Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Blowing up a building... well at least an attempt
You know how you always see on the news the big countdown to blowing an old building up. Everyone gets all excited to watch it get destroyed (America loves violence).
However, this feed mill destruction in South Dakota didn’t quite go as planned, because the building is was standing after a scheduled set of blasts on the east part of the structure failed to topple the structure.
The entire thing was caught on film. Click here to watch the countdown and the blast here. Some pretty funny stuff. I’m assuming somebody got fired… Article here as well.
Gym class with guns makes it more interesting
Remember the xBox 360 ‘bang’ commercial I posted? Check this ‘high school’ film similar to that commercial… pretty awesome stuff if you ask me (directing/concept wise) for a bunch of teen-somethings. Whoever directed this maybe the next Quentin Tarantino? Click here to watch the video.
Demented gallery of girls photoshoped? Why?
Why would anyone do this? We live in one weird sick world. Click here to see an ENTIRE photo (Flickr) gallery of pictures like this.
Breast Implants are popular gifts for Girl Grads?
Lulu Diaz is excited to show her friends the high school graduation present she got from her parents -- her new breasts.
When she was 18, her parents had bought her a Jaguar for graduation. She didn't want a car. They told her: "OK, you can trade it in for new breasts." She did.
The gift of breast implants costs about $7,000. "But I don't think you can put really a price on your child's happiness," her parents said.
Of course, breast enhancement surgery can be dangerous. The Food and Drug Administration lists 25 complications, including pain, inflammation, calcification, chest wall deformity, toxic shock syndrome, wrinkling and scarring. Most patients later have to have second or even third operations because the implants do things like move or break open. The surgery will later interfere with mammography, increasing the chance that a tumor will go undetected. And women who have the surgery are less likely to have enough milk for breastfeeding. The FDA says about 40 percent of augmentation patients have at least one serious complication within three years.
Click here to read the full article.
SPAM Cupcakes: the perfect holiday dish!
Having trouble trying to decide what to make for the Holiday party this year? How about SPAM Cupcakes? You’ll be the hit of the party… or something like that.
WTC Tourist picture hoax explained
I am tired of getting picture email in my inbox… so I thought I’d help preach the truth.
“This image first appeared a few days after 9/11. Many people believed it to be real, the common belief being that the picture was found on a camera in the debris of the WTC. However, this could not be further from the truth. After much speculation, it was found to be an edited picture, or a hoax. You can read all the things wrong with the picture on snopes.com. The original source was indeed the man who appears in the photo, who you can read more about here.”
Obviously the reason why this picture is insanely forwarded is the ‘shock value’ you get when looking at it ...at least have the common sense to realize this picture isn’t real.
Skiing in the desert looks fu*kin' cool
So what do rich countries/cities do when they have excess money? Build crazy ass shit. Ski in the middle of the desert.
Ski Dubai (Dubai is the name of the city for those of you who live under a rock) is an indoor ski park that has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. From blacks to blues and greens, skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels can enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter half-pipe.
Arctic weather takes over at night, after the resort is closed to the public. Temperatures drop to minus 8'C, and state-of-the-art snow makers are turned on, creating a white out. The system can make around 120 tones of fresh snow every 24 hours. The facility just opened as of December '05.
How nuts is this? An indoor ski park? Fu*kin crazy! What I don’t understand is that this thing doesn’t seem that big… 400 meters is what they claim is the longest ski run they have, that means: 400 meters = 0.24 miles or 1,312 feet. That doesn’t seem that long? …especially when you are skiing. But I guess to be able to ski in the middle of the desert/Dubai, you’ll take anything you can get. This thing officially opened December 3rd of this year, click to read the article. Click here to see more pictures. I want to go to Dubai right now and see this... problem is, round trip costs around $2,000 just for the plane ticket. Hmmm, might have to rethink this plan. I'll let you know what pans out...
Man tries to extract meth from his own urine?
There was a scientific method to Daniel Zeiszler's madness when he tried to extract methamphetamine from his own urine, after smoking the illegal street drug in his hotel room.
But Zeiszler's experiment went dangerously awry when he spilled some solvent on himself, then lit a cigarette while he contemplated his next move, starting a fire that burned his right hand and arm.
The hotel was evacuated. Firefighters were summoned. So were hazardous materials experts.
Zeiszler, who pleaded no contest to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine in November, was sentenced Friday to five months in prison -- with credit for time served -- and three years' probation by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles.
"The methodology this guy used would work, but it would take bottles and bottles of urine -- not one void of a bladder. He is a bright, articulate young man who was wasting his life playing around with this stuff. Anybody who would -- for fun -- read a chemistry text should be in school instead of sitting in San Mateo County Jail."
Yeah- uh, seriously WTF? Article here.
Buy Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story on eBay!
You want to get that special someone the most, horrible, nothing but ultimately tacky yet hilarious gift of the season? How about getting them the ‘Leg Lamp’ from the movie ‘A Christmas Story.’ How funny is this? The seller actual ships the item in a wooden crate (obviously just like the movie) to your location. Click here to see the listing.
Researchers have replicated a dog 'laugh'
Researchers at the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in Washington State say a long, loud panting sound is the sound of a dog laughing, and it has a direct impact on the behavior of other dogs.
"What we found is that it had a calming or soothing effect on the dogs," said Patricia Simonet, an animal behaviorist.
"I thought: Laughing dogs?" Hill said. "A sound that we're gonna isolate and play in the shelter? I was a real skeptic … until we played the recording here at the shelter."
When they played the sound of a dog panting over the loudspeaker, the gaggle of dogs at the shelter kept right on barking. But when they played the dog version of laughing, all 15 barking dogs went quiet within about a minute.
Officials say it works every time, and researchers across the country are taking note.
"It was a night-and-day difference," Hill said. "It was absolutely phenomenal."
Those who study dog behavior have varying opinions about exactly what Patricia Simonet's "dog laughing" sound really is. What they do agree on, however, is that to other dogs, it is at least a sound worth keeping quiet to listen to.
Is it just me or does it not make sense that these researchers are making the assumption that the ‘sound’ is a dog laughing. I mean pure logic of the average person would seem to ration that if the dogs get quite when they hear the noise… might not exactly mean they enjoy the noise they are hearing. Why would the dogs get quite if they hear ‘dog laughing noises?’ Something doesn’t make sense.