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First FAA-Approved Drone Delivery Isn’t Amazon – It’s a Medical Supply Delivery to People in Need

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Drone delivery services have faced a LOT of set backs, legal issues and red tape.

But now all of that seems to be slowly melting away and all the starting parameters and legislation should be ironed out with in the year.

Recently the FAA has allowed testing of drone delivery in Wise County, Virginia where poverty is quickly taking hold as the coal-mining community loses handfuls of jobs and, in turn businesses, because of new energy alternatives.

What’s more exciting than the delivery is just how ready the community, which seems kinda old-school, is to embrace this new technology and become a testing ground for more drone-based experiments and missions in the hopes of getting their local economy back on track.

[NBC News]

After Things: Work Versus Trophy

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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Podcast: Goblin Rock

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Skitched 20110225 175343Goblins terrorize Africa in the most rockin’ way possible. Anthrax is loose, how could this happen! Chick Pox lollipops are all the rage. Who were the first Americans? Why are we tribal? It’s all explained in a new Weird Things podcast.

 

 

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Brian:

The Story of the Human Body

Andrew:

Beyond Amazing Science Pop Up Book

Justin:

World Cup / June 17th 1994

Podcast: Star Chimps

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Skitched 20110225 175343Did we just invent a warp drive? The boys discover the oldest civilizational site on Earth while contemplating the possibility of a new home for humanity beyond the stars. Also: chimpanzee fossils and much more!

 

 

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The Poisoner’s Handbook and Thunderf00t

Andrew:

The Most Amazing Science Pop Up Book & The Beyond Amazing Science Pop Up Book

Justin:

Game of Thrones

Cupcake Toothpaste and Fried Chicken Candles – Food Stuff You Can’t Eat But Want to

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The nation’s alleged problem with obesity is probably going to continue getting worse because of stuff like this:

Kathy Werking (who’s also creating a mint julep-scented candle) has formulated a candle that, according to its description, will:

“Let the fresh, fried sizzle of savory golden goodness drift into your hearts and homes with one of our most delectable creations to date.”

What is the one thing you want to do when you smell fried chicken? Say it together, “Eat fried chicken!”

After you’re done chewing through your fried chicken candle wax, you can brush that taste out with dessert with this:

It’s sort of ironic, isn’t it? Also available? Bacon and Nihilist.

Wait…what’s Nihilist taste like? Nothing. There’s no flavor. No color. Nothing.

Except will power and moderation and if you’re using cupcake-flavored toothpaste to brush your teeth? We’re guessing neither of those apply to you anyway.

[KFC Candle via Neatorama - Cupcake Toothpaste via Perpetual Kid]

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Get your copy of the Avengers yet? If not, why are you waiting? Right now on Amazon you can get a digital copy that will play on your iPhone or iPad (and available also as a stream for your Apple TV), the Blu-Ray, the 3D Blu-Ray, a DVD copy, the movie soundtrack and a gazillion extras all for just $29.99. Thirty bucks and you’ve got versions in nearly every format! List price is $49.99! That’s $20 off! All Avenger. All the time.

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Nigerian Woman Gives Birth to Horse-Baby!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Right up there with Geena Davis’ nightmare of giving birth to Jeff Goldblum’s little baby ‘Brundlefly’ comes a story about a woman giving birth…

To a horse.

During a program about prophecy, a female member of the Worshippers of the World Liberation Ministry began screaming during a prayer session and began bleeding from her girl-parts.

Evangelist Silva Wealth, referred to as the General Overseer of the church told journalists that a revelation came that a woman among them had an issue and that something was blocking her womb.

Wealth claimed that as prayers from church-goers became more instense, the unidentified woman started delivering ‘the object’.

A cleric of the church wouldn’t go near the thing:

“I can’t describe the object. We have seen people that vomited several things during our service but not this type of thing. God has been blessing our ministry with prophesies and miracles, “he said.

That ‘object’ was a still-born horse.

As people begin to flock in droves to the church where this event took place, we can only imagine what kind of disturbing swag the inevitable gift shop is going to be pushing.

[The Nation]

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Aliens are Watching Doctor Who and They Like It!

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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About 50 years ago about 90 stations around the world had the capacity to transmit TV signals with enough power to reach Interstellar Space.  In many ways the only evidence of our presence as a civilization in this galaxy is all the television broadcasts these stations put out.  One of these stations was the BBC which transmitted with a signal of about 100,000 watts right in the middle of  the 41-68 MHz band.  So merrily, unwittingly, the human civilization on Earth broadcast its presence and culture to the larger Galaxy for more than 67 years.

To put this in perspective, and only counting with the TV signals, a 67 light-year radius  sphere of galactic space has knowledge of us and of our capacity for technology.  Within this 67 light-year sphere are contained at least 3000 stars and stellar systems.  Of these 3000 , at least 160 of them are G class stars very similar to our own sun.   So why does this matter?

Because, according to reports,  like a scene out of Carl Sagan’s Contact we are getting signals from space and they are our own!   Somewhere in deep interstellar space about 25 light-years away there is source of radio waves right smack in the 41-68 MHz band.   And this unknown object tentatively called the “Reflective Anomaly”  is beaming our own TV from 1963 right back at us.  This is great for us nerds because it means we can get back some of our lost classics like early William Hartnell Doctor Who episodes which the BBC in its wisdom erased to make way for masterpiece theatre or something like it on the very expensive early magnetic tapes.

Radio Astronomers are collecting and digitally enhancing these signals into usable recordings of  all the lost shows from that era.  The main article says that the “anomaly” is some sort of unexplained reflective material 25 ly away but to this observer that just sounds like they have no clue how this is possible.  They are refusing to consider the obvious.

Aliens!  The civilization who is doing this is situated just far enough away that they are about to experience the summer of love and eventually Men’s first landing on a non terrestrial object, the 1969, Apollo 11 Moonlanding.  They are beaming back our own signals because they have seen Doctor Who and they like it!  They are telling us that we might be friends,   that is until the catch a whiff of seventies and TV Gems like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and they decide we are all crazy.

I for one hope that our friends from across the void are just that. I mean an entity who likes the first Doctor can’t be all bad.  Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself : http://www.rimmell.com/bbc/news.htm

Who knows , it might just be a bit of iron ore left over from an ancient supernova which is aligned just right to bounce some of the stuff we earthlings put out into space.  But it’s kinda cool to picture some strange being witnessing our history and our collective culture in a planet far, far, away.

Update:  Alas, this particular story is a hoax, which I believe is appropriated for these heady days, but the idea is intriguing.    How long till we  see a signal from some civilization and will we enjoy their crappy TV. Perhaps we will never know.

 

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Crime scene photo?

Nope.

Latest bath-salt/synthetic marijuana zombie attack victim?

Nope.

Bad timing with the Enterprise’s transporter?

uh…Nope.

This awesome piece of ugly mimicry is all-natural, folks.

It’s a fungus.

Called the Auricularia auricula-judae, this grotesque-looking piece of work is a fungus commonly referred to as Judas’ Ear, Jelly Ear or Common Ear Fungus. Fitting.

Found all over the world on elder trees, the fungus is bland-tasting but occasionally used as a remedy for a sore throat in Asia and Europe.

In America it’s probably beneficial when used as a remedy for freaking out annoying children.

[Kuriositas]

Happy Father’s Day from Weird Things!

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

For all of our WeirdThings fathers. A male seahorse…doing something you don’t have to…giving birth.

You’re welcome.

Happy Father’s Day
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