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Ducks are great swimmers — but they also make for great boats.

At least according to shipbuilder Christian Bohlin, who sailed his eye-catching duck-shaped ship across Stockholm harbor on May 27.

One of two novelty boats constructed by the shipwright, this waterfowl-inspired watercraft has plenty of high-flying features. The ship reportedly boasts a sauna, a kitchenette and two sleeping cots for bird-brained sailors.

via Christian Bohlin Builds Giant Duck-Shaped Boat.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | animals, boat | Comments Off on Quacker jack boat

Nothin’ to it

Sure, those millionaire outfielders are good but can they catch a fly with an eight month old  baby in one arm and a backpack strapped on? Maybe they should hire Tiffany Goodwin to give them lessons in how it’s really done.

More via  KOMO News | Offbeat.

May 27, 2011 Posted by | cool stuff, Wow! | Comments Off on Nothin’ to it

Buttery Battery?

There’s a thin line between buttery and battery — and Dawn Elizabeth Rhash crossed it, according to police.Sheriff’s deputies in Collier County, Fla, say the 49-year-old attacked her male roommate with butter on May 21…

The victim told deputies that he and Rhash “were having an argument about what food was hers and what was his” when the suspect “threw butter at him striking him in the leg,” the document notes.

More via Dawn Elizabeth Rhash Attacks Roommate With Butter, Cops Say.

May 26, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Buttery Battery?

Postings

Postings here may be a little sparse for the next few days. I am in Wyoming at Jackson Hole and from there to Bryce, Utah, then back home.

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Well, that’s one way to explain it…(creeps quietly toward exit)

The new book by Annie Jacobsen, Area 51, dismisses the alien spacecraft theory for the Roswell incident and suggests that Stalin, inspired by Orson Wells’s famous radio adaptation of the HG Wells novel War of the Worlds, enlisted Joseph Mengele, the infamous Nazi “Angel of Death” who had fled to South America, to create a crew of “grotesque, child-size aviators” who would be flown in a jet-propelled, single-wing Horton Ho 229 and be flown to America to cause hysteria similar to the 1938 broadcast. But the plane, remotely piloted by another aircraft, crashed and the Americans hushed up the incident.

via THE ANOMALIST

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Well, that’s one way to explain it…(creeps quietly toward exit)

Snail-athon

A man who dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout to compete in the London Marathon has finally finished… after 26 days.

After donning the giant 9ft-long snail suit, Lloyd Scott had to lie on his stomach and slide along on a sled until he’d completed the famous 26.2-mile course.

via Odd News | newslite.tv.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | animals, crazy, Strange | Comments Off on Snail-athon

Russian University Yeti study

According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mail, Russia’s Kemerovo State University is planning to set up a research institute to study the recent increase in yeti sightings in Siberia. Fifteen witnesses claim to have spotted the elusive hominid in the last year alone.

More via Russian University to Set Up Special Yeti Research Institute.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | animals, Bigfoot | Comments Off on Russian University Yeti study

Step 1: Set Cruise. Step 2: Get toothbrush. Step 3: Crash

A New Zealand schoolteacher who crashed her car while brushing her teeth has landed herself in court.

Police officer Graham Single told the Blenheim district court, 272km north of Christchurch, that Cherie Margaret Davis, 65, set the cruise control of her car to 100km/h, “got out her toothbrush and started brushing her teeth”.

Ms Davis subsequently lost concentration and crashed into a rock bank by the side of the road, the Marlborough Express reported…

More via News.com.au.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | accident messes, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Step 1: Set Cruise. Step 2: Get toothbrush. Step 3: Crash

Rube Goldberg’s cow?

A Taranaki farmer has lost a cow but kept his milking shed following a freak series of events.

A motorist was traveling along a dark, wet Manaia Rd near Kaponga on Friday night when he hit and killed a black friesian.The animal was thrown over the top of the car, peeling back the (hood) and shattering the windscreen. The car smashed into a pole which caused a power surge to race along the wires into the farmer’s house.

The same surge blew up the cowshed meter board and set it on fire. However, it melted a water line directly above which extinguished the blaze.

More via  National – 3 News.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | accident messes, animals | Comments Off on Rube Goldberg’s cow?

What? No jam?? And you call that art??

A Dutch museum-goer got into a sticky situation when he waded into a carpet of creamy peanut butter not realising it was a modern art installation.

The hapless visitor somehow failed to spot the 14m expanse of edible goo at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, Algemeen Dagblad reported overnight.

Bemused tourists watched as the man sank into the 1100 litres of peanut butter – enough to fill more than 2000 regular-sized jars. He has been asked to pay for the damage after leaving a trail of footprints.

via News.com.au

Are they kidding or just deluded? Fourteen square meters of peanut buter on the floor is “art?”

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on What? No jam?? And you call that art??

White collar teeth crime

An unusual crime has police searching for a suspect.

A surveillance camera at a Kroger in Greenwood caught a man stealing $700 worth of teeth whitener.

via  Weird news – msnbc.com.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Crime, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on White collar teeth crime

Descent into madness: Louis Wain—the progression of his schizophrenia

In the final years of his life, Wain’s cats became more abstract and less whimsical. His once playful cats began to resemble fearsome, almost kaleidoscopic, Hindu deities. Many psychological textbooks feature drawings from various stages in the artist’s career to show the progression of Wain’s schizophrenia.

More via Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | cats, Sad | 2 Comments

Rub-a-Dub Dub…get high in your tub

A 42-year-old Indiana woman who authorities believe was high on bath salts trashed a hotel room Wednesday, Indiana State Police said this morning.

Police said (she) was sitting on (a) bed when they arrived at the hotel…rambing about evil spirits and needing to write on the walls of the room to protect her from the spirits.

A family member who was present told police that Winter was an abuser of bath salts. When snorted, bath salts cause hallucinations, police said.

via Chicago Breaking News.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Rub-a-Dub Dub…get high in your tub

Pet Peeve, one of many incorrect uses in newspaper reports and on TV news.

Begin rant:

It seems to me that even “journalists” should have to adhere to correct word usage. Here’s one of the most common misuses of a word:

“…were killed after being struck by falling building parts…”

“After?” Really? They weren’t killed “when” the falling building parts struck them? If it truly was “after” then what killed them?

End rant.

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Illiterat news reporters | 3 Comments

Crime tip: Don’t call 911 while planning your cunning crime

Through an open phone line, an Onondaga County 911 dispatcher listened as three suspects allegedly planned another crime. One of the suspects had inadvertently pocket-dialed 911 and the dispatcher was able to relay their scheme to investigators…

(Police) were already en route to investigate a report of a suspicious person…when the 911 dispatcher picked up the cell phone call. When officers passed by their location in Clay, the dispatcher even heard them say, “there go the cops now.”

More with video of the three criminal masterminds via  NewsChannel 9 WSYR.

May 5, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Don’t call 911 while planning your cunning crime

Ripped off in your drug buy? Probably best not to call the cops.

Upset that his cocaine dealer had given him the wrong change, a South Carolina man called police to complain about the unsatisfactory transaction and, of course, was promptly arrested.

More via The Smoking Gun.

May 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ripped off in your drug buy? Probably best not to call the cops.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

…unless it is 268ft 4in long like the one rolled by long time Cuban cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo. There’s a picture of both the cigar and the man at the link.

via The Sun |News

May 5, 2011 Posted by | Big stink, cool people, cool stuff | Comments Off on Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

And you thought you had a lousy job…

More via  Metro.co.uk.

May 4, 2011 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on And you thought you had a lousy job…

Pinocchio would have loved this

The problem with most touchscreen smartphones is that you need two hands to run them. This weird looking nose stylus solves that problem, by letting you peck away using your nose when your other hand is…uh…preoccupied.

via Crazy nose stylus

May 2, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Fun stuff, Strange | Comments Off on Pinocchio would have loved this

“In the unlikely event of a water landing…”

It started as a 1930s Boeing Stratoliner, owned by Howard Hughes. The tail and wings were cut off to transform it into the houseboat it is today, dubbed Cosmic Muffin and based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

via 12 Amazing Houseboats & Floating Homes | WebEcoist.

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Airplanes, boat, houseboat | Comments Off on “In the unlikely event of a water landing…”