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October 01, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

So much lame content, so little time...

Your Friday Night ONT '80's hair-metal band lead-in:

No...no need to thank me. I do this for all of you out there in Threadland. Though I'm not really sure that Fastway should be considered a "hair-metal" band given that it was made up of elements from Motorhead, UFO and Humble Pie. YMMV as always.

Some Balloonish Business to get out of the way: As a very smart balloon blog we would be remiss in not sending out our condolences to the families and friends of the two American balloonists who apparently perished in an accident during a race over the Adriatic Sea last Wednesday. It doesn't appear likely that either of the racers survived. Did you know that there's a Balloonist's Prayer? Me either. According to the link it was originally recited before launching but is now done so as a toast at the conclusion of the flight.

Happier times below the fold...


Bat Sex and Whale Snot Studies Included Among this Year's Ig Nobel Prize Winners: Article from ABC Australia (Which IMHO is a lot more entertaining than the ABC we have here in the States) A snippet or two:

An idea to use a remote-control helicopter to collect whale snot won the engineering prize for a British-Mexican team, with the project under the authentically geeky title A Novel Non-Invasive Tool for Disease Surveillance of Free-Ranging Whales and Its Relevance to Conservation Programs.

My personal favorite:

Three British researchers at Keele University were the surprise peace prize laureates for proving that swearing relieves pain, while an experiment determining that microbes cling to bearded scientists took the health prize.

Fuck yeah! I'm feelin' no motherfuckin' pain at fuckin' all! NEW motto for the ONT: "It's like fuckin' therapy or some sorta' fuckin' shit." Not sure about the microbes though. Needs more study I think. And I'm really not so much interested in having sex with bats...I don't roll that way.

Likely scenario for next Monday morning: (Over the HQ office intercom) "Mr genghis, please report to Mr. O'Spade's office for your annual employee review."

While there be sure to check out the article titled: Pinkettes Sprint to Stiletto Race Record. It's a race involving chix in stilettos, not the knives. Though I think if they added knives to the competition it would only improve it.

World's Largest Gummi Bear: "Equivalent of 1400 regular gummi bears!" (Or so claims the video.)

Gerbillehs: Apparently they’re dual-use critters…not only as sex toys but can also double as pets. Who knew?

Chris Whitley walks us out...

Oh what the hell, you freaks have behaved yourselves lately so here's another...(whether you want it or not)

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