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10 October 2008 @ 03:02 am

Remember this XKCD comic strip? YouTube is implementing this across the site. The placement of the button is interesting. It’s exactly where the post message button used to be, meaning quick commenters will discover it only when they accidentally click the new button. Hopefully they’ll do this with their speakers up at work. read the entire XKCD strip here.



Dubai to have world's largest LED screen.




The famous national debt clock in New York has run out of digits needed to display the $10 trillion debt.




Man arrested for stealing a case of beer, finds out from cop that his girlfriend (pictured) used to be a man while under arrest.



A rap music fan was slapped with a $150 fine for playing his music too loudly in his car, but the judge offered to reduce that to $35 if the defendant spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. The defendant lasted only about 15 minutes and ended up paying the entire fine.

A Chicago sheriff is halting evictions on foreclosed properties, saying innocent tenants were being put on the street. But bankers said he is breaking the law. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he understood he was flouting the law in refusing to have deputies carry out the rising number of eviction requests, but mortgage holders must be accountable. "These mortgage companies only see pieces of paper, not people, and don't care who's in the building," Dart said. A spokesman for the sheriff said there were more than 500 evictions for foreclosure scheduled over the next six weeks and the office was on pace to conduct 4,500 evictions this year. Mortgage foreclosure cases filed in Cook County are likely to exceed 43,000 this year, compared to some 18,000 in 2006, the sheriff said. Followup: The Sheriff himself explains why he's doing what he's doing in this article, and it's not because he wants to be a vigilante.

Man tries to steal bicycle in front of police officer.

Remember the lavish retreat AIG executives treated themselves to a week after the government bailout? Public outrage has prompted them to cancel a second planned lavish retreat.

Not to be outdone by AIG's weekend retreat costing a mere half million bucks, Barclays bankers and top execs jet off to Italy for a million dollar luxurious retreat of their own.

Speaking of the financial crisis, Iceland is screwed.

Actual headline: Dolphin knocks woman unconscious.

Squirrel causes power line collapse, car fire, natural gas fire and a power outage in the span of about thirty seconds.

Man accidentally walks into wrong house during blackout, gets shot twice.

First grade teacher arrested for dealing marijuana. Bonus: she taught at Greenleaf Elementary School.

30 lesbians impregnated by the same man, sparking fears of incest.

The mystery of the missing opium: Afghanistan is pumping out twice the world's demand for heroin and no one knows why or where this heroin is going. It's a mystery that has got British law enforcement officials and others across the planet scratching their heads. Put bluntly, enough heroin to supply the world's demand for years has simply disappeared. A crop of 7,700 tonnes will produce around 1,100 tonnes of heroin - it basically works on a 7:1 ratio.The mystery is that the global demand for heroin is less than half that. In other words, Afghanistan only needs to produce 3,500 tonnes to satisfy every known heroin user on the planet.For the past three years, production has been running at almost twice the level of global demand.The numbers just don't add up.

Man claims that Zen and God made him open a bank account, and then Satan made him beat up two police officers and the bank manager.

Judge sentences prisoner to a thousand years and three life sentences, tells him he will die like a beast in a cage.

Eighth grader sends nude pic of herself to 13 year old boy's cellphone, boy gets arrested on possession of child pornography charges.
 
 
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American Airlines upgrades from losing luggage, sends corpse to wrong country, then bills grieving husband $321 to correct their screwup. Finally, when the body was returned, it was badly decomposed because they didn't refrigerate it, scrapping the family's planned wake. On the plus side they waived the $321 charge when they determined one of their employees was to blame.

Meanwhile, a rumor that United Airlines was about to file for bankruptcy protection caused its stocks to plummet 99% to about one cent, hinting at how much (or how little) faith there is in the US airline industry.

Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet? dot com. Click here to find out.

San Antonio plans to be the first city to harvest methane from human waste to create clean fuel on a massive scale. [insert poop joke here]


Despite being #1 on Amazon, Spore has 1,494 one star ratings
as a result of its over the top DRM.

This post was much, much bigger than this, but Chrome crashed and this is all that got saved. Methinks it's time to go back to using Opera for LJ. It may not be as fast as Chrome but it doesn't crash this much. Or at all, rather.
 
 
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Ohio inmate says he's too fat for execution. Only in America, I swear. via wtf_inc.


About the apalling prejudice and hatred faced by Flat Earthers (people who insist the Earth is flat) who continue to challenge the conspiracy duping the masses into believing that the Earth is round.
The NASA picture is an obvious fake, according to Flat Earthers. No comment from that Time Cube guy.

Love is blind: Man arrested for chasing garbage truck while naked and fondling himself.


Germany hails 'bulletproof bra' for policewomen.


Superbugs, or how popping pills and antibiotics and vaccines and whatnot are actually making diseases evolve into stronger, drug resistant strains and may kill us all off one day.

Argentinian President pushing for decriminalization of drugs.


Nutcase mods, creates world's lowest low-riding VW camper van.


About a girl who collapses into paralasys everytime she laughs.

Yet another foot has washed ashore on the Canadian coast.

Dad teaches 15 year old son how to do drugs, son overdoses and dies.

SWAT team raid town mayor's house over delivery of a box of marijuana, shoot and kill his dogs. Note that one of the dogs was shot from behind while running away.

Woman accused in 1 million pound fraud case claims voodoo caused her to do it, offers severed fingers as evidence, gets convicted.

Cops discover 11 feral children in remote, rural home, fighting over food. "The first girl could write her name and date of birth," said Capt. Parker, who handed out a pad and pens to the kids in order to get their information. "The second girl couldn't figure it out, and it just started going downhill from there."

Sexual assault in military 'jaw-dropping,' lawmaker says
 
 
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29 July 2008 @ 09:06 pm
AlterNet: Pot shrinks tumors, the government knew since 1974.

In 1974 researchers learned that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, shrank or destroyed brain tumors in test mice. But the DEA quickly shut down the study and destroyed its results, which were never replicated -- until now.

The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. The Madrid study marks only the second time that THC has been administered to tumor-bearing animals; the first was a Virginia investigation 26 years ago. In both studies, the THC shrank or destroyed tumors in a majority of the test subjects.

Most Americans don't know anything about the Madrid discovery. Virtually no major U.S. newspapers carried the story, which ran only once on the AP and UPI news wires, on Feb. 29, 2000.

The ominous part is that this isn't the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice -- lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia.

The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research... In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, who set out -- unsuccessfully -- to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the "high."...

....The Spanish researchers, led by Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University, also irrigated healthy rats' brains with large doses of THC for seven days, to test for harmful biochemical or neurological effects. They found none.


Thanks dark_chrysolite for pointing this out!

This was #1 on Project Censored's Top 25 Censored News Stories of the Year for 2000.
 
 
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24 July 2008 @ 06:50 am
Six legged, two tailed mutant deer gets attacked by dogs, has second tail amputated. Darwin fails.

Handcuffed man dies after being Tasered by cop 9 times. He stopped twitching after the seventh 50,000 volt zap. The medical examiner says he was most probably already dead at that point and has ruled it a homicide.

Drug smugglers use Hurricane Dolly as cover.

Police allegedly marched a rape victim who had been found crying in the street at 1am to a cab firm, and then made her pay the fare home. The woman, said to be an executive who earns £70,000 a year, had been at a party on a Thames boat and was spotted by passers-by, slumped on a south London pavement. To top it off, she had to share a cab with a strange man.

Canine pornstars up for adoption.

Thanks in part to suicide guides, sites and clubs on the internet, Japan is in the midst of a suicide epidemic. Hundreds of Japanese have killed themselves this year by mixing ordinary household chemicals into a lethal cloud of poison gas that often injures others and forces the evacuation of entire apartment blocks.
The 517 self-inflicted deaths by hydrogen sulfide poisoning this year are part of a bigger, grimmer story: Nearly 34,000 Japanese killed themselves last year, according to the Japanese national police. That's the second-highest toll ever in a country where the suicide rate is ninth highest in the world and more than double that of the USA, the World Health Organization says.


Suicidal man on fifth story ledge finally decides not to jump, but then while trying to get down, slips and falls to concrete. He's in critical condition.

Protester superglues himself to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Video.

Actual headline: Men sentenced for setting friend's crotch ablaze. Yes, alcohol was involved.

Dumbest. Generation. Ever.

Golfers hide under a tree during thunderstorm, you can guess what happened next. They couldn't recall what year it was, but one of them could still remember the golf score.

Beijing setting up designated protest zones for Olympics.

Man takes up a dare to play chicken with freeway traffic in his underwear. And loses.
 
 
 
 
 
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18 July 2008 @ 09:35 pm
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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03 July 2008 @ 01:05 am
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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20 June 2008 @ 12:19 am
a teenager from a faith-healing family died from an illness that could have been easily treated, just a few months after a toddler cousin of his died in a case that has led to criminal charges. Clearly, it wasn't God's will to heal him, etc.

The brother of the President of the United Arab Emirates (where I grew up) has been accused of beating the crap out of an American man in a Geneva hotel when the man rejected the Sheikh's sexual advances.

Man Loses 86 lbs Eating 1,200-1,400 Calories Per Day Of McDonald's Food.

The High Court in South Africa has ruled that Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people.

TIME: The 50 best websites of 2008.

The 25 best computer pranks.

Wired: The ten best vehicles to survive an apocalypse with. Depressingly, no mention of the almighty and awesome bicycle, although it does mention a unicycle :-/

A link has been found between bumper stickers and road rage.

A re-sortable list of the IQs of famous people, from philosophers and scientists to Hollywood actors.

Boy's testicles attacked by pissed off puffer fish. Actual headline reads: Angry puffer fish goes nuts.

Man buys building with intent to turn it into an ATV rental shop; neighbors successfully block him, complaining abuot noise and destruction to property, which man refutes as fabricated; so he is retaliating by turning it into a porn shop instead.

The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico has grown to the size of Massachusetts.

A drug war in Mexico goes completely over the top.

Family dog bites off one month old baby's testicles.

Sixth human foot washes ashore on B.C. Coast.


Canadian family moves home from WA to Canada. Literally.


Married gays find out that marriage sucks donkeyballs.

The best gallery of senior citizens fencing while on walker frame things that you'll ever see.