Thursday, October 20, 2005

How to get extra fries at McDonalds


How cool is this? People have taken their old Macs and turned them into an aquarium! Pretty cool idea if you ask me. I kinda want one… except I don’t have any fish.

The best pumpkin carver in the world...

So my roommate and I got into a fight about who was better at carving pumpkins. Pathetic I know. However, after viewing this guys website- I’m pretty sure this guy beats us both. These are some amazing pumpkin “sculptures” (if you will). Click here to view his website.

Lighting stuff on fire is always fun...

Check out what happens when you light on fire powdered non-dairy creamer… kind of freaky- what the heck is it made of!?! Click here to watch the video. I'm probably going to try this on the weekend.

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Wife stabs husband in eye with scissors

A woman has been convicted of killing her husband by duct-taping him to an office chair, bludgeoning him in the head and stabbing him in the eye with scissors.

The wife hit her husband in the head with what may have been an iron and jabbed scissors into his eye. The blow and the stab wound were both fatal.

The woman then dragged him downstairs to make it appear he fell. She called 911 after cleaning up the scene and bandaging her husband's eye.
She claimed her husband must have been carrying a chair and a pair of scissors when he lost his balance and fell.

Investigators found marks on her husbands arms and feet and rewound duct tape, however- she told police that she had jokingly tied him up so he would stop playing with his beard.

A jury has come to a verdict regarding this case- the judge sentenced Nancy Larios to life in prison without parole. She could have been sentenced to death because jurors agreed she had killed her husband for financial gain. Prosecutors said she stood to receive more than $1 million, including a $425,000 life insurance policy taken out just before killing her husband. Click here to read the article.

Paris Hilton is not a good model

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A roller blading stunt goes bad...

This roller blading stunt just had disaster written all over it before it even happened. I have no idea how this guy thought he could even land this jump to begin with! …and I’m pretty sure that roller blades went out around the 80’s!?! Click here to see what happens.

Driving 55 mph does save gas mileage

The old rule that driving no faster than 55 mph to save on gas still works. This guy tested a Chevy Malibu, and got an average of 35 mpg. However when he went bit over 70 mph, the mileage dropped sharply -- to 25 mpg.

For every mile per hour faster than 55 mph, fuel economy drops by about 1 percent, the drop-off increases at a greater rate after 65 mph. The faster you go, the faster the fuel goes.

There are costs the slower you go, however. It took 49 minutes longer to make the trip at 55 mph -- three hours and 36 minutes total -- but it seemed like forever. Sitting in the slow lane on the highway, tapping the gas pedal to maintain a steady speed of 55 makes the car felt like it was traveling at 25. Click here to read all about the 55 mph test.

*UPDATE* Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. Read more here.

*UPDATE* I came across a tip that claims if you wash and wax your car, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 7%, which based on today's prices would be about $.21 per gallon. Not too shabby.The basic idea behind it is, after washing and waxing your car, the surface of the vehicle is much more likely to be nice and smooth, therefore, it should be more aerodynamic than when you have lots of bug guts smeared all over.

It looks like a sound theory, but I don't know if simply cleaning your car will increase your fuel economy that drastically. At the very least, your car's going to look nice? Source.

Driver goes 3 miles with dead body

A 94-year-old motorist struck and killed a pedestrian, then drove about 3 miles with the body lodged in the windshield until he was stopped at a tollbooth. The driver told police he thought the body had fallen from the sky.

"He had no idea he had been involved in an accident."

The pedestrian made it across two of the southbound lanes before he was hit by a 2002 Chevy Malibu, which was traveling about 45 mph. The impact severed the pedestrian's lower right leg, which remained in the street. His head and arms went through the windshield, while the rest of his body flipped up onto the roof of the car.

"The driver continued southbound, as the eyewitness said, like nothing happened.”

As the car approached the toll plaza, the toll taker thought it was a prank, until he saw the blood. When the driver stopped, the body fell into the car.

"Obviously, he was confused, incredibly confused."

He will probably not face criminal charges, as he appeared unaware that he had been involved in an accident. Click here to read the article.

Mascot tackles opposing mascot...hard.

I'm really not sure when this took place- but check out these two mascots (Wisconsin vs. Michigan State) at a football game. This guy gets leveled! Awesome stuff. Click here to watch the video.

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