Crazy Murder – Beheading!

A graduate student from China was murdered at Virginia Tech. The alleged killer, also Chinese, decapitated her with a kitchen knife at a local coffee shop.
crazy beheading Xin Yang, a Beijing native, had met her accused attacker, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu, through the 500-strong Chinese community at VTech. The two attended several functions together, and he was listed on her emergency contacts. But on Wednesday, seemingly apropos of nothing, he pulled out a kitchen knife in a cafe at the Graduate Life Center.

Witnesses said the two had not been arguing before the attack, and that there hadn’t been previous signs of trouble between them. Zhu has been charged with first-degree murder.  This guy even looks psycho but maybe that is because I know he is.

The Gaza Conflict

So with international condemnation of Israel are we to honestly believe that they are the evil ones?  Civilians keep dying in Gaza because Hamas does not wear military uniforms and they launch rockets from residential neighbourhoods.  This little cartoon pretty much says it all.

What do you think?

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Do your kids want to learn to kill with their mind?

Toy maker Uncle Milton has introduced Force Trainer, a game that utilizes NeuroSky’s brainwave-controlled gaming technology. In a manner similar to the Mind Flex we got our heads on at CES, the young Jedi dons a wireless headset that communicates with a simplified EEG. If you focus well enough, the “training sphere” rises in a 10-inch tube. Seems pretty harmless, no? At least until your humble child starts lifting rocks and choking people by simply furrowing their brow and gesturing menacingly. If you find this an acceptable risk (or you feel the need to work on your own mental prowess) the thing should be available this fall for just under $100. Gotta pre-order one of these….for use only at their mom’s home of course!

Squirrel Flavoured Chips – Gross!

There are times when I actually think the folks in the UK are pretty cool and kinda fun but this article makes me want to barf but I have heard squirrels taste a lot like chicken!  Chilli and chocolate, crispy duck with hoisin sauce and Cajun squirrel are among a tastebud-testing new range of crisp flavours launched in Britain on Friday.

The flavours, chosen by the public and developed with the help of top chief Heston Blumethal, also include fish and chips, builder’s breakfast and onion bhaji. “The complexities of flavour fascinate me and to watch the British public get so excited about taste has been absolutely inspiring,” said Blumenthal, chef of the Michelin three-starred Fat Duck restaurant.

“We’ve had an incredible response and sifting through the entries has been quite incredible. I can’t wait to see which one the public choose as their winner!” he said.  The six flavours were chosen from more than a million suggestions sent in to crisp makers Walkers after they launched their “Do Us A Flavour” campaign last year to find out the British public’s snack tastes.

They will be sold until May, after which there will be a vote to decide which flavour stays on sale permanently. The creator of the winner will get 50,000 pounds (77,000 dollars, 56,000 euros) plus one percent of future sales.  Of the six finalists, only one was proposed by a man: Cajun squirrel is the brainchild of Martyn Wright, 26, who said he was inspired to enter when he saw squirrel on a restaurant menu.  This is something I would expect out of China with their unique interest in eating weird stuff.

News on the next 9/11 – Onion style

The Onion really cracks me up. I guess enough time has passed since 9/11 that they can get away with this very funny tongue-in-cheek article. Here are my favorite excerpts:

In an alarming development with wide-reaching implications for America’s safety, Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and CIA Director Michael Hayden issued a joint report Monday warning that the next 9/11 could in fact occur on a different date.

“While 9/11 has historically always fallen on 9/11, we as Americans need to be prepared for a wide range of dates,” Chertoff said during a White House press conference. “There’s a chance we could all find ourselves living in a post-6/10 world as early as next July. Unless, that is, we’re already living in a pre-2/14 world.”

Hayden also said he was certain that at least one of the world’s 6.7 billion human beings will plot the future 5/24 or 3/17 attacks, and that it will most likely target either the nation’s subways, seaports, landmarks, stadiums, buildings, structures, or other indoor or outdoor areas where large groups of people tend to gather.

Read the entire hilirious article here

This story is a bit fishy

Ok, I admit to writing this post because I liked the title I could use. Two sushi bar owners paid more than $100,000 for a Japanese bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish auction Monday, about ten times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade, market officials said.

The 282-pound (128-kilogram) premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma fetched 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna brought an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said.

Yoshida said the extravagant purchase – about $370 per pound ($817 per kilogram) – went to a Hong Kong sushi bar owner and his Japanese competitor who reached a peaceful settlement to share the big fish. The Hong Kong buyer also paid the highest price at last year’s new year event at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the world’s largest fish seller, which holds near-daily auctions.

Typical tuna prices at Tokyo fish markets are less than $25 per pound ($55 per kilogram). But bluefin tuna is considered by gourmets to be the best, and when sliced up into small pieces and served on rice it goes for very high prices in restaurants.

Premium fish – sometimes sliced up while the customers watch – also have advertising value, underscoring a restaurant’s quality, like a rare wine.  I would hate to be hit with a $1k bill for a meal including this rare tuna.

Hot Sunny Beach with Cold Sand

cool sandOnly in Dubia, will you find this type of idea coming to fruition.  he Palazzo Versace hotel is building a beach with refrigerated sand.The small beach will protect guests’ precious feet by piping cold air through a series of tubes underneath the sand, which will suck enough heat from the blistering surface to offset the beaming sun and 110F temperatures. A system of computers and thermostats will monitor and adjust the system.

Hotel proprietor Soheil Abedian, who holds the uniquely Dubaian job title of “Guy Who Takes Wild Guesses at What Very Rich People Might Pay For”, had this to say about his project:

“We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on. This is the kind of luxury that top people want.”