A deceptive view of a common human body part
Hand Fingers by Cyriak
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£1,000 REWARD WILL BE PAID - to any person who can explain or demonstrate how it is electrically possible to work this scientific masterpiece as shown - The most bewildering demonstration of modern times!His money was safe - you can't "explain or demonstrate how it is electrically possible" because Radiana didn't work electrically.
Lesson XXIII - How to steal a dinner- Lessons of thrift: Published for general benefit, by a member of the Save-all club, by Robert Cruikshank, 1820
A like ingenious device was exerted by a brother of more ancient times. The Pont Neuf, the most important bridge of Paris, was begun by Henry III but not finished till the reign of Henry IV was considerably advanced. When this edifice of so many years was at length completed, skilful commissaries were named on the part of the king, and on the part of the city, both conjoined in the expense, to inspect the whole, and estimate the accounts. One gentleman was observed to be very busy with his measure and note-book. Each party had no doubt that he was of the other set. This ceremony was followed by the only object of our brother's solicitude, a magnificent dinner, to which he did ample justice, and pocketed enough of the dessert (a common custom in France) to serve his sobered appetite for three days. After dinner, a warm conversation arose on a difficult topic of architecture, when one of the company addressed our brother: "Sir, as you seem, by your great attention to the various parts of the edifice, to be a most skilful judge, what may be your opinion?" Our hero filled his bumper of champagne, and rising up, thus replied: "Gentlemen, my opinion is that your dinner was excellent. As to your bridge, I can only say that you acted very wisely in placing it across the river; for if you had put it down on the side of the river, it would have been of no use." He then emptied his bumper and disappeared.
Dear Harry: About three years ago, my boss recommended that I put my savings into an account with his investment guru. The fellow had a very pleasant personality, and referred me to a list of his clients. He suggested that I contact any two I chose. I did, and they were happy as a dog with a bone. He said he was investing only in U.S. securities, but with his own technique of using puts, calls, options and who knows what else to generate higher returns. I gave him $50,000. His statements showed a return of nearly 10 percent. They went up and down very little. Last week, I got a notice that my account was frozen because the SEC was on to a Ponzi scheme in which he seemed to be involved. My boss told me that it was a Ponzi scheme. There were no investments. The statements we received were all fakes, and it is uncertain what, if anything, we'll get back. I thought I did everything by the book with the recommendations from my boss and the others. What else can I do to protect myself in the future?Only people you trust can steal from you. That's the toughest lesson about being deceived by any investment fraud. We tend to forget the reason they're called "con games" run by "con artists" is because the person gains your confidence. And who can you be more confident of than someone you trust?
What Harry says: Bernie Madoff was perhaps the biggest of the schemes, but there are still plenty more that have not come to light. Every investor must follow certain ways to protect himself from unscrupulous advisers. You did the right thing by asking to contact clients. However, no adviser should have custody of your funds. Use a well-known broker as custodian. This way, you get a clear statement each month from someone who is independent. Although others may not agree, I do not want anyone to have independent control of my investments. They may suggest, but I want to make the final decision. And remember, the only person who can steal from you is a person you trust. If you don't trust me, you won't let me close to your assets.
In a new study, researchers instructed a group of children, including two sets of identical twins and two sets of fraternal twins, to swab the insides of their cheeks and place the swabs in glass jars. Working with ten police German shepherds and their handlers from the Czech Republic police, the researchers then ran a mock crime scene investigation. The handler presented one twin’s scent to the dog and then told it to go find the matching scent in a lineup of seven jars, which included the other twin’s scent. In twelve trials per dog, none of them ever identified the wrong twin as a match, the researchers report online this week in PLoS ONE, even though the children lived in the same home, ate the same food, and had identical DNA.ScienceShot: Police Dogs Can Distinguish Identical Twins, Science AAAS>>
Read the article: Catching Scent of Revolution, China Moves to Snip Jasmine, The New York Times>>In the absence of concrete information, fantastic rumors have taken root. One wholesale flower vendor at the Jiuzhou Flower and Plant Trading Center in southern Beijing said he heard the ban had something to do with radiation contamination from Japan. A young woman hawking floral bouquets at Laitai, a large flower market near the United States Embassy, said she was told jasmine blossoms contained some unspecified poison that was killing people. “Perhaps you’d like some white roses instead?” she asked hopefully.
Wu Chuanzhen, 53, a farmer who tends eight greenhouses of jasmine on the outskirts of the city, said other growers had insisted that adherents of Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement deemed an “evil cult” by the authorities, might use the flowers in their bid to overthrow the governing Communist Party. “I heard jasmine is the code word for the revolution,” she said. Her laughter suggested she thought such concerns were absurd.
30,000 pigs swept away in floodThe next day, the newspaper ran a correction:
Pigs float down the Dawson
Flood has devastated piggery's livestock
More than 30,000 pigs have been floating down the Dawson River since last weekend, with a piggery at Baralaba paralyzed by flooding which has killed most of its bred livestock.
Baralaba Butchers' Sid Everingham owns and runs the piggery near Baralaba.
Mr. Everingham said: "We've lost about 30,000 pigs in the floods. we tried to get as many weaners and suckers out by boat, but we could save only about 70 weaners, and the suckers didn't survive long, because they needed their mother's milk, and all the sows have been washed away."
CorrectionLots of comments on this and other misheard language errors here: Correction of the Year? Language Log>>
There was an error printed in a story titled "Pigs float down the Dawson" on Page 11 of yesterday's Bully.
The story, by reporter Daniel Burton, said "more than 30,000 pigs were floating down the Dawson River."
What Baralaba piggery owner Sid Everingham actually said was "30 sows and pigs", not "30,000 pigs".
The Morning Bulletin would like to apologize for this error, which was also reprinted in today's Rural Weekly CQ before the mistake was known.
Her parents sent her to Catholic schools, and her mother, a retired district judge, now jokes that she wants her money back. Her daughter’s beat is in the vilest corners of cyberspace, in chat rooms indicating “fetish” or various subgenres of flagrant peccancy. One of the many false identities Deery has assumed online is something truly rare, even in this polluted pond—that of a middle-aged mother of two pre-pubescent girls who is offering them up for sex. Baiting her hook with this forbidden fruit, she would cast the line and wait to see who bit.Read the complete story: A Crime of Shadows, Vanity Fair>>
It usually didn’t take long. Men began vying for her attention the minute she logged on, night or day. Deery would begin a dialogue, dangling the illicit possibility, gauging how serious her mark was. There were “players,” those who were just horny and despicable, and there were doers, or at least potential doers, the true bad guys. The goal was to identify the latter, hook them, and then reel them in, turn them into “travelers.” Once a traveler took that all-important step out of fantasy and into the real world, his behavior went from the merely immoral to the overtly criminal. When they delivered themselves for the promised rendezvous, instead of meeting a mother and her young daughters they would find a team of well-armed, cheerfully disgusted Delaware County police officers. As a fantasy, her come-on seemed overbaked—not one daughter, but two! It is doubtful that such a woman exists anywhere, and yet men fell for it. Her unit had a near-100-percent conviction rate. The bulletin board over her desk displays mug shots of her catches, very ordinary-looking men, facing the camera wide-eyed with shock, staring at the fresh ruin of their lives.
A FRENCH RUSE- The Battles of the Crimea; Including an Historical Summary of the Russian War, from the Commencement to the Present Time, written by an unknown author in 1855, on Google Books>>
...The Russians came on us several times in the middle of the night, and we all had to turn out. But the French laid a plot for them, and they have never disturbed us since in the night. The French made it up with some of our riflemen and Highland regiments; and they moved from their camps about a mile nearer the Russians, and kindled a great many fires. So the Russians thought to have a fine grab when they saw the fires. They came up as usual. The French retreated a certain distance from the fires. Upon which the Russians came up, and saw nobody there. They then came on further from the fires; the French could see them quite plainly between them and the fires. The French now went to work, and fired into them, and shot a great many as they retreated. The Rifles, and Highland regiments then came up behind them, and gave them a great beating, and then the cannon fired upon them, and made a terrible slaughter among them.
Thus far we have faithfully detailed the Battles of the Crimea, with all their terrible and singular incidents. But the end is not yet. We may be called upon to add another chapter to the great War Drama now being enacted in that region.
Rianna - You are a complete waste of valuable space. You have the intellectual capacity of a lemon meringue pie. Your mere existence can be used to disprove Darwin's "survival-of-the-fittest." Your teachers all agree you are as bright as a 3 watt bulb. Your friends have voted you "most likely to accidently staple your eyelids closed." Wheras most parents quote the Bible, I will leave you to go forth in life with this ancient Yiddish saying, "Chandkah led hezmokah a frotz tov amin dada" which loosely translates to "Camel patties attract flies, hummus attracts pita chips." You are the former.
"Because a handful of people are going to think this is real, and I thought that would be very funny. I had no idea it was going to be like this. But more important than any of this is that my daughter thinks it is funny. It wasn’t meant for anyone else. And if you are angry and bent out of shape about this ad, you walked right into being the butt of our joke. To those people I say, 'Thank you—you proved our point.' "He did concede, however, that some of the photos might have been a bit embarrassing.
It started innocently enough without any intention whatsoever of creating a massive hoax or duping the world. Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to write fiction but, when my first attempts met with universal rejection, I took a more serious look at my own work and I realized that I could not write conversation in a natural way nor could I convincingly write characters who weren’t me. I tried to get better and did various exercises (such as simply copying overheard conversations). Eventually, I would set up a number of profiles on dating sites with identities that were not my own as ways of interacting with real people in conversation but with a different personality than my own."Amina Araf's" fake blog:
I was also very involved in issues surrounding the Palestine and Iraq struggles. Ever since my childhood I had felt very connected to the cultures and peoples of the Middle East. It’s something that I came by naturally. My mother had taught English in Turkey before I was born and my father had been involved with Middle East refugee issues when they met. They are both people whom I admire immensely and have continued to do many wonderful works that I can only aspire to.
I’m also an argumentative sort and a bit of a nerd. I was involved with numerous online science-fiction/alternate-history discussion lists and, as a part of that process, I saw lots of incredibly ignorant and stupid positions repeated on the Middle East. I noticed that when I, a person with a distinctly Anglo name, made comments on the Middle East, the facts I might present were ignored and I found myself accused of hating America, Jews, etc. I wondered idly whether the same ideas presented by someone with a distinctly Arab and female identity would have the same reaction.
So, I invented her. First, she was just a name. Amina Arraf. She commented on blogs and talkbacks on news-sites. Eventually, I set up an email for her. She joined the same lists I was already on and posted responses in her name. And, almost immediately, friendly and solicitous comments on mine appeared. It was intriguing. That likely would have been the end of it; I’d just keep her as a nearly anonymous handle for commenting on issues that mattered to me but …
"If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."Many of the victims then brought their laptop into the bathroom while they showered, which gave Mr. Harwell a better opportunity to take naked photos.
"Mr. Harwell pleaded guilty to six felony counts of computer access and fraud, and was sentenced to one year in Anaheim County Jail and five years of probation. Additionally, he is required to complete a Sex Offender Treatment Program, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office."Source: Former Biolan convicted of illegally spying on women through computers, Biola University Chimes>>
Residents of the Austrian mountain town of Hallstatt, population 800, are scandalized. A Chinese firm has plans to replicate the village - including its famous lake - in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, Austrian media reported this week.The mayor said he's stunned but not outraged, and has alerted authorities. But it might have a positive effect on tourism - already at 800,000 visitors yearly - because the duplicate town could act as an advertisement in the Chinese market.
Two months ago, on a wooded path in upstate New York, a psychologist named Chris Chabris strapped a video camera to a 20-year-old man and told him to chase after a jogger making his way down the path.Read or listen: Why Seeing (The Unexpected) Is Often Not Believing, NPR>>
For close to two years Chabris, who teaches at Union College, had been conducting this same experiment. He did the experiment at night, in the afternoon, with women, with men. All were told to run after the jogger and watch him.
The goal of all this was to answer a question: Is it possible to see something really, really obvious and not perceive it?
But for Chabris and his co-researcher, psychologist Daniel Simons at the University of Illinois, this wasn't just some abstract scientific inquiry. They wanted to know for a reason. Chabris and Simons were trying to understand whether a Boston police officer named Kenneth Conley had been wrongly convicted of lying.
"It's such wholesome beauty care for my dry skin! I never knew any soap could do so much so gently until Candy taught me to beauty-wash twice very day with mild Cashmere Bouquet, I just cream that fluffy, fragrant lather over my face with my fingertips. It leaves my skin looking wonderful - smoother, softer, with a lovely, fresh glow."