Off-topic: May 2005

Monday, May 09, 2005

Stray Dog in Kenya Saves Abandoned Baby

Stray Dog in Kenya Saves Abandoned Baby - Yahoo! News: "NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after
finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it
across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of
puppies, witnesses said."

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Ozzy Osbourne diagnosed with Parkins's disease entertainment: "Osbourne diagnosed with Parkins's disease"

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been diagnosed with Parkin Syndrome and will have to take daily medication for the rest of his life to combat the involuntary shudders associated with the condition.

The former Black Sabbath star was given the all-clear for Parkison's disease in 2003, after he complained his tremors were "practically destroying (his) life".

And the 56-year-old singer presumed his body shakes were a result of a lifetime of drug abuse, until doctors recently told him he has inherited the condition from his relatives.

He says: "I'd always assumed it was the booze and stuff. Now I've found it all stems from the family. It's called Parkin but it's not Parkinson's. Anything to do with the central nervous system has the word Parkin in it.

"A doctor in Los Angeles tried to tell me I had multiple sclerosis. And I believed him until I had a second opinion.

"When I told my sisters she said: 'Not you as well? Mum had that and Auntie Elsie and your grandma.'

"I'm like, 'Thanks for f**king telling me'. Me walking around thinking I've got some drug paralysis."

Be tough shirt

They are selling this shirt in Japan. I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Would be kinda fun at the airport though.

Be Tough T-shirt, Solid Alliance
6,000 yen
Want one?

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Study Finds Kids Can't Hit Slow Pitches - Yahoo! News

Study Finds Kids Can't Hit Slow Pitches - Yahoo! News: "You're throwing a ball for a toddler to smack with a plastic bat. You toss
it gently, slowly, to make it easier. He just can't hit it."

It's because you throw too slowly, a new study finds.

Kids' brains aren't wired for slow motion.

"When you throw something slowly to a child, you think you're doing them a favor by trying to be helpful," said Terri Lewis, professor of psychology at McMaster University. "Slow balls actually appear stationary to a child."

Add a little speed to the pitch, Lewis and her colleagues suggest, and the child is able to judge its speed more accurately.

"Our brain has very few neurons that deal specifically with slow motion and many neurons that deal with faster motion," Lewis said. "Even adults are worse at slow speeds than they are at faster speeds."

Kids' neurons are immature, making the task even more challenging for them.

The study will be detailed in the July issue of Vision Research.

US Marine cleared in 2004 shooting of unarmed Iraqi in Fallujah mosque

WASHINGTON, May 5 (AFP) - A US Marine who was videotaped shooting an unarmed Iraqi lying still inside a mosque during an attack on Fallujah last year was cleared of any wrongdoing after investitators determined that he acted in self-defense, NBC News reported late Wednesday.

Lieutenant General John Seattler ruled that the Marine corporal, whose identity was not provided, would not face court martial because he fired his weapon in self-defense, sources told NBC.

US forces taking part in the fierce street-to-street battle to quash insurgents in Fallujah in early November 2004 had been warned that the enemy would fake death and booby-trap bodies to lure Marines to their deaths, the sources told NBC.

The shooting incident made its way around the world as the corporal and a few other Marines were being followed by a video cameraman. The soldier warned that a man lying on the ground had moved and, after shouting an expletive, fired a round into the man's head.

The sources told NBC that the Marine corporal also shot three other unarmed insurgents inside the mosque, adding that he feared for his life when he blasted away.

They also said the probe into the mosque incident was not over, since at least one other US Marine was being investigated for shooting a fourth unarmed insurgent inside the same building.

At the time, the US military said the mosque in Fallujah was being used by insurgents as a safe haven and that they discovered a large cache of weapons when they went inside.

Good. These reporters need to remember this is war, not the evening news.

Boy finds snake in cereal box - Yahoo! News

Boy finds snake in cereal box - Yahoo! News: "LONDON (Reuters) - A British boy sitting down to breakfast
had a nasty surprise when he discovered a two-foot long snake
inside his box of cereal."

Help promised for Mother who offered to sell eye - Yahoo! News

Help promised for Mother who offered to sell eye - Yahoo! News: "DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda
Zia has pledged financial and other assistance to a woman who
offered to sell one of her eyes for money, officials said

The World's funniest joke

I didn't pick it, but it is funny.

"Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.

"The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: ‘My friend is dead! What can I do?’ The operator says: ‘Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.’

"There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: ‘OK, now what?’"

Student finds 5 million yen stuffed in his mailbox

Daily Yomiuri On-Line: "An 18-year-old university student became temporarily rich Tuesday when
he found a brown envelope containing 5.03 million yen in the mailbox of
his apartment in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto."

The student took the cash to a nearby police box. The money was all in 10,000 yen bills, both old and new, with bundles of bills held together with rubber bands, police said.

They said they had not received any reports about such a large amount of missing money in the area, and they were trying to track down the owner.

The student, who was not identified, found the envelope at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The money was not there when he checked his mailbox at about 7 p.m. Monday, the police said.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Dinosaur 'missing link' unearthed in Utah - Yahoo! News

Dinosaur 'missing link' unearthed in Utah - Yahoo! News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Birdlike dinosaurs newly unearthed
in Utah may be a missing link between primitive meat-eating
creatures and more evolved vegetarians, U.S. researchers
reported on Wednesday."

US detects N Korea’s test preparations

Okinawa Globe: "US detects N Korea’s test preparations "

SEOUL: US intelligence has detected the movement of heavy equipment in North Korea that points to possible preparations for an underground nuclear test, a South Korean newspaper said on Tuesday.

The influential Chosun Ilbo, quoting a government source, said US spy satellites had captured frequent movements of trucks in the northeastern region of Kilju, as well as the movement of cranes and other heavy equipment into the area. "US intelligence authorities believe the images and other information point to preparations for a possible underground nuclear test," the source was quoted as saying.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Firefox tweaking guide "Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox for short, is just a free Internet
browser. It's not a cure for cancer. It doesn't wash your car or make
you a frothy coffee. So why all the fuss and hype over Firefox? In a
nutshell, the reason is simple: Firefox is a true open source
competitor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer."

"What's wrong with Internet Explorer?" you say - well for starters Microsoft was getting complacent. Internet Explorer's vulnerability to numerous security breaches was growing by the day, yet many simple things MS could do to patch these up were left undone. Along comes Firefox as a legitimate challenger with a range of great built-in features and MS has suddenly been forced as part of Windows XP SP2 to incorporate many of these much-needed security and convenience features into the latest version of the world's most used Internet browser. In fact Microsoft has already announced that the upcoming Internet Explorer 7 will include even more features which resemble those of Firefox. All of this has been spurred on solely by Firefox's existence and growing popularity. So even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Internet Explorer user, you have Firefox to thank for the current and upcoming improvements to IE.

Monday, May 02, 2005

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A fossil found in South Dakota is that of a never before seen species of dinosaur, a horse-sized plant eater with spikes on its bony flat head, scientists said on Monday.

"When my colleagues saw a CAT scan of the new fossil, they tore up their family tree diagrams and said, 'Back to the drawing board!' ... We never suspected such a creature existed," said paleontologist Robert Bakker.

Discovery of the flat-headed member of the pachycephalosaur family changes the view of dinosaur history during the final days of the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago, showing that family trees were still evolving even as the entire dinosaur world was about to go extinct, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis said in announcing the find.

The nearly complete pachycephalosaur skull was donated to the museum by three amateur fossil hunters from Iowa who found it in 2003 while exploring the Hell Creek Formation in central South Dakota.

The discovery was announced in Indianapolis in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums.

The museum said the pachycephalosaur family is marked by dragon-like heads covered with horns, knobs and bumps. The most famous family member, Pachycephalosaurus, had a solid, domed bone helmet up to eight inches (20 cm) thick used to ram other dinosaurs in their sides, it said.

The new species has a flat head with no bone dome. The only other flat-headed pachycephalosaurs discovered were found in China and Mongolia but all of those had had short muzzles and no long horns anywhere on the skull, the announcement said.

The pachycephalosaurs in general all had massive necks and could inflict significant "blunt force trauma" on other dinosaurs, Bakker said.

"This new species ... likely pressed their foreheads together and shoved one another really hard," he added.

The museum, billed as the largest of its kind in the United States, said the fossil would become part of its dinosaur exhibit.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

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STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals: "Cards Insider: Taguchi isn't just so-so anymore"