If you thought the picture of the guy getting hit in the balls with a baseball looked painful check out this video.
Fogonazos has posted some photos showing the Tarim Desert Highway in China (view Google map). The total length of the highway is 552km with approximately 446km of the highway cross uninhabited areas covered by shifting sand dunes.
Built in 1995 to move oil from the Tarim Basin, China's largest inland basin, the highway has been lined with a 60-metre-wide tree belt along the route provided with a massive irrigation system which pump water for the vegetation.
The aim of the tree belt is to prevent the sand from covering the highway. It is maintained by workers who living in blue houses every 4km. Between them they plant 2 million rose willows, sacsaoul and buckthorn. It's a very lonely job that requires workers to live in the houses for at least 2 years.
There is more information as well as more photos here.
Awww! How cute. First they all ran around for a bit, then they all rolled in the grass and then the cheetah cubs realised that their mum didn't catch the little impala for their entertainment.
The photo series, taken in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, shows a cheetah cubs learning how to catch and kill pray. It took several minutes but the cubs eventually figured out how to kill the fawn.
Vint Cerf, creator of the Internet, talks to Esquire about the Internet (and other things). He 'was disappointed that pornography got to the Net', was annoyed when he first saw spam in '79 and 'won't go on a safari in a three-piece suit'.
HM Treasury recently unveiled a new logo for the Office of Government Commerce but when deciding on the logo it failed to take a look at it on its side.
The £14,000 logo was intended to signify a bold commitment to the body’s aim of “improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement”, but the employees quickly spotted the clanger.
Spiegel has posted an article (along with photos) of a visit to the Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing where the menu consists almost entirely of penis and testicle dishes -- made from the private parts of deer, snakes, yaks, horses, seals and ducks, among others.
I have a feeling I've posted these photos before but if so I'm posting them again. They were taken at last year's Fleet Week in San Francisco.
I've just booked a trip to San Francisco (for a birthday celebration but I won't tell you how old;o), and it happens to coincide with the 2008 Fleet Week. Seeing as I've got similar kit to what was used to take the photos I'm hoping that I'll be able to take some great shots. If you've been to a past Fleet Week, have you got any tips on good vantage points? I'm going to be in the city for the practice shows and the air shows, are the practice shows similar to the actual air shows?
Whilst on the subject of San Francisco/California, is Santa Cruz worth a visit? I'm planning on driving further south for a few days after visiting San Francisco to visit Monterrey, Half Moon Bay and possibly Santa Cruz. Are there any other places in the area worth visiting?
I used to use YouTorrent to search torrent file (legal of course ;o) but they no longer search the more popular torrent sites. I came across LookTorrent today which searches 25 different torrent sites. The interface is not as slick as YouTorrent but you're more likely to find what you are looking for. [via]
A 19-year-old woman who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea has been recognised as the world's youngest professor.
Alia Sabur was enrolled at a university at age 10 and played clarinet with a symphony orchestra at 11.
You might get some funny looks whilst using certain keys on this embedded keyboard. Designer Erik De Nijs has embedded a rubber-keyed keyboard into a pair of jeans and besides typing out an email with your crotch, you can also listen to music using the built-in 'knee speakers' and play a game using the joystick controller behind the front zipper. More pics here.
"This CBS report was in March 1975. Edward J.Daly,owner of World Airways, sent a Boeing 727 aircraft to Da Nang Vietnam to pick up stranded woman and children. Instead the aircraft was swamped by military personnel climbing on the aircraft. There were 260 people aboard a plane which is designed to carry 105. The plane was overloaded by 20,000 pounds. The baggage compartments were loaded with people. Some of the problems during the flight included, the rear stairway remained partially extended for the entire flight, the main wheels would not retract, a hand grenade damage to one of the wings causing fuel loss, and the lower cargo doors were open. The plane had to fly at 10,000 feet because of lack of pressurization thus fuel consumption was three times greater than normal."
A Russian news channel has broadcast footage of the aftermath of one of James Bond's Aston Martin that was trashed while filming the opening scene of Quantum of Solace.
Judging by the footage at the end of the clip, Bond has still got more Aston Martins to play with (five to be exact). [via]
Update: The Telegraph has an article that includes an interview with the stunt driver and photos.
Filling the car up with petrol is one job I could do without so the sooner that petrol stations install these the better. There's a video of it in action here.
Ecocho is is the world's first known search engine that enables users to offset their own carbon emissions for free. It uses Yahoo and Google results and for every 1,000 searches made on the site they will donate 2 trees. So far they've planted 3,241 trees and offset 1.6KG of CO2.