“When next summer’s Olympics roll around, the Beijing Weather Modification Office will be poised to intercept incoming clouds, draining them before they get to the festivities. No fewer than 32,000 people nationwide are employed by the Weather Modification Office — “some of them farmers, who are paid $100 a month to handle anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers” loaded with cloud-seeding compounds.”
Sourced from Marginal Revolution.
After 15 years, the ducks will finally land.
29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago.
Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack.
And now they are heading straight for Britain. At some point this summer they are expected to be spotted on beaches in South-West England.
The ducks have traveled as far as Alaska and the Artic circle. In fact,
So precious to science are they that the US firm that made them is offering a £50 bounty for finding one.
See the map below for their path.
Is this ugly or cool? I can’t decide. Comments?
Just reading the title of the article made me laugh out loud: “World’s tallest man saves dolphin”
Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China.
A little old, but still Quite Noteworthy.
I learned that your iPod headphones may be a low-quality microphone today. I plugged my headphones into my desktop’s microphone line-in jack, and talked to Roh over gtalk. I had to have the headphones practically in my mouth, but it worked. There a few sites discussing this:
Earphones and microphones are constructed on a very similiar concept, just that earphones are optimised for hearing, and microphones are optimised for recording.
Some guy even made a completely unnecessary video.
Yes, Roh, you were right. I concede. And make my previous-disbelief-turned-appreciation public for the world.
A bit old, but pretty cool if you haven’t seen it. Josh Kinberg’s bike will shoot out messages on the sidewalk as he’s riding it. I wonder if it’s smart enough to vary based on his riding speed?
Turns out he’s in trouble with the law.
Yesterday we noticed today that the city had put up signs that prevented street parking on our block and the next block up. Today we decided to go out for coffee in the freezing wind and snow, and noticed a large number of trailers the next block up, near the park and the old Park District building. We decided to change course and investigate.
It turns out that the trucks were movie trucks. We noticed a tall man outside, smoking a cigarette and chatting with a security guard by the Park District building entrance. The tall man was dressed head to toe in a Santa outfit. Another guard told us that that that man was Vince Vaughn, and the movie was Fred Claus.
Wish I had a camera with a good zoom lens on me.
New research has found that women “dress to impress” when they are at their most fertile.
Link here. Note: this is a little old, but new to the blog…
As we sat waiting for our delayed flight in the airport, Chuck Norris was on TV kicking someone’s ass. My manager turns to me and says, “There is no chin under Chuck Norris’ Beard. There is only another fist.” He then points me out to the Chuck Norris Top Ten list.