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Hello, Street Department? I’d Like to report a pothole.

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | accident messes | | Comments Off on Hello, Street Department? I’d Like to report a pothole.

20,000 bees—whole lot of buzzing going on

A beekeeper had to be called after a swarm of 20,000 bees attached themselves to an Australian woman’s washing.They made a bee line for some colourful pants and socks hanging on a washing line in Victoria, Australia.Beekeeper Brian Gardiner, who was called to clear the insects, said the woman had been terrified when she saw the bees attached to one of her socks.

More via 20,000 bees – Orange UK.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | animals, Wow! | , | Comments Off on 20,000 bees—whole lot of buzzing going on

Believe it or not, two people walked away from this car

A Chinese father and son had a miraculous escape after their car was almost completely crushed by two lorries. Amazingly the pair suffered only minor injuries when their Buick car was destroyed in a horrific motorway smash.

Their car was hit by a (truck) from behind and shunted into another (truck)  in front, reports the Shenzen SAR Daily.

via Father and son escape horror crash | Quirky News | Orange UK.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | accident messes | , | Comments Off on Believe it or not, two people walked away from this car

Irony: Two year ban on fishing in the Sea of Galilee

Israel on Sunday imposed a two-year ban on fishing in the Sea of Galilee, halting a practice that dates back to biblical times when tradition holds Jesus and his disciples fished those waters.

“The government will pass a plan to halt fishing in the Sea of Galilee for a period of two years,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting.

The ban was called for to help preserve fish stocks which have plummeted dramatically.

“We will support the fishermen and make sure the lake is restocked with fish,” Netanyahu said.

via Israel bans Sea of Galilee fishing.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Irony: Two year ban on fishing in the Sea of Galilee

Potholes are good for something after all

Cyclist Steve Wheen decided to plant cyclamen, narcissus and polyanthus in the holes after becoming fed up with the state of roads.

The 33-year-old’s green do-gooding is proving popular as his website – http://www.thepotholegardener.com – has had 25,000 hits in its first month.

via Steve Wheen plants flowers in potholes | Metro.co.uk.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Art?, cool stuff, motorcycle | , | Comments Off on Potholes are good for something after all

There’s a reason this guy is a “Pale Rider”—He’s dead.

If you thought you’d previously seen it all, well, you’re wrong. Case in point: David Morales Colón, a 22-year-old Puerto Rican man who was shot to death last Thursday, and whose wake is now making headlines here in the United States mainland. How come? Well, suffice it to say that the funeral directors at Marin Funeral Home in San Juan’s Hato Rey neighborhood have a flair for the unorthodox.

More via  Autoblog.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Stuff, motorcycle, Strange, Uncategorized | Comments Off on There’s a reason this guy is a “Pale Rider”—He’s dead.

Whale’s eye view

A Beluga whale is making a big splash as an artist after picking up a paintbrush at an oceanarium in China.

Keepers at the Qingdao Polar Ocean World say Xiao Qiang started out when he simply grabbed a paint brush left behind buy a visitor and started playing with it.

Now the seven year old star’s paintings are changing hands for hundreds of pounds among fans.

via Painting whale makes splash in art world | Quirky News | Orange UK.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | animals, Art for sure | | Comments Off on Whale’s eye view

Go with God, Dick. Goodbye to one of the world’s last free men

Known as the “Salmon River Caveman,” Richard Zimmerman lived an essentially 19th century lifestyle, a digital-age anachronism who never owned a telephone or a television and lived almost entirely off the land.

“He was in his home at the caves at the end, and it was his wish to die there,” said Connie Fitte, who lived across the river. “He was the epitome of the free spirit.”

…He was the last of Idaho’s river-canyon loners that date back to Territorial days. They are a unique group that until the 1980s included canyon contemporaries with names like Beaver Dick, Cougar Dave and Wheelbarrow Annie, “Buckskin Bill” (real name Sylvan Hart) and “Free Press Frances” Wisner. Fiercely independent loners, they lived eccentric lives on their own terms and made the state more interesting just by being here.

More via Idaho Statesman.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | hero, People | , | Comments Off on Go with God, Dick. Goodbye to one of the world’s last free men

See that big eye in the sky? That’s the UK watching its’ people

A new type of speed cameras which can use satellites to measure average speed over long distances are being tested in Britain. The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks.

The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”

More via New speed cameras trap motorists from space – Telegraph.

I used to think that England was a free country but I’m beginning to question that with the 24/7  police surveillance that they seem to be working toward.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Cars, cops | , | Comments Off on See that big eye in the sky? That’s the UK watching its’ people

Hello. Triple A? My car is making a funny noise

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hello. Triple A? My car is making a funny noise

George! Shame on you!

A library has revealed that George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, was a common library cheat.

He borrowed two books from them back in 1789, but never returned them – meaning that to date he would have racked up a $300,000 (£195,000) fine.

Staff at the New York Society Library say they will not chase the fine, but they’d like the books back, if anyone finds them at The White House.

via Odd News | newslite.tv.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | People | , | Comments Off on George! Shame on you!

Locust Pizza. Yum. Those Australians really know how to live.

[An Australian] cafe  has capitalised on northern Victoria’s biggest locust swarms in 30 years by slapping them on top of a pizza.The eatery in Mildura was offering a locust pizza to patrons as locust clouds descend upon the area.

More via  News.com.au.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Food | , , | Comments Off on Locust Pizza. Yum. Those Australians really know how to live.

It’s a red carpet and the perks are great…but it’s a lonely job.

I don’t think I have ever seen a picture that better illustrates the awesome authority and singular responsibility and burden of the Presidency, no matter who occupies the office.

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Pictures, politicians | | Comments Off on It’s a red carpet and the perks are great…but it’s a lonely job.

20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

More via  Sun Journal.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | Comments Off on 20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

Crime tip: When fleeing the cops wear a belt…and suspenders too

A 58-year-old Hampden man who led police on a car chase, then a brief foot chase Wednesday night is back behind bars one week after completing a 15-month jail sentence for cocaine trafficking.

The suspect’s attempted flight to freedom ended abruptly when his pants fell down around his ankles, causing him to fall to the ground, police said Thursday.

More via  Bangor Daily News.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: When fleeing the cops wear a belt…and suspenders too

Oookaaayy…wonder if he’s had his distemper shots?

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April 15, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Fun stuff, Strange | Comments Off on Oookaaayy…wonder if he’s had his distemper shots?

Trustworthiness = Beards

The way you gain people’s trust is to earn it over time by repeatedly proving that you deserve it. That, or grow a beard.

A recent study in the Journal of Marketing Communications found that men with beards were deemed more credible than those who were clean-shaven.

via The Chronicle of Higher Education

Take a look at my picture over the to the top right. Is that a trustworthy face or what?

April 15, 2010 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on Trustworthiness = Beards

This shoe fits but it pinches

Voters in California’s tenth largest city will have an opportunity to ban red light cameras in November. On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council unanimously endorsed the idea of placing a charter amendment on the ballot that, if approved by the public, would ensure that automated ticketing machines never appear on city streets. Mayor Curt Pringle, a former speaker of the California State Assembly, offered the measure even though his city has never used cameras.

“I believe there’s enough evidence now that demonstrates that red light cameras do not necessarily cause safer intersections,” Pringle explained. “I believe many red light cameras that are placed around this county or around the state are done for the purpose of local government’s revenue collection as opposed to traffic safety… I am very disappointed when government thinks its sole purpose is to raise revenue and use public safety as a revenue raising tool as opposed to using public safety as the first requirement of the city.”

Pringle explained that although he has never received a red light camera ticket, he did receive a notice of infraction in the mail forwarded by a rental car company because he had inadvertently strayed into a bus lane in London. Troubled by the expansion in government power this represented, Pringle did not want the devices to spread to the city in the future.

via Anaheim, California To Hold Anti-Traffic Camera Referendum.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff | | Comments Off on This shoe fits but it pinches

Well, ya see, Your Honor, there was this here UFO, see, and…

A London motorist was so shocked at seeing a UFO that he drove into a bus lane and parked and then plumb forgot to pay the resulting ticket. Strangely, the judge didn’t buy his excuse.

via BBC News

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers, Dumb Stuff, UFO | Comments Off on Well, ya see, Your Honor, there was this here UFO, see, and…

Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions

Senile Agitation is a condition which will be gaining more attention in the future, as our society is slowly increasing in its elderly population. Yosemite Sam is a violently belligerent hothead who cannot control his temper. He is more than willing to lash out at any nearby individual, which puts him squarely into the Senile Agitation category. When Sam gets angry, which is more often than not, he has a tendency to forget things and become reckless in his actions. When our elderly behave in this manner, they are commonly diagnosed with this condition.

via Medical Afflictions of the Cartoon Characters – Explained | moviesoddity.com.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions