May 4, 2012
david pescovitzCollector of anomalies, esoterica, and curiosities.
A couple weeks ago, Peter Mark of British Columbia found this Harley-Davidson buried in the sand on one of the islands of British Columbia. Tracking the license plate led Mark back to the bike's owner. In Miyagi, Japan. Apparently, the March 2011 tsunami, which destroyed Ikio Yokoyam's home and took the lives of three family members, washed the motorcycle out to sea. From BBC News:
The shop that sold the motorcycle to Mr Yokoyama is now hoping to ship the Harley-Davidson back to Japan and restore it.
The motorcycle is among the first items in a wave of debris heading to the west coast of North America. Most of the debris is expected to arrive in 2013...
Lighter items, such as buoys and bottles, have been among the first to wash ashore on the continent.
In March, an Alaska man found a football and later a volleyball from Japan.
Posted by the elegant ape at 10:30 AM
Ellen Kushner, co-editor of the multiple-award-nominated new Borderlands anthology Welcome to Bordertown, writes, "Have you dreamed of a Danceland T-shirt? Some Dancing Ferret beer mugs? A Khandroma (Tibetan girl skater gang) charm? Thanks to the many Bordertown authors who gave their kind permission to allow us to create logos for B-town places they invented! Designer Tara O'Shea has come up with some fabulous designs now up on CafePress for sale to the general public. Click on each design & scroll down to see not only T-shirts in many styles, but coffeemugs, sippy cups, postcards, tote bags, puzzles & more! With luck, high school students all over the country will be baffling their classmates with geekish glee."
Posted by the elegant ape at 9:41 AM
Self-taught Dutch street artist Max Zorn creates beautiful illustrations by cutting and layering brown packing tape. Because the tape is semi-translucent, the tape art is best experienced with a backlight (Zorn prefers street lamps.) In order to spread his art around, Zorn is offering to send free tape art to individuals around world—provided they promise to post it publicly
Posted by the elegant ape at 6:09 AM
[Video Link] The way this woman tried to talk her way out of a speeding ticket (police video starts at 4:42), reminds me of people who say they don't have a legal obligation to pay taxes. I'm not saying her defense is wrong or right because I don't understand it. I'm posting it because it's interesting to see how patient and polite the UK police officers are. If she would have tried this fancy talk in the US, she would have been maced, tasered, and zip tied in short order
Posted by the elegant ape at 4:55 AM