Iceland\'s Penis Museum Gets First Human Member

Iceland's penis museum finally has its featured member.

Pall Arason, who passed away last year at the age of 95, has officially donated his "pickled penis" to the Phallological Museum, giving the bizarre exhibit its very first human specimen.

Sigurdur Hjartarson, Arason's friend and the museum's curator, says that Arason's posthumous gift helps to complete the growing collection of whale, bear, seal and other mammalian private parts.

Icelandic Phallological Museum
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Iceland's Phallological Museum finally has its featured member, the "pickled penis" belonging to a late friend of the exhibit's curator.

Located in the fishing town of Husavik, the museum boasts a collection of over 209 penises and penile parts "belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland," according to the museum website.

According to the medical director of nearby Akureyri Hospital, a doctor at the local morgue supervised the operation, which was carried out in January.

The museum has been open since 1997 without a human specimen.

Brazilian Police Debut \'RoboCop\' Glasses Ahead of World Cup

Imagine if police could stand back from a raucous crowd and scan the pack for criminals, without ever having to question a suspect or put their troops in harm's way. That's exactly what Brazilian police are hoping to do with new eyeglasses equipped with stealthy crime-fighting properties. Dubbed "RoboCop" glasses after the 1987 action film, the glasses are fitted with a tiny camera that scans up to 400 faces per second. It cross-checks those images against a database of criminals and terrorists, and flashes a small red light inside the glasses if a match comes up. Then the officer knows whom to home in on and whom to leave alone. Brazilian Police to Use 'Robocop' Glasses at World Cup,

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Brazilian troops battle drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro last November. Brazilian security forces are testing new "RoboCop" glasses to scan crowds for known criminals.

"It's something discreet because you do not question the person or ask for documents. The computer does it," Maj. Leandro Pavani Agostini, chief of military police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo, told reporters Monday. On its optimal settings, the camera can scan 400 faces a second at a distance of up to 50 yards away. But the settings can be changed to recognize faces at a slower pace, at up to 12 miles away. Agostini said the camera and database compare 46,000 biometric points on a person's face, so the chances of mistaken identity are slim. "To the naked eye, two people may appear identical, but with 46,000 points compared, the data will not be beaten," he said. Police in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo have received demo lessons with the glasses, and they're expected to try them out in real situations at soccer games and concerts in the coming weeks. The goal is to practice with the glasses in time to use them widely at the next soccer World Cup, to be held in Brazil in 2014. The existence of the new high-tech glasses was first reported by Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paolo. In the original "RoboCop" film, actor Peter Weller played a fatally wounded Detroit police officer who comes back to life as half-man, half-robot. A remake of the film is due out in 2013, and Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves are all rumored to be in the running for the lead role.

Was There a Natural Nuclear Blast on Mars?

NASA's 1997 Pathfinder mission to Mars returned this stunning image of the planet's rocky red landscape.

 

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NASA's 1997 Pathfinder mission to Mars returned this stunning image of the planet's rocky red landscape.

Ever wonder why the red planet is red? 

About 180 million years ago, a planet-shattering yet naturally occurring nuclear reaction may have wiped out everything on Mars, sending a shockwave that turned the planet into dry sand.

Even more incredible: A natural nuclear reaction could have occurred on our own planet -- and could happen again, said Dr. John Brandenburg, a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp.

"The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium -- and this pattern radiates from a hot spot [on Mars],” Brandenburg told FoxNews.com.

“A nuclear explosion could have sent debris all around the planet," he said. "Maps of gamma rays on Mars show a big red spot that seems like a radiating debris pattern ... on the opposite side of the planet there is another red spot."

Golf Balls Out of Lobster Shells

They're not exactly the environmental scourge of our time, but tens of thousands of golf balls made from the petrochemicals Surlyn or urethane end up in rivers, forests, lakes and oceans every year, and there they will stay for hundreds of years.

A golf ball made from Lobster shells is seen in this handout photo from the University of Maine.
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A University of Maine professor and student teamed up to make eco-friendly golf balls, like this one, from lobster shells.

A professor-student team has tackled the problem of eco-unfriendly golf balls by making them out of lobster shells.

University of Maine professor David Neivandt and golfer and undergrad Alex Caddell have created a ball made from the byproduct of the lobster-canning industry, TV station WMTW reported.

The lobster golf balls solve two environmental problems, actually. "We're using a byproduct of the lobster-canning industry, which is currently miserably underutilized -- it ends up in a landfill," Neivandt said.

Neivandt and Caddell see the golf balls as particularly useful on cruise ships. They can be used with both drivers and irons, Caddell told WMTW.

Biodegradable golf balls currently on the market sell for about $1 a ball retail; the raw materials for the lobster shell balls cost as little as 19 cents.

The University of Maine has filed a provisional patent for the lobster shell recipe, which can also be used to make things such as planters and surveying stakes that decompose.

Lifetime Honors Coed for Leading Prom Dress Drive

Prom season is a time of slow dances, big corsages and even bigger updos. It's also the season for many girls to spend an exorbitant amount of money -- $500 or more to buy a dress, along with shoes, manicures, pedicures and jewelry.

Becca's Closet
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Kristin Terry, left, teacher at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin; Casey Carignan, founder of the local chapter of Becca's Closet; and Casey Kothbauer, student coordinator, show off some donated dresses.
It's an expensive proposition, and for those whose families may already be struggling financially, it can make for tough choices.

Dress drives across the country encourage girls to donate gently used formal dresses for those who can't afford to purchase new ones. One such dress drive in Baraboo, Wisc., is earning some well-deserved recognition.

In 2009, as a senior at Baraboo High School, Casey Carignan, along with teacher Kristin Terry, started a local chapter of Becca's Closet, a nationwide organization that collects and donates prom dresses founded by Florida high school student Rebecca Kirtman before her death in a car accident.

Carignan's chapter recently won a $1,500 grant from another national dress drive, Donate My Dress, and Carignan, who is now a freshman at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, received the National Lifetime Remarkable Women Award from the Lifetime television network. Her work will be featured in a 30-second segment on the channel tonight.

Carignan is the latest recipient of the National Lifetime Remarkable Women Award, joining a club that includes Michelle Obama and Queen Latifah.

"I took buying a prom dress for granted," Carignan told AOL News. "Families shouldn't have to tell their daughters, 'Sorry, we can't afford this.' It's the one night when you can feel like a princess."

The dress drives serve another purpose: Reusing a dress is earth-friendly.

"Go green and recycle your dress," she said. "Allow a girl to have the same experience you did in that dress."

To solicit dress donations from the community, she placed an ad in the local paper. She was deluged with calls. "I was running everywhere picking up dresses," she said. "We now have 250 dresses -- both cocktail and prom dresses."

Hilary Stone was one enthusiastic donor. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair student had several dresses taking up space in her closet. "I liked them a lot, but I was never going to wear them again," she said. "I hope someone gets to use one of my dresses and has a really nice time."

Local hair salons also pitched in, donating gift certificates for free updos, and the national company Bumpits donated 360 boxes of hair clips.

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The group is looking to open a store where girls can go to try on dresses and have a "true shopping experience," Carignan told AOL News.

For now, a local business has allowed the organization to use its back room as a temporary store. Baraboo High School's prom is coming up in May, and girls make appointments to come into the store and pick out a dress. So far, Carignan and her colleagues have given away 16 dresses.

Despite all the success and accolades, Carignan seems to have already found her reward in the faces of the girls who try on the dresses she helps collect. "Just to see their smile, it's amazing."

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