(PCM) The wonderful people over at Buzzfeed have complied a list of seven holidays from around the globe, that are so strange you may not believe they exist.
The video features a glimpse of La Tomatina in Spain which is essentially the world’s largest food fight, Hadaka Matsuri in Japan also referred to as the ‘naked festival, Songkran in Thailand which consists of everyone spraying one another with water guns and a few others.
(PCM) In news that sounds as if it were taken straight from the pages of a science fiction novel, Amazon has revealed that they are currently working on a drone-based delivery service called Prime Air.
While the company is still working on the technicalities of such an operation, the plan would be that Prime Air would be able to have the products ordered in the hands of consumers within a half-hour of them clicking the “buy” button. They are optimistic that this technology could be ready for use within the next 4 to 5 years.
The project does require quite a bit of testing, especially due to safety concerns and they are still awaiting FAA approval. The drones would be able to carry and deliver items that are up to five pounds in weight, which CEO Jeff Benzos claims accounts for about 86% of the items Amazon currently delivers.
The company also recently announced plans to offer Sunday delivery service. Check out the video below to see a demonstration of Amazon Prime Air:
(PCM) No idea what strikes me as so hilarious about one Detroit mans new form of home protection, but his ingenious idea to use CPR dummies to stand guard at his front door is actually working.
The man has dressed the CPR dummies in gang-member fashion and placed them strategically on his front porch to ward off any possible burglars or intruders and for now it appears to be working.
The man’s home is located on Detroits’ west side and is the only home that has been cared for on a street full of abandoned homes and buildings. The man claims that because his house is the only occupied home on the street it makes him a target for break-ins and other crime.
In addition to the protective dummies, the man also has two live guard dogs and bars on all the doors and windows. The man told NBC news: ”A car will come by and they pick my place because I keep it nice. They’ll slow down, see the dummies and take off. They come back around and look again. Eventually if they figure out they are dummies they are also figuring out that now they’re being watched. They keep moving. They don’t stop.”
Even the local police have stopped by the commend the man for his ingenious creation and tell him what a good idea they think he has created.
Just wondering how well it will work now that he has officially revealed and spotlighted his secret weapon?
(PCM) It’s Friday and after a long week we are sure that everyone could use a good laugh. The newest video to begin it’s viral uprise on the net is the hilarious footage that a man and his friend captured when they took notice to a snake that decided to hitch a ride on his car windshield.
The Australian guys reaction is priceless, and I can’t say we would not react in pretty much the same way if a snake decided to pay us a visit. Definitely worth a few shrieks of terror, while the poor snake is just looking at him like “what’s your problem, man?”
(PCM) Well, Kansas is probably the place you would least expect to hear about the opening for the world’s tallest waterslide, but needless to say, the Schlitterbahn Kansas will be doing just that!
The park is currently constructing what will be the world’s tallest waterslide, which will supposedly “tower” over the current world’s tallest waterslide the 164 foot tall Insano slide in Brazil.
The new slide named the Verruckt Meg-a-Blaster is being labeled “the world’s tallest, fastest, and most extreme waterslide”. Verruckt is the German word for insane, go figure! Rumor has it, the average speed going down the slide will be about 65 miles per hour. On a positive note, you will not have to brave the Verruckt Meg-a-Blaster alone. The slide will be a raft slide and you will be sharing the terrifying experience with two to three other individuals.
The construction of the slide is expected to be finished by the time the park is ready to open in the spring of 2014 and the slides exact height will be revealed at that time.
Would you be brave enough to take a ride? Definitely not going to be one for the faint of heart!
(aMyth) UPDATE: He does not have a daughter born in 1989!
Although she claimed to be Andy’s daughter in November of 2013, actress Alexandra Tatarsky is not. Many claim that he is still interred (buried) at Beth David Cemetery, next to his mother, Janice T. Kaufman. She was born in 1989, and was probably hired by Andy’s brother Micheal.
Rumors persist that Andy Kaufman may be alive, in spite of his apparent death in 1984. Before we discuss whether he is hanging with Elvis, Tupac, Jim Morrison and D.B. Cooper on the Earthly plane, here is a little information about the man.
Andy was best known as a comedian, an actor, an Elvis impersonator, a hoaxer, a Foreign Man (from Caspiar), and c-list lounge singer Tony Clifton, among others.
He wasn’t a serial dater, although he did date Cindy Willams (Shirley from Lavern and Shirley) and comedienne Elayne Boosler.
Debby Harry (Blondie) told me she considered him a friend as well, but didn’t elaborate. They debuted together on Broadway in ‘Teaneck Tanzi,’ a very short lived show about wrestling, years before the era of Hulk Hogan and the WWF (now WWE).
Andy sometimes opened for himself as Tony Clifton, who was jealous of Andy’s success, and made that fact very clear to both the audience and in interviews. Tony was once booked as a guest on ‘Taxi,’ and caused a scene, getting booted off set. Producers James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels later released a statement that said that although Clifton was “no longer welcome on the set”, his friend Andy Kaufman would continue in his role as Latka.
Tony Clifton (on stage):
It could be said that he invented the art of Elvis Impersonation, and the King was quoted as saying that Andy was his favorite. His character of Latka Gravas, on TV’s Taxi, was based on his Foreign Man. When on the road, people most knew him for his Latka role, and would often heckle him when he wasn’t in that character. Every comedian has a response for hecklers - his was reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to the audience aloud.
On The Tonight Show (1977):
Andy was also the self-proclaimed “Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion of the World,” offering women $1000 if they could pin him. Although there were several draws, he kept his title. He befriended pro wrestler Jerry Lawler, and they feuded on television and in areas throughout the country. At one point Jerry may or may not have broken Andy’s neck (on David Letterman). Andy wore the neck brace for nearly a year after that incident. It was probably painful, but not as severe as it was claimed.
Jim Carrey believably played Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film ‘Man on the Moon.’
Andy was also the subject of the song “Man On The Moon’ by R.E.M.
Comic Relief was started in the UK, in 1985. Comic Relief USA was started in Andy’s honor, in 1986.
The Mighty Mouse Theme (1975):
Andy found he had lung cancer in late 1983, and died on May 16, 1984. Or did he?
He did discuss faking his death with friend and sometimes partner Bob Zmuda. He was 35 when he died, and he made no secret about the sudden cancer. In many ways it was a perfect setup for a fake death, and Andy was the perfect celebrity to do it.
About three years before his death, in 1981, Kaufman met with professional hoaxer Alan Abel, who himself successfully faked his own death – in 1979. Abel staged his own death from a heart attack near the Sundance Ski Lodge. Abel’s stunt was so believable it earned him an obituary in the ‘paper of record’ New York Times. Abel also started the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), his most famous hoax. SINA’s mission was to clothe naked animals throughout the world.
At the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Abel introduced a campaign to ban all breastfeeding because “it is an incestuous relationship between mother and baby that manifests an oral addiction leading youngsters to smoke, drink and even becoming anti-social.”
The owner of AndyKaufmanLives.com is Stephen Maddox of Greenwood, Indiana and more than one reporter thinks he may be more than a ‘relative’ of Andy.
Kaufman’s brother, Michael Kaufman, he admitted that he didn’t always know when his brother was acting even in some of his most bizarre skits. ‘One time I told him not to let me know what was really going on, because when people asked me questions I didn’t want to lie to them,’ he told VICE Magazine in 2012.
Is Andy alive? Probably not. If he is, his reintroduction will be the single greatest performance art of all time.
Comedy is always cruel at its heart. Andy was a cruel, cruel man.
“Andy made himself the premise and the rest of the world was the punchline.”
“Did Andy influence comedy? No. Because nobody’s doing what he did. Jim Carrey was influenced—not to do what Andy did, but to follow his own drummer. I think Andy did that for a lot of people. Follow your own drumbeat. You didn’t have to go up there and say ‘take my wife, please.’ You could do anything that struck you as entertaining. It gave people freedom to be themselves.”
“Andy Kaufman was by far the most innovative comedian at that time – although he never liked being called a comedian. With Andy, you never knew whom you were talking to. He liked to disappear into different personas offstage as well as onstage and refused to ever break character. He was a remarkable guy, but basically confusing to spend any time around.”
“When I perform, it’s very personal. I’m sharing things I like, inviting the audience into my
“No one has ever done what Andy did, and did it as well, and no one will ever. Because he did it first. So did Buster Keaton, so did Andy.”
“He was a practical joker. Most practical jokers work their pranks one-on-one. Andy’s jokes were on his entire audience.”
(PCM) There have always been rumors swirling about how one day our fingers would be implanted with chips that could remember things like our credit card numbers, social security numbers and more and all we would have to do is scan our finger at the store to be able to pay for items, etc. It was always surprising to me that no one had ever thought of a way to implant our little electronic handcuffs, otherwise known as the smartphones straight into or onto our bodies…that is until now!
Google’s Motorola company has patented a new throat tattoo, yes, you read that correctly, a throat tattoo that will be a smartphone-connected system that can be adhered to the throat region of the body as an electronic skin tattoo.
Kinda scary huh? The neck tattoo would connect to the smartphone via a transceiver much the same as products such as Google Glass or a Bluetooth headset pair up with phone and be equipped with a microphone and it’s own power supply. You would operate the phone using only voice commands.
The tattoo would not only be able to connect with smartphones, but also gaming consoles, tablets, and more. And just in case anyone was wondering, the tattoos are safe to apply to animals, as well. You know whenever you need to call Fluffy the cat to let her know you are working late!
No word on when the product will begin any beta testing or be available to the general public. Count me out! This is all getting to be a little bit too sci-fi for me!
(PCM) The incredibly rare and not often spotted “Asian Unicorn” scientifically known as Saola, was spotted for the first time in over 14 years on a trail camera in Vietnam.
The Saola is listed as one of the most threatened animals in the world and there are rumored to only be a few hundred of the mammals left alive in the world. A Saola is a very close relative to the cattle, however it very much resembles an antelope. The species was only just discovered about twenty years ago.
This new sighting gives researchers and scientists new hope for a revival of the species and satisfaction that their work in protecting the Saola from poachers and other enemies has been a success.
(PCM) Thinking of moving to the West Coast? California has forests filled with centuries-old Redwoods, oceans for summertime fun and high mountains for snowboarding adventurists. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Before packing up to head cross country, you might rethink the decision.
Energy costs in California can be quite a shock. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average per kilowatt price for electricity in Los Angeles was 21.6 cents in May 2013. By comparison, the average for consumers in Dallas, Texas was 9.94 cents per kWh, the energy suppliers at Energysavings.com report. That means hundreds of extra dollars every year are spent just to heat and cool the home.
Then there are the high tax rates, cities struggling to stay out bankruptcy, and ever-increasing regulations for business owners. If you remove the economic challenges, several California cities wear eco-harmful monikers. Seven out of 10 of the cities cited for poor air quality by the American Lung Association are in California. Three of the biggest environmental offenders are listed below:
Rating: Top Polluted City by the American Lung Association (ALA), 2013
Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr
Nestled among major oil producing companies, Bakersfield skies are laden with soot and chemical fumes. Bakersfield replaced Los Angeles as the Most Polluted City on the 2013 ALA top 10 list. L.A. didn’t drop far, down to number four. Bakersfield is surrounded on three sides by mountains, preventing rapid clearing of fumes.
This city has the highest levels of pollution year-round and some of the highest reported cases of lung and heart health issues. Over the past two decades, though, EPA incentives for farmers have been instrumental in reducing harmful emissions by 80 percent in Bakersfield.
Rating: California City with the Highest Health Risks by California EPA, 2013
Photo by Qymekkam via Wikimedia Commons
West Fresno residents face multiple health challenges, according to California’s EPA. West Fresno residents have a life expectancy that is 20 years shorter than average. Possible reasons include poultry facilities, local rendering plants, a pesticide exposure rating that ranks in the 90th percentile, and numerous other environmental factors. The city reports high rates of asthma, low birth weights, widespread poverty, and vast social and health differences across metrics for ethnicity and education.
Designation as one of the worst cities in California might help the community overcome numerous challenges to living healthy lives. Under State Senate Bill 535 (2006), health screening tools and appropriate funds from auctions of greenhouse allowances are being funneled toward this disadvantaged community.
Rating: Number One in Ozone Pollution
Photo by Al Pavangkanan via Flickr
With a population of more than 18 million, pollution created by cars is a real problem. Even with a reduction of harmful airborne compounds of 98 percent in the past few years, LA is still ranked number one in ozone pollution.
Bakersfield and L.A. have made progress. As more eco-friendly practices become more prevalent across the state, and the costs of rehabilitating the environment go down, it might get less expensive to live in this beautiful state with such an abundance of natural beauty – if it doesn’t get destroyed by environmental abuse.
(PCM) UFO enthusiast’s were recently overjoyed at their recent discovery in a photo taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover earlier this month. They feel that the photo, which can be seen below, reveals evidence of life on Mars with what appears to be an iguana.
If it does indeed reveal a creature living on Mars, the iguana’s body is completely blended in with the surrounding area, but upon closer inspection of the image you can clearly make out its’ neck skin, nostril hole, mouth line, and wide-open eye.
It is quite possible that it could just be the shape of the rock formation that looks like an iguana, but it is a truly strange coincidence. This is also not the first time that enthusiasts have claimed to have spotted life on the Red Planet, as earlier this year, there was rumors swirling about a rodent like creature as well.
Scientists who are studying the Mars Science Laboratory Project claim that they are continuing to make new discoveries at the Curiosity continues to explore the planet and have discovered a “grey Mars” where conditions would have been favorable for life at one point in time.
Let us know what you think! Mars space iguana or crazy rock formation?