Want to know whereÂ last week's 244 earthquakes took place? Check out this site, put together by Dawn Endico, using Google Maps and data from the U.S. Geological Survey. It's helpful in planning where not to take your next vacation.... READ ON
These infographics are a few years old but still very interesting. Neatorama linked to one about the number of people employed by the U.S. government (1% of theÂ U.S. population). But I think the spread on worldwide smoking is even more interesting. One fact from thatÂ infographic:
In 2000, 964 billion cigarettes were reported as exports, worldwide. 672 billion were reported as imports. Does that mean 1/3 of the world's cigarettes from that year just disappeared? It's anÂ interesting look at the... READ ON
#49 Run Lola Run
#37 Being John Malcovich
#26 Lost In Translation
#15 Blood Simple
#8 The Usual Suspects
See if you agree with Empire's list of the 50 Greatest Independent Films. I still don't understand why Sideways is so high on lists like this. I didn't dislike the movie but I definitely wouldn't put it up there with the rest of these films.
Link via Unique... READ ON
Farmers have their own. As do tech geeks and inmates. And now, finally, apes get what they've been waiting for (even if they didn't realize it). I'm talking about an online dating service.
According to an AP article that I just read on LiveScience:
Zookeepers in the Netherlands are planning to hook up Dutch and Indonesian orangutans over the Internet and believe the link could at some stage be used as an online dating service where apes could get to know one another and keepers could work out whether... READ ON
Yesterday's USA Today had an interesting article by Matt Krantz about companies getting cute with their stock market ticker symbols. Earlier this week, Harley-Davidson began trading under the symbol "HOG," instead of their old "HDI."
Some others mentioned in the article:
BID - Sotheby's
BUD - Anheuser-Busch
CAKE - Cheesecake Factory
DISH - Echostar
DNA - Genentech
LUV - Southwest Airlines
YUM - Yum Brands (Pizza Hut holding company)
ZEUS - Olympic Steel
The Southwest symbol, LUV, has been... READ ON
The International AIDS Conference is taking place right now in Toronto. CNN was reporting this morning on all the exciting developments announced at this year's gathering.Â But despite the conferenceÂ being in its 16th year, some attendingÂ are still voicing some disturbing beliefs. The New Scientist Sharp Science blog reports on comments made by the South African health minister:
People should fight HIV using garlic, beetroot, lemons and the African potato rather than relying on drugs, advised... READ ON
Sometimes I'm tempted to give myself a bad haircut, develop a strange accent and run around NYC at night covering statues in lasagna. I'm convinced that I would then be viewed as a brilliant artist.
NYC always seems to be the location of such amusing displays as "The Gates" and now the work of Jasmine Zimmerman, whose elastic webs can now be seen in various locations around the city.
And even if they're not really brilliant, I still find these events fun. And it's always funny to see how... READ ON
Canadian Wal-Marts must have an amazing beach toys section because the participants in the 2006 Canadian OpenÂ Sand Sculpture Championships seem to have slightly more exciting sand molds than I found inÂ my $9.99 kit. The impressive event took place over the weekend. Some great pictures on flickr.... READ ON
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I'm not much of a beer drinker but I love world records and I stumbled across this record-breaking beer yesterday - on the web that is, because it's actually illegal to sell in the state of Georgia.
AtÂ 6 times the strength of a typical beer and twice that of a bottle of wine, Samuel Adams Utopias contains a little over 25% alcohol.
The BostonÂ brewery only made 8000 of the little copper kettles with the strong stuff.Â But if you really want one, you can snag one on eBay for only a few hundred... READ ON
Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls.