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Belgium-Sized Mass of Floating Volcanic Rock Spotted off New Zealand

What you’re looking at is a huge mass of pumice–volcanic rock that can float. Aircraft and naval vessels from New Zealand are studying the 10,000-square mile body which is likely the product of a recent underwater volcanic eruption: The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane [...]

Mass of volcanic rocks off New Zealand coast

A large number of small volcanic rocks have covered an area the size of Belgium northeast of Auckland. The unusual phenomenon is comprised of lightwei…

The Late Movies: Fireworks Around the World

The celebrate Independence Day in the US, I’ve collected fireworks displays from around the world. Can’t find a good fireworks show in your neighborhood? Just make these fullscreen and crank up the speakers. New Year’s Day 2012 – London BBC One’s coverage of the fireworks display in London for New Year’s 2012, complete with an [...]

The World’s Greatest Infant Criminal

It’s pretty hard for a newborn baby to escape from the hospital, steal a car, and take a joyride that exceeds speeds of 566 miles per hour. But when one Australian driver received a ticket dated the day he was born, he discovered that must have been the case. His petition to the court reflects [...]

Ironclad Alibi

Justin Lee of Auckland, New Zealand, received a speeding ticket in the mail in 2004. He noticed a typo in the facts that stated the offense took place in 1974. Since that was a long time ago, he asked his mother for his alibi details. Then Justin wrote back to let the police know exactly [...]

Doggelgänger

Pedigree in New Zealand has launched an online toy that analyzes your face and matches you with a dog that is up for adoption. I was matched with Shadow, a 7-month-old male Huntaway {wiki} mix, which is a breed of New Zealand sheep dog. He’s a cute dog; too bad he’s in Auckland. Link -via [...]

Live Writing Projection

(YouTube link) Storytellers drew inspiration from the people passing through Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand. The stories were projected on a large screen, where folks could see themselves woven into the stories. The stunt was a promotion for the BNZ Literary Awards. Link -Thanks, Jono Aidney!

Bench Presses Advertisement into Bare Thighs

The ad agency DDB Auckland altered benches to press an advertisement for Superette, a clothing chain in New Zealand, into the bare legs of people who sit on them. They read “Short shorts on sale Superette”. Link via The Presurfer | Photos: Bed Ads on TV

Billboard Provokes Christmas Controversy

St. Matthew-In-The-City Anglican church in Auckland, New Zealand considers itself a liberal place of worship, and this year it erected a billboard that was intended to provoke thought about the literal meaning of Christmas. So far all they’ve provoked is the collective rage of area Christians. Archdeacon Glynn Cardy defends the church’s message: “This billboard is trying [...]

7 Horrifying Aircraft Landings (in which no one died)

Many people board an airplane flight thinking that if anything goes wrong, they will probably die. We board anyway, knowing that the odds of something going wrong are pretty small. In these seven stories, hundreds of passengers thought it was the end for them, but thanks to skilled pilots and crew members (and a fair [...]