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Pulp Friction

by on Jun.09, 2015, under Consumer, Health, Recreation

A 19-year-old is missing from his camp site at the lookout in Heaton State Forest, which borders the Watagans National Park in Australia. The man, whose name has not been released, is from from Tenambit near Maitland. camper_missing He was last seen carrying a roll of toilet paper. kid_wrap While some searchers think he may have slipped and fallen, we wonder if there's not a more sinister explanation. tp_scott Toilet paper can humiliate and cause extreme pain. It's been alleged to be responsible for bullying and emotional distress. crybaby - 2 crybaby -3 crybaby - 4 crybaby - 5 crybaby - 6 crybaby - 7 crybaby - 8 crybaby - 9 If you go camping, protect yourself by using safe toilet paper.
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Where There’s Smoke

by on Jan.12, 2015, under Consumer, Drugs, Health, Technology

There's nothing as sophisticated as a cigarette. smoke_cool2 It makes you look cool in front of your peers. copii-fumat Despite reassurance from the cigarette manufacturers, we have doubts about the health benefits of cigarettes. Camels-smoke-a-fresh-cigarette-doctor In fact, smoking cigarettes can lead to problems, like cancer and death. smoking_death1 So what can you do to look cool and gain the admiration of your peers? ME_154_Cigarettes The technological solution is the E-cigarette. Elegant woman smoking e-cigarette with smoke wearing suit You have the elegance of a cigarette with a modern electronic flair. vape_cartNot only do you eliminate the smoke and some of the poisonous chemicals, but you can choose from a large selection of flavors. Ecigarette With the elegance of the e-cigarette and elimination of the respiratory hazards, smokers can be cool once more. But there have been some problems. e-cig02 One of the problems has been that the battery may explode while being charged. e-cig01 Although the hazard has been blamed on third party or improper chargers, it has been reported to have happened with the factory supplied chargers as well. ecigcar In Utah, an exploding e-cigarette set a child's car seat on fire. The three year old received second degree burns. ecigfire This fire displaced 30 people. ecigasp1 David Aspinall's e-cigarette didn't just start a fire when it exploded, it sprayed him with shrapnel. There was lots of blood, a hole in one leg, and gashes in another. ecigasp2 Aspinall spent nine days in the hospital, and will need skin grafts over the next three years. His apartment was destroyed. ecigasp3 Although he switched to e-cigarettes for health reasons, he has started smoking tobacco again. eciginj Having finally conquered the health complications of tobacco, e-cigarettes have made smoking cool again. kid_e-cig
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Just Passing Through

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Animals, Consumer, Culture, Food, Health

Japanese fish delicacies are as beautiful as they are tasty. sashimi Sashimi, raw fish, is gaining in popularity around the world. Often served alongside sushi and tempura, it's one of the very few animal products that can be a part of a non-vegetarian raw foods diet. madai-sashimi The most common fish used in sashimi are tuna, salmon, mackerel, and yellowfin, but the key is freshness, so just about any locally available fish may be used. But what happens when good sashimi goes bad? Corpses Outside Chongqing Shelter For the man who went to Guangzhou No. 8 People's Hospital in Guangdong Province in eastern China, it resulted in a stomach ache and itching. sash1 Probably as a result of poor sanitation, some of the raw fish was contaminated. sash3 The x-rays revealed that the man was infested with tapeworms and tapeworm larvae. tapeworm Tapeworm larvae are usually found in freshwater fish. Eating raw or undercooked fish can transmit the parasite. sash2 Eventually the parasite can cause cysticercosis, where the adult worms enter the bloodstream. That type of infection is life threatening when it reaches the brain. sash4 By the time this victim entered the hospital, the larvae had spread throughout his entire body. The man is expected to survive the ordeal, and although he had a record number of larvae infesting his body. However, he didn't beat Sally Mae Wallace's record tapeworm. Sally, from Great Grits, Mississippi had a 37' tapeworm removed while completely conscious. But we're pretty sure the Chinese gentleman could beat the record if the larvae were all laid end to end. sally-mae  
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Chicken Fingers

by on Sep.10, 2014, under Consumer, Food, Technology

Chicken "from the Colonel" is pretty popular, and not just in the United States. They have stores in 115 different countries. In Japan, KFC is a popular Christmas meal, and people order it weeks in advance. kfc_sign Like other fast food restaurants, they occasionally have promotional chicken-based merchandise. kfc_corsage The chicken corsage should have your date eating out of your hand. eating-computer We know it's not a good idea to eat while you're using the computer. But sometimes we just can't resist that finger-lickin' good Kentucky Fried Chicken. So we're hoping to be one of the lucky winners of their latest promotion. To celebrate Kentucky Fried Chicken's 30th year in Japan, the fast food chain is holding a special competition through which fans can enter to win a selection of chicken-tastic prizes. These prizes aren't available in stores, and they won't make your fingers greasy when you're at the computer. kfc30_01 First, there's the chicken keyboard. Every single key has been designed to have a chicken drumstick, a thigh piece, or a chicken wing sticking out of the key. Although the actual definitions of the keys are in white next to the keys, for the most part, it's a coop of chicken, with only the letters "K", "F" and "C" as actual letter keys. The KFC logo replaces the Windows key and the keyboard also comes with a miniature Colonel Sanders standing by, as well as a KFC milkshake and a KFC bucket on the edges. kfc30_02 Urban legend says that some people have gotten a deep fried mouse instead of chicken. We don't believe those stories, but this KFC chicken mouse might give them legs. It only looks deep fried. It's really molded plastic. kfc30_04 For your sides, there's the fried chicken USB memory stick. kfc30_03To complete the fashion, and accessorize the KFC corsage, you could win these fried chick earrings on a silver chain. kfc_tokyo The Colonel Sanders Day competition runs from September 3 to September 24 and people can enter the competition by following the KFC Japan Twitter account and sharing a status about the competition on both Twitter and Facebook. kfc_chicken_bucket Coming up: Where chick nuggets come from. kfc_costume1  
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Heavy Metal ATM

by on Jul.23, 2014, under Consumer, Culture, Technology

You can find almost anything, from live lobsters to a new iPad, in a vending machine. But ATM's typically only dispense cash. atm_haloThey're so ubiquitous, you can find them in lots of convenient, safe locations. atm_graffitti Cash is king -- but not everybody wants the local currency. atm_cup1 Gold is the universal money standard. While its value may fluctuate, it's one of the most sustainable currencies in the world. Wouldn't it be great if you could get gold from the ATM instead of the local currency? emirates_palace If you're in Abu Dhabi, you can! The ATM at the Emirates Palace Hotel dispenses gold bars and coins. goldmoney The machine, which monitors the price of gold minute-by minute, offers small bars that weight up to 10 grams engraved with the Emirates Palace logo, as well as a variety of coins. Six coins of differing weights come engraved with a maple leaf, kangaroo and Krugerrand, symbols of the gold-producing nations South Africa, Canada and Australia. atm_gold3 Emirates Palace Hotel general manager Hans Olbertz said, “We seized upon this idea and, as one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, we wanted the Emirates Palace to play a pioneering role and be the first hotel in the world to offer its guests this golden service.” atm_display The machine is armed with various security measures, including anti-money laundering software. If the machine develops a fault, it will automatically shut down. A website that updates the price of gold every 10 seconds transmits the information to the ATM, which updates its rates every 10 minutes. atm_arab The Gold ATM is now being manufactured and distributed by PMX Gold, and machines are currently in place in Abu Dhabi, Germany, Italy, Spain, and at the  Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida. atm_boca atm_madrid
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Rat Pack

by on Feb.20, 2014, under Animals, Consumer, Culture, Food, Nature

The Red River delta and southern Mekong River delta in Viet Nam constitute half of the country's fish harvest, but there's an old regional favorite that isn't made from seafood. ratmeat16 The rats are captured in the wild ratmeat15 and sold in markets. ratmeat4 Compared to other types of meat, it's fairly cheap at about 50,000 dong, or $ 2.50 a pound. ratmeat5 If you're squeamish about the thought of eating a rat, just think of it as the analog of a cornish hen and chicken. A rat is nothing more than a tiny capybara. capybara_friends The rats are washed before they're prepared for cooking. ratmeat11 Then they're skinned ratmeat8 And gutted. ratmeat3   ratmeat9 If you want a night out, you can order your favorite entree at a rat restaurant. ratmeat1 They can be roasted over an open flame. ratmeat2 Or if your culinary delight is stuff on a stick Stuff_on_a_Stick You can get your rat to eat on the go. ratmeat6 The rats are roasted until they're charred. For that outdoor flavor, you can cook them right in the back yard using manure for fuel. ratmeat7 Eat up! bushrat owl-eating-rat
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Crash Test Dummy

by on Sep.29, 2013, under Consumer, Culture, Education, Health

Safety wasn't a major consideration for vehicle manufacturers until 1966, when the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards was passed into law. There really was no way to tell how safe a vehicle was... until the situation occurred.

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Survivability wasn't a consideration. You just had to look out. truck-demolishes-a-car-in-waltham Recently, two horrendous-looking crashes involving Lamborghini automobiles have been in the news. Witnesses described the cars in both cases as having "split in half" on impact. la8 It looks like a severe crash like that could be fatal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou get more than style when you spend $ 400,000 on a vehicle. la4 While it might look bad for the car, the passenger is protected by the Lamborghini Aventador's monocoque, a carbon fiber cage surrounding the interior. lambocageIt's a high-tech mobile safety cocoon for the rich. Most of drive more ordinary vehicles, which, while safer than ever, still require some common sense. sc1 At the very least, you need to use your seatbelt. sc2 When the car, driving in Guanxi province in China, hit the back of a truck, the passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was propelled through the windshield. sc3 She watched as rescue crews first remove the unconscious driver from the car. sc4 Then they enlarged the hole and extracted her from the windshield. If you really value your safety on the road, then you should be driving the Lamborghini Aventador.
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