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July 29, 2011

Ancient golden bell found in Jerusalem sewer — "Roadside Picnic*?"


Once upon a time, 2,000 years ago in the Old City of Jerusalem, a wealthy resident was walking along in the street, when a decorative little golden bell (above) fell off his or her garment into the drainage channel.

It remained there for 20 centuries until it was discovered last week, the only such bell to ever have been found in Jerusalem from the Second Temple period (about 515 B.C. to A.D. 70) and as such extremely rare.

According to a USA Today story, "When Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority shook it Sunday, the faint metallic sound was something between a clink and a rattle."

More: "The biblical Book of Exodus mentions tiny golden bells sewn onto the hem of the robes of Temple priests, along with decorative pomegranates. The artisans in charge of making the priestly clothes and implements, according to the Bible, 'made bells of pure gold, and attached the bells between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe between the pomegranates.'"

And: "It was not know whether this bell was attached to a priestly garment. It is engraved with a pattern of circular channels starting at the top."


July 29, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hold-me Hoodie


Designed by


Barcelona-based entresuelo1a.


July 29, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Human Slinky

Why am I always the last to know?

[via Joe Peach]

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Pomegranate Deseeder — "Gone in 60 seconds"

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Reminds me of a movie I saw a while back ("Gone in 60 Seconds" — not pomegranate issues).

An interesting addition to your batterie de cuisine, to be sure.

From the website:


In under a minute this pomegranate deseeder quickly and easily removes those tasty seeds trapped inside.

Simply place half a pomegranate on the deseeder and tap.


Seeds quickly pop loose from the fruit.


7.25" Ø.




$6.95 (pomegranates not included).

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DJ Mobile

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A mashup of the electronica song "God is a DJ" by Faithless and the Popemobile, created by Dutch artist Olaf Mooij.


The dark blue 1983 Ford Sierra has 14 woofers, tweeters, and other loudspeakers.

Wrote Laura Cochrane in Make magazine, "Not only does the car have a professional-quality Beyma sound system, but it's also got a DJ setup, with a place to set up turntables and a mixer on the roof of the car. There's a hole in the roof as well, where the DJ can stand and mix."

"The idea came to Mooij, 53, when he heard the song and then thought of the infamous vehicle that the Pope makes public appearances in — a normal-looking car in front with a bulletproof glass, pope-sized display case in the back."

"Though it's street legal, Mooij notes that driving around can be dangerous because of how distracting it is to other drivers. The people most noticeably affected when in the presence of the DJ Mobile are 'the guys with big car hi-fi sound systems,' says Mooij, who get 'pale with jealousy.'"

More on the artist here.

July 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Light & Motion Sensing Outlet


From the website:


Stop stumbling around in the dark.

When SensorPlug detects motion, it turns on any light or other electrical device — radio, fan, TV — plugged into it.


When set for lighting, it will activate only when motion is detected AND lighting is low.

2-6 minute timer turns off power to device if motion is not detected; timer resets to zero each time motion is detected so things stay on while you're in a room.


• Passive infra-red sensor has 160° detection angle with 25-foot range.

• Includes replaceable fuse and screws for optional permanent installation.

Ideal for homes, garage or office for safety and as a burglar deterrent.


Now there's an understatement: put one of these in all my downstairs rooms and leave Gray Cat home alone and it'll look like a light show from the street.


$15.99 (Gray Cat not included).


July 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: When it's 104° in the shade, ask for paper, not plastic


This seemingly obvious no-brainer tip appeared magically in my mind's eye yesterday as the checker was starting to ring up every known Edy's frozen bar iteration known to man, including but not limited to:

• Açai Blueberry

• Pomegranate

• Strawberry

• Tangerine

• Pineapple

• Coconut

• Lime

You may have not have noticed, but "Paper or plastic" is over.

At least, that's the case at Kroger and Giant here in Podunkville.

Paper grocery bags, as you will recall from your high school physics class, have better insulation properties than ultra-thin plastic.

Thus, frozen things will thaw more slowly in paper — especially if packed tightly and in a large paper bag — than in standard-issue plastic bags.

Still, it was SO HOT even with the AC on as I made my way home that I deferred a planned 7-Eleven stop in order to minimize transit time to the freezer.

FunFact: As many people think it's Seven-11 as 7-Eleven.

Then there are the outliers who think it's 7-11 or Seven-Eleven.

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Striped Porcelain Cup


"The cup has a light greyish-blue color painted with thin stripes


and has an ear-shaped handle."


8 cm





July 29, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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