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  • Legal Weed is Hurting San Francisco’s Hippies

Seated on a blanket in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Kenny describes how the park has changed during his ten year absence spent growing weed in the California wilderness. “The hippy kids used to be able to sell their weed real easy at high prices,” he tells us.

  • Slow reader returns overdue library book after 41 years, including $299 fine

A self-confessed slow reader has handed back an overdue library book ? a staggering 41 years after first signing it out.

  • Study Finds Only 28 Percent of Millionaires Think They’re Rich

If you had investments worth a million dollars, would you consider yourself rich? How about $5 million? Well, hold on to your wallet because a new study has found that the majority of millionaires don’t consider themselves rich.

  • Goats defending New Jersey historic site from poison ivy

Sometimes when you have to solve a problem, high technology is not the way to go. And when the problem is acres of poison ivy, the answer might be found in what you might call natural technology.

  • ‘FBI Warning’ virus leads to Woodbridge man’s arrest

A Woodbridge man faces child pornography charges after he received an “FBI Warning” message on his computer and brought it to police.

  • Holidaymaker ate an octopus before discovering it was only the second of its kind ever found

A holidaymaker told yesterday how he caught and ate an octopus on holiday – only to discover it was only the second six-legged specimen ever found.

  • Guy tries to rob a gun store with a baseball bat, fails miserably

You’ve heard the old saying ‘don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.’ Well how about a bat? Apparently, that doesn’t work too well either – just ask 22-year-old Derrick Mosley.

  • Man who lived in tent after flood now homeless after tent blows away

Ken Hills, 60, who had been living in canvas shelter after the July 8 flood, lost even that during last week’s thunderstorm.

  • Company sells ‘royal princess’ plates after souvenir gamble goes wrong

Plenty of useless souvenirs have been produced to celebrate the birth of Prince George. From weird dolls to a CD of royal lullabies, if you’re a big fan of the third in line to the throne you can spend your hard-earned cash on just about anything.

  • Kestrel suspected of being Israeli spy by Turkish authorities turns out to be just a bird

A Kestrel captured in Turkey on suspicion of being an Israeli spy has been released after officials concluded it was not actually in the employ of Mossad.

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A man was lodged in jail Tuesday morning after Lincoln Police say he was standing naked at the State Capitol. LPD says 33-year-old man was on the east balcony of the building around 7:20 a.m., naked and yelling obscenities.

Crumpled, scratched and filthy… this isn’t exactly how Jessica Sawyer expected to find her cherished £80,000 Bentley GTC after dropping it off for a “five-star” car wash.

Police forces in rural corners of Xinjiang province have been sending geese officers out on patrol since earlier this year, according to a report on the Chinese language website of the state-run People’s Daily newspaper.

CNN International host Jonathan Mann undermined the point he was trying to make about climate change a bit when he offered up this particular example of previous “man-made extinctions”: “We hunted the dildo into extinction.”

Ice cubes used by fast-food giants KFC, McDonald’s and Guangzhou-based Kungfu at branches in Beijing contained bacteria far in excess of the national limit, according to China Central Television.

The NSA is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

Sex in the stairwell ended in a rescue call for a Russian woman who was left trapped after her head got stuck in the railings — and her lover took off, leaving her naked on the steps.

Desperate boffins battling to save a rare and endangered species of rhino are attempting to breed the animals in captivity by mating a brother and sister.

A lot of things get shoplifted in a lot of weird ways… but stuffing a baby alligator into your shirt seems like a bad idea.

Like father, like son in North Korea—at least when it comes to trying to provide a frosty stein of beer for the Party faithful

infographic-the-ultimate-history-of-sneaker-designThe ultimate history of sneaker design

A dried-out batch of asparagus has touched off a debate about racial discrimination, grocery stores and the role of citizen-led commissions.

As China’s richest man, Zong Qinghou probably knows a thing or two about wealth. Poverty, however… “We don’t need to solve the problem of the rich-poor gap,” said Zong Qinghou, the founder of the massive beverage company Wahaha, at a launch for a chain of luxury shopping malls. “We need to solve the problem of common prosperity.”

A New York-based temple devoted to encouraging “benevolence and empathy among all people” through the teachings of Satan traveled over the weekend to the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, late mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Jr., in order to perform a same-sex ceremony aimed at turning Johnston’s spirit gay.

Earlier this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visited an indoor mushroom farm and called for the country to become a world-class mushroom producer in order to prevent famine. To an extent, Kim Jong Un aims to create a mushroom kingdom, if you will.

A woman is so desperate to be disabled she is willing to undergo a $25,000 operation so she can live the rest of her life permanently in a wheelchair.

Rabbis have rarely generated so much excitement. At least not in the bedroom. For the first time, Orthodox Jews can buy sexual lubricants that have been declared kosher.

For decades, misinformation has been puked up by the DEA and regurgitated as fact by America’s lame stream media. Claiming that medical marijuana is a hoax, a scam, a swindle of the worst sort– perpetrated on America’s oblivious citizens.

A rape suspect was arrested when he walked into a restaurant where the victim was being interviewed by an Oklahoma City police officer shortly after she was raped.

Medics in Ibiza were forced to enlist the help of buzz saw-wielding fire-fighters on Wednesday to free a German tourist from the clutches of a steel sex toy.

A British woman who won $3.2 million when she was aged just 16 now has just $3300 left, but insists she’s never been happier.

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Doctors are looking into the mystery of an American man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a motel in southern California.

The woman was sunbathing in her garden when the fabric of the seat suddenly gave way and her bottom became stuck in the frame.

Hugh Jackman managed to upset locals at a sacred hot springs in Japan during a break in filming The Wolverine by failing to cover up his manhood.

Move over, “Deadliest Catch!” The “Clam Kings” are set to show viewers some fresh shellfish shenanigans.

Sometimes people post negative online reviews for products they never even used, not because they really hate a company, want to make a competing product look better or because they’re just bored — but instead, a study suggests, these folks are actually customers who are a little bit too devoted to the brand they’re criticizing.

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

In a financial planning guide for its workers, the company accidentally illustrates precisely how impossible it is to scrape by on a fast food paycheck.

In the third part of Piers Morgan‘s extensive, exclusive interview with Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel about her testimony in the George Zimmerman trial, the host asked his guest if there was anything she wished she’d said on the stand. Jeantel answered with one word: “Nigga.”

A sharknado is not a specifically named peril on a standard homeowners insurance policy. But would your insurer pay up anyway if, as in the instant cult classic Syfy TV movie, a giant tornado blew in from the ocean and dumped thousands of man-eating sharks on your neighborhood?

A 30-year-old man was hospitalized Friday night after a snake bit his member while he was sitting on the toilet at his parents’ house in northern Israel.

A 25-year-old woman on Monday allegedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire at Amberpet in Hyderabad as she was “upset” over the death of her cat.

Chulalongkorn University - Thailand - Hitler MuralTop Thailand university apologizes for mural depicting Hitler as a superhero

College Kids Are Having Sex and Not Majoring in English

Man Named Kim Adds ‘Mr.’ to Resume, Lands Job

You Can Get A Kanye West Plain White ‘Hip Hop T Shirt’ For Only $120

‘Bang! I accelerate’: Quebec mayor forced to apologize for saying how much he enjoys killing kittens with his car

Man arrested after he gatecrashes eight-year-old’s birthday party

Plymouth mum wielded fork after being refused entry to pub at 7.30am

DirecTV Launching New Channel for Dogs Only

Japanese look to change their fate by palm plastic surgery

Suspected rebels in women’s clothing invade Congo

largest building in the world - new century global center - chengdu - chinaThe New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, the new largest building in the world.

Zimmerman, now fearing for his life, could legally just start shooting everyone.

Man views porn using Safari, files lawsuit against Apple.

Minister unimpressed by white powder sniff test.

Cow falls through roof and kills man in Brazil.

Fight Over Missing Steak Leads To Stabbing.

Doctor Gives ‘Ghetto Booty’ Diagnosis.

New giant rubber lips ‘will make you look younger’

Do airlines owe World Trade Centre owners up to $3.5 billion in damages after 9/11 attacks?

Hippo by Mikel Arrizabalaga

  • The Death of the Hipster [marginalutilitymirror]

“The problem with hipsters seems to me the way in which they reduce the particularity of anything you might be curious about or invested in into the same dreary common denominator of how “cool” it is perceived to be. Everything becomes just another signifier of personal identity. Thus hipsterism forces on us a sense of the burden of identity, of constantly having to curate it if only to avoid seeming like a hipster. But are there hipsters, actual hipsters, or just a pervasive fear of hipsters? Hipster hatred may actually precede hipsters themselves. Maybe that collective fear and contempt conjures them into being, just as the Red Scare saw communists everywhere, or how the Stasi made spies of everyone. Late capitalism makes us all fear being hipsters and thus makes us all into one, to some degree.”

“‘You are lucky,’ you are told. But with this luck comes a responsibility: that you promise to do something good with it. An anonymous millionaire is currently putting people to the test by handing out £1000 to those he randomly encounters. The Sunday Telegraph spent the day with him whilst he paced the streets of London hunting for 10 lucky recipients.”

“While consumerism relies upon our being just as fickle as the sartorial seasons, the history of fashion suggests at least one consistency: that a garment once considered “casual” will eventually be thought of as “smart-casual”, then as “businessware”, and finally as something in which one could reasonably expect to be sued or buried.”

“Diseases caused by contact with fecal matter are the largest killer of children in the world. The problem: Not enough toilets. The solutions, as you can see in this infographic, are not so simple.”

“One year ago up-and-coming reporter Jose Antonio Vargas revealed to the country he is here illegally… he speaks for the first time about the price he paid, the controversy he caused, and why figures like Mark Zuckerberg and Aaron Sorkin rallied to his aid.”

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“Accurately identifying the various causes behind the criminalization of the mentally ill can only be accomplished by an impartial examination of our society’s preconceived notions of the mentally ill. This can be done by examining society’s treatment of the mentally ill throughout the course of history. Stigma clearly plays a major role in the criminalization of the mentally ill because of society’s inability to accept the dualistic and sometimes vile impulses of human nature inherent in all human beings. Therefore, society seeks to explain away unjustified acts of violence and aggression as symptoms of a mental illness, in effect scapegoating the mentally ill.”

“It is about being horrified about my own silliness,” Murphy once said about the song’s origin. While it’s a story that has likely been told a thousand times over, it’s also one that’s more relevant than ever to the current progression of mainstream dance culture. (More on that later.) As a rock DJ in the late-’90s in New York, Murphy was known for throwing experimental dance records like Liquid Liquid, ESG and, yes, Daft Punk, into his mixes. When he realized that other DJs were starting to use some of the same records, he panicked, afraid that he’d lost the crate-digging that set him apart from his rock-club DJing peers.”

“Now, however, the proof is starting to pile up. The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.”

“Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.” Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns. On the decision to launch the initial phase in a country like Singapore, Palmer-Edgecumbe says, “Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”

“The gap between  the richest and the poorest among us is now wider than it has been since we all nose-dived into the  Great Depression. So GQ sent Jon Ronson on a journey into the secret financial lives of six different people on the ladder, from a guy washing dishes for 200 bucks a week in Miami to a self-storage gazillionaire. What he found are some surprising truths about class, money, and making it in America.”

“On April 16, 2012, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced that it would award no Pulitzer for fiction in 2012. This was, to say the least, surprising and upsetting to any number of people, prominent among them the three fiction jurors, who’d read over three hundred novels and short-story collections, and finally submitted three finalists, each remarkable (or so we believed) in its own way.”

“Sure, we as a nation have always killed people. A lot of people. But no president has ever waged war by killing enemies one by one, targeting them individually for execution, wherever they are. The Obama administration has taken pains to tell us, over and over again, that they are careful, scrupulous of our laws, and determined to avoid the loss of collateral, innocent lives. They’re careful because when it comes to waging war on individuals, the distinction between war and murder becomes a fine one. Especially when, on occasion, the individuals we target are Americans and when, in one instance, the collateral damage was an American boy.”

“It’s all very wonderful bearing a child, I’m sure, and life-affirming; but on the other hand, one of the worst parts of being pregnant—and I was informed concretely of this very fact by some vomitus landing on my sandaled foot—is what is commonly referred to as morning sickness.”

“But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”

Newcastle City Gaol and House of Correction Collection 1742 – 1878. Particulars of criminals convicted of a crime specified in section 20 of the Prevention of Crimes Act, 1871 and reported to the Secretary of State as being imprisoned in Newcastle Gaol, numbers 1079-1303. All the prisoners photographed here spent time in Newcastle Gaol between December 1871 – December 1873.

via Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.’

‘The 10-megapixel device features a built-in zink ‘zero ink’ printer, producing full-colour 2×3-inch prints in under a minute, either in full bleed, with a classic polaroid border, or on a sticker-backed page. A camera setting controls whether every shot is automatically printed, or only images selected after capture by the user.’

‘Does government surveillance matter if you’re not doing anything illegal? It’s a tricky question that privacy advocate Jay Stanley has studied for years. He breaks down why privacy matters, even if you have ‘nothing to hide’.’

‘Internet and phone firms are preparing to install “black boxes” to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages – including Facebook and GMail messages.’

If you have time to kill and a high speed internet connection to boot, spend some time pouring over the winners of this year’s Vimeo Awards with categories including Animation, Documentary,Advertising, Remix, Music Video, Fashion, Action Sports and many more.

‘I want to talk to you about a national crisis. A global crisis. A crisis of such tremendous proportions that you may not even be aware that it is engulfing you and your loved ones and your neighbors in flames. What is this crisis? It is a crisis of our brains. The brains of our fellow citizens are being digitally rewired. How? Here is how. Hundreds of millions of people are gazing at online videos, spending billions of aggregate hours slack-jawed in front of their monitors. These videos are sucking up all the time that these people would otherwise spend reading reat books.’

‘This is the unyielding view of sources within the ruling party, who told the Mail & Guardian they will “suppress” any attempts to discuss succession within the ruling party.” So much for the state of internal debate, yet clearly Zuma knows he’s a facing a serious internal fight. Even as the politicians scramble for positions, criticism mounts of how South Africa is being governed. Law Professor Koos Malan, challenges the way public office here is misused, writing, “public office somehow entitles public office-bearers to exploit the power and authority of public office to achieve maximum private gain…and to receive public accolades for these successes.” As the country prepares to mark Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday in July, South Africa is also facing a dangerous downtown in its economy thanks to the world financial crisis, and soaring crime and unemployment. The spirit of many here remains infectious but there’s trouble on the horizon.’

 

Federal highway BR-222, June 9, 2012 in Para state, Brazil. Highway construction through Amazonian rainforest has led to accelerated rates of deforestation. Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80 percent since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the Forest Code will lead to further destruction. Around 20 percent of the rainforest has already been destroyed. By Mario Tama

“Wesley Warren Jr has a giant ball-sack. That is not a euphemism or misprint: Wesley Warren Jr has a scrotum about the size and weight of a medium-sized child… it is so big that Wesley must wear a hooded sweatshirt over his massive deformed genitalia when he goes out in public.”

“Last February at the Academy Awards, Adam Sandler said something funny. This is not a common occurrence — not because Sandler has devolved into our laziest movie star, but because he’s never been known for one-liners. Even people who love Adam Sandler movies don’t so much quote the dialogue as imitate how Sandler says the dialogue: The way he flutters between that high-pitched, somewhat effeminate, sweetly annoying little-boy voice of his, and the deeper, Eddie-Vedder-at-the-end-of-”Jeremy” bark that’s phase one of his signature temper tantrum, the all-fists-on-nut-sacks eruption that is typically, though not always lately, comedic in nature. Sandler has been doing this since Saturday Night Live. Back then, he worked relatively cheap. These days, he doesn’t get out of bed for less than $20 million. His range is limited, his rewards not so much.”

“No, said airline security, you can’t take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it’s forbidden. But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.”

“Turtles killed as they were having sex and then fossilised in position have been described by scientists. The remains of the 47-million-year old animals were unearthed in the famous Messel Pit near Darmstadt, Germany. They were found as male-female pairs. In two cases, the males even had their tails tucked under their partners’ as would be expected from the coital position.”

“On the evening of May 13, Mother’s Day, a Canadian woman named Dana Dirr was hit head-on while driving to the Saskatchewan hospital where she worked as a trauma surgeon. She was 35 weeks pregnant, but determined to work until the moment she gave birth. The morning after the crash, her husband John (“J.S.”) Dirr posted a note on Warrior Eli, a Facebook page the Dirrs had created to document their 5-year-old son Eli’s battle with cancer: “Last night at 12:02am I lost the love of my life,” J.S. wrote. “I lost my wife, the mother of my children, and my best friend.” Miraculously, Dana had held on in the hospital just long enough to have her baby—a daughter, and the Dirr’s eleventh child.”

“Dr. Perry Kendall stands behind his controversial comments that taking pure ecstasy can be safe. But B.C.’s chief provincial health officer says he is not advocating for the drug to be legalized and sold in stores, as stated in a previous story… Kendall says Canada should instead look at an “evidence-based way” of regulating and controlling psychoactive substances. “Let’s look at what works and what doesn’t work. Let’s look at what harms of various drugs are and compare them. And let’s look at the impacts of the policies on a drug use,” he said.”

“Police say a man upset over his daughter’s lifestyle chopped her head off with a sword and then paraded it through his village before surrendering to authorities in western India. Marble miner Ogad Singh’s 20-year-old daughter had been living with her parents in the Rajasthani village of Dungarji after leaving her husband two years ago.”

“A team of Canadian researchers has developed one of the most effective cures yet for the Ebola virus. That’s big news both for treating the deadliest virus on Earth and tackling myriad other similarly aggressive diseases. The treatment, in which injections of protein-grabbing antibodies stop a virus from replicating, has the longest treatment window so far resulting in full recovery – a full day. There’s just one catch: It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of the disease to appear.”

“A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban. “Polio drops will be banned in North Waziristan until the drones strikes are stopped,” said the statement, released Saturday.”

“An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months after writing “God doesn’t exist” on his Facebook page. Alexander Aan, 30, was imprisoned on Thursday for sharing explicit material about the Prophet Mohammed online. He started an atheist group on Facebook on which he shared comic strips of the prophet having sex with his servant, a court in western Sumatra heard today.”