One Tall Order For China’s Army

“The China’s People’s Liberation Army has a new star for their basketball team, that’s if they have one, after 6″7 Ni Qingpeng signed up for duty. The strapping 17-year-old’s enlistment has caused a few problems for his new hosts, with the Chinese army having to take out special measures for the former basketball star… The lofty teenager towers over the rest of the recruits at the training base in Jiangsu province, eastern China. This has forced army instructors to come up with novel ways to deal with his extraordinary height.” w/ photos

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Twinkie Manufacturer Goes Bankrupt?

Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, filed for bankruptcy today, just three years after the company last emerged from insolvency. The firm has been a victim of economic turmoil, and of health-conscious consumers turning away from Hostess’ famous range of junk foods. While the company’s products remain popular as an occasional indulgent treat, snacks like the Twinkie have been blamed for exacerbating the U.S.’s obesity epidemic. The firm blames its pension and healthcare obligations, as well as increased competition and the tough economic conditions, for its financial troubles.” w/ photos

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Pinata Baseball FAIL

“You want me to throw this piñata in the air so you can try to hit it like a baseball? Well, nothing can go wrong with this plan!” — EVV

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Tarzan Swing FAIL

“If you are going to do dumb things with ropes, you need to make sure you do it right. Otherwise, you smack a bridge.” — Sawerrt

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Eclipse Designer Lamp

The Eclipse lamp by the Brazilian designer Mauricio Klabin is a cult classic. It can be reshaped time and again and adjusted to meet your individual lighting requirements. Like a sculpture which always maintains its character but is also able to take on a range of expressions. And all this at a surprisingly good price. Light, wherever and however much you want. The incredible versatility is the result of a single, elaborately shaped band of plastic. Fan out the 40 movable fins and shape the milky-white lampshade as you please. ‘Shape’ it like a ‘Nautilus’, for example. And you can vary the light intensity: From softly muted indirect light all the way to a clearly directed bright light.” w/ photos

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Top 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Read Comics

“Yes indeed, fellow readers, I am waxing poetic about comic books. For too long, many have harbored the notion that this amazing medium is solely for the pleasure of children and that even then, their value is minimum at best. While this unfortunate understanding no doubt exists, it is, nevertheless, far from the truth of the matter. In fact, according to a marketing study conducted by a major comic book publisher, the average age of comic book readers is about 25. As a result, comics – long a popular medium of choice for Americans – have played a significant role in the young, as well as providing a brand for social commentary for adults. In short, there’s much more going on with comics than guys (and gals) flying around in tights with billowing capes. With this basic premise in mind, here are the top 10 reasons why everyone should read comics.” w/ photos

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