A Norfolk man has got a walking stick made out of his own hip bone.
Ian Sutherland from Great Bircham asked doctors to save the bone when he had a hip replacement op. The 62-year-old retired landscape gardener got the idea for the stick from one of his sons, who is an archaeologist.
"I'm really pleased with it. It's great to find a practical use for a discarded part of your own body and it serves as a reminder of my own mortality."
Ian said the doctors gave him the bone as he recovered from the operation. "It was sealed in a bag marked 'hazardous waste'. When I got home I popped it in the fridge next to the frozen peas." He added: "The wife was horrified. I think she secretly suspects I'm a bit strange."
"How was Steve Jackson, maker of the Illuminati game series, able to predict with such a startling degree of accuracy the events of 9/11? These playing cards were produced in 1995."
A Brazilian woman, shot in crossfire between police and drug dealers, was saved by her silicone breast implants. Doctors said the silicone had slowed the bullet up enough to prevent it from causing her a serious injury.
Jane Selma Soares was caught up in shooting between police officers and drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. She told Las Ultimas Noticias newspaper that even though she tried to hide, a bullet hit her in the chest. When she got to a nearby hospital doctors realised her implants had stopped the bullet entering her body further. The doctor who treated her said: "If there was no silicone the bullet could have reached a vital organ causing serious damage."
A plastic surgeon was called in to fix the damage and took the opportunity to increase the size of Mrs Soares' breasts with more silicone. She said: "I'm twice happy, first because my prosthesis saved my life and also because now I look even more beautiful."
Jonathan replaced one of the kiosks (the one by the main door) with a new model. Thanks to the wonders of Moore's Law, this kiosk is now the fastest machine in the club. It's a 1200MHz Athlon, and even though it doesn't have a real video card in it (it's using the SVGA/VESA driver) it still runs the screensavers fast enough to look reasonable, and it boots really fast. This is the prototype, so it took a while, but we'll be upgrading the others as they break, or as funds materialize. It cost about $400 total; the other kiosks (which are ~200MHz) cost about $250 total when we bought them two and a half years ago. Jonathan didn't like any of the case options he could find (they were either too large, insufficiently ventilated, or too expensive) so he built a custom case out of plexiglass. And, since the case is transparent, I insisted he put a blacklight inside it! Now it's all tricked out, like a Honda Civic with a rear spoiler and neon ground-effects. All it's missing is a bunch of stickers with "performance parts" manufacturers on it, or perhaps Calvin peeing on a Raiders helmet.
BLANTYRE (Reuters) - A bizarre rumor that Malawi's government is colluding with vampires to collect human blood for international aid agencies in exchange for food has led to a rash of vigilante violence.
President Bakili Muluzi accused unnamed opposition politicians on Sunday of spreading the vampire stories to try to undermine his government, already hit by political protests and widespread food shortages.
Vampire paranoia has sparked several attacks on suspected bloodsuckers, despite official efforts to kill the rumor.
Last week a man accused of helping vampires was stoned to death and three Roman Catholic priests were beaten up by villagers who suspected them of being bloodsuckers.
Both attacks happened in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo.
Muluzi told a news conference on Sunday the vampire stories were malicious and irresponsible. "No government can go about sucking blood of its own people," he said. "That's thuggery."
The rumors have increased political tensions in the country, one of the 10 poorest in the world, where protests have already broken out over Muluzi's efforts to stay in office for another five years.
Muluzi said the rumors were also affecting economic activity in four southern districts as agricultural workers stayed indoors.
Anyway, I've never done anything in webcollage to try and filter out porn, my thinking being, it's supposed to show what the web looks like, and if the web looks like throbbing cock, well, there you have it. So I was initially somewhat irritated to learn that the random-link URL was supposed to be content-filtered.
But you know, I'm getting really tired of looking at junkies giving blowjobs. There are less pictures of text recently, but it's still way less interesting than before. Blah!
I never really understood why so little porn had been showing up in webcollage. I had been getting random pages by feeding random words from the dictionary into various search engines, and the percentage of porn was pretty low. But Alastair (the Alta Vista guy who implemented the random link) had a plausible theory: he said, "when people search our site for porn, they don't use big words."
Most of the words in the dictionary? On the big side.
It used to be possible to pull random images out of the various image-hosting services by generating the right random URLs, and I got a lot of good webcollage mileage out of those until they caught on. (Several of them used to compose their URLs of: user=X, album=Y, photo=Z; but all you really needed was Z, which was world-unique. But then they changed it so that it would give you an error if you didn't get a matching Y for the Z, which made it nearly impossible to guess right the first time.)
Do any of you know anyone who works at Google? Apparently Ray is never gonna answer my mail again, so maybe I can track down someone else who has the ability to add a random-link to their site.
|jwz:||apparently the gimick of the new Terminator movie is that the Terminator is a hot chick.|
C: COUCI-COUCI: so-so
S: ASSESSEES: those who are assessed
T: TETE-A-TETE: private conference of two persons.
C: COCCACEAE: spherical bacteria family
L: ALLOLALIA: aphasia in which words are spoken randomly
L: ULLALULLA: a dirge for the dead
N: NIONIINAE: tropical beetle
N: NONUNION: not belonging to a trade union
D: DIIODIDE: compound containing two atoms of iodine
P: EPOPOEIA: epic poetry
P: PIOUPIOU: flax skirts worn by Maori
K: KUKUKUKU: fierce Papuan tribe
Q: QUIAQUIA: small fusiform fish of western Atlantic
R: RIRORIRO: New Zealand Warbler
R: AURORAE: northern & southern lights
F: FEOFFEE: the person enfeoffed
B: AABAABA: species of bombardier beetle
B: OUABAIO: African arrow poison tree
Y: IYAIYAI: genus of fossil chaoborid fly.
Y: AYE-AYE: Madagascar species of lemur
B: BAOBAB: a broad-trunked Old World tropical tree
M: MAMMAE: breasts
M: MUUMUU: a long loose distributed by Hawaiian missionaries
M: MAU-MAU: anti-European secret society in colonial Kenya
Z: ZOOZOO: The wood pigeon. [Prov. Eng.]
V: EVVIVA: The cry of 'Long live (the king)'
G: G-GAUGE: model train track size
W: WEE-WEE: urine
J: JUJUY: city in NW Argentina
J: OUIJA: board(game) used to spell out supernatural messages
X: EUXOA: moth genus
(or maybe it's a graduate program, I can't tell.)