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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Woman creates Last Supper out of laundry lint

A Michigan woman has recreated the last supper out of laundry lint. It's a 14 foot by 4 foot work of art that took Laura Bell 200 hours to make, not to mention the 800 hours of laundry it took to collect the lint.  It now in the Ripley's Believe it or Not! collection. Some people just have way,way, way too much free time on their hands!

Video: Horrifying bus crash caught by CCTV camera

It's hard not to be captivated by this horrifying footage captured by the closed circuit camera on a Turkish bus as it crashes. Fortunately, no one was killed.

BBC calls Mexicans lazy and feckless – apologizes

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The BBC was left somewhat red faced when it apologized to Mexico's London ambassador after commentators on the auto show "Top Gear" described Mexicans as lazy and feckless. Still, the broadcaster defended the remarks, saying the stereotypes used were part of the humour of the show and Britain in general.

The ambassador was infuriated by "offensive and xenophobic" remarks made by the hosts during Sunday's edition of the show, which has been sold to television channels around the world.

Actually, the Mexicans got off easy. Given the almost daily drug violence and what seems like open season on Canadian tourists, it could have been much worse. Better to be stereotyped as lazy than killers.

Music society collects money for fake artists, bathroom equipement and food

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You've probably heard about music societies that collect royalties for their members. Fair enough. Nothing wrong with paying to use copyrighted material. In Belgium, however, SABAM, the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers, appears to have out stepped the boundaries of fairness by quite a bit. Investigative TV show Basta, pulled a sting on them, with some humourous and astounding results. SABAM charged them for virtually every name and situation they were asked about, including paying for imaginary performances by bathroom fixtures. This is a must read.  Read more here.

Facebook moving into new castle

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When the big get bigger, they need a new place to call home. Facebook is taking over an almost nine acre building in Palo Alto at Stanford Research Park. The building formerly housed  Sun Microsystems. The new office is over seven times the size of its current office, making we wonder just how much hiring they are planning on doing in the future.  The downside: A longer commute for the boss. Zuckerberg will no longer be down the street from the office.

British swimming pool to be heated by crematorium

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Reuters reports that a swimming pool in Britian will use energy created by the next-door crematorium to heat its water. "The plan, the first of its kind in Britain, will see waste heat from the incinerator chimney used to warm up the neighboring leisure center and its new pool."

"The cremation process is a sensitive matter and we wanted to be sure our proposals had widespread support," said Councilor Carole Gandy, the leader of Redditch Borough Council in central England.

People are dying to swim there I guess.

Spain 'orgasm' video criticized by politicians

It's meant to promote voting in Spain, but, well ... just watch the video!

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Turkmenistan president orders beauty contest for horses

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Turkmenistan's horses are being groomed for beauty contests by presidential decree. The country's horses, prized by Alexander the Great for their speed and stamina will be chosen "to promote the glory of the heavenly racehorse worldwide," the decree said.

President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, enjoys sweeping powers in this desert nation and is known for his horsemanship.  Read more here on Reuters. 

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Pet food owners to eat dog food for a month

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You can call them savvy or nuts. The two owners of Evermore Pet Food, Hanna Mandelbaum, 30, and Alison Wiener, 38, say they eat their dog food for a month to prove it is the greatest dog food around. Starting March 1 they will eat it for at least one meal a day.  Here is how Evermore describes their food:

"Gently cooked, sold frozen
- Fresh, human-grade ingredients
- Made and sourced in the Northeast
- USDA-certified antibiotic and hormone-free meats
- NO by-products, fillers, corn, soy, wheat, potatoes, or salt
- Cooked in a USDA- and FDA-inspected, HACCP-compliant kitchen
- Food-based nutrition, most of our nutrients come from our ingredients
- Complete and balanced diet on its own, or great as a mixer with kibble"

Sounds yummy!

Dangerous schizophrenic escapes and is hired as teacher

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According to Reuters, a mentally ill man from Northern Ireland escaped a psychiatric ward and was hired by a secondary school in France. Lewis Alexander Mawhinney, 26, taught German at the school for almost a month before authorities caught up with him. Previously, he had been labeled a dangerous schizophrenic after he attacked a fellow call center trainee with a knife. He was interned indefinitely in the psychiatric ward. Those who can, do.Those who are schizophrenic, teach.

Sinners: Catholic Church approves iPhone confession app

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The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app the guides worshippers through the confession process. The app – "Confession" –went on sale in the iTunes store for $1.99. It's described as "the perfect aid for every penitent". Senior officials in the Church in the U.S. gave the app the thumbs up in what is believed to be a first. The app allows users to keep track of their sins. It does not replace confession, but is billed as a tool to help people with the sacrament.