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Friday, July 31, 2009

Let's Build Something Awesome!

Time lapse videos of some great structures.

Life-Size Mouse Trap

(via Neatorama)


Building Disneyland!

(via Neatorama)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Handshakes

Apparently shaking hands isn't the easiest task for some people...



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Picture Update: July 28, 2008

Some assorted pictures from the past few days:

Crafty man on the subway:
wtf-pics-hes-crafty
That is talent people!

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Homemade Outlet Converter
Epic-Kludge-Photo-Amateur Conversion
Oww... this hurts my head to look at.
That is just so unsafe....

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get your "nozzle" off my "hose"
“we’ve had trouble with our downstairs neighbors since we moved in,” says sara in madison. “well, really just one of them, a woman in her fifties.” this neighbor’s most recent dose of crazy appeared in the mailbox sarah shares with her roommate (”little buddy,” in crazy lady-speak).
We'd be glad to stop if we knew what the hell you were talking about.
i kinda prefer this note without any explanation whatsoever, but if you’re still craving more, sara explains…sort of. “i had, in fact, bought and put a nozzle on the outside hose so I could spray down an animal cage. we do not, needless to say, have parties in the laundry room. in fact, we’ve never had a party, ever, because we’re too afraid of her.”

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Baffling Toilet Signs

"New signs for a public loo in Winchcombe, England have people scratching their heads. The infographic resembles a skier with poles, or a man on an escalator. The words “ambulant urinal” convey the idea of a urinal that walks."

So... I can only enter if I've been skiing/hiking, or if I go in with a person of the opposite sex?

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Palin's Resignation: The Edited Version

These are pretty funny:

Follow the link for the rest of her speech.

(Thanks to Anna)

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If we estimated time like
Windows' File Copy Estimation Bar

Estimation

I'm sure you all know what I mean.
But just in case...


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I’m Just a Girl, Standing in Front of My Parents, Asking Them Not To Do That



At first I didn't think much of this picture. Just another weird family photo right?
But after looking at it some more, I realized this was her wedding picture.
For some reason her parents (I assume they're her parents not the groom's, that would be even creepier) decided they should make out in the background of a picture capturing the happiest day of her life.
Speaking of the groom, where the hell is he?!

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And since I thought this post was getting a little too clean-cut and wholesome:

Patio Umbrella Fail

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No comment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

3D Building Projections

This is just incredible...



From a film production company in the Netherlands called NuFormer.

In the News: July 27, 2009

Animals in the news!


Playful dolphin strands NZ woman


First it's just physically forcing women to play with him, then comes the roofies.
You gotta watch out for those sketchy dolphins...

Moko the dolphin
Moko simply did not want his
fun with the swimmer to end

"A New Zealand swimmer got into difficulty when a friendly dolphin stopped her returning to shore.

The woman had been swimming with the dolphin, called Moko, at Mahia Beach on the North Island. But the playful dolphin did not want the fun to end.

People at a nearby cafe eventually heard her cries for help, and rowed out to her rescue."

"During the summer, hundreds of people take to the water to play with him. But there are fewer people around in the winter, and residents believe he gets lonely and bored."

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Snake 'befriends' snack hamster


Looks like that hamster could eat the snake...

Snake and hamster sharing enclosure in Japanese zoo
Aochan, the snake 'seems to enjoy'
being with Gohan, the hamster

"A rodent-eating snake and a hamster have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

Their relationship began in October last year, when zookeepers presented the hamster to the snake as a meal.

The rat snake, however, refused to eat the rodent. The two now share a cage, and the hamster sometimes falls asleep sitting on top of his natural foe."

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19 Arrested In Canary-Fighting Investigation

Really??
What is it with people and their fascination with watching animals fight each other?
Can't you just watch Animal Planet or something?


"Police said 150 birds were seized in a canary-fighting investigation in Shelton on Sunday.

Police said canaries and saffron finches were seized and 19 people were arrested at a Ripton Road address."

"Canaries are popular beginner pet birds and saffron finches, another small species of bird, can be spiteful and intimidating."

"“When canaries are bred, they’ll fight to the death and they don’t make the noise that typical roosters make and they don’t smell,” said Sgt. Robert Kozlowski. “They fall under the radar because we wouldn’t think it suspicious if people have a lot of canaries.”"

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Speaking of animals fighting...

Vick cleared for preseason participation

"Vick, free after serving 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring, was reinstated with conditions by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday.

Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games -- if he can find a team that will sign him. A number of teams have already said they would not.

Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest."

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And finally:

Man bursts into flames after Taser shock

"A man, who doused himself with gasoline and charged at an officer, burst into flames when he was hit with a Taser, police in Australia said Tuesday."

"While the officer tried to put out the fire, a woman from inside the house threw rocks at him, Munnee said. The officer suffered both burns from the fire and cuts from the rocks."

Alright... what the heck was going on in that house??

And perhaps the most remarkable fact:
"Two years ago, a man in Texas died in a similar incident when he too caught fire after he was shot with a Taser.

In that case as well, the man had poured gasoline on himself and was resisting arrest. "

There was a similar incident?!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Yes, You Can Fail on a Sunday

More from the delightful FailBlog:

Adopts a Fail
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You know, I'm not too interested in that whole "Adopt a Street/Highway" program.... But I could be open to that second option.


Hat Fail
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Because sometimes looking like a douche is more important than functionality...


College Name Fail

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I was very curious to see if this was real or not, and apparently it's an actual college in the UK.

This is a description from it's website:
"The College was founded in 1930 as a residential college for students from The Dominions. Its aim was to improve international tolerance and understanding amongst people on the brink of their careers by providing a forum in which they could interact. The College has expanded greatly since that time and now consists of a community of 650 postgraduate students from over ninety countries. It is an independent educational charity which receives no state funding and relies instead on the generation of its own income."

Doesn't sound like anything spectacular, but you know... good enough.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pwned on Camera

I think I need to get in on this action. Start a blog posting pictures that are only somewhat related?
Yet another random/hilarious picture blog: Pwned on Camera
A blog exposing man's most natural reaction, checking out women.

Here are a couple favorites:

Dayum
Caught-Looking-Dayum
Don't tell me you wouldn't look.

Get Outta the Way Guy
Caught-Looking-GetOuttaTheWayGuy


WTF Japan?
Caught-Looking-WTFJapan
Seriously Japan. You guys gotta tone down the crazy over there...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Science is Fun!

Why subscribe to Popular Science, when half the articles are online?

New York Times to NASA: You're Right, Rockets DO Work in Space

"I love this, not because of how wrong the NYT turned out to be, but because of how right the editors thought they were."
Oops!: The New York Times' famous retraction of a 1920 article New York Times

"On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, it seems like every news outlet worth its weight in regolith is reproducing classic content to put the historic moment in the proper content. Well, here’s one Apollo-related news item, printed on July 17th, as Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins were well on their way to the Moon, that I doubt the New York Times wants to draw much attention to today: a retraction of a 1920 article which stated rocket motors couldn't work in the vacuum of space, almost fifty years after the fact."



Robot Rides Motorcycles Efficiently, Terrifyingly

This is pretty scary.

Flossie: Plotting our 2-wheeled demise

"Let me introduce you to Flossie, the creepy motorcycle-driving robot. She will drive through scorching heat and freezing cold without a complaint. She will shift perfectly every time. She will haunt your dreams.

Flossie was constructed by Castrol to be used in lubricant testing for just about any motorcycle. Flossie allows testers to monitor how lubricants function over time in a variety of situations, with Flossie the one constant, shifting and riding the bike perfectly each time. The most disturbing part of Flossie's design is that she learns, all by herself, how to get a feel for each bike and how to ride it. To what end, might you ask? Well, the obvious answer is: to become self-aware, evolve, and enslave us all.

In the video below you get a view of Flossie in action. The video ends ominously by calling Flossie "a safe rider". Let's hope we don't regret those words."




Anyone else see the new Terminator movie?
http://floydforthought.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/motorcycle_terminators.jpg

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/05/Terminator_Salvation_Motorcycle.jpg



Coca-Cola Freestyle Is the Most Advanced Soda Fountain Ever

Mmmm... I gotta get one of those for my house.

"There are over 100 flavors available, across an array of drink brands, including Coke, Fanta, energy drinks, flavored waters, and more. When you select a drink, you're able to select from a variety of flavors, some of which are unfamiliar (Raspberry Coke?! Peach Fanta?!).

Instead of large, five-gallon bags of pre-mixed syrup, the Freestyle PurePour system uses ultra-concentrated 46-ounce cartridges to mix drinks and allow for a greater array of flavors, all coming from one spout. There are also RFID tags to keep track of all the different flavors held inside the cabinet and their current status."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Funny Stuff...

Just because you're all so wonderful, here's one more post.
Videos!


The prank isn't all that great or inventive, but her father's reaction is priceless.



This guy is hilarious.



I totally think he should get together with Mr. Chi-City. YouTube would probably collapse in on itself.

In the News: July 20, 2009

OK, here are the rest of the stories:


Boast leads to arrest in N.Y. Starbucks bombing

An NYPD officer stands guard outside a Starbucks where a bomb went off on Memorial Day.
An NYPD officer stands guard outside a
Starbucks where a bomb went off on Memorial Day.

At first I didn't think this story was terribly interesting.

"A man who allegedly set off a small bomb at a Starbucks coffee shop was arrested after he made the mistake of bragging about his exploit to friends, police said Wednesday."

But this is where it starts to get good:

"Shaw allegedly told his friends prior to the explosion that "Project Mayhem" was about to begin, Kelly said, and that they should watch the news on Memorial Day."

And the reporter's wit is genius

"Shaw was a fan of the movie "Fight Club" and imitated Brad Pitt's character from the film, the police commissioner said -- although he apparently failed to adhere to Pitt's famous line in the film: "The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club." The movie, released in 1999, also includes a scene in which a Starbucks is destroyed."


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Final chord for the Rock of Boston

Another sad day for FM radio...



"WBCN 104.1 FM, the long-celebrated Boston radio station credited with leading the progressive rock ‘n roll radio movement from the 1960s to the modern day, will no longer rock the airwaves."

"Owner CBS Radio Boston said today that the legendary station is going off the air in a complicated shuffle intended to make room for a new sports/talk format.

On August 13, 98.5 The Sports Hub will replace the music station WBMX, or Mix 98.5, which will move to WBCN’s slot on the dial. WBCN will become a Web-only operation available at www.wbcn.com."

Unfortunately this will only happen more and more often as listeners dwindle further and the corporations look to make more money...


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No article, but I thought this picture on CNN was pretty funny:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/europe/07/10/g8.summit/art.g8.group.photo.afp.gi.jpg

The two on the left clearly checking out what the woman is picking up off the floor.
The two men on the right, the Frenchman (Sarkozy) and the Italian (Berlusconi), clearly checking the woman out.
And Obama clearly not caring what's going on. (Or maybe to the Republicans, he's completely oblivious to his situation).


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Speaking of French...

'Rude' French are worst tourists

Eiffel Tower
The French are seen by hoteliers as the world's worst tourists

"French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as penny-pinching, rude and terrible at languages, according to a new survey.

The study by travel company Expedia asked 4,500 hotels worldwide to rank tourists on their behaviour.

Japanese tourists - seen as clean and tidy, polite, quiet and uncomplaining - came top for the third year running."

"...the French were the least ready to try a new language, unlike US tourists who were most likely to swallow their pride and order a pizza, baguette or a paella in the local lingo.

US tourists also got top marks for generosity, as the biggest spenders and tippers.

But they fell short on other counts as the least tidy, the loudest, the worst complainers and the worst dressed."

JApanese tourists in New York
The Japanese came top for their politeness and cleanliness

"The model Japanese were followed by Canadians as the least likely to whinge when a trip goes wrong.

France's rivals for the world's "worst tourist" tag, Spaniards and Greeks, came near the bottom of the pack in almost every category."


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And finally, a perfect example of the low level of reporting we have to deal with nowadays.

Sears Tower now named Willis Tower

It still looks the same, but Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois, will have a new name: Willis Tower.
It still looks the same, but Sears Tower in Chicago,
Illinois, will have a new name: Willis Tower.


I'm pretty sure the first sentence is the only original one the author came up with:
"Sears Tower is history. As of Thursday, the iconic Chicago, Illinois, skyscraper is now named Willis Tower."

The rest is just take from the heralded journalistic source: Facebook (equally terrible are Twitter and Wikipedia).

"More than 90,000 people have joined the group "People Against the Sears Tower Name Change," on the social networking Web site Facebook.

"This name change is absurd," one member wrote..."

Yes, a fine quote. I'm glad you put the effort in to discover what the "people" are saying.

"The group has gathered more than 34,000 signatures on an online petition against the name change. The name change seemed to be a fait accompli, though."

"The landmark opened in 1973 with its original occupant, Sears Roebuck & Co. The retailing giant has since moved its headquarters to suburban Chicago.

That doesn't matter to those against the name change.

"I asked a cabdriver to take me to the Willis tower. He said, 'Where the hell is that?'" a member of the Facebook group wrote. "That pretty much sums it up. No one will start calling it the Willis Tower.""

In the News: Kelly Hildebrandt

I was going to do a usual collection of stories, but I thought this one was odd/amusing enough to have it's own post.

Kelly Hildebrandt to wed Kelly Hildebrandt


Surprisingly enough, neither is terribly homely.

"a guy from Texas named Kelly Hildebrandt and a gal from Florida named Kelly Hildebrandt."

"Kelly Hildebrandt met Kelly Hildebrandt when Kelly, the girl, looked up her own name on Facebook.

"I was like, 'I wonder if there's any other Kelly Hildebrandts on Facebook'," she explained. "So, I searched my own name and he's the only one that came up. And actually, in the picture, he didn't have his shirt on, and I'm like, 'oh, he's cute!'"

"She started off, 'hey, I see we have the same name, and I thought it was kinda cool, so I wanted to say hi, I guess'. Lots of laughs," he said.

Three weeks after their first online encounter, Kelly, the boy from Texas, decided to fly to south Florida, and see Kelly, the girl, in person."

This is something that never even crossed my mind, but now that I think about it, it would be extremely confusing. I imagine it was fun and cute for the first couple weeks. In a year or so they'll be going nuts:

"The Kelly Hildebrandts don't think having the same first and last name is a bad thing. But it is confusing, now that Kelly the boy, has moved in.

"He's even already got some mail coming in and we don't know," she said, "We have to open everything. Because we don't know who's mail is whose.""

And I'm glad they checked on this as well:

"The pair say they've looked back through ancestry records 250 years to ensure they're not related."

40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Happy 40th Anniversary to NASA and the crew of Apollo 11!

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-11/apollo-11-patch.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Apollo_11.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/5927_NASA.jpg


And to honor those brilliant guys over at NASA, I will juxtapose with some incredibly dumb people (care of FailBlog):

I always tell little Timmy, "It's better to be safe than sorry"...
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By that logic, the summer must be a very confusing time for TSA...
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I'm so glad they have these contests. I would never have the privilege of knowing what Marilyn looked like in the flesh.
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Hahaha. Seriously? Why would either think they look remotely like Marilyn Monroe?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I Fixed It Totally JamFail

A combination of all my favorite picture blogs!

There I Fixed It
From the look of the furniture, it appears to be a dorm room. Won't mom and dad be proud of what you're learning at school!
Epic-Kludge-Photo-ElectricToothbrush
Be sure to read the comments, there are some gems in there.


Totally Looks Like

dog totally looks like jules samuel l jackson
I don't think any words are needed.


GraphJam
I'm just glad none of these things are in my closet...
song chart memes

And
song chart memes


FailBlog
Oh baseball...
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and a Win!
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Picture Update!

After that small video update I know you're all craving more.
So here it is!

Here's a site I saw the other day and I'm sure you'll be pleased I shared:
WTF Taxidermy

As the title suggests, there is a lot of confusion as to why these things were done to the poor helpless animals.





Seriously, what did they do to deserve this??




That's just a taste. You'll have to goto the site if you actually want to see more (you sick bastard...)

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One of my favorite comics: Off the Mark

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High-Speed Photos are always awesome:


(Link via neatorama)

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101 Muppets of Sesame Street

Sorry, no picture. But if you love Muppets and Sesame Street as much as I do it'll be worth the click to check this out.
Basically a picture of 101 Muppets from Sesame Street. Roll your mouse over their image and it'll give you a quick synopsis of that character.

OK, OK. Here's a screen shot of the picture: (It's still worth the click!)
(link)

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And another one of my favorite comics: Dilbert

Dilbert.com


I'll end with an FML.
No, it's not a picture, but use your imagination and create the scenario in your head.

"Today, my friend posted my picture on Craigslist under the "men seeking men" section. I got 16 replies with 2 hours. He then decided to post another picture of me under "men seeking women" to compare results. The only reply I got was from a man. FML" (link)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Quick Video Update

Here's a quicky...
Just three vids for your viewing pleasure:

Bunny that walks on its two hind legs

Just a little odd to see...


Watch the International Space Station being built! (animated, not the real thing)
BTW, NASA announced the ISS will be decommissioned in 2016. If this is true, it will have spent more time "under construction" than it has been fully built. (Link, sorry no embed feature)


If Spammers wrote Cialis Ads: