Woman Exploited Bug On QVC Website To Steal Over $400k In Merchandise

A North Carolina woman named Quantina Moore-Perry pleaded guilty to wire fraud last week for stealing $412,000 worth of merchandise from television retailer QVC in 2005. She discovered and exploited a bug in QVC's online ordering system, where she would still receive the merchandise without being charged if she canceled the order immediately after placing it. She would then sell the items on eBay.

From March to November of that year, over 1,800 items were delivered to her house by what we imagine must be the world's least curious UPS driver in the country. (You'd think he'd grow suspicious after, say, the 900th delivery that summer.) Apparently QVC never caught on to the scam, but Moore-Perry's good times came to an end when two women in Alabama contacted QVC after they grew suspicious about the items they purchased from her through eBay.

A shopping network with lots of female hosts, a lady con artist, and two private citizens (both women of course) from the south who crack the case—this totally sounds like a great idea for a Lifetime movie. We just can't decide which character Jean Smart should play.

[via philly.com]

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Why French Women Don't Get Fat

An interesting article from a guy who recently visited France and came back thinking why are Americans so obese compared to the French when all they do is eat just as bad if not worse than Americans. Some might say it has everything to do with Americas lifestyle as a whole...

"Having recently spent a month in France, I have come to the conclusion that the French are sneaky. They eat three-course meals with gorgeous sauces, drink red wine constantly, have no apparent shame availing themselves of those sinful French pastries, pâté, and cheeses, and yet still remain — by American standards — thin. And rarely will you see those French guys or gals sweatily jogging down the boulevard; they just walk about looking very stylish.

If you don’t trust my observational skills, try these stats on for size: Only 11 percent of the French population qualifies as obese, while we almost triple that percentage mark here in the land of plenty. Furthermore, the French eat three times as much saturated animal fat as Americans do and only a third as many die of heart attacks.

I have long heard about this French Paradox, and after a month of fluffy croissants full of almond paste and copious amounts of French rouge du maison, I was certain it was all a bunch of bull. To prove the point, I immediately mounted my bathroom scale upon returning home. Imagine my shock when I discovered that after a month of French gastronomic debauchery (and no organized exercise regimen) I only gained one pound!

So if it isn’t Splenda, no-carb PowerBars, or an obsession with spinning classes, what’s their secret?

I consulted Santa Barbara’s own expert on the subject, Laurence Hauben, herself a lovely Frenchwoman who actually helps people learn about the French way with food in her Market Foray classes (marketforays.com). According to Laurence, it’s all about the lifestyle.

“The French don’t traditionally wolf down a meal at their desk or while commuting in traffic,” she said. “They sit down with family or colleagues at a table, taking the time to relax and share conversation. When you are talking, you are not eating, and because you are relaxed, the hormones released help in the assimilation of calories, unlike the stress hormones we are riddled with here, which trigger hoarding of fat. In other words, eat 800 calories while sitting at a café in Paris, and they will get spent. Eat 800 calories while sitting in your car in traffic on the freeway, and most of them will settle in your hips or gut.”

Mireille Guiliano, author of the recent bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat, would no doubt agree with Hauben. In her book, she emphasizes the importance of savoring one’s food and how this directly contributes to a cornerstone of the French diet: portion control. I realize this is a very un-American concept, but it does seem to work. The French way is not about deprivation. Their main dishes are bathed in lush sauces, their desserts are irresistible culinary masterpieces. They make the effort to make sure their food is fresh and flavorful, with the payoff that their satisfaction — and most importantly, their satiation — will come from quality instead of quantity.

According to Hauben, the French Paradox isn’t a paradox at all, but a logical consequence of the traditional French way of life, which is less materialistic, less driven. “We need to slow down, think about our priorities, and ask ourselves what the point is of an expensive kitchen remodel when we don’t take the time to cook, and why we work so hard that we never have time to see the people we love,” she said. “Maybe if we traded some of our discretionary income for discretionary time, that would be the true luxury.”

Taking the time to prepare meals with fresh ingredients, walking to the markets to buy those ingredients, and then actually sitting down with friends and family to savor the meal? Now that’s a start."

“If we want to lose weight, we need to make a choice to enjoy life more,” said Hauben.

Article written by Michael Seabaugh

[The original article can be found here.]
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I now know why Pot is illegal

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Aside from the slight political under tones in this article , it's actually a eye opener...

My fiancee deals in antiques & I help him on the side. I went to an estate sale & purchased a bunch of hand spun cloth nightgowns from the 1820s/30s era. The woman at the sale was telling me about the process of how the woman made the cloth from hemp & showing me the beautiful tiny details of their work.

There was not a hole in any of the fifteen that I purchased. They were thick & sturdy. I brought them home & gently washed them with some oxyclean & put a little fabric softener in with them. They came out white & beautiful.

I was awe-struck. I have always known that hemp was supposed to make great clothing & it has a million & one other uses as well. But, it wasn't until I put my hands on these nearly 200 YEAR OLD pieces of fabric that I realized why industry would want to fight this plant. It lasts, if not forever, then for a couple of life-times or more. How on earth would they be able to generate profit, if we weren't wearing holes in our Chinese factory made clothing every two weeks? And, of course, this is a plant that anyone could grow, it is a WEED. If it was used as fuel source (as I was told it would be a excellent use for...), how would they ever profiteer once the average person figured out how to make hemp oil, or each local community had a grower who would supply the fuel. Where would the oil billionaires be?

It is absolutely criminal that this plant is illegal. How dare they take away such a valuable resource that could provide such benefit for people & the earth, at a low cost?

I have always been for the full legalization of Marijuana. Now, I think I will be more then for it, I will become a advocate & activist. And, I am going to start carrying one of the nightgowns in my car for show & tell. I am convinced, if people saw what this would do first hand, the laws would be demanded to change.

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Eleven Days Awake

Bruce McAllister (left) and Joe Marciano Jr. (right) help Randy Gardner
stay awake as he gets a checkup at the naval hospital.

What would happen if you stay awake, say, oh for 11 days straight? Would you suffer brain damage or even die? Here’s the story of a high school stunt that turned into a real scientific research into sleep deprivation from Alex Boese’s Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments.

On the first day, Randy Gardner woke at six A.M. feeling alert and ready to go. By day two he had begun to drag, experiencing a fuzzy-headed lack of focus. When handed series of objects, he struggled to recognize them by touch alone. The third day he became uncharacteristically moody, snapping at his friends. He had trouble repeating common tongue twisters such as Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. By the fourth day, the sand-clawed demons of sleep were scraping at the back of his eyeballs. He suddenly and inexplicably hallucinated that he was Paul Lowe, a large black football player for the San Diego Chargers. Gardner, in reality, was white, seventeen years old, and 130 pounds soaking wet.

Gardner, a San Diego high school student, was the subject of a self-imposed sleep-deprivation experiment. He had resolved to find out what would happen to his mind and body if he stayed awake from December 28, 1963 to January 8, 1964, a total of 264 hours - eleven days. Assisting him were two classmates, Bruce McAllister and Joe Marciano Jr. They kept him awake and tracked his condition by administering a series of tests. They planned to enter the results in the Greater San Diego High School Science Fair. But transforming the ordeal from a science fair stunt into one of the most widely cited sleep-deprivation experiments ever conducted was the arrival of Stanford researcher William C. Dement, who flew down from Palo Alto to be with Randy as soon as he heard what was going on.

No one knew what Randy might experience, as more days passed, or whether he might cause himself permanent brain damage, because only a handful of sleep-deprivation trials had ever been conducted. One of the earliest studies in this field had come to an inauspicious conclusion. In 1984 1894 Russian physician Marie de Manaceine kept four puppies awake almost five days, at which point the puppies died. She reported that the research was "excessively painful," not only for the puppies but for herself as well. Apparently monitoring sleepy puppies 24/7 is hard work.

However, the few studies conducted on humans offered more hope. In 1896 doctors J. Allen Gilbert and George Patrick kept an assistant professor and two instructors awake in their lab at the University of Iowa for ninety hours. After the second night, the assistant professor hallucinated that "the floor was covered with a greasy-looking, molecular layer of rapidly moving or oscillating particles." But no long-term side effects were observed. Then, in 1959, two disc jockeys separately staged wake-a-thons to raise money for medical research. Peter Tripp of New York stayed awake for 201 hours while broadcasting from a glass booth in Times Square. Tom Rounds of Honolulu upped the ante by remaining awake 260 hours. Both Tripp and Rounds suffered hallucinations and episodes of paranoia, but after a few good nights’ sleep they seemed fully recovered. It was Rounds’s record Gardner hoped to beat, which is why he set his goal a 264 hours.

The Experiment

Meanwhile, Gardner valiantly pressed onward, struggling to stay awake. Nights were the hardest. If he lay down for a second, he was out like a light. So his high school friends and Dr. Dement kept him active by cruising in the car, taking trips down to the donut shop, blasting music, and playing marathon games of basketball and pinball. Whenever Gardner went to the bathroom, they made him talk through the door to confirm he wasn’t dozing off. The one thing they didn’t do was give him any drugs. Not even caffeine.

As more days passed, Gardner’s speech began to slur, he had trouble focusing his eyes, he frequently grew dizzy, he had trouble remembering what he said from one minute to the next, and he was plagued by more hallucinations. One time he saw a wall dissolve in front of him and become a vision of a forest path.

To make sure he wasn’t causing himself brain damage or otherwise injuring his health, his parents insisted he get regular checkups at the naval hospital in Balboa Park - the family’s health-care provider since his father served in the military. The doctors at the hospital found nothing physically wrong with him, though he did sporadically appear confused
and disoriented.

A New World Record!

Finally, at two A.M. on January 8, Gardner broke Rounds’s record. A small crowd of doctors, parents, and classmates gathered to celebrate the event. They cheered wildly, and Gardner, busy taking calls from newsmen, responded with a V-for-victory sign. Four hours later, he was whisked away to the naval hospital where, after receiving a brief neurological checkup, he fell into deep sleep. He woke fourteen hours and forty minutes later, feeling alert and refreshed.

Gardner’s world record didn’t last long. A mere two weeks later, papers reported that Jim Thomas, a student at Fresno State College, managed to stay awake 266.5 hours. The Guinness Book of World Records subsequently recorded that in April 1977 Maureen Weston, of Petersborough, Cambridgeshire, went 449 hours without sleep while participating in a rocking chair marathon. However, Gardner’s feat remained the most well-remembered sleep-deprivation trial. To this day, no on knows the maximum amount of time a human can stay awake.

As of 2007, Gardner remains alive and well, having suffered no long-term ill effects from his experience. Despite sleep deprivation being the source of his fifteen minutes of fame, he insists he’s really not the type to pull an all-nighter and says he’s maintained a sensible sleep schedule since his youthful stunt. He does admit to lying awake some nights, but attributes this to age, not a desire to beat his old record.

Ross J. (1965) "Neurological Findings After Prolonged Sleep Deprivation." Archives of Neurology 12:399-403.

[via www.neatorama.com]

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Do You Smoke? U Got To Watch This...

If your a die hard smoker this wont phase you. But if your trying to quit, this little experiment shows what are you doing to your lungs every time you light up. It can be good motivation to rethink your dirty lil habit...

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OnStar to automatically slow stolen vehicles

Will a new anti-theft tool from General Motors and OnStar be enough to make your car not worth the hassle of stealing?

The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, a new feature added to OnStar, takes away the ability to use a car's gas pedal, while allowing braking and steering controls to work.

OnStar, which already communicates with a car's engine through software, will now use that platform to bypass a driver's foot on the gas pedal and automatically slow down a car by preventing any further acceleration.

OnStar said it will only enable the service if a situation meets a "required criteria," such as a police request while pursuing a stolen vehicle, or if a child has accidentally been kidnapped by a person stealing what they assumed was an empty idling car.

Protocol for activating the service will require a car owner to first report the vehicle stolen to the police, then call OnStar and request the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service be activated. OnStar will then use GPS-tracking to first locate the vehicle and give police a chance to get in its vicinity. Once police have reported the vehicle in sight and requested a slow-down, OnStar will activate a signal that causes a car's powertrain system to reduce engine power and ignore acceleration from the gas pedal.

"Safeguards will be in place to ensure that the correct vehicle in slowed down," OnStar said in a statement.

The new feature, which will be implemented in about 1.7 million of GM's 2009 model year vehicles, is an extension of OnStar's pre-existing Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance feature that first came out in 1996.

OnStar is also giving owners the choice to opt out of the service if they don't want it on their car.

OnStar currently receives about 700 requests to activate the Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance feature each month and has used it on over 28,000 cars since 1996, according to a company statement.

[via cnet.com]

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10 Useful Secrets the Major Airlines Don’t Want You to Know

Ironically, traveling by air is getting more and more inconvenient as overbooked flights, lost luggage, and pricey ticket sales become more common. Unfortunately, booking a flight is sometimes just plain necessary, a fact that airlines know all too well, allowing them to continue maximizing profits while we passengers often get stuck on the ground.
The following is a list of useful secrets that will help you find cheaper, better, more convenient ways to fly. Bon voyage!
  1. Rule 240: Understanding your rights according to Rule 240 is vital. This article from Aviation.com explains the ins and outs of Rule 240, which states “that if an airline [can’t] get you to your destination on time, it [is] required to put you on a competitor’s flight if it would get you there faster than your original airline’s next flight.” Some airlines, including Delta, “no longer make any mention of transporting passengers on other airlines in the event of a flight disruption,” so it’s in every passenger’s best interest to speak up.
  2. You can get better deals and schedules without buying directly from the airline. Sure, we all know about discount travel sites like Expedia.com and Orbitz, but matching a good deal with an ideal schedule and direct flight is sometimes tricky. Airlines often rely on travelers who can’t afford to waste time during long layovers and would rather shell out extra cash to keep them on schedule. There are alternatives, however. This article, from the Microsoft Small Business Center, suggests contacting a travel agent or even checking your newspaper for special deals. Agents “can have affiliate agreements with a large travel company that negotiates lower rates on their behalf,” and “often, tour operators will advertise ridiculously low fares and package deals in the Sunday travel section.”
  3. First class seats are available at coach prices. You may need to ask your travel agent to help you out with this tip, but it’s definitely worth it. According to San Diego’s 10News.com, coach tickets can be booked under codes like YUPP, QUPP, or Z, which award ticketholders automatic upgrades to first class. How does it work? According to Rick Seaney, president of FareCompare, “a lot of times the YUPPs are matching some sort of low-cost carrier in a particular market.” According to the article, in 2006, a “round trip flight from Dallas to St. Louis on American Airlines, the YUPP fare is $278 — that’s nearly $1,500 cheaper than a regular seat in first class and more than a $1,000 less than the most expensive seat in coach.”
  4. Find out which days equal the cheapest tickets. According to Wendy Perrin’s The Perrin Post by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, “You’ll find cheaper fares and greater seat availability if you fly on a Saturday and return on a Tuesday, instead of going from Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.”
  5. Fly foreign. Air France hosts its on U.S. site, which features extremely reasonable prices for tickets from various cities in the United States. You’ll probably find cheaper fares by checking with your destination’s airlines rather than American ones. Just be sure you calculate the exchange rate, however, to avoid paying more than you had intended. 
  6. Re-work your travel schedule. If you plan on flying to several different cities, either within the U.S. or abroad, arrange your travel schedule so that you’re always flying into the cheapest cities. Wendy Perrin suggests looking "into flying via Dublin instead of London" if you’re going to Europe. "Aer Lingus has cheap flights, and low-fare carriers fly from Dublin to many European cities. 
  7. Make sure you understand refund policies. Airlines can be reluctant when it comes to passing out ticket refunds, so make sure you’re familiar with their policy before getting duped. The article "Airlines’ policies on refunds and changes" from the New York Times connects you to the refund policies of all major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, Southwest, and United. The article is dated 2001, but the links should take you to the most updated information. 
  8. Buy consolidated. To find cheap fares even at the last minute, buy your tickets from a consolidator. wikiHow publishes a thorough step-by-step guide with tips on buying from a consolidator, including planning on departing from larger cities and finding great international ticket deals. 
  9. Schedule your departure from a larger city to avoid higher prices. If you leave near a city like Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, or Los Angeles, consider driving to those hub airports instead of departing from the regional airports in your hometown. You can save hundreds of dollars and will avoid the hassle of having to connect (or miss) your next flight. Read the list of U.S. hub airports here.
  10. Ryanair and Easyjet are popular airlines that are just as safe and probably more efficient than their larger competitors. Book flights on Jetstar or Malaysia Airlines for Asian travel. You won’t be able to fly direct from theU.S. on some of these airlines, but once you’re abroad, they’re definitely the way to travel.
Now that you’ve got the inside information on these top airline secrets, you’ve got a better chance of saving lots of cash, flying in more comfortable seats, and avoiding some of the inconveniences of traveling with major airlines. We hope you enjoy your trip!

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Freeze your email message up to 100 years

Want to remind yourself to do something 5 years from now? Or do you want to send an email to your grand kids when their all grown up and your 6 feet under and really freak them out?

Enter Mail Freezr... a service, which saves your email and will deliver it to your recipient through given number of years. Imagine the pleasure for your folks to receive a message from you written a hundred years ago, when your 6 six feet under.

Write about your feelings, declare your love, confess in something...

You shouldn't worry that a paper can deteriorate, that ink can fade or that a letter can be just lost among other papers...

Now all you need to do is send that email to that special someone and set it up through this service to have them receive it 10, 50 or 100 years from now.

Curious? Check it out here
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If You Want to Change Your Life, Change Your Thoughts

The purpose of this article is to motivate you to take action on creating the life you want and to provide some basic direction on how to do that. If you're dissatisfied with some part of your life, know that you have the power to change it and it all starts with your thoughts!

Before I lose you, this article is not about "The Secret" and it's not about "The Law of Attraction." Instead it is about the undeniable fact that how you think and what you think about determines the shape and quality of your life.

Anybody can read this a say "Okay, I'm ready and waiting for good things to come..." But its not about waiting for things to happen its about making them happen. One of my favorite quotes- "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -Alan Kay

Curious? Improve your life.

[artwork: www.successandhappiness.net]

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Even more ways to watch Free T.V and Blockbuster movies online!

After the downfall of TV-Links a couple of days ago, there has been a lot talk around the internet about who is going to replace T-V Links; the former best site to watch free movies and T.V shows. Turns out there a lot of new sites similar to TV-Links popping up everyday to meet this demand. As of right now I haven't found a favorite to replace TV-Links. I have written in the past about the potential for Joost to be a key player down the road, even though there service is ad supported it has a beautiful user interface.

For now, check out these sites and let me know your favorite...

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Make Clear Ice, and sell it for Millions!

The secret to making crystal clear ice is made very simple in this demonstration video: just boil the water twice (cooling it in between) to get out any impurities, and your ice will come out clear instead of cloudy. Filtered water also seems to be a key factor, although it seems to me that water boiled twice would probably be good enough.

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Watch Transformers or any other New Movie or T.V Show for Free!

Sadly T.V Links was shutdown, Enter TV Link Vault!

The owner of TV-Links.co.uk was arrested yesterday for merely providing links to free DVD Movies and T.V Shows. So here is a list of new places to watch new T.V shows and new DVDs for FREE no catch, no nothing!


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Wal-Mart Employee Fired For Stopping Punch-Happy Shoplifter

Up until last week, Victoria Smith was a Customer Service Manager with at a Wal-Mart in New York. Then she intercepted a shoplifter, released her to the wild (as is legally required), and then got punched in the face when the shoplifter snapped and ran back into the store. Three days later, she was fired for touching the customer.

After another customer alerted Smith to the potential shoplifter, she began checking receipts at the exit. When the suspect came out of the in-store McDonald's and headed for the exit, Smith intercepted her and pointed out that the receipt didn't match what was in the cart. The suspect ran out of the store, then had a change of heart and came back in:

Then the irate shopper rushed back into Wal-Mart, screaming at Smith and wielding a Mickey D's cup of soda, police said. They say she smashed the drink over Smith's shoulder and landed a hard hook to her cheek. Police said she slugged another associate in the eye, spit in the face of a loss-prevention employee and pummeled another manager who grabbed her shopping cart. No one was seriously injured.

So far, local Wal-Mart officials have neglected to comment on the incident. Smith, a 16-year veteran of customer service, said, "This is so embarrassing. I was just defending myself and this store. I need this job. I have kids to feed. Now, I don't know if I even want to work in retail anymore."

Surely there's more to the story than what the article is reporting, but even if you have a no-touching-customers rule, shouldn't allowances be made for self defense?

[via consumerist.com]
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34 Uses for That Can of Soda, Other Than Quenching Thirst

It's the Real Thing, it Adds Life, and You Gotta Have It, but that can or bottle of cola can also work wonders in an emergency. The chemical soup that makes up most commercial soft drinks not only makes them taste good and quench thirst, but also make them effective cleaning agents, bolt looseners, paint strippers, and possible skin softeners. More uses than MacGyver could think up.

And since most guys usually have a can or six lying around the house, knowing what to use it for when trouble arises can save you big problems and big money. Here’s a list you should keep handy... Just in case.

2. Clean Your Dirty Toilet Bowl.
Got bad stains, a date coming over in an hour and no toilet cleaner? Pour a can of soda into the bowl. Let it sit for an hour to let the phosphoric acid work on the stains, then brush to loosen the dirt and flush clean.

6. Remove Grease From Clothes.
Been working on the car all weekend and greased up more than just the engine? Pouring a can of cola into your washer, along with your regular detergent, is said to help loosen and wash away those grease stains.

8. Remove Blood Stains From Clothes.
I'm not going to ask how they got there, but if you soak the stain with cola for five minutes then wash in your machine, the blood should come out. Even dried blood that's been there for a while. (Don't tell the CSI.)

13. Loosen Clogged Drains.
If your sink is draining slowly and you don't have any drain cleaner in the house, pour a 2-liter bottle of cola down the drain and let the acids go to work on the clog.

15. Make Flowers Last Longer.

Got your girl some flowers and you want them to survive through the week? Pour about 1/4 cup of clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up into a vase full of water. Sugar helps them last longer.

18. Greener Lawn.
It's rumored that spraying Coke on your grass will keep your lawn greener into the fall months.

28. Use As a Moisturizer.
Mixing a capful of cola with unscented lotion is said to enhance the moisturizing effects.

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'Second Earth' found, 20 light years away

Scientists have discovered a warm and rocky "second Earth" circling a star, a find they believe dramatically boosts the prospects that we are not alone.

The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth's nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.

Measurements of the planet's celestial path suggest it is 1½ times the size of our home planet, and orbits close to its sun, with a year of just 13 days. The planet's orbit brings it 14 times closer to its star than Earth is to the sun. But Gliese 581 burns at only 3,000C, half the temperature of our own sun, making conditions on the planet comfortable for life, with average ground temperatures estimated at 0 to 40C. Researchers claim the planet is likely to have an atmosphere. The discovery follows a three-year search for habitable planets by the European Southern Observatory at La Silla in Chile.

"We wouldn't be surprised if there is life on this planet," said Stephane Udry, an astronomer on the project at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland.

Two years ago, the same team discovered a giant Neptune-sized planet orbiting Gliese 581. A closer look revealed the latest planetary discovery, along with a third, larger planet that orbits the star every 84 days. The planets have been named after their star, with the most earthlike called Gliese 581c. The team spotted the planet by searching the "habitable zone".

[via guardian.co.uk]
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Bad day at work... WTF just happened?

And you thought this was a kick back job...

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Autistic Man Draws Near-Perfect Panorama of Rome

Stephen Wiltshire is a British man who was diagnosed as autistic when he was a child. He's also been noted for his exacting memory, which allows him to recreate [in drawings] vast scenes he sees only once. This video shows his 16-foot-panorama of Rome after taking one helicopter ride above the city.

Watch this amazing story below.

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Life: Be Careful What You Wish For

We all shrug off our mortal coil eventually. Whilst we all look forward to a long and happy life, there are some unfortunate souls who leave this world with a touch of humor. If you’re gonna go, go out in style!

Lifeguards On Duty
In New Orleans more than 100 lifeguards threw a party to celebrate their first year without any tragedies. While they were partying, one of the guests, who was not a life saver, fell into the swimming pool fully clothed and drowned, even though four lifeguards were supposed to be on duty at the time!

Man and Machine In Harmony
In Japan, Kenji Urada was killed when a robot at the Kawasaki factory where he worked mistook his head for a component that needed tightening up. Ouch.

Think You Can Beat Me...
Chess Grandmaster Gudkov checkmated a computer three times in a row at a public tournament in Moscow. The next time he touched the machine it got it's revenge by electrocuting him.

Be Careful What You Wish For
Sam Davidovitch sipped a glass of wine and asked the band to play his favourite song in a restaurant in Tel Aviv. “This is how I want to die” he said, “with a glass of wine in my hand while the band plays my tune.” Then he got up to dance with his wife, sang the words… and dropped dead of a heart attack.

Out For A Morning Run
A man running across New York's Brooklyn bridge singing “Oh what a beautiful morning!” was run over by a car and killed.

Are You Sure That Being A Veggie Is Healthy?
(Oh, the irony!) Victor Villenti, 50, was a strict vegetarian, and forced his family to follow the same regime. While jogging in 1991 he was killed by an eight pound frozen leg of lamb which fell from a third-story window.

Fishing is a Peaceful Pastime...

Spanish Angler, Maria Cista, 56, was trying to free the hook from a fish's mouth when the fish jumped out of her hand and into her mouth. She choked to death as it wriggled down her throat.

Don't Laugh On A Full Stomach
A bricklayer from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, died laughing while watching the TV comedy The Goodies. He had recently eaten, and after 25 minutes of laughing on a full stomach his heart failed while he was watching a fight between a set of bagpipes and a black pudding.
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Radiohead Says: Pay What You Want (free music)

{Update} Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Jamiroquai and now Madonna have dumped their record labels. The only real question now is how fast will the music industry model come tumbling down.

Roughly 12,000 albums are released in an average year, so the announcement late Sunday night that the new Radiohead record, In Rainbows, will be out Oct. 10 is not itself big news. Sure, Radiohead is on a sustained run as the most interesting and innovative band in rock, but what makes In Rainbows important — easily the most important release in the recent history of the music business — are its record label and its retail price: there is none, and there is none.

In Rainbows will be released as a digital download available only via the band's web site, Radiohead.com. There's no label or distribution partner to cut into the band's profits — but then there may not be any profits. Drop In Rainbows' 15 songs into the online checkout basket and a question mark pops up where the price would normally be. Click it, and the prompt "It's Up To You" appears. Click again and it refreshes with the words "It's Really Up To You" — and really, it is. It's the first major album whose price is determined by what individual consumers want to pay for it. And it's perfectly acceptable to pay nothing at all.

Radiohead's contract with EMI/Capitol expired after its last record, Hail to the Thief, was released in 2003; shortly before the band started writing new songs, singer Thom Yorke told TIME, "I like the people at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to ask why anyone needs one. And, yes, it probably would give us some perverse pleasure to say 'F___ you' to this decaying business model." On Sunday night, guitarist Jonny Greenwood took to Radiohead's Dead Air Space blog and nonchalantly announced, "Hello everyone. Well, the new album is finished, and it's coming out in 10 days. We've called it In Rainbows. Love from us all."


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Amazing holes in our earth

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Amazing collection of man made and natural holes in our earth.

Mirny diamond mine, Siberia

I’m pretty sure most people have seen this one. it’s an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. At 525 meters deep with a top diameter of 1200 meters there’s even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.

The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck.

Kimberley big hole - South Africa

Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tonnes of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to total 22.5 million tons.

Glory hole - Monticello dam

This is the glory hole belonging to Monticello dam in California and it’s the largest in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14′400 cubic feet of water every second. A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir.

Sinkhole, Guatemala

A sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing.

These photos are of a sinkhole which occurred early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

Officials blamed the monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

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[via deputy-dog.com]

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The coolest thing you'll see all day.

This is the coolest door I’ve ever seen. It opens graduated, step by step, as your body comes near it! with motion sensor technology.... Check out the video below....

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Sweat-Flavored Soda on the Way

Jones Soda offers NFL fans the taste of victory, field turf...

Have you ever watched your favorite NFL team and thought to yourself, "I wonder what their locker room tastes like?" The creative team at Jones Soda Co. is thinking Seattle Seahawks fans have, and has designed a few new sodas that will offer its drinkers just such a taste experience as Perspiration and Dirt.

Seattle-based Jones Soda began taking online pre-orders yesterday for its new soda flavors that it thinks accurately reflects the hard work of professional football players. I don't know about you ... but I have personally never watched football and found myself wondering what the players' sweat would smell like, much less taste like. But if by some chance you have found yourself obsessed with not knowing the taste of such things, you are in luck!

Welcome to the world of Perspiration soda. According to company spokeswoman Clare Bowles, the new Perspiration brand soda is "kind of salty tasting," and perhaps even more tempting to your taste buds, it has a "stinky football sock" finish. Wow ... my prayers have been answered!!! I never would have dreamed that my desire for a drink with a stinky football sock aftertaste would be fulfilled.

What do you think? Would you buy a soda called Dirt? What about Perspiration? I wonder if Jones Soda is going to try to compliment its Sweet Victory flavor with a new one called Bitter Defeat. Would make sense I suppose.

[Via www.bloggingstocks.com]
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Ugly people please apply!

A unique modeling agency in London shows that you don't need good looks in order to be a star.

The Ugly Modeling Agency specializes in weird and wonderful characters with faces only a mother could love.

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New Trend: Many Teens Change Eye Color With Food Coloring?

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You've got to be kidding me...Long term damage anyone??

There's a new -- and dangerous -- "do-it-yourself" trend. "Food coloring is cheap (and) easy, but it's not meant to be put in contact lenses," said Dr. Kelly Spetalnick, an optometrist. The American Optometric Association has issued a warning, because many children are trying to make their own colored contact lens, using food coloring. "I decided to go green for a while, because it would be more fun," Kristine Alderman, 15, said.

Alderman has a doctor's prescription for colored contacts. They're fitted to her eyes and prescribed for her vision. But that does not matter to some kids. "Some people have asked me for some," she said. "They're like, 'Can we have yours?' and I was like, 'No.'" Using food coloring, borrowing lenses that don't fit and not keeping contacts incredibly clean are all serious risks. "Your body almost attacks the (lenses)," Spetalnick said. "It sees it as a foreign body, which can really snowball into inflammatory processes: corneal ulcers, serious eye infections, and scarring that can be permanent." Experts said that parents should explain to their children the dangers -- infection, inflammation and even permanent scarring -- and then tell them the bottom line. "Your eyes are very sensitive," Spetalnick said. "You're only born with two. If something happens to one of them, you don't get another one."

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Crowd swipes dying man's groceries

Normally I'd like to keep things on the positive side here at Curious? Read, but I have to speak out against such low life scum bags as this story will illustrate. I would expect such vial behavior in the arm pits of our world.. but not in the glorious U.S of A. As Bob Dylan once wrote.."The times they are a changing.." [for the worse].

MESA, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The sight of an old man being hit by a truck in Arizona touched off a feeding frenzy among witnesses who allegedly stole the dying victim's groceries.

Not only were the man's groceries taken, but the only person who tried to help him also had his own bags taken.

Mesa police told KPHO-TV in nearby Phoenix that the scavengers could face theft charges if they are eventually tracked down.

The elderly victim was waiting for a bus Tuesday night when a pickup truck swerved off the road and plowed into the stop. The man was sent flying as were his bags of groceries.

As the truck sped off with a white plastic bag flapping on its grill, witnesses began grabbing whatever scattered food they could get their hands on. Boro Mitrovich, who was himself nearly struck, said he ran to help the man and had his bag disappear as well.

"One minute it was on the ground, the next minute it was gone," Mitrovich told KPHO.

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[via breitbart.com]
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How You Know You Found The Perfect Someone

Every Girls Dream Wedding Cake...

Okay, not really... But I'll have to say there is a great deal of detail going into that weddign cake. To each his/her own!
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Interesting Conceptual Art

Highly conceptual spheres of art.

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Don't do it! Interesting pic

Photoshopped or not? You be the judge...

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Watch Free High Quality T.V over the Internet with Joost - Screw Comcast!

Okay seriously- This might be the best thing since Napster. Except you don't have to worry about getting caught. It's a 100% free T.V. There is 3 second commercials here and there, but it beats paying Comcast or Time Warner $50 a month in cable fees when you can watch pretty much anything practically free. All of the major cable channels are supported, ABC, CBS, its all the good stuff with no cable bill!!

You can download the cool iTunes like software here, or read a little more about it below.

Windows/Mac: Freeware streaming television application Joost has released the 1.0 beta of their snappy, attractive on-demand video player. We took you on a tour of Joost a while back, but since then Joost has seen significant interface upgrades, more content deals, and—most importantly—has dropped the invite-only requirement. If you're looking for a high-quality television experience on your desktop without building your own DVR or rolling your own BitTorrent season pass , Joost is currently the best solution out there. If you've been putting Joost through the paces since we last mentioned it, let's hear how it's been working for you in the comments.

Curious? Watch free T.V here...

[via lifehacker.com]
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Woman Runs Over Own Legs at McDonald's Drive-thru

The Phoenixville Police Department is investigating a freak accident in which a borough woman ran over both of her legs in the drive-through lane at McDonald’s, 651 Nutt Rd., Friday afternoon. According to Cpl. Pat Mark, a black Chevrolet Blazer, driven by a 53-year-old borough woman, was in the drive-thru lane at McDonald’s around 1:55 p.m. September 28.

“For some unknown reason, her legs were run over by her vehicle,” said Mark. “We are investigating how this accident could’ve happened.”

What police are trying to determine is how the woman exited her vehicle and how her vehicle rolled over both legs. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and began treatment before placing her on a stretcher. The woman was conscious while speaking with emergency personnel, as they were focused on her legs. The woman was transported via West End Ambulance to Friendship Field, where a waiting PennStar helicopter airlifted her to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for unknown injuries to her legs.

Police are not releasing the name of the woman due to the uncertainty about her injuries.
One witness said that it looked like the woman had placed an order, and her vehicle was slowly moving forward. The witness said that the next thing they knew, the woman had somehow fallen out of the Blazer and landed partially in the lane, and her legs went underneath her vehicle.

The distance from the Blazer to the restaurant wall in the drive-thru lane was approximately 53 inches, as measured by police. The Blazer came to a stop just before the next drive-thru window at the restaurant. Several blood stains were prevalent in the drive-thru lane, but were cleaned up by emergency personnel.

[via phoenixvillenews.com]

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