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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Fraser Valley Wind Warning - Cancelled

ECC issued this warning Thursday evening.

 

"A very intense Pacific cold front is forecast to move across the Fraser Valley Friday night. Light northeast winds are forecast to increase abruptly to southwest 70 km/h gusting to 110 Friday evening. Winds will diminish after midnight Friday night as the front moves into the interior."

"Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds."

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

The First Dockers

This came out Monday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The practice of wearing your jeans slung low may appear to be a modern phenomenon, but David “Stringbean” Akeman was wearing his pants around his knees as far back as the 1940s."

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Kirk's 102!

This came out Monday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Kirk Douglas turned 102 on December 9th, and to honor him, his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta Jones, posted a video slideshow on Instagram featuring moments from his life, paired with a piano performance of Christina Aguilera’s song “Beautiful.”"

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Painting With Chocolate

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A talented food artist from Japan has getting a lot of attention on Instagram for her ability to turn plates into delicious works of art by painting them with melted chocolate."

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

The Fab Life of the Oldest Woman Who Ever Lived

This came out Monday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The average human lifespan at this point in time is about 72 years, according to the World Health Organization."

 

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

The Most Dangerous Foods of All Time

This came out Monday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Surveying the whole scope of human history vis-à-vis food, a couple of themes emerge. One is that humans like their food to taste good. Another is that they like it to not kill them."

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

MLA News

According to the Hansards, the start of the 2019 sittings will begin Feb 12 with the "Speech from the Throne" and then two days sitting and with another day off for "Family Day" followed by the Budget Day on Feb 19. Heady stuff to be sure.

 

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Not Beary Good

This came out Thursday  with thanks to Futurism.

 

"A robot malfunctioned in a New Jersey Amazon warehouse and tore open a can of bear spray, sending 24 workers to the hospital on Wednesday."

 

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Free Transportation

This came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"The tiny European nation of Luxembourg has landed itself in the international spotlight."

 

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Tunnel Opens Dec 18

This came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"The Boring Company’s aggressive deadline to open its first underground tunnel is almost upon us, but the company isn’t quite ready yet to unveil it to the world. Elon Musk’s digging project just pushed back the deadline from December 10 to December 18."

 

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Merry Mixmas

This came out Yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing. 1 hour MP3 mix of weird Chritmas songs including Grinch.

 

"Every year, DJ Riko drops a longform "mixmas" of Christmas mashups; this year's mix is out (MP3 link), featuring everyone from Run DMC to Harry Belafonte to Eels."

 

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Bubble-Gum Broccoli

This came out Yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"It’s November 2014, and sales are down for your multi-billion dollar company. There’s immense pressure from the public to change something about your kid’s menu to help combat a wave of childhood obesity which, according to a study for the U.S. National Library of Medicine (Fast-food consumption and body mass index in children and adolescents), could in part be attributed to frequent fast-food consumption. So what do you do?"

 

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

More Cheeze Pleeze

This came out Thursday with thanks to Boing Boing.


"Last week, students at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida were delighted by a new snack offering in the vending machine. Unfortunately, it wasn't immediately clear how to select this limited time item for purchase."

 

 

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018

Listen to Martian Wind

This came out Friday with thanks the NASA.

 

"Two very sensitive sensors on the spacecraft detected these wind vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer sitting on the lander's deck, awaiting deployment by InSight’s robotic arm. The two instruments recorded the wind noise in different ways. The air pressure sensor, part of the Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem (APSS), which will collect meteorological data, recorded these air vibrations directly."

 

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018

5.4 M Earthquake News and a 4.8 M Off Port Alice

This came out Friday with thanks the Earthquakes Canada. 

 

A 5.4 M struck off of Port Alice just after 8AM this morning. There are no reports of  damage, and none
would be expected. Not felt. No tsunami expected.

 

 

Sunday, Dec 9, 2018

10,000 People Protest in Paris

This came out Friday with thanks to Zero Hedge.

 

"As the evening wore on, French officials said that 125,000 protesters took to the streets during "Act IV" of the Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrations, with 10,000 protesting in Paris. In total, 1,385 people were arrested amid an incredibly heavy police presence."

 

"17 members of French law enforcement and over 100 protesters were injured, including a man whose hand was blown off after reportedly picking up a grenade fired by police."

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

Snow Warning - Cancelled

Environment Canada is

 

sued a snow warning Saturday.

"An approaching frontal system will track across Vancouver Island on Sunday. Snow is forecast to begin Sunday morning, with total snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 cm expected by Sunday evening."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

Thieves Wanted

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The owner of a clothing store in the UK is taking an unconventional approach to preventing theft. The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, wants to hire skilled thieves to come in and steal from her store and then tell her how they did it, so she can prevent it from happening again."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

No Bill, No Bull

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon are two New Yorkers who are passionate about the New York Health Act, a bill that would bring universal health care to the state. Jones and Kenyon are 80 and 70 years old, respectively, but according to the New York Times, they didn’t want to just wait around for that to happen—so they rallied their friends and neighbors and raised $12,500 for the non-profit R.I.P. Medical Debt."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

Tree, Leaf and Niggle

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"When it comes to the art of camouflage, few creatures can match Uropyia meticulodina, a small moth capable of mimicking a dead, curled up leaf almost to perfection."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair — Neigh I Won't

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"4-year-old student and entrepreneur Naomi Beckers bought Storm from her previous owner two years ago after falling in love with her incredible hair, which interestingly, closely resembles her own blonde, curly locks. The gorgeous mare hand’t had her hair cut since she was only two-years-old, and she already had a decent number of social media fans when Naomi got her. "

 

 

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

The World's Smallest Skyscraper

This came out yesterday with thanks today The Vintage News.

 

"Take a walk through downtown Wichita Falls and you’ll come across a red brick building that sticks out like a sore thumb."

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

HW Bush's Dedicated Pooch

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Sully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, spent the night of December 2, 2018, lying before Bush’s flag-draped casket in Houston, Texas."

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Would You?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"This past summer, Japanese clothing retailer Zozo, formerly Start Today, publicized their polka-dotted ZOZOSUIT."

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Look Out Chilliwack, This Big Boy's Coming

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalponik.

 

"Woe unto those who stare directly at the grille of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD! Thy villages burned to the ground, thy fields plowed asunder! They who looketh at it shall immediately be turned to stone!"

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Clear Coke?

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Consumers aren’t always happy when they can’t get their favorite brand in their home countries. How far will a company go to extend its reach? In the case of the Coca-Cola Company, pretty far."

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

How Animals Can Help Global Climate Warming

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Onion.

 

"Explaining that there were many simple things they could do to tackle one of the most urgent crises facing planet Earth, researchers from Tufts University published Tuesday a list of ways that animals could help fight climate change."

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Kid the Biggest YouTube Star in 2018

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Ryan ToysReview" is such a simple concept for a YouTube channel. A 7-year-old boy – Ryan – plays with his toys, commenting to the camera as he rolls trucks, squirts glue, pretends to fly airplanes, and whatever else kids do for fun at that age. And yet, he's raking in the bucks, making $22 million this past year, according to Forbes.

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Stoned in the 90s

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

 

"In the late 1990s, kids kept “Tamagotchi” pets – a digital pet that one “fed” etc, on a device that looked like a pager."

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

Cops Spend $600 to Find the Thief of a $2 Yogurt

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Police in the Taiwanese city of Taipei were accused of wasting taxpayers’ money on solving stupid cases, after local media revealed that they recently conducted DNA tests worth hundreds of dollars to find out who drank a student’s $2 yogurt bottle."

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

Oops

Dad forgot to check the lights first, courtesy of Coast Capital One. A funny one minute YouTube clip and here. 12,000 views?

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

Notable Quote

The difference between a highway robber and the government is that the highway robber only takes your purse/wallet.

 

 

Monday, Dec 3, 2018

'Your Diarrhea is our Bread and Butter'

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"The home-canned beets killed someone. So did the freezer-aisle pot pies. The cheese, breakfast cereal, frozen pizza, tampons, tattoo ink and plastic bags have victims of their own."

 

 

Monday, Dec 3, 2018

Don't Bump Into Me

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Dromeas, also called The Runner, is made of individual pieces of glass stacked atop each other to take the blurred shape of a runner in motion. Thousands of sharp, jagged pieces of glass form the sculpture."

 

 

Monday, Dec 3, 2018

SOGI People Would Be Jealous

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 15-year-old Japanese boy has been getting a lot of attention in his country and in neighboring South Korea for his unusually feminine looks and voice."

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

How the Ugly Sweater Came to Be

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Daily Beast.

 

This year, Debbie McClain will make around 800 ugly Christmas sweaters from her workshop in Fremont, Indiana. She’ll ship the bedazzled jumpers around the world—but McClain will not be found in one herself.

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

Sermon on High

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

"On Sunday, Pastor Bartholomew Orr of Southaven, Mississippi's Brown Baptist Church flew down from the rafters to deliver a sermon about the unexpected second coming of Jesus Christ."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

A History of Creepy Santas

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

 

"With the holiday season just around the corner, the streets and malls are merry and joyful with decorations and people dressed as Santa Claus. While the tradition was inspired by Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian monk, Santa Claus has now become a worldwide phenomenon and a symbol of Christmas generosity."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

A History of Creepy Santas

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

Christmas comes but once a year but it’s one time too many for some. While the Ebenezer Scrooges of this world make up a small part of the population, they are certainly persistent and can be found throughout history.

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

Frozen Fish Brought Back to Life

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A viral video that has been viewed over 50,000 times shows a fish being frozen in ice at a fish market in Japan and then seemingly brought back to life in a tub of warm water."

 

 

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

Old to New

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Photographs can survive far longer than the memories of the people in them. Each one is a unique piece of history frozen in time, a window to the past that has the power to spark our imagination about the stories of days gone by."

 

 

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Major Quake Hits Alaska

This came out yesterday with thanks to USGS. A 7.0 M quake struck 14km from Anchorage, Alaska causing a lot of damages. There were no reports of injuries.

 

Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Sing Along Sesame Songs

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Smithsonian.

"Sunny days are ahead for little (and perhaps not-so-little) fans of “Sesame Street”’s impressive musical repertoire. Thanks to a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and Warner Music Group, iconic tunes from the show’s nearly five decades on television are now available for streaming and digital download, according to Variety’s Jem Aswad."
 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Got Milk?

This came out today with thanks to the UK Sun.

 

"The bovine behemoth stands head and shoulders above other farm beasts and weighs in at an incredible 1.4 tonnes (3,083lbs)."

 

"Owner Geoff Pearson told Perth Now that Knickers' size could even save its life, as Knicker's is too big for the local abattoir."

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Cashing Out

This came out today with thanks to the Bangor Daily News.

 

"The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to know: Have you lost an ATM recently? Misplaced it, perhaps? Yes, you read that correctly — an ATM."

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Noah's Nook

This came out today with thanks to JTA.

 

"For two years, the world’s only seaworthy life-size replica of Noah’s Ark has been wowing passengers traveling along Holland’s Maas River."

 

"Built according to the specifications detailed in the Hebrew Bible, the 390-foot-long vessel towers to a height of 75 feet. It boasts enough wood to fell 12,000 trees. And its distinct form dominates the coastline of the small town hosting it deep in southern Holland’s so-called Bible Belt."

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Hair Raising Ride

This came out today with thanks to the Unexplained Mysteries. 4 min clip.

 

"Gursky, who had no prior hand gliding experience whatsoever, had been looking forward to the spectacular views over Switzerland when, upon taking off from the hillside, he realized to his horror that his instructor had forgotten to attach his harness, leaving him clinging on for dear life."

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Doc Tattoo

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A young cancer survivor from Argentina recently surprised the doctor he credits for saving his life with a very unusual display of gratitude – a large back tattoo of the surgical oncologist next to the hospital he works at."

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Food Faces

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"From giant wheels of parmesan cheese to watermelons and even truffles, it seems that there’s no solid food that talented artist Valeriano Fatica cannot sculpt into an incredibly detailed artwork."

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Turtles Are Freezing

This came yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"The waters may be getting too cold, too fast, for sea turtles to handle. As a result, conservationists are seeing wave after wave of the endangered animals wash up on Massachusetts' shores — apparently surprised by the sudden temperature shift."

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Fishy Cruises

This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"In an effort to create more environmentally-friendly vacations, Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten is instituting a plan to power its ships using... dead fish."

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Starbuck's Juniper Coffee

This came out yesterday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"By now you are probably all too familiar with Starbucks' iconic holiday drink lineup, which returned in full swing this year. But now, my friends, there is a caffeinated plot twist: it turns out the chain wasn't quite finished rolling out the holiday goodies quite yet. In fact, Starbucks just added a Juniper Latte to its lineup, available starting Tuesday, Nov. 27."

 

 

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018

Cannabis Athletes

This came out today.

 

"The 420 Games is a national athletic events company founded by cannabis advocate Jim McAlpine. The 420 Games was established in San Francisco in 2014 to de-stigmatize cannabis use, in particular cannabis consumption combined with athletic pursuits. More than 20,000 cannathletes have competed in The 420 Games hosted across the U.S. Future 420 Games events will take place internationally including in Canada, the first G-7 county to legalize recreational cannabis. For more information, visit 420games.org."

 

 

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Mars Insight Lands Successfully on the Red Planet

This came out today with thanks to NASA.

 

Shown here is the first photo the Lander Insight. The speckles on the pic are dust particles on he lens cap. The Lander will pop it off in a couple or hours for more photos.

 

It's the first time that satellites were used to immediately relay information back to NASA.

 

 

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

42 Million Americans Died on Black Friday

This came out today with thanks to The Onion.

 

"According to emergency personnel, early estimates indicate that more than 42 million Americans were killed this past weekend in what is now believed to be the bloodiest Black Friday shopping event in history."

 

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Beer Cheaper Than Water at Game

This came out today with thanks today with thanks to The Onion.

 

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Moonshiners Disguised Their Footprints

This came out today with thanks today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Exact details about the following story are incomplete. But we do know this one crucial truth: At Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals game—which they lost to the Cleveland Browns—beer was, via at least one concession stand, cheaper than water. God bless America, et al."

 

Moonshine has a history that predates prohibition by a long stretch, having roots as far back as the American Revolution, or just a little while afterward.

 

When the fledgling nation was trying to pay for the war it had just finished and the costs involved in founding a new country, the government did the thing that made the most sense to raise some capital. It levied a tax on something that a lot of people wanted and used — alcohol.

 

 

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Toronto Pilot Car Share

This came out yesterday.

 

"Communauto FLEX is a new service created by Canada's longest-running car-sharing company Communauto. Communauto president M. Benoit Robert received the City's first permit under the new free-floating car-share pilot program from the Mayor of Toronto and Barbara Gray, the City of Toronto's General Manager of Transportation, on October 9."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Running Shoe a Marvel

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Beneyto took a knife and cut off the heel cushioning of the running shoes “at an anatomically strategic point to allow good mobility in the ankle” and went out for a run. The trainer and project director at FBR describes the sensation of running without the support of the heel as ‘incredible’."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

First Time Ions in the Air

This 6 minute came out yesterday on YouTube and has over 700,000 views.

 

"Researchers from MIT have flown a plane without moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an ‘ion drive’ which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an ‘ionic wind’. This wind drove a 5m wide craft across a sports hall. Unlike the ion drives which have powered space craft for decades, this new drive uses air as the accelerant. The researchers say it could power silent drones."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Photo Swap

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A young Lithuanian couple recently got their five minutes of online fame after spending a whole day replacing over 100 framed stock photos at an IKEA store in Vilnius with photos of themselves without attracting any attention from the staff."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Feed Me

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Researchers at Melbourne, Australia's RMIT University devised these bizarre "third arm" chest-mounted"robots to experiment with what they call "playful eating." For science. Video below. From RMIT University's Exertion Games Lab."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

11 Million-Year-Old Human Fossil

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"An 11-million-year-old fossil of an extinct ape found in the Kutch region of Gujarat sheds new light on the evolution of the creatures into the great apes and ancestral humans."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

The Time the Wicked Witch of the West Dropped By Mr. Rogers

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"To show kids that she was just a nice person playing a wicked witch, Wizard of Oz actress Margaret Hamilton dropped by Mister Rogers' neighborhood in 1975. Hamilton, a former kindergarten teacher, talked with Rogers about how she dreamed of being a witch when she was a girl and was "thrilled" when the part was offered to her as an adult."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Deadpool Noggin Knifeholder

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Britt Michelsen Deadpool Knife Block Instructable will show you how to modify a 3D mesh of Deadpool, print it, paint it, and make the greatest kitchen-counter accouterments you could possibly want."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Body Bricks

This came out yesterday about making bricks from people's ashes to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"The peculiar endeavour is the brainchild of KLF's Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty - two electronic pop veterans who had several hits in the UK back in the 80s and 90s."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Chinese Create Fusion 6x Hotter Than the Sun

This came out yesterday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"Often seen as the Holy Grail of power generation, nuclear fusion is the same process that produces energy in the Sun and works by fusing hydrogen nuclei together to create helium."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Soda Milk

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Have you ever wished your milk came with a bit of fizz? Seek out Skal, a blend of soda and skim milk in Japan."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Water Drop Exposes Long Lost Cities

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Following the unusually hot, dry summer, the water levels in a reservoir in Derbyshire, England, have recently dropped low enough to reveal two drowned villages. Winter rains have arrived, but it will take some time before the waters rise to reclaim the long-abandoned ruins."

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Music Torture

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Colombian singer Maluma is one of the world’s most popular reggaeton stars, but while millions of people love listening to his hits, one jailed Mexican official claims he has been driven crazy by Maluma’s music after police “tortured” him by playing loud reggaeton non-stop for 10 days straight."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Addicted to Cold Medicine

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"A Changsha man recently made news headlines in China after it was reported that he became hooked on cold medication 10 years ago and has taken over 30,000 pills since then just to satisfy his addiction."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

This Was Spinal Tap

This came out yesterday with thanks to AV Club.

 

"Some great news on this velvety cheek day: Fictional, yet somehow also real hard rock band Spinal Tap is reuniting to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of This is Spinal Tap. A commemorative mockumentary screening will take place at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and the band will perform as part of the festivities."

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

The Other Side of a Welcome Mat

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"While it's true that everything is political, I appreciate the opportunity to also be filled with rage about something unrelated to the specific issues, personas and parties of contemporary political discourse. So I heartily enjoyed reading the thread on Reddit titled "What's the rudest thing a guest has ever done in your home?"

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Way Out There Women's Fashion

This came out 2 weeks ago with thanks to Bustle.

 

"After decades (centuries??? millennia???) of being told to take up as little space as possible, women simply aren't having it anymore. It's been a particularly abundant year of people speaking out about oppressive norms that have historically come from living in a patriarchal society — and those conversations occasionally include theories for how we could improve the fashion industry."

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

4,000-Year-Old Customer Complaint

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"In ancient Mesopotamia, people lived, worked, and spent time with their families just as we do today. They also had everyday problems, and clay tablets discovered at the site of the ancient city of Ur, today Tell el-Muqayyar in southern Iraq, show some of them."

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Don't Tell Trudeau

This came out Saturday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"My 14-year-old pointed me to the cool work of artist Christian Faur. I see Mark featured his crayon portrait pieces on Boing Boing in the past but not pieces using his more recent medium of soda crackers!"

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Ad-Supported YouTube Movies Soon

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo. Therer's a good list of series shows like Grey's Anatomy and The Simpsons available now.

 

"You can now add YouTube to your list of sites to scour for free movie streaming, as the video-sharing giant has now added no-cost, ad-supported films to YouTube Movies."

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Pee Wee's Back in Town

This came out Thursday with thanks to AV Club.

 

"IFC has announced that it will begin airing Paul Reubens’ cult classic TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, starting this Thanksgiving Day. The network will air a 24-hour marathon, including the iconic holiday special Christmas At Pee-wee’s Playhouse, on Thursday, November 22 starting at 6 a.m. Then, the show will return to its rightful home on Saturday mornings beginning November 24." (re-reruns)

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Foxy Lady

This came out with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Here is something you don’t see every day – a woman casually waiting for the subway train in Moscow with a full-grown pet fox perched on her shoulder."

 

 

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Neck in Neck

This came out yesterday with thanks to Huzzlers.

 

 

"After Charles Dion Mcdowell was arrested for drug charges earlier this week, he has become an internet sensation for his abnormally sized neck, drawing jokes by thousands of social media users. According to reports, Charles could not handle the jokes and decided to surgically decrease the size of his neck with the permission of a judge."

 

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Insta-Beauty

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Back From the Future

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"You can own this DIY hovercraft Delorean for $45,000 "or best offer." After all, where you're going, you don't need roads. The seller is donating 10% of the sale to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Video of the vehicle below."

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Snow in Texas?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Zerohedge.

 

"There have been virtually no sunspots in 2018 as solar activity has dropped to alarmingly low levels.  As a result, our atmosphere has been cooling and shrinking, and experts are warning that we are heading for a bitterly, bitterly cold winter.  And even though the official start of winter is well over a month away, winter weather is already sweeping the nation."

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Autonomous Food Delivery

This came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Ford and Walmart are looking out for introverts who don’t want to go shopping in public or deal with delivery drivers."

 

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Gladiator Jeep

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"A couple of days ago we got a tip that the upcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup truck would be called the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and now it seems official images have leaked confirming the new name. It looks—well, it looks like a Wrangler pickup!"

 

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Catch Some Ketchup

This came out today with thanks to with thanks to The Takeout. (video)

 

"On October 27, that turd made her way through the drive-through of a McDonald’s in Santa Ana, California. She requested ketchup with her fries or nugs or whatever. She did not get as much ketchup as she wanted, to then this absolute butthead marched through the employee back door of the place and asked for ketchup."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Smile You're on Candid Camera

This came out today with thanks to Space.

 

The universe, it seems, is pretty pleased with the Hubble Space Telescope. I mean, just look at that smile!

 

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Buying Cups, Planting Plants

This came out today.

 

"As part of their new Buy This Cup, Plant a Plant program, 7-Eleven will plant a plant for every hot beverage cup purchased at any 7-Eleven Canada store.

 

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

5 Mysteries About Mars

This came out yesterday with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"The fourth rock from the sun, Mars has long captured both popular imagination and scientific interest. For decades, robots exploring the red planet have been beaming back pictures of a strange world full of breathtaking beauty."

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Live Orca Sounds

This came out yesterday with thanks to Orca Sounds.

 

Listen to live underwater sound in orca habitat! If you're lucky you'll hear orcas, but mostly you'll hear ships..." Choose a location and then select the green listen button. The control bar at the bottom lets you pause/play and shows how many people are listening for whales with you.

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Fussy on the Runway

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Victoria’s Secret is failing and flailing, despite the fact that their televised fashion show continues to air. Sales for the lingerie store have been declining since 2016 and millennials, who increasingly opt for comfort rather than ’80s-era ideas of sexy leather and lace, have been turning away from the brand.

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

The Most Feared Sniper in the Vietnam War

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"An American hero can be a complex beast. In some cases the title is controversial, particularly when it comes to military service."

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Eating in the Bigs

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Kelly says that over 100 people have tried The Notorious Pizza challenge, but they have all failed miserably, and while he invites more people to give it a go, the man is quite confident that no can beat it. Staff members of newspapers like the Irish Sun and Irish Mirror also gave it their best, but they could barely finish a quarter of the humongous pie and none of the milkshakes in the allotted time."

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

169 People OD on Pot

This came out yesterday with thanks to Huzzler.

 

"Marijuana has officially been legalized in Canada making it the official hotbox of the world but it’s not all sunshine. There have been 169 reported marijuana overdoses since this morning."

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Monopoly for Millennials

This came out Friday with thanks to AV Club.

 

"For the latest edition of its classic board game Monopoly, Hasbro— also responsible for such titles as Monopoly: Cheaters Edition and Monopoly: Cat Lovers’ Edition— has introduced a version intended to capture the millennial experience."

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Eggcellent Guess

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Japanese artist recently posted a picture of a hyper-realistic painting of a raw egg next to a photo of a real egg and challenged his social media followers to figure out which was which. Most of them couldn’t tell the difference. Can you?"

 

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Monopoly for Millennials

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"China’s state news agency Xinhua unveiled two very realistic looking AI news anchors that can “tirelessly” report the news 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world."

 

 

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

3D Printers Toxic

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

 

"Researchers have that found that 3D printers spew tiny particles into the air as they operate, though the quantity and nature of these potentially toxic aerosols are poorly understood. A new study identifies a startling variety of these emissions, and the conditions under which they’re produced."

 

 

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018

Tim Horton's Free Coffee and Donut for Veterans Nov 11

"On November 11, we take pause to honour and remember the veterans who have proudly served and continue to serve our country. On Remembrance Day, all veterans showing a proper veteran ID will receive a free hot beverage at any Tim Hortons restaurant in Canada."

 

"Leading up to and on Remembrance Day, Tim Hortons encourages our fellow Canadians to wear a poppy in honour of those, past and present who have served and sacrificed for Canada.  Guests can show our veterans they value their service by picking up a poppy at Tim Hortons locations across Canada until November 11."

 

 

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018

Babe Ruth Bat Up For Auction

"In 1924 Babe Ruth hit his first home run of the season off a pitch thrown by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.  That Home Run Bat was signed at the end of the game and presented to high school senior Phil Grossman. Grossman was the winner of a highly publicized year-long batting contest sponsored by the LA Herald.  The winner received the exact bat used by "The Babe" to hit the first home run of the 1924 season." 

 

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

No Remembrance Day Fly-by Over Chilliwack

British Columbia – Campbell River (CC-115 Buffalo), Comox (CC-115 Buffalo), Courtenay (CC-115 Buffalo), Cumberland (CC-115 Buffalo), Qualicum Beach (CC-115 Buffalo), Kamloops (CT-155 Hawk), New Westminster (CP-140 Aurora), Roberts Creek (CP-140 Aurora), Sidney (CH-124 Sea King), Skeetchestn First Nation (CT-155 Hawk), Metchosin (CH-148), Union Bay (CH-149), Ashcroft (CT-155 Hawk), Prince George (CT-155 Hawk) and Vancouver (CP-140 Aurora and CH-124 Sea King);

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Veteran Memorial Coins Available

This came out yesterday with thanks to Canada Mint.

 

"A century after the First World War ended, Canada remembers the Armistice as the culmination of four years of valour and sacrifice that stretched from the Ypres Salient to Vimy Ridge, and from Passchendaele to Mons, where the ceasefire marked the end of hostilities and the beginning of our need to never forget. Canada’s 2018 $2 circulation coin commemorates the centennial of the Armistice of 1918; twice featured in this collection, the coin pairs a poppy with a soldier’s helmet in a powerful expression of a nation’s gratitude for peace and the contributions of our combatants, who are collectively remembered every November 11."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Elephant Tusk Trade  Rampant

This came out today with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"A recent report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature showed that between 1970 and 2014 the vertebrate population declined by an average of 60 percent. While this was mostly due to habitat loss, the illegal trade in wildlife—whether rhino horn, tiger bone, or animals captured for the exotic pet market—poses a growing threat to many species’ survival."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Salmon Crossing a Road

This has been out on the web for a couple of days. Here's Unexplained Mysteries version. (Video)

 

Motorists this week were met with the unusual spectacle of dozens of salmon swimming across a highway. The peculiar traffic hazard was captured on video along a flooded section of Highway 101.

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Hairy Hoodie

This is for sale on Amazon.

 

 

"Classic design with drawstring hood and kangaroo pocket at the front. Vivid 3D human body print is funny enough to set you apart from the crowd.

 

High-quality polyester fabrics, wearable, breathable and scratch-resistant, soft to touch and comfortable to wear. Easy to wash in cold water, machine washable or hand washable. Match it with jeans, showing the design of fashionable and novelty."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

What's a Book Smell Like?

This came out today with thanks to Bustle.

 

"There are just some things that go hand-in-hand with being the ultimate book lover: drinking excessive amounts of coffee, taking a book with you wherever you go, constantly having an online cart filled with the newest best sellers, being on a first name basis with your favorite book characters, and totally nerding-out over book-inspired anything — and that definitely includes literary themed candles."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Cardboard is Hardboard

This came out Thursday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"It's hard to imagine cardboard being in need of a reinvention. After all, this sturdy old friend has served us well ever since it debuted in China more than 2,000 years ago as sheets of treated mulberry tree bark."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Don't Miss a Minute

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Real Madrid, one of the world’s most popular football clubs is currently testing TV urinals in the men’s bathrooms of their stadium, Sandiago Bernabeu, and it’s not the only one."

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Stick Around

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Chicken Kickin' Good

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

"A pet husky recently got his owner in trouble after escaping its enclosure, going into a neighboring farm and spending an entire night killing chickens."

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Dog Cuddler $100/hr

This came out Thursday with thanks to Dodo.

"MUTTS Canine Cantina, a dog-friendly restaurant and private dog park in Texas with two locations, is hiring its first-ever “puptern” — a lucky employee who will be responsible for petting and playing with all the four-legged customers."

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Dog Cuddler $100/hr

This came out Friday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"What's old is always going to eventually be new again, albeit in an updated, modernized, or altered form, in fashion. The new dELiA*s collection with Dolls Kill (Sizes XS to XL available) channels all of the elements of the iconic '90s and '00s fashion brand. The pieces will speak to fashionistas of all ages and of all personal styles — especially those who remember dELiA*s during its sartorial heyday. It's a late '90s revival and it's really awesome."

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Incentives to Vote?

This came out Friday with thanks to Big Think.

"While social media giants receive a fair amount of blame for disseminating misleading and false information in regards to elections, Twitter tried to course-correct in September with its "Be a Voter" campaign."

 

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

The Making of a Killer

This came out Saturday with thanks to Vox.

"Years before he killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, Scott Beierle was posting YouTube videos in which he called women “sluts” and “whores” and talked about ripping their heads off."

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

This Bong's a Real Hit

This came out Friday with thanks with thanks to Motherboard.

"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Never underestimate the boundless creativity that stoners apply to getting high. Sometimes stoner engineering is delightfully low tech, like figuring out how to smoke weed from a crab leg. Other times, it’s scrappy and DIY, like this device to measure how hard you hit a bong."

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Cloned Websites

This came out Friday with thanks Tuesday with thanks to Medium News.

"Today’s internet is bland. Everything looks the same: generic fonts, no layouts to speak of, interchangeable pages, and an absence of expressive visual language. Even micro-typography is a mess."

 

 

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Space Rock Up Close

This came out Friday with thanks to Discover Mag.

 

At long last, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has delivered an up close and personal view of asteroid Bennu.

 

 

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Psychos and the Rest of Us

This came out yesterday with thanks to Hazlitt.

 

"I lurked on the psychopath forum for three days before contacting anyone. It is, unsurprisingly, a scary place. People have usernames like CoiledSnake and PowerShark. The forum was hosted by a now-defunct social networking site called Experience Project which allowed people to communicate anonymously through forums or private messages on everything from divorce and depression to, in this case, psychopathy."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Disney Fan House For Sale

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

"Some people really love Disney World. In fact, they want to be reminded of it every minute of the day and night."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Something to Bark About

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Edgardo “Perros” Zuniga has been travelling all around Mexico on a tricycle, looking for abandoned and injured dogs to rescue and put up for adoption. He has rescued over 400 dogs in the last 5 years."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Tooth and Nail

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The simplest way to describe Chrom is as a nail polish for your teeth. It lets you color your chompers in 10 various colors, doesn’t smudge and lasts for up to 24 hours."

 

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

High Cat

This came out today with thanks Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Polish mountain climber who recently scaled his country’s highest peak was surprised to find a domestic cat waiting for him at the very top."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Did You Get One of These Burger King Beauts?

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Big Think.

 

"This past Monday, Munch Squad focused on a burger put out by Burger King called the 'Nightmare King,' which Burger King claimed was clinically proven to give you nightmares, a claim it said was backed up by a study it ran with Paramount Trials and Florida Sleep & Neuro Diagnostic Services."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Cat Booties

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"If you’ve been looking for a way to prevent your pet cat from scratching you whenever you try to bathe or groom it, maybe try these bizarre anti-scratching boots. Don’t expect your beloved pet to thank you, though."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Have a Drink on Us

This came out Today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"In my opinion, people drink too much water. Imagine a time traveler from the 1970s looking at all the people walking around carrying canteens. They'd wonder what happened. On the flip side, there are people who hate drinking water (and other liquids) so much that they end up in emergency rooms. Quinn Meyers of Mel investigates this odd breed of hydrophobes."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Deforestation on a Massive Scale

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"If you want to see just how destructive runaway deforestation can be to a major landmass, you need look no further than Haiti. The Caribbean nation was once covered in trees, with 60 percent of its landmass forested. Today, the country's original primary wooded areas are almost barren. It's an environmental catastrophe of immense proportions, reports Phys.org."

 

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Rich Beggar

This came out today with thanks today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"79-year-old who spent most of her time begging at a train station in Hangzhou, China, was recently ousted as a relatively rich pensioner who lives in a 5-storey villa and owns several retail stores and rental properties in the city."

 

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Poppies Are Out Today

"The Royal Canadian Legion National Poppy Campaign is officially underway with thousands of poppies available to Canadians at Legion branches and numerous locations around the country."

The 2018 campaign features a new digital poppy, found online at mypoppy.ca.

 Canadians who donate online will receive a digital poppy in remembrance of a Veteran of their choosing.

 

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Transportation Fun

This came out today with thanks to Giggsamphibians.

"The Humdinga is one of the more rugged vehicles created by Gibbs, capable both off-road and on-water. It can carry up to 9 passengers, with the signature Gibbs central driving position and can carry a tonne in payload. It reaches speeds of 40mph on water and over 80mph on land, with twin Gibbs proprietary water jets and 4WD."

 

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Faith on YouTube

This came out today with thanks to Emmanuel TV.

"Emmanuel TV, a global Christian television station, has reached a subscriber base of over 1 million on its YouTube channel garnering over 387 million views, making it the most watched Christian ministry, not exclusively focused on music programming, on the platform."

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

The Big Quack

This came out today.

"Water's Edge Festivals & Events is pleased to announce that the ONTARIO 150 Tour was named Tourism Event of the Year at the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Awards in Windsor on Wednesday night. During the summer of 2017, Water's Edge Festivals & Events brought the ONTARIO 150 Tour to six ports throughout the province including Toronto, Owen Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Amherstburg and Brockville."

"The tour consisted of the much loved 61-foot-tall, 30,000-pound World's Largest Rubber Duck; Rhythm of the Nation, a unique interactive multicultural music and dance show; and an axe throwing and tree climbing event from the West Coast Lumber Jack Show."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Astro Baby

This came out yesterday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"The ridiculously ambitious (and somewhat questionable) endeavour aims to "enable sustainable life beyond Earth" by facilitating the first ever human birth in outer space."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Dumb Robbers

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A group of six delinquents have been dubbed “the dumbest robbers in Belgium” after falling for a trick so simple that Dumb and Dumber could see through it."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Scammer Tattoo

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Russian man who reportedly has the habit of scamming tattoo artists by refusing to pay for their work recently got “scammer” permanently tattooed on his forehead by his latest victim."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Megastrucures Inspired By Aliens

This came out yesterday with thanks to Big Think.

 

"To some people, like Elon Musk, the troubling thought is that we don't really know whether we live in a "real" or impressively-rendered digital world. What makes the prospect of us living in a simulation more than a tired billionaire's flight of fancy is the possible existence of Matrioshka brains, theoretical megastructures that could harness the power of stars."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Called Cops 45,000 Times in One Year

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 55-year-old Turkish man is facing up to five years in jail for “preventing public officials from performing their duty”. His crime – phoning the police 45,210 times in just one year."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

4-Year-Old Author

This came out today with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Dorothy Elmhisrt Straight, born on May 25, 1958, in Washington D.C. wrote a book at the age of only four, making her the youngest female published author. She holds a Guinness world record for it."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

New Flavour "Witches Brew"

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"Fellow spooky caffeinated people, today is truly a day of days: Starbucks just dropped a new Witch's Brew Frappuccino for a limited time, in all its purply, greenish glory."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

A 34 Mile Bridge

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"On Wednesday, China will open a sprawling six-lane mega-bridge connecting the mainland city of Zhuhai to Hong Kong and Macau with over 34 miles of elevated roadway."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Face Jail for Dinosaur Bones?

This came out today with thanks to National Geographic.

 

We are all familiar with the trade in drugs or stolen artworks. But what would make someone want to risk life and limb for a fossil? That’s one of the questions Paige Williams has tried to answer in The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for the Ultimate Trophy.

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Bong Brain

This came out Friday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Stoners get a bad rap. The stereotypical pothead is a lazy underachiever whose skills include eating an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting and curating reggae playlists, but this caricature neglects the bottomless creativity stoners apply to getting high."

 

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Video  Game Hand

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Chinese woman recently found herself unable to use the fingers on her right hand after spending her entire week-long vacation playing video games on her smartphone."

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Brain Chips

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Daily Mail.

 

 

"In June 2017, SJ Rail, the Swedish train operator, announced that around 100 people were using microchips to pay for their journey."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Pay for Dinner with Instagram Followers

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Social media promotion has become so important nowadays that businesses are offering freebies to anyone with a certain following on popular social networks. Case in point, this Milan-based restaurant that offers free sushi to people with a bit of clout on Instagram."

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Watch Paul Abdul Fall While Singing

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"During her concert in Biloxi, Mississippi Saturday night as part of the "Straight Up Paula! North American Tour 2018," Paula Abdul accidentally fell of the stage into the crowd of people. She had been encouraging the audience to clap along and didn't seem to notice how close she was to the edge of the stage. A concert-goer captured it on video, which ends when people scream."

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

"Mansize Kleenex" Sexist to Be Banned

This came yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Quick! Get some of these sexist facial tissues while you still can."

 

"It took them 60 years but Kleenex is finally renaming their "Mansize" tissues after getting customer complaints. The facial-tissues-formerly-known-as-Mansize will now be branded "Extra Large."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Monk Sat on a Pole for 37 Years

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Many people are familiar with tales of the Indian yogis who can remain in one position for days or weeks."

 

"Some yogis and Buddhist monks have been capable of slowing their heartbeats down to the point that they’re virtually undetectable."

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

A Rare Look Inside Alcatraz

This came out last Tuesday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Alcatraz, or “The Rock,” is a rugged island surrounded by the cold, choppy waters of the Pacific and is located 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California."

 

"First used as a military prison in the early 1900s, Alcatraz became notoriously known for the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary that housed some of the most famous mobsters and criminals between 1934 and 1963."

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Monkey Madness

This came out last yesterday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

“Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday. He was hit on the head, chest and legs." He died later.

 

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

$2.5 million Car a Real Rocket

This came out last Wednesday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"We have a running theory about Christian von Koenigsegg, the genius founder of Swedish hypercar company Koenigsegg, that basically states he’s actually from the future. He’s stuck in our era, trying to invent a car fast enough to take him back to his home time. After driving the $2.5 million, 1,360 horsepower, 277.9 mph Koenigsegg Agera RS, I don’t doubt this at all, and I think he may be close."

 

 

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Got Gramps?

This came out Tuesday with thanks to the LA Times.

 

"A Davis high school student allegedly baked her grandfather’s ashes into a batch of sugar cookies and gave them to classmates, some of whom were aware they contained human remains before they ate them, authorities said Tuesday."

 

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

When Will We Die?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Tech Review.

 

It's the ultimate unanswerable question we all face: When will I die? If we knew, would we live differently? So far, science has been no more accurate at predicting life span than a $10 fortune teller. But that’s starting to change.

 

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Artificial Moon

This came out Tuesday with thanks to People.cn.

 

"What do you think about an artificial moon? There's plans for one over Chengdu, China, that's 8x the size of the regular moon. It'll be done with satellites and controlled with precision."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Notable Note

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Xiao Lung Wang, a young man from China, set a new Guinness record for the “highest vocal note by a male”, with a truly ear-splitting performance."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Man Eats Pizza Daily for 37 Years

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Mike Roman, a teacher from New Jersey, recently got his five minutes in the internet spotlight after coming on a podcast to discuss his unusual eating habits. The 41-year-old claims to have eaten pizza at least once a day for the last 37 years."

 

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Drivers Who Can't Pay Fines Won't Lose Licence

This came out today with thanks to the Tennesseean.

 

 

"Tennessee can no longer revoke people's driver licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets, a federal judge said Tuesday in a landmark ruling that could affect as many as 291,000 people."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Could E-Scooters Work in Chilliwack?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

Week one of San Francisco’s year-long electric scooter pilot program is reportedly already creating problems, both with the way they’re being operated and seemingly by the sheer fact that they now (legally) exist on its streets. Problems with the e-scooters just days into the program include illegal parking, devices left astray, and riders on sidewalks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

A Visual History of Women's Shoes

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The earliest years of the 20th century were heavily influenced by Victorian moral principles. Women were still expected to be stay-at-home wives and carry out the domestic chores."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

How Many Kids Did This Woman Have

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The theoretical limit of how many babies a male human could father seems to be limitless. Genghis Khan is a popular historical example."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Buy This 1000 HP Yenko at the Dealer

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

Was the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon not powerful enough for you, or is that just what you’re telling everyone because you’re ashamed of not ordering one in time? Swing by your local Chevrolet dealership soon, then, because the 1,000 horsepower 2019 Yenko Camaro is your chance for redemption.

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

How to Find Cameras in Your Air BNB

This came out yesterday with thanks to Lifehacker.

 

"There’s a lot to think about when you’re staying in a stranger’s house. Will they kill me? Is it okay to eat lunch in my bedroom so I don’t have to talk to them? And ... are there hidden cameras waiting to catch me naked?"

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Edible Cotton

This came out yesterday with thanks to Takeout.

 

"Yesterday, the U.S. Department Of Agriculture gave a preliminary go-ahead to an edible cotton product, paving the way for farmers to grow cotton as not just a textile but a food. Before you, like me, get too fixated on the fascinating image of popping cotton poofs into your mouth like, well, cotton candy, that’s not exactly what edible cotton will look like. It’s the cotton seeds that would be edible; currently, cottonseed is mostly used as feed for cattle or is pressed to make cottonseed oil."

 

 

 

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Bounding Baby

This came out yesterday with thanks to Circa.

 

"Harper Yeats, a 5-month-old baby will soon become the youngest person to travel all 50 states in the U.S. on Thursday."

 

 

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Dance to the Music

This came out today with thanks to Circa.

 

They're known for their viral choreography, and The Best Damn Band In The Land didn't disappoint Saturday when they performed their take on some pop hits.

 

While playing "Shut Up and Dance With Me" by Walk The Moon, the Ohio State marching band showed that anyone can do the floss dance. Forming three stick people, the band flossed its way across midfield.

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Looting Anyone?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Family Dollar in Florida looted in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Google Streetview Catches Cheating Wife

This came out Saturday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"A Peruvian man recently divorced his wife after discovering her infidelity while looking around on Google Street View."

 

"The unnamed man who recently posted photographic proof of his discovery on Facebook, was allegedly looking for the fastest way to reach the Bridge of Sighs, in Barranco, Lima."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

The Strange Days of 1960s Women Fashion

This came out Thursday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The 1960s was an exciting time to be a young woman in the Western World. The shockwaves of a cultural revolution were starting to rumble through the once modest and subdued societies of American and Western Europe."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Railroad Jack

This came out Thursday with thanks to Mental Floss.

One day in the 1880s, a peg-legged railway signalman named James Edwin Wide was visiting a buzzing South African market when he witnessed something surreal: A chacma baboon driving an oxcart. Impressed by the primate’s skills, Wide bought him, named him Jack, and made him his pet and personal assistant.

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

E-Bikes Now Get 90 Miles

This came out Friday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"The number of electric motorcycle companies has just grown by one. Tarform, based in New York City and Stockholm, Sweden, has announced its first model."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Frog Plague

This came out Friday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

What did North Carolina do to deserve 2018? Besides a hurricane (and the possible remnants of another one), it’s been hit by strange animal sightings, multiple UFO reports, spillover from strange objects washing ashore in South Carolina, and now a biblical plague of frogs and toads that has amphibians raining down, popping up and clinging to the sides of everything

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

New US Choppers

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Zerohedge.

 

"Boeing Co. was awarded a large contract to supply the US Air Force with new helicopters to guard intercontinental ballistic missile bases across the US, the Pentagon said." (Video) 

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Algae Diesel Fuel

This came out Friday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a way to make renewable diesel fuel from algae. A new $2 million grant from the Department of Energy will help those researchers successfully develop a method to harvest algae and turn it into fuel that doesn’t contribute to climate change."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Can Mars Be Colonized or What?

This came out Thursday with thanks to Nautilus.

 

"It seemed inevitable that Elon Musk would eventually get into a Twitter war over whether Mars can be terraformed. When you’re on Twitter, he told Businessweek in July, you’re “in meme war land.” “And so essentially if you attack me,” he said, “it is therefore okay for me to attack back."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Man Shot a Family of Apes

This came out Sunday with thanks to Daily Mail.

 

"An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner  is being criticized by some after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons and other animals he killed while hunting in Africa."

 

 

Saturday, Oct 14, 2018

Pink Starbucks

This came out last week with thanks to Tech Times.

 

"Starbucks is serving three special pink drinks to customers in Indonesia to raise awareness for breast cancer this October."

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Mushrooms Could Help Save Bees

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Over the past decade, beekeepers have experienced dramatic colony losses, with average bee losses of more than 30 percent. Causes range from pollution to habitat loss to viruses transmitted by parasites."

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Air Head

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Russian man miraculously survived after inserting an 8-inch kitchen knife into his skull. Asked why he did that to himself, the man told police that he was trying to make another hole so he could breathe better."

 

 

Monday, Oct 8, 2018

Old Fashioned Halloween

This came out Saturday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Every year on October 31st, people all over America dress up in scary costumes, throw crazy parties, or take their kids trick or treating around the neighborhood. But it wasn’t always the fun, candy-fueled time it is seen as today."

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Yazidi Woman Wins Nobel

This came out Saturday with thanks to Vox.

 

"A Yazidi woman just became the first Iraqi ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nadia Murad, 25, an activist from the persecuted Yazidi religious minority in Iraq and a former captive of ISIS, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. She shares the award with Dr. Denis Mukwege, 63, a Congolese surgeon who treats victims of rape."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Writers Brutally Killed

This came out Saturday with thanks to the Daily Beast.

 

 

"ROME—The face of 30-year-old Bulgarian investigative journalist Victoria Marinova had been beaten with such brutal force that the popular television journalist was not recognizable."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Murray Still Rockin and Rollin'

This came Sunday with thanks to Clickhole.

 

"Bill Murray just cemented his reputation as one of the best pranksters of all time with his latest epic stunt. When a plane landed after a 16-hour flight from L.A. to Japan, one lucky man opened the overhead luggage bin and got the surprise of a lifetime when Bill Murray’s corpse tumbled out."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Biffy Bonanza

This came out Sunday witht thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Ancient Rome is huge. So huge that people end up finding remnants of it even when they are simply fixing the toilet."

 

"That was the case for Luciano Faggiano, owner of a building in the center of Lecce, Italy."

 

"When a serious sewage issue showed up, Mr. Faggiano was amid plans to launch a local trattoria business, an Italian-styled eatery."

 

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Astounding Asteroid

This came out Saturday with thanks thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

A rock used to prop open a door for more than 30 years has been identified as a rare type of meteorite.

The owner of the space rock, who wishes to remain anonymous, originally acquired it from the previous owner of a farm that he had purchased back in 1988.

 

 

Friday, Oct 5, 2018

Pumpkin Bumpkins

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Reuters.

 

"Grown specially for the race, the pumpkins must weigh at least 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and, to minimize the risk of capsizing, more for heavier participants."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Could They Really Make a Black Hole?

This came out Sunday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"Maybe a black hole could form, and then suck in everything around it," he wrote. "The second scary possibility is that the quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

History is Being Made

This came out Sunday with thanks to Fast Company.

 

"Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym. After politely offering me a cup of coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Skull Shaped Asteroid

This came out Sunday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Halloween is still a month away and fans of the holiday are already stocking up on fake spider webs and vampire teeth. But Halloween 2018 will bring an unusual new visitor: A ghost asteroid."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

A Day in the Life of Pompeii

This came out Sunday with thanks to Aeon.

 

Before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 CE, Pompeii was a thriving Roman port city and commercial hub near modern-day Naples, and home to an estimated 15,000 people. Closer to the mountain’s base and on the other side, the nearby town of Herculaneum, estimated population 5,000, was smaller, wealthier and a popular resort for elite Romans.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Sex Doll Brothel

This came out Sunday with thanks to Inverse.

 

"Sex robot brothels could soon be opening their doors across the continent in the coming months, if they could only get the appropriate paperwork together. That even includes what could be the first-ever robo-brothel in the United States."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Could Orcas Go Extinct?

This came out Sunday with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"They live in chatty groups, and can hunt in teams—sometimes working in tandem to create waves that dump unlucky prey off floating ice. Savvy orcas, with their splotchy two-tone flesh and rich family lives, have survived mass slaughter, being captured with nets and lassos, and being trucked and airlifted to marine theme parks."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Famine Caused By Greed

This came out Sunday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"In 1958, Chinese Communist Cadre descended into farmers’ homes on an official government mission: to confiscate food supplies and cooking equipment, and destroy private kitchens. Officially, the communist government demonized private kitchens as “symbols of selfishness.” But for Chinese farmers, this meant that the ubiquity of cooking and eating meals at home suddenly became illegal."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Burning Lake

This came out Sunday with thanks to Live Science.

 

"So exactly how do you light a lake on fire? You'd have to watch the 2 minute clip to find out. No spoilers here."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Millions Spent to Enforce Legal Weed

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"A Toronto-area police force expects to spend more than $20 million to enforce legal weed laws over the next two years, and about $7 million more on enforcement every year after that. Most of the money is earmarked for cracking down on impaired driving and rooting out any remaining black market businesses after legalization comes into effect on October 17th."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Weird Neutron Star

This came out Sunday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"Neutron star: a celestial object of very small radius (typically 18 miles/30 km) and very high density, composed predominantly of closely packed neutrons; thought to be formed form by the gravitational collapse of the remnant of a massive star after a supernova explosion, making it essentially a stellar corpse and too small to be a black hole."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Brazil Rainforest Now Called an 'Extinction Vortex'

This came out Sunday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"It's sometimes a challenge for scientists to articulate just how extensively certain ecosystems in sensitive areas around the world are being threatened. There's nothing ambiguous about the term "extinction vortex," however."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Rabbit Saves Cat

This came out Sunday with thanks to Digg.

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Just Nuke 'Em

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News. test

 

Scientists are talking about using 20 megaton hydrogen bombs to punch the eye out of the storm over open ocean. The bomb that leveled Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, was about 20 kilotons.

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Creative Wedding Dress

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central. (30 sec video)

 

"A creative female farmer in China recently broke the internet with a gorgeous wedding dress she made out of 40 cement bags leftover after repairing her country house."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Finding Your Inner Chi

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Jesse Rix has been tattooing since 2005 and specializes in a wide range of styles, from realism to nature pieces, but it’s hid geometric, three-dimensional optical illusion tattoos that really get people talking. Some of his works are so trippy that you could swear you’re looking at a fantastic world underneath a person’s skin."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Eat and Don't Leave

This came out yesterday with thanks to Huzlers.

 

"Richmond, Virginia – A mother was arrested yesterday after she left her four children aged between one and seven years old in her car for more than nine hours while she was eating alone in a restaurant."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Fancy Dance Coin Released

 

This came out earlier this week.

 

"The Royal Canadian Mint has joined McGill University's First Peoples' House 17th Annual Pow Wow to unveil a vividly coloured silver collector coin celebrating the spectacular pageantry of the Fancy Dance, a modern Indigenous art form that is a powerful and captivating expression of Indigenous pride and heritage." The coin etails for $189.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Kids Sports Day at White Spot Friday Sept 28

 

"It's back! Triple O's ninth annual KidSport Day fundraiser takes place at 41 participating restaurants on Friday, September 28. The province-wide initiative helps financially under-privileged kids learn teamwork skills and build self-confidence through team sports. Donations cover annual registration fees, and all funds raised go back to kids in their community."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Cocaine Bust in Banana Boxes

This came out today with thanks to Mashable.

 

"On Friday, Sept. 21, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) posted on Facebook about a drug mix up that sounds like it has just as wild a story behind it as the hit AMC TV series."

 

"The department received 45 boxes of donated bananas from Ports of America in Freeport near the Gulf of Mexico. But it turns out the donation was a greater gift than either organization could have imagined, containing an additional 540 packages of cocaine, valued at nearly $18 million."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Like Mayo? Like Ketchup?

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Mental Floss.

 

"Like it or not, Heinz Mayochup is on its way to a store near you. As Us Weekly reports, bottles of the blended sauce—made from mayonnaise and ketchup, naturally—will be available for purchase later this month."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Japan Makes History As Rovers Land on Asteroid

This came today with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.


"The two mobile rovers - the first ever to land on the surface of an asteroid - were deployed on Friday from the main Hayabusa2 spacecraft which arrived in orbit around the asteroid back in June."

"Part of the Japanese Space Agency's MINERVA-II1 program, the plucky little rovers have been designed to hop around on the asteroid's surface while snapping pictures and recording data."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Electric Therapy Could Reduce Prison Sentences

This came out yesterday with thanks Daily Mail.

 

Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All that plastic is causing harm to the creatures that live in the ocean, from coral reefs smothered in bags, to turtles gagging on straws, to whales and seabirds that starve because their bellies are so jammed with bits of plastic that there’s no room for real food.

 

 

Brain stimulation could change the morality of criminals so they are forced to feel remorseful about their crime, according to a cognitive neuroscientist.
Convicted criminals could have years shaved off their custodial sentences if they agree to have electrical stimulation therapy that made them feel guilty.

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Electric Blue Night Clouds Says NASA

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network. (video)

 

"Every year, for a period of between five to 10 days, the night skies over Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are visited by an unusual phenomenon known as noctilucent clouds (NLCs) or polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs). Residing at an altitude between 47 to 53 miles, these electric-blue clouds are the highest in Earth's atmosphere and can only be observed well after the sun has dipped below the horizon at twilight."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Coke and Marijuana?

This came out Monday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"Coca Cola may be jumping into the weed business, according to a media report, which says the beverage giant is interested in producing CBD-infused drinks and is in talks with Canada’s third largest weed company."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Canadian Gov't to Scan Online for Potheads

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"The Canadian government is seeking a company that will scour social media and the dark web for data on Canadians’ use of cannabis. The request comes just weeks before recreational pot use becomes legalized on October 17."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Finally Facebook Dating?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Facebook has already tried to help you find your dream job, catch up on the latest news, and even sell all that junk cluttering up your basement. Yes, all those ventures have either flopped or become mired in controversy."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

World's First Recycled Bottle Bike Path

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network

 

"News that the world's first bike path made from recycled plastic has been completed in the Netherlands is impressive — and also not at all surprising."

"In fact, this very moment seemed inevitable. In a country with a famously robust yet easygoing bicycling culture as well as a penchant for transforming plastic waste into marvelous new things, why wouldn't the Dutch be the first to start paving bike lanes with old soda bottles?"

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Geisha Guy

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Hosts are considered the modern version of geishas in Japan. They are charming women who engage in a carefully choreographed performance designed to make clients feel like the most important person on Earth. But in certain clubs around Tokyo’s Kabuchiko district, the tables have turned; here it’s male hosts who cater to the needs of female clients, and there’s no one better at it than Roland, the so-called emperor of Japan’s male host industry."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Clowning Around

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A man managed to get himself jailed for 16 weeks and miss the birth of his child, after lying to his pregnant girlfriend that he had been kidnapped, just so he could get drunk with his buddies."

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018

The Fake Cop Who Pulls Off Gigantic Heist

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"In a still and quiet Tokyo suburb, just across the city’s Fuchū Prison, Japan witnessed its greatest heist of a century some 50 years ago."

"While thoughts might flash to Bonnie and Clyde style kind of mischief, the crime scene that grim Tuesday morning of December 10, 1968, would have looked completely different than that."

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

What Happened at the Observatory?

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"This is how it happens when extraterrestrials make contact with Earth."

 

"It starts with a newspaper report about suspicious activity at a space research facility—government agents and military vehicles. The local sheriff gets angry and confused. Then the TV news reports feature interviews with locals saying things like, “Nothing really happens here very much. And since nobody knows, it could be almost anything."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Halloween 2018 With Jamie Lee Curtis

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"On October 19, 2018, a reboot of Halloween will open in theaters across America. Set 40 years after the original film, Laurie Strode will come face to face with Michael Myers yet again. Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the iconic role; John Carpenter is executive producer and composer on the new film."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Beautiful Women of the Past

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

 

"The Edwardian era is the period between 1901 and 1910, named after King Edward VII of Great Britain, the most fashionable royal of the century who demanded extreme glamour."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Night Balls

This came out Saturday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Ever wish you could play a game of catch at night, without needing a powerful light source? Well, with the new SparkCatch LED-illuminated baseball, now you can."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

No Appendixes Allowed

This came out Saturday with thanks to Oddity Central.


"
Can you imagine needing to have your appendix removed just to be able to live in your city? That’s exactly what the residents of Villa Las Estrellas, a small Chilean settlement in Antarctica, are required to do in order to live there long-term."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Upbeat "Beat It" on Piano

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Hungarian pianist Peter Bence covers popular songs by performers like Sia, Queen (check out his "Don't Stop Me Now"), and The Beatles. His latest cover is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson and it might well be the most chipper version of it I've ever heard. Absolutely delightful!"

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

What Different Heights of Storm Surges Do

This came out Friday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Hurricane Florence is coming for me. I live in the middle of South Carolina and, as I type this, the sky is darkening and the wind is picking up."

 

"There’s an electricity in the air—that weird drop in barometric pressure is a sure sign a storm is coming. I live in a flood-prone area that might see high waters, but nothing like what’s battering the coast, where the storm surge might put up to nine feet of water in the street."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

Ugly Halloween Sweaters

This came out Thursday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"It is time, my friends. For all you people who have been biding their time while friends fawned over summer dresses while you were secretly waiting to bust out the pumpkins and ghost prints, your time has come. And luckily for you ugly Halloween sweaters are becoming a thing this year, where they take the concept of ugly Christmas sweaters and turn them spooky and ghoulish."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

The Original Food Trucks

This came out Thursday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"In 1893, Boston was bustling, especially after the sun went down. “Night owls of all classes” roamed the streets, wrote the Boston Daily Globe, including “workers, idlers, pleasure seekers, spendthrifts, tramps and bums.” At some point, all of these people would want something to eat. The wealthy could get their quail on toast at any hour, observed the writer. For everyone else, there were the night lunch wagons. While they served inexpensive eats, the wagons themselves could be as fancifully decorated as music boxes on wheels."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

A Door to Treasures?

This came out today with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

 

"Lying within Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala, India, is a grand structure known as Padmanabhaswamy Temple, with the name derived from the word Padmanabha, meaning “One emerging from the lotus.” Dating back to at least the 6th century and steadily renovated throughout the 16th century by the Kings of the Travancore Royal Family, it is one of the 108 temples of Vaishnavism, or the worship of Vishnu, one of the main deities of Hinduism."

 

 

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018

Look Ma, No Hands

This  came out yesterday from came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism. (VIDEO)

 

 

On Tuesday September 11, BMW released a video of its self-driving motorcycle in action. In it, the driverless motorcycle starts its engine and then takes off down a track. It accelerates and makes turns all on its own before returning to a complete stop. The best part: the tech powering the motorcycle could one day keep bikers safer on the road.

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018

Stamp Honours Armed Forces

This  came out yesterday from Canada Post.

 

"Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms."

 

Monday, Sept 10, 2018

Stamp Honours Paramedics

This  came out today with thanks to Canada Post.

 

"Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that honours the country's paramedics for providing life-saving medical care to Canadians."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Can an Elephant Survive Without Its Trunk?

This sad item came out Friday with thanks to Nat. Geographic.

 

"Unfortunately for one calf in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, this is not a hypothetical question. It’s an experiment that’s unfolding in real-time."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

No Litter Boxes Needed

This item came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Would You Eat Spiderman?

This item came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"If you’re looking for someone to make a realistic, three-dimensional portrait of your pet cat using felt wool, you’ll have a tough time finding someone better than Wakuneco. Just have a look at what she can do with a needle and wool thread."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Chinese Food Smell Candles

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"With hints of soy, lemongrass, and ginger, here's a candle crafted to smell like Chinese food. Because. That's why."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Stoned Military?

This came out Friday with thanks to Vice.

 

"Canada’s military will impose stiff restrictions on cannabis use among members of the armed forces once the legal market opens up next month. The force has long had a zero-tolerance approach to drug use in general, but the legalization of cannabis has prompted a revamp of those guidelines."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

EV Semi Trucks Coming to Surrey

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Walmart must be enthused with Tesla's vision for electric trucking, since it's quadrupling the size of its Semi order. The retailer is buying 30 additional Semis on top of the 10 it purchased back in November 2017, with the latest batch destined for Canada. The first 20 will bolster Walmart's core fleet in Missisauga, while the rest will support a future fulfillment center in Surrey, BC that will rely solely on EVs. It's part of a larger strategy that will see Walmart's Canadian branch rely exclusively on "alternative power" for its fleet by 2028."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Giant Garbage Catch-All Heads to the Pacific

This came out an hour ago with thanks to BBC.

 

"When a Dutch teenager went swimming in the sea in Greece seven years ago, he was shocked to see more plastic than fish."

 

"In fact, Boyan Slat was so appalled by the pollution that he soon started to campaign for the oceans to be cleaned up."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Wal-Mart Doors Won't Open for Blacks

This unconfirmed report which may be fake news came out today from Huzlers.

 

"A Wal-Mart in Kentucky has allegedly been fixed with automatic doors that don’t open for African Americans. However, African Americans are still permitted in the store, only they had to use the manual doors. “I tried to walk in that b*tch and them muthaf*ckin doors aint open, so I thought the Wal-Mart was closed until a white dude just walk by and the doors opened for him, so then I try again and they ain’t open for me, I knew it was cause I’m black cuz” says Darrius Fletcher, a victim of the new Wal-Mart technology."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Common Painkiller has Serious Heart Risks

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A commonly used painkiller might be too risky for people to keep taking, suggests a new study published this week in the BMJ. It found that people who use diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), are more likely to come down with cardiovascular disease than people who take other NSAIDs or acetaminophen."

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Outside the Box
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
~ Steve Jobs