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June 25, 2009

Thomas Inch and the Inch Dumbbell

Thomas Inch (1881-1963) was a famous weightlifter from England. He is most famous for having a 172 pound dumbbell that nobody else could lift off the floor with one hand. He would offer large sums of money to anyone that could lift it. It is possible, however, that his act was a scam, as he had 4 dumbells that looked the same but were different weights (bait and switch?) and he never challenged a handful of lifters that were considered stronger than him. He was also very careful in how he phrased his own lifting of the weight as he never really mentioned putting it overhead with just one hand.

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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Thu Jun 25, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Human Marvels

Bacon News for June 25, 2009

One of the hardest hit businesses during this recession has been hotels. But the Marriott chain has a plan that will save them over 2 million dollars every year, using bacon and ice cream. Research by the company has shown that guests can not taste a difference between cheaper and more expensive cuts of bacon, so they will now be using irregular cut strips.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Thu Jun 25, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Food

June 24, 2009

Gen Pets - Watch the video - Visit the Website—Is it real?

Genetically engineered pets -- or genpets are now available worldwide -- or are they?

Watch the video -- it breathes!! It blinks!!

Now visit the website and be creeped out by the kid hugging the plastic clamshell storage pod for -- GENPETS!!

For the doubters, here's a really scary statement -- quoting from the website

*Genpet™ life may vary depending on temperature and Genpet ™ freshness


If this is a hoax, I really appreciate the thorough website production. If not, I'm not sure I want one of these scary little things!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Pets

Counterfeit Crack

Well, now we know that not only is it illegal to sell crack, but it's also illegal to sell fake crack. A 40-year-old unemployed man, Timothy Allen Riggin, was caught selling bread as crack in Fort Pierce, FL. That's right, he was selling little pieces of bread, the stuff you eat, as crack cocaine. I kind of feel bad for the people that may have purchased it from him, but then again I don't. Apparently, he was trying to sell the fake crack to help pay his bills. He is being charged with "felony possession of counterfeit controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting without violence." Yes, there is a mugshot.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Drugs, Stupidity

They’re Animal Crazy

It's okay to love animals. But some people take it to the next level and go animal crazy.
A 15 year old Colorado boy was found to have 53 baby birds in his bedroom. The birds had been taken from neighborhood nests. The birdbrained teen said he didn't know why he did it. He's been charged with animal cruelty and the baby birds were comfiscated.
Outside New York City Hall a dozen protesters gathered to support beekeeping. There is an ordinance against having bees, venomous snakes, ferrets, and elephants in the city. Protesters want beekeeping to be legal and are also supporting a Brooklyn beekeeper who had her hives removed.
A woman in New Mexico claims her bunny rescuing got 'a little out of control'. Over the last 12 years she has been taking in homeless rabbits. She says she tried to keep boys and girls seperate but the boys kept jumping the fence. Now after a neighbor's complaint 334 rabbits have been removed from the woman's yard and she has been sited under a city ordenance against having more than 5 pets per household.
It's not always real animals that people go crazy over either. Peeps, the candy chicks, and Easter stickers constitute religious free speech according to the lawsuit filed by a Boulder, Colorado woman. When she refused to remove them from her apartment door after Easter her landlord removed them. The woman then stopped paying rent and was subsequently evicted.
BONUS: This one isn't so much animal crazy people as animals driving people crazy. A portion of Interstate 430 in Arkansas had to be shut down and traffic diverted due to hogs, well, hogging the road. The animals had escaped an overturned tractor-trailer and had to be caught and removed. Sounds simple? These hogs were up to 800 pounds a piece.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (9)

Stoner wallabies summon aliens

Firstly - I apologise for yet another animal post.

Poppy fields in Tasmania, Australia, were getting a strange reputation, due to the frequent appearance of crop circles. But the mystery appears to have been solved. Wallabies, hiding their addicted lifestyles beneath a cute and fuzzy exterior, have been breaking into the poppy fields, eating the heads of the poppies, and getting high. They then hop around in dazed circles, crushing the plants and making "crop circles.",27574,25686924-5000540,00.html
Or at least, that's what a government report wants you to believe.
Perhaps the wallabies are communing with alien masters, who order them to mark out landing sites for them. That's right, when the aliens invade, only wallabies, their willing accomplices, will escape the slaughter!
Posted By: shadowkat | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (3)

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 23

For those of you that count like 1 Mississippi 2 Mississippi and so on, you can now buy a clock that counts like that. You can buy one here:

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (2)

Man Babies

Did you ever want to know what it would look like if a man and a baby were to switch heads? Now you can see what it would look like and order the shirt to show everyone else. Man Babies
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Surrealism, Babies and Toddlers

Lego Madness

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Humor, Pirates, Stop-motion Animation

People Pops

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Obscenity, Candy
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