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May 30, 2009

Storm Drains of São Paulo


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Gloji Juice


Gloji Mix (above) blends "vine-ripened goji berries and hand-picked pomegranates."

Gloji Glow (below) combines goji berries and paradise apples.


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May 30, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Washington D.C. Man Grows World Record Eyebrow Hair — 6-3/8 Inches Long


Soon you'lll be able to look it up in The Guinness Book of World Records — assuming the achievement — pictured above and measured last Tuesday, May 26, 2009 — holds up under the gimlet-eyed scrutiny of the Guinness gatekeepers.

Long story short: For four years, it's been Brian Peterkin-Vertanesian's dream to grow the longest eyebrow hair in the world. Three years ago he thought the record was within his grasp but in what has come to be known as "the tragic pool accident," the hair that carried his hopes snapped — and in a flash, the dream was gone.

He persevered, starting from scratch with a new hair and adding a trainer to his support team, and it would appear he has succeeded, growing where no man (or woman) has grown before.

Here's John Kelly's entertaining column from the May 28, 2009 Washington Post with an eyewitness account of the big event.


Plucky D.C. Man Hopes He Grew a World Record for Longest Eyebrow Hair

It was tense in Brian Peterkin-Vertanesian's Mount Pleasant living room Tuesday night. He had come so far and was so close. But he had known heartache in the past, and to rush things now could spell disaster.

For four years, it has been Brian's dream to grow the world's longest eyebrow hair.

As Brian's friend and trainer Peter Mondale looked on, along with independent observers D.C. Council member Jim Graham and myself, Dzovig Vertanesian, Brian's wife, used a pair of tweezers to spread a long, red eyebrow hair alongside a metal ruler sitting atop a wooden stool. Brian was kneeling, his forehead pressed against the stool, his hands clenched tightly around its legs.

"He's been so nervous," Dzovig had said earlier.

It was Peter who had first heard about the record. A man named Frank Ames entered the Guinness record books in 2004 with his three-inch eyebrow hair. Peter was not capable of such a feat -- his eyebrows are disappointingly normal -- but surely his friend and one-time roommate was.

"He's always been commenting on the bushiness of my eyebrows," Brian said.

Brian had normal eyebrows as a boy. They started to fill out in high school and exploded when he was in his 20s. Today, it looks as if two hamsters perch on his face. With his eyes on the record, and with Peter's unwavering support, Brian stopped trimming the crimson thatch.

Three years ago, Brian decided he was ready. The longest hair above his left eye measured 4.25 inches, a length certified by Graham. The proper paperwork was submitted to Guinness. (The nine subsections in Guinness's "Longest Individual Strand of Hair" category are: arm, armpit, back, chest, eyelid or eyelash, leg, nipple, nose and, of course, eyebrow.)

Everyone thought the eyebrow record was Brian's. But in the interim, a man in China had grown an eyebrow hair to an amazing 5.25 inches. Brian was crestfallen.

Lesser men might have given up. But Brian persevered. He continued to nurture his eyebrow hair. And then came what has come to be known as "the tragic pool accident."

No one is sure whether Brian caught his eyebrow hair in his goggles while at a pool party or whether chemicals in the water caused it to break off. Whatever the reason, the hair that so many people had pinned their hopes on was gone. If that wasn't bad enough, a Japanese woman, Toshie Kawakami, had grown an eyebrow hair that measured 5.53 inches in 2007.

"I said, 'Oh, God, I'm never gonna be able to do that,' " Brian said.

He decided to change tactics. For the first time in years, Brian -- who is 47 and a conference and training manager for a D.C. nonprofit agency -- trimmed his eyebrows, hoping the hair would grow back stronger, longer. It worked.

Which brings us to Tuesday night. All of Brian's eyebrow hairs are long, but one is especially long, a hair above his left eye that he calls Wally. That's how he pronounces WLEH, or World's Longest Eyebrow Hair. He figured this impressive hair was in the neighborhood of six inches. It was long enough for him to chew on it, although he normally kept it tucked behind his left ear for safety.

Following Guinness's rules, Brian dunked his forehead in a bowl of water. His wife drew the hair across a white piece of paper, holding it with her finger against the ruler. She gingerly brought a pair of tweezers together at the end of the hair.

"I know it's hard, but you need to hold it more parallel to the ruler," Peter said.

"I'm afraid if I pull it too hard it'll break," Dzovig said.

She stretched the hair several times to nearly its full length, only to have it slip free and sproing back into a coil. With trembling fingers, she grabbed it again and tweezed it into place.

We held our breath as Peter read the length: 6 3/8 inches. A new world record.

What did he feel?

"Relief is certainly the first thing. Now something can happen to the hair, and I won't worry."

"He's been so nervous," Dzovig said. When Brian went to sleep at night, he feared that the simple act of dragging his face across the pillow might dislodge the hair.

But that is all in the past now. Brian will send documentation to Guinness in London and await certification.

"This is history, and we were part of it," Graham said before heading to his next appointment.


It doesn't appear that the official measurement session was recorded on live video.

Too bad: this would've generated a zillion YouTube views instanter.

I wonder if there's a world record for longest nose hair... ewwww, that's disgusting — who asked that?

May 30, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Wood Flashlight


Wood, aluminum and rubber.

End cap on/off switch.

160 lumen output.

By Jonas Damon.

8"L x 2"Ø.

LED bulb.



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NHL Playoffs: See them again — for the very first time

I've never been much of a hockey fan, and until this year found the sport, at least on TV, dull as dishwater.

But I've been watching the playoffs for the past few weeks with increasing interest and enjoyment, primarily because on high definition on a big screen, it's an entirely different sport from the one I grew up watching.

The first and foremost difference is that, for the very first time ever, I can actually see the puck, something that just wasn't possible with the pixels seemingly as large as the puck in regular definition.

Also, I can now begin to appreciate how magically skilled the players are, with multi-camera/angle slow-mo replays

The dimensions of a flat screen fit hockey's rink geometry perfectly, and the graphic up top with the score and time remaining and whatnot doesn't intrude on the action in the least, unlike in football where it obscures a significant portion of the field.

Then there're the announcers, all of whom are sharp, knowledgeable and funny, in a snappy, pithy fashion.

Not nearly as many commercials as football so it seems you get a lot more fluid game flow and feel.

The camera work is excellent, with frequent long continuous shots from just above and behind the net when a team is attacking and keeping the puck in the opponent's near-goal territory.

And the seven game series format lets you get to know who's who on each team, especially important when this is the first attention you've paid to the sport this season.

All in all, excellent viewing.

There's only one thing I'd change: Show the goals — and near-misses — in super slo-mo from a number of different angles so as to let the viewer appreciate just how fine is the margin between success and failure.

Game 1 of the finals — the much-anticipated rematch of last years' antagonists, the Penguins and the Red Wings — tonight at 8 (ET) on NBC, with the series ending sometime between June 4 (Game 4) and June 12 (Game 7 — let us pray).

May 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Lamp No. 1


Designed by Nicolò Taliani.

From the website:


Lamp No. 1


The colored cord is contained within the transparent glass base, creating the possibility of extending and/or rewinding the cable as needed.

When not in use, any unused length is stored neatly in the base to act as decoration.


The lamp also features a rotational dimmer switch in the form of a stainless steel disc, which is set on top of the lamp shade.



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May 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's most dangerous road

In 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank named the North Yungas Road (also know as the Death Road) — an approximately 40-mile-long road between La Paz, Bolivia's capital and Coroico, in the Amazon region — the "world's most dangerous road."

It's estimated that 200-300 travelers were killed yearly along the road, which has crosses marking many of the spots were vehicles have fallen over the side.

At the end of 2006, after 20 years of construction, a new, considerably safer road from La Paz to Coroico was finally finished and opened to the public, resulting in a marked decrease in use of the original North Yungas Road by travelers.

However, an increasing number of adventurers now bike it for thrills.

[via Oddee]

May 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Real-Time In-Car Performance Analyzer — Because GPS is so over


From the website:


Car Enthusiast's Real Time Performance Analyzer

This palm-sized computer measures a car's acceleration, horsepower, torque, and more, allowing you to determine if the vehicle is achieving its optimal levels of performance.

The 4-1/3" color touchscreen displays customizable gauges that measure 1/4-mile, 1/8-mile, and 0-60 mph times, and the device determines braking distances at different speeds with the touch of a button.

You can monitor the car's fuel economy and see how the miles-per-gallon data changes with different drivers.

The device can save all measurements to an SD memory card (not included), allowing you to compare the car's performance at different times of day, in hot and cold weather, or if new tires or other new parts have affected its capabilities.

If the check engine light is on, it displays and defines the diagnostic trouble codes that are causing the warning.

For hybrid cars, it monitors the vehicle's battery level and shows how driving habits affect the transition from electric to gas power.

About the size of a GPS unit, the diagnostics analyzer easily plugs into your car's OBD2 port (under the steering wheel) and mounts to the dashboard or windshield.

3"H x 5"W x 1"D.


Still not convinced?

I can see how that could happen.

Watch a video here and see it in action.

$699.95 (for that price they should include a car, seems to me...).

May 30, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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