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Crocs coming to a hanger near you
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Crocs, the company that brought us those famous foamy shoes has started to branch out into clothing. They have developed a way to blend it's patented Crosslite (the foamy shoe material) with natural and synthetic fibers into material. According to Crocs, the new fibers, which is it is calling Crosslite rt, will be resistant to harsh chemicals and heat which means it can stand up to exposure to sun, UV rays and sweat. They also claim that the material won't have the rubbery feeling like the crocs. Don't worry everybody, you will soon be able match your shoes to your shirt so everything will be all right. [Daily Mail, Gizmodo]

Hippo crushes canoe in Zambia
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Hippopotamus According to Zambia News and Information Services, three fisherman drowned in Lake Itezhi-tezhi after a hippo hit their boat and capsized it. Four men were fishing with nets at the time when the furious hippo hit the boat causing them to fall into the water. All four climbed back into the boat and resumed fishing again when the hippo attacked again, this time crushing the dug out canoe. This time the menu tried to swim to a nearby tree in the lake but only one made it and was rescued by other fishermen. Source:

The psychology of risk-taking
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Boing Boing posted a really interesting post about the psychology of risk-taking. A new survey by researchers at University of Michigan suggest that just because somebody will take part in risky behaviour, doesn't mean that they will be risk takers in other areas of life. The researchers surveyed participants to see their participation level for several different types of risky business including exposing yourself to chemicals that might lead to birth defects for a high-paying job, engaging in unprotected sex or chasing a bear out of your wilderness campsite area while banging pots and pans. They found that somebody might go skydiving (which is risky) but not stand up to an abusive boss (also risky). The research shows that not all risk is created equal and people show a mixture of both risky and non-risky behaviours in their daily lives. The research seems to go against common theories of risk that group people as either risk-seeking or risk-avoiding, and suggests that we can have a mix of both risky and non-risky behaviour depending who you are and what situation you are in. They also found (to no surprise) that men were higher risk takers then woman. Press Release Research Paper (pdf)

Werner Paddle Warranty Update
Tuesday, 28 August 2007

I heard back today from Werner Paddles. Last week I posted a note about how the ferrule in the paddle shaft was starting to wear and wiggle around. I'm very pleased to report that they are going to replace it under warranty! I'm very excited about it. Normally the warranty period is 1 year from the date of purchase but they extended it by a couple of months since I bought it 15 months ago. Thanks for your fantastic support Werner! Talking to Liz in repairs, she said that they have redesigned the ferrule so that it doesn't wear the same way as mine did. I guess when you have 23 inch pythons like I do, things wear out quickly...

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