Thursday, May 29, 2008

Click this to read about the dumbest Mother Fuckers to ever work on their own car

I have been in the Automotive Industry for 16 years and this has to be an example of the dumbest person I have ever heard of. The fact that TWO people got together and tried this is beyond me.

Toothpicks, Bras, and Seven Other Bizarre Ways to Die
As Grandpa Simpson of The Simpsons will tell you, “Death stalks you at every turn!” And it’s not just through heart disease, cancer, and those other oft-quoted causes. Did you know you could also die by wearing the wrong bra in a lightning storm? Read on for tragic, bizarre, and downright stupid fatal tales

A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue

Synsepalum dulcificum
Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: “Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!”

They were among 40 or so people who were tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit at a rooftop party in Long Island City, Queens, last Friday night. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.

You're not getting the job -- 25 reasons why
When you're job hunting, you can go mad if you think about the amount of factors beyond your control that affect your chances of getting hired.

The economy, your location, industry trends -- even the hiring manager's mood -- can influence whether or not you get a job.

Still, as nice as it would be to blame your lack of offers on external factors, you can't forget that common denominator in your job hunt -- from the résumé to the interview -- is you

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It's time to cut to the chase with a look at the top ten things that science just can't explain - yet. No we're not talking minor mysteries like how Keith Richards is still walking, these are the biggies. Logan Wright ponders the questions that have still got us baffled.

Graduation Day in Russia 2008 Click for PICS

So it’s graduation day in Russia, once again. And once again here are the shots from the Russian streets on this day. Thousands of ex-schoolguys and gals invade streets of Russian cities to dance, party. The one and the most remarkable tradition amongst them on this day is to bathe in the fountains.

Beautiful Glass/Wood Computer Case by Suissa

The wood and glass work of art is actually a Desktop Computer. It is called "Enlighten." It is made by Suissa Computers who specializes in making ornate wooden and glass computer cases.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Men Verses Women

The original Indiana Jones: Otto Rahn and the temple of doom

Otto Rahn
As Indiana Jones returns to our screens, John Preston looks at the Nazi archaeologist who inspired Spielberg's hero, and finds a story more bizarre than anything the director could have dreamt of

Flamboyant archeologist believes he has identified Cleopatra's tomb

A flamboyant archeologist known worldwide for his trademark Indiana Jones hat believes he has identified the site where Cleopatra is buried.

And after a breakthrough two weeks ago he hopes to find her lover, the Roman general Mark Antony, sharing her last resting place at the site of a temple, the Taposiris Magna, 28 miles west of Alexandria.

The Value of a Human Life: $129,000

Value of life
In theory, a year of human life is priceless. In reality, it's worth $50,000.

That's the international standard most private and government-run health insurance plans worldwide use to determine whether to cover a new medical procedure. More simply, insurance companies calculate that to make a treatment worth its cost, it must guarantee one year of "quality life" for $50,000 or less. New research, however, would argue that that figure is far too low.

5 Things You Didn't Know: Condoms

The historical effort to make a condom that prevents pregnancy and the exchange of STDs while being as unobtrusive as possible during the sexual act has been mired by religious mores, outright denial and extreme levels of creativity. Most parties, regardless of their general opinion on the use of condoms, have come to accept that sex is all but inevitable between human beings. With that in mind, it stands to reason that condoms serve a number of noble purposes. Shocking and sad to think it took thousands of years for humans to figure that out.

Unfortunately, the condom suffers from at least one massive PR problem: namely, that the condom always looks like a great idea after the fact. However, before and during the act when it matters the most, not so much.

I'm so lonesome I could cry

Straight, proud, unmarried men over 30 (Spurmos) are in crisis. So many have settled down or succumbed to marriage there's no one left to play with
As a single, heterosexual male in my mid-thirties, I am a dying breed. We are facing extinction. I have watched my friends picked off, one by one, like blue whales in Japanese fishing waters. I've witnessed a senseless destruction of our natural habitat. Like Brazilian rainforests being cleared for strip mines, table-football tables are being replaced by love seats and wine racks are making way for shoe racks.

Flash Gordon, Highlander Remakes Announced

With Iron Man showing that a movie can prominently feature a man being propelled into the heavens on a rocket, and make a bajillion dollars, it's apparently okay again to show a man inside a rocket being propelled into the heavens as well. As the winners of a studio bidding war, Sony Pictures announced this week their plans to revive Flash Gordon as a feature film franchise

Heavy Drinkers' Genes May Cut Cancer Risk

Some May Have Gene That Cuts Alcohol-Related Cancers

Could your genes actually help lower the risk of getting cancer when drinking alcohol? A new study says that this may be possible.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Who is Pat Roach?

PAT ROACH Died July 13, 2004

Wrestler turned actor Pat Roach died of cancer at age 67. Mr. Roach appeared in some of the most popular films of all time. He was best known as one of the leads in the BBC TV series "Auf Weiersehen Pet." The TV series just began filming its newest season. Those unfamiliar with the BBC action series will recognize Mr. Roach for his memorable cameos in several popular films. Mr. Roach appeared in all three of the "Indiana Jones" films. In "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Mr. Roach played the bald-headed Nazi who fought Harrison Ford underneath a pilotless German fighter aircraft. The photo at right shows Mr. Roach in each of the three "Indiana Jones" films. Roach fought Sean Connery’s James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." Mr. Roach was the evil General Kael, chief henchman for Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) in Ron Howard’s "Willow." The character's name was a tribute to the famed film critic Pauline Kael. Stanley Kubrick gave Mr. Roach his first movie job. Mr. Roach was one of the bouncers at the Korova Milk Bar in the opening sequence of "A Clockwork Orange." Kubrick also gave Mr. Roach a part in his period piece "Barry Lyndon." It was Mr. Roach’s character, the mythic god Hephaestus who created the annoying robotic owl in Ray Harryhausen’s final film "Clash of the Titans." Other credits include the final part of Richard Lester’s "Musketeer Trilogy": "The Return of the Musketeers," Kevin Costner’s "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Red Sonja" and "Conan the Destroyer

When Bodybuilding and Steroids Go Too Far

Right or more often the case wrong, athletes have been taking anabolic steroids since the early 1960’s. Many competitive bodybuilders go to excess in taking steroids in order to compete citing that ‘extreme sports require extreme measures,’ using a plethora of various forms for different effects — one might increase muscle hardness while another will improve mass, strength or endurance — thus becoming human walking chemistry sets.

The 11 Most Scorching-Hot Female Cosplayers Ever

When great gaming cosplay mixes with beautiful girls, the hotness lasts for all eternity. From Tifa to Chun-Li, the SlobsofGaming are paying tribute to the most beautiful cosplay girls in history. Video games come and go, but hotness lives forever.

The Biggest American Football Stadiums in America

If you really want to get the full effect of watching a football game in the midst of a crowd then you should make it a point to visit one of the these theaters of footballing dreams, some of which are among the largest stadiums in the world. It is here where the game will really come to life!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Most Expensive Spirits in the World

Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne

This cognac comes in a crystal bottle dipped in 24K yellow gold and sterling platinum (four kilograms of precious metal) and decorated with 6,500 certified brilliant-cut diamonds, master-crafted by the well-known jeweler, Jose Davalos. Inside is 100 cl. of Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne that has been aged in barrels for more than one hundred years to produce an alcohol content of 41 percent

9 Sites That Will Save You Money

Save Money
These recession-like symptoms the economy is producing, look as if they will continue for a while, with some analysts predicting we won't see a bottom till the end of 2009. So prepare yourself by banking some extra dough with these 9 helpful sites:

Top Medical Myths Most People Believe

It is difficult to determine where some medical myths originate from, but many are old wives' tales passed on from generation to generation (Don't touch that toad, you'll get a wart!!). Here are some more common, often believed medical myths.

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

Jamie Livingston
Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website — a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There’s no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from. So, naturally, I started looking through the photos. I was stunned by what I found.

Gas Prices Map of the United States

Gas Prices
Here’s a "temperature" map of gas prices in the United States, broken down into counties. California, unsurprisingly is the “hottest”

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What is a barrel of oil? How many gallons?

Percent of Gasoline
One barrel contains 42 gallons of crude oil. The total volume of products made from crude oil based origins is 48.43 gallons on average - 6.43 gallons greater than the original 42 gallons of crude oil. This represents a "processing gain" due to the additional other petroleum products such as alkylates that are added to the refining process to create the final products.

For you Walt, make sure you follow the link.

Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit—And You Should Too
Every so often, though, I spend time with a company that is so original in its strategy, so determined in its execution, and so transparent in its thinking, that it makes my head spin. Zappos is one of those companies. Two weeks ago, I paid a visit to Zappos headquarters in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, and spent time with CEO Tony Hsieh and his colleagues. I could write a whole series of posts (and just might) about what I learned from this incredible operation. But I want to focus this post on one small practice that offers big lessons for leaders who are serious about changing the game in their field—and filling their organization with people who are just as committed as they are.

5 Giant Holes That Devoured Everything Around Them

Guatemala Sinkhole. Image via AP
Imagine walking down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly the earth begins to shake and fold in. Imagine that the very ground you stand on is disintegrating beneath your feet, being devoured by a giant hole. No - this isn’t some lewd joke about Paris Hilton or something from Return of the Jedi. No, today we’re going to explore the phenomenon of sinkholes and some of the most incredible and destructive examples.

No Doomsday in 2012

Mayan calendar stops at the end of the year 2012
Apparently, the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Yes, you read correctly, in some way, shape or form, the Earth (or at least a large portion of humans on the planet) will cease to exist. Stop planning your careers, don't bother buying a house, and be sure to spend the last years of your life doing something you always wanted to do but never had the time. Now you have the time, four years of time, to enjoy yourselves before… the end.

99 Extraordinary, Creative and Unusual Uses for Ordinary and Everyday Objects

From the The Life Hackery Useful, Unusual and (Sometimes) Ironic Tips and Tricks to Hack Your Life into Shape.

Imagine all of the silly old stuff you have sitting around the house that is simply going to waste and hasn’t been used in years. Think it’s all junk? Perhaps not. Here are ninety-nine creative ways you can use things you thought had only one purpose, from beer and soda to rulers, stamps, sugar, toothpaste, old CDs and even your iPod.

10 Awesome Indiana Jones Facts

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Twenty-seven years after we saw the first installment of the Indiana Jones series, the fourth movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opens nationwide tomorrow. In honor of the occasion, we’ll take a look at all the movies and tell you some stories you may not know about the Indy franchise.

The 10 Craziest How-To Books You Never Knew Existed
1. How-To Shit in the Woods
2. How-To Have Sex in the Woods
3. How-To Be Pope
4. How-To Start Your Own Country
5. How-To Be Happy Though Married
6. How-To Rent a Negro
7. How-To Lose Friends And Alienate People
8. How-To Become a Schizophrenic
9. How-To Read a Book
10. How-To Speak with the Dead: A Practical Handbook

Follow the link to read more detail about these real books. I am thinking about buying #4.

Friday, May 16, 2008

10 Items You Think Make You Cool, But Don’t

Being cool is normally subjective. But there are some things that unequivocally make you uncool. We’re not saying we’re cool, we’re just saying if you own any of these items, you’re not.

The Top 10 wines Sold in a Grocery Store

The Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s isn’t the only wine worth buying when you head to the grocery store. Instead, there are more choices than ever when it comes to browsing Costco or Kroger (KR) shelves say experts like Tom Wark, the Executive Director

Welcome to Hell, we'll leave the door open.

The Orgasmic Mind: The Neurological Roots of Sexual Pleasure

When a woman reached orgasm, something unexpected happened: much of her brain went silent.
Achieving sexual climax requires a complex conspiracy of sensory and psychological signals—and the eventual silencing of critical brain areas

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. Turns out sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

15 Infamous Top Secret Bases & Compounds From Around The World

Have you ever wondered where the government stores its most precious documents and artifacts, or where they process top secret information and carry out military attacks on the enemy? This is a list of 15 of the most secret and secure facilities on the planet, many of which you probably have never even heard of because their locations are classified. Many of these secret bases are hidden beneath the ground, inside of a mountain or located in the middle of nowhere, so it is difficult to establish exact information on them. However, it is intriguing to get a glimpse into these hidden and murky worlds, even if it is only from the outside.

Drinking Games of Yore

Who knew drinking games had such a long and sozzled history? The following are just a few of the stranger games we stumbled into while trying to justify all the kegs in our office.

100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library

Photo by the nonist
There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love. Some will even become a source of inspiration for the rest of your life. From a seemingly infinite list of books of anecdotal or literal merit, we have narrowed down the top 100 books that have shaped the lives of individual men while also helping define broader cultural ideas of what it means to be a man.

If the Fast Food companies teamed up to make a fighting game…

WorldWide Telescope is Here

WorldWide Telescope
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The 10 Unmanliest Drinks In The World

A couple of weeks ago Holy Taco put together a list of the 11 manliest cocktails in the world. We thought we would take it the other way and put together a list of the ten drinks you shouldn’t be caught dead with. Whether you are out with the boys or trying to scam on some ladies there is no excuse to be sipping anyone of these unmanly drinks.

New Sites Make It Easier To Spy on Your Friends

If you are still relying on Google to snoop on your friends, you are behind the curve.

Armed with new and established Web sites, people are uncovering surprising details about colleagues, lovers and strangers that often don't turn up in a simple Internet search. Though none of these sites can reveal anything that isn't already available publicly, they can make it much easier to find. And most of them are free.

Vatican: It's OK to believe in aliens

Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY - Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

Prehistoric Inca neurosurgery

Inca Neurosurgery
The procedure known as trepanation, in which a hole is scraped or drilled in the skull, is an ancient form of neurosurgery that has been performed since the late Stone Age. Exactly why ancient peoples performed trepanation has remained a matter of debate: some researchers argue that it was performed for medical reasons, as it is today, while others believe it was done for magical or religious reasons.

Museum of Hoaxes

Big Fucking Tomatoes
The Museum of Hoaxes is dedicated to promoting knowledge about hoaxes. On our blog we post about dubious- sounding claims, and whatever else strikes our fancy. The site is also home to the Hoaxipedia (the museum's online encyclopedia of hoaxes), the Hoax Forum, and the Top 100 April Fools' Day Hoaxes.

The museum was created in 1997 by Alex Boese. He's assisted by a staff of deputy curators and docents. Alex is the author of three books, most recently Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments (which has nothing to do with hoaxes). Check out the list of the Top 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time for a preview.

A Collector's Guide to Vintage Handcuffs

These pages present a guide to collecting handcuffs and related restraints. An emphasis is given to vintage American handcuffs, defined roughly as those made from the time of the American Civil war through the 1970s.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Graffiti Art

Pulp Fiction
A couple of weeks ago, cleaners painted over this Banksy mural worth an estimated £300,000.

It’s not the first time, either. It made a good story, but it also raised the question of how an ordinary person can tell the difference between commissioned art and talented vandalism. Some of the amateur artists are so good, they turn an urban landscape into a delight. But the best pieces are liable to be covered over, either by wall cleaners or by other graffiti artists. Lucky for us, they are often photographed first. Amazing graffiti, after the jump.

Do Not Click On This Link!!

Please don't. This link really should not be clicked on.

The First Genetically Modified Human Embryo: Advance or Abomination?

Scientists have created the first genetically modified human embryo.

What does this mean to you?

Leonardo Da Vinci's 10 Best Ideas

Leonardo da Vinci’s Ten Best Ideas. If these had been his only ideas, he would still be remembered and admired today.

Quote: Ayn Rand on the Root of All Evil

"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?"

- Ayn Rand, American novelist and philosopher

Monday, May 12, 2008

5 Modern Secret Room Dreams (and Nightmares): From Creative Hideouts to Dreadful Spaces

Secret rooms
Hidden passages have a long history of appearing in fictional novels and films but an even richer past in reality dating back to Egyptian tombs passages for Christians to worship in hiding from Romans. Over the years hidden passages have been used to arrest kings and evacuate popes, hide shogun warriors, facilitate guerrilla fighters, enable drug smugglers and conceal serial killers. In recent times, however, many more modest individuals have created (or discovered) secret passages in ordinary everyday households and there are even companies dedicated to designing secret doors, rooms and passages in middle-class houses. In some cases the discovery of a secret room is a wonderful find but it can also be a twisted nightmare.

Sahara made slow transition from green to desert

a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life
A picture taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satelliteon shows dust blowing northward out of the Sahara Desert and over the Mediterranean Sea. The Sahara became the world's biggest hot desert some 2,700 years ago after a very slow fade from green, according to a new study which clashes with the theory that desertification came abruptly.

The World's Spookiest Weapons

Atom Bomb
Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years