Quick Links: Flying Bananas, etc.

Toilet doubles as goldfish aquarium
Link submitted by Big Gary (the deputy curator in charge of fish) who notes, "Yet another way to torture goldfish ..."

Man cooks eggs on floor
"experts are investigating but have still not discovered why the floor of his home is so hot." Just a thought, but they might want to check if everything is okay in the apartment below him.

Banana tree predicts Lotto numbers
"They rub a mixture of powder and water on the tree's trunk, then wait to see what number the solution resembles as it dries." Probably works as well as any method of picking numbers.

Giant banana to fly over Texas
"A Montreal artist is planning to float a gigantic yellow banana in geostationary orbit above Texas next year." All hail the Flying Banana Monster.

Bride's joke ends wedding ceremony
"a bride in Austria jokingly answered "no" instead of "yes"... the official performing the civil wedding promptly broke off the ceremony." I guess wedding ceremonies are like going through security at the airport -- no joking allowed.

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Posted on Fri Jan 12, 2007


I thought he would have noticed his floor was so hot when the bottom of his feet started burning...
Posted by Nettie  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  03:31 AM
Exactly Nettie, that was what I was thinking too.

About the "geostationary" banana: I doubt they could do it. There are strong winds up there (20-50 km). It is not space. Real geostationary satellites orbit at 35000 km altitide, and on the equator. And there is a reason it must be this altitude to get a true geostationary effect (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary#Derivation_of_geostationary_altitude)

So the "balloon" would need not just gyroscopes to stay in place over Texas, but quite some fuel and a powerful jet motor to stay in place. And I am not a Space Lawyer, but 20-50 km certainly is not space yet by International law - so the US has jurisdiction on that part of the atmosphere. If they don't like it, they can take it down.

So this all smacks of a publicity stunt and not a real project.
Posted by LaMa  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  04:09 AM
At my church, they hold baptisms during Sunday mass. Usually they baptize babies, but this one time they were baptizing a baby and a little girl. They baptized the baby first, and it started crying, and the little girl (she was like 3) got upset because she saw that and didn't want to go in the water. She started crying and yelling "no, I don't wanna! I don't want to!" So the priest just walked away, he couldn't baptize her against her will. The parents looked upset because they wanted both their kids to be baptized, because they had probably already paid for the party and stuff. So it was kind of a similar situation.
Posted by Sakano  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  08:21 AM
I was staying with my brother for a little while and his apartment is actually a subdivided house. The heat is controlled by a therostat in the other "apartment"... so his house is always hot... I nicknamed his place "the lava house".

I'm not sure I could cook an egg on his floor, but it is very uncomfortable there a lot of the time.
Posted by oppiejoe  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  10:04 AM
On the toilet tank, while I like goldfish, I'm not sure I'd want their eyes watching me while I...you know what.
Posted by Phred22  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  12:31 PM
I think the fish tank is cute. ...I think it's weird that the priest didn't continue.

Sakano - why would the priest have no problems baptising a baby who CAN'T agree to it, but have a problem baptising a child that WON'T agree to it?? In the Baptist churches, you don't get baptised until you are older - I was about 15.
Posted by Maegan  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  01:05 PM
I'm not really sure. In the Catholic church (I'm Catholic) they baptise you when you're a baby, generally. But the priest said that because the little girl had said no, he wasn't able to go on. So...I guess your parents speak for you until you're old enough to talk for yourself? I don't know how it works, really. I've never seen something like that before and it was kind of weird.
Posted by Sakano  on  Fri Jan 12, 2007  at  01:09 PM
As an Episcopalian, we baptise either children or adults and all ages in between. I was 3 when I was baptised, along with my father who was 31 at the time. Most of the churches I've attended ran the families through a rehersal so that everyone knew what was going on. Obviously for babies it makes no difference, but the older kids see what is going on and usually have no problem. Maegan, I agree, I can't see why the priest would have made a distinction there. However, the Romans have some rules that seem funny to me.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Sat Jan 13, 2007  at  12:52 PM
I don't understand how the Chinese man walks in his house at all if the floor was so hot. I guess he must just have to wear heavy duty shoes all the time.
Posted by Razela  on  Mon Jan 15, 2007  at  12:41 AM
Should we take note that the story about the guy with the hot floor is on Ananova?
Posted by Peter  on  Mon Jan 15, 2007  at  05:48 PM
There have been so many comments to all the posts but i cant believe that no one has yet said how ludicrous it is to spend $850,000 some stupid banana thingy that does nothing and helps no one. This guy is mad.
Posted by Merve  on  Tue Jan 16, 2007  at  04:24 AM
I doubt it's a rule, the priest was probably embarassed and made that up.
Posted by Lina  on  Thu Jan 18, 2007  at  06:43 PM
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