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CELEBRITIES & MODELS

Chrissy Teigen is Fantastic

The photo agency for this says that genuinely delightful supermodel Crissy Teigen “gets cozy with Charlie Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s brother) on a Nike commercial shoot at the Raleigh hotel pool in Miami” this morning, although that certainly appears to be JB Smoove, not Charlie Murphy. But go up to JB as if he’s Charlie anyway, and yell out “what did the 5 fingers say to the face” as you pretend you’re about to slap him. It’ll go great, trust me.

Dita Von Teese Brings Her Cans Back To Crazy Horse

International burlesque queen Dita Von Teese has returned to the MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris cabaret show at MGM Grand Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada . Dita always looks red hot no matter what she wears. Marilyn Manson actually had this goddess for years.

Victoria Silvstedt in Cannes Yesterday

Wow, Victoria looks amazing for 55. It just goes to show that if you take care of your body (exercise, eat right, and stay out of the sun), you can be hot at any age. UPDATE: Kind reader Bill just informed me that Victoria's actually 35. So basically everything I said before about her, but opposite.

New And Improved Heidi Wants To Do Playboy Again

The last time Heidi Montag was in Playboy, the pictures were about as erotic as shark attack photos, but that was before she got DDD implants. She had to buy the implants, but the self-confidence that came along with them was free (hint-hint ladies). MSNBC says, “Heidi would love to do another (Playboy) cover,” said a source who’s exceedingly close to the couple. Montag’s first Playboy pose, back in September, was conservative by some standards, but part deux stands to be a little more risqué. “She is currently speaking with (Playboy photographer) Matthew Rolston (about) a steamy, soapy, shower concept showing her boobs through the shower door “She could use the money, and she’s finally ready to pose topless, so she is negotiating with the magazine.”

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

The Helpful Hippo That Rescues Helpless Animals From Mara River

But as they watched thousands of animals cross the raging Mara river they were astonished to see a hippo come to the rescue of two drowning stragglers. The strong current separated a wildebeest, or gnu, from her calf and she watched helplessly as it was swept away. ‘To everyone’s amazement the hippo came to the gnu’s rescue and pushed it gently to the river bank,’ said Abdul Karim, the head guide at Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara, Kenya. The infant panted for a moment before getting up and running to its watching mother. But the female hippo’s work did not finish there. Within ten minutes she spotted a little zebra crossing the same stretch of water and pushed it across, its tiny head struggling to keep above the torrent.

Scuba Divers Swim Alongside Beautiful Ice Formations In A Lake In Switzerland

A scuba diver swims inside an ice cave in Lake Sassolo in Sambuco Valley, Ticino, Switzerland.

Scenes From the Duct Tape Festival

According to its website, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival “celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses.” The festival takes place in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck brand duct tape. I attended last month with my daughters (7-year-old triplets), who enjoyed riding the rides, playing carnival games, and decorating jewelry boxes with duct tape. We also made sure to stop by all the duct tape sculptures scattered throughout the festival. Here’s what we saw.

Overgrown Cemeteries, Tombs and Catacombs

It has become something of a cliche for gothic horror films to begin with the wind rustling through the branches of an old yew tree in an overgrown cemetery, with a wolf howling away in the background. But it's hard not to be taken in by it with these tangled grave stones fit for any Hammer Horror production and catacombs worthy of Indiana Jones.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Huge Off-Highway Road Trains

This huge Road Train (or Haul Train) developed by ETF Trucks of UAE and Germany is a fantastic project - the ultra-powerful, yet highly efficient piece of "monster machinery" looks like a "wet dream" of every miniature train enthusiast, apocalyptic cult follower, or a Mad Max movie sequel producer. United Arab Emirates once again set out to conquer desert wastes - this time with 3,700 camel (er...horse) power engine under each hood.

KTM X-Bow Stratosferica

The KTM X-Bow is one of those minimalistic wonders of the automotive world, a true lesson in the whole ‘less is more’ mantra. Therefore it’s maybe not the most obvious vehicle to comprehensively alter by adding extra weight and bodywork which completely transforms the car’s persona. But if it looks as good as the X-Bow Stratosferica, and benefits from an extra 73 horsepower thanks to some engine modifications, then it’s all good in my book. The KTM X-Bow Stratosferica is a 12,000 Euro ($17,300 USD) upgrade to the X-Bow which is available through the Italian company Montenergy. As is obvious from the photos, and the name, the Stratosferica’s styling was inspired by the legendary Lancia Stratos. But at the same time this wasn’t designed to be a replica or newer version of the Stratos, and the X-Bow Stratosferica has plenty of its own unique character on show.

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 range coming to U.S.

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi has announced a new line of V7 bikes, which will be available to Euro-leaning shoppers in the U.S. Moto Guzzi calls the 2013 iteration of the V7 a "completely new bike," with a more powerful version of the company's 90-degree V-twin engine and revamped aesthetics for each model. The traditional double-cradle frame and drive shaft remain, however. To start, the Italian company will offer the V7 in three distinct flavors: the V7 Stone, V7 Racer and V7 Special. The Stone has the lowest price point at $8,390 to start, and is made to appeal to a younger buyers with its clean design and ample customization options. The V7 Racer clearly has been aimed at the retro-loving rider, as it makes use of old school number plates on the cowl and rear fenders, while rocking a vintage chrome tank and suede seat.

Tesla Roadster UK-Version (2010)

Tesla Motors has announced production of the right-hand-drive version of its iconic Tesla Roadster sports car, the only highway-capable electric vehicle for sale worldwide. Prospective customers and media may test-drive right-hand-drive cars available at Tesla's showroom, 49-51 Cheval Place in London's Knightsbridge district (SW7 1EW). The 2010 Tesla Roadster UK-Version includes a suite of unique noise-reduction materials, an upgraded sound system and other enhancements that make it ideal for daily commuting or weekend drives. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than virtually any other car on the road, making it the only production car faster than a Porsche and twice as energy efficient as a Prius. It is quickly becoming the choice amongst discerning drivers who demand performance with a clean conscience.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Guy Loses Finger To Neodymium Magnets

Dirk had an accident. It took 1 1/2 hours of surgery to remove the shattered bones and repair the damage. Medically speaking, he crushed his right index finger distal phalange. The magnets had a 50 cm (20 inch) separation when they decided to fly together. He is lucky that he only lost a finger tip as opposed to his whole hand. The block Neo below is about 4" by 2" by 2" N45 with a pull force of around 700 lbs (320 kg). The disk is about 3" dia. by 2 1/2" thick N45 with a pull force of about 400 lbs (180 kg). That is his fingernail and some of his finger tip caught between the magnets.

Building a Better Nerf gun

Like 90% of other geek offices worldwide we have at work several NERF and similar toy weapons floating about. These toys typically fire safe foam darts and projectiles. Not impressed with the performance of my colleague Lester’s NERF Maverick I decided to see if I could build a better NERF gun. Now, this isn’t new. In fact there are forums for doing just this as well as some very impressive homemade NERF guns around online. The site that inspired me most was www.boltsniper.com where Evan Neblett has documented his very impressive and remarkably sophisticated homemade NERF guns. Even more impressive is these have been made by hand. I have the luxury of having a small lathe! My effort is not quite so impressive. I just wanted to see if I could make a simple pistol that would fire a NERF dart better than the original toys. This is how I did it. Generally the photographs should explain it so I will try to keep the text to a minimum.

Is the Surging Yellowstone Caldera Poised to Erupt?

With some 80% of airports in Europe shut down last summer due to the lingering ash cloud created by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, we thought it would pay to take an updated look at the possibility of the world's most massive volcano -the Yellowstone Plateau- erupting and the potential consequences. Recent earthquakes on the west side of Yellowstone caldera were part of the intense January/February 2010 earthquake swarm of ~2,350 earthquakes. Yellowstone National Park's caldera, which covers a 25- by 37-mile (40- by 60-kilometer) swath of Wyoming, is an ancient crater formed after the last big blast, some 640,000 years ago. The simmering volcano has produced major eruptions—each a thousand times more powerful than Mount St. Helens's 1980 eruption—three times in the past 2.1 million years. The supervolcano has recently caused miles of ground to rise dramatically, scientists report beginning in 2004, which saw the ground above the caldera rise upward at rates as high as 2.8 inchesa year. Is it poised for yet a fourth major explosion?

Why Mars is Losing Its Atmosphere -A Mystery Solved?

NASA has been making a lot of headlines the past couple of years with recent discoveries on Mars, and fans of the red planet are in for good news: they're going again, bigger and better than ever. There's the Mars Surface Laboratory, the ExoMars rover, and flying above them all will be MAVEN which will make definitive scientific measurements of present-day atmospheric loss that will offer clues about the planet's history. "The loss of Mars' atmosphere has been an ongoing mystery," Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said.

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