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January 31, 2011

Solar Death Ray

Now that is a science project!

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 31, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Destruction, Education, Hobbies and DIY, Science, Experiments, Technology, Teenagers


After reading this book, I'm convinced WU-vies will enjoy this tale of the strange things people ingest--and the doctor who made a collection out of such retrieved "foreign bodies."

Go here to see a video about a professional eater of odd objects.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 31, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Body Modifications, Medicine, Performance Art, Books, Junk Food

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (January 31, 2011)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
January 31, 2011
(datelines January 22-January 29) (links correct as of January 31)

Men of Tears, plus Ear Ecstasy, Beatle-ology, and Vacations with Dolls

★ ★ ★ ★!

Girly Men: The objective of Men of Tears (part of a public-speaker self-help group) is to get males in touch with their Inner Boehners and just cry if we need to (♪ cry if we need to! ♫). At this-here meeting of Californians in (of course!) mega-sensitive Marin County, newly-freed stress hormones flooded the room, calming the previously stoic. President Obama almost cried at the Tucson Shootings memorial service, they say, and should follow through on that promising start. [Full Disclosure: Yr Editor was once a crier, but in the early 1970s, at a time when male sensitivity was routinely rewarded with easy sex from progressive females.] San Francisco Chronicle

Always Thinking of the Children! Adolescents' skin is more delicate than adults' so Wal-Mart announced it will carry a line of GeoGirl beautifying makeup specially made for 8-year-old girls (cleanser, blush, shadow, mascara, face shimmer, body mist, etc.). Houston Chronicle

Nowhere Woman: Meanwhile, as Chinese and South Korean students waste their time with that difficult, confusing "science" and "engineering," Canadian Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy became the first graduate of Liverpool Hope University's masters degree program in Beatles studies. Society will surely benefit by her "fresh and thought-provoking insights" because there's not nearly enough being written about the influence of the Beatles. Reuters via Yahoo News

A Society That Awards Masters Degrees for Studying the Beatles Obviously Has Time to Play with Its Food: Beef Salad Water (along with German Sauerbraten Water and Barbecued Chicken Wings Water!) . . . the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Martini (at the Chateau Victoria Hotel in Victoria, B.C.) . . a Lemon Tart and other food consumed by, um, breathing (by a kinda-asthma-inhaler invented by Harvard professor David Edwards). AOL News /// New York Times Magazine /// Daily Mail (London)

More in extended >>
Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Jan 31, 2011 | Comments (3)

Just In Time For Valentines Day

Guess what the lovely charm on the necklace above is made from, besides gold. Answer in extended

More in extended >>
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Jan 31, 2011 | Comments (7)

January 30, 2011

Volcanic Lightning

Find more pictures and a partial explanation of this beautiful and mysterious phenomenon here.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Jan 30, 2011 | Comments (10)

January 29, 2011

Proper Driving Etiquette

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Thanks again BD for sharing the wisdom.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jan 29, 2011 | Comments (6)

Barack No Mama

I don't like to do politics here, but the science is in question and I think we could help. Click and see if you can detect the problem.

Thanks to the person who posted the comment I used as the title.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat Jan 29, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Political Correctness

January 28, 2011


Drug smugglers in Mexico have found an old new way to send pot across the border. Authorities south of the border have confiscated two catapults as well as pot packaged to be sent, by the catapults, into the U.S. I guess its true, eventually everything old becomes new again.

picture from yahoo images
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 28, 2011 | Comments (6)

Death in Anime Venice

Recently Singapore performance artist Ming Wong enacted a version of the famous Thomas Mann tale Death in Venice in which he played both of the two major roles. Here he is dressed as the nubile young man Tadzio.

I wonder what his inspiration was for that look?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 28, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Performance Art, Cartoons, Asia

House of the Future

Here's your weekend viewing!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 28, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Architecture, 1950's, Yesterday's Tomorrows
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