Thursday, December 31, 2009

WOTD: Anatidaephobia

Anatidaephobia is the fear that a duck is watching you. The term was coined by Gary Larson, author of the comic The Far Side, who profited from ducks watching people. In these days of contextual advertising, the fear may be well-founded. Link to larger screenshot. Link to text article. -via Bits and Pieces


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Monday, December 28, 2009

100 mile detour...

Champlain Bridge goes down with a boom
CROWN POINT -- Shrouded by a snow squall, the 80-year-old Lake Champlain Bridge met its end Monday, witnessed in person only by a handful, but beamed live worldwide over the Internet. Shortly after 10 am, 800 pounds of ...

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Extinct Ibex Resurrected By Cloning

The Telegraph is reporting that for the first time an extinct animal has been brought back via cloning. The Pyrenean ibex, a type of mountain goat, was declared officially extinct in 2000 but thanks to preserved skin samples scientists were able to insert that DNA into eggs from domestic goats to clone a female Pyrenean ibex. While the goat didn't survive long due to lung defects this gives scientists hopes that it will be possible to resurrect extinct species from frozen tissue. ... [Read more of this story at Slashdot. ]

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/xmMF1omX4bM/Extinct-Ibex-Resurrected-By-Cloning

Fw: [FCNYC] ADMIN: Many Recycling Events in January!

From: "freecycle_nyc", If you're cleaning house in January you need these events!

*RECYCLE UNWANTED ELECTRONICS with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Sunday, January 3, 10am-4pm - Union Square (17th St. and Broadway)
Saturday, January 9, 10am-4pm - Riverside Drive at Dyckman St.
Sunday, January 10, 10am-4pm - 331 East 70th Street (b/t 1st and 2nd)
Saturday, January 16, 10am-4pm - Tekserve, 119 W 23rd Street
Sunday, January 17, 10am-4pm - Prospect Park West and 3rd St, Brooklyn

More details at http://www.lesecologycenter.org

*SWAP YOUR STUFF
The Stop N' Swap is the ultimate re-gifting party: http://www.cenyc.org/swap for more details.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

In Germany, kids get the big toys...

"In the northern German town of Reinfield the police got a surprise when they pulled over an excavator driving down a city street yesterday. The driver immediately pulled over and excited the vehicle he even admitted he did not have a drivers licence. The licence thing was obvious due to the driver being a seven year old boy. When asked why he was driving the 11.5 foot tall machine the boy stated that his dad had complained about road conditions so he, the boy, used the machine to clear the road. In fact the young man was on his way back to his parents place of business to park the excavator when he was stopped. The police collected the keys and returned them and the boy home."

http://www.thelocal.de/national/20091224-24157.html

http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/permalink/a_boy_doing_a_mans_job/#When:22:06:00Z

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rollerskates on Roller Coaster

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Fake Fingerprints by Plastic Surgery

"27-year-old Lin Rong re-entered Japan even though she had earlier been deported back to China. She wasn't caught until she was arrested on other charges, because her fingerprints were different. Lin had undergone surgery to have her left fingerprints moved to her right hand, and vice versa!"

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mobius bagel

George W. Hart has brought us a milestone in breakfast-related math feats, the mobius strip bagel. Directions for making your own are on the link. The author says these are superior to regular bagels for non-math-related reasons as well.

It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. In additional to the intellectual stimulation, you get more cream cheese, because there is slightly more surface area.

Link Via Popurls


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Start Trek A-Team

This is a funny video. BTW, the actual movie makes a good stocking stuffer.

PS: Please join us at the Cornell Club next week: http://bit.ly/RPIevents.