I had every intention of writing this post at 9:09 a.m., but I forgot, OK? Happy 9/9/09 everyone! Lots of fun stuff is going on today. More than 10,000 couples in Beijing are getting hitched because in China nine is considered to be the number of longevity. Peeps are going wedding-crazy in Australia, too, where three times as many people are getting hitched today as on the average weekday. Las Vegas is in on the wedding bonanza too. The Stratosphere hotel will be marrying 99 couples at 9:09 p.m. for the discount price of $99.09. But even if you’re not getting married, there are lots of ways to celebrate the day. You could watch a baseball game tonight—where there are nine players on the field, nine innings, and 90 feet between bases. Or you could book a room at one of the establishments taking part in Hotels.com’s “$99 Or Less” room sale. Or you could go see “9,” the post-apocalyptic animated flick from Tim Burton. A few party poopers are saying that the world is going to end today. But, you know, whatever. See you on 10/10/10. [CNN] Keep reading »
“Star Wars” has many religious themes, so it’s not a stretch to depict “Star Wars” characters in iconic Western religion paintings. The sci-fi blog io9 has compiled the best Photoshopped images of the characters as martyrs and saints into one long gallery, but we have two more photos after the jump. [io9 via Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Friskians, pop quiz time! (Disclaimer: If your boss is standing nearby, please close this window ASAP. But then again, you would never cruise the internet during work hours would you?) Imagine you work in an office: You consider yourself a dutiful, honest employee, though you may have taken an extra granola bar or two from the office’s kitchen stash. In your spare time you have taken on some volunteer work helping out a non-profit company with a special project. You are tasked with making 10,000 copies for an upcoming meeting at the non-profit. Do you:
A) Go to Kinkos and pay way too much for the copies.
B) Ask your employer permission to make 10,000 copies for a “good cause.” Corporations love “good causes.”
C) Sneak into the office wearing all black at 9 p.m. when the last workaholic has gone home and make the copies.
D) Tell the non-profit company that you can’t afford to volunteer for them anymore and that they should find richer volunteers. Keep reading »
We love this flowchart poster that reminds us if we’re not happy, we can do something about it, and if we are, well, we can keep right on doing what we’re doing. It was created by designers Alex of Headup and David Meiklejohn. Alex calls the chart a “simple process for evaluating what may be the most important question one could ever want to answer.” Who thought something so complicated could be so easy? A poster and postcards will be available for sale soon. [via Julia Allison] Keep reading »
It often seems like the future is never coming. I mean where are our hover boards and why haven’t Dippin’ Dots caught on yet? But scientists are coming up with some super-futuristic solutions that will be improving our lives way sooner than you’d think. Within the next decade, we could all be skinny, telepathic, and have the ability to fly! OK, so I lied about the last one, but who needs to fly when we’ll be able to turn on the TV with our brains and lose weight from the comfort of our own couches? Keep reading »
In Denmark, a 30-year-old man was having a mole on his buttocks removed with an electrical knife when he farted during surgery. This ignited a spark, which caught onto his surgical spirit-soaked genitals and burned the poor guy! He said, “When I woke up, my penis and scrotum were burning like hell. Besides the pain, I can’t have sex with my wife.” He’s now suing the hospital for what they call an “unfortunate accident.” Farting in my sleep is one of my biggest plausible nightmares, but of all the scenarios that can take place post-flatulence, this one never even occurred to me. [BuzzFeed]
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Sex can sell almost anything in our culture, so football shouldn’t be any different. At least, that’s what the Lingerie Football League, LFL, is banking on. The idea for the LFL was hatched from the “Lingerie Bowl,” a half-time show featuring scantily dressed women that is broadcast during the Super Bowl. The league, which opens its debut season Sept. 4, has 10 teams (with names like San Diego Seduction, Dallas Desire, and Los Angeles Temptation) competing in seven-a-side, full-contact football. The players want to be respected even though they wear sports bras, tiny boyshorts, and protective gear. They say they’re playing real football, regardless of their attire, and those who tried out and couldn’t play didn’t make the cut. Keep reading »
A single mother living in London traveled to Panama for an operation that would turn her dark brown eyes light blue and almost blind her. Shenise Farrell saw an article on the internet about the £5,000 (about $8,098) operation, and raided her savings to fly to Central America. Farrell said she wasn’t worried because she’d already had breast augmentation surgery done in Bulgaria and was very happy with those results. Keep reading »
Suman Khatun weights 168 pounds even though she’s only five years old and three and a half feet tall. Doctors suspect she suffers from a hormone imbalance, like a malfunctioning pituitary gland, but since her family can’t afford to take her to Calcutta for expert treatment, no one knows for sure. Her family earns slightly less than $10 per week, so her appetite could literally eat them out of house and home. In one week, she consumes about 22 pounds of rice, 24 eggs, six liters of milk, and about 11 pounds of potatoes. When Suman, who also has trouble breathing because of her weight, isn’t fed, her mother says she screams, cries, and has even thrown rocks at her family. She’s also been known to sneak out and beg food from neighbors in her village. A local doctor first noticed her problem when she was three months old, but by the time she was two she already weighed 98 pounds. She has gained about 33 pounds every year after that. The doctor can only treat her symptoms, he says, because he doesn’t have the proper diagnostic treatment, but he fears Suman will die if she doesn’t stop over-eating or get medical attention. [The Telegraph] Keep reading »