Weird Universe

September 11, 2009

Glowing Discovery

Perhaps you saw a glow in the sky Wednesday night? A number of people in North America did. Some, like Abe Megahed of Madison, Wisconsin, even took pictures of the beautiful glow. So what celestial event caused the lovely light in the sky? Urine, astronaut urine to be exact, as well as other waste water from space shuttle Discovery. It was a larger than usual dump, 150 pounds, due to the new policy of not dumping waste water while docked at the space station. So 10 days worth was dumped at once after undocking. I guess that's one example of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Story and picture available here-
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 11, 2009 | Comments (4)

Follies of the Mad Men #71

[From The Saturday Evening Post June 6, 1953.]

An ad which inevitably causes the viewer to ask, "Is that a barber pole in your Jockeys, or are you just happy to see me?"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 11, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, 1950's, Genitals

Lego Sudoku Solver

Having problems solving that Sudoku puzzle? Well, worry no more because someone had the idea to construct a robot to do that for you. Now you can sit back, relax and drink your morning coffee without having to worry about all those pesky little numbers. The robot is built from the ever versatile Lego Mindstorm kits. There's also one that solves a Rubik's cube. Head over to Tilted Twister to check it out.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Fri Sep 11, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Games, Robots, Toys

September 10, 2009

Faux Big Brother

Nine rather gullible women were freed from a villa in Istanbul, Turkey Sunday. The women all answered an add for participants for a big brother type reality show. They signed contracts that prevented them, with a large monetary penalty, from leaving before the two month 'show' was done. At one point the women, aged 16 to 24, realized something was not right and asked to leave. They were told they had to pay the penalty in order to go. The parents of one of the women went to police, who investigated and found and released the women. The point of the exercise? Naked pictures of the women were being sold on the internet without their knowledge or permission. At least one man has been arrested.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Sep 10, 2009 | Comments (2)

September 9, 2009

The Invisible Woman

Anyone ever seen this? It looks like some real dumb fun......
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Science, 1940's, Women

September 8, 2009

Drunken Monkeys

A study of Vervet monkeys shows a similar percentage of drinkers and non-drinkers as the human population, but the real entertainment is the monkeys stealing the drinks!!

This is from the BBC Worldwide animal show "Weird Nature".
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Sep 08, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals

More Dumb Criminals

"Wanna Go Out?"
Three men robbed a home in Columbus, Ohio Sunday night. One of them, Stephfon Bennett, was quite taken with the victim, apparently. He returned two hours later to ask her out, and she recognised him as one of the robbers. Well, at least she remembered him. Bennett was arrested in front of the home and is in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

What Time Is It?
While at a Wilmington, Delaware restaurant Sunday a Delaware State trooper noticed a vehicle parked close to his own. After the Chevy Blazer left the trooper found that his car was broken into and his wife's wallet was stolen. He went after the Blazer and found a 54 year old man going through the glove compartment of an SUV. The man tried to drive away, and the trooper stopped him. At which point the trooper noticed the man was wearing a very distinctive watch. A 20th anniversary Delaware State trooper watch that had been stolen from a fellow trooper two years ago.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Sep 08, 2009 | Comments (2)

Eurovision Winner:  1976

Brotherhood of Man - Save Your Kisses for Me (TOTP 1976)
by glamking2

Time to make fun of Europop again! Here's the Brotherhood of Man, winners in 1976.

Don't be disconcerted when the video doesn't begin to move for a second or two after clicking PLAY. In just a while, you'll be experiencing all their funky dance moves.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 08, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Music, 1970's, Europe

September 7, 2009

Two Disneys

Have you ever seen a bicycle-built-for-two where the riders sit side-by-side? Me neither! And the fact that this one is ridden by Walt Disney and wife Lillian makes the whole scenario even more tantalizing.

From the Life photo archives.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 07, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Couples, Transportation, 1940's
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