March 24, 2009

Featured TwitPic: Turtle Hatchlings in Singapore

"Turtles hatchlings racing for the sea" (Posted by @stephenfry, Singapore, March 24, 2009)


Ireland's Naked Prime Minister

Per Irish state broadcaster RTE, a guerilla artist has displayed two pictures of Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in Dublin galleries. The pictures show Brian Cowen naked.

The BBC reports the Garda (Irish police service) are investigating to see if a crime has been committed by the artist.

Irish twitterers were quick to jump into the debate:

@RTEcraic (Ireland) Guerilla artist hangs nude Cowen paintings: Nude paintings of Taoiseach Brian Cowen were snuck into two of Dubli..

@phil_revahealth (Dublin, Ireland) Did you see the "well hung" paintings of Brian Cowen on RTE News? That sub editor deserves an award! (Click on [2])

@AndrewParnell (Dublin, Ireland) HIlarous - look away now if you don't want to see Brian Cowen naked.

@sineadgleeson (Dublin, Ireland) Wondering who painted those naked pictures of Brian Cowen and snuck them into two galleries?

@JamesCarroll09 To be a bit more philosophical on Twitter - what do you all think of the picture in the National Gallery of Brian Cowen? Bit crass+sad??

@ananelson (Dublin, Ireland) Never thought I would have reason to google "naked taoiseach".


Japan outlasts Korea to win World Baseball Classic

Per, Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning to lift Japan over its rivals 5-3 in the World Baseball Classic finals. This came after Korea forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the 9th with two outs.

Hundreds of twitterers followed along during the game. It only took seconds for reaction to spill in once the score went final.

The first to tweet the result was @mikeplugh.

@mikeplugh (Akita City, Japan ): Wow! Japan does it AGAIN!! Congrats! #kingsofbaseball #wbc #champions #yakyu

Here's some tweets from Japanese supporters:

@pjaficionado (Okinawa, Japan): Japan just took the WBC....やった!!!

@toshisato (Nanpeidaicho, Japan): Congratulations to Samurai Japan!! it was the most exciting baseball game I've ever seen! #WBC

@miyagawa (San Francisco, Calif.): YEAHHHH!!!!!!!! Japan wins!! #wbc

And tweets from fans of the losing team:

@jinoopan (Bundang, South Korea): Korea lost the WBC, but what a good game.

@jchung (Boston, Mass.): such a depressing way to lose, still buying that korea wbc fitted. sam im not coming to atx if ppl talk [expletive].


Montana plane crash kills 14

Per The New York Times, a private jet carrying 14 people including seven children under the age of nine crashed in a cemetery just outside an airport in Butte, Montana on Sunday. The three families on board were traveling to Big Sky, Mont. for a ski vacation at the Yellowstone Club. The cause is still unknown but overloading and ice are being considered as potential factors.

Twitterers share their sadness after hearing the news:

@rkodner (Location not listed): Just saw the unfolding story of Montana plane crash, wiped out several young families. Impossible to hold the tears back. Hug kids today.

@mitchellscott (Spanaway, Washington): Sad to hear about the Pilatus crash in Montana. Also sad that there were 14 people in a 10 person plane.

@DaniBeef (Central, New Jersey): The story about the 14 ppl who died in the Montana plane crash is 1 of the saddest stories ever heard. My heart goes out to their families<3

@imdogface (San Juan Capistrano, California): Stunned by tragic plane crash and loss of 14 lives in Butte, Montana. Prayers going out to Bud and family.

@summah (Alabama): The details of the Montana plane crash are making me sick to my stomach...makes me never want to fly again. So Sad.

@plainjohn1 (California and Indiana): Just learned that several of my friends were classmates and friends of plane crash victims in Montana. My heart goes out to you all.