It's an alcoholic weapon of mass destruction: a Vodka bottle shaped like a Kalashnikov!
Vodka Kalashnikov is based on a select recipe approved by Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 Rifle. It was the first vodka ever to be created by combining salt, sugar, vanillin and glycerin.
Some adventuresome surfers are taking advantage of glaciers that are breaking up by surfing in the waves caused by falling chunks of ice! The surfers must be towed out close to the glacier, but not too close, or they risk death by falling ice. Then they must guess where and when a wall of ice will fall. Glacial surfers wear helmets and specially-padded wetsuits to guard against injury. Glacial waves can be as high as 30 feet, and provide a ride that can last several minutes. Link
There was a confusion about who exactly was the Miss South Carolina in the clip that went 'round the Net a couple of days ago.
Apparently, there were two Laurens - both are very pretty, but that's where the similarity ends. There's Lauren Caitlin Upton, the Miss South Carolina/Internet sensation who came up with the less-than-brilliant answer at the Miss Teen USA Pageant. And then there's Lauren Elizabeth Lytle, who is the Miss South Carolina Outstanding Teen and by all measures, a very smart and able girl as well.
Neatorama reader JOwens, Lauren Lytle's aunt, told us that her niece is getting a lot of bad publicity because people mistakenly thought she was the one:
She’s getting a lot of negative feedback regarding the “other” Miss SC Teen USA which is not affiliated with the Miss America Organization - there is a BIG difference. You should grab her on-stage interview question where she recently competed in the Miss America Outstanding Teen and aced her question.
The Teen USA pageant is based more on beauty (leave it to Donald Trump) where America Teen is based on academics, COMMUNITY SERVICE, public speaking, mentoring etc. It is horrible that these Miss America Teens work so hard for their states and now all pageants and all title holders are seeing one clip from this Miss Teen USA pageant.
My niece had the highest GPA (4.6) of all contestants and received a scholarship at the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant a few weeks ago. America Organization gives scholarships to teenagers and it isn’t about the grand prizes awarded. Please help my niece, Lauren Lytle - Miss South Carolina Outstanding Teen clear her name and let people know that she’s not the same person as Miss South Carolina USA Teen!
Consider it done, JOwens! (And if you want to know the difference between Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America Teen pageants, Sid Morrison has the answer for you - scroll down to #29)
Wikipedia explains what happened to poor ol' Nasubi [wiki]:
Nasubi (born August 3, 1975) is a Japanese comedian who was locked up in an apartment for "Susunu! Denpa Shonen" (January 1998—March 2002), a Japanese reality television show on Nippon Television after winning a lottery for a "show business related job". He was forced to enter mail-in sweepstakes until he won ¥1 million (about $10,000 USD). During this time, he was made to wear no clothes, was cut off from outside communication and broadcasting, and had nothing to keep him company except magazines.
Nasubi lived in front of the camera, with only the possessions he won via the sweepstakes, and the stacks of postcards for entering the sweepstakes. Due to his nudity, an eggplant cartoon graphic was strategically utilized when Nasubi was standing on camera. Nasu is the Japanese word for eggplant. He was called as such due to his bony face which slanted like an eggplant.
Upon reaching his goal, he was clothed and blindfolded to be taken to a surprise location. Nasubi happily went along believing he was going to get a special treat for his hard work. After they unblindfolded him, he found himself in Korea where he was shown around the town and taken to an apartment. They once again stripped of his clothes and forced to do the same thing again there to win enough money to get back home. His entire ordeal lasted some 15 months, during which time his diaries on his experience of being locked away from the outside world became a best seller in Japan.
You can read the long version here (quite funny): Link - Thanks anon, whoever you are!
A Chinese woman named Cheng I Sao (also referred to as Cheng Shih) controlled a fleet of more than 1,500 ships and upwards of 80,000 sailors in the early 19th century. She ruled with an iron hand, became extremely wealthy, and managed to talk her way out of legal troubles and retire peacefully. Link -via Reddit
The story goes that in â€˜78, Mark Gubin was having lunch with his assistant, who remarked upon all the low-flying planes - saying how nice it would be to make a sign welcoming everyone to Milwaukee. Apparently Gubin simply said, â€œYou know what would be even better...?â€
This is just one of the many strange points of interest youâ€™ll find at Map of Strange, a website dedicated to to strange things in Google Maps. Link -via the Presurfer
Sampson the Golden Eagle was stolen from a British zoo, and kept locked in a cupboard for six months. He broke the feathers off his seven-foot wingspan trying to escape. After officials rescued the bird, they sent him to falconer Jonathan Marshall for rehabilitation. After the feathers grew back, Marshall trained Sampson to fly high alongside his microlight aircraft!
"When we are up there in the clouds I talk to him and he calls back and circles around me, it is an awesome and exhilarating experience.
"Flying with birds puts you right into their world, we have formed a very close bond."
Youâ€™ve seen stories about restaurants that create outlandishly expensive dishes; itâ€™s mainly for the publicity. But what if you were to plan your day around such food items? This menu starts off with a thousand-dollar caviar breakfast and escalated from there. Link -via Reddit
James Dylan of a New Zealand indie rock band Inverse Order sent me a link to his band's YouTube music video, where they sing to an audience of ... mannequins!
They set up the whole bit themselves (with help of a production company) - and days after they shot the video, the theater burned down, which is kind of ironic given the ending of the clip (you'll just have to see it ..)
University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts and Architecture student Demelza Hill created this portable cutlery set titled "Snap and Dine" that comes in a set more familiar to model-makers! Link - via TrendsNow
How shall I describe Tessa Farmer's artwork? Well, for one, she uses insects as a central part of her minuscule sculptures:
Tessa Farmer’s miniscule sculptures reinvigorate a belief in fairies: not the sweet Tinkerbell image in popular conscience, but a biological, entomological, macabre species translating pastoral fable into nightmarish lore. Constructed from bits of organic material, such as roots, leaves, and dead insects, each of Farmer’s figures stand barely 1 cm tall, their painstakingly intricate detail visible only through a magnifying glass.
Meet Jay Sokolow, a man whose hobby is entering - and winning - radio and online contests and sweepstakes!
He leaves the radio on at work, holding a phone to each ear during breaks, speed-dialing stations during giveaways. He won so many times on one show that its producers instituted a once-a-month win limit: They call it the "Jay Sokolow law."
Other husbands might spend their free time golfing or gambling. To his wife's aggravation, Sokolow enters contests. Grocery store drawings, sweepstakes, trivia games, raffles, he enters them every day, except on the Sabbath -- Friday night through Saturday.
It is not so much the value of the prizes that entices him, but the probability of winning. There is a strange satisfaction, he says, in beating the odds, outsmarting the other players, and sometimes outsmarting the contest promoters.