Tuesday: July 26, 2011
- Over in China beach-goers are enjoying a healthy swim in algae-filled waters.
An algae bloom, or 'green tide,' has clogged nearly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) of the Yellow Sea, Chinese authorities said Sunday, according to the state-run media outlet Xinhua. The algae blanketing the beaches belongs to a species of marine plankton known as Enteromorpha prolifera, found in waters all around the world. In the right conditions, the algae can explode into so-called macro-algal blooms, Steve Morton, a marine biologist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told National Geographic News in 2010.
Monday: July 18, 2011
- A handy list of poets ranked by... beard weight.
Typifying a once-popular, but nowadays seldom-encountered species of turn-of-the-century ephemera,Poets Ranked by Beard Weight has become a rarity much prized by bibliophiles, and one that still stands out as a particular curiosity among the many colorful curiosities of the period. Its author, one Upton Uxbridge Underwood (1881 – 1937), was a deipnosophist, clubman, and literary miscellanist with a special interest in tonsorial subjects.
Monday: July 11, 2011
- Taiwanese tea company decides to market their product by way of mock Apple keynote.
The Jobs / John Stamos hybrid dropped by to pitch a Taiwanese company's vast selection of tea, of all things, for a TV advertisement that's apparently currently airing in Taiwan. Decked out in light jeans, a black mock turtleneck and sneakers, the impersonator even matched Steve's hair color, rimless glasses, and current weight. The only thing missing was an actual Apple product -- and months of media speculation.
Thursday: April 15, 2010
- A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.
Sorry, but you won't find any, as Travel & Leisure puts it, 'goofball novelty' buildings on this list. On the plus side, if you've always wanted to see what a bar-code building looks like then this post has your numeric ID all over it.
Tuesday: April 6, 2010
- Eleven of the strangest how-to books you can currently find on Amazon.
Turns out there is a how-to book out there for any and all subject that you can probably think of and that includes caring for and raising your very own mythical creatures. My personal favorite from this list though is 'How to Avoid Huge Ships' - which apparently is a serious offering in terms of boat safety.
Monday: April 5, 2010
- A collection of weird road signs from all over the world for you to gawk at.
I never knew that Big Foot looked like a cross between Aquaman and a goat. Those rangers over at Pike National Park in Coloroda Springs must know something that we don't. Or do they? Conspiracy!
Wednesday: March 17, 2010
- Meet Pisco, the very first surfing alpaca.
Mr Pianezzi, 44, has introduced his alpaca Pisco to the waters of the Pacific Ocean over the past several months. Unlike dogs, an alpaca does not instinctively jump into the sea for a swim.
Thursday: March 4, 2010
- Escaped monkey manages to make time for several Facebook appearances.
Facebook: the only place where you can find photos of an escaped monkey and then read posts by that same monkey as he taunts the authorities. Is there anything social networking can't do?
Tuesday: January 19, 2010
- Ten unusual (but cool) vacuum cleaners for you to gawk at.
Every office or cubicle should have a tiny USB retro vacuum and I'll be ordering mine when stock becomes available. Another fun fact to be learned here is that your vacuum cleaner can double as a makeshift proton pack.
Monday: January 11, 2010
- Nine of the most terrifying attempts to improve popular foods.
Covers everything from spray-able pancake batter and carbonated yogurt all the way over to colored ketchup and edible plates (Ritz crackers are a quick substitute for this as well - thank you Mitch Hedberg). So, who's hungry?
Thursday: January 7, 2010
- Reindeer droppings apparently make for some festive ornaments and jewelry.
The zoo had such success last year selling Christmas ornaments made of the reindeer droppings that they started making jewelry this year. The droppings are dime-sized, dehydrated, sterilized and spray-painted with glitter. They're called 'Magical Reindeer Gems.'
- Park ranger over in New Hampshire finds Big Foot, says he needs permit.
He was dressed as Bigfoot when a park ranger put a stop to his performance art project. Doyle didn't have a permit. But the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Foundation argues that Doyle's free speech rights were violated.
Monday: January 4, 2010
- Six transportation ideas that are actually more baffling than the Segway.
Crossing any body of water is always a hassle. But, as a cynical, jaded, 21st century consumer, the last thing you want is a boat. What with their ability to float, ease of use and general reliability, boats are just so passe.
Tuesday: December 29, 2009
- GPS device manages to strand couple in Oregon for three days.
In the town of Silver Lake, the unit told them to turn right on Forest Service Road 28, and they followed that and some spur roads nearly 35 miles before getting stuck in about 1 1/2 feet of snow near Thompson Reservoir, the sheriff said.
Wednesday: December 16, 2009
- Thirteen photos of strange Christmas trees for you to gawk at.
Behold the wonder that is the beer bottle Christmas tree or even stranger yet... an upside-down Christmas tree. How about a Christmas tree made from other Christmas trees? This carnival of oddness never stops!