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30 June, 2007

Couples to wed at 99¢ Only Store

WeddingAt the 99¢ Only Store in Lewisville, less than a dollar will get you a beach ball or toothpaste.

If you're Annie Bosworth and John Vanek, it'll also buy you a wedding.

Sound too good to be true? The Oklahoma City couple thought so too at first. But on Saturday, they're getting hitched right next to the displays for Hawaiian Punch Plus, Cheetos and Jane Fonda's Workout videos.

"We both love dollar stores, so we just thought it was awesome," said Ms. Bosworth, who learned about the discount nuptials online.

The low-frills wedding was conceived by bargain shopping guru Sue Goldstein, who has published more than 70 books on finding great deals and has appeared on TV shows including Oprah and The Today Show .

"The whole idea is to draw attention to the ludicrousness of the extravagance of weddings," said Ms. Goldstein, who lives in Flower Mound.

The only requirement: Couples must bring a marriage license and "be dressed to thrill," according to Geneva Wood, promotion coordinator for the event.

Source: Dallas News
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Lightning strike survivors share their experiences

LightningLightning strike survivors have held their annual world conference to share their experiences and help overcome their traumas.

The Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International World Conference was held this month in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the newspaper Der Spiegel said Friday.

Mary Ann Cooper, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, estimates that nine out of 10 people struck by lightning survive. Cooper is a member of the board of the self-help association that organizes the survivors' conference each year.

The association has 1,400 members from around the world. More than 100 survivors attended this year's conference.

They reported mysterious pains, panic attacks and bouts of severe confusion. They said it was hard getting the rest of the world to believe their ailments.

Source: UPI
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7 Year-Old With Vampire Teeth

7 Year-Old With Vampire Teeth
Here's an amazing story from Cambodia.

Ayakh's teeth didn't grow till he was five, and what he got was real vampire teeth. He likes meat, preferably live red meat. Only problem is his mother won't let him.

She has also prohibited him from eating the family's pig.

Ekstrabladet also reports the other parents are worried for their children...

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Fastest girl on wheels

Stephanie BeaneTen-year-old Stephanie Beane invited her girlfriends for a sleepover Wednesday night and they played with dolls.

On Saturday, she crawled into a stock car on the track of the Sandusky Speedway Motor-Sports Park and roared around the track at speeds of about 60 mph to become the youngest stock-car racer ever.

Stephanie finished her debut race in fifth place in a field of about a dozen mostly adult men and plans to race again this week.

Derek Musso, spokesman for the Guinness Book of World Records, confirmed Stephanie's place in the record book.

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World's largest corn labyrinth

World's largest corn labyrinthAn aerial view of the world's largest corn labyrinth in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, June 28, 2007. The so called Travel of the Brave, covering an area of 56 acres (22.7 hectares), is set to open mid-July this year. It will take at least one hour to finish the shortest route.

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Peanuts Business Card

Peanuts Business CardA company in Japan has come up with business cards printed on peanuts. A creative idea but such business cards surely doesn't last long.

Taberu Me cards are created using Arigatou’s high-grade CO2 laser engraver nicknamed “Shiawase-kun,” which can etch up to 700 characters per second on hard organic materials like beans, nuts, rice and pasta and which has been optimized to print clean-looking logos, names and telephone numbers on the irregular surfaces of peanut shells.

A set of 150 Taberu Me cards costs 5,800 yen (around $50), which is mere peanuts considering the lasting impression you will make on your new counterparts.

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Melting Wall Clocks

Melting clocksThese "melting" wall clocks look as if they have just been taken out from a hot oven!

More clocks after the jump.

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How to get inside a giant balloon


This guy shows you how to get inside a giant balloon!

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Waterskiing Japanese Monkeys


A pair of primates put on a waterskiing performance at a watersports festival!

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'All you can eat' man fills up

Here's a man with a great appetite!
A guest stunned hotel staff by scoffing 15 fried breakfasts in one sitting.

Businessman Barry Bradley, 47, paid £7.50 for the 'all you can eat' grease mountain, which took more than three hours to devour.

He gobbled up at least 30 sausages, 20 rashers of bacon, 15 fried eggs and three tins of beans, reports Metro.

He even topped it off with six bowls of cereal at the Premier Travel Inn in Tonbridge, Kent.

A waitress said: "We couldn't believe it - he looked like he was never going to stop."

Source: Ananova
Image: Flickr/Fin Fahey
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Flying Human Cannonball

Human Cannonball
Human Cannonball
Blasted out of the smoking cannon, this daredevil appears to have mastered the impossible art of flying.

But seconds later Mike - the Bullet - Smith loses his inevitable battle with gravity and lands 50 yards away on a giant safety net.

The cannonball man, wearing a special red jumpsuit and safety helmet, was the star attraction at the Royal Norfolk Show in Norwich.

Thousands of spectators clustered around the waterlogged field on Thursday to watch him execute a perfect arc across the sky.

Video after the jump.

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It's not a zonkey, it's not a deebra...it's a zedonk


If you've enjoyed our previous post on Eclyse - the amazing zebra crossing, you'll love zedonk -- a Donkey-Zebra crossbreed.

Zedonks are crossbreeds that, just as the name suggests, marry wild zebra hides with donkey docility. The notion that an adult male zebra would find occasion to mate with a consenting female donkey sounds like a scenario torn from the lost notebooks of Dr. Seuss.

Yet zedonks are quite real and, if the breeders are to be believed, these striped, sterile critters have carved out a small but growing niche for themselves among exotic animal enthusiasts and petting zoos.

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Creative or creepy Bento?

Bento
Bento
I love Bento, but these Bento are just more towards the creepy side. Maybe it's just me?

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Wall Socket PC

This is one of the smallest PC I've seen!
U.K. firm Jade Integration has unveiled a computer so small, it fits into a wall socket and is powered via Ethernet. The Jack PC, a rival to the smallest PC in the world, can hook up to a standard monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and runs Windows CE, the stripped-down version of Windows often used in portable devices.

It comes with up to 64 MB of flash memory and 128 megs of RAM, so don't expect to play Half-Life 2 on it, but it should be able to handle basic Internet functions decently. There's no word on pricing yet, but the device gets its official release on June 15th at the IT Works Show in Newcastle.

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Potential cure for HIV discovered

DNAIn a breakthrough that could potentially lead to a cure for HIV infection, scientists have discovered a way to remove the virus from infected cells, a study released Thursday said.

The scientists engineered an enzyme which attacks the DNA of the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell, according to the study published in Science magazine.

The enzyme is still far from being ready to use as a treatment, the authors warned, but it offers a glimmer of hope for the more than 40 million people infected worldwide.

"A customized enzyme that effectively excises integrated HIV-1 from infected cells in vitro might one day help to eradicate (the) virus from AIDS patients," Alan Engelman, of Harvard University's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, wrote in an article accompanying the study.

Current treatments focus on suppressing the HIV virus in order to delay the onset of AIDS and dramatically extend the life of infected patients.

What makes HIV so deadly, however, is its ability to insert itself into the body's cells and force those cells to produce new infection.

"Consequently the virus becomes inextricably linked to the host, making it virtually impossible to 'cure' AIDS patients of their HIV-1 infection," Engelman explained.

That could change if the enzyme developed by a group of German scientists can be made safe to use on people.

That enzyme was able to eliminate the HIV virus from infected human cells in about three months in the laboratory.

The researchers engineered an enzyme called Tre which removes the virus from the genome of infected cells by recognizing and then recombining the structure of the virus's DNA.

This ability to recognize HIV's DNA might one day help overcome one of the biggest obstacles to finding a cure: the ability of the HIV virus to avoid detection by reverting to a resting state within infected cells which then cease to produce the virus for months or even years.

Source: Physorg
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Microwaving a Lighted Match


What happens when you light a match, place a glass cup over it, and then microwave it? Watch the video to find out!

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Cute Japanese Mini Erasers

Cute Japanese Mini Erasers
Cute Japanese Mini Erasers
These Japanese collectible mini erasers aren't your average erasers, even though they can rub out pencil marks with the best of them. True collectors don't use them for something so mundane, however, and with one look at some of the better examples you'll understand why.

Thanks, Michelle !

More images after the jump.

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Fishes with tattoos

Tattooed parrot cichlids
Some parrot cichlids that were tattooed with drawings of plants were spotted at at a store in Jiangsu, Suzhou.

Unlike some other forms of dyed fish, these were tattooed with dye using a special "low intensity laser" -- which is supposed to leave a permanent mark on the fishes without causing them any pain.

After going through a "cosmetic plastic surgery", the price tags of these artistic beauties increases due to their popularity.

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29 June, 2007

Dining table that costs $20K to build

Dining Table
An exquisite dining table was on display during the 5th International Hospitality Equipment & Supplies Fair (HOSFAIR), Guangzhou, China on June 28, 2007.

With a surface area of 25 meters square which allows 25 people to dine together, it costs $20K to build, and hence its sales are targeted towards luxurious hotels, both local and abroad.

What makes this table so marvelous? Well, for a start, its bottom layer is made of fine hardwood with grand traditional Chinese carvings of dragon and phoenix, whereas its upper layer has an auto-rotating mechanism, complete with evenly spaced out thermal sensitive electric steamboats.

If that's not enough to impress you, there's even a mini garden located in the middle, accompanied by a few mini musical fountains that dance with the background music played by the in-built MP3 player!

Source: NetEase
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Girl power is back: Spice Girls to reform

Spice GirlsAre you ready for some more Girl Power? All five Spice Girls appeared in public together for the first time in six years today as they announced an 11-date, eight-country world tour.

The tour will take in the USA, Britain, Germany, Spain, China, Australia, South Africa and Argentina. To register for tickets go to www.thespicegirls.com.

Straddling Christmas, the tour will begin in Posh Spice Victoria Beckham’s new home Los Angeles on December 7, before visiting Las Vegas, New York City, London, Cologne, Madrid, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires.

Source: Times Online
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Bottle tricks

Bottle tricksI am puzzled by how someone could actually stuff so many things into one bottle. More pictures after the jump.

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Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey

ToysThey were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child's bath - but so far they have floated halfway around the world.

The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago.

Since then they have traveled 17,000 miles (27,359 km), floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack.

And now they are heading straight for Britain. At some point this summer they are expected to be spotted on beaches in South-West England.

While the ducks are undoubtedly a loss to the bath-time fun of thousands of children, their adventures at sea have proved an invaluable aid to science.

The toys have helped researchers to chart the great ocean currents because when they are spotted bobbing on the waves they are much more likely to be reported to the authorities than the floats which scientists normally use.

And because the toys are made of durable plastic and are sealed watertight, they have been able to survive years adrift at the mercy of the elements.

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First artificial life 'within months'

PlantsScientists could create the first new form of artificial life within months after a landmark breakthrough in which they turned one bacterium into another.

In a development that has triggered unease and excitement in equal measure, scientists in the US took the whole genetic makeup - or genome - of a bacterial cell and transplanted it into a closely related species. This then began to grow and multiply in the lab, turning into the first species in the process.

The team that carried out the first “species transplant” says it plans within months to do the same thing with a synthetic genome made from scratch in the laboratory.

If that experiment worked, it would mark the creation of a synthetic lifeform.

Source: Telegraph
Image: Victor Nuno / Flickr
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Peanut Butter + Extreme Pressure = Diamonds

Peanut ButterPeanut butter is being turned into diamonds by scientists with a technique that harnesses pressures higher than those found at the centre of the earth.

Edinburgh University experts say the feat is made possible by squeezing the paste between the tips of two diamonds creating a "stiletto heel effect".

The scientists also revealed they can turn oxygen into red crystals using the same method.

Professor Malcolm McMahon, based at the Centre for Science and Extreme Conditions at Edinburgh University, is one of the scientists involved. He said: "Pressure can cause extraordinary changes in all kinds of materials and can create completely novel materials.

"We are currently developing techniques that will create pressures of up to five million atmospheres, much higher than the pressure at the centre of the earth, to find the holy grail of high-pressure physics, the metallic phase of hydrogen.

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Miniature replica of the Taj Mahal

Wooden replica of the Taj MahalIndian miniature artist Jaspal Singh Kalsi displays his creation of 1.5 cm high (0.59 inch) wooden replica of the Taj Mahal, in Amritsar, India.

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Playable Air Guitar

Air GuitarAir guitars just got real. Japanese toy makers unveiled "air guitar" gadgets at the annual Tokyo International Toy Show that, thanks to heat and motion sensors, actually make music.

"This is a toy that allows anybody to sound and feel like a rock star," said Keishi Abe, who was demonstrating Takara Tomy Corp's "Air Guitar Pro."

The gadget has 10 songs, including Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," programmed to play automatically and is set to hit the market next month.

It can also be connected to an MP3 music player or a speaker system, the manufacturer says.

Manufacturers also showcased air guitars that could be attached to your wrist and which blasted music as you moved.

"You just put it on your wrist and shake your arm once so it will play one phrase. In order to play an entire song, you just keep moving your arm so even children can easily play music," said Nana Kaneko, who was playing "Air Musician" by Tokyo-based toy maker Mega House.

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Japanese Dolls made from the skin of dead corpses!

Eerie Japanese Dolls
These eerie looking Japanese Dolls are said to be made from the hair and skin of the deceased, which I believe is probably an urban legend. But they still give me the creeps!

Update: These dolls are not made from the skin of dead corpses. they are just very realistic dolls. The artist who created them is Yoshiko Hori, one of the most famous japanese woman sculptor.

More eerie dolls after the jump.


Eerie Japanese Dolls
Eerie Japanese Dolls
Eerie Japanese Dolls
Eerie Japanese Dolls
Source: QQ
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New Lamp Gives Clothes a Glowing Persona

Clothes Hangar Lamp
Haven't you always had that nagging feeling that you want to turn your shirt into a lamp? Luckily for you, Droog Design has created the "Clothes Hangar Lamp", which not only provides you with a place to store your clothes but also creates an eerie ambiance.

Right now, it's available in a few specialty shops in Europe as well as online, for the meager price of 91.95 Euros (about $118).

Thanks, Raluca !

Source: Apartment Therapy via I4U
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Latest updates on Ratatouille: Pixar's new animated film

We've previously introduced Ratatouille - an upcoming animated feature film produced by Pixar about a rat named Remy who wants to be a fine chef in a top French restaurant in Paris.

Included below are some of the new content for the film, including:

1. Two rough animation tests called: “Emile’s Workout”.


2.“Emile’s Magic Trick”

More information after the jump.

3. 9-minutes of the film.

Images for the film can be viewed and downloaded here.

Thanks, Jennifer !

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28 June, 2007

Cute upside-down hamster


A cute upside-down hamster feeding on pop-corn while lying on the piano keys. This just made my day!

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Close lightning strike


A frighteningly close lightning strike captured on video.

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Objects balanced in a precarious way

BalanceA gallery of various objects balanced in a precarious way. Incredible! If these were not photoshopped, then those people involved must be really patient indeed! Lots more pictures after the jump!

Images: Ueba
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Mammoths to Return?

MammothToday the only place to see woolly mammoths and people side-by-side is on The Flintstones or in the movies.

But researchers are on the verge of piecing together complete genomes of long-dead species such as Neandertals and mammoths.

So now the big question is, Will we soon be able to bring such extinct species back to life?

Researchers are divided over how they might try to do this and whether it's even feasible.

At the core of this issue is DNA, which encodes the thousands of genes that tell cells how to build themselves and keep running.

Researchers already have deciphered the complete gene sequences—or genomes—for many living species, including humans, dogs, and mice.

The DNA of long-extinct species can also be preserved—in bones or bodies found in dry caves or inside ice, for example.

"Retrieval of DNA from ancient specimens is relatively easy now," said Alan Cooper, of the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Even though such DNA has degraded into thousands of small pieces, researchers can still read these fragments and piece together much of the original genetic instructions.

So many researchers think that assembling the genome of Neandertals (often spelled "Neanderthals") or mammoths is just around the corner.

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Dancing Gorilla!


This gorilla can dance quite well.

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Miniature Himeji Castle

Himeji CastleHiroyasu Imura spent 19 years pursuing his boyhood dream of faithfully producing a replica of Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture.

The 69-year-old former insurance examiner completed his model of Himeji Castle at a scale of 1:23 in the garden of his home in Ise, Mie Prefecture, in April.

His wife, Ikuko, 66, gave him a book containing photographs of the castle on his 47th birthday. He saw a drawing of the castle in the book and made up his mind to build a replica.

Imura bought a plot of land in the town of Enza in Ise, which has a beautiful view of mountains unhindered by the sight of power lines — a setting he thought would be perfect for the replica.

He moved to the town and began building the model in 1989, using experience he gained as a joiner during his youth.

After retiring at age 60, Imura devoted his life to building the replica.

More pictures after the jump.

Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Source: Japan Times via Japan Probe
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Unsinkable seafood basket

Catfish swallowing a basketball
A nature lover north of Sydney has saved a catfish stuck at the surface of a lake after swallowing a basketball.

The man saw a basketball bobbing on the surface of Lake Macquarie and went to investigate.

Much to his surprise, he discovered a flathead catfish that had bitten off more than it could chew by trying to swallow a basketball.

The fish was completly exhausted from trying to dive with its flotsome fare, which popped it back to the surface each time it tried to dive.

The concerned rescuer tried unsuccessfully to free the hapless fish from its unfortunate predicament.

Finally, he and his wife improvised a solution by slashing, and thereby deflating, the basketball.

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Meet Eclyse - the amazing zebra crossing

ZorseIt looks as if someone tried to give a zebra a respray. . . then ran out of white paint halfway through the job. But in reality there is no artificial colouring on display here. This amazing but natural coat belongs to Eclyse the zorse.

Her father is a zebra, while her mother is a horse. And she's walking proof of how a child inherits genes from both parents.

For while most zebra-horse crossbreeds sport stripes across their entire body, Eclyse only has two such patches, on its face and rear.

The one-year-old zorse was the accidental product of a holiday romance when her mother, Eclipse, was taken from her German safari park home to a ranch in Italy for a brief spell.

There she was able to roam freely with other horses and a number of zebras, including one called Ulysses who took a fancy to her.

When Eclipse returned home, she surprised her keepers by giving birth to the baby zorse whose mixed markings betray her colourful parentage.

The foal was promptly given a name that is in itself a hybrid, of her parents' names.

Now she's become a major attraction at a safari park at Schloss Holte Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland, where she has her own enclosure.


Video: YouTube
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Spectacular scene of Yellow River waterfall

Yellow River
Yellow River
A rare, spectacular scene emerged Tuesday, or on June 26, with the turbulent Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River section in north China's Shanxi Province.

The river surface of more than 300 meters wide was totally inundated, including the enclosured railings from where tourists often viewed the wonderful waterfall. The main waterfall and those at either sides join to shape a 200-m-odd water curtain. Such a magnicent sight incurred from rush-down currents of torrentials rains upstream, say locals, has not been seen for many years and it could continue for a couple of days.

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Diamond-covered Mercedes Benz SL550

Diamond-covered Mercedes Benz SL550
The stylish and glamorous Mercedes Benz SL550 is certain appeals to most of us. But what if you have a diamond-covered SL550?

This one was unveiled at an auto show in oil-rich Dubai, most probably to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mercedes Benz SL550. There’s no info if the diamonds are genuine or fake, but if they are for real, then only those who can afford most expensive islands in the world can lay their hands on this baby.

Link & Image: Jalopnik via The Auto Blog
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Underwater Graduation Ceremony

Underwater Graduation Ceremony
Underwater Graduation Ceremony
The Taiwan Institute of Marine Biology first graduation ceremony was held in the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA), Pingtung, Taiwan on June 25, 2007. The institute was established by collaboration between the NMMBA and National Donghua University.

During the speech of students and guests, all fishes gathered together to celebrate the occasion. Such effects created an absolutely hilarious and unique moment.

The main highlight of the day was the moment when graduates proudly received their graduation certificates from Huang Wen-shu, president of Donghua University -- all underwater with the surrounding fishes as their witnesses!

Link & Image: QQ via Utubelaughter
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