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March 24, 2009

Cow Urine Cola

Cow piss

Could Cow Urine Cola Make a Splash?

Proprietor Says Drink Has Health Benefits;

Nutrition Experts Remain Skeptical

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This unusual car wreck took place in the Ukraine, when the truck followed from Moldova to Russia has lost one of it’s trailers fully loaded with Moldavian wine. Unfortunately, most of the bottles have been broken. But the rest were rescued by the local inhabitants

It’s Party Time

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The Complete Drunk Athlete Web Photo Index

 Un-related: Extreme Sheep Herding

 A Huge Depository of Unusual Drinks Including Unusual Beer Links Here

March 24, 2009 in Beverages | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

March 22, 2009

Greenmarket produce scans

Produce scan by ranjit

…Every Saturday, if I can, I go to my local Greenmarket (at Grand Army Plaza), buy some goodies, take them home, and scan them.

 I've been doing it since 2000 or so, though this set only contains more recent ones…

 By Ranjit Bhatnagar      

 Also there: The largest pickle ever

The Fleeting Crunch

 A Huge Depository of Unusual Meat and Vegetable Links Here

March 22, 2009 in Food - Meat & Vegetables | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

“Hey man, whoever you are, what you been up to?”

 Dylan obamiconI once met Bob Dylan, or should I say he once met me. The Night I Met Bob Dylan, by John Anderson. (From Coudal)

 Visions of Johanna” cover by flippy1234

 The Bob Dylan Hand-Signed Harmonica Sets are now available for sale. A letter from the President of Hohner, Inc., is included, confirming authenticity. Limited to twenty-five sets. Each 7 Harmonica Hand-Signed Box Set: $25,000.00...

 "Dreamin' Of You" (From Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8), featuring Harry Dean Stanton with sepia-tinted blues. On Dylan’s YouTube channel

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 Hey Mr. Alan Greenspan play along with me,
I’m not greedy, but there ain’t no place to retire to.
Hey Mr. Alan Greenspan, play along with me,
An’ my IRA will soar with boneheads followin’ you.

Take me to the room where you guys all decide the rates,
With no public debates, you cast away our fates,
Waitin’ only for the networks to come fawnin,
The business cycle threatens me, you try to push and pull,
You feed us loads of bull, you really are just full.
Of it and most of us investors sit here yawnin'.

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Rubin Carter, a motivational speaker

 Malibu residents upset at Dylan's outhouse

(Graphic above from Obamicon)

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March 22, 2009 in Music - Bob Dylan | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

March 20, 2009

Suppose you fall into a coma

Coma sleeper

Suppose you fall into a coma. You wake up in 15 years, with your memory and cognitive abilities intact. You hug your loved ones, you brush your teeth and then ... what would be the first thing you would like to know about the world?

 73 answers / comments on Marginal Revolution blog

 Also, Welcome to AOL.com, April 28, 1998  

 A Huge Depository of Visions About The Future Here                       

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March 17, 2009

20 miles above Earth for £56

… Next day morning (2.00 AM) was expected to ride Bujaraloz, people listed the release basically good for your situation. Feia un matí fred amb molta boira com podreu observar a les fotografies. Was a very cold morning mist as you can see the photos. Primerament vam començar a inflar el globus (un procés força llarg ja que vam utilitzar el 75% de la bombona gran d’heli d’Abelló-Linde).

First, we began to inflate the balloon (a very long process because we use 75% of the large cylinder of helium-Abelló Linde). Mentrestant, seguíem preparant: comprovar les cordes, col•locar totes les alimentacions, fer alguna petita prova inicial… Un cop inflat el globus i comprovat el seu free-lift (aprox. 1.5Kg) vam iniciar-nos a fer el muntatge definitiu. Meanwhile, we continued prepare: see the strings, put all the feeds, do a little test ...

Once the balloon inflated and checked their free-lift (approx 1.5Kg) we started to make us the final assembly. En aquests moments els nervis ja començaven a pujar força. At this time because the nerves were beginning to rise strongly. Acabat tot el procés, pels voltants de les 8.55 AM vam engegar la sonda Meteotek, deixant-la uns minuts de proves abans de llençar-la. Finish the whole process, from around 8:55 am we start the probe Meteotek, leaving the few minutes of testing before launching it. El compte enrere quedava cada vegada més aprop! The countdown was increasingly close! Comprovada la recepció de dades i el funcionament correcte de tots els dispositius, a les 9.10AM vam efectuar el llançament. Verified the receipt of data and proper operation of all devices, at 9.10AM we conducted the launch. Un moment històric! A historic moment! We quickly rose to the car and began one of the most intense: the follow-up. During the first few minutes the nerves were so high they tend to infinity faster than an exponential! Seemed that everything was going well: sensors marked the values provided, GPS positions reported valid, the increasing number of pictures correctly ...

It was not until 10.000m (a psychological barrier) that we take the calm and gaining confidence. La seguíem gairebé en paral•lel, i cal dir també que la simulació durant l’ascens semblava complir-se amb força precisió. The following, almost in parallel, and must say that the simulation during the ascent seemed to meet quite precisely. Van caldre algunes parades per reorientar l’antena o esperar a la sonda. They need some stops to reorient the antenna or wait for the probe.

 Jordi Fanals Oriol, El tutor & his pupils

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March 16, 2009

You can see now?

There was a time when Chaplin was hailed as the greatest popular artist of the 20th century, and his films were known to everyone. Today, how many people watch them? Are they shown in schools? I think not

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The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

Cab_ride Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.

It was a cowboy’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss.

What I didn’t realize was that it was also a ministry.

Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a moving confessional. Passengers climbed in, sat behind me in total anonymity, and told me about their lives. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, and made me laugh and weep.

But none touched me more than a woman I picked up late one August night...

How the Cab Deiving story by Kent Nerburn got to float over the web

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Girls stuck in cars (Semi-NSFW)

Pontiac retrospective: Every year from 1948 to 1971

Toyota Robot Violinist That Plays Better Than Your Kid Unveiled. (Thank you, Mad Kane)

Hope she was worth it” – Revenge cars

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First child born in Antarctica

First_child The first Peanuts Comic, October 2, 1950

List of attendees at the first Bilderberg meeting, May 29 to May 31, 1954. List of all attendees at the Bilderberg group meetings. All attendees from the 2008 meeting

Emilio Marcos Palma, born on January 7, 1978 to Argentine parents at Esperanza, Hope Bay, the first child born in Antarctica. He is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the only person in history known to be the first born on a continent. (From Darren Barefoot)

Un-related: The Periodic Table of the Elements, Standard Form

A Huge Depository of Unusual ‘First Ever’ Stories, my favorite collection, Here

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Powerline fliers

By Wes Johnson

Swimming with Lions (YT. From Daily Mail)

Elephants enjoyed blocks of ice containing fruit during National Elephant Day celebrations at Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal near Bangkok, Thailand. (From WSJ picture of the day)

Ungodly Creatures

Lunch with slugs

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Five million books, free for the asking

Stockholm_bibliotek Thousands in scramble for free books after Amazon supplier abandons warehouse. The warehouse, whose lease recently ran out, once contained as many as five million books destined to be sold online.

The Stockholm Public Library, designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. More on flickr

A visit to Books For Cooks in Notting Hills, London, by a Swiss gastronom

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Sweet Fashion


Disappearing New York storefronts

Also, Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline

Fashion brand lollipops by Massimo Gammacurta. (From Eat me daily)

Dunkin' Donuts / Baskin Robbins / Pizza Hut / Taco Bell / Long John Silver's Opens

Vintage Tobacco Advertisements

$305 frisbee and 23 other Ridiculously Expensive Everyday Items

Un-related: iPhone Sketches by Jorge Colombo

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The Last Keffiyeh Factory in Hebron

West_bank French journalist Benoit Faiveley visits the last Palestinian Keffiyeh (the iconic headscarf made famous by Yasser Arafat) factory in Hebron on the West Bank.

Faced with Israeli military checkpoints, the complexity of exporting goods from the West Bank and now competition from Chinese Keffiyeh manufacturers, the factory might not outlive its 76-year-old owner

Made in Palestine

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Also: Chicago in the Negev desert

Un-related: The Serenity Prayer. (I didn’t realize it wasn’t written by Kurt Vonnegut)

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Mr. Madoff Goes To Jail

Madoff_in_jail It's a sad state of affairs that there are people in the world who come to a point in their life where they think that the best thing they can do with their life is to strap a bunch of explosives to their torso and walk into a group of innocent civilians and blast them to smithereens. Most of the time, you just hear about it afterwards, but in this case, an (un)lucky photographer caught the blast in a series of photographs probably well before he or anyone at the religious procession knew what was going on. (From I heart chaos)

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Driving a Nuclear Submarine Through Britain's Roads, and other pictures of Submarine construction and decommissioning

Crack-heads and Prostitutes. These are pictures of crackheads in the alley behind my apartment. Go Seattle!

New Jersey to ban Brazilian Waxing

Photo above of Bernie Madoff is by Duncan Quirk

One story of many: Bernie Madoff screws leukemia patient

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March 16, 2009 in Current News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I came to a fork in the wood…

Ambrosia_voyeur “Want to get a drink with me this Friday?” - How many times does one ask a girl out?

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In April one seldom feels cheerful;
Dry stones, sun and dust make me fearful;
Clairvoyantes distress me,
Commuters depress me--
Met Stetson and gave him an earful.

Waste Land Limericks

From There once was a girl named Lenore, a long thread about "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks"

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A personal story of working during the maple syrup season in Vermont

Yogurt on toast, peanut butter on a pickle & other odd combinations

When the hive mind works, it's a beautiful thing. Slate is impressed with Ask MetaFilter

Updated Metafilter stats by Waxy. By User Growth and Top 20 lists. 11 of the top 20 most commented threads of all time are from last year, including six longer than #1142, an epic thread that ran for 2.5 years as a sub-community

(Pix source above)

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March 11, 2009

The untold story of how Friederich von Hayek caught inflation by the balls


This is a bull named ‘Inflation’ — named “Inflation” because the beast never stopped growing. There on the left is Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek, who’s got Inflation by the balls. The picture was taken by Australian driller Ron Kitching after Mrs. Kitching objected to the idea of a picture of Hayek on top of Inflation. The picture was taken in 1976.

(From Taking Hayek Seriously)

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