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“I’m hungry. I’m gonna eat it”

September 24, 2007

This story is just ridiculous…

From The Daily TelegraphA man has reportedly ripped the head off a tame duck that lived in the ornamental lobby of a Minnesota hotel.

The Associated Press reported that Scott D. Clark allegedly cornered the duck before grabbing it and decapitating it with his hands in front of a security guard and other onlookers.

Mr Clark then said: “I’m hungry. I’m gonna eat it.”

He was allegedly drunk, AP said.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies called on the hotel to examine their duck protection policies, or possibly think about having fish like other hotels, AP reported.

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The World Without Us

August 30, 2007

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Alan Weisman asks and answers the question, “without human life on Earth, what traces of us would linger and what would disappear?”

He’s comprised a pretty interesting picture chart that explains, over varying amounts of time, how the Earth would progress and fall.

Click here to check it out. Mouse over the blocks to see what would happen for that particular time frame.

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There’s a 20% we’re living in the Matrix?

August 15, 2007

neo.jpgThe New York Times’ John Tierny has written an interesting article on the idea that we are all just some computer geek in the sky’s creation…

Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.

But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.

This simulation would be similar to the one in “The Matrix,” in which most humans don’t realize that their lives and their world are just illusions created in their brains while their bodies are suspended in vats of liquid. But in Dr. Bostrom’s notion of reality, you wouldn’t even have a body made of flesh. Your brain would exist only as a network of computer circuits.

It’s a pretty ridiculous idea, and one that is so hard to even understand, let alone even remotely be able to comprehend as a possibility. Still, it’s an interesting idea to debate.

You can click here to read the rest of the article.

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The Idiot of the Day

August 10, 2007

flipflop.jpgThis better have been one very amazing sandal…

A teenager was rescued after she tried to retrieve a sandal and wound up dangling from a 200-foot ocean cliff, authorities said.

Kimberly Kiesz, 18, of Lomita and a girlfriend were strolling the cliffs Tuesday when “one of her flip-flops fell into a very precarious area, about 20 feet below the ledge with just a straight drop-off into the abyss below it,” Palos Verdes Estates police Chief Dan Dreiling said.

“She went to retrieve it and lost her footing and ended up grabbing hold onto the base of some shrubbery with her feet dangling over the edge,” he said.

Her friend called 911.

Arriving police officers formed a human chain to reach the girl, Dreiling said.

“These guys all acted heroically and pulled her to safety,” he said. “We didn’t rescue the flip-flop.”

“We didn’t rescue the flip-flop” sounds more me like, “What kind of idiot risks their life for a sandal?”.

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Happy 75th Birthday Lego!

August 10, 2007

lego-logo.gifThe famous “Lego” toy company turns 75 years old today.

From EarthTimes.org – Parties were due to take place around the world Friday for Danish toy firm Lego as its 5,000 global employees prepared to celebrate the company’s 75th birthday. Master carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen started the company on August 10, 1932 in his studio in the town of Billund in Jutland.

The headquarters of the global toy giant are still located in Billund. Christiansen created the word “Lego” in 1934 from the Danish words “leg godt” (play well).

Following the company’s initial production of wooden toys, he started manufacturing the now legendary plastic building bricks in 1949.

Lego then enjoyed half a century of unparalleled sales success, but at the end of the 1990s, the family firm found itself in trouble as more and more children played with computers than with plastic bricks.

Finally in 2006, company chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp described after-tax profits of 1.4 billion kroner (258 million dollars) on sales of 7.8 billion kroner as “extremely satisfying.”

The turnaround came from the off-loading of production from Denmark and Switzerland to Eastern Europe and concentrating on the core business of building bricks.

Germany is Lego’s most important market, with an 11.9-per-cent share of the toy market. In 2006, Lego sold some 300 million dollars worth of toys to Germany.

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This Lamb is Bananas

August 2, 2007

A lamb was born in New Zealand with seven legs…

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Is it just me, or is that insanely creepy and in no way cute?

Click here for the rest of the story on the seven-legged lamb

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Mooning = 15 years in jail?!?

July 25, 2007

mooning.gifThis is ridiculous…

From OrlandoSentinel.comA family driving west on Interstate 4 in a silver Mercedes-Benz on Sunday evening made the men in the black Chevrolet Tahoe mad.

The Mercedes had cut them off, the Tahoe’s driver later told a Seminole County deputy, so front-seat passenger John Thomas Taylor dropped his pants and mooned the family, including their 14-year-old son, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Taylor, 21, was arrested and hauled to jail, accused of committing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child younger than 16.

He was being held Monday evening without bail in the Seminole County Jail.

If convicted of the charge alleged by the Sheriff’s Office, Taylor could face up to 15 years in prison and forever be identified as a sex offender.

How many of you have mooned someone while goofing around when you were a kid? Or when out drunk with buddies one night? Apparently that would make you a sex offender. I hope the judge who gets assigned to this case will realize how absolutely ridiculous this charge is.

Either way, you might want to think twice about mooning that car driving behind you.

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