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15 August 2008 @ 09:54 pm
Al Quaeda in Iraq has banned women from buying cucumbers because they're too phallic, and men from buying tomatoes because they're too feminine. Just my humble opinion, but I think that rules like this say more about the mentality of the people making and enforcing them, than of those made to obey it.

Ten things you didn't know about oil.

What will the suburbs be like in ten or twenty years?

German farmer gets double arm transplant.

Bum stabs bum in argument over who was better panhandler. via kimberlin.


"There were thousands of bodies piled high. I saw hearts that had been taken from live people in medical experiments... They said a wife of one of the SS officers saw a tattoo she liked on the arm of a prisoner, and had the skin made into a lampshade. I saw that."
James Hoyt, one of the four U.S. soldiers to first see Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp, has died at 83.



Flat Earthers still complain of prejudice from people everywhere for believing the earth is a flat disc surrounded all around by the icy ring of the South Pole (pictured).
Quote: "People are definitely prejudiced against flat-Earthers," society member John Davis tells the BBC. "Many use the term 'flat-Earther' as a term of abuse, and with connotations that imply blind faith, ignorance or even anti-intellectualism."


Actual headline: Court grants injunction to stop woman cutting off man's penis.



The White House has its own interrogation room.
...a disturbing case in Washington, D.C., where security officials detained and interrogated Usman Khosa, a Pakistani U.S. college graduate, because he was “fiddling” with his iPod near White House gates. Officials took Khosa to an interrogation room “beneath” the White House. “Usman Khosa is a Pakistani national in his early twenties, a graduate of Connecticut College now working for the International Monetary Fund,” Suskind notes...



More pics of the world's lowest low-riding van.




Introducing the world's smallest solar powered car.
 
 
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08 August 2008 @ 08:07 am
This applies to me, of course:



Found on a Fark thread.
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30 July 2008 @ 06:04 am
Some neat stuff I read off my friendslist:

City council office blocks access to atheist, Pagan, occult, Wiccan websites, but allows access to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist websites on work internet.
A city council has blocked its staff from looking at websites about atheism. (...) The rules also ban sites that promote witchcraft, the paranormal, sexual deviancy and criminal activity. (...) The authority's computer system allows staff to look at websites relating to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and other religions but blocks sites to do with "witchcraft or Satanism" and "occult practices, atheistic views, voodoo rituals or any other form of mysticism". (...) Under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, it is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of their religion or belief, which includes atheism.

Groups meeting to pray at gas stations for lower prices.
ST. LOUIS - Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue to drop. (...) Participants say they plan to buy gas, pray and then sing "We Shall Overcome" with a new verse, "We'll have lower gas prices." (...) The group thinks the prayer is helping, saying prices are starting to fall below $4 a gallon.

Christians demand removal of 'satanic' 10 Commandments off American stonehenge thing
A Christian organization is pressuring the community of Elberton, Ga., to tear down a massive, granite monument that lists an alternative set of Ten Commandments that the organization labels satanic.
 
 
 
 
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22 July 2008 @ 07:46 am


Cracked: 7 people who cheated death... and then kicked it in the balls.
Also including Vesna Vulović (pictured), the Serbian flight attendant who was flung out of an exploding aircraft and fell 33,000 feet without a parachute into a snowy mountain... and lived. She's the only human in history thus far to survive free-falling anything close to this height.


The ten worst production car color combinations your eyes could ever have the misfortune to exprience.


WIRED: Even the porn industry is no longeer recession-proof.

Did Katie Holmes turned down a role in The Dark Knight because her Lord Xenu and her Scientology beliefs told her not to?

100 things to do on a weekend with no cash. via GeekLikeMe.

Seven warning signs to watch out for when hunting for a job online.

Facebook is rolling out a new, more streamlined design. Check it out at http://new.facebook.com.

An exhaustive list of upcoming comic book titles to be transformed into movies on the big screen.


The former CEO of Tesla Motors blogs about finally getting his own Tesla Roadster electric sportscar.
Also, his entire house is powered completely by solar energy, so his car essentially runs only on sunlight. Even though a Tesla Roadster's battery is clean enough to legally landfill, it is recycled at the end of its usable life.
 
 
 
 
 
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22 July 2008 @ 07:28 am
When it comes to the cost of gasoline, who should we believe? Here are some nominees and their viewpoints:

1. The oil companies: It's supply and demand at its most basic, just like your professor outlined in your freshman economics course.

2. The petro-toadies in Congress: All we have to do is open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the waters off Florida and California.

3. The Department of Energy: OPEC has to pump more, and we've got to allow more refineries by rolling back environmental restrictions.

4. King Abdullah: OPEC pumps plenty of crude but "despicable" oil-futures speculators in the West are driving up the prices due to their "selfishness."

5. Senator John McCain: Exxon Mobil has done such a good job of demonstrating the magic of the marketplace that it deserves another $1.2 billion in tax breaks.

6. Senator Barack Obama: Impose a windfall-profits tax to remind American oil executives that price gouging can backfire politically.

7. About 90 percent of the print and TV reporters in America: See No. 1. It really is that ol’ devil supply and demand.

8. The White House: Never mind. Nobody’s home.

For my money, a sounder answer as to whom to believe is Don Barlett and Jim Steele, the investigative reporting team that has won two Pulitzers and two National Magazine Awards for exposing government theft and corporate greed. Their 2003 series for Time magazine on oil economics remains required reading for anyone who wants a better understanding of how gas at $4 to $5 a gallon represents a carefully arranged screwing of consumers.

"The bottom line for the oil people is, 'How much can I make while spending the least I can get by with on refineries, synthetic fuels, and for exploration and drilling on the vast, unused acreage in existing oil leases?'" Barlett says....


WIRED: Crude Reporting: Ask the Tough Questions About Oil
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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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16 July 2008 @ 03:27 am


When Lighting Your Water on Fire Isn't a Magic Trick
Jessica Ernst lives in the village of Rosebud, Alberta, East of Calgary. EnCana, a big oil & gas company, is operating close to her house. The photo above speaks for itself. Read on for her story....

Alberta woman can light her water on fire, literally.

Via madresal and Treehugger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.