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31 October, 2007

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Cinematic pumpkin carvings. [Slashfilm]
Some of the world's most famous meteorites have gone under the hammer at a New York auction house in what is said to be the first sale of its kind. [BBC]
Ghost touring on the increase. [Yahoo News]
People are human-bacteria hybrid. [Wired]
How to create a bra with your briefs. [Instructables]
20 things you didn't know about living in space. [Discover]
Sleeping pill wakes girl up from a six year coma. [DailyMail]
Optical illusions that make you fatter and your wallet lighter. [Wise Bread]
Church leader plans Lego statue of Christ. [Iol]
8 most harrowing tornado encounters ever caught on tape. [TheMishMash]
7-year-old crashes mini van. With video! [Wink News]


Bowling Ball Hits Windshield, Misses Driver

Bowling ball in carA bizarre incident on Interstate 74 left a woman shaken and her car damaged early Tuesday morning.

Cincinnati police said the woman was driving west on the interstate near Montana Avenue just after 5 a.m. when a bowling ball crashed through the middle of the windshield.

The ball bounced into the back seat, where it shattered the rear passenger window.

The woman was not injured.

Police said they don't know if the ball was thrown from an overpass or if it fell off a moving car or truck.

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1891 Orange on Display

1891 OrangeA 116-year-old orange recovered from the lunchbox of a Victorian collier killed in an underground explosion has gone on display in a museum.

The blackened fruit, which is on show at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, belonged to father-of-six Joseph Roberts, who died after an accident at a nearby pit in 1891.

Kept in a treacle tin as an heirloom by succeeding generations of the miner's family, the orange has been donated to the museum by his great granddaughters.

Source: Telegraph & PA
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Ants Can Tell When They Are Going To Die

AntDawid Moron and his colleagues at Jagiellonian University in Poland have carried out a set of laboratory experiments showing that ants have the ability to gauge the end of their lifespan and to use their assessment of imminent mortality to take bigger risks with their ageing lives.

It is well established that worker ants tend to take greater risks as they get older. Scientists have shown that this behavioural trait benefits the colony because certain risky activities, such as foraging far from the nest, are best done by ants coming to the end of their useful lives – it doesn't pay to put young workers in high-risk jobs.

As a result, younger ants tend to do housekeeping chores around the nest, which is inherently safer than travelling further afield.

Source: The Independent
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"supergran", 84, Skydives For Charity

Doreen OuryAn 84-year-old great grandmother has taken a 10,000ft (3,000m) skydiving plunge to raise money for charity.

Doreen Oury, nicknamed "supergran", hurtled towards the ground at 120mph (193km/h) strapped to a skydiver for the tandem jump.

"This was something I needed to do for me, and it was lovely that I could help raise money for Brendoncare at the same time," said Mrs Oury.

She raised £3,000 ($6,000) for Brendoncare Knightwood care centre where she lives.

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The 500 Million-Year-Old Jellyfish Fossil

Oldest jellyfish fossilThe oldest known fossils of jellyfish have been found in rocks in Utah that are more than 500 million years old, a new study reports.

The fossils are an unusual discovery because soft-bodied creatures, such as jellyfish, rarely survive in the fossil record, unlike animals with hard shells or bones.

"You can see a distinct bell-shape, tentacles, muscle scars and possibly even the gonads," said study team member Paulyn Cartwright, also of KU.

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Snail on Face Record Attempt

Alistair GalpinAlistair Galpin broke the world record on Oct. 30, 2007, for attaching 8 snails on his face for a minute breaking the previous record of 7. Mr Galpin has already broken more than 27 records for feats including the longest handshake, and gluing the most rhinestones to his body.

Alistair Galpin
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Couple Offer Refund On House When They Die

House of Bob and Ricki HusickIt's the deal of a lifetime. Bob and Ricki Husick of Pittsburgh are offering anyone who buys their home a full refund when they die.

They have been trying to sell their suburban home for almost a year, but have failed to do so in the current shaky market.

Some area homeowners have lowered prices, offered free trips and tried a variety of other gimmicks, but the Husicks came up with their own unique incentive.

The couple have no heirs and built the house in 1993. They want $399,900 for the four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home, which is located about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Under the Husicks' offer, the buyer would get the sale price back when they die.

Wait, there's more: If the buyer agrees to care for the couple in old age, he could also inherit their retirement home in Arizona.

"Why not go for the works? So if we're worth $2.5 million, you get it all," said Husick, 55.

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Podgy Pets in Fit Challenge

George the catA group of podgy pets with a combined weight of more than a sixth of a tonne are contestants in an annual fat-fighting challenge.

The animals, which include a 7st Labrador and a cat with a 25in waist, are taking part in the Pet Fit Club competition organised by animal charity the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals).

Pictured, is George, from Liverpool, a fat cat weighing more than a stone. He will be up against pets including Scooby, an overweight dog from Gillingham, and podgy puss Oscar from London.

The eight animals, from across the UK, will now take part in a 100-day diet and fitness challenge. In January 2008, one of the overweight animals will be crowned PDSA Pet Fit Club champ.

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Dog Saves Girl from Snake

Charlotte Svilicic and KhanSeventeen-month-old Charlotte Svilicic was playing in the garden of the family’s Atherton home on Monday when Khan the doberman grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her clear of the approaching snake.

The heroic pooch was bitten by the snake after saving the toddler but is recovering after a dose of anti-venom. In an amazing twist, Khan’s breeder revealed his grandfather had saved a child in similar circumstances.

Ms Svilicic said "Khan was really concentrating and was acting aggressive towards Charlotte and kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working, so he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her more than a metre.

Mrs Svilicic said the family had only had Khan for four days, and they were moved by Khan’s selfless and protective act.

An Atherton snake expert believes Khan escape death because the snake was not able to inject a large amount of venom.

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Geek’s Tomb

A geeky tomb!

Source: PCNews
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Happy Halloween!

The Great Pumpkin HouseHere's to wishing all our readers a very Happy Halloween and a Trick & Treat filled day!

Expensive Painting Found In Cheap Pullout Couch

The pullout couchA painting worth more than $27,630 was found hidden in a pullout couch by a German student who purchased the sofa at a Berlin flea market for just over $215.

The student did not discover the painting until she unfolded the sofa at home, according to art auctioneers who handled the sale.

The 26-by-39-centimetre oil-on-shale painting was sold for the equivalent of $27,630 at a Hamburg art auction on the weekend, auction house Kunst Kettler said Monday.

According to the auction house, the piece titled "Preparation to escape to Egypt," was painted by an unknown artist close to Venetian painter Carlo Saraceni between 1605 and 1620.

Preparation to escape to Egypt
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Company Sells Bottled Water For Dogs

One of New England's oldest soda bottling companies has launched Woof Water, a bottled water for dogs.

Avery Beverages has a wide range of flavors, everything from toxic slime, to dog drool, swamp juice and bug barf. Company officials said that the popularity of the off-beat flavors got them thinking -- why not water for dogs?

"A lot of our customers that buy the bottled water, the large bottles, the towns that have heavily chlorinated water, the dogs just won't drink it, so they're giving the dogs spring water and that was part of the genesis of this," said Cindy Burr, of Avery Beverages.

Company officials said the water is pure spring water with nothing added and nothing taken out.

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Firefighter Performs CPR On Cat

Firefighters performed an amazing rescue in Lansford, Pa., while battling two house fires Monday. Though they were not able to save the structures, they were able to save the life of the family cat. Rescue workers went so far as to give the cat CPR, and it worked.

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Hubble Captures Galaxies's Gravity Dance

Galaxies's Gravity DanceTwo galaxies perform an intricate dance in this new Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxies, containing a vast number of stars, swing past each other in a graceful performance choreographed by gravity. CLick on image for larger view.

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30 October, 2007

More links for 30 Oct 2007

Go to the bathroom online. [I NeedToGo via 13gb]
The woman with 17 personalities. [Daily Herald]
5 scientific reasons a zombie apocalypse could actually happen. [Cracked]
Detailed Skeletal Sketches of Cartoon Characters. [MichaelPaulus via I-Am-Bored]
Sex is banned on the Airbus A380. [Times Online]
A Belgian inmate made a dramatic escape from jail for the fourth time Sunday evening after his armed accomplices landed in the prison grounds in a hijacked helicopter. [Reuters]
Cash windfall can lead to downfall. [Eagle Tribune]
A man has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after being caught trying to have sex with a bicycle. [Telegraph]
Beams of ultraviolet light could be used to destroy tumours following a breakthrough by British scientists. [This Is London]
Bizarre medical theories that experts claim may actually be true. [DailyMail]
A teen-ager speeding through a German town in a go-kart with seven squad cars in hot pursuit managed to give the frustrated officers the slip. [Reuters]


Barber Still Snipping Away Aged 99

Jack HollandA Barber has proved he is a cut above the rest by continuing to give his customers a short back and sides at the age of 99.

And Jack Holland, who has run his business in Ilkeston in Derbyshire since before the Second World War, says he aims to continue with his scissors even when he reaches 100.

The great-grandfather, who entered the hairdressing trade at the age of 14, believes a good diet and positive outlook on life have helped him carry on working.

Mr Holland, who still runs his own business in the same shop he has occupied for more than 60 years, said he doesn't intend to stop.

He said: "I just keep going. I enjoy the company and my customers don't want me to finish. I still intend to continue. I eat pretty well and like a glass of beer."

Mr Holland opens on Thursdays and Fridays for seven hours each day, with a two-hour lunch break. On Saturdays, he cuts hair from 8.30am until noon. The pensioner, whose wife, Mary, died three years ago, said he now had only about six customers but he enjoyed the company.

Source: This Is Derbyshire via Arbroath
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Army Tests James Bond Style Tank That Is 'Invisible'

What an invisible tank might have looked likeNew technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence. In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.

The new technology uses cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank.

The result is that anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself.

A soldier, who was at the trials, said: "This technology is incredible. If I hadn't been present I wouldn't have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees - but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun."

It is the type of innovation normally associated with James Bond, and the brains behind the latest technology is the MoD's very own "Q" - Professor Sir John Pendry, of Imperial College London.

He said the only drawback was the reliability of the cameras and projectors.

But he added: "The next stage is to make the tank invisible without them - which is intricate and complicated, but possible."

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Bugatti Veyron versus Eurofighter Typhoon

This is a race between the world’s fastest car (Bugatti Veyron) and a fighter jet (Eurofighter Typhoon). The race consisted of the Typhoon taking off, going 1/2 a mile up and then 1/2 a mile back down to the ground to cross the finish line along side the Veyron which had to go 1/2 a mile down the runway and then back 1/2 a mile. Who will win? Hit play to find out.

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Amazing Wall Illusion

Airbrush artist fools auto designer with a wall illusion which looks just like a piece of paper attached to the wall.

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Upside-Down Performance

Chuck Tippett Marta Bognar, a "wingwalker," hangs from a 450 Stearman Aircraft while performing during the Flying Circus Air Show in Bealeton, Virginia October 28, 2007.

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Girl, 3, Lone Survivor of Plane Crash

Crash siteThe Cessna 172 was on its way to Edmonton on Sunday when it took off from Golden around 1 p.m. into low clouds and snow. Visibility was poor. An hour later, the Search and Rescue Centre in Victoria picked up the aircraft's emergency locator transmitter signal from somewhere near the Blaeberry River.

Kate WilliamsRescuers who helped find a three-year-old girl alive in the crumpled wreckage of an airplane in the rugged British Columbia mountains say they knew she was ok when she cried for her teddy bear.

The girl, Kate Williams, miraculously survived the crash on Sunday because she was strapped into a child's car seat, said Mike Plonka, a member of Golden's search-and-rescue team. Her pilot grandfather, Allen D. Williams, 65, and Steven T. Sutton, died in the accident.

The plane was found nose down and flipped over in the icy water on the edge of a riverbank.

The girl, who suffered head injuries but was listed as stable, was reunited with her parents.

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Video: Cbc (Wmv)
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New Mobile Phone Offers Free Internet Calls

Mobile phoneEBay division Skype and mobile phone group 3 have launched a mobile handset that allows Skype users to make free Internet calls to each other while on the move.

The companies said on Monday the new 3 Skypephone could also send free Skype instant messages, and that they hoped to sell "several hundred thousand" units worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year.

The phone is being launched in nine markets including Britain, Australia and Italy, with a roll-out into other countries under consideration.

"Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset lets you make free mobile Skype calls when you are on the move to other Skype users all over the world," Skype acting CEO Michael van Swaaij said in a statement.

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Giant Grouper to Feed 500 People

giant grouperThis giant grouper is 2.08 meter long and 0.6 meter in width. This fish weighing 371 kg was caught by a fisherman who fought with it for about 20 hours at Xisha Islands before dawn on Oct. 28. A Dongguan seafood hotpot restaurant paid $6,700 for this monster. It was sent into the kitchen to make fish fillet, fish balls, dumplings and more. The resulting dishes are able to feed 500 people.

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Joey Chestnut Breaks World Record in Hamburger Eating

Joey ChestnutA competitive eater who has already triumphed at a famous hot dog eating contest swallowed 103 small hamburgers in 8 minutes Sunday to take home $10,000. Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, Calif., surpassed the previous record of 97 Krystal burgers — 2 1/2 inches square — held by Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, set at last year's Krystal Square Off.

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Strange Adam's Apple

Have a look at what this man can do with his Adam's apples.

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Boy Wonder Who Can Speak 11 Languages

Arpan SharmaHe speaks French with flair, rattles off German with ease and can hold a lengthy conversation in Swahili. His Spanish is impressive as is his Italian and he has more than a grasp of Mandarin... but at the age of ten he's too young to even leave the country on his own. Arpan Sharma has astounded his teachers by learning to speak an incredible 10 languages on top of English.

The primary school pupil has taught himself five of them by using interactive, multimedia CD-ROMs and has been fluent in another since he was practically able to talk.

Aside from his mother tongue, Arpan speaks Hindi, after learning it from his parents, and has learnt French, Spanish, German and Italian in school. In addition he also speaks Thai, Swahili, Polish, Chinese Mandarin and is currently studying the difficult Lugandan language of Uganda.

The youngster, a member of the National Children's Orchestra, uses his keen ear for music to listen to the correct pronunciation of words.

His dream is to become a top surgeon able to travel around the world to different hospitals speaking in their native tongue.

Source: DailyMail
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29 October, 2007

More links for 29 Oct 2007

Bush’s traveling entourage. [Blogger]
Dog steps on gun, shoots man
Tractor square dancing. [YouTube]
Artist uses remote-controlled models to paint his 'masterpieces'. [Metro]
Cremation to be replaced by eco-friendly freeze-drying of corpses. [This Is London]
Indonesia has brushed aside fears of graft and disaster to pursue plans to build the world's largest suspension bridge -- in one of the most earthquake-prone areas on earth. [Yahoo News]
The biggest study into organic food has found that it is more nutritious than ordinary produce and may help to lengthen people's lives. [Times Online]


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