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Seagull Steals a Camera
An aspiring seagull videographer stole a GoPro video camera while it was set on record and took some great shots. Watch as it shows you what it can see when it flies in the air -- and catch some behind-the-scenes footage of it making noise near the camera. Follow-up: Seagull stole my video camera in Cannes France. I found it on the castle wall, where I had to climb.
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Scary Infographic About Calories!
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Baby Hummingbird & a Boy
Baby hummingbirds are adorable, but they are twice as cute when one of them bonds with a young boy. Watch the boy teach the bird the ways of the world and help him learn how to fly. If this doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what what will. The video has over a million views on Youtube The followup from the boy: This is a baby hummingbird I rescued after it was attacked. The song is "Better Together" by Jack Johnson. UPDATE!!! when she thought she was ready to leave (and she was) she flew off to her favorite patch of the back yard, and her instincts instantly kicked in, and now she's just like all the other hummingbirds. for those that are concerned that she has imprinted on humans and wouldn't survive in the wild, don't worry, she is thriving. she has even successfully migrated and returned back to my yard. and for those who think i didn't know what i was doing, i did NOT feed her plain sugar water. i went outside 3 times a day and caught flies from my compost bin in big bags, crushed them, and mixed them in as well. I also helped her learn to catch flies while flying (not in the video because you obviously wouldn't be able to see the flies). in the end, i don't think it could have worked out any better
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Why Zippers Have YKK On Them

ykk zipperToday I found out why zippers have a YKK on them.   The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast).  In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited).  This company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries.  In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day. In any event, Mr. Yoshida’s company zipped to number one by practicing the “Cycle of Goodness”, as he called it.  Namely, “No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others.”  Using this principle, he endeavored to create the best zippers out there that would hold up over long periods of time in the end product.  This in turn would benefit both the manufacturers who used his zippers and the end customer and because of these things benefit his company with higher repeat and referral sales, thus completing the “Cycle of Goodness” *zen moment* So next time you’re zipping up, take a moment to remember Mr. Yoshida
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Alligator found at Lake Travis

The Lower Colorado River Authority reports an unusual find at Lake Travis. On Tuesday a fisherman found a 3 to 4-foot-long dead alligator near Emerald Point. An LCRA spokesperson says the alligator appears to have died from a propeller wound. This is a very rare animal to find in the area. The LCRA believes it was a pet because Lake Travis is not a habitat that alligators can likely survive in.
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Father's Day Stuff

Bad Gifts For Dad

Dad's big day is coming up. What are you going to get him? If you haven't made a decision yet, maybe this list of gifts to stay away from will help ... Do Not Get Dad ...
  • ... That stupid annoying singing fish that goes on the wall. A better idea: A gift certificate to a fishing store.
  • ... A money clip -- they can't hold everything the way a wallet can. So, get the wallet instead.
  • ... One of those BBQ Chef's hats -- they look ridiculous. Better idea: some prime steaks.
  • ... A baseball cap -- Dads don't have a shortage of these. Nice sunglasses would be a much better gift.

Spending On Dad May Reach Record Levels

Who says there's a recession going on? According to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, the average shopper will spend $106 on dad this Father's Day, up 13 percent from last year -- and the most in the survey's eight-year history. Of course, even this year's Father's Day takes a back seat to Mother's Day, where the average shopper spent $141. The top spending categories for dad include:
  1. Activities like golfing and going out to eat
  2. Gift cards
  3. Clothing
  4. Home improvement
  5. Gardening tools and appliances
  6. Electronics
Source: The Birmingham News
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"As Seen on TV" Products that Work and Don't

5 "as seen on TV" products that work:
  • Grill Daddy. This gadget is a heavy-duty grill brush that drips water through the brush, creating steam. It really works. It comes in several styles and truly can make a filthy grill rack pretty darned clean. You can find them online for $12 to $50, depending on the model.
  • Cold Fire. This is a handy aerosol fire extinguisher that is inexpensive, doesn't take up much space and actually works. Priced about $20.
  • Big Top Cupcake. This silicone baking set makes it easy to make a fancy and unusual cupcake-shaped cake. Seriously. Also about $20.
  • Yoshi Blade. It's a ceramic knife that really outperforms many of its metallic brethren. Just remember, though, it's a slicing knife, not a chopper. About $20. (And if you want to know more about knives for outdoor uses, see our new guide to deals on knives.)
  • Furminator. This pet grooming tool isn't cheap, but it seems to work pretty well. It comes in a variety of sizes and styles (hence the price variability, starting at $12).
5 "as seen on TV" products you can live without:
  • BarkOff. It's supposed to magically stop dogs from barking. Tell that to the dogs, if they can hear you over their barking. If you want to test it out anyway, you can order it for about $10.
  • Gyro Bowl. An interesting idea that gets a close-but-not-quite.​ The bowl is supposed to keep little ones from spilling their food as they toddle around. It can work for the less active kid, but forget about it if you've got one of those high-energy models. About $13.
  • Robo Stir. This thing is supposed to keep stirring your soup, gravy or whatever while you're busy elsewhere. Stick with the spoon. About $11.
  • Snazzy Napper. OK, it's a blanket with holes so you can still breathe while you're sleeping in some public place. Eeesh. Get a room. Prices start at $15.
  • Jupiter Jack. The idea is to turn your car radio into a cellphone speaker. But a lot of folks complain it just doesn't work or only works a little bit, some of the time. That's not something you want to deal with when the gadget is intended to help make your driving experience easier. About $10.
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Things kids will never understand
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A Little Levity During the Debate
In one of the debate's lighter moments, moderator John King asked them all a few "this or that" questions.
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Good Parenting On Facebook
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What not to get for Father's Day : Pork Barrel BBQ Cologne


Makes You Stink Like Hog Heaven Throw away that musty old bacon cologne; there's a new eau de piglette here to make sweet porky love to your nostrils. Que, from Pork Barrel BBQ, was forged from the sweet crackling char of Mt. Oink.
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Costumed Dad Embarrasses Son With Daily Wave to School Bus
There’s not much worse for a high school student than having your dad wave at you as you get on the school bus every morning. Just ask Rain Price, who is thrilled the school year is finally over.

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River Road in Canyon Lake crosses the Guadalupe River four times as it winds 10.6 miles between Loop 337 and Canyon Lake Drive in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. A great way to take in the skyscraper cypress trees and colorful limestone bluffs is by tubing down the river. Outfitters offer shuttles that will bring you back to where you started. The river banks are lined with camping sites, concession stands and restaurants.

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Golden Barbecue Grill
An Australian company just unveiled a new $150,000 gold-plated barbecue grill, setting a new standard in grill luxury (that standard being, “any”): It’s the perfect gift for: - Rappers - Other Rappers - Aspiring Rappers - Goldfinger After the jump, another golden grill pic that’ll have you yelling “Throw another shrimp on the GOLD barbie!” even more than you currently do.
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Best Superheros of all time?
According to kids 12 and under: 1. Superman 2. Thor 3. Silver Surfer 4. Wolverine 5. Spiderman 6. Ironman 7. Batman 8. Green Lantern
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Thomas the Train

Here's me and Sir Topham Hat:

Introduced Thomas the Train and Friends last night at the Long Center. It made me miss the way my boy Franke used to love him. They still have tickets for today's 10:30 matinee and the show later tonight.

and here's an old picture of Franke and his mom meeting Thomas:
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Funny Baby Video: (even without the audio)
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