Sunday, November 20, 2011
To show just how hip Santa was, the new “Santa Cam” photographed the crowd so participants can download images of themselves off the parade's website after the event. An iPhone app will also allow fans to stalk Santa during the parade. To show solidarity with Rudolph, red noses will be distributed throughout the city.
And if that wasn't enough, Toronto's Santa was also tweeting!
The team thinks the result may be similar to the effect of eating dark leafy greens which, like kiwis, contain the carotenoid and antioxidant lutein.
The 44-year old former Baywatch star and Playmate of the Month has been cast alongside such legends as Michael Bublé and Jon Lovitz to star in a mock manger scene.
Russell Peters will also play Joseph in the show, which will air in early December.
[Globe & Mail]
In contrast, staying home, relaxing, and getting better costs employers a mere $8 billion. The study also identified the most likely culprits for coming into work sick: people who are engaged in teamwork, deal with customers, or are insecure about their jobs.
Of the people surveyed, a whopping 83 per cent said they would go to work or school if they had flu-like symptoms.
An Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor’s office this week to claim a free land plot citing Ukrainian legislation which grants every citizen the right to own 1,000 square metres of land. His visit followed a decision by city authorities to grant attractive land plots along the sea coast to a group of people for free, prompting public concerns about corruption, according to local media. The mayor’s office has since said the move was a mistake but has not yet cancelled it, according to local news website Dumskaya.net.
“I am Darth Vader, the right hand of Emperor Palpatine,” the man introduced himself to amused policemen, as seen in a video posted on YouTube and accompanied by the Imperial March music.
“...Knowing that many (local legislature) deputies and the mayor have switched to the dark side... I have come for a land plot... for my space cruiser.
Officials accepted the man’s application after he showed his passport and removed the black helmet equipped with a voice-distorting device.
“The application has been registered and will be considered,” a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office told Reuters.
“We are not on the dark side, we are light-side people,” she added.
The birth rate among American teens fell to its lowest recorded level last year...There were 34.3 births per 1,000 people 15 to 19 years old in 2010, a 9% drop from 37.9 births the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The rate has fallen in 17 of the past 19 years.
Hey I'm no scientist but maybe the problem here is teenagers are having less sex? You know??? Don't have to be a genius for this one, kids! Have to say you should have seen this one coming a mile away! Hey, what will America's moral and religious leaders complain about now? Hey, the good news is that the nation's fertility rate has now dropped below replacement level—more room for me to visit the country, right? Kidding folks, but seriously kids out there, "wrap it up," if you know what I mean. Use a condom, that is—unless you're with me! Kidding, girls. Unless you're over 18! Hey, I have some wine coolers and an old Barry White CD, want to "come over and watch movies?" Kidding, you're not girls, you're women, and this is a serious issue folks. For teenage boys! It's a crisis! Kidding, it's a positive development. Unless you're an MTV reality show producer! Aye-yi-yi, those teen moms are great on TV—take one for the team, ladies! Kidding, that's not a good reason to have a child. It's about love. Of sex! Kidding.
But seriously, just tell me your email address and add me on Facebook.
[WSJ, photo via Getty]
- Peanut butter: what does it have to do with science? Well, it has to be something, certainly, because it's right here in my notes for this column, which I made this morning, so I'm certain that it relates to a science story somehow, if you'll just allow me to, ah, peruse my source materials for a moment, I'm sure it will turn it up... ah, yes, well I'm fairly certain it must have been this, although it's difficult to say anything for sure, when it comes to science such as this.
- Imagine: a weapon that can travel five times the speed of sound. Just imagine. And while you imagine, BAM, goodbye. (End point here.)
- For years I've been hesitant to those who do drugs and thought about saying "I bet some particles really can travel faster than light. Einstein was a coward." Well, now some researchers have gone and shown it, for the second time. You can send my Nobel Prize to "c/o Blaine, the bodega at the corner of Bay and North Ave." Blaine will take it from there.
- And speaking of light, Swedish physicists have demonstrated the dynamical Casimir effect, by pulling light out of empty space. Yeah, I can turn on the light switch too guys, give me a break, brother!
- Do you like "extreme weather" like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and volcanic eruptions? Oh... I... I thought you were going to say "yes." I had this story about how extreme weather is becoming more common thanks to global warming, and everything. Had it all ready to go, and I was going to bring it out and surprise you with it, and say "Surprise!" just to see the smile light up your face, and then I had this cake and everything. Well. Just forget it. No, no... it's fine.
- "Spray-on skin:" an abomination against God and man alike? Depends.
- Female bank voles. What's their problem?
- Looks like one plucky class of biology students has unraveled that big Mexican squid mystery. "Kylie—what's that in the water?" asked one biology class member to the other, as they stood on the boat. "Looks like the solution to that squid mystery—the solution we've been searching for!" exclaimed Kylie. "High five!" said the first student. Then they slapped hands together.
- Scientists have invented the lightest material in the world: the intellectual heft of the North Bay Nugget editorial page.
A Birmingham-bound Comtel Air flight from Amritsar, India, found itself stranded in Vienna with no money to pay for fuel to complete the rest of the trip.
180 passenger were told they had to leave the plane, or else fork over 23,400 euros (~$32,000) for fuel and various airport taxes. Those who did not have cash-on-hand were escorted to nearby ATMs; others had to borrow the money from fellow passengers.
“They said there was a deficit of nearly 20,000 pounds and they gave us receipts,” said passenger Ranbir Dehal of Wolverhampton. “They lined up the buses and said we would be removed from the plane if we didn’t pay up.”
The plane finally left Vienna after a six hour delay. As many a three other flights along the same route may have encountered similar “financial difficulties.”
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, some 80 passengers aboard Hong Kong Airlines flight 752 from Singapore staged a sit-in after their plane arrived 9 hours late.
They refused to leave until the company agreed to increase their $50 compensation. 21 passengers remained onboard for over five hours, demanding to be reimbursed for a hotel room that went unused.
Eventually, following a tense standoff with police, the airline bumped the restitution up to $150.
Speaking with local media, a passenger said the protest wasn’t so much about the money as it was about the airline’s attitude.