Monday, June 1, 2009

Advertisements Around The World

The Fitness Company placed "heavy weights" in various subways in New York City.

Stickers were placed in parking locations in Malaysia to deliver the message that M-Tech Plasma HID Lights are 300% brighter than regular headlights. 

Life-size stickers of people were stuck on sliding doors at a mall in Mumbai, India. When walking through the doors, the stickers move away, and inside the door a message reads 'People Move Away When You Have Body Odour.'

This advertisement was placed in a mall in Buenos Aires for Valentine's Day. 

A print of a cup of Folgers coffee was placed on various manhole covers in New York City. Steam comes through holes in the print with the wording around to cup 'Hey, City That Never Sleeps. Wake Up.'


Friday, May 29, 2009

TOMS Shoes

For every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS Shoes, they will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. The founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, befriended some children during a trip to Argentina and saw that they had no shoes to protect their feet. Therefore, he created TOMS to help put shoes on children around the world.

"The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation."

Over the past few years "TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009."

Want to purchase a pair of TOMS Shoes? Click here to visit their website.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Electric Daisy Carnival

The Electric Daisy Carnival, a two-day music festival, is hosted in Downtown Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. The dates for this year's EDC are: Friday June 26, open from 4pm- 2am and Saturday June 27, open from 4pm-4am.

There are five areas of music with performances by Paul Oakenfold, ATB, Fedde Le Grand, Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Mark Farina, Simian Mobile Disco, Diplo, DJ AM, and many more!

EDC's $99 2 day combo ticket is well worth its price. Did I mention there are carnival rides?

Click here to get your ticket now!

Monday, May 18, 2009

What's In a Name?

Click on the image above to see it clearer

The United States Census Bureau statistics state that there are "at least 88,799 different last names and 5,163 different first names in common use in the United States."

Every wonder how many people share your name? 

Interested in seeing the popularity of your name over the past 100 years? Click here

Want to see in which states your name is most popular? 

Where does your last name come from???

Surnames were generally derived from one of four sources: 

1) Patronymic (from the first name of father). 
Peters - son of Peter (English, German) 
Peterson - son of Peter (Swedish) 
Petersen - son of Peter (Danish) 
O'Reilly - grandson of Reilly (Ireland) 
Mc- /Mac- - son of (Scottish) 
d'- / di- - son of (Italian) 
-ez / -es - son of (Spanish / Portuguese) 
-wicz - son of (Poland) 
Fitz- - son of (Old English - sometimes incorrectly associated with being an illegitimate) 

2) Lives near locality or place. 
KirkPatrick - Church (kirk) of St. Patrick 
Cliff - steep hill 
Fairholm - the fair island 
Ashley - field surrounded by ash trees 

3) Occupation or social status. 
Cooper - barrel maker 
Wagner or Waggoner - wagon maker 
Knight - knighthood conferred by the king 
Smith - blacksmith 
Powers - poor or taken a vow of poverty 

4) Nicknames describing person or personality. 
Reid - red, ruddy complexion or red hair 
Stout - Body size 
Small - Body size 
Armstrong - strong arms 
Sharpe - sharp, smart 

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sidewalk Chalk

Julian Beever is an English artist famous for his sidewalk chalk drawings. His art can be found on sidewalks in England, Germany, Belgium, France, Australia, and the US. Scroll down to take a look at his drawings found across the world...

This is what the picture above looks like from a different angle....

Want to see more pictures like this? Click here to visit Julian's website.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Bonnaroo, a music and arts festival in Manchester, Tennessee, is a 4-day event from June 11-14. The lineup includes many artists like: Snoop Dogg, Citizen Cope, Paul Oakenfold, Girl Talk, Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, and many more.

A limited number of general admission tickets for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will be available for purchase starting at $224.50 plus applicable fees. Once these tickets are sold out, prices will go up.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Trippy Pictures

This is a Picture of a Public Toilet in Houston...

Here is the view from inside...

It is made entirely of one-way glass. No one can see you from the outside, but from the inside it's as though you are in a glass box!

Imagine you are in a high-rise building and enter a bathroom that looks like this....

No worries as this is a painted floor, but would it make you uneasy to walk on it?

This is a ceiling mural in a smoker's lounge...

Might make you want to put out that cigarette

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Recession Geography

In March, The New York Times published an interactive map (based on data from January 2009) displaying the unemployment rates across the United States.

Click on the image above to see clearer

"Job losses have been most severe in the areas that experienced a big boom in housing, those that depend on manufacturing and those that already had the highest unemployment rates."

Monday, May 4, 2009

Living Electro

Living Electro "Home of House-Techno", is an awesome site that lets users post and download new house/techno/electronic music. The site is updated all day, every day so that you are never listening to the same songs. There is even a section of the website that allows users to request songs, and other members will fulfill your requests. Did I mention its completely free to be a member and download these mixes? Want to see what it's all about?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Best & Worst Cities for Air Quality

"Annual 'State of the Air' notes 186 million breathe unhealthy air at times" The American Lung Association "ranked the pollution levels of U.S. cities and counties based on air quality measurements that state and local agencies reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency between 2005 and 2007." The report also found that air in almost every major city reaches unhealthy levels at some point, leaving 60% of American's breathing polluted air.

The top 15 cleanest U.S. cities for particle pollution:

1 Cheyenne, Wyo.
2 Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.
3 Honolulu, Hawaii
4 Great Falls, Mont.
4 Farmington, N.M.
6 Anchorage, Alaska
6 Tucson, Ariz.
8 Bismarck, N.D.
9 Flagstaff, Ariz.
9 Salinas, Calif.
11 Redding, Calif.
12 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
13 Duluth, Minn.-Wis.
14 Colorado Springs, Colo.
14 Pueblo, Colo.

The top 15 U.S. cities most polluted by particle pollution:

1 Bakersfield, Calif.
2 Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa.
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.
4 Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
5 Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Ala.
6 Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.
7 Fresno-Madera, Calif.
8 Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.
9 Detroit-Warren-Flint, Mich.
10 Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio
11 Charleston, W.Va.
11 Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio
11 Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Ky.-Ind.
14 Macon-Warner Robins-Fort Valley, Ga.
14 St.Louis-St.Charles-Farmington, Mo.-Ill.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Verizon to Sell an iPhone Sibling

Finally, an iPhone “lite” and an iPhone “media pad” may be offered to Verizon Wireless.

"A smaller, thinner iPhone “lite” and a “media pad” that could be used to make calls over Wi-Fi connection are in the works, according to a source who has seen the devices’ prototypes, BusinessWeek reported."

The media pad would be similar to the iPod touch, while the iPhone "lite" would be similar to AT&T's current iPhone

Plans are to make these products available as early as this summer.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Avoid Raw Alfalfa Sprouts

Not only do we have to be cautious about the Swine Flu, which doubled its outbreak overnight from 20 infected persons in the US to 40, but we must avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts.

"Officials have received 31 reports of illness associated with eating raw alfalfa sprouts in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia." They are contaminated with a strain of salmonella

The contaminated sprouts were grown in several different states, which is leading people to believe there is a problem with the alfalfa seeds used to grow the sprouts.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu

The swine flu has surfaced in places from the United States and as far as New Zealand. Cases in the US have sprung up in California, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, and New York. Those ill have been between the ages of 7 and 54.

Mexico has been the country with the most cases, including 86 deaths. "There, the disease has killed up to 86 people and likely sickened nearly 1,400 since April 13." The US has had 20 sicknesses and all patients have recovered with only one hospitalization. Around the world there have been cases reported, including: 13 cases in New Zealand, 6 in Canada, 7 in Spain, 1 in France, and 1 in Israel. It is believed that those who have traveled to Mexico recently have brought the flu back to their homelands.

The White House had announced that “It’s not a time to panic."

To learn more about the swine flu, click here for some more facts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day 2009

What exactly is Earth Day anyways?

According to Wikipedia, it is "a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment." Tomorrow, April 22, marks the 39th Anniversary of this global holiday will also mark the the beginning of The Green Generation. The core principles of The Green Generation, include:
  • renewable energy that will end our dependency on fossil fuels like coal
  • responsible, sustainable consumption
  • creating millions of "green jobs" to power our new green economy

Want to take a part in Earth Day?
  • If you don't already, remember to recycle your paper, bottles, and cans.
  • Clean up your yard!
  • Call the Capitol switchboard at: 202 224 3121 and tell your member of Congress to support the Markey Climate Bill
"Earth Day Network believes the Markey-Waxman climate bill is a reasonable measure that moves the US toward a green energy future and new economy based on renewable energy that will go along way toward pollution reduction requirements for climate change."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Travel to Cuba

Last week, Obama announced he will allow Cuban Americans to visit their families in Cuba without limitations.

"House and Senate lawmakers have proposed lifting restrictions that prevent US citizens from traveling to Cuba for tourism." Cuba's doors have been shut to the US for more than 50 years. Currently, the easiest way for Americans to travel to Cuba is through Canada.

Once a hot destination for American tourists, has become a mystery to most. Having these limitations and restrictions lifted could mean an influx of capital for the Cuban economy. Some Cubans are weary of this change and hope that their homeland isn't transformed into a touristy destination, with Starbucks and McDonald's on every corner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mind-Altering Trips

Take a trip, without breaking the law...

Bolivia: Coca leaves, legal in some countries of South America before actually being processed into cocaine or crack cocaine. When held against the side of the cheek (similar to chewing tobacco), gives a mild high, mouth-numbing, and sense of well-being. Used frequently to alleviate altitude sickness.

Fiji: Traditional kava, a root ground into a powder, is strained through a sock and creates a waxy, pinkish-gray tea. It's potent effects create lucid dreams; its liquid numbs and coats the inside of your mouth and throat.

Mexico: Temezcal, or "sweat lodges", is an ancient Mesoamerican ritual where participants lie on the ground of an adobe hut around a fire. Here, a shaman creates a steam with medicinal herbs like aloe, sage, and
chamomile. Expect complete bliss from a one-to-three hour ritual, where the temperature can range from 90-120 degrees Farenheit.

Amsterdam: Marijuana, legal to purchase and smoke/ingest in Amsterdam's coffee shops.

British Virgin Islands: Magic Mushrooms, hallucinations and laughter seem to happen after these unpleasant tasting mushrooms are eaten. Body highs, introspection, intense emotions, and a distortion of time come with the bad taste.

India: Bhang, marijuana buds and leaves are ground into a green paste and cooked with clarified butter, spices, and milk and then added to traditional drinks or pastries.

Paris: Absinthe, banned in France for nearly 100 years until 2001, adds a higher buzz than other alcohol.

Vietman: Cobra wine, a glass of super-potent rice moonshine, served with the still beating heart of a cobra (yes, a poisonous snake.)

Mexico: Peyote, a very intense psychotropic, can involve 15-hour hallucinations and some vomiting. Many say its like "an encounter with God and can bring you to a place of total harmony with yourself and the world around you."

Brazil: Ayahuasca, tea brewed from the vine of the
ayahuasca plant and the leaves of the chacruna (a shrub from the coffee family), is known to cure emotional ailments. The tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) will give you emotional highs similar to Ecstasy, lasting from 2 to 5 hours.

**I am in no way promoting drug usage of any sort. I am writing about these drugs based solely on research...wikipedia & MSNBC of course :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Interesting Things to Know

Some of this information is useless, but you may be able to use it to win Jeopardy one day...
  • Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.
  • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a 'tittle'.
  • 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  • On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
  • Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
  • Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.
  • Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
  • Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
  • A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  • The mask used by Michael Myers in the original 'Halloween' was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.
  • If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
  • By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • Celery has negative calories... It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Movement 2009: Detroit Electronic Music Festival

Detroit Electronic Music Festival, better known as DEMF, has been held in Detroit's Hart Plaza every Memorial Day Weekend since 2000. Musicians and DJs from around the world have performed at DEMF, "emphasizing the progressive qualities of the culture surrounding electronic music."

DEMF is financially supported by the City of Detroit, celebrating the birthplace of techno music.

This year's lineup includes many well-known DJs and musicians, including: Afrika Bambaataa, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, and RJD2. Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May, the founders of techno music, also perform.

Weekend passes for May 23rd, 24th, and 25th are available for purchase at a discounted presale price of $40. To purchase your passes, click here

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

2-Seater Segway

Today, General Motors announced they would be teaming with Segway to develop a 200-mpg, 2-seat, 2-wheel scooter.

This project is known as: Project PUMA, for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility. Both companies hope to have cities or college campuses to set up "Puma travel lanes", similar to bicycle lanes.

The Pumas will be operated manually and not intended to be used on the highway. They would travel about 35 miles per hour and go up to 35 miles on a charge. Although there is a prototype and plans, "It's not going on sale anytime" soon says Chris Borroni-Bird, director of the project for GM.

Friday, April 3, 2009

EU Allowing In-Flight Cell Phone Usage

European Union officials say that the number of of aircrafts that allow passengers to use their cell phones while in the air will double by next year

Last year the EU allowed the "safe use" of cell phones during flights. Currently there are 27 aircrafts from British Airways, Ryanair, and Portugals' TAP offer a pay-for-service to use phones while in the skies.

The United States still bans the usage of cell phones while in flight.

We already have to put up with listening to crying babies, can you imagine sitting next to someone gabbing away on their cell phone?