Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The AccoLade, and all-girl rock band in Saudi Arabia that has to keep its performances a secret:
Dina and Dareen wear their hair teased into thick manes and have pierced eyebrows. During an interview at a Starbucks here, they wore black abayas — the flowing gown that is standard attire for women — but the gowns were open, showing their jeans and T-shirts, and their hair and faces were uncovered.Read more here, and visit their MySpace page.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Max Planck Institute's latest journal focuses on China, and the editors wanted the cover to feature something from a classical Chinese text. But they somehow ended up printing text from a handbill for a Macau strip club. Among other things, it said "Hot Housewives in action!"
Monday, December 29, 2008
Go here for step by step instructions on turning a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone int a real phone.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"all of the gold produced worldwide in one year could just about fit in the average person's living room"
"the world produces a cube of gold that is about 4.3 meters (about 14 feet) on each side every year"
Labels: natural resources
Friday, December 26, 2008
Back in November, McDonald's new minimalist store in Tokyo got a huge amount of attention on the web. I suggested at the time that the whole thing was some "elaborate prank." Indeed, it turns out McDonald's hired 1,000 actors to stand in line. Via.
*Previously: Fake crowds at Beijing Olympics.
*Find Happy Meal and cereal toys at eBay.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Because they're convinced the mayor is living in her office.
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Greg Packer "has been quoted in more than 100 articles and television broadcasts as a 'man on the street'"
"Although he always gives his real name, he has admitted to making things up to get into the paper."
"Words associated with Christianity, the monarchy and British history have been dropped from a leading dictionary for children"
Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.
The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.
But academics and head teachers said that the changes to the 10,000 word Junior Dictionary could mean that children lose touch with Britain's heritage.
"South Korean officials are seeking ways to ban the launches, which they say jeopardize the fragile truce between the Koreas."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"The NBA is going to announce today that it will present its All-Star Saturday night program of the slam dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and skill challenge in a three-dimensional format at 80 movie theaters around the country"
Christophe Szpajdel has drawn more than 7,000 logos, mostly for black- and death-metal bands. His day job is as a forestry engineer and he says:
There are bands that make extreme music but lyrically deal with the purity of nature. They offer the perfect fusion between my fascination with nature—especially mountains—and metal. But a lot of extreme metal bands deal with the destruction of mankind, which I think is needed. Maybe not a complete destruction, but at least a drastic cull. Our streets need to be cleared of all the scumbags walking on them.You can read an interview with him and see a slideshow of his logos here.
Monday, December 8, 2008
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
"The goal of this course is to adapt and release a feral robotic dog (or other companion robot) on a contaminated site nearby. The feral robot will ‘sniff out the contaminants on the site and you will communicate the site conditions to interested community members."
High school teacher in San Diego, California raises money for supplies by selling advertising space on exams
"'Tough times call for tough actions,' he says. So he started selling ads on his test papers: $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final."