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Erin Heatherton Contorts Pencil-thin Body Into Various Shapes As She Stretches During Yoga

Pouting away down the runway or from the pages in a glossy magazine, Erin Heatherton usually looks effortless and other-worldly. But today she appeared very real as she showed the strain of keeping her body trim with a sweaty private yoga session. The pretty blonde was seen contorting into various shapes as she sweltered under the Miami sun, spending most of the time on her knees before standing on her head with the help of an instructor.

Carmen Electra - Still Hot. Still Too Good for Us

Blah, blah, Carmen Electra is still too hot for us, blah. I cannot believe that she is still so amazing. The poster of her that I ... admire... every night looks exactly like the gallery below. It's incredible. I guess money does buy happiness. I.e., the ability to not age. And cool stuff.

Pippa Middleton’s Butt Will Tide You Over

While we wait for the results of Lindsay Lohan’s probation hearing, here’s Pippa Middleton in a tight dress which I’m entirely posting to attract European readers and show them how we handle celebrity justice here in the colonies. Which is we don’t. We don’t do anything. One of them even killed a kid and we were like, “Eh.”

Anne Hathaway Is Catwoman!

Oh I like this! Christopher Nolan who is set to direct the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, announced today that he has cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the film! “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.” Anne’s star certainly seems to be on the rise! I think she’ll be incredible as Catwoman! Nolan also revealed that Tom Hardy has been cast to play villain Bane; “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.” Christian Bale of course will play the title role in the movie. So what do you think about Anne Hathaway donning the famous Catwoman catsuit?!

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Card Cups

A lingerie model wore a bustier made of SIM cards to promote Virgin Mobile Canada’s HSPA+ cellphone network at a Toronto fashion show Tuesday.

Dramatic New Pictures From The Night The Cruise Liner Sank

Some of the first dramatic images depicting the last moments of the Costa Concordia have been caught on film, showing the stricken liner and lifeboats scattered in the black water. Since the ship struck rocks off the island of Giglio, pictures of the sinking ship the Costa Concordia have been seen on news sites around the world, showing the liner semi-submerged in the surrounding sea. However these are among the first pictures to show the cruise liner in the early hours of the tragedy. In the images the Costa Concordia is still brightly lit, showing the ship as she looked before the disaster. The illumination and its slight list show the extent of the disastrous crash, and how far it has tilted since rocks pierced the hull of the ship and began to let in water.

Favela Painting: Giving Pride to Brazil's Poor

I've never been to a museum in my life, and now I’m living in one,” said one of Brazil’s poorest of her Vila Cruzeiro favela neighborhood. Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn perform a vibrant form of charitable art they call “Favela Painting“. A favela is a Brazilian shanty town that houses the city’s poorest citizens, those who cannot find gainful work or a proper home. These run-down ghettos are dangerous and dilapidated, roundly ignored by Brazilian city governments. Where charity has forgotten Brazil’s favelas, Koolhaas and Urhahn have aimed to instill pride in the poor by giving these neighborhoods an entirely new, entirely artful appearance. The team at Favela Painting travel to Brazil’s favelas, live there among the poor and organize teams of local citizens who join them in their art.

Extraordinarily Clever Examples of Toy Photography

Toy photography provides great opportunities for clever composition, creative lighting and a chance to really have some fun. When done right a photographer can breath life and personality into the inanimate objects being shot. I think these examples really reflect this.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Electric Motorcycle Race Becomes a Dogfight

Seasoned pro Shawn Higbee won North America’s first-ever electric motorcycle grand prix today in a race that was tighter than the finish would suggest. Ten riders competed in the 25-mile race around Infineon Raceway, but all the action was at the front of the pack. The 11-lap race was a dogfight most of the way as polesitter Higbee (No. 22) and Michael Barnes (No. 80) repeatedly traded the lead. Higbee would take the lead in the turns, only to have Barnes pull away on the straights. Everyone knew the race would come down to battery management, and in the end Higbee did the better job. “Michael snapped off the line a little quicker than I thought” to start the race, Higbee said. “It made me nervous. It became a strategy race, like an endurance race. I kept an eye on the volt meter to make sure I’d have the range to finish.” It paid off when the power management safety override on Barnes’ bike tripped, bringing the bike to a stop on lap 9 until Barnes could reset it.

How, Exactly, Did The Toyota Tundra Tow The Space Shuttle?

So, as many of you likely know, Toyota is planning to tow the Endeavour for the last portion of its trip to the California Science Center. This is a great publicity stunt, and I'll be there to cover it, but I'll admit, I suspect that what we'll be seeing isn't the full story. First of all, there's the question of what rig the Shuttle will be on when it's being towed. The rig that's getting the Shuttle to the Science Center you may note has a total number of zero trucks pulling it. That's because the rig itself is made up of four independent tractor units that provide the motive force. So, if this is the rig that will be used when the Tundra is hitched up, we can reasonably conclude that Toyota has proven that the Tundra is the equal to the work that can be done by zero trucks. Impressive!

Tech-Aided Parking Lowers Your Heart Rate

Drivers are less stressed about parallel parking when they get a little help from an automatic parking-assist system, and they aren’t so worried about avoiding obstacles when they’ve got blind-spot-detection technology, according to a new study. Ford, which uses the technology in many models, was curious to see how it helps drivers. It embarked on a nine-month research project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England University Transportation Center to find out. Together the brainiacs tested 42 Boston-area drivers equally distributed by age and sex. They got behind the wheel of a tricked out Lincoln MKS straight out of Knight Rider with a research assistant riding shotgun to record the data.

Pilot Ejects An Instant Before Jet Crash

Capt. Brian Bews ejects as his CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport earlier today for the weekend airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Amazing gallery below. The pilot was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

The Inside Scoop on the Fake Barf Industry

Have you ever stopped to contemplate the existence of rubber barf? It opens up enough philosophical quandaries to make your head spin. Who would ever think of such a thing? Why would he feel the need to manufacture it? Fortunately, Stan and Mardi Timm, the foremost experts on famed novelty company H. Fishlove & Co., have the answers to these vexing questions. The couple even got a personal tour of the factory where “Whoops,” the original fake vomit, is still churned out. Chicago gag kingpin Irving Fishlove, son of the company’s founder, loved nothing more than a good prank—particularly when the prankster gets a laugh at the expense of his unwitting target. So when presented with the first prototype of latex puke in the late 1950s, he howled with laughter and declared that he loved it.

The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation. One tiny technical failure heralded the impending disaster. But the measurement error was so inconspicuous that the pilots in the cockpit of the Airbus A330 probably hardly noticed it. Air France flight 447 had been in the air for three hours and 40 minutes since taking off from Rio de Janeiro on the evening of May 31, 2009. Suddenly the gauge indicating the external temperature rose by several degrees, even though the plane was flying at an altitude of 36,000 feet and it hadn't got any warmer outside. The false reading was caused by thick ice crystals forming on the sensor on the outside of the plane. It now appears that this is when things started going disastrously wrong.

How to Make Bacon from Scratch

Bacon. It has a wonderful place in human history. Humans have eaten it for thousands of years, traded it as a staple of economies, and most recently, turned it into an internet meme. It’s no mystery why we have a love affair with Bacon. It’s the Christina Hendricks of meat products. The smell of bacon soothes a crying infant. Vegetarians make exceptions for bacon. Bacon is the closest we can get to empirically proving the existence of God. Bacon, for lack of a better word, is The Sh*t. All the aforementioned could be said about store-bought bacon. The thing is, I had heard whispers that bacon from scratch—cured, smoked, and cut at home—puts store-bought bacon to profound shame. I didn’t think it was possible to improve on perfection, but I had to find out. And so I bravely set out to into the unknown to discover the lost art of homemade bacon, by which I mean I turned off Extreme Home Makeover, got off my ass and looked it up online.

Google's Street View Snowmobile Takes Your Voyeurism To The Olympic Slopes

There's something deliciously futuristic about the fact that Microsoft and Google are patrolling our roads, documenting their every nook and cranny with large multidirectional cameras strapped to SUVs. But what about the unpaved wilderness? Well, Google's after that too now, with its new Street View snowmobile it's unveiled just in time for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Sure, it's a bit of a gimmick, but also it's surprisingly thrilling to chase down the various slopes in use for the Olympics, and Google Earth even has most everything mapped out in 3D for your aerial viewing pleasure. Check out a video of the snowmobile in action after the break, or hit up that source link to "hit the slopes." If something gets in your way, turn.

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