Made in America: Chrysler's Detroit Superbowl Ad Starring Eminem

2:01:31 AM, Monday, February 07, 2011
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Pope's Organs Are Too Holy to Donate to Mortals, Says Church

10:03:38 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

“Benedict XVI has tried to scotch rumours that he carries an organ donor card after his secretary revealed that his ascension to the position of Holy Father means he is no longer able to bequeath his body parts to lesser mortals.

On the pontiff's instructions, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict's personal secretary, fired off a letter to quell the rumours that started in the Pope's native Germany.

"It's true that a simple cardinal can have an organ donor card but, despite public declarations to the contrary, it ceased to apply when he was elected head of the Catholic Church," Mgr Gaenswein said.

In 1999, the then-Cardinal Ratzinger said he was on an organ-donor list. "I am available to offer my organs to whoever might need them. It is an act of love, of affection and generosity," he said at the time.

And as recently as 2008, three years after being elected pontiff, Benedict attended an international congress on donor transplantation where he repeated his support for organ donors. "It's a special way of showing charity," he said, though he added that donations had to be "free, voluntary [and] respectful of the health and dignity of the donor...””

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'Mmmm...Shark,' Says Killer Whale

6:11:39 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

“Like a child eating too many jawbreaker candies, some orcas damage their teeth by eating crunchy, abrasive food. But they aren't eating candy, they are eating sharks.

The orcas (Orcinus orca), or killer whales, in the deep, offshore waters of the northeast Pacific chow down on the sluggish deep-sea Pacific sleeper shark. But dining on shark delicacies comes at a price.

The denticles, tough teeth-like structures embedded in the shark's skin, grind down the whale's teeth. Some older whales have been found with their teeth ground down to the gums, according to John Ford of the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and his team or researchers. Their research was published recently in the journal Aquatic Biology…”

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Once and Future Stars of Andromeda

4:22:09 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

The big, beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, aka M31, is a spiral galaxy a mere 2.5 million light-years away. Two space-based observatories have combined to produce this intriguing composite image of Andromeda, at wavelengths outside the visible spectrum. The remarkable view follows the locations of this galaxy's once and future stars. In reddish hues, image data from the large Herschel infrared observatory traces enormous lanes of dust, warmed by stars, sweeping along Andromeda's spiral arms. The dust, in conjunction with the galaxy's interstellar gas, comprises the raw material for future star formation. X-ray data from the XMM-Newton observatory in blue pinpoint Andromeda's X-ray binary star systems. These systems likely contain neutron stars or stellar mass black holes that represent final stages in stellar evolution. More than twice the size of our own Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy is over 200,000 light-years across.

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Ricky Gervais on Atheism

1:45:22 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011
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Helmet Cam: Biker Gets Rear Ended in Traffic, Lands on Feet

12:54:19 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011
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Ride Bikes Every Day!

3:20:06 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011
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The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom

3:15:42 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011
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You Leave by Alex Andreyev

3:12:00 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011
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The White Triplex 1928 Land Speed Record Car

3:04:49 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

“The White Triplex was a land speed record car built for J. H. White and driven by Ray Keech. It was powered by three 27-litre Liberty aero-engines, for a total of 36 cylinders, 81 litre displacement and a claimed 1500 bhp.

A wealthy American, J. H. White of Philadelphia (unrelated to the White Motor Company), wanted to take the land speed record from the British duel betweenHenry Segrave and Malcolm Campbell.No suitable engines were available to give a sufficient advantage over the BritishNapier Lion, so the simplest possible chassis was constructed and three war-surplusLiberty aero engines were squeezed into it. The vehicle was so simple that it had no clutch or gearbox and only a single fixed ratio. Once started by a push start, it had to keep rolling. Driver comforts were minimal: the forward engine was sheathed in a crude attempt at streamlining, the two side-by-side behind were bare, with the driver perched between them.

An established motor-racing driver, Ray Keech, was engaged to drive. First trial runs were hazardous, Keech being injured by burns during both: first from a burst radiator hose, then by exhaust flames from the front engine.

The simplicity of the design also led to a farcical situation with the official scrutineers. The regulations required "means for reversing", which the White Triplex didn't have. Mechanics first jury-rigged an electric motor and roller drive onto a tyre, but this was unable to rotate against the compression of the three large engines, which could not be un-clutched. An even more Rube Goldberg contrivance was tried, an entire separate rear axle was fitted, held above ground until dropped by a release lever and then driven by a separate driveshaft. The device was ridiculous, and isn't believed to have been fitted during the record attempt itself, but it satisfied the scrutineers.

On April 22, 1928, Keech set a new land speed record of 207.55 mph (334.02 km/h) at Daytona…

-- Yep. I don't even know what else to add, but if you're looking for borderline insanity driven engineering and endless car build entertainment, - land speed record setting vehicles and their creators will never disappoint. If you're interested here's a more detailed and colorful write up on this beast, - The White Triplex - Three Engines 1500HP and One Tragic Result

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Love of Reading by Roman Haillenne

2:51:19 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

"I'm a pseudo-intellect, I was designed to classify books in a library and respected all human laws. I worked 237 months 8 days and 18 hours, I classified 4 760 126 695 books. I rails to get around very quickly using my turbine in my library. Now I have no rails, it's hard to get around. My turbines are too powerful to handle. I want to go back in my library.

I am programmed to love books and I love them. I love to read books, I watch the pages and count the number of symbols in each book. The book I like most has more symbols than the others, he has averaged 4 431.97 symbols per page and 40 832 104 symbols in all. Since 19 months 24 days and 3 hours books are prohibited by law. I was no longer useful, so I've been recycling. A new function was assigned to me. But I was not optimized, I just adapted to my new spot. I must destroy the books. I 10 953 470 books to destroy. But I love books. I can not destroy the books. But I can only obey the laws. So I decided to separate the pages of symbols. I respect the laws because the books I have treated are no longer usefull. And at the same time all the elements of the books are stored, indexed and classified.One day, when the laws permit me, I'll rebuild the books I have separated. And I can ride my tracks, I can put them in my library."

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Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters - Pistol Packin' Mama

2:08:41 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

-- Pistol Packin' Mama from about 1943 featuring Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Played on vintage 78. Very scratchy and worn, so the quality is poor, but this is the original 78 the way it was heard without any enhancement. This is what the original experience is all about, or well, as close as you can get to it through YouTube... ;)

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Askold An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

1:37:01 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

“Askold is a small island located in the Sea of Japan. Long ago it was absorbed in an extensive war. The war started because of the goldfields located there. The local graveyard that has turned into a forest now hides quite a few mysteries of the island.

In 1892 the Headquarters of the Vladivostok Fortress created a permanent observation post on the island. It was connected with the headquarters with the help of a telegraph line. But the main task of the Askold department was to watch the Japanese try to construct the mine fields in front of the Bosporus. Also, those days the Askold Island was the only nursery of the axis deer.

The island is visible from all around. If you look at its form on a sea map it resembles a horseshoe. Looking at it from the sea one can’t help but admire its majesty and mysteriousness. The weather is quite unpredictable. The bright sky may turn into a gray and rainy one in a twinkle of an eye…”

-- Fantastic location, history and photos.

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Man Caught Eating Baby

1:08:44 AM, Sunday, February 06, 2011

“PORT MORESBY - Residents of a Papua New Guinea mining town say they found a man with a history of drug abuse allegedly eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony.

Police said locals on the outskirts of the town of Tabubil, in Western Province, woke on Thursday to the screams of the baby.

Beset with the grisly sight of the father allegedly eating his child, an angry mob chased him to the police station where he was detained after a short struggle.

Police said the discovery was too late to save the baby, who died of his injuries.

Tabubil police commander Demas Tapea said officers had detained a man and his wife to assist them with their inquiries.

"It is a very disturbing incident," Sergeant Tapea said.

"The community is upset, angry but there is also a lot of fear and anxiety because there is a belief in sorcery or witchcraft."

Sgt Tapea said the main suspect was known to police…”

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Cockpit View of a Twilight Landing at LAX

10:24:46 PM, Saturday, February 05, 2011
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