First Time, No Prob

Janie will be jealous. She got an R the first time, and NC-17 after a few rants.

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This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • sex (19x)
  • shit (2x)
  • whore (1x)

Smoking Is A Filthy Habit

Especially when you dig up your ashtrays from a cemetery.Happy Friday

Janie found this on the AP wire, and showed it to me.

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Police say a gravedigger stole body parts – including a skull and a thigh bone – from a broken casket at a church cemetery and took them home to make an ashtray.

“While he was digging a grave, a casket was broken open, so (investigators) believe he took the body parts to make an ashtray and a pipe,” Police Lt. Kevin O’Brien told the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg.

Police discovered the theft when they went to his apartment Wednesday after his wife complained that her husband, Keith Chartrand, killed her dog. She said she found the body parts among his belongings.

Police charged Chartrand, 30, with removing a body from a grave and cruelty to animals.


Shuttle Play By Play

We’re about 40 minutes from landing, and I’ll be giving the text version in the comments as I watch NASA TV.

Here’s the NASA-TV page with video links, or you can follow along with the Dr. BA here.   He’s cute and more knowlegable, but I have my moments.  Take your pick.


Shuttle To Land In Cali

Via CNN (no word from Dr. BA yet…):

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — For the second day, rain prevented space shuttle Atlantis from landing Friday at the Kennedy Space Center on its first try, leaving NASA managers to decide whether to prepare to land at a backup site in California instead.

“Our mindset down here is we’re going to land you somewhere safely today,” Mission Control told the shuttle crew Friday morning.

The first landing attempt at California’s Edwards Air Force Base would be at 3:49 p.m. ET. If the weather cleared up over Florida before then, NASA could instead try bringing the shuttle into Kennedy at 3:55 p.m. ET.

The landing site at Edwards was expected to have clear skies, and wind gusts there were not expected to pick up until late in the day.

Carnival of Space #8

The eighth edition of Carnival of Space is up at Universe Today.

Great space related science posts from around the blogosphere collected for your reading pleasure.

In this edition, there are posts all sorts of space stuff, from puddles on Mars (or not), to moon madness, to nanobots in the Gobi desert.
Check it out!

Beetles Swallow, Don’t Spit

Happy HumpdayVia New Scientist:

Buying a lady a drink to win her favour is a trick not confined to men. Some beetle females will mate simply to quench their thirst.

The bean weevil Callosobruchus maculatus feeds on dry pulses. With a diet like this, the male’s ejaculate is a valuable water source for females. Martin Edvardsson at Uppsala University, Sweden, tested the idea that females tap into this by keeping them on dry beans with or without access to water. Females living on beans alone accepted more matings, presumably to secure the water in the seminal fluid (Animal Behaviour, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.07.018).

Well, whattya know? An evolutionary advantage to one of my favorite passtimes…

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