Friday, June 24, 2011

Reese Witherspoon's Noisy Donkeys Upset Neighbours

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From Mid Day by The Hitlist Team

Actress Reese Witherspoon's California neighbours have called on the star to silence her noisy donkeys.
The Legally Blonde actress, who lives on a ranch in Ojai, owns two miniature pet donkeys, named Honky and Tonky -- and the animals are upsetting locals, who claim the asses are loud and disruptive.

A source tells, "It's so bad that a few residents have sent her a letter." Neighbours don't want the Hollywood star to pack up and leave, because she's "beloved" in the area and many locals feel sure the busy star doesn't even know how noisy her pets are.

One neighbour tells, "I'm not even sure she know what's going on." Witherspoon, who wed agent Jim Toth at the ranch in March, also owns several pigs, goats and chickens.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scott Franciscan's Photos of Abandoned U.S. Warships

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From Scott Haefner

Getting inside the ships was usually not straightforward, and sometimes impossible. MARAD locks them down tight, but there are so many possible entrances that persistence often paid off. One of the first orders of business each trip was finding a place to sleep. The ships are often stinky from mold, mildew, PCBs, and decay, so a room with windows that opened was preferable. We typically slept in the captain’s room where we found comfy couches, convertible beds, lots of space, and plenty of light during the daytime...

(Photos courtesy of Scott Haefner)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Toby Ng's World of 100 Posters

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(Photos from Toby-Ng)


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Product Description: Set in Provence, London, and New York, this is a daughter’s brilliant and witty memoir of her mother and stepfather—Dee Wells, the glamorous and rebellious American journalist, and A. J. Ayer, the celebrated and worldly Oxford philosopher—and the life they lived at the center of absolutely everything.

Gully Wells takes us into the heart of London’s lively, liberated intellectual inner circle of the 1960s. Here are Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin, Iris Murdoch, Bertrand Russell, Jonathan Miller, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Kennedy, and Claus von Bülow, and later in New York a completely different mix: Mayor John Lindsay, Mike Tyson, and lingerie king Fernando Sánchez. We meet Wells’s adventurous mother, a television commentator earning a reputation for her outspoken style and progressive views, and her stepfather, an icon in the world of twentieth-century philosophy, proving himself as prodigious a womanizer as he is a thinker. Woven throughout is La Migoua, the old farmhouse in France, where evenings were spent cooking bouillabaisse with fish bought that morning in the market in Bandol, and afternoons included visits to M. F. K. Fisher’s favorite café on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix, with a late-night stop at the bullfighters’ bar in Arles. The house perched on a hill between Toulon and Marseille was where her parents and their friends came together every year, and where Gully herself learned some of the enduring lessons of a life well lived.

The House in France is a spellbinding story with a luminous sense of place and a dazzling portrait of a woman who “caught the spirit of the sixties” and one of the most important intellectual figures of the twentieth century, drawn from the vivid memory of the child who adored them both.


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Cell Phones Really Cause Airline Safety Issues

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From ABC News - A confidential industry study obtained by ABC News indicates there really could be serious safety issues related to cellphones and other PEDs.

A report by the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing more 230 passenger and cargo airlines worldwide, documents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices. The report covers the years 2003 to 2009 and is based on survey responses from 125 airlines that account for a quarter of the world's air traffic.

Twenty-six of the incidents in the report affected the flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear. Seventeen affected navigation systems, while 15 affected communication systems. Thirteen of the incidents produced electronic warnings, including "engine indications." The type of personal device most often suspected in the incidents were cell phones, linked to four out of ten.

(Photo courtesy of Pentictontoday)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


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From Awesome People Hanging Out Together

Title is pretty self-explanatory...

Madonna, Sting and 2Pac


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From Amazon\Product Description

Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay—raconteur, historian, and one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists—exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular radio series “Jay’s Journal of the Air,” Celebrations of Curious Characters features one-page anecdotes of mind-bending performers (limbless jugglers, banjo-picking birds, Anglo-Texan saxophone-playing siamese twins) paired with engravings, mezzotints, and broadsheets from the author’s remarkable collection. You’ll find engaging vignettes on a daunting variety of topics: musical prodigies, cannon-ball catchers, conmen, card cheats, and performing politicians. Plus, a man who made a model of Lincoln Cathedral out of 1,000,800 bottle corks; a woman continuously pregnant for six-and-a-half years; a theatrical strong man who became the world’s leading Egyptologist; and a healthy number of digressions on time, money, and the argot of thieves.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ample Hills to Re-Open With Replenished Stores and New Flavors

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From Patch by Amy S Clark

Don't believe the rumors: Ample Hills Creamery, Prospect Heights' new ice cream shop is set to re-open Wednesday June 7, not Tuesday, at noon.
The store – the first in Brooklyn to make ice cream completely from scratch in the shop, instead of from a “dairy mix” of pre-pasteurized milk, cream, sugar and eggs – built up an eager foodie fan base in the months before it opened.

But the popularity was also its brief downfall. Ample Hills shut its doors over Memorial Day Weekend, four days after it opened when, due to unexpected demand, it ran out of ice cream. (See photos of opening day here.)

Since then, owner Brian Smith has hired more staff to make the ice cream and has replenished the stock.

"We're up to six tubs of salted crack in reserve.  Should last us a couple days!" he said via e-mail, referring to the shop's most popular flavor, (as opposed to the popular drug).

Smith said he will also roll out a few innovations next week, including traditional cones as a smaller alternative to the handmade waffle cones, and several new flavors including maple bacon, peanut butter, “black on white,” (white chocolate ice cream with a dark chocolate swirl), cinnamon and strawberries and cream and two dairy-free sorbets: coco mojo (coconut-lime-mint mojito flavored), and lemon sky (a lemon-ginger sorbet). But sorry vegans: while they’re dairy free, they include egg whites “for texture, according to Smith.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Severed Head of Genital Disease Patron Saint for Sale

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From Gawker by Max Read

The head of St. Vitalis of Assisi — the patron saint of genital disease — is up for auction in Ireland.

The head was brought to the Emerald Isle by "an Anglo-Irish couple who had acquired it on [a] 'grand tour' of Europe," because who can turn down a saint's head, genital disease association aside? More recently, it was "stored in an old outhouse," as children were living at the home in which it once held a prominent place. (Remember, the auction house cannot guarantee that the head is, in fact, that of St. Vitalis.!)

St. Vitalis of Assisi, as you no doubt know, was a Benedictine monk who lived a life of poverty after "an early life marked by licentiousness and immorality." And be aware! He is the patron saint of genital disease, generally, and not venereal disease, specifically. The patron saint of venereal disease is, of course, St. Fiacre, who is, coincidentally, Irish.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Novak Djokovic's Gluten-Free Diet Improved His Performance

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From Reuters by Julien Pretot

Novak Djokovic says his unbeaten run is due to his special, gluten-free diet and now Sabine Lisicki hopes she too will benefit in the long run after discovering she is intolerant to gluten, a protein in cereal grains.

Serbian Djokovic, who is on a 39-match winning streak in 2011, changed his diet nine months ago after his nutritionist carried out tests and established he was intolerant to gluten.

The new diet has definitely paid off for Djokovic.

"I have lost some weight but it's only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically," Djokovic, who has beaten Rafa Nadal in four finals this year, said recently.

The gluten-free diet is necessary for people who have celiac disease. It has been gaining in popularity among the general public, but doctors warn that people who eliminate gluten from their diet can also lose out on important nutrients.

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Andrew Sullivan Wheat Triggered Back Rash

This is probably TMI, but I've had a recurrent itchy, mild rash for a while now. At its worst, my whole back was a bumpy, red mess. I tried everything but nada. Eventually I went to an allergy specialist and took a test. The good news is that I'm pretty safe from sea-food, so that embarrassing episode years ago at Magdalen College High Table was probably nerves. (Yes, I ran down the medieval hall puking just outside the old oak doors down into the cloister. Lovely.) But the allergy that leapt out at the doctor was wheat. Not gluten. Just wheat.

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