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Thursday, March 26, 2020

"Keep Your Rent" Global Movement

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vice.

 

"They're part of the 'Keep Your Rent' global movement in solidarity with tenants struggling to pay rent after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Truth of Coronavirus Might Be Worse than the Conspiracy Theories

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"The covid-19 pandemic is a disorienting, fast-moving, dangerous crisis that has basically everyone in the world in its grips. As is so often the case in times of disaster, people, including political leaders, are promoting conspiracy theories about the origin, spread, and seriousness of the new coronavirus."

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stuck at Home? Try this Massive Jigsaw Puzzle

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Geekologie.

 

"This is the alleged world's largest jigsaw puzzle, a 28.5 foot x 6.25 foot behemoth from Kodak that contains 51,300 pieces, costs $440 and weighs 40 pounds. It's kind of a chintzy world's biggest puzzle though because it's actually 27 smaller AND INDIVIDUALLY BAGGED 1,900 piece puzzles of various wonders of the world."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Engineer Stops Train to Get a Coffee

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Geekologie.

 

"This is a short video from Constanța, Romania of a train engineer who stopped his locomotive at a railway crossing so he could go grab a coffee from a corner store."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coughing on Someone Now Considered Terrorism

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vice.

 

"Coronavirus is a “biological agent,” and using it to purposely get other people sick could be a crime violating federal terrorism laws, according to a memo sent by a top Department of Justice official. "

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Where Are the Humans?

This came out last Monday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Animals may not know why humans are making themselves so scarce."

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Infants with Immunity to the Coronavirus

This came out last Thursday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Usually, it's infants, individuals in old age, and immune-compromised people who are most vulnerable to new diseases."

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Weather Channel Coronavirus Tracker App

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Endgadget.

 

"The Weather Channel and its parent company IBM (yep, who knew?) have teamed up to bring coronavirus data, maps and charts to your phone."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Skyscraper Rooftop Living

This came out last Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The Indian city of Bangalore is home to one of the most lavish, over-the-top luxury mansions in the world – a replica of the White House built atop a skyscraper."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cat Trained Itself to Pee in the Toilet

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo. Video.

 

"I don’t know how else to say this: My cat taught himself to pee in the toilet. Yes, the people one. Yes, on his own. Without any instruction, my cat has effectively potty-trained himself."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Take Your Favourite Spot in the Park With You

This came out last Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Every year, landscaping experts from all over Japan get together to compete in the Key Truck Garden Contest, a unique event that has participants turning the beds of mini trucks into the most impressive miniature gardens they can.l The results are nothing short of awe-inspiring."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Unique Pencil Drawings

This came out last Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Looking at English artist Zulf’s portraits, you get the sense that they’re really simplistic in nature. They’re not the most detailed, heck they sometimes just outline a woman’s face, but that’s just what makes them special."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

They're Coming! EV's for $900 on Alibaba

This came out last Wednesday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Sure, the world may be collapsing all around us thanks to the relentless march of that spiny little bastard, the Coronavirus, but some important things are still pressing on, unda"unted. One of those things is the progress of my order of a $900 Chinese-built electric car from the huge website Alibaba.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

24 Hour Tattoo

This came out last week with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Men usually show off their affection to their better halves by buying them flowers, complimenting them or showering them with gifts, but one Vietnamese man decided to show off his love for his fiancee in a rather unusual way – by tattoing a large portrait of her on his back."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Musk Wants to Build Ventilators

This came out last Thursday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"In a series of tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to “make ventilators if there is a shortage” in order to assist overtaxed hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak."

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Baby Bubble

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This dad in China created a 'baby pod' suit to protect his child from coronavirus. His ingenious DIY design was reportedly based on the action game "Death Stranding.""

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Drone View of San Fran

This came out Wednesdaywith thanks to Boing Boing. Video.

 

"Dan Denegre (Space Race Studio) used his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone to shoot this eerie yet beautiful video of San Francisco on pause. The soundtrack is "La Guitarra Triste" by Cast of Characters."

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bottle Cap House

This came out last week with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Nina Krinitsina, a pensioner from the Russian village of Makarye, around 850 kilometers east of Moscow, has been decorating her modest house with colorful bottle cap mosaics for the last seven years."

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Neil Diamond Sings Special Coronavirus Version of "Sweet Caroline"

This came out Monday with thanks to Boing Boing. I want him in my care home.

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sandy Social Distancing

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Boing Boing. Video.

 

"Sunbathers at Galheta Beach in Brazil were treated to sandstorm created by helicopter police tasked with enforcing public distancing rules."

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Party

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Kentucky governor Andy Beshear says the state now has 163 confirmed coronavirus cases, including one person who attended a “coronavirus party.” That individual may well have infected many others before later testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19."

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Creepiest Tweet Winner

This came out Monday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Only 8 million people need to die to ensure that decabillionares don't become mere billionaires."

 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Oldie

The Way You Look Tonight.

 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Astronaut's Tips on Social Distancing

This came out Friday with thanks to Mother news Network.

 

"Storefronts may be shuttered, offices hushed and sidewalks sparsely treaded amid a looming pandemic. But one unlikely beacon is shining a little brighter these days."

 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How to Help Your Community in a Pandemic

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"A pandemic doesn't always bring out the best in humanity. A visit to the toilet paper aisle at your local grocery store will confirm that."

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hoarding Pot?

This came out Friday with thanks to Vice.

 

"One man bought enough weed to roll 3,500 joints while an Airbnb host has started a grow-op to make up for lost bookings due to COVID-19."

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Astronaut's Tips on Social Distancing

This came out Friday with thanks to Forbes.

 

"If anyone knows about how to deal with being far from family and friends, and working in close quarters, it’s astronauts."

 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Drones and Dogs

This came out Thursday with thanks to the NY Daily.

"Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

One resourceful man in Cyprus used a drone to walk his dog while on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic."

 

 

Thursday, March 18, 2020

Is Social Distancing Here to Stay?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Tech Review.

 

"To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members."

 

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Oldie

Queen Brenda Lee's "Break it to Me Gently".

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Charmin's a Charm for Toilet Paper at COSTCO

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. (Video)

 

""Somebody is going to get hurt!" a worker yells over and over, to no avail."

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Love

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"These were all made by Vinny Mraz, a New York-based a playwright, teaching artist and theater maker, who, like many New Yorkers, is nervously enjoying his self-quarantine and freaking out about how to make ends meet."

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Tactical TP

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Wipe away the coronapocalypse in stealthy style with Renova black toilet paper [Amazon], your everyday carry for the virus crisis."

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hotel Mumbia

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that will allow the state to take over hotels to house coronavirus patients in case hospitals are overloaded."

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Viral Video: We're on the Eve of Destruction

Over and over and over again my friend...

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

What the Heck, It's A Great Photo

This came out yesterday with thanks to Newser.

 

"First, the NBA suspended its season after a player tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Now, a second NBA player has tested positive, three more leagues are suspending their seasons, the PGA and NASCAR are barring fans, and the NCAA Tournament is off."

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Human Composting?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Newser.

 

"For Sarah Chavez, it’s important her death reflect the beliefs and values that guided her in life. That’s why, instead of having her body buried or cremated, Chavez said she would opt to have her remains turned into soil."

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Truck Topples Easter Island Statue

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"An out of control truck has toppled an Easter Island statue, part of one of the most enigmatic statue networks that have fascinated onlookers for centuries since they were first observed by explorers in the 18th century."

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Twinkie in a Bottle

This came out Thursday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Now you can drink your way directly to diabetes with a newly announced line of Hostess brand bottled iced lattes -- yes, that means they're flavored like snack cakes. Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Honey Bun, and Sno Balls to be exact."

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Warped Puzzles

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. Video.

 

"Mathematician, artist, and engineer George W. Hart of "Möbius strip bagel" fame has recently been playing with a laser cutter to create head-spinning warped-grid jigsaw puzzles."

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Jim Bakker Just Won't Stop

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"There is no treatment for the coronavirus, states the World Health Organization. That hasn't stopped televangelist and felon Jim Bakker from selling a purported cure to the pitiful people who watch his infomercials. "

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Temp Check Before Dining in Restaurant

This came yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"If you want to eat at Sichuan Impression, a small chain of restaurants in Los Angeles, don't show up with a fever (and please don't show up anywhere with a fever!). Since mid-January, the restaurant has stopped customers from entering until they have their temperature taken."

 

 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Serious Crash at Vedder Rd and Cultus Lake Rd

First responders were called out at 3:29 am Saturday when a vehicle left the road and flipped over into a ditch trapping 3 people. By the time responders could get there, one person was out but two remained inside. The vehicle was reported to have sheared off a power pole. BC Hydro crews were there within half an hour.

 

A MedEvac chopper was called in and crews set up an LZ but the chopper was later cancelled and a person was taken to Abbotsford General via ambulance. Sadly, reports later indicated a woman died as a result of the crash.

 

 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A List of Things to Virus-Proof You and Your Family

This came out today with thanks to USA Today.

 

 

Friday, March 5, 2020

Clocks Bounce Ahead Sunday

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Valley Voice. Move manual clocks ahead at 2 am Saturday.

 

 

Thursday, March 4, 2020

China Air Cleared Since Virus Outbreak as Seen From Space

This came out yesterday with thanks to Space.

 

"The new coronavirus' impact on China is so stark that it can be seen from space — as a dramatic drop in air pollution, according to data from U.S. and European satellites."

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Cranking Out Minimum Wage Free One Penny at a Time

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Take as much money as you want, at $7.25 an hour (current Fed minimum wage). All you have to do is turn the crank, which dispenses one penny every 4.97 seconds. Easy money, right?"

 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coronavirus From Outer Space?

This came out Saturday with thanks to Mystery Wire.

 

"A well known scientist is claiming the most recent strain of coronavirus (covid-19) came from space."

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Shelter Dogs on Pizza Boxes

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Amherst, New York's Just Pizza & Wing Co. is slapping dog adoption fliers on their pie boxes to help animals at the local SPCA find their forever homes. And if you adopt one of the dogs, you get a $50 gift certificate for the restaurant."

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

How Fast Can Lava Move?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Digg.

 

"Most of us associate "lava flows" with a slow, oozing sort of movement. As this footage from 2018's eruptions in Hawaii show, lava flows can be extremely fast."

 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Illegal Whale Vomit Worth $275,000 in India

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Rizwan Fadnis and Rajesh Surve, both 33, were arrested outside a bus depot in Mumbai for being in possession of 7 kg of whale vomit valued at over $275,000 reports The Hindu. The substance, also known as ambergris, is unlawful to possess without a license."

 

 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday Oldie

"Embraceable You", which was written in 1928 by George and Ira Gershwin and first appeared in the 1930 Broadway musical, Girl Crazy, was recorded in 1944 on Capitol Records by the King Cole Trio, consisting of Nat King Cole piano, Johnny Millerbass, and Oscar Moore-guitar. It can be found on a 4 CD box set, Cool Cole, The King Cole Trio Story, on the Proper label released in 2002, a must have for any Nat King Cole fan.

 

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Dog Infected With Coronavirus?

This came out today with thanks to Newser.

 

"A dog in Hong Kong has been placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19—but authorities aren't sure whether it has really been infected. Authorities say the pet dog of a 60-year-old coronavirus patient tested "weak positive" for coronavirus."

 

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Different Facial Hair Interferes with Coronavirus Masks

This came out yesterday with thanks to Newser.

 

"Patients' facial hair may affect their safety when it comes to the coronavirus—but it depends on what kind of mustache, beard, or other whiskers you're sporting."

 

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

SF Mayor Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus Scare

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Newser.

 

"San Francisco has yet to record a coronavirus case, but that hasn't stopped Mayor London Breed from declaring a state of emergency."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

No Coronavirus for Cats

This came out last week with thanks to Futura.

 

"With more than 1,000 confirmed deaths and almost 60,000 cases, the devastating coronavirus COVID-19 is causing global supplies of face masks to run out, stock markets to plummet, and cruise ship trips to be cancelled."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

How to Coronavirus-proof Your Home

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"With the novel coronavirus spreading and outbreaks popping up around the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling Americans to prepare for an epidemic."

 

For full reports on the virus worldwide watch AlJazeera.

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Lost on Shipping Due to Virus

This came out today with thanks to Zero Hedge.

 

"Covid-19's effect on the global economy, energy markets, and the shipping industry have been absolutely disastrous, borderline crisis, if not, has already triggered the onset of the next financial crisis."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Is it Safe to Order Products From China Right now?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Digital Trends.

 

"We don’t know very much about Covid-19, commonly called the coronavirus, other than it can spread from human to human through contact and that it originated in Wuhan, China."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

How the Horrific Flu of 1918 Spread Across the US

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Smithsonian.

 

"Haskell County, Kansas, lies in the southwest corner of the state, near Oklahoma and Colorado. In 1918 sod houses were still common, barely distinguishable from the treeless, dry prairie they were dug out of."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Chandelier Wedding Cake

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most of the guests at Malaysian actors Zahirah Macwilson and Aiman Hakim Redza’s wedding last Thursday were probably expecting something special, but none of them could predict an upside down wedding cake dropping from the ceiling."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Japanese Phone Won't Let People take Nude Photos

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Japanese company Tone Mobile has been getting a lot of attention ever since it launched its Tone e20 model, the world’s first smartphone that prevents users from taking “inappropriate” (nude) photos."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Man Claims to Have Eaten only Hot Dogs and Fries for 32 Years

This came out last week with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 45-year-old Belgian man claims that he has eaten only potato fries and a fricadelle – Dutch hot dog – for dinner every day ever since he was 13."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Cat Purses and Day Packs

This came out last week with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Japanese housewife and amateur designer Pico grew up collecting faux-fur animals and now spends whatever free time she has creating her own. And, as you can see, she’s really good at it!"

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

$90,000 Cookie

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"New York-based clothing brand Supreme recently teamed up with Oreo for a very limited edition line of branded cookies, which are now allegedly selling on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Plain Poop

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Ripley's.

 

"The stories are horrific. In 2012, a couple in Long Island was pelted with human excrement after an airplane flew over, trailing blackish-green waste from the lavatory."

 

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Girls Just Want to Sing Acapella

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Listen to Lauper belt it out in the isolated vocal track from the recording session of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun.""

 

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Grand Theft Body

This came out today with thanks to KCAL. News video clip.

 

"A police pursuit with a hearse — which had been stolen with a body inside the night before — ended in a wreck during rush hour Thursday morning on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Tiny Car Cost $22 a Month

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Citroën has launched a new electric vehicle that's a tiny car and an enclosed scooter at the same time. It's called the "Ami," a two-seater vehicle made for city transportation that's so small, it doesn't even require a license."

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Soylent Brown

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Ok Whatever. Warning: Strong content.

 

"In the future, a Sloppy Joe sandwich might literally be made from a guy named Joe."

 

 

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

Porch Pirate Gets Arrested in Edmonton

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"In balmy Edmonton, a woman was arrested for liberating a package from a front porch. Watch the exciting police action on YouTube!"

 

 

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

Scientists Predicting Coronavirus' Next Move

This came out Friday with thanks to Spectrum.

 

"The novel virus, which causes a respiratory illness dubbed COVID-19, has taken the lives of more than 2,100 people."

 

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

Lab Creates Beating Human Heart

This came out yesterday with thanks to IFL Science.

 

"Right now, there are 4,186 people waiting for a heart transplant in the U.S., but with a huge donor shortage not all of these patients are likely to survive."

 

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

Drone Racers

This came out last Monday with thanks to New Atlas.

 

"This racy-looking 12-rotor coaxial multicopter has been filmed in Croatia pulling extreme rolls and loops, and carrying a human on board. Not at the same time, mind you, but still, to see a drone of this size pulling stunts like this is astonishing."

 

 

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020

Sunday Oldie

Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee 1943.

 

 

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020

WiFi Car Charging

This came out Saturday with thanks to Futura.

 

"We assume electric cars have to be plugged in – it's right in the name of the "plug-in" hybrid, after all -- but if it weren't for plugs and cables, EVs might face a brighter future, sooner. Here's how wireless charging will try to make that happen."

 

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Outside the Box
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
~ Steve Jobs