Wednesday, May 31, 2006
...severs penis to prove he's not cheating?
A man who severed his penis in an attempt to convince his wife that he was faithful to her was recovering after surgery to reattach the organ at a northern Malaysian hospital, a news report said Tuesday.
The 41-year-old man, who was not identified, got into an argument last Friday with his wife, who found a text message on his mobile phone from another woman. The man was heard by his son shouting that he wanted to prove he was not having an affair, the New Straits Times reported.
The assertion was followed by loud screams and the man emerged from his room bleeding profusely, his 14-year-old son quoted as saying. His wife rushed him to hospital.
Whoa, seriously? Article here.
Baby boy born with three arms? WTF?
Doctors in Shanghai on Tuesday were considering surgery options for a 2-month-old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm.
Neither of the boy's two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Dr. Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children's Medical Center.
The boy, identified only as "Jie-jie," also was born with just one kidney and may have problems that could lead to curvature of the spine, local media reports said. Jie-jie cried when either of his left arms was touched, but smiled and responded normally to other stimuli, the reports said.
Chen said doctors hoped to work out a plan for surgery, but the boy's small size made it impossible to perform certain tests that would help them prepare. Article here.
Try this math problem...
Here is a math trick so unbelievable that it will stump you. Personally I would like to know who came up with this and why that person is not running the country.
1.GRAB A CALCULATOR. (YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THIS ONE IN YOUR HEAD)
2.KEY IN THE FIRST THREE DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER (NOT THE AREA CODE)
3.MULTIPLY BY 80
5.MULTIPLY BY 250
6.ADD THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER
7.ADD THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER AGAIN.
9.DIVIDE NUMBER BY 2
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE ANSWER?
Can I have one of these for Christmas?
Cop named world champ doughnut eater
Sgt. Howard Sawyers earned the title of world champion doughnut-eating cop. Three minutes. Thirteen doughnuts.
"The secret for eating doughnuts is dunking them in water," said Sawyers, who finished third in the competition last year. "You do a semi-circle of water cups half to three-quarters full. You rip 'em, you dunk them and you shove. And you do that as fast as you can for three minutes."
The Elkhorn resident blamed his third-place finish in 2005 on not soaking the first doughnut. "It took so long to eat that first half dry," he said. "You have to chew and chew when they're dry."
Besides racing for the prestigious title and a plaque for the wall, Sawyers raced for serious prizes.
The win netted him a free street survival training seminar-valued at $400-and a Sig Sauer .40-caliber pistol, which has a $969 suggested retail value, Sawyers said.
"That alone is enough to glutton yourself for one outing," Sawyers said. "I normally don't go around eating 13 doughnuts very often."
Sawyers hasn't eaten a doughnut since the competition last month, and he surely won't eat any with blue frosting again. At least not until next year. Article here.
Mariah Carey insures legs for $1 billion
Mariah Carey has insured her legs for $1 billion after being signed up to front Gillette's Legs Of A Goddess campaign.
A source close to the 36-year-old whose single, "Say Somethin'" is out on June 5, reveals: "The sum reflects her popularity. "She's about to start a US tour and she'll have to be careful."
See the picture below to see Mariah showing off her stellar legs at a press conference in Radio City Music Hall earlier today complete with a 16-foot replica! Damn! Article here.
Top 10 Most Common Passwords
Taken from Modern Life is Rubbish:
An aggregate sample of passwords (primarily from the UK), we take a look at the most commonly occurring:
10. 'thomas' (0.99‰)
First off, at number 10, is the most common format of passwords - the name. Thomas is a perennially popular name in the UK (2nd most popular in 2000), so it is perhaps no surprise that it makes the top 10, with nearly 1 in 1,000 people opting for this ubiquitous forename as their password.
We can only guess that there are a lot of fans of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Edison out there! The high prevelance of Christian names only further reinforces the fact that loved ones are a common choice whn it comes to passwords.
9. 'arsenal' (1.11‰)
Football teams tend to be another popular choice, and the gunners fall in 9th place. This may or may not be reflective of the fact that the word 'arsenal' starts with a 4-letter swear word - another popular choice when it comes to passwords.
Arsenal are ranked 6th overall in average attendance rankings, and are the 2nd most popular football-related password.
8. 'monkey' (1.33‰)
Quite why the monkey makes it into 8th place is beyond me, but the fact that it's a 6-letter word (6 letters is a typical minimum length for passwords), is easily typed and is memorable probably helps cement its position as ideal password material.
Still, it's quite worrying that there's such a trend - perhaps the internet and monkeys are inextricably linked?
7. 'charlie' (1.39‰)
Another name - nowhere near as common a name as No. 10, Thomas, but it's our most popular name-based password overall.
Could of course, be a homage to a number of famous Charlies - Chaplin, Sheen, or those of a Chocolate Factory persuasion. Or, of course, it could just be the case that they're referring to it's slang usage.
6. 'qwerty' (1.41‰)
I wonder where the inspiration for this one came from? Perhaps when faced with a blinking cursor and an instruction to choose a password people will tend to look to the things closest to them - which would explain why 1 in 700 people choose 'qwerty' as their password.
5. '123456' (1.63‰)
Can you count to 6? It's the most common minimum required length of password - and the 5th most common password.
4. 'letmein' (1.76‰)
A modern-day version of 'open sesame' - and 1 person in 560 will type 'letmein' as their password. Quite why is beyond me.
I could be mistaken, but I have a hunch that 'letmein' has been featured in a movie or TV series - Fox Mulder's password from the X Files - 'trustno1' - also ranked quite highly.
3. 'liverpool' (1.82‰)
The most popular football team by some margin, Liverpool was the third most popular password overall. Does this mean that 1 in 550 people is such a devout Liverpool fan that they would be willing to entrust private data to the team they love?
Liverpool ranked 3rd in the average attendance ratings - leaving the 2 most popular teams, Manchester United and Newcastle United, out of the top 10 list - perhaps because they're too long and difficult to type.
2. 'password' (3.780‰)
Akin to pressing the 'any' key, when told to enter a 'password', it would seem that users aren't the sharpest tool in the box - with almost 1 in 250 people choosing the word 'password'.
1. '123' (3.784‰)
With nearly 4 people in 1,000 opting for a simple numerical sequence as their password (it should be noted that there was no lower length limit specified), '123' must be the first thing a lot of people think of when asked to specify a password. One dreads to think what their PIN number might be!
1989 Keaton Batmobile Replica:
A: A brought-back-from-the-dead 1978 Corvette (most likely the limited edition pace car model).
Q: Did you make this from a kit? Where can I get it?
A: No, this is not a kit car. This was handmade using high density foam, fiberglass and a variety of classified materials. A 1989 Kenner toy car was used as the base model for which the modifications were made.
Q: Can you get me in touch with the people who made this?
A: This project car was created in 1991. The particular combination of the materials and builders won't be coming together again, so there's really no point. I've been asked to keep identities confidential, anyway, so even if I did tell you, I'd have to kill you.
Q: Will you sell me this car?
A: No. Well... I'll sell it for 50K cash. You provide transport costs over the $50,000.00 US Dollars price and I'll go get the title out of the bat vault. Read and see more here.
Drinking red wine stops deafness?
Drinking red wine can stop you going deaf in later life, according to American research.
The wine counteracts ear damage such as that said to be caused by loud noise or antibiotics. Green tea and aspirin have similar benefits.
Antioxidants in red wine can help neutralise free radicals, which can damage hairs in the inner ear, said a US research team. Source here.
Sky diver slips from harness during jump?
A first-time skydiver slipped from her harness during a jump Saturday and fell to her death, authorities said.
Ellen Ann McWilliams, 44, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was participating in a tandem jump, her first with the AerOhio Skydiving school near Sterling.
During tandem jumps, a novice skydiver is harnessed to the chest of an experienced jumper. When the parachute is deployed, the experienced skydiver guides the team to the ground. (Watch witnesses describe the scene- video)
A preliminary investigation by the sheriff's office indicated the woman slipped from the harness after the parachute opened. It is not known how far the woman fell, and the sheriff's office did not release any further details. Article here.
Ashton Kutcher & Demi party it up in Iowa
At a Des Moines, Iowa bar, people were surprised when celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore showed up unannounced and partied until closing time at 2 a.m.
Kutcher is a native of the eastern Iowa town of Homestead and was visiting family with Moore and her daughter, Scout. They received a text message from Los Angeles-based disc Jockey, DJ AM — Adam Goldstein — who was performing at the nightclub Aura on Sunday evening, the couple told bar patrons.
Demi was not friendly to those attempting to take pictures, telling them to get away. Some patrons taking pictures were asked to leave the bar.
As the bar was closing at 2 a.m. Kutcher tried unsuccessfully to arrange for a helicopter to take his family home. "I contacted every pilot I know, and I couldn't get a hold of anyone with a helicopter," bar manager Mike Caudle said.
Kutcher also couldn't find a limo on short notice, so Caudle had his security personnel drive the group the 100 miles home in his Cadillac Escalade.
Man, I feel so bad- Ashton and his family had to slum it in his Escalade all the way home. Must be rough. Article here.
The Toddler Property Laws:
Men drink daily = good for your health
Moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart disease but the beneficial effects of alcohol seem to work differently in men and women, Danish researchers said on Friday.
They found that for men drinking daily seems to have the biggest positive effect on health while in women the amount of alcohol consumed may have more of an impact.
"The risk of heart disease was lowest among men who drank every day," said Janne Tolstrup of the National Institute for Public Health in Copenhagen. But a daily tipple did not cut the odds of heart disease in women, according to the findings reported in the British Medical Journal.
Most of the research into alcohol and heart disease has been done on men. Little is known about the impact on women.
The researchers studied the effects of alcohol on more than 50,000 men and women over more than five years. Men in the study who drank one day a week had a 7 percent reduced risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers, but daily moderate drinkers were 41 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease.
Women consumed an average of 5.5 alcoholic drinks a week, about half of what the men drank. But in women the percentages of reduced risk were similar, regardless of whether they drank one day or seven days a week. Article here.
I desperately want one of these things:
The Wheelman (above), a 19mph death trap with a 43cc two-stroke engine. Squeeze the fuel pump in your hand and it sips a liter of fuel over an hour and a half. If you want to stop, all you have to do is stop squeezing that fuel pump. There are also brakes that are applied when you angle the toes of your rear foot toward the ground. Sounds like some good, dangerous fun—if you have an extra $1500 lying around. Read more about this cool gadget here.
Secret cellphone ring tone?
A high-pitched alarm which cannot be heard by adults is being used by schoolchildren to create cell phone ringtones so they can get away with using phones in class.
Techno-savvy pupils have adapted the Mosquito alarm, used to drive teenage gangs away from shopping centres.
The alarm, which has been praised by police, is highly effective because its ultra-high sound can be heard only by youths but not by most people over 20.
Schoolchildren have recorded the sound, which they named Teen Buzz, and spread it from phone to phone via text messages. Now they can receive calls and texts during lessons without teachers having the faintest idea what is going on.
A secondary school teacher in Cardiff said: 'All the kids were laughing about something, but I didn't know what. They know phones must be turned off during school. They could all hear somebody's phone ringing but I couldn't hear a thing.
The Mosquito technology is said to play on a medical phenomenon called presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. It is thought to begin at 20 and first affect the highest frequencies – 18 to 20kHz. Click here to download the ringtone, or article here.
So after downloading and listening to this ringtone… I gotta admit it’s pretty cool that the majority of younger people can only hear this.