Archive for September, 2009

Earthquake Rocks Samoa

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Samoa

An 8.0 earthquake hit Samoa this morning causing three tsunamis, one of which could possibly reach Hawaii. Other islands in the pacific, such as Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea have been given tsunami warnings as well. Link via The Daily Beast

Junior Stares Down Bull And Loses

Posted in Entertainment, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

JuniorSeauFormer linebacker Junior Seau was a guest bullfighter at a Professional Bull Riders event in Ontario when he got knocked to the ground by an enraged bull. He was filming a segment for his new show “Sports Jobs With Junior Seau”.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user jsindal)

The Grillwalker Is Big Business In Berlin

Posted in Food & Drink, International, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Grillwalker

The New York Times reports of a popular new service taking the streets of Berlin by storm – The Grillwalker; a portable cooking system that grills up sausages for consumers on-the-go. It’s a trendy invention that no doubt catches the eyes of potential customers especially since they’re found roaming commuter heavy sites like train stations. I personally couldn’t carry 44lbs of propane tank, metal grill, sausages, bread, and condiments.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user mac42)

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GRILLWALKERS VIDEO AT NYT

Woman Becomes Pregnant While Already With Child

Posted in Fitness & Health, News, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

GrovenburgultrasoundArkansas couple Todd and Julie Grovenburg were shocked when they visited the doctor for a routine ultrasound only to find out she was pregnant again. But these aren’t twins. In this rare case, doctors believe Julie conceived a second child, a son whom they’ll call Hudson, two and a half weeks after she was already pregnant with their daughter whom they’ll name Jilian.

Dr. Karen Boyle, who spoke with ABC News, stated the babies will possibly have seperate due dates.

“The interesting thing in this case is if these children were actually born on their due dates, the older child would be born at the end of 2009, and the younger child would be born in the beginning of 2010.” Link via Yahoo

Share

LeVar Burton And His Living Hell With Reading Rainbow

Posted in Entertainment, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

LeVarBurtonI’d thought I had a childhood-bubble-popping-clutch-the-pearls moment when I clicked on a link from actor LeVar Burton’s Twitter page where he writes a confessional article. In it, he states how much he hated the beloved children’s show, that ran for 26 years, Reading Rainbow.

“Hoping to escape Reading Rainbow’s clutches, I started taking any role I could get. I’m proud of some of them: I played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Martin Luther King in Ali. But you know what the most challenging role of my career was? Hosting Reading Rainbow and acting like I gave a shit about getting kids interested in books.

Fact is, I couldn’t care less whether kids learn to read. There, I said it.”

As a kid who grew up loving this show since, pretty much, its inception way back in 1983 my mouth was agape at reading on his reflections. My reaction was, almost, akin to when I saw Wayne Brady doing that now infamous Dave Chappelle skit. Mr. Burton seems like such a nice guy, who was one of the few POC role models back in the day, and here he was, basically, saying, “F*** those kids!”

But, I laughed my butt off and re-read his article after realizing that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. You see, unbeknownst to my dingy self I neglected to see who he’d written the article for – The Onion.

Thanks for the belly laughs, LeVar Burton. Now I can go back to reading Abiyoyo. Link!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user library_mistress)

UPDATE! It turns out LeVar Burton didn’t write The Onion article after all. From his Twitter: “Attention all un-believers THE ONION is satirical parody of news events and meant to be enjoyed as such! No I did not write it! Relax, OK?”

Share

30 Dumb Inventions

Posted in Videos, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

babycageNo, I’m not talking about the atrocious Snuggie or the culturally ignorant Hawaii Chair; that would be too contemporary although befitting nonetheless. I’m referring to Life Magazine’s ranking of the worst inventions taken from 1940’s through the 1960’s.

Take the Baby Cage, shown above, from 1937:
“A nanny supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high tenement block window. The cages were distributed to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London who have no gardens, or qualms about putting a child in a box dangling over a busy street.” Link via Digg

(Image courtesy of Life)

Share

Wonderfully Weird Balloon Art

Posted in Arts & Crafts, WTF?! with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

JasonHackenwerth<At first glance, you may think you’ve come across a photograph still from a science fiction movie filled with creatures from planets light years away but take a closer look and you are indeed looking at balloons painstakingly put together in beautiful way.

New York based artist Jason Hackenwerth has chosen the medium of balloons to show what he feels conveys the “combination of spirituality and sexuality.” But why use something so fragile as this thin plastic and not a more permanent form like stone?

“I’m filling them. The air inside is slipping out. It’s a great metaphor for our own lives.” The works sag with gravity over time, shrinking as they age, “a perfect combination of sadness and joy.”

Link via The Daily Mail

(Image courtesy of Jason Hackenwerth)

Share