Friday, March 31, 2006

Coke: The New Black?

Coming next Monday, April 3 to a store near you is Coke's latest foray into the seemingly limitless caffeinated beverage space.

It's a carbonated "coffee–essence" drink, according to the Washington Post, and "will come in glass bottles with those familiar curves, 45 calories per 8–oz. serving and a middling amount of caffeine per 8 oz: 46 mg, compared with classic Coke's 23 mg and coffee's 80 mg."

Bowling is for Everyone

Larry The Cable Guy's Favorite TV Shows

1: Seinfeld...The greatest funniest show of all time. My fiance and I always make up our own Seinfeld trivia and I actually check into hotels under the name Bob Sacamano (kramers friend) and she yells "your so good looking" anytime someone sneezes. Im a seinfeld fanatic. I have seen every episode and still laugh like its the first time ive seen it.

2:The Andy Griffith show. Another one of te all time greats. Just like Seinfeld I never get tired of it. Barney Fife was the greatest character in TV history and ya can never get sick of Barney. I love the small town humor in that show and unlike most modern day sit coms this one will never die. The bad part abpout it though is that after barney Left it just wasn't the same however there's still no place like mayberry!

3 All in the family. Another one of my all time favorites. The cool thing was Archie was way right and Mike was way left and the characters that came in and out of the scene kept everything on an even keel. The bad part of this show is that America has lost its sence of humor and we'll never have another show like it because Political Correct assholes cant take a joke anymore. Brilliant show and Im glad ill have it all on dvd. Now shut up, get out of my chair and get me a beer.

4: The Bob Newhart show. I have it on DVD and its another one of my favs. I didnt watch the 2nd one to much because I was always on the road stripping for rich females however the first one rocked. I do like how the 2nd one ended. It was the all time greatest end to any sit com ever. I never saw it that much but the ending made me wish I had. Ill get it when it comes out on DVD as well. But that first Newhart show was awesome. It made people say "whos alf" (I dont know what that means)

5:Green Acres. I lost my virginity to this show. If you ever pop on green acres with a girl in the room and she aint naked by the time arnold ziffle turns a western on his tv then you got a dud. This show was way before its time and the jokes were old style. Quick and short. If you think Green Acres was a stupid show then drag your uptight commie anti american ass to another country 'cause that show was sweeeet!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Celebrate Diversity

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

As day turns into night...

School children cheered as the first total eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness Wednesday, a solar show sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.

As the heavens and Earth moved into rare alignment, all that could be seen of the sun were the rays of its corona - the usually invisible extended atmosphere of the sun that glowed a dull yellow for about three minutes, barely illuminating the west African nation.

Automatic street lights flickered on, authorities sounded whistles and schoolchildren burst into applause across Ghana's capital, Accra. Many in the deeply religious country of Christians and Muslims said the phenomenon bolstered their faith.

"I believe it's a wonderful work of God, despite all what the scientists say," said Solomon Pomenya, a 52-year old doctor. "This tells me that God is a true engineer."

The last such eclipse in November 2003 was best viewed from Antarctica, said Alex Young, a NASA scientist involved in solar research.

In Turkey's Mediterranean town of Side, hundreds of people streamed down a main street, some carrying tripods, to an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Apollo, as market sellers hawked T-shirts and protective glasses.

Joaquim Boix traveled from Barcelona, Spain, to view the eclipse. He said he became addicted to eclipses after seeing one in Germany.

"It's fantastic," Boix said. "It's the color, the metallic blue-green color on the skin of the people. The sky with the stars in the background. Usually you watch the stars in a black background ... The background is blue. It's a special feeling."

An ancient Roman theater in Side, astronomers and scientists from NASA and the San Francisco-based Exploratorium science museum made last-minute preparations for a live broadcast. The theater, which had a capacity of 15,000 in ancient times, was expected to host 2,000 people.

"It's one of those experiences that makes you feel like you're part of the larger universe," said NASA astronomer Janet Luhman.

Tens of thousands of tourists were expected along the Turkish Mediterranean coast, which NASA said would be the best spot to view the eclipse. Turks welcomed the tourism boost after a recent bird flu outbreak and protests over the caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

"It should happen more often," said Hamza Bikmaz who was selling eclipse T-shirts outside the theater.

From Ghana to Libya and Syria, schools closed and streets emptied. West African governments scrambled to educate people about the dangers of looking at the eclipse without proper eye protection.

In Togo, authorities imported hundreds of thousands of pairs of special glasses that consumers cleared rapidly from shelves in the capital, Lome. But villagers in the interior did not have access to the eyewear and officials called on them to stay home.

"Imagine if your hair was to stand up from static electricity, that's kind of what the corona looks like all around the sun," NASA's Young said. But the corona's light can burn eyes.

In Ghana people spent about $1 for "solar shades" - paper-rimmed glasses with dark plastic lenses that resemble eyewear used for 3-D movies.

The eclipse was expected to move on to Mongolia, where it will fade out with the sunset.

Superstition accompanied its path, as it has for generations.

One Indian paper advised pregnant women not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. Food cooked before the eclipse should be thrown out afterward because it will be impure and those who are holding a knife or ax during the eclipse will cut themselves, the Hindustan Times added.

In Turkey's earthquake-prone Tokat province, residents set up tents outside despite assurances from scientists that there was no evidence of any link between eclipses and tremors.

In August 1999, an earthquake in northwestern Turkey killed some 17,000 people just six days after a solar eclipse.

Total eclipses are rare because they require the tilted orbits of the sun, moon and earth to line up exactly so that the moon obscures the sun completely. The next total eclipse will occur in 2008.

Japanese Weirdness

A collection of staged photos which appear to show see through clothing when in reality the images are actually screened on to the skirts, still a rather interesting project...

Houston at her Whits END...


20) The cucumber has left the salad.
19) I can see the gun of Navarone.
18) Someone tore down the wall, and your Pink Floyd is hanging out.
17) You've got Windows on your laptop.
16) Sailor Ned's trying to take a little shore leave.
15) Your soldier isn't so unknown now.
14) Quasimodo needs to go back in the tower and tend to his bells.
13) You need to bring your tray table to the upright and locked position.
12) Paging Mr. Johnson... Paging Mr. Johnson...
11) Your pod bay door is open, Hal.
10) Elvis Junior has LEFT the building!
9) Mini Me is making a break for the escape pod.
8) Ensign Hanes is reporting a hull breach on the lower deck, Sir!
7) The Buick is not all the way in the garage.
6) Dr. Kimble has escaped!
5) You've got your fly set for "Monica" instead of "Hillary."
4) Our next guest is someone who needs no introduction...
3) You've got a security breach at Los Pantalones.
2) I'm talking about Shaft, can you dig it?

and The Number One Way to Tell Someone Their Fly Is Unzipped..

1) Men are From Mars, I Can See Your Penis.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spring break at Wal-Mart

Skyler Bartels kept looking over his shoulder. It's a habit he picked up living at the Windsor Heights Wal-Mart for three days.

Really living there. Eating, sleeping, checking out the DVDs, never leaving. The plan was to spend his entire spring break there. Under the radar.

Some kids go to Cancun. Skyler Bartels, a Drake University sophomore from Harvard, Neb., went to the garden and patio department.

The great experiment had been over for a few days, but Bartels was still in great-experiment mode. As we sat at a booth in the Subway sandwich shop toward the front of the store, he glanced at the friendly white-haired Wal-Mart greeters.

Were they onto him? Why were they staring? Bartels was still suffering from greeter phobia.

He was never out to get Wal-Mart, he explained. This wasn't supposed to be an expose.

Bartels didn't burst through the door stewing about low wages, poor working conditions or the way the big chain chews up Mom and Pop.

This was part sociology experiment, part school project. Bartels is a writing major. Maybe he'd put it all down on paper and pick up an independent study credit, or even sell it to somebody someday.

Maybe he'd move on to another Wal-Mart and produce a documentary, like the guy who ate nothing but McDonald's for a month.

Bartels got the idea from a commercial. Was it true what those happy, shiny people were telling him: "Always low prices. Always"?

Could the biggest, most successful discount store in the world really meet his every need? Twenty-four hours a day? That's what the TV spots were telling him.

"That was the goal," he said. "To buy everything I needed at Wal-Mart."

His father told him to go for it and offered to bankroll the project.

On Sunday, his girlfriend dropped him off at the front door and drove away. The game was on.

He didn't tell Wal-Mart what he was doing, and it's probably a good thing.

"We weren't aware of this," said corporate spokeswoman Sharon Weber, "but it's not something we condone. We're a retailer, not a hotel."

A Drake law professor gave Bartels some advice: The store is private property. If they ask you to leave, go quickly and quietly.

Bartels walked into the big box wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. He had his cell phone in case of emergency, his heart medicine, his bank card, two forms of identification, and nothing else.

He spent the first afternoon watching "Chicken Little," the animated Disney film. He watched it all. Deleted scenes, interviews, outtakes. Everything.

"They had it on a continuous loop the whole time I was there," he said. "I'd pass through the department and say, 'Oh, it's about halfway through' or, 'I like this part. I think I'll watch it again.' "

Bartels decided not to buy anything he couldn't carry around the store. He ended up with a jacket (for storage space), a note pad, some pencils, an electronic voice recorder, a three-pack of underwear, a comb, a toothbrush and some toothpaste.

He lived off energy drinks, doughnuts, yogurt and Subway sandwiches.

He figures he slept four hours out of the 41 in captivity. He'd catch a few minutes whenever he could - in a Subway booth or a restroom stall, which isn't recommended, especially with the night stockers bursting in every five minutes.

"I got to the point," he said, "where I was adept at falling asleep on the toilet seat, which sounds kind of weird."

The best place for dozing was lawn and garden, where the lights weren't so bright. Nobody worked there between 2 and 4 a.m. Bartels found a lawn chair, kicked back and wondered how life could be better.

Life would be perfect, he discovered, without the worker who showed up before dawn to stock plants. Bartels hopped up and pretended to be looking for home patio furniture.

That 1 to 4 a.m. shift was the daily low point. Subway was closed. Bartels was often the only Wal-Mart shopper, which made it harder to blend into the cosmetics and sporting goods.

"It's just me and the stockers then," he said, "and every once in a while somebody who needs a Swiffer at 2 in the morning."

He was sitting on the floor reading a magazine at 3 a.m. when a man, shivering from the cold, walked in, bought an atlas and left. "You'd see a lot of people reading," Bartels said. "Cosmopolitan was a huge favorite. But nobody ever checked the magazine section. I never saw anybody stocking books or magazines."

He found it strange the way the same two guys kept showing up in the middle of the night to buy movies.

"They looked like ' Devil's Rejects ' kind of guys. But they ended up buying stuff like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.' "

Bartels was playing a boxing video game at 1 a.m. when a man appeared out of nowhere, giving him pointers, teaching him how to throw a left jab and a right "steamliner."


"Yeah, I still don't know what that is."

He met some interesting people during normal hours, too. There was the military recruiter who told him he had what it takes.

I looked at Bartels. Long hair, scruffy college-kid beard, slender build. Pleasant, laid-back demeanor. I had to know. What does it take?

"He said I had good posture and didn't look sad."

Bartels ran into a nun, Sister Mary Sue, who was fun and energetic and looked the opposite of sad.

He saw some strange sights. He followed two birds who swooped into the produce section and swiped some grapes. He named them Laurel and Hardy.

"One sat on the grapes, and the other pulled them off," Bartels said, insisting he wasn't hallucinating.

By Tuesday morning, not even halfway through the great experiment, the store was on to him.

"I noticed the greeters pointing at me," he said. "Somebody got on the intercom and announced a meeting of the department managers. One of the shift managers came up to me and asked, very politely, if I needed anything. I could have told him where everything was."

His debit account was frozen. He was exhausted and paranoid. Game over. His med-student brother picked him up and took him away.

Bartels now regrets the early exit.

"I should have stuck it out, at least to see what the meeting was about. It never got tedious at all, which was surprising. But isn't that how it works in real life? Don't we do pretty much the same thing every day?"

Like real life, you can't get everything at Wal-Mart (new slogan: Not a Hotel). Bartels couldn't get a shower or a bed. He couldn't find one of those miniature bottles of shampoo.

Most of the creature comforts were covered, though. When he wanted to get his hair washed, he made an appointment at the Wal-Mart hair salon.

Real life or not, for a few days this was home. And Bartels figured he might as well treat it like home. When he had nothing better to do, he roamed the aisles, putting away items that were out of place.

"It was a good way to keep busy," he said. "It took a whole lot of time, and if somebody came up and yelled at me, at least I was being productive and beneficial to the store."

Bartels got to feeling so productive and beneficial, he even filled out a job application.

"I wasn't sure how to answer some of the questions," he said. " 'Where can we reach you?' That was a tough one. The electronics department?"

Monday, March 27, 2006

Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth : The Statue

Dedication Honors Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth Pop-Star's Pregnancy Idealized in Brooklyn 'Monument to Pro-Life'

A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a 'first' for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the "ideal" model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.

Dedication of the life-sized statue celebrates the recent birth of Spears' baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career. "A superstar at Britney's young age having a child is rare in today's celebrity culture. This dedication honors Britney for the rarity of her choice and bravery of her decision," said gallery co-director, Lincoln Capla. The dedication includes materials provided by Manhattan Right To Life Committee. "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston," believed Pro-Life's first monument to the 'act of giving birth,' is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery.

Natural aspects of Spears' pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean's head. The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva's pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear's ears with 'water-retentive' hands. "Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the 'right choice'," said artist Daniel Edwards, recipient of a 2005 Bartlebooth award from London's The Art Newspaper. "She was number one with Google last year, with good reason --- people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman," said Edwards. Capla Kesting denies the statue was developed from a rumored bootleg Britney Spears birth video.

The artist admits to using references that include the wax figure of a pole-dancing Britney at Las Vegas' Madame Tussauds and 'Britney wigs' characterizing various hairstyles of the pop-princess from a Los Angeles hairstylist. And according to gallery co-director, David Kesting, the artist studied a bearskin rug from Canada "to convey the commemoration of the traditional bearskin rug baby picture."

An appropriate location for permanent installation of "Monument to Pro-Life" by Mother's Day is being sought by the gallery. "Monument to Pro-Life" is on view April 7th thru 23rd with a reception for the dedication April 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Capla Kesting Fine Art, 121 Roebling St., Brooklyn, NY. Gallery hours are 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday thru Sunday, or by appointment.

The gallery can be reached at or by phone at 646-932-5687.

It's Baby Seal hunting season again...

SO ya know what that means?...they are cheap, and you can get all you want right HERE.

Hey PETA.....YOU SUCK !!!

Top Five Online Gun WebSites

Sunday, March 26, 2006

American Chicken

You can pick one up HERE.

Music Legend Buck Owens Dies at 76

Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw," died Saturday. He was 76.

Owens died at his home in Bakersfield, said family spokesman Jim Shaw. The cause of death was not immediately known. Owens had undergone throat cancer surgery in 1993 and was hospitalized with pneumonia in 1997.

His career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string of more than 20 No. 1 records, most released from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

They were recorded with a honky-tonk twang that came to be known throughout California as the "Bakersfield Sound," named for the town 100 miles north of Los Angeles that Owens called home.

"I think the reason he was so well known and respected by a younger generation of country musicians was because he was an innovator and rebel," said Shaw, who played keyboards in Owens' band, the Buckaroos. "He did it out of the Nashville establishment. He had a raw edge."

Owens, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, was modest when describing his aspirations.

"I'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time," he said in 1992.

An indefatigable performer, Owens played a red, white and blue guitar with fireball fervor. He and the Buckaroos wore flashy rhinestone suits in an era when flash was as important to country music as fiddles.

Among his biggest hits were "Together Again" (also recorded by Emmylou Harris), "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Love's Gonna Live Here," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line."

And he was the answer to this music trivia question: What country star had a hit record that was later done by the Beatles?

"Those guys were phenomenal," Owens once said.

Ringo Starr recorded "Act Naturally" twice, singing lead on the Beatles' 1965 version and recording it as a duet with Owens in 1989. The song, by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, tells of a poor soul who foresees a movie career playing "a man who's sad and lonely, and all I gotta do is act naturally. ... Might win an Oscar, you can never tell."

In addition to music, Owens had a highly visible TV career as co-host of "Hee Haw" from 1969 to 1986. With guitarist Roy Clark, he led viewers through a potpourri of country music and hayseed humor.

"It's an honest show," Owens told The Associated Press in 1995. "There's no social message — no crusade. It's fun and simple."

Owens himself could be rebellious, choosing among other things to label what he did "American music" rather than country.

"I took a little heat," he once said. "People asked me, `Isn't country music good enough for you?' "

He also criticized the syrupy arrangements of some country singers, saying "assembly-line, robot music turns me off."

After his string of hits, Owens stayed away from the recording scene for a decade, returning in 1988 to record another No. 1 record, "Streets of Bakersfield," with Dwight Yoakam.

He spent much of his time away concentrating on his business interests, which included a Bakersfield TV station and radio stations in Bakersfield and Phoenix.

"I never wanted to hang around like the punch-drunk fighter," he told The Associated Press in 1992.

He had moved to Bakersfield in 1951, hoping to find work in the thriving juke joints of what in the years before suburban sprawl was a truck-stop town on Highway 99, between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.

"We played rhumbas and tangos and sambas, and we played Bob Wills music, lots of Bob Wills music," he said, referring to the bandleader who was the king of Western swing.

"And lots of rock 'n' roll," he added.

Owens started recording in the mid-1950s, but gained little success until 1963 with "Act Naturally," his first No. 1 single.

Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. was born in 1929 outside Sherman, Texas, the son of a sharecropper. With opportunities scarce during the Depression, the family moved to Arizona when he was 8.

He dropped out of school at age 13 to haul produce and harvest crops, and by 16 he was playing music in taverns.

He once told an audience, "When I was a little bitty kid, I used to dream about playing the guitar and singing like some of those great people that we had the old, thick records of."

Owens' first wife, Bonnie Owens, sometimes performed with him and went on to become a leading backup singer after their divorce in 1955. She had occasional solo hits in the '60s, as well as successful duets with her second husband, Merle Haggard.

One of her two sons with Owens also became a singer, using the name Buddy Alan. He had a Top 10 hit in 1968, "Let the World Keep on a-Turnin'," and recorded a number of duets with his father.

In addition to Buddy, he is survived by two other sons, Michael and John.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Nevada coroner puts photos of deceased online

In a controversial move, the Las Vegas coroner is taking the search for answers to cold cases online by posting photos of the dead , in what is believed to be a national first, the photos of dozens of unidentified bodies are on the Clark County coroner's Web site.

You can see them all HERE.

Kaiser : Where Healthy people go to die...

Kaiser Alleged Patient Dumping

Authorities are examining a surveillance tape that shows an elderly woman wandering Skid Row in a hospital gown and slippers as they investigate the practice of hospitals and police agencies dumping homeless people downtown.

Carol Ann Reyes, 63, of Gardena, was taken from a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower on Monday to the downtown area known as Skid Row, authorities said.

A surveillance camera outside the Union Rescue Mission showed Reyes walking from the direction of a taxi that had just driven away. She wandered the street for about three minutes before a mission staff member brought her inside.

City officials have been looking into the alleged dumping of homeless people in Skid Row, a ramshackle area downtown.

Several hospitals have acknowledged that they put some discharged indigent patients with nowhere else to go into taxicabs headed to the area because it offers a chance for getting services and shelter. Los Angeles police also are investigating whether other law enforcement agencies dump people without anywhere else to go downtown.

"We have been looking into homeless dumping for some time, and this (tape) gives us another example of what has been going on," said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

Diana Bonta, vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Southern California, said the hospital attempted to find a shelter for Reyes, but when that failed, it was determined that she would be taken to the Union Rescue Mission. Hospital officials are trying to find out why Reyes, who was in the hospital after suffering a bad fall, was left on the street still wearing her hospital gown and slippers.

The incident violated hospital policy and will not occur again, she said.

"We have a policy of treating our patients with compassion and care," Bonta said. "This should not have happened."

Andy Bales, president the Union Rescue Mission, where Reyes remained, said the incident was the third in the past week in which security cameras caught taxis dropping people in the area. The problem will continue until a coordinated discharge plan between hospitals and shelters is created, he said.

"We just can't drop people off like baggage," he said. "We can't have a society where these people have nowhere to turn when they need care."

State Sen. Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would prohibit any arresting agency from taking people who need drug treatment, mental health services or shelter outside their jurisdiction.

Los Angeles County officials are also considering establishing five regional homeless centers in an attempt to reduce dumping, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The regional homeless centers plan would spread the responsibility of caring for the homeless to suburbs instead of concentrating it downtown, the newspaper said. Each 30-bed center would operate 24- hours a day and would accept people from hospitals, police and care providers. The goal would be to find the resident permanent housing and services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, officials said.

Dog Butt Towel Holder

Dog Butt Towel HolderThe Dog Butt Towel Holder is a great gift for anal-minded dog owners. You just push a towel into the butt hole and the "+" holds it in place.

Kinda reminds me of a very sick visual back when I was a kid, seeing a dog running around with a string hanging out of its butt.

I'm sure they can make these in a "hole" variety of forms (cats, horses, people).

£19.99 from DrinkStuff

Friday, March 24, 2006

Cosmetics firm using remains of executed Chinese

A Chinese cosmetics company has been using skin taken from the bodies of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, a London newspaper reported.

An agent for the company informed customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they had been shot.

The agent said some of the company‘s products have been exported to Britain, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts was “traditional" and nothing to “make such a big fuss about,“ the Guardian reported

In addition to ethical concerns, there is the potential risk of infection from the harvested skin products.

The company was not identified by name for legal reasons and it is unclear whether collagen made from the skin of prisoners was in the research stage or in actual production.

“A lot of the research is still carried out in the traditional manner using skin from the executed prisoners and aborted fetus," the agent was quoted as saying. The material, he said, was being bought from “biotech" companies based in Heilongjiang Province and was being developed elsewhere in China.

He suggested that the use of skin and other tissues harvested from executed prisoners was not uncommon. “In China it is considered very normal and I was very shocked that Western countries can make such a big fuss about this," he said.

In the past, human rights groups have charged that China was using organs harvested from executed prisoners for medical transplants both domestically and internationally. China executed about 3,400 prisoners last year, according to Amnesty International.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Nerd Wars?

Ozone hits sperm count as well as lungs

Smog is not just bad for the lungs. It can hit a man's sperm count too, a Californian study revealed on Wednesday.

The University of Southern California looked at the sperm counts of 48 men who donated at least 10 times in two years to a Los Angeles sperm bank.

Using air pollution measurements from the area where each man lived, Rebecca Sokol's team estimated how much pollutant they were exposed to in the days leading up to each donation.

The team, from the University's Keck School of Medicine, found that ozone formed in smoggy air was the only pollutant that appeared to be linked to decreased sperm production. Carbon monoxide seemed to have no effect.

Ozone cannot reach the testicles directly but Sokol, whose findings were published in The New Scientist magazine, said it may cause an inflammatory response or produce toxic substances in the blood that damage sperm.

The Last Supper...revised

Grancrete: Sprayable Concrete.

Grancrete: a new spray-on concrete that can revolutionize homebuilding, especially for low-income housing worldwide.

It only takes 1 day for a 5 man crew to build 2 complete grancrete home, versus 2 weeks for a 20 men crew to build a single conventional house.

Check the company out HERE.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

We have deserts in America too, we just choose not to live in them....

I got your Iraq sandstorm right HERE.

Jeans for Jesus : Praying in Comfort

You can check them out HERE.

Only in North Dakota...

2000 North Dakota residents making snow angels all at the same time...why, because what else is there to do in NORTH DAKOTA...?


Do We Swim Slower in Syrup Than in Water?

There’s only one way to find out: Edward Cussler and Brian Gettelfinger of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis filled a swimming pool with syrup and tested how fast 16 volunteers swam.

The most troublesome part of the experiment was getting permission to do it in the first place. Cussler and Gettelfinger had to obtain 22 separate kinds of approval, including persuading the local authorities that it was okay to put their syrup down the drain afterwards.

But it was worth the hassle, Cussler says, not least because his quest for an answer made him something of a celebrity on campus. "The whole university was arguing about it," he recalls. "It was absolutely hilarious."

The result? No - humans don’t swim slower in syrup but you can read the whole story right HERE.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"Now that (Neverland Ranch is) for sale, a lot of the neighbors are worried. They're afraid some weirdo might buy the place." -- Jay Leno

New Member to the Crab Family

Scientists just announced the discovery of this strange new crustacean 900 miles south of Easter Island. According to a report in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, divers first found the creature last year at a depth of 7,540 feet. From the Associated Press:

Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it. The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.

In what (the French Institute for Sea Exploration's Michel) Segonzac described as a "surprising characteristic," the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands.

It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.

Soil Sampling Shoes

The Soil Sampling Shoes are part of a larger project, Gardening Superfund Sites. They attempt to covertly take soil samples of Superfund waste sites in Silicon Valley as the wearer simply walks around on the soil.

In researching the sites, Amy Franceschini found that there are 29 sites in Santa Clara County. This is the most concentrated area of toxic sites in America. Many of the companies responsible for contaminating this area were making products that the artist uses. But it proved very hard to get information about the history and current status of the toxic clean up.

The shoes gather information in the form of soil information that can be pure evidence. This soil presented in the form of a sculpture becomes suspended evidence. The shoes become charged objects in the sense that the glass vials filled with soil become a representation of the memory of each site. A record of the waste produced in the making of computer memory in the early 1980’s

Monday, March 20, 2006

Boob Art

I Miss Michael does the Labor Board

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pray As You Go

Pray-as-you-go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

Lasting around ten minutes (never more than 12 minutes), it uses music and scripture to help you become aware of God's presence in your life, to listen to and reflect on God's word, and to grow in your relationship with God.

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Although the content is different every day, it will always follow more or less the same format:

1. Bells - the call to prayer
2. Opening music with a few words of introduction
3. Scripture for the day
4. Questions for personal reflection
5. Repeat of the scripture reading
6. Final reflection
7. Glory be

Rejected "Brokeback Mountain" TITLES

- "SILVER-ROD-Ohhh!!!"


Two of the world's rarest exotic cars, the Lamborghini Murcielago, and the newly introduced Ferrari Enzo, crashed today in the Park Cities area while street racing. There were a total of 5 teens involved. The Lamborghini apparently was driven by minor Courtney Shannon, daughter of Danny Shannon the owner of a large exotic cars dealership. The Ferarri Enzo, the world's rarest car, was driven by Rebecca West who's father is a prominent attorney. Both girls are age 17. Three males, Andrew Lambert, Chase Shannon, and a third who's name has not yet been released, were passengers.

Both females and two males are in stable condition, while the third male is in critical condition. All 5 were taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Rand Allemond says "I saw the yellow one coming down the street and make a sharp swerve-like maneuver and turn sideways while the other ran into it. Then they both slid into two other cars and that's when I ran inside to get my wife and call the police".

The Lamborghini is valued at $280,000, and the Ferarri is valued at more then $2,000,000.00.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Nokia Digital Pen

As easy to use as a normal ink pen, the Nokia Digital Pen provides you with an digital instrument that records as it writes. Slogan, sketch, or signature - if it's written on digital paper, the Nokia Digital Pen remembers it.

Get a brilliant story idea during lunch? Jot it down and it's stored in the pen. When you get back to the desk and put the pen in its stand, your thoughts are transferred to your compatible PC in an instant.

And since it all works digitally, you can add colours and sketches to your notes for a look that's even richer and more alive on screen than on paper.

Make Messages with Personality

Use the Nokia Digital Pen to make your messages more personal. The pen connects wirelessly via Bluetooth technology to compatible mobile phones, which means you can send handwritten notes as colour multimedia messages to friends or colleagues with compatible devices.

Sales Package Contains

* Digital Pen SU-1B
* Connectivity Stand for Digital Pen DT-2
* Travel Charger ACP-12
* USB cable
* Ink refills
* PC application on CD
* User's Guide

Paper Goes Digital

The Nokia Digital Pen works in combination with digital paper, which makes it possible for the pen to remember what you write.

With the SU-1B, pads of this powerful paper come in two sizes: a larger notepad (A5) for notes and smaller MMS pad (B7) for messages. Just slip one into your back pocket or shoulder bag to record your thoughts midtown or mid-meeting.

The Nokia Digital Pen remembers each page of each pad separately, so even if you're distracted for a day or two, you can pack it up and pick it up later without losing a letter.

Digital Paper

* Regular paper with specially printed digital pattern
* Key to pen's store-and-send abilities
* Each page is remembered by the pen, so you can edit and update them by hand
* 2 sizes included in sales package: MMS pad and notepad
* Coded boxes contain pen commands
* Tick style boxes to change line color and thickness
* Tick a selection box to choose the message size
* Tick the send box to transmit the message to your compatible phone or PC

Psychics try contacting Lennon in TV PPV seance

Imagine John Lennon spinning in his grave.

The ex-Beatle, who was murdered over 25 years ago, is the latest subject of a pay-per-view seance arranged by the producers of a 2003 attempt to contact the dead Princess Diana. That show made money but was slammed by critics as hitting a new low in television tastelessness.

"People say this is disgusting and I accept that criticism, but we're making a serious attempt to do something that many, many millions of people around the world think is possible," said Paul Sharratt, who heads Starcast Productions, which made "The Spirit of Diana." That show drew over half a million U.S. viewers willing to pay $14.95 to watch it.

The Lennon show will air on April 24 on a pay-per-view channel and cost $9.95.

Sharratt himself is a "non-believer," and admits to not being totally convinced otherwise after psychics attempted to contact the dead princess in the 2003 program. Nevertheless, it made for some great television, he said.

"I have to say that I'm a skeptic. I went into it very skeptically and I didn't come out a total believer, but it was good for a lot of people as a tribute to Diana," he said.

Sharratt said he chose Lennon because the former Beatle, like Diana, is an icon and was also a deeply spiritual person. "Lennon was very interested in the spiritual world. It's a natural follow-up to the Diana seance," he said.

"The Spirit of John Lennon" is being done without the knowledge or consent of John Lennon's estate. A spokesman for Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, had no immediate comment.

Sharratt said, "We are writing to Yoko and contacting friends this week to see if any people associated with Lennon would take part."

The program will show psychics traveling to sites of significance to the former Beatle, including New York's Dakota apartment house, where he lived and was fatally shot by a deranged fan, Mark David Chapman, just over 25 years ago.

Psychics will also visit the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles where the Beatles recorded, and a town in India where Lennon pursued a spiritual retreat.

Sharratt said the Indian sequence will feature a spirit reader at an ashram who believes he can contact Lennon to receive musical notes and lyrics from the other side.

Any notations will be flown to Los Angeles, where a composer will arrange the notes, add vocals and backgrounds to produce a new song.

The special will culminate as psychics, colleagues and confidantes sit at a seance table for 30 minutes surrounded by infra-red cameras that can capture any "presence" or spirit that enters the room.

Sweet Heart: anatomically correct candy heart

Artist Nathan Sawaya makes awesome Lego sculptures, but he also produces some super-sweet candy art. Case in point, this human heart fashioned from Necco Conversation Hearts, and "star bursts" made from Starbursts.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Man severs own penis, throws it at officers

Before cops threw the book at him, Jakub Fik threw something unusual at them -- his penis.

Fik, 33, cut off his own penis during a Northwest Side rampage Wednesday morning. When confronted by police, Fik hurled several knives and his severed organ at the officers, police said. Officers stunned him with a Taser and took him into custody.

"We took him out without any serious injury, with the exception of his own," said Chicago Police Sgt. Edward Dolan of the 16th District.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital reattached Fik's penis Wednesday, sources said. He was listed in good condition Thursday, according to hospital spokesman Andrew Buchanan, who declined to comment further.

Smashing car windows

Fik, who lives in the 5400 block of W. Berenice, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage to property, said Officer Laura Kubiak. He told paramedics he was distraught over problems with his girlfriend in Poland, Dolan said.

Police arrived on Fik's block at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports he was smashing car windows, Dolan said. Fik then broke into a house down the block. A group of six or seven officers assembled in front of the house, Dolan said.

The occupants were not home, he added.

Fik was bleeding when the officers arrived and may have already cut off his organ, Dolan said.

"At that point, this guy came running out, naked, with a handful of knives . . . and started throwing knives at the police officers that were 10, 20, 30 feet away," Dolan said.

Fik threw his penis during the confrontation, too, Dolan said. He then went back into the house and re-emerged with "another handful of knives," Dolan said.

Dolan sneaked to the side of the bungalow's front steps and stunned Fik with the Taser. Fik fought back when officers went to restrain him, Dolan said.

"About 10 feet from the front porch, right on the sidewalk, was his penis," Dolan said.

Dr. Greg Bales, associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago, said severed penises are uncommon but surgery usually works.

"As long as the penis is placed on ice and reattached within a few hours, the success is usually pretty good," Bales said.

Drugs "one" Eddie Van Halen " zero"

You really got to go some to make Keith Richards look GOOD....WOW

A "small market" radio station got Eddie on the phone to question all of this, you can hear it HERE.

Only in America...

Only in the United States of America can a fat and ugly man become a millionaire by having a lot of sex with a lot of women, all through the power of an above-average-sized penis.

And that, my friends, is why America is Great™.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

SXSW Music Conference

You can hear some amazing shows as the SXSW Music Festival hits Austin and KGSR has a ton of huge names in their studios streaming for all the world to HEAR. Neil Young, Ray Davies, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter, Matthew Sweet ,Rodney Crowell, Nickel Creek, Billy Bragg, Bobby Bare and Rosanne Cash have or are scheduled in the studio...

Celebrity Stalking: 2 Thumbs Up

For star spotters, it's the dream website. But the celebrities on the receiving end claim it's an intrusive nightmare.

It has been launched by, a popular U.S. gossip site, and has caused a furore in the showbusiness world.

The modus operandi is simple. New Yorkers who spot a celebrity on the street or in a shop or restaurant can email the location to Gawker. Gawker then publishes the location - complete with waspish accompanying comments from the spotter - as quickly as possible on an online street map.

Critics have called for it to be banned because the time lapse between the initial spot and the appearance on the website can be brief - meaning the celebrity may still be there and a target for stalkers. A-listers gracing the site this week included Chris Martin looking 'confused and slightly scared' on West 21st Street and Colin Farrell wearing a fedora and 'flannel pyjama pants' on West 12th Street.

Other sightings included Kelly Osbourne 'stomping through the lobby of the Empire State Building in full on bitch mode'.

George Clooney was seen 'shooting hoops on E 61st street' while sporting 'a little paunch'. Rachel Weisz was sighted at Bloomingdale's. 'I could see her makeup from yards away,' said the spotter.

Ken Sunshine, whose clients include Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, said the Gawker site was 'outrageous'.

'It invites weirdos, if not dangerous weirdos, to physically come in contact with anybody they choose to expose on this site,' he said.

But Gawker editor Jessica Coen rejected Mr Sunshine's argument, saying: 'If people are truly intent on doing some sort of sick harm to a certain celebrity that information for finding them is already out there.'

She added: 'It's as immediate as humanly possible but it's not instantaneous. In theory, it can be very quick but celebrities are not trees - they will be moving.'

Each number on the Google map pinpoints a sighting of a celebrity and is cross-referenced to a description on the web page.

See what the whole fuss is about HERE.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Abu Ghraib file

279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison -- and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable.

You can View the whole nightmare on HERE.

Fun With Eggs

Dog Poop in Ice

44 Tips for Life

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

2. Memorize your favorite poem.

3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

4. When you say, "I love you," mean it.

5. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.

6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

7. Believe in love at first sight.

8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.

People who don't have dreams don't have much.

9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

11. Don't judge people by their relatives.

12. Talk slowly but think quickly.

13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask "Why do you want to know?"

14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

15. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

17. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

21. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

22. Spend some time alone.

23. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

24. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

25. Read more books and watch less TV.

26. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.

27. Trust in God but lock your car.

28. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important.

29. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

30. Read between the lines.

31. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

32. Be gentle with the earth.

33. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.

34. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.

35. Mind your own business.

36. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when they kiss.

37. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

38. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.

39. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

40. Learn the rules then break some.

41. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.

42. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

43. Remember that your character is your destiny.

44. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Wal-Mart In Court Fight Over 'Wal-ocaust' T-Shirts

A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in federal district court in Atlanta in a fight over his T-shirts that compare the retailer's business practices to the Holocaust.

Charles Smith has been marketing shirts that read, "I (heart) Wal-ocaust" T-shirts. Wal-Mart filed a cease-and-desist order in an attempt to make him stop printing the shirts.

The company said Smith is engaging in trademark infringement. It has threatened to sue Smith if he continues to display the logos on his Web site and to print them on his products.

The 48-year-old Smith is a computer repairman and said he has no deep connection to the company. But he claims using the logos is a free speech issue.

Smith said he came up with his anti-Wal-Mart logo after conversations with a customer and an employee who both had bad experiences with the retailer.

He designed his first logo in July. One shirt -- with "Wal-ocaust" printed above an eagle and a smiley face sold on Nov. 16 and netted Smith $5.10.

He said if the court sides with him, he will use any profits to pay his legal fees and for continued production of the products.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sarah Clark said Smith is infringing on the company's trademark and also "making an offensive association between Wal-Mart and one of the greatest tragedies of the past century."

See it all before BIG BROTHER takes it away right HERE.

Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed

The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train, officials said.

Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train, authorities said.

A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred.

McAvoy, who had been deaf since birth, won the state title in June and represented the state "with dignity and pride," state pageant director Laura Loeb-Hill told The Associated Press via e-mail Monday night.

McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer, Loeb-Hill said.

McAvoy graduated last year from the Texas School for the Deaf, attended Austin Community College and then started at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in January, but had returned to Texas, Loeb-Hill said.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hockey team plays on Cheney's woes with vest giveaway

Hunting gear to be given to 1,000 fans Friday


The Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team is having that message printed on 1,000 bright-orange hunting vests, to be given to fans on Dick Cheney Hunting Vest Night.

The lighthearted take on the incident in which the vice president accidentally shot a friend on a Texas quail hunting trip came from the team's front office, Wranglers Vice President Billy Johnson said.

Johnson said he didn't think anyone would find the promotion offensive.

"With an 18 percent approval rating (for Cheney), I don't think it's an issue," he said. "Twenty percent of our fans are mad at me all the time anyway."

On Friday, the night of the promotion, the Wranglers will be playing their first game at home after 2 1/2 weeks on the road. As of last Friday, they had a 42-10-6 record, second in their division, and had secured a playoff spot in the ECHL, formerly the East Coast Hockey League.


Used animatronic critters for sale

A site for and effects house that build static and animatronic prop animals for use in films has a page of used animal props, including animatronics, for sale, from surprised hamsters to creepy vampire bats:
Animatronic (Head Nod/Head Tilt Animation)
These creepy little crawlers was scaring audiences on Halloween (2005) in the CBS movie "Vampire Bats". There were 32 pieces, made up of animatronic heroes, Crawlers, Flappers and static props that were used in the production.

This is a radio radio controlled rod puppet. Animations include a head nod and a head tilt.

Check out all the fun HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2006

25 Interesting Facts to start your week with...

1. A vulture will never attack a human or animal that is moving.

2. About 75% of the people in the U.S. live on 2% land.

3. According to a recent survey, more Americans lose their virginity in June than any other month.

4. Adult Northwestern American Grizzly Bears can bite through steel as thick as one half inch.

5. After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.

6. All polar bears are left-handed.

7. Almonds are the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world.

8. Al Capone's business card said he was a furniture dealer.

9. Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world's garbage annually. On average, that's 3 pounds a day per person.

10. An ant's sense of smell is as good as a Dog's.

11. Abe Lincoln's mother died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and Ms. Lincoln drank the milk.

12. According to Playboy, more women talk dirty during sex than men.

13. Americans drink over a billion pounds of coffee every year and around five million bottles of soda.

14. After they are roasted, and when the coffee beans begin to cool, they release about 700 chemical substances that make up the vaporizing aromas.

15. Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza in one day.

16. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

17. An elephant's trunk contains more than 50,000 muscles.

18. An eyelash lives about 5 months.

19. Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.

20. According to Hammurabi's Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor's hands.

21. An Octopus has 3 hearts!

22. According to Playboy, more women talk dirty during sex than men.

23. A whale's penis is called a dork.

24. An ear of corn always has an even number of rows because of the genetic formula which divides the cells.

25. Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit: a total of 11 billion a year.


Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory generated temperatures of greater than 2 billion degrees Kelvin, hotter than the interior of the sun. To do it, they fired up their Z Machine accelerator, seen here in operation, to produce incredibly hot plasmas. From the Sandia news release:

The unexpectedly hot output, if its cause were understood and harnessed, could eventually mean that smaller, less costly nuclear fusion plants would produce the same amount of energy as larger plants.

The phenomena also may explain how astrophysical entities like solar flares maintain their extreme temperatures.

The very high radiation output also creates new experimental environments to help validate computer codes responsible for maintaining a reliable nuclear weapons stockpile safely and securely — the principal mission of the Z facility.

“At first, we were disbelieving,” says Sandia project lead Chris Deeney. “We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result and not an ‘Ooops’!”