The Onion figured it out:
The holidays are always around the cornergift baskets just in case you’re running late!
As you travel through Iowa you will begin to see the meaning behind the terms, “Corn State” or “Hawkeye State” as the state has been phrased. Bordered by Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Missouri, the state of Iowa has produced some celebrities to make not of. Former present of the United States Herber Hoover called Iowa his home. The state also is birthplace of the jazz musician and swing bandleader Glenn Miller. Anyone who loves cowboy movies would be thrilled to find out that John Wayne is also a native to the state. There are many historic events that Iowa has claim to. It’s also here that the Lewis and Clark expedition has been connected to.
Check this out:
What does the web think – it will tell you what the web thinks. I asked it one very import question:
Though not an extremely large state, at 56,000 square miles, Iowa is first in corn and soybean production and also is first in hog production. It is a flat state located between the great North American rivers, the Mississippi on the east, and the Missouri River on the west. The Iowa caucuses are an early political event in the quest for the presidency. That alone may give you an idea for your Iowa Incorporation. After all, billions of dollars go to political consultants each election year and the huge media impact of this event is well known.
Iowa is a strongly agricultural state, and also has historically and still to some extent presently, the production of farm implements, washing machines, refrigerators and processed foods. Its industrial outputs are food processing, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products, nd primary metals. Iowa produces the nation’s largest amount of ethanol for gasoline. Des Moines also serves as a center for the insurance industry.
If only I could find a way to hook up a catheter, this would be awesome:
The Beer Launcher
Taken from a Mason City news site:
Mason City, IA–Mason City police found themselves dealing with the great unknown on Saturday morning.
Police reports suggest officers were summoned to a man’s home in the 300 block of 5th Street Northwest just before 7 a.m.
A caller at the address had informed a 911 dispatcher he had “aliens trapped in his closet and needed help getting them out.”
At least 7 officers responded to aid in the effort.
An initial incident report does not offer any information about what they found.
Of course you have to wonder if the police just might have thought there was an X-Files moment because at least 7 officers responded…
Following Smoother’s post on Aug 1, I decided it would be great to interview a local hero, the Red Oak.
Steel: So, I hear you’re a variety of oak that is native to North America. Also, I hear you grow very rapidly and favor acidic soil.
Red Oak: <rustle, rustle>
S: You must be the strong, silent type. Maybe those questions were too hard for you. What about this one: I hear your main characteristic is something about shiny strips. Other oaks have similar strips, but those normally occur only on the top. The strips on you go all the way down and are one of the quickest ways to identify you.
How does it feel being identified with shiny strippers? Not only at the top like your friends, but all the way down?
RO: <rustle, rustle>
S: Okay, you son-of-a-bitch, you better start talking or we’ll end this right now. Are you bitter about something?
RO: <rustle, rustle>
S: You think you’re so important, mister lumber, and can’t sit down for this interview. Well, then screw you! (Exits)
RO: <rustle, rustle>
Taken from patrickmoberg.tumblr.com, this shows why Michael Phelps is sooooooooo damn fast:
How much money do Olympic athletes earn? I’ve been watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics and I’m totally hooked. But what about their lives beyond the Olympic events? I’ve always wondered how much money Olympic athletes make so I decided to do some searching. Financial support varies from country to country so I’ll take a look at Team USA because I’m from the United States of America.
I read this PDF file from TeamUSA.org that has a lot of information about stipends, bonuses, and reimbursement. Here are the main money makers once you reach the Olympics.
Gold Medal: $25,000
Silver Medal: $15,000
Bronze Medal: $10,000
Here’s a quick breakdown of what each Olympic Athlete from the U.S. gets for the Beijing 2008 Olympics :
- Competition & Camp Expenses (airline – United VIK, room/board &
- Monthly Stipends
- Performance Incentives
- OTC Resident Program
- Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI)
- NIKE Apparel
Monthly stipends range from $250-2000 per month, so I’m sure a lot of athletes have jobs while they’re training. This is only what the country is giving athletes, but there’s a lot more money to be made with endorsement deals and bonuses. Speedo, the swimming gear brand, awarded a $1 million bonus to Michael Phelps for breaking Mark Spitz’s 1972 gold medal record of seven gold medals in single Olympics events (from CNBC) and 21 year old Jamaican, Usain Bolt, received a $1.8 million bonus from his sponsor Digicel for breaking the 100 meter race world record back in May (picture).
The red oak is also called the northern red oak and although has been widely cultivated in Germany and Australia, it is native to North America. If you are considering using this tree, here is an overview.
The northern red oak is a variety of oak that is native to North America. The tree grows very rapidly and favors acidic soil. Its native range is from Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada although it is found as far south as Georgia in the United States. In the forests, the tree grows to heights of from 115 feet to 141 feet. Trees grown in the open tend to be a bit shorter, but often have thicker trunks.
The main characteristic of the red oak is its bark which has ridges topped with what appear to be almost shiny strips. Other varieties of oak have similar bark ridges and strips, but they normally occur only on the upper portion of the trees. The ridges on the red oak go all the way to the bottom and are one of the quickest ways to identify the tree. The branches tend to grow at right angles from the stems which produce a rounded narrow head.
Don Ed Hardy, fondly known as the “The Godfather of Modern Tattoo”, has undoubtedly revolutionized the way the world sees Tattoo Art. Over a decade ago, Tattoo Art seemed fit only for the skin of bikers and tough guys, but that is certainly no longer the case. Don Ed Hardy started out his career using traditional methods of painting before he became a Tattoo artist, and with the initiative of the impressive Frenchman Christian Audigier, Don Ed Hardy’s art is much sought after.
Don Ed Hardy was born in Iowa in 1945, but he and his family moved to Costa Mesa, California less than a year after he was born. He is known to be the first American tattoo artist to incorporate Japanese aesthetics and techniques to his designs. His love for tattooing was evident, even as a little boy. He would copy and design his own fake tattoos. It was only during his high school years that his interest in tattoo art took a backseat to his love for Kustom Kulture.
Check out these cool car logos. I found it on a site in Portuguese. You can visit the site here. It’s saying (according to Google translator)…
I had not seen these forms created by Dentsu Brazil, for Minichamps (those miniature cars almost perfect). Neles, quatro logos de carros famosos (Masserati, Ferrari, Jaguar e Lamborghini) são apresentados nas suas formas “infantis”: In them, four cars of famous logos (Masserati, Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini) are presented in their ways “children”
Great concept. Mas só lembrando que os Minichamps são mais para se colecionar do que para brincar, diferente dos Matchboxs da Mattell. But just remembering that Minichamps are more to collect than to play, different from Matchboxs of Mattell.
Check this out! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, amazing sticky notes enter your life.
In an attempt to bring one of the most famous inventions of the 20th century into the digital age, scientists of the “Ambient Intelligence Group” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed the “intelligent stickies”.
These are essentially Post-its with a twist – the notes written on them can be managed by a PC that will be able to remind users of any information stored on the small paper notes at the appropriate time, via a variety of digital devices. In a project that combines artificial intelligence, RFID, and ink recognition technologies, the MIT team says they have managed to make the popular sticky notes much more useful.
Are you ready for your job interview? Did you know that tying your necktie is one of the important factors in applying for a job? If so, are you sure you tie it correctly? Check this out.
There are four ways to tie your tie; we have Four in hand knot, Bow tie knot, Windsor knot and half Windsor knot. But the most common used tie is the Windsor knot.
Let’s learn how to tie a tie:
- Place you neck tie under your collar. Make the right end of the color higher (the narrow one) at least 12 inches from the left (the wider side)
- Then, cross the left side going to the right.
- Then insert the wide part (left side) going up in the middle between the collar and the tie.
- Bring the wide one down in front. Then loop the wide one going to the right until the wide side reaches the front.
- From the front, pull the wide side again and loop it.
- Then bring the wide side down going to the knot in front.
- Make the wide side down and do a knot.
- Then lastly, you have to tighten the tie using your both hands going up to your collar.
Now, you’re done and ready to go for your interview. Good luck!
As I tend to do at work, I listen to XM Radio Online, and a song by Hole came on. Was Courtney Love ever good? Ever?
I guess I wouldn’t seem to think the crap she sang would EVER make up for the crap she does all the time. The whole Nirvana royalties, Kurt Cobain auction, etc. Here is another “celebrity” we should all IGNORE.
Let’s hope Dave Grohl gets everything he should, cuz he’s cool, and Courtney Love sucks.
One year after the tornado ripped through Iowa City, things have gotten back to near-normal. In the next week or so, I’ll be traveling around town, snapping shots of local stuff that has still been effected by this. Call it heart-warming if you will, but I like closure.
Edit – It’s been raining like mad out here for what seems like the last week. Once it dries up, photos will be taken…
Edit – Umm…. I’m lazy. And busy. I will take pics. I promise. Hopefully before the 2nd year anniversary.
So, apparently, MS gave itself an A+ in security for Vista. Yeah, I’m the smartest person in the world, according to my own research. Big company studies are fun, aren’t they?
Poor lady. She died from water toxicity trying to win a stupid $250 Wii for her kids. Read the whole thing.
Most people would call this drowning.
Burlington Street residents watch from above as Iowa City firefighters cut a downed street light on Thursday night, Apr. 13, 2006.
Ben Roberts/The Daily Iowan
A crowd gathers around an overturned car on Clinton Street near Burlington Street on Thursday night.
Nick Loomis/The Daily Iowan
Deputy Hynes with the Johnson County Sheriff Department instructs pedestrians to keep clear of a suspected gas leak in the Ped Mall on Thursday night.
Nick Loomis/The Daily Iowan