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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

OMG! Olympic bribery?

By Chris Chase 

No.....looks awkward though: a Japanese coach handed over a wad of $100 bills to
the governing body of the sport on Monday night in order to file an appeal on behalf of his athlete.
Operating within the rules and regulations of gymnastics, a Japanese coach handed over a wad of $100 bills to the governing body of the sport on Monday night in order to file an appeal on behalf of his athlete. Kohei Uchimura awkwardly stumbled off the pommel horse in the final event of the men's team competition. His resulting score left Japan in fourth place. But team officials protested that his fall had actually been a dismount and should have earned points based on gymnastic's (confusing) scoring system. International rules dictate that an appeal fee must be paid in order to file a protest. Japanese officials quickly rounded up a number of large bills and sent a coach, armed with cash and the proper forms, to appeal.

Reports differ on how much Japan had to pay, but a report from earlier in the Olympics had a similar appeal costing $500 for the Indian boxing team. Judging by the thickness of the money stack and the paper clip attached to the Japanese protest, $500 seems like a reasonable estimate. Had Japan lost the appeal, the money, however much it was, would have stayed with the gymnastics federation. (What happens to it then is anyone's guess. It likely would have been put to use within the sport: ie, going into picking up that night's dinner tab.) Japan won the appeal when it was ruled that Uchimura had dismounted and should have been awarded .700 additional points. That correction moved Japan from fourth to silver-medal position. All of which leads to the question: Why does a nation have to put up $500 in order to correct a clear mistake made by judges?

The gymnastics federation wanted to cut down on frivolous challenges and make the process more streamlined. It all stems from a 2004 controversy involving American Paul Hamm, who was asked to hand back his gold medal in the men's all-around in Athens after it was determined that judges improperly scored a routine from the bronze medalist.

It was a typical decision of big, disorganized groups: React to a bad situation by over-correcting. The process may be more open now. But in going for fairness, these international federations accomplished the opposite. Big countries like Japan, China, Russia and the United States will have no problem covering the fee. What about athletes who don't travel with large teams and groups of officials? Tuesday, there's a boxer fighting from Mozambique, a country that brought six athletes to London. Some gymnasts are solely representing their nation. Is going to the ATM to protest a call a viable option for them?
How big a problem were frivolous appeals in the first place? Did gymnastics teams appeal any decision that went against them? Was it taking hours to get through events because the coach from Romania challenged everything? Since judging decisions aren't subject to protest, there's not exactly a long list of things a coach could complain about. It's certainly not so big an issue that it needed to lead to the shady visual of money changing hands on the floor.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Man Grows Six Inches Through Extreme Plastic Surgery

Apotheosis ( pseudonym ) has “grown” over six inches through
painful limb-lengthening surgeries intended to artificially increase his height

A man in New York has “grown” over six inches through painful limb-lengthening surgeries intended to artificially increase his height.  The man, who goes by the pseudonym Apotheosis, clearly conveyed his reasoning for undergoing the extreme procedure as he stated: “I realized that the world looked at me a certain way that I didn’t look at myself in that certain way.  I wanted the way I felt about myself and the way the world felt about me to be similar.”

While the reason behind Apotheosis undergoing the surgery might be cosmetic, there are in fact numerous patients suffering from dwarfism or deformities who have and are currently going through the process of surgically lengthening their limbs.

Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dror Paley claims that the majority of the patients that visit her at St. Mary’s Medical Center for cosmetic reasons are suffering from height dysphoria which she claims is one of the few psychologic-psychiatric disorders that actually can be cured with the knife.

Akash Shukla is just one of those patients who has undergone the surgery for the cosmetic reason depicted by Paley.  At age eighteen, the young man from New Jersey discovered that he would ultimately only grow to be a mere 4’11.5″ tall and for which reason he said:
“I felt like my short stature was kind of causing a void inside me- an emptiness in my heart, if you will.”
Due to his short height at that time, Shukla opted to undergo the painful process of lengthening his limbs in order to increase his height.  Nearly 5’2″ after surgery, Shukla is now significantly taller than before.
This rare procedure is performed by only a few doctors in the United States and costs roughly $85,000.  Painful, time consuming, and expensive are just a few words to describe this incredible surgery which has assisted those like Shukla, Apotheosis, and many more achieve a height beyond that which they were otherwise predisposed to.
The radical and costly procedure requires surgeons to break the leg bone in order to implant a telescopic rod into the middle of the bones which is used to slowly pull the bone apart at a rate of roughly one millimeter per day.  Arteries, tissue, and skin regenerate as new bone grows around the rod and repairs the break.  With this surgery exist potential complications, however, regardless of the risk involved, there are those like Shukla and Apotheosis who willingly opt to have the surgery performed.

Source: ABCnews.com

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mom hacked computers to change kids' grades

Mom hacked computers to change kids' grades, cops say
Jul. 19, 2012 07:31 AM
Associated Press

NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania woman allegedly changed her children's grades after logging into a school computer system using passwords obtained when she worked for the district.

Investigators say Catherine Venusto used the Northwestern Lehigh School District superintendent's password to change the grades. She was arraigned Wednesday on a half-dozen felony counts and released on bail. Officials say Venusto changed a failing grade to a medical exception for he daughter in 2010, when she was still a district secretary. The New Tripoli woman is also accused of bumping one of her son's grades from 98 to 99 percent in February. State police say Venusto admitted changing the grades, saying she thought her actions were unethical but not illegal.

A phone listing for Venusto could not immediately be located Thursday

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Boyz in the hood: Amazing images of human smuggling across the Mexican border.

Boyz in the hood: Amazing image of illegal immigrant hiding next to engine as gang is busted for smuggling 1,000 people across the Mexican border.
Smugglers tried to avoid detection by recruiting non-Spanish-speaking African-American drivers.

UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 3 February 2012

Customs officers have arrested five men in connection with a people-smuggling ring that used vehicles adapted with ingenious secret compartments to smuggle over 1,000 of illegals into the US.  Immigrants paid between $2,000 and $4,000 dollars to cram themselves into tiny spaces next to V8 engines or to be locked into the trunks of cars during some of the hottest times of the year. In an attempt not to arouse suspicion, the gang used non-Spanish-speaking African-Americans recruited from poor areas of Los Angeles to drive the vehicles across the border near San Diego.

Busted: Customs officers have arrested five men believed to be members of a gang that
smuggled hundreds of immigrants into the US in secret compartments built into vehicles

Claude Arnold, a special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said: 'We estimate about 1,000 people were smuggled across the border during the time of the investigation.

Maria Lopez-Diaz, 60, and three others were arrested Thursday on counts related to the transportation of illegal immigrants in special compartments and the trunks of cars, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. The ring coordinated with international smugglers to pick-up illegal immigrants once they crossed the border and transport them to Los Angeles, officials said. Lopez-Diaz recruited poor black drivers from South Los Angeles hoping they would not rouse the suspicion of authorities near the border. 
The drivers' inability to communicate with the immigrants also meant they had limited information about the broader smuggling scheme, officials said. The drivers were paid between $300 and $800 for each of the dozens of people they transported from the border to Los Angeles each month in 2010.
'Criminal organizations are always looking for ways to evade detection by law enforcement, said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of ICE homeland security investigations in Los Angeles. 

Stitch up: This photograph of a stowaway who was discovered sewn into the upholstery of 
a van seat was released last year. It is not known whether it was the work of the same gang

Another file picture released by the Customs and Border patrol  shows a woman 
hidden behind the dashboard of a car on the US Mexico border in 2001

'This particular organization figured out, hey, what if we used African Americans as drivers? They might be likely to draw less attention.' 'Ultimately, of course, it didn't work,' he said.

Lopez-Diaz, two relatives and a suspected driver appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon. Another suspected driver remains at large. Lopez-Diaz was being held without bail. The five defendants were indicted last month on one charge of conspiracy. Lopez-Diaz and her 35-year-old son-in-law Juan Eduardo Baltazar are also charged with transporting illegal immigrants and immigrant harboring.  Bobby Johnson, a 67-year-old driver from Los Angeles, is also charged with transporting illegal immigrants, officials said. Johnson is being held on $25,000 bond.

Double trouble: These two immigrants were discovered in a hidden compartment built into the floor of a car in June 2010. Again it is not known whether the same gang was involved

Messages seeking comment were left for the defendants' attorneys Thursday afternoon. Baltazar's attorney Michael Belter said he has not yet received information about the case. His initial hearing was continued until next week. Immigration officials began investigating in January 2010 when border patrol agents reported seeing a rising number of African-American drivers with illegal immigrants hidden in the trunks of their cars. Typically, smugglers who bring illegal immigrants from Mexico use Spanish-speaking drivers, Arnold said.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

21 burned in walk over hot coals at Robbins event

 A Self-Improvement Quest That Led to Burned Feet
Skooter reporting 07/22/12

At least 21 people suffered burns and three were injured while walking across hot coals at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, fire officials said. The three of the injured were brought to hospitals where they received treatment.

The reported injuries had second and third degree burns that occurred during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center sponsored by Robbins called "Unleash the Power Within," San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams said.
According to the motivational speaker’s website, walking across hot coals heated to a temp between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees offers attendees a chance to understand that there is absolutely nothing you can surmount.

About 6,000 attendees of the event walked across the glowing coals Thursday, Robbins Research International said in a written statement. Organizers had secured an "open burn permit" and medical staff at the affair, including a fire inspector on the spot, Williams said.
He said, the moment the medical staff became weighed down, our inspector called for us, Williams said. Witness Jonathan Correll heard cries of pain and screams of agony and even saw one young woman seemed to be in horrific pain.
Attendees were being warned that they might get burns or blood blister, participant Sahar Madani told KTVU-TV. It is the aim of the event to get your focus and your attention away from that and look into the power within yourself and concentrate on just walking on the fire, she said.
Robbins Research International was quoted Friday as saying, "We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades, and always under the supervision of medical personnel ... We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible."
Williams did not have any further information, such as the ages or names of those hurt.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The largest nation to never win an Olympic medal

Bangladesh is the largest nation to never win a medal.....but it has four athletes in London
Martin Rogers

LONDONBangladesh is home to more than 152 million people, making it the eighth most populated country in the world, yet its Olympic futility is so bad it makes one wonder if a statistical mistake has been made.

Flag of Bangladesh
Bangladesh, sandwiched between northeastern Indian and Myanmar, has never won a single medal at the Olympic Games and is unlikely to do anything to change that tortured record over the next few weeks.
But it is not even the total lack of hardware that is the most telling sign of failure for this nation whose primary national sporting obsession, cricket, is not in the Games. Not that it would likely do much for the medal count anyway – it is ranked ninth out of the nine teams that play at cricket's highest level.
Of the International Olympic Committee's 204 members, 80 have never medaled. Many of the nations are tiny by comparison, although Myanmar (the world's 25th most populated country) and Nepal (45th) are also on the medal-free list.
Meanwhile, Tonga (195th in population) has an Olympic silver, Barbados (181st) a bronze and Iceland (178th) two of each. The Bahamas, ranked 177th, has excelled with 10 total medals, four of them gold.
Perhaps most extraordinary about Bangladesh is not its dearth of medals, but that it has never had an athlete qualify for an Olympics based on performance in competition.
Every one of the country's representatives, stretching back to 1984, has been courtesy of the IOC's wildcard system, devised to assist competitors from nations low on the international sports pecking order.
That is the case again for London, where a four-strong Bangladesh team featuring an archer, a gymnast, a shooter and a swimmer will march in the Opening Ceremony, all of them thanks to the wildcard allotment.
The gymnast is Syque Caesar, an American born in Florida to Bangladesh parents and with dual citizenship. Caesar may be the most accomplished athlete Bangladesh has ever brought to a Games, having won an NCAA teams title at the University of Michigan and won parallel bars gold at the Central South Asian Championships.
Caesar's participation was only made possible through bizarre circumstances: The Indian federation failed to correctly file the paperwork for its gymnast Ashish Kumar on time, and Caesar was next in line to accept the wildcard position.
It will be a significant moment of pride for the 21-year-old, whose Wolverine colleague and roommate Sam Mikulak will represent the U.S.
"Bangladesh loves sports," Caesar told the BBC. "My father used to play for the national soccer team, and soccer was the country's main passion. That died down and now the country loves cricket.
"Gymnastics isn't really such a popular sport around the globe anyway, but hopefully I'll be the guy that kick-starts a program in the country."
Bangladesh's Olympic woes are viewed as serious by the government, so much so that the topic has been raised in the national parliament. Extra funding has been allocated to develop talent in a range of sports, although progress will be a gradual, long-term process.
"Bangladesh is willing to do everything to get as many athletes as it can to the Olympics," Caesar said. "But having the resources to prepare athletes for the Games is quite new for them."

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Longest Domain Name

Longest Domain Name: 

Llanfairpwllgw- yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com

One of the silliest Internet Records is for the longest one. Technically, a domain name can have up to 63 characters (not including sub-domains or suffixes). Technically the “longest” domain name on record is this:   http://www.thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com/   followed closely by http://www.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com/ - a free email service for annoying people. But in our book (and in Guinness') the winner is Llanfairpwllgw-yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com  or try this same link. which is the website of an actual single-word town in Wales.
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Oldest site on Internet: Symbolics.com

On March 15, 1985, Symbolics Computer Corporation made history by registering the first domain name. That year, there were just five websites in existence. Fast forward to today, where there are over 192 million domains registered and more than 2.1 billion users worldwide, mostly based in Asia. Symbolics.com was bought in 2009 and now hosts a bunch of useless-but-interesting Internet facts (including some of the ones I just mentioned). (Via)
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Quick get-away....

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Baby Burrito...

"Police receive a report of a newborn infant found in a trash can.
Upon investigation, officers discover it was only a burrito."
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Mugshot Makeover

You mug: Suspect calls 911 to complain about her unattractive police mugshot... and gets arrested again
After having a haircut and applying some make up, she called 911 demanding a new mugshot
BEFORE: First attempt-Tonya Ann Fowler's initial mugshot
A vain suspect had a ‘mugshot makeover’ after calling 911 to complain about her ugly expression.

So a new snap was taken after she’d spruced herself up – when she was nicked for calling emergency services.

Tonya Ann Fowler was furious when she saw her picture in local magazine Bad & Busted after being hauled in for threatening behaviour in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month.

Instead of the attractive image of herself she expected, Fowler, 45, saw a scruffy, miserable blonde gurner staring back at her on the front page.
AFTER: Tonya Ann Fowler's mugshot after her makeover
So after chopping off some hair, reaching for the straighteners and applying some make up, she called 911 to complain.

A police source said: “She was upset about how she looked.”

Fowler was arrested for misusing the 911 system and disorderly conduct – and got a new mugshot.

Well the first one was just criminal...

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13 Freaky Facts About Friday the 13th

13 Freaky Facts About Friday the 13th
LiveScience StaffDate: 13 July 2012 Time: 08:42 AM ET

Are you superstitious? Plan to stay in tonight?

Does Friday the 13th freak you out? If so, hold on to your rabbit's foot extra tight, because there are three of these supposedly unlucky dates in 2012, though perhaps luckily, this Friday (July 13) is the last of them. Though, there's always some fear to be had next year, 2013.

Read on for 13 strange facts about this day of superstition.

1. This year is a special one for Friday the 13ths: There are three of them: Jan. 13, April 13 and July 13. The freaky thing? The dates fall exactly 13 weeks apart. That hasn't happened since 1984.

2. If that scares you, you may have paraskavedekatriaphobia (also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia). Those are the scientific terms for fear of Friday the 13th. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

3. It's not clear when or why Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck. The association may be biblical, given that the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus. His crucifixion was the next day, apparently a Friday. Or maybe 13 suffers from coming after the more-pleasing number 12, which gets to number the months, the days of Christmas and even the eggs in a dozen. (There are also 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles of Jesus.)

4. Whatever the reason, fear of 13 has spread far and wide: Hotels and hospitals often skip the 13th floor, and even airports quietly omit gate 13 sometimes.

5. The next year in which we'll have three Friday the 13ths is 2015. They'll fall in February, March and November.

6. If you think your Friday the 13th is likely to be bad, be glad you aren't a 14th-century Knight Templar. On Oct. 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France raided the homes of thousands of these Crusades warriors, imprisoning them on charges of illegal activities. Though the charges weren't proven, more than a hundred died of terrible torture, according to "Tales of the Knights Templar" (Warner Books, 1995).

7. Fittingly, director of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th — Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, would have been his 100th birthday. Perhaps aptly titled "Number 13," a film that was supposed to be Hitchcock's directorial debut never made it past the first few scenes and was shut down due to financial problems. He allegedly said the film wasn't very interesting. (Meanwhile, Fidel Castro was born on Friday the 13th, in August 1926.)

8. Why does the Friday the 13th superstition stick so firmly in our minds? According to Thomas Gilovich, who chairs the department of psychology at Cornell University, our brains are almost too good at making associations.

"If anything bad happens to you on Friday the 13th, the two will be forever associated in your mind, and all those uneventful days in which the 13th fell on a Friday will be ignored," Gilovich said in a statement. [13 Superstitions & Traditions Explained]

9. For pagans, 13 is actually a lucky number. It corresponds with the number of full moons in a year.

10. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have avoided travel on the 13th day of any month, and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

11. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12." Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest. [13 Odd Occurrences on Friday the 13th]

12. Stock broker and author Thomas W. Lawson, in his 1907 novel "Friday the Thirteenth," wrote of a stockbroker's attempts to take down Wall Street on the unluckiest day of the month. Reportedly, stock brokers after this were as unlikely to buy or sell stocks on this unlucky day as they were to walk under a ladder, according to accounts of a 1925 New York Times article.

13. This fear of Friday the 13th can be serious business, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, N.C., which, among other things, offers therapy to help people overcome their fear of the freaky friday. Their estimates suggest hundreds of millions of dollars, up to $900 million are lost due to people's fear of flying or doing the business as usual that day, though that number isn't backed up with other estimates.

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Americans favour Barack Obama to defend against space aliens, poll says

Americans favour Barack Obama to defend against space aliens, poll says


US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the annual picnic for Members of Congress June 27, 2012 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - Nearly two in three Americans think President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a survey released Wednesday.
National Geographic Channel contacted 1,114 adults across the United States last month for its fanciful opinion poll ahead of its new cable television documentary series "Chasing UFOs."
Thirty-six per cent of respondents said they were certain that unidentified flying objects exist. Eleven percent were confident they had spotted a UFO, and 20 per cent said they knew someone who claimed to have seen one.
With Obama facing re-election in November, 65 per cent said Obama would be more adept than Romney to respond to an alien invasion, with women and younger Americans more likely than men and over-65s to agree with that prospect.
National Geographic Channel said the results of the email and online "Aliens Among Us" survey dovetailed with the research underpinning "Chasing UFOs" which premieres Friday with Texas and Colorado residents describing their encounters with mysterious flying objects.
The poll had a margin of error of 2.9 per cent.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

UFO Lying On The Bottom Of The Baltic Sea?

June 19, 2012

Image Credit: Vaghauk/deviantart

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com

A Swedish expedition team has found an unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, leaving some to believe it’s the remnants of an extra-terrestrial ship.
Scientists went off on a deep-water dive to debunk some theories about the underwater object, but were left with more questions than they had answers.
The divers found that the object was raised about 10 to 13 feet above the seabed, and curved in at the sides.
“First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else,” Ocean X team diver Peter Lindberg said in a press release.
The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, working like an opening. On top of the object, they found strange stone circle formations, which resembled small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something that resembled “soot.”
“During my 20-year diving career, including 6000 dives, I have never seen anything like this. Normally stones don’t burn. I can’t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions “, Stefan Hogeborn, one of the divers at Ocean X Team, said in the press release.
Farther back from the object, the Ocean X team said that they could see a “runway” or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it.
“As laymen we can only speculate how this is made by nature, but this is the strangest thing I have ever experienced as a professional diver“, continues Peter Lindberg, one of the founder Ocean X Team.
Scientists are currently examining samples from the circle-shaped object, and experts in sonar imaging are processing data from the “ship” to help shed more light on what exactly this underwater object is.
The outline of the ship on pictures resembles the famous Star Wars ship the “Millennium Falcon.”
Lindberg said the odd thing about the discovery is that there is no silt on the rock, which is an ordinary thing to find when lying at the bottom of the sea.
He also told Fox News that the object is “disc-shaped” and “appears to have construction lines and boxes drawn on it.”
Lindberg told the news agency that the Americans and Japanese “are much more excited” about the discovery than the local Swedish people.

Source: Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com.

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American with huge penis stopped at airport

American with huge penis stopped at airport
Agence France-Presse
Posted at 07/20/2012 2:34 AM | Updated as of 07/20/2012 6:55 AM

LOS ANGELES - A man known for his enormous penis was stopped by security at San Francisco International airport and questioned about the bulge in his pants, he was reported as saying Thursday.
Jonah Falcon, 41, has an organ which is 9.5 inches long when flaccid and 13 inches (33 centimeters) erect, according to Rolling Stone magazine. He has featured in a number of documentaries about the world's biggest penises.
He was returning to New York from San Francisco on July 9 when he was stopped, after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents saw a bulge hanging down over his left upper thigh.
"They wanted to know if I had something in my pockets, and when I said no, they asked if I had some sort of growth," he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
He told them it was his penis, and they checked around his crotch, although not too closely. He was delayed for five minutes. The incident was not his first. "I've gone through the (scanner) before, and I wasn't worried.
"What was the worst that was going to happen? I was going to have to whip it out for them? I'm used to that. Sometimes when people ask me about it, if I'm feeling up to it, I'll just show them."
In a tweet at the time Falcon said: "TSA didn't know what to make of the massive bulge on my thigh. Even after I went through that body scanner that shows you naked..."
A 2003 Rolling Stone story entitled "Mr. Big" reported that Falcon's penis was eight inches long when he was only 10 years old. It quoted his mother as saying his organ size was genetic.
"He was born like that, and he was always big for his age. But it's not his big penis, it's society's need to fixate on it. We're in a world where men see their manhood in their penises."
The TSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nor did Falcon.

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600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle

600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle
By: George Jahn
Associated Press
6:28 pm | Thursday, July 19th, 2012

(AP Photo/University Innsbruck Archeological Institute) 
MEDIEVAL BRA. This undated picture publicly provided by the Archeological Institute of the University of Innsbruck, shows a medieval bra. The bra is commonly thought to be little more than 100 years old as corseted women abandoned rigid fashions and opted for the more natural look. But that timeline is about to be revised with the discovery of four brassieres from the Middle Ages in a debris-filled vault of an Austrian castle. The find, formally announced Wednesday July 18, 2012 by the University of Innsbruck, is being described by historical fashion experts as revolutionary because it indicates that the bra was already worn around 600 years ago before being abandoned for the stiff stays dictated by the form-hugging clothing that become the mode for centuries.

VIENNA— A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras.
The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset. Instead, it appears the bra came first, followed by the corset, followed by the reinvented bra.

One specimen in particular “looks exactly like a (modern) brassiere,” says Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum. “These are amazing finds.”
Although the linen garments were unearthed in 2008, they did not make news until now says Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery.
Researching the items and carbon dating them to make sure they were genuine took some time. She delivered a lecture on them last year but the information stayed within academic circles until a recent article in the BBC History Magazine.
“We didn’t believe it ourselves,” she said in a telephone call from the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck. “From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century.”
The university said the four bras were among more than 2,700 textile fragments — some linen, others linen combined with cotton — that were found intermixed with dirt, wood, straw and pieces of leather.
“Four linen textiles resemble modern-time bras” with distinct cups and one in particular looks like today’s version, it said, with “two broad shoulder straps and a possible back strap, not preserved but indicated by partially torn edges of the cups onto which it was attached.”
And the lingerie was not only functional.
The bras were intricately decorated with lace and other ornamentation, the statement said, suggesting they were also meant to please a suitor.
While paintings of the era show outerwear, they do not reveal what women wore beneath. Davidson, the fashion curator, described the finds as “kind of a missing link” in the history of women’s underwear.

Also found at Lemberg Castle in Tyrol was a linen undergarment that looks very much like a pair of panties. (AP Photo/University Innsbruck Archeological Institute)
Women started experimenting with bra-like garments in the late 1800s and the first modern brassiere was patented in the early 19th century. It is thought to have been invented by New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob, who was unhappy with the look of her gown over a stiff corset.

Also found at Lemberg Castle in Tyrol was a linen undergarment that looks very much like a pair of panties. But Nutz said it is men’s underwear — women did not wear anything under their flowing skirts back then.
“Underpants were considered a symbol of male dominance and power,” she said.
Medieval drawings often show a man and a woman fighting for a pair of underpants in a symbolic battle to see who “wears the trousers” in the family.

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