Archive for March, 2010
Look at these two wavy circles. Did I say wavy? Take a look.Comments Off | Posted in: Entertainment
YouTube user, dabedoo has highlighted how many times Disney’s animators have reused sequences in different movies. What a bunch of lazy bones.
Via NeatoramaComments Off | Posted in: Television
Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn, has been caught looking remarkably like that of the video game icon Pac-Man.
The image, taken by the Cassini spaceship which is orbiting the planet, measured temperature differences across the object’s surface and produced a map mimicking the popular character.
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Mimas is about 400km (250 miles) across. It has a distinctive scar called Herschel Crater which has led many to draw comparisons with the “Death Star” from the Star Wars movies.
A father of three from Huddersfield has been telephoned by NASA after he took photos of space, using a cheap camera and a balloon.Comments Off | Posted in: Sci/Tech
Making Photoshopping easier than ever.Comments Off | Posted in: Sci/Tech
Ever seen the needle through a balloon trick and wondered how it’s done? Well, the needle actually does go all the way through the balloon. Watch the video to see how it’s done.
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Colin Furze, a plumber who adapted his scooter to shoot 15ft flames from the rear, has been arrested for an alleged firearms offence.
Mr Furze, modified his scooter with an anti-tailgating flame thrower operated by the flick of switch. He was featured in the press, but when police saw the pictures he was arrested and held on suspicion of possessing an object converted into a firearm.
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Speaking before his arrest, he said: ”Everybody wants a flame thrower on a motor bike. I don’t need a flame thrower on the back of my bike, I’m not going to set fire to people’s car’s, it’s just something interesting to do.”
The scooter, which was built before Christmas, was Mr Furze’s third attempt at the project after the first did not ignite and the second burst into flames.
Merton returns for part two of his Chatroulette piano playing sensation.Comments Off | Posted in: Internet
A reclusive Russian mathematician has rejected a $1 million award for solving a problem that has baffled some of the finest brains for a century.
Said to be the world’s cleverest man, Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said to The Daily Mail through his closed door: ‘I have all I want.’
Perelman has a history of not accepting awards for his work. Four years ago, the maths genius failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union for solving the problem.
At the time he stated: ‘I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful, that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.’
Interested in what he actually solved? It’s called “Poincaré conjecture”. Try getting you head around this:
Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert threw a party where guests wore shoe-extenders to make them all the same height of 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches).
Aside from bringing the partygoers all to a common eye level, the gathering is lent an infographic nature by the shoes: all made from blue foam, the person’s real height is read in the visual uniformity of the sole instead of at the head – like a walking bar graph.
Via PresurferComments Off | Posted in: Health | Sci/Tech
Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.
Earth Hour 2010 is set to be the biggest Earth Hour yet, with more participants expected to take part than in 2009, when 1 billion people switched off. 121 countries have signed up for Earth Hour 2010, and 812 iconic landmarks will turn off their lights. They include the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, El Ángel, the Empire State Building and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Please do your bit by turning off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour at 8:30pm local time on March 27 and spread the word so others do the same. What a great way of saying thank you to our planet.Comments Off | Posted in: Lifestyle | News
A new study by TripAdvisor has revealed that Spanish tourists are the least generous tippers in Europe.
80% of Spanish travellers who were questioned said that they do not always tip when they visit other countries. They were closely followed by 78% of Italians and 76% of French tourists.
2 Comments | Posted in: Lifestyle
Commenting on the study, Emyr Thomas, director of concierge and lifestyle management company Bon Vivant, said: “Tipping can be socially awkward and can cause endless embarrassment, especially on holiday when we are unfamiliar with local customs.
“In some countries it is considered rude not to tip, so you might need to justify yourself, just as in others, such as Japan, it is often considered rude to tip at all.”
The very first chain letter documented was by Daniel W. VanArsdale in 1888. It asked people to donate a dime to the education of poor children in the Cumberlands region of Tennessee, and then instructed the recipient to forward the letter to four friends.
Since then chain letters have evolved and moved from paper mail to e-mails and later to social media networks. However, chain mail nowadays usually contains some clause which pressurizes the recipient into forwarding it to other people.
Here’s an example of a typical chain mail we might receive today:
Subj: Re: (don’t open in front of parents) (sorry guys)
Date: 98-04-25 00:29:48 EDT
<< Five people actually got killed by not sending this piece of mail.
The creator of this mail has a program that will track down everyone who sent this mail and whoever that didn't send it will DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE because this program can actually track down your address.
Send this to 15 people within the next fifteen minutes or you will die die die die die, what do you have to lose? Your life? >>
Of course this is complete nonsense, but many people still believe such threats and send it on ‘just in case’. As a result, the number of recipients grow exponentially and a worthless and pointless piece of text is spread around the internet.
This YouTube video sums up chain mail very well.
#1 – CAPS LOCK IS STUCK FOR ME TOO
A woman who refused to pay her cab fare and was consequently arrested and put in jail called 911 to complain that police had put her in jail.
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29-year-old Carly Houston was arrested in Naperville, Illinois and taken to the local police station, where she was offered the chance to make a call to a friend or family member.
But instead Houston used the call to dial 911, which connected her to Naperville police dispatchers – to whom she reported that she was ‘trapped inside the detention facility’.
Unfortunately for her, the Naperville police department proved strangely reluctant to free her from the clutches of the Naperville police department. Instead, she was charged with ‘theft of labor or services’, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and, for good measure, making a false 911 report.
Here’s a funny little video by College Humor showing what happened when Sonic met Mario at a restaurant. Sonic hasn’t been doing too well lately and it gets very uncomfortable.Comments Off | Posted in: Entertainment | Sci/Tech
Merton meets Ben Folds
When Hadjuk Split played arch-rivals Lokomotiva at the weekend, there was a lot at stake. They were in a tussle for the Europa League spots in the Croatian league. It was a shame therefore, when Hadjuk Split midfielder Goran Rubil scored what was probably the greatest goal of his career… into his own net. His mistake cost them the game which they ended up losing 2-1.Comments Off | Posted in: Sport
After months of intense political debate, President Obama finally sat down in the White House East Room on March 23 and signed the $938 billion health care bill, but why did he use 22 pens to do it?
It would seem that either the President has an undiagnosed case of OCD or the White House needs better office supplies.
Actually, the President was just adhering to an obscure Washington tradition. The practice of using multiple pens to sign important legislation dates at least as far back as Franklin Roosevelt and is now one of our government’s frivolous little quirks, much like that oversize gavel Nancy Pelosi carried around the other day.
Time has more details in the link.
Link | Image: BROOKS KRAFT / CORBIS FOR TIMEComments Off | Posted in: Politics