Beezow Doo-Doo Zoppitybop-Bop-Bop Arrested

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via Yahoo. A Madison, Wisconsin man with an unusual name was arrested this week on various charges including: carrying a concealed knife, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and probation violation. Who cares about what he was arrested for…? I only posted this for the headline. He changed his name to “Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop” (previously Jeffrey Drew Wilschke) last October.

Only In Japan: Mochi Master

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Mochi is one of my favorite Japanese desserts… it is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into its shape. It was traditionally made in a ceremony called Mochitsuki. The traditional process involves pounding the rice with wooden mallets in an usu (traditional mortar). Two people alternate the work: one pounds the cooked rice while the other wets the mochi. They must keep a steady rhythm or they may accidentally injure each other. Check out this process below. Amazing!

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Night Surfing With Bioluminescent Algae

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This is a video of a surfer in San Diego surfing in the midst of bioluminescent algae that, when disturbed, glows bright blue. Video after the break.

On the beaches of Southern California, a phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum is responsible for a spate of red tide. Massive algal blooms like this make the water ruddy during the day, but disrupting the microorganisms at night results in bursts of electric blue bioluminescence.

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Man v. Food (Vending Machine Edition) – Update #2

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Man v. Food (Vending Machine Edition) – Update #2

Haha… here’s the second update to Prasanth’s quest to eat 1 of each item in the vending machine. You can see the previous update here.

As of 1:33pm this afternoon:

Prasanth: “So now I’m at 3 kcal and roughly 3 g’s of sodium in 3.5 hours. Here’s my dilemma: I have 3 more hours to go, but I’m not sure I could get through the entire next row in that amount of time. Should I even try? I don’t want to get 1/2 way through and then get nothing.”

Amar: “Go big, or go home.”

Kavitha: “I agree with Amar…”

Prasanth: : “Thanks coach; that’s all I needed to hear. Also, this is far and away the most disgusting thing I’ve ever done. And keep in mind that I’ve been to Mexico with Roshan…”

As of 3:30 this afternoon:

Prasanth: Little over an hour to go… I feel bad for whoever has to sleep next to me tonight.”

As of 4:00 this afternoon:

And that is all folks… Looks like he made it through 3.5 rows at 3,920 calories. Haha. I believe he made like $200. Ranvy heard from him via text message:

Ranvy Singh: “Are you alive?”

Prasanth: “Barely. Or extremely. Depends on your definition.”

Prasanth: “Let me just say, of all the humbling experiences I’ve had in my life – bowling, being forced to take anger management classes, bowling, losing to TJ at anything, bowling – this was by far the humbling-est thing I’ve ever done. I don’t know what feels worse, the 4 lbs of salt and sugar and corn by-products rotting in my gut, or the dark specter of defeat looming over my head (but probably the 4 lbs of crap).”

Man v. Food (Vending Machine Edition) – Update #1

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Man v. Food (Vending Machine Edition)

Today is the big day… Prasanth is attempting to eat 1 of each item in the vending machine I posted the other day. The charts below indicate what he’s had so far:

As of 8:36am this morning:

Prasanth: “Feeling real hungry this morning. I think I got this.”

As of 11am this morning:

Prasanth: “Not gonna lie, I feel pretty awful. The time constraint is going to be brutal.”

As of 11:36am this morning:

Prasanth: “Ok, so I skipped to row 3 b/c I was craving something sweet. At this stage I’m having difficulty hearing and I feel sort of space-y. Where can I eat lunch that will help me digest and come back hungry for more?”
As of 12:02pm this afternoon:

Prasanth: “2080 calories and 1950mg of sodium. But, by comparison, a foot long Subway Melt on italian bread with mayo has 1200 calories and 4100mg of sodium. I’m taking a short break right now, but it’s not looking good for me. I had hoped to power through 3 rows in 2 hours…”

Would You Eat Everything In This Vending Machine for $750?

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My friend Prasanth is going to try… His co-workers bet him that he could not eat everything in this vending machine (pictured above) for $750 during the course of a normal workday (9am to 4pm). They agreed to give him incremental payments: $100 for the first two rows, and then $100 for each row after that. If he chews all of the gum and eats all of the mints, he gets $750. At first glance it seems easy enough, but he has to consume over 6,000 calories in 7 hours – approximately 1 item every 11.5 minutes. Oh yeh, there are some other rules: he can only throw up once, and he can use the bathroom as many times as he wants. Our other friend Kavitha said “Duuude, thats sooo easy. I can do it, no problem” – so Prasanth said he’d give her $750 if she could finish one of each item from 9:30am to 4pm (all or nothing). I’m going to be sick just thinking about it… Anyways, it all goes down today. I’ll let you know how it goes once I get the update. *Side Note*: I like how there are healthy choices in green… haha.

Only In Japan: Toilet Motorcycle Runs On… Ahem… Waste

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via spoon-tamago. Toto is Japan’s biggest toilet bowl making company… Now the company just released its first hybrid toilet-motorcycle that runs entirely on… poop. As the person drives, he can poop into a bowl, and that poop will be turned into fuel for the car. It is actually part of a campaign that Toto is running in an effort to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% in the next 6 years. The motorcycle (and driver) will make its way from Kyushu to Tokyo over the next month. How ridiculous!? More photos below.

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