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I have no idea what the lyrics of the song mean, but I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs interpreted as a dominatrix fantasy:

Oh, dear. What would Uncle Walt say?

And if they had hired Eve, they wouldn’t have needed the trick photography. (Mildly NSFW)

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Really. What is it with people at a zoo getting stupid with predators?

Man mauled after trying to have picnic with bear in Swiss zoo

A man was just moments away from death as he hung in the jaws of a bear he tried to have a picnic with in a Swiss zoo.

But in the end it was the bear who ended up fighting for his life after police shot it in order to save the life of the uninvited intruder into his enclosure.

These dramatic photographs were taken by a visitor to the Bern Park, Switzerland, on Sunday when Finn, a European brown bear aged four, suddenly realised the unwanted human guest in his home.

I’m not so sure about the “unwanted” part – Finn may have thought this fellow was the take-out he had ordered:

Now, where did I put the ketchup...

Sadly, the unnamed gentleman serving as a snack for Finn isn’t eligible for a Darwin Award; you’re not allowed to survive, if you want to win. Perhaps he’ll get an honorable mention, however. It was a good try.

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Some people just have a hard time saying “goodbye:”

Vietnamese man dug up wife’s corpse ‘so he could hug her’

A Vietnamese man dug up his wife’s corpse and slept beside it for five years because he wanted to hug her in bed, it has been reported.

The 55-year-old man from a small town in the central province of Quang Nam opened up his wife’s grave in 2004, moulded clay around the remains to give the figure of a woman, put clothes on her and then placed her in his bed, Vietnamnet.vn said.

The man, Le Van, told the website that after his wife died in 2003 he slept on top of her grave, but about 20 months later he worried about rain, wind and cold, so he decided to dig a tunnel into the grave “to sleep with her”.

It gets better, and the ending quote is a candidate for “understatement of the year.”

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Oh, dear. Maybe these people should eat out next year:

For seven more “how not to deep-fry a turkey” videos, visit Eat Me Daily.

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I’ve trying to imagine the process by which the star of this video and his friends came to think this was a good idea:

As you can imagine, I failed.

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Just to show again that Nature contains more wonders than the mind can imagine, Science News reports that the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has spotted the tell-tale signature of antimatter in terrestrial lightning:

Designed to scan the heavens thousands to billions of light-years beyond the solar system for gamma rays, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has also picked up a shocking vibe from Earth. During its first 14 months of operation, the flying observatory has detected 17 gamma-ray flashes associated with terrestrial storms — and some of those flashes have contained a surprising signature of antimatter.

During two recent lightning storms, Fermi recorded gamma-ray emissions of a particular energy that could have been produced only by the decay of energetic positrons, the antimatter equivalent of electrons. The observations are the first of their kind for lightning storms. Michael Briggs of the University of Alabama in Huntsville announced the puzzling findings November 5 at the 2009 Fermi Symposium.

Neat!

The Science News article may be behind a subscriber firewall, so visit Watt’s Up With That for more information and analysis.

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Via Strange Maps,  a rendering of the Lord of the Rings as a flowchart of the progress of the main characters. It’s too big to show here, so a sample will have to do:

Ring flowchart

Visit XKCD.com for the full diagram. They also have flow charts for Star Wars (original trilogy, of course) and Jurassic Park.

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