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and about time too! - controlling reincarnation

“In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.”

Via marginal revolution.

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neat educational toy: wind-powered car kit

wind-powered model car. Credit: Tamiya, Loopwing
Wind-powered model car, with another car in charging position.
Credit: Tamiya, Loopwing

Assemble the parts to make the little car and the wind-powered generating station. Set in a wind source, and 5 minutes later, the car is charged for 3.5 hours running time. [Kit cost: $30]

Explanation of wind car toy (in Japanese)
Explanation of wind car toy (in Japanese)


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fun on the net - microsoft demos and ceo blogs - the auroran sunset

Poking fun techie-style.

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protecting yourself in the clown’s socialist paradise

Safe bedroom table. Credit: jamesmcadam.co.uk
‘ Safe bedroom table’. Credit: jamesmcadam.co.uk

With a reported 50% of people in London not only worried about security, but sleeping with a “some form of self-defence to hand”, this cherry and steel bedside table could keep Londoners’ beds free of cricket bats and silly string spray cans.

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fun trucks

decorated truck in Pakistan. Credit: Peter Grant Photography Decorated truck in Pakistan. Credit: Peter Grant Photography Decorated trikeshaw in Pakistan. Credit: Peter Grant Photography
Decorated trucks in Pakistan. Credit: Peter Grant Photography Decorated tractor in Pakistan. Credit: Peter Grant Photography
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Peter Grant Photography
See large versions of images by clicking on images at Peter Grant’s linked site.

“This extraordinary tradition has its routes in the days of the Raj when craftsmen made glorious horse draw carriages for the gentry. In the 1920's the Kohistan bus company asked the local Michaelangelo, Ustad Elahi Buksh, a master craftsmen to decorate their buses to attract passengers. Buksh employed a community of artists from the Punjab town of Chiniot, whose ancestors had worked on many great palaces and temples dating back to the Mogal Empire. It was not long before truck owners followed suite with their own designs. Through the years the materials used have developed from wood and paint to metal, tinsel, plastic and reflective tape. Within the last few years trucks and buses have been further embellished with full lighting systems.

“A new undecorated bus costs around £3000 after which owners can expect to pay a further £5000 for a complete decoration which can take up to three months. The cost of decorating a truck is around £3000 on top of the £1500 paid for a new vehicle. Artists are paid between £1.50 and £3 per day.”

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slideshow of new uk warhol exhibition

The exterior of the National Gallery of Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
The exterior of the National Gallery of Scotland.
Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death, the National Gallery of Scotland is exhibiting the largest collection of the artist’s work ever seen north of the border. Running from August to October, the show will present a diverse range of work from an artist who remains one of the most prolific and contentious of the 20th century.”

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on sunspot activity and republicans elected to senate

“Some readers may scoff and suggest that in the absence of any mechanism, these powerful correlations are numerological artifacts arrived at using post hoc fallacious reasoning that have no predictive capability. That might appear to be a valid argument. However the ultimate test will of course be experimental. On the basis of these intriguing results, we propose exposing Republican senators to varying levels of cosmic rays in a basement and monitoring their electability. Any refusal by the funding agencies or ethical review panels to support this would simply be confirmation that the political science establishment are scared of what this research would imply for their so-called "consensus". ”

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good advice - t-shirt

Keep Calm and Carry On. Credit: keepcalmandcarryon.com.

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ministry of silly walks on the pak-india border


And now for something completely different - it’s ... the original version:

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uncovered - secret bush plot to confuse leftists

Males are attracted to Exosex dispenser
1. Dispensers, containing Entostat powder, formulated with female pheromone are placed in the field. Males emerge and are attracted to the Exosex dispenser by the female pheromone.

Males leave the dispenser coated in pheromone powder
2. Once inside the dispenser, Entostat adheres firmly to the cuticle of the male, including their nose. This is due to the electrostatic qualities of Entostat, which carries the opposite charge to the male.

Male cannot locate calling females
3. With a coating of Entostat powder, the male receptors become overloaded with pheromone. Hence, when the females emerge the males are unable to locate them.

Males become mobile pheromone dispensers
4. Males that have visited the dispenser act as a false lure as they are detected by newly emerged lefties.

Powder spread
5. The male that has passed through the dispenser passes the pheromone powder to other lefties through false mating.

Female leftie attracts male
6 . If a female does eventually mate with an untreated male, the delay in her mating will reduce the fecundity of the female in terms of the number and viability of her offspring.

[Text adjusted very slightly for Leftie application.]

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An urban alphabet. Image credit: Jack Turner. an urban aphabet found by xavier

By Jack Turner, an Imnopf artist.

 

Looking up to the sky, between very tall buildings.

The sky and clouds are each letter, the dark buildings, street lamps and other protrusions make their framing.

Are these pictures taken in New York City? The K and the W might include part of the Flat Iron Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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slake your filthy lust on these aesthetic beings - “i really struggle with bodily fluids”, she said

“When you are vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals," she said.”

“ One vegan respondent from Christchurch said: "I believe we are what we consume, so I really struggle with bodily fluids, especially sexually.”

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looking for that very special gift for your favorite dork? seek no further

Giant panda eating bamboo shoot. Image credit: AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel “The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base has come up with a dung-for-profit scheme that turns droppings from the endangered species into odor-free souvenirs ranging from bookmarks to Olympic-themed statues of the animals, state media and base officials said Monday.

“The facility in the southwestern province of Sichuan houses about 40 bamboo-fed pandas who produce less than a ton of excrement a day.

“While no price has been set, he said the most expensive souvenirs will contain a panda hair — collected from the wild — in each package.”

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