In my opinion, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is quite possibly the world's best street name. It's the name of a street in York (in northern England), which, in less civilised times, was the location of a pillory and flogging cart.
The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Swedish Lapland. Each winter, the hotel is built from scratch with ice from the frozen Torne River, and from snow. The hotel can sleep 100 guests, and also has an Ice Chapel, ice art gallery and cinema.
Lexx - the best science fiction show in the world? Certainly one of the oddest.
Reuters - 'Canadian web surfer helps save man in Scotland.' 'Paramedics in western Canada helped save a man in Scotland from dying of a drug and alcohol overdose on Thursday after being alerted by a Canadian who had learned of the man's condition while in an Internet chat room.'
The Canadian emergency services contacted emergency services in Scotland who were able to locate the man.
A very good friend of mine was in a similar situation a few months ago - being in touch with someone online, in a different country (New Zealand), who had taken an overdose. My friend got his name and phone number, called emergency services locally, who got in touch with the emergency services in New Zealand, who located the man and saved him. It's useful to know that emergency services in one country can and will get in touch with their counterparts in another country, in a life-or-death situation.
Reuters - 'Butcher churns out sausages from public toilet.'
BBC - 'Fishy clue to evolution.' New animal species evolve much quicker than previously thought, apparently.
BBC - 'And now the weather on Titan...'
Mainichi - 'Kissing bandit feels bite of the law.' 'A pervert whose victim bit his lips probably wishes she'd bitten his tongue too after he mistakenly called the police for help with his bloody mouth instead of the ambulance service, police said. '
Reuters - 'Bare-breasted poet takes on loggers.'
Independent - 'China joins space race with robot trip to the Moon.'
The Tibet Museum. Well worth a visit, nice photos.
The New South Polar Times. A newsletter from Antarctica.
The Ig Nobel Prizes have a webpage. Great. The Igs are prizes for alternative science (e.g. research into collapsing toilets). Good to see the British do so well.
The Giant Hatpin Collection. An unusual collection of hatpins from around the world.
The Squirrel Clan. Cute.
BBC - 'Alive...after 250 million years.' 'Ancient bacteria trapped in a state of suspended animation for 250 million years are the world's oldest living things, claim US scientists. '
Also featured in New Scientist.
GhostWatcher. Can you help?
Strawberry pop-tart blow-torches. Sacrosanct.
Onion - 'British government releases scandalous Benny Hill tapes.' 'Calling for "a new, more open era in British rule" and citing the need for "a time of healing for past transgressions," prime minister Tony Blair announced Monday that the British government will declassify and release the so-called "unexpurgated" Benny Hill tapes, ending over 15 years of public outcry and government cover-ups concerning their scandalous content.'
Discovery - 'Toxic birds discovered in New Guinea.'
SatireWire - 'Americans annoyed by 'all this international shit' on Internet.' ' "With all the foreign newspapers and multi-cultural sites, the Internet is making it almost impossible for the average American to remain uninformed and apathetic," said Samantha Lessborn of Washington State University, which conducted the survey. "Americans can still do it. But it now takes effort, whereas before it was as easy as turning off Tom Brokaw whenever he said 'In South Korea today...'" '
But could NetNarrow software filter non-American content out of the web? ;)
Via the Grauniad weblog.
Discover.com on neurocomputers, or microprocessors with living brain tissue. Also take a look at this BBC article from last year, about the same group of researchers and the simple computer they developed out of neurons taken from leeches...! (They call it the 'leech-ulator'). Links via Slashdot.
The black cat cam. Via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's weblog, which is all about Hallowe'en.
Postering Democracy - attractive set of pro-democracy posters from Hungary 1989-90. There's also a background piece to the collection. I'm glad that I found it in my referrer log, of all places.
BBC - 'India to clone cheetah.'
BBC - 'Oldest lunar calendar identified.' 'What could be the oldest lunar calendar ever created has been identified on the walls of the famous, prehistoric caves at Lascaux in France. '
'The interpretation that symbolic paintings, dating back 15,000 years, show the Moon going through its different phases comes from Dr Michael Rappenglueck, of the University of Munich. '
The Cave of Lascaux website is also worth a look.
Discovery - 'Giant Etruscan city emerges.'
Reuters - 'Japan Olympic star got buzz from hornet juice.'
A bare bones weblog aims to post 666 scary links before Hallowe'en. Can you help? Via GMT+9.
A website extolling the virtues of introducing the 28-hour day.
Independent - 'Mating magpies mob suburban Australians.'
Interesting. Steven Feuerstein, a technical author, wrote a book on Oracle PL/SQL for O'Reilly which included examples such as databases to track down war criminals for the International Court of Justice, trade unions and union-busting, and so on. He has written a lucid defence of his work on the O'Reilly site, which includes a critique of what he sees as the ideology implicitly underpinning some technical writing - business-centric, consumer-oriented, humans as numbered entities.
'The bottom line for me is that books written about technology are written by human beings with perspectives and beliefs. Some of us center our lives around a particular technology or around the business applications of that technology. Many of us see the technology as one part of a rich, complex way of life--and dream of ways that this technology can transform and improve human society and our planet. I don't see what any of us gain--writers and readers alike--from the unwritten but nonetheless rigorously followed rules that technical books must conform to and further support the status quo in our society. '
Via Rebecca's Pocket.
Guardian - 'Facing a vista of rack and ruin.' Gripping account of the aftermath of the floods in southern England.
Guardian - 'The man who would be PM - and the new Marx.' Fascinating profile of the late publisher, Robert Maxwell.
'Robert Maxwell wanted to become prime minister and write a landmark philosophy book which would have the same enduring influence as the works of Karl Marx, his FBI file reveals. '
'Maxwell confided his ambitions to an associate, who quickly reported back to the FBI that he appeared to be "sincere and nuts". '
AmIHotOrNot.Com is a kind of online beauty pageant which allows brave people to get surfers to rate their looks! There's an article in the Guardian about it, too.
The Museum of Non-Primate Art includes feline and avian artwork.
The Morse code and phonetic alphabets page. With Java Morse code translator.
BBC - 'Uproar after Moonies buy town.' 'The residents of Puerto Casado, in Paraguay, have demanded that their town be handed over to the local council after it was purchased by the sect known as the Moonies. '
Reuters - 'New animal found in well.' 'Danish scientists have found a completely new kind of animal down a cold well in Greenland and are keeping a colony of them in a fridge, the Arctic magazine Polarfronten reported on the Internet. '
'The 0.1 millimeter long freshwater organism does not fit into any one of the previously known animal families -- making it only the fourth such creature to be discovered on the planet in the past 100 years, Polarfronten said Thursday.'
Reuters - 'Meteor crater probed for heating energy.'
Reuters - 'Don't make rude gestures at traffic cameras!' 'German motorists have been told to stop making rude gestures at traffic cameras or they could be charged with offending the police. '
'A Bavarian court has ruled that a driver who held up his middle finger while passing a traffic camera was addressing police officers rather than the equipment itself, German auto association Automobil Club Europe said.'
The World Birthday Web. In honour of a friend's birthday. Sign up and get your mailbox flooded with greetings.
The Movie Quotes Site. Includes a quotes archive.
Pigs in Cyberspace. A huge porcine resource.
The Lipstick Page.
Howstuffworks.com - absolutely indispensable. Find out what makes things tick - for example, lava lamps. Via Meme Pool.
The Godometer measures God-talk by US presidential candidates. Most useful. Via the Guardian weblog.
Discovery - 'Rare prehistoric cave reveals hunters.' 'While performing routine excavation work at a small English village marked for a housing development, British archaeologists unearthed an extremely rare example of prehistoric housing a hunters' den used by both spotted hyenas and ancient humans between 38,000 to 30,000 years ago.'
Reuters - 'Buffalo racing festival kicks off.' 'Thailand's annual water-buffalo racing festival kicked off on Thursday, attracting hundreds of farmers from Chonburi province near Bangkok to bring their animals in the hope of glory.'
Reuters - 'Town to cut pigeon population with pill.' 'The Belgian seaside town of Ostend has decided to contain its pesky pigeon and duck population by putting contraceptives in pigeon feed and shaking ducks' eggs to kill their offspring.'
Reuters - 'Prison guards charged in sperm-smuggling caper.'
BBC - 'Gobi camel reserve plan.' 'China and Mongolia have agreed to set up a cross-border reserve to protect some of the world's last surviving wild camels, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reports. '
BBC - 'Fireball ignites scientific curiosity.' On the very, very old meteorite recovered from Taglish Lake in Canada earlier this year.
Rare and delightful Hello Kitty merchandise.
Kim Dae-jung wins the Nobel peace prize - coverage in the Korea Herald. The BBC profiles Kim. Also take a look at the Nobel Peace Prize website.
Send a Geekgirl postcard. This site seemed to drop off the web for a while - I'm so glad I found it again. These cards are such a scream. Unsurprisingly, it's part of the Geekgirl website, which has all kinds of good stuff on it.
Gao Xingjian, a Chinese-born novelist and playwright, has won the Nobel prize for literature. Click here for a lovely picture of him, from Reuters.
Just noticed that the Age of Melbourne has a weblog. Other 'press' weblogs worth reading include those belonging to the Guardian and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Moscow Times - 'Ukraine's army wants you - and your cash.' Here's an original holiday idea. 'In what it says is a first in the former Soviet Union, Ukraines armed forces are throwing open 11 military training grounds and three air bases, inviting fee-paying tourists and offering them the chance to play soldiers.'
BBC - 'Caravan park 'Christ' draws the faithful.'
Times - 'Libellous e-mailer must pay 126,000 pounds.'
The Celebrity Nudity Database. Ah, this is what the web is all about. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.
Independent - 'Unseen and untold: the mass poisoning of an entire nation.' Story about the drilling of tubewells in Bangladesh to reach water which was contaminated by arsenic.
'This tragic country, beset by famine and disease ever since its fiery birth less than 30 years ago, is confronting its biggest crisis ever: the accidental poisoning of as many as 85 million of its 125 million people with arsenic-contaminated drinking water... '
'The Bangladeshi government's task is now to stage a counter-revolution to wean the people away from the most convenient innovation they have ever encountered.'
The Elk Cam from Sweden. Maybe you could win a moose steak? Via Not So Soft.
A Nosty Fright. A scary poem :) by May Swenson - wonderful.
Temple of Godzilla. All you ever wanted to know.
Times - 'Eric the Eel wriggles out of diplomatic row.' Ah, the price of fame.
BBC - 'Dig pulls up five T.Rex specimens.'
Daily Express - 'Cult in first bid to clone human.'
Reuters - 'Message in bottle returns to author 44 years later.'
Reuters - 'Amazon Yanomami to take on cybersquatters.'
Asahi - 'Japan's 'Schindler' is finally honored.' Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who risked his life to save thousands of lives during World War 2. 'Sugihara, the acting consul at the Japanese consulate in Lithuania, ignored instructions from Tokyo and issued 6,000 visas to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution so they could enter Japan. ``The Schindler of Japan'' as Sugihara is generally known was shunned by the ministry after the war despite persistent calls to recognize what he had done at great risk to himself.'