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5/10/2018

; DROP TABLE “COMPANIES”;– LTD – Overview: classic joke, excellent IT consultancy name.

5/7/2018

EUC contest 2016: very impressive! {via}

4/10/2018

Items Found During #WeaponSweep: look at all the rope that can’t get cut now thanks to the London police. Phew! (In other news: if you may have committed a crime, manage to escape, and are close enough, they can now spray you so they can maybe find you later.)

4/4/2018

Stockholm family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up weather: not a bad idea if you live in a very cold climate, I’d say. (I don’t.)

4/2/2018

In Ethiopia, A New Ban On Foreign Adoptions Is About National Pride: this is quite troubling. Who cares if the children are condemned to a life of orphanages or abandonment, they must stay put.

3/27/2018

Toronto restaurant shocks vegans protesting meat: you want to avoid meat, fine. You want to force me to avoid meat, we’ve got problems. (Frankly, why not throw animal blood—or paint—on them like they would always do to fur wearers.)

3/23/2018

It’s a JOKE!: excellent take on the British travesty. (Lots of warranted cursing.) {via}

Exchange students in Italy set fire by cooking pasta without water: 20-years old is an adult. How do you go through life that long without knowing that pasta is cooked in a microwave?! Geesh. {via}

2/20/2018

China wages war on funeral strippers: that’s just weird. Imagine the first family that did this, before it caught on. Awkward!

Plyscraper city – Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood: I don’t get the impetus behind this at all. What’s wrong with steel?

2/12/2018

‘Super blue blood moon’ leaves Venetian gondolas stranded on dried-up canal banks: it looks so eerie. Poor Venetians have to walk like those Florentine suckers.

2/9/2018

English Sports: that pretty much nails their inscrutability to me. {via}

2/6/2018

Britain’s Giant Airship: I’ve read his book and it is wonderful. The writing is so compelling.

Ehang’s passenger-carrying drones look insanely impressive in first test flights: I really thought this was vaporware when it was announced at CES two years ago. The problem—at this point—is much simpler than autonomous cars, but will face a very real coordination problem at scale.

2/4/2018

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle: this was presaged by the events in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Far from being a dead field, archaeology is going to have a boom soon just to deal with excavating the findings from LIDAR.

1/30/2018

Fast rail – watch 1,500 Chinese workers build train station track in 9 hours: I’m a sucker for these time-lapse videos of Chinese construction. It almost makes you forget the perils of an authoritarian regime.

After Building New AU Headquarters, China Spies on Addis Ababa Facility: if you’re not paying for something, then you’re the product being sold. {via}

1/26/2018

Nutella ‘riots’ spread across French supermarkets: looks like the desire for a good deal isn’t limited to ugly, fat Americans, eh?

Cubes: there’s a key, if you’re curious. {via}

1/24/2018

TrapAdventure 2: makes Flappy Bird look easy by comparison. More details here. {via}

1/23/2018

Dutch police to ‘undress’ youths wearing clothes deemed too expensive for them: heaven forbid you store a cookie when visiting a Web site without consent. Europe. {via}

Rescue Drone Saves Two Boys from Drowning on Its First Day in Service=: sometimes you just need a good reminder of technology’s utility, especially if you’re a fan of Black Mirror. {via}

1/19/2018

Omoshiro Block – A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used: so very clever. {via}

1/17/2018

Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes: Turkish does seem the obvious route to pursue, but for the stubborn opinion of a doddering dictator. {via}

Hubble just spotted something massive coming out of Uranus: and the news continues. {via}

1/16/2018

Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’: she’s married to a Swiss citizen so she’s not going anywhere. {via}

1/15/2018

Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Banknotes: neat watching a life encapsulated in 20 seconds. If you’d rather read about it, the Washington Post has the text version. {via}

1/9/2018

3 football player vs 100 kids player in Japan: it sure took them awhile to score. Geesh. {via}

12/15/2017

Death of Man in Skyscraper Fall in China Puts a Spotlight on ‘Rooftopping’: it’s unfortunate but inevitable. I hope people stop doing this.

11/7/2016

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO: 80 million views. 80 million.

3/2/2016

Wintergatan – Marble Machine: whoa. Just wow. {via}

2/22/2016

Ancient Rome: HBO’s Rome brought ancient Rome to life more, for me. But this is very captivating still. {via}

2/17/2016

China’s Enormous Derelict Shopping Mall Does Not Bode Well For Humanity’s Future: wow, that’s such a waste.

12/21/2015

The World’s First Underwater Tennis Court Could Cost $2.5 Billion: no amount of assurances would convince me to be a spectator there.

11/9/2015

Caminito del Rey: holy crap. And I thought that trail in China was death-defying! As scary as it is (boy howdy is it scary!), the sobering thought is that people built this in the first place.

10/14/2015

Scarfolk Council: blog about a fictional dystopian town trapped in the 1970s. I don’t understand one bit, but it’s well done.

9/9/2015

Battle Sports Inc: Canadians have sublimated anger?

9/4/2015

Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit: absolutely sickening. {via}

8/25/2015

Dismaland: I feel like they’ve really captured its essence.

8/23/2015

Ridiculous Sky Pool Lets People Swim Between Buildings: ridiculous is right but, man, that first time would be great.

8/20/2015

Banksy Dismaland show revealed at Weston’s Tropicana: go visit nihilism-land and hate yourself!

8/14/2015

Researcher makes himself into a GOAT with prosthetics to follow herd in the Alps: species is a social construction. “Funded by the government.” You don’t say! {via}

9/6/2014

Jack the Ripper unmasked: what a wanker (literally).

8/29/2014

On the Roofs: holy, holy crap. Someday, these will be the evidence for a posthumous Darwin Award.

7/31/2014

Sentinelese people: residents of North Sentinel Island of whom very little is known. The number of contacts over the last two hundred years can be counted on two hands, maybe.

7/8/2014

This is Shanghai: what an incredible video!

5/27/2014

20 Amazing Hotels You Need To Visit Before You Die: linkbait taken. These are stunning.

4/9/2014

Kim Jong-un executes security minister by FLAME THROWER: bloodthirsty dictators need to get creative to stay engaged. Mortar round? Come on, that’s the province of the bored.

1/23/2014

Fake London Underground signs: these are hilarious and look like they belong.

2/7/2013

Rudolf Virchow – The Sausage Duel: riskier than, say, pistols?

12/24/2012

Holland vs the Netherlands: what’s the difference? Watch and learn.

11/28/2012

Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank in Brazil: borders on cruel but very good execution.

Jefferson Perez – Would he run ?: pretty elaborate setup to answer that one.

8/14/2012

What is the most remarkable single physical performance in Olympic history?: every answer’s a winner, but I was floored by this gymnastics routine.

6/9/2012

Hidden treat – The Easter Island heads also have BODIES: I had no idea. How has this been known for decades and it’s the first I’d heard of it‽ {via}

5/25/2012

In Seoul, retailer uses 3D QR codes and the sun to deliver discounts only during its quiet times: that is tremendously clever.

5/19/2012

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English: love these sorts of lists. {via}

3/25/2012

25 Death-Defying Photos by Vadim Mahorov: whoa. Just mother-f’in whoa.

1/24/2012

10 Worlds Most Dangerous Airports: sweet sassy molassey! Worth watching to the end.

11/26/2011

Mieders Alpine Coaster (with no brakes!!): whoa. Just whoa. {via}

9/22/2011

Climbing Red Gates in Moscow: chilling and nauseating.

8/23/2011

Scientists undo evolution to create a chicken with a maniraptora ‘snout’: not allowed “for ethical reasons” to hatch the animal?! Come on, maybe it’s delicious! {via}

How to get $12 billion of gold to Venezuela: the proper response to a dictator trying to get his inflation hedge as he simultaneously tries to wreck his economy? “The gold stays put.”

6/30/2011

Goodbye to Chuquisaca: look at the hamburger joint sign a little more than halfway down the set of photos.

5/20/2011

An Inland Archipelago: freaking Europeans.

5/5/2011

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: awesomeness just got awesomer.

8/20/2010

Valentin Beinroth, Florian Jenett: gun-shaped licorice makes for great photos. {via}

8/17/2010

iDish: I myself have used an iPad as a tray for a meal. {via}

7/20/2010

“Black parents give birth to white baby”: wow, that is quite a genetic quandary.

Portable Watermelon Cooler: I assume you could use it for keeping other watermelon-shaped items cool when watermelon’s out of season, like hams, severed heads, or jugs of milk. {via}

1/7/2010

Running from Camera: it’s the new phoon, as far as I’m concerned.

12/14/2009

Hardcore Rollerblading: it’s too bad you couldn’t see the reaction of the motorcyclists he’s passing. Also, how does he stop? {via}

12/2/2009

The Taiwanese News CG Reenactment: I have no idea what’s being said but this video says all I need to know about the Tiger Woods accident. {via}

10/14/2009

Sniper Sniper!: uhh, practical jokes don’t generally end with needing to change your underwear.

10/1/2009

Liu Bolin: very well done camouflaging, but I have a problem calling it art.

7/19/2009

Uhh, Weird Asian Photos?: the site is in Russian but the theme is pretty obvious. This collection makes the Japanese (I assume) look both more and less exotic.

6/30/2009

Bare Essentials of Safety: in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. You’ll quickly notice where it differs from others in this genre. From the “Nothing to Hide” marketing campaign.

2/10/2009

Level Crossing Man: missed it by that much.

2/6/2009

“Zimbabwe revalues currency again”: by fiat, lops off 12 zeroes—that’s a trillion folks. Inflation is unofficially at 658 billion percent; unemployment is at 94%. {via}

1/23/2009

“No Snickering”: okay, Penistone I can believe. But Butt Hole Road? Come on, Britishers.

1/17/2009

Sleeping Chinese: pictures of Shanghai residents sleeping in public, though I have to wonder how some of them are even possible.

11/5/2008

“Vicar hospitalised with potato up his bum”: I thought that only happened in the Appalachian Emergency Room. {via}

10/22/2008

“France to halt games when anthem is booed”: “We cannot tolerate our Marseillaise being jeered.” Oh those surrender monkeys, so quick to offend. {via}

10/16/2008

Unbeatable Banzuke: the craziest Japanese athletic game show I’ve ever seen. There’s plenty of video of it on YouTube. It makes me wish I had G4 still.

9/12/2008

Guy Skis Down Tube Escalator: HOLY CRAP! I CAN BARELY WATCH THIS! {via}

8/29/2008

How to Eat Durian: helpful info on an Asian fruit I’d never heard of and, from the sounds of it, I probably wouldn’t enjoy.

8/21/2008

“These Olympics are unreal”: funny yet sad but true. At least the writer wasn’t carted off to a labor camp for applying to protest at one of the designated protest areas, for which no application was approved.

8/15/2008

“The ‘Nuclear’ Option: Russia Threatens Poland Over U.S. Missile Shield”: HOLY SHIT. This part freaks me out: “He said the deal also includes a ‘mutual commitment’ between the two nations to come to each other’s assistance ‘in case of trouble.'” That certainly reminds me of “entangling alliances” and the last war they caused.

South Ossetia Photos Taken By a Russian Soldier: wow. I can’t understand any of it but the pictures speak for themselves.

8/8/2008

2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony: looks like quite a spectacle. You know what else looks like quite a spectacle? This. {via}

6/27/2008

Where the Hell is Matt?: so this thing’s been going on since 2006 and this is the first I’ve heard of it? Gosh, this Internet thing is pretty big. Definitely check out the higher-quality version. {via}

5/1/2008

Indian Baby Dropping Ritual: why hasn’t that caught on here in the states? I just don’t get it. {via}

4/5/2008

Pen-Spinning Tournament 2008: holy crap! I’m a pen spinner but I have a hard time saying that after watching these videos! {via}

3/31/2008

UK YouTube: click on one of the Featured Videos. April Fool’s! Wife: “why does that bring you such joy?” Me: “I don’t know, but it sure does.” Wife: “that is more funny to me than anything else”

3/30/2008

Chinese MC Hammer: ho hum about the actual video and the move-by-move imitation. What really gets me is the knitting lady in the background, apparently oblivious to the goings-on. {via}

3/20/2008

Rolling Bridge: arresting concept.

3/7/2008

Ferrari vs. Smart Car: wow, that is incredible. But it seems like it’d be unstable since it wasn’t designed to do that kind of speed. {via}

2/19/2008

The Deadly Huashan Hiking Trail: who would willingly hike that? Oh, right. American tourists.

Dubai is Nuts!!!: 3,900 foot tall skyscraper and 107 square miles of amusement park. Yeah, nuts about covers it. There must be a lot of money in oil…

2/11/2008

Extraordinary Breastfeeding: whoa. Just wow. Good gravy.