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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Woman trapped in window trying to retrieve poo after Tinder date
    • 5 September 2017

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    Ever had a date that ended like this?

    A woman who threw her poo out of her date's toilet window because it "would not flush" had to be rescued after she got stuck trying to retrieve it.

    The amateur gymnast was on a first date with Bristol student Liam Smith when she "panicked" and threw the faeces out of the window.

    It did not land in the garden, but became wedged between two non-opening windows.

    After climbing in head first after it, she became wedged.

    Mr Smith had to call the fire service for help.

    The story appeared on a crowdfunding page, set up by the University of Bristol student.

    Mr Smith, who is raising funds to fix his broken window, wrote that he was on a Tinder date with the woman and they went back to the shared house he lives in.

    "We'd had a really nice evening," he said. "We'd had a meal at a well-known chicken restaurant, had a few beers and then gone back to mine for a bottle of wine and a film."

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    After the fire service had "composed themselves," Mr Smith said they set to work freeing his date from the window

    He said the woman went to the toilet and when she came back she had a "panicked look in her eye" and told him what she had done.

    He said the toilet window opened into a narrow gap separated by another double glazed window.

    "It was into this twilight zone that my date had thrown her poo," he said.

    He went to find a hammer to smash the window, but she decided to "climb in head first" after the "offending package" and became jammed.

    "I was starting to grow concerned, so I called the fire brigade and once they had composed themselves, they set to work removing her from the window."

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    Liam Smith relived the post-Nando's incident in a BBC interview
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    The "offending package" was trapped between two "non-opening" double glazed windows

    Although the woman was rescued unharmed, Mr Smith said his bathroom window was destroyed.

    "I'm not complaining, they did what they had to do," he said.

    "Problem is, I've been quoted north of £300 to replace the window and as a postgraduate student, that is a significant chunk of my monthly budget."

    Mr Smith originally set a crowdfunding target of £200, but has already raised more than £1,200.

    He said he and his date had decided to split the extra cash between two charities, one supporting firefighters and another that builds and maintains flushing toilets in developing countries.

    Unsurprisingly, the woman does not want to be named but Mr Smith said he had seen her since and "who knows what the future holds".

    "We had a lovely night on the second date but it's too early to say if she's the one. But we got on very very well and she's a lovely girl," he said.

    "And we've already got the most difficult stuff out of the way first."

    Avon Fire and Rescue service confirmed it had received a call and freed a woman trapped between external and double glazing.

    It also confirmed that a "window was broken in the process".
     
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  2. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    zippy family.jpg

    suddenly, rick wonders if Zippy is related to one or more of the little net-b's......
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Katniss the kitty? Cats remake 'The Hunger Games'
    "Meow the odds be ever in your favor!" The Pet Collective casts cats in the roles of Katniss Everdeen and the other beloved characters from "The Hunger Games."

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    It's hard to improve on the hit movie and beloved best-selling series "The Hunger Games" -- unless, of course, you replace all the humans with cats. Instead of elaborate special effects, the movie set is "Sweded" (re-created using the cheapest materials possible) into a cardboard masterpiece. Or is that meow-sterpiece?

    "The Hunger Games" cat video is part of a bi-weekly series called "Movies As Told By Cats" on The Pet Collective, a site dedicated to pets and the people who love them. The video features the best scenes from "The Hunger Games" -- romance, action, and drama at a purr-fect pace.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/katniss-the-kitty-cats-remake-the-hunger-games/
     
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  4. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Nun With A Chainsaw Becomes Symbol Of Post-Irma Cleanup: 'She Rocks'

    The cleanup after Hurricane Irma is a massive undertaking, after the destructive storm hit Florida and neighboring states over the weekend. In Miami, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood — and no one, it seems, can resist a story about a chainsaw-wielding nun.

    Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, which posted video and images from the scene Monday.

    The department calls the sister's work another sign that Miami's community will work together to repair what Irma broke, writing on its Facebook page, " Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!"

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    Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work, chainsaw in hand, by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

    Miami-Dade Police Department
    Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami — which wrote on its Facebook page early Tuesday, "We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day."

    The phrase "chainsaw-wielding nun" is one we didn't know we would need to use in the wake of Irma, but it shows the breadth of the work it will take to recover from this storm — in Florida, in neighboring states, and in the Caribbean.

    The nun with a chainsaw habit quickly drew interest beyond Miami. She made headlines in England; CNN interviewed her last night.

    "The road was blocked, we couldn't get through," Sister Margaret Ann told CNN. "And I saw somebody spin in the mud and almost go into a wall, going off the road. So, there was a need, I had the means — so I wanted to help out."

    By using the chainsaw, the nun said, she was trying to live up to something her school teaches its students: "Do what you can to help."

    Sister Margaret Ann's example resonated online. On the Miami-Dade police page, Annette Zayas wrote a comment saying, "She attends my parish and always has this warm smile with everyone she meets."

    People thanked the nun — and discussed the difficulty of handling a chainsaw wearing a habit.

    "Somebody made a comment that she was not handling the chainsaw correctly. I was raised 'do the best you can and after the day you can go home proud.' That is all we ask for, she rocks," Eggert Edwald wrote on the Miami-Dade Police page.
     
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    If the 'poo' got in between the windows, how come they couldn't just fish it out with a coat hanger or something? It looked like she wrapped it in toilet paper or something.
     
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    "Nun with a Chainsaw" would BAGNFARB. :vbgrin:
     
  7. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Ford’s push for driverless vehicles includes a man pretending to be a car seat
    by Michael Laris, denverpost.com
    September 13, 2017
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    Photo by: Michael Laris, The Washington Post
    Andy Schaudt is an invisible man.

    He is wearing a “seat suit” to make it look like his Ford Transit Connect van is driving itself.

    His bespectacled face is obscured by a fake headrest hood. His torso is tucked behind custom-sewn upholstery armor, like the pads protecting a Yankees catcher but in meticulously chosen black and stone leather hues to mirror Ford’s usual inanimate seats.

    The automaker is trying to devise a “standard visual language” so its self-driving cars can communicate with humans. The company is testing a bar of flashing white lights on the windshield meant to replace the little nods and go-ahead half-waves that keep people from getting into crashes.

    And that means some deception in the service of progress.

    Ford tapped a half-dozen Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers, Schaudt among them, to spend August tooling around Arlington, Va., pretending not to be there. They drove more than 1,800 miles and collected 150 hours of 360-degree video from six cameras mounted on their gray van.

    It’s satisfying work, but it can be uncomfortable at times, jolting usual conventions in the way strangers interact.

    One of Schaudt’s colleagues apparently didn’t get going quickly enough when a light turned green, prompting another motorist to speed around to the right and begin to yell. Then he saw nobody there “and said it out loud – there’s nobody driving this car!” Schaudt said.

    Aggressive drivers want to employ “communication methods that aren’t exactly required for navigation,” Schaudt noted. So when they conclude there’s nobody’s there to scream at, “it’s a jaw dropping moment.”

    Other times, it’s Schaudt and his colleagues who can get a bit thrown.

    “It’s kind of awkward when you are in the vehicle and somebody’s looking right in the window at you. And it’s ok for you look at them, because you’re behind this hood and they don’t see you,” Schaudt said. “But you still kind of look away.”

    The Virginia experiment was the brainchild of Ford engineer John Shutko, who has been pushing the idea of the light bar with colleagues from other car companies around the world. He said Ford doesn’t see a competitive advantage in the research, but instead wants to share its findings as a way to improve safety and get people more comfortable with driverless vehicles.

    Shutko had been spending his days thinking about the inside of autonomous cars – and how passengers will react to having no driver. How would the car need to communicate with them if it needed to change routes because of a back up, something an Uber driver could just mention casually?

    As he burned through those questions, he came up with another big one.

    “When you pull the driver, how’s that going to impact civilians and others on the outside of the vehicle?” Shutko said. It was somewhere between and “Ah ha!” moment and an “Oh no! moment.”

    “It was like an ‘Oh goodness!’ Now we’re going to have to think about something beyond what we normally think about,” Shutko said. It’s an opportunity, he said, years before going into production, “to start to understand how people will behave around this type of technology.”

    Shutko and his team discarded the idea of using words on the outside of the van to signal people, saying they were too confusing in a multilingual world. And he said symbols, too, can be ambiguous. Research has shown, for example, that all sorts of people don’t know what the symbol for rear defrost in their car means, he said.

    So they went with lights. A solid white light is meant to signal the van is driving autonomously. A flashing light means it’ll be accelerating. And when two lights move side to side – the engineers call that The Hoff Signal, as in David Hasselhoff from “Knight Rider” – it means the van is yielding.

    On a drive Wednesday to demonstrate the seat suit, the blue sleeves of Schaudt’s Virginia Tech shirt poked out by his knees. But he held the wheel down low so people couldn’t’ see them.

    And they didn’t.

    A cook at Cheesetique, taking a smoke break on an Arlington, Va., sidewalk, stared through the rolling van’s front windshield. Nothing.

    “You could tell no one was actually driving the car,” said Travis Hicks. “Sooner or later, it’s going to be back to the future.”

    Many people didn’t even seem to see the van.

    An elderly woman with a dog didn’t look up as it rolled toward her. The jaywalker on her phone didn’t even notice Schaudt was there.

    “For the most part people are busy. They’re going about their day. They’re on their phone and they’re just kind of moving through the world,” Schaudt said. “Sometimes you could drive for a few hours and nothing out of the ordinary would happened, which is a finding in and of itself.”
     
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    please to explain bagnfarb.......
     
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    Hook Cat and Mouse and Linux

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    I think got all but the last 2... Be a great name for a... "b" could be book, but ten not sure what "r" is. "r" could be reality, but then I don't know what "b" is. :vbwink:

    Of course, when Lauren shows up, I'll probably find out I got everything wrong.:vbrolleyes:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I learnt online that it's an anagram for 'barfnbag' but truthfully, that didn't help much :vbwink:
     
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