That crunching sound you hear is hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair bills. The person who shot the video says: "The larger ship, which had a prom on it, first rammed into the second cruise ship, then backed up, then struck it again with full force pushing it into the street knocking down a street lamp and causing damage to both ships." Read the rest
Or maybe Gary Busey. That's supposed to be Brandi Chastain, recently inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Here's a side-by-side to see who this resembles more: Read the rest
On Friday, a painting by Pablo Picasso was damaged by Christie's auction house and has been withdrawn from their May 15 sale.
The painting, Le Marin (The Sailor), was created by Picasso as a self-portrait in 1943. It was sent to auction by its owner, accused rapist Steve Wynn.
The New York Times reports:
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The unnamed client of Christie’s had been identified by Bloomberg in April as the casino mogul Steve Wynn, who in February resigned as chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts as a result of sexual misconduct allegations. In 2006, Mr. Wynn, who suffers from the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, accidentally put his elbow through the canvas of Picasso’s celebrated 1932 masterwork “Le Rêve,” which he had agreed to sell to the billionaire hedge fund collector Steven A. Cohen for $135 million. The painting was restored and was eventually sold to Mr. Cohen in 2013 for $155 million. It is currently on show in the exhibition “Picasso 1932: Love Fame Tragedy” at Tate Modern in London.
Christie’s has not divulged the precise nature of the damage to “Le Marin,” but following the mishap, the auction house said in an email that Picasso’s 1964 painting “Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil” (“Woman With a Cat Seated in an Armchair”), estimated at $22 million to $28 million, has also been withdrawn from the sale. This second Picasso had also been identified as being offered by Mr. Wynn. Like “Le Marin,” it had been guaranteed to sell courtesy of a third party.
If you were to ask the Indian Space Research Organization, they'd tell you that space is hard: the IRSO has lost communications with one of its satellites mere days after launching it into orbit.
According to The Times of India, the IRSO launched the GSAT-6A communications satellite into orbit on March 29. Indian ground control was able to command the satellite to alter its orbit on two separate occasions. Smooth sailing! Then, on Saturday, things went south:
After remaining incommunicado the whole of Saturday, ISRO, on Sunday said: “The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A satellite has been successfully carried out by LAM Engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, 2018 in the morning. After the successful long duration firings, when the satellite was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and the final firing, scheduled for April 1, 2018, communication from the satellite was lost. Efforts are underway to establish the link with the satellite.”
That's got to be disappointing. It's worth mentioning that just because they've lost communications with the GSAT-6A doesn't mean that it's lost forever – yet. There have been plenty of instances where long-range communications have been lost by ground control and then restored. Given the satellite's mission, providing mobile communications for the people of India over the next decade, it'd be nice if the ISRO could get the thing back online.
If they fail, however, a permanent loss of communications with the satellite would mark the second mission failure for the space agency in less than a year. Read the rest
McDonald's accidentally tweeted this late Thursday night:
While the internet was having a field day deciding if the tweet was intentional or not, McDonald's copped up to the boo-boo with this tweet nine hours later:
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On Monday, the Weather Channel was live-streaming the planned implosion of the Georgia Dome for a full 40 minutes before a bus pulled up in front of their camera, completely blocking their shot at the exact wrong moment. Oops! Read the rest
Someone should get a large tattoo that says "Don't get tattoos of living celebrities unless you have the money for a cover-up." Behold, a gallery of suddenly recontextualized ink: Read the rest
A train trestle in Gregson St. in Durham, NC has a clearance of 11' 8". Despite the warning signs and flashing lights advertising the lower-than-normal clearance, trucks collide with the trestle often enough that an enterprising person has set up a video camera to catch every spectacular collision. The latest incident, which happened on 10/14/2017, is a doozy. Read the rest
Set the brake on your baby carriage, wheelchair, or wheeled luggage if you plan to take your hands off it. Don't want this to happen. Luckily, this one was empty. Read the rest
A baseball fan wearing a glove leaned out and scooped up a ball that was still in play. He was very excited about his trophy, but when it became clear that he'd screwed up in a big way, his mood changed to confusion followed by cowed embarrassment.
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Of all the ways a
Saarinen knock-off chair Bombo stool could fail, this ranks among the worst.
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A stretch limousine got high-centered on a railway crossing. As luck would have it, a train was barreling down the tracks. The driver got out the car and waved his handkerchief a couple of times before realizing it wasn't going to achieve the desired effect, so he got out of the way and let momentum and do its work. Read the rest
On a rainy day, a girl fell off her skateboard, and the skateboard started to roll toward the water. A guy on a bike (holding an umbrella!) saved the board, but ended up going over the edge himself. It looks like it was quite a drop. I hope he's OK!
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The Wall Street Journal reports that human error is still a factor in potential cockpit door breaches. Read the rest
On Tuesday, a crane carrying a concrete aqueduct section tipped over. The driver was able to jump out of the cab in the nick of time. The accident is followed by cries of astonished disappointment.
If you find this as sickly fascinating as I do, here are 40 minutes of crane and heavy construction fails (turn off the volume to avoid the atrocious music):
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A perfect storm of factors led to photographer Jacob Peters shooting the wrong marriage proposal at a remote romantic overlook. Read the rest