September 15, 2009

Supercharged Lawn mower

When used correctly, electricity can be our friend. This is one reason I like gas-powered mowers.



Some great sparks at startup, and if you look closely at 20 seconds in, the lawn is actually mowed!!

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Sep 15, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Work and Vocational Training

From The Frying Pan Into The Fire

Timothy Peare, 29 of Whitehouse Station N.J., certainly knows how to make a bad situation worse. Sunday at 5pm he was stopped and cited for DUI in eastern Pennsylvania. He was released, but his car was impounded. Apparently, Mr.Peare just was not going to stand for that. At 7:40pm he was caught inside a tow truck at Saucon Collision, which was closed at the time. He told police that he was going to get his car back with the tow truck. Bad idea, now besides the DUI he is also facing criminal attempt to steal a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, loitering and prowling at nighttime charges. And just to keep him from getting any other 'good' ideas he's being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.
http://news.aol.com/article/police-say-dui-suspect-tried-to-steal/669686

Posted By: patty - Tue Sep 15, 2009 - Comments (2)
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Keene Pumpkin Festival

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Might I suggest that building a Great Wall O' Jack'o'lanterns is Slightly Weird...?

If you live in the Northeast, you'll surely want to check out the annual Keene, NH, Pumpkin Festival.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 15, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Horror, Regionalism, North America

September 14, 2009

Monty Python vs. Darth Vader

Second in a series -- let's see if Darth Vader has more success against the king of England. With a light sabre.



It does explain some of the additional body modifications.

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Sep 14, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor

The Cashless Society, As Predicted In 1967.

Here's a clip from the BBC popular science program Tomorrow's World from 1967, talking about how the future will become a cashless society. It's interesting to see that the very first debit-card system shown on the program used PINs rather than signatures to authorize.

Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer can't be embedded like most online videos, so here's a link to the excerpt in question.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/8012.shtml

This is just one of a number of Tomorrow's World clips the BBC is making freely available online. There are some real gems on the site, including a first look at the "light-pen" from 1967, an early screen outing for the Moog synthesizer from 1969, and a demonstration of one of the first true mobile phone systems from 1979.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtml

Oops, it seems not everyone can view the Online BBC Archive. For those who can't here's a couple of stills from the electronic banking and mobile phone segments mentioned above.

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Love that funky retro dial! LOL

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Sep 14, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Television, 1960's

Wrecked ‘Em?  He Nearly Incinerated Him!  Plus Tongue-Eating Parasites!

News of the Weird/Pro Edition

September 14, 2009
(alarming and/or delicious news from September 5-12)

An Improvised Sphincterial Device
Saudi prince Mohammed bin Nayef survived the suicide-bomb attempt on his life on August 28th (which killed the perp), and not much more came of it. But apparently someone with the Australian Associated Press has a source at Stratfor, which is a private intel group in the U.S., and other details oozed out last week, to the website of ASIS International, an info clearinghouse for security professionals. Jeez, this is a long way to go to reach this one bit of news: The perp was carrying the bomb in his rectum. Australian Associated Press via Sunday Star Times (Wellington, N.Z.) (9-4-2009) /// SecurityManagement.com (9-9-09)

Avoiding Mob Malpractice
The country's alpha-dog Yakuza group, Yamaguchi-gumi, has ordered its thugs to take written tests on the law, since the organization is being sued too much lately. Mainichi Daily News

What Would Jesus Do?
Pastor Rodney McGill of Jensen Beach, Fla., was sentenced to 20 yrs in prison for engineering nine fraudulent real estate transactions worth about $1m, but he's confident that Jesus has his back. Barked McGill, to the packed courtroom of Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr.: "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, for every witness called against me, I pray cancer in their lives, lupus, brain tumor, pancreatic cancer." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

God Was Looking Out for Gunther Link . . Poor Fella
The devout Catholic in Vienna, Austria, was trapped on a stuck elevator, got scared, started praying furiously. And he got free. So he reported immediately to the nearby Weinhaus Church to give copious thanks for his rescue . . by embracing a pillar at the church's altar . . whereupon an 860-lb. stone statue fell and crushed him. Daily Telegraph (London)

Recurring Theme: Art That's Not, But Is
German artist Diane Mitchell won New Zealand's Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, worth NZ$15k (US$10.6k), with an entry consisting of discarded wrapping materials collected from other contestants' entries. [Well, of course they were pissed!] New Zealand Press Association via TV3 (Auckland)



More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Sep 14, 2009 - Comments (2)
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September 13, 2009

Japanese police vs. Darth Vader

This is a short piece designed to give you a laugh -- I really want to know what the guy at the end is saying!!



Any Japanese translations?

Posted By: gdanea - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Humor

Millions of Locusts

<a href="http://www.joost.com/3519f7j/t/Marathon-Flying-Locusts">Marathon Flying Locusts</a>

Millions of birds in flight are pretty, albeit just a little scary.

Millions of hungry bugs in flight are just plain scary!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Insects, Australia, Natural Wonders

The World’s Largest Gummy Bear

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I'm not a fan of gummy anything so I find this to be a little disgusting myself, but over at Vat19 they are selling a five pound gummy bear. This goliath of a bear consists of 1,400 normal size gummy bears and contains an amazing 12,600 calories. They are available for $29.95 and in three different flavors: blue raspberry, red cherry, and green apple. As of right now they are sold out, but you can sign up for an email alert when more become available.

Posted By: mdb777 - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Shopping, Candy

September 12, 2009

1.5 billion birds and counting

There are three sections to this video, showing an ever increasing number of birds.


I understand no one actually counts the birds, but how the estimate is made would be interesting.

Posted By: gdanea - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals

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