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May 22, 2009

When a Snickers just won’t satisfy ‘ya—Eat a Brick?

Don't try this at home!! I think I am more disturbed by the sand and gravel eating at the beginning of the video. Don't miss the interview with his gastroenterologist --but why no interview with the guy's dentist?



Also, I think it is time to change gastroenterologists!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (3)
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The Scream Muffler

Patent No. 4834212, issued on May 30, 1989 to inventors Moira and Frank Figone.:

There is a need in our complex society for a device which can be placed over the mouth and into which a person may yell or scream but which muffles the sound so others are not disturbed. Such a device would even be more useful if it provided an indication of the intensity of the sound thereby providing feedback to the user.

It is a general object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which can be placed over the mouth to receive and muffle sound from the mouth. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which provides means for measuring and indicating the intensity of the sound which is muffled.

There would seem to be a prior art issue here, because I did a news search and found a story about a woman, Diane Berkowitz, who was selling a scream muffler in 1985 described as a "silver-colored sphere which opens to reveal some sort of sound-absorbent acoustic foam." Maybe because Berkowitz didn't add blinking lights to indicate the scream intensity, the Figones were able to claim their device was unique.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions

People Different From Us, Midwest Division, May 22nd

Marion County Coroner Frank Lloyd Jr. admits using a flatbed wrecker to remove the 750 pound Teresa Smith after her death from her apartment was a bad idea. Her boyfriend goes on to compare the removal to the hoisting of a car with a chain. I can understand that firefighters may not have been available. I can understand not having a cart on hand to handle the exceptionally obese. But I can't understand how a carpet from the deceased's apartment was the only covering that could be rounded up to bestow some privacy and dignity on the corpse. Further, I don't understand how Frank Lloyd Jr. is only "considering" the purchase of a special cart to handle future cases. How much more convincing does he need? The Indy Star
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (10)
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The Redneck Games

Despite the French captioning and source, this video is all in English, for your Redneck Enjoyment.

Des jeux d'été très très... fins ! - FemmesPlus
Tous les ans, en Georgie (USA) se déroulent les Redneck Summer Games. Un bon gros délire pas très finaud de paysans des USA. Yeeeeeeeeeepeeeeeeeee !

A Million Ways Times Two

The first video shows the band OK Go dancing to their hit A MILLION WAYS.

The second video shows four amateur Turkish youths replicating the video.

Which do you prefer?


OK Go -A Million Ways
by sackman


Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Video, Dance, Parody

Wetsuits for the Weird

So you're going to do some surfing, or scuba diving, and the water isn't very warm. You need a wetsuit. But why settle for a plain, ordinary wetsuit, when you can get one that looks like human innards, or one that makes it seem you've been the victim of a shark attack? The possibilities are endless. Check them out here. ...bydiddo
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Body, Design and Designers, Overpriced Merchandise, Shopping

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

A 22-year-old, who is using the pseudonym Natalie Dylan for safety reasons, is going through a legal brothel in Nevada to sell her virginity. Why? She's got bills to pay, of course. Dylan says she's already taken a polygraph test to prove her virginal status, and is also willing to undergo a medical exam. The Story. Let's hope she never did any horseback riding when she was younger.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Collectors, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours, Ethics and Morals

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 22nd

Your Daily Loser - Criminals will blame anyone and everything but themselves when they get caught. Jonathan Lee Riches of Nashville says that he was influenced by NASCAR when he was caught driving 135 MPH. It was also NASCAR's fault that he was forced to steal credit cards in order to attend races... oh, and he was poisoned by DuPont chemicals from Jeff Gordon's race car. The Story.

Jury Duty - With a name like Honesty, how can you go wrong? Honesty Knight, from Muncie, Indiana, was a passenger in a friend's car when that car was pulled over by a state trooper. While the trooper was talking to the friend, Honesty asked if she could smoke. The officer agreed, and good Ol' Honesty lit up... a joint. The Story.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

May 21, 2009

Medical Weirdness

In a "stimulus package" of their own devising, Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer have announced they are going to provide 70 drugs, including Viagra, free to America's recently dis-employed. Sadly, what might have been cure for those recession blues is limited to people who had already been prescribed one of the drugs prior to being laid off (New Scientist).

And ladies, with all that free Viagra about to hit the streets, now would be a good time to look your best. So what better way to rejuvenate your skin and cast off unsightly wrinkles than though injections of a compound derived from babies' foreskins. In what is, amazingly, not a joke, a British company has developed, and received UK approval for, a treatment called "Vavelta" that contains live fibroblasts harvested from the bits of baby boys left over after a circumcision. Each vial of the drug is only enough to revive less than a square inch of skin, and costs $1000. But you'll have to travel to get it, the FDA have yet to approve its use in the US (Scientific American).

Of course, it's not just your looks that needs tending as you get older, your mind needs attention too. Fortunately researchers have just announced that increased vitamin D is just the thing to keep us thinking flawlessly. Vitamin D, you will remember, comes to us mainly through eating oily fish and from exposure to the sun. So start saving for that Miami condo now (Telegraph).

Meanwhile, in a case of medical irony, one little spoken of casualty of the strategic arms treaties and test bans has been the availability of medicinal isotopes such as those used in radiography and some cancer treatments. Today, all isotopes for the Americas are supplied by just one facility, the MAPLE facility in Ontario, also the world's oldest operating nuclear reactor. Only now, it's shutting down over safety concerns, and there's no replacement ready (National Post).

Finally, as an irony supplement, researchers have discovered that Down syndrome, a genetic condition that causes a host of physical and mental problems, also protects against some forms of cancer. Down syndrome is caused by having an extra copy of one chromosome, and it is through having an additional copy of one of the genes on that chromosome, which interferes with the formation of blood vessels, that sufferers from DS are less susceptible to many 'solid tumor' cancers. It's hoped that this discovery might lead to better ways to fight cancer in the future (Science).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu May 21, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Babies, Health, Medicine, Brain

Weird Canadian Commercials

In an effort to prove to Nethie that not all Canadian commercials are horrifically realistic scenes of brutal workplace accidents, I am pleased to present some of the weirdest commercials to grace our northern TV screens.

These are all part of the same campaign of ads for Mac's Milk's Frosters drinks. Basically, it's convenience store advertising some new flavours (not flavors) of slush drinks that they had just come out with. At least, I think that's what they were advertising. The whole WTF line of ad more or less just gave us insight into how deanged ad-men really are.



Yeah, I think Hate Crime is a good place to start. It really says nothing about the product in question, but speaks volumes about the sanity (or lack thereof) of those invoved in creating the commercial.

More in extended >>
Posted By: kingmonkey | Date: Thu May 21, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Food, Advertising, Surrealism, Foreign Customs
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