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MM Reminds Us of the Bulwer-Lytton Contest

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , on July 1, 2010 by lumpy

Winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Contest:

For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss–a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.

Molly Ringle
Seattle, WA

The winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is Molly Ringle of Seattle, Washington.

And some history:

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

Mug tip to Mad Minerva.

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Megashark Infographic: Shark vs. Airliner

Posted in Bizarre, Cool stuff with tags on March 17, 2010 by lumpy


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A Worthy Effort for Homefront Heroes

Posted in Cool stuff, War on Terrorists with tags , , , on May 29, 2009 by lumpy

Vampire 06 at Afghanistan Shrugged is having a fund raiser for the women that keep our soldiers going. It’s a great-looking T and the cash goes to a worthy cause.

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This Spells “Fragging” to Me

Posted in Cool stuff, War on Terrorists with tags , , on May 27, 2009 by lumpy

According to NewScientist, the National Academy of Science is claiming that neuroscience may help improve soldiers’ performance on the battlefield:

If a soldier is struggling, a digital “buddy” might step in and warn them about nearby threats, or advise comrades to zap them with an electromagnet to increase their alertness.

Oh yeah, zapping a fully armed soldier in combat to “increase their alertness” sounds like a fragging waiting to happen. Also, think of the practical jokes you could play with that …

Finally, if these weren’t the first things to occur to you when you read that line, you probably haven’t served in the infantry.

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Now THAT’S Cute …

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , on May 20, 2009 by lumpy


(Larger version, and worth it.)

Wicked Cool Shuttle Pic

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by lumpy

Shot by amateur French astronomer Thierry Legault.

Space Undies – No, Really

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , on April 3, 2009 by lumpy

Gotta get me some of these:

Japan’s space scientists have developed a line of odour-free underwear and casual clothing.

Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to live on the International Space Station, is testing the clothes, called J-ware and created by textile experts at Japan Women’s University in Tokyo, Reuters reports.

“He can wear his trunks (underwear) more than a week,” said Koji Yanagawa, an official with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Wakata’s clothes, developed by researcher Yoshiko Taya, are designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate the body and dry quickly. They also are flame-resistant and anti-static, not to mention comfortable and stylish.

“The other astronauts become very sweaty, but he doesn’t have any sweat. He didn’t need to hang his clothes to dry,” Yanagawa said.

J-ware also should reduce the amount of clothing that needs to be sent to the space station, which has no laundry facilities. …

The Japanese space agency plans to make the clothes available to NASA and its other space station partners once development is complete. A commercial line also is in the offing.

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