Category: Cool Shit


Bear Drives Car

A family vacationing in Lake Tahoe, Calif., awoke to the sound of their car horn only to find a bear trapped inside their Toyota Prius.

The bear, reportedly stuck inside the car, began thrashing in an attempt to free itself and moved the gear shift from park to neutral, the Contra Costa Times reports.

The family seemed to sympathize with the large animal, though.

“By the time he got that car in gear he was desperate,” Cece McCarthy told KABC-TV.

“He was probably thinking, “Why can’t I get out of here? What’s happening?’” Brian McCarthy said to Denver’s NBC 9.

The car rolled down the driveway and crashed into some boulders in a neighbor’s lawn, causing some damage to the exterior.

But damage to the interior was far worse.

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The bear had ripped out the back seats, clawed through the fabric and destroyed the paneling, NBC 9 reports.

The animal managed to free itself and ran away, but the police were surprised by the call.

“Normally, you’ll get reports of the Dumpster divers and trash divers, but bears breaking into cars is different,” Lt. Stevenson of the South Lake Tahoe department, told the New York Daily News.

The owners claim there was not any food in the vehicle.

Apparently bears have a knack for getting into Toyotas.

brown bear in Colorado reportedly broke into a Corolla last summer and also got stuck.

The car rolled downhill before hitting some trees, according to Denver’s ABC 7 News. The car’s owner said he thought the bear might have been attracted to a sandwich that was left in the car.

Cloud: Magnetic Floating Sofa » image 2

Cloud is a sofa concept designed for ultra comfort and relaxation. The soft floating upper part is supported by the magnetic force generated by the bottom base. No matter if you want to work and sit with comfort or simply a power nap to release the stress, you can always enjoy your time to relax on the floating cloud.

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Designer: D.K.wei

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Hands Where We Can See

Karen Z. from Toronto, Ontario took this photo of her son Jake and a friend of hers. Looks like Jake needs to keep his hands where we can see them

How are your baby-catching skills? Probably not as good as those of Wu Juping, a 32-year-old Chinese woman who apparently caught (“bare-handed,” according to state news agency Xinhua) a two-year-old girl who’d fallen from a tenth-floor apartment.

The toddler, Niu, was left alone in the apartment while her grandmother ran errands. After awakening from a nap, she seems to have climbed onto the windowsill and slipped out; Wu—herself the mother of a seven-month-old (that’s her baby in the photo)—was walking by when she noticed the baby hanging out the window. She ran across the street and caught the falling baby, breaking her arm in the process.

Niu, now in the hospital, isn’t out of the woods yet—she may be bleeding internally—but she was saved from head or neck injuries. Wu says she just did what “everyone else would’ve done,” but, as Xinhua points out, “[m]any believe that a mother who was willing to sacrifice so much for a complete stranger should be cherished by society.” We cherish you, Wu Juping!

Foxworthy said the above about rednecks, but Arab royalty can be added to the list. Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan, known as the Rainbow Sheik, a member of the Abu Dahbi ruling family and President of the UAE has proved the point. A construction crew spent weeks carving his name in the sand in letters that are half a mile high and span two miles. Large enough to be seen from space.
Nothing exceeds like excess.

Here’s a big idea: Writing your name in the sand so large that it can be seen from space. Of course, you’re much better position to carry off this sort of vanity project if you’re Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan, a super-rich Arab sheikh who is the president of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. He also happens to own an island–an ideal canvas for what is essentially the world’s largest self-referential graffiti tag.

The letters were crafted by a crew who worked for weeks to create them. The inscription measures half a mile high and two miles long–and the letters are dug so deep that they form waterways. The writing won’t be immediately washed away, but even Hamad–whose fortune is only surpassed by his monarchial rival in the region, Saudi King Abdullah–can only defy the elements for so long.

Did we mention his name can be seen from outer space?

Hamad, according to Forbes, is a guy who lives large. A member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, the man known as the Rainbow Sheikh owns 200 cars that are stored in a giant pyramid. (What, you use a garage?) Forbes also noted that Hamad also hand-built a motor home in the shape of a giant globe”one-millionth the size of the Earth.”

It should also be noted that the 63-year-old sheikh also has deep pockets when it comes to philanthropy. But don’t worry about thanking him — it seems he’s come up with a perfectly good way to give himself a shout-out.

The only naturally golden textile woven from the silk of spiders is to come to London Victoria and Albert Museum in January next year.

Golden Spipder Silk - V&A

The four metre long woven textile was made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar.

It took 80 people five years to collect the spiders, and the naturally golden hand-woven brocaded textile took over four years to create.

According to experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, spider’s silk has not been woven since 1900, when a textile was created for the Paris Exposition Universelle – but that no longer survives. This will be the first time spider silk has been exhibited in Europe since.

The earliest recorded weave using the silk of spiders dates from 1709, made by a Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who successfully produced gloves and stockings and supposedly a full suit of clothes for King Louis XIV.

Later, in the early nineteenth century, Raimondo de Termeyer, a Spaniard working in Italy, produced stockings for the Emperor Napoleon and a shawl for his first wife, Empress Josephine.

To create the textiles, spiders are collected each morning and harnessed in specially conceived ‘silking’ contraptions. Trained handlers extract the silk from 24 spiders at a time.

Unlike mulberry silk from silkworms, in which the pupa is killed in its cocoon, the spiders are returned to the wild at the end of each day.

After ‘silking’, the silk is taken on cones to the silk weaving workshop where skilled weavers have mastered the special tensile properties of the silk.

In the so-called Malagasy textile, each warp is made from 96 spun strands of spider silk and each brocading weft has 10 of those threads together – so 960 strands in total.

On average, 23,000 spiders yield around 1 ounce of silk. It is a highly labour intensive undertaking, making these textiles extraordinarily rare and precious objects.

It will be shown together with a new golden cape, currently being woven and embroidered in Madagascar, at the V&A on 25 January 2012.

A man living in a Melbourne, Australia suburb sculpted the above as a lovely gesture to let the neighbors know just what he thinks of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swinging for Jesus!

A Dallas, Tx., club is being sued by the city for operating as an after-hours swingers club in a location marked for occupancy by a church.

The Playground, a swingers club that also operates as a church according to its owner, Glenn Hudson, is being sued for operating without a license for a sexually oriented business.

In a court hearing Tuesday, Hudson said The Playground is a religious “outreach mission,” the Dallas attorney’s office said a statement.

The city of Dallas says a man who claims his after-hours dance club is a church also operates a swingers club on a property licensed for a place of worship.

Dallas filed a lawsuit late Monday against Glenn Hudson, the owner of The Playground. The city said it is an unlicensed sexually oriented business that operates on a property in the 11300 block of Harry Hines Boulevard that has a certificate of occupancy as a church, mosque or synagogue.

In a court hearing Tuesday, Hudson said The Playground is a religious “outreach mission,” the Dallas attorney’s office said a statement.

Hudson similarly defended a business that was the subject of a separate lawsuit last week.

Future of Denton Business Grants in Question

The city filed suit over after-hours dance parties held at a “drug-infested” club that does not have a permit to operate as a dance club. Hudson told the city Darkside is a youth outreach ministry, according to court documents.

According to court papers, a three-month Dallas police investigation of The Playground indicates it is a swingers club that “caters to adults, often couples, who wish to engage in random consensual sexual activities on-site with adults other than their spouses.”

Hudson allegedly shows pornographic videos on big-screen televisions and has topless dancers. Court documents also said a VIP area offered beds, condoms and more pornographic videos.

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Lie

 

As inventions go, it’s hard to top the wheel, the light bulb or even sliced bread. But it’s not an overstatement to say that a computer whiz in Frankfurt, Germany, may have topped them all with the greatest, most stupendous human achievement of all time — a B.S. detector.

At least if the dang thing works.

Bernd Wurm is a 43-year-old computer science expert who has created a device called the“BlaBlaMeter” that detects excessively flowery and jargony phrases in a given piece and rates the total amount of B.S.

Wurm created this — perhaps, the single most-important invention of our time — earlier this year because he was fed up with the “blown up speech” often used in advertisements and other promotional materials.

The detector works like this: Paste the text of potential B.S. into the screen and press the button. The website will then analyze the words and rate them for B.S. — the closer to zero, the better. Scores around one are considered full of B.S., but they can go much higher.

“Technically, some language patterns collect ‘bullshit points,” he explained to HuffPost Weird News. “The result is then divided by the number of the words. This means for some occasions that the index can be higher than one, and our database tells us even higher than 5 in very very rare cases.”

Additionally, the B.S. detector scans for excessively long words, which Wurm describes as “bad words that you use whenever you want to impress someone else” he told TheLocal.de.

 

So does it work?

That’s a matter of perspective. The texts for both President Obama’s speech about the debt ceilingand John Boehner’s response ranked very low in B.S.: Obama earned a .1 rating while Boehner scored a .2.

Meanwhile, a press release about Miracle Whip’s new offer to contribute $25,000 towards a wedding or a divorce to couples who can’t agree on the condiment came in .24, with this comment: “Your text shows some indications of ‘bullshit’-English, but is still within an acceptable range.”

Since some people might assume HuffPost Weird News stories are, well, B.S., it’s only fair to put ourselves to the test.

For instance, a story written by this reporter about an artist who has created gay pin-up pictures of famous superheroes earns a .12 rating because there are “only a few indications of bullshit.”

Meanwhile, Lee Speigel’s story, “UFOs Exist … At Least On Google Earth, If You’re Gullible” ranks in at .09 with “no or marginal indications of bullshit English.”

However, Ben Muessig gets a .2 mark for his story, “Rat Catcher’s Day: Exterminators Celebrated On July 22 Holiday,” which means there is some “bullshit,” but it’s still within acceptable guidelines.

HuffPost Weird News Senior Editor Buck Wolf was pleased to discover that the stories on the site have relatively little B.S., but jokes, “that just shows how inaccurate the technology really is.”

Wurm insists he doesn’t intend to mock people’s writing, but hopes the “BlaBlaMeter” will allow writers to pre-check their stories for B.S. before publication.

“Surely there are many writers who do an excellent job and will not need this tool,” he said. “But there is no harm checking their own writing from time to time. Even I use this tool occasionally.”

Oh, in case you were wondering, this story ranks a .15, which means it has “only a few indications” of B.S.

 

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That’s a matter of perspective. The texts for both President Obama’s speech about the debt ceilingand John Boehner’s response ranked very low in B.S.: Obama earned a .1 rating while Boehner scored a .2.

Meanwhile, a press release about Miracle Whip’s new offer to contribute $25,000 towards a wedding or a divorce to couples who can’t agree on the condiment came in .24, with this comment: “Your text shows some indications of ‘bullshit’-English, but is still within an acceptable range.”

Since some people might assume HuffPost Weird News stories are, well, B.S., it’s only fair to put ourselves to the test.

For instance, a story written by this reporter about an artist who has created gay pin-up pictures of famous superheroes earns a .12 rating because there are “only a few indications of bullshit.”

Meanwhile, Lee Speigel’s story, “UFOs Exist … At Least On Google Earth, If You’re Gullible” ranks in at .09 with “no or marginal indications of bullshit English.”

However, Ben Muessig gets a .2 mark for his story, “Rat Catcher’s Day: Exterminators Celebrated On July 22 Holiday,” which means there is some “bullshit,” but it’s still within acceptable guidelines.

HuffPost Weird News Senior Editor Buck Wolf was pleased to discover that the stories on the site have relatively little B.S., but jokes, “that just shows how inaccurate the technology really is.”

Wurm insists he doesn’t intend to mock people’s writing, but hopes the “BlaBlaMeter” will allow writers to pre-check their stories for B.S. before publication.

“Surely there are many writers who do an excellent job and will not need this tool,” he said. “But there is no harm checking their own writing from time to time. Even I use this tool occasionally.”

Oh, in case you were wondering, this story ranks a .15, which means it has “only a few indications” of B.S.

 

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