Archive | June 4, 2014

Scientists Name Ancient Crocodile For Lord Of The Ring’s Balrog

PIC: University of Florida (C)

PIC: University of Florida (C)

Fly, you fools!”

(And get ready for the Tolkien Estate’s attorneys…)

It was 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and tipped the scales at 900 lbs. (408 kilograms). With a blunt snout and powerful bite, it ate turtles and battled monster snakes. Now this extinct dyrosaur, a type of crocodilian, which roamed an ancient rainforest a few million years after the dinosaurs died, has a scientific name.

It’s called Anthracosuchus balrogus after the fiery Balrog that lurked deep in the Middle-Earth mines of Moria in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Lord of the Rings.”

via Ancient Croc Named After ‘Lord of the Rings’ Monster.

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Fantastic Voyage! Lost Needle Bursts From Amateur Tattooist’s Big Toe 40 Years Later

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PIC: DOD (PD)

Love is helping to extricate a tiny needle from your partner’s pus-filled toe-pimple…

A tattoo loving Swede who forgot about a needle which had been travelling around his body since 1974 has finally seen it again, after it burst out through his big toe.

Ulf Bergström, 63, from Måla in northern Sweden said the needle entered his arm forty years ago when he was a keen amateur tattooist.

“So I put the needle in my arm and then hey presto it disappeared,” he told the Norran newspaper.

Bergström sought medical help and even got an x-ray which revealed nothing. The 17mm needle had vanished at least for a few decades.

“After the needle didn’t ‘get in touch’ I completely forgot about it,” said the 63-year-old.

That was until a few days ago when he was reunited with the needle after developing a severe pain in his right big toe.

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The End of Fish

Cardona,Rizaljf5207 01Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings, co-founders of Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture, write about the inevitable end of fish as we plunder the oceans, at the Washington Post:

People are getting more adventurous with how they eat, and when it comes to seafood, this means exhaustively looking to every exotic corner for the best, newest and tastiest fish. Also, the stuff is delicious. Seafood is a critical portion of more than 3 billion people’s diets. Already, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported.

This can’t last. The oceans are stretched, and certain fish species are approaching depletion. Leading scientists project that if we continue to fish this way, without allowing our oceans time to recover, our oceans could become virtual deserts by 2050. That’s just 36 years from now. Given that demand for seafood – along with the world’s population – is rising, don’t be surprised if this window closes even faster.

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Women Allow 79 Year-Old Man To Be Eaten Alive By Dog

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PIC: Amada44 (PD)

That’s a horrible way to die. As a rule, dogs aren’t born this way: It takes the cruelty of human beings to transform them into monsters. A year in jail seems hardly sufficient.

Two women who admitted allowing a dog to maul a 79-year-old man to death in his garden have been jailed for a year.

Hayley Sulley, 30, and Della Woods, 29, both of Liverpool were charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act, after retired hospital porter Clifford Clarke died.

In May 2013, Mr Clarke was “eaten alive” by the dog, which had not been fed for 45 hours, when he opened his back door while he cooked a meal.

The dog also bit the end of a police gun, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Judge Mark Brown said Mr Clarke’s death was “entirely avoidable” and he was “literally eaten alive” as he died in “truly horrific circumstances”.

The pair had left the 5st (31kg) dog, known as Charlie, in their garden without water and shade while they went to a barbecue.

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Forget Privacy: By 2025 There Will Only Be The Watchers And The Watched

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PIC: Fuma Ren (CC)

The good news: In the era of the Internet of Things your appliances may actually listen to you when you curse at them. The bad: So will an elite class of professional “watchers” intent on monitoring your every move and possibly subjecting you to experiments in data mining and surveillance.

A new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center looks further ahead to 2025, and asks how things will have moved on by then. Its conclusions–summarized below–are based on responses from 2,551 people, both Internet “experts” and members of the public.

1: THE INTERNET OF THINGS WILL BE FULL OF THINGS

By 2025, people will have sensors implanted in their bodies. Dams and bridges will send maintenance data to engineers. Paper towel dispensers will bleep attendants when they need refilling. Fridges will automatically buy milk when the carton runs empty.

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Legend Tripping, ‘Mean Girls’ Style: Two Girls Stab Third 19 Times To Please ‘Slender Man’

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PIC: MD170, Artist Unknown (CC)

Two unnamed 12 year-old girls nearly succeeded in murdering a third the morning after a slumber party, all part of a plan to become ‘proxies’ of The Slender Man and live in his mansion in the forest. The Slender Man is basically an overblown internet meme: This is like sacrificing your best friend to Trollface.

Back in my day when we tied onions to our belts we did our legend tripping the old fashioned way: Wholesome activities like trespassing to chase ghosts and visit the sites of supposed murders and suicides. Ah, you kids today with your doges and pokey-men and what-have-you…

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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Artist Teams Up With Hospital To Grow Living Model of Vincent Van Gogh’s Lost Ear

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Pic: DIEMUT STREBE.SUGABABE/AP (C)

You can speak into it, too. Seriously.

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh’s ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist’s living relatives.

The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo.

Using a 3D-printer, the cells were shaped to resemble the ear that Vincent van Gogh is said to have cut off during a psychotic episode in 1888.

“I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint,” Strebe told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The U.S.-based artist said the ear, which was grown at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is being kept alive inside a case containing a nourishing liquid and could theoretically last for years.

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Goldman Sachs’ Peter Sutherland Confronted at Bilderberg: Sweats BALLS


In this video Luke Rudkowski and Dan Dicks got a chance to talk to Peter Sutherland of Goldman Sachs and Simon Coveney Irish Fine Gael politician outside of the 2014 Bilderberg meeting. Dan Dicks noticed the two walking and by sure luck, they walked right up to Luke after he was done with his 2nd confrontation with Marie-Josee Kravis and Henry R. Kravis.

Via We Are Change

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