September 4th, 2008

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Internet scrapings, offbeat news and other oddities

Vicar in jail after admitting to have 55,000 images of hardcore child pornography on his computer.

Photo gallery of YouTube's brand new office complex. It's very Google.

Malaysian welder gets penis stuck in metal nut, ends up in hospital. This is barely a week after another Malaysian got his penis stuck in a metal ring.

13 of the Biggest, Strangest, and Most Devastating Sinkholes on Earth.

Photos that changed the world dot com.

Gallery of bulldozers going OM NOM NOM on a beached yacht.

100 year forecast. Image. I LOL'd.

The ten filthiest things in your home, and how to clean them. Not surprisingly, computer keyboard and mouse are on the list. Great for your OCD.

Crime does pay: 6 criminals who lived very, very well.

Egyptian pop star Suzanne Tamim killed and beheaded by hitmen hired by a respected politician and lawmaker.

Man wins contest by gulping 11.5 pounds of chili in 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, a possibly insane Scottish woman has a dish made of SIX Naga Jolokia peppers (the world's hottest chilli peppers, a million times hotter than a jalapeno) and still demands more. She claims she fell in love with spicy food after eating a curry so spicy it made her temporarily deaf. To put this in perspective, the Naga Jolokia pepper is so hot, one pepper is enough to spice up a full meal for five Northeast Indians. Eating one raw would probably put most normal people in hospital. On a good day I can maybe finish up maybe one eighth of a Naga Jolokia (called the Raja mirchi here) with a full plate of pork and rice.

Insect causes four vehicle car crash.

Student sets Facebook status to [name]""is going to kill everyone in school, so don't go", and gets arrested.

American states with high numbers of bigfoot sightings also have high numbers of UFO sightings. Coincidence? Or Freakonomics?

About the largest to-scale model of the solar system. The Sun is the Stockholm Globe Arena in Sweden, the largest hemispherical building in the world at 110 m in diameter; and Pluto is 300 kilometers away and 12 centimeters in diameter.

The 8 most obnoxious internet commenter types.

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The Klein Bottle
is a surface with no distinct "inner" and "outer" sides. This is a "triple bottle" variety, on exhibit in The Science Museum in London.

America's 10 most confusing traffic signs pictured.

The hidden homeless of Los Angeles.

15 most bizarre anti-theft ideas pictured.

And now, Star Trek LOLcats.

Giant mechanical spider invades Liverpool.

Cute children's book about animals and group sex, apparently.
In art school we were warned about accidentally drawing suggestive poses of any kind, so I'm wondering whether artists who do dumb stuff like this had bad training or were doing it on purpose :-P

Giant Hummer at this year's Burning Man.

Introducing the YouTube Comment Snob Firefox extension that screens out idiotic and IQ-damaging internet comments automatically.

Also, type about:internets into Google Chrome for a fun little easter egg :) The full list of about: pages on Chrome.

Predictably, Adam Savage has backed off from his earlier statements made at HOPE about how credit card companies sic'd their lawyers on Discovery Channel when Mythbusters wanted to tackle RFID.

Carat senior executive accidentally sends a sensitive email intended only for management on laying off staff, to entire company. Complete with a PowerPoint presentation. The struggling media agency is in the midst of a major restructuring, including some heavy layoffs. This became public knowledge today when the company’s chief people officer accidentally sent a memo to the entire agency that was intended for the eyes only of the company’s senior management. Using attached Power Point presentations and Word documents, the email described how employees should be terminated and detailed the optimal approach to handling the situation with colleagues, clients, and vendors. The IT department pulled back the memo, but it was too late. Employees were informed of management’s plans for the future, including references to the current layoffs as a "right-sizing" of the company. And now it's all over the internet. Oopsie?

Arctic ice melting levels are making scientists shit bricks.

Now you can buy ocean view homes in a tiny Sicily town for one Euro each. No, really.

The UK police have embarrassingly lost control of the National High-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) website. PC Pro reports the police have sloppily let the domain registration lapse, and it has now been picked up by an opportunistic German owner. The NHTCU was disbanded two years ago, but sites such as the BBC were still linking to the website as recently as July, making it a prime target for malware writers or phishing attacks." Pwnt? I LOL'd.

The Taliban in Pakistan want to assure you that their religious devotions of fasting and praying during the Holy Month of Ramadan won't interfere with their duties of running around blowing innocent civilians into tiny pieces in the name of the Religion of Peace.

Pensioner armed with walking cane takes on attacker armed with samurai sword, and wins.

Five antisocial gadgets that should be banned.

3,400 ballots missing in Florida Election.

Citibank ordered to pay back the $14 million it stole from customers for over a decade.

How dolphins sleep.

Sarah Palin slashed funding for teenage moms.

East Coast women are getting enough mercury in their fish meals that it could affect pregnancy.

Drug scandal hits sumo wrestling. Bizarrely, the drugs in question aren't steroids but pot.

Egyptian women say they get sexually harassed on a daily basis, furthering the stereotype that all Egyptian men are gigantic assholes. Seriously, what is up with that?

Scientists claim that dolphins are turning on each other out of hunger. Attacks by gangs of 'killer dolphins' are responsible for the growing number of dead harbour porpoises washed up on the British shore, wildlife experts say. They believe a brutal 'surf war' over food has broken out between bottlenose dolphins and their smaller, more gentle cousins.

South Korea to "take action" about its unusually high suicide rate.

Man tries to amputate own arm at a Denny's.

Bonus offbeat news, Dubai edition:

7 killed in helicopter crash in Dubai.

A British couple is in big trouble for having sex on the beach in Dubai.

Meanwhile, so is a lesbian British couple who were jailed in Dubai for kissing on the beach.

Speaking of love in Dubai, a wealthy British businessman 'confesses' to beating his lover and dumping her in the Dubai desert, but insists 'she's fine'.