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Two pictures of global warming in Russia

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Global warming | | Comments Off on Two pictures of global warming in Russia

Russian snowmobile

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Cars, weather | | Comments Off on Russian snowmobile

Bike rain gear…dry head, mud stripe up back

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Bike rain gear…dry head, mud stripe up back

Maybe he should retake that course in Pastoral Counseling

The son of a well-known Alcoa (Tenn.)pastor has taken out an order of protection against his father, claiming he was threatened with a gun during an argument at a church over his lack of church attendance…

The younger man told police his father pulled out a handgun when they met at the church to discuss church attendance. He told officers his father pointed the gun at him and threatened to kill him, his wife and family.

via Pastor accused of pulling gun on son at church.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Scary | | Comments Off on Maybe he should retake that course in Pastoral Counseling

Never too late for a new career

The FBI says the so-called “Geezer Bandit” has struck again in San Diego.

The FBI says a frail, elderly man gave a clerk a note demanding money and pulled a handgun Wednesday at San Diego National Bank. He left with an unspecified amount of cash.

via “Geezer Bandit” CBS News

PS: He has apparently stuck up at least five other banks.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Crime | , | 1 Comment

Uh-oh

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Bikes, motorcycle | Comments Off on Uh-oh

At least he didn’t use a spork

A Pennsylvania man walked into a service station, pulled out a fork, and demanded money.  It didn’t work and the cops arrested him a short time later.

via  News Story – WPXI Pittsburgh.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | 2 Comments

Attention: We have your prosthetic ear and leg

Are you missing an artificial ear and prosthetic leg? Contact Russell Barnes at Alton Towers amusement park in the UK. They found them under an old rollercoaster destined to  be dismantled shortly.

via Ananova – False ear and leg found under rollercoaster.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on Attention: We have your prosthetic ear and leg

Whatever floats your goldfish…upside down

There is a goldfish, Horatio by name, that habitually swims on its’  back. According to its’ owner, the only time it turns right side up is to eat after which it turns over and swims on its’  back again.

Did I mention that the fish came from Australia?

via Ananova – Upside down goldfish.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Whatever floats your goldfish…upside down

Apparently rabbits like cherries…

A rabbit has become an unlikely regular at a Worcestershire pub where he enjoys nothing better than a sip of cider while playing the fruit machine.

Daisy, who is a male despite his name, was brought inside the Prince of Wales in Malvern by landlord Ian Randall to escape the cold weather.

Mr Randall, 29, said: “He’s quite an inquisitive rabbit, and he keeps on looking at the flashing lights and reaching up to have a go.

“The locals have to keep a careful watch where they stand when they’re having a flutter, because Daisy’s usually right behind them waiting to have a go himself.”

via Ananova – Rabbit plays fruit machine.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Apparently rabbits like cherries…

“Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti” Small boy, big results.

A seven-year-old boy from London who hoped to raise £500 for Haiti by a sponsored bike ride ended up raising more than £80,000.

Charlie Simpson, from Fulham, cycled five miles around South Park near his home to raise funds for Unicef’s earthquake appeal.

His call for support touched the hearts of people around the world after he put a message on the JustGiving website, reports the BBC.

via Ananova – Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Great Things, hero | | Comments Off on “Boy, 7, raises £80,000 for Haiti” Small boy, big results.

What’s your guess?

Do you know who these babies are?

The top one is Marilyn Monroe and the bottom one is Adolph Hitler.

January 24, 2010 Posted by | People | , | Comments Off on What’s your guess?

And you thought clothes designers didn’t like women

Fashion designers recently went all out and put together a weird mix of creations for the China Fashion Week which was held in November 2009. A bi-annual event, the Fashion Week showcases the latest creations of prominent brand names as well as the works of the upcoming folk.

via Strange Sights from China Fashion Week.

January 24, 2010 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on And you thought clothes designers didn’t like women

Canned Beer Turns 75 today

Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th birthday.

New Jersey’s Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company churned out the world’s first beer can in 1935, stocking select shelves in Richmond, Va., as a market test. The experiment took off and American drinkers haven’t looked back since, nowadays choosing cans over bottles for the majority of the 22 gallons of beer they each drink per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

via Canned Beer Turns 75 – Yahoo! News.

January 24, 2010 Posted by | beer | Comments Off on Canned Beer Turns 75 today

All is right in the world.

All is right in the world…tea sales are up in the UK after four decades of decline according to the Scotsman News.

“Tea experts believe young women are driving sales – up 3 per cent in 2009 – as they reject purse-emptying lattes, smoothies and bottled waters in favour of the brews their grannies enjoyed.”

via Scotsman.com News.

January 24, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, Food, Think about it | | Comments Off on All is right in the world.

Amazing garden shed astronomical images

This post will depart somewhat from my usual content but I recently have come across some truly astonishing “amateur” astronomical images by Peter Shah of the UK.  As you can see from the images, Mr. Shah is anything but an amateur.

The images were made through “…an ORION OPTICS UK AG8 Astrograph. A fully corrected 8 inch f3.8 Newtonian, mounted on a Losmandy G11 with Gemini computer.” Full details, plus an additional 26 images, can be found at the link below the picture which is of  IC1318 in Cygnus.

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Special thanks to Mr. Shah  for his permission to display  the picture here.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Amazing garden shed astronomical images

Carrying recycling waaay too far…

Ukrainian police have arrested a Republic of Crimea man on suspicion of stealing 38 marble tombstones to use for construction materials for his house.

via  Pravda.Ru

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Carrying recycling waaay too far…

Iraqi security forces bought 1500 magic Dowsing-rod bomb detectors for $56,000 each

A British businessman who has made millions selling dowsing-rod “explosives detectors” to the Iraqi security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud…

ATSC’s ADE “Advanced Detection Equipment” is said by its makers to be able to detect “all known drug and explosive based substances”, using “non-vapour” methods. A simple plastic holder is fitted with a special piece of cardboard which has been prepared using “the proprietary process of electrostatic matching of the ionic charge and structure of the substance” to be detected. There is no power source or electronics – the device is said to be “charged” by the body of the user.

Attached to the holder is a metal wand which the user holds at right angles to his or her body. The wand is said to drift in the direction of any explosive, drug or whatever else the cardboard insert has been “electrostatically matched” to – even contraband ivory or truffles – at ranges of up to 1km.

via  The Register.

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | | Comments Off on Iraqi security forces bought 1500 magic Dowsing-rod bomb detectors for $56,000 each

Decisions, decisions

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January 21, 2010 Posted by | Odd signs | Comments Off on Decisions, decisions

It’s a tough speeding law when you get a speeding ticket while parked

A driver was twice sent speeding tickets after parking in front of a camera because police officers failed to notice his vehicle was stationary, it has emerged.

Jeff Buck parks in front of the camera outside his home on Watnall Road, Nottingham, because he does not have a drive or a garage. But he has been sent two speeding fines by Nottinghamshire Police.

The mix-ups happened because officers failed to spot his car was parked as another vehicle triggered the camera by breaking the 30mph speed limit.

via  Telegraph.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb cops | | Comments Off on It’s a tough speeding law when you get a speeding ticket while parked