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This lint tray is worthy ofLeonard
Laura Bell created a14-by-4-foot replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” out of laundrylint. Bell, of Roscommon, Michigan, said she spent 800 hours doing enoughlaundry to get the lint — buying towels of the colors she wanted and washingthem separately to get the right shades of lint — and another 200 hours toreproduce the Italian Renaissance painter’s masterpiece. The effort was for anart contest with a $250,000 prize. Bell didn’t win but her work was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It OrNot.
ABritish circus began offering free workshops aimed at overcoming peoples fearof clowns. A recent poll ranked coulrophobia as Britains third biggest phobia,behind spiders and needles. Paul Carpenter, who runs the sessions along withhis fellow clown partner and the ringmaster at John Lawsons Circus, explainedthat the therapy was aimed at adults, not children. Many of them have apreconceived idea of clowns as knife-wielding psychos, and theyre petrified,very frightened, Carpenter said, blaming the effect of clowns in horrormovies. Participants are taken to see clown actors in ordinary clothes andobserve them transforming into their characters, then are encouraged to dressup as clowns themselves. (News Core)
Meanwhile,an evil clown service, launched this spring in Lucerne, Switzerland letsparents hire a psychotic-looking mime to stalk their children at birthdayparties. The clowns one and only aim is to smash a cake into the face of hisvictim, when they least expect it, during the course of seven days, said actorDominic Deville, who stars as the evil clown. He reported that kids absolutelyloved his chilling antics. (Britains Metro)
AGerman sewage-treatment plant is saving $1,200 a month by using the music ofMozart to motivate microbes to break down waste faster. We think the secret isin the vibrations of the music, which penetrate everything including thewater, the sewage and the cells, said Anton Stucki, chief operator of theTreuenbrietzen plant. It creates a certain resonance that stimulates themicrobes and helps them to work better. Stucki believes Mozart works becausethe composer managed to transpose universal laws of nature into his music.
Authoritiessaid Timothy Neal, 44, and his twin 18-year-old sons beat up another man duringa drunken brawl at a bonfire in Madison County, Missouri, according tosheriffs Capt. Brad Wells. The victim had been talking about religion anddemons when the other three became upset and started whipping-up on him, saidWells, adding he didnt know what specific religious issue started the argumentbut that the demon talk prompted the beating. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Authorities arrested Rolando Negrin, 44, a federal security screener at Miami International Airport, who they said beat up a co-worker with an expandable police baton. According to the arrest report, Negrin explained that he endured repeated mocking about the size of his genitals after his Transportation Security Administration colleagues observed his private parts on one of the airports full-body imaging machines until he could not take the jokes any more and lost his mind.
Selective braindamage might influence spiritual and religious attitudes, according to anItalian study of patients before and after surgery for brain tumours.Researchers interested in linking brain activity and spirituality focusedspecifically on the personality trait called self-transcendence (ST), which isconsidered a measure of spiritual feeling, thinking and behaviour. Theresearchers determined that damage to specific areas of the brain caused anincrease in ST. Reporting in the journal
Fire department officialsinvestigating a rooftop blaze at a Houston shopping center identified the causeas an inflatable gorilla. After scorched remnants of the plastic ape were recovered,District Chief Fred Hooker said the blowup doll had deflated and landed onsome lights, sparking the fire.
Thecompany responsible for the environmental cleanup of Hanford, Washington, used$300,000 of federal stimulus money to fund a helicopter survey of nearly 16square miles looking for radioactive rabbit poop. The
Growingdemand for chicken wings has given rise to boneless wings. Fashioned fromskinless, boneless chicken breasts the all-meat morsels have become cheaperthan actual wings. As recently as May 2008, skinless boneless breasts sold for57 cents more than wings, but in seven of the past 11 months, wholesale wingprices have topped breast prices, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.The
ABritish neighborhood group is discouraging trouble-making teenage boys fromhanging around underpasses and intimidating residents by aiming pink lights atthem. Tony Gelsthorpe, who chairs the Layton Burroughs Residents Associationin Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, told the