deputy dog reports on a bit of whimsical road engineering in (where else?) Japan:
a few years ago in japan, members of the hokkaido industrial research institute
started carving thousands of very precise grooves into nearby roads.
the slightly loopy brainwave belonged to a mr. shinoda, a guy who
accidentally cut a road in several places with a digger and then later
drove over the damage in his car.
he realised that with some planning and time to kill he could create
rows of grooves which, when driven over at a certain speed, would ‘play
a tune’. . . . the grooves are
between 6 and 12mm apart: the narrower the interval, the higher the
India's Mizoram state, facing a
once-in-50-years invasion by rats, is reportedly offering a 2 1/2 U.S.
cent reward per rodent tail to avert a crop wipeout.
This is separate from a $25 reward for a Chawmnu, dead or alive. The
Chawmnus are giant rats, each believed to be the size of a female pig
which, according to unconfirmed local rumors, already are stalking some
villages, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
There are no photographs of Chawmnus on the internet, leading one to believe that they might be ever so slightly imaginary. Still . . . you never know.
How would you like to pull up your insole and find one of these? You might be justified in wondering if crazy people were sneaking into your house at night and doodling on your Steve Maddens, but apparently it's just a factory symbol from the Chinese shop where they're made. For one thing, it's the wrong way round. A bit spooky nonetheless.
Seriously, though, do you have any idea what is written under YOUR insoles?
As if amphibians didn't have enough to worry about, the AP reports on the "frog juice" fad in Peru:
Carmen Gonzalez plucks one of the 50 frogs from the aquarium at her bus
stop restaurant, bangs it against tiles to kill it and then makes two
incisions along its belly and peels off the skin as if husking corn.
preparing frog juice, a beverage revered by some Andean cultures for
having the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex
drive. A drink of so-called "Peruvian Viagra" sells for about 90 cents.
adds three ladles of hot, white bean broth, two generous spoonfuls of
honey, raw aloe vera plant and several tablespoons of maca _ an Andean
root also believed to boost stamina and sex drive _ into a household
Then she drops the frog in.
Once strained, the result is a starchy, milkshake-like liquid that stings the throat.
An upstate New York couple didn't think a few bats in the attic were
much of a problem when they were buying a house last summer. Months
later, they found out how wrong they were when they discovered more
than a ton and a half of bat droppings up there.