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Archive for March, 2007

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand is famous for their unique attractions, fun shows, and the ability for tourists to get close to (and often touch) the tigers. However, the most famous attraction is the couplings of pigs and tigers:

Tiger and Pigs

These pictures show two year old Saimai, a Royal Bengal tigress, with the six piglets she is raising.

Tiger and Piglets Playing

The tiger doesn’t seem to mind the unclothed piglets, so I’m guessing the costumes were just meant to put on a cute show for the tourists. Either that or she ate the first set of tiger-clad piglets and the zoo hasn’t had time to create new outfits.

Cute tiger and a pig with a bow

While the zoo and all press materials claim the pairings are completely benevolent, I personally wonder if Saimai just views her pig-raising duties as a long “getting ready for dinner” ritual.

Two pictures of tiger and pig

Fittingly, Saimai herself was cared for and nursed by a pig:

Sow nurses pigs and tigers

Thanks Renee!

Infrared Flatulence


(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Good thing we don’t have vision in that spectrum … no one could ever blame the dog.

The Sport of Tomorrow?

What do you get when you cross volleyball, gymnastics, soccer/football, martial arts, a couple trampolines, and an inflatable moon walk?

How about a 5 year old’s birthday party dreams come true? Probably, but these are also the ingredients for a bizarre new “sport” called Bossaball.

Bossaball on the beach

The sport originated in Belgium a couple years ago, but has since spread through coastal areas of Europe and Brazil. Just like volleyball, the goal is to make the ball hit the ground on your opponent’s side. Extra points for hitting the trampoline, plus no pesky “hands only” rules, just a whole lotta bouncing.

Bossaball

After seeing the following video, I’d actually risk the inevitable two weeks on my back to play this:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Unfortunately, there are no plans to demo Bossaball in the U.S. this summer, although I’m sure they’d reconsider if enough people went to the Bossaball site and requested it!

Next up: Oopsball … a cross between curling, speed skating, jousting, baseball, and competitive crocheting.

Thanks Dwight!

Even ladder climbing, globe trotting, time strapped corporate executives need to stop and take a break when Mother Nature calls, right?

Not anymore. With the Gotta Go Briefcase, executives with an eye for the top don’t need to waste time tending to their bottoms:

Gotta Go Briefcase

As you can probably tell, discretion was the key objective when Niban Too Corporation of Japan invented the Gotta Go Potty. They waterproofed the containment area, double-sealed the lid, added a fold out leather privacy guard, and even included a cup holder (a diversion tactic the Japanese learned from General Motors … “Oooooh, a cup holder!”).

According to American Inventor Spot, top Japanese business execs actually see a need for this type of briefcase. Given that exceeding the maximum weight of 175 lbs may result in “rupture of waste tank” or “possible bacterial contamination of briefcase contents”, I have a feeling this won’t show up in too many American boardrooms though.

For those of you short on cash or over the weight limit for the Gotta Go Potty, I’ve developed this equally discrete method for taking care of business during an important meeting:

  1. Excuse yourself and walk to the nearest corner
  2. Pull down your pants
  3. Cover your face
  4. Yell “Na na nana na, you can’t see me” while planting your fresh potatoes

Works for my 2 year old. Thanks for the tip Michelle!

Pillow book

The guy in the picture may not look particularly comfy but he’s planned ahead as that’s no ordinary book, it’s a hardback pillow. So you can make it look like you’ve been burning the midnight oil and have collapsed at your desk with exhaustion. It may keep your head comfy but in the morning you’d probably have a seriously stiff neck.

book-pillow2.jpg

You can buy the pillow book from bytrico for $102 (ouch), found via Spluch.

Wedding Ring Coffin

Divorced (or planning to be)? Looking for the perfect method for ditching that old wedding ring? If so, consider the Wedding Ring Coffin:

Wedding Ring Coffin

For approximately $30, you can give your ring a fitting resting place. No detail is spared – solid wood, velvet interior, and your choice of engraved brass plaques:

Wedding Ring Coffin Plaques

Seriously though … would you buy this for yourself? Seems like a funny novelty gift, but why pay $30 to get rid of a ring when you could have a jeweler engrave “Jennifer A. + Brad P. Forever” inside then sell it on ebay? Or just wait until December and mail it to Santa (P.O. Box 56099, North Pole, Alaska 99705-1099). He likes shiny things.

Link – Thanks Sarah (who wishes it was 5’10” to fit the ex) and Steve!

Clay Pidgeons are for Wimps

Bunk sent me this clip from the BBC’s Top Gear show, and professed that all the guys would love it. If you’re impatient, the fun starts at around one minute in:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Guys, what do you think?

The Czech Republic has often been criticized for their environmentally unfriendly policies: no emission controls on vehicles, soviet era power plants, and the world’s highest per capita carbon emissions.

In a bid to become “greener”, the Czech Republic has introduced public transportation for their major cities. Here’s a picture of one of the new trains in action:

Czech Republic Brno Street Train

Looks pretty environmentally friendly, right? Here are a few more pictures:

Czech Republic Brno Old Train

Czech Republic Brno Transportation

Czech Replublic Brno Train

Actually, these pictures are of trains going through the Czech city of Brno. The city had planned on moving some of their train stations and tracks from the downtown area by 2017, but has since run out of money. With no other options, the trains continue chugging through this city of almost 400,000.

Thanks Rico for the Link!

China Building Evacuation Update

Homeowners Wu Ping and her husband refused to move or sell their home in Chongqing, China, despite governmental pressures. The recent eyewitness report from SNTC showed the shark infested moat created to coerce the Ping family to abandon their property.

Local authorities have since drained the moat, and have adopted new tactics. Ms. Wu is now being fined the equivalent of $500 per day for neglecting her front yard and violating the local “beautiful, natural, always” landscaping ordinance.

Last House on the Block Owner

Ms. Wu responds that although she attempted three times to reseed her front lawn with a St. Augustine and Kentucky Bluegrass seed mix, it all washes away when she puts the sprinklers out. “And the weeds are out of control too,” she adds “because I can’t reach them!”

More pictures can be seen at The Telegraph. Found via Arbroath.

Rocky I-VI in 10 seconds

If you haven’t seen all 6 Rocky movies yet, this video will get you caught up … in about 10 seconds:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Also check out the Next Rocky in Training if you haven’t already. Talk about guts.

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