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Tanked Episode 306 for Tues Nov 25, 2014


Transporting a round of beers from the bar to your table is an achievable task, but you probably wouldn't want to carry three cups of coffee without lids.

Scientists at Princeton and NYU are explaining why: When it comes to beer, we have the bubbles to thank, the Smithsonianreports.

Using high-speed cameras, the researchers recorded motion on the surface of several drinks: coffee, amber beer, and Guinness. Foam reduced sloshing, and the experts say it's because the foam absorbs the energy of the moving liquid. More foam meant less sloshing. That means that if you're looking for an easy-to-carry beer, Guinness may be your best bet.

Why, you ask, are scientists spending their time on this? Well, it's not just to have a better night out. The study, an abstract says, "has promising applications in numerous industrial applications such as the transport of liquid in cargoes."

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Amazon now connects you with local


Looks as if the list of things that Amazon doesn't sell just got that little bit shorter after the company started connecting people with local contractors. Customers in a handful of trial cities, including NYC and Seattle, can now use an Angie's List-style site to get tradespeople to visit your home for services. For instance, search for a TV wall bracket on the site and you'll be able to find a professional TV mounter to come and drill the holes so you don't have to. Right now, it's only a limited trial, but imagine if Amazon eventually bundled this sort of thing into Prime? We'd never have to shell out big bucks for an emergency plumber ever again.

-If you are a local contractor or handyman listening to the show you might want to check it out. dolla’ holla’!



Welp, A Lego Strip Club Is A Thing That Exists


This unofficial Lego strip club features the popular G-rated toys wearing G-strings.

The set, produced by Citizen Brick, includes four minifigures and a club with zebra-print couches and a pole. And like a night at an exotic dance joint, these Legos aren't cheap: The whole thing costs $275.

Citizen Brick owner Joe Trupia told The Huffington Post he's sold a few hundred so far. The company has been customizing Legos since 2010. It produced a popular"Breaking Bad"-like set last year.

"We're fanatically doing things that Lego wouldn't do," Trupia told HuffPost.

The latest, called "The Citizen Brick Center for the Performing Arts," is a "place where dreamers can dream, and dancers can dance," the site's copy reads.

Lego keeps close tabs on Citizen Bricks's doings, Trupia said. The company even supplied the disclaimer on Citizen Brick's site to emphasize that the products are not endorsed by Lego. He confessed he's not sure what Lego's reaction will be to his latest venture.

The Huffington Post reached out to Lego for comment but didn't immediately hear back.

Scott’s Quick review of Super Smash Bros.



Jurassic World Trailer released ahead of scheduled date. Friday

The park is open sooner than expected: the first full "Jurassic World" trailer has been posted online early.

The trailer opens with holidaymakers vacationing at the dinosaur theme park envisaged by John Hammond all those years ago in the first film "Jurassic Park". Everybody's having a great time, kayaking among the dinos and watching giant aquatic predators performing tricks -- check out that cheeky nod to Spielberg's "Jaws", by the way -- until the bosses of the park decide to genetically engineer their own made-up dinosaur. Which turns out to be a terrible idea. Who'd'a seen that coming?

Pratt stars in the new film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer and BD Wong, who reprises his character Dr. Wu from the very first film.

Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12, 2015.


Star Wars Trailer to hit this weekend

Rumors have been flying fast and furious of late, regarding the first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ revival of the Star Wars live-action movie franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The most recent speculative report on the matter claimed that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are planning to have the Force Awakens teaser screen in front of every single movie being shown at 100 theaters across the U.S., beginning over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Well, we now have some official information to offer on the matter, and it turns out there’s at least some truth to that rumor. The Regal Cinemas chain, to be exact, has revealed that the Force Awakens 90-second teaser will be shown in front of all movies screening at select theaters, with nine Regal Cinemas locations confirmed thus far.

The Regal Cinemas official website has announced that the North American theaters listed below will house the “world premiere” of the Force Awakens teaser trailer, which will debut in front of all movies at those theaters starting this Friday, November 28th. No doubt, there will soon be an official update, regarding not just when the trailer will begin showing in other theaters, but also when it shall be available for viewing online.

Update #2: Both Cinemark and AMC confirmed (via their respective Twitter accounts) that they too will be screening the Force Awakens teaser in select theaters from their chains. The official Star Wars website thereafter published the complete list of North American theaters that will begin showing the Force Awakens preview on Friday (before the trailer starts playing world-wide in theaters next month):


Christian Bale Says He's Still 'Jealous' Of Ben Affleck's Batman Role

Last year, the Internet exploded with reactions to the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

In the latest issue of Empire, according to Comic Book Movie, Christian Bale revealed his reaction to learning that he would no longer play the Caped Crusader. "I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh, go on ... Let's do another,'" Bale told the magazine. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour." Yes, Batman stared into nothingness, contemplating the realization that his cape was forever hung up.

But one word Bale used to describe the casting stands out: "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman," Bale said. "I think I should have gotten over it by now." That must mean Bale has been jealous since the news was first announced, although interviews from last year would show otherwise.


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Meet Phuc Kieu.

The Floridian, 58, was watching gay pornography in his Honda Civic yesterday afternoon when he allegedly pulled a male passerby into the vehicle, and then straddled the man while trying to tear off the victim's clothes.

The 21-year-old victim eventually escaped from the car and ran away yelling, “Rapist!,” according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Phuc Kieu was charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery without a weapon. The latter charge stemmed from the alleged theft of the victim’s backpack, which contained $220 the man had withdrawn from an ATM immediately before being yanked into Phuc Kieu’s car.

Police reported that Phuc Kieu “laid the driver’s seat all the way back and proceeded to watch homosexual pornography on a portable DVD player” before pouncing on the victim, punching him in the mouth, and pulling him into the Honda (where Phuc Kieu allegedly “began to pull off his shirt, belt, and pants”).

Seen in the above booking photo, Phuc Kieu, a Vietnamese immigrant who lives in Orlando, is being held in the Alachua County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond on the three felony counts.


Exploding poop topples building: cesspool excrement explosion injures 15 in central China

Lets go to our field reporter, “Cardboard Cut-out Charles” with this special report:


Cops Find Bongs, Weed After Helping Woman Into Her Apartment

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa woman who was locked out of her apartment has been locked up after officers who helped her regain entry found pot plants and drug paraphernalia inside.

Iowa City police say 19-year-old Jailin Turner is charged with possession of a controlled substance and other crimes. Jail records showed she was in custody on Monday. It's unclear whether she has an attorney.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports ( ) the officers were sent to investigate a report early Friday morning about a woman yelling and banging on an apartment window. She told them she'd lost her keys.

The officers said in the complaint that when firefighters broke into the apartment, two bongs were in plain view. Officials also said they found a scale, potted marijuana plants and grow lights.


Light-breaking squirrels play Grinch at zoo

CINCINNATI, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo said a pack of Grinchy squirrels are countering their holiday cheer by taking down their festive lights.

Chad Yelton of the Cincinnati Zoo said squirrels gnaw on the LED light strandsworkers put up for the holiday season and the animals seem intent on keeping the facility's Bear Hill from being bathed in festive illumination.

"This is by far the number one spot for squirrels," Yelton said of Bear Hill. "We've had many a night where it's completely dark."

Yelton said the zoo lost 300 strands of lights in one recent year, "and most of that was on Bear Hill."

Officials said the squirrel problem has been going on for several years. Before the switch to LED lights, the squirrels would unscrew the incandescent bulbs, apparently mistaking them for nuts.

Yelton said the zoo tried using hot sauce to deter the squirrels, but "they kind of laughed at it."

"You know, it didn't really do much. I think we felt good about it, but it didn't do much," he said.

Steve Foltz, director of horticulture at the zoo, said the yearly attempt to safeguard the holiday lights is "a challenge whose smarter, the squirrel or the horticulturists."

Foltz admitted that for the moment, "the squirrels win."