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Nose hair??

Wow, I hope they pay well at this bank. UBS (Zurich) has tried to downplay a new dress code widely reported in the international press, it offered detailed instructions to staff extending as far as the colour of their underwear and the care of nasal hair.

via Crazy Weird News — Strange Stories.

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Strange | | Comments Off on Nose hair??

This criminal was really cold, man. No. Really cold.

Ridding oneself of recognizable clothing is a tactic often used to evade capture.

Sometimes, that can be taken too far, as in the case of an escapee from Montgomery Correctional Center in Jacksonville.

The chase began when the inmate bolted into the woods from a crew working outside the facility.

An officer posted on the perimeter during the subsequent search soon spotted a likely suspect in the form of a naked man sneaking through the brush – in the February cold. The officer jumped a fence and cuffed the naked man, who was given a thermal blanket until his clothes were found.

via  jacksonville.com.

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on This criminal was really cold, man. No. Really cold.

That recent snow in the NE US? Picnic weather.

Some people didn’t believe the stunning snow scenes from Japan. What kind of monster machines do they use to clean roads from snowfall as tall as a four-story building? A Gundam plow machine? Now you can watch how they do it.

Vide via This Is How They Deal With Snowpocalypse In Japan.

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Global warming, weather | Comments Off on That recent snow in the NE US? Picnic weather.

Ummm…right. Makes sense, sort of.

A Wisconsin man has earned bragging rights as the champion liar of 2010 with this line: “I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.”

via  Courant.com.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Ummm…right. Makes sense, sort of.

New Year’s Thought

Never mistake knowledge or age for wisdom. Both are necessary, but neither is sufficient  for, wisdom.

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Think about it | Comments Off on New Year’s Thought

Merry Christmas, All

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Merry Christmas, All

Mystery creature found in Kentucky

Has a mythical creature made its way to Kentucky? Some people seem to think so, after a Nelson County man came across a creature with grayish, wrinkly skin and no fur.

Mark Cothren shot and killed an animal on Dec. 18 because he said he feared what it was, since he did not recognize it. He said the animal walked from the woods onto his front yard around 3 p.m. Cothren lives on Mount Carmel Church Road in Lebanon Junction…

Cothren described the creature as having large ears, whiskers, a long tail, and about the size of a house cat.

via Mysterious creature found in Nelson County – WAVE 3 News – Louisville, Kentucky.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | animals, chupacabra | 1 Comment

So what have you been doing lately? Published any scientific papers?

Bee on Basil (more photos on comments)

Image by Chaval Brasil via Flickr

Most elementary-school science experiments wind up gathering dust in the basement. This one found its way into a prestigious scientific publication, the Associated Press reports.

Biology Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of Britain’s Royal Society, on Wednesday published a report (PDF, complete with colored-pencil diagrams) on how bumblebees see colors and patterns — conducted and written by a group of 8- to 10-year-olds in Devon, England.

More via Yahoo! News.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | animals, cool stuff | , | Comments Off on So what have you been doing lately? Published any scientific papers?

Nothing like a little bike ride to get the blood pumping

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December 23, 2010 Posted by | Global warming | Comments Off on Nothing like a little bike ride to get the blood pumping

You want a wedding with that burger?

In October, Hong Kong became the first city in McDonald’s burger kingdom to announce that it will offer wedding packages to prospective partners.

Ever since one pioneering couple that met and dated at a branch on the island said their vows there, the chain has been receiving phone calls from other soon-to-be-weds seeking fryerside nuptials. Packages include Happy Meal toy party favors and a wedding cake comprised of individually boxed apple pies.

via  CNNGo.com #1.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on You want a wedding with that burger?

Global warming shuts Heathrow, Gatwick, Frankfurt airports

Travellers are being warned to expect severe travel disruptions all day Saturday across Europe because of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports have closed because of snow and ice, and British Airways has suspended all domestic and European flights.

via CBC News – World – Heavy snow in Europe causes travel chaos.

December 18, 2010 Posted by | Global warming | Comments Off on Global warming shuts Heathrow, Gatwick, Frankfurt airports

20,000 camels in beauty pageant. Wonder how big the shovel brigade is…

today I stared a camel in the face

Image by Adam Foster | Codefor via Flickr

Nearly 20,000 camels from the UAE and other Gulf Arab countries have converged on Abu Dhabi’s western region for one of the world’s largest camel beauty contests involving prizes worth nearly Dh35 million.

The camels have been brought from various parts of the UAE as well as neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and other Gulf nations for the week-long beauty competition in the western town of Dhafra.

The contest, which started on Thursday, will stretch until next Friday and officials described it as one of the largest camel beauty pageantry events in the world in terms of the value of prizes and number of camels.

via Camel pageantry starts in Abu Dhabi – Emirates24|7.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on 20,000 camels in beauty pageant. Wonder how big the shovel brigade is…

Granny: I made my withdrawal. Now gun it, baby!

When an elderly woman asked Luke Weimert to give her a ride to a bank in Elysian Wednesday, he had no idea his good deed would result in his arrest at gunpoint.

Weimert thought 70-year-old Sandra Leanne Bathke was going to the bank to withdraw some cash to pay her rent. He was an hour into his interview with investigators before he realized Bathke, who is a tenant in his mother’s Janesville apartment building, was accused of robbing the bank.

via The Free Press, Mankato, MN.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Strange | Comments Off on Granny: I made my withdrawal. Now gun it, baby!

In case you wondered what happened to Henry IV’s head…

Henry IV of France.

Image via Wikipedia

Four centuries after his death, King Henry IV of France is being laid to rest. Or at least his head is.

A team of multidisciplinary researchers announced today (Dec. 14) that a mummified head and its brain contents long thought to belong to the beloved king really are his. The head, which has been in the hands of private owners, had been removed from Henry IV’s body by revolutionaries in 1793 during a symbolic desecration of the tombs of the monarchs of France.

via Mummy Head: LiveScience.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Losy and Found | Comments Off on In case you wondered what happened to Henry IV’s head…

Today’s science fact: Cockroaches are right handed

List of animals by number of neurons

Image via Wikipedia

…cockroaches prefer not to turn left. Researchers say it’s a safe bet that the roaches don’t have (a) mental block. Instead, they believe that the right-turn bias shown by the creepy-crawly insects indicates that most roaches favor their right side, just as most humans are right-handed.

via Discover Magazine.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | animals, cool stuff | | Comments Off on Today’s science fact: Cockroaches are right handed

Relax. It’s just Santa.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | Pictures | | Comments Off on Relax. It’s just Santa.

Darn that global warming!

A backlog of more than four ­million parcels is sitting in the warehouses of private courier firms across the (UK)  because the snow and ice has made ­deliveries impossible.

The predicted second Big Freeze this week is likely to make the situation even worse for couriers, who are struggling with their most difficult situation in 30 years.

via Mail Online.

December 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Darn that global warming!

The long arm of the law is seldom this long

You may think that being ticketed twice in two years by the same police officer for speeding isn’t too unusual but you’d be wrong in this case. An unnamed New Zealand driver was ticketed in the UK for speeding and then two years later ticketed by the same officer but this time it was in New Zealand— two years and 12,000 miles away. Both men had relocated from the UK to New Zealand.

 

via  Autoblog

December 15, 2010 Posted by | cops, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on The long arm of the law is seldom this long

TSA makes the Naughty List for sure!

Source unknown.

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff, Great Pictures, Holidays | | Comments Off on TSA makes the Naughty List for sure!

The stupid part was taking off all his clothes. Well, yeah.

A man caught naked in a south Mississippi church cemetery says he was trying to take photographs of spirits. Robert Hurst told The Picayune Item newspaper that he shed his clothes because he believes skin is the best canvas to show spirits’ orbs of energy.

The 47-year-old said he only intended to remove his shirt, but he took off all his clothes — a move he now calls “stupid.”

via Security camera snaps naked man in Miss. cemetery

No indication in the story but you have to wonder if spirits on the inside had any bearing (baring?) on this.

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on The stupid part was taking off all his clothes. Well, yeah.