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31 August, 2007

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Wild boar goes berserk and leaps into hotel pool in Spain. With video. [DailyMail]
A war veteran has made history with a hip replacement joint that is still going strong after 60 years. [BBC]
Cows get passports to defeat rustlers. [Times Online]
Home Depot employee fired for catching alleged thief. [Tennessean]
Fan death is an urban legend that originated in South Korea, but has since spread to other countries in the Far East. The belief is that an electric fan, if left running overnight in a closed room, can result in the death of those inside. [Wikipedia]
Man loses part of his head over refrigerator malfunction. [Brisbane Times]
20 reasons why you shouldn't move to Dubai. [Escape Artist]
How to cut meat using laser. [Instructables]
A thief broke into a family home near Queenstown twice in the same day - once to steal and the second time to say sorry. [NZHerald]
A dog stepped on a wet manhole cover and got zapped by 100 volts of electricity. [NYDailynews]


Instructor taped scalp back on after crash

A young pilot who crashed in a New Zealand mountain range taped a chunk of his scalp back on and trekked for two hours to raise help for his injured student.

Flight instructor Richard Bateman, 27, is expected to be released from hospital after crashing in the Gammock Range in a Robin R2120 on Sunday afternoon.

Student pilot Nick Eagleson, 33, was knocked out in the crash but Bateman managed to crawl out of the wreckage with a badly gashed scalp and free his companion.

He used his survival kit to dress his wound before walking eight kilometres down a steep valley to get help.

Link & Image: The Age
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A close call for a skier

It was a close call for this skier who almost fell into a deep crevice in the snow that was hidden from view.

Video: College Humor
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Feasting while on a train in Moscow

feast15The sequence of pictures after the jump show a group of people setting up tables and food inside a train in the Moscow subway on Aug. 24, 2007. And they appeared to be feasting while the train is moving. Now that’s an unusual sight. Hit the jump for more pictures.

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Gmail: A Behind the Scenes Video

Several weeks back, Google posted a video to YouTube giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Gmail messages "really" travels around the world. Users of YouTube were invited to submit their own clips to continue the story. After more than 1,100 submissions from more than 65 countries, this is the result. Hit play to watch this cool video.

Video: YouTube
Source: Gmail Blog
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The amount of junk found in a bird

Laysan albatrossThis bird actually ate so much junk and died as a result. This is horrible!

Cynthia Vanderlip, manager of the State of Hawaii's Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary, cut open the dead body of a fledgling Laysan albatross (nicknamed "Shed Bird") to find more than half a pound of plastic in its stomach.

Concentrated on the right are all the items retrieved from inside the bird: Plastic lighters, bottle caps, and other plastics that are carelessly tossed often wind up floating on the ocean surface, where they are occasionally consumed by foraging seabirds and other marine creatures.

Bigger images can be found after the jump.

Link & Image: TreeHugger
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Babies born during summer are more prone to myopia

BabyProf. Michael Belkin, a professor at Tel Aviv University's Goldschleger Eye Research Institute, makes sure his grandchildren wear sunglasses, even as babies. He advises all parents to do the same.

Belkin has been researching the eye for over 30 years, and is one of the foremost professors in this field. In his latest research, led by Dr. Yossi Mandel, a senior ophthalmologist in the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps, Belkin showed that babies born during the summer months of June and July have a 24% greater chance of becoming severely shortsighted than those born between December and January.

The reason: early-life exposure to natural light. According to Belkin, the body has a mechanism that causes the eyeball to lengthen, causing shortsightedness, when exposed to prolonged illumination. Hence, the more light a newborn is exposed to after birth, the more the eyeball lengthens and the worse the myopia will be.

Link & Image: Israel21c
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Man operates 5 mowers simultaneously

Man operating 5 mowers simultaneouslyDennis Bonkoski, a man who hates to waste time, attached four push mowers to his riding mower because the tractor alone takes too long to do the job at his home in Kimball Township, Mich.

Link & Image: SFgate
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White House pranksters wrap Rove's car in plastic wrap

Rove's JaguarRove's Jaguar, parked in the lot adjacent to the West Wing, has been covered with plastic wrap. Two stuffed eagle toys are mounted on the trunk, and signs posted on the car read "King Karl" and "I love Obama."

Rove, the top White House political strategist who recently announced his resignation, left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and traveling with President Bush. He was due back in Washington Wednesday evening.

Since the lot is heavily patrolled by the Secret Service, reports Maer, the joke looks like an inside job.

Video: Liveleak
Source: Cbs via Autoblog
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Money Art

Money ArtUnique paper art created from paper money. Can you recognize which city each of these cut-outs represents? More images after the jump.

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Denise Tassin's candy art

Denise Tassin's Unique Necco Wafers ArtDenise Tassin, a Baltimore-based artist creates scientific art by drawing on Necco wafers (a type of candy) in lieu of paper.

In a new solo show at San Francisco's Zinc Details gallery, Tassin utilizes an assortment of pens — including fine-tipped Sharpies — to create miniature drawings on Necco wafers. Her drawings have currently taken a scientific route and include carefully detailed inkings similar to those found in biology books… she also has a series of Christmas related items featuring dolls and Santas, as well as a series of individually re-sealed wafers featuring random sketches.

Her artwork will be featured at Zinc Details from September 9 to October 31. So, if you live in the San Francisco area, it is well worth a visit. More examples of her work can be found after the jump.

Thanks, Sabrina!

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Glowing finger nails

Make your fingers glow with these glow sticks. They are great for ladies who frequently go clubbing. Each box contains 10 nails and retails for $2.75.

Mini glow sticks are built into the plastic finger nails. Bend the nail gently (and only once), attach the included two sided tape to both your own finger nail and the plastic one and watch the reaction.

Thanks, Raluca !

Link & Image: Windy City Novelties via 7gadgets
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Transparent Canoe-Kayak

Wow! For those who enjoy canoeing, this will be the ultimate gift. It costs $1,599.95.

This kayak-canoe hybrid has a transparent polymer hull that offers paddlers an underwater vista of aquatic wildlife and waterscapes unavailable in conventional boats. Seating two people, the sturdy canoe hull is made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets.

Source: Hammacher Schlemmer via Popgadget
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Giant Spider Web Envelops Texas Park

Giant Spider WebEntomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park.

Officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park say the massive mosquito trap is a big attraction for some visitors, while others won't go anywhere near it.

"At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs."

Spider experts say the web may have been constructed by social cobweb spiders, which work together, or could be the result of a mass dispersal in which the arachnids spin webs to spread out from one another.

Herbert A. "Joe" Pase, a Texas Forest Service entomologist, said the massive web is very unusual. "From what I'm hearing it could be a once-in-a-lifetime event," he said.

Park rangers said they expect the web to last until fall, when the spiders will start dying off.

Video and more images after the jump.

Image Slideshow: NBC5
Video: Yahoo News
Source: ABC
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30 August, 2007

More links for 30 Aug 2007

Two high-rise Chinese window cleaners got married dangling in the air on their work platforms. [Ananova]
Orchid fossil reveals flowers' domination of Earth. [New Scientist]
Water spiders survive below the surface thanks to a rudimentary "scuba tank" they spin from their own silk, a new study says. [National Geographic]
Can WD-40 oil cure arthritis? [The Sun]
A 65-year-old woman set a world record in the bench press for her age and weight class by lifting 115.5 pounds (52 kg). [Indystar]
A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April. [The Australian]
The world's most bizarre birth defects. [Body-Philosophy]
Historian says gay marriage goes way back as early as 600 years ago in medieval Europe. [Msnbc]
5 pen tricks from Japan. [Tim Ferriss]


An unusual relationship between birds and fishes

Black swan feeding goldfishA local security guard recently discovered a peculiar scene where black swans can be seen feeding goldfish near the shore of a lake located in Hangzhou, China. According to the guard, 9 black swans will climb onto a raft and start feeding the goldfish with their beaks at 10am every morning. The goldfish can always be seen following the swans closely after that. Locals were astonished to find such an affectionate tie existing between the two creatures.

Link & Image: Zjol
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Record broken, teeth intact

Rathakrishnan Velu pulling a train with his teethA Malaysian nicknamed King Tooth pulled a seven-coach train using a steel rope clenched in his teeth yesteray.

Organisers said the feat set a new world record for the heaviest weight pulled with a set of pearly whites.

Grunting and gasping, Rathakrishnan Velu's neck muscles strained and his face contorted as he hauled the train weighing 297.1 tonnes over 2.8m along tracks.

The feat is expected to be recognised by Guinness World Records within three weeks, said Mr Rathakrishnan's manager, Anna Chidambar.

One more picture after the jump.

Rathakrishnan Velu pulling a train with his teeth
Source: Herald Sun
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How planes are washed

These pictures show how planes are washed. Two more pictures after the jump.

Update: Willie says:

These airplanes are not really being washed, they are going through what is normally called a bird bath. It is used for military aircraft that fly over the ocean at low altitude. The wash-down is used to remove salt deposits that lead to corrosion on the aircraft. It is not a substitute for a traditional aircraft wash, a nice and dirty job.

Didn't know that! Thanks, Willie!

Image: HangZhou
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Smallest butterfly in the world

Smallest butterfly in the worldA species of butterfly named Tongeia minima Shou Et Yuan and discovered in Shaanxi Province, China, in 2002, is now officially confirmed as the smallest butterfly in the world on Aug 27, 2007. It has a wingspan of between 12mm to 17mm.

Link & Image: QQ


Paddling on a DIY boat

Boat made of empty bottlesA boy paddles a "boat" made out of empty plastic bottles along a flooded street in Suzhou, China, on August 29, 2007. Over 20 shops were flooded due to problems in the district's drainage system.

Link & Image: ChinaDaily
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Baby boy born with 12 tiny fingers, 12 tiny toes

Jeshuah Fuller's fingers and toesJeshuah Fuller is just over 7 pounds (3.2kg), but in the eyes of his proud parents, he's as mighty as Goliath. Like the biblical giant, Jeshuah was born with six fingers on each hand and six toes on both feet.

Jeshuah's father was born with a sixth finger on his left hand. "I was like, wow, I gave him the finger," said the 29-year-old dad, who asked to remain anonymous.

While one in 2,000 babies is born with an extra finger or toe, it's much rarer to have extra digits on each appendage, said Dr. Robert Marion, director of genetics at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.

Among African-Americans, one in 200 is born with a sixth finger or toe, he said. The condition - known as polydactyly or hexadactyly - is usually genetic.

Video Slideshow: NY Daily News
Source: NY Daily News
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Paris Hilton Photographed Screwing by the Pool

Just when you think it can't get any worse for Paris Hilton, she gets photographed screwing by a swimming pool.

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Is this the man who sank the Titanic by walking off with vital locker key?

David Blair and the Titanic keyIt was perhaps the most catastrophic lapse of memory in history, costing more than 1,500 lives.

A sailor called David Blair forgot to leave behind a key as the Titanic set off on its maiden voyage.

Without it, his shipmates were unable to open a locker in the crow's nest containing a pair of binoculars for the designated lookout.

The binoculars were to look out for dangers in the distance including signs of bad weather - and icebergs.

Lookout Fred Fleet, who survived the disaster in which 1,522 people lost their lives, later told an official inquiry that if they had binoculars they would have seen the iceberg sooner.

When asked by a US senator how much sooner it might have been spotted, Mr Fleet replied: "Enough to get out of the way."

Ninety-five years later, the key which may have saved the luxury liner is up for auction - along with a postcard from Mr Blair telling of his disappointment at not being on the maiden voyage.

The full story can be found after the jump.

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Sleepwalker falls 10 meters and continues sleeping

Toon by Ron Leishman
Toon courtesy of Ron Leishman. Ron has been tickling the internet funnybone for the last decade or so through his unique clipart site http://www.toonaday.com.

A German teenager accidentally climbed out of a fourth-floor window and fell 10 meters to the ground where he kept on sleeping, albeit with a broken arm and leg.

The 17-year-old had just moved into a new flat in the eastern town of Demmin with his sister. He went walking on Sunday night and climbed out of the window after stepping on a cardboard box, police said.

His sister said her brother often sleepwalked. The boy hadn't taken drugs or drunk any alcohol.

Source: Spiegel
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