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September 2009

September 18, 2009

Barry White Comes To The Rescue Of Zorro!

A six year-old male shark imported by the London Aquarium to breed with their resident female was initially a disappointment. Zorro the zebra shark showed little interest in London girl Mazawabee, despite having built a reputation as a lover at his previous home in Belgium. Staff at the aquarium floundered around for a solution before suggesting that perhaps Zorro's uncharacteristic shyness could be overcome with a little masterly mammalian mood music from legendary sole-singer, Barry "Great" White?

Surprisingly, the treatment has almost worked too well, to the saving of Zorro's reputation and further enhancement of Barry's. Zorro and mate Maza are now so ardent that their frequent, and violent, public courtship has alarmed some visitors, with Zorro's "love-bites" being misinterpreted as an attack. But with a "tiger in their tank" the aquarium staff are happy, Zorro is happy, Maza is (probably) happy and maybe, somewhere, Barry is smiling too (Annova).

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Fri Sep 18, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Music

September 17, 2009

Monster Snake

Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife received a complaint from an Apopka, Florida neighborhood. Neighbors were concerned because of a large pet snake. Upon investigation a DFW officer discovered a giant Burmese python. The snake is 18 feet long, 400 pounds and 30 inches around the thickest part of her. Her name is Delilah and according to her current owner,Melvin Cheever, she is docile, well fed, non aggressive and happy. Well fed is right, when investigators arrived Cheever had just fed Delilah 7 rabbits. Cheever says his brother has raised her for 16 years. The brother is moving to West Virginia and has gone ahead to prepare living space for Delilah. That is why the snake resides with Cheever. One of the neighborhood complaints is that Delilah sometimes escapes her chainlink cage, which Cheever admits is true. DFW has placed the snake with a caregiver who has proper permits for such animals till they can ascertain Cheever's permit status and decide if the animal has been properly caged and cared for by him.
http://news.aol.com/article/400-pound-python-delilah-seized-from/667516 for ashort report and video of an interview with DFW officer.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-python-seized-apopka-091109,0,732521.story
for more in depth story.

Posted By: patty - Thu Sep 17, 2009 - Comments (5)
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Super Crazy Weird Trailers 3

Masterpiece? I'll let you decide.

Posted By: mdb777 - Thu Sep 17, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Video

September 16, 2009

Oops!

Sara Gaspar thought she got the tip of a lifetime from Notre Dame University. She worked catering events for the school and received a $29,387 tip on April 17th. She claims to have tried to call the NDU catering department three times without receiving a response. Then, she says, she received a threatening call in June after the money was spent. NDU claims to have found the typing error, she should have received $29.87, in May and to have requested return of the money then. The school has filed suit accusing Gaspar of unjust enrichment, fraud and conversion. Gaspar says she is frightened and depressed and is paying for the school's mistake. Who do you believe?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090916/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_notre_dame_big_tip_3

Posted By: patty - Wed Sep 16, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category:

Friendship Begins at Home

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 16, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Family, Movies, Documentaries, 1940s

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, 1960s

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