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Tags fixed.

Postby Big-Will » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:56 pm

You Irish bitches don't know how to work with quote tags now, do ya? <3<3<3
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Re: Tags fixed.

Postby Jess_B_inCR » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:37 pm

Big-Will wrote:You Irish bitches don't know how to work with quote tags now, do ya? <3<3<3

well, now I do. Thank you very much. word.

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Not news, but it could be...

Postby Jess_B_inCR » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:02 pm

OK, I can't help but post this...Anyone else seen it?


Hilarious. :lol:
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Re: Not news, but it could be...

Postby gtaca2005 » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:59 am

Jess_B_inCR wrote:OK, I can't help but post this...Anyone else seen it?


Hilarious. :lol:

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Re: Not news, but it could be...

Postby triplemultiplex » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:51 pm

gtaca2005 wrote:
Jess_B_inCR wrote:OK, I can't help but post this...Anyone else seen it?


Hilarious. :lol:

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Postby Keejit » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:56 am

Using the nickname 'Scooter' for a adult male should be criminal in itself.

Levi Roots, a reggae musician, wants you to put some music in your food. Despite being almost totally ancient at 46, waaaay beyond his 'attain-the-dream' 35 years of age limit, he managed to get a major UK supermarket to sell his homemade sauce.


Dragons' Den sauce hits shelves

A chef who sang to impress investors on BBC Two's Dragons' Den has said his supermarket deal is a "dream come true" as his sauce hits the shelves.

Levi Roots, who was nominated for best reggae singer at the 1998 Mobo awards, persuaded TV entrepreneurs to invest £50,000 in his sauce-making business.

His Reggae Reggae Sauce is now on sale in 600 Sainsbury's stores.

Mr Roots, from Brixton, south London, said events since appearing on the show had been "amazing and life changing".

"The deal with Sainsbury's is a dream come true for me and my family, and seeing the sauce on the supermarket shelves is an emotional but enjoyable moment," Mr Roots added.

Dragons' Den judges Peter Jones and Richard Farley each paid Brixton-based Mr Roots £25,000 in return for a 20% stake in his company.

Mr Jones said: "Levi is a great guy and he's created a great product which he is passionate about.

"I am sure this deal with Sainsbury's will be the first of many fantastic milestones on the way to business success and making his dreams a reality."

The sauce - an old family recipe - will initially be sold at more than 600 Sainsbury's stores for six months. The supermarket will also sell Mr Roots' record Proper Tings (The Reggae Reggae Sauce Song).

The sauce was previously only available on Mr Roots' website or at the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Sainsbury's buyer Nick Paddison said the chain had been hugely impressed with the product.

"It fits perfectly with our ethos to encourage customers to try something new and our desire to help nurture smaller, niche suppliers, so we have pulled out all the stops to make it available in stores as quickly as possible," he said.
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Postby BRMBug » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:06 am

Yeah, but is it any good?
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Postby Keejit » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:37 am

Two millionaires invest in it, a major UK supermarket chain are selling it - it probably tastes like crap alright.

The only sport worth getting passionate about is rugby, obviously. When Ireland are playing. And winning. The rugby World Cup will be held in France next year. I'll be hanging on to both my kidneys thank you.


Man sells kidney to see World Cup

An Indian man is selling one of his kidneys to raise funds to go to the West Indies to watch the World Cup Cricket. Garment salesman Sarun Sharma, of Jamshedpur, is hoping to be paid about £3,500 for a kidney.

He says the prospective buyer will have to pay in advance and will get the organ only after he returns from the West Indies. The Press Trust of India reports the 23-year-old said: “I am really serious. I am prepared to give one of my kidneys in lieu of money, as I want to go to West Indies to see India playing in the World Cup.
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Postby Keejit » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:19 am

Annoying news: my sinuses are being very irritating today. They are currently my least favourite part of my body.

I have been a healthy and vocal skeptic of Bono's RED campaign since it began. Gap, iPod, Motorola, AmEx etc, were some of the companies/brands involved in what was a business venture with a sideline in charity. It has failed. The domino effect of this failure will effect other charities and donations. Well done, Bono. I hope the $340 million you invested last year in Forbes with Steve Jobs and three others is still safe...
http://adage.com/article?article_id=115287 - it's a long article but worth reading.

Celebs are detrimental to advertising in this part of the world. Fact.

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Missing words on new $1 coins mystify US Mint
Thu Mar 8, 2007 4:48 AM GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In God We Trust. In machines? Not so much.

An unknown number of new US $1 coins bearing the image of George Washington are missing the words "In God We Trust" and other lettering along the edges, the US Mint said on Wednesday.

The Mint released more than 300 million gold-colour, George Washington $1 coins last month, but it recently discovered a problem. The coins, made by the Philadelphia Mint, were supposed to have the inscriptions "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum," the date and the mint mark around the edge.

It is unclear how the mistake occurred or how many of the coins are in circulation, according to the Mint statement. The Mint said it would make necessary technical adjustments in the manufacturing to eliminate the defect.

"The United States Mint understands the importance of the inscriptions 'In God We Trust' and 'E Pluribus Unum' as well as the mint mark and year on US coinage. We take this matter seriously," the statement said.

"We also consider quality control a high priority. We are looking into the matter to determine a possible cause in the manufacturing process."

Robert Hoge, curator of North American coins and currency for the American Numismatic Society, said that collectors find coins with a mistake like this, known as a Mint error, desirable when a relatively small number are in circulation.

"Since it was an accident, there is no count of how many were created. That's always the question with a mint error and it's difficult to tell how many there might be," he said.

On the auction Web site eBay, one of the coins sold for $405.
One of the most famous Mint errors in the United States occurred in 1922. That year, "through carelessness or overzealousness," Hoge said, a defective die for the obverse, or head, side of the 1-cent piece failed to show the "D" mark indicating it was struck at the Denver Mint. One of those coins in mint condition would fetch upwards of $10,000, Hoge said.
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Postby triplemultiplex » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:42 pm


Those coins just doubled in value. Missprints are rare and prized by collectors for some reason.

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Postby Keejit » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:24 am

Great programme on UK Channel 4 last night - The Great Global Warming Swindle - http://www.channel4.com/science/microsi ... g_swindle/ My sinus is a bit better, thanks for asking. I have some nice plans for the weekend; hope you do too!

There are so many SP related jokes in this story...

Aristocrat offers dog as best man at gay weddings

By Paul Majendie Thu Mar 8, 2:59 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - An eccentric aristocrat is offering his rich and famous dog Jasper -- who "is a bit gay" -- to act as "best man" at same-sex weddings at his country estate.

"He is the perfect best man," Sir Benjamin Slade said of his cross-bred canine. "He will not be making any embarrassing speeches, he hoovers up all the leftover food and he is castrated."

Jasper, a black cross between a Labrador and a Doberman, has already been in the news for inheriting a hefty bequest from Slade's ex-mother-in-law, which has swelled to a trust fund of 150,000 pounds.

He has been dubbed the country's richest hound with tabloids lapping up his tale of "wags to riches."

Slade, who has been trying to drum up business for weddings at his 13th century country estate, Maunsel House, decided that Jasper could be a particular attraction to the gay community since the government legalised same-sex civil unions last year.

"He is a bit gay," Sir Benjamin said. "He would act as the perfect best man in what is a gay-friendly house."

So Sir Benjamin is promoting Jasper's services on wedding Web sites aimed at same-sex couples.

The pair are even planning to travel up to London for a gay wedding fair to drum up business, although Slade says Jasper would be available for straight couples too.

"Whatever they want, he is there for them. Maybe he will be better as a bridesmaid." .

And this is a very, very sad panda. She can't get it awn. Poor girl has lost that lovin' feelin' and her leg. Careless b!tch, if you ask me...

Legless panda needs a hand to improve sex life

Wed Mar 7, 11:40 PM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) - An animal research centre in northern China has appealed to the world for help to fashion an artificial leg for a panda that lost a limb -- along with its sex life -- in a fight, local media reported on Thursday.

In December, a resident of Dajiangou village in Shaanxi province stumbled upon a group of pandas fighting, the Beijing News said.

One seriously injured panda, a two- or three-year-old female that rescuers named "Niu Niu" (girl), was taken to an animal rescue centre and saved, but lost two-thirds of its front left leg.

"Niu Niu's spirits have lifted, the wound has healed and her appetite has basically recovered. But without her left paw, her loss of balance has directly affected her love life," the paper said.

"The rescue centre's staff suddenly had a bold idea. If they could give Niu Niu an artificial limb, not only would that solve her walking and foraging for food, it would also enable her to mate."

Staff were appealing to the world's experts for suggestions and hoped to receive a plan for a "meticulously scientific" fake limb as soon as possible, the paper said.

China goes to great lengths to protect the giant panda, which is regarded a national treasure and found only in nature reserves in the country's Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.

Last July, Chinese vets and dentists were planning an operation to implant three false teeth in a panda injured after a fall in the wild in the same province, local media reported.
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Postby Keejit » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:46 am

I did something on Friday night I've never done before. With my sinus flaring up socialising was impossible so...I played a game on my computer. Until 1.30am. The shame. http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/game.shtml. The game is not the same for everyone who plays it. Is it just me or does the Rolling Stone article sound as if everyone's trying hard to be ker-razee?!

The Mill-stone around McCartney's neck announced she was taking up dancing on TV a while ago. Having rejected a divorce settlement of £30m it seems she'll get £70m she says she needs 'to get by'. So stories like these are right on the money...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070312/od_ ... e_uk_mills
Bet on for fate of Heather Mills' leg

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An online gambling site is taking bets on whether Heather Mills' artificial leg will fall off during her upcoming appearance on "Dancing with the Stars."

Mills, 39, the estranged wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, lost her left leg below the knee in a traffic accident in 1993. She is the first contestant on the hit ABC television show to compete with an artificial limb.

A week before Mills' March 19 debut, Antigua-based gaming site http://www.bodog.com opened bets on whether her prosthetic leg would fly off during a dance routine -- and made "no" a heavy favourite.

The site added that Mill's leg "must fall off, not be purposely taken off, during a dance routine for all Yes wagers to be graded a win."

Mills, a former model, has been upfront about her unique challenge. "It's very very unlikely my leg's going to fly off even though it would be quite funny to knock one of the judges out," she told U.S. celebrity TV show EXTRA last week.

"I'm hoping to show people that even with a prosthetic leg you can dance," Mills said.

Mills will be paired with professional dancer Jonathan Roberts on the dance contest show. Other celebrities in the season starting March 19 include female boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.

Also from Yahoo news... I know all too well the horror of being tragically single (ha, yeah right!) but some people are desperate to get married no matter what.

"Till death do us marry" - Indian weds corpse
Sat Mar 10, 3:48 AM ET

An Indian woman, despairing over her lover's accidental death when he fell down a well soon after their engagement, insisted on ceremonially marrying his corpse just minutes before the cremation.

"It was for just few minutes the girl was dressed as a bride and then as a widow," K.M. Kapadia, a police officer in the town of Anand in western Gujarat state, said on Saturday.

Wedding attendees sat the corpse up by a fire, the traditional centre of Hindu wedding ceremonies, and chanted some marriage prayers before cremating the body, police said.

"The girl refused to give away the body of her lover for the cremation till she tied the knot with him," Kapadia said.

The bride's parents opposed the marriage but later attended the wedding ceremony and gave their 22-year-old daughter Tulsi Devipujak clothes and utensils as gifts, according to the Hindu tradition.
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Postby Keejit » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:01 pm

It's important to keep up-to-date on stories relating to the Middle East.

Israel recalls 'naked ambassador'

Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after he was found drunk and naked apart from bondage gear.

Reports say he was able to identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.

A foreign ministry official described Ambassador Tzuriel Refael's behaviour as an unprecedented embarrassment.

The incident, which happened two weeks ago, has renewed calls for a radical overhaul of the way Israel appoints and promotes its diplomats.

San Salvador was Mr Refael's first post as ambassador. He was promoted in 2006 from a technical position in the ministry which had involved several foreign postings.

We're talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat
Foreign ministry spokeswoman
He was being recalled, although he had not broken any laws, foreign ministry spokeswoman Zehavit Ben-Hillel told reporters.

She confirmed that lurid reports of the incident in the Israeli press were accurate.

"We're talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat," she said.

Israel has been rocked by a recent series of misconduct and corruption scandals, shaking public confidence in the political leadership.

Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in the Israeli embassy compound where he had been found bound, gagged and naked apart from sado-masochistic sex accessories.

In 2006, Israel's diplomatic service was criticised by the public watchdog for its appointments system.

The state comptroller's report singled out the foreign ministry appointments committee for its inadequate examination of candidates and lack of transparency.
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Postby Keejit » Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:43 pm

This will be fun to watch!

Viacom will sue YouTube for $1bn

Entertainment giant Viacom Media says it will sue web search engine Google and its video-sharing website YouTube for $1bn (£517m).

Viacom, which owns MTV and Nickelodeon, says YouTube uses its shows illegally.

Viacom alleges that about 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes have been loaded onto YouTube's site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

Google says it is "confident" that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders.

As well as more than $1bn in damages, the legal action seeks an injunction to prevent what Viacom calls "massive intentional copyright infringement".

"YouTube's strategy has been to avoid taking proactive steps to curtail the infringement on its site," said Viacom in a statement.

"Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws."

Last month, Viacom, which also owns cable networks VH1 and Comedy Central, told YouTube to remove 100,000 "unauthorised" clips.

Viacom said its demand came after YouTube and Google failed to install tools to "filter" the unauthorised video clips following negotiations.

"There is no question that YouTube and Google are continuing to take the fruit of our efforts without permission and destroying enormous value in the process," it said.

"This is value that rightfully belongs to the writers, directors and talent who create it and companies like Viacom that have invested to make possible this innovation and creativity."

A Google spokesperson said: "We have not received the lawsuit but are confident that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders and believe the courts will agree.

"YouTube is great for users and offers real opportunities to rights holders: the opportunity to interact with users; to promote their content to a young and growing audience; and to tap into the online advertising market.

"We will certainly not let this suit become a distraction to the continuing growth and strong performance of YouTube and its ability to attract more users, more traffic and build a stronger community."

The company, which paid $1.65bn for YouTube last year, has been trying to win permission from media companies to broadcast output legally on YouTube in exchange for payment, avoiding the threat of legal action.

Separately, the BBC has struck a content deal with YouTube to showcase short clips of BBC content.

The BBC hopes that the deal will help it reach YouTube's monthly audience of more than 70 million users and drive extra traffic to its own website.

The corporation will also get a share of the advertising revenue generated by traffic to the new YouTube channels.

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Postby Keejit » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:56 am

Lame gamers will be encouraged to be even more lame by creating and loving your very own virtual child. If you already have deep feelings for anything beginning with the lowercase letter 'i', something that looks like a cheap sandwich toaster or a oblong handheld device that frustratingly does not give you virtual head then this lame game will be right up your anus and/or street.

You know what you should really do: get a real puppy/dog, go out of doors/outside, take a walk. Do not be afraid to interact with other human beings. Smile.

Designer hopes for love in games
Darren Waters
Technology editor, BBC News website, San Francisco

Veteran designer Peter Molyneux has said that he wants to put love into his next game, Fable 2.

"This is my bold claim - I need you to experience something in Fable that you as gamers have never experienced before," he declared.

Gamers will be able to start a family and watch their child grow over time.

Emotional reactions to gaming, such as love, fear and even empathy, remain the holy grail for many developers.

"Everybody is talking about emotion, story, engagement and narrative," Mr Molyneux said. "We have tried to approach it in a different way. We are going to explore love."

He explained that the team had drawn up a list of features it wanted when planning the sequel to Fable, which had sold three million copies.

"We made a shopping list," the designer said.

The world in Fable is now 30 times bigger than before, with more weapons, more monsters, more variety - but Mr Molyneux said those changes were not enough.

"I didn't set up Lionhead and I'm not in this industry to do shopping lists.

"We sat down and realised what we really wanted to do was make 'wow' moments.

"We started to talk about what was important in gaming.

"We can do excitement, fear, achievement. Surely we can think about other emotions?"

One of Lionhead's solutions to generate emotion in games is to build a family network for the main character.

"We want you to feel loved. You can have sex and you can have a baby.

"That baby will grow up and will kind of look like you."

To encourage empathy the game will also feature a dog - that will accompany the gamer on his adventures.

"We have spent an enormous amount of time and effort to make something that feels real.

"I want you to make you feel it is a real dog. I want you to feel something when you play a game; that's what this feature is about."

The dog is also a central game play feature - it acts as a guide, a reminder of gaming quests and can also fight with the player.

Each dog will be unique to the gamer and Mr Molyneux said that gamers would be able to introduce their dogs to each other online.

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