Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Checking to see if her ass looks fat...

Toilet water cleaner than the ice at fast food?

12-year-old Jasmine Roberts is a seventh-grade student at Benito Middle School in New Tampa. When it came time for her to choose a science project, she wondered about the ice in fast food restaurants.

"My hypothesis was that the fast food restaurants’ ice would contain more bacteria that the fast food restaurants’ toilet water."

So Roberts set out to test her hypothesis, selecting five fast food restaurants, within a ten-mile radius of the University of South Florida. Roberts says at each restaurant she flushed the toilet once, the used sterile gloves to gather samples.

"Using the sterile beaker I scooped up some water and closed the lid."

Roberts also collected ice from soda fountains inside the five fast food restaurants. She also asked for cups of ice at the same restaurant's drive thru windows. She tested the samples at a lab at the Moffitt Cancer Center where she volunteers with a USF professor. Roberts says the results did not surprise her.

"I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurant's contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant's toilet water."

Roberts' graph shows the toilet water, shown in red, had less bacteria in most cases than the ice inside shown in blue, and the ice from drive-through windows shown in green. Roberts' teacher says he wasn't surprised either.

Her project won the science fair at Benito Middle School, and she hopes to win the top prize at the Hillsborough County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which starts Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome. Article here.

Skier jumps off a 255 foot cliff, and lands it

Jamie Pierre successfully jumped (on ski’s) a record breaking 255 foot cliff off the backside of a mountain located just outside the boundaries of Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY. The feat occurred on January 25, 2006 witnessed by the Teton Gravity Research production team.

After researching the monster air for more than seven years, Pierre finally found conditions that were suitable for the jump. Tattersall had rapelled the cliff during the summer months to examine the sheerness of the cliff and find out the features that lie under the snow in the landing zone. Tattersall reported seeing nothing bigger than softball size rocks on the steep terrain. With heavy and persistent snowfall having brought 335+ inches (27.9 feet) to the Tetons this winter, it was primed with a deep and consistent landing necessary to support the intense impact.

Before the shoot Pierre was heard saying: "If I do this I am not going to get hurt." So after 30 minutes of preparation, full confidence and a brief prayer Pierre leapt off the massive buttress, holding a mute grab in first 50 feet and then continuing the 4 second freefall before hitting the snow. Jamie's bomb hole left him buried 6 feet under the snow for roughly a minute until he was dug out by nearby photographer, Adam Clark. He skied away making deep powder turns from the record breaking air with a mere bloody lip.

The cliff was initially measured at 245 feet with a rage finder used for B.A.S.E. jumping. The day after photographer Wade McKoy went back to the site and measured the jump by rope with the speculation that the distance is greater, with the closer to exact result of 255 feet. Article here.

Police must have sex with prostitutes? WTF?

Undercover sex is getting the OK from a Virginia sheriff. Sheriff Howard Smith said he stands by the practice of allowing detectives to receive sexual services in the course of their investigations so they can catch suspects in the act.

Court documents show that four times last month, county detectives allowed women at a massage parlor to perform sex acts on them. In one case, a lawman left a $350 tip. Smith acknowledged the practice is not new.

Smith told The Washington Post that only unmarried detectives are allowed to do the under-the-covers work. He said actual sex acts are needed to help win prostitution convictions. "If I thought we could get the conviction without that, we wouldn't allow it," Smith told the newspaper.

"If you want to make them, this has to be done." He said most prostitutes are careful not to say anything incriminating, which makes sexual contact necessary Several police officials and legal observers say the practice has been tried by other agencies across the country, but they knew of none that still permit sexual contact with suspects as part of prostitution investigations.

But many police agencies across the country have banned sexual contact between investigators and suspects. When police used similar tactics in the past in Montgomery County, Md., the charges ended up being dropped. Article here.

The joy of the world wide web...

Shopping cart handles = bacteria-infested

Shopping cart handles are the most bacteria-infested items among some commonly used objects while doorknobs on public bathrooms are not as bad as might be expected, according to a survey conducted in South Korea.

The Korea Consumer Protection Board tested six items that are commonly handled by the public and ran tests for their bacteria content. Shopping cart handles led the way with 1,100 colony forming units of bacteria per 10 sq cm (1.55 sq inches) followed by a mouse used on computers in Internet cafes, which had an average of 690 colony forming units.

"The reason that shopping cart handles had so much bacteria is because the area is larger than the others and people have more space to place their hands," Kwon Young-il, an official at the consumer body, said by telephone.

Hand straps on buses were next with 380 units, followed by bathroom doorknobs at 340. Rounding out the list were elevator buttons at 130 colony forming units and hand straps on subways at 86. The report released this week said washing hands with soap removes almost all of the bacteria.

Ewww… nevertheless interesting to know. Article here.

Canadian college students like sex- alot

2,500+ university and college students polled across Canada, 87 percent of them are having sex over instant messenger, webcams or the telephone, according to results of a national survey released on Monday.
"It's now extended within their sexual world, whether it be as a social lubricant as a means to then engage in something that's more real, in more real time, or if it's just a means in itself of pleasuring here and there," he said.

Some 2,684 students from more than 150 university and college campuses across Canada took part in the survey. Fifty-one percent of the participates were female and 49 percent were male.

Of those surveyed, 53 percent of students enjoyed sex over instant messenger, while 44 percent did the deed using a webcam and over the phone.

When it comes to having actual sex, eighty-seven percent of those polled claimed to be sober at the time. Ninety percent of students who responded said their campus promotes and supports safe-sex practices.

Whoa! WTF? What's really surprising is the fact is that it's the same across-the-board (male vs. female). Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Can you say Spring Break ’06… O’ Canada here we come [cue drum symbol hit]. Article here.

'Sex Offender' sign put on wrong house...

A woman in Benton County hung a sign on a neighbor's door warning people that the man who lived there was a sex offender. But there were two problems: she had the wrong house, and even if she had the right house, police say sex offender notifications can't be used to harass released convicts.

"Don't play here. Child molester lives here," the sign said, according to a police report. Carolyn Hansen of Bella Vista also posted warnings in a nearby park. Those signs said, "There is a child molester here. Keep children out of the park."

Hansen told sheriff's investigators she'd been told by her daughter that a sex offender who moved to the neighborhood lived in the house. The signs were collected, but a deputy saw Hansen posting the fliers again and stopped her.

After Hansen learned the address she had was the wrong one, she apologized to the man she targeted, deputies said. The man didn't want her prosecuted so she was not charged, Benton County sheriff's investigator Barb Shrum said.

Information is provided to the public as a service, but "anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution." "The whole point of this is to be able to keep your family and your neighborhood safe from these people, but you can't harass them," Shrum said. Article here.

A robot car turns into a human! Sweet!

They totally need to make a full size version of this thing...

Man disappears after losing Super Bowl bet

A man staged his own disappearance in the Bighorn Mountains after losing $40,000 on a Super Bowl bet, authorities said.

Marvin Hackworth, 46, of Gillette, was reported missing Feb. 6, the day after the Super Bowl, according to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office.

Search and rescue teams spent two days looking for him in the Bighorn Mountains, where he had told his wife he was headed to "clear his head" after losing the money, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Hackworth's pickup and a trailer were found. One of two snowmobiles was missing from the trailer. The search was suspended because of a lack of clues about Hackford's whereabouts.

Police said they received a call Friday from a woman identifying herself as Hackworth's daughter, who said she received a message from her father saying he was OK. They traced the call to Chadron, Neb., which is about 200 miles southeast of Gillette, where they found Hackworth. Hackworth apparently had stashed a new truck in the mountains before the Super Bowl in order to "disappear for a while" in case he lost the bet, police said.

Big Horn County Sheriff Dave Mattis said he has not decided whether he will seek restitution for the expense of the search and rescue operation. Article here.

Tina, come get your dinner you fat lard!

'Buy' a guy's homework for a year on eBay

Hate doing your homework? Auction that sh*t on eBay. Check out this students listing:

“I am a college student who is currently studying Business Administration Management studies at Conestoga College. On average I have 2 projects to do a week plus studying for my numerous tests and exams. I don’t have time to do these projects and spend time studying, working and time with my girlfriend and friends. If you win this auction you will be sent all my projects with in 12 hours of me reserving them and you will either have the opportunity to complete my homework or if you do not wish to do my homework in a particular week you will receive a copy of the homework that I will have to complete my self (if you chose not to do it).”

Are you serious? This guy really f*ckin thinks someone will buy the rights to do his homework!?! Not a bad idea I guess if it actually works out… and he gets good grades. Which probably won't happen. He'll probably flunk out of college and sell drugs anyways... Click here to see the actual eBay listing.

Guys hate penis enlargement, to small

Most men who have had penis enlargement surgery are not satisfied with the results.

"For patients with psychological concern about the size of the penis- particularly if it is normal size -- there is little point in offering them surgery because it makes no difference," said Nim Christopher, a urologist at St Peter's Andrology Center in London.

Christopher and his colleagues, who questioned 42 men who had the surgery, found the dissatisfaction rate was very high. Often the men requested another surgical procedure.

"The average increase in length is 1.3 cm (0.5 inches) which isn't very much and the dissatisfaction rate was in excess of 70 percent," said Christopher.Rather than having surgery, he and his colleagues, who reported the findings in the journal of European Urology, said the men should be referred for psychological counseling.
I think it’s probably just the nature of men and their egos in general… always wanting the biggest and best… never satisfied. Bad/Good, you decide. Article here.

$250,000 Michael Jackson white glove...

You know you want it…

“This is Michael Jacksons owned and concert worn single white jewelled glove. This is the single most recognised trademark item that represents the iconic superstar. Used in concert in the 1990's, this glove would have been worn during the Billie Jean performances.”

It’s specially priced on eBay right now for only $250,000. Click here to see the actual eBay listing.

Hunter's elbow shot, mistaken for squirrel

A man was shot and injured when his hunting partner mistook his elbow for a squirrel, authorities said.

The man was wearing camouflage clothing except for an orange hat, which he had covered with a hood after sitting down behind a tree. His clothed elbow was all that was visible when Wood approached from behind the tree and fired his weapon, which the Ludington Daily News described as a .17-caliber rifle.

The man was treated and released at a nearby hospital. Police were investigating the shooting.

Talk about a bonding experience… I would tell my friend that I get one free shot with my rifle into his elbow… then we'll call it even, dickface.
Article here.