Monthly Archives: August 2010

Behold the heat ray

 Behold the heat ray

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Is heat ray torture?

Los Angeles wants to use a heat beam to control inmates. The ACLU thinks this is torture and is worried that abuse of the device will injure prisoners, while the sheriff hopes it will be an effective way to keep the prisoners peaceful without hurting them.

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Arrested for getting a kid to swear for YouTube

Josh Eastman posted a video he took of an 8-year-old neighbor swearing and saying racial slurs, so the kid’s mom had him arrested for ‘impairing the morals of a child’. Eastman says that the kid said these things on his own, though apparently you can hear a voice egging him on off-camera. Eastman also says, “It was fun things, funny.”

Via The Obscure Store.

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Possible terrorist tried out for Canadian Idol

Khuram Sher once tried out for Canadian Idol, singing Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated”. He was just arrested as a suspected member of a terror cell.

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Warhol is over

 Warhol is over

Via Ffffound.

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81-year-old sucks venom, stomps snake

Loyd Church, who lives along Vannoy Road, said he was in his garden last week when the snake snapped at him and bit him on his hand between his thumb and index finger.

“I was picking cucumbers, and he was hiding up under them vines,” the soft-spoken Church said Friday.

Church, who avoids going to the doctor whenever possible, said he remembered seeing his father treat snake bites as a boy and decided to perform the same procedure.

“I gripped my hand and stuck it down in,” Church said, describing how he used a knife to cut a slit between the two fang marks before sucking the venom out. He then killed the snake by stomping on it with his boot.

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Hitler emoticons

For when you need the exactly perfect Hitler emoticon to express how you’re feeling in your heart:

 Hitler emoticons

Via Boing Boing

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Lying about name brands is the beginning of a slippery slope. Of lies.

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill, Harvard Business School, and Duke conducted a series of experiments that showed that people who wear or believe they are wearing counterfeit goods are also significantly more likely to cheat and lie. In one study, a large sample of women were given ChloƩ sunglasses-the glasses were real, but half the women were told they were fake-and asked to take a math quiz and grade themselves on the honor principle.

Even if you don’t choose to wear knock-offs — just knowing that you are wearing knock-offs makes you more likely to cheat.

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Sink as halfpipe

 Sink as halfpipe

Found here.

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China has a big old traffic jam

Construction has caused a 60-mile, 10-day (and counting) traffic jam in northern China. Some people have been stuck for 5 days, and locals are taking advantage of the situation.

Though there were no reports of road rage violence, drivers complained about price-gouging by villagers who were their only source of food and water. A bottle of water that normally costs 1 yuan (15 cents) was selling for 10 yuan ($1.50), while the price of a 3 yuan- (45 cent-) cup of instant noodles had more than tripled, media reports said.

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