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Don’t Mumble


How dedicated are you to using a Bluetooth microphone with your phone? Are you dedicated enough to drill a small hole in your teeth to install a tiny mic? Well, if so, here’s one for you.


Look in the corner of her mouth.


March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Don’t Mumble

Does your credit card number end in 666?

credit cards satanic

A Russian doomsday cult sheltering in a bunker say credit cards and food packaging bar codes are satanic, the official negotiating the release of children from the group said on Monday. Around 30 followers, including four children, from across Russia and neighboring Belarus met last October and barricaded themselves into a hillside to escape an apocalypse their preacher says is looming in either April or May.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | 2 Comments

Look for the one-armed man

Crocodile stolen

A thief walked unnoticed out of a Norwegian aquarium carrying a crocodile at the weekend and now risks losing a finger or two, the head of the aquarium said on Monday.”I think whoever did this knew what they were doing,” Bergen aquarium director Kees Oscar Ekeli told Reuters, suggesting the young crocodile was smuggled out in a bag during the busiest hours on Saturday.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Look for the one-armed man

Going down?



A German town is subsiding after authorities drilled underground to harness “green” energy.

Staufen, in the Black Forest, was proud of its innovative geothermal power plan that was supposed to provide environmentally-friendly heating. But only two weeks after contractors drilled down 460ft to extract heat, large cracks have appeared in buildings as the town centre has subsided about a third of an inch (8mm).

The baroque town hall, the main church, two schools and more than 64 other buildings in the historic centre were severely affected. Experts said buildings in the outer part of the town had risen by a similar amount.


More about Staufen Staufen is a pretty little town in a beautiful valley. Check it out at the link.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels | Comments Off on Going down?

And I thought Starbuck’s was expensive

 £90k cappuccinos


A businesswoman drank four cappuccinos in Heathrow’s troubled Terminal 5 – and was hit with a £360,000 bill. Terri Patsalides, 59, who was waiting to meet a traveller, was handed the huge print-out at the Giraffe Juice Bar.

She told The Sun: “The baggage delay was so long I finished off four coffees. When I got the print-out I told the waitress that although they were very nice, I thought £90,000 a cup was a bit over the top. She went bright red when she saw my bill was £361,514.97 and said it should have been £12.”

…A Giraffe Juice Bar worker said: “It was just a glitch on the computer system. The bill was cancelled and everyone had a laugh.”

March 31, 2008 Posted by | coffee, computer | Comments Off on And I thought Starbuck’s was expensive

‘Ere, now, ‘Arry. Let’s ‘ave another gander at them plans…

bath in kitchen, loo on balcony

A Brighton flat is on the market with a bath in the kitchen and the only toilet on the balcony. The property in Hanover Street, Brighton, one of the most unusual in the country, is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £130,000 at auction next month.

…It also features the original outside loo on the balcony, which is the only one that serves the flat.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on ‘Ere, now, ‘Arry. Let’s ‘ave another gander at them plans…

How do you handcuff a bull?

Bull jailed

Residents of a town in southern Mexico have thrown a bull in jail. People in Canalumtic say the bull devoured their corn crops and destroyed two wooden shops, reports Metro.

Police commander Felipe Gomez said the bull would not be released until the owner pays damages, to be determined by a local judge.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on How do you handcuff a bull?

Quote of the day

“At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.”

PG Wodehouse

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Quotes | Comments Off on Quote of the day

Thomas Edison wasn’t first

 More at InformationWeek

A group of researchers has played what is thought to be the oldest recording of a human voice.

The recording played Thursday predates Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph (previously thought to have recorded the first sound) by 17 years. It captured about 10 seconds of the French folksong “Au Clair De La Lune” on April 9, 1860.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville recorded the voice by using a “phonautograph” to scratch sound waves onto a sheet of paper covered in black smoke from an oil lamp. He never intended to play the sounds. Instead, he archived the recording and patented a method for understanding sound. Researchers recently unearthed the recording at the Academy of Sciences (French) in Paris.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | cool stuff, technology | Comments Off on Thomas Edison wasn’t first

Crime tip: Don’t steal cars in Surrey, BC

Link to Wired

Surrey, BC, Canada. the car stealing capital of Canada with 8000 thefts in 2003, is getting a new reputation as a bad place to steal a car thanks to the efforts of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team and Detective Scott Smith’s bait car program.

When a thief steals the bait car Big Brother has his eye on you, literally and figuratively, with sensors linked to GPS with cell phones sending telemetry on door opening, ignition being turned on and speed and direction of travel. ..and just for fun, they can kill the engine, honk the horn and even lock and unlock the doors, all while recording real time audio and video.

Oh, yeah. Did I mention that car theft in Surrey is down 50%?

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Crime | Comments Off on Crime tip: Don’t steal cars in Surrey, BC