Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Google Earth's topless sunbathers
When most people use virtual globe Google Earth, they look up such sights as Sydney Opera House, Big Ben or even their own homes.
But two of the computer program’s users got an extra surprise when they explored the Dutch city of the Hague - and spotted topless sunbathers.
A Dutch blogger looking for his favourite pub accidentally zeroed in on a man wearing just shorts, lying on the roof of a house by a canal.
A woman lying face down on a separate rooftop terrace was spied by an unknown browser who mentioned it on an online forum.
The sunbathers found their way on to Google Earth because they were catching a tan when the satellite used for mapping the planet was passing overhead.
A Google Earth spokeswoman said: "Things like this do happen and people will find them for a bit of fun."
Other bizarre sightings include "hovering cars" in Perth and missiles in the deserts of Iraq.
With higher quality satellite imagery being added, it is now possible to see people going about their daily lives.
But these two cases are the first reported instances of this type of partial nudity.
Louisville Paper Gets Disc With 232 Photos of Nude National Guard Women
U.S. Army officials are taking a close look at whether women in a Kentucky National Guard unit posed nude for pictures with their M-16s and other military equipment, authorities said.
A local newspaper reported that it had a disc containing 232 of the photos, which they did not publish, and do not plan to publish, E&P has learned.
Andrew Wolfson, who disclosed the existence of the disc in the Louisville Courier-Journal today, told E&P it came from an "anonymous" source.
"This is not the kind of activity condoned by the command leadership of the Kentucky National Guard," Lt. Col. Phil Miller, a spokesman for the Kentucky Guard, told the newspaper. The allegations were reported to the commander of the 410th Quartermaster unit a week or so before the company shipped out for Iraq on Aug. 26 from Camp Shelby, Miss.
The newspaper reported a compact disc contained 232 photographs of at least a half-dozen nude and seminude women in various poses with military rifles and covering their breasts with American flag decals. An e-mail said the women photographed were from the Kentucky Guard.
Miller said 11 of the 107 soldiers who deployed with the Danville-based unit are women.
"The CD containing the photos was sent to the paper via mail from an anonymous source. After doing background checks and some investigating, the source was deemed credible," Wolfson told E & P.
When questioned about the photos, he added, military officials did not ask to see them or get the paper's copy. He assumes, therefore, that the military has its own copy.
Several television outlets have asked the paper to release the photos, but Wolfson says: "We've been asked for it by several TV outlets, but obviously haven't given it."
It is unclear where the photographs were taken, but some of the women are shown wearing dog tags. And in many photographs, recent inoculations, like those given in preparation for service abroad, are visible.
One woman was photographed partially clad in a military uniform, and a last name is visible on the blouse. Seitz said the Kentucky Guard wouldn't confirm whether a woman with that name works in the unit.
Lt. Col. Rich Steele, a spokesman for the First Army at Fort Gillem, Ga., said that if the allegations are proved, punishment could range from informal reprimands to courts-martial. He said the investigation is being conducted in Iraq.
Maj. Dylan Seitz, a staff lawyer for the Kentucky Guard in Frankfort, said commanders there don't know how many soldiers allegedly were involved, who took the pictures, or how they were distributed.
"We don't know what happened, other than there are some photos out there," he said.
Marsha Weinstein, former executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, said that it would be hypocritical to punish women involved when there is a "long history of male soldiers posting pin-ups in their lockers" and of the U.S. military flying in female sex symbols to entertain mostly male troops. "I don't think these women should be court-martialed," she told the Courier-Journal.
Quartermaster units provide logistics and supply support for other troops
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Barbie's new dog is full of it
With his chiselled looks and nippy little sports car, we always suspected Ken might be full of it – but now Barbie has gone and got herself a dog that's gone the same way too.
The latest Barbie accessory is her pet dog, called Tanner, which not only looks like a loveable labrador but also poops like one too.
Almost a soon as Barbie has fed the dog its biscuit treats, a little something comes out the other end.
But, in a move designed to encourage responsible dog ownership, toy manufacturer Mattel has provided Barbie with a pooper scooper and bin too, meaning Tanner never has to leave any unwanted 'gifts' lying about on the carpet.
Tanner also comes equipped with dog toys, a bone, biscuit treats, a feeding bowl and a pink lead.
And, just in case that does not get the message across, Mattel has produced a promotional video of Barbie and Tanner playing in the park that shows you how to 'potty train' your dog.
So while Barbie may have seemed like the girl who had everything – including great clothes, cool cars, fabulous horses and no end of accessories – now we know what she was missing.
To see the video click HERE.
And more on BARBIE:
Seems there is a price difference on Barbie, depending on if you want BLACK OR WHITE...
African American Barbie on Amazon HERE.
White Barbie on Amazon HERE.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Aussie man's Irwin placenta tribute
Wil Kemp, 21, says that it was Irwin who shaped his love for reptiles, and that by feeding the placenta to his pet goannas, his family will be brought closer to the reptile kingdom.
Mr Kemp, currently a reptile keeper at Rockhampton Zoo, Queensland, has already named his son Tai Irwin, a reference to the taipan snake and the late Crocodile Hunter.
The boy was born on September 5, the day after Irwin had his fatal encounter with a stringray.
Kemp and his fiance first thought of the placenta-feeding idea when nurses told them they could take the placenta home. They plan to feed it to their three goannas, which live in a pit in their garden, at a celebration when they bring the child home on Sunday.
Kemp commented: 'I think we'll just break some beers, chuck it in and do it.'
Buffalo Racing in Cambodia
Each year, millions of Cambodians visit Buddhist temples across the country to honor deceased loved ones during a 15-day period commonly known as the Festival of the Dead.
But in Vihear Suor village, about 22 miles northeast of the capital, Phnom Penh, citizens each year wrap up the festival with a water buffalo race to entertain visitors and honor a pledge made hundreds of years ago.
Pok Thiva, an organizer, said there was a time when many village cattle _ which provide rural Cambodians with muscle to plow their fields and transport agricultural products _ died from an unknown disease.
He said the villagers prayed to a spirit to help save their animals from the disease and promised to show their gratitude by holding a buffalo race each year on the last day of P'chum Ben _ the festival's name in Cambodian.
"I've seen the real Formula 1, but this buffalo race is the Formula 1 we have in our village every year,"Pok Thiva said.
"Car or motorcycle racing was never written into the village's history,"he added jokingly.
The race drew some 1,000 spectators who saw 28 riders and their animals charge down the racing field, the racers bouncing up and down on the backs of their buffaloes, whose horns were draped with colorful cloths.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Killer Rocks ON...
Jerry Lee Lewis is older and tougher than you. At seventy, he could eat your liver for breakfast, sleep with your kid sister and then burn down your house after a light lunch. So rounding up twenty-one heavy hitters (Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, etc.) for a Jerry Lee Lewis duets album either means that they're paying their respects to one of the inventors of rock & roll, the wild man of the piano who came up with the sonic explosion that is "Great Balls of Fire"- or that they're just afraid of what Jerry Lee would do to them if they said no.
Most of the duets are on songs identified with the guests (a raved-up "Travelin' Band," with John Fogerty, a frontal assault on Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," with a solo from Jimmy Page). Rod Stewart and Kid Rock actually trade lines with Lewis, and Bruce Springsteen seems content to do backing vocals on his own "Pink Cadillac," exhorting Lewis with "C'mon now, Killer!" like a rock & roll Diddy. Despite all the high-powered guests, Lewis stays in charge throughout Last Man Standing -- while his throat is in better shape than you might expect, most of his command now comes from the slamming, swinging passion of his barrelhouse piano. The best-sounding tracks are probably his duets with the country stars George Jones and Willie Nelson. Both of them are older than Lewis, so everybody just relaxes and enjoys being alive.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Babs goes BRALESS
You would think that by the age of 64, most women would be self-conscious enough to ensure their choice of evening wear does not expose parts of the body which have...well dropped below standards.
But no one seems to have shared this with legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand as she stepped out in this rather unflattering black dress at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
A star is reborn
Streisand seemed to forget what a photographer's flash can do to a black dress as she unwittingly revealed she had left the black bra tucked up in her drawer at home.
But this was not the first time Streisand has been left emmbarrased by the camera.
Last month she was snapped outside her LA home looking like she had given her make-up artist and hairdresser the day off.
For the person who has EVERYTHING...
See it HERE.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Proposed Ordinance asks Each Household to Have a Firearm
"We've blessed to be a fairly rural area of the state, so we don't have a lot of crime and I think we'd like to keep it that way," said Lee Belt, Greenleaf city clerk.
Drive about 10 minutes west of Caldwell and you'll run into Greenleaf, Idaho, population 860. If city council member Steve Jett has his way, each head of household that can legally own a gun, will. Along with that they're encouraged to have ammunition and appropriate training.
"I think the city council is hoping it will happen and that it will be a deterrent to crime as the city and region increases in population," said Belt.
The proposed ordinance is modeled after a similar plan that went into place in 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga. In that instance there was a dramatic decrease in criminal activity. Although crime isn't a huge problem for residents of Greenleaf, the growth in neighboring counties leads them to believe they too are in for some changes.
"There's not a lot of crime here, but I think it's coming, it's getting worse everyday," said Art Bailey, owner of the Greenleaf Store.
While the plan does encourages firearm ownership, the ordinance goes beyond that.
"The largest part itself deals with emergency capabilities," said Belt.
The plan will establish an emergency response plan, and promote its citizen response teams and neighborhood watch volunteer groups, a proactive approach to keep the crime rate to a minimum. So how have residents responded? According to almost everyone we spoke to, they already owned a gun or multiple guns, so this would have no effect on them either way.
"I don't know if it is good for every household, but we being hunters have always had guns," said Bonnie Cagle, a Greenleaf resident.
"I think it is an excellent idea," said Bailey. "If the citizens are armed were not at a disadvantage."
We did ask to speak with the city council member who proposed the ordinance but he was out of town. In November, the council will decide whether or not to adopt the ordinance.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
THE KINK in trouble with THE MAN...
Gubernatorial candidate and professional wiseacre Kinky Friedman was accused Wednesday of making another racially offensive remark _ this time in a year-old interview in which he said sexual predators should be thrown in prison and forced to "listen to a Negro talking to himself."
The independent candidate already was under fire for referring to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas "crackheads and thugs." That remark was taken as a slap at black victims of the storm.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle have reported on an interview with Friedman that aired on CNBC last year in which the country singer and comedian was asked what to do with sexual predators.
"Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself," Friedman said. He also called "Negro" a "charming word."
State Rep. Garnet Coleman, former chairman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, said the remarks are unacceptable from a candidate for governor, and sound more like something uttered by someone running for "class clown or the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan."
Friedman's spokeswoman, Laura Stromberg, said Wednesday: "Texans who know anything about Kinky know that he's not a racist, and they're going to see through all of this political correctness very soon. This is what they've got? Bring it on. Texans can see right through."
Democratic candidate Chris Bell said he was offended by Friedman's remark, and added, "I just don't think those types of comments have a place in this campaign."
The campaigns of Republican Gov. Rick Perry and independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn did not immediately return calls for comment.
Friedman told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday that anyone who is offended by his comment should vote for one of the other candidates.
"If I've got to lie to people, sweep the truth under the rug and worry about offending people, I'm not going to be very effective," Friedman said.
His spokeswoman said part of the "Negro" line was derived from a book Friedman wrote in the late 1980s that was being discussed in the CNBC interview before Friedman used the phrase.
Friedman also took some heat recently for a remark about ethnic politicking.
"I don't eat tamales in the barrio, I don't eat fried chicken in the ghetto, I don't eat bagels with the Jews for breakfast," said Friedman, who is Jewish. "That to me is true racism."
Rumpology By Stallone
According to Jacqueline Stallone, a foremost American rumpologist, rump reading is an art that was practiced in ancient Babylon, India, Greece, and Rome. She claims that the ancient Greeks thought the butt was the key to health and fidelity. She says the Romans used butt prints the way some people use graphology today: to determine potential talents and future success.
She does readings by mail. Just send her a digital photo of your rump and she will analyze it for a fee ($125, and she takes major credit cards and PayPal). Her website includes examples of appropriate rump shots, including one of "a male action hero movie star," "a Jewish princess," and "a Fortune 500 CEO." She'll not only give you a butt reading for your money, but she'll send you an 8 1/2 x 11 glossy color print of your butt, suitable for framing.
Stallone has not been tested by Dr. Gary "The Validator" Schwartz at his psychic-testing clinic at the University of Arizona, but her son Sylvester says that his mother's greatest talent is her ability to see the future.* It is likely, though, that were she tested by The Validator her clients would rate her accuracy at 75%-80% due to the Barnum and Forer effect.
Stallone claims that the left and right butt cheeks reveal a person's past and future, respectively. She says she has a degree in chemistry, but she must not have studied anatomy or physiology. She claims any doctor will tell you that the body is like a warehouse which stores everything. She thinks that the right buttocks represents the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain, while the left buttocks represents the right hemisphere. Her rump report, she says, can tell you "whether you are going ass-backwards (into that little closet called the left brain)" or are going forward with the right brain.
She even teaches others how to read the future by looking at behinds. José Miranda, for example, learned rumpology from Stallone. The Little Havana (Miami) soothsayer became a hit on the "phenomenally popular and raunchy late-night talk show 'La Cosa Nostra' on Spanish-language WJAN-TV Channel 41."*
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Steve Irwin's Service
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
On average, the 28-year-old Federline has fathered a baby every seven years. If one throws out his presumed prepuberty years, the aspiring rapper and penny proponent has averaged, from age 13 on, one child tax credit every 3.75 years.
A record to be proud of...
Monday, September 18, 2006
Willie Nelson hit with drug charges
State police spokesman Willie Williams said the bus was stopped early on Monday morning about 7 miles east of Lafayette, Louisiana, for a routine commercial inspection, and a state trooper smelled marijuana inside the bus.
State Police seized about 1-1/2 pounds (0.7 kg) of marijuana and two-tenths of a pound (91 grams) of mushrooms from the bus, Williams said.
Nelson and four other passengers on the bus were cited for possession and released, while the driver had his commercial driving privileges suspended in addition to being cited for possession. Nelson faces possible jail time of up to six months and an unspecified fine, police said.
"There was no trouble whatsoever," Williams said. "They were all cooperative."
A spokesman for Nelson said she had no information about the arrest.
Nelson, 73, has been an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. He became famous in the 1970s as part of the outlaw country movement that included influences from rock, jazz and folk music.
If you wanna know what an evening with Willie is like click HERE.
Gold-ilocks: Firm to auction famous follicles
That's what a west suburban auction house is hoping for, anyway, as it prepares to sell locks of hair from a number of American notables, including the late baseball star Mickey Mantle, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
Even Brian Marren, a vice president with Mastro Auctions of Willowbrook, says his wife finds collecting hair "kind of ghoulish,'' but the practice has been around for hundreds of years: A clump of Ben Franklin's was sold in 1927. During the Civil War, women would snip a lock from battle-bound loved ones.
Now, though, advances in DNA research is proving to be the Propecia of the market, some experts say. For some collectors, it's a speculator's market based on the next frontier of science.
Might a strand of hair someday be used to clone a baby with the looks of Marilyn Monroe? Or a kid with the athleticism of a Michael Jordan? Or, as John Reznikoff, one of the nation's foremost hair collectors, puts it: "If I want a smart child, could I take some Albert Einstein and mix it in the child-making process?''
No -- the science isn't here. Yet.
But Reznikoff, noting that DNA research and development is moving at a rapid pace, says hair collecting "has unbelievable potential.'' And few would benefit more than he: Einstein is part of Reznikoff's collection of some 120 notable figures, a collection he calls "a DNA catalog" that also includes locks from George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Charles Dickens, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin.
Reznikoff, the 45-year-old president of Connecticut-based University Archives, which deals primarily in historical documents and manuscripts, describes a "Jurassic Park mentality" driving some collectors, a reference to the novel and film about dinosaurs cloned for an amusement park.
Even though there is no current way to use hair to clone a human, the DNA does have value to some collectors. Last year, a lock of Queen Victoria's hair was bought by an anonymous Austrian bidder for $119,000. The European press speculated that the hair of Victoria, the grandmother or great-grandmother of most of the crowned heads of Europe, could be used to help support modern-day claims of royalty through DNA testing.
'What you discard is discarded'
The celebrity hair in the Mastro Auctions online sale, which is scheduled for April, came from the estate of Robert Champion, a "hairdresser of the stars'' in New York and Hollywood. Mantle's hair came from a former business manager.
Celebrities sometimes balk at the sales. Mantle's family initially resisted when the hair first went on the market in 1997, but later relented. (It was sold for $6,900.) Reznikoff clashed with Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, when he purchased, for a reported $3,000, Armstrong's hair from the former astronaut's barber. Reznikoff still has the hair. "What you discard is discarded,'' said Reznikoff.
Legally, that may be true. But in regard to uses of the DNA inside that discarded material, "the law in uncertain,'' said Lori B. Andrews, the director of the Institute of Science, Law and Technology at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Bard none: Shakespeare No. 1
Andrews, the author of The Clone Age: Adventures in the New World of Reproductive Technology, said "ethicists and lawyers are working to catch up'' with science as it rushes into the future.
Even if one was able to use, say, Einstein's DNA to clone another human being, the only sure thing is that the clone would look a little like Einstein.
Some ethicists who have weighed in on cloning of deceased individuals have concluded that it would be improper because it would make one a parent -- even dead -- without his or her consent.
Mastro auctioned a clump of Elvis Presley's hair in 2002 for $115,000. Reznikoff said his most valuable hair artifact is a lock from Lincoln removed on the night of his assassination. He estimates its value is $500,000. Minimum.
Reznikoff helped Mastro Auctions authenticate Mantle's hair and hopes to add it to his collection.
It'll make a nice addition but it is not the Holy Grail of hair.
"There is a rumor that there is some of Shakespeare's hair out there. I'd pay dearly for that,'' said Reznikoff.
Order Everything at McDonalds
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Train Songs for your Enjoyment
The Band :: Mystery Train (The Last Waltz)
The Clash :: Train In Vain (live)
The Cure :: Jumping Somone Else’s Train
The Arcade Fire :: Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields cover)
Gang Of Four :: Outside the Trains Don’t Run on Time
The Doobie Brothers :: Long Train Running
Silver Jews :: Trains Across The Sea
Tom Waits :: Train Song (live)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion :: Train #2
Art Brut :: Blame It On The Trains
The Kinks :: Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
Johnny Cash :: Waiting For A Train
Allgood :: Train Song
The Rolling Stones :: Silver Train
Guillemots :: Trains To Brazil
Bruce Springsteen :: Downbound Train
Bob Marley And The Wailers :: Stop That Train (London 1973)
Jerry Garcia Band :: Mystery Train (02.14.76)
The Velvet Underground :: Train Round The Bend
Pylon :: M-Train
Mike Watt :: Big Train
Luna :: Old Toy Trains (Roger Miller cover)
John Coltrane :: Blue Train
Jimi Hendrix :: Hear My Train A Comin’ (electric)
Bob Dylan :: It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Disgust at play showing Princess Diana in bed with Down's Syndrome men
Disgust at play showing Princess Diana in bed with Down's Syndrome men
Theatregoers in the German capital Berlin walked out of a controversial play about Princess Diana that showed her in bed with two Down's Syndrome men while the Queen was portrayed by a circus dwarf.
"Good job that I hadn’t eaten beforehand because otherwise I would have thrown up," wrote one theatre critic after watching the opening night of the play at the Volksbuehne Theatre.
The bizarre drama, which is due to come to London next month, premiered on Wednesday night and dozens of people walked out on it within minutes of the curtain going up.
Entitled Kaprow City – no-one quite knows why – German society girl Jenny Elvers played Diana on a stage that only one third of the audience could see. The other two thirds watched the action on TV monitors in black and white.
Christoph Schlingensief, the director, laid on an avant-garde production that had no plot and made little sense.
Those who stayed for the full two hours, culminating in Diana being wrapped in plastic when she died, gave it only desultory applause.
Schlingensief plans to bring it to the London Frieze Art Fair next month under the name "The Last Hour of Lady Diana."
A film version will be released next August to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Diana's death. "I have very interesting information that she really died in London, not in Paris, and reconstruct this new truth," Schlingensief said before the curtain went up.
"It can probably never be exactly clarified what happened in that hour of her death. Art has the freedom to interpret this."
Just why Diana was in bed with two Down's Syndrome men, or why an actor shaved his pubic hair on stage – or indeed who he was meant to portray – was never made clear.
Several people left their seats after an actress portraying Camilla had blood thrown on her.
"It lasted two hours and felt like 24," wrote the critic for the tabloid B.Z. "I simply didn’t understand a single thing about it," said Joerg Hoffmanm, who left after 12 minutes.
Revenge attacks on stingrays over Irwin death
Steve Irwin Fans Revenge Video HERE
More information below...
At least ten stingrays have been found dead and mutilated on Australia’s eastern coast in the last week in what conservationists believe could be revenge attacks for the death of Steve Irwin, the popular naturalist and television personality.
Irwin, known by his fans as the "Crocodile Hunter", was killed last Monday when a stingray barb pierced his chest as he filmed a new TV programme off the Great Barrier Reef. His death triggered an outpouring of grief in Australia and among thousands of admirers worldwide.
But now it is feared that fans' mourning has taken a new focus: stingray rage.
The dead stingrays have been discovered on two beaches in Queensland state, where Mr Irwin lived and ran his popular wildlife park, Australia Zoo. Two of the unfortunate rays, discovered today, were retrieved with their tails lopped off, according to local fishery officials.
Michael Hornby, a friend of Mr Irwin and executive director of his conservation group Wildlife Warriors, said he was concerned that the rays, which are usually docile creatures, were being hunted and killed in retaliation for Irwin's death, which he said, would go against everything that the television star had stood for.
"It may be some sort of retribution, or it may be fear from certain individuals, or it just may be yet another callous act toward wildlife," he said.
"We are disgusted and disappointed that people would take this sort of action to hurt wildlife. We just want to make it very clear that we will not accept and not stand for anyone who has taken a form of retribution. That’s the last thing Steve would want."
"Stingrays are beautiful creatures and play an important role for the environment. I hope everyone understands we have to protect wildlife now more than ever. This is what Steve was all about."
Stingrays are usually shy, unobtrusive fish that rummage along the sea bottom for food or burrow into the sand. When stepped on or otherwise frightened, a serrated spine up to 25cm (10 inches) long in the animal’s tail flares up.
The spines emit toxins that can kill small creatures and cause excruciating pain in humans. Few people die from the poison, but the spines can badly tear flesh and the wounds are prone to infections, including tetanus.
Rick Symons, government fisheries manager of animal welfare, said that officials were investigating the matter and warned that offenders could be prosecuted if evidence of cruelty was found.
Wayne Sumpton, from the state fisheries department, said there had been reports of similar incidents in the past after fishermen had inadvertently caught stingrays and cut off their tails to avoid being stung, but such incidents were not common and were not condoned by the authorities.
Meanwhile, Irwin's admirers appear also to be using technology to avenge the death of the daredevil star.
A website has created a game called Terri Irwin's Revenge, depicting the naturalist's wife firing at stingrays underwater. The aim of the game, which is being circulated via e-mail, is to kill as many stingrays as possible without getting hit, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
However, the game has been receiving mixed responses from online visitors. "We should make it clear, this game is intended to be a memorial and NOT a funny parody," say its creators, who go by the names of Josh Tuttle, -altr- and Onic, on the website mofunzone.com
Mr Irwin was buried last week in the grounds of his zoo at a private ceremony after his family turned down the offer of a state funeral. A public memorial service will be held next week.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
'Ghost tree' forms human face
Scores of people are flocking to a village in northern Malaysia to see a betel nut tree which has sprouted a human-like face.
Newspapers carried pictures of the green face on a frond of a seven-meter (23-foot) -high tree. The unexplained phenomenon has led villagers in Kampung Paya to dub it the "ghost tree," the News Straits Times said.
The Star newspaper's website showed a picture of a tree with a face-like feature reminiscent of a Pacific island ritual mask.
Owner Miah Majid, 60, told The Star that she spotted the face last week and that it was the second time an unusual shape had appeared on the 10-year-old tree in her backyard. The first formation was in the shape of an eye, she was quoted as saying.
The frond will probably last another two weeks before it sheds, she said.
Superstitious village elders have advised onlookers not to make any comments when they pass the tree, reports said. Other enterprising villagers are selling photographs of the face for 2 ringgit (30 pence).
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sex-With-Corpse Scheme Busted
Woman's obituary photo spurred Wisconsin trio's grave robbery attempt
SEPTEMBER 6--When Nicholas Grunke last week spotted a newspaper photo of Laura Tennessen, the Wisconsin man apparently became so smitten that he plotted a rendezvous with the 20-year-old woman. But the photo Grunke saw accompanied an August 29 obituary of Tennessen, who died in a motorcycle accident.
Undeterred, Grunke allegedly plotted with his twin brother Alex and a friend, 20-year-old Dustin Radke, to rob Tennessen's grave so that he could have sex with her corpse. Details of the trio's degenerate scheme are contained in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Grant County Circuit Court.
In a police interview, Radke said that he and the Grunke brothers stopped at a Wal-Mart to buy condoms on their way to the cemetery. The necrophilia plot was disrupted Saturday night when police received a report of a suspicious vehicle near St. Charles Cemetery in Cassville, where Tennessen is buried. When confronted by a cop, an "very nervous" Alex Grunke admitted to the grave robbing scheme, noting that his cohorts were then digging up Tennessen's coffin.
When police arrived at the gravesite, Nicholas Grunke and Radke were gone, though cops noticed that a hole had been dug down to the concrete vault encasing the woman's coffin, according to the complaint. Nicholas Grunke and Radke were later arrested while walking about eight miles from the cemetery.
The men are each facing sexual assault and theft charges that could land them in prison for more than five years. Though bail has been set at $1000 apiece for the Grunke brothers and $1500 for Radke, the men remain in custody at the Grant County Jail, where the above shown mug shots were snapped.
Last Nights Presidential Speech
Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our
mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American
forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now
to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries
which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is
short. The United Kingdom, Spain,Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are
some of the countries listed there.
The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the
world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing
copies of both lists later this evening.
Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those
nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved
during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the
The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world
hellholes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.
Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic?
In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirectthis
money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home.
On that note, a word to terrorist organizations.
Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all
your friends from the face of the earth.
Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.
I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with
France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are
retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN
diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid
parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will
be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty
pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay
those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and
limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world.
I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are
likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to
try not pissing us off for a change.
Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt
government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple
extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around.
Guess where I am going to put em? Yep, border security.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty -
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for
oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come.
If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision,
I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there. They care.
It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens.
Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the
world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on
the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to
eliminate homelessness in America. To the nations on List 1, a final
thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won't
To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to
God bless America. Thank you and good night.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English,
thank a soldier.
Man accused of hiding lobster in pants
Craig Simpson gave it a red hot go, but ended up in handcuffs in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court yesterday.
As well as the lobster, the 35-year-old from East Brisbane crammed 1kg of prawns down the front of his trousers at an inner-city supermarket on Monday.
He was charged with unauthorised dealing with shop goods after he was seen stuffing the crustaceans into his pants before walking out of the store without paying for them.
Prosecutor Sergeant Henri Rantala said police approached Simpson who told them if he had had bigger pockets, he would have stolen more.
Sgt Rantala asked that Simpson be ordered to repay the cost of the prawns and the lobster - neither of which could be returned to the store's shelves.
Simpson represented himself in court where he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Jacqui Payne ordered Simpson to pay the supermarket $35 for the seafood, and fined him $250.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I Am Going to Be Small
Top Shelf just published a new, 384-page version of this book. At $14 it's quite a bargain and a fun addition to any living room or bathroom. (It will look lovely on the tank of your toilet)
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Bob on Top AGAIN...
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Is it Tom or Paul's...does Zenu know?
Filmed death of 'Croc Hunter' raises questions
He spoke with his usual humor, and clearly had no idea what would happen four years later. But the fact is, a tape does exist of Irwin's fatal encounter with a stingray while filming a TV show.
In the same interview, he noted: "If I'm going to die, at least I want it filmed ... If we blew a million dollars worth of cameras, at least we could have gone to MGM and gone, 'Hey, look at this tape.' "
Irwin's manager and close friend, John Stainton, had the painful experience of watching the videotape where Irwin pulls the stingray barb from his chest. He called it "shocking."
"It's a very hard thing to watch, because you are actually witnessing somebody die, and it's terrible," he told reporters.
Stainton later said on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he would never want the tape shown publicly.
"I mean, it should be destroyed," Stainton told King on Tuesday evening. Noting the tape now is evidence in a coroner's inquest, Stainton said, "When that is finally released, it will never see the light of day. Ever. Ever. I actually saw it, but I don't want to see it again."
The fact that a tape exists recalls the death of Timothy Treadwell, a bear enthusiast who lived among them for a dozen years in Alaska before being fatally mauled in 2003. A video camera with the lens cap on captured the audio of that attack. It is in possession of a friend and has never emerged in public -- though in his acclaimed documentary "Grizzly Man," director Werner Herzog was seen listening to it with headphones on.
YOUTUBE HERE IT COMES, along with that Micheal Jackson Penis footage and Dale Earnhardt autopsy. whooo hoooo
Strange "Crocodile Hunter" Quotes
"When I see what's happened all over the world, they're looking at me as this very popular, wildlife warrior, Australian bloke. And yet back here in my own country some people find me a little bit embarrassing."
"Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building."
"I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn't film for seven days. I got whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out."
"I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm fine with that."
"I have no fear of losing my life. If I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."
"I would never blame an animal if it bit me, because I'm at fault, not them. I heal so quickly. If you cut my arm off I would grow a new one."
"I'm high as a kite, mate. I'm flat out like a lizard drinking, all the time. You know I have trouble just sitting here. You know, I'm just like, got to get up."
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Cheeky new knickers for the perfect J-Lo bottom
Ever wondered what you'd look like with a perfect J-Lo rear? These cheeky new knickers - the 'wonderbot' lace shorties by Wonderbra - will help you find out.
With removable pads to help boost your derriere, these £20 knickers give bottoms an 'upside down heart shape' just like Kelly Brooke or Dita VonTeese.
Makers say women will not have to resort to painful surgery in their quest for a perfect bum anymore. Bottoms up!
Burka style Hospital gown for Muslim patients
A hospital in northwest England has introduced a new surgical gown modelled on the burka, allowing female Muslim patients to cover themselves completely in line with their religious beliefs.
The blue "Inter-Faith Gown" is the first of its type in Britain and has been trialled at the Royal Preston Hospital. It will be available to those who want it from November 1.
Hospital bosses said the gown -- which covers the entire body from head to toe -- provides extra comfort and cover for patients undergoing medical procedures and whose culture or religion requires more modest attire.
They described the response from patients as "overwhelming" and said it had attracted interest from a number of other hospitals around the country.
The Daily Express featured the new gown on its front-page Tuesday. But the right-of-centre newspaper was critical, arguing that the gown's introduction was an example of "political correctness" and skewed priorities.
It added in an editorial that it was tantamount to special treatment for one group of people.
"If people want to live in Britain, then they must accept British standards and the British way of life... The standard hospital gown is surely good enough for everyone."
The paper reported that the gowns cost 12 pounds (18 euros/23 dollars) each.
Cher Sells Goth
Monday, September 04, 2006
Croc Hunter's stingray death caught on film
FOOTAGE of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin being fatally gored by a stingray on the Great Barrier Reef has been handed to Queensland police as fans worldwide come to grips with the "freak" death.Irwin, 44, was killed almost instantly when the stingray stabbed him in the heart with its poisonous 20cm barb as he snorkelled off Port Douglas, in north Queensland, yesterday morning.
His American-born wife, Terri, was trekking in Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park when the news broke of her husband's death and was last night being raced back to Queensland with her two children Bindi, 8, and Bob, 2.
"The footage shows him swimming in the water, the ray stopped and turned and that was it," said boatowner Peter West, who viewed the footage afterwards.
"There was no blood in the water, it was not that obvious ... something happened with this animal that made it rear and he was at the wrong position at the wrong time and if it hit him anywhere else we would not be talking about a fatality."
Irwin was shooting a documentary on dangerous marine life, in shallow water at Bat Reef, about 32 nautical-miles offshore, at about 11am.
Tributes poured in from around world for Irwin, a renowned environmentalist who was estimated to be earning more than $4million a year from his Queensland reptile park, Australia Zoo.
Footage of the attack shows Irwin swimming above a 2.5m stingray before it turns on him and sends a poisonous barb through his heart.
Irwin was pulled from the water by a cameraman and a crewman, put on an inflatable tender and taken to a support boat about 500m away.
Crewmembers say he was barely conscious in the minutes after the sting, but died as his production team rushed him to his vessel, Croc One, and to a nearby island for emergency treatment.
A charter dive boat crew desperately tried to revive him on the beach, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards by Queensland Rescue Service officers, who had flown to the area by helicopter.
Irwin's body was last night flown to Cairns for a post-mortem as police seized all available evidence and interviewed witnesses in order to prepare a report for the Coroner.
A coronial inquest is expected.
Producer, director and life-long friend John Stainton yesterday said Irwin did not provoke the stingray and was simply swimming above it when he was attacked.
"He came over the top of a stingray and the stingray barb went up and into his chest and into his heart," producer Stainton said.
"It's likely that he possibly died instantly when the barb hit him and I hope he felt no pain.
One of Irwin's contemporaries, internationally known cameraman and spearfisherman Ben Cropp, was in his own boat off Port Douglas when Irwin was killed.
"I have just spoken to a cameraman friend who was there and has seen the footage," Mr Cropp told The Australian last night.
"He was up in the shallow water, probably 1.5m to 2m deep, following a bull ray which was about a metre across the body -- probably weighing about 100kgs, and it had quite a large spine. The cameraman was filming in the water."
Mr Cropp said the stingray was spooked and went into defensive mood.
"It probably felt threatened because Steve was alongside and there was the cameraman ahead, and it felt there was danger and it baulked.
"It stopped and went into a defensive mode and swung its tail with the spike.
"Steve unfortunately was in a bad position and copped it.
"I have had that happen to me, and I can visualise it -- when a ray goes into defensive, you get out of the way.
"Steve was so close he could not get away, so if you can imagine it -- being right beside the ray and it swinging its spine upwards from underneath Steve -- and it hit him.
"I have seen that sort of reaction with rays -- with their tail breaking the water, such is the force."
Internationally renowned jellyfish sting expert Jamie Seymour was on board Irwin's boat at the time.
Irwin had decided yesterday morning to shoot a segment of film on stingrays for a new television program that will be hosted by his daughter Bindy.Surf Lifesavers national marine stinger adviser Lisa-Ann Gershwin said there had only been 17 fatal stingray attacks worldwide. "I think it's just an extraordinary freak accident that has happened to his heart," she said.
"A lot of people will be afraid by this, but they need to keep in mind that this was a freak accident, it was a terrible tragedy but it is not common."
Dr Gershwin said stingray stings to the legs or arms were common and, while painful, were not normally considered dangerous. She said there were many different types of stingrays, with barbs on their tails up to 30cm long, and they poisoned victims with a range of toxins.
Mr West said the barb was like a "very rough knife" and while fatal stingray stings had been known to occur, filming and swimming alongside the animal was commonplace among marine filmmakers.
Mr Cropp said he was told that the strike was "close to the heart and Steve had a cardiac arrest".
"At first they treated him as being wounded, but he didn't survive unfortunately," he said.
"The second boat in attendance raced in to give assistance and they radioed for help.
"They went into Low Isle and met the chopper which took Steve's body out."
In September 2004, Mr Cropp was attacked by a tiger shark on Bott Reef. "The rays in Australia and particularly in the north are not like those on the Cayman Islands, which are very quiet and allow people to ride on their backs," he said.
"At this time of the year they are on the lookout for tiger sharks and are very frisky.
"They are not aggressive. In fact they are very timid, but they defend themselves by throwing their tail spine upwards, and there is a spike on the tip about eight inches long which they can use like a dagger."
McDonald's: Hedgehog Friendly Finally
LONDON - Fast food just became hedgehog-friendly. McDonald's Corp. said Friday it had redesigned the cups for its McFlurry dessert so that they no longer posed a danger to the spiky woodland creatures.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has campaigned for years against the containers, saying hedgehogs had died while trying to eat leftover ice cream from discarded cups. Campaigners said the opening in the lid was large enough for hedgehogs to stick their heads in, but not to get them out again, and that animals not rescued by passers-by had died of starvation.
McDonald's U.K. said that after "significant research and testing," it designed a McFlurry cup with a smaller opening. McDonald's began deliveries of the new lids to restaurants in Britain last week.
"The smaller aperture of the lid has been designed to prevent hedgehogs from entering the McFlurry container in the unfortunate incidence that a lid is littered and is then accessible to wildlife," the company said in a statement.
Fay Vass, chief executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, said the change was "excellent, if long overdue news."
She said the new cups meant "many hedgehog lives will be saved."
Muslim Man Tells Airport Security Item a Bomb So Mom Doesn't See Penis Pump!
So he told security it was a bomb, officials said.
Madin Azad Amin, 29, of Skokie, was stopped Aug. 16 at O'Hare International Airport after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said.
When officers asked him to identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.
He later told officials he'd lied about the item because his mother was nearby and he didn't want her to hear that it was part of a penis pump, Scaduto said.
He's been charged with felony disorderly conduct, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Amin's attorney told a Cook County judge Wednesday that Amin whispered that the component was a "pump." The guard misunderstood, and thought he said "bomb," according to defense attorney Eileen O'Neill-Burke.
"He told her it's a pump," O'Neill-Burke said. "He's standing with his mother. Of course he's not going to shout this out."
However, Judge Gerald Winiecki decided there was sufficient evidence for the case to move forward after the female security guard testified that she heard Amin "clearly" say the word bomb.
Amin is charged with felony disorderly conduct, which could bring a three-year prison sentence if he's convicted. Amin is due back in court Sept. 13
He told the Chicago Sun-Times after the hearing that security officials did not give him a chance to explain the misunderstanding, that he would never use the word "bomb" while going through a security checkpoint, and does not consider a penis pump an unusual object to own.
"It's normal," he said. "Half of America they use it."
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Sony ships Mylo...
You Watch WAY TOO MUCH Wrestling When.......
- Instead of hugging relatives you give them bear hugs & mandible claws
- You begin to shake someone's hand in public, but then hesistate to look for the crowd's response
- You tell your significant other, "Not tonight, I'm watching RAW"
- You get in fights with people who say wrestling is fake.
- You clothesline people in the supermarket for no real reason.
- You elbow smash your dog & turn him/her over for the three count
- Instead of reading a bedtime story to your kids, you put them in a sleeper.
- Instead of punishing your kids by grounding them, you threaten them with stunners, choke slams & tombstones
- When your king-size bed has ropes and turnbuckles surrounding it.
- You get fired from work then show up the next day wearing a mask.
- Your boss fires you and you come back to work and challenge him to a no-holds barred steel-cage wrestling match.