This little animal really exists! It's called a Naked Mole-Rat, from Africa.
So if you are having a bad day and feeling sorry for yourself.
Remember: Going through life is hard enough,
but to go through life looking like a dick with buck teeth must be horrible!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
A five-metre python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children. The boy and girl, aged 5 and 7, watched as the scrub python devoured their silky terrier-chihuahua cross at their home near Cairns in Queensland Australia, on Monday night. Stuart Douglas, owner of the Australian Venom Zoo, said he went to the house straight away after being called by a lady "quite concerned about her dog being eaten by about a five, six metre scrub python." But the python had already "half consumed the dog" by the time he arrived, Douglas told Australian television. "The reason why it wasn't just released straight back into the wild is because, well it couldn't be released, there's a huge amount of food there and it could do quite an amount of damage to the snake, moving it," he said. The python was still digesting the dog on Wednesday at Douglas's zoo, but it was soon to be relocated back to the bush. Douglas said scrub pythons normally eat wild animals such as wallabies, a smaller relative of the kangaroo, but turn to pets in urban areas. "They used to be really, really common throughout north Queensland and they grew to a massive size and they used to feed upon wallabies in the plains, but basically they are all houses now and so there's only cats and dogs," he said. Douglas said the python actively stalked the dog for a number of days. He said the family that owned the dog had seen the python in the dog's bed three or four days earlier, which was a sure sign it was out to get it.
Body-art enthusiasts have developed a new technique that gives a whole new meaning to beauty being in the eye of the beholder. What is thought to be the first ever "eyeball tattoo" has been inflicted on a man in Toronto - good news, perhaps, for anyone who ever dreamed of having blue eyes. The tattooer injected ink into the eyeball of volunteer Pauly Unstoppable using a needle, until his eye was completely blue. Just in case you weren't yet feeling squeamish enough, bear in mind that it took more than 40 tries before the eye was filled with ink. The blue substance used was mixed with antibiotic eyewash. The experiment was carried out for Canadian company ModProm, with those taking part insisting that Pauly would not go blind. Pauly himself declared: "I really have to emphasize again that the procedure was extensively researched and done by people who were aware of the risks and possible complications and that it should not be casually attempted. "Now that this experiment has been started, please wait for us to either heal or go blind before trying it."
An eight-year-old dog is amazing her owners and neighbours with an astonishing array of tricks. Cindy, a pedigree cavalier King Charles spaniel, can balance objects on all four paws while lying down. She can also keep a golf ball in a spoon held in her mouth while balancing objects on her head. Proud owner Mark Bucknell, from Wednesfield, in the West Midlands, said: "Who needs the telly when you've got a dog like this?" He said the family started teaching Cindy tricks when they took her in as an eight-month old. Ron Bucknell, 75, said the family had run out of tricks to teach her. It took her six months to learn to wait for her reward but, despite having undergone two leg operations since, her circus skills have remained intact. Mr Bucknell had this advice for his envious fellow dog owners. "You don't do the dog any favours if you leave it as a dumb mut. "Put the effort in, get your dog some intelligence, get it to understand you will have yourself a better, more fun dog."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
2007 Runners-Up and Winner:
#3: Sentry Insurance Company. The company provided worker's compensation
insurance for a Wisconsin "Meals on Wheels" program. Delivering a
meal, a MoW volunteer (who was allegedly not even wearing boots)
slipped and fell on a participant's driveway that had been cleared of
snow, and Sentry had to pay to care for her resulting injuries. Sentry
wanted its money back, so it sued the 81-year-old homeowner getting
the Meals on Wheels service. It could have simply filed for
"subrogation" from her homeowner's insurance company, but by naming
her in the action, it dragged an old lady into court, reinforcing the
image of insurance companies as concerned only about the bottom line,
not "protecting" policyholders from loss.
#2: The family of Robert Hornbeck. Hornbeck volunteered for the Army and
served a stint in Iraq. After getting home, he got drunk, wandered
into a hotel's service area (passing "DANGER" warning signs), crawled
into an air conditioning unit, and was severely cut when the machinery
activated. Unable to care for himself due to his drunkenness, he bled
to death. A tragedy, to be sure, but one solely caused by a supposedly
responsible adult with military training. Despite his irresponsible
behavior -- and his perhaps criminal trespassing -- Hornbeck's family
sued the hotel for $10 million, as if it's reasonably foreseeable that
some drunk fool would ignore warning signs and climb into its heavy
duty machinery to sleep off his bender.
But those pale in comparison to...
THE WINNER of the 2007 Stella Award: Roy L. Pearson Jr. The 57-year-old
Administrative Law Judge from Washington DC claims that a dry cleaner
lost a pair of his pants, so he sued the mom-and-pop business for
$65,462,500. That's right: more than $65 million for one pair of
pants. Representing himself, Judge Pearson cried in court over the
loss of his pants, whining that there certainly isn't a more
compelling case in the District archives. But the Superior Court judge
wasn't moved: he called the case "vexatious litigation", scolded Judge
Pearson for his "bad faith", and awarded damages to the dry cleaners.
But Pearson didn't take no for an answer: he's appealing the decision.
And he has plenty of time on his hands, since he was dismissed from
his job. Last we heard, Pearson's appeal is still pending.
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a lifesaver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can (allegedly) do with it:
1. The emergency number worldwide for mobile networks is 112.
If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.
2. Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keys? This may come in handy some day, and it's a good reason to own a mobile phone:
If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your mobile phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away,and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
3. Hidden battery power
Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call, and you don't have a charger. Nokia phones come with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell will restart with this reserve and the phone will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.
4. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. Please take note that this procedure works so far only with Nokia phones. But all mobile phones have an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) which is a number unique to every GSM and UMTS mobile phone. It is usually found printed on or underneath the phone's battery. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody did this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
• Calling 112 on your mobile phone will (in some parts of the world, primarily Europe) connect you to local emergency services, even if you are outside your provider's service area and many phones allow the user to place 112 calls even if the phone lacks a SIM card or its keypad is locked. However, the 112 number does not have (as is sometimes claimed) special properties that enable callers to use it in areas where all cellular signals are blocked (or otherwise unavailable).
• Cars with remote keyless entry (RKE) systems cannot be unlocked by relaying a key fob transmitter signal via a cellular telephone. RKE systems and phones utilize different types of signals and transmit them at different frequencies.
• The claim that pressing the sequence *3370# will unleash "hidden battery power" in a cell phone seems to be a misunderstanding of an option available on some brands of cell phone (such as Nokia) for Half Rate Codec, which provides about 30% more talk time on a battery charge at the expense of lower sound quality. However, this option is enabled by pressing the sequence *#4720# — the sequence *3370# actually enables Enhanced Full Rate Codec, which provides better sound quality at the expense of shorter battery life.
• Entering the sequence *#06# into a cell phone may display a 15-digit identification string, but that function only works with some types of phones, and the efficacy of reporting the ID number to a service provider to head off unauthorized use of a lost or stolen phone is limited.
SO NOW YOU KNOW THE UNABASHED TRUTH...IT IS OUT THERE YOU KNOW!
Nokia has unveiled what could be the phone of the future – and it bends like an elastic band and cleans itself. The Morph concept was launched this week and will be on display at The Museum of Modern Art in New York for the next few months. The technology certainly looks impressive; the phone can be used as a keyboard and then 'folded' up to become a more traditional handset and has the power to run on solar energy. It also has the capacity to be bent into a bracelet or ring shape, potentially wrapped around the wrist for ease of access, and can take on the same colours as the clothes a user is wearing. Nokia confidently predicts that the concept may "reinvent the form and function of mobile devices".
Monday, February 25, 2008
After a reader snapped a shot of him on the freeway, the Melbourne, Vic., Australia, Herald Sun newspaper tracked down the motorcyclist who had figured out a way to transport a gas barbecue on his bike. "Stuart" admitted it was not his first odd motorcycle transport: the 27-year-old native New Zealander has also moved a couch on his bike. "People say it can't be done, but I proved them wrong," he said. He admitted such transports were dangerous and pledged not to do it again -- perhaps because the police were looking for him after the photo in the newspaper. (Melbourne Herald Sun) ...Said Chinese motorcyclists who viewed the photo: "He was only carrying ONE?!"
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This little item shows the Boeing factory determining the demonstrated crosswind landing limits on the 777 and the 747SP. The engineers make educated guesses, but then the test crews have to go actually prove the numbers. They sneak off to Brazil to do these tests at a certain remote BAF airbase famous for its continual atrocious crosswinds...Should the gear sideloads be excessive and fold one up, there is nobody there to take nasty pix for the Airbus guys to wave around in the press. This is some good piloting in getting these planes down. It comes close to "incredible".... tire change anybody????
If you haven't seen these it's pretty amazing to watch planes of this size crab walking in on a landing.
Note the rudder action on landing.
If you haven't seen these it's pretty amazing to watch planes of this size crab walking in on a landing.
Note the rudder action on landing.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Meet Smithfield, the artistic porker known as Pigcasso because of his abilities with a brush. The Vietnamese pot-bellied pig was taught to paint by owner Fran Martin, 54, and he has now created more than a hundred pieces. The ten-year-old has also become a celebrity in his hometown, Virginia, where his 'abstract artwork' is sold to raise money for charity.
Meet psycho fish who is deadlier than a piranha and is invading Britain, so it could make its way here sooner rather than later...
The savage giant snakehead has been caught in Britain for the first time - sparking fears of a deadly invasion. The fish, which has a mouth crammed with fearsome teeth, reportedly eats everything it comes across - including people. It can 'crawl' on land and survive out of water for four days. Adults can grow up to 3ft long and weigh 44lbs. An Environment Agency source told papers: "The reaction was, 'Oh s***'. This is the ultimate invasive species - if it starts breeding here it's a disaster." The fish - from south-east Asia - was found in the River Witham in Lincolnshire. Angler Andy Alder who caught the fish told the newspaper: "It had a gob full of razor-sharp teeth. To be honest it looked terrifying."
Monday, February 18, 2008
Take nearly 1million matchsticks, add thousands of man hours spread over six years and a small fortune in glue, and what do you get? Your very own wooden Formula One car. It has been built by German racing fan Michael Arndt, using a mind-boggling 956,000 matchsticks. He spent £4,500 on the matches and glue to construct the life-size model, which he put together in his kitchen. Altogether, he has used an amazing 1,686 tubes of glue to fix his masterpiece. Mr Arndt even took the end off each of the matchsticks so the car is just one colourm and carefully assembled the matchsticks by using tweezers to fit them in the structure. His creation can be broken down into 45 pieces – perfect for taking his beloved model with him to matchstick building conventions.
All of which reminded me of a story from July of last year...
Like all good students Jack Kirby collected his beers cans. Unlike most good students the art and design student actually found a use for them.
When he realised Budweiser was giving away his dream car, a 1965 Ford Mustang, he set about making the car out of 5,000 beer cans. And did a pretty good old job of it too!