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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #75 on: July 16, 2009, 07:40:49 AM »
Man killed when car plunges into Grand Canyon

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/arizona.grand.canyon.death/index.html

This article is like The Onion come to life.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #76 on: July 16, 2009, 07:51:02 AM »
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Authorities have not ruled the death a suicide

"Maybe I should have had my GPS checked after all, this shortcut looks dubiouAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2009, 03:57:26 PM »
"Maybe I should have had my GPS checked after all, this shortcut looks dubiouAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"
I lol'd.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #78 on: July 22, 2009, 02:00:34 AM »
Total eclipse envelops Asia in darkness
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/21/solar.eclipse/index.html

Has it been 216 years already?  :void:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #79 on: July 22, 2009, 10:16:38 PM »



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Taco Bell Chihuahua Dies
By Rennie Dyball

Originally posted Wednesday July 22, 2009 11:40 AM EDT
Gidget
 

She charmed millions without ever saying a word, and managed to make fast food tacos adorable. Gidget, the Chihuahua best known for her Taco Bell ad campaign, died from a stroke on Tuesday night at age 15.

"She made so many people happy," says Gidget's trainer, Sue Chipperton. PEOPLE met both Gidget and Sue at a Hollywood animals photo shoot in February, where the pup was a consummate pro and delighted the crew with her playful nature.

The mostly retired actor lived out her days laying in the sun – "I like to joke that it's like looking after a plant," says Chipperton – and entertaining at shoots when her trainer brought her along. "Gidget," says Chipperton, "always knew where the camera was."





That famous phrase will sure not fade. Adios Gidget.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #80 on: July 23, 2009, 12:07:19 PM »
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/21/russia_robbery/

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Russian hairdresser turns stickup merchant into sex slave
Robber taken to the floor, then just taken

A workaday armed robbery at a Russian hairdressers turned into a three day sex ordeal for the would-be stickup merchant, leaving him with torn genitals and a viagra hangover.

The man, only known as Viktor, attempted to turn over a hairdresser in the small town of Meshchovsk on March 14 Russia Today reports. The owner, a 28 year old called Olga, agreed to handover the day's takings while employees and customers cowered in fright.

Unfortunately for Viktor, Olga was trained in Karate. As she was handing over the cash she struck him in the chest, before taking him to the ground and trussing him up with a hairdryer cord.

Olga then locked Viktor in the shop's utility room before telling colleagues she would call the police and then dismissing them.

However, she clearly thought better of it, deciding instead to strip the robber before handcuffing him to the radiator with a pair of pink frilly lined handcuffs. She then plied him with viagra and "raped" him numerous times over the following four days.

A tired and sore Viktor was finally released three days later, heading straight to the hospital for treatment for a torn frenulum. He then went to the police to report Olga for "actions of a sexual nature".

Shocked police then arrested Olga, who promptly reported Viktor for robbery.

“What a bastard,” Olga complained. “Yes, we had sex a couple of times. But I’ve bought him new jeans, gave him food and even gave him 1,000 roubles when he left.”

Apparently Viktor confirmed that he had been fed "royally" by the no-nonsense coiffeuse.

Olga and Viktor are both now apparently on charges, and hard time will no doubt be on the agenda when the cases finally reach court.

Long live Russia.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #81 on: July 23, 2009, 03:45:22 PM »
Haha, the afternoon radio show I listen to mentioned this a few weeks ago during their "Shot of the Day" segment. As funny as the story is, there's nothing funny about a torn frenulum. :SK:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #82 on: July 23, 2009, 04:23:29 PM »
As funny as the story is, there's nothing funny about a torn frenulum. :SK:

Indeed not. :void: I don't envy the guy. Still, better that than being shot in the face (considering he was robbing the place).

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #83 on: July 24, 2009, 06:17:24 AM »
Indeed not. :void: I don't envy the guy.

I do. You'd think she'd be a total butch hog, right? Well fellas, meet Olga!


Sure, she's not Marissa Miller, but all things considered, unless there's something seriously wrong with her nose and eyes, not bad. Which just proves my suspicion that all foreign babes named Olga are semi-attractive blonds desperate to fuck you. This guy is a dumb bastard.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #84 on: July 24, 2009, 06:53:18 AM »
Sure, she's not Marissa Miller, but all things considered, unless there's something seriously wrong with her nose and eyes, not bad. Which just proves my suspicion that all foreign babes named Olga are semi-attractive blonds desperate to fuck you. This guy is a dumb bastard.

Haha, point taken, but still man, a torn frenulum. I only know one person unfortunate enough to have had this happen to him, and if there's one thing he's made very, very clear, it's that you don't want it to happen to you.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #85 on: July 24, 2009, 07:27:38 AM »
Holy shit what the hell did she do to him in there to tear his frenulum. :griff:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #86 on: July 24, 2009, 07:35:53 AM »
Holy shit what the hell did she do to him in there to tear his frenulum. :griff:

You'll know when you're of legal age. :slan:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #87 on: July 24, 2009, 07:38:31 AM »
You'll know when you're of legal age. :slan:

Hmmm I don't think I would want to know even when i'm older. :ganishka:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #88 on: July 27, 2009, 10:56:26 AM »
We all love stories of people being rescued by animals right? How about animals trying to murder people!

I now present you with the story of Moko the Evil Dolphin.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170130.stm
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A New Zealand swimmer got into difficulty when a friendly dolphin stopped her returning to shore.
The woman had been swimming with the dolphin, called Moko, at Mahia Beach on the North Island. But the playful dolphin did not want the fun to end.
People at a nearby cafe eventually heard her cries for help, and rowed out to her rescue.
She was found, exhausted and extremely cold, clinging to a buoy. She said the dolphin had meant no harm.
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, was wearing a wetsuit. But even that eventually failed to protect her from the winter cold.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #89 on: July 27, 2009, 10:59:36 AM »
We all love stories of people being rescued by animals right? How about animals trying to murder people!

I now present you with the story of Moko the Evil Dolphin.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170130.stm

Huh reading this reminded me of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror when the dolphins come to the land and force the humans out to sea. :SK:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #90 on: August 08, 2009, 12:56:05 AM »
Another dead american hero :(

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529328,00.html

Not Billy Mays!!! NO!

read this from the autopsy on Billly Mays

Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death
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Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death
By MITCH STACY (AP) – 26 minutes ago

TAMPA, Fla. — An official autopsy report released Friday found that cocaine use contributed to the heart disease that suddenly killed TV pitchman Billy Mays in June, but his family called the finding "speculative" and was considering getting an independent look at the results.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner's office previously determined that the bearded, boisterous TV spokesman had a heart attack in his sleep. His wife found him unresponsive in bed in their Tampa condo June 28.

Mays, 50, was a pop-culture fixture with his energetic commercials pitching gadgets and cleaning products like Orange Glo and OxiClean.

While heart disease was the primary cause of his death, the medical examiner listed cocaine as a "contributory cause of death."

The medical examiner "concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and thereby contributed to his death," the office said in a press release.

The office said Mays last used cocaine in the few days before his death but was not under the influence of the drug when he died. Hillsborough County spokeswoman Lori Hudson said nothing in the toxicology report indicated the frequency of Mays' cocaine use.

Cocaine can raise the arterial blood pressure, directly cause thickening of the left wall of the ventricle and accelerate the formation of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries, the release said.


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John Carmack's Armadillo Succeeds in Mock Moon Landing Challenge
« Reply #91 on: September 15, 2009, 11:25:29 AM »
Team Armadillo Succeeds in Mock Moon Landing Challenge
By Clara Moskowitz
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posted: 13 September 2009
07:15 pm ET


A commercial vehicle successfully completed a mock lunar landing Saturday, qualifying its team to win a $1 million prize offered for NASA's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

The rocket-powered craft, built by Armadillo Aerospace, ascended 50 meters (164 feet) into the air, flew over to land on a simulated rocky lunar surface 50 meters (164 feet) away, and then rose and flew back to land where it started. The flight included a requirement of at least 180 seconds of flying time.

Armadillo's champion craft, named Scorpius, weighs about 1900 pounds fully fueled. The vehicle made its flight at the Caddo Mills Airport in Texas, where Armadillo Aerospace's facilities are based.

Armadillo is the first team to complete these requirements, which comprise Level 2 of the Lunar Lander Challenge. The company won Level 1 of the completion in October 2008, snagging a $350,000 purse. That achievement required a similar flight, but for half the time - only 90 seconds. The minimum flight time for Level 2 is calculated to simulate a trip between the moon's surface and lunar orbit.

"Since the Lunar Lander Challenge is quite demanding in terms of performance, with a few tweaks our Scorpius vehicle actually has the capability to travel all the way to space," said John Carmack, head of Armadillo Aerospace. "We'll be moving quickly to do higher-altitude tests, and we can go up to about 6000 feet here at our home base in Texas before we'll have to head to New Mexico where we can really push the envelope. We already have scientific payloads from universities lined up to fly as well, so this will be an exciting next few months for commercial spaceflight."

NASA will award the $1 million prize for Level 2 this year after all the entering teams have a chance to compete. Armadillo was the first of three teams gunning for the title; Masten Space Systems and Unreasonable Rocket are scheduled to make prize attempts soon, before the closing of this year's competition window on October 31.

"Carmack and the entire Armadillo team made it look easy... an overnight success after 4 years of hard work," said Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which manages the prize on behalf of NASA's Centennial Challenges program. "Congratulations on two perfect flights. Now we'll need to see if any other teams attempt the Level 2, Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. If no one does, then Armadillo will win $1 million in purse cash."

The flight represents an achievement not just for Armadillo, but for the whole commercial spaceflight field. With NASA's space shuttle fleet soon to retire, and the agency's goal of returning humans to the moon uncertain in the face of political and budget constraints, private companies could play an increasingly important role in space exploration.

"Congratulations to Armadillo Aerospace, NASA, and the X PRIZE Foundation for their excellent teamwork in making this week's Lunar Lander Challenge milestone possible," said Brett Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. "This competition shows exactly how much NASA can benefit from close engagement with the commercial spaceflight sector."

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Carmack is fucking awesome. That is all.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #92 on: September 15, 2009, 11:53:40 AM »
Great accomplishment by Carmack. Now let's see what happens when he makes it to Mars.
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #93 on: October 09, 2009, 12:57:59 PM »

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #94 on: October 09, 2009, 01:08:31 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nobel_peace

I didn't see this coming.
I really don't want to comment on this, but... really? Couldn't they have waited until the end of his presidency before something like this? I mean, what has he really done that deserves this?  :mozgus:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #95 on: October 09, 2009, 01:16:27 PM »
I mean, what has he really done that deserves this?  :mozgus:

Looks like not being George W. Bush was enough.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #96 on: October 09, 2009, 01:50:38 PM »
I think i speak for the whole world when I say:  :???:
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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #97 on: October 09, 2009, 04:06:50 PM »
Yeah, I was a little surprised when I heard about it this morning. Aren't we still in the middle of two wars in the Middle East? :???:

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #98 on: October 11, 2009, 08:58:04 PM »
Yeah, it's certainly unexpected, and considering nominations were over like two weeks after he was in office, it's obviously not for any accomplishments as President, so people comparing him to past Presidents that won or didn't and what they accomplished is a little misguided. I think we're all too close to it now and kind of taking it for granted already, but what his run and election represented, historically speaking, is an accomplishment far greater than any Nobel prize, so I find the backlash over this to be uncalled for and a little ugly.

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Re: News & Not News Megathread
« Reply #99 on: October 11, 2009, 09:08:03 PM »
but what his run and election represented, historically speaking, is an accomplishment far greater than any Nobel prize, so I find the backlash over this to be uncalled for and a little ugly.

I can agree with the former part of your statement. It does show how far we have come in a myriad of ways. However, I would like to know who the other nominees were and what their accomplishments were. I mean, the people elected Obama. Whether or not he truly deserves this Prize is debatable. While I don't HATE him (I'll say I'm a little disenchanted with him these days) I honestly don't feel he's truly earned it yet. Hopefully in the future he shows he was worthy of winning it.