Friday, August 29, 2008

The Faces Behind The Voices

Pamela Segall Adlon as Bobby Hill (King Of The Hill)
Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson
Tom Kenny as Spongebob Squarepants
Seth MacFarlane as Peter, Brian and Stewie Griffin (The Family Guy)
Daws Butler as Yogi Bear, Mr. Magoo, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, Snagglepuss, Auggie Doggie, Wally Gator.

Casey Kasem as Shaggy (Scooby Doo)
Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble (The Flintstones)
Dick Tufeld as Robot (Lost In Space)
Wally Cox as Underdog

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Not everybody gets to be a lawyer or a doctor..

Computer virus infects International Space Station

As far as space monsters go it is less menacing than Daleks or Klingons, but an unwanted intruder has made its way aboard the international space station. Gammima.AG, a malicious password-swiping computer virus, has broken new frontiers, by infecting two laptops on the ISS orbiting 215 miles above Earth. The virus was first detected on Earth in August 2007 infecting machines to steal login names for popular online games.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I learned that........

Age 5 I learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".
Age 7 I learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.
Age 9 I learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
Age 12 I learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.
Age 14 I learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
Age 15 I learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.
Age 24 I learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.
Age 26 I learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.
Age 29 I learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.
Age 30 I learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 42 I learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 44 I learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.
Age 46 I learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
Age 47 I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
Age 48 I learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
Age 49 I learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.
Age 50 I learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
Age 51 I learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Age 52 I learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
Age 53 I learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 58 I learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
Age 61 I learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.
Age 62 I learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
Age 64 I learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Age 65 I learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
Age 66 I learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
Age 72 I learned that everyone can use a prayer.
Age 82 I learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
Age 90 I learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Age 92 I learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

In the News

78-year-old woman heads down baggage chute
An elderly woman misunderstood instructions while checking in at Sweden's main airport and was whisked down a baggage chute after she placed herself instead of her luggage on the belt.
The woman, who was not named, was preparing to fly from Stockholm's Arlanda airport to Germany yesterday when she lay down on an unmanned baggage belt in the belief she was following check-in instructions.
She was quickly swept off to the baggage handling center, where staff members helped get her back on her feet. The woman suffered no serious injury and caught her flight as planned.
Soup Causes Emergency Landing
A Ryanair plane was forced to land in Germany after a passenger had an allergic reaction to mushroom soup.
The soup leaked onto the man from a jar in an overhead locker on a flight from Budapest to Dublin on Monday, the airline said.
His neck reportedly swelled up and he struggled to breathe, forcing the plane to divert for emergency medical help.

Toddler cancer spotted via e-mail

A toddler in Florida has been diagnosed with cancer after a Manchester woman saw early warning signs in a picture.Madeleine Robb, from Stretford, who has never met her pen pal, spotted a shadow behind one of Rowan Santos's eyes on pictures from her first birthday. She then e-mailed her mother Megan advising her to get medical help.The toddler was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer - Retinoblastoma - and underwent an operation and is having chemotherapy.
The two mothers became friends on an internet messageboard after their children were born on the same day. But when Mrs Robb saw the pictures she said she knew something was not right."The eye was reflecting a light but it wasn't just reflecting in one picture - but in a few of them. I sent her an e-mail just saying it was important she have it checked."Megan Santos took her to the doctor the same day and her condition was diagnosed. The toddler will still lose her eye, but doctors have said her chances of survival are much greater thanks to the early diagnosis.
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Arctic seal's ice therapy to cure cold phobia

For an Arctic seal living in sub-zero temperatures, a phobia of the cold is not ideal. It is a fear that has almost cost Sahara, a young hooded seal, his life as he has swims thousands of miles in search of warmer waters.
Now though sanctuary staff have resorted to a giant ice-making machine in a last-ditch effort to cure him and rehabilitate him into his natural habitat.
Twice, two-year-old Sahara has swum thousands of miles from the icy waters off Iceland and Greenland in search of heat, first to Morocco and then Spain. On each occasion he has been found washed up, bald and malnourished and close to death.
Staff at the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall, who have looked after Sahara each of his great escapes, now say if he is to stand any chance of being naturally rehabilitated, he must spend months getting used to the cold.
So they have hired an ice machine capable of generating half a million tonnes of ice each day, which the Hooded Seal is encouraged to roll around and play in.
His carer, Tamara Cooper, said: "Basically the problem is Sahara is an Arctic seal who is afraid of the cold. It's a bit like being a bird which is scared of heights. Hopefully the phobia will be cured with a bit of aversion therapy and Sahara will be proper ice-loving seal again."
PICTURE and More

Dog Collect’s Shoes

Residents of Waveland, Ind., believe a stray dog is behind a rash of shoe thefts.
Shoes that were left outdoors in the southern Indiana town started disappearing in June and began showing up near the town's fire station.
A stray brown and white dog was seen carrying a shoe in his mouth near the fire station.Acting town marshal Rob Kiger and others have seen the dog - possibly a beagle - carrying a shoe in its mouth around town. Others have seen the dog lying in the sun near the fire station.
Susie Calvert, who works near the fire station, said she finds shoes in the area and places them on the ledge at the station, hoping that the owners will collect them. Kiger said he's tried to take the canine shoe bandit into custody, but it runs away every time he gets close.

Stroll Down Memory Lane

Oldies but Goodies

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Rule number one for applying sun screen:
Always get help for those hard-to-reach places.

I’m guessing those sandals are new.

Postcard's 7,000 mile detour

A Hertfordshire girl's holiday postcard to her grandparents ended up 3,500 miles off target - in New York.
Jessica Webber, 11, was on holiday with her mum, dad and sister in Majorca when she sent the card, reports the Daily Mirror.
She addressed it to Mr and Mrs P. Jones and sent it to their home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
But a mix-up in the sorting office in Spain meant it was sent to a Harold Jones in Staten Island, New York, instead.
Mr Jones, 60, contacted his local newspaper who helped him find the couple and he called them.
Peter Jones, 68, a retired postman, said: "I got a strange call from a man with an American accent to say he had my postcard. It was a bit confusing at first. But we had a lovely chat. That postcard's seen some sights."
The card sent from Jessica, of Baldock, three weeks ago will have traveled 7,000 miles when it gets to them.
A US postal service spokesman said: "We guess it got thrown into the wrong bag."

Australian school bans cartwheels

Forget smoking or bullying - at a Townsville primary school, doing a cartwheel in the playground can get you suspended. Belgian Gardens State School has banned all forms of gymnastics during breaks, including handstands and somersaults. Even the humble forward roll have been banned.Kylie Buschgens was dumbfounded when her daughter Cali, 10, was told she could no longer do cartwheels, even on the grass. Her friend was busted and punished by the cartwheel cops this week."We had to practice for a play and she did one on the grass," Cali said. "Two teachers took her upstairs and she had to sit down for the rest of the day and not do anything."
Ms Buschgens met with school principal Glenn Dickson and was told gymnastics activities were a "medium risk level 2" that posed a danger to children.After making her own inquiries, Ms Buschgens found gymnastics was indeed listed as a level 2 risk – when performed in class – along with cricket, soccer, tennis, netball, touch football and other sports. Those sports have not been banned at lunchtime."I said (to the principal), 'What if she keeps doing a handstand?' and he said she'd get into trouble," Ms Buschgens said. "I asked what would happen if she was a repeat handstand offender and he said that would be defiance and it could lead to her being suspended."
YOU'VE BEEN WARNED ... Kylie Buschgens' daughter Cali could be suspended if she keeps doing cartwheels
Leland Thomas Faegre said...
I am the father of Deirdre Faegre, the American student suspended for cartwheels and handstands in 2004 and referenced [Townsville Bulletin] in this latest episode of outrageous usurpation of life, liberty and happiness in Australia. The backlash of their arrogance is in full bloom but don't let up. Take off the gloves Ms Buschgens, and let the education elite know that you are in control of your children--not faceless authoritarians determined to deny children their rite of passage. You will win for the sake of all children. Stand up to them and let me know if I can help... Leland Thomas Faegre

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

How to make a sculpted dog cake

Elisa Strauss sculpted her dad's labradoodle for his birthday.
For more information, please visit Confetti Cakes

Baby moose playing in sprinkler

Two baby mooses and mother in Anchorage, AK. June 2008

Decisions, Decisions

Should I get a dog?
Or have children?

In the News

'Supersede' most often misspelled
Collins Dictionaries of Britain said its researchers have estimated that the most commonly misspelled word in the English language is "supersede."
The company said the word is misspelled one out of every 10 times it is used because many other words with phonetically similar endings -- such as intercede and precede -- are spelled with the letter "c" instead of "s,"
Collins said other commonly misspelled words -- including conscience, indict, foreign, mortgage and phlegm -- are challenging because they their spelling is different from their phonetic pronunciations.
Cops bust movie set, not robbery
Police officers in North Andover, Mass., accidentally interrupted a movie set thinking it was the site of a robbery attempt, a director says.
Director John Depew said he was filming a scene at a North Andover convenience store last weekend when police officers suddenly stormed in to apprehend their suspects.
"They came in and they said, 'Drop the gun' and I couldn't see the officer because he was behind (me)," Depew said. "I said, 'It's a movie, it's a movie -- we're filming a movie!'"
Depew said two actors playing robbers for the last Sunday's scene were placed in handcuffs by the officers, but were released after the situation was explained.
The confusion was brought about by a mistaken 911 call from an unidentified individual who said an actual robbery was taking place at the store.
Footprints in judge’s office spell end for masked bandit
The evidence in his office gave the judge pause: a half-eaten apple and some very distinctive footprints.
Federal bankruptcy Judge Paul W. Bonapfel reported the break-in last week at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.
The intruder made no effort to cover his tracks across a stack of federal memos in the 14th-floor office. When the judge called in his staff and others to examine the scene, the evidence was conclusive: The perpetrator was a raccoon.
In the following days, judges and staff who work in the building reported other thefts — chocolate chip cookies stolen from a 10th-floor desk, a sandwich on the 9th floor, and a packet of dried soup purloined from the 23rd floor.
A court clerk created a "wanted" poster, and Bonapfel's staff posted a "raccoon crossing" sign on the judge's door.
Workers from a company that specializes in catching wildlife placed a trap in the ceiling over a judge's office and baited it with tuna.
The wait ended Monday when a judicial assistant heard a noise overhead. Two workers removed the ceiling tiles and grabbed the suspect.
Office workers named the raccoon "Russell," in honor of the building's namesake. The General Services Administration, which manages the building, theorizes that Russell wriggled into the heating system from outside.
"We're going to see if we can get him turned loose on a farm somewhere," said Robert Perkins, the building's manager. "We're going to take him a long way from this building."
Baseball Team's Pitcher, 9, Ousted for Being Too Good
A Connecticut youth baseball team with a phenomenal 9-year-old pitcher has been disqualified because its team is too good.
The team, Will Power Fitness, has an 8-0 record thanks in large part to pitcher Jericho Scott, the New Haven Register reports. His pitching is so fast and accurate, the Liga Juvenil De Baseball De New Haven asked the team's coach, Wilfred Vidro, to replace him so he wouldn't frighten other players.
PICTURE and More

Monday, August 25, 2008

Farmer's Almanac Predicts Colder, 'Catastrophic' Winter

People worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.
"Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80 to 85 percent for its forecasts that are prepared two years in advance.
The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder-than-average temperatures this winter, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.
"This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger.
The almanac predicts above-normal snowfall for the Great Lakes and Midwest, especially during January and February, and above-normal precipitation for the Southwest in December and for the Southeast in January and February. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will likely have an unusually wet or snowy February, the almanac said.

Girl, 11, Finds $1,000 Floating in Ocean

An 11-year-old Delaware girl has delivered a happy ending to a Pittsburgh couple's vacation nightmare.
While swimming in the surf in Ocean City, Md., Rowan Short of Brandywine Hundred found a Ziploc bag containing two credit cards, a Pennsylvania driver's license and more than $1,000 cash. Her mom used a cell phone to call 411, got the number of the driver named on the license, and placed a call to Elaine and Michael Chosky in Pittsburgh.
Michael Chosky says there was no hotel safe at the Ocean City spot where his family spent their vacation, so he kept his valuables with him in his swimsuit pocket. He says he was swimming in rough surf Aug. 14 when the bag disappeared.

The Harley-Davidson Museum

Harley-Davidon first motorcycle with the serial number 1 was made in 1903.

There are many unique bikes on display.
This one has two seats, two gas tanks and two engines.

Alligator on loose in city was just a soft toy

When an alligator was reported loose on the streets of Bristol, police and the RSPCA snapped into action. Roads were sealed off as they staked out the creature, which appeared to be lying in garden bushes with the remains of a bird in its jaws. After a tense 30-minute stand-off, emergency workers used a camera to zoom in on the reptile – and discovered that it was a stuffed toy.
Richard Masling, an RSPCA inspector, said after Friday’s incident: "As animal rescues go, this one was child’s play." Mr Masling said: "We thought it would be a captive caiman which had escaped or been abandoned, then killed and eaten a wild bird and was laying on the grass digesting it." It is unclear if the emergency was a prank but the toy had fluff in its mouth to appear like feathers and an elastic band made to look like a muzzle was wrapped around its jaws.

Roads were sealed off as they staked out the creature, which appeared to be lying in garden bushes with the remains of a bird in its jaws.
After a tense 30-minute stand-off, emergency workers used a camera to zoom in on the reptile – and discovered that it was a stuffed toy.
Richard Masling, an RSPCA inspector, said after Friday’s incident: "As animal rescues go, this one was child’s play."
RSPCA chief inspector Richard Masling said: "We thought it would be a captive caiman which had escaped or been abandoned, then killed and eaten a wild bird and was laying on the grass digesting it.
"Caiman are part of the alligator family and have very sharp teeth, so it was very important that the police and RSPCA took all the necessary safety precautions to protect ourselves and the public.
"But in the end, as animal rescues go - this one really was child's play."
It is unclear if the emergency was a prank but the toy had fluff in its mouth to appear like feathers and an elastic band made to look like a muzzle was wrapped around its jaws.
Chief Insp Masling added: "Although this turned out to be a funny call, the number of unwanted and abandoned exotic animals which the Society deals with is no laughing matter. That includes, on occasions, the odd caiman."
Caiman alligators are native to freshwaters in the United States but can be kept as pets.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shower Gel Dispenser

The nose… blows!
Just squeeze or press it and green shower gel oozes out of the right nostril.

Rubber nose attaches to flat surface with suction cups.

Presidential era gas prices


1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8)You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don’t hurt.
3) Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.
4) You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Government Worker Gets $850G Bonus Thanks to Typo

Oklahoma officials say a typo resulted in a state employee receiving a bonus of $850,000 — but it was only temporary.
Jo Harris was supposed to receive an $850 longevity bonus for working at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for seven years. But a misplaced decimal point turned that into a six-figure windfall.
Officials say they caught the error before the $850,000 left state funds.
Harris's original paycheck issued in February was canceled and a new one was issued with the correct bonus. Officials told Harris about the mistake and asked her to watch her personal bank account.
Harris said she would let state officials know right away if the extra money entered her account because "I don't go to jail for anybody."

But you are the one that got caught

Tortoise found 13 miles from home

Timmy the tortoise might well feel a little shell-shocked yesterday - after being found 13 miles from home.
But mystery surrounds just how the 50-year-old pet got that far.
Owners David and Jean Hipperson feared they would never see Timmy again after she vanished from her hut in the back garden.
Two weeks went by and the couple of Trowbridge, Wilts, put up missing posters but had no luck.
But then a woman spotted Timmy walking along a main road 13 miles away in Midsomer Norton.
The Moroccan spur-thigh tortoise clocked up an average speed of 0.038mph during her long walk - well below the average tortoise top speed of 0.3mph. At her fastest Timmy could have completed the incredible 13-mile trip in 43 hours.
Grandad David, 63, admitted yesterday: "I'm baffled how she could have walked so far. Tortoises are not exactly famous for being quick off the mark and Timmy isn't even energetic for a tortoise - so how she made it that far is a mystery. I would love to find out how she did it."
The woman who found Timmy handed her to a local vet who had seen the missing posters and contacted dad-of-three dairy worker David.
The tortoise has been in the family for 39 years and was named Timmy because David initially thought the pet was male.
Andrew Pomphrey, 45, from the British Tortoise Society, said: "It's possible that a tortoise could walk that distance in that time.
"They have a fair bit of pace on them when they get going so you couldn't rule it out. Having said that, I have never known one to go that far. It's quite an achievement."
The average top speed of a tortoise in a hurry

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

How To Live on Practically Nothing

Desire Path

A term in landscape architecture used to describe a path that isn't designed but rather is worn casually away by people finding the shortest distance between two points.

Steve Irwin birthday cake

Little Bingi Irwin turns 10.

Cute Alert!

The Incredible Growing Boy

Meet the 12-Year-Old Boy Too Big for His Mom's SUV. Boy Is Truly Unique and Truly Tall.
Ellensburg, Washington, is home to a truly unique young man: 12-year-old Brenden Adams, who is more than seven feet tall and, incredibly, still growing.
He towers over his classmates and even his teacher, Gretchen Holmstrom, who jokingly quipped, "I'm 5'9," so I never look up to sixth graders -- until this year…never say never!"
And though friends say Brenden is just a regular kid, he's obviously not like anybody else. He has to duck through most doorways and sit sideways at his school desk because his knees don't fit under it.
In his mom's sport utility vehicle, he has to fold down the second row of seats, sit in the third row and stretch his legs out over the middle row in order to sit comfortably.
His shoe size? 18 and still growing.

The Bronze Fonz - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"His hair will always be in place, he doesn’t mind if you touch the leather and he’s far too heavy to jump the shark. Thought Arthur Fonzarelli couldn’t get any cooler?

"2 views from 1 place BEIJING OLYMPIC"

Build a wall to hide what you don't want people to see.

The Flint-Mobile

It’s Yaba Daba Doooo time!