It’s a bike… It’s a stroler… No, it’s both

Taga is a crazy cool urban vehicle designed to function as both a bike and a stroller.  Supposedly the bike can convert to a stroller in 20 seconds.  Now you can ride around the neighborhood and still be able to pop into your favorite shop for a little retail therapy. Or maybe not, this fabulous little contraption retails for about $1400.



Cinco de Mayo


In America, we say “The 4th of July” when talking about our Independence Day. It would seems natural, then, that “The 5th of May” would be the Mexican equivalent. Not so. Actually, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of an 1862 battle between an under-armed, under-manned Mexican army against a well-armed French Army led by Napoleon III. Clearly, the Mexican army won, hence the celebration every 5th of May.

Cinco de mayo cancelled

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Veracruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as

Sinko de Mayo.

13 Surprising Facts about Cinco de Mayo

Electron Boy saves the day

Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man called.

Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he’s Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.

And Spider-Man needed Erik’s help.

Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.

More on Electron Boy


Unwritten rules of baseball

1.0. Don’t embarrass yourself, your teammates or your opponent.

1.1. Never show up an umpire on balls and strikes.

1.2. Never steal a base when leading by a bunch of runs. Rickey Henderson was the all-time offender, once taking second base with the Brewers’ defense playing back and his team leading 12-5 in the seventh inning. “There are certain things you don’t do,” Milwaukee manager Davey Lopes said. “You don’t stop competing; what you stop doing is manufacturing runs.”

1.3. Never show up an opposing pitcher after hitting a home run off him. This is includes such no-nos as Ruben Sierra’s funky-chicken dance step and Jeffrey Leonard’s one flap down. Taking a long time to get around the bases is considered taboo. Scott Rolen of the Cardinals is one who does it the right way — drop the bat and run around the bases.

1.4. Always run onto the field in support of your teammates or players after a fight breaks out. Indians manager Charlie Manuel once was suspended for two games for running onto the field from the clubhouse.Manuel had been ejected from the game but said he could not in good conscience stay in the clubhouse while his players were throwing haymakers.

1.45. Don’t fraternize with opposing players.

1.45. (a) Players who don’t run onto the field in support, or who fraternize with opposing players, shall be fined by a kangaroo court.

1.45. (b) Kangaroo courts shall exist in every major league clubhouse and operate by their own set of unwritten rules. See Jay Buhner, Mariners, 1988-2001.

2.0. Play the game the right way.

2.1. Never lay down a bunt to break up a no-hitter. Ben Davis, then with the Padres, did this against Curt Schilling, then with the Diamondbacks, in the eighth inning of a 2001 game. The single brought the tying run to the plate, but Davis was heavily criticized — even his manhood was called into question. “Ben Davis is young and has a lot to learn,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “That was just uncalled for.”

2.2. When breaking up a double play, always go in with a clean slide. Rangers catcher Pudge Rodriguez went out of his way to take out Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel in 1994; Vizquel suffered torn knee ligaments, spent seven weeks on the DL, and the Indians were fighting mad.

2.3. Always throw a fastball on a 3-0 count.

2.35. Never swing at a 3-0 pitch when your team has a comfortable lead.Vladimir Guerrero swung at a 3-0 offering in a 2001 game against the Mets with his team leading 10-0, and pitcher Turk Wendell promptly drilled him.

2.4. Never put the tying or go-ahead run on first base.

2.45. Unless you are playing the Giants and Barry Bonds represents the tying or go-ahead run.

2.5. Never make the first or third out of an inning at third base.

2.6 Always run out ground balls, even routine ones. Hustle in, hustle out. This rule does not apply to all; Ken Griffey Jr., for example, never read the unwritten rules during his stay with the Mariners.

2.7. Never interrupt a pitcher’s focus by talking to him before a start.

2.75. Applicable to broadcasters and players alike, never mention “no-hitter” when a pitcher has one working.

2.8. Never steal another team’s signs — or at least never get caught doing so. It is particularly taboo for the batter to peek at the catcher’s signs from the batter’s box. Stealing signs from second base is considered gamesmanship but still requires retribution.

2.9. Pitchers must work inside to keep opposing batters honest but must never throw at a batter’s head.

2.95. Pitchers must retaliate for egregious acts committed by opposing pitchers.

Unwritten rules of other sports too


Top 23 ways you’ll likely die

Odds are good that one of these things will get you.  The National Safety Council has put together a list of the most common ways we collectively kick the bucket.

1. Heart Disease: 1 in 6

2.. Cancer: 1 in 7

3. Stroke: 1 in 28

4. Motor-vehicle accidents: 1 in 85

5. Intentional Self-harm: 1 in 115

6. Accidental poisoning: 1 in 139

7. Falls: 1 in 184

8. Car Occupant: 1 in 272

9. Assault by firearm: 1 in 300

10. Pedestrian: 1 in 623

11. Motorcycle rider: 1 in 802

12. Accidental drowning: 1 in 1,073

13. In a fire: 1 in 1,235

14. Pedalcyclist: 1 in 4,147

15. Air & space accidents: 1 in 5,892

16. Firearms discharge: 1 in 5,981

17. Exposure to excessive natural heat: 1 in 6,174

18. Exposure to electrical current, radiation, temperature & pressure: 1 in 9,412

19. Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 51,199

20. Contact with hornets, wasps, bees: 1 in 62,950

21. Lightning: 1 in 81,701

22. Bitten or struck (?) by dog: 1 in 119,998

23. Earthquake or other earth movements: 1 in 154,597