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rrplay Posted: Mon, Apr 18 2011 1:01 AM

Just thought to start a thread featuring some interesting and unusual 'headline' type news stories ...and share some of the 'off-beat' stories you 'like' or think that others may enjoy and let's have some fun.Smile

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What the?! Justin Verlander commits the balk of the year

By David Brown

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/What-the-Justin-Verlander-commits-the-balk-of-?urn=mlb-wp3620


Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander(notes) did a quick bit of thinking — just not quick enough to slip an illegal pitch past the Oakland Athletics. Or the umpires, for that matter.

Behind lefty Dallas Braden(notes) and four relievers, the A's beat the Tigers 6-2 on Saturday night, but not before a moment of levity when Verlander committed the balk of the year.

Watch the weirdness unfold

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In the fifth inning, the A's led 3-1 and put a runner on first with David DeJesus(notes) batting. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Verlander stepped backward from the pitching rubber, but he found his body in the wrong position for a throw to first base for a pickoff attempt. Instead, he comically short-armed the ball toward home.

It rocketed toward the ground and appeared to hit an unprepared DeJesus on the bottom of his right foot before it rolled to the fence. Umpires called time, and DeJesus lobbied for a HBP. Off he went to first base on his own, but umps were too confused initially to make any ruling.

"What was that?!" Tigers analyst Rod Allen said.

A's manager Bob Geren called it "the strangest thing he had ever seen."

Both managers came out to question the play. Players in both dugouts showed quizzical looks. Verlander tried to hide a grin behind his glove.

So, what did happen?

After a conference, the umpires got it right: Verlander had thrown an illegal pitch. A balk was called, the runner on first base moved to second and DeJesus' at-bat continued. He eventually walked.

Here's Verlander's explanation:

    "I went to go pick one and I didn't get my body turned," Verlander said. "The way I thought — and this was all in milliseconds — if I just throw it home, they won't call anything."

Rick Eymer of MLB.com described it fittingly as something suited for a softball game. It resembled a crow hop. The A's didn't know what to think.

    "That was the strangest thing I've ever seen," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It took like six coaches to try to figure out what he did."

Verlander found the whole thing funny.

    "I saw the video of it and I couldn't help but laugh at myself," Verlander said. "It might be the first time it happened in general. I thought nothing could happen at the plate. It was funny talking to the umpires. They gave me a hard time about it, too."

Rightly so. Verlander got out of the jam in the fifth ("At least I did that right," Verlander said) but ended up taking the loss.

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What to guys think ? did the umps make the right call ? and what do you think actually happened.?

All to easy to have some daily Unusually Interesting & Startling News around here Smile

 

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Inspector replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 3:27 AM

I got a weird one, but i don't have a  link to it :D

My friend posted on facebook about China getting the first 3D porno... lol and it has sold more copies then the avatar...

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rrplay replied on Wed, Apr 20 2011 12:14 PM

ever notice  how the announcers with the baseball hardly recognize a balk when they see one ?

any how :

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Can Do !

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rrplay replied on Wed, Apr 27 2011 10:07 AM

White House releases original Obama birth certificate

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-cnn-obama-birth-certificate,0,6750740.story

come to think of it I would actually be pretty hard pressed to cough up my birth certificate

 

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Crazy. It is actually pretty interesting that that story stuck around for so long. Photoshop doesn't help the matter at all.

Now you're just mashing it!

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rrplay replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 12:22 PM

You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/27329/great+white+sharks+huge+fans+of+rock+band+ac|dc+tour+operator+says/

Great white sharks huge fans of rock band AC/DC, tour operator says
By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com

yep the sharks are a bit partial to AC/DC go figure & cheers Beer

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jun 25 2011 9:03 PM

Spotted this sport bit earlier today and actually wondered if this could happen & yep it sure  can !

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Sawed-off-University-of-Florida-hitter-breaks-m?urn=mlb-wp10621

Video: Sawed off! University of Florida hitter breaks metal bat
By Ian Casselberry

"When the NCAA mandated that metal bats perform more like wood bats in college baseball this season, what happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it had in mind.

During the eighth inning of the Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike Zunino snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that's right — his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would've. Except there was no splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino's bat just snapped clean off the handle.

See the break for yourself:

Who was the pitcher who sawed Zunino off, leaving him stunned and holding nothing but handle?

Vanderbilt senior reliever Mark Lamm probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure in August 2009.)

Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got another bat, so the video clip doesn't show if Lamm blew smoke off his index finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.

Lamm was a sixth-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in this year's MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?

But Zunino can point to the scoreboard. Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4, to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat"

***Even-though i did not grow and playing hardball  with aluminum bats I would suppose that the newer ones that are high tech have very thin walls .some of you may be surprised to see this as well .

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jun 25 2011 9:21 PM

Just for a bit of follow up ,any ML baseball fans notice that it seemed that lot of the wooden bats seemed to breaking quite a bit. It was not just the 'periods' in the swings after all.

http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/news/AP_Sports/25611060#news/AP_Sports/25611060

Forest Service cracks mystery behind broken bats


The U.S. Forest Service has helped Major League Baseball reduce the number of broken bats and the injuries splintered bats can cause. (June 14)

 

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realneil replied on Sat, Jun 25 2011 10:46 PM

rrplay:
come to think of it I would actually be pretty hard pressed to cough up my birth certificate

I have 6 homeland security certified copies of mine in a fireproof safe. Four of them are still sealed in the original envelopes,....with the tamper seals in place. I learned the hard way when I moved to Virginia from California that having a valid license from another state isn't good enough anymore.

(I had the original BC with me when I moved here, but Virginia wouldn't accept that)

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jun 25 2011 11:07 PM

had to replace my social security card and DL quite a few years ago in the mid 90's I think..

talk about a fiasco  yep they would not take my original BC either So I go an office just a bit outside of Chicago in the suburbs and they ask me if I am related to , <insert  my cousins name> that served on the U.S. S. Pueblo and I say yep sure am < which is absolutely true > and things kinda got worked out !

took a while

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Scantily dressed visitors must cover up to see Rikers inmates

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110622/od_nm/us_dresscode_visitors

"We are trying to keep this a G-rated experience," Sharman Stein, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "If a visitor is dressed provocatively it could potentially spark a chain of events among inmates."

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Chef catches flak for treated tap water

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110622/od_nm/us_australia_chef_odd

Mark Best, chef and owner of Marque Restaurant in Sydney, turned years of environmental consciousness into action by splashing out on a $6,000 Italian-made water system that filters, chills and carbonates tap water, the first of its kind in an Australian restaurant.

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rrplay replied on Sun, Jun 26 2011 1:29 PM

Spotted this also in some daily read and as some have mentioned "it takes a hacker to thwart a hacker"

 

Sony Hacker Said to Land Facebook Job

By Brennon Slattery, PCWorld    Jun 26, 2011 9:10 AM

Hacking Sony apparently didn't stop George Hotz from landing a job at Facebook.


"Techunwrapped revealed that Hotz, the hacker known as Geohot who pioneered jailbreaking the iPhone and became embroiled in a lawsuit with Sony after publishing the PlayStation 3's root keys, has taken a position at Facebook.

Joshua Hill (P0sixninja), a member of the Chronic-Dev Team -- the group responsible for greenpois0n, the premiere iOS jailbreak software -- said in a video that Hotz declined an iOS jailbreak challenge (finding a boot ROM exploit in the iPad 2) to keep out of the media spotlight and also to focus on his new job at Facebook.

Then Gabe Rivera of Techmeme confirmed Techunwrapped's report in a tweet by sending readers to Hotz's Facebook page, where, on June 22, Hotz wrote: "Facebook is really an amazing place to work...first hackathon over." Speculation has it that Hotz is working on the long-awaited Facebook app for the iPad.

Facebook's hiring of Geohot signifies a shift in corporate temperament when it comes to hackers. The days of lawsuits and retaliation may be ending as more tech giants partner with rather than punish the anonymous hunters on the Web.

Consider the actions of Microsoft. After a multitude of awesome projects stemmed from people tinkering with the Kinect, Microsoft opened its arms to hackers and then released the Xbox peripheral's SDK beta kit to the public.

Hotz's new employer won't make every hacker's problems go away, but it does mean that talent hunters and the companies they represent are wising up to how the Internet now works."

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*****So what do you some of you think ? I think it 's a pretty savy move my self .

 

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jun 27 2011 4:37 PM

This story has been going on for sometime with the former Governor of the state I live in and the verdict has just been passed down .I think it a good one too.

Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial


http://beta.news.yahoo.com/jury-convicts-ex-ill-gov-blagojevich-retrial-191413841.html

Even though members of this forum live in other states was wondering what you think about this guy, the wire tapping,and if you agree that the weasel was selling Obama Senate seat ..oh shame   and yep I think he was.blatant corruption at it;s lowest ..& politics as usual.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Jun 27 2011 6:18 PM

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jun 27 2011 11:50 PM

thanks for sharing eunoia most unusual if you ask me

on a lighter side ...

A FB friend shared this with me earlier today  & read the last paragraph

 

yep he fell of the curb ! just like it says Smile

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jun 28 2011 12:21 AM

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yep he fell of the curb ! just like it says Smile

Wow... I didn't know I could get injuries just from falling off of a curb.

Guess I'll be more careful where I walk next time...

 

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Manduh replied on Tue, Jun 28 2011 12:21 AM

@eunoia I wonder if he'll ever fly again!!  That is messed up!

@rrplay, haha good one! 

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rrplay replied on Tue, Jun 28 2011 12:28 AM

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rrplay:
yep he fell of the curb ! just like it says Smile

Wow... I didn't know I could get injuries just from falling off of a curb.

Guess I'll be more careful where I walk next time...

yeah me thinks he sustained those injuries when he fell off the curb after stabbing the Marine in the back

I dunno i was not there

we may be hearing more......but who cares ?

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realneil replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 2:02 PM

rrplay:
yeah me thinks he sustained those injuries when he fell off the curb after stabbing the Marine in the back

Sounds like the guy who (years ago in California) opened my front sliding window and climbed in to my living room while we were gone. He got half way in when my Attack Trained Doberman snatched him and dragged him the rest of the way in. He almost bled to death before we came home and called the cops. He was huddled into a corner with his hands and arms over his face. He said that he kept trying to leave, but whenever he moved, the dog would attack him again. He said she was a "devil dog" because she never made a sound before he came through the window, or even when she was attacking him. (she was trained that way by K-9 Corporation) We had to replace the carpeting.

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In other news,........

In their never ending quest to show the world just how smart they really are,.........North Korea just closed all of it's Universities down for over a year, to "send those kids to work!"

READ MORE HERE

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rrplay replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 3:20 PM

now that sounds like a well trained dog !

 and that censorship is getting  pretty crazy even on Google over here  ...go figure Smile

"Now who ya jiving with all that Cosmik Debris?"  not the Zappa classic the real space junk

Look here brother ..

Debris narrowly misses International Space Station

 

 

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Wow you gotta love that we are littering space just as badly as earth...

(Reuters) - China will use analysis of panda droppings as it embarks upon a once-in-a-decade census of the endangered animal, state media said on Monday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/27/us-china-pandas-odds-idUSTRE75Q3OM20110627

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realneil replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 4:43 PM

rrplay:
now that sounds like a well trained dog !

The people who gave her to me spent a lot of money on her. $1,700.00 for her as a Pup, (Warlock Bloodlines) and another $3,500.00 training her. I got her for free when they divorced and were fighting over who got the dog. I jokingly said to give it to me one day at work, and they decided that it was a good solution, as long as I didn't give her back to either one of them. So I was in their divorce papers getting the dog, and swearing to never give it back to either one of them. (they both came to me afterwards wanting the dog, but I refused)

The dog's name was Snapper, because she had a habit of rapidly clicking her teeth together *LOUDLY* when you played with her. She scared the crap out of most people, but she was a big baby to our family. (imagine a 90 pound Dobie sleeping scant inches away from a piping hot Blaze King wood-stove, and getting up to turn every 5 minutes)

When a stranger came to the house, she put herself between the kids and them and "talked" to the stranger if they came near me or the wife. Once we said a control work to her, she shut up and left them alone unless they did anything threatening. She was trained to whistle, voice, and hand signal commands.

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rrplay replied on Wed, Jun 29 2011 8:41 PM

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Wow you gotta love that we are littering space just as badly as earth...

after-effects from trks like this have been known to linger for years & once they get in your head ..well ...

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rrplay replied on Thu, Jun 30 2011 10:13 AM

@realneil    thanks for the info and well written story about the dobi' attack dog you had .Tika seems to be quite a bit different

anyhow here is a bit something$nf $nterst$ing


The $1 billion that no one in the United States wants

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/1-billion-no-one-united-states-wants-194115156.html

 

 

Get me a shovel ! and a truck !

 

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rrplay replied on Fri, Jul 1 2011 11:00 AM

As unlikely as it sounds, objects falling from the skies could save your life.

read more here

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/good-sports/201106/sean-ohair-may-have-saved-life-bad-tee-shot

 

 

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jul 2 2011 9:39 AM

did not want to forget to share This One

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-06/artificial-memory-chip-rats-can-remember-and-forget-touch-button

Very interesting ..any of you guys see any more 'stuff' about this ?

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realneil replied on Sat, Jul 2 2011 10:13 AM

rrplay:
Very interesting ..any of you guys see any more 'stuff' about this ?

It works by shocking the crap out of you if you forget. Smile

The rats see brother Ratatouille's brain boiling and they never, ever, forget!

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jul 4 2011 7:21 AM

Found this to be of interest especially today.

The Story of John Hancock's Signature

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/the-story-of-john-hancocks-signature-2505538/

"There are a lot of stories surrounding the Declaration of Independence. One of the most famous concerns John Hancock and his comically large signature. According to legend, the founding father signed his name bigger than everyone else's because he wanted to make sure "fat old King George" could read it without his spectacles.

It's a neat story about American brashness, but it isn't very accurate. The truth is a tad less dramatic. Snopes.com explains that Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, gave a super-sized signature not because he was itching for a fight with the king, but because, among other things, he happened to be the first person to sign the document.

Because Hancock was the first to sign, he did the sensible thing and put his name front and center. He was the leader of the Congress, after all. He didn't know his fellow patriots would sign their names on a smaller scale.

So, why are some of the other signatures high and to the left while others are down and to the right? The National Archives explains, "In accordance with prevailing custom, the other delegates began to sign at the right below the text, their signatures arranged according to the geographic location of the states they represented. New Hampshire, the northernmost state, began the list, and Georgia, the southernmost, ended it."

And it's worth remembering that signing one's name to the Declaration of Independence was no small thing. Those who signed the document were sure to be hanged for treason should they be caught.

Another popular story says that the members of Congress were inspired to lend their own names to the document after seeing Hancock's epic autograph and the bravery it signified. Neat, but not true. Not only was Hancock the first to sign the Declaration, he did it weeks before anybody else. The National Archives explains, "One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration is that it was signed on July 4, 1776, by all the delegates in attendance."

In reality, Hancock signed it in the presence of just one man, Charles Thomson, the secretary of Congress. National Geographic explains, "no one actually signed the Declaration of Independence at any time during July 1776. Signing began on August 2, with John Hancock's famously bold scribble, and wasn't completed until late November."

That famous painting of all the founding fathers gathered around, signing the document was a case of artistic license. "

 

how many of you guys were taught that John Hancock's sig was so that 'fat old King George" could read it ?

*** anyhow Have a Safe Holiday Weekend !

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eunoia replied on Mon, Jul 4 2011 9:03 AM

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realneil:

Holy crap that is nuts. I wish they showed a picture of the bomb just because I want to know if it was a standard or looked like something normal.

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Motorcycle Helmet protester dies while not wearing his,..........

Sad story, but it drives home why we have to (or should) wear helmets.

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rrplay replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 11:46 PM

Cop suspended after illegally downloading movie to his squad car computer

Officer was performing his duty to protect and serve... and download Owen Wilson comedies..

 

yep right up there with:  "I have no idea how that pOrn got my computer ?"   lol

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realneil replied on Mon, Sep 12 2011 12:36 PM

He should have "LOST" the damn thing. (or had it stolen)

He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?

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rrplay replied on Mon, Sep 12 2011 9:45 PM

realneil:

He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?

Look at it this way,he used the patrol car pc to perform the illegal download and not get a nasty letter from his ISP.,but on the other hand it was Hall Pass  ...Wedding Crashers was pretty good...so not too good there ..lol wonder if he received some 'Super Secret Double-Probation' for the deed lol

meanwhile plenty of 'fodder' and food for thought Smile

Man Sues White Castle Over Booth Size and Harvest Moon Shines On The Web

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/man-sues-white-castle-because-over-booth-size-160126946.html

Anyone else have a clear sky and dig the Harvest Moon last night ?

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rrplay replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 9:09 PM

realneil:

He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?

Well may not ..But there are some pretty Sharp [no pun intended] Tools in this shed :)

A robot the size of your hand will compete in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/a-robot-the-size-of-your-hand-will-compete-in-the-hawaii-ironman-triathlon-20110915/

Competing in a triathlon is one of the most physically grueling things a person can do. However, for Panasonic’s Evolta robot, it should be a piece of cake. The adorable robot is the size of your hand and will be embarking on the 230-kilometer-long Ironman Triathlon course in Hawaii starting on October 24.

The Evolta will have three different bodies and three rechargeable batteries for the swimming, cycling, and running portions of the race. The robot is about one-tenth the height of a grown man, so he’s getting 10 times longer to finish the race than a normal person. The 20-inch Evolta will have 168 hours to complete the course.

This isn’t the first physical test of endurance the tiny humanoid has attempted. Back in September of 2010 the Evolta trekked over 300 miles across Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto. Before that, the Evolta rode a miniature tricycle in the 24-hour-long Le Mans race, normally raced by sports cars, which set a Guinness world record for the greatest distance traveled by a remote-controlled car. And back in May of 2008, the adorable little robot climbed the more than 1,700 vertical feet of the Grand Canyon in nearly 7 hours.

This is the first time the Evolta will be swimming instead of pedaling or running, and creating a version of the robot that was waterproof and mold-proof was not an easy task. However, the robot’s creator, Tomotaka Takahashi was able to create a version that could be mounted on a fin-like blade. As you can see in the video below, with his arms stretched out, the little robot whizzes through the water.

The Evolta robot was originally created to promote Panasonic’s EVOLTA AA cell batteries. The triathlon version of the Evolta will use rechargeable AA batteries that can be recharged up to 1,800 times by being placed on a recharger pad. If the Evolta is successful, Panasonic officials are hoping it could convince customers that the quality of its batteries is top notch. The rechargeable batteries go on sale in Japan on October 21.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 9:17 PM

Man... That is pretty unusual, and impressive.

I give Japan props for pushing forward and well, just proving that they can do anything. I mean if their batteries can be recharged for this long and if their robots can last for this long than this just makes Panasonic even better then they were before.

 

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rrplay replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 9:51 PM

TaylorKarras:

Man... That is pretty unusual, and impressive.

you can saw that again Taylor ..wonder how Evolta is going to do with the open water swim, lot's of waves .Great marketing opportunity .for Panasonic Yes

I dunno about you guys ..

but did any of you see the Pink Energizer Bunny thumpin' Cool the bass drum behind the eyeballs ? Smile

 

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