At the door the police officer asked to see my husband's ID, but did not explain why. When he refused, she called for backup.
A total of six patrol cars showed up.
Alexander then agreed to get his ID and went to go upstairs. The officer said—in front of the kids—that if he came down with anything else, "shots would be fired." She proceeded to follow him upstairs, and when he said she had no right to do so without a warrant, she insisted that she did.
Our 10 yr. old called me crying and saying that the police were there and that Daddy was going to be arrested.
According to the Daily Record, the terrified dudes in the car are yelling "Move the car backwards," and "Faster! Faster!" in Arabic. Both reasonable things to shriek, given the circumstances. The area of Blackburn, England where this was filmed is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a monk who was murdered there 372 years ago this month.
Patricia Driscoll (head of the national charity, the Armed Forces Foundation) went to court to obtain a protective order against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. She says Busch assaulted her last year. In his defense, Busch testified to the court that Driscoll is a trained international killer.
The Paderno spiral vegetable slicer is made of plastic and it looks like it would snap into pieces as soon as the crank is turned, but don't let its appearance fool you. This thing has a set of three sharp blade attachments that make short work of sweet potatoes (and, I assume, the sweet potato's evil cousin, the white potato).
Using one of the three blade attachments, you can shred, chip, or thinly slice vegetables. The hand-cranked operation is pleasingly, almost effortlessly, smooth.
When you are done peeling the potato, you're left with a cute non-hallucinogenic mushroom.
I tossed a couple of potatoes into a skillet with salt and coconut oil.
Then I fried the potatoes, gently flipping them from time to time, until a lot of the water burned out and I ended up with with something that looked like bacon and tasted better than bacon. This stuff is crack to me. I could eat it all day, every day.
The Crayola Facebook page enjoyed a flood of new followers after someone hacked its Facebook page and began posting immature sexual jokes. Many commenters said that while the jokes were inappropriate for children, they were kind of funny.
Two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill homeless camper last year have been charged with murder.
The encounter was caught on video that appears to show disproportionate use of force, although the Albuquerque Police Department continued to insist the shooting was justified for months following the incident.
Now the APD's luck appears to have run out. Prosecutors have announced that two officers who fired lethal rounds into Boyd's body, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, will be charged with murder.
Zoologist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919) had some odd ideas about the origins and evolution of life forms. That’s understandable, because at the time, scientists were just beginning to accept Darwinism. Haeckel himself was a champion of Darwinism, but he added Lamarckism and some unpleasant conjectures about race into his philosophical worldview. I’m not much interested in his religio-scientific ideas, though. It’s his drawings that fascinate me.
In 2005 a Japanese electronics firm decided to sell its collection of four French impressionist paintings. Christie’s and Sotheby’s courted the company. The CEO asked the auction houses to play a game of Rock Paper Scissors to determine who would sell the paintings. The representative for Christie's researched Rock Paper Scissors strategies, and used the advice of one of his co-worker's children: “Everybody knows you always start with scissors.” This proved to be good advice in this case, because Sotheby's chose Paper. Christie's sold the paintings for $17.8 million, and earned a $1.9 million commission.
Last night my 11-year-old daughter showed me videos of her favorite YouTube stars. My favorite of her favorites is Bunny Meyer, a young woman from Pearland, Texas who buys gadgets advertised on TV and demonstrates them on her video series "Does This Thing Really Work?" I couldn't stop watching these videos because Bunny does a great job of testing the products -- plastic ice cream makers, detangling brushes, cat toys, magic tricks, and tip-proof snack bowls. As you might expect, most of the products she tests are garbage -- they are difficult to assemble, are made from fragile materials, and don't work. She is doing a great service in revealing how shoddy these infomercial products are. My daughter said Bunny has taught her to avoid "As Seen on TV" products.
My sister gave me the BoostPlus Near Field Audio speaker for Christmas. I was happy for the kind thought, but since I already have three or four Bluetooth speakers, I wasn't overly excited about getting another one.
But when I used it I learned that it is not like a Bluetooth speaker. It doesn't need to be paired via Bluetooth. You just set your phone on it and it starts playing. This feature makes it a great kitchen gadget. When I'm cooking or washing the dishes, I use it to listen to podcasts and to Spike Priggen's excellent Pop-Psych, Garage & Freakbeat playlist on Spotify. When it's my wife's turn for KP duty, she listens to her podcasts on her phone (she can't be bothered with Bluetooth pairing and so before we got this thing she would just crack up the volume on the phone and listen via the built-in speaker).
The downside is that the audio quality is not as good as a Bluetooth-paired amplified speaker, but for podcast and garage music, I don't care - the convenience factor makes up for the low-fi sound.
The Austrian Times says Bao Yu was inebriated when he picked up a tortoise in a market stall so he could eat it alive. The tortoise bit him on the lip and did not let go until security guards put the tortoise "still attached to his lip in the water of a tank reserved for terrapins."
Being a TSA officer is a dream job for sadistic sociopaths, but for people who are able to sympathize, it's a nightmare. "I hated it from the beginning," writes former TSA officer Jason Edward Harrington, in an essay published in Politico Magazine. He recounts the daily shame of having to confiscate nail clippers from pilots (to prevent the pilots from using them to "hijack the very planes they were flying"), jars of homemade apple butter ("on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security") and a bottle of champagne from some Marines returning home from Afghanistan who wanted to share it with a young soldier who'd lost his legs to an I.E.D.
zineMELT is coming to celebrate the world of DIY and independent publishing. On January 31st, 2015 zineMELT will bring together artist, writers, crafters, zinesters from around Los Angeles to gather at Meltdown Comics to display and sell their goods. Please mark your calendars and come out to support your local artist.
According to tweets from Richard Warnica, a reporter with the Toronto-based newspaper National Post who was at the show, Cosby told a woman getting up for a drink that "you have to be careful about drinking around me."
The audience first gasped and then, according to Warnica, applauded Cosby.
That's not surprising, considering this audience willingly paid money to be entertained by Cosby.
A federal judge on Wednesday lifted California's ban on the sale of foie gras, a delicacy made from fatty duck or goose liver. He said the law was unconstitutional because it interfered with existing federal poultry regulations.
The plaintiffs argued that states can't interfere with federally approved poultry products because they're already covered by the Poultry Products Inspection Act. That law gives the federal government exclusive powers to determine what ingredients belong in poultry. The plaintiffs said it was therefore illegal for California to require foie gras to be made from birds that weren't force-fed.
"California cannot regulate foie gras products' ingredients by creatively phrasing its law in terms of the manner in which those ingredients were produced," [U.S. District Judge Stephen V.] Wilson wrote in his ruling.
Foie gras is traditionally made by sticking a tube into a fowl's throat and force feeding it corn, which causes its liver to accumulate fat deposits.
I was sad that Steorn stopped boasting about its Orbo perpetual motion machine a few years ago. But I'm happy now that AuroraTek announced its perpetual motion machine. Unlike Orbo, which used fickle "delayed magnetic field propagation" to bend the laws of thermodynamic, the AuroraTek device uses the much more sensible "negative time domain" to output more energy than it uses. Shut up and take my money!
John Wines was pleased when the scratch-off lottery ticket he bought at a New Mexico gas station turned out to be worth $500,000. But when Wines tried collect his prize, an employee of the New Mexico Lottery robbed him of his pleasure:
“We did find a flaw in that particular pack of tickets and it’s been reported to our printer. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I did complete a reconstruction of your ticket and it was not a winner.”
The New Mexico Lottery offered Wines $100 in lottery tickets as a token of their sympathy.