulking gun

    03/26/2015 6:24:14 PM PDT · by bkopto · 44 replies
    CTV News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Diana Mehta
    A woman who injected industrial silicone oil into customers' buttocks had no regard for their safety and preyed on her victims for financial gain, a Toronto judge found Thursday as she sentenced Marilyn Reid to eight years in prison. SNIP Court heard that Reid used syringes attached to a caulking gun to inject silicone into women's buttocks between April 2011 and August 2012. SNIP Reid also told a number of her victims there were "no detrimental effects" associated with the procedures and claimed she had had the injections herself, court heard. In one case, Reid used "crazy glue and a...
  • Bill Murray Accidentally Stops Robbery In Phoenix, Arizona [Hoax]

    03/26/2015 2:41:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 46 replies
    News Examiner ^ | March 15, 2015 | Darius Rubics
    Phoenix, Arizona — A robber was apprehended today in Phoenix, Arizona after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray. Phoenix Police Chief Tom Downey told local news station ABC15 about the incident. “The man had just robbed a Wells Fargo ATM, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the sidewalk and stopped to talk to him. That’s when authorities were able to apprehend him.” Bill Murray, who is in town visiting friends, told reporters about the incident. “I saw this man on the sidewalk running towards me with a bag in his hand. Then he suddenly stopped when...
  • Video: DC delegate's bad parking job becomes viral sensation

    03/26/2015 11:01:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2016
    Unbelievable Video. Call it the parking job seen 'round the web. A video has gone viral of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton executing an objectively poor parking job -- even by Washington standards. The incident, and video, were first reported by Roll Call. A tipster was apparently on the scene and watched as Norton angled her car into a diagonal spot near Capitol Hill, ending up practically perpendicular to the surrounding vehicles. The tipster told Roll Call this was around the time of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's address to Congress on Wednesday.
  • Nice Fireball in NW sky in Eastern AZ @ 5:45 AM

    03/26/2015 6:16:48 AM PDT · by Migraine · 11 replies
    self | 3/26/2015 | self
    Wife and I, in hot tub this morning, just before dawn, caught sight of a long-duration, glorious meteor/fireball with a long tail. For us (in Eastern Arizona, White Mountains), it began at about 10 o'clock high in the NW sky and arced toward the western horizon. Lasted a good 15 seconds, very bright. Anyone else see it?
  • Portion Size: The Elephant in the Room

    03/26/2015 3:13:49 AM PDT · by Don W · 20 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Hancock
    By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like a red stain across Canada over the past 30 years. In its latest fact sheet, the World Health Organization reports that “worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980” and that “35 per cent of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11 per cent were obese.” In Canada, it is much the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported in...
  • FLOTUS hair not gone, just pulled way back

    03/25/2015 7:39:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 45 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | March 25, 2015 | Judy Kurtz
    The mane mystery surrounding Michelle Obama Baldgate 2015 might be solved: the first lady’s hair was reportedly just pulled back during her appearance on “Jeopardy!”
  • Ford cars slow when they see speed-limit signs

    03/25/2015 1:48:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/25/15 | BBC
    Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid fines and could reduce the number of accidents. However, one expert said the innovation might only serve as a "stopgap". "There's a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your car's computer systems and controlled from there, rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems,"...
  • Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video) (Guess which party)

    03/25/2015 12:16:58 PM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Rioll Call ^ | March 25, 2015 | Warren Rojas
    Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton. A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.
  • President Goodluck!

    03/24/2015 5:35:22 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 20 replies
    Youtube | 3.24.2015 | By Laz A. Mataz
    I just went to YouTube to see a video, and I got an advertisement to vote for President Goodluck of Nigeria. Well hell. I'm voting. They can vote here, I'm voting there! Plus, what a weird name..... President Goodluck. Hell, I'm running for office in Nigeria now. I want to be called President SuperSexySmartRichGuy.
  • A Scientific Model Of What A Zombie Apocalypse Would Look Like (And Where Not To Hide)

    03/24/2015 1:37:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3/24/15 | Tyler Durden
    The best spots for riding out a zombie apocalypse are sparsely populated areas of Montana and Nevada, which remain untouched even four months, according to a new study by researchers at Cornell University who have developed a statistical model for simulating the spread of a fictional zombie epidemic. As The WSJ reports, with real-life applications to modeling viral outbreaks, Cornell offer dire warnings for those who live in Scranton, PA - with northeastern Pennsylvania as the U.S. location most at risk of being overrun by the undead.
  • Hitler flower painting to be auctioned for $30,000

    03/23/2015 9:51:39 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4:33PM GMT 23 Mar 2015 | Kat Brown
    The still-life watercolour was painted when Adolf Hitler was in his mid-twenties, and sold by his Jewish art dealer Samuel Morgenstern, who was later sent to the Lodz Ghetto... ...The Telegraph's art critic Alastair Smart says of the piece, "The work is of no intrinsic, artistic worth whatsoever. The only vague point of interest might be that, unlike the iffy watercolours of Vienna city we associate with Hitler the painter, this rarity is an iffy watercolour of a pitcher of azalias."... ...Hitler moved to Munich in 1913, having been unable to make a living as a painter. The Nazis later...
  • Braintree MA: Besieged by male dominance!

    03/23/2015 5:29:27 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2013 | effectsofmaledominance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzdf4V7Cf_M
  • Woman Attacked With Medieval Weapon While Walking Her Dog in Sacramento; Man Arrested

    03/23/2015 4:33:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    The victim, in her 50s, was out walking her dog on Garfield Avenue near Auburn Boulevard around 4:15 a.m. when the brutal assault occurred, the television station reported. The woman told Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies that the man went up to her and started beating her with the mace, according to the station. ... The beating left the victim with a a punctured skull, according to the station. She was expected to survive.
  • Government pays to house poor in luxury apartments with pools, wine cellars

    03/23/2015 3:56:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 23, 2015 | Luke Rosiak
    Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers — at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode. The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom...
  • Argentine archaeologists find secret Nazi lair in jungle

    03/23/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    Telegrapher ^ | 3/23/15 | Harriet Alexander
    A team of Argentine archaeologists investigating a series of ruins in the jungle, close to the border with Paraguay, believe they have discovered a secret Nazi lair. The cluster of stone structures, now covered by thick vines and accessible only when using a machete to cut through the undergrowth, contain stashes of German coins from the late 1930s, fragments of "Made in Germany" porcelain, and Nazi symbols on the walls. "We can find no other explanation as to why anyone would build these structures, at such great effort and expense, in a site which at that time was totally inaccessible,...
  • Send in the Calgary! ~ Vanity

    03/23/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by GraceG · 7 replies
    GraceG
    I did some checking and we all know that Ted Cruz was Born in Calgary Alberta Canada. But do you know who ELSE has ties to Calgary? Current Conservative Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper! He was educated in Calgary! So I thought it was interesting!
  • I Eat Garbage to Save Money and Help Reduce Food Waste

    03/23/2015 11:42:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 50 replies
    Time/xoJane ^ | 3/23/2015 | Emiliy A. Klein
    ...Although bread is one of the easiest, most reliable items for which to dumpster dive — it’s thrown away all the time, it’s dry, non-perishable, and relatively non-pathogenic — I also scavenge produce, chocolate, and flowers from the garbage. Sometimes it can be pretty icky; various slimes attend the decay of vegetables and fruit, and dumpsters are occasionally coated in unidentifiable goo.... Although I’m not by any means rich (after earning an expensive college degree, I am, like many of my generation, right back to where I started: in the service industry... But, you might protest, (as have many of...
  • Female passenger on British Airways flight arrested after performing sex act on herself during trip

    03/23/2015 6:47:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2015 | Davis Harding
    A female air passenger was arrested after joining the mile-high club on her own. The 46-year-old was flying to London from Kingston, Jamaica when she stripped off and started performing a solo sex act, reports the Mirror. The woman was thought to be drunk and was arrested when the plane landed in the UK. In a statement, British Airways confirmed that police were called to meet the flight. It was the second bizarre incident involving British Airways in as many weeks. Earlier this month it was reported a Dubai-bound British Airways plane had to turn back to London because of...
  • The Walking Dead Discussion Thread: Season 5 Episode 15 [SPOILER warning]

    03/22/2015 3:00:45 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 228 replies
    3-22-15
    This Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Try.”
  • Burma's bizarre capital: a super-sized slice of post-apocalypse suburbia

    03/19/2015 7:56:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 19, 2015 | Matt Kennard and Claire Provost
    Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Burma, it could be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries. On either side of the street, a seemingly endless series of giant detached buildings, villa-style hotels and shopping malls look like they have fallen from the sky, all painted in soft pastel colours: light pink, baby blue, beige. The roads are newly paved and lined with flowers and carefully pruned shrubbery. Meticulously landscaped roundabouts boast large sculptures of flowers. The scale of this surreal city is difficult to describe: it extends an estimated 4,800...
  • Bring Back Our Tornadoes!

    03/19/2015 5:59:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    drroyspencer.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
    One of the many tragic consequences of human-caused climate change is the nearly unprecedented lack of tornadoes during the first half of March. According to Greg Forbes, severe weather weenie at The Weather Channel, the only other year when this happened was 1969. Clearly, this is just one more example of how we are destroying the climate system.
  • VIDEO: Man caught with wife packed in suitcase for trip to Poland

    03/19/2015 1:05:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    WDSU.com ^ | 03/19/2015
    Border guard officers in Poland say they detained a French man for trying to enter the country with his Russian wife hiding in his suitcase. Jen Markham (@jenmarkham) has the story.
  • Nevada Bill Would Allow Sick Pets to Use Medical Marijuana

    03/18/2015 10:16:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.</p>
  • Dog germs may be good for you

    03/18/2015 10:16:28 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies
    U-T SanDiego.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bradley J. Fikes
    When Fido drags his saliva-drenched tongue across your face, man's best friend may be doing you a microbial favor as well as showing affection. People are being recruited for a study of whether living with a canine improves the human microbiome. The study is led by University of Arizona researchers along with other universities, including UC San Diego. "We essentially want to find out, is a dog acting like yogurt in having a probiotic effect?" said Kim Kelly, one of the study leaders, in a press release. Kelly is also a principal research specialist at the University of Arizona in...
  • The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead

    03/18/2015 9:53:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 18, 2015 | Lauren Davis
    The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead Dr. Robert E. Cornish is probably best known for his 1930s revivification experiments with dogs, in which he claimed to bring dogs back from clinical death. He wanted to try a similar procedure on humans — and when a death row inmate volunteered, Cornish petitioned the state of California to let him play re-animator. Cornish's dog experiments would make most dog lovers cringe. Cornish would suffocate the dogs until they were clinically dead, and then he would place the bodies on a teeter board, rocking the...
  • Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor

    03/18/2015 7:40:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    recordonline.com ^ | Mar. 18, 2015 | Jeremiah Horrigan
    PINE BUSH - An effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week by reading the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic Wednesday has polarized Pine Bush High School into angry factions. The morning's regularly scheduled announcements included the Arabic reading of the pledge. According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate. The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the school and a cascade of tweets both from students who criticized the reading and those who supported it. The controversy has "divided the school...
  • Kitchener closes Stauffer Drive for salamander safety

    03/18/2015 1:17:24 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 77 replies
    cbc ^ | Mar 17, 2015 | staff reporter
    The City of Kitchener has closed part of Stauffer Drive so that a colony of salamanders can cross safely from one side of the street to the other. Jefferson salamanders, which live in the forests on either side of the road, are protected under Ontario's Endangered Species Act because their populations are in decline across the province. In Kitchener, the salamanders that live in the Doon South area face one particular threat: traffic.
  • Behold, The Taco Doughnut!

    03/18/2015 10:31:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | John Dodge
    The debate over whether a savory doughnut is indeed a doughnut has been settled, clearing the way for more innovations in the hottest trend in the baking industry. Behold, the Taconut: a spicy beef-filled cake, with covered in queso frosting, sour cream icing, guacamole, cilantro, and hot sauce. The creators used a 3-D printer to develop a “cookie cutter” to create a doughnut shape out of raw biscuit dough. The dough was stuffed with taco meat and deep fried before being garnished with a aforementioned toppings. Here is a look inside the Taconut, courtesy of Barry Abrams, via Imgur. Right...
  • Jamestown settlers ate 14-year-old girl, researchers say

    03/18/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 80 replies
    Pioneer Press/LA Times ^ | 3-18-15 | Matt Pearce
    The early American settlers called it "the starving time," and accounts of the winter of 1609-1610 were so ghastly, and so morbid, that scholars weren't sure if the stories were true. George Percy, then president of the English settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, wrote that settlers ate horses, then cats and dogs, then boots and bits of leather, and, finally, one another. "One of our colony murdered his wife, ripped the child out of her womb and threw it into the river, and after chopped the mother in pieces and salted her for his food," wrote Percy, who then ordered...
  • Let’s Move: Skip the Buffet

    03/18/2015 12:54:08 AM PDT · by W. · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2015 2:23 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move is out with new advice for Americans: skip the buffet and stick to unsweetened tea. The tips were introduced as part of Mrs. Obama’s “#GimmeFive challenge,” which is encouraging people to come up with five ways to be healthier for the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move. President Barack Obama’s five ways to be healthy are jogging on stage to give a campaign speech, shooting a basketball, playing tennis, climbing the stairs to Air Force One, and lifting a baby, according to a video announcing the challenge.
  • Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage

    03/17/2015 6:09:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    ny times ^ | 3-17-2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The Presbytery of the Palisades, meeting in Fair Lawn, N.J., put the ratification count over...
  • The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    03/17/2015 7:41:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/17/2015 | Gideon Lichfield
    Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie "Heaven Is for Real", about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United States. The book it was based on, published in 2010, has sold some 10 million copies and spent 206 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Two recent books by doctors—Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, who writes about a near-death experience he had while in a week-long coma brought on by meningitis, and To Heaven and...
  • Eating 3 Square Meals A Day Is Actually Racist

    03/17/2015 6:38:47 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 3/04/2015 | Kiera Butler
    Full headline: Huh? Mother Jones Explains Why Eating 3 Square Meals A Day is Actually Racist.According to an essay by Mother Jones Senior Editor Kiera Butler, eating three meals a day is “anti-science, racist, and might actually be making you sick.” Butler’s astounding proclamation that three square meals is “racist” is supported by her interview with Historian Abigail Carroll, who wrote the book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal: When European settlers got to America, they also imported their meal habits: a light meal—maybe cold mush and radishes—in the morning, a heavier, cooked one midday, and a third...
  • John Kerry - cool bicycle

    03/16/2015 1:43:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    The State ^ | 3-16-15 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, rides a bike after holding meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over Iran's nuclear program, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 16, 2015.
  • Speedy bipedal robot “Atrias” is designed for speed and flexibility

    03/15/2015 12:18:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    National Monitor ^ | | March 15, 2015 | Justin Beach,
    ATRIAS, which stands for Assume The Robot Is A Sphere, is a robot developed by engineers at the University of Oregon (OSU), is a walking and running robot that its designers hope will become the fastest bipedal robot in the world. The sturdy robot was designed to immitate the running style of birds, such as chickens, that spend most of their time on the ground. “When this robot gets up to speed for walking, not even running yet, it will be the fastest bipedal robot in the world,” Jonathan Hurst, an associate professor and robotic expert in the OSU College...
  • Wasabi Kit Kats, Tuna Doritos, and 10 More Weird Snacks You Can Only Find in Japan

    03/14/2015 10:09:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | Allison Barretta
    Japan is the de facto world capital of odd flavors for popular American snacks. From 'salty watermelon' to 'clam chowder' here are 12 flavors of Pepsi, Doritos, and more too wacky to dream up if you tried.Wasabi Kit Kats? Tuna Mayonnaise Doritos? Cucumber Pepsi? No, these aren't the results of manatee idea balls (we think). These Franken-snacks actually exist (or have existed) for public consumption in Japan. Although other countries in Asia, like Taiwan, have their own interpretations of Western-style snack foods, the de facto world capital of odd flavors is considered to be the Land of the Rising Sun....
  • Darth Vader, Mickey Mouse Join Forces on Cruise

    03/14/2015 10:02:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Laura Ma
    In a galaxy far, far away ... in the Western Caribbean, actually, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and stormtroopers party with Disney Cruisers around the pool deck. No, it's not a fantasy. Disney Cruise Line announced last week it will introduce Star Wars Day at Sea in 2016. Parents eager to share their love of the fandom can enroll kids in the Jedi Training Academy. Jedis in training, also known as Padawans, can learn from a Jedi Master to use the force and wield a light saber. To pass the training, they'll have to face off against the Sith Lord,...
  • 'MURICA! Cooking bacon with a full auto M16!

    03/14/2015 7:54:27 AM PDT · by CtBigPat · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dustin Ellermann
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7UW5AkWqOY