A Ticket for Driving the Speed Limit

mercredi 3 juin 2015

A speed camera near Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, caught 24-year-old Zac Murray driving at 100 km/h and he was sent a $151 ticket for speeding. However, the speed limit on the roadway is 100 km/h (62 mph). Murray was a bit puzzled, but saw the humor in the situation. He issued an apology.

"I am deeply saddened by my actions and believe I am just as bad as those ingrates who are downloading Dallas Buyers Club and/or Game of Thrones," he wrote.

"Clearly I did not think of the children or consider the consequences of my actions as I drove at an alleged speed of 100km in a 100km zone.

"I hope you can all forgive me. But most importantly I hope I can forgive myself for the monster I have become."

Police in Queensland were surprised, too, and canceled the ticket. Further investigation showed that when the speed camera was being calibrated and tested, it automatically issued two tickets to drivers before it was officially deployed. -via Arbroath

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A Ticket for Driving the Speed Limit

Parkour Madman Jumps From Balcony To Balcony 43 Stories Above Ground

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There are many different degrees of what people refer to as Parkour- some of it involves jumping around and over stuff in the city, other stunts involve taking things a bit higher and jumping across rooftops a few stories above ground.

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This video takes the idea of parkour to the extreme, as madman and Instagram user olegcricket jumps from balcony to balcony 43 stories above ground.

As someone who once had a crippling fear of heights I can tell you this video made me feel a bit nauseous, how did you fare while watching this brief yet nerve-wracking video?

-Via The Daily What

Parkour Madman Jumps From Balcony To Balcony 43 Stories Above Ground

This Public Library Has an Indoor BeeHive

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Redditor sauer_kussen brought this incredible find to my attention. One of the branches of the Medina County District Library (I think the main library) in Ohio has a real, active beehive inside the children’s department. It’s called the Library Observation Hive. A local organization of beekeepers maintains it, moving the hive out before the winter and returning it in the spring. The local branch of the Rotary Club brought it to the library in 2008 as a way for people to learn about bees. The resident bees can leave through a pipe that connects to the outside of the library building.

This Public Library Has an Indoor BeeHive

How The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Should Have Ended - Part One

How It Should Have Ended takes on the latest Marvel movie: The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. But wait! This says "part one." Are they going to show the end of the story? How would I know, since I haven’t seen the film? Is this going to make any sense at all?

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Oh, okay, now that I’ve watched the video, I can honestly say that you’ll get a kick out of this even if you haven’t seen The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Spoilers? I don't think so. And it certainly makes me look forward to seeing part two! -via Viral Viral Videos

How The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Should Have Ended - Part One

Eating Feathers and other Feather Research

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

Research involving feathers
compiled by Katherine Lee, Improbable Research staff

Eating Feathers (1966)
“Methods for Determining the Nutritive Value of Feather Meals,” W.E. McCasland and L. R. Richardson, Poultry Science, vol. 45, 1966, pp. 1231–6. The authors, at Texas A&M University, report:

The nutritive value of raw and hydrolyzed feather meals was determined by the growth of rats, by enzymatic digestion in vitro, and by quantitative microscopic analysis of feces of rats consuming diets that contained the feather protein. Rats fed raw feathers as the sole source of protein lost weight and the mortality was 100%. Those fed hydrolyzed feathers failed to gain weight but none succumbed during a six week test period.

Eating Feathers (2008)
“Responses to Sweet and Bitter Tasting Feathers in Laying Hens,” A. Harlander-Matauschek, F. Wassermann and W. Bessei, Proceedings of the 42th International Congress of the ISAE, 2008, p. 22.

Eating Feathers (2009)
“Physical Characteristics of Feathers Play a Role in Feather Eating Behavior,” A. Harlander-Matauschek and U. Feise, Poultry Science, vol. 88, no. 9, 2009, pp. 1800–4. The authors, at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, report:

Ten birds were individually given access to 4 plastic elements, each perforated with 4 feathers 2, 4, 6, or 8 cm in length (i.e., 1 flat piece of plastic for each feather length). Another 10 hens were given access to 3 identical plastic elements, each perforated with 4 pieces of feather 2 cm in length from the calamus (part of the shaft closest to the bird body), middle (shaft with outer and inner vane), or tip (part of the shaft with vane furthest from bird body) of the feathers, respectively. The number of feathers of different lengths and regions plucked and eaten from each plastic element was recorded. Birds were tested over a period of 10 d on a daily basis. Laying hens preferred shorter feathers over longer ones.

Makeup Use by Flamingos

“Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus Use Uropygial Secretions as Make-up,” Juan A. Amat,
Miguel A. Rendón, Juan Garrido-Fernández, Araceli Garrido, Manuel Rendón-Martos and Antonio Pérez-Gálvez, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 65, no. 4, 2011, pp. 665–73. The authors, at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Sevilla, Spain and other institutions report:

It was long thought that the colour of bird feathers does not change after plumage moult. However... The coloration of plumage due to deliberate staining, i.e. with cosmetic purposes, may help individuals to communicate their quality to conspecifics.... We show not only that the colour of feathers of greater flamingos

Phoenicopterus roseus became more colourful due to the application of carotenoids from uropygial secretions over the plumage but also that the feathers became more colourful with the quantity of pigments applied over them, thus providing evidence of cosmetic coloration. Flamingos used uropygial secretions as cosmetic much more frequently during periods when they were displaying in groups than during the rest of the year.

Detail from the study “Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus Use Uropygial Secretions as Make-up.”

Which Feels Heavier—A Pound of Lead or a Pound of Feathers?
“ ‘Which Feels Heavier—A Pound of Lead or a Pound of Feathers?’: A Potential Perceptual Basis of a Cognitive Riddle,” Jeffrey B Wagman, Corinne Zimmerman, and Christopher Sorric, Perception, 2007, volume 36, pages 1709–11. (Thanks to Ig Nobel winner Chris McManus for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, explain:

“Which weighs more—a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?” The seemingly naive answer to the familiar riddle is the pound of lead. The correct answer, of course, is that they weigh the same amount. We investigated whether the naive answer to the riddle might have a basis in perception. When blindfolded participants hefted a pound of lead and a pound of feathers each contained in boxes of identical size, shape, and mass, they reported that the box containing the pound of lead felt heavier at a level above chance. Like the size/weight illusion, the naive answer to the riddle may reflect differences in how easily the objects can be controlled by muscular forces and not a perceptual or cognitive error.


The article above is from the September-October 2014 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. You can download or purchase back issues of the magazine, or subscribe to receive future issues. Or get a subscription for someone as a gift!

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Eating Feathers and other Feather Research

De Villains - Wickedly Stylish

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It's hard to hate villains who look so darn cool, but when they try to take out our favorite animated heroes that hate comes naturally. They're cruel, wicked, and totally maleficent, and you can't say they're just drawn that way when they do everything in their power to promote misery and malice. But what if they're all just misunderstood? Can it be possible that they were supposed to be the stars of our favorite animated features?

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The Cutest Rabbit in the World Has Pigtails

Wally, an Angora rabbit in Massachusetts, has long fur, as an Angora should. But his human, Molly, shaves his body. With long hair on only his ears, he looks like he’s a hound dog or a rabbit with pigtails. Check out his Instagram page for a full-out awwww experience.

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The Cutest Rabbit in the World Has Pigtails