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This Man Was Pulled Over For Talking On An iPhone-Shaped Cookie

Here’s a funny idea with a high potential to go wrong: bake a batch of cookies in the shape of iPhones, drive around pretending to talk on them, and then when you inevitably get pulled over, take a bite, look the law enforcement official straight in the eye, and say, “Are cookies against the law, …

Microsoft Smart Bra Lets You Know When You're Stress Eating - Technabob

Emotional eating is more common than you think. Some people sing their worries away, while others find that they’re calmer when they’re eating a …

Knit Alien Facehugger Will Keep You Warm. And Screaming. - Technabob

Look what grandma Xenomorph made you for Christmas! It’s a life-size facehugger hand knitted by Etsy seller Katie aka Knitrocious. Its legs have …

What You Get When You Pour Molten Aluminum Into An Ant Hill

Turns out you can make something pretty cool when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill.

Aluminum

George Zimmerman Painting Sold On eBay For More Than $100,000

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bidding has closed on eBay for artwork created by George Zimmerman.<p>The winning bid was $100,099.99 Saturday for a painting depicting a U.S. flag in shades of blue with the words "God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All."<p>The item received 96 bids since Monday on the …

Domestic Violence

This Smart Light Bulb Keeps Working Even If the Power Goes Out

The SmartCharge looks like an ordinary LED light bulb, except that it’s got a built-in rechargeable battery. When the power to your house is working …

Message in a bottle found 54 years later in Arctic

A message in a bottle, buried 54 years ago under a rock cairn in a remote Arctic valley on Canada’s northernmost island, could well be the last written words from a promising young glaciologist and explorer from Pasadena.<p>The words from Paul T. Walker, penciled on July 10, 1959, were a simple …

Are we on the brink of the first mile-high building?

Skyscrapers are getting bigger, as cities race to break the record for the tallest tower. But in the future, they may become cities themselves, helping mitigate urban sprawl.<p>You have just closed the door behind you and your dog is already jumping up your leg, demanding you take him for a walk. …

Skyscrapers

Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound

Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.<p>Masonry, on the other hand, intrigues her. "I'm a kinesthetic learner. ... I learn with my hands," she says.<p>That's why Kyrah is thinking …

Associated Press News

Absurd Creature of the Week: This Fly Hijacks an Ant's Brain — Then Pops Its Head Off

We humans were just so proud of ourselves when we invented the guillotine after millennia of experimenting with how best to take heads off shoulders. …

The Right’s Slavery Obsession

‘This isn’t racist,’ but the federal debt is as bad as slavery, says Alaska’s ex-governor. Nothing about that statement is accurate—and it only …

Asking for help while black: How it became a capital offense

In society that sees black people as always seeking handouts, Renisha McBride’s murder exposed our biggest problem<p>The murder of Renisha McBride suggests that asking for help while black is a capital offense. It has long been a crime. The right has done a wonderful job of making people believe that …

David White Allegedly Shoots Neighbor Through Floor While 'Playing Around' With Gun

A Tennessee man accidentally shot his neighbor through the floor of their apartment complex, police say.<p>David White, 22, told police he was "playing around" with the weapon at about 11 p.m. Sunday in his Nashville apartment, WATE reported. The gun discharged, and a bullet shot through the floor and …

Grape skin extract before radiation kills more cancer - Futurity

Resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can make certain tumor cells …

Watch An Army Robot Fire A Machine Gun

There is no possible way this goes wrong.<p>Giving missiles to flying robots is so passé. The new hotness, demonstrated by the HDT Protector above, is handing machine guns to ground robots. This past weekend, four companies tested machine-gun-firing 'bots during an event at Fort Benning in Georgia.<p>The …

Robotics

Imaginary friends help kids become better problem solvers, study finds

Play dates with an imaginary friend could help children become better problem solvers down the road. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> researchers have found that children who keep imaginary friends eventually develop better internalized thinking, which separately has been found to help children …

18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California

A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.<p>The discovery at the …

Tarantula Mating Season 2013: Lust-Filled Spiders Come Above Ground, Terrify Everyone

Bigfoot may be a hoax, but if you live in California, you'll likely face something else that's big, hairy and totally real.<p>It's Tarantula Lovefest 2013.<p>"This weekend or next weekend is going to be the biggest spider movement of all," Al Wolf, director of the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue told CBS …

Self-Described 'God' Jumps From Balcony, Bleeds Just Like Anyone Else Would

For a "god," he sure bled like a mere mortal.<p>A Murfreesboro, Tenn. man who allegedly took synthetic drugs caused a stir when he jumped from an apartment balcony to "prove he was a god," The Murfreesboro Post reported Sunday.<p>In his incident report, Murfreesboro Police Officer Carl Wilkins wrote that …

JUDGE JOE BROWN’S BOOZY SHAME

WITH his daytime show canceled after 15 years, JUDGE JOE BROWN went on a booze-fueled rant against his former job, saying, “I do not do that bull**** …

Daniel Noehl Called Police After Being Stiffed In Drug Deal: Cops

Here's a tip: when doing a drug deal, it's probably best to keep the cops out of it.<p>Iowa City man Daniel P. Noehl Sr., 57, thought otherwise. Noehl was arrested Sunday after he called police to report he had not been paid in an illegal drug deal, the Press-Citizen reported.<p>Noehl allegedly gave a …

Drunk Driver Led Cops On Chase So He Would Have Enough Time To Finish His Big Mac

After exiting a McDonald’s drive-thru lane, an intoxicated Ohio motorist led cops on a short chase because he “just wanted to eat his Big Mac before …

Crime

Mummy medicine: how ancient bodies can help create modern cures

Medical experts trying to treat illnesses like malaria, heart disease, and tuberculosis are turning to an unexpected population of study subjects for answers: ancient mummies.<p>Thanks to recent advances in DNA sequencing and CT scan technology, researchers are able to peer more closely than ever into …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist Church” that has, since its January launch, been stealing headlines the world …

Scores killed in Kenya mall siege

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it.<p>Crohn's partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in …

Ghana economy grows with help of technology and targeted aid

A grassroots revolution, spreading out from Accra and involving support from the west, digital start-ups and a commitment to open government, is helping to weed out corruption in Ghana<p>Driving through the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra, a couple of weeks ago, on the way from the urban centre to …