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Friday, July 22, 2005

Man offers to donate penis for odd woman

A man, who wants a sex change, offered to donate his penis to a woman, who wanted to be a man, the Guangzhou Daily reported Wednesday.

The man, 27, surnamed Xu, came from the countryside in southwestern China's Sichuan Province to work in Guangzhou.

Xu talked like a woman and showed some feminine characteristics, the report said. The man, with six brothers and three sisters, said he enjoyed using his sisters' cosmetics ever since an early age.

Via Thundersnake



TurboTap’s groundbreaking, fluid-controlling draft beer technology is the product of a unique collaboration between fluid engineers and draft industry experts. We knew there had to be a better way to control and improve draft pouring.

Following initial design prototyping, core development work began in 2002. In late 2004 we formally launched a commercial model that easily could be installed at large scale venues and was capable of pouring perfect beer at up to four times the flow rate of conventional taps. Since then, the TurboTap has been an instant success, with stadiums, events and bars around the U.S. becoming TurboTapped.


Cosmetic surgery firm riles Spanish nurses

Spain's nurses have told a cosmetic surgery firm to apologise after it paraded 50 mini-skirted models, sporting uniforms and stethoscopes, onto the stock market for its share launch.

The Health Ministry passed on a complaint to Corporacion Dermoestetica from the national nursing council urging the company to "publicly repair the honour and good image of nurses", the council said on its Web site on Wednesday.


Building an outdoor cooling system

It’s Sunday and you’ve been blessed with another heat wave just in time for your family BBQ. It’s 34°c (93°f) in the shadow, and sure it could be warmer but it’s unbearable as it is.. Now, you have a couple of alternatives available, namely:

Send the family inside and leave yourself by your duties. You can probably manage if you have enough water available…

Sit the family under the big parasol and also give them a lot to drink. Everyone except for grandma will be able to cope. Sorry grandma…

Raid your garage and the cleaning closet and build your own garden fan mist system. Hey that sounds interesting… Let’s do it!


Welcome to Google Moon

In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.


Club owner defends implants contest

The owner of the Element Nightclub says their controversial Sextreme Makeover" contest is nothing to get upset about.
The contest offers a woman a chance to win at least $3,000 towards breast implants after being randomly selected from a pool of 40 walk-in entrants.

I think most people realize that this is a promotion and it's just a fun event," Florio Vassilakakis told the Penticton Western News. We do all sorts of events at our club. This is just a takeoff of the TV show Extreme Makeovers. This is not anything that outrageous."


The Eight Clown Commandments

You do realize that not everybody has got what it takes to be a clown. Not only do you have to be able to make children laugh, you also need the skills to make adult people cry. There rules to live by when you want to be a clown and the most important of those rules were once combined to form The Eight Clown Commandments.


Witness trompe l'oeil art

John Pugh is a trompe l'oeil artist focusing primarily on mural painting. After seeing these works of art, people jsut want to touch just to know if they're real.


How Pregnancy Happens

So, you think you know everything there is to know about how pregnancy happens? You might be surprised at what you can learn if you listen to what your genitals have to say in this PSA created Flickerlab for Planned Parenthood.


Colin Farrell sues ex over sex video

Irish actor Colin Farrell is suing a former girlfriend for allegedly trying to sell a tape of them having sex.
Farrell, 29, said he and former Playboy playmate Nicole Narain, 31, had made the tape two and a half years ago.

Farrell is seeking damages, as well as a temporary restraining order and an injunction prohibiting the sale and distribution of the videotape.

His case said they agreed the tape was "highly private and confidential". Ms Narain was unavailable for comment.


Thursday, July 21, 2005

Don't click it!

How would you like to experience navigating a website without ever clicking on any link? With Don'tClick.It, you won't have to click on anything -- you just mouse over the text and it will automatically display the content of the 'link.'


Safe driving is yours for a song...

Motorists who enjoy a sing-along while driving tend to concentrate more and fall asleep less than their silent counterparts, new research showed Tuesday.

However, drivers should avoid overly rousing tunes or complex rhythms which can divert attention away from the road.

"Singing while driving stimulates not only the mind but also the body which in turn produces heightened alertness and reduced fatigue," said Dr Nicola Dibben, a music psychologist from the University of Sheffield.


Grandma sells crack

A 76-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine by putting the drugs in her purse and lowering them by rope from her second-floor window.

The woman was arrested last week on charges of possession and sale of a controlled substance, and was freed on $10,000 bail.


I was driving a double decker?

Pupils had a lucky escape yesterday when this bus hit a low bridge after the driver forgot it was a double decker.

Five teenagers were taken to hospital with cuts and bruises and others left badly shaken when the roof was sliced off.

The youngsters dived for cover to avoid being decapitated as they were showered with glass in the smash at Woodley, Berks. Sergeant Michael Mayne of Thames Valley police said: "The pupils were extremely lucky."

The driver, treated for shock at the roadside, normally operates a single-decker for the school run.


Mother defends putting kiddie pics on eBay

A mum who sold photographs of her bathing children on eBay insisted today: “I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.”

Emotional mother of four Sara Fox was paid just £5.50 (€7.90) in a bid to raise cash for a family holiday in the United States before the pictures were withdrawn from auction after a barrage of internet complaints.

At her home in Ballymena, Co Antrim, she said: “With hindsight, I suppose it was ignorance on my part. But they were put there for a genuine reason and I never imagined it would have caused such a fuss.”


Soda Bottle Padlock

The KwikTop is a bottle combination lock that prevents access to a drink bottle without the combination. KwikTop is small, re-usable, inexpensive, colourful and user-friendly with the unique feature that allows the consumer to set their own personal code. After placement of the KwikTop over a bottle top, KwikTop is secured by a twist of the three numbered rings. To unlock and remove KwikTop, return to the personal code.


Quarter Toss

These guys either have skill with the quarters, or plenty of time to edit footage. Either way, there's something hypnotic about watching a flawless compilation of successful quarter-toss shots.


Optimus keyboard

Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment. Each key could also be programmed to produce any sequence.


Radio Active Watch

Stranger than your mother-in-law, the all new Radio Active watch just hit the stores in Japan, featuring an all new unique way to display the time. Looks hard at first but trust me after about one day, you can tell the time almost as fast as a regular watch. Guaranteed that everyone who sees it will ask you about it.


Matt's giant gummy bear

13 pounds of gummy bears, sorted out, melted, and layered into an empty tub of animal crackers. A day and a half of work.


Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The World Treehouse List

The World Treehouse List is meant to be a resource for anyone building a treehouse. You should be able to find contacts who can give extra help, or you could look for treehouses near where you live that you may be able to visit.


Man arrested in Germany for being obsessed with emergency hotline voice

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AFP) - A man in Germany who said he had "fallen in love" with the voice of an emergency services operator was taken into custody for repeatedly calling the hotline.

The 45-year-old called the 110 emergency number from several telephone booths in the western city of Duesseldorf until he was picked up by police.

He explained to the officers that there had not been an emergency but that he had found the voice on the other end of the line "so sexy".


Free Beer for Geeks

Beer always tastes better when it's free, or so the saying goes.

So leave it to a group of college students to find a way to make sure their beer is always free. Well, at least the recipe they use to brew it is. A group of students at IT University of Copenhagen have produced what they claim is the first open-source beer.

The recipe and brand of their beer is published under a Creative Commons license, which means anyone can use the recipe for pleasure or profit.

The only catch: If you make money selling their unique beer, you have to give them credit and publish any changes you make to the recipe under a similar license.


Pope disapproves of Harry Potter

Pope Benedict believes the Harry Potter books subtly seduce young readers and "distort Christianity in the soul" before it can develop properly, according to comments attributed to him by a German writer.

Gabriele Kuby, who has written a book called "Harry Potter - Good or Evil," which attacks J.K. Rowling's best selling series about the boy wizard, published extracts from two letters written to her by Benedict in 2003, when he was a cardinal.

Kuby, a devout Catholic, had sent him a copy of her Potter critique and he wrote to thank her, according to a passage from one of the letters published in German on her Web site.


Britney's reality TV birth

Britney Spears is to film herself giving birth for a TV show. The sexy singer, who is expecting her first baby with husband Kevin Federline later this year, will show the footage in a one-off sequel to her hit reality series 'Britney and Kevin: Chaotic'.

A source revealed: "Britney was in two minds about the birth even after she'd decided to do a one-off special to introduce the little one to the world. "It'll be a follow-up to the series and a great record for them. It's just like the proud dad taping the event. Cameras won't roll through the most intimate parts but there will be scenes included."


High-speed dash to toilet lands Canadian in court

A Canadian teenager caught driving at almost twice the speed limit told police he had overdosed on a protein drink and was desperately looking for a washroom, the Ottawa Citizen reported on Friday.

Hayder Mobarak's tale did not impress a local judge, who gave him a whopping C$926 fine ($760) and banned him from driving for 30 days. Mobarak was clocked doing 195 km per hour (115 miles per hour) on a road where the limit was 100 km/h.


Finger Scanning At Disney Parks Causes Concern

The addition of finger scanning technology at the entrances of Walt Disney World theme parks for all visitors has caused concern among privacy advocates, according to a Local 6 News report.

Tourists visiting Disney theme parks in Central Florida must now provide their index and middle fingers to be scanned before entering the front gates.


Coach Allegedly Paid Player to Hit Boy

A T-ball coach allegedly paid one of his players $25 to hurt an 8-year-old mentally disabled teammate so he wouldn't have to put the boy in the game, police said Friday.

Mark R. Downs Jr., 27, of Dunbar, is accused of offering one of his players the money to hit the boy in the head with a baseball, police said. Witnesses told police Downs didn't want the boy to play in the game because of his disability.

Police said the boy was hit in the head and in the groin with a baseball just before a game, and didn't play, police said.


Nick snubs Jessica at her birthday party

Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey marital death knell No. 892: the birthday party of doom.

The couple seemed anything but loving at Simpson's 25th-birthday bash in LA over the weekend, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the tab's spy, the couple arrived separately, didn't speak to one another and, during the pivotal blowing-out-of-candles denouement, Lachey preferred hanging out with his pals to being with the birthday girl.


Coca-Cola Threatens Top Indian Photographer with Lawsuit

The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Atlanta based Coca-Cola company, has threatened Mr. Sharad Haksar, one of India's celebrated photographers, with a lawsuit.

Mr. Haksar, a leading international photographer and winner of the 2005 Cannes Silver Lion, has placed a large billboard in one of Chennai's busiest areas - one of India's largest cities - with his own "work (which) is solely an expression of creativity."


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Dare to enter The Spy Bar

This New York bar appears to be the first of its kind - it's a technology-themed cocktail lounge and new media art space unlike anything else in the world. In Remote Lounge, you can spy on other guests - and in turn they can spy on you. Outfitted with 60 cameras all over the lounge, the patrons can pan and zoom the room from the comfort of their table.


First Planet Under Three Suns Is Discovered

PASADENA, Calif.--An extrasolar planet under three suns has been discovered in the constellation Cygnus by a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology using the 10-meter Keck I telescope in Hawaii. The planet is slightly larger than Jupiter and, given that it has to contend with the gravitational pull of three bodies, promises to seriously challenge our current understanding of how planets are formed.

In the July 14 issue of Nature, Maciej Konacki, a senior postdoctoral scholar in planetary science at Caltech, reports on the discovery of the Jupiter-class planet orbiting the main star of the close-triple-star system known as HD 188753. The three stars are about 149 light-years from Earth and are about as close to one another as the distance between the sun and Saturn.


Man fined for removing condom during sex

A New Zealand man charged with putting a prostitute's life at risk by removing a condom during sex has been fined in a groundbreaking case, welcomed on Friday by civil rights groups and sex workers.

Daniel Morgan, 48, was fined NZ$400 (154 pounds) and ordered to pay costs in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the charge, the first of its kind under a new unsafe sex law which is part of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act.


Woman 'suddenly grows penis'

Thin Sandar, a chicken seller in Myanmar, had always dreamed of being a man. When she inexplicably grew a penis last month, the 21-year-old treated it as an awe-inspiring omen - as have the thousands of stunned villagers who have traveled to a pagoda to see her.

"On the morning of the full moon day of June 21, I noticed my thing (sex organ) was not the same as before," Thin Sandar, who now goes by the male name Than Sein, told AFP.

"And my breasts disappeared," Than Sein added. "So I called out and showed it all to my mom and dad. It was very strange."


Buried Treasure

Seventy-seven million years ago—nearing the end of the age of dinosaurs, although they still had 12 million years to go—a young duck-billed hadrosaur lay down to die just over the horizon from the vast inland sea that covered much of central North America. Dinosaurs did not ordinarily rest easy in death: they were torn apart by scavengers or washed downstream in a flood, and their bones were scattered and lost, at least until people arrived to dig them up.


Human Feces Powers Rwandan Prison

Imagine eating food that was cooked using natural gas generated from your own human waste. Thousands of prisoners in Rwanda don't have to imagine it -- they live it.

Prisoners' feces is converted into combustible "biogas," or methane gas that can be used for cooking. It has reduced by 60 percent the annual wood-fuel costs which would otherwise reach near $1 million, according to Silas Lwakabamba, rector of the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management, where the technology was developed.


Hundreds of nudes cross the Tyne

About 1,700 men and women have appeared naked in Tyneside in the name of art.
Starting at a chilly 0400 BST, they posed at four locations in Newcastle and Gateshead, donning plastic white ponchos to cross the River Tyne.

New York photographer Spencer Tunick enlisted the volunteers for Naked City, his first large-scale UK installation.

It follows his nude photo shoots in New York, Barcelona, Belgium and Brazil. "There is a sensual element to it, but it's not a sexual experience," he said.


Missing Cobra

A king cobra on the loose in Pompton Plains? Just kidding.

Police received a phone call from a resident Tuesday about a poster for a missing snake. It said a cobra, answering to "Fang" or "King Fangson," had been missing since July 6.

When police investigated, they discovered more than a dozen posters tacked to utility poles around Colfax Drive.

The posters promised a cash reward for the return of the snake and warned that "Fang" was dangerous when provoked.

But police say that once they called the number listed on the poster they realized it was just a practical joke between two friends. And now one of the pranksters faces a court date, charged with disturbing the peace.


Mother charged with injecting toddler with feces

A former pediatric nurse has been charged with trying to poison her toddler son by injecting human feces into his bloodstream.

Stephanie McMullen, 29, was charged Thursday with assault and reckless endangerment counts and released on bail.

Doctors at the hospital where McMullen worked alerted police that her 22-month-old son had been hospitalized six times since he was 4 months old for "serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses," acting police chief Lt. Col. Scott McLaren said.


Ten year-old becomes Microsoft engineer

Arfa Karim Randhawa, aged 10, has become the youngest person to be certified as a Microsoft engineer.

Randhawa passed her Microsoft Certified Professional examinations last year. She met Bill Gates this week and was taken on a tour of Microsoft's Redmond campus.

The 10 year-old, from Faisalabad in Pakistan, asked Gates why children were not allowed to work for Microsoft and was told that they should concentrate on their school studies.


Monday, July 18, 2005

Sithole sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

A Zimbabwean court has jailed a man masquerading as a female athlete, court officials said on Thursday.

Samukeliso Sithole -- a triple jumper and runner who competed as a woman at several international sports events -- was convicted on charges of impersonation and offending the dignity of a woman athlete who undressed in his presence, unaware he was a man.


Gangsta Gadgets

Imagine that! Gadgets for the hip-hop world. And that's exactly what the folks at Sync Magazine did for the June issue, delivering a wide range of fantastically conceived pieces of gear, including the "Laptop Lowrider", the "Ba-Donka-Donk" Mouse and seven other concepts that will blow your mind and make you scream.


French hand out free wine

Wine growers in southern France, eager to alert holiday-makers to the crisis hitting the industry, will hand out 400 000 bottles later this month at toll booths and along rural roads in the region.

Wines produced in the Aude department - in and around Narbonne and Carcassonne - as well as those made in the Languedoc will be given out, especially to tourists vacationing in the Aude, the wine producers' union said.


NicoShot - Nicotine Beer Designed to Help Drinkers Quit Smoking

Trying to quit smoking and failing miserably? Throw out those nicotine patches and step up to the bar and ask for a NicoShot, the world's first smoking-cessation beer containing a shot of natural nicotine. Each NicoShot beer has the nicotine equivalent of a couple of regular filtered cigarettes and for most smokers, three cans of NicoShot is comparable to an entire pack of conventional cigarettes. The best part will be when you get a NicoShot hangover the next morning and decide to make coffee with that other great fusion, caffeinated water.


New .mobi Web suffix for phones

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) -- Consumers will soon be able to recognize Web sites specially designed for use by mobile phones by the new ".mobi" suffix, which will be introduced alongside the popular ".com" and other top-level domain names.

The new suffix was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers at a Luxemburg meeting Monday.

The first Web sites for mobile devices, which will be fit for a small screen and limited memory and bandwidth, will be ready in 2006.


11 injured in Eminem tour bus crash

A tour bus for rap star Eminem crashed and overturned after hitting two trucks on an interstate highway, police said. Eleven people were injured, including the star's DJ, bodyguard and a protege, the rapper Stat Quo.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, was not on the bus, publicist Dennis Dennehy said. His Anger Management Tour was expected to go as scheduled Thursday night in Denver.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the road Wednesday night to avoid a collision with a semitrailer, then swerved back onto the roadway and hit the truck.


BMW adds super-vision to night driving

South African roads present their own unique challenges at night with cattle, goats and pedestrians - even the odd broken-down truck being repaired on lonely country roads.

The problem is worse at night and this, BMW says, is where night vision technology comes in.

BMW claims that its new 7 Series is the first production car to feature a far infra-red night vision system, used in conjunction with the new high-beam "assist" function to make night driving safer.

A thermal imaging camera covers a distance of up to 300m in front of the vehicle to create an image of objects out of range of the headlights.


Reusable Menstrual Pads

Why use a new menstrual pad when you can be eco-friendly with these do-it-yourself reusables.


Funky Bar In Poland

When you're in Poland and you're going out, you should try the Funky Bar. But how would you look at it when you're very, very drunk?


Take me to the movies

Have you ever noticed that things in movies are not quite the things you experience in real life. There are some strange differences between your life and the silver screen life. Here's a list of 40 things that only happen in movies.