08 February 2015
"Beware the fury of a patient man." - John Dryden
The photo above is of the parking entrance at the Estonian State Opera in Tallinn. The batons are also visible on Google Street View. Clever - although I'm not sure why in the first photo they seem to be in series rather than in parallel.
If you enjoy eating it, be aware that it is possible to be poisoned by black licorice - "It contains glycyrrhizin, which causes the candy to taste sweet. The ingredient is made from licorice root, consumption of which can prompt the kidneys to release too much potassium, disrupting cardiac function and sometimes causing palpitations. Glycyrrhizin is not present in red licorice or in some licorice-flavored candy that uses a sweetener other than licorice root."
The right is abandoning Sarah Palin. Her recent speech was described thusly in the National Review: “The foreordained culmination of a slow and unseemly descent into farce."
An article explains how women can sell their used underpants for cash. "...more than half of those who participated in our survey only averaged between $50 – $100 a week, with those earning between $100 – $150 making up about 20%."
If for some reason you need taser-resistant clothing, buy a fencing jacket (video at the link).
Michelle Obama's lack of a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia was not a fashion glitch; it was intended as a deliberate snub of Saudi policy.
Several pix of the remarkable geography of Monemvasia, Greece. Embedded photo at right cropped for size from the original panoramic view here. Other pix here and here.
A clever way to cut a bell pepper.
Criminals in Britain are plundering ATMs by flooding them with flammable gas (acetylene and oxygen) and then exploding them. "The combined take of almost £250,000, or about $375,000, was the group’s biggest score in a single night yet. Their MO, using cheap, common, and legal gas, was nearly impossible to trace, and they left precious little forensic evidence for the police. To stop the rampage, there was little Britain’s banks could do."
Andrew Sullivan is retiring from The Dish. The first of several farewell posts is here.
Bloomberg Business explains "The Economics of being a U.S. ambassador." "Just filling the flower vases for the embassy in London is very expensive.”
What do British nuclear engineers eat? Mouse over this for the answer: Fission chips!!
There is no such thing as nacho cheese.
Sea lion pups are starving off the coast of California.
The Telegraph has a gallery of photos of extreme body modifications from a show in Caracas.
which states are best and worst in terms of children receiving the full set of recommended vaccines (darker color = better).
A brief video explains how to clean copper cookware with salt and vinegar.
Anti-circumcision activists have developed techniques and tools for reversing circumcision.
A New Mexico toddler outdid the Walmart kid from last month. The 3-year-old removed his mother's gun from her purse and wounded both his parents with one shot. "Police believe the shooting to be accidental."
Hotels can now track towels to find out if you are stealing them. Microchips can now detect when a towel enters an elevator or goes out the door. The data is currently used mostly for inventory control/restocking rather than for prosecution.
The history of quotation marks.
Many herbal supplements sold by national retailers contained none of the advertised product or were contaminated with other material. We are shocked, shocked.
The airline advertising on this escalator is either egregriously badly placed or is just photoshopped (via Neatorama).
If you're tired of TSA horror stories, don't read this one.
You can't make things like this up. "A shopper buying a pot of fruit at Tesco was asked for ID - because it could ferment and turn into alcohol... Miss Lancaster, from Plymouth, Devon, sent an email and was told a new policy meant "fruit will be age verified in case natural fermentation takes place". A clever way to prevent children from buying fruit.
Bald eagles in Florida are being accidentally poisoned. The carcasses of pets euthanized with phenobarbital were being dumped in locations where the eagles scavenged them.
A nice article at BoingBoing lists and discusses the best adventure books for children written in the 1960s. Many adults who missed their chance then would like to read their way through this list now that they have the leisure time to do so.
Phthiria relativitae was a species of bee fly. The name is pronounced \theory o’relativity\.
You really don't need to know that sometimes gastroenterologists find cockroaches during screening colonoscopy.
A list of the 86 Best Picture Academy Award winners. With pix, data, and commentary.
The Morning Glory pool at Yellowstone National Park looks like this now:
Which seems spectacular - until you realize that in 1966 it looked like this:
The coloration change reflects in part an alteration in the microbial flora as a result of temperature change in the water, which may have resulted from tourists throwing coins and other debris into the pool.