Starting today I will be posting various events, births and deaths that occured on the current day.
1900: Coca Cola first went on sale in Britain.
1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and their driver were killed in a car crash in the Place de l'Alma underpass in Paris, France.
AD 12: Caligula, Roman emperor is born.
1969: Rocky Marciano, US heavyweight boxer dies.
SMH.com.au: Zenkey Foal A Hybrid Star
A Japanese safari park says it will put a zebra-donkey hybrid, believed to be the world's only living "zenkey", on public view next week.
Although it is extremely rare, donkeys and zebras can produce offspring because they belong to the same horse family.
Nasu Safari Park has had a naturally-bred zenkey twice before, but they did not live long.
"One, born more than a decade ago, survived only for a few days and the second one died after less than two months," Mr Ishikawa said.
BBC: Angler's Toes Replace Lost Fingers
This is one strange operation that has a happy ending.
A keen angler has had two toes transplanted onto his hand by plastic surgeons, so that he can carry on fishing after an horrific accident.
Colin Thomas, 58, from Swansea, south Wales, lost all eight fingers when both his hands were caught in a roller at a steel plant. He feared his fishing days were over because he could not hold a rod, nor could he reel in his catch, without fingers. But surgeons came to the rescue in a 13-hour operation to take a toe from each foot to transplant onto his right hand. Doctors told him he was the first person in Britain to have two toes transplanted onto his hand.
Colin, a keen angler since he was nine-years-old now goes out fishing almost every day.
Jaggle has been a daily read for me for about the past two months and it's always full of great content. Up until today it has been published in Dutch which is a pretty difficult language to understand. From today the site is to be published in both Dutch and English which I'm sure will boost the number of hits the site receives.
Sierra Sun: Man Survives Horrific Construction Accident
You often hear about people surviving after being impaled by a wide variety of objects but this one has to be one of the most horrific I've come across.
Truckee resident Ron Hunt, who has been dubbed "Miracle Man" by friends, survived being impaled through the eye with an 18-inch long, 1 1/2-inch diameter chip auger drill bit.
He fell off the ladder face-first and onto the drill, which went through his right eye and out his skull, just above his right ear. According to Ben, doctors told him the drill pushed his brain aside, rather than impaling it, which could have caused further - and most likely vastly more extensive - damage.
The x-ray image that accompanied the article does seem a little hard to believe. Is it me or does it seem like the drill piece has been placed over the skull? Maybe it's because it's hard to believe that somebody could survive an accident like this. [via Jaggle]
News.com.au: Woman Leaves Family For Online Lover
A WELSH woman told her husband and son she was going to the shop, then boarded a flight to Australia to be with a man she met on the internet.
Margaret Fiore, 40, has now been granted permanent residency status in Australia and says she has no regrets about leaving husband Chris, 53, and son Sam, 13, for an Adelaide factory worker called Steve.
"Life with Christopher was dull. Life's too short to settle for misery."
The father suspected something was wrong but the son never suspected anything.
Further to my post last Sunday, I have found a picture of Zeus. It was published in the Guardian newspaper today. There is also an article to accompany the picture. If you live in the UK there is a program about the cat on BBC on Sunday 31st August. Interestingly it seems that somebody has agreed to pay the incredible fee!
This site discusses scenes in movies that disregard the laws of physics. The site offers information on general bad movie physics such as flaming cars, flashing bullets and explosions as well as reviewing over two-dozen movies such as The Terminator, The Matrix Reloaded and The Hulk.
The reviews are particularly interesting but it can get a little complicated when mathematical equations are introduced. [via Lockergnome]
Web cams seem to appear in some strange places and this cam has to be one of the strangest. A cam has been installed at the end of a lobster trap 50 feet out at sea. Looking at the cam this morning all I could see was a strange object. [via Linkfilter]
Little Think Tank: The UCE Mystery
In relation to the ever-growing problem of spam, Liam Page over at the Little Think Tank points out:
…who are all these people clicking the links that come in the emails that promise to make some of your bits bigger, and your other bits smaller, grow back your hair, get rid of it entirely, whiten your teeth, darken your tan, improve your reception (both on your TV and the welcome you get at the pub) and generally make life so much glossier?
Somebody has to be clicking those links. Somebody has to be making it all worthwhile.
I'm lucky that I receive very little spam, but when I do I do what I though most people do and that's delete it without reading it. However, people are obviously clicking the links.
Related: A New-Zealand man, notorious for sending large volumes of junk-mail, has quit his operation after his name, e-mail address and phone number were published by a local newspaper. He received about 20 harassing phone calls and was subscribed to various e-mail lists. Perhaps now he will understand just how the millions of people feel who have received e-mails from him.
I'm sure that this will appeal to only the die-hard fans. A marathon screening of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy will take part in North America this December to celebrate the release of The Return of the King. The mammoth 10 hour screening will consist of the extended versions of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers and a special screening of the Return of the King. [via Linkfilter]
CNET: AOL Launches Blogging Service
America Online on Monday launched a new feature called AOL Journals in an effort to piggyback on the grassroots popularity of Web logs, or "blogs."
Whilst offering a simple user-friendly interface for users wishing to create their first blog the format is rather bland. AOL does offer some good features such as the ability to post from AOL instant messenger and by phone.
People are showing an interest in the service as Susan Mernit points out:
According to an insider, AOL Journals already has about 7,000 users, but it's jumped up into the top 200 on AOL searches, indicating members are interested.
Massive scaling will depend on the quantity of promotion that AOL provides.
You know flash mobs are "over" when they land on "Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet" in Entertainment Weekly (August 22/29, 2003, p. 12)"
"Flash mob: hundreds of people are alerted by text messaging to show up at a certain time, and they do! The only hard part is getting Mom to drive you there."
Since the first Flash Mob took place in NYC in July 2003, they have spread across the world. Every major city in the world has now experienced this new ‘phenomenon’. How long can these random gatherings go on for and are some of the ideas for flash mobs getting a little too crazy?
When a 30-foot whale jumped out of the ocean and landed on a boat last week I'm sure many people asked themselves, 'What are the chances of that happening?' Extremely unlikely. But as David Randall reveals in this article from The Independent, these extraordinary events happen all too often. [via Fark]
BBC: Dyke to open up BBC archive
Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives. Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.
The service, the BBC Creative Archive, would be free and available to everyone, as long as they were not intending to use the material for commercial purposes, Mr Dyke added.
"The BBC probably has the best television library in the world," said Mr Dyke, who was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
At present there are no exact details of the types of programs that will be available or if they will make everything available. It would be hard to believe if they made available all the programs they have ever made. Certain questions arise from this announcement - What will the quality be like? Will the BBC's website cope with the sheer volume of traffic that would most certainly be generated? Will access be restricted to a few programs per day?
Zeropaid: P2P Helps CD Sales
According to new research P2P applications are driving CD sales rather than hindering them. Perhaps now the RIAA will now realise that there are other reasons for the drop in sales one of which is manufactured 'bands' singing crap music.
Critics of the Recording Industry Association of America and its hard line of file sharing have long suggested this to be the case and now research from Nielsen/NetRatings supports the claim.
The findings revealed that of those using file-sharing services to download music, the majority (71 per cent) regularly buy music either online or on the high street.
Perhaps the real truth is something the RIAA is unprepared to face up to. Many critics have suggested the homogenising of the music industry is the real reason for the CD slump of recent years.
Endless streams of indistinguishable boy bands, churning out cover versions, and the proliferation of the Pop Idol format, has seen the music industry stagnate in recent years.
At £100,000 Zeus may well be the most expensive cat in the world. The reason the cat is so expensive is the fact that it's a one 'creation' of cat-breeder Esmond Gay. The cat is 10% domestic and 90% wild Asian leopard. There was an image of Zeus in the print edition of the Sunday Times but I was unable to find it online. Read more about the cat here.
UPDATE: A picture of Zeus was published in the Guardian newspaper on 28th August. I have scanned the picture and it can be found in this post. [Updated 28-08-03]
I came across these links to some very small gadgets while taking a look at Linkfilter.
World's Smallest TV - Manufactured in 1982. I'm surprised a smaller one hasn't been made (unless one has). The site that this page is on offers a good history of the TV with lots of images of very early sets.
World's Smallest Laptop - Hardly what I'd consider a laptop. Judging from the specs it packs a punch for such a small device.
World's Smallest Web Server - This is small! It's hard to believe that the tiny chip is a complete micro-computer.