Tag Archives: Irresponsible

Can of Whisky

A Panamanian company called Scottish Spirits has begun marketing this can of whisky in its Caribbean and Latin American markets. According to chief executive Manish Panshal, “The can is the perfect size to be shared between three people who can mix it with other things like cola,…It’s lightweight and portable and entirely recyclable, which is good news.”

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Dad of the Year

Presented without comment.

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Oh, To Be a Kid Again

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Full Bottle Wine Glass

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Pulling a Tooth with a Rocket

This guy definitely deserves a parenting award. His son needed a tooth pulled, so what else could he do but use a model rocket to pull it out?

[Note: the kid wasn't hurt. He seems to think it was kind of funny, too.]

[via Geekologie]

High Rider Trims His Hedge

Two guys from Cambridge (I’m guessing not the university) have come up with a creative method of trimming, er, mowing their hedges:

Two Cambridge mates say they may turn their unusual method of trimming hedges into a business, after they suspended a ride-on mower from a crane to do the job.

“This is how the Waikato boys mow a hedge,” the ride-on mower operator told the Waikato Times.

The operator, who did not want to be named, is now nursing a broken hand, but said it wasn’t a fall from the mower that caused the injury but one off the crane.

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Midway

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Photographer Chris Jordan has published a series of photographs of baby albatrosses on the atoll of Midway who died because of our trash. Midway receives a lot of the trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Horrifying.

The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking. To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

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Office Weapons Annihilate Office Boredom, Get You Fired

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Wired has a list of easy-to-make weapons from office supplies, such as this Ping-Pong-Zooka above. They’re from the book MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction by John Austin, who’s spent a lot of his life miniaturizing weapons for G.I. Joe and Star Wars figurines. These ideas are perfect if you’d like to do more than write a mean note to a fridge thief, or if you’ve just gotten tired of working there. And the Ping-Pong-Zooka? Well…

Range: 20 feet
Cover one end of a paper-towel tube with duct tape. Cut a hole in the tape and insert a barbecue lighter. Tape on a ruler for reinforcement. Spritz flammable hair spray inside; let it settle. Load a Ping-Pong ball and pull the lighter trigger. Fireworks!

Tiny, Easy-to-Build Weapons Annihilate Office Boredom [Wired]

Resurrecting the Dinosaurs

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Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macroevolution, but apparently not the research chair in LEARNING FROM JURASSIC PARK plans to resurrect a dinosaur by tampering with the genes of a chicken, specifically those genes which are known to have changed since the extinction of the dinosaurs. From the article:

Needless to say, there are many problems with the very concept of making a dinosaur out of a chicken. For one, dinosaurs, as a group, are defined by only a few characteristics: a hole in their hip socket, some limb bone flanges, and other minor anatomical features. Changing chicken DNA won’t produce those traits, because chickens already have them. A chicken, like all birds, is already a dinosaur. Getting rid of its feathers or giving it teeth won’t make it more of a dinosaur than it already is.

But hey, if Larsson wants to engineer school-bus-sized, featherless chickens with teeth, more power to him. And I call the drumstick.

Scientist Vows to Reverse-Engineer Dinosaur from Chicken [Popular Science]

This Just In: Earwigs Hate Babies

EVIL!

Scientists have discovered that mother earwigs, vile little creatures that they are, select which babies are strongest based on their smell and take the best care of them. The weaker babies (or nymphs, as they’re known) are neglected, often to the point of starvation. This is a markedly different response than in many animals, which tend to, you know, nurture their young. From the BBC:

The insects pick up odours from their clutch of “nymphs” and adjust their maternal behaviour in response.

When they pick up a chemical signal from healthy, well-fed youngsters, they spend more time nursing them, at the expense of their hungrier babies.

The study, which is the first to show this behaviour in insects, is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Earwig parenting, it seems, is about favouritism; the standard of care drops dramatically when mums pick up the chemical signals from hungry, unhealthy nymphs.

In these cases, the adults invest less time and effort in feeding.

The researchers, who expected to see the opposite result, suggest that this could be “because the insects look for signals of quality instead of need”.

Earwigs ‘Sniff Out’ Best Babies [BBC]