Don’t Stand By Me – Surviving a lightning strike. By Joshua Foer: “Unlike garden-variety electrical shock, which finds the quickest route directly through the body, lightning can flash over the outside of a victim, sometimes blowing off clothes without leaving so much as a mark on the skin. The high-voltage electricity that zips through the body does its damage in just a few milliseconds. In many cases, there are no visible burns, though temporary fernlike bruises called Lichtenberg figures sometimes appear. Medical tests like MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays usually come back normal. But those are anatomical tests of how the body looks, not functional tests of how it works, and they can be deceiving. Zap a computer with an electrical surge and its hardware will appear unchanged, but that doesn’t mean it’ll still be able to run Leisure Suit Larry. The same is true of humans.”
Stolen from Boing Boing.
I love Wikipedia. An enjoyable evening for me is sitting down with a cup of steaming bullshit and flicking though its virtual pages. Though, of course, I no longer have broadband access, so that’s a straightforward lie.
However… now I have discovered… this!
Main Page – Uncyclopedia: “Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
Completely devoid of any practical porpoise! I love it! I even added an entry on the Mustache Edict
Wired News: New Tech Protects Ancient Torahs: “The Burlingame Police Department circulated a bulletin to other law enforcement agencies listing their stolen Torah’s vital statistics — 40 pounds, 175 feet, 600 to 800 years old, ‘contains the five books of Moses’ — but nothing that would help a cop pick it out of a lineup.”
The tricksy and very profitable art of torah stealing.
Man With Chain Saw Allowed to Enter U.S. – Yahoo! News: “BOSTON – On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States.
The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres’ hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton was found on Fulton’s kitchen floor. His head was in a pillowcase under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom.”
Praise be to Jonty for picking up on this.
In Tokyo, a Ghetto of Geeks: “‘There are some people who do lose their grip on reality, but that is not me — or most of us,’ said Ishihara, a chubby man with glasses who this year started dating a woman steadily for the first time. She’s an anime artist. ‘For me, the pillows have been my source of unconditional love, a reminder of when I used to be hugged by my parents. There is nothing strange about it.'”
Geeks in Tokyo have formed what amounts to their own commune filled with glasses adjustment kiosks, dress shirt salesmen and thick leather shoe shops. Drinks are served by girls dressed up as anime characters with oddly high voices. Odd.