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June 18, 2009

More Weirdness From PETA

You'd think the President of the United States has more important worries than a house fly. Apparently PETA doesn't though. During an interview on Tuesday President Obama swatted and killed a pesky fly. Like most people would do, but not those bug lovin' PETA people. A spoksman for the group said the act shows the President isn't perfect even though his Senate record shows him voting for animal rights often. They are sending a 'humane' catch and release fly trap to the White House. Maybe one Secret Service Agent could be designated fly catcher for the President. Catch the whole story here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2009 | Comments (8)

Chess Boxing

Yep, it's an official sport, at least according to The World Chess Boxing Organisation.

Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Games, Sports

Coporrón Glass

Would you drink out of this ridiculous glass? Answer after viewing more photos here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Design and Designers, Domestic

June 17, 2009

Strange Russian Creature

I have no idea what this is, but I never want to meet one in the water.

Kinda looks like a trilobite to me -- but aren't they extinct?


Also kind of looks like a horseshoe crab?


Perhaps those who know what this is could enlighten the rest of us?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 19

For those of you that decided to do a candle lit dinner and then noticed you can't see anything, you can now get this fork with a light built inside of it. I can't find a site that is selling it so if you want to buy it you'll have to find it yourself.

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (1)

Have a Few Laughs

Feeling down? Have you noticed that you haven't been laughing much lately? Worry no more, because laughing is now a keystroke away! Featuring 26 distinct laughs for every occasion. Brought to you by the French.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Boredom, Humor

I’d rather spring for the cab fare than camp out in a bar bathroom

According to the AP/AOL news, A man in Salem, Massachusetts found himself quite "comfortable" after being locked in the bar's bathroom overnight. Why employees didn't check the bathroom before locking it up is mystery, but why would you lock a bathroom door like that to begin with?

Posted By: dherlich | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: North America, Alcohol

Dangerous Train Stunt

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Stupidity, Trains

Norman McLaren Animations

These short films of Norman McLaren strike me as pretty weird, especially since they were created by drawing directly upon the film stock.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Music, Cartoons, 1940's

June 16, 2009

Great News For The Environmentally Unconscious

I know you're sitting there thinking "what can we do to make it more energy efficient to drive our cars rather than riding our bikes or walking." You're thinking that because you're lazy and don't want to give up the luxury of automated transportation. Oh. You weren't thinking that? That was just me? Figures. But there's some good news for me. Britain's Environmental Transport Association may have come up with a solution. Piezoelectric crystals. The idea is to embed a stretch of highway with the crystals, then each car that drives over a crystal contributes a tiny bit of energy, such that a single kilometer of roadway could generate 400-kilowatts of energy. That energy could then be collected, stored and used for any number of functions. But will it work? Absolutely. A Sainsbury's supermarket in Gloucester, UK has already put it into use, powering their checkout lanes.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Science, Technology, Natural Resources
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