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Fake Steve Irwin Death Videos
Unsurprisingly, several videos have popped up on YouTube portraying Steve Irwin's death. They're pretty unconvincing.
(Thanks, Nai Art.)

IT Skills in Return For Gropes
The mirror of a now deleted post from Craigslist, the title really says it all. I particularly liked: "I have a lot of tech knowledge in my life and regrettably no boobs."
(Via BoingBoing, thanks Cranky Media Guy.)

Building Using Recycled Paper
"Papercrete [is] a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and recycled newspapers/magazines, which can be used as a building material."
Looks reasonable to me.
(Thanks, Sharruma.)

Australopithecus Afarensis Discovered in Ethiopia
The bones of the 3.3 million-year-old girl have finally been recovered from a block of sandstone originally discovered in 2000. She has now eclipsed 'Lucy', found in 1974, as the girl lived more than 100,000 years earlier.
(Thanks, Tah)

Animals Death History Miscellaneous Sex/Romance

Posted on Thu Sep 21, 2006


Uhm: certainly *not* the oldest human ancestor known to science, there are older fossils. But oldest known fossil of a child: yes.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  10:09 AM
Yeah, sorry. Bad phrasing. I'll change it.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  11:03 AM
Recycled paper has been used before as a building material.
Home Depot, and no doubt many other stores, now sell boards made from recycled plastic as a substitute for wood. They claim that the plasti-wood (my name, not theirs) will never split, crack, warp, or rot.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  12:01 PM
Big Gary you are like an encyclopedia!!!
Posted by Merve  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  11:43 PM
Flora i completely agree with you the Steve Irwin video is beyond fake...it was reported he was swimming above the stingray which was laying in the sand on the bottom of the ocean!!
Posted by Merve  on  Thu Sep 21, 2006  at  11:46 PM
I *like* the idea of Papercrete! Wheat Straw has been used in a similar manner in earthen bricks for thousands of years, but this seems to have superior mechanical properties, and the material couldn't be cheaper or more readily available.
Posted by Ben Burch  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  10:46 AM
Hasn't recycled paper been used in construction for years now? I think I remember seeing recycled paper as a plywood substitue back in '89 or so.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Fri Sep 22, 2006  at  05:37 PM
George Washington Carver, who is better known as the inventor of peanut butter, also invented a way of making building blocks out of peanut shells. He was a truly polymathic genius.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Sun Sep 24, 2006  at  04:27 PM
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