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Canned Oxygen Canned Oxygen Could be the Next Bottle Water

The emergence of another possible billion dollar business, based on bottling and selling a natural commodity.

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The Magical World of Joomla Templates

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 07/28/07 at 08:56 AM

Joomla TemplatesEnding the evil tyranny of website abominations and animated gifs.

It really does seem like everyone and their brother’s aunt’s uncle’s best friend’s roommate has some type of website these days. If you’ve seen some of the horrid abominations of invalid xhtml horror that I have, it is quickly apparent that many lack the skills to create a magical website experience. Thankfully, there’s Joomla and the Joomla templates system.

Too much salt!

Article Submitted by Davbmn on 02/01/07 at 02:44 PM

saltWestern diet too high in salt for good health

The most common source of our sodium intake is SodiumChloride (table salt).  Salt is the cheapest and most widely used preservative on the planet.  We use it everyday to add flavor to our foods. Table salt is about 40% sodium.  One tablespoon of salt contains 2300 mg of sodium. Sodium is an essential mineral or micronutrient which along with potassium helps to regulate the body’s fluid balance.  Sodium is present throughout the body even in the blood.

The Western diet is very high in sodium. The average intake in the United States is between 4,000 and 5,000 mg of sodium per day.  Which would translate to 10 - 12.5 g of salt.

Wii is creating its own sub-language

Article Submitted by Davbmn on 12/26/06 at 04:23 PM

imageIt will Wii-define the American lexicon

Every year new words are added to the American lexicon. Most recent additions have centered around new technology.  The word ipod is a relatively new addition to the language.  Today that word is easily recognizable. This year Nintendo released its new console.  The “Wii” (pronounced: Wee), as it is called was originally dubbed “Revolution”, but later changed to a strange little word that has no previous definition in English.

Related Links: How to win at Wii Tennis (at any cost)
Blog on Wii injuries

Hot Patching a Red Rubber Inner Tube for a Ride

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 12/20/06 at 11:58 PM

InnertubeSomething you may never need to know how to do.

Say you’re out in the country on a hot summer day.  Maybe you just ate a picnic lunch in the shade of a spreading oak tree. In the grassy meadow amid the rolling hills there is a meandering crystalline stream, just a few feet deep and a few yards wide, but the water is moving just swiftly enough to chuckle the stones lining its bed in the shallower riffles and it babbles an enticing tune.

Battlestar Galacticsimpsons

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 12/13/06 at 09:18 AM

Battlestar GalacticsimpsonsFor those of you who have always wanted to see your favorite Battlestar Galactica characters re-imagined Simpsons style, your hour has come.

After his very popular rendition of Six and Baltar turned into Simpons characters, Dylan Meconis of TheQuirkyBird.com has gone back and simpsonized most of the cast. The artwork is spot on and contains all sorts of subtle little hints and elements within each character, that it makes it pretty easy to identify each cast member even in their Simpsons persona. Enjoy!

View the Battlestar Galacticsimpsons artwork here or here.

Joan of Arc Dies

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 05/31/06 at 03:26 PM

Joan of ArcLufbery Historical News

Today is May 31st, 1431 and Joan of Arc was put to death by the English in Normandy yesterday morning. Her crime was her rejection of church authority in favor of direct inspiration from God.

Lufbery News has been on site in France following this long war with England - It feels like it’s been going on for nearly 100 years! All the talk on the street today is about the death of Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who received messages from Saints.

The Hobo Code

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 05/29/06 at 11:24 AM

HoboThe wonderful writers of Damninteresting.com continue quenching our thirst for knowledge as they unveil The Hobo Code

Daniel Lew writes: During times of economic hardship, people turn to the road to see if they can make their luck somewhere else. As such, back in the days of the Great Depression, the U.S. saw an increase in the hobo population.

The hobos came up with an ingenious sign language to communicate to each other along the way. This is not like the sign language that hearing-impaired people use to communicate; rather, it was markings and drawings that hobos would leave along the road for their fellow travelers.

Learn more about The Hobo Code at Damninteresting.com

1000 Men Killed by Hail

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 05/25/06 at 03:33 PM

HailLufbery Historical News

On Monday, April 13th, 1360, while besieging Paris, King Edward III received a message from God to return home.

During the night while camping outside of Paris God sent a massive storm of lightening, hail, and freezing rain down on his army. We are just now learning the details of this night and will share what we know.

What is R.s.v.p and Who Actually Responds Anyway?

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 05/23/06 at 09:07 AM

R.s.v.pComplicating social etiquette for decades

If you are sending out either formal or informal invitations and want to know who will accept and who will decline, it is considered good form to include the initials R.s.v.p at the bottom of the invitations.

It’s debatable how many people actually use these initials anymore on their invitations, not to mention how many, if any, will actually respond. Regardless, event planners have been using these intials for decades, trying in vain to gather statistics on who will attend their events; most of them having no clue what the initials R.s.v.p actually stand for.

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