Japanese create advertisement "rain"
After being bombarded by commercials on the way to work and watching promotions pop up on the Internet, the Japanese consumer could soon be hit by advertisements where they least expect it: on their hands.
Researchers are working on "information rain", taking advertisements to the realm of mock meteorology. A projector on a tall tripod shows images of raindrops hitting the ground and making ripples, in hopes that people will enter the "rainy" area and hold out their palms. A camera tracks the entrants' movements and sends the data to connected computers. Then the projector shoots out a round-shaped advertisement -- which can post words such as "SALE" -- right onto their hands.
NTT Cyber Solution Laboratories believes the "rain" can be a perfect draw for customers. "It's quite natural that you hold out your palm when it starts raining," said a chief researcher. "People jot things down on their palms. The palm is the information tool closest to humans," she said. "Advertisements are usually something that's given to you, but it would be different if they showed up on your palms. You would feel more familiar with the message that appears in your personal area. An advertisement on the body would help convince people that the message is really meant for them." spacedaily.com
Wife divorces lazy husband, invoices him for over $500k in accrued housework.
An woman from the US is trying to get a pay-check for hours of work she did as a wife. She's divorcing her husband and said she's sending him a bill for almost $500,000 for housework she says she did and kept track of over the years.
Kathy Thompson appeared on TV three years ago when she went on strike in an effort to get her husband to help out more around the house. After five years of marriage to Gary Thompson, Kathy said she's trying to be reasonable. She's filing for divorce, but isn't asking for a normal alimony payment.
Kathy has drawn up an itemized bill with what she believes Gary owes her after their time together. The itemized bill includes a charge for cleaning that amounts to $42,000. Cooking is billed for $35,200. The laundry tab is $17,600. Yardwork costs a comparatively paltry $1,200.
"I ended up doing double the work. It just started becoming part of my job, mowing the lawn," Kathy said. "I started working part-time also. I called around and got estimates from different people that charged for cleaning and ... I went from there," Kathy said. Kathy found that Laundromats charge $7 a pound for doing laundry.
Kathy doesn't think she'll actually get the $500,000 for which she is asking. "It's not about the money. It's about standing up for women's rights and the respect they deserve and their duties around the house," Kathy said. "I know there are men that work hard too, but a woman doesn't get a day to take a break." local6.com
South African donates blood for record 350th time
An elderly South African from Johannesburg broke his own Guinness world record when he donated blood for the 350th time, inspired by the enduring memory of a terrible accident he witnessed as a child. The South African National Blood Service said in a statement that 79-year-old Maurice Creswick had cracked his own record for the fourteenth time and that he donated 480 ml of his blood every 56 days.
"When I was 11-years-old I witnessed a horrific accident when a tram smashed into a motor vehicle," Creswick was quoted as saying. "Five passengers were critically injured. I decided then to never just stand by and do nothing if there was a way to help others in a time of need," he said.
South Africa has some of the world's most dangerous roads and sky-high rates of violent crime. stuff.co.nz
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A Dog's life
When is "Downward-facing dog" more than just a yoga position? When the yoga practitioners are, well, dogs. Known as "doga" or "ruff yoga", yoga for dogs has been a rising trend across the US. Dog-lovers are taking along their pet "dogis" (dogs who practice yoga) to yoga classes. The dogs are being taught yoga positions called lion, cobra and warrior and breathing exercises such as fire breath, victorious breath and alternate nostril breathing.
But the "caninization" doesn't just stop at yoga. Some other "caninized" trends include doggy jewellery and plastic surgery. Doggy jewellery has been around for quite sometime. But you can bet that it's here to stay because stars like Paris Hilton and J Lo are designing dog collars. This is what Paris had to say: "In addition to my own sense of style, I think a lot of people admire Tinkerbell's [her chihuahua] look as well, which is why I decided to include a pet collar as part of the new collection." A simple chain and crystal dog collar pendant in Paris's collection sells for around $17. Many websites selling pet jewellery have also sprung up. A sterling silver necklace at classypets.com costs $49.95. A white gold and diamond dog collar charm will set you back a-hundred-and-eighty bucks.
And if all that bling still hasn't made the beagle beautiful, there's always plastic surgery. Wrinkle-reduction, eyebrow-correction, full canine facelifts…
the list goes on. The procedures that were carried out on show dogs by Brazilian doctor, Edgard Brito, have now become famous in the US and UK. "Why shouldn't a dog be beautiful?" asks Dr. Brito. "Beauty is desirable. We all like talking to someone who looks good and smells nice. Good symmetry is very important. All that is not symmetric we don't like. It's the same with dogs. Animal health is my top concern, but beauty also is important to the animal's well-being. If the owner thinks the dog is attractive, the relationship is better."
A bit extreme, don't you think?
Source: The Internet
By Raya Mahbuba
Life lessons learned from a dog
1. If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what you want.
2. Don't go out without ID.
3. Be direct with people; let them know exactly how you feel by piddling on their shoes.
4. Be aware of when to hold your tongue, and when to use it.
5. Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
6. Always give people a friendly greeting. A cold nose in the crotch is most effective.
7. When you do something wrong, always take responsibility (as soon as you're dragged shamefully out from under the bed).
8. If it's not wet and sloppy, it's not a real kiss
A man in Alabama had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, "I have a flat tare."
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?"
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back! I never did
understand that neither."
A dreadful fight
Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her minister. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I had a DREADFUL fight!"
"Calm down, my child," said the minister, "it's not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight!"
"I know, I know!" said Joanna. "But what am I going to do with the BODY?"
At the plane crash site, one lone survivor sat with his back against a tree, chewing on a bone. As he tossed the bone onto a huge pile of bones, he noticed the rescue team. "Thank Heavens!", he cried out in relief..... "I am saved!"
The rescue team did not move, as they were in shock, seeing the pile of human bones beside this lone survivor. Obviously he had eaten his comrades. The Survivor saw the horror in their faces and hung his own head in shame. "You can't judge me for this," he insisted. "I had to survive. Is it so wrong to want to live?"
The leader of the rescue team stepped forward, shaking his head in disbelief. "I won't judge you for doing what was necessary to survive, but Good Heavens, man, your plane only went down yesterday!"
Friend for dinner
"Honey," said this husband to his wife, "I invited a friend home for supper."
"What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven't been shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don't feel like cooking a fancy meal!"
"I know all that."
"Then why did you invite a friend for supper?"
"Because the poor fool's thinking about getting married."
Taking it with you
A stingy old lawyer who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness was determined to prove wrong the saying, "You can't take it with you."
After much thought and consideration, the old ambulance-chaser finally figured out how to take at least some of his money with him when he died. He instructed his wife to go to the bank and withdraw enough money to fill two pillow cases. He then directed her to take the bags of money to the attic and leave them directly above his bed. His plan: When he passed away, he would reach out and grab the bags on his way to heaven.
Several weeks after the funeral, the deceased lawyer's wife, up in the attic cleaning, came upon the two forgotten pillow cases stuffed with cash.
"Oh, that darned old fool," she exclaimed. "I knew he should have had me put the money in the basement."
There was a soldier that enlisted in the army to go to war. On the first day they were lining up for guns. He was toward the end of the line and, when they got to him the supply sergeant said they didn't have any more guns, so they gave him a broom and told him to point it at people and say,"Bangitty bangitty bang!" So he thought, "Oh great, I come out here to fight for my country and they give me a broom." Then the next day they were lining up for bayonets and he was at the back of the line again. And when they got to him, again he was told they didn't have any left, so they gave the soldier a carrot and told him to tie it to the end of his broom, stab people with it and say,''Stabitty stabitty stab.'' And he thought, "Yeah great, I'm gonna go out there and get killed. Just what I always wanted."
So when they went out on the battlefield, the soldier walked out there and decided he'd at least try it out, rather than just stand there and be killed. So he went up to someone and said, "Bangitty bangitty bang!" and the guy fell over dead. So he thought, "My God! This actually works!
" He went up to another person and said, "Stabitty stabitty stab" and, again, the guy died. So he went around killing people with his broomstick and his carrot, thinking, "Wow! This is so cool!"
Then he sees this guy standing all by himself and the soldier thinks, "Easy target. I'm going to go get him." So he goes over there and says, "Bangitty bangitty bang," and nothing happens. He goes closer and does it again and still nothing happens. So the soldier thinks, "Oh no! It must be out of bullets! But how do you reload a broom?" So he gets closer and says ''Stabbety stabbety stab.''"Stabitty stabbity stab." And still nothing happens. But then the guy he was trying to kill ran over him !
And, as he was running over the solider, he said, "Tankitty tankitty tank."