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The Story Of ‘Liquid Ass,’ The World’s Worst Smell

Back in the mid-2000s, auto engineers Andrew Masters and Allen Wittman released Liquid Ass — “butt crack, with a hint of dead animal” — as the be-all and end-all of olfactory gags (literally, gags).

The smell had had been around for a while — Wittman had whipped up the original concotion as a high school prankster. And once Wittman and Masters had released it, it took on a life of its own — including as a tool to train paramedics dealing with disembowelment. On this week’s episode ofThe Leap, the strange story of Liquid Ass:

Found the above HERE.

Car Thief Drives Stolen Vehicle Right Into The Ocean

The two hour chase started near Perth, Australia and ended 40 miles away, near Two Rocks, where the driver inexplicably drove off the road, onto the sand, and into the Indian Ocean.

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants.

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It’s the first time that threshold has been crossed by a G7 economy.1

But that’s less interesting than what just happened in the U.S.

To appreciate what’s going on there, you need to understand the capacity factor. That’s the percentage of a power plant’s maximum potential that’s actually achieved over time.

Consider a solar project. The sun doesn’t shine at night and, even during the day, varies in brightness with the weather and the seasons. So a project that can crank out 100 megawatt hours of electricity during the sunniest part of the day might produce just 20 percent of that when averaged out over a year. That gives it a 20 percent capacity factor.

One of the major strengths of fossil fuel power plants is that they can command very high and predictable capacity factors. The average U.S. natural gas plant, for example, might produce about 70 percent of its potential (falling short of 100 percent because of seasonal demand and maintenance). But that’s what’s changing, and it’s a big deal.

For the first time, widespread adoption of renewables is effectively lowering the capacity factor for fossil fuels. That’s because once a solar or wind project is built, the marginal cost of the electricity it produces is pretty much zero—free electricity—while coal and gas plants require more fuel for every new watt produced. If you’re a power company with a choice, you choose the free stuff every time.

It’s a self-reinforcing cycle. As more renewables are installed, coal and natural gas plants are used less. As coal and gas are used less, the cost of using them to generate electricity goes up. As the cost of coal and gas power rises, more renewables will be installed.

More to read found HERE.



About 20 years ago I lived in the Netherlands. Amsterdam to be precise. I don’t know if it is still the same but finding decent affordable accommodation in Amsterdam is an onerous task – especially when you are on a budget, as I was. After some difficulty, I did find a fairly decent flat, but I left it, in the middle of the night, with my rucksack and all my possessions, because my landlord did not understand, nor did he want to accept, that I wasn’t interested in a sexual relationship with him.

Fast forward eight months or so, and I am living in a new flat with a female friend of mine. Late one night, while my friend and I were sitting talking in her room, someone let himself in. He immediately decided to take his trousers off and walk in to the bedroom with a stupid “entitled” grin on his face. We left the flat, there and then, with our rucksacks and all our possessions. So, twice within a year I had to leave the place I lived because of nasty little men who thought they had every right to treat women as if we owe them sex.

In both cases, the landlords were Moroccan immigrants who had not long been living in Holland. On a separate occasion, a taxi driver drove past several times while I was walking with a friend in central Amsterdam. He threw a rather grim present out the window at us. It didn’t hit us.

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Today’s Best Short: ‘The Egg’

Among the many short films that confront mortality, this stands as one of the most unique and inspired takes on the human interpretation of an afterlife. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Above found HERE.



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