Tuesday, December 4, 2007

woman got herself sterilised to 'save the planet'

Toni Vernelli, 27, got herself sterilized because she wanted to save the planet!

At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to "protect the planet".

Incredibly, instead of mourning the loss of a family that never was, her boyfriend (now husband) presented her with a congratulations card.

While some might think it strange to celebrate the reversal of nature and denial of motherhood, Toni relishes her decision with an almost religious zeal.

"Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," says Toni, 35.

"Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population."

While most parents view their children as the ultimate miracle of nature, Toni seems to see them as a sinister threat to the future.

sea organ

In 2005, architect Nikola Basic created the musical Sea Organ on the shores of Zadar, Croatia. It is the world's first musical pipe organ that is played by the sea. Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside.

Underneath, there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds.

educational posters

Reissued German educational posters that were illustrated in the 1950s and 60s.



Solar is a beautiful short animated film by Ian Wharton and Edward Shires. A tale of the sun, the moon, and two characters who inhabit a planet that relies on day and night perhaps more than it would seem.


The ETree is an interactive lamp consisting of ten strands of light that you can bend into different shapes. The ETree was designed by Jesus Felipe and Silvia Grimaldi of Nimble Critters.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

usb exercising mouse

The Faster you type the faster he pedals. Your daily word count is recorded, so you'd better work hard.

how scrooge are you?

Christmas comes but once a year, is that too often for you? Are you more jeer than cheer this Christmas? Take this test and find out how much Scrooge you have in you this holiday season!

understanding the periodic table

You've probably seen this table before. It's one of the most important tools for understanding chemistry.

Go through it piece by piece and soon enough you'll not only understand how it works, you'll be able to use it to figure out how and why elements interact to make the world you see around you.

a cure for zombies?

According to New Scientist, researchers at Ben-Gurion University have cured zombie-stricken cockroaches. Other scientists, however, are skeptical of the applicability of this cure to our own species due to the increased complexity of the human brain.


Charley is a cute and obviously well-loved cat who has cerebellar hypoplasia.

caged monkey

National Geographic has just chosen the winners of its International Photography Contest. Out of 148,203 images submitted, this particular one above by Chinese photographer Li Feng won for the category Animal - International.

Caged monkeys await their fate at a medical laboratory in Hubei Province, China. The judges liked that this image subverted the usual “romanticized” approach to wildlife photography, and more accurately reflected the fate of many of the world’s animals. The sneaker at the top provides scale and injects humanity into the scene; the anonymity of its wearer suggests concealment and complicity. The structure of the cages, the horror of the captivity, the crowded composition, and the claustrophobic tension all add up to a very sad and compelling photo.

Other images.

9 ways to eat gold

Gold is often used as decoration and to add a bit of opulence to a luxurious meal. Often a fresh sprig of parsley cannot compare to the shine of gold. Beyond appearances many people believe that gold, if ingested, offers a wide array of health benefits. Today, fine dining chefs everywhere add gold to their signature dishes to add a lavish element. While gold is actually tasteless, it does impress and allows restaurants and manufacturers to charge exorbitant amounts of money for routinely mundane products.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

tay zonday is back : cherry chocolate rain

Tay “I move away from the mic to breathe in” Zonday is back with a Dr. Pepper corporate-sponsored updated version of Chocolate Rain and a new professional YouTube video. Yay for Tay.

chocolate rain by tay zonday

Tay Zonday is a graduate student from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His YouTube song and video, "Chocolate Rain," is a little odd, but strangely appealing, and became very popular very quickly in the Summer of 2007. This led to appearances on VH1's Best Week Ever show and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The song's not bad, and the lyrics are cool, but it's the strangeness factor (his head movements, his short body and low voice) that makes this viral video click.

ten lb hairball removed from woman

An 18-year old woman went to the doctor for abdominal pain and a 40-pound weight loss. When the doctor performed a CT scan, they found a mass which turned out to be a 10-pound hairball!

Doctors found a mass there, and when they used a small camera, found that the hairball was taking up nearly her entire stomach.

The patient said that she has a habit of eating her own hair, a condition called trichophagia.

Doctors tried to use small incisions to remove the mass, but then had to go to traditional surgery to make sure the entire hairball was removed.

clever ad - history's bad eggs

The Jupiter Drawing Room ad agency created these very creative ads for South African egg company Nulaid. The ads all say "History’s produced a lot of bad eggs. Thankfully, ours are always good."

very clever ad - happy dog

Here’s a clever ad from dog food brand Iams: a rear windshield decal and a prop to make the wiper looks like the dog’s tail wagging!

bowl of liquid oxygen

Liquid oxygen is blue.