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Futuristic "Singing Tree" Sculpture

Created by Art Jim, the collection of tubes makes the strangest sounds, which could make a good soundtrack for the horror movie.


Today's pictures & links:
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Rainbow Clouds over Murmansk

A type of polar stratospheric cloud, born from extreme weather conditions.
Sometimes called "Nacreous clouds", these colored marvels occur in the polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 metres (50,000–80,000 ft).

(image credit: Larisa Yasin)


Vintage Transistor Radios Collection

Some great examples of space-age industrial design. See flickr collection here, and an extensive showcase here

Actual lace is part of the design... They don't make electronics like that any more.


Watch radio:

(images credit: transistor radios)


Cool Shot of the Day
(in cooperation with the "National Geographic" magazine)

Northern Lights: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

(image credit: National Geographic)
Photo by Kyle Anderson.

Blades of Ice

Photo by Lindsey Lawless
(sort of addition to our Ice Storms! article)

"It was a chilly winter day in Poway, California. This sight is very uncommon and caused great devastation to local agriculture, but was magnificent to look at in the morning sunlight."


Mixed fresh links for today:

Weirdest Art Cars - [cool site]
Beautiful Science Fiction Art - [gallery] - via
Scientists make tiny radios from nano-tubes - [science]
Futuristic Flintstones Car for Sale - [concept car]
Friendliest Laptop Screen Cleaner - [fun flash]
Addictive Web Amusements - [funny sites]
Off-Roading Outlaws - [wow video]
Did this ever happen to you? - [fun video]
It must take a fortune to heat that place - [cool video]


Train Graveyard & Bolivian Salt Lake Update

A few fascinating pics sent to us for the recent article update:

To solidify the Salvador Dali connection, this area even has a (huge!) Dali rock -

and a "wave of lava" -

(images credit: Travis)


Name Confusion Joke

Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9'er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9'er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.
Captain Oveur: Roger.
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: Roger, over!
Roger Murdock: What?
Captain Oveur: Huh?
Victor Basta: Who?


Fantastic Balloon "Creations"

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Minus 50 Celsius in Yakutsk (Siberia)

This article "The Coldest City on Earth" describes in detail how "business as usual" life is possible at minus 50 temperature in a large Siberian city. What we are wondering how they are able to drive LADAs in these conditions?

(images credit: yakutsk-photo.ru)

See more pictures here.
By the way, it was minus 50 Celsius windchill conditions in Calgary, Canada yesterday.


Stella Awards - Most Outlandish Lawsuits
Seriously head-scratching nut cases:

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving.... Here are some of the Stella's for 2006:

NOTE There are some fakes, circulating around the internet; these however, are the true cases:

Marcy Meckler.
While shopping at a mall, Meckler stepped outside and was "attacked" by a squirrel that lived among the trees and bushes. And "while frantically attempting to escape from the squirrel and detach it from her leg, [Meckler] fell and suffered severe injuries," her resulting lawsuit says. That's the mall's fault, the lawsuit claims, demanding in excess of $50,000, based on the mall's "failure to warn" her that squirrels live outside.

The specialty search engine says Google should be forced to include the KinderStart site in its listings, reveal how its "Page Rank" system works, and pay them lots of money because they're a competitor. They claim by not being ranked higher in Google, Google is somehow infringing KinderStart's Constitutional right to free speech!..

And now - the 2006 Winner of the True Stella Awards:

Allen Ray Heckard.
Even though Heckard is 3 inches shorter, 25 pounds lighter, and 8 years older than former basketball star Michael Jordan, the Portland, Oregon, man says he looks a lot like Jordan, and is often confused for him -- and thus he deserves $52 million "for defamation and permanent injury" -- plus $364 million in "punitive damage for emotional pain and suffering", plus the SAME amount from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, for a grand total of $832 million. He dropped the suit after Nike's lawyers chatted with him, where they presumably explained how they'd counter-sue if he pressed on.

Check out the rest of Stella's (for other years as well, as they are hilarious) on the Award's official site.


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Anonymous Oskar said...

Those clouds occur a couple of times a year (source: SMHI, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) over scandinavia and in Sweden they're called "pärlemormoln". Here's an article with picture in swedish: http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=147&a=736636&rss=1399

Blogger Rev. David E. Allgeier, K.S.C. said...

Here is another Snopes article regarding the cruise control story:


Blogger Avi Abrams said...

thanks guys, i updated it

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really should be wondering how they can drive anything else but Ladas in Yakutsk.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen the movie Airplane? The pilot joke is much when they do it in the movie.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the same phenomenon in the north of sweden, over the arctic circle. they told me they're called "mother of pearl" clouds.

Blogger Dedaz A. said...

nacreous means like nacre, which IS mother of pearl! so you're right swedish dude!


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