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Simpsons Math.

Andrew Nestler has compiled a neat list of math and mathematicians on the popular TV show The Simpsons [wiki]:

Lisa dresses up as a boy to get into the boys' math class. The teacher writes the equation Y x Y = 25 on the board.

Teacher: Now, how many different numbers can Y be?
Lisa as Jake: That's easy - just one, the number 5.
Teacher: Wrong.
[Lisa gasps.]
Martin: There are two possible solutions: 5 and -5.
Lisa interior voice: Oh my god, I was wrong - and by being corrected, I learned! [happily] And no one cared about my feelings!


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Real Life Ugly Duckling.

Scrags is one ugly duckling:

There's just no way of ducking the issue - little Scrags is one ugly duckling.

While his brothers and sisters preen their beautiful yellow downy fluff, he barely has two feathers to rub together.

He can't swim, either:

When his owner Lara Madge tested out the brood's water wings, Scrags floundered about until she fished him out.

'Scrags flailed his legs and wings about and I did not dare let him go because if I had I'm sure he would have sunk to the bottom,' she said.

But people (and his sibling ducks) sure love him:

Mrs Madge, 36, said: 'People either laugh at him or cannot look at him at all. But he was never rejected by the other ducklings because of the way he looks.

'In fact, the others love him so much they look after him and snuggle around him when they sit down.

Link - via Arbroath

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Controlling Computer by Thought Alone.

New technology has enabled Matthew Nagle, who is paralyzed from the neck down, control a computer using only his thoughts!

Paralyzed from the neck down, but connected to a computer by a wire implanted into the top of his brain, he used his thoughts to draw a rudimentary circle on the video monitor, to pick up objects with a robot arm and even to play simple video games -- chatting with researchers while he did so. ...

In June 2004, doctors at Rhode Island Hospital surgically implanted through the top of Nagle's skull a pea-sized sensor that picked-up the electrical patterns of his intentions -- to move a cursor up, down, right or left -- and a wire leading to computers that decoded the signals from the brain and delivered electronic orders to the video screen.

Similarly, he could use his thoughts to cause a rubber prosthetic hand to open and close, or to manipulate a robot arm to grab a piece of candy and drop it on command. He could change the channels and control the volume of a television set.

Link - via Boing Boing

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Marco Evaristti's Ice Cube Project.

Artist Marco Evaristti needed 790 gallons (3,000 liters) of red paint, three fire hoses, two icebrakers, a twenty-man crew, and two hours to paint an iceberg in the Ilulissat Fiord, Greenland in 2004.

Evaristti said: "It's so poetic, it looks like a red pea" | Marco's website

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ATV + Jetski = Quadski.

What do you get when you cross an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a jetski? You get an amphibious quadbike/ATV called the Quadski!

The Quadski represents the third demonstration of Gibbs' HSA technology, following in the tire tracks of its Aquada and Humdinga vehicles. The Quadski is capable of travelling up to 50 mph on land and water and makes the transition, according to the company, at the flick of a switch.

CNET Article | Gibbs Technologies Website

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Star Wars in Paris.

French photographer Cedric Delsaux has a neat photo collection of Star Wars characters in Paris! - via Cynical-C

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11-Year Old Bianca Ryan Sure Can Sing!

From the TV show America's Got Talent, here's 11-year-old Bianca Ryan singing "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday. Listen ...

Hit play or go to Link - via Pistol Wimp

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This Fish Needs a Bicycle!

That's Seth Weiner's art project, a vehicle called Terranaut:

"The vehicle conveys a fish-pilot, or Terranaut, in an aqueous vessel that is propelled by two drive wheels, each driven by its own highly efficient servomotor. The vehicle's power is stored in a bank of electrical cells that deliver energy ot the motors at 36 volts.

The Terranaut swims safely in an aqueous vessel called the "cockpit" steering the vehicle with its movements. A camera above the cockpit tracks the movement of the Terranaut within the vessel. The Terranaut's location is then wirelessly transmitted to a remote processing station, where the data is converted into motion commands and transmitted back to the motion controller on the vehicle"

Link - via Miss Cellania

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Four-Legged Duck.

From the website:

Zhang Baoxiu, a farmer, shows an odd duck with 4 legs at Minzhu village in Zaozhuang city, east China's Shandong Province, July 7, 2006. Zhang Baoxiu bought a duck in June, 2006. The duck has four legs, two of 4 webbed feet are normal, and the others grow together. The duck can walk on land and swim in the water like other normal ducks.

Link - via Arbroath

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Selling Beer in the Name of the Lord.

Someone "modded" a billboard in Texas to feature a picture of Jesus holding up a Budweiser:

The company that leases the billboard believes vandals made the poster at home and then pasted it on top of the ad that's supposed to be there. It shows Jesus holding a Budweiser in between the phrases "Jesus, King of Jews" and "Jesus, King of Beers."

Link - via Stuff on Fire

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Foot-in-Mouth of the Day: Senator Joe Biden on Indians.

Presidential hopeful Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware) was chatting up a supporter of Indian-descent in New Hampshire, when he said:

"In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking!"

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Accordion Guy

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Dude, Have You Seen My 38-ton Sculpture?

Reina Sofia museum in Madrid "lost" a sculpture by American artist Richard Serra. I'm sure in itself that's not unusual, but the lost sculpture is made from 38-ton of steel!

This year the museum admitted losing track of the work, Equal-Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi, for which the culture ministry paid about £150,000. ...

A police investigation concluded that theft was implausible. The piece, which had taken five cranes to move, was thought to be too awkward to handle, and it was worth almost nothing.

It was thought the artwork had not been moved but was incorporated into the foundations or grounds of the ministry.

Link - via Arbroath

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Giant Yellow Jacket Nest.

Shelly and Tony Roberts' got some bug problem: yellow jackets, to be exact:

Rising up out of the water, it looks like another tree stump from a distance. But a closer look is enough to take your attention, and maybe your breath.

Hundreds of thousands of yellow jackets swarm in and around their nest on Shelley and Tony Roberts' pond. They can't believe it got so big so quick.

"I reckon it was a couple of months ago," said Shelley. "All it was was a little stump and we noticed what looked like mushrooms growing up."

It looks to be about six feet tall and three feet wide. No one's gotten close enough to measure. (don't miss the video!)

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Motorcycle + Unicycle = Bombardier Embrio.

From the website:

The Bombadier Embrio uses gyroscopic technology to balance itself and the rider on one wheel, however the smaller front wheel acts as stability control when the Embrio is stopped or traveling below 12mph.

More strange and unusual vehicles: Link - via digg

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This is from an old 1939 issue of Popular Science - found at Modern Mechanix - via Make

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The Ultimate Stare Down - Unflinching Triumph: Philip Rockhammer Story.

From the website:

Philip is an ordinary guy from Sacramento, California. He doesn't look like an athlete or talk like an athlete, but make no mistake, Philip Rockhammer is a professional athlete.

"Unflinching Triumph" immerses the audience into the life of Philip Rockhammer and the underground world of Professional Staredown.

Hey, if domino is good enough of a "sport" for ESPN, why not staredowns?

Link | National Assoc. of Staredown Pro - via Junkyard Sports, Thanks Jim and Juan!

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Steampunk Transformers.

Neatorama reader Amanda Jeffrey introduced us to steampunk [wiki] is a form of speculative fiction, kind of like what the future would be like if robots and machines still use steam engines as power source.

This one above is from IDW's The Transformers: Evolution, with Guideo Guidi's illustrations of Transformers in steampunk. - via Brass Goggles, Thanks Amanda!

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Lunatic Complained About "Rogue Helicopters" on TV.

From the website:

Local lunatic David Thompson complains to Charlotte, NC city council during a community access forum, which is conveniently captured on tape and broadcast live on the local community access channel. There aren't enough tags to cover his rant against ice in teh arena, rogue helicopter pilots, and "terrorist p*ssies".

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - Thanks Jeremiah!

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Transparent Propane Cylinder.

Ever wonder if you've got enough propane for that BBQ get together? With Lite Cylinder's new transparent propane cylinder, you can see directly: no more guessing!

Worried about its safety? Checkout the website's fire test [video]

Link - via American Inventor Spot, Thanks Michelle!

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Bike Balancing Stunt.

Think you can ride a bike? I betcha you can't ride a bike as well as this woman can (she should join a circus!) ...

Hit play or go to [Google Video] - via For Your Entertainment

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Stop and Smell the Roses.

Life can be busy and hectic, but please remember to stop and smell the roses, like these cute orangutans are doing - found at Daum.

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3D Crop Circle.

This year, the crop circle "season" is marked by the world's first ever 3-D crop circle!

Steve Alexander, a crop circle photographer of more than 15 years, said: "I thought it was a groundbreaking formation. We have not seen anything like it before.

"The floor lay and the way the design appears to weave in and out has never been seen before, certainly not that I am aware.

"It is the first of its kind and is a very, very powerful thing to look at.

Link - via Madville

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Rocky VI Trailer.

How old would he be in this movie? From the website:

Synopsis: Aging boxer, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is now a widowed restaurant owner in Philly quietly fading into obscurity until a sports trivia show broadcasts a computer mockup of a potential Rocky vs. Mason fight. When Rocky comes out as the winner, the champ is pushed into a real match and the game is on!

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | MovieNewz Link - via Cynical-C

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Bugs on Radar.

If you think you have a bug problem, be thankful it's not this:

So what was it last Friday that turned the radar in the La Crosse area into a sea of white? It turns out that it was a gigantic hatch of mayflies.

The bugs were so thick that they showed up as a rainstorm of mayflies on National Weather Service radar. - via Boing Boing

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Ace Craft's Gen H-4 One Man Helicopter.

Designed by Gen Yanagisawa, this cool one-man helicopter can fly a 155 lb. pilot for one hour, with max speed of 55 mph. At $30,000 it's a bargain!


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Star Trek vs. Star Wars.

What would happen if Star Trek's starship Enterprise encountered the Death Star?

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

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Cute Piglet Squid.

Alan Kinnear took this underwater photo of a piglet squid in Nigeria, as part of BP Kongsberg Underwater Image Competition 2006.

See more cool underwater photos (don't miss the cirrate octopod pic!): Link - via Nutmeg

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Growing Nanowires Using Bacteria.

Yuri Gorby of the Pacific Northwest National Lab and colleagues succeeded in coaxing bacteria to produce nanowires that can conduct electricity for a biological fuel cell.

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Dark Sun Sizzling.

This fantastic ultraviolet photo, taken by the TRACE Project, Stanford-Lockheed Institute for Space Research and NASA, showed our sun as a sizzling ball of seething hot gas:

Unpredictably, regions of strong and tangled magnetic fields arise, causing sunspots and bright active regions. The Sun's surface bubbles as hot hydrogen gas streams along looping magnetic fields. These active regions channel gas along magnetic loops, usually falling back but sometimes escaping into the solar corona or out into space as the solar wind. Pictured above is our Sun in three colors of ultraviolet light. Since only active regions emit significant amounts of energetic ultraviolet light, most of the Sun appears dark. The colorful portions glow spectacularly, pinpointing the Sun's hottest and most violent regions. Although the Sun is constantly changing, the rate of visible light it emits has been relatively stable over the past five billion years, allowing life to emerge on Earth.


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Dam Cracked, Little Dutch Boy No Where to be Found.

If you think your home renovation project is bad, look at this: the world's tallest dam in Brazil has developed a giant crack just months after completion.

GIANT cracks have opened in one of the world's tallest dams, just months after completion. The cracks appeared after a tunnel collapsed on 20 June beneath the 200-metre-high Campos Novos dam in southern Brazil, and the reservoir rapidly emptied. At one point, 4000 cubic metres of water (more than enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool) were rushing downstream every second towards a second dam on the river Canoas. - via starspirit

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