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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.

English - Chinese - English

The results of translations from Chinese to English are quite often hilarious, and so are translations performed by automatic translation tools. So why not combine the two for some fun?

Reportedly, when the first bi-directional English-Chinese translation computer was finally completed, the computer scientists and electrical engineers fed the phrase "Out of sight; Out of mind" into the machine, then fed the output Chinese translation back in. The response was "Invisible idiot". :)

Translation technology has likely improved since then, and has thus unfortunately become less funny. To test this, I ran a bunch of English sentences through Yahoo's Babelfish English-Chinese translator, and then ran the resulting Chinese back through the Chinese-English translator. Here are some funny results that came up:

Out of sight, out of mind
Outside line of sight, outside brains

I had a gut feeling that something was up.
I have an intestines feeling which something rises.

The sunset took my breath away.
The sunset makes me be dumbfounded.

To be or not to be, that is the question.
The survival destroys, that is a question.

When the smoke cleared, they were gone.
When the smoke eliminated, they go.

They are in dire need of organ donors.
They are the urgently needed organ subscribers.

It was a heart wrenching sight.
It is the heart wailsome sight.

All the while, the president had been lining his pockets.
President has been situated his pocket.

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
Becomes richly richer, becomes poorly poorer.

Reluctantly, she opened the fridge.
She has turned on the refrigerator reluctantly.

The visitors did not behave well at all.
The visitor simply does not have well to display.

She was very pretty, and did not look her age at all.
She is very pretty and simply has not looked at her age.

He had never done this before, but now he was finally going to realize his life-long dream.
He has not made before the surface, but he plans the experience life-long dream now finally he.

He vowed to undo the damage he had caused.
He pledged that cancels other party has become damage.

Obesity is an increasing problem among teenagers and young adults.
The obesity is in the youth and a young adult's growth question.

Too little too late.
Too few queen mothers.

He did not like it when other people would put words in his mouth.
When other people in his mouth, will invest the word he not to like.

In many cities, parking space has increasingly become an issue.
In many cities, the parking spot has become the question more and more.

Suddenly the lights went out.
The light closed suddenly.

Our research of the living cell has barely scratched the surface.
Our survival cell's research has not grasped the surface nearly.

Really weird clouds

Sometimes reality is weirder than fiction. This is one of those cases.
If a painter would ever paint clouds this weird, everyone would think he had lost his mind or wonder what he had been drinking... and how much. Yet here they are, for real.

The picture shows a perfectly straight and uniform roll cloud which looks like a straight pipe in the sky stretching to the horizon.
Who put that big pipe in the sky?

The picture shows clouds over a cityscape that look like whipped cream was smeared across the sky.
Who has been smearing whipped cream in the sky?

The picture shows a cloud cover with bulges hanging out as if big drops of cloud are about to ooze out.
The clouds are oozing down!

Here is the awesome collection of weird clouds where I found these, there are many more there! Worth seeing!

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 .

Sometimes being practical is weird

So you finally get around to visiting your weird aunt Mae. She greets you at the door with a warm smile, and as you enter the house, your feelings of trepidation seem to lift as you notice the house looks quite cozy and inviting. Maybe aunt Mae isn't as weird as they say after all. As she leads you into the living room, she says: "Please make yourself comfortable!" as she points to her... casket sofa ?
Ok. So I guess she IS weird after all.

CasketFurniture.com sells a range of casket furniture that you can use during your life and will serve as your casket when you die. Quite practical, I guess, since caskets are expensive. It makes sense to be able to enjoy your casket.

It still is weird though.

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