Sunday, January 27, 2008

Iraq War + Lost Friends = MARINE Tattoo

Tattoos are a way of expressing for some people. It’s a lot of pains, bruised veins, scarred skins and a lot more unhygienic. But, this is a canvas where some people choose to express themselves. In the Pasadena City College Art Gallery exhibition in Pasadena, tattoos with the theme of Iraq war and lost friends found an audience. The tattoos were elaborate and thought provoking. Only a small percentage of such tattoos were on view in this exhibition, but it was clear that the marines had heartfelt grief over their lost friends in Iraq. It’s hard to imagine how many tattoos were engraved on the backs or chests of marines in the twenty nine palms.

Landing at the world's scariest airport

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Courchevel's airport located in France, has a certain degree of infamy in the aviation industry as home to a relatively short runway, with a length of 525 m (1,722 ft) and a gradient of 18.5%.

Who needs a maid when you have a BUTLER?

Ridiculous looking set for your bathroom

Bits of News

Indiana Boys Left With Bleeding Tongues After Licking Flagpole
"The nurse asked them, 'OK, who double-dog dared who?"'

Two fourth-grade boys from Indiana mimicking a scene from the movie A Christmas Story wound up with their tongues stuck to a frozen flagpole. Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander were serving on flag duty at Jackson Elementary School Friday morning, with the job of raising and lowering the school's flags. They decided to see if their tongues really would stick to the cold metal.

Stolen Laptop Leads To Man's Arrest
A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he took a laptop computer into a store to get the password protection removed, North Charleston police said.
A manager at RentWay on 5617 Rivers Ave. recognized a picture on the Dell Inspiron laptop's start-up screen as his friend's child, an incident report states.
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"Piggy Bank Bandit" Caught With Fingerprint
An Austin man is accused of stealing the money from this boy's piggy bank. A convicted burglar on parole is back behind bars Friday night after police say they connected him to four additional home burglaries.
The burglaries included one where Victoriano Vasquez, 31, allegedly stole a three-year-old's piggy bank savings for college.
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Stinger device stops driveaway fuel thieves in their tracks

A service station in Essex has fitted traffic lights and a stinger device to deter people driving away without paying after filling up with fuel. The Total services on the B1007 between Galleywood and Stock near Chelmsford is one of the first filling stations in the county to use the device.
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The Drivestop device can be activated by staff at the exit and entrance to puncture the tyres of any suspect car. Warning signs and traffic lights alert motorists to the device. The Total garage said most drivers welcome the arrangement but a few have pointed out that it would be embarrassing if they were to "sting" an innocent motorist so they are taking great care.

Meet Leo Hill, the man who counts on the toilet instead of reading

A retiree's investigation into toilet-tissue short-sheeting puts quantity claims on the hot seat. Video here.

Howard the rabbit's big dig

Why I Hate Wild Rabbits In My Yard

It's A Mouthful

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China takes bridge record

The two sides of the Chaotianmen Bridge met for the first time yesterday, completing the world's largest arch bridge.
The bridge, which spans the Yangtze River in Chongqing, is double-decked, and has six car lanes running along the uppermost level. The £180million bridge is 1,721 meters (5,650ft) long and its main arch spans 552 meters, 49 meters longer than the Sydney Harbor Bridge and 3 meters longer than the previous record holder, the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai. It is due to open later this year.

Police puppy makes online debut

Police in Scotland have set up a Web site to allow the public to meet their newest, and cutest, recruit as he learns how to sniff out criminals.

A six-week-old jet-black puppy with no name, one of a litter of seven, has been given his own online diary as he prepares to begin his new career with Tayside Police.

Line closed for Fat Controller training

A popular Thomas the Tank Engine event has hit the buffers after its Fat Controller was ordered to undergo quality-control training.
Derek Robinson has successfully played the role on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for more than 20 years. But the new owners of the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine events have ruled that he must attend a course on how to "achieve a high level of performance.
Mr Robinson, 56, a training consultant, said: "When I heard I had to go on a course to learn how to be the Fat Controller I thought it was a joke."
He described the new measures as "draconian" and although he considers it "ridiculous", he will eventually go on a Fat Controller's course.

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