"The divers had already pulled up four bodies. So when a hand appeared on the TV screen Walker was monitoring in the rescue boat, showing what the diver in the Jascon saw, everybody assumed it was another corpse." Harrison Odjegba Okene survived three days of darkness and isolation when he was trapped in a sunken tugboat, breathing from an air bubble and listening to the sounds of his shipmates being eaten by fish. His amazing rescue hit the news this spring. (Previously
.) The actual video of his rescue has now been widely distributed. Short version. Long version
, with an appropriate but inappropriate piece of jaunty music at the end.
This Valentine's Day make love, not war...
An Alabama sex shop is offering a handgun- for-sex-toy promotion for Valentine's Day. [more inside]
Get a grip on this.
"It turns out that opposable thumbs aren't critical for getting a good grip. Neither are fingers. Scientists have created a robotic arm that can do everything from serve drinks to draw pictures even though it has no digits. Their robotic hand, which they describe online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a thin rubber sack filled with coffee grains or small glass spheres. When this hand comes in contact with an object, a small pipe sucks air from the sack, causing it to contract and mold to the object's shape. The contraction is small—a mere 1% change in volume–but was enough to grab most objects the researchers tested." Inside the balloon hand
. The robotic mitt
. Via: Sciencemag.org
Paul Westerberg Puts Screwdriver Through Hand.
Could be sidelined for up to a year
, says friend Jim Walsh
, who originally reported the accident.
rode out Katrina in New Orleans and later "escaped" one of the freeway-based collection points. His is the first of what will surely be many firsthand accounts appearing on blogs. Why not collect your link finds here?
Okay, so why do they drive funny overseas?
Blame it on swords
, of course, but also on Pope Boniface
(can this really be true?), and, of course, on the French.
At least we all can agree on boats
- Welcome to the exquisite world of shadows
for video of performance)
It's interesting to watch, but the real fun is in trying it yourself...
Watch this unique DJ
show us what he's made of. (Flash)
Press button, wipe hands on pants ... NOT!
FINALLY someone has done something about those crappy hand driers that never really worked in the first place. I encountered my first XLERATOR in the men's room of my local pool hall the other night. For a moment I feared it would blow the flesh off my tender hands. But no flesh-tearing was to occur; it performed its intended function flawlessly in about 10 seconds. My profound and everlasting gratitude to its inventor.
Best news ever? Do I need to get a life?
Man has replacement hand removed, now wants another one.
Of course, he almost definitely will not get it, after annoying his doctors from the first operation. Still, I can't help thinking about a movie
in which a man and his hand become "mentally detached".