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Airplane dangling from power lines

Sometimes reality is weirder than fiction. After the moose dangling from the power lines , now here here we have an airplane performing the same trick.

A small sports airplane is dangling upside-down from 80-foot-high power lines, hanging by just one landing gear wheel.
Airplane dangling from power lines

The airplane had been approaching the landing field in Durach (Germany) when the 65-year-old pilot made an error and clipped the high-tension cables on his way in. The right landing wheel got caught and flipped the plane over on to its back.
The pilot and his wife were suspended from the 380,000 volt cables for nearly three hours upside down with aviation fuel pouring over them and dangerously close to the hot engine. A specialist crane weighing over 130 tons had to be trucked in to rescue them.

A video report called "Plane hits power lines " can be found on the BBC website.

Getting bored with your daily commute? Try this!

Getting from point A to point B would become a whole lot more interesting if this guy would have his way. What you see here is the GEN H-4, the worlds smallest one-man helicopter. For 'just' $29000 and 30-40 hours of spare time (some assembly is required), this thing will get you in the air for about 30 minutes, at speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and as high as a kilometer (about half a mile). The faint of heart need not apply.

GEN H-4 personal helicopter during desert testing
GEN H-4 personal helicopter

Yes, this thing is for real. This movie shows it in operation. I just wish the pilot would actually show off the speed and height this thing can reach instead of mozying around...

GEN H-4 personal helicopter in action

Things to do on an exam when you'll fail anyway

I found a hillarious list on the web called "50 things to do on an exam when you know you are going to fail anyway". Here are some of the best ones:

  • Bring a pillow. Fall asleep (or pretend to) until the last 15 minutes. Wake up, say "oh nuts, better get cracking" and do some gibberish work. Turn it in a few minutes early.
  • Walk in, get the exam, sit down. About five minutes into it, loudly say to the instructor, "I don't understand ANY of this. I've been to every lecture all semester long! What's the deal? And who are you? Where's the regular guy?"
  • Run into the exam room looking about frantically. Breathe a sigh of relief. Go to the instructor, say "They've found me, I have to leave the country" and run off.
  • Do the entire exam in another language. If you don't know one, make one up! For math or science exams, try using Roman numerals.
  • As soon as the instructor hands you the exam, eat it.
  • Every five minutes, stand up, collect all your things, move to another seat, continue with the exam.
  • Turn in the exam approximately 30 minutes into it. As you walk out, start commenting on how easy it was.
  • Go to an exam for a class you have no clue about, where you know the class is very small, and the instructor would recognize you if you belonged. Claim that you have been to every lecture. Fight for your right to take the exam.
  • Bring cheat sheets for another class and staple them to the exam, with the comment "Please use the attached notes for references as you see fit."
  • After you get the exam, call the instructor over, point to any question, ask for the answer. Try to work it out of him/her.
  • During the exam, take apart everything around you. Desks, chairs, anything you can reach.
  • Answer the exam with the "Top Ten Reasons Why Professor xxxx Stinks."

The complete list can be found at 50 things to do on an exam when you know you are going to fail anyway .

Weird cow

What do you do when you have an old tank, a milk can and a tin bucket laying around? Why, you turn it into a cow and put it in your front yard of course!

A cow constructed from a fuel oil tank (body), a milk can (head), a bucket (neck) and some miscellaneous parts, painted black-and-white spotted is sitting in someones front yard.
Weird cow!

They ate WHAT?

Is this modern art? No, it is a snake that was hungry and decided that a couple of light bulbs looked very tasty!

Image shows x-ray of a snake that swallowed two light bulbs.
Would you like some tasty light bulbs?

It is amazing what animals will eat. It is even more amazing what they will eat and still survive. To find out how many golf balls and rocks fit in a dog, take a look at this HousePetMagazine.com page called "They ate what!" . You'll also find out where to look the next time a steak knife goes missing...

Incr-edible landscapes

Isn't this a nice picture of a sunset over the sea?

Incr-edible sunset over the sea

Now look a little closer. Are you sure that the sea is actually water? Are you sure those rocks are actually rocks? And is that really the sky?

This is a nice example of the art of Carl Warner. The whole landscape is made of food! The sky and sea are made of salmon, the rocks are bread and potatos, and the little boat is a pea pod. Isn't that amazing?

I found more examples of Carl Warner's edible landscapes on the BBC web site .
Or visit Carl Warner's own web site , but be warned that it is one of those fancy Flash-only sites that look great but are a pain to use and may not work for you.

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