Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I particularly like this one, submitted by James Snyder who wrote:
This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead having cooked himself from the inside. I’m happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don’t think he was very happy when I took his light away.
Link to the Daily Dozen (this particular shot by James appeared on the April - Week 1 section)
Mr Sanders, 47, said he was stunned to be told by a traffic officer that laughing while driving a car can be an offence.
The managing director of Spontex Workwear said: "I couldn't believe it when he told me I'd been pulled over for for laughing.
"I was driving very safely in the tunnel and took a call from a friend on my hands-free phone.
"He said something funny and I was laughing - simple as that. I never took my eyes off the road and was in full control of the car.
I was astonished that he could say that laughing might be an offence. What is the country coming to?Motorist Gary Sanders
"I was astonished that he could say that laughing might be an offence. What is the country coming to?"
Supt Kevin Hagger of the Mersey Tunnels Police said: "I wouldn't want to make a comment as I don't know the full details.
"There is no record of the incident in the system so it seems the gentleman was just spoken to by the officer and the matter not taken any further."
A spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, Brian Gregory said: "This is a shocking example of the police harassing innocent motorists simply because they are an easy target.
"To suggest that a driver could be prosecuted for laughing is ludicrous beyond belief."
Entomologists/Armor Makers/Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created tires for the military (or hyperbolic rap stars') Humvee that are bullet proof. Okay, the developers not really insect scientists, but they did use the honeycomb pattern that busy little bumble bees use. They just used it to stop bullets.
More importantly, though, these new, sweet (get it?), airless tires can survive landmine attacks. IED (improvised explosive devices) take many forms, but landmines (like at the beginning of Ironman) are one of the most nefarious. These tires can sustain a blast like that and still drive away at 50 mph.
The tires are currently in development, and mind-blowingly, cost about the same to make as normal tires. If they decide to go forward with them, they should be avaialble in 2011. Also, I am now more terrified than ever of bees.