Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Warning Worth Heeding

A Malasian man who purchased a penis enlargement device online was unhappy when he received a magnifying glass in the mail. "The instructions that came with the package merely read: 'Do not use in sunlight.'"  

Unfortunately, he paid 80 British pounds ($134 US Dollars) for the device.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Worst Honeymoon Location Ever

 Couple spends wedding night in jail, in wedding attire.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the couple became combative with hotel staff as they were trying to check into their wedding suite, so security guards were called. Nick Bigland is accused of causing bodily harm to one of the guards and Kirsty allegedly made racist comments to another guard.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Marketing Mess-Ups

This bio-tech company in San Diego is called Verenium

That rhymes with perineum. What marketing guru thought of that name?

Monday, June 9, 2014

One Size Fits All Ages

I'm not sure if this swimming mask is for adults who act like 3-year-olds, or 3-year-olds who think they are adults.

Act your age, people!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!

How do you destroy a whole house by blowing your nose? It helps if you have a lit cigarette in your mouth.

Add that to the list of health hazards of smoking.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hamuketsu: Hamster butts are all the craze in Japan

“Hamuketsu,” which translates to “hamster buttocks,” is a growing trend in Japan.

“The great thing about hamuketsu is that it is delightfully cute. I can’t stop smiling when I see these butts,” said a Japanese publisher of a hamster-butt book.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bully or Hero?

The press is saying that a father “pummeled” and “beat up” an 11-year-old boy for bullying his 9-year-old autistic son. Get your story straight, guys.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary Online, “pummel” means “to hit someone or something repeatedly, especially with your fists.”

The father did not hit or punch the boy even once, let alone repeatedly. All he did was pull his hair and shove him. I’m not saying it’s right for an adult to treat a child like that, I’m just saying that it was a pretty mild punishment, and the bully deserved worse. What parent wouldn’t want to pull hair (or worse) if someone was bullying their kid?

And while we are defining things, Wikipedia says, “Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally” (emphasis added). This bully was repeatedly hurting another boy. Bullying is a chronic problem, one that the school and bus driver did not address. Of course the boy’s father was upset. Not only had his son been mistreated in the past, this was an ongoing problem, and he had to do something to prevent his son from continuing to be hurt in the future. In defense of his son, he decided to take action. Yes, he behaved too aggressively. But since his actions were (1) pretty minor, and (2) in defense of his son’s well-being, I think the father should be declared not guilty of the child abuse charges he now faces. He’s been in jail since last Friday. Okay, that’s punishment enough. Drop the charges.

Did anyone punish the bully? There’s no mention of it in the article. But maybe he learned a lesson: What goes around comes around. Personally, I’m glad this dad created some consequences for a bully. If bullies keep getting away with this kind of behavior, they will grow up to be real criminals, who really assault people (not just pull someone’s hair). If anything, this dad did a favor to the bully. He certainly did what the school failed to do. I’m proud of him for standing up for his son.

If you are proud, too, forward this post to a friend. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organic is Not Always Better

Organic kitty litter may have caused a nuclear meltdown in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

“Officials are investigating whether a switch from non-organic to organic litter is to blame for the [radiation] leak.”

On the other hand, “Radioactive Kitty Litter” would make a good name for a rock band.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cabbage Therapy: Cheap and Effective Mental Healthcare

Chinese teenagers take cabbages for walks as an effective treatment for depression and loneliness. 

"The youngsters are able to meet other people who also walk the green foods.

One student says, "If I see someone else its easy to start up a conversation with them about their cabbage, and they are better than dogs as they don’t bark, or start fights with other cabbages, it doesn’t even need feeding, or leave a mess on the pavement."

Chinese psychiatrist Wen Chao said: 'The idea is simple – you feel as lonely and as simple as a cabbage, so you begin to act like one and befriend one.'" 

Of course this is happening in China. Because there’s no affordable healthcare in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bastyr Mascot Update

Update: Bastyr University has announced a mascot: Kale, as in the vegetable. I am not making this up, nor did I Photoshop this picture of the University president playing catch with the green, leafy mascot.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Name Game

If you have a hyphenated last name, presumably you have two surnames that are so good, you just couldn’t choose between them, so you had to have both. So what is this guy's story?

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Day at the Races

Some people bet on horses. Today, science geeks are betting on slime molds, specifically, which one can traverse a 0.8 mm maze the fastest in the Dicty World Race 2014 (named after Dictyostelium, the genus of the competing amoebae). Unlike most sports, “doping and genetic enhancement are not only allowed, but encouraged.” The trainers of the winning mold get $5,000 and bragging rights at a slime mold conference in Germany. (Yes, there is such a thing as a slime mold conference.) Spectators have a chance to win $500 gift cards to Amazon and Chipotle for picking the winning mold.

The World Race is not without intrigue: The team from the University of Luxembourg’s amoebae were DOA when they arrived in Boston for the races. (Officials are suspiciously eying the team from Germany.) Luckily, replacement amoebae were shipped from Luxembourg in time to compete. The races are being streamed live, as well as live-blogged and tweeted, so you have no reason to miss out.

Actual Dicty World Race logo:

Actual slime mold scientist pipetting slime onto a microscope slide for the race:

Geek on!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's just like World War II, but without Nazis

A World War II reenactment was cancelled when people realized that the true-to-form event would involve German soldiers dressed in authentic uniforms. The reenactment was a charity event to raise money for the Help for Heroes project. The Barnsley Council, which cancelled the event, said the reenactment can be rescheduled “if the nature can be changed so as not to include any Nazi elements.”


Thursday, May 8, 2014

When Trees Attack

Luckily, this tree couldn't make it up the stairs, else who knows what mayhem might have ensued.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Accused Killer Fears "Murder" Tattoo Might Prejudice Jury

I guess he got the “MURDER” tattoo in case anyone was unclear about the meaning of his tear drop tattoo (which supposedly represents having killed someone). On the other hand, since the letters are backwards, I guess the tattoo is really for himself, when he looks in a mirror. Is this his to-do list?

At any rate, he’s right; it doesn’t look good to a jury.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lame (Duck) Excuse

A retired nurse in Oregon is suing for $275,000 in an alleged pet duck attack.

“In her attempt to run away from the agitated waterfowl, Ruddell fell to the ground, breaking her right wrist and spraining an elbow and shoulder, the suit claims.”

So it seems she was not injured by the duck, but by herself, while trying to run away from the duck. Seems like she is blaming her own clumsiness on a duck. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Apparently it didn't look *enough* like a gun

A man tried to rob a gas station and a dry cleaner using “a knife and a potato that apparently looked like a handgun.” All he got was a fake $20 bill.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sharknado is truly dangerous

Even this Sharknado action figure is dangerous! It is hazardous to anyone under 16 years old. A 15-year-old cannot be trusted to play with this toy.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Europe is outraged that the U.S. could botch an execution. Yes, it is embarrassing that it took 43 minutes for Clayton Lockett to die after he was injected. As one twitter user noted:

“How could Oklahoma botch an execution? If there’s one thing I would expect Americans to know how to do by now, it’s kill somebody.”

However, given that Lockett duct taped, kidnapped, beat, gang-raped, shot, and then buried alive a 19-year-old girl, I don’t feel too bad for him. He willfully meted out more than 43 minutes of agony on an innocent victim (and raped her friend, too).

We can debate about whether death by lethal injection (or capital punishment in general) is “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is banned by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But what I don’t understand is how people are outraged by the situation in the U.S. when another country has just adopted sharia law. That’s correct…the small nation of Brunei in East Asia has joined many other countries around the world in adopting the Islamic criminal law, which includes “flogging, dismemberment and death by stoning for crimes such as rape, adultery and sodomy,” and it will apply to non-Muslims as well as Muslims. Where’s the outrage over that? 

WARNING: Graphic images of sharia law follow. 

Yes, this little boy is having his arm severed by a truck, as part of sharia law.

Where is the international outrage?


"Baby on Board" signs: Not just for humans anymore.

This bumper sticker says there is a baby on board:

What kind of baby? A baby octopus?