Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Built to Last

"The human body is unsurpassed in the complexity of its design, performance and efficiency, but there are definite limitations to what we can achieve with a frame that's around 6ft high - we can only carry so much weight, jump so far or run so fast before we reach our physical boundary. Machines that overcome these limitations have been with us for centuries, but we are only beginning to explore the possibilities of augmentation - extending our existing capabilities through wearable robot exoskeletons to create superhuman strength, speed and stamina."

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Sure it looks funny, but trust me, when the Lego people attack we'll all be wanting to wear these Erector Set exoskeletons to have any chance at all for victory.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Why? Just...Why?

gizmag Article: 345 horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine powered Barbeque

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August 9, 2005 Yes folks, this is a man's barbeque. That's Tim Kowalec firing up Chrysler Group's one-of-a-kind HEMI-powered grill at an event to announce the top five finalists in the company's "What Can You HEMI?" contest.

Gentlemen, start your burgers!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Starved For Attention

Damn Funny Pictures - Cool Pictures - Plant Growing On His Head

As a kid, I remember seeing a commercial for the famous Ginsu Knife that claimed "In Japan, the hand is used as a knife". It seems that these days in Japan the head is used as a flower pot (It makes one wonder if the Japanese use any body part as it's truly meant to be used, but I digress). That's the only explanation one can arrive at when looking at this website which, among other things, has pictures of a Japanese man with seeds planted in his hair and follow-up shots of the resulting green growth.

One might initially assume that this is some type of scientific experiment as the seeds are shown planted in the hair:

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The results are quite amazing. A botanist's dream perhaps:

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Then you see the guy at the center of the "experiment" and all scientific value goes right out the window:

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I hear that for their next experiment, they'll produce a head of lettuce.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Half Baked

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I was just thinking, why do they even have 500 degrees as an option on an oven anymore? Or 200 degrees for that matter. When was the last time you saw something that said, "Bake at 500"??? Let's be honest here, no one's baking anything at 500 or 200, so all the appliance companies can just drop the facade.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Isn't That Where Everyone Keeps Them?

Australian caught smuggling bird eggs in underpants jailed for two years - []

"An Australian man who attempted to smuggle cockatoo eggs out of the country in his underpants was jailed for two years.

Customs officials said Keith Miller, 51, was arrested at Sydney airport in November last year trying to board a flight to Zurich with 23 eggs concealed in his underwear."

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Prisoner #1: So...what are you in for?

Prisoner #2: Murder. You?

Prisoner #1: I knocked off a bunch of convenience stores at gunpoint. Shot a guy.

Prisoner #2: What about you, man? What'd you do to get thrown in here?

Prisoner #3: Ummm...I tried to smuggle 23 cockatoo eggs out of the country in my underwear.

Something tells me this guy won't ever do that again.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

In Search of...

Bigfoot expo shines light on hairy mystery - Science -

"It's a flesh-and-blood animal that just has not been discovered yet. And I think we're getting closer and closer and closer," Colyer said."

I managed to find a picture that I think perfectly illustrates the evolution of bigfoot.

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I'm guessing the people at this Bigfoot Expo have been doing plenty of "research", if you get my drift.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Sounds of the Wild

News in Science - Dolphins sing Batman theme - 03/10/2005

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This is really amazing. Not too long ago a group of scientists in Florida managed to teach some dolphins to sing the Batman theme song. I knew when I read this story that it would only be a matter of time before some money grubbing promoters would catch wind of this and turn this amazing feat of science into an enterainment cash cow. I just didn't think it would happen so fast. I must admit to having bought this CD though and you know what? They really do sound great. Score one for science and entertainment, I guess.

Friday, October 07, 2005

That's What?!?

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The new Comcast commercials end with something like: "High Speed Internet - It's Comcastic!" Comcastic?!?! These people got some stones using a word like that!