The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Small nuclear war could spark global cooling - end global warming

Nukes to the rescue? Not quite. From National Geographic:

 " Even a regional nuclear war could spark "unprecedented" global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models. Widespread famine and disease would likely follow, experts speculate.

 To see what climate effects such a regional nuclear conflict might have, scientists from NASA and other institutions modeled a war involving a hundred Hiroshima-level bombs, each packing the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT—just 0.03 percent of the world's current nuclear arsenal. " 

Then again, maybe global warming isn't that bad. 

Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)

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Creepy: How to really, really piss people off - bench implants advertising on thighs

I have to guess this is really pissing off he peeps in Auckland, New Zealand. Bad enough they are dealing with the horrific earthquake in Christchurch, now they have to put up with advertising being imprinted on their thighs! Superette, a boutique chain, wanted to promote its short shorts sale. Their ad agency came up with this gem.

From ad agency DDB: "We put indented plates on bus stop, mall, and park benches, so that when people sat down, the message was imprinted on their thighs. This meant that as well as having branded seats, a veritable army of free media was created, with thousands of imprints being created and lasting up to an hour." 

Tom Cruise on Chinese twitter - now he's their Scientology problem

Is Cruise is the first Hollywood star to join the Sina Microblog, a Twitter knockoff service in China? My bet is yes.

From Cruise on Twitter (the wacky Scientologist) We’re having fun talking to you & our new friends at It’s the Chinese Twitter, but with a lot more functionality, CIO.

I guess they haven't heard of Scientology in China – yet. 

Miracle: Jesus has joined Facebook

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...Image via Wikipedia
The world has been waiting and now he's arrived. Jesus is on Facebook. I guess it was inevitable. The second coming. Or is it the third?  Go ahead – like him! (I notice he also likes "Overheard in the newsroom.)

From Wikipedia:
  "Jesus of Nazareth (c. 5 BC/BCE – c. 30 AD/CE), also referred to as Jesus Christ or simply Jesus, is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christian denominations"

Video: Gaggle of geese running down the street - Pâté truck coming?

Just why are these geese doing the sprint down a quiet suburban street? There's a punch lline here somewhere ...

Video: Man builds machine to press buttons on three cellphones remotely – WHY?

Mok Young Bak decided he needed a robotic device to operate three cellphones remotely. He calls his machine the Caduceus. It has one job only - to press every button on the phone via telepresence. The big question is why? Here's the Wikipedia definition of Cauceus. Search for clues: " The caduceus (in English pronounced /kəˈdjuːsiːəs/, /-ʃəs/, from Greek κηρύκειον kērukeion "herald's staff") is the staff carried by HermesGreek mythology. The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. In Roman iconography it was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves." in

>>CADUCEUS from Mok.young bacq on Vimeo.

Video: Secret Game Boy transmitter component

I've actually seen this hoax with other products but at least this kid found some dorky glasses to pull it off.

Charlie Sheen's rant animated

Very funny animation by xtranormal of the best parts of Charlie's rant.

The safe sex suit – perfect for Charlie Sheen

Leave it to the French. This is a patent for a "safe sex suit" filed in France. Here's the abstract filed with the patent:

"The present invention concerns a device for protection against transmissible diseases consisting of an outside covering made of a flexible plastic material, preferably transparent, covering a part at least of the body and comprising means (9) for attaching a sheath (4). It also relates to a sheath for implementation on such protection device. Application for combating infectious diseases" 

I hear Charlie Sheen has already ordered a dozen.

Chart: Why the U.S. economy is in the basement

This simple chart from the Business Insider showing the U.S. 2010 financial statement tells the tragic story of the U.S. economy. How many businesses could operate like this?

Video: Solar flare porn

From Nasa: "When a rather large M 3.6 class flare occurred near the edge of the Sun on Feb. 24, 2011, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event in extreme ultraviolet light. Because SDO images are high definition, the team was able to zoom in on the flare and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. "