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The space shuttle Endeavor is being slowly maneuvered through the streets of LA. This is causing quite the ruckus needless to say for the inhabitants of the City of Angels. Lets just hope that it makes it without being spray painted by some random latino thug. I wonder what those rims would bring down in Mexico? (I kid I kid!)

On a much more positive note, at least the residents of LA have something worth while to look at for a bit. Sure beats the pants off of Paris Hilton. (Wait! Put those back on! No one wants to see that! I haven't even had my coffee! aiyeeee!!!)

 
 
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Well, as if Florida doesn't have enough strange things happening these days, a wandering beach-comber has discovered a softball sized eyeball washed up in the sand. The intrepid individual turned the socketless seer over to the Florida Wildlife Commision on Wednesday, who have been trying to identify what species of swimmer this thing belongs to since. 

          The story found its way into the archives of the National Geographic, who has opened up the mystery to the public. ("Seeing" as how the Squid experts were busy doing more important things...) Guesses range from Squid to Swordfish to Tuna to Aliens. DNA testing will answer many of these questions as results come in. 

          Seriously though... what the hell could be so much more important for a Giant Squid Expert?! That seems to me to be the real mystery/conspiracy here. Silly Squid experts...

 
 
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This leaves me to believe that Terminator was more than a movie, but perhaps a glimpse into the not so far future! I suppose its a good thing this machine is much more cuddly and has developed an affinity for felines.

That's right, they let the machine loose on the internet to see what happened, and it taught itself how to recognize and search for, CATS!

The Scientists expressed more amusement and bewilderment at this fact than anything else.


According to a New York Times story, the team said the neural computer nearly doubled the accuracy with which it drew the cat face.

“We never told it during the training, ‘This is a cat,’ ” said Dr. Dean, the developer of the software used by this learning computer brain.

“It basically invented the concept of a cat. We probably have other ones that are side views of cats.”

Source: redOrbit (http://s.tt/1ge9g)


“A loose and frankly awful analogy is that our numerical parameters correspond to synapses,” said Dr. Ng, saying despite having 16,000 processors interconnected, a brain has many many more processing connections.

“It is worth noting that our network is still tiny compared to the human visual cortex, which is a million times larger in terms of the number of neurons and synapses.”

What happens when it stops looking for Cats, and begins learning about guns?

 
 
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Here you can find the full story. I don't get it really, it is a bit of a stretch for me to see it. But hey, I am sure the disney corporation does not mind some free advertising!

 
 
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This octopus knows whats up! Caught on camera attached to the genital slit (that is a legitimate science term, get your mind out of the gutter!) of a dolphin as it jumped out of the water. Scientists were baffled at first, but on closer examination they discovered the stow away.

When asked about the experience, the octopus replied... "Tastes like tuna"... Ok I made that part up, but still. Cool story!

 
 
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A whopping 10 camels.

OK, so some people over in the middle east must have REALLY missed the class on how to be effective terrorists.

Perhaps if they had offered something of theirs what was a bit more tantalizing to us infidel American types, like 10 tickets to the Superbowl, or 10 days vacation.

Stupid terrorists....

 
 
Mama told me to poop on a daisy. Mmmmm . . . smell that special daisy!
 
 
Artists Francois Robert has assembled this collection of images, all of which present an element of danger or death as the result of violence - and they are all made with human bones. He calls the series "Stop The Violence".
More here.

 
 
A mound of tires in rural South Carolina is causing a ruckus as reports claim it can be seen from outer space. Covering more than 50 acres, no one seems to know how the approximately quarter million tires happened to gather there, though authorities have charged one person in connection with the giant mound of rubber.
Via HuffPo
 
 
If you've ever desired to acquire the skills necessary to wage battle against the undead, then there's a one day military boot camp available just for you in the UK. For about $90, you can spend the day at the Zombie Boot Camp learning crucial weapons skills - including sidearms, grenades and a chainsaw- while wearing full military gear, and top it all off by demonstrating your newly gained skills by "clear(ing) a ware house full of zombies".
A spokesman for wish.co.uk, the group sponsoring the one-day survival course, says ""It's a great idea for a Christmas or birthday present, especially if you want to get something that the person you are buying for would never expect. Plus, if a zombie invasion ever did occur, you might even be able to save the world."
Via Oddity Central