July 18th, 2008

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Red Lobster Exec commits suicide, attempts to frame it as a murder, possibly inspired by an episode of CSI.

"Thomas Hickman drove through New Mexico, police say, until his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo ran out of gas. Then the 55-year-old North Richland Hills man walked into a field, tied helium balloons to a gun, covered his mouth with duct tape, and shot himself in the back of the head, according to New Mexico State Police."

As Poirot once put it: "Not a murder made to look like a suicide, but a suicide made to look like a murder."

Editorial cartoonists: A dying breed, apparently.

Mom doesn't bother reporting her five year old daughter missing because "she was doing her own investigation."
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Escaping the Amish

Via BoingBoing: Pros and cons of growing up Amish

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, interviewed a woman who "escaped from the Amish." It's fascinating. Here's an excerpt:

What were the positives of growing up Amish?

-Growing up bilingual (Though I didn’t become fluent in English until after I escaped and I was always very self-conscious about my command of the English language)

-The emphasis on the solidarity of the extended family unit

-The emphasis on being hospitable to strangers, helping those in need, whether Amish or “English” (anyone who’s not Amish is “English,” no matter what language or culture he/she represents)

-Building your own houses, growing your own food, sewing your own clothes

These experiences taught me self-reliance, self-preservation, and gave me the ability to relate to non-American familial cultures much better than I might otherwise.

The biggest negatives?

-The rape, incest and other sexual abuse that run rampant in the community

-Rudimentary education

-Physical and verbal abuse in the name of discipline

-Women (and children) have no rights

-Religion–and all its associated fear and brainwashing–as a means of control (and an extremely effective means at that)

-Animal abuse

Escaping the Amish, Part 1
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California uses more gasoline than all of China, among some other interesting statistics.

Pet goldfish gets a lip piercing. For the record, goldfish do NOT have 30 second memory.

Orchids are literally having sex bees and wasps, apparently.

CNN reporter investigates / criticizes TSA, finds self on terror watchlist. Meanwhile Bin Laden still at large, etc. This watchlist has crossed one million names.

Teenage stoners arrested after digging up the corpse of an 11 year old boy and using its skull as a bong. Complete with bad pun headline.

Porn queen and terrifying sex maniac Belladonna says priests need sreet-level knowledge of sex and a supply porn so they won't go around f*cking little boys. FTA: She also has offered to donate some of her own time to help set up a "meaningful set of exercises for priests to help them deal with sexual tension and stress".
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Quick note about some of the stuff I post here: Almost all of it is from the same few handful of sites most of you savvy weblurkers know about, but a lot of what I put up here are for the benefit of some of my friends who don't really know what the internet is about and would never hear about this neat stuff if I didn't tell them. So it's really for the benefit of some of the n00bs in my life.

That said, here's today's dose of amusing internet miscellanea:

The incredible storm water management system under Japan.

A new Hindu temple complex under construction in California will run entirely on solar power and even return electricity back to the grid.

In case you haven't heard yet, Shelby Supercars are builing an electric version of their Veyron-challenging supercar, The SSC Ultimate Aero.
Current plans are for a 500 HP electric engine, but may include TWO 500 HP electric engines together in one car for a ridiculous 1000 plus HP.

Man with elementary school education builds a one man submarine all by himself out of scrap metal and oil drums.

17 amazing electric cars from 2005 to the present day that you must know about.
Pictured is the amazing eight wheeled monster, the Eliica from Japan, capable of a Bugatti Veyron-esque top speed of 400 kmph (250 mph), 0 to 60 mph (o to 100 kmph) in 4 seconds, and it sound like a ferocious jet engine or UFO when it hits higher speeds. Conversely, Criticisms of the GM EV-1, the car at the heart of the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car.

13 things your waiter won't tell you.

20 abandoned cities and towns.

The hottest sauces in the world. I've survived a taste of Dave's Insanity Sauce.

About the amazing, intensely claustrophobic, lightless, lawless, anarchistic Kowloon Walled City, at one point the most densely populated square mile on planet Earth by quite a margin.