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Saturday, July 25, 2009



Jamaican Gold Medalist Sprinters fail drug tests, says IAAF

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 05:50 PM PDT

A year after Jamaica's athletes ruled the world by winning six gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, the country was reeling on Friday from the news that five of its leading sprinters had tested positive for a banned substance.

Hi, I’d like to apply for a…wait WTF [PIC]

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT


WD-40: Strange Facts and Myths

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

WD-40 can be found in 4 out of 5 American households, the company claims. Its ingredients are a secret, and it has generated its share of myths and strange applications over the years.

Pot law leaves cops high & dry

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Thumbing their noses at the state's lax new pot law, Bay State stoners are brazenly lighting up in front of cops and then refusing to pay fines - leading some frustrated police chiefs to all but give up the fight.

Tweeting from the Web? Nine Alternative Web Clients

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Believe it or not, almost 50% of Twitter users, prefer to tweet directly from Twitter.com. This isn't surprising, but most heavy Twitter users agree that Twitter.com is actually the poorest user experience among the plethora of alternative web applications to access the service.

Sea lion dies of sex exhaustion

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Sea lion dies of sex exhaustion: News24: SciTech: News. A male sea lion from California called Mike has died of exhaustion after over-exerting himself during the mating season in an animal park in Nuremberg, Germany.

Calcavecchia birdies record 9 straight holes

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Mark Calcavecchia birdied 9 straight holes Saturday in the Canadian Open to break the PGA Tour record. In perfect morning scoring conditions at rain-softened Glen Abbey, he opened the delayed 2nd round with 2 pars, then reeled off the 9 straight birdies. His 9 birdie putts were from 15 feet or closer. He was five strokes behind leader Jason Dufner.

Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart Updated

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Boing Boing Gadgets' fantastic ease-of-netbook-Hackintoshing chart just got updated with three new models (all pretty promising) and a smattering of changes throughout. If you're thinking about...

18 Pictures From Vietnam's War in the Sky

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

From U.S. jets dropping napalm on Vietcong positions to the AC-47 'Puff the Magic Dragon'

Nike to Return Confiscated Lebron Tapes

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Nike says it is returning videotapes it confiscated of NBA star LeBron James getting dunked on at a recent basketball camp....who gives a sh*t we've already seen them! and they sucked!

Inside the Microsoft Store: Wall-Sized Screens, Answers Bar

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

We've been wondering what the Microsoft's retail shops are going to be like. Well, according to a Powerpoint presentation leaked to us, it's going to make the Apple Store look downright boring.

Newspapers Make News 18 Hours Late

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Chris Anderson makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

F1's Felipe Massa Involved In Life-Threatening Crash [Video]

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Hospital officials said Formula One driver Felipe Massa is in "life-threatening" condition after undergoing surgery for a fractured skull from a high-speed crash at Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying. The crash occurred Saturday after a spring had fallen off another car and flew up and struck Massa in the helmet.

Would You Pay $14K For Vet Bills? They Did.

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Such is the quandary of today's pet ownership. Veterinary care has become the fastest-growing sector of the pet industry, and its spiraling costs have left pet owners with increasingly expensive animals and tough decisions that previous generations never faced.

What the AP's "Protect, Point, Pay" Chart Really Means

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT


NY Couple Arrested For Stealing Traffic Cams w/cherry picker

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

"According to the NYPD, pair of thieves allegedly spent the better part of a month trolling the city in a pickup truck with a cherry picker, raiding red-light camera for their valuable innards, including the Nikon cameras that actually take the photos."

In a recession, no one's buying Banksy

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

When times are tough, you don't spend when you don't have to. There's sufficient graffiti in London to keep art collectors entertained, which is causing them to shy away from works by Banksy. Larger auction houses have cut down on the Banksy works they are carrying, and some regional auction houses are canceling their urban art specialist sales.

Cheney Pressured Bush to OK Use of Military On US Soil

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Former Vice President Dick Cheney pushed White House officials to authorize using the military on U.S. soil to arrest suspected terrorists in a Buffalo suburb, a move that would have been seen as a gross violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

Apple won't accept augmented reality iPhone apps till Sept

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

iPhone owners are excited to get their hands on the augmented reality applications, such as the one for finding nearby subways or for tracking down Twitter neighbors. But Apple is holding them from the App Store until v3.1 comes out, expected in September.


Posted: 25 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT


First Blood Diamonds, Now Blood Computers?

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Are companies doing enough to make sure that the minerals that go into their laptops and hi-tech toys don't come from blood-soaked war zones?

Worlds Oldest WWI Veteran Henry John "Harry" Patch, R.I.P.

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

At the ripe young age of 111 none the less. There's only three guys left from World War One - Jack Babcock, 109 years old / Frank Buckles, 108 years old / and Claude Choules, 108 years old.

10 Lost cities of the world That You Can Still Visit (Pics)

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

List 10 ancient cities, the remains of which can still be visited.

2009 Tour de France (PICS)

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

180 riders in twenty teams started in Monaco on July 4th, heading for the final ride into Paris this weekend. Collected here are a handful of images from the 2009 race.

Bikinis, Weed and Booze Top iPhone App Lifestyle Category

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Time Inc., which publishes Sports Illustrated, announced that one day after launch its "SI Swimsuit 2009" iPhone app is the number-one paid lifestyle application in Apple's App Store. The #2 and #3 apps are Ajnag's "Cannibis" app (helps you locate medicinal marijuana collectives), and Digital Outcrop's "Mixologist - 7900 Drink & Cocktail Recipes.

Twitter Banned From White House! Seriously!

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned casually to CNN today that Twitter is blocked on official White House computers. Gibbs clearly doesn't appreciate the value that can be derived from the innovative social network; he jokes about it is a tool for personal exhibitionism.

Microsoft changes Laptop Hunters ad after Apple complains

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Microsoft has slightly altered its fifth Laptop Hunters ad in response to a complaint from Apple. The old ad has been replaced with an edited one on the company's website.

So he lost, do we remove his...[Comic]

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 12:02 PM PDT


7 Insane Ads That Have No Clue What They're Selling

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Off-the-wall ads are nothing knew; advertisers know weird-ass ads will get people talking. But some commercials just get the 'bizarre' part down before shutting off the cameras and going home for the day, producing a worrying number of insanely ineffective and downright baffling commercials which for all their quirky weirdness forgot to actually ma

America's Abandoned Cities

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Real estate vacancy rates are still growing in these metros.

The 10 Best Nuclear Explosions in Games (Pics)

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 10:20 AM PDT

A highlight of the biggest bangs gaming has to offer.

The Best Wedding Cake Ever

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Who knew cake could get more awesome?

Spitzer Spies Out-Of-This-World Galaxy

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 10:00 AM PDT

The galaxy, called NGC 1097, is located 50 million light-years away. It is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars. The "eye" at the center of the galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars.

Breaking: Win 7 with IE8 in Europe: Microsoft's statement

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:50 AM PDT

TechRadar has contacted Microsoft for comment on the breaking news that Windows 7 could ship with IE in Europe along with competing browsers. We have been given this statement by Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel:

Bender Thinks All The FUTURAMA Voices Will Be Back, Baby

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:20 AM PDT

'Futurama' fans have been understandably less than pleased (to say the least) since news broke that the entire voice cast may be replaced for the upcoming return of the series, as new episodes go into production for Comedy Central. But there is reason for hope! ...

An Unusual Collection : A Brain Tumor Tissue Bank

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:20 AM PDT

Five years ago, as she was walking into Caritas Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center in Methuen, Mass., Patricia Fey saw a priest she knew and cornered him. "I'm like 'Oh, Father Peter! And I sort of grabbed him by his arm," she recounts. "I said, 'What are you doing here? Father Peter! I could use a prayer right now.

"Huge public support to allow the right to die" - in the UK

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:10 AM PDT

Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of people want doctors to be allowed to help terminally ill patients to end their lives. Support is particularly strong among those aged 55 to 64.Six out of ten people also want friends and relatives to be able to help their dying loved ones to commit suicide without fear of prosecution.

America's Disappearing Millionaires

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:10 AM PDT

These are tough times for the wealthy. Got sympathy?

16 pitchers with perfect games since 1900

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:10 AM PDT

Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game on July 23, 2009 (White Sox 5, Rays 0). 15 other pitchers since 1900 matched that feat. Here's the list.

An unequal relationship (COMIC)

Posted: 25 Jul 2009 09:00 AM PDT


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