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Heinz Revamps Ketchup Packets


The new Heinz ketchup packet - Photo: Business Wire

PORTLAND, OR (AP)  -- The ketchup packet has been around for more than 40 years, and complaints about it for nearly as long: too messy, too small, too hard to open. Now H.J. Heinz Co. is unveiling the first major packaging change to the to-go condiment.

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The new design has a base that's more like a cup for dipping and also a tear-off end for squeezing. It holds three times as much ketchup.

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Heinz has long struggled to find a design that did all that that could also be sold cheaply enough.

The company recently made a solution a top priority. It even bought its design team a minivan to give their ideas real road tests.

The new packet is in test markets and will roll out at some fast-food restaurants in the fall.

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Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' to be republished in Germany

Adolf Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf" is to be republished in Germany in 2015 for the first time since being banned under the country's constitution at the end of the Second World War.

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Under the post-1945 German constitution, the dissemination of Nazi philosophy has been a crime punishable by fines and imprisonment.

But the copyright, held by the state of Bavaria where the Nazi movement began life in the 1920s, expires in 2015, 70 years after the death of its author in his Berlin bunker.

On Thursday the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) pledged to publish an "annotated version" with historical notes that it hopes will see the book used in schools and colleges.

The finance ministry in Bavaria said it had still not decided whether to give its permission but it is understood that with the lapse in copyright, the IfZ will not need the green light from it. "Besides, we think our version, with sensible notes and comments pointing out the falsity of much of what he wrote, will be far better than neo-Nazis putting out their own versions," said the IfZ.

Jewish leaders in Germany have already pledged their support for the project, saying they believe it "would prevent neo-Nazi from profiteering from Mein Kampf. while an aggressive and enlightening engagement with the book would doubtless remove many of its false, persisting myths".

The IfZ wants the agreement of the finance ministry in Bavaria before the 2015 deadline so as to begin work on the project right away.

Mein Kampf became a better seller than the Bible in the Third Reich.

Hitler became a multi-millionaire through royalties while newspapers around the world, including some in the UK, serialised his work.

It was written when he was sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to overthrow the government in 1924. It is filled with the prejudices and hatreds of an uneducated man and within its pages are endless rants against the Jews, who he would soon attempt to eliminate altogether.

In another passage he foretells his plans for the conquest of Russia, writing: "We must eliminate the disproportion between our population and our area...... Some of this land can be obtained from Russia. We must secure for the German people the land and soil to which they are entitled."

Over 12 million copies were sold in Nazi Germany. Recently an edition of the book became a best seller in Turkey.

Avatar DVD Screener Leaks To BitTorrent

Written by Ernesto
A few hours after Avatar received nine nominations for the upcoming 2010 Oscars race, a DVD screener of the film leaked online. The leak, which presumably originates from a screener copy sent out to one of the Academy members, is expected to be downloaded by millions of people before the Oscars winners are announced.
avatarAvatar has been an enormous success. The film has broken nearly all records at the box-office, and together with The Hurt Locker it was last night’s big winner raking in nine Academy Award nominations.

James Cameron and the rest of the Avatar crew probably cracked open a few bottles of Champagne to celebrate, but today they will wake up with a serious hangover.

Only a few days after the nominations were announced, a DVD screener of Avatar (2D) appeared online. Before today, only a lower quality Telesync copy of the film has been available on BitTorrent and other file-sharing networks.

Ironically, the DVD screener that is now widely available online most likely leaked through one of the Academy Awards voters.

There is no doubt that Avatar will also score big in the list of most downloaded movies this year. The Telesync copy of the film that has been available for over a month was already downloaded by more than two million people.

It is expected that the DVD leak will easily double or even triple these figures. Avatar has been among the most searched for keywords on nearly every torrent site for more than a month already.

Twentieth Century Fox has been extra careful with sending out the DVD-screener of Avatar, as more Academy members received it mid January, just a few days before they had to vote. Although this did delay the leak, it couldn’t be prevented.

How and if the DVD-screener will affect the box-office revenues is up for debate. The film has already grossed more than $2 billion worldwide, which is an absolute record despite the relatively high piracy rate. In fact, high piracy numbers are often an indicator of success at the box-office and vice versa.

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys

Death reopens debate over 'honour' killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country's murders
The hole where a 16-year-old girl was buried alive by her relatives in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey
The hole where a 16-year-old girl was buried alive by her relatives in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey Photograph: HO/REUTERS
Turkish police have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl they say was buried alive by relatives in an "honour" killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys.
The girl, who has been identified only by the initials MM, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre hole dug under a chicken pen outside her home in Kahta, in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.
Police made the discovery in December after a tip-off from an informant, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on its website.
The girl had previously been reported missing.
The informant told the police she had been killed following a family "council" meeting.
Her father and grandfather are said to have been arrested and held in custody pending trial. It is unclear whether they have been charged. The girl's mother was arrested but was later released.
Media reports said the father had told relatives he was unhappy that his daughter – one of nine children – had male friends. The grandfather is said to have beaten her for having relations with the opposite sex.
A postmortem examination revealed large amounts of soil in her lungs and stomach, indicating that she had been alive and conscious while being buried. Her body showed no signs of bruising.
The discovery will reopen the emotive debate in Turkey about "honour" killings, which are particularly prevalent in the impoverished south-east.
Official figures have indicated that more than 200 such killings take place each year, accounting for around half of all murders in Turkey.

2010 Winter Olympics: 5 Things You Didn't Know

By Ross Bonander Entertainment Correspondent

2010 Winter Olympics 

2010 Winter Olympics: 5 Things You Didn't Know

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Last Olympics, Michael Phelps treated the world to a performance of unprecedented dominance. He followed it up with a marketing campaign to rival Michael Jordan. Although some sponsors turned their backs on him following the bong scandal, many others stuck with him.

Ads featuring Phelps have never been overburdened with dialogue; in fact, in the latest Subway commercials Phelps is entirely mute, left to making hand gestures under water. If Phelps does indeed boost the sales of whatever he pitches -- Speedo, VISA, Subway, Rosetta Stone to name a few -- he does so despite himself, since it's hard to remember an Olympic champion with less natural-born charisma.

For this reason, we can't wait for the 2010 Winter Games to begin, so Madison Avenue can crown a new Olympic hero if only until 2012, when Phelps makes his inevitable return -- to the pool, the podium and the pitch wagon.

With this in mind, we present five things you didn't know about the 2010 Winter Olympics.

1- Every medal will be distinct at the 2010 Winter Olympics

The first thing you didn't know about the 2010 Winter Olympics is that this year's medal design is especially awesome.

These Olympics have been met with plenty of controversy, in part because they will take place in Vancouver on the traditional territory of four native peoples: the Squamish, Musqueam, Lil'wat, and Tsleil-Waututh. Protesters have harassed the games since their announcement, although missing from the protests have been people from the four affected groups. Instead, they entered an agreement to participate in the planning and preparation of the games all the way back in 2004, and their unique influence will be impossible to miss, above all in their most brilliant and unique contribution: the medals.

Designed by First Nation member Corinne Hunt to be symbolic of the communal nature of the Olympics, each medal features a design fully unique to it. Like a patchwork quilt, you would need to see all the medals put together in order to see Hunt's full artwork.

2- 100,000 free condoms will be available at the 2010 Winter Olympics

You just can't put thousands of young, attractive and physically fit people together in a closed village with fame and glory percolating around them like bubbles in a hot tub and expect them to abstain from something as phenomenal-sounding as Olympic sex.

For this reason, condoms are rarely in short supply at the Olympics, and these games will be no different compliments of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Its 100,000 condom donation to the 6,850 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff is nothing if not especially optimistic, since it amounts to about 14 condoms per person.


3- The Cayman Islands will be represented at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Another thing you didn't know about the 2010 Winter Olympics is that another Jamaican bobsled team may be on the way.

The Caribbean nation of the Cayman Islands, not exactly a winter wonderland, will for the first time be sending a representative to the Winter Olympics. Dow Travers -- a giant slalom skier (part of alpine skiing) -- learned to ski in his teens while abroad on a student exchange program. Predictably, he's drawn plenty of comparisons to the famed Jamaican bobsled team, but for his sake let's hope the comparisons end there. In Olympic competition, the Jamaicans have never even cracked the top 10.

The Cayman Islands aren't the only ones sending their first athlete to these Winter Games. Other first-time countries include Ghana, Pakistan and Montenegro -- whose athletes, like Travers, will take part in an alpine skiing event.

4- Ski cross will make its debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics

2010 will mark the emergence of ski cross, one of three Olympic freestyle skiing events (with aerials and moguls). According to the official web site, ski cross "is based on a simple concept: first across the finish line wins." The wild popularity at Turin 2006 of snowboard cross paved the way for ski cross. It's the only new event at these Winter Games.

In selecting ski cross, the IOC Executive Board (EB), the body that decides which events are in and which are out, passed on a handful of others including biathlon mixed relay, bobsleigh and skeleton team competition, and luge team competition because they would only feature athletes already in the games. The EB also passed on women's ski jumping and curling mixed doubles because they felt they aren't fully developed and don't have the necessary technical standards.

The EB has to draw the line somewhere. One sport that has been trying to get into the games since 1996 without success is ski orienteering, in which competitors, armed with maps, ski their way out of hostile environments like forests. If this sounds to you more worthy of a Boy Scout badge than an Olympic medal, relax, you're among friends.

5- NBC bought the TV rights for the 2010 Winter Olympics for $2.2 billion

The last thing you didn't know about the 2010 Winter Olympics is how much NBC plunked down for them.

NBC effortlessly outbid its competitors for the U.S. television broadcast rights to these Winter Games and to the London Summer Games in 2012 by giving the IOC exactly what it wanted; paying a record-breaking sum of $2.2 billion (over $800 million for Vancouver, the rest for London). The network made this offer in 2003, well before either of the venues had been chosen and long before the current economic slump. According to NBC executives, this poor foresight will cost the peacock around $200 million.

FOX plans to make things even worse on NBC by running new episodes of American Idol during Olympic airing times, a show that crushed the games from Turin in 2006 and will likely crush them again.


Aliens Retold As A Rap

Author: JT
The entire plot? Yep.

The song comes from a group called RoboMayhem, check out their wickely cool YouTube channel right here. I can't wait to see these guys take on Avatar.

Monta Ellis Over the backboard and one shot

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Monta Ellis' amazing over the backboard and-one shot. Very Bird-esque.

11 Extraordinary Origami Artworks

Check out the coolest folded paper projects around

By Brynn Mannino Posted February 02, 2010 from

No other art form involves mathematics as intrinsically as origami. Nor is any other community of art quite as dependent on the contributions of its members. Every new folding or design technique brings a slew of possibilities. "The process of designing origami figures is cumulative—one uses new techniques, refines old ideas, and one really can’t say that a particular figure is finished until it’s actually folded," says artist Robert J. Lang. Below, see 11 finished products, all of which represent a beautiful blending of talent, technique and science.

French artist Eric Joisel designed and folded this dog in 2002 from a rectangular sheet of Canson fine art paper using the "wet-folded" technique invented by Japanese origami master Akira Yoshizawa. Photo courtesy of Eric Joisel.

In 2004, Joisel created this burnt-orange goldfish using a square-shaped blend of washi—a type of paper made in Japan from natural tree bark fibers—and sandwich foil. Photo courtesy of Eric Joisel.

"Dwarf N°3"
In 2004, Joisel created this dwarf violinist—demonstrating his fascination with J.R.R. Tolkien's work—from a blend of sandwich paper and foil. Photo courtesy of Eric Joisel.

Joisel recreated this fictional character based on the race of trees with humanlike qualities from The Lord of the Rings in 2004 from a blend of sandwich paper and foil. Photo courtesy of Eric Joisel.

"Stag Beetle BP" (Opus 477)
Known as one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami and mathematics, artist Robert J. Lang composed and folded this 5" arthropod using one uncut square of Origamido paper. Photo courtesy of Robert J. Lang.

"Elephant" (Opus 111)
Lang created this sculpture, which is featured in his book The Complete Book of Origami, using one uncut square of kami paper. Photo courtesy of Robert J. Lang.

"Allosaurus Skeleton" (Opus 326)
Lang created this 24" model—which, according to his website, was inspired by the late Issei Yoshino's Tyrannosaurus Rex—using 16 uncut squares of Wyndstone Marble (a.k.a. Elephant Hide) paper. Photo courtesy of Robert J. Lang.

"3D Teapot"
Japanese artist Tomohiro Tachi folded this work, which was featured in the Siggraph 2007 Teapot Exhibit, using one piece of square paper, modeled after the Utah (or Newell) teapot, a mathematical model of an ordinary teapot. Photo courtesy of Tomohiro Tachi.

"Leaf of Kajinoki"
Tachi designed this rendition of a mulberry leaf using Origamizer—a 3D origami design software that generates a crease pattern that folds into a given polyhedron, which Tachi developed himself. Photo courtesy of Tomohiro Tachi.

Origami artist John Montroll—who invented the Dog Base and Insect Base folding techniques—developed this camel design in the 1980s, which was folded by German artist Sebastian Kirsch from a 30 cm square of foil-backed mulberry paper. Photo courtesy of John Montroll.

This work was commissioned by the Aberdeen Asset Management Annual Report, for which artist Nick Robinson composed and folded several designs using newspaper in 2000. Each hand was created using one sheet of paper. Photo courtesy of Nick Robinson.ori

Dinosaur Fossil Reveals True Feather Colors

Another week, another colorful feathered dinosaur. Hot on the heels of a recent report identifying pigments in fossilized dino feathers and filaments (SN Online: 1/27/10), a different team of scientists says that it has mapped the full pattern of plumage sported by the oldest known feathered dinosaur.

Paleontologists first described Anchiornis huxleyi, which lived in what is now northeastern China between 151 million and 161 million years ago, in September (SN: 10/24/09, p. 8). Reports of the lithe, peacock-sized dinosaur caused quite a stir, not least because the feathered creature was older than Archaeopteryx, which is considered by many scientists to be the oldest known bird.
Now, analyses of fossil feathers from all parts of A. huxleyi’s body — reported online Feb. 4 and in an upcoming Science — provide a detailed look at the dino’s color scheme. The new findings also bolster the notion that feathers first evolved for a purpose other than flying, scientists say.
A. huxleyi had black and gray body plumage, the team’s investigations suggest. And while the long feathers on the front and side of the creature’s crest were gray, those sprouting from the top and back of its head were reddish-brown. Along with reddish-brown spots on its head and neck, A. huxleyi sported white racing stripes on its legs and its winglike forelimbs.

Paleobiologist Jakob Vinther of Yale University and his colleagues took a microscopic look at fossilized feathers at 29 sites on a specimen of A. huxleyi unearthed early last year. Some analyses focused on the small, simple feathers that covered the creature’s body and skull, and others targeted the longer, more complex feathers that adorned its forelimbs, legs and feet. “There was hardly any part of the creature that wasn’t feathered,” Vinther notes.
Almost all of the feathers the team scrutinized contained well-preserved remnants of pigment-bearing structures called melanosomes. Feathers lacking melanosomes were probably white, the researchers note. By comparing the size, shape, density and arrangement of melanosomes in each fossil feather with those in variously colored feathers of modern birds, the team then sketched out what A. huxleyi looked like. “Using those comparisons, we can reliably predict [the creature’s] color and map the whole animal,” Vinther says.
The team’s analyses “reveal an enormous array of information,” says Michael Benton, a paleontologist at the University of Bristol in England. The black-and-white bars on A. huxleyi’s forelimbs, as well as its colorful crest, are reminiscent of similar features in modern birds, he adds.
Knowing when color appeared in feathers or filaments may help solve the conundrum of why those structures evolved in the first place, Benton says. After all, he notes, A. huxleyi’s feathered forelimbs weren’t sufficiently large enough to carry the creature’s weight in flight. “What’s the function of half a wing?” he asks. The fact that feathers appear in the fossil record long before flight-capable birds suggests that feathers initially served a behavioral function, possibly one related to sending visual signals, and only later began to serve an aerodynamic function.
Philip J. Currie, a paleontologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, agrees: “Ancient creatures didn’t just sprout feathers and start flying. The feathers were there for another reason first.” Fossils reveal that dinosaurs often had very large eyes and sizable optic lobes in their brains. “Dinosaurs were very visual animals, just like birds are,” he adds.
Bold patterns of plumage, such as those seen in A. huxleyi, could have served any of a number of functions, Vinther and his colleagues speculate. Besides communicating to members of its own species — a “come here, cutie” to members of the opposite sex, say, or a “back off” message to rival suitors — a quick flash of boldly colored plumage could startle an attacking predator or flush prey out of hiding, the researchers say.
Images: 1) © 2010 National Geographic. 2) Jakob Vinther/National Geographic. 3) Jakob Vinther/National Geographic.

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Let the Lindsey hype begin: Vonn is Sports Illustrated cover girl

Lindsey Vonn is hoping the Sports Illustrated cover jinx doesn't cross international borders. America's great Winter Olympic hope is featured on the front of SI's Winter Olympic preview issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday.
Vonn's semi-provocative pose has drawn the predictable ire from those who claim that it objectifies her. She's an athlete, not a sex symbol, the chorus inevitably reminds us.
Vonn is first a GREAT athlete, but she also represents norm of feminine attractiveness. The combination of athleticism and attractiveness make Vonn the likely poster girl of the US Olympic Team, and the media hasn't disappointed in constructed her as such.
Not to be left out, Sports Illustrated is featuring Vonn on their Feb. 8, 2010 cover. For those of you who follow SI Covers, know that female athletes are RARELY featured on the cover.
Over the last 60 years researchers have shown that about 4% of all SI covers have portrayed women.
When females are featured on the cover of SI, they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action-and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception.
They have a point in taking issue with SI; the magazine rarely features women athletes on the cover (as evidenced by that statistic) and its annual swimsuit issue has been a focus of protests for decades. But Vonn's cover is different.  
The pose at least resembles the tuck stance skiers like Vonn take when barrelling down the hill. It's exaggerated, of course, but not gratuitously so. It's not as if SI put her in a bikini in a Whistler hot tub. 
Also, this is Vonn's moment. If she wins multiple golds in Vancouver, Vonn has the potential to become a major crossover star. She'd be like Michael Phelps, only with better looks and an actual personality. Landing on the SI cover is a good way for her to start the Vonn saturation campaign. It's as important for her as it is the magazine. The pose is suggestive, sure, but it's not objectifying. The headline reads "America's best woman skier ever", for Jean-Claude's sake! Why can't she be both the best skier in the world and really, really attractive too? Tom Brady's a great athlete and a handsome dude and I don't hear people whine when he's shirtless in GQ.
Most importantly, this cover is almost identical to the one that ran on SI's Winter Olympic preview in 1992. That one featured a gentleman named A.J. Kitt and I'm pretty sure nobody complained that it was too provocative.

“Hey Anna, Do I Make You Horny, Baby?”

Around the :20 mark, a fan screams a line from Austin Powers. The audience laughs. Surprised nobody pulled a stunt like this at media day.

Rooftop BMX Riding


Weak roofs, barbed wire, police chases and stunning photographs. Rooftops are not the easiest place to ride your BMX but the results can be breathtaking. Photograper: Ricky Adam DIGBMX
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Radiohead Bootleg From L.A. Benefit Show For Haiti Up For Download

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Radiohead came out of hiding on Jan. 24th to do a special show to help raise money for the people of Haiti. A podcast from that nights set is up and available for download. It also includes a performance of a new song “Lotus Flower”.

Jan 24th , Radiohead played a benefit for Haiti at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The set (see below) consisted of 24 songs including a new song that Yorke performed solo called “Lotus Flower“. The entire set is up for download HERE . It’s probably not authorized but still is a great listen.


According to our photographer Sung Kim, the show raised $572,754 for Oxfam, with tickets auctioned off to the highest bidder. The highest ticket price was $2,000, and the minimum winning bid was $475.00. Kim reports that celebrities in attendance included Justin Timberlake, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Thom Yorke: “Lotus Flower” (Live at Haiti Benefit) New Radiohead song

1. Faust Arp
2. Fake Plastic Trees
3. Arpeggi
4. National Anthem
5. Nude
6. Karma Police
7. Kid A
8. Morning Bell
9. How To Disappear Completely
10. Wolf at the Door
11. The Bends
12. Reckoner
13. Lucky
14. Bodysnatchers
15. Dollars & Cents
16. Airbag
17. Exit Music (For A Film)

First encore:
18. Everything In Its Right Place
19. You & Whose Army?
20. Pyramid Song
21. All I Need

Second encore:
22. Lotus Flower (new song)
23. Paranoid Android
24. Street Spirit

Have you seen Avatar?

Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower - Holocaust

This is an e-mail chain, I felt it was important for everyone to read:

When I was a kid, Ike was president, I couldn't ever imagine why he was so popular. Maybe this has something to do with it:

General Eisenhower Warned Us

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower,found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet.. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of
the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while the German people looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth
',it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

(In case you can't make this out, These Are Bodies In This Ditch!!!) This was their grave!!!

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED',

because it offends some Muslim in the U.S. ???

Do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.


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