It’s been fun
It’s hard to believe that this blog has been around since June of 2006. As of today there have been 4090 posts and 1,567,337 visits to this blog and I appreciate every one of those visits.
It has been fun but all good things come to an end. As of today I’m retiring from Oldster’s View although the blog will stay up for the foreseeable future. Keeping up with the blog has become work rather than fun and so the time has come to move on. I do plan on being an occasional contributor to Technudge until Bill O’Brien tells me to go away.
“So long and thanks for all the fish.”
A team of Russian and American scientists will set off on an expedition this week to try to solve the mystery of the Abominable Snowman.
It follows a rise in Yeti sightings in the Kemerovo region, 3,000 miles (4828km) east of Moscow.
Interview via BBC News
China may have managed to launch its first space station module flawlessly, but it appeared to flub the soundtrack.
State broadcaster CCTV and the Chinese space agency collaborated on a short video to mark the liftoff of Chinas unmanned Tiangong 1 space lab Thursday night Sept. 29, The Guardian newspaper reports. The 98-second video gives an animated look at the launch and Tiangong 1s mission — all set, puzzlingly, to an instrumental version of “America the Beautiful.”
…we are reasonably sure…that this is the only time you will see a 6-foot-4, 320-pound NFL defender driving a tiny convertible smart car … with the Hello Kitty logo on it.
via Shutdown Corner
- Chargers DT Antonio Garay Has a Very Cute Car (cosbysweaters.com)
More than a thousand furious rail passengers stormed a station office after they noticed the train they were on had gone 980km (588 miles) in the WRONG direction.
As the packed service pulled into the Indian city of Warangal people on board went berserk as they realised they were five hours away from where they should have been and no staff on board had noticed.
More via Mail Online
Thomas McCulloch, who killed three people with an axe in 1976, has been permitted trips out of prison in Scotland to complete a course involving cutting down trees and shrubs.
- Triple axe murderer granted work release … to chop down trees (offthebench.nbcsports.com)
“We saw a big ball of fire rushing across the sky and a little spark came off of it,” recalls Tulsan Lottie Williams…
“I felt a little tap on the back of my left shoulder and I thought someone was just trying to get my attention, and I knew everybody else that I walked with were nowhere near me to be doing that,” says Williams. “I turned around and looked back because you could hear it hit the ground.”
via FOX23 News
It turned out to be a small piece of the second stage of a Delta II booster re-entering the atmosphere. There’s lots more at the link. She is the only person ever to be hit by a piece of re-entering debris.
- What It Feels Like To Get Hit By Falling Space Junk [Science] (gizmodo.com)
- What happens when you get hit by space junk (news.cnet.com)
To all those who own estates in North Wales, try rummaging through your basement. You might find a perfectly intact Victorian kitchen from the 1830′s, complete with a cooking range, pots, pans, antique fire extinguishers, a spit for roasting pigs and enough tables and benches to seat a team of twenty servants.
More pictures and lots more text at Squid Ink
A stall in Gurun is making heads turn among motorists on the highway from here to Sungai Petani. This is because colourful “toadstools” of various sizes adorn this modest premises owned by Abdul Naaim Azaddin.The 48-year-old entrepreneur is successfully running a business producing decorative toadstools made of plastic pipes and coconut shells.
Anyone with a little time to kill on the way to or from Incheon airport should head to Geokkuro Jip “Upside down house” for an unusual photo op.
This curious upside down house was built by its owner and former clothing designer, 51-year-old Jeon Yong-sun, who designed the house himself.
Today’s the day, Mateys! Time to unleash your inner pirate. (Brought to you by the letter ARRRR!)
12 pictures and article at Yahoo! News.
- Cup Noodles: a history (telegraph.co.uk)
Halloween is still more than one month away but archeologists working in Ireland have uncovered a couple of 8th century human skeletons that point to a ghoulish story.
The skeletons, dug up between 2005 and 2009 at Kilteasheen, near Loch Key in Ireland, were found with stones stuck into their mouths. Researchers examining the remains suggest this may have been related to a belief among the locals that this practice would prevent the dead from returning to walk the Earth as zombies.
More via CBS News.
Although it is just probably another case of hydrocephalus, residents of Santa Cruz El Chol in Guatemala are convinced that beings from outer space should be blamed for the newborn freak of the nature – piglet with human head.Locals claim strange bright lights were hovering in the sky on the night of its birth, which sounds interesting, but still this abnormality may not be extraterrestrial deed.
- Aliens Blamed for Newborn Pig With Human Head (Video) (dailypicksandflicks.com)
- Alien Monster Pig Born In Guatemala: Photos Of The Visitation (realthinktank.com)
- Piglet Born with Humanoid Face (livescience.com)
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sunday, horses wearing the numbers 9, 1 and 1 won the first three races at Belmont.
via NYC Winners on 9/11.
This is definitely one of the strangest natural phenomenon I’ve ever read about.Just imagine dumping enough dish-washing liquid into the ocean to turn all the waves into light and fluffy soap bubbles that are soft enough to blow out of your hand into the air…Well, that’s basically what happened off the coast of Yamba in New South Wales!
More via One Man’s Blog.
Rescue workers had their hands full on Tuesday night when an apparently drunk moose got itself stuck in a tree in Gothenburg, Sweden. Police believe that the moose became tipsy after ingesting a few too many fermented apples.
“I thought at first that someone was having a laugh.” Per Johansson, who first spotted the animal, told Swedish newspaper The Local. “Then I went over to take a look and spotted an elk stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground.”
…Some animals in the region are known to get drunk during the fall on overripe fruit that fall from trees and naturally ferment on the ground.
A Boise man who caught someone trying to steal two guns from his unlocked pickup chased him down and sat on him until police arrived.
Washington State troopers lead glamourous lives helping stranded motorists, straightening out traffic messes and chasing the occasional neer-do-well.
But it might be hard to convince Trooper Jaime Arnold of the glamour part after he spent 10 minutes shoveling fish heads off Interstate 5 recently.
A state Transportation Department camera shows him scooping the fish heads and moving them off the highway, even dodging cars entering from an onramp as he makes repeated trips to the side of the road.
- Washington Trooper Shovels Fish Heads Off Freeway (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trooper clears fish heads from road (upi.com)