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Three Rednecks

Three Rednecks were working up on a cell phone tower:
Cooter, Ronnie, and Larry

As they start their descent Cooter slips, falls off the tower, and is killed instantly.

As the ambulance takes the body away, Ronnie says, “Well, damn, someone should go and tell his wife.”

Larry says, “OK, I’m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.”

Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser.

Ronnie says, “Where did you get that beer, Larry?”

“Cooter’s wife gave it to me,” Larry replies.

“That’s unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you a case of beer?”

“Well, not exactly,” Larry says. When she answered the door, I said to her, “you must be Cooter’s widow.”

She said, “You must be mistaken, I’m not a widow.”

Then I said, “I’ll bet you a case of Budweiser you are.”

Rednecks Are Good At Sensitive ****.

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | Funnies | Leave a comment

The Ultimate All-In-One Device

This one does it all!!!

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | Machines | Leave a comment

Airplane Funny

A mother and her young son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago … The little boy (who had been looking out the window turned to his mother and asked, ‘If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?’

The mother (who couldn’t think of an answer) told her son to ask the flight attendant.

So the boy went down the aisle and asked the flight attendant, ‘If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?’

The busy flight attendant smiled and said, ?’Did your mother tell you to ask me?’

The boy said, ‘Yes, she did.’

‘Well, then, you go and tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. Have your mother explain that to you.”

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Funnies | Leave a comment

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mitch Mitchell – RIP

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary “Jimi Hendrix Experience” of the 1960s and the group’s last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

If Women Ruled the World…

If women ruled the world things might look a little different…

And the truest of them all:

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foreign Accent Syndrome Gives Sufferers an International Sound

By ANDREA CANNING
Nov. 13, 2008

CindyLou Romberg sounds like she could be from any number of exotic countries around the world. She sometimes rolls her “R”s like a Russian, chops syllables like a German or turns an unsuspecting “W” into a “V,” like a Swede. But Romberg is not Russian, German or Swedish. In fact, she has never even left her tiny hometown of Port Angeles, Wash.

Romberg suffers from what doctors call Foreign Accent Syndrome, or FAS, an extremely rare brain disorder that, as the name implies, causes its sufferers to speak as if they are from a foreign country.When her voice came back, it was not the one she had grown up with.

“We’ll be in the grocery store and someone will come up and say, ‘Oh, you have a beautiful accent. Where are you from?'” Romberg told “Good Morning America.”

The syndrome is likely related to an accident in 1981 when CindyLou suffered a depressed skull fracture after falling out of a moving truck, scientists say. She recovered from a severe brain injury, and spoke normally until just two years ago when she lost her voice for a couple of days after a visit with a chiropractor.

“She may have suffered a small episode of decreased blood supply to the brain during the manipulation that provided an additional injury, which led to the FAS,” neuroscientist Julius Fridriksson said.

Fridriksson said that FAS comes from a trauma to the left side of the brain in an area responsible for speech.

Along with the foreign accents, Romberg has also dealt with an inability to say the names of her loved ones, including her daughter, Sadrianna.

Though the condition may be frustrating for Romberg, her husband Glenn told “GMA” he was more worried about her than about her voice.

“Once we figured out medically that there is nothing wrong with her, it’s OK with me,” he said. “I don’t mind the voice at all.”

But Romberg said she misses the voice she used to have, the voice that was a part of her.

“It’s the voice I had for 49 years. It’s the voice I’m used to. It’s the voice that I said ‘I do’ to. It’s the voice I spoke to my grandchildren with when they were first born,” she said.

In the end, however, Romberg agreed with her husband.

“The most important thing is that you’re healthy,” she said. “When you look at the big scheme of things, this is a walk in the park.”

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Medical Oddities | Leave a comment

Songbirds are singing from the hymn sheet

 

By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News

Zebra finch
Songbirds like zebra finches can give clues to how humans learn to speak

Songbirds learn to sing from a hymn sheet in their head, according to a new study.

Swiss researchers have identified a region of the Zebra Finch brain which they believe has an internal recording of how the birds ought to be singing.

A separate region seems to enable the birds to identify mistakes in their songs, they wrote in Nature journal.

The research could also shed light on how humans learn to speak, according to scientists from Zurich University.

They monitored the electrical activity of cells in the zebra finches brains which are associated with listening.

They did this as the birds were singing, and while the birds were listening to recordings of other zebra finches.

Hymn sheet

Some neurons were constantly active, as if the finches were listening to a recording in their brain.

Other cells became active when the birds made mistakes, or when they heard recordings of songs which featured disturbances or disruptions.

It is these cells that enable the birds to learn from their errors, according to lead author Professor Richard Hahnloser, of the University of Zurich.

He said: “This is a proof of concept that birds do actually listen to their own songs, and they do seem to be comparing it to something that they expect, or would like to hear.

“So these neurons could give us a clue of how the birds learn their songs, with reference to some song that they’ve previously stored in their brain”.

The authors believe their research could also shed light on how humans learn to speak.

It has long been assumed that, like songbirds, humans learn complex vocal patterns by first listening to their speech and then comparing it to patterns stored in the brain.

But very little is known about the neural mechanisms involved.

Our closest relatives, the great apes, do not speak, so songbirds may provide a better model to observe how speech develops.

Zebra finch
Zebra finches appear to recognise their own mistakes and those of others

Clock chimes

Meanwhile, in a separate study in the same journal, scientists used zebra finches to identify the “clock” that controls the timing of complex vocal behaviour in songbirds.

Both birdsong and human speech require precisely timed execution. But the specific brain circuits involved in the timing were unknown.

Researchers Michael Long and Michale Fee attempted to identify these “clocks” by cooling down the cells in different areas of the finches’ brain.

Cooling the temperature in a region known as the high vocal centre (HVC) slowed the finches’ songs down by up to 45%.

But the cooling did not affect the sequence of notes sung. This suggests the “clock” that regulates the timing of birdsong lies in the HVC.

Writing in the journal Nature, the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that its technique could help identify the “clocks” for other complex behaviours.

For the audio sounds click on this link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7725432.stm

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Animals | Leave a comment

The Mysterious Coral Castle

coral castle

In the city of Homestead, Florida sits a strange stone structure created by eccentric Edward Leedskalnin. No one really knows why it was built or how, but considering each of the megalithic coral stones weigh more than most men could move alone, the emergence of the Coral Castle remains an impressive mystery.

Edward never allowed anyone to witness the building of Coral Castle. A suspicious and private man, he worked at night by lantern, behind large walls he constructed. Reports from neighbors claim he levitated the blocks, some weighing 30 tons, twice the weight of the largest blocks in the Great Pyrimid of Giza.

  coral castle garden

Teenagers living in the area claimed they saw him one night, “singing to the massive stone, and it moved like it was a hydrogen balloon, easily settling into place.” By his own account, Edward claimed, “I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids, and have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders of Peru, Yucatan, and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons.”

 coral castle night

Coral Castle was moved to Homestead, Florida in 1936 by Edward, again on his own. According to one theory, Edward moved the castle because he had made a mathematical error in the position and wasn’t able to harness enough magnetic energy in the original site to complete the structure. These theorists believe he was successful in decoding the Earth’s magnetic energies, and thus was able to magnetize the stone making it possible for a lone person to lift and move tons of weight with only a tripod and pulleys.

Edward believed, “all matter consists of individual magnets, and it is the movement of these magnets within material and through space that produce measurable phenomena, magnetism, and electricity, and these concepts involve the relationship of the Earth to celestial alignments.” He claimed to see beads of light which he believed to be the physical presence of nature’s magnetism and life force, what we today term as ‘chi’. Tourists to the area report, “energy sensitive people walking through the archway of the 9-ton gate are stricken with headaches,” thought to be built directly over a vortex.

tools and wheel

Armed with only a fourth grade education, Edward Leedskalnin possessed a unique understanding of the laws of weight and leverage, and with that built a castle of immense proportions, singlehandedly. For twenty-eight years he quarried, cut, shaped, transported, and constructed the entire structure, with only primitive tools he fashioned from junk yard auto parts and cast away lumber. This feat would have been amazing by today’s standards with a crew and modern equipment, but by the hand of a 5 ft, 100lb man, it defies explanation.

coral castle in the sun

According to the website Coral Castle Code, its creator Jon Depew, believes Edward Leedskalnin unlocked the code that is the base to all atomic structure, and that he left behind a blueprint for nature and a secret knowledge of the ancients. “What Ed’s code is leaving us with, is that this ancient science sacred geometry is really representing an advanced knowledge of two magnetic currents and the neutral particles of matter, they orbit as a common core,” says Depew.

Magnetic Currents
energy

Which theory is true remains a question for all who see Coral Castle, whom upon entering must draw their own conclusions. However, the importance of such a feat is nonetheless awe-inspiring. Whether he was an intuitive possessing mystical power, a genius before his time, or had actually unlocked the mystery to creation and life itself, we must be forever grateful for this new wonder of the world.

Thanks To Luann Dawkins for this article.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Mysteries, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Parrot saves two year old girl’s life…

DENVER (CBS4) ― A babysitter’s parrot is being credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old girl who was choking Friday at a Denver area home while the sitter was in the bathroom.

“While I was in the bathroom, Willie (the parrot) started screaming like I’d never heard him scream before and he started flapping his wings,” said Meagan, the babysitter. “Then he started saying ‘mama baby’ over and over and over again until I came out and looked at Hannah, and Hannah’s face was turning blue because she was choking on her pop tart.”

Meagan performed the Heimlich maneuver on Hannah, which stopped the choking.

“If (Willie) wouldn’t have warned me, I probably wouldn’t have come out of the bathroom in time because she was already turning blue, her lips were blue and everything,” Meagan said.

“If anything happened to her, I don’t know what I would do,” said Samantha Kuusk, Hannah’s mother. “I’m very grateful for the both of them because they both saved her.”

Willie didn’t say much when CBS4 visited on Sunday. Meagan said he is usually pretty talkative.

“He says ‘I love you’ and he says ‘mama’ and he says ‘step up’ and some other words that aren’t so nice,” she said.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’ve got to get a job that pays like this one…$30,000 a pop for opening your mouth for an hour!

Fresh from campaigning for Obama, Cornel West, one of America’s most renowned intellectual figures, will dissect racial mattes next week on campus.

West, the famed author, philosopher, pastor and professor, is known for his outspoken views on the collision of race, politics, morality and society.

The always provocative and sometimes controversial West will speak on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m., in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. After the event, which is free and open to the public, West will sign copies of his latest book, Hope on a Tightrope.

“Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood,” his Web site reads. “His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz. The New York Times has praised his ‘ferocious moral vision.'”

A professor at Princeton University, West will conduct the discussion against the backdrop of the recent election of America’s first black President-elect, a discussion U of M professor Bill Lawson said would not have been possible before.

“This is a very significant moment,” said Lawson, a distinguished professor who specializes in African-American social-political philosophy. “The University of Memphis is very fortunate to have this very prominent social critic and world renowned scholar come here to this university to share his view about this moment in history.”

West will receive $30,000 for the speaking engagement from the Student Events Allocation, a branch of the Student Activities Council. The speaking fee, said Teanca Shepherd, assistant coordinator of student activities, is fairly standard for someone of West’s “magnitude.” This fee comes from the student activity fees paid by students enrolled at the university.

West will comment on racial attitudes following the election, said Carlissia Graham, one of the organizers of the event. “Just because all those statuses have gone back to normal doesn’t mean those negative feelings aren’t still harbored,” she said. “I don’t think the discussion will solve anything. It won’t be ‘Kumbaya, we’re all equal,’ but I do think it’s a good start. Conversation usually leads to something more.”

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