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  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 8 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Andrea Grimes complains over lack of post-abortion herbal tea

    09/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action ^ | Casy Fiano
    Shortly before the news broke that a judge had struck down a key part of the new Texas abortion law, RH Reality Check writer Andrea Grimes the genius behind the Taco and Beer Abortion Challenge that was an utter flop wrote about how horrible sterile abortion clinics are. According to Grimes, theyre just too cold and intimidating. And theres no recliners or herbal tea! In San Antonio, Whole Womans corporate vice president Andrea Ferrigno took me on a tour of their two-facility space: a small, purple-tinted clinic that feels like a cozy gynecologists office, and a fluorescent-lit surgical...
  • Giant Millipedes Intercepted at San Francisco International Airport

    09/01/2014 11:43:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Customs agents are used to confiscating fake Viagra pills, counterfeit sports jerseys and illegal DVDS. They're not accustomed to snagging giant myriapodous arthropods, however, that wriggle in the dirt and eat decaying plants. But the U.S. Customs and Border agriculture specialists found and intercepted 20 foot-long millipedes at the San Francisco International Airport mail facility, the agency announced on Friday, and in doing so, stopped the slimy creatures from any further travel. The intended recipient in Vista, California, was sent a letter that his or her package of exotic wormlike insects would not be arriving from Berlin, Customs Chief J....
  • North Korea hosts pro-wrestling tournament - video

    08/31/2014 4:55:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8-31-14 | unattributed
    The Pyongyang International Pro-Wrestling Contest is held in North Korea's capital with several American wrestlers taking part in the event. The two-day contest is hosted by former professional wrestler and politician Antonio Inoki, according to Seoul's Yonhap news agency. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed heavy emphasis on sport since assuming power in 2012
  • Mississippi school says kindergartener injured herself on playground; mom believes she was attacked

    08/31/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/31/14 | Heather Nolan
    Full Title: Mississippi school says kindergartener injured herself on playground; mom believes she was attacked by student, website reportsA Pascagoula, Miss., kindergartener is recovering from injuries her school said she suffered while playing on the playground, but her mother has insisted she was attacked by another student, according to a report on The girl's mother, Lacey Harris, filed a police report last week, and has alleged another child kicked her daughter, AvaLynn, on the slide, according to the report. Pascagoula Police Lt. Jim Roe told the website, "Right now, there's no indication something criminal took place."
  • Italian Eatery Under Fire Over Nazi-Themed Dish ('Long Live the Nazis' Spaghetti)

    08/31/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan have expressed shock and regret at an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) serving a dish named “Long Live Nazi spaghetti (納粹萬歲麵),” saying it showed how some Taiwanese lack understanding about history and the Nazi slaughter of Jews and other minorities. The restaurant owner, Tsao Ya-hsin, was quoted by cable news channel TVBS on Sunday as saying that she named the dish to get customers’ attention, but that she did not wish to specifically place emphasis on the word “Nazi.” Tsao added that she named the dish so because...
  • Robot Rides Hoverbike, Nuff Said

    08/31/2014 6:45:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | Aug 28, 2014 02:05 PM ET // | by Glenn McDonald
    The Drone 3 is a proof-of-concept demonstration of a more ambitious plan. In an interesting strategy, the 1/3-size drone is being sold via Kickstarter in hopes of funding development of a full-size quadcopter hoverbike, designed for human riders. Think Return of the Jedi, forest moon of Endor, this sort of thing. Designers say the quadcopter approach, which uses four different overlapping fans, offers improved stability, maneuverability and payload capacity than competing two-fan hoverbike designs. In fact, the Malloy hoverbike is intended to share the skies with helicopters, planes and other aircraft. This hoverbike is a helicopter it takes off...
  • Experience: I Gave Birth on a Plane at 30,000ft

    08/30/2014 8:58:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 August 2014 | Debbie Owen
    'I literally crossed my legs and tried to ignore the contractions. I willed the plane to hurry; I knew I couldn't hold on much longer'With more than six weeks until my due date, I felt perfectly happy about flying from Ghana to London it didn't cross my mind that the baby could come early. I had been living in Ghana for two years, but I wanted to give birth in the UK to avoid any problems with the baby's British citizenship. I was booked into a hospital in the Scottish Borders. My husband, Duncan, would fly over to join...
  • Grover Norquist yes, that Grover Norquist makes new friends at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

    08/30/2014 7:08:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Saturday, August 30, 2014
    The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors. Snohomish County prosecutors charged Carmela Panico, a 52-year-old former nude dancer, with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she operated drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle, The Everett Herald reported Thursday ( ). Her baristas made money mostly on tips, saying they could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. The women said they could make up to $14 for baring their breasts or genitals and...
  • Madden '15 glitch has players flying into orbit

    08/30/2014 4:52:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Brief video at the link
  • 'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained

    08/29/2014 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 39 replies
    nature ^ | 27 August 2014
    Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that blown by wind shoved rocks across the lake bed. Until now, no one has been able to explain why hundreds of rocks scoot unseen across the playa surface, creating trails behind them like children dragging sticks through the mud. Its a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Ontario Man Declared Dead in 1986 Found Alive in U.S. With Second Family

    08/29/2014 1:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Star ^ | Mon Aug 25 2014 | Tim Alamenciak, Laura Armstrong
    Ronald Stan disappeared from his Ontario home in 1977. Police found him living in Oklahoma under the name Jeff Walton, where he eventually married Debra Proctor, both seen above. Through his entire life, Jeff Walton Jr. had no idea his father was keeping a secret. The 35-year-old learned from police earlier this month that his father, who he knew as Jeff Walton the first a 69-year-old New Orleans Saints fan living in small-town Oklahoma is not who his son thought him to be. The senior Walton was born Ronald Stan, a Canadian living in the former Township of...
  • Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio

    08/29/2014 6:04:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Harumi Ozawa
    Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio By Harumi Ozawa Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:00AM JST ( 45 ) Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio AFP TOKYO Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japans global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: But shes got whiskers! The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pajamas the world over is, in fact, human. Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold, brand owner Sanrio says on its website.
  • Mystery of 9-foot Hot Dog on Edge of Alaska Wilderness Leaves Trekkers Perplexed

    08/28/2014 8:58:42 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch | August 28, 2014 | Craig Medred
    What do you do with a huge hot dog that is washed up on a Cook Inlet beach in Alaska? Light it on fire! That's what trekkers Graham Kraft, Andy Fischer, Eben Sargent, and Luc Mehl attempted. The giant foam hot dog in a bun that Luc Mehl and friends stumbled across this spring on the edge of Alaska nowhere left him haunted.
  • Apparent ISIS terrorists take photos with Nutella to seem softer, friendlier to West

    08/28/2014 2:06:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Members of the Islamic State and their sympathizers have also tweeted about their love for Disney movies and Robin Williams. The posts are part of a social media campaign meant to point out the humane side of the terrorist group that ruthlessly executed an American journalist earlier this week.Apparently the coldblooded terrorists who savagely beheaded a kidnapped American journalist have a sweet tooth. In an attempt to seem friendly and humane, Islamic State militants the terrorist group that executed James Foley earlier this week and their supporters have posted images of themselves holding jars of Nutella. The bizarre,...
  • Teenage Boy Shoves Dog Head First Into Freezing Water in Vile 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    08/28/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 26 August 2014 | Robin De Peyer
    This is the sickening moment a teenager plunges his pet dog head-first into freezing water in an "ice bucket challenge" stunt. The boy, believed to be from London, forcibly shoves the animal into the bucket in a cruel mutation of the charity fundraising trend. His actions have been condemned by animal rights campaigners who say it would have been caused "distress, if not harm" to the dog. Officers from the RSPCA said a "formal investigation" was being conducted into potential offences under the Animal Welfare Act. Footage of the incident emerged at the height of the craze - which has...
  • Signature Slogans of the 12 Zodiac Signs

    08/28/2014 12:23:24 PM PDT · by walford · 37 replies
    Facebook ^ | 01/17/2014 | walford
    #Aries: HOLD MY BEER. I'M GONNA TRY SOMETHING! [usually followed by an ambulance trip] #Taurus: Because I dont want to. #Gemini: I love you. I hate you. #Cancer: Nobody understands me. #Leo: LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! #Virgo: Nevermind, Ill do it myself. #Libra: But on the other hand... #Scorpio: No, I didnt. #Sagittarius: DONT WORRY, I GOT THIS! #Capricorn: There are two ways of doing things: my way and the wrong way. #Aquarius: I need my space. #Pisces: Stop it! JUST STOP IT!! [because they tend to get drawn into other people's drama]
  • An All-Nutella Restaurant Will Open in Park Slope

    08/28/2014 11:54:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26 | Hugh Merwin
    It's unclear how this about-to-open Nutelleria place plans to skirt the rapid-response team of hot-shot lawyers that's likely right now being deployed by Nutella manufacturer Ferrero, but if it does, expect choco-nut-spread breakfast pizzas and bacon-banana-Nutella waffle sandwiches in the near future at 82 5th Avenue in Park Slope (of course). The Pino Torinese-based company previously went after a dinky New England burrito chain for spreading the gospel of the spread and otherwise threatened to sue well-intentioned World Nutella Day creator Sara Rosso, so it's probably not going to be too excited to see its products all over the upstart...
  • Hiss Torie

    08/28/2014 10:21:01 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 75 replies
    8/28/2014 | Laz
    Lazamataz's Hiss Torie Book so far: During Woe, Woe Too, the Not Seas rose to power and started the Third Rice. They singled out the Shoes and put them in Constant Tray Sun camps, which marked the beginning of the Hall of Cost. In may ways, the Die As Poorer of the Jews from Germany resembled the South African experience with App Heart Hate and the Ukrainian Hole o' Dough More. These and other Arm A'Gettin -like situations are things we can never forget. Help me write the rest of my Hiss Torie book!
  • Mystery of California's 'Wandering Stones' solved

    08/28/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 4:07PM BST 28 Aug 2014 | By Hannah Marsh
    It's a geological enigma that's had scientists speculating for half a century. But the mystery behind Death Valley's 'Wandering Stones' has finally been uncovered. It was previously unknown what caused the rocks to move across Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above California's Death Valley, leaving their distinctive trails behind them. But researchers have witnessed a thin layer of water freezing over the lake, before breaking into sheets the thickness of a window pane and nudging the rocks as they were blown by the breeze. Its a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Great news: Youre paying for a 1 year experiment to find out if the universe is a hologram

    08/28/2014 8:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Remember that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Professor Moriarty tried to escape from the holodeck? Well, the folks at Fermilab probably saw it, since they are currently launching a one year series of tests to find out if our entire universe is a hologram. Do we live in a 2D hologram? There’s no short answer, but physicists believe it may be possible. The holographic principle — a property of particle physics’ string theory — proposes that information about a region of space can be ascertained by the information on the surface that surrounds it — much...
  • Politics: Oh good: ObamaCare now providing relief to those getting 'gender reassignment surgery'

    08/27/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Herman cain ^ | Herman Cain
    Use the correct term, friends. Don't be like Shaney B. and call it "The Forbidden Snip." That would be wrong. Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I'd rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it's "gender reassignment" surgery. My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it "The Forbidden Snip," but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say "The Forbidden Snip" and you...
  • Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake

    08/27/2014 6:24:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | August 27, 2014 12:11 AM | Betty Yu
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday mornings magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in the sky. Witnesses said the strange phenomenon looked like lightning. Similar flashes of light have been reported in earthquakes around the world, from Japan to Peru Friedemann Freund, a scientist with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, said the same thing happened during Sunday mornings earthquake. And it wasnt a transformer blowing up or UFOs. What they are, are a consequence of the stresses building up deep below the earth, seven miles like in...
  • Rain Delays Burning Man Voyagers at Reno Wal-Mart (People of Wal-Mart just got weirder)

    08/27/2014 12:16:06 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Aug 26, 2014 | SCOTT SONNER Associated Press
    Hundreds of travelers on the road to Burning Man in their quest for oneness with nature and celebration of self-expression on a peaceful playa in northern Nevada's desert didn't expect to spend their first night in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart or Reno resort casino. But most were taking it in stride and were largely optimistic as so-called "Burners" are apt to be that the gates to the counterculture event would reopen Tuesday after rare rain showers in the Black Rock Desert turned the ancient lake bottom to a muddy quagmire the day before... ...Dozens of RVs...
  • Things I've learned from watching C.O.P.S.

    08/27/2014 10:52:27 AM PDT · by walford · 106 replies
    Facebook ^ | ongoing | walford
    If you say "I didn't do nothing man" enough times, the officer will typically think, "ya know, this man is so adamant that he's innocent, I believe him. I'll let him go." If you struggle hard enough with the police while they're trying to put cuffs on you, the officers will typically think, "this one has spirit; I'll let him go." The one with no shirt is the innocent man. Only innocent people run from the police. "I wuz scurred!" Even if the officer finds contraband on the subject, if he's black, the officer is in reality hassling him on...
  • Chris Long didn't appreciate ESPN's Michael Sam shower segment

    08/26/2014 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 26, 2014 | Will Brinson
    Tuesday's SportsCenter featured an awkward break down of Michael Sam -- Rams defensive lineman and the first openly-gay player in the NFL -- and his shower habits. While Josina Anderson reported Kendall Langford said Sam is "one of the guys and seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of listening and learning at his own pace" she also reported one unnamed Rams defensive player's position on Sam's showering with teammates. "Another defensive player told me Sam is 'respecting our space' and from his perspective he seems to think Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower...
  • Mohammad Assaf Does #RubbleBucketChallenge

    08/26/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge, its a different kinda bucket challenge thats sweeping the sandy Middle East this week! Using #RubbleBucketChallenge to raise awareness on social media, campaigners have swapped ice-and-water-filled containers for sand and rocks. The trend appears to have been started by Jordanian comedian Mohammed Darwaza last Friday, reports The Independent. This challenge is closer to home for Palestinian superstar Mohammad Assaf than others, whos joined the trend in support of his hometown Gaza, thats been under attack by Israel for two months now. Assaf knows exactly how his people are feeling; he went through the same exact...
  • Astonishing Unknown Monuments Beneath the Ground Near Stonehenge

    08/26/2014 2:39:11 PM PDT · by bk1000 · 47 replies
    The ^ | 8/26/2014 | Liz Klimas
    The tall, bluestone pillars of Stonehenge in England are an iconic mystery, but what lies beneath is also astonishing, a recent survey of the surrounding land found.
  • Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat

    08/26/2014 2:37:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 107 replies
    NPR ^ | August 26, 2014 | Eyder Peralta
    Flying is already a pain. But a story from the Associated Press Tuesday really brings home the point: The wire service reports that an entire plane was diverted on Sunday after a fight broke out over a passenger's right to recline her seat. The AP explains: "The spat began on United Airlines Flight 1462 because one passenger was using the Knee Defender, a $21.95 lock that attaches to a tray table and jams the reclining mechanism of the seat in front. "The male passenger, seated in a middle seat of Row 12, used the device to stop the woman in...
  • Angry Wife Rejects Emirati Hubby's Money Transfer... 47 Times

    08/26/2014 2:31:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Bank suspends both their accountsAn Emirati husband who set out to please his angry wife has ended up with a suspended bank account. He transferred Dh50,000 to his wifes account as a present to appease her, but the wife not only rejected the amount but also transferred the amount back to his account. Interestingly, it was the husbands 47th attempt in depositing cash in her account, reported Al Bayan. It was immediately re-transferred each time. After his last attempt, two days back, which was once again duly transferred back by his wife, the bank suspended both their accounts. A bank...
  • 'Dead' Jordanian Wakes Up Inside Morgue But Freezes to SDeath

    Masoud Al Hamdouni, a school teacher, was pronounced dead by doctors at Princess Basma Hospital in the northern town of Irbid after suffering from a heart attack. After Al Hamoudi was sent to the morgue, relatives requested to see his body again, prompting his doctor to order morgue workers to bring the body back. A coroner report proved that Al Hamdouni woke up inside the morgue on Saturday and tried to get out. He appeared to have struggled to get out before freezing to death, said Qassim Al Masri, head of the teachers association in Irbid. The report showed that...
  • Abu Dhabi Legal Expert Explains the Three Divorce Rule

    08/26/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A legal expert from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has clarified Sharia rules on divorce after a case last week where a couple sought to divorce for the third time. Muna Al Raeesi, head of legal aid at ADJD, said that when a husband and wife divorced for the first time, there was a waiting period known as idda, which is designed to give the couple time to reconcile without finalising the divorce procedure. The waiting period lasts for three of the wifes menstrual cycles to ensure she is not pregnant. If she is pregnant, it lasts until the child...
  • Saudi Girl Overturns Car to Foil Kidnap Bid

    08/26/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Crowds gathering around the overturned car used to kidnap two girls in Saudi Arabia. A 23-year-old Saudi girl, apparently influenced by action movies, succeeded in aborting an attempt by two men to kidnap her and her handicapped sister when she abruptly pulled the hand brake, causing the captors car to overturn. The girl and her 20-year-old sister were walking to their home in the southern Jazan province when they were intercepted by the two men, who forced them into their car. On the way out of town, the elder sister jumped to the hand brake and pulled it up forcefullythe...
  • The Taser Photoshoot: Portraits of People's Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

    08/26/2014 7:57:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Fstoppers ^ | August 25, 2014 | Patrick Hall
    As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time? This is the idea behind my latest series: The Taser Photoshoot. I've edited two different videos as well as a behind the scenes in the full post below.
  • Arbys creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arbys mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. People started coming in and asking, Can I have that? Arbys vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arbys decided to go with it, and the Meat Mountain was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • ISIS ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/25/2014 2:18:57 PM PDT · by sopwith · 6 replies
    you tube ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | you tube
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  • Weird Dream Concerning EMP Attack ~ Vanity

    08/25/2014 1:09:39 PM PDT · by GraceG · 103 replies
    I had a weird dream last night / this morning. I woke up but not to my alarm clock but to the sun comming into my room. I got out of bed and walked over to what time it was and the clock was dead so I figured there was a power outage. So I went over to my cell phone and it was dead as well. I walked over to the kitchen to get a glass of water and the water wasn't flowing then I remember feeling a real sense of panic realizing what had happened. Then I woke...
  • You've Been Taking Off Your T-shirt Wrong (video)

    08/25/2014 11:53:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2014 | CrazyRussianHacker
    You've Been Taking Off Your T-shirt Wrong
  • Old Timey PHOTO) Circa 1890 - Man Riding a Goat

    08/24/2014 2:41:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1890 | Retronaut
    1890: Man riding a goat Man riding a goat, 1890 (Initiation into fraternal group). Photographer: Chas.v. Hamer, Columbus O, USA
  • A Real Live Gnome in Pennsylvania?

    08/24/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 45 replies ^ | 23AUG2014 | Linda Moulton Howe
    August 23, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - In 1200 A.D., a Swedish man named Frederik Ugarph found a hard wood statue only about six inches (15 cm) high of a little person wearing a conical hat in what is now Trondheim, Norway. The statue was standing on a pedestal engraved with the words: NISSE Riktig Storrelse. That means, Gnome, actual height. Owned and housed today by the Oliv family in Uppsala, Norway, X-ray tests indicate the wooden statue is more than 2,000 years old, perhaps carved from a tree that is no longer known. Another historic account of a miniature person...
  • Chelsea Manning 'denied gender dysphoria treatment

    08/23/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2014 Last updated at 15:15 ET | BBC Staff
    The US military has yet to offer Pte First Class Chelsea Manning sex change treatment despite medical recommendations, her lawyer has said. Defence secretary Chuck Hagel approved treatment for a condition known as gender dysphoria in July. But lawyer David Coombs says her requests for hormone therapy and other accommodations have been "ignored". The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking secret files to Wikileaks. "This time last year I publicly asked that I be provided with a treatment plan, to bring my body more in line with my gender identity," Pte Manning said...
  • Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park

    08/23/2014 12:47:37 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 74 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 22, 2014 | Matt Bradwell
    WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A stolen life-sized statue of United States President Barack Obama was has been returned to its Northern Pennsylvania owner after being discovered on a nearby picnic bench with an empty six-pack of Twisted Tea and a cigarette butt hanging from its mouth.The statue was a staple of the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., neighborhood it was stolen from, where owner Tiffany Bruce prominently displayed it on her porch and decorated it for holidays."I peeked my head out the door and Obama's gone and I kind of went into a panic," described a distressed Bruce when the statue...
  • Severed Snake Head Kills Chef Cooking Cobra Soup

    08/23/2014 7:44:16 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 57 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Chinese chef Peng Fan died after the severed head of a spitting cobra bit him 20 minutes after being cut off A chef cooking a soup dish from cobra flesh died in China after he was bitten by the snake's head 20 minutes after it was cut off. Peng Fan was preparing the rare Asian delicacy from the Indochinese spitting cobra when the snake's severed head bit him with venom as he was throwing it into the bin, The Mirror reported. Peng died before he could be treated in hospital with life-saving anti-venom, police said. "It is a highly...
  • Huge Asteroid Heading for Earth... Possible Impact March 16, 2880

    08/22/2014 2:31:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 80 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 22, 2014
    However, scientists claim there is no cause for concern because the hundreds of years of warning could allow for a method to divert itResearchers studying a huge asteroid that is hurtling towards earth say there is a possibility of it striking our planet on March 16, 2880! They say the rock rotates so quickly that it should break apart, but it remained intact on its Earth-bound trajectory, according to a report in Though studies have revealed that Asteroid 1950DA is held together by cohesive forces called van der Waals, scientists still have no clue on how to stop it....
  • Bender Shuts Down New Haven Line

    08/22/2014 10:46:37 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 15 replies
    Railpace Newsmagazine ^ | August, 2014 | staff
    On June 20 Metro-North's New Haven Line was shut down for nearly three hours as a result of a junior high student's cardboard robot having been left on an overhead bridge near the Metro-North station at Fairfield, CT. At About 5:30 a.m., a town street sweeper saw it and alerted the Fairfield police who, in turn called in MTA police and a State Police bomb squad and helicopter to seal off nearby streets and investigate; this action also caused M-NR to suspend service. It took the investigators nearly three hourse to realize that the "suspicious object" was merely a homemade...
  • Sea Plankton on Space Station? Russian Official Claims It's So

    08/21/2014 4:43:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | Miriam Kramer
    A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting. Cosmonauts on the orbiting outpost have allegedly discovered trace amounts of sea plankton and other microscopic organisms living on the outside of the station, exposed to the vacuum of space, according to a news story quoting space station official Vladimir Solovyov. ... It's possible that the plankton, if confirmed, could be a contaminant launched into space with the space station module, said NASA scientist Lynn Rothschild. Previous studies have found that microorganisms can survive...
  • The Worlds Most Expensive Coffee Goes Through An Elephant Before It Gets To The Cup

    08/21/2014 1:58:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 21, 2014
    We are all mature adults, so Im sure you can handle the news that the No. 1 most expensive coffee in the world first passes through an elephant as a No. 2. That, and weve all heard of those civet cat coffee beans, so now we can just move on and talk about expensive caffeine. And poop. Poop. The stuffs called Black Ivory, and its made by a Canadian businessman in Thailands Golden Triangle region, reports Michael Sullivan on All Things Considered.
  • Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars

    08/21/2014 5:35:04 AM PDT · by W. · 48 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/21/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
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  • Worst garage door installation ever.

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