Metal body parts from the dead are being recycled into road signs, lamp
posts, car parts and aircraft engines. Steel hips, plates and screws
from legs and skulls are collected after cremation and sent off for
recycling. Even metal plates from false teeth and tiny fragments from
fillings can be recovered and re-used, together with metal fittings on
coffins. High value metals which survive the 1000-degree cremation are
then sold for use in the automobile and aeronautical industries.
Money made is donated to charity and almost £1million has been raised
for good causes since the project began in Britain in 2004.
"A web of intrigue surrounds a gruesome discovery in a 19th century attic
– where a large tarantula skin, potentially contaminated with asbestos,
has been found. The shock find was made during a routine survey by
Cardiff asbestos specialists Kusten Vorland.
...Although it had been assumed Katie had stumbled on a dead tarantula,
when we showed the evidence to Cardiff Reptile Centre, they said the
bagged exhibit was just a shed skin - meaning the spider, thought to be
a Chilean Rose Tarantula, could still be at large."
Using the Internet Adult Film Database, "the premier resource for information about the American porn community on the web (who knew?)," Jon Millward extracted lots of interesting information about those who work in porn movies: Most common names: Nikki & David; average bra size: 34B. The infographic above is a color wheel of actresses races. Read the story at JonMillward.com.
"The state of Mississippi has officially ratified the 13th amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, a long overdue motion to abolish slavery that
originally began more than two centuries ago on December 6, 1865, but
was never completed, according to the latest discovery by University of
Mississippi professor Ranjan Batra and anatomical material specialist
Ken Sullivan. The two academics apparently started looking into the
status of the 13th amendment after watching Steven Spielberg's
Oscar-nominated Lincoln and after learning that the ratification
had never passed, they contacted Mississippi's secretary of state who
arranged the passage of the bill which took place earlier this month on
"In Alaska’s North Slope, the population of bowhead whales seems to be recovering. But that’s really not the coolest part of this Alaska Dispatch story. Instead, it’s this, noticed by Geoffry Gagnon"
"Bowheads seem to be recovering from the harvest of Yankee commercial
whaling from 1848 to 1915, which wiped out all but 1,000 or so animals.
Because the creatures can live longer than 200 years — a fact [Craig]
George discovered when he found an old stone harpoon point in a whale —
some of the bowheads alive today may have themselves dodged the barbed
steel points of the Yankee whalers."
The thoughts of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf Should I be worried that the top Google result (update: in October of 1994) for Relentlessly Optimistic is to the former Iraqi Information Minister?
That's somewhat offset by the fact that the #3 link is to Sponge Bob Square Pants.