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The winner of an International Design Excellence award is a camera for the blind. No, really.

10 incredibly beautiful aquarium fishes. Freshwater and saltwater.

The Guo-li-Zhuang restaurant in Beijing serves water buffalo penis, yak's testicles, and deer penis juice. Quote: The meals served do not come cheap: A yak penis costs €179, while a hotpot with 10 different penis-and-testicle selections served on an attractive, four-sided plate tower with little statues of animals will set you back €89. For particularly discerning palates, the menu also offers deer and sheep fetuses (€36 and €9, respectively).

Small town mostly supports school principal for witch-hunting a lesbian student. When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts... and he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students.... [but] many in this conservative community still wonder what, exactly, [the principal] did wrong.

What will be the largest solar panel array in the world has been planned for Gujarat, India.
The current largest array generates 900 megawatts of electricity. This one will generate 5 gigawatts.

Intel working on perfecting wireless electricity.
Note the use of the word "perfected," because it's not ready yet, although Intel have vastly increased its efficiency to 75%. Nikola Tesla was the first to pull this off, but no one knows how he did it.
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14 year old boy kills 10 year old girl for her iPod. He threw her off a bridge and then climbed down to stangle her unconscious body, according to West Bengal police. Via 711chan.

17 more error messages you never want to see.

A geologist argues that ice cream is an igneous rock and explains why.
Pictured: scanning electron microsope image of ice cream. Via BoingBoing.

6 American pro-Tibet activists who went missing in Beijing for days after being detained by authorities have re-appeared and authorities have given them a sentence of ten days in jail each for "upsetting public order.

Meanwhile, a Tibetan nun was shot while shouting slogans in eastern Tibet on August 10th. One source says she yelled out: “There are no human rights in China, there is brutal oppression in Tibet, still the Olympics go on in China.” She was hit by five to six bullets and then her body was thrown in a vehicle and taken away.


And now, a microwave for your car.
My stepdad is an interstate truck driver who lives in his truck for months at a time on the road, and even with an inverter powering his cab when the engine was off, he didn't find a microwave very practical, so I have my doubts. Via Knuttz.net.

An authentic Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox with a 16 GB USB drive, LED flashlight and ballpoint pen.
Via Knuttz.net.

Man buys Chevy Silverado using $8,000 in coins. He had them in 16 coffee cans and it took an hour and a half to count all the coins.

The ten most expensive hotel suites in the world. Via Knuttz.net.

Today's 'actual headline' award: Crocodile eats Bangladesh man who sought its blessing

The Bush administration Thursday proposed stronger job protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections.
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Christopher Hitchens has himself waterboarded to prove it's not really torture. His verict afterwards? "Believe me, it's torture."

Google and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane have struck up a deal to work together.

How Panasonic puts the 'Tough' in their legendary, near-indestructible, oil-rig and warzone ready ToughBook line of laptops.

Australians make odd choices for funeral songs. ADELAIDE, Australia - Hymns are being replaced at funerals in one Australian city by popular rock classics like Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," a cemetery manager said Wednesday. Leading the funeral chart is crooner Frank Sinatra's classic hit "My Way," followed by Louis Armstrong's version of "Wonderful World," a statement said. "Some of the more unusual songs we hear actually work very well within the service because they represent the person's character," Centennial Park chief executive Bryan Elliott said. Among other less conventional choices were "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by the Monty Python comedy team, "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "Hit the Road Jack," "Another One Bites the Dust" and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead."

The United States leads the world in rates of experimenting with marijuana and cocaine despite strict drug laws, WHO researchers said on Tuesday. Countries with looser drug laws have notably lower rates of abuse and addiction.

Hot on the heels of a massive algae bloom in China, 33,000 exterminators and 200 tons of pesticides will be used to combat a locust infestation.

Firefighter lifts SUV a foot off the ground to free driver's pinned arm.

Kentucky woman accused of trading sex for gasoline. Insert [getting screwed by gas prices joke here, etc.]

Chinese employee forced to return to work with a broken arm, forced to use drill with left hand while steadying the drill with chin, resulting in worker breaking other arm. Boss still made him go back to work. Amazingly, this happened in Australia, not China or India. The company has been fined $100,000.

British man slowly turning into a woman, baffling doctors and scientists. Ten years ago he spontaneusly lost his beard, grew breasts and his skin got soft and smooth.

Chinese soldiers being corrupted by karaoke and saunas.

Thanks to merciless teasing, the gift cow with antlers that France gave to Canada has gone into hiding.

Actual headline: French man with two asses surprises Swedish officials.

A collection of the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Dell offering the ultimate "Windows Vista bonuses" with their machines to Vista-hating customers: Windows XP.

A gallery of various camers sliced in half.

Arguing that Microsoft may be a better place to work than Google.

Age verification cameras are easy to fool.

Now you can overclock your Mac too.

Eight signs the American economy is in a slump.

Apple has ordered 50 million 8 GB NAND flash chips from maker Samsung, causing them to put all their other customers on hold for now.

Introducing the cargo moped / scooter.
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A gallery of outdoor dentists and hairdressers in India and China.

This is one of those things you see pretty much every single day on any street in India (and China), but those of you in the Western Hemisphere would find this greatly amusing and curious.

A gallery of a Japanese penis worshipping festival, or "WTF JAPAN?!"

And finally, a gallery showcasing the rich, middle class and poor in China. I have to say that this would tranfer fairly well for India too.

Although to be honest, what I'd really like to know is what these particular people do for a living.

The cliche is that India and China are full of poor people who live like many of the people in these pictures. But on the other hand, there are people who are educated, English speaking, computer literate, and live relatively comfortable lives - earn a salary comparable to American minimum wage, except their cost of living is a fraction of American cost of living (like me, for example).

So I'd love to see a mention of these peoples' incomes and education and jobs to set the record straight. In my neighborhood in South Delhi for example there's an office with a Bentley Continental GT regularly parked outside. My neighbourhood alone is home to three Ferrari owners, one Lamborghini Gallardo owner, and at least three Porsche owners - and it's not even what we'd call the "really rich" part of town.

India and China aren't full of poor people. It's just the divide between the rich and the poor is so much greater than it is in any developed country that the average alien might not be able to even comprehend it.


Sources: all from a website / image blog named Funtasticus.
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5,000 Tibetans from all over India plan to show up in New Delhi to protest the Olympic Torch Relay on April 17th.

New Delhi/Dharamsala: Emboldened by the demonstrations against the Olympic torch in London and Paris this week, scores of Tibetans have started arriving at the national capital to put up a strong protest when the flame is carried through the city April 17.

About 5,000 Tibetans are expected to reach Delhi from all over India over the next one week for the protest against the torch in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. About 2,000 of them have already arrived. Delhi itself is home to a few thousand Tibetans, including over 3,000 Tibetan students.

Scores of Tibetans and Tibet sympathisers are expected to join the pro-Tibet and anti-China protest against the Olympic torch in New Delhi April 17.

A 'march to Tibet' that started from Dharamsala - the Himalayan abode for the Tibetan spiritual and temporal head Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile - which has now been truncated till Delhi has already entered the city's outskirts.

The protest marchers, numbering over 200, will arrive at the Majnu ka Tila Tibetan settlement on Thursday in northeast Delhi.

Prominent among the protestors arriving in Delhi is Tenzin Tsundue, the one-man army who has embarrassed Indian and Chinese leadership in the past by waving Tibetan freedom flags and banners in front of visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and prime minister Wen Jiabao in Mumbai and Bangalore.

"We will put up our protest against the torch in Delhi," Tsundue told IANS.

Since India has the highest number of Tibetans outside Tibet, the protest here is expected to be bigger than London or Paris where anti-China protestors were able to reach close to the torchbearers.

Delhi Police is taking no chances with the torch relay route with barricades being put up at most points to keep the protestors at bay. National Security Adviser M K Narayanan has assured China that foolproof security would be provided to the torch on its Delhi-leg.

The 'march to Tibet', initiated by Tibetan NGOs, was taken over by the exiled government a few days ago following violence inside Tibet and protests by Tibetans all over the world against China.

The march and other protest activities of the Tibetan NGOs are now being monitored and regulated by the newly formed Tibetan Solidarity Committee (TSC). The committee, headed by exiled Tibetan parliament speaker Karma Choephel, has seven members, including the parliament deputy speaker Dolma Gyari, two ministers and three MPs).

The march was originally started by NGOs like Tibetan Youth Congress, Friends of Tibet, Students for Free Tibet, Gu-Chu-Sum (an association of former Tibetan political prisoners) and Tibetan Women Association (TWA).

The TYC pulled out of the protest march after the TSC took over and told the volunteers to go only till Delhi and stop all violence against China.

The TSC has already dispatched nearly 35 Tibetan MPs to all parts of India and Nepal to tell Tibetans about the latest happenings in Tibet and the position of the exiled government. The MPs are also mobilising Tibetan volunteers for the torch protest in Delhi.

India is home to over 100,000 Tibetans living in exile here. The Dalai Lama arrived in India in 1959 after the Chinese occupation of Lhasa. The globe-trotting Tibetan leader and 1989 Nobel Peace laureate has since been living in Mcleodganj near Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh after being granted political asylum in India.

The Indian football (soccer) team captain, a Buddhist and resident of Sikkim (a state bordering China), has given notice that he won't take part in the relay, protesting China's human rights record and actions against Tibet. There's pressure on cricketer and Indian ubercelebrity Sachin Tendulkar to also boycott the relay. I already posted this link earlier talking about the present predicament of the various sponsors of the torch, once proud to land what looked like a dream ad spot that has quickly turned into a nightmare.

I want to join in, but don't really know where to begin. I don't think most people I know in Delhi even know or care about this. If I can even show up, this would be the first time in my life I've actually joined a protest and for no good reason I'm apprehensive. I'm sick and tired of reading the news and getting pissed off and then overwhelmed and helpless, sitting on my ass in front of my computer, unable to do a damn thing about all the evil and bullshit I see.

I'm not idealistic. I don't have such romantic notions that just one person can make a difference, or that there is pure goodness buried deep in every man and woman. But on the other hand I really love the demotivational poster explaining "no one raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood." It's really a question of what I want my life to contribute to. I don't think I can make a difference all on my own, and I can't control or change much in my tiny sphere of influence in such a massive world. But what I can control is what I personally contribute to. I plan to go to my grave knowing that my insignificant, miniscule, statistically negligible contribution to society did not add that one drop to the flood of bullshit, at least. Even if it makes no difference in the end, at least it'll make a difference to me I guess.