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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Heat Alert Today

Environment Canada says to expect up to 33C in the Fraser Valley today.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pricey Camel Toe Shoes

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Yes Ladies, There is a God

 

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Step aside couture platform Crocs, you've got some competition for world's most ridiculous spongy-soled shoes. Crocs now come in high heels. I wish I were kidding. Check it and see."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Those Damn Canadians!

 

 

This came out today with thanks to Endgadget.

 

"The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per hour. Because the operations are a simple joystick, according to the release BlackFly shouldn't require a pilot's license, though operators will require training.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

He's Inhuman

 

This came out today with thanks to Deadspin.

 

"Last night he outdid even himself, tracking a Matt Carpenter fly ball to the wall in dead center for an absurd play-of-the-year type catch."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What's Musk Up To Now?

 

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

"Tech billionaire Elon Musk has been known to offer help, from donating solar batteries to Puerto Rico to building a tiny ‘submarine’ to rescue that Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave. (It was never put to use.) The latest disaster to land on Musk’s radar? The water crisis in Flint, Michigan."

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The 5,221-HP Alieno Arcanum

 

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"I know what you’re thinking. You took one look at this shadowy render, read the horsepower figure in the headline, climbed to the roof of your house and screamed to the neighborhood, “THAT’S BULLSHIT!” But no, dude, you’re wrong. The Alieno Arcanum is definitely happening. I’m, like, so convinced of it."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Real Estate Future Office

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"eXp Realty, one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful real estate companies, has become famous for not investing in any actual real-estate, opting instead for virtual reality offices that allow its agents and brokers to interact and socialize from anywhere around the globe."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What With These Puppies?

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Miracle Milly, a six-year-old Chihuahua from Puerto Rico, was awarded the title of World’s Most Cloned Dog, by the Guinness Book of Records, after scientists in South Korea created a whopping 49 genetically-identical copies of her."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

$13 Flea Market Ring Fetches $850,000 at Auction

 

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Whether you’re in the search of a Boho vintage dress, a unique belt buckle, or maybe even a cute vase for your collection of trinkets, any flea market is the place to be. Everyone is looking for their own great deal. But one English lady unknowingly picked out something quite remarkable at a “car boot sale” at West Middlesex Hospital, London, in the 1980s. What she believed to be a piece of costume jewelry made the headlines 30 years later."

 

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

No Fossil fuels in Half a Decade

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

The Irish have beaten the rest of us to it. The Republic of Ireland is the first country in the world to move toward divesting from fossil fuels. The divestment process should be wrapped up in five years, per the Guardian.

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ouch!

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Chinese media recently reported about a new high-tech laser assault rifle that can allegedly fire an energy beam that cannot not be seen by the naked eye, but can cause “instant carbonization” of human tissue from up to half a mile away."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sued After Death?

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Lindsay Durdle died on 31 May aged 37. She had been first diagnosed with breast cancer about a year-and-a-half earlier. The disease had later spread to her lungs and brain. PayPal was informed of Mrs Durdle's death three weeks ago by her husband Howard Durdle."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lion Lives in Glass Booth for Enjoyment

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most people spend a considerable amount of time deciding what design or phrase they want permanently inked on their bodies, but one tattoo artist asks his clients to leave that decision to him. Several hundreds of people have already allowed him to ink the phrase of his choice on them without even knowing what it reads beforehand."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sure It's A Tattoo, But...

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most people spend a considerable amount of time deciding what design or phrase they want permanently inked on their bodies, but one tattoo artist asks his clients to leave that decision to him. Several hundreds of people have already allowed him to ink the phrase of his choice on them without even knowing what it reads beforehand."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

First Multi-Millionaire  Fortune on Opium

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Opium was one of the most important resources of the 19th century. It had medicinal and recreational value and most importantly, it was in hot, hot demand by those who enjoyed the illicit effects. Merchants knew the value of opium ever since the 7th century, and while many rulers and leaders attempted to suppress the sale and purchase of the drug, there was money to be made in the opium trading business."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

Cops Get Slingshots Instead of Guns

This came out Tuesday on Oddity Central.

 

"Police officers in the Mexican town of Alvarado were recently stripped of their firearms and armed with slingshots and rocks instead, after most of them failed their control tests and were deemed unfit for service."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

He Nailed a Bidder

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"It took a mini circular saw to hack off the keratin talons that had been growing on Shridhar Chillal’s left hand for the last 66 years."

 

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hot Weather Coming

Chilliwack in for a heat spell

 

 

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Coffee Soda Trend

This came out today with thanks to The Takeout.

About five years ago, a friend took me to a Nashville coffee shop to try something called coffee soda, which sounds like a mash-up of two of America’s favorite beverages. The effervescent, iced tea-hued drink was served in a cup, accompanied with a sliver of an expressed orange peel. It tasted like no other coffee drink I’d had before.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Runaway Heat in Africa

This came out Friday with thanks to Earther.

 

"Heat waves have unfortunately been very on trend this year. Following sweltering temperatures in the northeastern U.S. and a ridiculously hot, smoky Siberia, we have what may be the hottest temperature ever recorded in Africa."

"Weather reports from Ouargla, a city of 190,000 in Algeria, indicate the mercury cracked 51.3 degrees Celsius (123.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday. That looks to be the highest reliable temperature record recorded in any month for all of Africa."

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Is Air Conditioning Killing the Planet?

This came out Friday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

In the middle of a heat wave, it goes without saying that those who have air-conditioning are cranking it up.

In fact, health officials say it could save lives. And for those who don't have AC, they recommend finding a mall or public venue to hole up in while the sun goes through its death-ray phase.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How to Water your Yard in a Drought

This came out today with thanks to Mother News Network.

"Lawn? Trees? Shrubs? The bearded iris your grandmother gave you? How do you prioritize what to water in a drought?"

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bananas Going Extinct?

This came out today with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

"With their appealing sweet taste and distinctive curved yellow shape, bananas are among the most popular fruits on Earth with more than 100 billion of them being consumed worldwide each year."

"This could soon be set to change however as a disease known as 'fusarium wilt' has been ravaging crops in Australia and south-east Asia as well as in parts of Africa and the Middle-East."

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chocolate Tuna?

Last Friday marked the return of Somebody Feed Phil, the Netflix docuseries I called the sweetest, most joyful food on television. My opinion hasn’t changed with season two, which finds endearing-goof-host Phil Rosenthal visit—with childlike bug-eyed wonder—to six new cities, including Copenhagen, Cape Town, and Dublin.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Home Sweet Home

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

When it comes to rich mansions and huge estates, the Biltmore Estate proudly holds the pedestal. With its 250 rooms, indoor swimming pool, huge collections of paintings and books, this estate has glamour written all over it.

For comparison’s sake, even Xanadu 2.0, Bill Gate’s mansion, and the Beverly House where The Godfather was filmed fall short against the splendor of the Biltmore Estate.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

What's a Dirt Burger?

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

Tim McCormick, a cop in Fort Myers, publicly accused a local Burger King of serving him dirt on a burger. But after an investigation, the "dirt" was found to be the burger seasoning.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Behind Blue Eyes

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

Coby has only been on Instagram for three years, but he already has over 1.2 million followers. Those are A-list celebrity numbers, but Coby isn’t even human, he’s a cat.

 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Soccer Wife

This came out today with with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The head of a Russian advertising agency tasked with creating large building facades to promote the 2018 World Cup in Russia has come under fire for using one of the nearly 50-meter-tall facades to pay tribute to his wife, by using her as the model."

 

 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cloud Stealing

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, yesterday told members of the press that Israel has been stealing Iran’s clouds while also working to ensure that whatever clouds do make it into Iranian air space are unable to release rain."

 

 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

It's a Crying Shame

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Some people find it hard to cry when their loved-ones’ die, but wailing and mourning are a big part of funerals in the African country of Ghana, as it is indicative of the deceased’ social standing or how beloved they were by their family and community. So it’s no wonder that some Ghanaians are willing to pay professional mourners to cry on their behalf."

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Poisonous books

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

The librarians at the University of Southern Denmark weren’t looking for poison. They just wanted to read the scraps of manuscript used to make the covers of three rare books from the 16th and 17th centuries. When they put the books under X-ray analysis, though, they found they had a real danger in their hands, they write at The Conversation. The books’ covers were suffused with arsenic.

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Glass Class

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"In 2001, internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly was commissioned to create a glass sculpture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the San Antonio Public Library system. Fiesta Tower, which he unveiled to the public in 2003, far exceeded expectation. It’s a vibrant ode to the people who call the city home, as the multicolored glass is meant to symbolize the many diverse cultures that make up San Antonio."

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Stopped in His Tracks

This came out today with thanks to Ars Technica.

 

"A Wisconsin man's plan to use a shoe camera to take photographs up women's skirts was foiled this week when the battery exploded, injuring the man and causing him to rethink his pervy plan."

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's Going to be a Really Big Shoe Tonight

This came out yesterday with today with thanks to Mental Floss.

 

"Few artists changed pop culture the way Michael Jackson did. Nine years after his death, people around the world are still emulating his dance moves, playing his songs on the radio, and creating their own art inspired by the King of Pop. As a tribute to his enduring legacy, a collection of artworks depicting the singer-songwriter—some of which have never been publicly showcased before—has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London."

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Glass Class

This came out yesterday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"If you've ever gone to the beach and uttered the words, "Ugh. I got sand in my drink," then Aldi has the product for you. As reported by Delish, Aldi is selling beach wine glasses that, instead of having a flat bottom, have a decorative stabby spike bottom (the technical term) that you can shove into the sand for stability. And not only that: They also float."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

This Gadget Tells You How Much You Stink

This came out a few hours ago with thanks to Engadget.

 

"There's so much bad technology in the world that Japan even has a beautiful word for pointless gadgets: "chindogu." There's another splendid Japanese term, one that companies are apparently holding training sessions on how to combat: "sumeru harasumento," or in English, "smell harassment." To help keep offensively stinky people in check, Tanita is releasing a gizmo that figures out how bad your body odor is."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

This Gadget Tells You How Much You Stink

This came out today from Motherboard.

 

"On May 9, Susan Allan of Kelowna, British Columbia, was driving home with her son after having lunch with her mother in nearby Peachland. The Weather Network’s historical records say that it was a mild 18 C (64 F) that day. While stopped at a red light near a local golf course Allan happened to look up through her car’s open sunroof. This, she and her boy would realize moments later, was a very bad and very smelly mistake."

 

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Bite is Alright

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"New Jersey-based masseuse Dorothy Stein is known as the back-biting masseuse because one of her controversial technique involves sinking her teeth into her clients to “tenderise” their muscle and promote blood circulation."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Soldier Watches is Wife Give Birth on Phone

This came out yesterday with thanks to Uplift.

"A Soldier delayed at airport intently watches his wife give birth over the phone."

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Old Plane Restaurant

This came out yesterday with thanks to Uplift.

 

"Somewhere in Bali, this abandoned Boeing that was built in 1985 has a 2nd chance of usage—but not from flying."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Everest a Dump

This came out yesterday with Tuesday to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"There remain few peaks on Earth that can match the breathtaking spectacle and challenging conditions of Everest - officially the world's tallest mountain."

"Over the last few years however, its slopes have been turned in to something more akin to a waste disposal site than a natural wonder with piles of rubbish being left strewn across the mountainside."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Last of a Few Jaguars Shot

This came out yesterday with thanks to Live Science.

 

 

"One of just three jaguars known to be living in the U.S. was recently killed by poachers. Experts identified the jaguar's pelt in a recent photo and say it is Yo'oko, a male jaguar (Panthera onca) that was known to roam the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reported."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Water Bottle Fires

This came out Sunday with thanks to Live Science.

 

"Leaving a water bottle sitting in your car sounds benign enough. But on a hot, summer day, the plastic can act as a lens, focusing light into a high-energy beam that's intense enough to burn material like car-seat upholstery."

 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Autonomous Home Grocery Deliveries

This came out yesterday out yesterday with thanks to Wired.

 

Ask most of the people developing autonomous vehicles how robo-cars will change the world, and most will say safety—more than a million people die on the road every year, and self-driving cars could prevent some of those deaths. Some might say smarter cars can battle congestion.

 

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

If You Can't Beat 'Em...

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"The alcohol industry has been wringing its hands as more states legalize recreational marijuana. It’s concerned that customers who a few years ago would have chosen to unwind with a six-pack will instead roll a joint at the end of a long day. And while there’s not conclusive evidence that legal weed is a big threat to beer sales, some breweries are taking the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach with cannabis-infused beverages that actually get drinkers high."

 

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Only One sheriff in Town and It Could Be You

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

The term “ghost town” brings to mind Western movies with dilapidated buildings and desert scenery. Often things of myth and urban legend, ghost towns aren’t (necessarily) haunted; they’ve just been abandoned, whether for economic, environmental, or even political reasons.

Cerro Gordo, in California, is one such town, and it could be yours for less than $1 million.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Couple Missing 75 Years Found After Glacier Melts

This came out Monday with thanks to Vintage News.

“Every year we lose a meter or half a meter of ice–which means that 80 years ago, this glacier was much bigger than it is now,” said Bernhard Tschannen, the CEO of a Swiss ski company, after one of his employees found human remains in an area that not so long ago was underneath a massive glacier in the Swiss Alps.

Merely a fraction of what it used to be, the two-mile-long Tsanfleuron glacier is retreating more and more with each passing year. From time to time, this melting ice unveils tragedies of people who were swallowed by the snow and kept hidden, frozen for decades.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Crows Are Even Smarter Than We Thought

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

"New research shows that crows can recreate tools from memory, a capacity previously thought impossible for birds."

"Crows are super smart—we knew that already. In addition to understanding causality and analogies, they can remember human faces, plan ahead, and hide their food from others. But crows are also known for their amazing tool-building skills, which they use to construct sticks, hooks, and barbs from plant material. New research published today in Scientific Reports suggests this ability, at least among New Caledonian crows (a particularly intelligent species of corvid), is more sophisticated than we thought, and that these birds are able to construct tools from memory."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Man Looking For a Wife Gets Rejected 80,000 Times

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

"A Chinese man recently made national news headlines for his years-long struggle to find a suitable wife. He claims to have asked around 80,000 women if they wanted to date him over the last eight years, but got rejected no less than 80,000 times. Ouch!"

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Is it Real or is it Memorex?

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

"Miru, a Tokushima-based wool felt artist, has been getting a lot of attention on Japanese social media for his incredibly realistic wool-felt animals. Looking at some of his works, it’s not hard to see why everyone is so impressed."

"Miru discovered wool felt art in 2010, when he saw a master of the craft work his magic during a TV show. He was captivated by this art form soon started experimenting with the material. However, at one point he realized that he needed a bit of guidance to unleash his full artistic potential, so he bought a book on wool felt art that he claims opened his eyes to the possibilities of the material. Over the last 8 years he has honed his skills to the point where it is sometimes nearly impossible to tell some of his wool felt animals apart from live ones."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CPR Dog

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

"Poncho the police dog recently became famous online, after the Madrid Municipal Police shared a video of him on Twitter in which he is performing CPR on a fallen colleague."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Richie Rich

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

"One six-year-old kid, one thousand dollars, one day to spend it."

"The guys at Yes Theory gave Huck a cool grand in cash to spend on anything he wanted. Inspired by a scene in Home Alone, he starts with renting a limo. Then it's eating pizza in the limo and then it's taking the limo to the toy store. By the end of (what is a surprisingly heartwarming) video, he's got a bag full of candy and empty pockets (because he gave a bunch to people in need)."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Classy Glass

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

"For his Layer Drawings series, artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi photographs the same shot at regular intervals, then prints them on glass and layers them into mesmerizing sculptures."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Stitch in time

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

A Stitch Bouquet ($67.99). I'm not sure what would possess someone to create bouquets with Stitch plushies and fake flowers but it now exists along with the other off-the-wall bouquets like the pizza one, the cannabis one, the comic book ones, and the donut ones.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Freeway Vaper

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

"When a man in his underwear was first spotted vaping, dancing, and hanging banners from an exit sign over a Los Angeles freeway, some witnesses who called the police worried he was suicidal."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Man Prays to Trump Photo Every Day

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

"It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters idolize him, but we have yet to hear about any of them worshipping him as a god. Interestingly, that’s exactly what an Indian man has been doing for the last three years, and he’s not even a Trump supporter."

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tallest 6th Grader on Earth?

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

"Ren Keyu, an elementary school student from Leshan, in China’s Sichuan province, is only 11-years-old but already measures 2.06 meters and thinks he may just be the tallest 6th grader on the planet."

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Girl Who Fell 10,000 Feet

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"During the late 1960s and the 1970s the Peruvian national airline LANSA was plagued by several accidents that led to the death of more than 200 people. In 1966, a LANSA Flight 501 crashed into a mountain. All of the 49 people aboard, including the six-man crew, perished."


 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Top Spins For Over A Day

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Limbo, a spinning top developed by Fearless Toys, was recently recognized by the World Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-running mechanical spinning top after spinning continuously for a whopping 27 hours, 9 minutes and 24 seconds."

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Intricate Ghost Pirate Ship

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Jason Stieva has been doing Gothic assemblage art for roughly two decades, but his most intricate and impressive creation has to be the Leviathan – Ark of Apocalypse, an 8 feet high, 7.5 feet long ghost ship populated by hundreds of strange creatures."

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Gizmos Galore

 

 

This was 10-minute YouTube clip was posted last week.

 

"This is 10 minute YouTube clip came out last week demonstrates four electric toys. These are all mains powered, and a couple of them have been lurking in a cupboard for quite a few years. So Tim, the owner of the items, has dusted them off and brought them out to share with people."

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The World's Ugliest Dog Winner

 

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This is Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog who this weekend took home the top prize at the 30th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California."

 

"Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered a shower of slobber as she claimed this year's title," said a news release.

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Radio Ad Blocker?

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

"Tomek Rękawek, irritated by ads on the radio, created an app that mutes them. Radio Adblock uses digital signal processing to detect distinctive audio patterns that signal the beginning and end of breaks."

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Special Wheel

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The high-tech Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (RWT) upgrades “transition from a round wheel to a triangular track and back again while the vehicle is on the move” — in short, allowing Humvees to transform into tracked vehicles on the fly."

 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

River to Be Infused with Wastewater

This came out last Monday with thanks to Earther.

A long-dormant natural feature of Tucson, Arizona's early years is on the verge of making a dramatic comeback.

The Santa Cruz River, presently little more than a dry scar of earth through the city's urban center, will soon begin flowing again for the first time in more than 70 years. The revitalization, called the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, will come courtesy of recycled wastewater, with plans to create an initial stream 20 feet wide from as much as 3.5 million treated gallons per day.

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Floating Pyramid Art

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

Over the course of a storied and sometimes controversial career, Bulgarian-born environmental artist Christo — working alongside his late wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, until her death in 2009 — has wrapped, draped, hung, stretched, swathed, swaddled, unfurled, set things afloat and anchored over 3,000 umbrellas to the ground in two different countries.

For his first undertaking since 2016's transcendent "Floating Piers" at Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy, the 83-year-old artist is back in full-on float mode. And the result appears nothing short of bewitching.

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hans Solo Happiness

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Han Solo's blaster used in "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi" sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction on Saturday. Turns out that Ripley's Believe It Or Not bought it. Believe it... or not. The prop was part of a collection sold off by the movie's art director James L. Schoppe."

 

 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bud Bars

This came out the other day regarding pot smokers stores based in Edmonton.

 

"Based on extensive market research, Fire & Flower's stores are intended to ensure customers across diverse demographics feel welcome, comfortable and are able to maintain a level of privacy should they so choose. Fire & Flower is focused on delivering a responsible, education-based approach to retail and extensive community engagement. The customer experience at Fire & Flower will focus both on education and knowledge of cannabis and cannabis-related products through highly-trained cannabis specialists in each location."

 

 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Is This The Face of Jesus?

This came out a couple of weeks ago and has filtered over to North America.

 

Residents of the residence Lothaire in Thionville see differently the wall that borders their homes since one of them believed to see the face of Christ. The story that could have remained anecdotal ignited the networks. Watch the 1 minute YouTube clip here.

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

They Weren't Kidding at $80/Bottle

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Visitors at this past weekend’s Car Free Day Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, had the chance to buy one of the most unusual health food products ever created – unfiltered hot dog water."

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another Manson Movie, But...

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News. Take a look at the star-studded cast.

The latest big name to be cast in the much-talked-about film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Al Pacino, who joins Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, and many other actors of note.

The director is Quentin Tarantino and yes, the subject is Hollywood but as seen through the context of the Charles Manson murders in 1969.

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pit Bull Village

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The Luvable Dog Rescue is a canine shelter unlike any other. Located in the idyllic woods of Oregon and featuring cozy, colorful cabins complete with miniature furniture, instead of the usual kennels, this place looks more like a fairy-tale village than a shelter for rescued pit bulls."

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hot Diggity Dog

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"If you’re sitting close enough to the field at a professional baseball game, chances are you’re keeping an eye out for errant foul balls that might graze by your body, or worse, spill your beer. But one Philadelphia Phillies fan learned that actually, it’s flying footlongs that pose the true threat."

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Potato Camera?

This came out today with thanks to Takeout.

 

"You know how people say “did you take this with a potato?” (I didn’t, but apparently they do.) Well, the people at Corridor Team, a production company, are apparently super committed to that particular phrase, because they set about finding a way to answer that question with “yes, I did in fact take that with a potato.”"

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Frankenstein Clothes

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Boing Boing.

Regularly priced at $590, Bless Mesh Jeans are on sale for the bargain price of $236.

"Making use of vintage 501 Levi's, these jeans feature an asymmetrical fold along the fly and a tan mesh panel down the full length of one side."

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Easier Pet Selfies

This came out yewste4rday with thanks to Boing Boing.

"Your pet might be photogenic, but getting them to stare long enough at your camera to snap that Instagram-worthy photo isn't as simple as telling them to sit. Bribing your pets with their favorite treat, however, might just do the trick, and with the Adjustable Pet Selfie Smartphone Attachment, you can do just that while getting those precious photos for the 'gram. It's available in the Boing Boing Store for $12.99."

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pencil Dice

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Boing Boing.

"Roll Sebastian Bergne's $3.33 pencil dice across the table to get a randomish value from 1-6. Useful for writing choose-your-own-adventures!"

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Nazi Toy Pulled Off Shelves

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

"Toy model manufacturer Revell agreed to discontinue its model of the Haunebu II Flying Saucer, described as "the first object in the world capable of flying in space." According to the product description, the Nazi aircraft never made it past its 1943 test stage due to World War II. Thing is, none of that is true."

 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pen Stops Marijuana Users From Getting "Too High"

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"I just learned about Session Control, a new feature on an already-existing mobile app for the Pax Era portable vaporizer. It's great for people who microdose, like myself, or for folks new to cannabis. It lets you measure your doses, so that your hits are never too much."

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ice Cream That Gets You Drunk

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Alcoholic ice-cream treats have been around for a while, but actually getting drunk, or even a bit tipsy on them is a challenge, because, well, they aren’t very alcoholic. Enter, Buzz Pop Cocktails, a range of gourmet Italian sorbets that pack that punch you’ve been looking for."

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Drive-Thru Workers in Canadian City Dials 911 on Drunk Drivers

This came out Thursday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"A policing program that rewards fast-food drive-thru workers for calling the cops on suspected intoxicated drivers is raising questions about accountability and privacy in a mid-sized Canadian city."

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dessert Now Filled With Lakes

This came out yesterday with thanks to Earther.

 

"When Tropical Cyclone Mekunu rumbled over Oman in May, it dumped torrential rainfall on the city of Salalah. Now, a new satellite image reveals the extent of unloaded rainfall in the nearby desert of Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert and (normally) one of the driest places on Earth."

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pioneers Huge Challenges

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

 

"When the pioneers swept westward in the US in the 1800s, they needed raw material for their homesteads and daily lives – we forget that there were no plastics in those days. Big business of course followed and commercial logging followed the ever moving pioneer front."

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Case For Electric Schoolbus

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

The North American school bus has experienced few changes over the years. They're still purpose-built under federal regulations to be clearly distinguishable from other transit buses; they're still clad in a specifically formulated shade of yellow and feature the same impossibly high-backed seats, exterior warning lights and safety devices; they're still largely seatbelt- and AC-free; they're still subject to same painful pre-adolescent social hierarchy that dictates who sits in front and who sits in back.

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Canadian 12-Year-Old Do't Need to Jump in Hoops

This came out today yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"At just 12-years-old, Olivier Rioux already stands at 6-foot-11 (2.11 meters) which makes him one heck of an asset for his basketball team. Not only can he shoot the ball without any of his opponents even coming close to a block, but he can literally slam dunk on the 8-foot-tall basket without his feet leaving the ground."

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grandmother Kills  Bobcat With Her Bare Hands

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"She knew the large feline would go for her upper body, so she protected herself by squeezing on its throat. After a frightening battle that resulted in a broken finger, many bites and claw wounds to her face, hands, arms, chest and legs, Phillips finally managed to strangle the cat. She didn’t call for help because her 5-year-old granddaughter was in the house [and she didn’t want her to come outside].

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wall Socket Lights Up

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Blindly reaching under your desk to find an available outlet to plug in your dying laptop is never a safe idea—I’ve had it go wrong... it was not pleasant. Reaching for a flashlight is a safer approach, but Ten One Design’s new Stella plug is an even better one. It’s got its own built-in flashlight that only turns on when electricity is detected nearby, illuminating the outlet and reducing the risk of getting shocked."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

This is Why You Don't Park in Front of a Hydrant

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This photo, which comes courtesy of the Hamilton Township Fire Department, shows a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. The car's windows were smashed by the firefighters and a large hose threaded through them, so that a nearby fire may be fought."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Drawing the Line on Love

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Sometimes truth is just crazier than the deranged scrawlings on the walls of my empty Saturday evening skull."

 

"By way of an explanation, the AP proffers, this was done before an audience of 3,000 people at a festival, and the motorcycle was ridden by “a member of a family of artists.”

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hey Buddy, Game On!

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A group of Mexican friends have been causing hilarity on Latino social media by posting photos of their adventures at the Football Wold Cup in Russia featuring a life-size cardboard cutout of their friend, whose wife didn’t give him permission to go with them."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

She's Barking Mad

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"If she wasn’t married, Ruthy Bradshaw would love to legally change her name to Ruthy Doolitle to emphasize her unique talent – communicating with animals, even if they’ve passed away."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dinner is Served

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"It’s not every day that you see octopuses, starfish and prawns literally raining down from the sky, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, after strong winds sucked the marine creatures from the sea."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Stitch in Time...

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Arun Kumar Bajaj has a very unusual skill – he can paint with a sewing machine. Technically, it’s embroidering, not painting, but his artworks are so incredibly detailed that they could pass as hyper-realistic paintings to the untrained eye. And the fact that he does it all with a sewing machine just makes it that much more impressive."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Want a Little Cheese With That?

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

The National Institutes of Health maintain a 3D Print Exchange, a kind of miniature Thingiverse for open-licensed, 3D printable objects for teaching and practicing public health.

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Electric Boat Breaks Speed Record

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.


"You frequently see car manufacturers trying to break electric speed records on land, but where are the boats? Don't worry -- Jaguar, Vector and Williams feel the need for nautical speed. The trio have broken both the world and UK speed records with the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E, reaching an average speed of 88.61MPH on England's Coniston Water. While that may not sound fast, that's nearly 12MPH faster than the previous best, set all the way back in 2008."

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sandboarding

 

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"With snowpack disappearing and desertification expanding globally, the Global Warming Riders are making the best of a bad situation and shredding some challenging dunes.

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cowboy Parties of the Old West

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vintage News.

The image of the American frontier, stretching from the latter decades of the 19th century to the early years of the 20th century, is unimaginable without the saloon.

They were in places in the Southwest where Mexican cantinas had already popped up, but the saloons were the dirty pulsing heart of the frontier, especially as the number of pioneers steadily grew.

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Your Chance to Be King of the Castle and No Dirty Rascals

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

"If you’ve ever fancied owning your own castle, now might be the perfect time to buy."

"There are several currently on the market, as of June 2018. If the price is right, you could be living like a king or queen before the year is out."

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Most Beautiful Cradles In History

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

The cradle has always occupied a special spot in the home. It’s the holder of some of our first dreams about the precious tiny human beings who’ve just come into this world.

The cradle is also one of the first pieces of furniture with which we come into contact in our lives–though of course we can’t clearly remember it.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Win at This Bingo and Go To Jail

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, in Tennessee, has become famous for coming up with a unique approach to catching wanted people. They’ve created a weekly online game show called “Busted Bingo”, where wanted people are assigned numbered balls and randomly selected for an all-inclusive stay in a county jail cell. It’s probably the world’s first game show that no one wants to win.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gold-Plated Chicken

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

Deep-fried chicken wings aren’t usually considered a fancy gourmet meal, but one restaurant has come up with away to raise the raise the fast-food staple to luxury status. Introducing the world’s first gold-plated chicken wings.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Man Buries His Dad In New $90,000 BMW

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

A Nigerian man recently created a huge buzz online after spending $90,000 on a brand new BMW X5 and using it as a casket to bury his late father in.

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Trucks Have Weight Limits For a Reason

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik. Warning language. (VIDEO)

 

"I know that the specs listed about trucks are just long columns of boring numbers, but those numbers actually do have some meaning in the messy real world. The amount of weight you can comfortably place in the bed of the truck, the payload, that’s one of those numbers."

 

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Woman Stabs Eye With Eyeliner Pencil

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most women think that the worst thing that can happen while doing their makeup in a moving vehicle is to mess up and start over, but as this poor woman in Bangkok recently learned, there are worse things than makeup smudges."

 

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The World is Running Out of Sand

This came out Monday with thanks to Business Insider. (VIDEO)

 

"If you're planning a beach vacation, you'd better get to it soon. An alarming statistic for you: 67% of Southern California beaches? GONE by 2100. All because of sand. Even if you don't think about the grainy stuff, you use it daily. You're reading this off something made with sand, looking at it through a screen made with sand, surrounded by buildings made with concrete. I could let you guess what's in concrete, but I suspect you're already catching onto a theme here."

 

 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tent Cities For Kids

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

Tent cities for migrant children separated from their parents at the border? Sure, why not.

According to USA Today, the Department of Health and Human Services will be paying a visit to Fort Bliss Army base, just outside of El Paso, Texas to see if it would be a suitable location to set up a tent city designed to house between 1,000 and 5,000 migrant kids. According to the report, HHS officials are also eyeing Air Force bases in San Angelo and Abilene for the task

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What's a Family of 14 Boys Like?

 

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to AP.

 

"The laundry. The dirt. The Crossbow-eating contests. Chuckin’ dogs. Slappin’ horses. Yellin’ at trees. Eminem. If life in boy house sounds like chaos, that’s because it is." ~ Jezebel

 

"A Michigan couple has 14 boys and no regrets, regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it." ~ AP

 

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ladies, Throw Your Heels in the Garbage — It's Over

 

 

This came out tonight with thanks to Business Insider.

More women are choosing to dress down, and sales of high heels are suffering.

Online resale platform ThredUp recently released data that showed the company had seen a 38% increase in "heel purges" in the last three months, while sneaker sales were up 46% in the same period.

ThredUp accepts donations of clothing that it then resells online. Sellers can choose to accept cash for the sales or make a donation to charity.

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Whiskey Flavoured with Beaver

This came out yesterday with thanks to Food and Wine.

Any publicity is good publicity, and for New Hampshire-based spirits brand Tamworth Distilling, that includes the inevitable chatter that’s sure to pop up after deciding to flavor a new limited-edition whiskey with castoreum—a secretion that comes from a beaver’s castor sacs located not too far from its tail by the rodent’s bottom.

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Legal Fight Over Vial of Moondust

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"The question of who owns the moon is at the center of a new lawsuit filed against NASA by a woman who wants to keep a vial of lunar dust gifted to her by astronaut Neil Armstrong."

 

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Oldest Tree in the World Dying

This came out yesterday with thanks to BBC.

"A tree regarded as the icon of the African savannah is dying in mysterious circumstances."

"International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobab trees have died over the past 12 years. They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this."

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Automatic Cat Litter Box

This came Friday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"I love my cat. She's cute, cuddly and I think she's adorable when she's playing with string or chasing after a stuffed mouse. But the one thing about owning a cat that I'm definitely not a fan of is cleaning up her poop. It's stinky, it's messy and did I mention it's stinky? I've played around with the idea of getting an automated self-scooping litter box, but I may have come across something much more colorful -- and a tiny bit more terrifying -- here at Computex 2018. It's a cat-eared litter contraption that rotates and spins to collect your kitty's poop."

 

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lunar Lander Tiny Home

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

Boat designer Kurth Hughes designed and built this far out home on the Columbia River in central Washington. It's just 250-square-feet but contains a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dining nook with a table fashioned from Hughes's first sailboat. The geodesic dome skylight provides plenty of sunlight and a glorious view of the starry night.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Whole New Spin on Body Art

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Georgina Ryland, a makeup artist and beauty blogger from Brisbane, Australia, creates incredible body art using her own body as the canvas."

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Safer Phubbing

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Authorities in the Chinese city of Xi’an recently inaugurated a special sidewalk lane designed for “phubbers” – people who walk while staring at their smartphones and ignore everything around them."

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Fortune Buried On Everest

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Popular Q&A online platform AskFM recently launched its own cryptocurrency, ASKT, and decided to celebrate by hosting an original giveaway. Instead of simply giving away some tokens to randomly selected winners, they buried a crypto-wallet with 500,000 tokens in it on Mount Everest and challenged anyone brave enough to go find it."

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Outrageous Swimwear From the Past

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

"The most popular swimwear today–the bikini–was worn in the time of Ancient Rome too. At least that’s what we learn from one Roman villa near Sicily’s Piazza Armerina that displays a beautiful mosaic depicting women wearing something like a bikini."

"But if we take a look at beach apparel at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, times were drastically different."

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ikea Receipt Rug

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

"Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has been working on pieces for an upcoming IKEA collection. One of the first pieces to be unveiled is this pop-art rug that looks like an oversized shopping receipt."

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pride Painted Crosswalks

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

"In New Jersey, four crosswalks have been permanently painted in rainbow stripes. The Maplewood Township is the first in its state to permanently honor its diverse community in this way."

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

From the Ugliest to the Most Ornate Wood Stoves

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vintage News. (scroll down for the stoves)

"Many of us have a nostalgic love for antique wood cook stoves. Who wouldn’t one in our kitchen, given the warmth that fills the room and the special woodsmoke flavor added to food cooked in its oven? Or maybe you prefer a simpler, and smaller, wood heat stove topped with a flat hot-plate."

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

She's Serious

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Anzhelika Protodyakonova, a young fashion blogger from Russia, shot to social media flame after photos of her huge eyebrows, which cover most of her forehead, went viral on the internet."

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Reverse Vending Machine

This came out yesterday with tanks to Takeout.

 

"When I saw the phrase “reverse vending machine” in a headline, my cognitive wheels began to turn—but in a kind of weird figure-eight. Does a reverse vending machine suck in people, to be purchased by sentient bags of pretzels? Or does a reverse vending machine take in my food, and then spit me money? Turns out, it’s closer to the latter. Obviously."

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Cheapskate Pres Dining Table Preserved in Glass

This came out March 14 with thanks to Takeout.

 

Back in May 2016—in simpler, better times—President Barack Obama and gonzo chef Anthony Bourdian sat down for a $6 meal of noodles and beer at a casual restaurant in Vietnam. The celebrity visitors continue to be a draw for Hanoi restaurant Bun Cha Huong Lien, so much so that people refer to it as Bun Cha Obama, according to Viet Nam News.

 

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

No Monkey Around Honda's Mini-Bike is Back

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

Just as Honda teased with concepts last year, all-new Monkey and Super Cub bikes will be returning to the U.S. starting next year, and they look incredible.
 

The Honda Monkey and Super Cub bikes are some of the most recognizable bikes in the world, but the U.S. has been missing out on the fun for decades. Honda is remedying that with new 125cc models of both.

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Carbon-Based Gas

This came out Thursday with thanks to Nat Geo.

 

Imagine driving up to your local gas station and being able to choose between regular, premium, or carbon-free gasoline.

 

 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Earthquake News

Just in time to kick off the weekend a little 2.8'er happened this morning shortly after 10am on the west coast of Canada. (click the map for a larger version.)

"Lightly felt in the Gulf Islands, parts of southern Vancouver Island, and North Vancouver. There are no reports of damage, and none would be expected."

According to the coordinates Earthquakes Canada provided, that would be right around here. Could this be the precursor to a bigger one like a 4.5 or something along those lines? Are you ready? Got some extra food and water? Don't expect the government to rush in and save you. You have to take the initiative yourself and have at least 3-4 days of food & water. At least.

Giving to the Food Bank not only assists homeless and people struggling to make ends meet, but it's also a cheap form of public insurance in case of an emergency such as an earthquake.

 

 

 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Huge Hail Hits Town

This came out yesterday with thanks to CBS.

 

"Severe storms, including hail the size of baseballs, left a trail of damage from Carrollton to Coppell to Arlington early Wednesday. Windows and skylights were shattered, car lights were cracked or smashed, and tree branches were knocked to the ground."

 

“It actually sounded like God was throwing rocks at us,” said Coppell resident Brandi Rafael.

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Midget Town

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"Located in a remote southwest corner of China’s Sichuan Province is the tiny rural village of Yangsi. Surrounded by mountains and rice fields, it is much like many other isolated villages dotting the countryside here, and with only 80 current permanent residents is so small and nondescript that most people would probably pass it by without giving much thought to it. Yet, if one were to pay a visit one might be surprised to be greeted by diminutive villagers standing up to 3 feet 10 inches tall at most, and as short as 2 ft. 1 inch."

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Last Oz Midget Dies

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Jerry Maren, the oldest living actor to portray a Munchkin in the beloved 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, has died. He was 98 years old. Maren wasn’t just any Munchkin. He was one of the “Lollipop Guild,” and during the long song-and-dance sequence in Munchkinland, he emerged from the crowd in the middle of a trio, danced a little, and sang, “We represent the Lollipop Guild, and we welcome you to Munchkinland,” after which he presented Dorothy with his large lollipop."

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cool Cowgirls of the Wild West

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The chances are that your average Hollywood Western didn’t capture the image of a cowgirl, but rather that of a cowboy."

 

"Many of us may have grown accustomed to the image of a male riding that horse, engaging in a fierce duel with his rival, and firing those pistols. Historically speaking, women had their fair share of taming the broncos, too."

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Two-Wheeled Car

This came out on Tuesday with thanks to Bloomberg.

 

"The gyroscope balancing the car is under the seat, and doors open on both sides. Retractable wheels are under the doors."

 

"During a test drive, the gyrocar was quiet and stable, and more nimble than a traditional car when making turns."

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What Happened With A Rattler Was Incredible

This came out on yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A Texas man thought he had bested a rattlesnake by decapitating it, but when he tried to pick up the slain serpent’s head, it bit him and released a potentially fatal dose of venom into his body."

 

"His wife Jennifer Sutcliffe told local news station KIIITV that doctors said he might not survive, but he is now in recovery, thanks to 26 vials of antivenom. Trauma surgeon Michael Halpert told the news outlet the man’s kidney function is weak, but he is stable."

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Pizza Bouquet

This came out on today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

We've seen donut bouquets before but now an East Coast-based pizza chain has taken this trend to the next logistical step with their Pizza Bouquet and Boutonniere.

This cheesy set isn't for sale though. If you're tying the knot and want to have the pizza-themed wedding of the century, you'll have to head over to Villa Italian Kitchen to enter to win the set.

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ASCII Tattoos

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Centtral.

 

"Invented in the 1970s, ASCII art is still popular in online chats, on forums and websites, but one insanely talented tattoo artist is able to ink stunning portraits using only the 95 characters characters from the 1963 American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) standard on his clients’ skin."

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Teen Looks Like Senior

This came yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Looking at Xiao Cui for the first time, you could swear he is at least 80 years old, but in fact he is only an 18-year-old high-school student suffering from a very rare health condition that has caused his facial muscles and skin to droop, making him look a lifetime older than he really is."

 

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Explosion Caught People Off Guard

This came out yesterday with thanks to Earther.

 

"On Sunday, a major volcanic eruption rocked Guatemala. At least 25 are dead after Volcan de Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, sent pyroclastic flows of super heated gas, ash and debris rumbling down its flank. An estimated 1.7 million people have been impacted by the eruption, which caused ash to fall in Guatemala City 20 miles to the northeast."

 

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Meteor Spotted Mere Hours Before It Came In

"This 8 second YouTube clip of an asteroid over Botswana was posted Saturday. It's already had over 600,000 views. They didn't spot it until a few hours before impact. Reports are that they don't miss the larger ones and as Nat Geo reported they usually come in over sparely populated areas with the exception of the Chelyabinsk one over Russia."

 

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Electric Vehicles Being Made in Burnaby

1000 of these three-wheel electric vehicles are being made in Burnaby. They'll be going for just under $20,000. If you want one you'll need to put $250 down or $1000 down depending on the model.

 

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Plastic Garbage Kills Whale

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Plastic is choking the Earth at an alarming speed, a fact I and everyone reading this blog should think about every time we toss a disposable straw or the plastic packaging encasing a new set of stainless steel straws. And it appears plastic literally choked one short fin pilot whale, who was found in Thailand..."

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Projection Show

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Sydney's annual Vivid festival fills the harbour with barges equipped with powerful projectors that use the buildings ringing the harbour (especially the iconic Sydney Opera House) as geometrically complex screens for projection-mapped lightshows, synchronised to music."

 

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Huge Fence Keeps Some Animals Out and Others In

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network

 

"Feral foxes and cats eager for a quick meal in the wilds of central Australia have a new formidable obstacle to contend with."

 

"The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has put the finishing touches on the world's largest cat-proof fence, a 27-mile-long enclosure of electrified wire and netting encompassing more than 23,000 acres. Called the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, this former cattle station has been transformed into a haven for 11 critically endangered marsupials, birds and other threatened species."

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Spokeless Ferris Wheel

This came out Thursday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Standing 476 feet (145 meters) tall, the Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel is a marvel of architectural engineering. The Ferris wheel has something else going for it, too: It doesn't have any spokes."

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cute as a Button

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Asia Eriksen, a horror enthusiast from Coaldale, Pennsylvania, has found an intriguing way of combining her artistic talent and her passion for horror – she spends weeks, sometimes even month,s creating custom werewolf babies called “werepups”."

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fanny Pack Sandals

This came out from Boing Boing Thursday.

 

"Nike's new "Benassi JDI Fanny Pack" slide sandals may be the perfect footwear to don while sporting another hybrid fashion choice, the shirt-shirt.

Summer's looking stylish AF!"

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Dog Stares at the Wall

"A Labrador in the Argentinian city of General Roca has become a local attraction and an online sensation for a very peculiar reason – he spent at least three days staring at the blue wall of a bus station and no one can explain why."

 

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Library in Your Phone

"Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere."

 

 

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Viral Video: Someone Needs Glasses

This 3 minute Youtube clip came Monday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Construction workers in Moscow using a rooftop crane to lift a giant pane of glass to the top of a 30-plus-story skyscraper will unfortunately have to try it once again. The glass was almost in their reach when the cable apparently snapped, sending the window and its support rig plummeting to the ground."

 

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Catapulting Cats

This came out today on Jezzie. In case you haven't seen it then here it is. If you luv your mew mews then this is for you. If you're not a cat person then this is for you too.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Appetizing Beer

This came out today out today on Oddity Central.

 

"In an attempt to raise awareness about the ability to turn wastewater into safe drinking water, a brewery in Stockholm, Sweden has launched a new beer brand made with recycled sewage water."

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Casual and Office in One

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

The designers at luxury fashion house Balenciaga are taking "dress in layers" a smidge too literally with their Double Shirt.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Eye See What you're Talking About

This came out last Thursday with thanks to Daily Net.

 

"To put it clearly, it involves implanting platinum jewelry called "SafeSight" jewelry into the patient's eyeball. Mind you, it is a piece of metal implanted IN THE EYEBALL." 

 

Enough said.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Way Too Nice to Eat

This came yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"At just 31 years of age, Elena Gnut, Pastry Chef from Kaliningrad, Russia, is already recognized as one of the world’s most talented cake artists. And looking at her impressive portfolio, it’s easy to see why."

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cheesy Sport

"Join us August 20th in Whistler Blackcomb for the 2016 Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival. Celebrate the cheese chase with loads of FREE family fun – from games and races to cheese tasting and seminars. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!"

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Goodyear Would Be Jealous

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

"A group of guys from the YouTube channel Life OD first crafted a working tire out of $80 worth of duct tape, then they daisy-chained 100,000 rubber bands together to make another one."

"Why? Apparently, because they can."

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Banning One-Use Plastic

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"The European Commission is proposing a ban on around 10 single-use plastic items that it says account for approximately 70 percent of all garbage in the European Union’s waters and beaches, including cutlery, straws, cotton buds, plates, some coffee cups, and stirrers, CNN Money reported on Monday."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Trees That Bleed When Cut

This came out with this yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

 

"Right between the Horn of Africa to the east and the Arabian Peninsula to the west, and there isn’t anything like it. Rarely is there a place that makes people feel as if they are transported to another time, let alone a place that makes them shiver at the thought that there might be dinosaurs lurking around. Labeled the “the most alien place on Earth,” many myths and legends have sprung up to explain its otherworldly scenery and alien-like bio-diverse nature."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Man Scales Building to Save Dangling Child

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

"It took 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama just seconds to reach a child that was dangling from the fifth-floor balcony of a building in Paris, saving the four-year-old boy."

 

"The undocumented migrant worker from Mali was rewarded handsomely for his courageous act. French President Emmanuel Macron met with the man and granted him French citizenship and a job as a firefighter. "

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Food Games

This came out Thursday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Food is an occasional subject in board games, but you can’t actually eat Candy Land. Game designer Jenn Sandercock, though, wants to bring food to the table in a new way, by making board games where eating is essential. She’s created 12 edible tabletop games so far, all of which require a trip to the supermarket."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Opioids Found in Sea Life

This came out Friday with thanks to Live Science.

 

"Mussels off the coast of Seattle have tested positive for opioids."

 

"These mussels, however, were never intended to end up on the dinner table. Instead, they were used specifically to measure levels of pollution in the waters of Puget Sound, according to a May 9 statement from the Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington, Tacoma."

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Autonomous Boats

This came out yesterday with thanks to Wired.

 

"Despite many developers’ efforts to teach cars to steer themselves around roads filled with human drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, the first great wave of autonomous vehicles may not arrive on land. Instead, it might follow the time-honored tradition of running away from tricky problems by heading for the open seas."

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Oldest Tree on Earth is Still Growing

This came out Sunday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"A weather-beaten pine clinging to a rocky slope in Italy is being called the oldest tree in Europe ever to be scientifically dated."

 

"According to a new paper published in the journal Ecology, the species of Heldreich's pine, nicknamed "Italus" by researchers, is at least 1,230 years old. Even more surprising, despite lacking a substantial canopy, this particular pine appears to be thriving, with heavy ring growth added to its trunk over the last several decades."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tracking Opioid Usage through Sewage

This came out Friday with thanks to Scientific American.

 

"The two-liter bottle of sewage sitting in a lab at Arizona State University is the yellow-brown color of smog. It was shipped overnight from one of a half dozen cities that have recently asked A.S.U. to begin studying their waste for chemical signatures that may help save lives. Such slurries of poop and urine have become one of the latest—and most pungent—ways communities are now trying to address the opioid crisis."

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Portugal Saves Lives By Legalizing All Drugs

This came out Monday with thanks to Bloomberg. (VIDEO)

 

"In less than two decades, Portugal went from suffering an epidemic of heroin use, drug-related crimes and deaths to enjoying one of the lowest rates of drug-related deaths in the world. This excellent, short video from Bloomberg explores why this is the case."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Canadian Conservative Plays the Race Card

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Dave writes, "Maxime Bernier, a far-right asshole who ran for leadership of Canada's Progressive Conservative party on a platform of 'fair gun policy' and 'standing up for rural Canadians,' decided that his colleague across the aisle (Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes) thought too much about her skin colour, and let it taint her point of view."

 

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Parents Sue Son

This came out yesterday with thanks to to Oddity Central

 

"A 30-year-old man from Camillus, New York, was recently ordered by a judge to move out of his parents house, after they sued him for refusing to leave voluntarily."

 

"Parents Mark and Christina Rotondo had been trying to convince their 30-year-old son Michael to get a place of his own for several months, before taking him to court. They reportedly started giving him notices on February 2nd, telling him that he needed to get a job and move out. They even tried offering him $1,100 as an incentive to leave their house, but even though he took the money, he refused to move, saying it wasn’t enough for him to live anywhere else. Left with no other options, they went to their local town court to get him evicted."

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grandma Ma!

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 71-year-old woman from Mazatlan, Mexico, claims that she is six-months pregnant and will soon give birth to a beautiful girl. This would make her the oldest mother in history."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Heavy Sleeper

This came out today with thanks to Kinja. (VIDEO)

 

 

"These blankets are great for winding down and unburdening your mind at the end of a long day. You know the lead bib they put on you at the dentist when they do X-rays? Remember how nice that weight feels? It’s like that, but for your entire body, and whenever you want."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Thanks to 3D printing, the fabrication of prosthetic arms, lightweight EV parts and even space travel have benefited from lower costs of production. Eager to build on that is a team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). They've built a fleet of self-driving boats that could provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of autonomous transportation."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Butterfingers

This came out today with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"In many cultures, sculpted butter is an artistic medium, whether as a banquet-hall spectacle or an exhibit at the county fair. But for Tibetan Buddhist monks and laity, artistic butter designs, known as torma or tsepdro, take on a spiritual role."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plate Your Drone or Else

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

 

"When you register a drone with the FAA, you'll get a government-issued ID number you can put as a note inside the battery compartment or any other internal part of the machine. In the future, though, you may have to make sure that number is perfectly visible -- sort of a like small license plate for your UAV. Bloomberg has discovered a proposed rule filed earlier this month that would "require small unmanned aircraft owners to display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA upon completion of the registration process on an external surface of the aircraft." If it becomes an official rule, you'd no longer be allowed to keep that number hidden."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Oh Bite Me Already

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Joe Quililan, a young snake catcher from the Philippines, has been dubbed “Venom Man” for his unusual habit of allowing poisonous snakes to bite him every week and even injecting small quantities of venom into his body in order to boost his resistance to it."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beans Before Breakfast for Beethoven

This came yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Even if you never listen to any classical music, you probably recognize the famously ominous opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: da-da-da dummmmmmmm. (Depending on your movie tastes, you may recognize the Fifth on the soundtracks of The Breakfast Club, Austin Powers the Goldmember, or Howards End.) Beethoven was so deaf by the time he wrote and premiered his Ninth and final, most glorious symphony, he couldn’t hear the admiring audiences’ thunderous applause."

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Off Road Street

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"There are many types of motorcycles and most are optimized for a specific style of riding. But as far as I’m concerned, a street legal dirt bike is the galaxy-brain solution and so the 2019 Honda CRF450L, with its LED turn signals and big-displacement single-cylinder engine, is about to become the ultimate two-wheeler."

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cat Ballou

This came out last week with thanks to Reuters.

 

"With big blues eyes and stubby tails, two kittens taken in by a San Antonio family looked adorable until the fiery seven-week-old felines ripped apart formula bottles and repeatedly bit the hands that were trying to feed them."

 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Steak A Claim

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Dutch company Vivera claims it has created the holy grail of plant-based protein – a 100% vegan steak that tastes and smell so good that consumers will barely be able to tell that it’s not actual steak."

 

"Made primarily of soy and wheat, the groundbreaking vegan steak is the result of one and a half years of trial and error, with Vivera’s experts working against the clock to ensure that the Dutch company is the first to bring a 100% plant-based steak to market."

 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Incredible Paper Flowers

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

"Tiffanie Turner has mastered the art of the paper flower to the point that she can make enormous crepe-paper blooms that still somehow look real."

 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eggstra Read All About It

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Ever hear the phrase “it’s so hot outside, you could hatch a chicken egg”? Me neither, but it’s apparently a thing that can happen, at least judging by this viral video from China. It shows a truck carrying dozens of egg cartons, and chicks literally hatching from the eggs as it’s driving along. It’s only a few seconds long, but you can clearly see at least five hatched chicks, as well as some tiny feet breaking through the egg shells and some empty shells."

 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Robot Wrecking Machine

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

"Husqvarna's remote-controlled demolition robots remind me of the machine art performances that Survival Research Laboratories has staged since 1977."

"Husqvarna bills its machines as "remote workmates ready to tackle your heaviest, most challenging jobs.""

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Air Jets Make Motorcycles Safer

This came out yesterday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"It's one of the most common types of motorcycle crash, and it's nearly impossible to correct it once it starts happening: Your tires lose traction around a curve, causing your wheels to slide out from under you. Hello lowside crash."

 

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Air Jets Make Motorcycles Safer

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"As you drive along the B3024 to Windsor you’ll see what you might expect: fields filled with horses, hedgerows, and scattered small houses. Until you turn a corner and drive past two enormous heads bearing a striking resemblance to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip."

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Albatross Surfer is Robotic

This came Friday with thanks to Tech Explore.

 

"MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat."

 

"In regions of high wind, the is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Trampoline LED Lights

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This is a really fun project that lights up when you jump on it! These trampolines are meant for exercising and jumping on this thing for just a few minutes feels like a working out so perfect for tiring out kids, just be sure to supervise them. It works really well and looks amazing at night, especially around a fire pit with a fog machine."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Trampoline LED Lights

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Tonight at The Boring Company Information Session not all of the talk centered on flamethrowers. Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis described many details of their visions for an underground network that could alleviate traffic problems in big cities. Musk said "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches," but did take a moment to call out flying taxi solutions (like Uber Elevate) right off the bat due to danger and noise.""

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Mesmerizing NYC Flyover

This 3½ minute YouTube clip came out Thursday.

 

"Some folks believe that 8K TV is overkill, but cinematographer Phil Holland just flaunted video of New York City captured in sweeping 12K. He used three RED Weapon Monstro 8K VistaVision cameras (turned sideways) mounted on a special rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead. The videos were then stitched together to create a 12K, 48fps film with each frame equivalent to 100 megapixels, using a sensor area roughly equivalent to 645 medium format film."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Car-Free Days in London?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"That troubling figure, however, may soon drop as Mayor Sadiq Khan signals that he's prepared to take further action in combating what he has called a "shameful" ongoing public health crisis in the smog-shrouded British capital city."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Vancouver Bans Plastic Straws

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"Vancouver became the first Canadian city to ban single use plastic straws, although the move won’t take effect until June 2019." The city’s government approved the motion this week, alongside the prohibition of polystyrene foam take out containers and cups."

 

"It is part of the city’s ZeroWaste 2040 plan, which aims to make the third largest city in Canada a “zero waste” place."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

An Uncommon Cure for the Common Cold

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Lots of sleep. Vitamin C. Chicken soup.Yes, having a cold sucks. But after roughly 3,000 years, that’s the best treatment we’ve come up with. Soon, though, we might not be so defenseless against the nasty viruses that leave us achy, stuffy, sniffly, and sneezy."

"Researchers at Imperial College London (ICL) have developed a new molecule that doesn’t target cold symptoms or even the virus itself: it affects the cells in our bodies that betray us when we catch a cold. They published their research yesterday in Nature Chemistry."

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Great Molasses Flood

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"“The Great Molasses Flood.” At first, it sounds surreal—maybe even a little comical. But there was nothing funny about an event that took place almost a century ago on the streets of Boston. On January 15, 1919, the city suffered through one of the strangest disasters in history: a tidal wave of molasses which tore through the city’s North End, toppling buildings, trapping people and animals, and leaving utter devastation in its wake.

 

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Self-Chilling Cans Are Out

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"I didn’t think one of the coolest beverage innovations of the past few years would come courtesy of 7-Eleven, but here we have it: The convenience stores chain has debuted a coffee line called Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee, and it’s packaged in self-chilling cans. Self-chilling!

 

"Developed by packaging manufacturer The Joseph Company International, the 8.4-ounce cans are “activated” when the customer turns a knob at the bottom of the can, releasing CO2 that cools the coffee inside in about 90 seconds. It even makes a neat hissing sound, kind of like a venting Instant Pot.

 

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wag Walkers Lose Dogs

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Dog-walking service Wag, the subject of fairly numerous press reports in the tabloid media regarding lost canines, has come up again in NYC rag the New York Post in reference to yet another pup that slipped a leash."

 

"According to the Post’s report, said dog is named Teddy, was lost in East Harlem on May 11th, and was eventually recovered the next day when he made his way back to the owner’s home on Saturday. Photos of the dog in question confirm our initial assumption that Teddy is adorable."

 

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Solid Metal Handmade Keyboard Keys

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"For $13, you too can have a writhing brass cephalopod instead of an escape key, one of various bizarre artisan keycaps on offer at BGkeycaps' Etsy store."

 

"These are solid metal keycaps, Not resin made to look like metal. Each keycap is made by hand and cast exactly as a piece of jewelry would be made. They weigh 10-20 grams each. Finishes may vary because I use recycled brass and the different alloys patina differently."

 

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Toy Gun Shoots Glow Sticks

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Star Wars cosplayers of the world take note: Joerg Sprave, the internet’s favorite slingshot-designing mad scientist, has come up with a clever way to simulate blaster fire in real life. Instead of employing dangerously powerful lasers that will get you kicked out of a convention faster than you can reload, his replica of Rey’s blaster from Star Wars: The Force Awakens fires glow sticks, creating a convincing effect."

 

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What To Do If You're Choking

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Takeout.

 

Do you wolf down your dinner? A speed eater? Then chances are you cheat death every time you eat. Stats are that the fourth leading cause of accidental deaths in the US is by choking. What do you do if you find yourself choking? This item that came out yesterday from Takeout tells you.

 


 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Robots Will Care for Seniors in the Future

This came out today with thanks The Express.Co

 

"The humanoid companions, which are equipped with artificial intelligence, will be able to recognise the needs and emotions of frail, elderly residents."

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

An Ice Knife?

This came out today with thanks to DIGG. (VIDEO)

 

"Who needs expensive cutlery when they've got a knife like this. This knife will cut through anything."

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Porche Oddities

This came out Saturday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"When we describe a car’s aesthetics, there are certain words we tend to use. They can be sexy or sleek, square or sporty, functional or futuristic. Cars, however, are usually not called “fat”. Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is asking, why not?"

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Leggo My Pinball

This came out Thursday with thanks to Ars Technica.

 

"If you're a nostalgia-minded geek, you might have a soft spot for the classic Space Lego sets, with their iconic orbiting rocket ship logo. You might also be fond of the physical action of pinball, full of tactile sensations so often missing from modern gaming. You probably never expected the two to meet in one of the more amazingly geeky pairings in recent memory, a pinball machine called Benny's Spaceship Adventure made entirely of Lego bricks."

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Flower River

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Like any river, the Bulb River is bordered by “eddies,” in this case made up of 1,500 bright yellow daffodils to compliment the lovely purple-blue flow. They are arranged at intervals on both sides of the river, which flows down a gentle hill and winds around the trees and bushes that populate the grounds."

 

 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tooth and Nails

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The stuff nightmares are made of: TEETH NAILS. I'm fighting tooth and nail to express my "thanks" to Nail_Sunny, the Russian nail art chain who created these monsters."

 

 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Flying Uber Taxis

This came yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Airports are smelly, cramped, and filled with terrible waits. And forget about bus and train terminals — they’re barely better. But what if we could skip all that by pulling out our smartphone, hailing a flying Uber, and hopping on board, while laughing at the plebes back in line at security?"

 

 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dine and Dash Dater

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Paul Gonzales is not the first and probably not the last man to ditch a new date and leave her with the restaurant bill, but he is definitely the most notorious and prolific dine-and-dash dater in recent history. According to news reports, the Pasadena man has been leaving his dates with the bill for over three years."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

All Female Island Scrutinized

This came out today with thanks to Sputnik News.

 

"Advertised as a "rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires," an island off the coast of Raasepori in southern Finland is being touted as an all-inclusive, testosterone-free luxury resort. According to the Supershe website, the island can accommodate ten women in four newly-renovated cabins."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ouija Board Whodunnit

This came out Monday with thanks to ABC.Net.AU.

 

"In 1994, English insurance broker Stephen Young was found guilty of the gruesome double murder of Harry and Nicola Fuller. When the sentence came down, Sussex Police detective Graham Hill believed justice had been served."

"The couple had been found dead on the floor of their home a year earlier, with Nicola shot three times and Harry shot in the back at close range."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Water for Emergencies

This came out last Thursday with thanks to Science Daily.

 

"Now, researchers are bringing this technology into the modern age, using it to sanitize water at what they report to be record-breaking rates."

 

"By draping black, carbon-dipped paper in a triangular shape and using it to both absorb and vaporize water, they have developed a method for using sunlight to generate clean water with near-perfect efficiency."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ashes to Ashes, But...

This came Thursday with thanks to Splinter.

 

"Two women were arrested on Tuesday after one of them threw what she said were her niece’s ashes at Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck as part of a protest."

 

"Sheila Hines-Brim said she was protesting the death of her niece Wakiesha Wilson, who died in LAPD custody in 2016. Video of the incident shows Hines-Brim walking away from Beck and shouting, “That’s Wakiesha. She’s going to stay with you.’”

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Skimreaper

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"The New York Police Department is testing out a device called the “Skim Reaper” in an effort to hinder credit card fraud."

 

"The technology, developed by an engineering professor and two graduate students from the University of Florida, slides into credit card readers found on ATMs or gas dispensers to quickly detect the presence of an extra “read head.” Scammers install these extra readers so they can scan the card and copy information—a crime known as skimming."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Wild Inside

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vimeo.

 

"The Wild Inside follows Arizona prisoners in a program where they work to break wild horses rounded up from the desert."

 

"Since 1971, the federal government has captured over 300,000 wild horses. The program only employs 30 of the 40,000 prisoners in the Arizona State system. The film largely focuses on one of the inmates who is about to be released after six years."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Safe Two-Seaters

This came Monday with thanks to Techxplore.

 

"SureFly's hybrid gas- and battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle is making news after declaring success on its first flight—manned, untethered, lifting off for the first time, outside Cincinnati, Ohio."

 

"The hybrid electric two-seat helicopter SureFly from truck company Workhorse."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cat Warbler

This came out Sunday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A woman in Norwich, UK, was recently banned from singing and playing loud music in her apartment, after neighbors complained that her screeching sounded like “a drowning cat”."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Air Fryers?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Wired.

 

"A few months back, I went to a kitchen appliance trade show and was surprised by the large number of manufacturers coming out with air fryers. "Enjoy great tasting fried food" reads the cover recipe booklet for Philip's new Airfryer XXL, a lovely sounding idea."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Girl With Not Hands Is Handwriting Champion

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Anaya Ellick is the proud winner of the Nicholas Maxim national handwriting contest for a second time. As someone with messy handwriting, this accomplishment in and of itself impresses me. But considering 9-year-old Anaya doesn't even have hands, the feat is full on mind-blowing."

 

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Wearable Sodium Sensor for Hypertension

This came out yesterday with thanks to Techxplore.

 

"For people who have hypertension and certain other conditions, eating too much salt raises blood pressure and increases the likelihood of heart complications. To help monitor salt intake, researchers have developed a flexible and stretchable wireless sensing system designed to be comfortably worn in the mouth to measure the amount of sodium a person consumes."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Chocolate Boulevard

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"When trucks full of stuff flip, they sometimes spill their contents on the ground. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes it’s a ton of skittles. This time it’s warm, brown goo."
 

"A truck spilled tons of liquid chocolate along a highway in western Poland on Wednesday, initially blocking six lanes of traffic, the Associated Press reports. This might be a dream of yours, until you actually see the caked sludge littering the highway."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Woman Disguises Herself to Fight in the Civil War

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The blue and gray of the Civil War had a surprising pink streak running through it."

 

"Even though the Union and Confederacy both strictly forbade women from fighting, an estimated 400 to 750 women clandestinely took up arms for one side or the other."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Amazon's Weird Dystopian Future

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Amazon announced Wednesday that it will try to pitch the general public on its dystopian future by launching interactive showrooms in model homes across the country to show off its full line of smart home products.

"The rooms, called “Amazon Experience Centers,” will be filled with Alexa-enabled products, everything from the thermostat to the lighting fixtures, all of which will respond to Amazon’s wildly popular AI assistant. The company will also hook up the televisions with Fire TV to show off Prime Video content and sprinkle around some Amazon Dash Buttons."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Why a Man Painted His Face Green

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"In what can only be described as one of the dumbest ideas by a criminal ever, a young Russian thief covered his face with green paint to make himself harder to recognize by potential witnesses. Spoilers – it didn’t work."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Man Drives 40 Miles With Bees Loose in His Truck Cab

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Wallace Leatherwood, a beekeeper from North Carolina, went through what most people would consider a living nightmare and came out unscathed. He drove 40 miles with thousands of bees loose in the cabin of his truck, and didn’t get a single sting."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

UPS Trucks Look Like Their Right Out of a Pixar Movie

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"UPS has revealed sleek new electric trucks that look like they've rolled straight out of Pixar's Cars series. The company revealed it's working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles. UPS says the trucks have a longer range than other delivery vehicles, reaching around 150 miles on a single charge. As with all electric vehicles, they have zero emissions."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

First Robotic Surgery Assistant

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Surgical robots are capable of feats that even the most skilled doctors can't manage, and the University of Pennsylvania just offered a textbook example. The school has confirmed that it performed the first-ever robot-assisted spinal surgery, using Da Vinci's robotic arms to remove a rare tumor where patient Noah Pernikoff's spine met his skull."

 

"The two-day operation, which took place in August 2017, started with neurosurgeons preparing the spine using ultrasonic cuts, and then brought in the robot to clear a path for removing the tumor through Pernikoff's mouth (you can see a slightly graphic illustration below). The team then used some of Pernikoff's own bone to reconstruct the spinal column section they'd removed."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A British Officer WHo Was Struck By Lightning Seven Times

This came out Monday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

Whether you consider yourself lucky or unlucky, in life you’re inevitably left to play the hand of cards you’re dealt. But what if your hand included four strikes of lightning? That was indeed the case for Walter Summerford, who was hit by lightning three separate times–and once more after he was laid to rest.

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Chemical Foam Covers River

This came out Monday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Residents in the southern Indian city of Bangalore have been waking up to a surreal sight: a lake covered in what appears to be billowing drifts of snow. "

 

"The frothy drifts cover vast stretches of Bellandur Lake, a 900-acre body of water near the country’s sprawling tech capital — and for a city with May temps hovering around 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 C), it’s unlikely to be caused by a freak summer snowfall."

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Nike Wants Conveyor Belts Inside Runners

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A recently published patent filed by Nike depicts a new “rotatable conveyor element” designed to help people put on their shoes. Essentially a tiny treadmill, the proposed device is a conveyer belt that’s embedded in a shoe’s insole and “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space,” according to the patent first spotted by Digital Trends."

 

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

An Amazing Woman

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Daily Mail.

 

"A Zimbabwean woman who had her arm bitten off by a crocodile just days before her wedding, has gotten married in hospital."

 

"Zanele Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, was attacked while canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls with her British husband-to-be."

 

"Jamie Fox watched on in horror as 25-year-Ms Ndlovu had her right arm torn off and her left hand bitten by the crocodile."

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Deconstructed Suit

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Unravel Project, a non-conformist luxury fashion brand created by French designer Ben Taverniti, is taking the ‘less is more’ concept to a whole new level with a deconstructed blazer that consists of half an actual blazer. Luckily, what this intriguing garments lacks in fabric, it more than makes up in price, costing a whopping $1,450."

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Wood and Roper Computers

This came today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

If you like your PCs to look like a coffee maker from a 1970s yacht, you'll love this case mod. It's pretty neat in terms of heat sinks, but it has a rather large footprint.

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

New Type of Sub

This came Friday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

Submarines are the coolest thing ever, until you realize using one means you’ll be hundreds of yards deep as a small pocket of air in a large, unrelenting body of water—inescapable if something, you know, goes wrong. With that cheery thought in mind, Aston Martin now has a production version of its submarine.

That submarine also has a “mix of hand-stitched leather and high-performance carbon fibre” on the interior, because you’re not truly rich unless there’s carbon fiber on everything you own—even the underwater vehicles.

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Radio Controlled Power

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

MrBeast, best known for surprising video game streamers and restaurant workers with enormous donations and tips, also dabbles in goofy experiments, like seeing how many toy cars it takes to pull an actual car.

 

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

California Government Says Time to Go Solar

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

There's no question that solar power is entering the mainstream, but California is about to give it a giant boost. The state's Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condos and apartment buildings from 2020 onward. There will be exemptions for homes that either can't fit solar panels or would be blocked by taller buildings or trees, but you'll otherwise have to go green if your property is brand new.

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Taking the Bite out of  Mosquitoes

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

I'm going to Japan for a month this summer. I know two things for certain: it will be mushi atsui (muggy hot) and I will get bitten by ka (mosquitoes). My favorite way to relive the itch of a mosquito bite is with this little device, which delivers a tiny spark of static electricity when you press the trigger. About 10 presses of the trigger will stop the itching for hours. Everyone in my family uses it. Thay cost about $10 on Amazon. It doesn't need batteries. It has a piezoelectric crystal in it. I've had one for years and it still works.

 

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Goodwill Floats

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Armed Forces

 

The HMCS Vancouver is in Hong King today spreading Canadian good will.

 

"It's a Halifax-class frigate. Halifax-class frigates carry extensive anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare weapons and sensors to complement their substantial anti-air warfare defenses. The combination of these weapon and sensors systems, coupled with state of the art damage control and machinery control systems, make frigates one of the most advanced warship designs in the world."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Volcano's Good Side

This came out thanks to Gizmodo, The Daily Mail and The Conversation.

 

"Volcano ash can wreck jet engines, poison freshwater lakes and hurt lungs but tectonic forces release Earth’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere. It also helps fertilize oceans, that volcano researchers and marine chemists say feeds phytoplankton with tons of iron-rich ash which then pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Volcanic deposits also create some of the best farmland on Earth."

 

"The downside? Being in the way of one. Here's a screen shot of Lelani Heights n Hawaii clipped out of an overhead flyby."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

It May Be Offensive, But...

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Canadian man has been involved in a legal battle with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation after having his vanity license plate revoked for featuring a “socially unacceptable slogan”. The problem is that that slogan is also the man’s family name."

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Showers for Homeless?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Solis, a former California congresswoman and Obama-era United States Secretary of Labor, is on a mission to change that by unveiling mobile restrooms, complete with shower facilities, at certain Metro stations."

 

"Going from almost no restrooms to restrooms outfitted with showers may seem like a bold leap. It's safe to assume that, under most circumstances, the average Metro Rail customer would take a hard pass if given the opportunity to shower at a subway station. But Solis isn't targeting the average subway commuter."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

More Uses for Lego

This came out today with thanks to Sploid.

 

"Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also arguably hardest to make. Can you really trust yourself to safely use a hot stove while you’re still half asleep? Obviously not, and why go to all that effort when you can build a Lego machine to make you bacon and eggs while you catch a few extra minutes of shuteye."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

"Prohibition Ends at Last"

This came out Tuesday with thanks to The Conversation.

 

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is on the horizon. Canadian provinces are taking different approaches to how it will be sold to the public.

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) grabbed attention in April for identifying its first store locations. But it was the accompanying call for product suppliers that caught my eye as a business professor. It hints at OCRC’s future relationships with cannabis growers and consumers.

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Horse Sues Owner

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"An Oregon woman who allegedly left her horse outside during the winter without adequate care and shelter, causing it pain and suffering, is now being sued by the animal for more than $100,000 in damages."

 

"It’s not every day you hear about horses taking humans to court, but in states like Oregon this sort of thing has been possible ever sing 2014, when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that animals can be victims of crime and have legally protected rights. Justice, the horse in this particular case, is listed as a plaintiff in the legal action against its former owner, and, just like a human, has a team of lawyers fighting on its behalf."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Rainmaking Machine Vanished in the 1930s

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The song “Cloudbusting,” released by Kate Bush in 1985, was based on Peter Reich’s childhood memories about his father’s rainmaking machine, the “cloudbuster.” Wilhelm Reich was a controversial Austrian doctor and psychoanalyst who, among other things, experimented with artificially stimulating rainfall. By the time Reich died in prison in 1957, he had become infamous for his radical and overtly sexual psychology methods and pseudo-scientific practices; reportedly, no academic journal released an obituary for him."

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Free-Floating Funds

This came out yesterday with thanks to the New York Times.

 

"There was hardly a cloud in the sky over Indianapolis on Wednesday morning when it started raining money."

 

"In a moment that instantly tested the core of human morality, the definition of right and wrong, and the limits of acceptable risk, the back door of a Brink’s armored truck swung open during rush hour on Interstate 70, blowing bags of cash onto the highway."

 

You can watch the Facebook clip here.


 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Scenic See-Saw

This came out today with thanks to Mother News Network.

 

The world’s largest continuous system of intertidal sand and mud flats, this vital wetland ecosystem — technically part of the North Sea tucked between the European mainland and the Frisian Islands — stretches from the Dutch province of North Holland northward through the river estuaries of Germany before ending in Esbjerg, a seaport in westernmost Denmark. Encompassing nearly 4,000 square miles of salt marshes, sweeping dunes and treasured national parks, the entirety of this vast coastal environment is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage area — obviously a very special place worth protecting.

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Suntan Lotion is Killing Coral

This came out today with thanks to Buzzfeed.

 

"Hawaii is set to become the first state in the US to ban the sale of sunscreen chemicals that are toxic to coral reefs and marine life."

 

"A bill to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals toxic to the ocean was passed by the Hawaii state legislature Tuesday and will now go to the governor's office for his signature. If signed, the ban would start in 2021."

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Boy-less Scouts

This came out today with thanks to USA Today.

 

"The Boy Scouts of America doubled down Wednesday on its quest to become the scouting organization of choice for boys and girls, announcing it will drop "Boy" from the name of its signature program. But the decision didn't impress the Girl Scout organization, which noted no new, "girl specific" programming."

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wide Glide Low Ride

This came out today with thanks to Wired.

 

 

"When I ask Bradley Worthington to tell me about that one time people in the southwest thought his trucking company, McCollister's, was moving a UFO across the country, he laughs. There’s not a “that one time.” “It happens frequently,” he says, “especially with oversized things.”"

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Swim Fast

This came 1-minute clip out today with thanks to Epoch Times. (VIDEO)

 

"This video shows how even though house cats might not like the water, big cats seem to be the opposite. We see two jaguars having a blast swimming, as they play with each other under the supervision of a professional."

 

"If anything, this could make you want to play in water with a big cat. But you definitely shouldn’t do that, unless you’re with a professional that knows what they’re doing."

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

When Chunks Aren't Useless

Jo Atherton’s tapestries can’t be ignored. They’re filled with texture, movement, and color. When placed on the blank walls of galleries, they’re like fishing lures for the eye: visitors will spot them from across the room and hone on in.

“Often, people are drawn to them,” says Atherton. “They don’t quite know what they’re looking at … It’s only when they get up close that they have that shock moment of, ‘Oh my God, it’s rubbish!’”

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hoodies for Homeless

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"South Korean ad agency Cheil Worldwide partnered with Molly’s Pet Shop, a popular pet shop chain, to provide stray cats with comfortable shelters on cold winter and spring nights, by recycling old jacket hoods into cozy homes."

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Chicken Man Has Friends

This came out today with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"A giant, chicken-shaped church, known as Gereja Ayam, is perched on a hill in a forest on the Indonesian island of Java. It’s less than a 20-minute drive from Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument. On clear mornings, if you climb onto the platform inside the chicken’s gleaming white crown and face southeast, you can watch the sunrise illuminate the topmost candi (stupa) of the ancient temple."

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Meet Your New Fire Chief

"Drones provide a unique, aerial perspective that can help in assessing emergency situations and enable swift and effective response. When equipped with thermal imaging cameras, drones can even help responders see through smoke and underbrush, and aid in locating people." www.gapwireless.com

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Captain Canuck Silver Coin

It's a plane, it's a bird, its Captain Canuck! The Mint came out yesterday with $20 silver rectangular coin showing the imposing red and white-clad figure of our homegrown superhero.

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

No Stopping This Fan

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A die-hard fan of Turkish soccer club Denizlispor recently made international headlines after renting a crane so he could watch his team play in a league game, after being banned from the stadium for one year."

 

"37-year-old Ali Demirkaya, a.k.a. ‘Amigo Ali’ is well-known as one of Denizlispor most fanatic suporters, and this weekend he proved his love for the club once again, literally going above and beyond just to see the team play Gaziantepspor. Following his involvement in an incident that occurred during one of Denizlispor’s games in 2015, Demirkaya was banned from entering his team’s stadium for one year, in 2017. However, he always contested the decision and vowed to not let it stop him from being close to the action and cheering his boys on. This past weekend, he fulfilled his promise."

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

What's This Star Wars Image Made From?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"We’ve all been guilty of raiding the office supply closet for non-work reasons. Maybe it’s to build a paperclip chain, or to cover a co-workers cubicle in sticky notes. But few of us have gone so far as to create a tabletop Star Wars mural using 28,800 painstakingly embedded thumb tacks."

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

A New Kind of Nuke

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central. (VIDEO)

 

While countries like Germany or on track to completely phase out nuclear power plants by 2022, Russia’s is building more of them and even making them floatable so they can provide power to remote areas. However, not everyone is convinced that placing a powerful nuclear reactor on a ship is such a good idea.

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

Lego Gangs

This came out today with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Last week, Portland police arrested 40-year old Raji Azar on suspicion of running a large Lego ‘fencing’ scheme that involved buying stolen Lego sets and selling them online for large profits. During Azar’s court arraignment on Friday he faced two-dozen felonies related to the scheme. "

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

Icebergs Could Have a New Use

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Daily Mail.

 

"A salvage expert has an ambitious plan to solve the crippling water shortage in South Africa."

"South African native, Nick Sloane, wants to capture an iceberg in Antarctica and tow it back to his homeland."

"The challenging mission would involve a 1,200 mile (1,900 km) trip across open water and could provide millions of litres of clean water."

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

Look What Facebook is Getting into Now

This came out today on Engdget.

 

"Facebook is getting into the dating game, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced to the assembled crowd at its annual F8 developers conference today. Citing a 2017 Forbes article about how one in three US marriages now start online, Zuckerberg pointed out that some 200 million Facebook users currently list themselves as single on the social media site. So why not use Facebook's practical monopoly in online social interactions to help folks find lasting love?"

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

The Hottest Place on Earth Just Got Hotter

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

"High temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-80s this week in New York, and I’m dreading it. But I have a plan to stay cool: just thinking of how much hotter it is in Pakistan, which is in the middle of a blistering heat wave."
 

"Temperatures reported to have cracked 50.2 degrees Celsius (122.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday in Nawabshah, located about 127 miles northeast of Karachi. If confirmed, that could make the measurement not just the hottest ever recorded for April in Pakistan, but the hottest ever reliably recorded for April anywhere on Earth."

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

Oreo's With Something New

This came out today with thanks to Takeout.

 

"Oreo cookies didn’t fare well in China their first time around. When Kraft introduced them there in 1996, they were a definite flop. By the early 2000s, Kraft was losing money on every Oreo sold, despite pouring plenty of marketing dollars into the product. The company even had to take the radical step of altering the cookies’ recipe for the first time in its history. But following a merger with Heinz in 2015, AdAge reports Kraft is ready to debut a new sandwich cookie in China."

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2018

Now, Can They Catch the Zodiac Killer?

This came out a couple of hours ago with thanks to the Sacremento Bee. (VIDEO)

 

Now that the California killer's been caught, they're turning their attention to the Zodiac Killer in much the same way.

 

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Tree That Owns Itself

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"The famous “Tree that Owns Itself” is a white oak located in Athens, Georgia. Its owner loved it so dearly that upon his death he granted it its autonomy. The original tree was granted a plot of land 8 feet in radius by its owner."

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

UK Schools Plan to Replace Analog Clocks with Digital Ones

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A head-teachers’ union in the UK recently reported that youths have become so accustomed to using digital devices that they are having trouble correctly reading time on analog clocks, forcing schools to replace them."

 

"According to Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, children and young teens aren’t as good at reading an old-fashioned clock as previous ones. Because phones, tablets and computers play such a huge role in their lives, they are constantly exposed to time in digital format, so seeing the time displayed in analog format in examination halls can be a cause of unnecessary stress for children. For this reason, some schools are removing analog clocks and replacing them with digital ones."

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Company Will Drain 7 Million Gallons Daily from Great Lake

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo. The Great Lakes hold about "one-fifth of the world's fresh water."

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Where WIll These People Be Going?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Wired.


"Dodgers fans like to see stuff fly. Cody Bellinger home run shots, Yasiel Puig diving catches, another pennant catching the wind. Well, Rally Grannys and Pappys, get a load of this new airborne thing. On Thursday, a company called Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (ARTT) officially approached the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority with an unsolicited proposal to build a $125 million gondola that would ferry 5,000 fans an hour to and from Dodger Stadium."

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Why You Should Grow a Lawn  for Bees

This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network. Great Lakes hold about "one-fifth of the world's fresh water."

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Surgeons Re-Attached Her Leg Backwards and Not By Mistake

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Guardian.

 

"When Amelia Eldred, an active 7-year old in England, needed her leg amputated to treat bone cancer, doctors performed an unusual surgery: They removed the middle part of her leg, then reattached the lower part of her leg — but backward."

 

"While the surgery sounds odd — it results in a foot that's at knee-height, facing the back of the body —  doctors say it can allow children to have a more active lifestyle and better leg function, compared with other treatment options, such as a full-leg amputation. In this case, Amelia's backward food acts as a knee joint."

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Wheelmaggedeon

This came out Friday with thanks to The Guardian.

 

San Francisco officials have been promising rules to curb the invasion of electric scooters, and now we have an idea of what those rules could be.

 

"Companies would have to abide by guidelines to keep those permits, too. Scooters could only operate in service areas they submit for approval. And on top of fees ($5,000 to start, $25,000 per year), they'd have to pay $10,000 into a maintenance fund to cover both the storage of improperly parked scooters and public property damage."

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Oldest Spider Dies

This came today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The research, published in the Pacific Conservation Biology Journal, suggests the 43-year-old Giaus Villosus trapdoor matriarch, who recently died during a long-term population study, had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico."

 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Facelift Before and After

This came out Thursday with thanks to Epoch Times.

At first, this 3 minute video shows a backyard that seems rather normal. But then, a group gets to work on it, and its progress is shown through a time lapse. Set to the nice tune of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” we see the backyard transform right before our eyes. And the end result is a satisfying one.

 

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Country-Wide Search for Fido

This came out today with thanks to Lifehacker.

"There’s an old, abandoned property near the town of Mossy in West Virginia. On that property is an old, abandoned dog house.  For a while, a dog named Sloth found refuge inside it while it seemed all of Fayette County in West Virginia searched frantically for him."

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Soap Cups Do More Than You Think

This came out today with thanks to Lifehacker.

After you do a few loads of laundry, the measuring cap for your detergent can get all gunked up

If you’re tired of that, you can give it a thorough cleaning with your next load of laundry.

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

No More Video Conferencing in the Dark Ages

This came out yesterday with thanks to Tech Xplore.

 

"A Queen's University researcher will soon unveil TeleHuman 2—the world's first truly holographic videoconferencing system. TeleHuman2 allows people in different locations to appear before one another in life-size 3-D—as if they were in the same room."

 

"People often think of holograms as the posthumous Tupac Shakur performance at Coachella 2012," says Roel Vertegaal, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Queen's University School of Computing. "Tupac's image, however, was not a hologram but a Pepper Ghost: A two-dimensional video projected on a flat piece of glass. With TeleHuman 2, we're bringing actual holograms to life.

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Video Conferencing on a New Level

This came out today with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

This upcoming 12 megawatt wind power platform will be almost three times the height of the Statue of Liberty.

Currently being developed by General Electric, the gigantic turbine is due to be tested at a facility in Northumberland, England as part a new five-year agreement with the British government.

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Bigger, Faster, Stronger Humans

This came today with thanks to TechXplore.

 

"A pair of researchers affiliated with the University of Tsukuba and Cyberdyne are suggesting exoskeletal technology has evolved to complement science fiction. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, Yoshiyuki Sankai and Takeru Sakurai offer a Focus piece outlining the current state of exoskeletal research."

 

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Junior Bruce Lee

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Ryusei “Ryuji” Imai, an 8-year-old boy from Nara, Japan, has dedicated his life to imitating martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Despite his young age, he trains for four and a half hours every day, and has already developed a similar physique to that of his idol."

 

"The world was first introduced to Ryuji three years ago, when a video showing him perfectly imitating Bruce Lee’s nunchaku routine from the 1972 movie Game of Death, went viral on social media. He was mentioned by some of the world’s biggest media outlets, gained hundreds of thousands of online followers and even made an appearance on children’s talent TV show Superkids. But he didn’t let the fame go to his head, instead focusing on toning up his physique and imitating even more of Bruce Lee’s famous martial arts scenes."

 

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Woman Needs Surgery After Napping on With Her HEad on Her Arm Everyday

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Ever felt so tired at work that you needed to rest your head on your arm for a little while? We’ve all done it at some point, but doing it every day for long periods of time can apparently have negative consequences, as one woman in China recently learned."

 

"Surnamed Zhang, 28-year-old  office worker from Harbin, China, used to nap at her desk during her hour-long lunch break, using her left arm as a pillow. Zhang’s fingers would often feel sore and numb when she woke up, but she didn’t pay much attention to that until three months ago, when, upon waking up from her daily nap, she couldn’t feel her left arm at all. She had experienced a similar sensation before, but it usually went away after a couple of minutes. This time the numbness wouldn’t go away, and she started having trouble with menial tasks like picking up objects, so she went to see a doctor about it."

 

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

How to Quit Smoking

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"These images may seem a bit strange, but they come from a genuine news story. This meme does get the man’s nationality wrong, however, as this man is from Turkey, not Russia."

 

"Turkey English-language news outlet, the Hürriyet Daily News, published a story on 1 July 2013 about 42-year-old İbrahim Yücel’s desperate attempt to quit smoking. According to the article, Yücel designed his own cage after smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for more than two decades."

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pollution Pods Demonstrate How Bad Air Quality Is

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

"Pictures of the air pollution in developing countries have gone viral, and stories about toxic fog have proliferated for years. Yet they can feel unreal and divorced from the everyday experience in Western countries, where huge strides have been made to clean up the air (for wealthy people anyways). A new art exhibition in London transports your lungs to New Delhi, Beijing, and Sao Paolo, in an effort to make it clear just how horrific the air quality is there, and to serve as a reminder that the iPhones, H&M shirts, and other tchotchke we buy are part of a system that is taking years off people’s lives."

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Italian Man Tattoos His Team's  Jersey on His Body

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Die-hard soccer fans have been known to do some crazy things to honor their favorite teams, but I don’t remember anyone actually covering their entire upper body in a permanent tattoo of their team’s official jersey. Well, a fan of Brazilian soccer club Flamengo spent an entire year doing just that."

 

"José Maurício dos Anjos, a 33-year-old man from Rio de Janeiro, has been making headlines in his home country for having a life-size version of his favorite soccer team’s jersey tattooed on his upper body. It reportedly took a tattoo artist 90 hours of work split in 32 sessions, throughout an entire year. The striped black and red jersey tattoo comes complete with the club’s emblem on the left side of his chest, and the number 10 tattooed on his back."

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Standing Room Only — In Planes

This came out yesterday with thanks to Snopes.

 

"A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump."

 

"A journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder, prompting thousands of responses."

 

"The 64-year-old has since been asked to comment on pressing U.S. policy and international issues — though she has shown more concern for a moth plague threatening her potato crops."

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Standing Room Only — In Planes

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Following other proposals for standing "seats" on airplanes (link and link), the Skyrider 2.0 saddle seat "is the new frontier of low-cost tickets,” according to Italian company Aviointeriors. Rather than pitch the Skyrider as an inexpensive option for fliers, I think they'd do better positioning it as a healthy luxury like standing desks."

"For airlines that have been trying to shed weight and save on fuel costs by introducing thinner seats and eliminating seatback screens, the Skyrider 2.0 makes perfect sense. According to Aviointeriors, the design allows a 20 percent increase in passengers per flight. It also weighs 50 percent less than a standard economy seat, lowering the fuel cost per passenger."

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What San Fran is Doing to

E-Scooters

This came out today with thanks to Motherboard.

 

A trio of transportation startups—Bird, Spin, and LimeBike—recently deployed fleets of scooters in places like San Francisco, Austin, and Los Angeles, to the annoyance of residents who see them as a burden, not a benefit. The scooters work alongside their respective apps; users unlock them with a QR code, and pay $0.15 per minute to ride them. When users are done with the scooters, they can technically leave them wherever they want. Locals argue the scooters are cluttering sidewalks and endangering pedestrians. The companies claim to be a panacea for today’s modern commuting woes: traffic gridlock, carbon emissions, and public transportation deserts.

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mushroom Clothes

This came out today with thanks to Seeker.

 

"Ask any gathering of chemists and they'll tell you: Spiderwebs are weird. Made from chains of proteins, spider silk can exhibit tensile strength that is proportionately stronger than steel, yet they're highly stretchable and even edible."

 

"Mushrooms are even weirder. On the cellular level, mushrooms are fundamentally different than other life forms and have unique medicinal properties. And they have their own classification that is neither plant nor animal."

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

These Cars Come with Built-in Tea Sets

This came out today with thanks to Wired.

 

"The future of the auto industry is China. It’s the world’s largest auto market, it’s growing quickly, and its emissions regulations—among the strictest on the planet—are even pushing the world’s automakers to abandon the internal combustion engine. Chinese customer preferences have also led designers to increase rear seat legroom and offer in-car perfume systems. And now, China has gifted the world an electric Maybach SUV."

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trucks Save Jumper

This will be coming out in next week's New Yorker issue.

 

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trucks Save Jumper

This came out today with thanks to The Onion.

 

In what is being called a crucial step forward in solar exploration, NASA officials announced Wednesday a new mission to launch a chimpanzee directly into the sun. “Chimpanzees are our closest biological relative, so we can learn a great deal by observing how they react to being deposited into the sun’s plasma core,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, adding that the single-occupant capsule would contain sophisticated instruments that would monitor the effects of the sun’s 27 million-degree interior on the physiological functions of the animal.

 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trucks Save Jumper

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Early this morning, thirteen truckers worked with the Michigan State police to form a line of semis under a Detroit-area overpass to prevent a man from jumping off. "

 

"At around 3 A.M. today on Michigan interstate 696 near Detroit, a man was contemplating jumping off an overpass to end his life. But police officers from the Michigan State Police, Oak Park Public Safety and Huntington Woods Police Department quickly jumped into action, forcing traffic off the highway and waving through semi trucks so they could line up under the overpass."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

16,000 Free sound Effects

This came out today with thanks to Life Hacker.

 

"Here’s the bad news: If you’re an aspiring sound designer or you’re looking for some random noise to insert into a big project you’re working on, the BBC’s new archive of more than 16,000 free sound effects won’t help you much. They’re all bound by a RemArc licence that prohibits using these files in commercial work."

 

"That said, if you’re working on any personal or educational projects—or just need to know what “Pystyll Rhadn” falls in North Wales sounds like—you’re in luck. The BBC’s collection now gives you access to a huge collection of sounds for different objects, locations, and actions. Heck, the BBC’s listing for sounds of “1 woman approaches and stops” eats up more than a page worth of files."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Trader Joes is Selling $1 Wine, Perfect for Sneaking into Move Theatres

This came out today with thanks to Takeout.

 

"I am a dirty criminal in the night time and my offense is the frequent public consumption of dollar canned wine from Trader Joe’s.

 

"Frankly, I think Trader Joe’s knows exactly what kind of game they’re playing. Their sparkling Simpler Wines is priced at a meager $4 a four-pack and each slimline can is 187ml, which is essentially the perfect size for hiding in a pocket or (in my wife’s case) the bottom corner of a purse."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Another Youtuber Goes Down

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Automotive YouTube is a deep, unseemly pool of hucksters, show-offs and superbrains locked somewhere inside a 25-minute video no soul has ever finished. What’s worse than being an automotive YouTuber, though? Being an automotive YouTuber who also scams old people out of their pensions."

 

"The scammer in question is Anthony Locke, 32, who also runs the YouTube account Gaskings, the vidoes of which have racked up nearly 190 million views since the account’s creation in May 2014. But before he started YouTubin’ Locke was busy running an elaborate scheme to scam pensioners out of nearly £1 million, U.K. police said Friday."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wha-Wha-What?

This came out today with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"Today’s WTF moment: A woman is being fined $500 for carrying her in-flight snack from Delta—an apple—with her off of her flight. BBC News and other outlets are reporting this morning that Crystal Tadlock, flying from Paris to New York, wanted to save the in-flight snack for her connecting flight to Denver. She even kept it in the Delta-logoed plastic bag."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Book Vending Machine

This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Bookworms love few things more than stumbling upon a rare edition or an unusual-looking cover, something that promises some sort of odd delight."

 

"The Monkey's Paw, a Toronto bookstore that specializes in lesser-appreciated books on a variety of topics from the 20th century, knows just how to scratch that itch: the Biblio-Mat, a vending machine that randomly distributes an "old and unusual" book of some sort for a couple of bucks."

 

"It's the pleasure of finding something random that is, in fact, sort of random."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

The New Volvo Concept Car is Like A Planetarium Inside

This came out today with thanks to with thanks to Engadget.

 

"While drivers experience most of the stress of a drive, it's important to remember that passengers are also prone to anxiety. After a long day at work (or fighting Twitter trolls) it can be tough to unwind even when you're being chauffeured home. Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept vehicle aims to help those tensions melt away while sitting in the back seat."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Rinse Your Recycles People

This came out today with tanks to Life Hacker.

 

"Can you leave your recyclables dirty? A little, yes. But don’t leave them filthy, a recycling professional tells MEL Magazine. While recycling plants eventually wash all the materials they recycle, a lot of it sits around first. Excess food waste can attract rats and make it more expensive to recycle things. So if you’re throwing filthy containers into the recycling bin, you might do more harm than if you just threw them in the trash."

 

"That means you can recycle slightly greasy pizza boxes, but not ones covered in cheese and sauce. You can recycle an unrinsed beer bottle or can, but it’s better to rinse it. And if you throw out a glass container with a lot of food waste, the recycling center is likely to just throw it out."

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Uranus Mystery Solved

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"I’m sick and tired of Uranus jokes. It’s time to get serious about Uranus, because there is some really serious science surrounding Uranus’s mysteries. And wow, is Uranus mysterious."

 

"Following some of our very serious informed speculation, scientists have directly observed a molecule in the planet’s deep atmosphere that confirms Uranus’s stench. That molecule is hydrogen sulfide, and it’s important for more reasons than just determining the planet’s scent."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

How Southwest Pilots Landed With a Blown Engine

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Wired. (AUDIO)

 

"A Southwest Airlines flight flying from New York City to Dallas turned terrifying Tuesday morning, when the left-side engine failed at 32,500 feet. Debris from the engine, which appears to have exploded, punctured the fuselage, leading to the violent depressurization of the cabin. Oxygen masks above every passenger dropped from the ceiling of the plane, and the pilots quickly brought the Boeing 737 to below 10,000 feet, where the 144 passengers and five crew could breathe, before making an emergency landing about 22 minutes later, in Philadelphia."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mister Trash Wheel

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Anyone who lives near a river can tell you: When trash doesn’t make it to a garbage can, it almost always ends up in the water. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which links Jones Falls to the Chesapeake Bay, is not exempt from this. As the sole outflow for the Jones Falls Watershed area—which covers 58 square miles of the city—the harbor used to be filled with the city’s refuse, turning what was supposed to be a lovely waterfront district into a sort of wet-garbage-front district."

 

"Enter Mr. Trash Wheel. Officially named the “Inner Harbor Water Wheel,” and invented by a former dock manager who was tired of seeing junk float by him every day, this charming, minibus-sized gizmo has taken on cleanup duty for the whole harbor."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cows the World's Largest Mammals?

This came out yesterday with thanks too Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"In a new study, University of New Mexico biologist Felisa Smith and colleagues outlined the possibility of a future in which all mammals larger than a cow will have gone extinct due to human activities."

"The only time being big is bad is when humans are involved," she said. "We are efficient predators and have been for a really long time, so there's not a value judgment here, it's just what hominids did."

"The extinction of larger mammals is a pattern that has been continuing for thousands of years with numerous large mammal species, such as the woolly mammoth, falling by the wayside."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Truck in a Box

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Verge.
 

"The Ox, a slab-sided, flatpack vehicle designed to bring mobility to the developing world, just took one step closer to reality. Oil giant Shell announced recently that it would commission a pre-production prototype of the Ox that it will then bring to India to assist in outreach programs."

 

"The truck is absurdly simple to assemble: its designers claim that three people can break it down into 60 parts in just 12 hours. This allows the Ox to be shipped cheaply to developing nations, where aid workers can use it to transport water, grain, fertilizer, and building materials. The boxy truck can seat 13 people and carry up to 4,100 pounds of cargo. Its engine is the diesel from a Ford Transit."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

China's Chicken Army

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"The famously ravenous appetites of chickens are being put to good use in China."

 

"Officials in the country’s northwest region of Xinjiang have handed out over 2,200 chickens to local herdsmen in the hopes of curbing what's expected to be a bad year for locust swarms. "

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

An End to Keyboard and Mice?

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Engadet.

 

"From the earliest days of punch cards, interacting with computers has always been a pain. Whether it's a keyboard and mouse, joystick or controller, getting the thoughts out of our heads and into the machine requires numerous, unintuitive processes. But until we start implanting USB ports into our brains and downloading our thoughts directly, we'll have to make do with the neural signal-detecting wristbands being developed by CTRL-Labs."

 

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The IRS Has Some Use After All

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Born Salvatore Lucania in Sicily in November 1897, the future brains of the New York mafia took the name Charles Luciano after he was arrested for dealing heroin and his parents disowned him. By the 1930s he was known as “Lucky” Luciano, although no one can say with certainty what first prompted the nickname."

 

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The World's Oldest Person Dies at 117

This came out today with thanks to The Independent

 

Nabi Tajima had a 160 decedents. She had been hospitalized for 3 months prior.

 

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

China's Not Going to Accept Recycling Items from Elsewhere and That's a Problem


This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"As of January, China has stopped allowing the import of recyclable goods from many countries including the United States. Now, these nations are struggling with excess amounts of recyclables with nowhere to send it."

 

"Steve Frank of Pioneer Recycling in Oregon told The New York Times his inventory is out of control and that China's ban is “a major upset of the flow of global recyclables.” He's now having to look at other countries like Indonesia that may accept the recyclable items."

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Stoner Toys

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"These hand boilers are a hell of a lot of fun, even if you aren't stoned."

 

"Not just fun, this is science! Use your body heat to teach a child about distillation! Every child needs to know how to create the water of life."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Man Tracks Stolen Air Conditioners with GPS

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

Cincinnati landlord Courtland Gundlind had enough of the thief who had recently stolen two air conditioning units from his properties. So he hid a GPS tracker inside a new unit, installed it, and waited for the culprit to strike again. Two weeks later, the air conditioner texted him that it was "on the move."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

This Satellite is so Precise it Can See you Pick your Nose From Space


This came out Monday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Nose-pickers, nude bathers, and speedy drivers beware: there’s a new eye in the sky that can see you doing your most private activities, and in unprecedented detail."

 

"Today, British startup Earth-i published the first collection of high-quality, color image taken from its VividX2 satellite, the first of 15 that the company hopes will comprise its “constellation.”"

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Canavan


This came was updated yesterday with thanks to Wired.

 

"You enter the University of Colorado Boulder's newest research laboratory through the side entrance. The door—which is heavy and white, with a black, jug-style handle—slides open from right to left. Crammed inside are a plain wooden dresser, two chairs, and a small desk, above which someone has taped a mediocre landscape-print (mountains, trees, clouds, etc.). A kaleidoscopic purple tapestry hangs from the far wall. The ceiling slings so low that it forces some visitors to duck, and the flooring is made of wood. Well, wood laminate."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Why a Town Changed it's Highway Marker

This came out today with thanks to Atlas Obscura

 

"It’s an otherwise unremarkable stretch of Interstate 70, just west of the Kansas border. There are the familiar large green mile-marker signs on the side of the highway; familiar, that is, with one exception."

 

"Since the recreational use of marijuana was made legal in Colorado in 2012, the “Mile 420” post became a hot commodity. So hot, it kept disappearing — and the Colorado Department of Transportation got tired of replacing it."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

How to Clean Nurdles Off Beaches


This came out yesterday with thanks to Uplift.

 

"One mom’s beach clean video has gone viral after she filmed herself using a clever hack to collect huge piles of plastic nurdles from the coast.

 

"Jo Blake, 31, regularly cleans beaches with her two children, seven-year-old Zachary and Lily, five, and noticed they were covered in tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lazers, Water Pistols that Shout at Crosswalkers Against Lights


This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Chinese authorities hate jaywalkers and they've decided to use technology to end the practice; in Shenzhen, jaywalkers are identified with facial recognition and sent threatening texts while their faces are displayed on oversized nearby LED screens; in Daye, Hubei province, shouting robotic squirt-guns target and soak anyone who attempts to walk into an intersection against the lights. It also logs their identity with facial recognition and targets them with lasers that the authorities are pretty sure won't accidentally blind any children, maybe."

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

When Her Husband Was killed by Nazis She Bought a Tank and Went on a Rampage


This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"World War II devastated families and separated countless lovers. In some cases, the ones who lost their loved ones hurried to avenge them. Mariya Oktyabrskaya was one such person. As news of her husband having died on the Eastern Front reached her, she decided to sell everything she owned and invest in the production of a T-34 tank. Then she went a step further and applied for training to receive her tank driving license. The following step was vengeance like no other."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Choked by Tumbleweeds


This came out Monday with thanks to the Daily Press.

 

"High winds brought unwelcome visitors to one isolated neighborhood here Monday in the form of hundreds and hundred of tumbleweeds."

 

"A mass invasion by the High Desert’s infamous rolling hazards besieged a series of home in southwest Victorville, CA, that left some residents calling the city and even 911 for help."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hula Girl


This came out yesterday with thanks to Deadline Hollywood. (VIDEO)

 

"The late Wayne Deforest Anderson and Joan Anderson, now 94 and the oldest person featured in a film at Tribeca, were the couple who brought the original bamboo Hula Hoop to this country from Joan’s native country of Australia. In 1958, there was a handshake deal made with a Wham-O executive who was, at the time, a friend. That “friend” then went on to manufacture and monetize it, giving neither credit nor funds to the Anderson’s."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Robot Clone Too Humanoid for Bar Patrons


This came out yesterday with thanks to the Daily Mail.

 

"A 'malfunctioning' robot named Fred has terrified drinkers in a London pub by smashing a pint glass while talking about a 'robot invasion'."

 

"The hyper-realistic automaton, modeled to be an exact replica of London-based actor Tedroy Newell, sat down for a refreshing lager at The Prince Alfred pub in Maida Vale, in the west of the capital. Unsuspecting customers were unprepared for what came next, with the humanoid berating locals before crushing the drinking vessel in his hands."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

If You Think Chilliwack Has Tulips What About Japan?
This came out today with thanks to Kotaku.

 

"At Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park, tulips are in bloom. To celebrate its Tulip Festival, the flowers are even emblazoned on corny dogs. The batter isn’t corn-based like in the States, but is more akin to pancake or waffle batter."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What Happens When Everyone Receives a $500 Top-up

This came out yesterday with thanks to Lifehjacker.

 

"Later this year, Stockton, a city in California with a 25% poverty rate, will conduct an unusual experiment: Roughly 100 of its citizens will receive $500 a month for 12-18 months, with no work requirements and no strings attached."

 

"Researchers likely will regularly assess the recipients’ health, childcare arrangements, education, and general well-being in order to measure how this kind of financial leg up affects quality of life. The grant, from the Economic Security Project, is a privately funded experiment in “universal basic income,” a policy idea crafted from the premise that every citizen should receive a regular stipend from the government to cover their basic needs."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

China's 20-Storey Air Cleaner

This came out today with hanks to Motherboard.

 

"China has the most polluted air in the world according to the World Health Organization, and each year it kills well over a million Chinese nationals. Although China is on track to lead the world in domestic renewable energy sources like solar, hydro, and wind, the country has also seen its fair share of more outside-the-box solutions to its pollution problem, such as the Chinese performance artist Brother Nut’s bricks made from vacuumed air particulates."

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

For Barking Out Loud

This came out today with thanks to Uplift.

 

"Some of us have dogs that are considered to be “all bark and no bite."

 

"And that’s exactly what happened here. We see a gate being the only thing separating a dog between two other dogs; they all won’t stop barking at each other, making us assume that they don’t like each other."

 

But then, the gate starts to open.

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

This Endangered Turtle Can Spend 72 Hours Under Water

This came Tuesday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"The Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus), a native to Queensland, Australia, is a decidedly unique turtle that few people know about — and it's already facing extinction, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). "

 

"On the ZSL's list of Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered or EDGE reptiles, the Mary River turtle ranks No. 29. The turtle faces a few challenges, not the least of which is its slow rate of sexual maturation. The Mary River turtle isn't able to reproduce until around age 25. Coupled with habitat loss due to dam construction and eggs collected for the pet trade, this docile turtle's population has declined steadily since the 1970s."
 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watch How a Baby Boy Figures out How to Escape Locked Car

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

Nothing can stop this kid. Not even a locked door.

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Caddyshack Potatoes and Pool Water Martini's

This came out yesterday with thanks to Takeout.

 

"It’s not often that you get to totally immerse yourself in your favorite movie through a restaurant. But for some lucky fans, the Brothers Murray have set up a veritable shrine to one of Bill and Brian Doyle’s most famous films: the wacky 1980 comedy Caddyshack. As the website states, “Murray Bros. Caddyshack captures the Murray family’s love for the game of golf and presents it in a way that appeals to everyday golfers and families.”

 

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Suicide in the Blink of an Eye


This came out yesterday with thanks to The Independent.

 

"Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine”, which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke "The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”. 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Piece of Cake

This Youtube clip came out 10 days ago.

 

"Footage of the absurd contraption, which can be found on the Joesph's Machines YouTube channel, shows the eponymous inventor activating the mechanism while enjoying a roast dinner."

"The various stages of the machine utilize a plethora of household objects including a laptop, a glass of orange juice, a stick of butter, a hammer, a phone and even a small child."

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Firefighters Use Jaws of Life on a Dog

 

This came out Friday with thanks to the Epoch Times.

 

"Puppies are perhaps one of the most beloved creatures on the planet—and for good reason. They’re innocent, adorable, and rambunctious, but sometimes that combination can lead to serious trouble. On Friday, April 6, a puppy in Bastrop, Texas, somehow managed to get itself stuck somewhere most people wouldn’t think was even possible. When the owner got a look at the distressed pup, they knew instantly they would need help."

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Field Dining

This came out two weeks ago with thanks to Mother Earht Network.

 

"Outstanding in the Field, an organization that holds dinners on farms and other currently hip locations, is gearing up for its annual tour across the U.S., Canada, France and Bermuda."

 

"Dinners on the farm have become popular in the last several years as the locavore movement has grown. A dinner of local foods cooked by local chefs and eaten as close to the source as possible is an enjoyable way to spend an evening. Outstanding in the Field seems to have been ahead of the curve on this trend. They’ve been holding these dinners since 1999. In that time, they've visited all 50 states and more than 15 countries."

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Zsa Zsa Gabor's Life is Up For Sale, Pill Bottles and All

This came out yesterday with thanks to Daily Beast.

 

Fancy some vintage Louis Vuitton luggage? Blood pressure pills? Some racist paintings? Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ninth husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, is putting her life up for sale.

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monkey Selfie Lawsuit

This came out yesterday with thanks to Verge.

 

"Just when you thought you wouldn’t hear about the monkey selfie ever again, the legal saga lives once more. Although the parties — the photographer, a self-publishing book company, and PETA, on behalf of the selfie-taking monkey — reached a settlement in September of last year, the Ninth Circuit is now refusing to dismiss the case. This means the court will be coming out with an official appellate decision about the monkey selfie."

 

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Native Americans Tattooed Her

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"There is a small town in western Arizona, relatively close to Fort Yuma, named Oatman, in honor of a girl of the 19th century named Olive Oatman. Most of her family were killed by Native Americans in 1850, and Olive went on to live two separate existences. In her “first” life she spent five years living among the Mohave, who took care of her. They inked a tattoo on her face and counted her as one of their own."

 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Strange Creature Lives to 100

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Dubbed the “Underground Grand Canyon,” Škocjan Caves, a cave system near the Italian border, has a small yet enchanting underground waterfall, a cliff-hanging pathway half hidden in a thick mist created by an emerald green river that flows 400 feet below the walker’s feet, and a 50-feet footbridge hung high over the abyss."

 

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Doggie Water Bottle

This came today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

My Great Pyrenees gets thirsty on long hikes. This dog-walking water bottle keeps him peppy and moving, cause when he decides to stop walking things get rough.

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Digital Licence Plates

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Next month, Dubai will begin testing smart license plates, the BBC reports, and they'll be able to contact emergency services in the event of a crash, communicate with other cars about traffic conditions and display an alert if it or the car it's on are stolen."

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Burned Out Shack Sold for Over $800k

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A fire-ravaged home in San Jose is selling for a staggering $800,000, local Fox affiliate KTVU reports. The high asking price is for both the abandoned home and the 5,800 square foot lot surrounding it."

“They did leave it standing so you can remodel it versus tearing it down,” Realtor Holly Barr told KTVU. “You save a lot of money when you can leave a wall up and do a remodel versus a complete teardown.”

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Storm-proof homes

This came out yesterday with thanks to Business Insider.

 

A recent tornado approached the back door of a Formworks-designed, earth-sheltered house near Oklahoma City. But instead of ripping the house to shreds, the tornado traveled above the residence and then
carried on.

Several other traditional houses in the neighborhood were destroyed.

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spaced Out Wheat

This came out today with thanks to Motherboard.

Green thumbs around the world chase the satisfaction of a healthy crop, and now plant-tenders in the off-world habitat of the International Space Station (ISS) are getting in the agronomical action.

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Old Smart Phone Lens Glasses

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Pentatonic is a high-end furniture company that turns consumer trash into well-designed treasures. For example, they take fashion industry waste and cover their chairs' seats with it. Now they're branching out and repurposing old smartphone screens by turning them into drinking glasses."

"They call them the Handy Glass and a set of four costs between $49-$59, depending on the size of the glass itself"

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Beady-Eyed Volks

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The Volkswagen Beetle is arguably one of the most famous cars of all time. The production of the iconic car began in 1938 and ended in 2003, with more than 21 million units built."

 

"The iconic “Bug” is loved by people all around the globe. As the first model built by Volkswagen, it was designed by Ferdinand Porsche as a car affordable for everyone. The last car was produced in Mexico in 2003 and was directly delivered to the VW museum in Wolfsburg, Germany."

 

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Fresh Air Babies

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

Fresh air is good for everyone’s health, especially kids. That’s accepted conventional wisdom today. Just look at all the babies being paraded around in high-end strollers and baby backpacks. But it was a radical notion at the turn of the last century, as were some of the ideas of how to get fresh air. In a move that was either ingenious or insane, depending on your point of view, some mothers living in urban tenements gave their offspring the necessary outdoor time by putting them on platforms attached to windowsills–in a baby cage.

 

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

World's Longest Limo Has A HeliPad

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Limousines aren’t necessarily known for their subtlety, but there’s always going to be someone out there who looks at a ridiculous car and wonder, “how can I make this even more absurd?” That man was Jay Ohrberg."
 

"If you don’t recognized Ohrberg’s name, you might recognize his cars. This is the man responsible for the General Lee, the Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch fame, and Batmobiles for multiple films in the 1970s as well as Tim Burton’s Batman Returns."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Trick or Treasure?

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 9-year-old boy from Kerala, in India, has become a social media sensation after videos of him lighting rechargeable LED light bulbs just by touching their electrical contacts with any part of his body went viral online."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Family Sues Over Bedbugs

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A California family plagued by bed bugs for months has come away with some solace: On Wednesday, a civil court jury ordered their former landlords to pay them $1.6 million over the ordeal.

 

"In 2012, Liliana Martinez and her husband alleged in their complaint, their apartment complex in Inglewood, California became infested with bed bugs. They complained to the management company that maintained their building, Westland Industries, and had their home fumigated and furniture thrown out. But the bugs kept on biting over the next four months, only being eradicated after numerous complaints and the complete removal of carpeting from the home. "

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Fresh Water From Sunlight

This came out today with thanks to Science Daily.

 

"Using an innovative combination of sunshine and hydrogels, a new device just unveiled by scientists is able to produce clean drinking water from virtually any source – even the salty waters of the Dead Sea."

 

"This new technique could prevent tens of thousands of death every year, since access to safe drinking water is at a premium in many developing nations, not to even mention the wake of a natural disaster or emergency anywhere in the world."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Great, Now We Have to Be Scared of Lasagna

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"Many times at restaurants our gracious server will encourage us to mind the plate, because it’s hot. But we’re usually so famished we dive in anyway. So maybe that’s why we can relate to the plight of a diner in Orland Park, Illinois, who was attacked by marinara sauce as she cut into her plate of lasagna."

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mark Twain's Home is a Museum Now

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Mark Twain may be associated with the image of a carefree hometown boy from Missouri wandering around looking for adventures that can be turned into unforgettable stories. So one may be surprised to find out that Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, America’s most beloved author, lived in a rather grand mansion in Hartford, Connecticut."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

$2,000 Mangos

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

In 2017, two mangos sold at a Japanese wholesale auction for a record-breaking $3,744. Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) is a variety of mango grown in the Miyazaki prefecture and sold throughout Japan. Although they don’t usually go for thousands of dollars, on any given day you would be hard-pressed to find one for less than $50. The question is: What makes these mangoes so expensive?

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

This Salad Was Grown in the Antarctic

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"The salad you’re looking at above was grown in Antarctica, the first from a new greenhouse on Earth’s least hospitable continent."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Luxury Hotel to Launch in 2021

This came out today with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"The company, which is based in Texas, is certainly not short on ambition given that it aims to build the facility itself with the help of engineers who have previously worked on the International Space Station."

"Known as Aurora Station, the 'hotel' will measure 43.5ft long by 14.1ft wide. It will orbit around 200 miles above the Earth and will offer accommodation for four guests and two crew members."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Monkey's Willing to Share Their Food

This came out yesterday with thanks to Earth News Network.

 

"Bonobos are happy to help complete strangers get food, and they'll do it without even being asked, a 2017 study published in Scientific Reports found."

 

"Duke University researchers gathered 16 wild-born bonobos from the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo and led them one at a time into one of two adjacent rooms divided by a fence. On the opposite side of the fence from where the bonobos were was an apple hanging by a rope. The dangling fruit was clearly visible to the bonobos, but inaccessible."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

The NRA Wants to Create Super Deer That Can only Be Shot With an AR-15

This came out yesterday with thanks to Clickhole.

In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, the National Rifle Association has been facing more backlash than ever for its support of AR-15s. But even in face of public outcries, the gun rights group just proved that it remains staunch in its defense of the right to own semi-automatic weapons: The NRA is now attempting to justify the sale of AR-15s by developing genetically modified deer that can only be hunted with assault rifles.

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Doing Jail Time in The  US

This came out today with thanks to Aeon.

 

"I’ve been haunted for some time by an expression in The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus that goes: ‘After a certain age, each man has the face he deserves.’ The idea makes me instinctively scan all the faces that I’ve seen in my life so far. My neighbour growing up, ‘Mister Bruce’, who smoked weed all day and told us stories about the Watts neighbourhood in Los Angeles. His son Daveon, a Crips gang member, who once showed me and my brother where the police shot him in the ass when he was fleeing arrest. Kendrick, a class clown against whom I had my first street fight, and who died a few years ago in a drug deal gone wrong. All of these faces, their subtlety and nuance fading in my memory such that only the most intense aspects remain."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dash Cam Reveals Mechanics Didn't Do anything

This came out yesterday with thanks to Digg. (VIDEO)

 

"Daniel Sheikhan filmed what happened to his Mercedes AMG when he dropped it at the dealership for service, and he was... not pleased when he watched the footage. Or with the $700 he paid for a transmission service that never happened."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Have You Ever Wanted Donut Fries?

This came out today with thanks to Bustle.

 

"Now that Taco Bell has changed the French fry game with the advent of their (soon-to-go-on-hiatus) Nacho fries, other chains are batting around the idea of sticking their own twist on fried potatoes on their menus. And apparently one doughnut-and-coffee standby has a real innovation on their hands — Dunkin' Donuts is reportedly testing "Donut Fries", which I'm fairly certain are just churros, but, hey, I won't fight it."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Remember the Kid Who Wanted to Clean Up Plastic in the Oceans? He's Back and Is Doing It

This came out today with thanks to Earth News Network.

 

"Boyan Slat was just a regular Dutch high-school student when he went on a diving trip to Greece. Once underwater, he was surrounded by plastic waste. “There were more plastic bags than fish,” he told MNN a few years back. “That was the moment I realized it was a huge issue and that environmental issues are really the biggest problems my generation will face.”

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

If You Read This Then You Can't Be on the Sinaloa Jury

This  came out today with thanks to Vice News.

 

"Have you ever watched an episode of “Narcos”? Do you have any feelings about drug legalization? Are you reading this article right now?"

 

"If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you probably won’t be able to serve as a juror in the trial of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who faces life in prison for a variety of drug and money laundering charges."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Former NASA Scientist Almost Lost His Hearing Due to a Toilet

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Freak accidents happen all the time, but few are quite as bizarre as the tale of Philip Metzger, a former NASA planetary physicist who almost lost his hearing after dropping a toilet lid. "

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

The tragic Story of a Texas Teen and the Marines Who killed Him for No reason

"At first glance, the May 22, 1997 issue of The Big Bend Sentinel, a local newspaper in West Texas, appears unremarkable. “Good Luck, MHS Class of ‘97,” a banner reads on the front page, just above the nameplate. Five class photos of graduating seniors from Marfa High School are followed by stories announcing valedictorian, salutatorian, and “Miss MHS.”

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Hearing Your Own Thoughts

This came out today with thanks to engadget.


"If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile devices. To that end, MIT researchers have created a device you wear on your face that can measure neuromuscular signals that get triggered when you subvocalize."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Snachat Releases Its New Lenses for iPhone

Do you use Snapchat? You'll find this interestning then. It came out today with thanks to The Verge.

 

"Apple teased iPhone X-exclusive AR Snapchat Lenses at the phone’s launch event last year, and today, Snapchat is finally releasing them. Only iPhone X users will be able to see the three lenses that are available today, thanks to the TrueDepth front-facing camera of the devices. Those lenses include a Mardi Gras-esque mask, a Day of the Dead skull, and a pretty gold-plated eye cover. "

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lavadome Erupts Off of Hawaii

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Live Science.

 

"At first glance, it looks like a fiery monster out of "The Incredibles." Or maybe a glowing alien orb, or a giant, irritated zit popping up above the Earth's surface."

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ten Million Tons of NYC Excrement is Sitting in Railcars

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Two months ago, dozens of train cars filled with ten million pounds of human shit from waste disposal plants in New York and New Jersey came to rest outside the town of Parrish, Alabama, population 982."

 

"They've been there ever since, rotting in the sun, smelling unimaginably bad?

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

UFO Disclosure Coins?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Canada Mint

 

"It is one of Canada’s most famous UFO encounters! According to Stefan Michalak’s account, two glowing objects descended from the sky on May 20, 1967, near Falcon Lake, Manitoba, where one landed close enough for him to approach. When the craft suddenly took flight, its emission set Michalak’s clothes ablaze, leaving him with mysterious burns… and an unusual tale to tell. Your coin’s otherworldly shape is the perfect fit for such a story as the colourful coin captures the imagination as it recounts the Falcon Lake Incident, with black light-activated features to add a glow to the craft and the blast that knocked Michalak to the ground!"

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tap and Go

This came out yesterday from Swoop.

 

Swipe and wipe. Tap and go. It's not going to be free anymore. We've been getting off easy until now. If you're on a SWOOP plane and need to go to the washroom then it's going to cost you. Swipe your card to get in. The longer you're there, the most it costs. Swipe it again for toilet paper at 25 cents a square and swipe it for air freshener. But is it duty-free?

 

"To enter the lavatory, you'll need to tap your credit card and the meter will start running as soon as you lock the door. At $1 per minute, the quicker you do your business, the less you'll pay. Looking to take your time in there? That's up to you. The traveller is in control."

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Seven Million Possibilities

This came out yesterday with thanks to Miix.

 

"Based in Toronto, Canada, miix is a direct-to-consumer lifestyle footwear brand and online retailer. Leveraging the power of an advanced 3D modeling platform, miix allows its customers to build footwear from the sole-up with a variety of components to make each shoe unique to its individual creator."

 

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Is Only A Test

This came out today from the provincial gov't.

 

"Wireless alerts will be publicly tested for the first time in B.C. on May 9, 2018, at 1:55 p.m. (Pacific time), alongside routine television and radio tests. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the sole agency responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province, and will initially issue such alerts for tsunami threats only. The Province is considering expanding the use of Alert Ready beyond tsunamis to include other hazards and emergencies in the future."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Paying To Get Stuck in Traffic

This came out Friday with Thanks to Futurism.

 

"Traffic sucks. It hinders every major metropolitan center worldwide. Now New York City, the planet’s second-most-congested city, might have a solution. If they do it right, it might catch on."

 

"The idea is simple: congestion pricing. Want to drive in a busy part of the city? Pay a fee."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monkey Kidnaps Baby, Kills It

This came out today with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"The horrifying incident occurred early on Saturday morning when the guilty primate entered the family's home, grabbed the infant and then disappeared outside."

"The baby's mother witnessed the kidnapping taking place but was unable to stop it."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Tentacuddle

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The Tentacuddle is another of Thinkgeek's not-April-Fools products launched on Apr 1 but seriously for realsies; it's $60, acrylic, 40"^2 plus five two-foot-long besuckered tentacles whose terminal apertures will admit your own appendages for eating or other manipulative/ambulatory tasks, and it's machine washable."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hairy Drug Testing

This came out yesterday with thanks to with thanks to Wired.

 

"Keri Hogan was about to become a police officer when she submitted a sample of her hair to the city of Boston for testing. The city, in turn, gave it to a company called Psychemedics, which washed the hair, dissolved it, and used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry—chemical analysis techniques—to check it twice over for evidence of cocaine. Hogan’s hair tested positive."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Why People Are Going Wild Over these Birkenstocks

This came out today with thanks to Bustle.

 

"Remember normcore, where no-frills, functional clothes were a fashion "thing" a few years back? Even when it doesn't have such a culturally conversational name, the style still exists. Birkenstocks, the '90s-loved, lo-fi sandals and clogs that epitomize normcore, never go out of style. The glittery Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock collab arrived on April 2, and it's full of supreme sparkle."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

The World's Smallest Sushi

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing. (VIDEO)

 

 

"At Tokyo's Sushiya no Nohachi you can order sushi made with just one grain of rice. Fortunately, after the novelty wears off, you can also order regular-sized sushi that's said to be excellent! A plate of tiny sushi is free, so long as you also drop around US$50 on regular sushi."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Chicken Keeps Eating 10 days After Being Decapitated

This came out today with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"This is the type of story you can’t run on April 1st because no one would believe it … so here it is on April 2nd. A group of monks in Thailand have adopted a headless chicken that has been kept alive for 10 days (as of this writing), first by the person who found it and then by the veterinarian he took it to."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Trooper Gives Up Chase After Mustang Hits 150MPH

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

 

"If you’re going to drive 150 mph, don’t do it on a public road with a bad record of fatal crashes, in the middle of the night, with police lights in your mirrors. And maybe, just maybe, don’t do it in a Ford Mustang. Those things don’t have the best record when it comes to reckless driving, even at slow speeds."

 

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Trees Stop a Pipeline — For Now

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

"The timeline for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas project that would run 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, has been delayed by at least a few months because main developer Dominion Energy failed to cut down the trees along its planned route by a March deadline."

 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How OId is He?

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"If you eat a virtuous diet rich with sturgeon fresh from a lake, partake in vigorous regular exercise in the clear air of northern Minnesota, and stay sociable by getting married—eight times!—but never have the bother of raising children, how long might you count your years?"

 

"One man lived to the ripe old age of 137, according to reports at the time of his death. Or maybe he was 100, or maybe 138. While his exact age remains in dispute, this much is certain: He sure looked pretty old."

 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Just Hangin' Out

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Deep in the Leno Valley of Trento Province in the far north of Italy, next to lake Lago di San Colombano, solitude is taken to a whole other level and isolation literally to new heights."

 

"While it is somewhat expected for a hermitage to be hard to reach, San Colombano Church is not off the beaten track as isolated places of worship usually are."

 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Catastrophic

This came out today with thanks to Mother News Network.

 

"The news these days isn't exactly slow, but any break from the regular routine — especially one with a happy ending — is a welcome one. Case in point: the story of Gypsy the cat.

 

"Gypsy is a Phoenix-area cat that found herself stuck atop a utility pole. This near cat-astrophe captured the attention of neighborhood residents and people from around the world as Gypsy's plight was chronicled on various local news live streams."

 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Microwaving Steel wool

This came out today with thanks to Motherboard. (VIDEO)

 

"At this point, there ought to be an addendum to Internet Rule 34 that specifically addresses microwaved objects. Whether it’s a watermelon, dry ice, exploding hard boiled eggs, or yes, even a microwave, if it exists, it’s probably been microwaved."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

What to Watch for When the Chinese Satellite Falls to Earth

This came out today with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"This is no April Fool’s joke. The dead-and-descending-out-of-control Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is predicted to crash somewhere on Earth on April 1st, plus-or-minus a day or two. This was probably not a good time for the recent U.S. government actions against China because its government and space agency hasn’t been too open about when or where the space debris might make its flaming landfall."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

VW Pickups are Coming

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Jalopnik, a website of attractive idiots, is occasionally wrong. Already twice this week we have sung the praises of the new Atlas Tanoak mid-size truck concept, when VW has already been making the perfect pickup truck."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

After Losing its Only Bank A Town Has a plan — Geocaching

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

In the town of Wilberforce, Ontario, a quick detour from the main street will take you to a seven-foot-tall wooden fork that sits at the point where the road splits into two—a literal fork in the road.

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Jaywalk in China and You Can Get a Ticket Via Facial Recognition

This came out today with thanks to Futurism.

 

Since April 2017, this city in China’s Guangdong province has deployed a rather intense technique to deter jaywalking. Anyone who crosses against the light will find their face, name, and part of their government ID number displayed on a large LED screen above the intersection, thanks to facial recognition devices all over the city.

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

How Finland is Dealing With Homelessness

This came out today with thanks to MNN.

 

"Europe is struggling with homelessness. According to the 2018 report from the European Federation of National Organizations Working with the Homeless, the EU is facing a homelessness crisis."

 

"This past year has resolutely confirmed the existence of another Europe: a Europe not merely ignored but also misunderstood, not just despised but also forgotten — a Europe of the homeless. The homeless population has increased steadily in almost all EU countries."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ads For The Birds

This came out Tuesday with thanks to MNN. (VIDEO)

 

"Seeking to spread word of its latest "brand communication concept" called Engineering for Life, the Swedish arm of Danish engineering mega-firm Ramboll asks us to reconsider billboards — blighted, skyline-polluting, product-pushing billboards — by going out and turning one into a bird feeder."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Survival Food

This came out today with thanks o Boing Boing.

 

Today on WTH is Walmart trying to sell my friend Terry through a Facebook ad: Earthworm Jerky. (Last time it was funeral potatoes.) At first, I thought he was pulling my leg. But he's not one to joke about stuff like this.

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

What Else Are You Supposed to Do You Do With A Parking Lot?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"To find one of Berlin’s best chill-out spots, take the elevator in the Neukölln Arcaden shopping mall to the fifth-floor parking garage. Then it’s just a quick trudge up the ramp to the garage’s top floor to reach your destination—a hybrid nightclub/urban garden where stylish young people sip Club Mate, snack on a rotating menu of street food, and dance as the sun sets over the city."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Watch Out for Green Storms

This came out yesterday with thanks to Lifehacker.

 

"You see those green, billowing storm clouds over there? Those are bad. Not because you’ll get whisked away to some annoying musical world—no, because those clouds mean that storm is particularly nasty and dangerous. It might even mean a tornado is approaching."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Starbucks Has to Tell Customers Their Coffee Causes Cancer — But Don't Panic

This came out last night with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"Earlier today, a California Superior Court judge issued a ruling that’s bound to stress out lots of java drinkers—even if it probably shouldn’t. Companies like Starbucks will have to tell customers that their coffee can potentially cause cancer."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Cape Town's Controversial Plan to End the Water Shortage Forever

This came out yesterday with thanks to Earther.

 

"In the midst of a historic drought, Cape Town is looking for solutions both immediate and long-term to its water supply problems. Although the potential shut-off of Cape Town’s taps on ‘Day Zero’ is likely to be narrowly averted this year thanks to intensive water-saving efforts, long-term drought, coupled with increased water demand and prospects of a hotter and drier future due to climate change, have added urgency to the push to bring additional water sources online."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Shoppers are Mad Cosmopolitan Mags Banned from Checkouts

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Racked.

 

"Yesterday, the big conversation at the intersection of media and retail was Walmart’s decision to stop selling Cosmopolitan at its checkout lines. The magazine will still be sold on shelves elsewhere in its stores, Walmart said, but the move — motivated by Cosmo’s “hypersexualized and degrading article titles that regularly promote pornography, sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex, and more,” according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which says it worked with Walmart on the change — quickly whipped up a debate over whether Walmart was right to do so."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Bozo and How He Got To Be The Most Famous Clown

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The partially blind man who became the most popular Bozo the Clown of all bluffed his way into the Marines during WWII. How? He passed the vision test by memorizing eye charts."

 

"Bob Bell wasn’t the only red-haired, red-nosed, floppy-shoed Bozo. But as the star of Chicago’s WGN-TV Bozo’s Circus for 24 years, he was by far the most enduring and the most memorable. His show was carried in 182 markets during its peak in the late 1960s."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter's Most Elaborate Egg

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"To say that Fabergé eggs are among Easter’s most elegant decorations doesn’t come close to describing their historical and artistic significance. These gem-encrusted items represent so much more than other forms of decorative art."

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Studies Show Cancer Linked to Cell Phones

This came out yesterday with thanks to Scientific American.

 

"Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality or whether any effects arise in people."

 

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Outside the Box
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
~ Steve Jobs