The headline from New Zealand is the best:
Sex-with-corpse man jailed for model's murder
The story is here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/sto ... d=10494098
It is really a UK story and here is a link to the UK Telegraph where they say:
A violent, sex-obsessed chef guilty of murdering aspiring model Sally Anne Bowman has been jailed for life and told he will serve a minimum of 34 years in prison.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... man422.xml
Youse USians have American Idol. Us Europeaners have The Eurovision Song Contest! It's more horrible, frightening and disturbing than any 'hilarious' audition montage American Idol could cut together.
To our enormous horror Ireland has actually won this contest six (jaysus) times in its 50-plus history. In the 1990s we won it three times in a row-the utter awful shame. I thought we'd get to keep it & then no-one would ever, ever hear of the Eurovision Song Contest again but no - it continues to this very day.
This year, Ireland is sending a very sh*tty puppet singing a very sh*tty song that takes the piss out of the contest as our entry in the competition. At least we have the right attitude. The puppet is a turkey (teehee) and has a huge beak/nose so naturally his name is Dustin. Cue the hideous puns...
Fowl Eurovision entry for Ireland
Eurovision Song Contest feathers may be ruffled by Ireland's decision to be represented in May's cross-continental competition by a puppet bird.
Dustin The Turkey was plucked from a raft of six finalists, winning a televised vote on Saturday night.
The cult figure's gobbled rendition of Irelande Douze Pointe - a parody of the Eurovision voting system - secured his place at the top of the pecking order.
BRMBug wrote:I swear to god, the privates are going to be the downfall of the entire human race. We just can't control them.
Humans will cause the downfall; make no mistake!
There are fantastic pics in the link.
Sea reptile is biggest on record
"A large pliosaur was big enough to pick up a small car in its jaws and bite it in half."
A fossilised "sea monster" unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced.
The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, in 2006.
The Jurassic-era leviathan is one of 40 sea reptiles from a fossil "treasure trove" uncovered on the island.
Nicknamed "The Monster", the immense creature would have measured 15m (50ft) from nose to tail.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/sto ... d=10494947
This is good!
btw- 5 meters > 15 feet!!!
"The boy and girl, aged five and seven, watched as the scrub python devoured their silky terrier-chihuahua cross at the home near Kuranda...
By the time he [the owner of the Australian Venom Zoo] arrived, all that could be seen of the dog was its back legs and tail."
(click on the pic in the link to see a large amazing pic of the car's design)
"The basic concept was to build an entertaining and fun sports car that would act as a showcase for the technology and would deliver 150 miles to the gallon,"
Green sports car set for launch
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News
A "zero-emission" sports car with a top speed of nearly 100mph is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The hydrogen-powered Lifecar, based on the design of the Morgan Aero-8 roadster, produces little noise and only water vapour from its exhaust.
The lightweight model packs advanced fuel cells and an energy storage system that gives the car a range of 250 miles (400km) per tank of hydrogen.
It has been developed by a consortium of UK companies and universities.
WoW porn! PornWorld? WhoreCraft? Nope - WhoreLore! Complete with what seems to be earjobs...
http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0809 ... 82,24.html
Whorelore: The Magical World of Warcraft Porn
Welcome to a dusty fantasy land of deep-throating elf ears, masturbating trolls, and chain-mail-wearing porn stars.
Mystery of three right feet washed up on Canadian islands
-No DNA match to anyone on police database
-Theories range from crime to mortuary worker's joke
Helen Pidd The Guardian, Thursday March 6 2008
Canadian police are investigating the mystery of three right feet that have turned up off Vancouver Island in the past six months.
The first was washed up in August on an isolated island in British Columbia. A 12-year-old girl beachcombing with her family found a size 12 running shoe with a human right foot still inside. Six days later a couple hiking around coves on another remote island found another size 12 right foot in a trainer under a tree trunk. Then, last month, another right foot was spotted, this time bobbing about in the water off a third island.
Although the discoveries sound like a film plot, the scenario is flummoxing police in western Canada. They collected DNA from the remains but could not match them to anyone on their database.
Dr Simon Boxall, an oceanographer from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, said: "It is not that unusual for body parts to turn up in the sea - they can be the result of a fishing accident, or a whole body getting hit by a passing ship, for example - but the fact that all three were clustered so close together does suggest dodgy dealings."
Forensic anthropologist Brenda Clark, from Camosun College in Victoria, Canada, told the Provence newspaper it was impossible to make accurate estimates of gender, age, stature or ancestry just by looking at a foot.
Looking at a map of where the feet were found - on the islands of Jedediah, Gabriola and Valdes in Georgia Strait - does allow educated guesses as to where they may have come from, said Boxall. "Looking at the oceanography of where the feet were found, the likelihood is that they originated from within the Vancouver area itself," he said.
"That's because in order for items to get washed into the ... quite narrow strait they would have to go on quite a tortuous journey and wouldn't have been in such good condition and so close together when they were found, even though the trainers would allow the feet to happily pootle for some time."
As for why all three feet were right and not left, Boxall believes it is a coincidence.
Not everyone agrees. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a former professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, and an expert in floating objects (he is writing a book called The Floating World for HarperCollins), said: "Left footwear and right footwear often tend to wash up at different times at different places because they float differently.
"There are beaches that collect mostly rights and other beaches that collect mostly lefts. The winds or the currents sort out left and right footwear."
However, resident Digby Jones, 80, told the New York Times: "The whole thing is a scam, as far as I'm concerned, all part of a big joke. If they go to the mortuaries on the mainland, they'll find some guy laughing his head off."
Bonjour mein petit Nokia. Je t'aime, ti amo. http://www.nokia.com/A4852062
Possibly not named after one of Aardman's earliest characters however.
Cute concept, well executed, cool vid - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4bicg
Anyone play statues as a kid?
Camera 'looks' through clothing
A camera that can "see" explosives, drugs and weapons hidden under clothing from 25 metres has been invented.
The ThruVision system could be deployed at airports, railway stations or other public spaces.
It is based on so-called "terahertz", or T-ray, technology, normally used by astronomers to study dying stars.
Although it is able to see through clothes it does not reveal "body detail" or subject people to "harmful radiation", according to the designers.
"It is totally and utterly passive - it receives only," said a spokesperson for Thruvision.
The portable camera, which has already been sold to the Dubai Mercantile Exchange and Canary Wharf in London, will be shown off at the Home Office scientific development branch's annual exhibition later this week.
The Vatican has been busy compiling a list of SEVEN more deadly sins for your moral or immoral guidance, personal goals, enjoyment and/or fun.
I estimate that Bono is guilty of at least four of these as I type.
Vatican Lists Seven Social Sins, Including Drug Abuse
By Flavia Krause-Jackson
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican has put together a list of seven "social'' sins that includes excessive wealth, drug abuse, littering, genetic tampering and creating poverty.
Echoing the concept of the seven cardinal vices -- set to paper by Pope Gregory I in the sixth century -- the new list adds a social dimension, Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said in an interview yesterday with the Vatican's official newspaper l'Osservatore Romano.
"You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord's name in vain or coveting your neighbor's wife, but also by wrecking the environment, carrying out morally debatable experiments that manipulate DNA or harm embryos,'' said Girotti, who is responsible for the body that oversees confessions.
Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out on social issues throughout his three-year papacy. He backs a current political initiative to outlaw abortions after 90 days and encouraged Catholics to abstain from a 2005 referendum on easing restrictive laws on fertility treatments, which failed to achieve the 50 percent participation level to make the vote to change the law binding.
The seven social sins are:
1. "Bioethical' violations such as birth control
2. "Morally dubious'' experiments such as stem cell research
3. Drug abuse
4. Polluting the environment
5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
6. Excessive wealth
7. Creating poverty
The original deadly sins:
The old deadly sins have a certain romantic je ne sais quoi about them that the news ones simply don't.
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