supersize me

As the medical community tries to care for an American population that grows more overweight each year, Southwest Ambulance is unveiling its new ambulance for patients 450 to 1,000 pounds. The ambulance has an extra-large gurney and a ramp-and-winch system to load patients safely and with dignity, said Dorothy Porter, director of public affairs for Southwest. "I think it's going to become a very popular unit," she said.

The ambulance has a beefed-up suspension system and dual rear wheels to bear the extra weight. But the biggest difference between the bariatric ambulance and a standard one is the size of the gurney and the addition of ramps and an electronic winch to load patients, Porter said. [...]

Viki Alexander, patient care manager of UMC's emergency department, estimated UMC sees five to 10 patients a month who weigh more than 400 pounds. "I've been a nurse for 25 years and we used to occasionally have someone really big, but not as often as we do now," she said. The obese patients, she noted, are also younger than she has seen in the past.

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"These are my BRAAAAAAAIIIIINNS, eat them in rememberance of me."

I know it's like shooting corpses in a barrel, but there have been a lot of great headlines lately:

And today:

Update: Oh, even better!
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light-transmitting concrete

Light transmitting concrete is set to go on sale later this year:
Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block," explained its inventor Áron Losonczi. "Shadows on the lighter side will appear with sharp outlines on the darker one. Even the colours remain the same. This special effect creates the general impression that the thickness and weight of a concrete wall will disappear.

It's kind of neat, but I don't see how this is all that different from glass blocks, given that it only comes in pre-fab bricks. If you could pour it like concrete, that would be something.


language is a virus

"The Untitled Project is a series of photographs of urban settings accompanied by a graphical text layout. The photographs have been digitally stripped of all traces of textual information. The text pieces show the removed text in the approximate location and font as it was found in the photograph."

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"Dude, I think the Virgin Mary is checking out your unit!"

Ok, these are even better than the potty mouth urinals that have been in the news again lately:

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