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Chinese Butter Bridge — pretty slick idea

A thousand-foot-long bridge in southeast China is providing an essential lesson in that country’s culinary tastes: The Chinese are not wild about butter.

The proof is in the fact that Guangzhou authorities have resorted to coating the bridge in butter, in order to hinder suicide attempts and the traffic jams they cause. The result is surfaces too slippery for even the most desperate person to climb. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Get a grip!”

The bridge has been a favorite for some time among people looking to end it all, and officials did everything they could think of to discourage the practice. They put up fences, they positioned guards at each end, but ultimately nothing worked.

via Chinese Butter Bridge Hinders Jumpers.

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September 20, 2009 Posted by | bridges, Food, Strange | Comments Off on Chinese Butter Bridge — pretty slick idea

Littele green men? UFO’s? Nope. Sorry. Just NASA.

A series of spooky lights above parts of the northeastern United States Saturday sparked a flurry of phone calls to authorities and television news stations.

NASA said strange lights seen in the Northeast on Saturday were caused by an experimental rocket.

CNN affiliate stations from New Jersey to Massachusetts heard from dozens of callers who reported that the lights appeared as a cone shape shining down from the sky. However, the lights were the result of an experimental rocket launch by NASA from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a spokesman told CNN.

Keith Koehler said the Black Brant XII Suborbital Sounding Rocket was launched to study the Earth’s highest clouds. The light came from an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage about 173 miles high.

via  CNN.com.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, UFO | , , | 1 Comment

Is Nessie’s cousin in Cameron Lake, BC?

Brigette Horvath knew she saw something strange in Cameron Lake on Vancouver Island two years ago and a team of researchers say she might be right.

Was it a fish, an eel or some kind of serpent-like creature? She says she didn’t know. But Horvath grabbed her camera and managed to fire off one shot before the batteries failed.

More via Weird News – Canoe.ca.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | animals, Monsters | Comments Off on Is Nessie’s cousin in Cameron Lake, BC?