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December 1, 2011

Just how observant are you?


"Participants in a 1979 experiment were shown the 15 drawings above and asked to identify the correct penny design. Just over 40% chose correctly (answer below).


[via the paper "Long-term memory for a common object" by Raymond S. Nickerson and Marilyn Jager Adams (published in the July 1979 issue of Cognitive Psychology) and the New York Times]

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

Hello Kitty Brass Knuckles Ring


From the website:



"Hello Kitty" and "brass knuckles" don't find themselves in the same phrase very often.

Hello Kitty's iconic bow goes mobile with this super cute two-finger ring.

Bow measures 1" x 2".




December 1, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LEGO Digital Clock

Wrote Hans Andersson, "I have always been fascinated with time and clocks. Time Twister is my first clock invention."


"Time Twister consists of two LEGO Mindstorms bricks communicating via Bluetooth. The master brick keeps track of the time and handles the minute digits. The slave brick handles the hour digits and the second indicator."


"Each digit is made up of five layers with black and white tiles layed out in different patterns. Each layer can rotate 360 degrees before it hooks to the next layer. By twisting the top layer back and forth in a specific pattern, you can arrange the layers so that the desired digit is displayed."  


[via TC_Chu's Point]

December 1, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: comes in many other colors.

Another: smaller than a bread box.

December 1, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

1962 Cadillac vs. 2002 Cadillac in head-on collision

From autoblog: The Speed TV show Stuntbusters "parked a 1962 Cadillac Sedan de Ville a mile from a 2002 Deville and ran them into each other, head-on, at 50 miles per hour. You do not want to be in a crash while driving a car that predates modern passive safety innovations."

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

Carpet Alarm Clock


In order to turn it off, you have to pull yourself out from under the covers and step on it.

The journey of a day begins with the first step, isn't that what they say?

It's not?


No matter, you're up now. 

[via 915to512 and Jay Mug]

December 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Pulp Fiction" in Tehran — Strangest photos of the week


Page 16 of yesterday's Wall Street Journal featured the picture above, accompanying a continuation of a front page story about Tuesday's storming of the British Embassy in Tehran.

The caption for the photo: "Iranian protesters stormed the gates of the British Embassy compound in Tehran, where they damaged property and ransacked offices."

I must admit I did a double-take when I looked closely at the large photo/poster in the center being carried away by a demonstrator: it's from Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, "Pulp Fiction."

Apparently, judging from the frame that surrounds it, it once graced a wall in an office in the embassy.

I wonder whose?

Making the news photo even odder is that the proud new owner of the poster appears to be sharing bodies with a heavily-armed Siamese-twin-like John Travolta-Samuel L. Jackson person.

In the context of the events surrounding the picture, beyond surreal.


Note added at 11:38 a.m. today: Reader wombat commented, "Equally weird is that that's the second time today I've seen that guy with that poster. What on earth could be the draw? 



Any more sightings, send 'em here and I'll put them right up.

I'd love to see that poster in its new home.

Who knows, maybe one of my Iranian readers will go above and beyond and make it happen.


Note added at 12:43 p.m. today: Reader wombat (aka Steven Wilson) is all over this, with two more photos (below).


He wrote, "Here are two more incidences of that guy with the poster I found using my highly-specialized investigative skills (searching google for "'pulp fiction' tehran").


That's what makes my Crack Research Team©™® great.

December 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Alien Flash Drive — "All your data are belong to us"


From the website:



4GB USB 2.0 Thumb drive from the Bone Collection is completely encased in a removable water-resistant silicone jacket.

1.25" x 0.75" x 1.63".

Blue, Green or Grey.




December 1, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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