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Kick the Crap Out of Bullies

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This photo tells you all you need to know about my feelings about bullies. Kick the crap out of them. It’s that simple.

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Story of Fictitious Dog “Leao” still Draws Admirers

A story in 2011 about a Brazilian dog stirred the emotions of millions worldwide with sentiment so raw the anecdote went viral immediately. The tale spun a fictitious yarn about a pup named “Leao” who was so loyal to her former owner that the dog sat vigil for days at graveside after the owner’s funeral.

At the time everyone thought the story was real, with Leao’s chronicle revealed to be a hoax only a few weeks later. Despite that, Leao’s folktale still tugs at the heartstrings of net surfers today, 4 1/2 years later.

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People stumble across the narrative to this day and are touched by the loyalty of such an admirable dog. In fact, folks still often ask about her, remarking “Whatever became of that incredible Brazilian dog Leao?”

Leao’s reported owner was Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who supposedly died in Brazil’s 2011 catastrophic landslides caused by severe flooding. It is not even known if Santana was a real person or simply the figment of someone’s deceptive imagination.

Leao’s narration was carried by numerous media outlets including McCafferty Himself, and even CNN. The hoax revelation was first carried by the Malaysia Sun, but far fewer news organizations bothered to report the hoax.They were far more interested in the emotionalism of the original article. That is probably why so many folks still believe the story today.

Most of us want to believe that such a tale is true because it reaffirms the landmark loyalty that dogs have for their owners. Unconditional love even after death–now that really is a tale worth telling.

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The dog in the photo actually belonged to Rodolfo Júnior, a grave digger who worked at a cemetery in Teresopolis, Brazil. Júnior stated that his dog often accompanied him to work, and he did not know who took the photo of his dog at the newly dug, unmarked grave.

There were so many dead from the mudslides in Brazil that year that they resorted to burying people in an assembly line fashion, which is why they are so many fresh graves in the photos. It was reported that 655 died in Teresopolis alone.

Perceiving human like emotions in animals is not new. There are many videos on the Net of such things. Look at a video we have of a cat that appears to be trying to revive its mate by massaging its chest.

These type of tales seem to give us that warm fuzzy feeling inside, even if it’s 4 1/2 years after the fact.

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When a Crow Soars on Eagle’s Wings

At first glance it looks something like a Boeing 747 with NASA’s Space Shuttle hooked on its back. But it is much more in tune with nature than that. An ordinary black crow decides that there must be a reason why the eagle is the national bird of America and not the crow. He jumps when an opportunity presents itself–to see things from a different perspective. Have a look at when a crow soars on eagle’s wings:

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The crow swiftly swoops in for a quick landing atop the back of the eagle, rides a short distance, and then speedily lifts off to fly again on its own. Perhaps the crow wondered what life was like on the other side of the fence and decided to see for himself.

These photos were first spotted over at Mashable and are the work of amateur bird photographer Phoo Chan who has a spread of many wild bird shots over on Flickr.

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“At first I thought the crow was going to chase away the eagle,” says Phoo. “I was completely awed to see the crow actually land on the back of the eagle. They both flew in different directions and it looked like they became friends.”

Perhaps the crow wanted to be friends, or perhaps it is a case of life imitating technology. Maybe there was a time when the crow saw a similar situation in real life; when the crow saw a NASA Space Shuttle flying on the back of a 747. Maybe he just wanted to know how the Space Shuttle felt.

I think the crow was going for the thrill.

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A Passel of Redneck Graffiti

Here lies a passel of Redneck graffiti for your perusal and intellectual edification. It seems that certain redneck types have scrawled their opinions and diatribes on vacant building walls merely to express themselves for your cerebral enlightenment. Lucky you.

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I cannot imagine why Osama bin Laden would ever hate country music. I mean, Shania Twain…Carrie Underwood…Hello!? Need I say more? That is probably as good of a reason to join the Marines as any, but perhaps Joe Bob doesn’t know Osama is no longer with us. If so, he may be slightly annoyed once he learns the truth.

So it seems that Bubba is a patron of the “Midnight Golf Supply.” Guess a fella has to save nickels and dimes wherever he can. But isn’t that red stripe around your ball a mite embarrassing once you are back in the clubhouse?

I can understand Joe Bob loading up on fresh “toys” when he visits the dump. One man’s trash IS another man’s treasure, after all.

And Billy Ray’s sis and stepmom being one and the same person is no fault of Billy Ray. Since when can we control who Daddy marries? Daddy always did have a mind of his own.

Billy Bob meeting girls at family reunions just makes a whole lot of sense. Why not keep it all in the family?

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Joe Bob’s sister really isn’t that trashy. Lots of girls wear a see thru blouse at their Momma’s funeral.

As for Bubba disappearing with his double wide to avert foreclosure, my understanding is that his bank hid a Lojack device on the trailer in the event of just such an occurrence. Sorry Bubba.

There was no chance of the fire in Billy Bob’s bathroom spreading to the house. Billy Bob deliberately placed his outhouse a ways off to avoid any odor issues wafting toward the house. That’s planning ahead Billy Bob.

And Jim Bob buying sushi at the bait shop just plain makes sense. A fella just has to save money when he can. Besides the bait shop has a recipe for pickled minnows that is just special.

Airplane or no airplane, Betty Lu has always been particular about her doo. Can’t see that changing any time soon.

Crack and plumber’s butt are just plain embarrassing. If you got it all hangin’ out on the backside, you ain’t no self respecting redneck. That is fer shur.

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So Cute it Can’t Be Legal

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A baby and puppy that are so cute together it just cannot be legal. The baby’s name is Eisleigh and the puppy is known as Clyde. Together they give a whole new meaning to the term cuteness.

Their video has gone viral on YouTube, on AOL and all over the rest of the world. Somehow these two just naturally know how to pose for the camera.

And yes, the puppy is a pitbull. Let’s hope this pup keeps its gentle disposition on through to adulthood.

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Can these two possibly be any cuter? I just don’t think that’s possible.

 

Hot Damn Van Damme – video

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Hot Damme! Look what 53-year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme can do! That is Jean-Claude in the pic above with his legs spread out between two semi-trailer trucks. Performing this “epic split” is a trick Jean-Claude often does in his movies, but generally he does it at ground level. The stunt takes on a much more impressive perspective when performed between the side mirrors of two semis.

Van Damme’s movies are generally not much more than martial arts flicks, which is fine if you like fight films. But Jean-Claude cleverly garners some impressive publicity with this stunt, making me wonder if I should reconsider checking out Mr “Muscles from Brussels” next flick.

Also impressive in the video is the ability of the semi drivers to maintain the necessary distance between the two trucks while driving backward in the stunt. Anyone who has ever driven a truck knows that driving any truck backward like this is no small feat, let alone doing it with an 18 wheeler.

If I were in the market to buy a semi, Volvo would certainly be tops on my list after seeing this stunt, which is undoubtedly just what Volvo wanted when they set up the video.

Racy Pamela Anderson Ad Banned In Britain – Video

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Remember Pamela Anderson, the gorgeous blonde bombshell who starred as a hot lifeguard in the TV series Baywatch. The former Playboy Playmate of the year is now 46 years old and still riles male hormones into a-churning overtime.

Lovely Pamela recently starred in a TV commercial for crazydomains.com.au in which she displays her still remarkable body clad in tattoos, a bikini and cream cascading down her incredibly supple body parts.

The United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dutifully banned the commercial from Britain’s airwaves claiming the ad contains what it calls offensive content.

“…we considered the ad was likely to cause serious offence to some viewers on the basis that it was sexist and degrading to women,” the ASA ruled.

Naturally, Pamela and her publicist must now be reveling in the subsequent publicity that the ban has created. The ASA has turned an innocuous commercial that would have quickly faded away into a gold mine for Pamela and crazydomains.com.au.

Because the vid is hosted by YouTube, we apologize for any advertising you may be forced to watch in order to view the video:

The old Hollywood axiom, “any publicity is good publicity” obviously still holds true.

Icy Finger of Death and Killer Whales Coordinate Hunt for Prey – Videos

The Frozen Planet series on the Discovery channel has posted the above trailer on its web site, showing how frozen salty sea water, or brine, will freeze ocean water on contact forming an underwater “brinicle” or brine icicle. The brinicle will freeze any sea creature in its path instantly, which is why it’s called the icy finger of death.

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It’s amazing that ice can form deep underwater like that.


The second video, which is also from Frozen Planet, shows killer whales coordinating a group attack while hunting seals up in the Arctic. The whales swim in unison causing waves that knock a seal off of the ice floe it is desperately clinging to for life.

The video clearly proves that killer whales are highly intelligent.

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Sorry about the ads in the videos. It’s YouTube so what can you do?

 

Photograph Shows Shark in wave among surfers

A San Diego photographer took a photo of what appears to be a shark inside a wave with surfers all around it. At all times the surfers were unaware of the shark’s presence, and no one was attacked.

Photographer Gary Elliot took the snapshot while taking pictures of the high surf off Encinitas, California, which is near San Diego. Elliot did not even realize what a rare photo he had until he examined the shots on his home computer.

Marine biologist Marcelo Szpilman writing about the photo says, “I cannot say exactly what it is, but it sure is not a white shark, because the shape of the caudal fin is different.”

Of course, it might easily be some type of shark other than a great white.

Face of Famine

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The woman in the pale orange veil in the above slideshow counts herself as one of the countless refugees of the famine currently raging against the Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti region in the Horn of Africa. Her vacant stare and the premature lines of age in her skin relate the plight of a woman who probably remembers the fading hopes and expectations of her lost youth but no longer has little if any chance of achieving them.

Where and why did it all go wrong? Was this poor woman fated from the start to a life of desperation and disappointment?

As a lad I remember Life Magazine doing an impressive photo spread of the famine that devastated Biafra in the late 1960’s. Biafra was a part of Nigeria that had seceded from the mother country amidst a terrible civil war.

The Life photos were quite powerful, and one of the haunting looks of the photo shoot was the orange hair of the refugees who were caught by the photographers as they died from starvation. A photo in the slideshow above is one such Life photo. It shows a poor skinny woman who is so thin that she appears to be but a boy in the photo. Her hair is the telltale orange that so many of the starving Biafrans suffered through.

The following video is a report about the current African famine:

Now more than 40 years after the Biafran catastrophe, little has changed. Another famine now ravages the African Horn’s wasteland, and millions of people are starving and dying.

As always, civil war and sectarian violence complicate the issue. Photographers solemnly record the despair, devastation and dying for us. Our slideshow depicts a now infamous photo of a vulture watching over a starving child, waiting for meal time. This photo could be from any of the African famines of the last century because there always seems to be another African famine.

Why? Why can’t Africa get it right? Africa faces war after war and famine after famine decade after decade. China has pulled itself up by the bootstraps and is prospering. So has india. But not Africa.

Africa simply languishes. It makes no sense.

 

Japan Tsunami Rocks its Coast – 6 Videos

An 8.9 Magnitude earthquake that hit Japan this morning also triggered a tsunami with waves reportedly up to 23 feet high in some areas of Japan.

The epicenter of the quake was just off the coast of Sendai, an area that also received massive damage and loss of life due to the tsunami.

Sendai City airport was quickly flooded by the tsunami wave which was caught on closed circuit security TV.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the 8.9-magnitude earthquake was the strongest in the country’s history, however, other reports claimed it was the 5th strongest.

Television footage showed towering waves with an average reported height of 12 meters, or about 13 feet. However, other waves were reported as high as 23 feet.

The massive tsunami wave surged toward the northeastern shoreline, pulling cars into the water and knocking boats and buildings onto their sides.

This first video is an Associated Press Report with many shots of the waves in action:

The earthquake is the fifth highest on record in Japan, which is a magnet for quakes considering Japan’s geological makeup. The next video is a Russia Today report of the tsunami wave hitting and practically swallowing a small boat:

This third vid which is also from Russia Today shows the Tsunami hitting the airport with its massive wave, although the report did not specify the airport it is believed to be Sendai City Airport:

A 4th video, this one from the Associated Press, is a general report of the tsunami showing waves causing destruction wherever they go:

Yet a fifth video report comes from Russia Today with lots of tsunami footage:

Our last video is an early report from the Associated Press showing some of the early footage with some dramatic damage from the tsunami:

Although early reports stated as few as 43 dead, later reports placed the death toll in the hundreds, a number that is sure to rise as more reports come in.

 

Brazilian Dog Leao is Hoax

Leao, the Brazilian dog that reportedly remained at the grave of its owner for days after the funeral, is a hoax reports the Mayasia Sun.

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The story of Leao along with the moving photos above showing the dog seemingly standing guard at graveside went viral over the Internet. It was reported widely by many media outlets and blogs including McCafferty Himself and even CNN.

It seems that Leao is a fictional name for a dog that never really existed. The dog in the photo belongs to Rodolfo Júnior, a grave digger who works at a cemetary in Teresopolis, Brazil.

In interviews with local Brazilian media, Júnior states that his dog often accompanies him to work, and he does not know who took the photo of his dog at the newly dug, unmarked grave.

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However, the photo was submitted to the media through the Getty/AFP network by a company photographer. Either the photographer misunderstood who the dog belonged to or deliberately misrepresented the story.

Hundreds of animals were displaced by the recent floods in the state of Rio de Janeiro according to the Brazilian branch of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). However, the WSPA knows of no dog named Leao among the displaced animals.

The WSPA did say that a dog named Caramelo did lose its family in the floods, but that dog has already been placed with a new owner.

Editor’s note: Post updated 7/3/2015.

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Loyalty Even After Death

Leao continues to sit at the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in last week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil. She has remained at the graveside for two days straight with no sign that she will give up her vigil.

Leao proves that dogs are loyal to a fault.

There are so many dead from the mudslides in Brazil that they have resorted to burying people in an assembly line fashion. I believe there were 655 dead just in Leao’s town alone.

Editors Note: Story of Brazilian dog “Leao” turned out to be a hoax. See followup story. Updated 7/3/2015.

Learn German While You’re Drunk

This ad practically grabbed me by my shirt collar when I first stumbled across it. “Learn German while you’re drunk!” What a unique idea!

A concept like this will change lives! Plus it is right up my alley because I am Irish after all. Everyone knows that the Irish possess an inveterate propensity for drinking to excess.

“Have you always wanted to learn another language but been too drunk to bother?” Well…Duh! Ja wohl mein herr. Why else would I be monolingual after all these years? It certainly wasn’t by choice. Being bilingual is almost mandatory to make it in the world today. I truly feel left out in my current condition.

“…absorb large amounts of new information quickly…by directly accessing your DRUNKEN MIND.” Finally, my drunken mind becomes an asset rather than a liability.

Eins, Zwei, Drei. One, two, three. “Du Kannst Deutsch speaken!” You can speaken German! It’s really that easy–as easy as one, two, three.

I have often longed to access my drunken mind to learn where I left my car keys, for example, where I left my car or even where and why I left my girl friend. So far my drunken mind has refused to cooperate, and my girl friend will be so mad.

Now this ad promises that I will be able to access my drunken mind to learn to speak German. Oh mein Gott im Himmel. If this is really true, it will truly change things for many of us including college students. Move over Harvard and Yale because the party colleges are movin’ on up.

The University of Georgia at Athens, Penn State and the University of Florida, which have been the nation’s top party colleges will become the new college meccas for both academic standings as well as the top party schools. Kids drink at all colleges, but it is well-known that party schools start bingeing on Thursday night and generally drink until Monday morning. Think of all the time when your drunken mind will be sopping up all that knowledge while you party non-stop.

Being a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) will become a badge of honor because AA members will soon be intellectuals as well. If your dad owns a liquor store, you will be Mr. Popularity in high school. The pecking order will change world-wide, and three martini lunches will become the norm.

I never thought I would live to see this day. Now if we could only do something about the hangover.

Nature Standing Still

Ever gaze at the night sky and wonder about the enormity of it all? It can be mesmerizing just watching the stars and nature in general.

Let me introduce Tom Lowe, the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the year and an incredible nature photographer. In the following video Lowe has managed to capture nature in time-lapse photography that will simply stun you. It almost seems like nature standing still and again it doesn’t.

I apologize for the 15 second advertisement, but these video hosting sites actually want to earn some money. Go figure. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it.

Is TSA Lying About Anonymous Scanners?

The federal government’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has promised the general public that no one can be identified from a photo taken by the new TSA scanner that can see through clothing. But is that the truth?

The photo above supposedly was taken by one of the TSA scanners according to several web sites I found it on.

The second photo is the negative of that photo.  Much more of the subjects private parts can be observed in the second photo. Could an expert at Photoshop sharpen up the facial features in order to identify the person?

According to CBS News, the third photo is another of the government scanner photos, and it is quite obvious that identifying much in the photo would be difficult.

The fourth photo is a copy of the third photo and has been “doctored” on an Internet web site that allows you to adjust your photos. The subject’s “junk” is much clearer on the fourth photo than on the third, although I am not sure why he has two belly buttons.

Could a PhotoShop expert identify this man by doctoring the photo? It seems that the TSA photos may not anonymous after all. What may happen is an unethical TSA agent will make a copy of the naked photo of someone famous and sell it.

The “nekkid” photo will then hit the Internet and the TSA will have to back pedal big time. Nothing is what it appears to be, not yet anyway.