The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Video: Thom Yorke Kills Justin Bieber

Hmmm .... not much to be said here. Just have to watch:

Video: "Iraqi Tron" - A Must See!

From the kids that brought  Iraqi Patriot Missile Defense System (and this is a Must See as well)  to the world comes Iraqi Tron; an adrenaline pumping fan film of last year's popular film Tron.

Look out LeBron James – Robot seal plays basketball

This robotic seal, developed at Taiwan's National Chiao-Tung University, shoots hoops like a pro. Paro, the Japanese robot, is hoop-shooting  creation of Taiwanese roboticists at the National Chiao-Tung University. No double dribbling please.

Mazda recalls cars because of spiders in engines

Garden spider (Araneus diadematus)Image via Wikipedia
Forget about having a tiger in your tank – owners of Mazda 6's get the extra option of spiders in the engine. For reasons no one understands spiders like making their home in these Mazda cars. "There doesn't seem to be any particular reason why he's chosen the Mazda 6," spokesman Jeremy Barnes told AFP.

While this all sounds fun and games it's a serious problem that can block air flow to the gas tank and cause a leak or fire. None have been reported, but Mazda is taking now chances and is recalling 65,000 vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Video: Cool bookshelf so cool it isn't real - it's an optical illusion

This is perhaps the coolest bookshelf in the world –– because it is not. Not a bookshelf, that is. It's an optical illusion. Very clever. Clarke Hopkins Clarke created "Bias of Thought" based on the optical illusion know as the devil's fork. Never heard of it myself but check out the video and become more confused.

The case for hand sanitizer: Study shows grocery cart handles covered in fecal matter

LA CRESCENTA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Platsic groce...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
A recent study from University of Arizona researcher Professor Charles Gerba might make you want to puke while grocery shopping. Gerba says 72 percent of the grocery carts they tested had fecal bacteria on the handles. When further examined, they found E. coli on half of them. The researchers said they found more fecal bacteria on grocery cart handles than you would typically find in a bathroom.

Gerba also pointed out that you should be careful what is put in reusable shopping bags. Meats and vegetables need to be wrapped because bags that are not washed on a regular basis can become a "bacterial swamp."

Can I gag now?

Escherichia coli: Scanning electron micrograph...Image via Wikipedia

Diddy asks Charlie Sheen for invite to the party

Sean CombsImage via Wikipedia
I guess the party looks so good even Diddy wants in. Diddy tweeted to Charlie looking for an invite and Charlie is happy to oblige:

"@charliesheen can u please send me the address to ur house? Ive been dreamin about a party like this all my life #winning! See u soon! Lol," Diddy wrote (@IAmDiddy) on Tuesday night (March 1)."

"Sheen, who has been holed up in his Hollywood Hills mansion , accepted Diddy's proposal, tweeting (@CharlieSheen) in response: "Get dressed my man... sending the driver..!"

Science fiction writer Peter Watts has flesh eating disease

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Science fiction writer Peter Watts was brutally beaten US customs guards last year and then charged with a felony, and now has the dreaded flesh eating disease after going in for a routine skin biopsy in a Toronto hospital. This man has some serious bad luck and he is blogging about it:

"My doctor keeps jamming on his commitment to fork over the shots he took in surgery, the ones showing the necrotic tissue spreading across my leg. Fuck it; I’ve kept you waiting too long (only partially due to the above reason, granted; I’m also still comatose for a good chunk of the day), and I [...]"

"Let us start with the fact that I contracted flesh-eating disease during the course of getting a skin biopsy — that it was being all precautionary and taking proper medical care of myself that nearly got me killed. That’s just the start. There’s also this little snippet from the upcoming Crysis novel, my own words [...]"

"Some of you may have heard by now that I got hit with a serious case of necrotising fasciitis (more luridly known as “flesh-eating disease”) late last week. I’m told I was a few hours away from being dead. Now, several morphine drips and debridements and blood-pressure crashes and pulmonary edemas later, I have a [...]"

Follow Peter's blog here.

Cat purrs as loud as lawnmower – loudest purr in the world?

From the Telegraph: Smokey the cat purrs at roaring 80 decibels. The average car purrs in at about 25 decibels, possibly making old Smokey the loudest purrer in the world. For the record a lawnmower also kicks out 80 decibels.

The U.S. Government's secret UFO files

Aliens. UFOs. The government was keeping track. Here's a secret government document that lists UFO sightings. From Majestic Documents: "This 12-page document is a chronological summary of National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP) cases allegedly pulled from the Project Blue Book files ... Much of Project Sign has been declassified. Logical military doctrine shows that the very sensitive nature of crashed alien hardware would not only be "pulled from" the traditional lights in the sky and fantastic aerial capabilities of project Sign's scope, but that real crashed hardware would need a lower classification cover story such as Project Sign to help shield the truth from prying Soviet eyes."

Download the entire document here.

"At approximately 8 PM on 12 July 1965 J. Douglas Stewart of 100 Second St. Athens Ohio took this picture with a Pentax camera with 135mm lens with a 1.8x Barlow creating a focal length of 243 mm. The film was Kodak Plus-X 35mm film, which was underdeveloped to reduce image contrast. (developed in D-76, 1:4) This entire event was witnesses by Dr. and Mrs. William. Stehr, Mrs. Claud Kantner and Mrs. Scott Wilson.aa'

Man sees image of E.T. in chopped down tree

We're used to pople seeig Jesus in toast and the Virgin Mary on walls, but how about E.T. in a tree?  Have a look:

Over 90 percent of nursing homes in U.S. hire criminals

THE VOYAGE OF LIFE: OLD AGE by Thomas ColeImage by mookiefl via Flickr
CBS News has obtained a government report that says more than 90 percent of nursing homes hired employees with criminal convictions.

"Government investigators ran background checks on all workers who were employed on June 1, 2009 at 260 nursing homes across the country. The results showed 92 percent of the facilities hired at least one employee with a criminal conviction.The report, by the Inspector General for Health and Human Services, also says that at nearly half of the nursing homes, "five or more individuals" with criminal backgrounds were hired. "

          Download the report here.           Read more from CBS here.