Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ted Haggard is probably bisexual

Ted Haggard:

I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual.

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Michael Douglas beat cancer

 Michael Douglas beat cancer

Congratulations to Michael Douglas for being cancer-free.

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There is a grand piano on a sandbar off of Miami’s coast

A grand piano recently appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from the Quayside condominiums off Northeast 107th Street. Whoever put it there placed it at the highest point of the sandbar so that it’s not underwater during high tide.

The Coast Guard is content to leave it there. It’s best not to tip our hand too soon. We don’t yet know if this is an individual piano or if he’s a scout for a larger army of aquatic musical instruments.

Via The Slatest.

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Im with stupid

 Im with stupid

From This Isn’t Happiness.

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Dinosaur news

Remember how the Triceratops was just a juvenile form of a Torosaurus? Well, at least one scientist disagrees!

Among the fossil set that John Scannella and Jack Horner examined to combine the two species is a skull that they say is a transitional stage between Triceratops and Torosaurus. The skull was previously called Nedoceratops, yet another species.

But when Andrew Farke of the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California analysed the fossils in detail, he concluded that Nedoceratops was a distinct genera. In PLoS ONE, he reports that for the three genera to be different growth stages of a single dinosaur, “would require cranial changes otherwise unknown” in horned dinosaurs.

Also, even if Scannella and Horner are eventually judged to be correct, and Triceratops, Torosaurus, and Nedoceratops are all really the same creature, because of naming conventions, that species would be known as the Triceratops, since that was the first name applied to any of them.

In other news about dinosaur species, it turns out the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park are probably not Velociraptors. They’re too big and are instead Deinonychuses. It seems that Michael Crichton read a 1988 book that had decided — contrary to the greater Paleontology community — that the Velociraptor was the same species as the larger Deinychus.

Via Boing Boing and also Boing Boing.

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Taco Bell’s beef is not really beef

The fast food industry calls the stuff in Taco Bell’s beef tacos “taco meat filling” and not “beef”. In fact, so does Taco Bell internally. According to W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III (take a breath), who is filing a suit against Taco Bell, the stuff doesn’t even contain the 40% beef content to merit the name “taco meat filling”.

“Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings,” the suit says. Beef is the “flesh of cattle,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“You can’t call it beef by definition,” Miles said. “It’s junk. I wouldn’t eat it”

I would.

Via The Morning News.

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Wearing jeans for 15 months doesn’t collect much more bacteria than two weeks does

Josh Le wore a pair of jeans for 15 months, swabbed them for bacteria, washed them, wore them for another 2 weeks, and re-swabbed them. The two swabs contained similar amounts of bacteria.

Controlling odour was a different concern, Le said, admitting the jeans began to smell after a few months.He solved that problem, however.”I triple-bagged them and put them in the freezer,” he said.

(Maybe this just means that washing doesn’t eliminate bacteria all that well?)

Via Neatorama.

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Kermit in 2001

 Kermit in 2001

Via Super Punch.

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The Navy coyly promises to have a “super laser” by 2018

Good news! The Navy has been working on a giant deathray that it can attach to all its ships since the eighties. And they just announced that they’re 18 months ahead of schedule!

Um. The news is really just that scientists at Los Alamos National Lab have created an electron “injector” that can create the power that will be needed to power any future super lasers. Which I guess is cool… on a conceptual level. But whatever, check out this picture of a sub with lasers:

 The Navy coyly promises to have a super laser by 2018

From Digital Trends.

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Edison predicts the 21st century: everything will be metal

Thomas Edison in 1911, predicting 2011:

Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.

In his defense, he totally predicted air travel replacing train travel. Then again, he also thought that at his time, they were “already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, though combined in different proportions.”

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