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You go, John Scott! L.A.’s Oldest Graffiti Artist nabbed

John Scott, 73, has been arrested in Los Angeles and charged with felony vandalism for sticking bills on any flat surface he could find that sent people to his web site where he sold  T-shirts bearing the logo “Who is John Scott?” This makes John the oldest person by far ever charged with street vandalism in LA. His nearest competitor was 36.

Hey! A guy’s gotta make a living.

via  Asylum.com.

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November 9, 2010 Posted by | Art for sure, Art?, People | Comments Off on You go, John Scott! L.A.’s Oldest Graffiti Artist nabbed

Those old boxes of junk you inherited? Open them.

Andrew Haswell Green.

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An extraordinary collection of items belonging to Worcester native Andrew Haswell Green — a visionary who helped remake New York City in the 19th century — will be sold this week in an unprecedented four-day auction at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Among the thousands of documents, artworks, china, clothing, and toys being sold are handwritten correspondence to and from four presidents and a rare, printed copy of George Washington’s will.

From Green’s death in 1903 until 2009, virtually none of the items had ever been uncrated and examined. Packing boxes sealed more than a century ago were opened only after the death last summer of Julia Green, his great-great-grandniece and distant heiress.

Lots more via  The Boston Globe.

September 6, 2010 Posted by | People, Wow! | Comments Off on Those old boxes of junk you inherited? Open them.

56 Years old, 64 miles. Not just another swim.

Mum-of-two Jackie, 56, took 28 hours, 44 minutes to reach Calais from Dover after tides took her off course – swimming 64 MILES instead of the usual 21.

With husband David, 59, in a nearby boat, she beat Henry Sullivan’s 1923 record of 26 hours, 50 minutes.

via She’s not ferry fast | The Sun |News.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | cool stuff, People | | Comments Off on 56 Years old, 64 miles. Not just another swim.

The glamour of TV news

News staff at Cyprus’s state broadcaster briefly walked off the job on Monday over conditions which included smelly studios and an infestation of fleas, workers said.

More via  Yahoo! News.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Big stink, Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on The glamour of TV news

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

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!

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

Second place in a “one horse race.”

Jennifer Brown, (UK) aged 62, a grandmother, was thrilled to win second prize in a baking contest until she found that her cake was the only entry.

She was awarded second place for her Victoria Sponge in the competition, reports the Mirror.

She was intrigued to find out which cake had beaten her to the top spot and it was then that she discovered the truth.

Organizers had spotted her sponge had rack marks from where it had been in the oven and decided it wasn’t up to the standards demanded for first place.

via Our Strange World.

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Second place in a “one horse race.”

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

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?

Twins at 100 years and counting. Happy birthday, ladies!

Charlotte Eisgrou, left, and Ann Primmack, right, identical twins, are celebrating their 100th birthday this weekend with family and friends from all over the country. The twins were born weighing only about 3.5 lbs each on Dec. 24, 1909. The doctor had to use the family’s oven as an incubator.

via South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | cool people, People | , | Comments Off on Twins at 100 years and counting. Happy birthday, ladies!

Is this thing on?

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November 7, 2009 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on Is this thing on?

This isn’t near as much fun as they said!

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October 14, 2009 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on This isn’t near as much fun as they said!

There’s nothing like a vacation road trip

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August 24, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on There’s nothing like a vacation road trip

So…what were you doing at age 14?

The life of Promethea Pythaitha has the makings of a Greek myth.

Promethea was the youngest student ever to graduate from Montana State University at age 14. Born with incredible intellectual gifts, Promethea started reading at age 1, was learning college-level calculus at age 7 and was hailed on national TV as a child genius. At 13 she became the youngest student ever to complete work for a bachelor’s degree at Montana State University, and at 14 she graduated with a diploma in mathematics.

More at Bozeman Montana Local News.

August 10, 2009 Posted by | People | Comments Off on So…what were you doing at age 14?

Are your eyelids tired?

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Although estimates vary, humans blink their eyes around five million times each year.

via Amazing Fact Generator ».

August 8, 2009 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Are your eyelids tired?

OK, Vicar. Pony up the drawers.

Summer fete committee members in Langton Herring, Dorset, were forced to slash costs for the annual summer party due to the recession. Committee member Amanda King jokingly suggested using the pants as bunting after hearing there was not enough money to buy new decorations.

Villagers have responded by donating hundreds of pants and knickers of all shapes and sizes.

“We all thought that life is a bit of pants these days so how appropriate to fly pants instead of bunting,” said Mrs King. “It’s given people a bit of a chuckle although I don’t think everyone approves,” said committee chairman Anne Kerins added.

“Ann has run with the idea and the village has been very supportive. We even hope to have some holy pants from the vicar.

via Vicar’s underwear used for bunting – Telegraph.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Fun stuff, People | , , | Comments Off on OK, Vicar. Pony up the drawers.

The last survivor of the Titanic has died

Millvina Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on its maiden voyage from Southampton.

The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in the north Atlantic, largely due to a lack of lifeboats.

Miss Dean, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, died on Sunday at the care home in Hampshire where she lived, two of her friends told the BBC.

via BBC NEWS

June 1, 2009 Posted by | People | | Comments Off on The last survivor of the Titanic has died

And we have a “Winner in Winner”

Some lucky (as yet unidentified) person bought a Powerball ticket worth $232.1 million in the south-central South Dakota town of Winner.

“How often does something like this happen — a winner in Winner, S.D.?” Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, said at a news conference this morning in Pierre.

More at  Powerball ticket

May 28, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, People | | Comments Off on And we have a “Winner in Winner”

You can’t make this stuff up: “Tattooed man donates skin to art”

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A retired history teacher is donating his tattooed body to an art gallery. Geoff Ostling, 65, is virtally covered in colourful depictions of exotic flowers after a 15 year collaboration with acclaimed cult tattooist, eX de Merci.

Covering every part of his body, save for his face, neck and parts of his forearms, Mr Ostling’s tattoos are on the theme of “all the flowers of a Sydney garden”.

He said: “I wanted something unique so I thought about a garden of plants, of natives and imported flowers, what you would find in a Sydney garden with a distant view of the city from Heartbreak Hill.”

Mr Ostling has pledged to donate his skin to Canberra’s National Gallery after his death.

via Ananova – Tattooed man

May 5, 2009 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off on You can’t make this stuff up: “Tattooed man donates skin to art”