The Onion figured it out:
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…
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).
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.
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
This is an awesome rally car crash during a snow race. It’s worth it to watch until the end.
Notes: Swedish Rally 2006, Henning Solberg crash Rally Suecia 2006
Used Condoms For Sale! Used Condoms For Sale! Hahahahahaha! Okay, so buying condoms is no laughing matter… that’s until I saw that you could you can buy USED condoms here!
I’m sure everyone has heard this, but here is why Chuck Norris rules…
Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. But he is so bad ass, he has never cried. Ever.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
When God said, “let there be light”, Chuck Norris said, “say ‘please’.”
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can’t see Chuck Norris, you may be only seconds away from death.
Chuck Norris has counted to infinity. Twice.
Here’s the video:
Chuck Norris on Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting infers the probability of failure. Chuck Norris goes killing.
Chuck Norris doesn’t wash his clothes, he disembowels them.
Chuck Norris is 1/8th Cherokee. This has nothing to do with ancestry, the man ate a Cherokee Indian.
In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked someone so hard that his foot broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.
Crop circles are Chuck Norris’ way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the fuck down.
Chuck Norris is ten feet tall, weighs two-tons, breathes fire, and could eat a hammer and take a shotgun blast standing.
The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out. It failed misserably.
If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, “Two seconds ’til.” After you ask, “Two seconds ’til what?” he roundhouse kicks you in the face.
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse-kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn’t stay mad and admitted he
should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month.
There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Chuck Norris allows to live.
Chuck Norris is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis.
Chuck Norris doesn’t churn butter. He roundhouse kicks the cows and the butter comes straight out.
When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes ever.
The quickest way to a man’s heart is with Chuck Norris’ fist.
A Handicap parking sign does not signify that this spot is for handicapped people. It is actually in fact a warning, that the spot belongs to Chuck Norris and that you will be handicapped if you park there.
Nagasaki never had a bomb dropped on it. Chuck Norris jumped out of a plane and punched the ground.
Chuck Norris originally appeared in the “Street Fighter II” video game, but was removed by Beta Testers because every button caused him to do a roundhouse kick. When asked bout this “glitch,” Norris replied, “That’s no glitch.”
The opening scene of the movie “Saving Private Ryan” is loosely based on games of dodgeball Chuck Norris played in second grade.
Chuck Norris once shot down a German fighter plane with his finger, by yelling, “Bang!”
Chuck Norris once bet NASA he could survive re-entry without a spacesuit. On July 19th, 1999, a naked Chuck Norris re-entered the earth’s atmosphere, streaking over 14 states and reaching a temperature of 3000 degrees. An embarrassed NASA publicly claimed it was a meteor, and still owes him a beer.
Chuck Norris has two speeds: Walk and Kill.
Someone once tried to tell Chuck Norris that roundhouse kicks aren’t the best way to kick someone. This has been recorded by historians as the worst mistake anyone has ever made.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on a true story: Chuck Norris once swallowed a turtle whole, and when he crapped it out, the turtle was six feet tall and had learned karate.
Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse… horses are hung like Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris is the only human being to display the Heisenberg uncertainty principle — you can never know both exactly where and how quickly he will roundhouse-kick you in the face.
Chuck Norris can drink an entire gallon of milk in forty-seven seconds.
Rather than being birthed like a normal child, Chuck Norris instead decided to punch his way out of his mothers womb.
If you say Chuck Norris’ name in Mongolia, the people there will roundhouse kick you in his honor. Their kick will be followed by the REAL roundhouse delivered by none other than Norris himself.
Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris discovered a new theory of relativity involving multiple universes in which Chuck Norris is even more badass than in this one. When it was discovered by Albert Einstein and made public, Chuck Norris roundhouse-kicked him in the face. We know Albert Einstein today as Stephen Hawking.
The Chuck Norris military unit was not used in the game Civilization 4, because a single Chuck Norris could defeat the entire combined nations of the world in one turn.
In an average living room there are 1,242 objects Chuck Norris could use to kill you, including the room itself.
Chuck Norris removed his own tonsils. He didn’t even have tonsillitis.
When Chuck Norris plays “Guess Who”, he doesn’t ask any questions. He stares at his game board until all the pieces flip down in fright, except for one. And that one, without fail, is the person you chose.
Chuck Norris’ smile can blind a full grown adult at 20 pages and also has been known to deflect all projectile weapons including rocket launchers.
On the weekends Chuck’s favorite pastime happens to be going to retirement homes. Not to help out, but in fact to swallow the souls of the old. This is the reason why he has stayed at the physical age of 55 for the past 213 years.
Chuck Norris action figures have been banned in Mexico due to roundhouse action related eye loss in children.
Mr. T may pity the fool, but Chuck Norris pities Mr. T.
A little boy once dressed up as Chuck Norris for Halloween. When he rang Chuck Norris’ doorbell, Chuck Norris was so excited that he gave the boy the whole bowl of candies. Two seconds later he roundhouse kicked the boy in the face and took it back.
When Chuck Norris roundhouse-kicks people, they do not die of blunt trauma or tissue damage. They simply lose the will to live.
Chuck Norris can unscramble an egg.
When the Boogey-man goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
As a teen Chuck Norris impregnated every nun in a convent tucked away in the hills of Tuscany. Nine months later the nuns gave birth to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only undefeated and untied team in professional football history.
Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
Chuck Norris wears bear traps for sandals
Chuck Norris can roundhouse kick with his left leg and his right leg. At the same time.
Chuck Norris rode in to town on Friday, stayed 3 days and left on Friday. His horse was named Justice, and he can control the spin of the earth.
Instead of warming up before a workout, Chuck Norris hammers himself to a wall and then pulls the stakes out with his teeth.
Hitler did not commit suicide, Chuck Norris got bored of fighting WWII and killed him.
99 % of Chuck Norris is kick ass. The remaining 1% is pain in your genitals. The other 10% contributes to world hunger because Chuck Norris always gives 110%.
Ghandi used to be a Nazi before Chuck Norris Round House Kicked him in the face. Showing him that violence is not the answer.
If you take a picture of Chuck Norris, from that day on, that camera will only develop that same picture of Chuck Norris, no matter what is in the lens’s sight.
Each individual sperm cell in Chuck Norris’ semen has a beard.
Chuck Norris always has sex on the first date. Always.
Chuck Norris invented the beard. He receives several million dollars in annual royalties from Santa Claus, Richard Dreyfuss, and Chewbacca.
Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick is so powerful, it can be seen from outer space by the naked eye.
Chuck Norris built the entire continent of Asia in two days using just a spoon and Teen People magazine.
Chuck Norris never wet his bed as a child. The bed wet itself out of fear.
The Virgin Mary saw Chuck Norris in her grilled cheese sandwich.
It is believed that King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur is actually a strand of hair from Chuck Norris’ beard.
Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life there
When Chuck Norris works out, he sweats fortitude.
Chuck Norris has bed sheets that are made from 60 grade sandpaper.
A blind man once stepped on Chuck Norris’ shoe. Chuck replied, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Chuck Norris!” The mere mention of his name cured this man blindness. Sadly the first, last, and only thing this man ever saw, was a fatal round-house kick delivered by Chuck Norris.
Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.
Chuck Norris CAN believe it’s not butter.
Young retirees looking out for the best cities in the U.S. to retire young but still be engaged in an active lifestyle may take a look at the top ten cities that have been chosen by the Money Magazine with Bert Sperling of Bestplace.net this year. The best cities have been selected based on important factors for an active lifestyle such as population growth, cost of living, economic health, recreation opportunities and leisure activities. The city’s proximity to a large metro area, college presence in the vicinity and housing costs that are below $350,000 have been taken into account. However, the study also made a few exceptions for cities that offered unique benefits and did not strictly fit the criteria. It’s time to put up that tie and retire!
1. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Pronounced as ‘Core da lane’, this city offers a wonderful ski environment, stunning scenery and a flourishing golf culture. The city is picking up in the tourism sector. The median home price is $311,700 and the population is 38,246.
2. Charlottesville, Virginia: The Blue Ridge Mountains, University of Virginia, and variety of entertainment and recreation, makes Charlottesville an attractive option to retire in. This is also a city with a strong historical background. All these positive features offset the slightly high median home price of $398,400. The population of Charlottesville is 41,425.
3. Logan, Utah: Home to the Utah State University, Logan is a popular city that offers various recreational activities including plenty of water sports at Bear Lake. Logan has a historic downtown and the scenic Logan Canyon Scenic Byway is a great attraction. The city has a median home price of $205,400 and population of 44,599.
4. Blacksburg, Virginia: A town that has been growing steadily over the last 4 decades, Blacksburg is home to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute also known as Virginia Tech, a very vibrant college community and lots of scenic beauty. The median home price is $233,400 and the town has a population of 39,915 residents.
5. Burlington, Vermont: A college town through and through, Burlington boasts of being home to four colleges – the University of Vermont, Burlington College, Champlain College and a Community College of Vermont campus. The median home price is $378,000 and the town has 37,884 residents.
6. Anacortes, Washington: An awesome place if you want to enjoy your retirement with a lot of fun and entertainment. The jewel of Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is favorably located near British Columbia. There is no limit to the water sports that the sea offers or to other outdoor activities such as golfing, bird watching, camping etc. The median home price is $347,600 and the town has a population of just 15,514 with a 15-year growth rate of 24.5 %.
7. Sarasota, Florida: You would love this spot for its exquisite architecture, pure white sands and wonderful beach sports. You can have a big house warming party, south florida party rentals are always on hand. The medium home price is a little expensive at $423,400 and the population is at 53,477. Being the hub of architectural marvel Sarasota in the State of Florida might not offer much for the home buyer in terms of housing bargains. Make sure to check out the local south florida event rentals.
8. Hanover, New Hampshire: Also known as the “Upper Valley”, Hanover in New Hampshire is a peaceful place to settle in, for its wonderful valley setting. Located at driving distance from Boston, Montreal and New York City, Hanover also offers great skiing activity. The median home price is at $297,400 and the population is 8,305 with a 15-year growth rate of 13.2 %.
9. Manhattan, Kansas: If one wishes to settle in a city that offers year-round entertainment, Manhattan in the State of Kansas would be the perfect choice. The city offers golf, art, shopping and some of the country’s best music festivals during the month of June. The median home price is $188,600 and the population is 44,630.
10. Ames, Iowa: This can be the perfect choice for the one who wants a laid back lifestyle and a quiet life. The city offers some of the most affordable housing options and the crime rate is also quite low here. The city also is home to the Iowa State University. The Median home price is at $176,700 and the population is 54,817.