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Monthly Archives: January 2006

New York Subway Pants-Down Time

Sorry, guys. Apparently, the New York City cops don’t like pants-down time on their subways. Eight pranksters dropped their pants last Sunday, January 22nd, while riding the subway and were arrested for disorderly conduct. Apparently, over 160 riders participated in the event, organized by Improv Everywhere. Who knew this was a nation-wide phenomenon?

The same group has also staged a suicide jumper on a four-foot tall ledge:

Staged Suicide Jumper

And a McDonald’s bathroom attendant:

McDonald's Bathroom Attendant

And then they tried to cover it up. The company is denying the allegations even though they come from Halliburton employees. From the WaPo:

Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn’t get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.

Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, disputes the allegations about water problems at Camp Junction City, in Ramadi, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in company e-mails.

Water expert, Ben Carter, even resigned last April when Halliburton officials refused to take any action to inform the camp population. From his incident report:

It is my opinion that the water source is without question contaminated with numerous micro-organisms, including Coliform bacteria. There is little doubt that raw sewage is routinely dumped upstream of intake much less than the required 2 mile distance.

Therefore, it is my conclusion that chlorination of our water tanks while certainly beneficial is not sufficient protection from parasitic exposure.

It’s good to know our troops are being taken care of, especially by the company that’s making our Vice President tens of millions of dollars.

Ever stranded on a volcanic island with nothing to eat but game hen and no way to cook it? Me neither. But if it ever did happen, you could create your very own lava oven! The Dolphin Bay Hotel has a series of instructions on how to create your own lava oven and cook in it.

Man Lifting Lava

Lava Oven

They also have an incredible set of lava photographs.

Man Photographing Lava

Now, this is my kind of sport. From the website:

The World Pyro Olympics is an annual international competition amongst the most prestigious fireworks companies in the world. Nine international participants will showcase the best of classical pyrotechnic displays. On the final eve of the event, the sky will be illuminated by the La Mancha Fellowship of Fire pyrotechnic display -a joint fireworks display from the nine countries and the organizer, La Mancha Pyro Productions.

Pyro Olympics

Pyro Olympics

Besides lowering test score requirements and increasing re-enlistment bonuses by $30,000, the army is increasing the top age for new recruits from 35 to 42 years of age after substantially missing their recruiting goals last year.

Fish with Two Mouths

From the great state of Nebraska comes Bob, the fish with two mouths! His name really isn’t Bob, but no one else named him and I felt like he needed a name. It is unknown whether the Simpson-like fish gained its two maws from genetic mutation or an injury, but it did get him into Harvard.