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WTF News
January 16, 2007, 11:35 am
Filed under: web, WTF

Sounds like something from Six Feet Under…

Woman dead after water-drinking contest

David Pescovitz: Jennifer Strange, 28, died of water intoxication, called hyponatremia, on Friday after participating in a Sacramento radio station’s contest to see how much water contestants could drink without urinating. The winner of the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contests was to win the videogame system. From the Associated Press:

Initially, contestants were handed eight-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes.

“They were small, little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy,” said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland, west of Sacramento. “They told us if you don’t feel like you can do this, don’t put your health at risk.”

Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. “My bladder couldn’t handle it anymore,” he added. After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink.

Alan realizes
December 27, 2006, 9:12 am
Filed under: photography, web

Here’s a web page that auto generates a subject+verb for Google photo searches each time you refresh the page.

Boing Boing video picks from the last couple of years
December 20, 2006, 12:40 pm
Filed under: streaming media, video, web

Mark Frauenfelder:  I created a page of all the video clips I’ve written about for the last couple of years. There are some real gems in here — TV weathermen losing their minds, 250,000 superballs bouncing down a steep street in San Francisco, British soldiers dosed with LSD, a giant centipede eating a mouse, the demolition video of famous Polynesian supper club, forced laughter from a yogi, a happy computer animation of what might happen if a big meteor hits Earth, a girl with pickle phobia video, naked people attaching themselves to trees in Colombia, an adorable turtle that stands on hind legs, great old punk videos, and much more.


Emusic gem of the week
December 13, 2006, 2:00 pm
Filed under: music, streaming media, web

Thee More Shallows

Emusic.com – the place to download MP3s

Config your own action figure!!!
December 13, 2006, 9:52 am
Filed under: geek, toys, web

Cory Doctorow:
Vicale offers a DIY action-figure toolkit: use a Flash-based configurator to spec out your fig’s head, clothes, armaments and accessories and they’ll build and ship it to you. I’d like it better if there was more customization — especially in body type, etc — but this is getting one step closer to my boyhood dream of being able to create a line of my own action figs. Link (via Tokyo Mango)

How many Firefox extensions do you have?
December 7, 2006, 2:08 pm
Filed under: geek, web

weird video of the day
December 4, 2006, 9:41 am
Filed under: streaming media, video, web, weird

Big octopus squeezes itself through a little hole – video

Cory Doctorow:  This video of an octopus squeezing its large, rubbery body through a one-inch hole in a plexiglas box is positively eerie and entrancing. Octopi are freaking amazing, whether they’re running on two legs and impersonating a crab or strangling sharks or escaping from their cages in feats of mechanical derring-do. Link (via Digg)