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Bird-Brained Idea – Or Are Human Nests Works of Art?

By , July 23, 2012 2:33 am

Full Article at Aussie Pete

This (bird) brain-child of a Californian builder will set you back anywhere between $4,000 and $20,000. For some people, that might be your entire ‘nest egg’ – but at least you could get to retire in a custom-made, human-sized nest! For a roof over your head, that’s pretty ‘cheep’ right?

Enough of the puns (they weren’t that ‘egg-citing’ anyway).

All pictures are provided by Jayson Fann

All pictures are provided by Jayson Fann

The nests are actually being designed, built and sold by Jayson Fann as ‘functional art sculptures’. The business Mr Fann runs, creates the people-size nests from locally harvested wood – cut and spiralled together to form the final product.

Kids enjoy one of Fanns amazing creations

Kids enjoy one of Fanns amazing creations

The available nests range from simple indoor love seats to huge thirty-person look-outs.

Depending on the size of each project, Mr Fann employs up to two or three assistants. The process begins with stripping branches, all the while ensuring that no damage is done to the living tree. Then leaves and twigs are carefully removed.

The intricate puzzle of branches makes for a tough day at the office for Fann

The intricate puzzle of branches makes for a tough day at the office for Fann

The nests are most commonly from eucalyptus trees, because of their unusual strength. One simple sculpture will require at least two and a half trailers loads of wood.

With a few helpers on hand Fann constructs his newest masterpiece

With a few helpers on hand Fann constructs his newest masterpiece

The process begins with wood being ‘puzzled’ together to create a spiraling pattern. The design provides ‘structural integrity’ as well as supports the ‘flowing aesthetic’.

Fann carefully binds the wood together

Fann carefully binds the wood together

The wood is carefully bent and counter-sunk screws are used to secure the structure, which Mr Fann believes will ensure that the finished nest will remain strong and intact for many years.

The nest is lifted onto its base using a crane

The nest is lifted onto its base using a crane

Finally, a strong base is required to place and support the finished nest. According to Mr Fann, moving the nests is not so simple, given that the job requires a crane (another pun?… actually, I don’t know if cranes actually live in nests?).

A bridge and interior matting is made for the comfort and access to the creation

A bridge and interior matting is made for the comfort and access to the creation

To make the whole thing inhabitable and comfortable, the nest is finished off with an interior mat and a ladder for easy access.

The comfy interior of one of Fann's creations

The comfy interior of one of Fann's creations

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Child Abuse Caught On Video (Caution – Graphic)

By , June 11, 2012 11:00 pm

Here you go folks – the most courageous bloke that you’ll ever see on video!

WARNING: Do NOT watch the video link at the end of this article if you are easily offended.


He’s currently being held on $100,000 bail after being arrested on charges of felony child abuse.

The big, brave man is 34-year-old ‘Imperial Irrigation District Director’, Anthony Sanchez from California. His neighbour recorded a video of him relentlessly whipping his step-son with a belt… the young boy’s crime? – Failing to catch a baseball!!

The neighbour, Oscar Lopez, took the video last Wednesday from inside his house.


It shows the boy first dropping the baseball, then our hero, Sanchez, begins hitting him with the belt. Lopez shouts for the bashing to stop. He said that he posted the video on Facebook and YouTube then passed it on to authorities.


Let’s hope that Sanchez is jailed for this attack – perhaps he might meet a fellow inmate that doesn’t take too kindly to child abusers.

Caution – The video shows the clear and callous abuse of a child by his guardian – Do not watch if easily offended… I could not embed it on the wordpress site, but you can watch at my legacy blog


Proof Of An Idiot! Check Out My Forehead Tattoo! Radio Sponsors?

By , May 2, 2012 2:15 am

I ask you, dear readers – what on this earth motivates someone to get ink permanently etched in to their forehead? For the life of me, it’s one of those strange phenomena that I just can’t seem to comprehend.

Thinking more seriously about it, I contemplated what I might look like with a forehead tattoo. Even more thought provoking, is what wise words would I decide upon. The following is the result of my deep reflection on the subject:


OK, so maybe you don’t want to ever get a real job again… or maybe you want the world to see you and identify you as the criminal that you probably are… but I just wonder how you feel each morning you wake up and look in the mirror – is there any regret? Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Yes, I’m an Idiot!” or “Gee – that was pretty stupid of me!”?

Well, the old forehead tattoo seems to be getting quite popular with inmates of various prisons around the USA.

The latest addition to this very scholarly group of creative geniuses, is one 33-year old woman from Ohio… at least Jamie Calloway, who has been arrested for “misdemeanor menacing by stalking” seems to have a religious message for her fellow prisoners (she allegedly slashed her victim’s tyres, constantly called the victim’s phone and sent her packages in the mail – her victim is a corrections officer that Calloway took a liking to during a previous stint in the lock-up).

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the angelic Jamie Calloway:


Joining Ms Calloway in the “Idiot Forehead Tattoos” Hall of Fame are the following very friendly looking folks…

First up, is 21-year old Californian, Patrick Brooks – in jail for burglary, forgery and receiving stolen property (oh, and parole violation) – really nice guy right? I’m sure they will love his attitude tattoo inside (I’ve censored here to protest the innocent) 🙂


Next up… like father like son – I bet he grew up saying “I wanna be just like my Dad one day!!” Well, you achieved your goal, young fella!


This one’s kind of surprising, because I don’t reckon he looks much like the criminal type. In the first mug shot on the left, Robert Norton Kennedy from South Carolina just had the quote from Matthew 19:26 (“With God All Things Are Possible”) – he had been arrested for assault and battery. The next time the 51-year old was arrested (for larceny), he had expanded his work of art with musical notes and references to passages from Psalms and Romans:


The next Hall-of-Famer, is 48-year old, David Jonathan Winkelman. His crime was just a misdemeanor of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. The larger crime was that many years ago, he accepted a challenge from a radio disc jockey who offered listeners a six-figure payout if they tattooed the station’s call letters and logo on their forehead. He now proudly and permanently promotes “93 Rock,” the “Quad City Rocker”.

Hmmm – I wonder how much Gold 90FM in Singapore would pay me to do the same for them? I’m a huge fan – come on my friends, father and son team, the Richmonds (Gold Breakfast) or Tim or Maggie (Drive Home) – why not make me an offer??


I’ve got nothing to add to the Alabama man’s message to the world below:


Finally – this guy must be a real genius indeed!! Not to mention very cowardly!! 27-year old Jerome Smith was arrested for striking an 8-month pregnant woman in the head with a gun. He’ll get everything he deserves – final proof that criminality and idiocy to in fact go hand in hand…


Source: Aussie Pete (the Idiot?)

Amazing World… Amazing Pictures!

By , December 23, 2011 12:00 am

My good ol’ mate, Ralphie, in Melbourne has done it again. He always seems to get his hands on some of the most remarkable stuff and never fails to share with me on email.

In this edition, some of the most amazing pictures that you will ever see… ENJOY!!

ASIDE: Wishing a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year to Ralph and his family… have a beer for me mate.

The world’s highest chained carousel, located in Vienna, the height of 117 metres:


Thor’s Well – “the gates of the dungeon.” CapePerpetua, Oregon. At moderate tide and strong surf, flowing water creates a fantastic landscape:


Emerald Lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. Tongariro National Park – NewZealand:


Restaurant on a cliff on the east coast of Zanzibar. Depending on the tide the restaurant can be reached both on foot and by boat:


Office of Selgas Cano in Madrid:


Desert with Phacelia (Scorpion Weed). Flowering once in several years:


Balloons in Cappadocia:


Dubai. The view from the skyscraper BurjKhalifa. The height of buildings is 828m (163 floors):


And this is the view down:


These trees grow in the forest near Gryfino, Poland. The cause of the curvature is unknown:


The border between Belgium and the Netherlands in a cafe:


Twice a year in the Gulf of Mexico rays migrate. About 10 thousand stingrays swim from the Yucatan Peninsula to Florida in the spring and back in the fall:


In the resort town of Skagen you can watch an amazing natural phenomenon. This city is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. The two opposing tides in this place can not merge because they have different densities:


In the Chinese province of Shandong is a bridge across the Gulf of Jiaozhou. The bridge length over 36 km is calculated for eight car lanes, and is the longest sea bridge in the world:


Day and night. The monument in Kaunas, Lithuania:


An unusual tunnel in California’s Sequoia National Park:


This statue, created by Bruno Catalano, is located in France:


Family Photo:


The longest traffic jam in the world recorded in China. Its length is 260 kilometres:


Paris computer games store. In fact, the floor is absolutely flat:


Marcus Levine – slaughtering an artist in the literal sense. He creates his paintings by nailing a white wooden panel. At his latest series of paintings exhibited in a gallery in London, Marcus has spent more than 50,000 pieces of iron:


In the city of Buford (USA) lives just one person. He works as a janitor and as a Mayor:


Autumn Camouflage:


Haus Rizzi – Germany:


Lena Pillars. Russia, the Lena River:


Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea:


Favelas of Brazil. The boundary between wealth and poverty:


Lost paradise in the Indian Ocean. Isle of Lamu:


Balcony of floor 103 in Chicago


From the outside it looks like:


View of the sunset from inside the wave:


This is a unique geological phenomenon known as Danxia landform. These phenomena can be observed in several places in China. This example is located in Zhangye, Province of Gansu. The color is the result of an accumulation for millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks:


In northwestern Montana, USA. The water is so transparent that it seems that this is a quite shallow lake. In fact, it’s very deep:


Airport in the Maldives is located on an artificial island in the middle of the Indian Ocean:


Lighthouse guard in Mare, France must be one of the most courageous people on the planet! Not everyone will have a smoke in such weather, and in such a place!:


Photo of storm in Montana, USA, 2010:


Skyscraper-Crescent Crescent Moon Tower (Dubai):


Heavy fog in Sydney, which enveloped the whole city:


The river above the river: Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany:


Morning Glory – kind of clouds observed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia:


Gibraltar Airport is one of the most extraordinary airports in the world:


Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

Warning – Graphic! A Woman Scorned… A Man Eaten!

By , November 25, 2011 2:06 am

When it comes to the ‘blog genre’ of WTH (What The Hell), one can never go past a good story of a woman scorned – especially one who resorts to cannibalism!

The eerie part of this, is that it’s certainly not the first time I’ve heard of this happening. In the latest incident in Pakistan (in the Shah Faisal colony of Karachi), the arrested woman didn’t actually get as far as eating her husband. In fact, according to police chief, Nadeem Baig, “There could be two factors behind her intention to cook the husband. One is to destroy the evidence and the other could be her immense hatred against him over his plan to marry another woman”.


32-year old Zainab Bibi was arrested on the 24th November, along with her 22-year old nephew, Zaheer. They were alleged to have killed Zainab’s husband, Ahmed Abbas‚ chopped his body into pieces and were about to cook his flesh in a bowl.

Zainab was apparently angry at her life partner for his plans to marry another woman without her permission. You see, according to Islamic family law in Pakistan‚ a man can in fact take another wife, but has to get permission from his first wife to do so.

The knife with which the pair allegedly killed the man has been recovered.

In a very bizarre twist, television networks showed actual footage of the human flesh in a bowl and ready for the stove.

Now before you start casting aspersions on a particular race, country or religion, or suggest something like, “this could only happen in Pakistan”, think again my friends!

This week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. It also happens to be the 20th anniversary of probably the number one most crazy cannibal-wife incident in history.


Just last month, the Californian woman who killed her new husband and cooked his body parts over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991 had applied for (and thankfully denied) her bid for parole.

hannibal01Dubbed as a female Hannibal Lecter, Egypt-born Omaima Nelson’s is serving a ’25-years to life’ sentence for her crime. At the time of the killing, Nelson was aged 23, and was convicted of murdering her 56-year-old husband William Nelson (they had only been married three weeks).

WARNING: GRAPHIC DETAIL OF THE GRUESOME EVENTS OF THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 1991 FOLLOW (read on only if you have a strong stomach and not prone to queeziness)

According to authorities, Nelson tied up her husband, killed him and then decapitated, dismembered and disembowelled the body over the course of a weekend. She had churned his parts through a garbage disposal (neighbours reported that they heard the machine running non-stop for hours after the murder).

Some of the victim’s body parts were found stuffed in garbage bags and mixed with leftover turkey. A bag containing his entrails was discovered on the front floor of his Corvette.

Blood pools were found on the floor of the home, along with blood-stains on sheets and walls. Mr Nelson’s hands had been fried in oil and his head boiled and stuffed in a freezer.

His lower body and torso were skinned. Strangely, the crazed wife had tried to get two different friends to help her remove her husband’s teeth and dispose of his remains (to cover her tracks and get rid of evidence)… this proved her downfall – one of the friends alerted police – well, go figure!!

bbqribs01Nelson’s defence at trial was that she was acting in ‘self defence’ – she said that her husband William had sexually assaulted and beat her for weeks. She claimed William had tied her hands, and bit, kicked, grabbed and choked her and threatened to kill her.

Prosecutors didn’t wear this at all, putting forward evidence suggesting that Nelson killed her husband to obtain his money and other property.

At the trial, she said that after the murder she “freaked out, fell into a trance-like state, and spent 12 hours hacking up the body to simplify disposal.”

Nelson claims to have little memory of her husband’s dismemberment, but did recall cutting off his penis and his ring finger, before cleaning the apartment and packaging the body parts.

A psychiatrist testified that Nelson had put on red shoes, a red hat and red lipstick before spending hours chopping up her husband’s body. She had also confessed to cooking her husband’s ribs ‘barbecue-style’ and tasting them.


“Jurors found Nelson not guilty of first-degree murder, citing insufficient evidence of premeditation, but convicted her of second-degree murder. They also found Nelson guilty of assaulting a former boyfriend with a gun.”


Source: Aussie Pete

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