TOKYO - A giant bluefin tuna got a record $396,000 in the first auction of the year at the world’s largest wholesale fish market. The price for the 754-pound tuna beat the previous record set in 2001 when a 445-pound fish sold for $252,00, a spokesman for Tsukjii marketsaid.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Here’s some footage of a toasted Bentley Continental GT in Irkutsk, Eastern Siberia. Now, my Russian’s a bit weak, so I could not decipher exactly what the reports say about the incident. However, according to the email we received from reader Alex, it appears as if this occurred in the Baikal neighborhood of the city. The investigation is ongoing, and arson is suspected. Mobsters? Could be, but there’s really no telling.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
by James Abourezk
HOW TO DESTROY A U.S. NAVY SHIP AND GET AWAY WITH IT
James Scott’s father was a young ensign on board the U.S.S. Liberty when the Israelis attacked the ship with fighter jets, bomber jets, and torpedo boats. The Israeli jets strafed the American sailors as they were trying to escape the slaughter, while later, an Israeli torpedo blew a giant hole in the side of the ship which nearly sank the Liberty. Even napalm was used against the Liberty’s crew. A sitting duck for the Israeli Air Force and Navy, the Liberty was a U.S. intelligence ship that carried only 50 caliber machine guns for protection. That the ship didn’t sink is something of a miracle. The sneak Israeli attack resulted in the killing of 34 American sailors and wounded 171 more. The attack was a war crime of serious proportions.
I've stayed in some pretty sketchy places in my time. In Vientiane, I stayed in the cheapest place the Lonely Planet listed, costing just $1 per night. It was basic, a bit sketch, but generally fine. I've stayed in falling apart hostels, weird backpackers, and gross hotels. But none of the places I've ever been too can meet the nastiness of these 19 hotels, all of which are incomparable in their filth.
Note: Main article from www.gizmocrazed.com but the position of these countries and their population (mostly July 2012 estimates) are from the CIA World Factbook.
Even though the rate of worldwide population increase has shown the decline in the past two decades, it is constantly increasing. This rise in population is taking a toll on natural resources which are depleting at a much rapid rate. Even though there have been efforts by the governments and organizations to create public awareness, the current population of the world has already crossed 7 billion mark and is likely to cross 10 billion mark by the year 2050.The following are the top 10 most populated nations in 2012.
Every year, the Finnish town of Savonlinna hosts a fun and relaxing phone-throwing contest where participants are invited to take out all their frustration on their handhelds by throwing them as far as possible. This year, a Finnish teenager managed to set a new world record, with a throw of over 101 meters. Ever since 2000, when it was first organized, the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship has become an international event drawing in participants from all over the world. According to reports of Finnish insurance companies, there are lots of phones laying on the bottom of Finland’s lakes, causing a serious environmental problem due to the toxicity of their batteries. In an attempt to convince people there are better ways of getting rid of their faulty mobile devices, a Savonlinna-based translation and interpretation company called Fennolingua organized a mobile-throwing contest that immediately drew the attention of media all around the world. In the following years, the event became even more popular gathering throwers from every continent eager to show their hurling skills.
Using up to 50,000 rigid steel nails to recreate something as fragile and curvy as the human body isn’t the easiest of tasks, but artist Marcus Levine manages to to it without as much as a sketch. The British artist’s road to his brilliant career has been anything but predictable.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Are you one of those people still believing in chain-letters, passing beneath ladders, black cats, Friday the 13th, Santa Claus and Eastern Bunny? Or are you over those childish fantasies? Here you can see some of the world's more bizarre superstitions that are still sticking with the modern way of living and refusing to go away.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
They are known by many names: Haboob, Simum, Black Blizzards. A solid wall of dust almost a mile high, moving whole sand dunes and bringing Biblical darkness to the huge areas of the world. Scorching hot winds (up to 40 degrees Celsius) blowing the sand around with hurricane speeds... What seems extreme to us is actually a common occurrence in Africa and the Middle East. The similar sand-saturated hurricane-speed storms over Mediterranian are called Sirocco, Yugo and Ghibli. The dust (or desert sand) particles become airborne and held in suspension, creating a moving front. The convection of cold air over the heated ground maintains the storm and keeps the dust rolling.