Friday, June 11, 2010

Very cool



Which reminds me of one of my favorite Lego movies....

Genius.

Hot for Principal's wife?

This is from the appropriately named Dumbass Daily Blog.

There's lots of detail in this story, but here are the basics as we understand it:  Linda Lusk, 49, used to be the mayor or Prosser, WA and is currently married to the principal at Prosser High School, the same place where the boy she's accused of having inappropriate contact with goes to school (ouch!).

According to reports the two exchanged increasingly inappropriate texts over several months, including an allegedly topless picture she sent to him. On April 28, the kid had only a half day of school, so he walked over to Lusk's nearby house where--according to police reports--she led him into the bedroom and "eventually touched his penis and asked him to touch her breasts, which he did." Later she felt guilty and went to talk to the boys parents, not realizing that junior had already likely bragged to his friends which got the attention of police who showed up at Lusk's house two hours later.

Once again, what is wrong with this woman that she had to seek out a child for pleasure? This happens every day in America. Men with girls, women with boys, etc... What happens in a person's brain that makes this okay?

This kind of reminds me of the opening of the Academic Decathlon in the movie Billy Madison, where the principal describes his wife.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Snakes on an Oil Spill

Thousands of spill workers flocking to Louisiana to help clean up the soiled coastline might have more to contend with than just oil slicks and tarballs, health officials say.

There are also the snakes.

Water moccasins, copperheads, coral snakes and at least three kinds of rattlesnakes could pose threats to the unwary out-of-towners now stomping through the swamps, marshes and other coastal areas of the Pelican State, said Dr. Mark Ryan, managing director of the Louisiana Poison Center in Shreveport, La.

There is nothing quite like encountering a Coral Snake on dry land. But it's an extra special experience, when you are a middle age, out of shape, dressed in hip waders, wading in knee high to hip deep water, holding clean up gear in 90 degree (F) heat with 90+ percent humidity covered in oil.

Hear is your official "Is It Poisonous" pro-tip for Coral Snakes and the Scarlet Kingsnake.
Red next to black is a friend of Jack, Red next to yellow will kill a fellow.
I tend not to look at the colors all that closely. If it is a banded snake I usually just go ahead and drop what ever I just lifted and run. No need to be a hero. Best news of all is the awesome lack of anti-venom in the state of Louisiana right now.

So if you have avoided getting car jacked on your way to the clean up site, paid off the parish constable from your last "traffic stop", and are paying Jerry Jones's Cowboy Stadium concession prices for a bottle of water, the least of your worries now should be the snakes. You all are doing good work cleaning up the British Petroleum leak. Thanks.

PS. British Petroleum, if you haven't noticed Erin "effin" Brokovich is down there doing interviews and town meetings. You are screwed. You better start buying your own stock to drive the price down before she gets to own your company out right.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

From the top to the bottom

Infographic: Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean Trench 

Click the picture to see a graphic of the highest thing to the lowest thing in our biome. This is pretty cool stuff. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

157 years old?

Estimates of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by.

Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections.

"There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, it's difficult to doubt it," statistics bureau official Jhonny Sardjono said Monday.

Her 108 year old adopted daughter verified her age? That's just crazy. The best part was her smoking clove cigarettes ALL HER LIFE and she still helps around the house. I'm disappointed there wasn't a photograph. I want to believe.

Boonie-stomping

An Australian trekker said he has discovered the site of a significant World War II battle in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers right where they fell almost 70 years ago.
Former army Capt. Brian Freeman, an expert on the Kokoda Trail – a 60-mile trek through rugged mountainous country and rainforest of the island – said Monday he was led to the Eora Creek battle site where he found the remains of the soldiers.
The battle of Eora Creek is said to be the single most costly clash of the Kokoda campaign, although different sources cite different casualty figures.
Freeman's group says 79 Australians died and 145 were wounded, while the Australian War Memorial website says 99 were killed and 192 wounded.
Freeman said they are working with respective governments to repatriate the fallen solders and preserve the site in its “current pristine condition."

How cool is that?
When we lived on Guam in the late 1960s my older brother and sisters were always talking about "boonie-stomping".  Essentially it is basically wandering around in the jungle looking for war relics and ancient sites. When we lived there it was not uncommon to come across a helmet, tank, jeep or AIR PLANE in the jungle from the Japanese occupation or the Battle of Guam.

The finding of an air plane in your backyard comes from a family that decided to clear some tangan tangan from the back of the house to create a patio. About ten to twenty feet in they discovered a Japanese Zero complete with pilot skeleton. They had never know it was there until that time.