Grand Candy Company
in Armenia has produced a giant chocolate bar to celebrate their 10th anniversary in business. 18.4 feet long x 9 feet wide x 10 inches thick! 9,702 pounds of chocolate to be cut up and given out on October 16th. Expat we gotta get to Armenia!!!
When you think of the periodic table, a bunch of blocks may pop into your mind. It's time to revise your thinking, and you may be the next to invent a new design. I like this galaxy model.
This arrow shaped one has even more information you really don't see in the lego version.
Yet another try in a circular pattern.
Here's a link to a story from the New York Times about developing a new shape.
I especially like the question marks. Does this mean new elements -- maybe discovered by you?
The dark heart of a popular British pass-time was thrust into public view this week when allegations of sabotage, rustling and murder shook the world of... competitive budgerigar breeding.
On the eve of the prestigious Cornwall Budgerigar Show, the aviary of Andrew Pooley, one of South England's top budgie breeders, was broken into and 21 of his best birds were stolen. Worse still, several birds were badly injured and one, reigning "best of breed" title holder Penmead Pride, had been killed. Stamped on by the callous intruders.
Because their distinctive markings would be instantly recognised among the close-knit budgie fancying community, the score of stolen budgies are unlikely to ever make another show appearance. And that might suit the culprit just fine, if his intention was to eliminate the competition by fair means or (can't resist, sorry) fowl. Pooley had left the shed unlocked briefly when he ran an errand to the nearby town of Camelford from his home in Delabole in Cornwall, and only noticed something was wrong at 9.45 that evening, when he came to make a final check on his prized birds and was - in an suitably Harrissian moment - startled by the silence of the budgies. Police are still investigating whether this is the work of a competitor but Mr. Pooley is in no doubt.
"The person or people who did this must have known exactly which ones to take because they only targeted my show team," he told reporters (Daily Mail
Just to reconfirm how many stupid people there are in the world, laser pointers
being directed at planes and helicopters is becoming an increasing problem. The incidence of laser pointers being shone into cockpits is up more than six times since 2005. Darwin by proxy?
picture from Yahoo images
are adopting an idea that is in use in some German cities already. Prostitution has become such a problem that it is taking place right out in the open. It has become unsightly enough that booths, like the one pictured, have been built so that liaisons in cars can take place out of view of the general public. How thoughtful.
Link provided by BD, many thanks my friend.
News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough
Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
September 6, 2010
(datelines August 28-September 4) (links correct as of September 6)
Our Imminent Squid Overlords, Plus U.S.-Sanctioned Pedophilia and Porcelain Muses of the Rich and Famous
★ ★ ★ ★!
Humboldt Squid Are Gettin' Restless
: Let's go to the stats--up to 8 ft. long, up to 100 lbs., 40,000 or more teeth, 8 swim/hold tentacles plus 2 "attack tentacles," darting along at 15 miles an hour, migrating up the Pacific coast, with females capable of laying 30 million
eggs. "Two Mexican fishermen were recently dragged from their boats and chewed so badly that their bodies could not be identified even by their own families." Daily Express
The Jolly, Perky Numerary
: The articulate Ms. Sarah Cassidy, 43, granted a cheerful interview to London's Daily Mail
about how cool it is not only to be celibate but to bring the pain to herself for two hours every night to be reminded that God is love. [Yr Editor dislikes articulate weird people because, well, now that she explains herself, she appears wise and penetrating.]
"[Our materialistic, hedonistic society]'ll understand [pain] if you go jogging and pounding the streets . . . just because you want to be thinner"--or Botox injections or leg-waxing or cramming your toes into tiny shoes, "but they won't understand" Sarah's wrapping the tight-spiked "cilice" around her leg nightly for God. Sarah is upper-level Opus Dei. Daily Mail
For Ahmadinejad, the Time Has Come . . to Wipe Out Iranian Blue Balls (update)
: One of the many loose laws that Shi'ites accept but that Sunnis get ticked off about is this "temporary" marriage thing, where depending on local custom, men can shack up with gals for from an hour to 99 years, as long as they go through Islam to do it, and some imams are quite liberal, i.e., prostitutes acceptable. Ahmadinejad, looking for some catnip to toss to Iran's disaffected progressives, has once again introduced legislation to permit, and regulate, temporary marriages. Women's activists went nuts. Haaretz
News of the Overprivileged
: "The first day of school is like a movie premiere," said Mia Lin, 16, of Framingham, Mass., speaking for all her BFFs and competitors trying to "redefine [their] style[s]," to achieve the necessary "swagger" (which Mia does with the help of her inventory of 90 pairs of shoes, which is one problem, at least, that Pakistani and Haitian teenagers don't have right now). Boston Globe
Dirty Little Secrets of the Week
: (1) U.S. soldiers and Marines are getting creeped out by Afghan Pashtun men in the south who routinely walk around displaying, hand-in-hand, their little pretty boys (ages 9-15). It's (a) tradition and (b) one way around all that burqa business where men can't even glance at their own pre-betrothed females
, much less anyone else's. President Karzai, a Pashtun, hasn't been caught yet. (2) Russia's finance minister publicly urged people to step up their already-legendary intake of vodka and nicotine--because those products are heavily taxed. [ed. More Dirty Little Secrets in Weird 2.0, Below] San Francisco Chronicle
/// Agence France-Presse via CBS News
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If you're like me, you thought that "zoot suits" were a dead fashion from the 1940s. No way!
Check out the rainbow of choices here.
A British retiree with alot of time on his hands has completed an unusual do it yourself project. Deciding to combine his interest in the classic British red Telephone Box
and his desire for a functioning outhouse he converted the former to the latter. As can be seen above, this outhouse is no simple hole in the ground, but a complete modern restroom. Interested in one of these classic British icons? They are actually sold online