Saturday, November 12, 2005
Robbing Four Banks, on the Phone All the While
When it comes to multitasking, it's hard to beat the woman who can rob a bank and never interrupt her cell phone conversation.
"This is the first time that I can recall where we've had a crime committed while the person was using a cell phone," said Loudoun County sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell, echoing comments by officials from other law enforcement agencies. "The question would be whether anyone is on the other end of the line or not."
Posted 2:34 PM
Friday, November 11, 2005
Heated bra aims to save the world
A leading lingerie company has joined Japan's fight against high fuel use, unveiling a heated bra for winter.
The fluffy creation contains special pads filled with an eco-friendly gel that can be easily heated in a microwave or with a hot water bottle.
The design also includes a furry boa designed to double as a winter scarf.
Lingerie giant Triumph unveiled the bra months after PM Junichiro Koizumi urged Japan's office workers to ditch ties to save on air conditioning.
Being padded, the new bra packs a little more bulk than most regular designs, but the Japanese arm of Triumph insisted the look was more chic than sheep.
"We hope this will not only help prevent global warming but also provide a little fashion chic to the office," the company said in a statement.
The bra, which comes only in white, also features a pendant shaped like a chilli pepper dangling on its front.
Posted 4:51 PM
Get your own Beer Belt.
Hold a six-pack without your hands! Our fully adjustable beer belt allows for hands free convenience while keeping your precious beer at no further than an arm’s length. Accommodates both cans and bottles.
All it needs is some kind of refrigeration system. But that would jump the cost up.
Posted 4:13 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2005
$1200 spent on wedding of two dogs
Over 70 anxious people gathered to witness two dogs get married. The owners spent over $1,200 on the entire wedding arrangement.
The pugs, ages 2 (Bobby) and 3 (Gracie), "love each other," said 79-year-old Susan Laurer, who wore flowers on her sweater to celebrate her Bobby's special day at the Animal Activity Center in their hometown of Clinton Township.
During the ceremony, Bobby moseyed down the aisle in a top hat, black tuxedo and red bowtie with his coiled tail wagging. After he took his place at the altar, his tongue flopped out.
Their even were groomsmen and maids of honor (pint-size Chihuahuas in formal apparel). The Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out" rang from speakers during their exit from the church.
Some of Laurer's family members drove more than two hours to attend. During the reception that followed at the center, the newlyweds dug into a two-tiered, bone-shaped cake with a pink heart in the center. The dog-friendly ingredients included peanut butter, carob, whole wheat and cream cheese.
Posted 8:10 PM
An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car had been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: “They’ve stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!” she cried.
The dispatcher said, “Stay calm. An officer is on the way.”
A few minutes later, the officer radios in. “Disregard., he says. “She got into the back seat by mistake.”
Posted 8:02 PM
Since the Marines are turning 230 today, I thought it’d be nice to see just who has been a Marine. Some of these names will surprise you.
- Don Adams — actor
- Bea Arthur — actress
- F. Lee Bailey — lawyer
- Art Buchwald — humor columnist
- Rod Carew — baseball player
- Drew Carey — comedian
- Roberto Clemente — baseball player
- Chuck Connors — actor, basketball player
- Brian Dennehy — actor
- Mark Fuhrman — LAPD detective who became famous during the O. J. trial
- John Glenn — astronaut, first American to orbit Earth, oldest man in space, U.S. Senator
- Gene Hackman — actor
- Gil Hodges — baseball player
- John Donald "Don" Imus — talk radio host
- George Jones — country music star
- Bob Keeshan — Captain Kangaroo
- Harvey Keitel — actor
- Lee Marvin — actor
- Ed McMahon — television personality
- Steve McQueen — actor
- Lee Harvey Oswald — assassin of John F. Kennedy
- George Peppard — Col. Hannibal Smith on TV's A-Team
- Burt Reynolds — actor
- Pat Robertson — evangelist
- George C. Scott — actor
- Tom Seaver — baseball player
- Bernard Shaw — CNN News anchor
- John Philip Sousa — composer, conductor/orchestra leader
- Leon Spinks — world boxing champion
- Lee Trevino — PGA golfer
- Bill Veeck — baseball executive
- Robert Wagner — actor
- Montel Williams — television show host
- Ted Williams — baseball player
- Jonathan Winters — Actor, Comedian
Posted 7:42 PM
My neighbor has a puppy he's giving away (FREE!). It's a mixed breed, but he’s got some Dachshund in him He’s house broken, and he's great with kids.
He's giving him away because his wife says the dog 'stares' at her when she is undressing, and that gives her the 'Heebie Jeebies'.
I think she is just weird !
Posted 2:32 PM
I’ll drink to that!
CORVALLIS, Ore., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Research at Oregon State University shows that beer contains a micronutrient that inhibits cancer-causing enzymes.
The compound, xanthohumol, was first isolated by Oregon State 10 years ago and an increasing number of laboratories across the world have begun studying the compound, said Fred Stevens, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at Oregon State's College of Pharmacy.
The substance comes from the hops plant used to give beer its aroma and flavor, ABC News reported.
Most beers made today are low on hops, however, and so don't contain much xanthohumol. But beers such as porter, stout and ales have much higher levels of the compound.
Mice studies show that the compound is metabolized quickly by the body, so it's hard to get a large amount in the body at one time, Stevens said.
"It clearly has some interesting chemo-preventive properties, and the only way people are getting any of it right now is through beer consumption," he said.
Posted 2:05 PM
1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".
4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled
8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.
9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
17. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time .. hence, multi-tasking was invented.)
18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!
21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19 You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)
26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)
27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law,which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb (sign of a true civilized society . not.)
28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples! (Guess what I'm buying on my next trip to the grocery store?)
30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it (families taking long car trips should adopt this same policy.)
Posted 1:55 PM
* The number four:
The number four is considered inauspicious because it is pronounced the same as the word for death (shi). Therefore, one should not make presents that consit of four pieces, etc. In some hotels and hospitals the room number four is skipped.
* Stick chopsticks into the rice:
Do not stick your chopsicks into your food generally, but especially not into rice, because only at funerals, chopsticks are stuck into the rice which is put onto the altar.
* Give food from chopstick to chopstick:
This is only done with the bones of the cremated body at funerals.
* Sleeping towards the North:
Do not sleep towards the North beacause bodies are laid down like that.
* Funeral Car:
If a funeral car passes you should hide your thumb.
* Cut nails at night:
If you cut your nails at night, you will not be with your parents when they die.
* Lie down after eating:
If you lie down immedeately after eating, you will become a cow.
* Whistle in the night:
If you whistle in the night, a snake will come to you.
* Black cat:
There are also some imported superstitions such as the believe that black cats crossing the street in front of you cause bad luck.
Let’s also add putting chopsticks up your nose. Probably frowned on by the Japanese.
Posted 1:41 PM
Between 260 and 300 million turkeys are slaughtered annually in the United States, according to USDA statistics. Of these, approximately 45 million are killed for Thanksgiving, and 22 million are killed for Christmas.
Today's turkeys have been genetically altered to grow twice as fast, and twice as large, as their ancestors. Putting the growth rate of today's turkeys into perspective, Lancaster Farming reports, "If a seven pound [human] baby grew at the same rate that today's turkey grows, when the baby reaches 18 weeks of age, it would weigh 1,500 pounds."
A boob job…
To meet consumer demand for breast meat, commercial turkeys have been anatomically manipulated to have abnormally large breasts. As a result, the birds cannot mount and reproduce naturally, and the industry now relies on artificial insemination as the sole means of reproduction.
Posted 1:26 PM
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
A cruise ship attacked by pirates off Somalia defended itself by firing a sonic blaster at the boarders: The Seabourn Spirit, owned by the cruise giant Carnival, was on its way from Alexandria in Egypt to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. It offers the height of luxury, with huge suites, marble bathrooms and more than one crew member to each passenger. Cruises aboard the liner cost from £6,100 for a 16-day sail to £18,270 for an epic 46-day voyage. The liner used a sonic blaster to foil the pirates. Developed by American forces to deter small boats from attacking warships, the non-lethal weapon sends out high-powered air vibrations that blow assailants off their feet. The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.
The 10,000-ton Seabourn Spirit came under fire at about 5.30am. The pirates approached in 25ft speedboats and shot at the ship with the grenade launcher and machineguns. Terrified passengers watched as the pirates tried to get aboard — only to be repelled by crew members who set off what one described as a “loud bang”...
The Seabourn Spirit, owned by the cruise giant Carnival, was on its way from Alexandria in Egypt to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. It offers the height of luxury, with huge suites, marble bathrooms and more than one crew member to each passenger. Cruises aboard the liner cost from £6,100 for a 16-day sail to £18,270 for an epic 46-day voyage.
The liner used a sonic blaster to foil the pirates. Developed by American forces to deter small boats from attacking warships, the non-lethal weapon sends out high-powered air vibrations that blow assailants off their feet. The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.
Posted 2:46 PM
This is pretty cool. And, it’s only $15
Running water activates this LED Faucet Light turning the water a bright blue. Turn off the water and out goes the light. It's great for getting the little ones to wash their hands, perfect for running the water in the middle of the night, and just a hoot anytime. Faucet Light installs in less than a minute and easily connects to almost all standard household faucets. Set includes 3 button cell batteries, wire screen, and 2 universal adapters. About 2.25" long.
Posted 2:37 PM
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African woman was killed by hundreds of thousands of enraged bees after her vehicle hit an electricity substation that contained their hive, an emergency services group said on Tuesday.
"The car crashed into an electrical substation in Johannesburg which housed a bee hive. It was 10 years old and had in excess of a million bees and they just went wild," said Paul Nel, spokesman for Netcare 911, a private paramedic and ambulance service.
"The people managed to stumble out of the car but they were just overcome by bees," he said. The incident occurred on Monday.
He said the woman died at the scene while her husband was recovering in hospital. Local media reported that the woman was in her early 60s but Nel said he could not confirm her age.
Posted 2:32 PM
Well, not me personally, but it’s a sculpture that YOU can buy on ebay.
The sculpture, made is 2000, is hand-whittled and painted, and measures 9 x 13 x 4". The sculpture features 5 "figures", each one laden with symbols representing each lover's specific characteristics and idiosyncrasies. The winner of this auction will also receive a signed narrative and key for all of the symbols hidden in the sculpture.
The medium is acrylic on pine and the sculpture is in excellent original condition.... no scratches or dents. It has been varnished, and there are a few drips in the varnish upon close inspection.
I have had many offers over the years to buy this piece, and I have held on to it because it is a somewhat personal work. As I will be getting married in the near future, it is time to send it out into the universe...
Posted 2:23 PM
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Welcome to "spiral rainbow island" an ecological paradise created by Richie Sowa. The island is anchored off the coast of Mexico, close to Cancun. The island is made from 250,000 recycled plastic bottles, packed into netting.
The island is 66ft X 54 ft in size and has on it a 2 bedroom house and living area. It has 3 beaches and Richie has many animals on there with him to keep him company, including Cats, Ducks and a Dog!
Posted 5:53 PM