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Smart Car Makes Crosswalks Safer (and More Fun) With Dancing 'Don't Walk' Guy | Adweek -
Smart Car Makes Crosswalks Safer (and More Fun) With Dancing 'Don't Walk' Guy | Adweek
"How do you get people to stop for the "Don't walk" guy in the crosswalk? Make the "Don't walk" guy a little more interesting to look at. That's what Smart car did in Portugal, giving the icon more entertainment value by getting him to dance for his impatient audience. (This is achieved by seemingly unnecessary though I suppose charming high-tech means—the "Don't walk" guy imitates the moves of actual dancing humans in a booth nearby.) The "Walk" guy is really going to have to raise his game." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Hand-sewn ‘mango pillows’ a hit with tourists - Taipei Times -
Hand-sewn ‘mango pillows’ a hit with tourists - Taipei Times
"In addition to other mango-affiliated products, pillows in the shape and color of the fruit made by members of the Saint Theresa Opportunity Center (德蘭啟智中心) in Yujing District (玉井) have been a great success and well-received by tourists. Hand-sewn by the students of the Telan Special Education Center, the pillows were developed in an effort to provide the students at the center with a skill, center director Yang Mei-hua (楊美華) said. “Though the income is limited, it nonetheless bolsters the students’ confidence in their own ability,” Yang said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The pillows, named after popular Taiwanese singer Wang Li-hom (王力宏), were intended to be homophones of the three primary colors, yellow, green and red, which also represent the three most popular mango types in the township, Yang said." - Jessie
It took me a solid minute to figure out Wang Li-horn = huang (yellow), lu (green), hong (red). - Jessie
Think how long it took *me* to figure it out! ;-) - Spidra Webster
LOL it's just such a weird leap - from pillows to Chinese pop stars to mangoes. I wonder if it's clear enough in the Chinese version and they just didn't want to bother explaining it. - Jessie
Cat bites dog: In India's human dominated landscapes, top prey for leopards is dogs -- ScienceDaily -
Cat bites dog: In India's human dominated landscapes, top prey for leopards is dogs -- ScienceDaily
"A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that in India's human dominated agricultural landscapes, where leopards prowl at night, it's not livestock that's primarily on the menu -- it is man's best friend. The study, which looked at scat samples for leopards in India's Ahmednagar's district in Maharashtra, found that 87 percent of their diet was made up of domestic animals. Domestic dog dominated as the most common prey item at 39 percent and domestic cats were second at 15 percent. Seventeen percent of the leopard's diet consisted of assorted wild animals including rodents, monkeys, and mongoose, and birds." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man-eating leopard kills 12 as it targets drunks staggering home - Halil
In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane -
In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane
"Some places have lanes for bicycles, others for motorcycles, but there's a place in mainland China that boasts a different type of lane altogether: one for phone addicts glued to their screens. According to a Chinese publication, the cellphone lane above was spotted along a place called Foreigner Street in Chongqing city, one of the five major cities in the country. The sidewalk was most likely painted on for everyone's safety, because, hey, if there's distracted driving, there's also distracted walking, as perfectly demonstrated by the woman in this video. If the idea sounds familiar, it's because the National Geographic did something similar back in July as an experiment. The society stenciled "NO CELLPHONES" on one-half of a DC sidewalk and "CELLPHONES: WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK" on the other half. The result? Well, among other things, they found that the people actually glued to their phones didn't even notice the markings at all. Typical." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Christ Arrested for Assaulting Muhammed in San Rafael | Crime Voice -
"On Wednesday, September 3, San Rafael Police Department received a report of a fight between a man and a woman in the 300 block of Fourth Street in San Rafael. On arrival, officers found Fatimah Muhammed and Jesus Christ located at a nearby CVS store. The officers learned that the couple were in a dating relationship and currently live together. Earlier Christ had become upset with Muhammed because she had been driving too slow. According to Muhammed, Christ then spit on her and then they proceeded to punch each other." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The man who calls himself Jesus Christ has made the news before, and for similar circumstances. Christ, who had his name legally changed to match that of the “Prince of Peace”, has been arrested three previous times since 2005 on domestic violence charges, or for disobeying a court order related to domestic violence. It is not clear from records whether his victim has been the same woman who was involved in this incident." - Jessie
Noisy clarinet blamed for neighbor's alleged threat - 7NEWS Denver -
Noisy clarinet blamed for neighbor's alleged threat - 7NEWS Denver
"A western Colorado woman is accused of pointing a rifle at several children in a neighboring back yard because she was upset that an 11-year-old boy was playing his clarinet outside. Mesa County sheriff's deputies believe 60-year-old Cheryl Ann Pifer of Clifton had been drinking before allegedly threatening the children Wednesday afternoon. The Daily Sentinel reports that the boy told Pifer that he was practicing the clarinet as part of his homework and couldn't go back inside his grandmother's house because a baby was sleeping. There were six other children in the back yard with him. Several of them reported that Pifer also pointed a gun at them and yelled "Fire in the hole!" as they ran away." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Clarinet? Seems reasonable. - Glen Campbell
I have trumpet player on one side, a drummer on another and a bassist behind me. Three years of practice and they still suck. I can understand, but wouldn't go that far. - Anika
I used to practice my piccolo outside, because it was just too much inside the house. No one ever, ever complained, except the dogs. - Kirsten
Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook | Washington Irving | -
Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook | Washington Irving |
"Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story. " - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Via The Mary Sue. - Jessie
I think I need this in my life. - vicster: full-bodied
And it's freeeeee :D - Jessie
Five Ballet Companies Join for Live Streaming 'World Ballet Day' - -
"In an unprecedented bout of internationalism, five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give ballet fans worldwide an intensive behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching. The event, called “World Ballet Day,” will take place on Oct. 1, and features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube. The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a... more... - Jessie
This Guy's Replies to 9/11 Brand Tweets Sum Up Everything That's Wrong With 9/11 Brand Tweets | Adweek -
This Guy's Replies to 9/11 Brand Tweets Sum Up Everything That's Wrong With 9/11 Brand Tweets | Adweek
"Brands that try to get in on the social conversation around 9/11 can come off as crass and opportunistic. But it takes a witty foil to really show how dumb some of the tweets are. Luckily, Mike Monteiro is that foil. Much of this morning, he's been replying to brands' 9/11 tweets with amusingly fake enthusiasm, giving his 45,000 followers some comic relief on what's always a difficult day. Check out some of Monteiro's tweets below." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"@DunkinDonuts @seanbonner Those people left a hole in our hearts, and in our donuts. #neverforget" - Jessie
Wow. Although I sort of think going after brands that simply posted memorials is a bit of douche move. Go for those tying it to sales but the rest? No. - Soup in a TARDIS
I think as a consumer, for me it would be hard to separate out "memorials" from "branding" on Twitter. I would just assume everything coming from an identifiable brand is "branding," even if it's not tied to sales. So I guess I agree with him that most brands should avoid 9/11 references altogether - to me it just comes off as tacky. - Jessie
I'm curious where that line is drawn, though. Everyone on Twitter is a brand of some sort, even you and me. Is it okay for a comedian, like Ricky Gervais or Patton Oswalt to tweet about it? How about a band like Collective Soul or Shai Hulud - or maybe just a band member, like Dave Mustaine or Mike Portnoy (or, to make things even more confusing, how about a band that is just one... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I don't think I'd have a hard time separating "memorials" from "branding," personally. In several of those examples the attached image was little more than an American flag with a supportive message across it. I'd argue that this guy is making more personal branding mileage out of this than any of the companies are or intended to (I exclude from this those who explicitly linked sales to 9/11, such as the personal trainer) - Soup in a TARDIS
I think if people want to post something, then they should post as people, not as corporations, though. I'm just not really into this post-Citizens United world, I guess. - Victor Ganata
When Scientists Give Up : Shots - Health News : NPR -
When Scientists Give Up : Shots - Health News : NPR
"Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another. But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, the scramble for money to conduct research has become stultifying. So, he's giving up on science. And he's not alone. Federal funding for biomedical research has declined by more than 20 percent in the past decade. There are far more scientists competing for grants than there is money to support them. That crunch is forcing some people out of science altogether, either because they can't get research funding at all or, in Glomski's case, because the rat race has simply become too unpleasant. "My lab was well-funded until, basically, the moment I decided I wasn't going to work there anymore," he says during an interview on the porch swing of his home in Charlottesville, Va. "And I probably could have scraped through there for the rest of my career, as I had been doing, but I would have had regrets."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others, like Glomski and Patterson, will just give up. "We're taking all this money as a country we've invested ... and... more... - Jessie
Thanks for the link. I heard this on the radio on Tuesday and wanted to track it down but forgot. - Spidra Webster
No problem! Someone I worked with in Beijing who is now a med student posted it on FB. - Jessie
Nude photo club strikes in Taipei MRT, report says - Taipei Times -
"A group that gets its thrills by taking nude photographs in public places and posting them online struck again on Monday at a Taipei MRT station and on an MRT train, a Chinese-language daily reported yesterday. The photographs of a naked woman were purportedly taken at the Xianse Temple Station on the Xinzhuang Line and posted on the nude photo fans’ online forum BeautyCLUB, which was set up three years ago and now has 4,000 registered members, the Apple Daily reported. The paper, which estimated that there are 100,000 aficionados in the nation, cited the group as saying its next targets for naked snapshots include the high-speed railway, airliners and classrooms where classes are actually in session." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"A fan of the Web site interviewed by the paper said that shooting nude photos in public places was difficult because one has to repeatedly check the venue, avoid numerous surveillance cameras and police patrols and ensure the safety of the models. Active classrooms have been rated as the most challenging venues for shooting nude photos, and no member has succeeded in taking one yet." - Jessie
Chinese man jailed after broadcasting PORN on stadium big-screen display The man accidentally projected X-rated smut onto a huge screen at Maryland Stadium, in central China. He was sentenced to 16 days in jail and now must pay a $485 fine. - Halil
Hahaha I remember that case! At least it happened in Lanzhou, where the air pollution is so bad most people probably didn't get a good view. - Jessie
Impact of movies on dog breed popularity -- ScienceDaily -
Impact of movies on dog breed popularity -- ScienceDaily
"The researchers used data from the American Kennel Club, which maintains the world's largest dog registry totalling over 65 million dogs, and analysed a total of 87 movies featuring dogs. They found that the release of movies is often associated to an increase in popularity of featured breeds over periods of one, two, five, and ten years. Additionally, they found that these trend changes correlated significantly with the number of viewers during the movie's opening weekend, considered as a proxy of the movie's reach among the general public. This suggests that viewing a movie may cause a long-lasting preference for a breed that can be expressed years later, when the time comes to buy a new dog." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The team also discovered a general decrease during the century of movies' influence on the success of dog breeds. Earlier movies are associated with generally larger trend changes than later movies. This might be due to an increased competition with other media, such as television, and more recently, the internet, but also to an increased competition among movies. Movies featuring dogs were released at a rate of less than one per year until about 1940 but a rate of more than seven per year by 2005." - Jessie
"But what are the consequences for the dogs? Dr Alberto Acerbi, a Newton Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol and co-author of the paper said: "If people buy en masse dogs because they appear in movies the consequences can be negative for the dogs themselves. Our previous study found that the most popular breeds had the greatest number of... more... - Jessie
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame -
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
Medieval Illustrations Of The Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame
"Open wide and say ahhhhhhh! In medieval Europe, Hellmouths were commonly depicted in illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts as hideous beasts, swallowing the souls of the damned, while the souls of the saved watched smugly from Heaven. The British Library has posted some of the most memorable images in their collection." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
She saved the world...a lot. - Todd Hoff
nice find - Halil
How Stephen King Teaches Writing - The Atlantic -
How Stephen King Teaches Writing - The Atlantic
"Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn’t until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth. For weeks, I struggled to engage my detoxing, frustrated, and reluctant teenage students. I trotted out all my best lessons and performed all my best tricks, but save for one rousing read-aloud of Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart,” I failed to engage their attention or imagination. Until the day I handed out copies of On Writing. Stephen King’s memoir of the craft is more than an inventory of the writer’s toolbox or a voyeuristic peek into his prolific and successful writing life. King recounts his years as a high school English teacher, his own recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and his love for his students (“even the Beavis and Butt-Head types”). Most importantly, he captivates the reader with his honest account of the challenges he’s... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Lahey: You write, “One either absorbs the grammatical principles of one’s native language in conversation and in reading or one does not.” If this is true, why teach grammar in school at all? Why bother to name the parts? King: When we name the parts, we take away the mystery and turn writing into a problem that can be solved. I used to tell them that if you could put together a model... more... - Jessie
"Lahey: You paint a pretty bleak picture of teachers as professional writers. Teaching is, after all, a “consumptive profession,” as a friend of mine puts it, and it can be a real challenge to find the juice for our own creative endeavors after a day at school. Do you still feel that teaching full time while pursuing the writing life is a doomed proposition? King: Many writers have to... more... - Jessie
DiGiorno Is Really, Really Sorry About Its Tweet Accidentally Making Light of Domestic Violence | Adweek -
DiGiorno Is Really, Really Sorry About Its Tweet Accidentally Making Light of Domestic Violence | Adweek
"After a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer led to his termination from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, thousands of women took to Twitter to discuss their physically and emotionally tortuous experiences in abusive relationships. They used the #WhyIStayed hashtag to fight the victim-blaming attitude of Palmer's critics, who had questioned why she would marry a man who knocked her unconscious. Jumping onto the popular hashtag, DiGiorno clearly didn't look into its context before tweeting, "#whyistayed You had pizza."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The backlash was swift, and within minutes the tweet had been deleted. The brand then posted the apology above, noting: "A million apologies. Did not read what the hashtag was about before posting."" - Jessie
"DiGiorno has, so far, taken the more mature and difficult approach. Since last night's #whyistayed tweet, the brand has been responding to dozens of Twitter users offended by the post. Each response has been personalized and is clearly sincere, which is a nice reprieve from the usual copy-and-paste approach to dealing with bad PR in social media. So while DiGiorno is sure to take more... more... - Jessie
Clay deputy's son, 2, accidentally fires father's gun inside Wendy's; bullet fragments strike boy, 3 others | -
"The 2-year-old son of a Clay County sheriff’s deputy was struck in the foot by a shattered bullet fragment and sustained minor injuries when his father’s personal handgun accidentally discharged into the floor of a Middleburg fast food restaurant where the family stopped for lunch. Bullet fragments bouncing off the floor also struck the boy’s grandfather as well as two female customers who were standing nearby. Neither the boy nor the three adults required medical treatment. However, all were examined at the scene by county emergency medical personnel, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report. Clay Sgt. Matthew Magish was off duty and standing in line with his son and the boy’s maternal grandparents at the front counter inside Wendy’s, 2530 Blanding Blvd., when the accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the report released Monday. The boy was nicked in the right foot. Magish was tending to his son when deputies arrived." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Magish said his son “stuck his hand into his pocket looking for a snack and that the firearm had discharged,” Deputy J.R. Holmes wrote in the incident report." - Jessie
Florida! - Jessie
Everyone Can Stop Making Billboards, Because These Guys Made One Entirely Out of Cake | Adweek -
Everyone Can Stop Making Billboards, Because These Guys Made One Entirely Out of Cake | Adweek
"The greatest idea for a billboard has been realized: one made entirely of cake. Actually, 13,360 cakes. British confectionery brand Mr. Kipling and agency JWT London are the geniuses responsible for this gift to the the world. Because they are benevolent leaders who understand how things should work, they let everyone lucky enough to be near the billboard, at a mall in London, also participate in the eating of the billboard. That makes it even more perfect, because a billboard that disappears quickly is the best kind. It's also even more selfless, because making a billboard out of 13,360 cakes is a feat that takes grand vision and steely perseverance—approximately seven hours worth of grueling cake assembly alone, even with the help of a professional food artist like Michelle Wibowo, whose credentials also include making a portrait of Prince William and Prince George out of 16,074 triangle pieces of Toblerone chocolate." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online - -
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online -
Betrayed by Her Body, a Dancer Connects Online -
"Picture this: A New York City Ballet soloist, unusually radiant with creamy skin, eloquent feet and a vintage luster to her drama, watches in horror as her body begins to deteriorate. Her hair falls out. Her migraines become debilitating. The pounds pile on. If, in dance, the body is an instrument, what happens, as with Kathryn Morgan, when it betrays you? “It was so horrible,” she said in an interview. “I didn’t just gain weight, my neck was thick, and I had a stomach roll. I didn’t even recognize myself.” Eventually, Ms. Morgan, 25, discovered the cause: an under-functioning thyroid. Since the illness took hold in the spring of 2010, she gained 40 pounds. It’s taken several years to find the correct dosage of medication. Now, Ms. Morgan is focused on returning to the stage, and she isn’t doing it alone: In May, she started a YouTube channel, which currently has more than 6,800 subscribers. On Facebook, she has more than 87,000 followers. She also posts regularly on Instagram.... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Ms. Morgan’s advice is refreshingly no-nonsense. “Do not match your eye shadow to your costume,” she said, laughing. “Please don’t.” But with more serious issues, she is careful yet firm with her counsel and plans to create stand-alone videos that delve deeper into topics like dieting. “I don’t want to encourage dieting especially with young girls,” she said. “They’re still growing.... more... - Jessie
"For Ms. Morgan, it was the answer she said she needed: “I had been toying around with the idea of going somewhere else for a while, and it was a gift to have him say no. It made the decision for me. But I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Peter. I’m not the least bit bitter about it. New York City Ballet made me who I am.” Ms. Whittle, who befriended the dancer before she... more... - Jessie
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!! -
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!!
:O :O :O They brought back Samantha!!!
The pirouetting Palace guardsman: Soldier captured on video showing off his dance moves to delighted tourists (but top brass aren't so impressed)  | Mail Online -
The pirouetting Palace guardsman: Soldier captured on video showing off his dance moves to delighted tourists (but top brass aren't so impressed)  | Mail Online
"The three-minute clip was posted online last month and appears to have been filmed recently as a notice advertising the annual Summer Opening of the palace’s State Rooms can be seen in the foreground. It shows the solider, dressed in his red tunic and bearskin with its white Grenadier plume, attempting to alleviate the boredom of his two-hour guard shift with a series of silly stunts. Marching up and down, he first bends down to pick up something from the gravel forecourt which he then puts in his pocket. He then proceeds to walk very slowly – freezing at one point – before launching into a comical speed walk. On his next turn he pretends to polish his guard box with his knuckles as walks past. The antics do not end there, however, as the soldier walks with a hip-swinging strut before launching into his tour de force: a series of three, remarkably elegant, pirouettes - not once but twice." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Hand-drawn licence plate fails to fool state trooper | Weird | News | Toronto Su -
Hand-drawn licence plate fails to fool state trooper | Weird | News | Toronto Su
"A Massachusetts woman whose licence plate was revoked failed to fool police with the homemade one she put on her car. State police said a trooper stopped the car Tuesday on Interstate 391 in Chicopee, about 140 km southwest of Boston. It had a piece of cardboard in place of a plate with a number crudely drawn in red coloured pencil. Above it, in a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, were the words "Aug Massachusetts" in blue. At the bottom, the forger had attempted to recreate the italicized (correct) slogan "The spirit of America."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I joked about doing this after I got a ticket for not having a front plate - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Artisinal plating. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I had my back license plate stolen in high school. My dad called the police and the DMV to report it and was told by both agencies to write the plate number & expiration date, "stolen" and a code they gave him on a piece of paper and place it in my rear window. We did just that and everything was fine until I got pulled over for not having a valid plate. The cop said whoever told us... more... - Elena
Fayetteville Woman Steals $144 Worth Of Eye Shadow, Police Say | -
Fayetteville Woman Steals $144 Worth Of Eye Shadow, Police Say |
"Police were called to the Ulta Beauty Store at 3835 N. Mall Ave. #1 to deal with a shoplifter, according to a preliminary report. The caller said she saw Allen grabbing handfuls of make-up without looking at the color or labels. She didn’t appear to be checking prices, either, the report states. Allen entered the store with an unidentified woman who tried to distract store employees by asking questions and leading them away from Allen, according to the report. An officer arrived at the store and approached Allen. The original caller introduced herself to Allen as the general manager of the store and asked to see the contents of her purse, the report states. Allen fumbled through her purse for several minutes before taking out several different packages of eye shadow, and as she pulled out the items, she’d run her fingers through the tops of each one, trying to make the eye shadow look used, according to the report. She started to curse loudly saying, “No one [expletive] saw me steal anything,” the report states. She also described the situation with two more expletives, according to the report." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Allen continued to dig through her purse, and the store manager pointed out some red eyeliner that an employee had helped Allen get at the counter. She insisted that the eyeliner was hers, and she twisted it and broke it in half in front of the officer and store manager to make it appear used, according to the report." - Jessie
I....hold on, I'm still laughing... - Anika
Groomsman at Ohio wedding robbed newlyweds of wedding gifts during reception - NY Daily News -
"A groomsman at an Ohio wedding is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the newlyweds during their wedding reception. Dayton police arrested a man who allegedly emptied a safe from the reception hall which included multiple unopened wedding gift envelopes during the event Saturday. Noah Howard, 29, was arrested and charges are pending, Dayton police Det. Curry Mire told the Daily News. Authorities are still reviewing hours of surveillance footage and are waiting for the couple to return from their honeymoon before they can complete the investigation, he said. The suspect, who has known the groom for 12 years, asked to change his clothing in a room that contained the safe, and placed the money and gifts into his tuxedo bag, police allege. “It’s just a very extreme thing to do, to take gifts at a wedding,” Mire said, adding he does not know if Howard has financial problems." - Jessie from Bookmarklet Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests » - Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests »
"A Moores Hill couple is facing charges for illegally selling raccoons, skunks and fish out of their home. This past June, Indiana Conservation Officers learned of the wild animal sales by Rachael Blankenship, 18, and Jason Miller, 27. Serving a search warrant at the couple’s home at a mobile home park along State Road 350 in Moores Hill on July 1, conservation officers found four wild skunks and two wild raccoons. They also observed a large aquarium containing several black bass that had been caught out of Hogan Creek, however, the fish were smaller than the 12-inch requirement to keep. “Blankenship also admitted that she sold three of the skunks for $10 each to (a conservation officer by email),” investigators stated in a court affidavit." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
who would buy a skunk? :o - Halil
World of rednecks :( - Janet
The dude reminds me of Gollum holding the ring - Steve C Team Marina
Alas I have no sound on my home pc, think sound board is damaged so no idea if this is in English, hope so: - Halil
New Center at N.Y.U. Focuses on Dance and the Arts - -
New Center at N.Y.U. Focuses on Dance and the Arts -
"When she wrote “Apollo’s Angels,” her sweeping history of that most evanescent of art forms, ballet, the dancer turned historian Jennifer Homans was widely hailed for taking an engaging, scholarly approach to more than four centuries of dance. But within the dance world, her book became famous — or perhaps infamous — for its final 10 pages, a downbeat epilogue in which Ms. Homans sounded a blunt warning, writing, “I now feel sure that ballet is dying.” Now Ms. Homans has a chance to try to help the patient, in a modest way: She is opening a ballet think tank, of sorts. Her new organization, the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, where she is a scholar in residence, will open this month with the help of a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Homans said that its goals include establishing ballet as a serious subject of academic inquiry; drawing new voices into a discussion of its past, present and future; and expanding the conversation beyond... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The center will grant a few fellowships each semester to people from the worlds of dance, academia and beyond and allow them to pursue a broad range of projects. “One of the main points of the center is to bring minds from other disciplines and art forms to focus, and to bear, on ballet,” Ms. Homans said. One member of the first group of fellows is the documentary filmmaker Frederick... more... - Jessie
"But she said that when she taught a course on Balanchine at Harvard a few years ago, she began to see that while it was not necessary to know anything to enjoy Balanchine ballets, there was a value to learning something about the culture and time that produced them. In her bearish epilogue to “Apollo’s Angels,” published in 2010, Ms. Homans, who is also dance critic for The New... more... - Jessie
‘Poor judgment’: Florida cops caught misusing emergency lights for breakfast trip -
‘Poor judgment’: Florida cops caught misusing emergency lights for breakfast trip
"A local media outlet in Florida says it caught at least five police cars from three different agencies using their emergency lights to get to a bakery for a breakfast snack. “It was poor judgment on their behalf,” Miami-Dade police Maj. Nancy Perez told Local 10 News. “They understand and their supervisors will be taking action.” Two Miccosukee police officers, two Miami-Dade police offices and one Miami police officer were involved in the incident. One of the officers reportedly blocked oncoming traffic at an intersection so that all of the police cars could drive together, with their emergency lights on. The five officers ended up at Karlo Bakery in Miami. But Local 10 News discovered there was no emergency at the location. The officers were having breakfast." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
When I lived in Hollywood, LAPD would use their lights to run red lights to get to Starbucks. - Anika
Coming into Lawrence on Sunday, I watched a police car use their lights to get through an intersection, turn them off, then turn them back on to get through the next one. They didn't seem to be in any big hurry, they just seemed like they weren't in the mood to wait with the rest of the traffic... - WebGoddess
First New York City Denny’s will serve Dom Perignon breakfast for the 1%  - NY Daily News -
First New York City Denny’s will serve Dom Perignon breakfast for the 1%  - NY Daily News
"The Denny’s that opens Friday in the Financial District will offer a $300 version of its popular Grand Slam wake-up — complete with a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon Premier Cru Champagne. The breakfast fit for a king is called the “Grand Cru Slam” — but besides the vino, it’s the standard morning eye-opener of eggs, pancakes, sausage and bacon. “It’s not an astronomical price for Dom Perignon,” says Mike Capoferri, who was hired by Denny’s to create a “craft cocktail” menu at its first Manhattan location. Yes, the FiDi version of “America’s diner” will also have specialty cocktails that start at $11. The bottle of the good stuff at Denny’s is a bargain compared to top restaurants in the area, which charge more than $400 for the bottle." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Cops: Meth suspects threw toilet at imagined attackers | News - Home -
Cops: Meth suspects threw toilet at imagined attackers | News - Home
"Three people in Florida were so high on meth that police say they imagined their home was under attack, tossing a toilet and bathroom sink out the window at imaginary "intruders." Jackson County sheriff's deputies also found numerous windows shot out and multiple holes in the walls. They were called to the home by reports of suspicious noises and cries for help, the Dothan Eagle reported." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
You know, as you do. - Jennifer Dittrich
As you do in Florida, apparently. - Jessie
As if it wasnt bad enough that everyone thinks those of us that live in FL are stupid, now they all think we're meth heads too ... nice going doofuses! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Not just meth heads. Toilet wielding meth heads. - Betsy
Who needs guns when there are toilets handy everywhere! - Jen
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home. -
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home.
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home.
"“Let me just give you the entrée,” Dacre begins his pitch in his booming voice. “Hans has found, in the notes that Bram left behind, something that nobody else did: These lines of longitude and latitude and the name of a mountaintop where we feel very strongly that this is the location Bram intended to use in his book.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" The pair met me in the Romanian capital to discuss their planned Dracula travel guide, which traces the book’s plot across Europe. Although their guide is not the first piece of literature catering to vampire enthusiasts trekking off to Transylvania, they’re hoping a couple of things set it apart. First, they’re the only enthusiasts to trace the book’s story to a specific mountaintop,... more... - Jessie
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