Pit crew FAIL!

I’m sure we’ve all seen video of motor-racing pit crews changing tires, refueling cars, and so on. Their speed and dexterity are sometimes pretty amazing, as in this clip of a training session. Unfortunately, not all pit crews are so conscientious . . . Peter

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I’ve heard of ‘filthy lucre’, but this is ridiculous!

The expression ‘filthy lucre‘ goes back to the sixteenth century – but it could seldom be used more appropriately than to describe the rewards currently being reaped by the Nagano prefecture in Japan. Resource-poor Japan just discovered a new source of mineral wealth — sewage. A sewage treatment facility in central Japan has recorded a higher gold yield from sludge than can be found at some of the world’s best mines. An official in Nagano prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, said the high percentage of gold found at the Suwa facility was probably due to the large number of precision equipment

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Make-up martyrdom?

I’m concerned to read a report in the Daily Mail about the ingredients in many items of modern make-up, and the health risks they pose. Of course, since I don’t use make-up, I’m not in danger from them: but I guess my sisters and lady friends are, so I thought it might be worthwhile to highlight the risk. The British cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery industry is worth more than £6.5 billion a year. Yet just this week, research was published showing that common chemicals used in toiletries may make women more likely to be infertile. Indeed, inside all those gleaming

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What a great idea!

As a relationship counselor (among other things that a pastor – even a retired pastor – has to do), I’ve long been a very vocal critic of the ‘dating game’ (or the ‘meat market’, as some have called it). I regard much of the modern boy-meets-girl scene (or vice versa) as extremely unhealthy, not very moral (to put it mildly), and a recipe for exploitation. That’s why I’m delighted to read about Playdate. Lynne Lucas is taking herself off the meat market. Monique Brown is sick of having to look cute all the time. And Scott Hayes is searching for

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Made it to Dallas

Evening, all. I got into Dallas safe and sound this afternoon, and I’m staying with JPG and Holly and their three dogs (all of whom are trying to persuade me that they’ve had no attention from anybody at all since my last visit, and they’re totally neglected, and they need all the love I can give them. They do a great job of acting!) I’m very tired, and rather stiff (driving long distances with titanium straps holding your back together can do that). I’m going to soak myself in a nice hot bath, then catch up on some sleep. I’ll

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Oh, the snark!

The redoubtable and ever-brilliant Iowahawk has done it again. He takes the allegedly proverb-illustrating Kenyan statue President Obama keeps on his desk, and runs the metaphor ragged! A few examples of his take on proverbial wisdom around the world: “If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. If you want to travel in comfort, fake an ankle sprain and convince the other travelers to carry you.”Ashanti “Do not curse the crow who has stolen your chili; tomorrow his rectum will curse the dawn.”Thai “Do not waste your time talking to the yak.

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A Congressman I could come to like!

I’m cackling at US Rep. John Carter‘s latest legislative proposal. He’s taken to heart the politically-well-connected tax cheats (Rangel and Geithner, whom we mentioned just the other day) who’ve used their connections to escape the consequences of their crimes: and he’s done something about it – something original. All U.S. taxpayers would enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Obama Administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, if a bill introduced today [01-28-2009] by Congressman John Carter (R-TX) becomes law. Carter, a former longtime Texas judge, today introduced the Rangel

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On the road – comments will be delayed

I’m heading for Dallas today (Friday) to join in a blogmeet at the lovely Phlegm‘s place. A bunch of us will be getting together tomorrow to sort out the problems of the world (as usual). As a result, I won’t be able to edit and moderate comments on the road. Please feel free to post your comments as usual, but they won’t be displayed until I can get at a computer late tomorrow afternoon to approve them, and delete those from advertisers and idiots. (There’s always a few.) Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #156

A tip o’ the hat to Larry S. of Virginia for e-mailing me about this story. Now and again criminals do something particularly stupid – and, in this case, they brought a smile (and perhaps a belly-laugh or two) to an entire nation! Two hardened suspects on New Zealand’s North Island tried to make a break from a courthouse Wednesday, still tied together by handcuffs. But before they could run across the street in Hastings, they were hit by pepper-spray — and that’s where their bolt for freedom went horribly wrong. Stumbling onwards, the hapless criminals appeared to forget they

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Fun with gardens

I do enjoy the British sense of the whimsical. An English householder has charmed her neighborhood by carving her hedge into the semblance of a whale. The enormous sculpture, with its big smile and flicked-out tail, has proved a big hit in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent. Its creator, Nicki Leggatt, 59, a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, said she decided to transform the hedge outside her detached home when she first moved to the area. She said: ‘It was just a huge overgrown privet hedge when I first moved here in 2003. ‘In my first year

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