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Most sculptors work in clay, or maybe stone — but panda poo?

Reuters via Yahoo! News
panda.jpg A Chinese wildlife research centre has come up with a novel idea to profit from panda poo — make Olympic souvenirs out of it.

Researchers at the centre in Chengdu, capital of mountainous Sichuan province, had sculpted photo frames, bookmarks, fans and panda statues out of the 300 tonnes of the stuff produced by 60 giant pandas each year, state media said on Tuesday.


What else are you going to do with 300 tons of the stuff? Let’s see — 300 tons from 60 animals is 5 tons each or around 27 pounds a day.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | animals, Art? | Comments Off on Most sculptors work in clay, or maybe stone — but panda poo?

Pssst! Hey, Bud! C’mere.

More at Yahoo! News

If someone offers you frilly women’s lingerie on the street, call [Raleigh] police. Thieves have stolen almost $35,000 worth of underwear, perfume and other merchandise from Victoria’s Secret stores in the Raleigh area since March, police said. Law enforcement officials have no suspects and said it’s unlikely the thieves are stealing for personal use.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | Crime | Comments Off on Pssst! Hey, Bud! C’mere.

Torch Bearer?

One of the world’s hairiest men, who nicknames himself King Kong, has launched a campaign to carry the Olympic Torch during the relay ahead of next year’s Games, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

“The Olympics belong to everyone — the common people and those with abnormalities included,” the report quoted Yu Zhenhuan as saying from his home in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning. “First I am a celebrity, inside and outside of China. Secondly, I think my experience in coping with a disfigurement ties in with the notion of the Olympic spirit,” he added.

Hair covers 96 percent of Yu’s body. He may be surpassed only by a pair of Mexican brothers: Victor “Larry” and Gabriel “Danny” Ramos Gomez, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having 98 percent hair cover.


July 31, 2007 Posted by | People | 2 Comments

Hey! Sure it’s cold but business is business, right?

The cemetery headstone for a teenager who died in a car wreck was repossessed after a $750 bill went unpaid. “That’s just business,” said Linda Anderson of Memorial Art Monument. “If we give every stone to everybody, we’d be out of business. They’d repossess your car if you didn’t make payments.”

Brady Conger, 17, and two friends died when their car smashed into a sport utility vehicle a year ago Thursday.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Hey! Sure it’s cold but business is business, right?

Unique excuse for drinking beer

Student Jack Kirby drank 4,000 cans of lager and used the empties to build a car. The life-size model 1965 Ford Mustang was finished yesterday after a three-year effort, reports the Daily Mirror.

Design student Jack, 23, downed a Budweiser four-pack every day. “It was hard work,” he said.



July 31, 2007 Posted by | Art? | Comments Off on Unique excuse for drinking beer

“If you go into the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…”

German police called out after sightings of a huge bear found the beast was a giant stuffed teddy.

Locals in the Black Forest region in south-west Germany rang police after they saw a brown bear in woods near the town of Titisee-Neustadt. Police, fearing another case like Bruno the bear that last year rampaged around the Alpine border region between Bavaria and Austria killing livestock, sent out a special squad to capture it.

Dieter Klipfel, spokesman for the Titisee-Neustadt police department, said: “As they got closer to it, they realised it was a giant stuffed animal. It had been put there by a local archery club to use as a target.”

July 31, 2007 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on “If you go into the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…”

I hope you aren’t eating…

At Istanbul’s Club Fox on the Sea of Marmara coast the belly dancer’s hips gyrate and tassels swirl to the music but the stomach is a little hairier than usual — it’s a man’s.

Male belly dancers are thrilling audiences in Turkey and other European capitals, drawing on a tradition dating back to Ottoman times when men in the Sultan’s palaces were entertained by young male dancers as the women lived separately in harems.

As 36-year-old dancer “Alex” takes to the stage and the repetitive beats are replaced by Arabesque music, the young Turkish crowd goes wild, flinging their arms in the air and jostling for a view of his belly.


 Oh, there’s more, pictures even, if you have the stomach for it…

July 31, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on I hope you aren’t eating…

One of the best blogs around


This beautiful lady is Olive, age 108 (almost). If you haven’t read her blog you are missing something great. Check it out at this link.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on One of the best blogs around

Flash: Moon made of beans, not green cheese

Changes in the brightness and color over small areas of the moon’s surface, known as Transient Lunar Phenomena, or TLP, have been observed telescopically for hundreds of years. The optical flashes have been seen by skywatchers but rarely photographed.

“People over the years have attributed TLPs to all sorts of effects: turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere, visual physiological effects, atmospheric smearing of light like a prism, and even psychological effects like hysteria or planted suggestion,” said Columbia University researcher Arlin Crotts.

Using data from decades-old observations, Crotts and colleagues have now found a strong correlation between TLP sightings and regions where lunar orbiting spacecraft have detected gas leaking out from beneath the lunar surface.


Could this gas be used as a fuel surce for a lunar colony? Small problem: we need oxygen to burn the gas.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | Astronomy | Comments Off on Flash: Moon made of beans, not green cheese

Twelve? And nine?!

Two German schoolboys made a 200 mile trip across the country on their own using pedal cars and a train.

The boys from Verl, aged 12 and nine, decided they wanted to go on holiday on their own this summer and chose Denmark as their destination after a similar fun holiday there the year before.

They drove the pedal cars 20 miles to a train station before getting on a train for Romsoe in Denmark. But the pair got homesick after 200 miles when they arrived in Hamburg, and turned round and went home.


July 30, 2007 Posted by | Kids | 2 Comments

Editorial comment

I don’t engage in much editorializing here but I can’t let a recent screwup at a Sony product announcement go by. Take a look at this post on Technudge and then remember this clip from Pearls Before Swine:


The rest of the PBS strip is here.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | comics | Comments Off on Editorial comment

San Antonio Monster Bird?

Loch Ness has its monster. Does San Antonio have one, too? Strange sightings of a huge flying creature have been reported as recently as six months ago. Is it a monster or myth?

Guadalupe Cantu III was busy working his newspaper route, but he says the big news of that day 10 years ago flew right over his car. He says he’s seen what most have not — an unidentified flying object, one that still scares him.

“We were afraid that it would come at us. So we stayed in the car till it passed this way,” witness Guadalupe Cantu III said. “This thing’s all feathers, all black. Much bigger than me. It looked at us. It had very stooped-up shoulders.”

The beast has been spotted from the Rio Grande Valley to the mountains of New Mexico.

“(It) looked like what was possibly two people standing on top of a mountain up there,” said David Zander, who saw the monster in New Mexico. “Something that big … I guess it kinda makes you feel like it could come over and carry you off if it wanted to.”

San Antonio’s Ken Gerhard has written a book on these dark birds as big as [light] planes, with wingspans from 15 to 20 feet.


July 29, 2007 Posted by | animals, UFO | Comments Off on San Antonio Monster Bird?

This kid is no quack

A [12 year old boy] has defied the odds and hatched a duckling from a box of eggs he bought from a supermarket. Will Parris paid £1.50 (€2.25) for the box of free range duck eggs which he took under his wing…With his dad Andrew’s help he borrowed an incubator, put the eggs inside and waited to see what would happen.

In the early hours of July 8 with friend Josh Collier staying over, the boys were woken up to see a duckling start to break free from one of the shells. “We saw the crack in the egg and the duckling trying to peck its way out,” he said. “It was amazing. I thought nothing would hatch. I have never had a pet like this before. This beats the rest,” said Will (12).


July 29, 2007 Posted by | animals, Kids | Comments Off on This kid is no quack

Redneck Down Home Taxi Service



July 29, 2007 Posted by | animals, Cars | Comments Off on Redneck Down Home Taxi Service

Chinese man gives a finger to four cars at once


A Chinese man is hoping to get into the record books after pulling four cars roped together – with one finger. Ji Fengshan, 56, of Harbin city, demonstrated his talent in a square near Jiuzhan Park, reports Harbin Daily.

He put his middle finger into a metal ring connected to a rope connected to four taxis and managed to pull them for one metre.

Ji says he has been practicing his one finger stunt for 44 years.

“When I was 12, I heard a lumberjack could lift timbers weighing around 120kg with only one finger. So I wanted to be able to do likewise,” he said.

Since then, Ji has been training his middle finger.


I’m tempted to make a smart ass remark but will stifle it.

July 29, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | 2 Comments

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…WHACK!

Large chunks of ice, one of them reportedly about 50 pounds, fell from the sky in this northeast Iowa city [Dubuque] , smashing through a woman’s roof and tearing through nearby trees.

Authorities were unsure of the ice’s origin but have theorized the chunks either fell from an airplane or naturally accumulated high in the atmosphere — both rare occurrences.


July 29, 2007 Posted by | accident messes, Strange | Comments Off on Look! Up in the sky! It’s…WHACK!

Soon to be the world’s biggest stale packet


First came the world’s largest ketchup bottle. Now this southern Illinois community [Collinsville] is after the record for the world’s largest ketchup packet. Collinsville has partnered with the H.J. Heinz Co. to fill an 8-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide plastic pouch with 1,500 pounds of the tomato goop for a school fundraiser.

“That’s a lot of ketchup,” said Tracey Parsons, a Heinz spokeswoman.

The company donated 4,000 glass bottles of the condiment for people to buy for $1 and pour into the packet. Proceeds will go to the Collinsville Christian Academy, which was damaged by a fire this week.


July 29, 2007 Posted by | Art? | Comments Off on Soon to be the world’s biggest stale packet

Praise the Lord and pass me my pistol!

A former Bakersfield police officer turned pastor helped nab a man who allegedly stole a car from his church’s parking lot. James Kilgore, pastor at Taft Free Will Baptist Church, said he always keeps a gun and handcuffs in his fanny pack. They came in handy on Tuesday, when one of his elderly parishioners left Bible study to find his car had vanished.

Kilgore and Walter Brenton, 72, drove around looking for Brenton’s 1986 Ford Crown Victoria, and spotted the alleged thief driving it a few blocks away.

The pastor followed the driver until he crashed, tackled him as he crawled out of the car and then handcuffed him until police arrived on the scene.


July 28, 2007 Posted by | cool stuff, Crime | Comments Off on Praise the Lord and pass me my pistol!

You want fries with that?

A fish and chip shop owner has doused a would-be robber with batter to thwart an attempted robbery at Victor Harbour, south of Adelaide.

Police say a man armed with a sawn-off shotgun tried to rob the fish and chip shop yesterday evening. The would-be thief demanded cash but the shop owner threw hot oil and fish batter at him.

“The hot oil missed but the batter hit the offender and he fled empty-handed,” a police spokeswoman said.


July 28, 2007 Posted by | Crime, hero | Comments Off on You want fries with that?

Well, at least the pilot solved the problem

A Qatar sheikh held up a British Airways flight at Milan’s Linate airport for nearly three hours after discovering three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know.

When none of the other business class passengers agreed to swap seats, the sheikh, a member of Qatar’s ruling family, went to the pilot, who had already started the engine, to complain, an airport official said. But the pilot ordered him and his travelling companions, the three women, two men, a cook and a servant, off the plane.

The London-bound flight took off nearly three hours behind schedule on Thursday evening and around 50 of the 115 passengers missed connecting flights.


July 28, 2007 Posted by | hero | 1 Comment