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Global warming? Not in Seattle, Portland or Spokane

The snow was a day late, but it arrived dramatically in Seattle on Thursday, swirling down amid lightning and thunder to snarl traffic and close schools for tens of thousands of students.

Heavy snow fell on most of Washington, with the National Weather Service predicting frigid temperatures into next week, along with more snow possible by the weekend.

On the other side of the state, traffic around Spokane was at a standstill Thursday morning after about 20 inches of snow fell in the previous 24 hours. Police said most streets were impassable and motorists should stay home. Schools and most government offices were closed and garbage pickup was suspended.

via Seattle- msnbc.com.

Forecasts call for a day of clear and cold (10 degrees or below) followed by another big snow dump. Idaho and western Montana are also getting clobbered. Global warming is hiding itself really well in this part of the world and generally across the northern tier of states.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Global warming | , , | Comments Off on Global warming? Not in Seattle, Portland or Spokane

The smoke test in action

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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | | Comments Off on The smoke test in action

If it says “Lalique” on the bottom…don’t toss it out

A woman who bought a plant and vase for £1 at a car boot sale has sold the glass container for £32,000. The owner, who has not been named, thought the vase was junk and was about to throw it away but decided to have it valued on the Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday’s programme from Dumfries House, East Ayrshire, will see the 1929 vase valued at £25,000 – the most expensive piece of glass seen on the show.

It was created by French designer Rene Lalique and is unique as the mould was broken in the production process.

via Ananova –

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Art for sure | | Comments Off on If it says “Lalique” on the bottom…don’t toss it out

Tower to Tiger Moth: I have a cow at your 10 o’clock

A British pilot said he ran into an unusual hazard while making an emergency landing — a cow.

Rob Wotton said he was trying to land his World War II-era Tiger Moth after the engine stalled just after takeoff southwest of London on Sept. 14. He was about to touch down in a field when the animal wandered into his way.

via WXIA

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Airplanes, animals | , | Comments Off on Tower to Tiger Moth: I have a cow at your 10 o’clock

Smile! You’re on Candid Security Camera!


DeKalb County [Georgia] Police and the FBI got the break of a lifetime in their investigation into a series of violent bank robberies…


That’s because they have great pictures of all four suspects who robbed a Bank of America on Panola Road in DeKalb County Wednesday afternoon. The photos would not have been any better taken in a photo booth.

They were taken at a sporting goods store next to the bank. For some reason, the suspects went into that sporting goods store before they robbed the bank. Surveillance cameras in the store show everyone who walks in.

via WXIA

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | | Comments Off on Smile! You’re on Candid Security Camera!

“The French art world is in a frenzy…” Is that unusual?

The French art world is in a frenzy of speculation today after the strange discovery of three almost invisible drawings on the back of a masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre museum.

The mysterious sketches, which were found when the painting, Virgin and Child With Saint Anne, was taken down for experts to determine whether it could be restored, may be by the Renaissance artist himself, according to the museum in Paris.

Although the discovery is reminiscent of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, art experts said that the drawings would not have contained a hidden message from the painter.

They say that Da Vinci sketched out his ideas on whatever came to hand, and might have used the planks of poplar wood that formed the backing for the work, which dates from the 1500s.

via Times Online.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Art for sure | | 1 Comment

Grand theft auto egg?

Police in Maine are trying to find a truck loaded with nearly 260,000 stolen eggs that were destined for Asian markets.  The eggs were in cartons labeled in English and Chinese and authorities believe they may be headed for the Chinese sections of Boston and New York.

Headed for Asia? They ship eggs from New England to Asia? Does that ever make you wonder how fresh the eggs in your store are?

via The Boston Globe.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Crime | | Comments Off on Grand theft auto egg?