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Leryn Franco is in a Bikini

Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco first rose to fame a few years ago when the internets discovered that she was pretty damn sexy, and on Monday she was spotted in a bikini in Miami. Presumably not winning at whatever she was doing. Because has a hot athlete ever won anything at all (see: Kournikova, Anna)? Unfortunately it's the same for us hot mathletes. I can crush a beer can between my abs, but I'll be damned if I haven't taken higher than second in the annual Calculus Bowl.

Katy Perry Had A Little Trouble With Her Skirt

Katy Perry and her husband Russell Brand had lunch in Silverlake yesterday, and as Katy got into her car, the wind blew her flimsy little skirt up. And so I saved all the pictures in an excited tizzy, and then published them on the internet. On a somewhat related topic, my dad went to an Ivy league school and was a Marine Corp fighter pilot. And now you know why my parents tell their friends I died in Tower 1 on 9/11.

Shauna Sand Wore That

Boy, Shauna is really pushing the limit of those implants -- they could explode at any second. And it wouldn't even really be the manufacturer's fault. How could they possibly design an implant that could withstand the force of someone like Shauna running down the beach? The only safety testing they did was with women on their back.

Ashley Greene Was Also at the Twilight Premiere

Let’s not forget the most integral part of the Twilight franchise. Ashley Greene. She plays the important role of… um… a vampire? Well, whoever she plays, she’s hot and we pretty much belong together despite her people telling me to take down those leaked nudes of her yesterday. I like to think it’s because she knows I don’t like sharing her.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Mind Blowing Wild Nature Photographs

Nature photography can get quite wild and exciting, depending on the weather and environment that is being photographed. Each terrain and climate has its own set of extremes, such as blizzards and avalanches in the colder mountainous regions, and fierce hurricanes in the tropical regions. Thus, photographers can capture some truly wild and amazing nature photographs regardless of where they live. In this set of breathtaking photographs, we’ve collected a set of mind blowing nature photographs from regions around the globe.

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.

National Geographic Unique Moments

Some moments can be captured only once in a lifetime and when that moment comes you better hold on to it and make it last by photographing it with your camera. Here is a revision of the most unique moments captured on national geographic photos in the past 3 years. A big thanks to all professional photographers that are out there, bringing this kind of beautiful photography into our lives. They are one happy people and there is only one thing to be said about there efforts.

Hot Wheels, the New Gold Standard

Hot Wheels was introduced to the world by Mattel in 1968. The original die-cast models were 1:64 scale. The is an estimated 10,000 different models of Hot Wheels and it is soon to be the new world currency. theTHROTTLE wants to show off your unique Photos.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

A Used Tesla Roadster Isn’t as Cheap as You’d Think

The Tesla Roadster was the supercar for the early adopter, an electric-powered adrenaline rush that could run with the best from Germany, Italy and beyond. The six-figure price-tag put the car out of reach to mere mortals, which left some folks thinking they’d pick up a used one and save a few bucks. Think again. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll have to spend. With the introduction of the Model S, some Roadster owners are trading up. Tesla Motors has announced a resale program for pre-owned Roadsters from the 1.5 version of 2008 through the 2.5 variant that arrived in 2010. Prices for those brand-new Roadsters spanned the spectrum from $120,000 to $160,000 with all the bells, whistles and the S package. And they’ve held their value remarkably well. Looking at the showroom floor at Tesla’s dealership in Menlo Park, California, you can snag a used Roadster 1.5 with 31,000 miles for just over $73,000, while a 2010 2.0 version with around 3,000 miles will set you back upwards of $90k.

Green Hornet’s Car: We Test Drive Black Beauty at Comic-Con

If you’re going to be a superhero, driving old Detroit steel is a must. There are no crumple zones or airbags, but the heavy gauge steel body on frame is better suited to ramming enemies or brick walls. Such is the case with Black Beauty, the Green Hornet’s Chrysler Imperial in the coming feature of the same name that’s due out in January 2011. Twelve Chrysler Imperials were used for the movie that range from 65 to 67, because they’re hard to get in good shape says Nancy Meyer, a spokesperson for the movie. “Most people can’t tell the difference,” she says. As you’d expect with a hero’s ride, the Imperials are far from stock. Meyer says it took quite a bit of rearrangement under the hood to make room for two retractable fifty caliber machine guns that can be swiveled and traversed from an interior console panel by sidekick Kato or the Green Hornet himself.

Edo Aston Martin DBS

The 12-cylinder Aston Martin DBS flagship already produces 517 horsepower and boasts a top speed of more than 300 km/h (186 mph). Improving on those numbers while underlining the elegance and beautiful design of this British knockout and strengthening its sporting credentials was the goal declared by edo competition. The power output was tackled first. It was agreed that 517 hp and 570 Nm (420 ft-lb) are not quite enough. The engine control unit was modified via software recalibration. Thanks to a new high performance exhaust system, special catalytic converters and high flow air filters, power output was increased to an impressive 550 hp and 600 Nm (442 ft-lb). This is enough power to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). As a matter of principle all modifications performed by edo competition are calibrated and verified on a dynamometer. This way the true power output can be documented.

1955 Ford Beatnik Bubbletop Custom Goes On The Block

Bubbletops are unquestionably an enthralling part of the custom car world, and the one we are talking about here is one good, gorgeous baby to look at. Built by Gary “Chopit” Fioto, the 1955 Ford “Beatnik” Bubbletop Custom is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 at RM Auction’s Amelia Island event on March 12, 2011. Inspired by futuristic design studies from the ‘50s, the Beatnik is a lavender 1955 Ford-based custom, rides on a modified ‘88 Lincoln Town Car chassis and gets its power from a Chevrolet 350-cubic inch small-block V8 engine. For the Beatnik, Fioto used a mix of Cadillac, Chrysler and Lincoln components, including the canted quad headlights. The front and rear fenders, the door skins and the rear section of the car are hand-formed. In 2006, the custom Bubbletop won the coveted $20,000 Grand Prize at Darryl Starbird’s National Rod and Custom Car Show. The Beatnik has received a number of awards, including the “Blackie” Gejeian’s 2005 Fresno Autorama Sweepstakes Award, “Outstanding Custom” at the 2006 Grand National Roadster Show and the George Barris Kustom d’Elegance Award.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Pure Water for Haiti, Afghanistan: Just Add Bacteria

Pentagon-backed researchers have come up with a novel new way to purify water: Just add bacteria. Scientists at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) have successfully designed portable, efficient, bacteria-based water treatment units. Two of the devices are on their way to Army bases in Afghanistan, and the research team is in talks with the Pentagon about sending a working prototype to help relief efforts in Haiti. The systems, called “bio-reactors,” clean putrid water using the same bacteria you’d find in a handful of dirt. The bacteria filter the water, then eat up the sludge that’s a common byproduct of waste treatment. It’s all done in less than 24 hours, and from devices smaller than a standard shipping crate. To put that into perspective, an average waste-water treatment process can take up to a month, and produces toxic sludge as an inevitable byproduct.

Defense Department Discusses New Sony Playstation Supercomputer

The Blu-ray function is disabled, so no, you won't find Defense Department engineers on the job watching "Avatar" in high def while running classified satellite images through their new supercomputer that harnesses banks of Sony PlayStation video gaming consoles. Also, the Defense engineers didn't go to Toys R Us or Sears to buy those 1,760 PlayStations. They worked directly with Sony and one of its distributors. "It wasn't something as simple as going to Best Buy or Wal-Mart," said Mark Barnell, the high-performance computing director at the Air Force Research Lab's operation in Rome, N.Y. Barnell answered these as well as more technical questions this morning in a phone interview with The Plain Dealer, which in today's editions described how Defense Department engineers and scientists developed the biggest, fastest interactive computer the Pentagon has. The supercomputer, nicknamed the Condor Cluster, will allow very fast analysis of large high-resolution imagery -- billions of pixels a minute, taking what used to take several hours down to mere seconds, Barnell said.

Ron Howard Was Wrong: Apollo 13 Would Have Burned, Not Frozen

The Apollo 13 module, had it not been for NASA’s heroic efforts to get it back on course, would have missed Earth and tumbled into the depths of cold, lonely space. At least that’s been the story repeated in popular, academic, and cinematic accounts of the ill-fated mission, like Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. Now, space writer Andrew Chaikin and a team of modelers at Analytical Graphics have stumbled upon a surprise: The official story isn’t true. Instead of drifting into a nearly eternal orbit around Earth, the ship would have swung out past the moon, been pushed by its gravitational field, and been sent hurtling back toward Earth on a collision path, as described in the video above. In any case, the crew would not have survived. They’d have frozen first, then burned up on re-entry.

Milan Expo Blends New Flavors In Eco-friendly Furniture

Considered as the most important design event in the world, the Milan International Furniture Fair attracts the most inspiring and talented from the designing world. So, as the world’s most renowned designers converge at the center stage to highlight their gorgeous designs in these tough economic times, the eco-friendly factor was the obvious attraction. Targeted at the green-minded consumers with smaller budgets, the Milan expo saw unique blends of wood and metal that not only marked the taste of the moment but also explained which direction designers are heading to express themselves. Among the most gorgeous designs featured at the Milan Furniture Fair this year were De Castelli’s a wrought-iron furniture that double as planters, Michael Koening’s metal sculptures shaped like trees and Italian designer Alessio Pappa’s lounger.

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