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June 23, 2009

When You Are A Pedestrian

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Death, Motor Vehicles, Documentaries, 1940's


Visit his homepage here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Music


This is a strange new musical instrument based on the washtub bass. So far, the only widely recognized musician to play the whamola is Les Claypool. Here he is playing his song "Whamola", on his whamola (which is named Steve).

If you would like a whamola of your own, you can buy one from this guy.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Crafts, Music

June 22, 2009

Video projector glasses

The designers want these to be used by people who are driving so they can see the GPS directions in the glasses.

I'm guessing this device will be the next thing to be banned for use while driving, since people will be watching videos, texting and reading e-mail on the road. The researcher even suggests reading e-mails during presentations!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Technology

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 21

A lot of accessories have been made for the wii since it came out. This is the weirdest one I have found. It's a bowling ball to help you out in Wii Sports or other bowling games. I could see this causing a lot more accidents than the Wii Remote did. You can buy one here:

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (3)

The Past is Another Country #3

[From The Saturday Evening Post for December 27 1958.]

Just let your filthy mind from the year 2009 have its evil way with this innocent story.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Domestic, Marriage, Sexuality, 1950's

Tennis Grunts

Here's an article about the controversy of grunting in pro tennis. Read it, then check out the samples in the clips below, and decide what you think!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Sports, Superstition, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations

The Super Sniffer, the Denture-Snatcher, and the $14,000,000,000,000 Man

News of the Weird / Pro Edition
June 22, 2009 (news from June 13-20)

The Human Carpet
"Georgio T." is a 48-yr-old immigrant from Malta, whose scene is working the floors of New York City bars dressed as a rug and available for stomping upon. He doesn't actually, y'know, come when he gets stomped, but still, he says it's very pleasurable. He has a custom rug rig he can slip into and then lies face down, praying for stilettos. He's been this way since childhood: "[One of my playmates] wanted to be the doctor, [another] wanted to be the carpenter, and I would want to be the carpet." New York Times

Tex-Ass Justice in the F State
John Preston's CSI-ready genius dog, Harass II, has contributed to around 60 convictions, they say, with his amazing ability to find specific people's scents on the faintest of crime-scene evidence, even old, old evidence. One of Harass II's IDs went to death row, and many got decades in prison. Turns out Harass II was the Bernie Madoff of crime evidence, making it up as he went along. In fact, when a judge finally tested Harass II's nose, the result was a disgrace to the German shepherd breed. So, judge after judge has been eating this "evidence" up for a couple of years, and anyway, how to you cross-examine a dog's reaction to something? [Oh, right, OK . . pet psychics.] The cover's off now only because in three of Harass II's cases so far, DNA evidence finally has shown that the suspects didn't do it. So, how many of the five dozen behind bars were wrongly convicted? F State law enforcement (including the governor and the attorney general) aren't much concerned. Orlando Sentinel

Glorious Small-Town America
(1) The County Board in Lincoln, Neb., debated whether to pay a claim for missing pants (which should have been returned to a jail inmate but were nowhere around) at $10 rather than $12. ($12 won, by a 2-1 vote) (2) Mayor Julian Mullis of redneck Mulberry, Fla., is expected to survive, physically and politically, after being beaten up by his girlfriend, who is really his cross-dressing boyfriend, who lives with the mayor and the mayor's two young kids. (3) The City Attorney in Jeffersonville, Ind., turned up one morning, head-first inside a garbage can, sleeping off a bender. Journal Star (Lincoln) /// WTSP-TV (St. Petersburg) /// News and Tribune (New Albany, Ind.)

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Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2009 | Comments (5)

June 21, 2009

Throwing Molten Iron

During the Lantern Festival, Wang Fu performs a one-hour long "Beating Flowers in the Trees" celebration. Here's the formula for your own celebration.

1. Melt scrap iron in a furnace.
2. Put on animal skins and a hat.
3. Throw molten iron at the town wall for an hour.

The amazing "cheap fireworks" are spectacular!!

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Explosives

Two Stupid for Words

Two candidates for the Darwin Awards if ever there were:

Posted By: StanFlouride | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2009 | Comments (3)
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