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May 19, 2008

Mouthless hydrocephalic cat named Japan's ambassador of tourism

Hello Kitty is named Japan tourism ambassador - Yahoo! News

TOKYO - Hello Kitty — Japan's ubiquitous ambassador of cute — has built up an impressive resume over the years. Global marketing phenom. Fashion diva. Pop culture icon. Now the moonfaced feline can add "government envoy" to the list. The tourism ministry on Monday named Hello Kitty as its choice to represent the country in China and Hong Kong, two places where she is wildly popular among kids and young women.

Officials hope that tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan, and closer toward their goal of attracting 10 million overseas visitors every year under the "Visit Japan" campaign.

Last year the number of foreign tourists traveling to Japan hit a record high of 8.35 million, up 60 percent since the government began the marketing effort in 2003.

This one's for all the purple planet-eaters in the house

Blog@Newsarama -- I’m so hungry, Ego’s starting to look good

May 15, 2008

A pollution-sensing dress

grinding.be -- Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress

Designer Sandstrom has embedded her EPA dress with sensors that are able to intelligently read the surrounding atmosphere and in turn create telling kinks in the fabric’s surface. On days when the air quality is particularly poor, the EPA dress looks as if it has been pulled out of the laundry bin or from the back of one’s closet. It’s a scary prospect to think that our clothes might take on a texture of their own, but if this is a viable way for us to see our true selves or rather the state of our environment, well then, we are all for it!

May 14, 2008

San Franciscans looking to rename sewage plant to "George W Bush Sewage Plant"

San Francisco Ballot Proposal For George W Bush Sewage Plant | Laughing Squid

The Presidential Memorial Commission is a group of San Francisco citizens, including ex-mayoral candidate Chicken John, who are submitting an ordinance initiative for the ballot in the November election in San Francisco to change the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to “George W Bush Sewage Plant”. Chicken is currently leading a signature drive in order to get the 15,000 signatures of registered voters required to add this to the ballot.

They Ain't Clowning Around: The Radical Honesty of Circus Freaks

Believe it or not, while the Poor Mojo's Media Empire...

May 13, 2008

America now has the first Space Lawyer!

SPACE.com -- First Space Lawyer Graduates

A student at the University of Mississippi will leap into the final frontier of the legal system Saturday when he receives the first-ever space law certificate in the United States.

Michael Dodge of Long Beach, Miss., earned the special distinction along with his law degree through the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the university's law school.

"The professors and personnel here are the highest quality that can be found anywhere in the world, and I have learned from them the necessary skills I will need to effectively practice space law," Dodge said in a statement. "Ole Miss is, simply put, the space law expert, and anyone wishing practice in this field should get their legal education here."

May 12, 2008

Internet, Running Low on Conventional Creepy, Creates Whole New Categories of Creepy

ManBabies.com - DAD? GET MORE AT ManBabies.com!...

May 05, 2008

Things Seen At Maker Faire 08: Devils Canyon Brewery's Scotch Ale Cheddar

Devils Canyon Brewery - Scotch Ale Cheddar Cheese

I spent a year of my life as a cheesemonger. I was trained by experts in the Art of Cheese. My knowledge at the heighth of my career was massive and obnoxious. Over the years my cheese might has waned, but occasionally when I taste an especially great cheese it sparks up and ignites.

Devils Canyon Brewery's scotch ale cheddar is a remarkable cheese. It's reminiscent of the legendary keen's cheddar, but with scotch. Scotch makes everything better.

I have never bought cheese over the internet, but now I am seriously considering it.

Things Seen At Maker Faire 08: The BinderClip Dress

psycho.girlfriend • design

May 04, 2008

Latest Civil War Victim

msnbc | Civil War cannonball kills relic collector | Hobby cost collector his life, shaking close-knit community of relic hunters
Like many boys in the South, Sam White got hooked on the Civil War early, digging up rusting bullets and military buttons in the battle-scarred earth of his hometown. As an adult, he crisscrossed the Virginia countryside in search of wartime relics — weapons, battle flags, even artillery shells buried in the red clay. He sometimes put on diving gear to feel for treasures hidden in the black muck of river bottoms. But in February, White's hobby cost him his life: A cannonball he was restoring exploded, killing him in his driveway.