Some bodies won't let you get away with murder

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

TRUE! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded – with what caution – with what foresight – with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it – oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly – very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha! would a madman have been so wise as this? And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously – oh, so cautiously – cautiously (for the hinges creaked) – I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights – every night just at midnight – but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye. And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber, and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he has passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.

"...and so it was impossible to do the work;
for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye."

The Beatles and the Ouija board prank

"Will the Beatles remain a superstar group?"

When Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon held a seance using a Ouija board in the early 1960s, they were contacted by the ghost of McCartney's late mother.

They were all amazed when she congratulated them on their recent hit single.

Says McCartney:
"So we're touching the glass, you know, saying 'OK, nobody push it, OK?' So then, suddenly... whoa, it's moving! Now, my mum had died a couple of years before and it says, 'Congratulations... son...' And we're going, 'NO!' 'Congratulations... son... number one... In NME!' And so we were all, 'Oh, f**k off! There's no way she would know what NME was'. And there's George, you know (laughing). He'd been pushing it all the time! Bad boy!"
("NME" is New Musical Express, a UK music magazine that published a hit singles chart.)

Beatles - Harrison's Ouija Board Prank On Beatles, Contact Music>>
Want to know more about Ouija Boards? Visit The Museum of Talking Boards>>

(Are Ouija boards "real" or not? Short answer - They work using the ideomotor effect, where participants don't realize that they're unconsciously moving the board. They're dangerous if you think they're dangerous, because your mind can imagine all kinds of things. If your mind thinks you can conjure something using a Ouija board, then your mind will very likely be able to conjure something from a Ouija board.)

See Is an illusion of contact with the brain-damaged better than none at all?>>

Fake toy guns can be a problem

This is a provocative photo of an art exhibit,
where guns were made into frozen treats.

In New York City, fake toy guns cannot be sold unless they are bright green, blue, red or another neon color, or have bright orange stripes on both sides of the barrel. This is even tougher than the federal law on fake toy guns, which says they must have an orange plug in the barrel. The purpose of the New York law is to stop police from accidentally shooting people with fake guns, and prevent fake guns from being used in robberies, because the deceptive fake guns cannot easily be distinguished from real guns.

Officials don't like to refer to the fake guns as "fake toy guns" but as "imitation guns."

These are Federal law safe fake guns with orange tips,
legal to sell as toy guns, but not in some cities.

These are not Federal law safe fake guns.
They're illegal as toy guns in the U.S.

This is a Federal law safe Nerf gun,
also safe in New York.

These fake toy guns are safe to sell in New York City.

This is a real gun, painted pink.

New York Targets Illegal Sales of Toy Guns, Criminal Lawyers>>
Police Kill Man Holding Fake Gun, The New York Times>>
Officials take aim at imitation weapons, Buffalo News>>
New Yorkers Urged To Report Sales Of Fake Guns, NY1>>
Freeze Revisited, Valentin Beinroth>>
Real or fake: Law enforcement officers concerned about the blurring line between deadly and toy guns, Barstow Desert Dispatch>>
Fake toy guns from 411Toys>>

Employees screw with couple in marriage vow prank in Maldives

"The Lone Ranger, long since retired,
makes an unpleasant discovery."

(A classic Gary Larsen cartoon.)

A Swiss couple is in the Maldives, a beautiful series of islands north of the Equator in the Indian Ocean, to renew their marriage vows at the Vilu Reef resort.

They have paid $1,300 for the ceremony, to "mark a milestone in your amazing journey together."

The breathtakingly beautiful Vilu Reef resort

The couple, who do not know the local language of Dhiveli, are prayed over by one of the staff, Hussein Didi.

Hussein is a food and beverage assistant at the hotel.

The couple receive their blessings:

First, Hussein explains to the couple that the ceremony will be conducted according to Maldivian, Arabic and Islamic norms.

As the woman leans over to take a sip from a coconut, a man says, “Don’t look at her chest.”

Hussein is asked by another man if the document he is holding is something new. He says it is “The seventh Article of the Penal Code.”

The paper Hussein is reading from is actually an employment contract for hotel employees.

Everyone is told to raise their hands for prayers.

Hussein begins speaking in a religious way:
“Fornication has been legalized according to Article 6, 1.11 of the Penal Code. That is, frequent fornication by homosexuals. Most fornication is by males. Research has shown that men have a higher sex drive than women. According to Article 8 to 6 of the Penal Code, converting to Islam, or circumcision, is not desirable under any circumstances. Germs of anger and hatred will breed and drip from the tips of your penises."
Hussein reads for a while from the employment document. Then he continues:
“You are crooked pig’s tails. You are swine according to the Constitution.”
Of course, in Islam, pork is forbidden, and being called a swine is a terrible insult.

Hussein then chants verses that are actually words from a popular Dhivehi children’s game, except Hussein changes some of the words to “black swine.” He then continues:
“Before screwing a chicken, check if the hole is clean. That is because the people of the countries that you are from are familiar with the taste of the assholes of chicken. Do not treat with kindness people against whom violence is being committed. Commit more violence against victims of violence. You are not people who have been sent to this world to commit violence. Do not complain too much about salaries, or matters regarding salaries. That is against the Penal Code. This is not something I am saying for your benefit – it is a law that we have made. You fornicate and make a lot of children. You drink and you eat pork. Most of the children that you have are marked with spots and blemishes… these children that you have are bastards.”
Someone else says:
“Say a little bit more, and then quit.”
Hussein continues:
“Keep fornicating frequently, and keep spreading hatred among people. The children you will have from this marriage will all be bastard swine.”
Hussein again, in English:
“So now, in Maldivian law, in Islam, you are already married.”
When the couple go to plant a coconut tree together, more comments are made about the bride’s breasts.

Others speak up:
“Aren’t they going to suck mouth?”

“Make them suck mouth.”
Someone from the hotel staff uploads the video to YouTube. In this video, the speaking is crudely translated. (NSFW if your boss is reading over your shoulder, or knows the Dhiveli language.)

Many people in the Maldives are horrified. Apologies are given, pranksters are arrested, new regulations are proposed, and the story spreads.

Tourism is the Maldive’s largest economic industry.

I've taken the insults from a Maldive news site. The BBC news sources and the video have different translations. Until the entire video is seen and a definitive translation is made - which is very unlikely, since most of those in Maldive probably want this to go away soon - we'll just have to get the spirit of the thing. It's obvious, though, that this was a concerted effort to deceive and not a slight language slip-up.

The next question, though, is why? Why did staff member Hussein Didi do it? Was he bored? Pissed off at the couple? Pissed off at tourists, or white people, or non-Muslims in general? Pissed off at women? Angry at his employer? Involved in a job dispute? Or was he just a consummate prankster?

Maldives police to probe foul-mouthed wedding ceremony, BBC>>
Foreign couple mocked as “infidels” and “swine” throughout resort’s ‘wedding ceremony,’ Minivan - Independent News for the Maldives>>

See also The Chinese Grass-Mud Horse Prank>>

Guess the fake celebrities made of wax

 Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on Glee

One dozen celebrities, and some of them fake because they're made out of wax, as in wax museum fake. Can you find the wax lookalikes, or are the fakes so deceptive that they fool you? I removed all the backgrounds to eliminate any clues, so any crappy background cropping or odd angular hairstyles is my fault, and doesn't indicate realness or fakeness. (Or maybe I made some hairstyles more angular merely to trick you.)

 Britney Spears

 Jim Carrey

 Julia Roberts

 Leonardo DiCapria

 Miley Cyrus

Tom Cruise

George Clooney

Helen Mirren

Jamie Foxx

Nicole Kidman

Justin Timberlake

If you want to cheat, you can go to Madame Tussaud's wax museum site, where some of these wax celebrities make their home.

"Invention, by its nature, can’t be a lie"

Truth lies in our dreams, in our imagination.”
How do you work?
I work in the morning. I sit comfortably in an armchair, opposite my secretary. Luckily, although she’s intelligent, she knows nothing about literature and can’t judge whether what I write is good or worthless. I speak slowly, as I’m talking to you, and she takes it down. I let characters and symbols emerge from me, as if I were dreaming. I always use what remains of my dreams of the night before. Dreams are reality at its most profound, and what you invent is truth because invention, by its nature, can’t be a lie. Writers who try to prove something are unattractive to me, because there is nothing to prove and everything to imagine. So I let words and images emerge from within. If you do that, you might prove something in the process. As for dictating the text to my secretary, for twenty-five years I wrote by hand. But now it is impossible for me; my hands shake and I am too nervous. Indeed, I am so nervous that I kill my characters immediately. By dictating, I give them the chance to live and grow.
The playwright Eugene Ionesco, interviewed in 1984 by Shusha Guppy for The Paris Review when he was 74 years old.

M. C. Escher in Legos - Ascending and Descending

Ascending and Descending - the Lego version

Ascending and Descending - the M. C. Escher version

Ascending and Descending - the Lego
"Create the Impossible" advertising

Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu made a model of M. C. Escher's Ascending and Descending (1960) optical illusion artwork completely out of Lego bricks. If you're not familiar with it, you'll notice the monks just keep walking up. It was also an advertisement.

Andrew Lipson>>

Teenage chemical prank empties a bus

Really, what could go wrong when you add
two male teenagers to this mix?
Two teenagers - one 15 and one 16, were riding in a school bus in Danville, Kentucky.

They probably considered themselves amateur scientists, of the prankster variety.

Their school bus had a mix of elementary and high school kids.

Once before, the two amateur scientists had mixed vinegar and baking soda on the bus, probably to make a plastic bottle explode when they tossed it out the window.

You can watch the YouTube video they probably saw:

How To Make A Water Bottle Bomb (it just makes a rely loud sound)

Chemical bombs are made by combining two things that will react and create a gas that expands and shatters a tightly closed container, like a water bottle.

You can do this by combining dry ice and water, which will also rupture a plastic bottle.

This time, the amateur scientists mixed together chlorine tablets and rubbing alcohol to make a little bomb they were going to throw out the window.

They also saw it on a YouTube video. Probably this one or a variant:

Chlorine and Alcohol Bomb
Chlorine plus rubbing alcohol in bottle = cheap family fun.

They combined the rubbing alcohol and the chlorine tablets and waited. Nothing happened. And they didn't toss it out of the bus.
"You do it."
"No, you do it."
So they put the bottle on the floor of the bus.
"What's happening?
"I don't know."
"You open it."
"No, you open it."
One of the boys opened the bottle.

And toxic fumes filled the bus.

This forced the bus to stop, everyone to exit, and some kids to vomit.

That might be because chlorine gas reacts with our mucous membranes to form hydrochloric acid.

As someone who stopped said: “A bunch of sick little kids is what they were."

Everyone was taken to the hospital. The hospital's ER went into lockdown mode. Clothes and belongings and the bus were decontaminated.

And the two teenage amateur scientists were carted away to juvie, facing felony charges.

Two Lincoln students face felony charges after school bus incident, AMNews>>
37 people treated after prank on Lincoln County school bus.>>

The optical illusion that temporarily blinds you

The "motion induced blindness" optical illusion
This is an optical illusion called motion induced blindness, where you view a video and stare at one of four yellow dots on a background of smaller moving blue dots. As you stare at one yellow dot, one or more of the other yellow dots will seem to disappear for a second. Why does this happen? Researchers still aren't sure.

It's another example of how attention paid to one thing can cause other things to disappear.

The video creates this illusion using two types of backgrounds - one where the background blue dots all move in the same direction, and one where they move randomly - to see if background movement is a clue to the illusion.

If you're intrigued and want to explore more, here's an excellent page where you can tweak the various elements of the illusion, changing the dot sizes and colors and so on, at Michael Bach's site on illusions. In his interactive version, you stare at a center green dot and the outside yellow dots disappear. Visual Phenomena and Optical Illusions>>
Moving illusions: Now you see it, now you don't, New Scientist>>

The insider trading game show, now with more sex

The cast of characters.

When they first met:

One was a divorced 36-year-old.

The other was a married 46-year-old.

The first one was a consultant for an equity hedge fund company.

The other was a major technology company's senior vice president, who’d worked there more than a quarter century.

They got friendly... and then they got more than friendly.

Eventually, one passed insider trading information to the other.

And the other passed the information on to the boss, who was also a lover.

The feds got wise, tapped many phones, and made many arrests.

Now for Deceptology Jeopardy - where we match the following pieces of information with the above story. Can you tell what information belongs to the faces above?
  • Was a former beauty contestant.
    • Was a workaholic who spent more time at work than with family.
        • Her name is Danielle Chiesi, who worked at hedge fund New Castle.
          • This one got a six month prison sentence.
            • His name is Mark Kurland, co-founder of the hedge fund New Castle, part of Bear Stearns Asset Management.
              • This wiretapped person said: “I'm dead if this leaks. I really am... and my career is over. I'll be like Martha f***ing Stewart."
                • Was sentenced to 27 months in prison and must pay the government $900,000.
                  • His name is Bob Moffat, who was in line to become the CEO at IBM.
                    • This one was sleeping with Danielle Chiesi.
                      • This one was sleeping with both Mark Kurland and Bob Moffat.
                        • His name is Raj Rajaratnam, one of the 300 richest men in the world.
                          • This one said in wiretaps that trading business information was "like an orgasm."
                            • This person made over $1 million yearly.
                            When it comes down to it, does it matter what fits where? It's really the oldest story in the world. A man commits adultery because a woman pays lots of attention to him. A woman uses sex to ensnare powerful men. (Or is the woman being used by powerful men to ensnare others and make the men rich?) Everyone either makes money or gets laid, and deceives somebody in the process.

                            If you really want answers to the above questions, read this article in Fortune: Dangerous liaisons at IBM: Inside the biggest hedge fund insider-trading ring, Fortune>> 
                            NY Post>>

                            1971 Spy vs Spy cartoon predicts bunker buster bomb in Mad Magazine

                            Mad Magazine's Spy vs Spy exposes the futility of building
                            a bomb shelter. (Click to enlarge)

                            As the spies find out, there's always someone more clever,
                            and in the binary world of Spy vs Spy, it's usually the other spy.
                            Here, the black spy's bunker buster bomb uses
                            a behavioral trick to deceive his opponent.
                            (Again, click to enlarge)

                            Cartoonist Antonio Prohías (1921 - 1988) had been drawing his Spy vs Spy cartoons for Mad Magazine for 10 years when he drew these panels in January of 1971. His Spy vs Spy feature, listed in the magazine's table of contents as the Joke and Dagger Department, had two pointy-nosed spies - the black spy and the white spy - constantly attempting to destroy each other with weapons. Each issue, the spies would alternately kill or be killed. Many times, the tricks would backfire on the attacker because the spy being attacked would have thought of a ridiculously clever countermeasure. Or, as in this case, the spy's defenses failed because he did not anticipate a ridiculously clever attack.

                            If you need more of a Spy vs Spy fix, get Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook and see all 247 of Prohías' strips.

                            Why do decent men deceive?

                            Martin Landau plays Judah in Woody Allen's film
                            Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
                            "Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone but only his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. The more decent he is, the greater number of such things in his mind."
                            - Notes from the Underground, 1864, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

                            From Roger Ebert's review of the film Crimes and Misdemeanors, about Martin Landau's character:
                            "He's an eye doctor with a thriving practice, he lives in a modern home on three acres in Connecticut, he has a loving wife and nice kids and lots of friends, and then he has a mistress who is going crazy and threatening to start making phone calls and destroy everything. This will not do. He has built up a comfortable and well-regulated life over the years and is respected in the community. He can't let some crazy woman bring a scandal crashing around his head."
                            Roger Ebert's review>>
                            Ebert's analysis of the film as one of his Great Movies>>

                            Two floating cube optical illusions (and how to make your own)

                            This cube also floats, but no illusions here.


                            The above video is from Peter Dahmen's site (translated using Babelfish)>>
                            He also provides a PDF file so you can make your own, here (opens a PDF)>>

                            Here's another take on the same cube design:

                            These illusions mess with our idea of what we should be seeing. We see many more examples of solid cube shapes than we do of the structure eventually revealed in these videos, so we're deceived into assuming that what we're seeing is a cube.

                            What is the Chinese grass-mud horse prank?

                            The real grass-mud horse
                            is perplexed by all the attention.
                            The grass-mud horse is a prank against the Chinese government’s attempts at censoring the Internet. The Chinese characters for the phrase grass-mud horse are benign, but the pronunciation sounds like a profane curse in Mandarin Chinese.

                            The prank is an old variant on the “But we're innocent, what do you mean?” behavior that’s been used forever to get past censors and bullying authorities of all types.

                            The cute song by children in the video below has other examples of pranksters tweaking official censorship. The video is supposedly a song about the struggle of grass-mud horses to eliminate river crabs.
                            There is a herd of Grass Mud Horses
                            In the wild and beautiful Ma Le Desert
                            They are lively and intelligent
                            They are fun-loving and nimble
                            They live freely in the Ma Le Desert
                            They are courageous, tenacious, and overcome the difficult environment

                            Oh lying down Grass Mud Horse
                            Oh running wild Grass Mud Horse
                            They defeated river crabs in order to protect their grass land
                            River crabs forever disappeared from Ma Le Desert
                            But it contains hidden profane and political messages:
                            • Grass-mud horse (“F*ck your mother”)
                            • The horses live in the “Ma Le Desert” (“your mother’s c*nt”)
                            • They defeat “river crabs” (“harmony,” referring to a harmonious society, and a synonym for censorship)
                            • To protect their “grassland” (“free speech”)

                            If you don't like dirty curses spelled out for you during a cloyingly sweet Mandarin Chinese song, don't watch the video.

                            There are even plush grass-mud horse doll toys.
                            What could be more innocent?
                            A Dirty Pun Tweaks China’s Online Censors, The New York Times>>
                            Grass Mud Horse, Wikipedia>>
                            Hoax dictionary entries about legendary obscene beasts, Danwei>>
                            Franco-Croatian Squid in pepper sauce, Language Log>>
                            Music Video: The Song of the Grass Mud Horse, China Digital Times>>

                            How to steal money with the missing children candy scam

                            Please donate to the missing children, you chump.
                            I want to make some money.

                            And I don't have a lot of morals.

                            Here’s how I’m going to do it.

                            People are desperate for jobs. And many people want to work at home.

                            How can I exploit that?

                            I’ll put out an ad that tells people how they can make money at home.

                            I’ll promise them they can make $3,000 a week.

                            When they send me money, I’ll tell them what they need to do.

                            And I’ll sell them the supplies so they can do it in their community.

                            What you do is buy these stickers and canisters from me.

                            The canisters hold both money and a little bit of candy.

                            Then you decorate the canisters. When you do, they'll look like they’re from a legitimate charity.

                            (I always pick missing children – that seems to be the most profitable.)

                            Go around to all the businesses in your community and plead that each business put one (or more) of these canisters on their counters.

                            They'll want to help find the missing children.

                            People going into the business will feel sorry for the missing children and buy a cheap piece of candy with a donation.

                            Wait for the canisters to get full.

                            Go around and collect the money from each canister.

                            Spend it on yourself.

                            And pay me if you need more supplies.

                            Two men, Michael Messmer of Wisconsin and Joseph Carr of Michigan, are in a bit of legal trouble for actually running this candy scam.

                            Mr. Carr said he made between $1,500 and $2,000 each month in fake donations.

                            They got the idea from Marilyn Broerman, who ran two businesses.

                            Her business Creative Marketing Solutions sold them the canisters.

                            And her business The Beacon Project provided stickers, which resembled missing children posters.

                            She ran ads in local papers promising you could make $3,000 a week.

                            She is also in a bit of legal trouble.

                            But what's the most audacious part of the story?

                            If you called the number listed on one of the missing kid candy canisters, 377-365-KIDS, you got a recorded message.

                            For Direct TV service.

                            State: Missing child charity was a scam, Wisconsin State Journal>>
                            Apparent scam uncovered, The Journal Times>>
                            Cox Busts Beacon Project "Missing Kids" Charity Scam, Office of the Michigan Attorney General>>

                            The Headless Woman illusion

                            Approach the Headless Girl sideshow.
                            See her living body, without a head.

                            See it now.
                            She is... still alive.
                            Believe it or not.

                            Read the sideshow banner.
                            She is Olga - The Headless Girl

                            Her name is Teena the Headless Lady.
                            She is Alive!
                            She is
                            Kept alive by magical science.
                            You must SEE this scientific wonder!

                            She moves. She breathes. She lives!

                            Her name is Mademoiselle Yvette,
                            The Headless Lady.
                            Alive and human. 

                            Here's her inventor, the German refugee
                            Egon "Dutch"
                            exhibiting her as Olga the Headless Lady,
                            in Blackpool England in the late 1930s. 

                            Here she is at the Iowa State Fair.

                            And here she is in Victorian dress,
                            with decolletage.
                            If you're fully intrigued,
                            you can buy The Headless Lady
                            from a magic catalog,
                            and create your own sideshow.
                            Or you can watch her right now.

                            Man fell for prank, got tattoo on forehead

                            David Winkelman got a tattoo on his forehead
                            but he did not hit the jackpot.
                            I saw this recently in News of the Weird, which reminded me of my earlier post on another very bad forehead tattoo. (See link below.)

                            But first, Mr. Winkelman.

                            Back in the year 2000 in the state of Iowa, Mr. Winkelman, now 48 years old, heard a DJ on a local radio station, KORB, announce a contest. The station would pay $100,000 or more to anyone who got the station's call letters and logo tattooed on their forehead. So Mr. Winkelman (and his stepson) tattooed '93 Rock' and 'Quad City Rocker' on their foreheads and went to the station to collect.

                            You already know the punchline - it was all a radio station prank.

                            The men sued, but Winkelman dismissed the complaint and Goddard failed to show up in court.

                            Ten years later, this mug shot appeared because Mr. Winkelman was arrested for a misdemeanor.

                            I've got a few questions:

                            How has Mr. Winkelman been living with this on his forehead for the last ten years? (Yeah I know he could have it removed but it's very expensive.) Does he wear his hat pulled low? Does he cover it up with makeup? Did he ever have his hair long in front to cover it? Why didn't he tattoo something else over it? Does he just say to himself: "Eh, whatever." Is there a rule that he had to have his mug shot taken with the tattoo visible? And what happened to Mr. Winkelman's stepson and his forehead tattoo?

                            The kicker is that the radio station doesn't even exist anymore. (It was rock and now it's adult contemporary, KQCS, Star 93.5.)

                            But I can't laugh too much at this guy. I cropped and cleaned up his greenish mug shot for the top of this post. Here's his original mug shot:

                            David Winkelman deserves a break.
                            My post on another bad forehead tattoo: The forger with a really bad disguise>>

                            Man Falls For Radio Station Prank, Gets a Forehead Tattoo, MyFoxPhoenix>>
                            The worst tattoo EVER: Man gets radio station logo inked across his forehead... after he's fooled by DJ's fake offer of cash, MailOnline>>
                            News of the Weird>>

                            The Einstein Marilyn Monroe optical illusion

                            Step away from the screen (or squint)
                            and you will see Marilyn Monroe.
                            This type of image is called a hybrid image. This one was developed by Aude Oliva, Antonio Torralba and Philippe G. Schyns.

                            Here's a website about them>>
                            A slideshow (careful - it opens a PDF file directly)>>
                            A technical article (again, opens a PDF)>>
                            See Eight Einsteins at MIT>>

                            And if you can't bother to actually move away from the screen, watch this:


                            Stupid advice to prevent scams at your door

                            Is there a company logo you can't find on the Internet?
                            I read a story with the headline: "Warning: Toledo gas scam turns dangerous."

                            A Columbia Gas worker - an older man with a long beard - came to a woman's door and demanded cash to keep her gas flowing. The woman said she'd paid her bill and she didn't have the money to give him anyway.

                            The dangerous part is he returned some days later and ripped the gas meter off her house, with the gas still flowing.

                            Other neighbors saw him take the meter but didn't question him because he was dressed correctly, holding a Columbia Gas bag. And he drove away in a white pickup that said "meter reader" on the side.

                            But he wasn't from Columbia Gas, who said in a statement that while the company may come to your door to say you're going to be disconnected, they never accept money at the door, because "It's a safety issue for both the customer and our employees."

                            But the kicker in the news story is the last sentence:

                            "To be safe, ask to see a utility worker's ID card."

                            Here's a con-man who has a uniform, bag and truck that make him seem to be from the company. He's ballsy enough to yank a gas meter off a house without turning off the gas. He seemed real enough that neighbors didn't think he wasn't real.

                            How hard would it be for him to make a fake ID?

                            Warning: Toledo gas scam turns dangerous, Toledo on the Move, WNWO NBC24>>

                            NOTE: I got the logo from a site called Teacher's Cabinet, which provides students with "the proper tools and equipment..."