Meet the 7ft long edible gummy snake!

275x250.jpg Forget those little gummy worms you used to get in a pick-and-mix. This is the gummy python, a seven foot long 36,000 calorie monster which is more sweet than you would ever want to eat.

The candy snake is surprisingly detailed and includes intricate eyes, extensive and blended coloring, ridged coils, and thousands of individually carved scales.

But maybe more importantly it is freakishly huge! Weighing in a at 12.2 kilograms (27 pounds) it's almost 8ft long and those 36,720 calories are 18.36 days of an adult's recommended daily allowance.

Retailers Vat19.com suggest the Party Python could be divided into 306 servings of 40 grams and 120 calories each. It's equivalent to 1,109 regular-sized gummy worms.

275x250.jpg A design firm has created a bizarre power-generating rocking chair which can be used to charge an iPad as you rock.

Makers MICASA LAB from Zurich claim that regular rocking in the iRock chair can keep an Apple iPad topped up.

Featuring an iPad docking stand on one arm and speakers in the back rest, the chair works thanks to a set of gears and generator on the base that transforms the movement into power.

"If you use iRock for 60 minutes you can recharge an iPad 3 to 35%," said a spokesperson. "The iRock is an updated version of the traditional rocking chair. It's a self sufficient iPad dock and sound station."

275x250.jpg Parents with young babies often complain that because of their constant changing of dirty nappies and sleepless nights, they don't get enough time to do things like clean the house… well step forward the baby mop.

The baby map is an ingenious way of keeping your floors clean. It's a baby outfit with mop attachments on the arms and legs, so that as a baby crawls, it cleans where-ever it goes.

Makers say the $40 baby mop will teach your baby a strong work ethic early on in their life, encourage them not to drop food and give them a workout, causing them to sleep better.

It's also claimed the baby mop - which is available in sizes from 3 to 12 months -  will save you money on house cleaning costs and free you up to do things you enjoy.

275x250.jpg A German drinks firm has launched a range of spirits which has been poured over the breasts of a naked model prior to bottling. Really!

G-Spirits sells bottles of rum, whisky and vodka which has been poured over the boobs of voluptuous models before being collected in a special glass basin.

It's claimed the odd process adds to the flavour of the drinks, though the firm are keen to stress they conform to food and hygiene requirements. Medical personnel are also present to verify everything is in order.

A spokesperson for G-Spirits said: "To create the perfect taste we let every single drop of our spirits run over the breasts of a special woman, one whose characteristics we saw reflected in the liquor.

275x250.jpg It looks like a cupcake which was recovered from the scene of a violent crime, and sure enough that's the idea behind the Dexter cupcake from Magnolia Bakery.

The bakers were commissioned by TV channel Showtime to create the cake to celebrate the airing of Season 7 of hit serial killer TV show Dexter.

The glass shard and blood red velvet cupcakes - which were served at a special event in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall - were covered in dyed red syrup to look like blood.

The glass shards are actually just sugar glass and wouldn't rip your mouth open on the first bite … but would you be brave enough to try them.

Unfortunately the gory cakes are not on general sale, which is a shame … because they could have made for a wonderfully traumatic birthday party for a six-year-old.

275x250.jpg Meet HotTug, the world's first wood-fired hot tub boat. Yes it is just as odd, weird and wonderful as it sounds.

While the HotTug can be used as a typical boat for six to eight people, it's when it's filled with 2000 litres of water it becomes interesting.

That's because it then becomes a portable hottub - constructed from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester - which can be enjoyed while cruising along canals or on a lake.

A wood stove in front of the boat heats the water in about 2.5 hours up to 38 degrees Celsius and an integrated electric motor allows people to cruise around for about 8 hours.

275x250.jpg Believe it or not this woman isn't pretending to make a phone call with her fingers, the gloves she is wearing have a fully functional Bluetooth earpiece built in.

The hi-Call has a speaker and a microphone sewed into thumb and pinkie, meaning wearers can speak on the phone, while being protected from the cold.
 
Makers say the Inspector Gadget-esque gloves have a battery which lasts for 10 days on standby and 20 hours call time.

They are compatible with all mobile phones with Bluetooth, but obviously you will look a little crazy talking into your hand as you walk down the road.

275x250.jpg Meet the Ostrich Pillow, a bizarre new object which promises to allow people to sleep anywhere - whether in the office or traveling - by covering their head and neck in a cozy but weird-looking manner.

The weird pillow, which was recently funded through Kickstarter and is said to be ideal for power naps, features a large hole on the bottom for users to insert their head, while two smaller holes keep your hands warm.

There's also a third hole for your mouth, because breathing is important even if you are snug with your head on your desk when you are meant to be working.

Makers say the Ostrich Pillow has been a year in the making and has been trialled in airports, trains, airplanes, libraries, at the office, on a sofa and even on the floor.

275x250.jpg It may not have the high-tech functions of the upcoming iPhone 5, but the OwnFone could be the ideal solution for young children or people who struggle to get to grips with technology.

Described as "the world's first personalised mobile phone" the OwnFone does away with a screen and the majority of buttons, instead replacing them with direct-dial buttons and volume controls.

Aimed primarily at children and the elderly, the £55 device is customised to the owner and features buttons with the names of up to 12 people they are most likely to want to call. Pressing the name places a call to that person, incoming calls are answered with an answer button.

Each OwnFone is only the size of a credit card and weighs 40g. Makers say they could also be used in situations you may not want to take your expensive smartphone, like to a music festival or to the beach.

275x250.jpg Remember that invisible airbag helmet for cyclists we told you about a couple of years ago? Well the Hovding is finally going on sale.

The 'Hovding' helmet is the brainchild of Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin who received requests for a helmet which would not spoil your hair-do.

Now, eight years after starting work on the device, their vision is finally being realised and the bizarre helmet is going on sale for around £350.

The bizarre helmet looks like a scarf and only springs into action when accelerometers and gyro-meters inside detect sudden jolt. If the wearer is involved in an accident the helmet inflates in under 0.1 second to cocoon their head.

275x250.jpg Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James might be a little disappointed with this book, which appears to be the latest installment of the erotic bestsellers, because its text isn't quite as racy.

In fact "Fifty Shades of Gray" consists of 200 pages which contain no words at all, just paper which gets darker grey as the book progresses. There are four pages of each of the 50 shades of grey.

The £12.99 book, sold on Amazon as a novelty notepad, was dreamt up by author SH Simove who previously had a hit with his book "What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex" which also contained 200 wordless pages.

Speaking of his Fifty Shades of Gray book, Simove said: "Just like EL James's popular novel, I hope my new book will deliver deep and satisfying pleasure."


275x250.jpg An bizarre product has gone on sale which allows you to simultaneously feed and humiliate squirrels, and give you a good laugh and photo opportunity at the same time.

The Big Head Squirrel Feeder is exactly what its name would suggest - a squirrel feeder in the shape of a giant squirrel head.

A spokesperson for online retailer Archie McPhee said that the idea is you would hang the feeder in front of a window or near a porch, fill it with something squirrels like to eat.

Then, when the squirrels stick their head up there, the they look like they have a hilariously huge head with a goofy smile.

"Keep a camera nearby, you'll want to post a picture on Facebook. Perfect for birdwatchers, dads or anyone else who thinks squirrels should be taken down a peg or two."

275x250.jpg For most people, it would be a bad day at work if someone bombarded you with verbal abuse at you. But for workers in one German call-centre, it's just another day at the office.

That's because a 'swearing hotline' has been launched for angry Germans to call up and blow off some steam by swearing at the call-centre worker on the other end.

The team behind the "Schimpf-los" (swear away) line say they came up with the idea as a way of letting people release pent-up aggravation so they don't take it out on work colleagues, friends or family.

Costing 1.49 euros per minute, operators have even been trained to help extract extra sweary rants from callers with cheeky provocations such as, "That's the third time I've heard that today."

What do you think about the swearing line, let us know in the comments … but please don't be too rude, we haven't had the training of the Schimpf-los staff.

275x250.jpg We hope they won't be drinking this beer in the Olympic Athletes' Village, because 'Never Mind the Anabolics' has been brewed containing eight ingredients that are banned for professional athletes.

The limited edition beer contains creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kola nut, Gingko, matcha tea, maca powder and steroids - all banned at the Olympics due to performance enhancing effects.

Scottish craft brewery, BrewDog says it launched the beer in a bid to undermine global sponsorship deals for this summer’s games.

James Watt, cofounder of BrewDog said: "It seems a beer laced with performance enhancing ingredients isn’t actually illegal, but it is definitely frowned upon.

275x250.jpg In an apparent bid to make their new car as Italian as possible, Fiat have announced that the new version of the Fiat 500 will be available with a built-in coffee machine.

An unsurprising world first - there aren't any other cars which offer a fully integrated espresso coffee machine as an accessory - the FIAT 500L was launched in Turin earlier this week.

Designed in cooperation with famous Italian coffee-machine producer Lavazza and using the company's convenient "A Modo Mio" pod system, the espresso maker integrates into the passenger compartment.

There are no power cables and a dedicated set of accessories to keep the interior neat and tidy included, such as a spoon holder, pod dispenser and sugar container.


Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Well if not you could do worse than visit Moss Jewellery and Guns in South Atlanta -- because they have created what is being described as the ultimate zombie destroyer.

The AR-15 Mall Ninja Tactical Zombie Destroyer features four flashlights, three lasers and three red dot sights to ensure the undead are in your targets. There's also the little matter that it's mounted with nine 30-round magazines.

Bosses at the store, who introduced the gun by saying, "We got some zombies that need killing" are now offering people who are fearing an undead uprising the chance to try the gun on a shooting range.

Are we sure they are the best people to be waving around a firearm like this?

275x250.jpg What better than sitting out in the garden with a BBQ? Sitting in the middle of a lake with a BBQ, that's what. Meet the Barbecue Dining Boat … yes you read that correctly.

The £30,000 boat - which can provide waterborne cookouts for up to 10 adults - even feature an umbrella should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Made from ABS and featuring a 30-watt electric trolling motor, the BBQ dining boat can maneuver at up to 2.5 mph through calm water for up to eight hours of continuous use.

10 seats are positioned around the boat's 24"-diam. steel charcoal grill each have a recessed plate holder, three beverage holders, and silverware tray.

275x250.jpg A range of designer sunglasses for babies has become a hit after being picked up by celebrity parents including Sarah Jessica Parker and Mariah Carey.

Babiators - created by fighter pilot Ted Fienning and his wife Molly - were launched last year to protect kids’ eyes from UVA and UVB rays in a stylish manner.

Fienning says the £19.50 glasses are inspired by the Marine Corps standard-issue aviator sunglasses worn by pilots and many of their partners.

However, knowing that anything for children has to be able to take a knock, Babiators are also said to be durable and have flexible rubber frames which are BPA-free and safe to be chewed.

275x250.jpg A range of salts said to be collected from crying humans experiencing a range of emotions have gone on sale in London, for you to season your food.

The £7 salts - sold by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies - is billed as coming from tears of sorrow, tears shed while sneezing, tears shed while chopping onions, tears of laughter, and tears of anger.

Each salt is said to distinctly different flavour and could certainly add an interesting element to your next dinner party.

A spokesperson said: "Salt Made From Tears combines centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallisation tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine.

275x250.jpg To help celebrate the London 2012 Games in their uniquely block-based way, LEGO have released a special edition line of nine Team GB LEGO minifigures.

With less than 70 days to go until the beginning of the games LEGO are bringing new meaning to the phrase 'starting blocks' with the yellow boxer, swimmer, relay runner and judo fighter.

There's also a tennis player, gymnast, weightlifter, horseback rider and archer in the collectible range which will only be available in the UK.

A spokesperson for LEGO said: "The Team GB LEGO Minifigures spark the sporting imagination, so you can stage your very own Games. There are exclusive Team GB LEGO Minifigures in the line-up."


An industrial designer has created a portable swing which can be deployed quickly and easily apparently turning any surrounding into a playground.


Kevin Shay from San Francisco says he came up with the idea when trying to think of something which was fun and prompted interaction between an object and the user.

His resulting UpSwing is a canvas and leather swing which can be installed on trees, lampposts or anything you can throw it over.

Shay says the the best place he has used the UpSwing is in the middle of Valencia street during Cinco de Mayo. "Seeing people's faces turn from confused to genuine excitement as they see the swing unfold is truly satisfying," he said.

275x250.jpg It's no secret that some pet owners spoil their animals, whether it's giving them the best food, constant belly rubs or £1,200 beds to sleep in … wait what?

A range of designer pet beds has gone on sale for pampered pooches and pussy cats which are made by master cabinetmakers and cost more than most furniture for humans.

The pet furniture from Cedel Pets and Style -- which is miniaturized versions of typical bedroom furniture -- can cost up to £1,200

Many models even include little pillows, duvets and tiny bedside tables, though we can't imagine what a cat keeps in a bedside table.

275x250.jpg The change in our pocket is suddenly feeling somewhat inadequate after we discovered Canadians not only get coins with dinosaurs on… but dinosaurs which glow in the dark.

The Royal Canadian Mint has created a series of four 25 cent coins featuring dinos, starting with a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai.

In normal light the coins, approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, show how the dinos would have looked in the outside, but once in the dark their glowing skeleton is revealed.

A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mint said: "For best effect, place the coin in sunlight, fluorescent, or incandescent light for 30 – 60 seconds then bring the coin into the dark to reveal the skeleton of the dinosaur!"


Japanese brewery Kirin have come up with a solution to the beer-drinkers summer problem of a warm brew -- a drink which is served with a frozen foam head.


Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft features a frozen foam head which makers claim will act as an insulating lid and keep a drink cold for 30 minutes.

The foam is made by cooling the beer to -5C and then pumping it out Mr Whippy style on top of the glass.

275x250.jpg A coffee machine which lets caffeine-addict drivers make an espresso from the comfort of their car has gone on sale. Finally.

The Handpresso Auto is powered by a car's cigarette lighter and takes just two minutes to prepare a high-quality espresso coffee.

Users simply fill the device with water, insert a coffee pod and plug it in. The £125 device then heats the water and after reaching 16 bars of pressure beeps and pours your coffee.

As an added bonus the Handpresso will also make your car smell of coffee… especially if you end up spilling espresso all over your interior.

275x250.jpg Sitting in a traffic jam on the M25 isn't exactly our idea of a good day out, but apparently for some people it must be…

Bosses of the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company say their £15 coach tour of the M25 has proven a bizarre hit and sold out.

Complete with a commentary detailing "interesting facts about the motorway’s evolution" and pointing out landmarks the tour takes in the entire 117-mile London orbital.

A spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company said: "We’re keeping it as a surprise whether we’ll travel clockwise or anti-clockwise but all the great opportunities to see the amazing sights around this iconic motorway will be available."

Sights include including Epping Forest, Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five, Lakeside, the magnificent Dartford River Crossing bridge and much more… apparently.

275x250.jpg Some people complain about the cost of drinks in coffee shops, but not Logan Warren -- he recently ordered the most expensive Starbucks drink possible.

Armed with a Starbucks Rewards card entitling him to a "free birthday drink", the computer technician from Nacogdoches, Texas, decided to see what was the most pricey drink one of the barista could prepare for him.

Looking around online, the most expensive he could find was $14 (£8.80) and Logan knew he could do better, especially as there was no fine print or price limit on the offer.

So after consulting with the baristas for half an hour, the result was a $23.60 (£14.95) Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup with 16 shots of espresso and syrups, shots and powders.

Speaking of the drink, 22-year-old Logan told NewsLite: "We started with the most expensive base drink--a java chip frappuccino, and added 16 shots of espresso, along with a myriad of powders and fruits.

275x250.jpg Every bride knows she needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue at her wedding… but what about something explosive?

Food artists Bompas & Parr are launching a food explosion service for weddings where for a fee a trained explosives technician will lay charges within your wedding cake ready for you to detonate.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "Traditional wedding cakes are a triumph of spectacle over taste. Bompas & Parr’s food explosion service pushes this ethos to its ultimate conclusion.

"The ritual of cutting the cake is significantly enhanced through the explosion, the sense of occasion heightened by the blast and your guests are spared eating flavourless fruitcake."

The service starts from £800 and includes a risk assessment and an explosive technician liaising with your cake provider to tell them how their creation will be destroyed.

275x250.jpg A open-minded website has started offering romantic getaways with a difference -- they are for three people.

That's right it's a break intended for fans of free love, those in polygamous relationships or couples with a tag-along member.

Experience day website Wish.co.uk started offering the ‘Romantic Break for Three’ following an enquiry from a trio wanting to enjoy a romantic night together.

The £399 getaway is for three people, staying in a double suite at the Windermere Suites in the Lake District

It also includes breakfast for three and a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival… if they remember to leave out three glasses.

275x250.jpg Chocolate, oysters and Champagne are all foods typically associated with Valentines Day -- bull testicles… not so much.

But that hasn't stopped a chef from creating a testicle-filled pie which he claims will act as an aphrodisiac this Valentines Day.

The aptly named 'Cock and Bull Pie' from artisan ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s contains only ingredients selected for their aphrodisiac and arousing qualities.

As such the £7.99 pie -- available exclusively from Ocado -- features ‘Mama Juana’ liquor and Ginseng alongside the bulls’ testicles.

Rich in testosterone, the potent properties of bull’s testicles have long been used in India where lovers swear by their power to increase sexual vigour. But will you have the balls to try it this Valentine’s Day?

275x250.jpg There's something satisfying about a glass of beer with a pizza, but for a couple in the US it was too much hassle, so they combined the two -- meet the pizza-flavoured beer.

Tom and Athena Seefurth from St Charles, Illinois came up with the odd brew five years ago and since then their Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer has become a success in the US.

And now the uniquely flavoured beer -- which has tomatoes, basil, oregano and garlic added during the brewing process -- is on its way to the UK
 
Creator Tom Seefurth said: "It tastes like normal beer when it's on your tongue. But when you swallow you get an aftertaste of pizza topping.

275x250.jpg Valentine's Day is the time of year you get to show a loved one exactly how much they mean to you… which is why you probably shouldn't send them this card.

UK supermarket chain ASDA has launched an economy card which costs just 7p, though it does feature the supermarket's value 'Smart Price' logo on the front.

Inside the card -- aimed at cash-strapped lovers -- there's the cheeky message "My love for you is priceless".

While the card could make the ideal surprise if your partner has a good sense of humour, thrifty shoppers should act with caution.

Because, though you only have to pay 7p for the cheapo card, it could actually cost you your relationship.

275x250.jpg A pilot in New Zealand couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a shark swimming/flying past him at 7,000ft.

He'd been preparing to land a passenger jet Christchurch International Airport when he spotted the 1.5m long shark staring back at him.

But there was no need to worry -- because the shark in question was actually an inflatable remote-controlled toy which had flown off.

The 'Air Swimmer' toys have been a popular present this Christmas and police have been bombarded with reports of escaped inflatable sharks.

Experts say that other than giving the pilot a shock, the helium-filled shark was unlikely to pose any threat to the flight.

275x250.jpg For years people have used all sorts of things to explain the offside rule -- but now all you need is a 50 pence piece.

That's because the Royal Mint have released a coin with a diagram explaining the rule to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

Designed by Neil Wolfson the 50p coin features a diagram of a football pitch with markers showing when a player is, or isn't, offside.

He came up with the idea after hearing that the Royal Mint wanted members of the public to suggest designs for a series of new sporting 50p coins.

Other olympic coinage includes ones featuring rowing, cycling, basketball and archery.

275x250.jpg Foodie cheese-makers have created what they hope will be an indulgent addition to your Christmas menu -- a Stilton cheese made of real gold.

Clawson Stilton Gold will sell for £60.87 per 100g slice, or £608 a kilo -- that's 67 times more pricey than regular Stilton.

Taking the title of the most expensive UK cheese ever made it would even cost £6 just for the cheese to top one cracker.

Makers Clawson say the premium white Stilton is so expensive because it's shot-through with a combination of real edible gold leaf, real gold-liqueur.

They claim to have already been contacted by a Gulf-based oil sheikh and a famous pop star desperate to add a piece of the unique cheese.

275x250.jpg A new course has launched in the UK which promises to teach zombie apocalypse-fearing folk everything they need to survive an undead uprising.

Zombie Boot Camp -- which runs in Driotwich, Worcestershire and costs £59 -- has been specially created in order to help train and prepare people for the eventuality of a zombie invasion.

The experience day sees would-be zombie battlers take part in training from expert military instructors before being kitted out in helmets, safety goggles and Kevlar body armour.

Then it's on to learning how to fight zombies with weapons including a pistol, grenades a rifle and a chainsaw -- before taking part in a training exercise and tackling a warehouse full of zombies.

275x250.jpg Living in a city-centre might not prevent you from embracing your bee-keeper dreams for much longer -- after Phillips revealed the urban beehive.

Designers who say we are disturbing its equilibrium, have tried to tackle the issue of dwindling bee numbers with the bizarre concept.

The urban beehive is designed to fit to the windows of apartment blocks and consists of a entry passage and flower pot outside and a glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.

The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on.

To access the honey, users pull a cord to release smoke into the hive and calm the bees before it's opening it… and if it's not working you've just got 10,000 angry bees in your flat.

275x250.jpg Everybody knows you shouldn't give your dog a sip of your beer, but pooches no longer have to miss out -- because a new brew made specifically for dogs has gone on sale.

Bowser Beer really is a beer made for dogs. But unlike your Stella Artois it won't get them drunk and it's designed with their digestive system in mind.

While the beer contains the same malt barley brewers use, the vitamins are good for shiny coats, the hops (which are dangerous to dogs) are replaced with beef or chicken.

As for the taste, it's described as being a "beefy-malty broth" which most dogs lap it up either straight out of the bottle or over ice or their food.

275x250.jpg We've previously seen children's drawings turned into amazing artworks -- now they are being turned into cool toys.

The guys over at Child's Own Studio will take a drawing your child has done (or maybe you) and use it as a blueprint for a stuffed toy.

They will even use materials you provide yourself -- maybe a baby-grow or a former favourite blanket -- to make the distinctive and unique toy.

However, there is bad news, because the service has proven so popular Wandy Tsao says they are not taking any more orders this year. So back to the drawing board for Christmas… though not to draw a toy.

275x250.jpg A designer scent has been created to represent the smells of Burton-on-Trent -- yes the town famous for Marmite and beer.

Businesswoman and perfumer Victoria Brookes says she created the perfumes (which really should have been called Burton-on-Scent) because the town is famed for its smells.

The male and female scents will go on sale for £36.50 in the run up to Christmas and the women's version is said to encapsulate the smells of Marmite and the countryside.

The men's fragrance meanwhile, is said to include leather, forests, and beer… so we're not sure it will make you irresistible to the opposite sex.

275x250.jpg There is no denying that facial hair can help you keep warm in the winter. And while not everyone can grow a full bushy beard… they could buy this hat.

The Beardo is a Canadian-designed beanie which has become an instant fashion hit since it went on sale online -- because it includes an instant beard.

Makers say the hat-beard-combo is "always guaranteed to be full, perfectly coiffed, and super soft" and that you don't have to worry about itching or scratching.

While the acrylic yarn facial fuzz is adjustable and can fit any face, it can also be stowed away in the hat for the occasions a knitted beard might not be appropriate… though we can't imagine when that would be.

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An enormous avocado which grows to 10 times of standard varieties is set to  hit UK supermarket shelves… which is good news for fans of guacamole.

The jumbo avocado, of the ‘Linda’ variety, weighs up to 1.5kg which is more that the weight of two international Rugby balls!

A spokesperson for Waitrose, who will sell the monster, say the fruit stays on trees in Peru’s Chincha valley for up to one year to achieve its exceptional size.

The huge avocado, which sells for £4.99 is big enough to make a dish of guacamole or retro avocado and prawn starters to serve dinner party guests. 


A vending machine which prepares and cooks pizzas in under two minutes could soon be launched on the streets of New York.

The automated Pizzametry pizzeria not only delivers freshly baked pizza (not microwaved) in a matter of minutes, but diners can also watch it being cooked.

Once a user has selected the type of pizza they want, they will see the dough flattened into a base and then the tomato sauce, cheese and toppings added before it's sent to the oven.

Inventor Puzant Khatchadourian says each machine can hold the ingredients required to produce 150 pizzas and that the eight-inch pizzas are delivered in a box with a disposable pizza cutter.

275x250.jpg We have something of a penchant for stories about odd gummy based products, having previously written about the world's largest gummy worm, bear and a bear-based chandelier.

Well we're at it again, this time thanks to a full size gummi brain -- which we presume is the ideal snack for gummy zombies.

Measuring a whopping 19.5cm x 15.6cm x 7.5cm, the life-sized gummy brain weighs approximately 3.18kg, is fruity bubblegum flavour and sells online for £20.

Online retailer Firebox says the giant gummi brain is "guaranteed to give anyone the heebie jeebies", yeah and a week-long sugar rush.

usb vibrator At first glance it looks like any other USB drive. But this memory stick - which can hold 16GB of data - also doubles as a sex toy. Really.

The Duet is the creation of a team of designers from San Francisco who decided that what the world needed was to combine office supplies with bedroom toys.

Ti Chang and Michael Topolovac say the sleek-looking device is made from silicone and metal, charges from your computer's USB port and is virtually silent.

It comes with a leather case, is waterproof to more 3m and has four vibration modes and five power levels… it can also contain that PowerPoint presentation for Monday morning.

275x250.jpg A new suitcase has gone on sale which should ensure you can get across the airport fast enough that you never miss another flight… because it's got a built-in micro scooter.

The bizarre baggage - which consists of a  26 litre capacity case and lean-and-steer scooter - is being marketed at frequent business flyers and people making short commutes to work.

Makers claim the hard-shell Samsonite case and micro scooter ensure you arrive at your destination in time and unruffled and add it’s classed as carry-on luggage and can be stowed in an over-head locker.

For more relaxed occasions -- and those where you don't want to look like a fool --  the Micro Luggage case can be used as a regular wheeled case.

275x250.jpg We're not exactly sure why you'd want to, but an adaptor has gone on sale allowing iPhone-wielding photographers to use professional lenses on their phones.

The 'iPhone SLR Mount' costs £160 and allows users who are not happy with the current quality of photo from their Apple iPhone 4 to attach big Canon and Nikon lenses.

This means those using  the aluminium case and mount can take telephoto, wide angle, and macro shot by using their iPhone and current lenses in fully manual mode.

Makers say you'll be using lenses you already have, without having to carry a big SLR camera… though as you'll still be lugging all that heavy glass, it kind of defeats the point, right?

275x250.jpg Some cycling fans like to follow the professionals and ride every gruelling mile of the Tour de France route, others prefer to watch it from home.

But mow there's no reason to choose - because an exercise bike has been revealed which lets users ride Le Tour from their own home.

The £800 device uses Google Maps to let would-be Alberto Contadors not only follow the route and cycle the right distances - but it also tilts to match the angle of the French roads.

But while the high-tech bike also give a realistic work-out by adjusting resistance base on your wind profile, it can't provide the entertainment of French farmers.

275x250.jpg A dad and fitness expert has scored a publishing hit after writing a book telling other fathers how to turn their new babies into effective gym equipment.

Joshua Levitt says he came up with the idea for 'Baby Barbells' after realising there was less time to hit the gym following the birth of his own children.

When lying on his back and lifting his daughter up from his chest in a bid to soothe her, he realised he was getting a workout from the accidental baby bench press.

From there he developed an entire exercise routine, including moves called lullaby lunges and peek-a-boo pop-ups, which he claims will help keep new dads fit… especially if they have a porky baby.

275x250.jpg A Scottish band have released what's thought to be the world's first edible and playable chocolate record. And it's said to taste as good as it sounds.

Edinburgh-based three-piece 'Found' worked with a local baker to produce the chocolate disk version of their single 'Anti Climb Paint' which can be played in any record player.

After several weeks of trial and error, baker Ben Milne was able to make the working chocolate record by using the same negative metal templates used to produce vinyl versions.

While you will only get around ten 'recognisable' plays out of the record before it wears down, you can always munch it. And even the sleeve and label are edible having been made from rice paper and icing sugar respectively.

275x250.jpgA pub in New Zealand has started selling a rather odd drink… apple flavoured horse semen. Yes you read that correctly.

Bosses at The Green Man Pub in Wellington say they started offering the spunky 30ml shots after coming up with it for a food contest.

And they have been blown away by the demand for the £12 drink which is served chilled and is said to contain about 300 million individual horse sperm cells.

Steve Drummond said women have been more curious than men about the unique drink.. though men have often dared each other into downing one.

He added there was also one female customer who's commented she was concerned because she thought she might conceive children with long faces. It's not known how much she'd had to drink first.


275x250.jpgA perfumery firm are currently in the process of producing a bizarre range of curry-scented fragrances.

Five fragrances for men and women are being made including: korma, tikka massala, madras, vindaloo and rogan josh.

Each of the perfumes will use ingredients from the relevant curry to  give a 'sense' of it - but will not be quite like splashing a vindaloo behind your ears.

Makers say it's hoped the perfumes - which should go on sale after the summer - will also have a side effect of boosting the number of people going out for  a curry.

What do you think, would you like to dab on a bit of madras? What other foods do you think would work as a perfume? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpgWe've seen some pretty odd umbrellas in the past, but even when compared to the samurai sword brolly, the the self defence umbrella and (possibly) the Nubrella... this one is a little strange.    

The Backpack Umbrella is, as you might have guessed, an umbrella that is worn on the back and can be used without having to hold it.

Makers say the odd umbrella is ideal for use when you are burdened by packages, a dog's leash, or doing other activities that require both hands.

And a spokesperson for Hammacher Schlemmer, where the brolly can be bought for £25 online, added: "The Backpack Umbrella helps pedestrians stay dry while leaving their hands free to carry groceries or luggage."

The rain shelter is stored in the included backpack and when wet weather approaches, it attaches to its integrated support rod, providing instant, mobile, hands-free (and slightly daft looking) shelter.

275x250.jpg Strawberries and cream, it's the classic Wimbledon treat which is as sophisticated as it is tasty… or it was until it was served up on a sandwich.

That's because supermarket chain Tesco has released a not exactly delightful looking, strawberries, jam and clotted cream sandwich in time for Wimbledon

Sold in Union Flag packaging to support Andy Murray and made using poppy seed bread, the bizarre sandwich costs £1 and is thought to be the only commercially available sweet sandwich.

After tasting it, we can understand why this is the first time anyone's created a strawberries and cream sandwich… it's foul… and we don't need Hawk-Eye for a second opinion.

275x250.jpg Just in case seeing a car with a furry moustache wasn't quite surreal enough for you, the makers of the Carstache have now gone one step further.

Meet the Glorystache, designed to help patriotic Americans celebrate the 4th of July in that classic way of adding facial hair to their car.

It's an 85cm long blue moustache featuring white stars and red tassels which attaches to the grille of most cars and is weather resistant.

Makers say they hope the Glorystache can becoma a must-have Independence Day automotive accessory (like that's a thing) and expect it to become popular at motor rallies and on road-trips.

275x250.jpg Meet the world’s most exclusive and expensive kebab. And with a retail value of a whopping £750, this posh creation is not one for enjoying at 3am on Saturday morning after a heavy drinking session.

Dubbed the ‘King of Kebabs’ the gastronomic creation, from chef Andy Bates, comes complete with saffron infused flat bread, milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees and edible gold leaf garnish.

Also on the expensive kebab is Champagne infused mint and cucumber yoghurt, micro cress and lettuce, Ceour de Beouf tomatoes and oregano concass along with some Barrel Aged Yews Feta cheese.

But don't expect to find it in your local kebab shop, the 'King of Kebabs' was created for Food Network UK mark the launch of The Great Food Truck Race. Which means if you want to try it, you'll need to source that Saffron infused flatbread yourself.


275x250.jpg Space may be the final frontier -- but why shouldn't you be able to enjoy a beer while exploring it? Well, thanks to an intrepid team of Australian brewers, you might.

An Ozzie microbrewery has teamed up with space engineers from a astronautics firm to develop a special brew with would be ideal supped in space.

Jaron Mitchell of 4 Pines Brewing Company says that with the expected growth of space tourism, there's going to be a burgeoning market for space booze.

That's why he's teamed up with Jason Held of Saber Astronautics to create the beer which will be specifically designed to be enjoyed in zero gravity.



We've seen some fairly odd products, but brain wave controlled emotion indicating fluffy cat ears for humans, have got to by up there as some of the most bizarre.

Japanese firm Neurowear say their odd 'Necomimi' ears are a great way to exhibit your innermost feelings and could become a vital communication tool.

Using a sensor which is worn on the forehead, the ears - due to gon on sale later this year - are said to respond to the wearer’s emotions and change their shape.

If the user is sad, the ears will apparently flop down, if they're amused the ears will wiggle but if the wearer is tired the ears go flat… we don't know what they do if you are confused by seeing people with ears.

275x250.jpg Popsicles are normally a effective and cheap way to cool off -- but not at a hotel resort in Mexico, they've launched a lavish $1,000 tequila ice lolly.

The expensive icy treat may come served on a classic plastic stick, but it's made from premium tequila which sells for £1,000 per bottle rather than fruit squash.

But should the Tequilas Premium Clase Azul Ultra not be enough of a draw, there is also the little matter of the 24 ct. gold flakes the Tequila Pop contains.

Bosses at the Marquis Los Cabos resort in Baja California Sur say they expect the premium popsicle to prove popular, but that those on a budget may prefer a straight shot of the Clase Azul Ultra… a snip at $500 a shot.

275x250.jpg Women who are thinking about going under the knife can now get an instant boob job for free thanks to a new iPhone app.

The app is the brainchild of US plastic surgeon Elizabeth A. Kinsley, from New Orleans, who was the first doctor to employ 3D imaging technology to show women what they will look like after surgery.

Called iAugment, the app allows iPhone users to take a picture of themselves and virtually boost their cup size.

While it's intended for people considering plastic surgery themselves, we can imagine one or two blokes will be testing to see what their other half might look like with bigger breasts.

275x250.jpg A designer has created what he claims is a perfectly sensible solution to the problem of trying to control a touchscreen phone without a free hand… a stylus for your nose.

Dominic Wilcox says he often found himself wanting to use his touchscreen phone while in the bath, but because his fingers were all too often wet, he couldn't.

But when he realised he could navigate by pressing the phone against his nose, he decided creating a finger-nose stylus would be the logical next step.

After various trial and error he invented this odd-looking device which he says is the ideal way to send a tweet from the bath… should you do something so impressive in the bath you need to tell the world.

275x250.jpgCreators of an odd breast milk ice cream which banned by a council and threatened with legal action from Lady Gaga, say it will be back on sale soon.

Last year, the Icecreamists parlour introduced 'Baby Gaga' a £14 ice cream made from human breast milk which was served with a rusk and shot of Calpol.

But shortly after the launch, Westminster Council banned the ice cream and over health concerns and Lady Gaga threatened them with legal action over the name.

However, the wacky product will this week once again go on sale again in London’s Covent Garden at a new political ice cream installation. Apparently that's a thing.

It's hoped that a name change to 'Baby Goo Goo' (see what they did there?) will help the breast milk ice cream stay out of legal trouble this time around.

275x250.jpgPresumably in a bid to produce the most bizarre royal wedding souvenir, a firm has announced it will sell bottles of 'Royal wedding day air'.

On the big day a team of "trained professionals" will apparently be out in London collecting samples of the air to capture the essence of the day.

Bosses at Watt UK say they hope the bottles could become a collectors item and insist they are "something for the whole family to enjoy".

It's claimed buyers could then treat the 'Royal Air' like a bottle of fine champagne and gather round the table each taking a healthy sniff.

There is no word on price yet… but if you really want to buy something like this, we've got a lovely selection of magic beans for sale? What if we called them 'Royal Wedding Magic Beans'.

275x250.jpg Our favourite brewers are at it again. And this time the crazy guys at Brewdog have created a beer called 'Royal Virility Performance' to mark the forthcoming Royal Wedding.

But as you'd expect from the people who created the world's strongest beer and served a brew in dead animals, this is no ordinary beer… it's said to be laced with viagra.

In fact they claim the aphrodisiac-filled India Pale Ale means that drinking three of the 7.5 per cent ABV bottles is the equivalent of taking one Viagra pill.

And it doesn't end there. Packaging on the bottles includes line like "Arise Prince Willy" and makers say they've sent some for the Prince to have a stiff drink on his wedding night.

275x250.jpg It can be towed by a mobility scooter, measures just 2m by 75cm and is being suggested as a way of bagging a spot for the Royal Wedding… meet the world's smallest caravan.

Despite the diminutive measurements the £5,500 QTvan caravan still boasts a full-sized bed, a 19 inch television, a drinks cabinet and tea making facilities.

Optional extras include solar roof panels, a SKY TV satellite dish, a games console, extra-wide wing mirror for mobility scooter and custom paint jobs.

And makers say the mini caravan is so small that if you need anything else, you could even tow it into a supermarket… though don't expect to get there too quickly, it has a top speed of 6mph.

275x250.jpgA toilet costing a £3,900 is set to go on sale - complete with a touch-screen computer panel, a built-in sound system and foot-warming hot air vents.

The Numi is designed to give users who are feeling a bit flush one of the most luxurious toilet-based experience possible.

Made from ceramic and glass the designer loo even recognises when someone is approaching and automatically opens the seat.

It then aims to calm those using it with ambient lighting, pre-programmed music or the radio and all the functions can be controlled by the iPhone-like computer panel.

What do you think, are there many people who are feeling flush enough to splash out on something like this, or is the idea crap?

275x250.jpg Bookies recently gave punters the chance to bet on what would be served as the main course at the wedding dinner of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Offering odds of 50/1 it would be pizza.

Well we wonder what odds they would give that this royal wedding pizza portrait would be making its way to plates at the event?

The odd pizza has been created by food artists working for Papa John’s as a way of celebrating the forthcoming marriage (and getting Papa John’s mentioned in the news).

Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William’s morning suit has been created out of salami and peppers… that's the pizza we're talking about, not the clothes for the big day.

275x250.jpg Italian perfumers have created a bizarre range of blood-scented fragrances which are designed to celebrate the "vivid and fascinating liquid that flows in our veins".

Blood Concept is a collection of four whiffs - A, B, AB and O - and all have a metallic scent at their heart which is said to be inspired by the red stuff.

Makers say the 40ml bottles (with dropper) are expected to become a hit after they were revealed at a recent perfumery trade show in Milan.

A spokesperson for Blood Concept said the perfumes were based on blood because it's the most studied part of the human body and holds a multitude of secrets… that and the world only needs so many vanilla-based perfumes.

275x250.jpg We have a feeling using this dog leash in public could get you a bit of unwanted attention from the RSPCA and quite possibly police.

That's because Lebedev Studio designed it to look like you are shooting your pet pooch in the head as you take it for daily walkies.

Dubbed Povodokus, the gun-shaped handle contains a bright red lead which goes out freely as the dog pulls and reels in when you pull the trigger.

While creator Andrey Dyakov, says he came up with the idea as a concept, he told Newslite they've not ruled out taking it into production. Your move now PETA..



When you think about adverts selling houses, it's probably dubious estate agent clichés like "delightfully bijou" and misleading photos, which spring to mind.


Well that's all about to change the moment you click play on this video and witness the way an Australian firm markets houses, complete with a lingerie model and armed commandos.

Estate agents NEO Property say they prefer to sell houses by creating viral adverts which feature gratuitously sexy close-ups of breasts and action shots… oh yeah, and the house.

This particular one shows a woman being held hostage wearing just her underwear and phoning for help and then describing the house as armed commandos are dispatched to save her. Foxtons it is not.

275x250.jpgAn author has produced a hit book by accurately putting into print a summary of all the things men think about apart from sex.

But don't go expecting any great insight, because his book 'What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex' consists of 200 blank pages.

Sheridan Simove says he came up with the idea of the empty book after spending hours slaving away over another book only to see it flop.

And his £4.69 book - which has a printed front cover - is proving a hit on Amazon.com where it last week outsold both Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code.

In addition to being given as a novelty gift, the book is also being used as a lecture notebook by students… most of who are thinking about sex while they should be working.

275x250.jpg Funny shoes which have been made to look like real horses' feet and use genuine horse hair have gone on sale at the Cheltenham Festival.

The zip-up hoof shoes were commissioned the celebrate 100 years of the racing festival and come in knee and ankle-length versions.

Each of the 'Horseshoes for Humans' features a imitation carbon fibre hoof and are stitched with around 5,000 individual horse hairs.

But they do not come cheap -- they come with a £1,300 price tag… so let's hope you back a winner first if you want to buy a pair.

275x250.jpgCans filled with the delightful odour of cow farts are said to have become a popular gift after going on sale in Germany.

Selling for £5 each the 'Stable Fragrance' tins are said to let people take the "original Bavarian stable smell" home with them.

The canned cow farts are the brainchild of designer Daniela Dorrer who says they would be good for people who have moved from the countryside to the city.

She says the farts are captured by hanging industrial cotton wool in stables to adsorb the smell and this is then packaged in the aluminium containers.

While early online interest suggests Dorrer could be onto a winner with this idea, other people say it stinks.

275x250.jpg A wacky restaurant in London has started selling ice cream which is made from human breast milk… and served with a rusk and shot of Calpol.

Bosses at The Icecreamists in Covent Garden say the £14 per serving 75% breast milk ice cream - dubbed Baby Gaga - is surprisingly tasty and good for you.

After the breast milk has been expressed on site it is pasteurised and then churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest. Then it's ready to go on sale.

Because of demand, the restaurant is now appealing for breast milk donations and say women will be paid £15 for every 10 ounces of milk… who's going to be nipping out to give it a try?

275x250.jpgMeasuring a mouth-burning 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale, this is the the hottest chilli in the world… and it was grown by accident in Lincolnshire.

Dubbed the 'Infinity Chilli' the fiery food has been tested by boffins who say it's considerably hotter than previous title holder, the Bhut Jolokia, from India.

It was grown by green-fingered Nick Woods who runs 'Fire Foods' from his home and says one day he notices the crossbreed chilli in his greenhouse.

Intrigued, he decided to sample it, but he soon regretted the move when a powerful burning sensation hit the back of his throat and was so strong he couldn't talk.

Speaking of the chilli he said: "I felt physically sick. I really wouldn't recommend anybody eat it raw like that"… obviously we didn't ask him for a quote straight after eating one.

275x250.jpgA DIY firm says it expects to score a bizarre royal wedding hit… by launching a pair of special royal wedding inspired gnomes.

The gnomes are set to go on sale in B&Q stores mid-April in the build up to the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton £12.98 each.

As you may have noticed, the wedding gnomes are not caricatures of the duo - unless Wills is expected to grow an impressive white beard in the next couple of months - but traditional gnomes.

While the male "patriotic garden ornament" has a blue suit on, she is wearing a wedding dress - both are topped off with union flag pointy hats.

And there was us thinking the strangest royal wedding memorabilia we'd see this year was the 'Crown Jewels Condoms' -- If you see any equally odd Wills and Kate items, please let us know.

200x190.jpgJust because the iPhone is one of the most technologically advanced communication devices known to man, doesn't mean it has to look it.

At least that's the idea behind a new case which is designed to make your Apple gizmo look more like a 1980s-style handset.

Makers Thumbs-Up say they hope the retro styling of their £12.99 80s iPhone Case will be a hit with phone users who are looking for something a bit different.

After sliding their iPhone into the retro holder, users have a device which looks like it could have come straight out of Del Boy's hand, but still has all the mod cons.

And because the iPhone can sometimes have a dubious call quality, your shouting into the handset just makes the whole thing look more authentically 80s.

275x250.jpg A condom manufacturer has announced it will a special range of prophylactics to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Which is nice.

The protection - which comes with the slogan "Lie back and think of England" - are due to go on sale ahead of the April 29th wedding.

Makers say the condoms are a unique way to remember the royal wedding, adding that they 'combine the strength of a Prince with the yielding sensitivity of a Princess-to-Be.'

Each pack of three condoms comes with a leaflet including a photo of the happy couple (not like that) and is presented in a 'timeless souvenir heirloom collector’s box'.

275x250.jpg A bizarre hotel with walls made from bits of 'tourism junk' has opened in Madrid… and it's not as rubbish as you might think.

The 'Save the Beach Hotel' is the creation of German artist Ha Schult and is constructed from rubbish found on beaches and bought at European flea markets.

Dubbed the 'Garbage Hotel' it's designed to be a physical eco-statement about the massive amount of waste generated by mass tourism and consists of five rooms.

Walls are made from items including bottles, waste plastics, books and rubber tyres… which still sounds better than some of the hotels I've stayed in.

275x250.jpg A pair of baking sisters have scored an online hit by creating an amazing range of cupcakes based on Jim Henson's Muppets.

Mandy and Caroline - the people behind Cupcake Occasions - say they were initially commissioned to create the brightly coloured cakes for a wedding last year.

But the resulting cupcake incarnations of characters including Kermit, Miss Piggy and Animal were so impressive images of then went on to become an online hit.

The cakes take all day to produce a box of 12 and sell for £5 each. Apparently they taste as good as they look, but be honest… you would want to spoil them by biting into them would you?

275x250.jpg Shhh! Don't tell the boss, but we will soon be installing one of these lunchtime-stretching clocks in Newslite Towers.

The 'Lunchtime Clock' uses a clever bit of technology to extend your lunch hour by 12 minutes each day - that an extra hour every week.

Every time the clock gets to 11 o'clock it speeds up by 20%, until it says 12 o'clock (really 11.48). Over the next 72 minutes it slows down.

So at 1pm the clock is back to normal and you've managed to sneak an extra 12 minutes away from your desk… unless your boss also wears a watch.

275x250.jpg A design firm have re-imagined what a collection of famous brands would look like if they were given a minimalist makeover.

Gone are the garish labels full of brightly coloured images and over complicated text. In their place stunning typography... and very little else.

ANTREPO say the project was a test in simplicity and a comment about the unnecessary use of images, patterns and logos by many global brands.

Brands given the minimalism treatment include Red Bull, Corn Flakes, Nutella and Durex. They would have done the same with Apple… but then the packaging would have disappeared entirely.


subs belt saggy pantsMen wearing their jeans somewhere between their waist and knees, it's a trend which isn't going anywhere. Which is why an inventor has created a 'garter belt' for guys.

Andrew Lewis says his 'Subs' make the 'sagging' trend easier for men who struggle to keep the waist of their trousers where thy want.

Part suspenders and part garter belt, they are designed to keep jeans from falling down by suspending them from a waist loop.

The wearer can then control exactly how low the jeans hang by adjusting the fasteners -- all while knowing the won't fall down.

Oddly, the same reassurance that your trousers won't fall down can be achieved using an considerably older device… a tighter belt.

275x250.jpg An X-ray of Albert Einstein's skull, taken 10 years before the physics genius died, has been sold at a auction for £24,000.

The bizarre lot - which dated from 1945 - surprised auctioneers in Beverly Hills, who'd only expected it to reach £1,200.

Other items sold at the Juliens Auctions sale included a jacket worn by John Lennon (£153,000) and a sequinned glove worn by pop king Michael Jackson (£191,220).

A fedora worn by the Thriller singer went for £45,890… which almost makes the  Einstein brain X-ray look like a bargain.

275x250.jpgA designer who creates extravagant technology using rare materials has done it again -- making an iPhone 4 from 65-million year old dinosaur teeth and a meteor.

Stuart Hughes says only 10 of the 'HISTORY edition' phones will be made -- but given he's selling for £40,000 each that's probably enough.

The phone, dubbed the 'ultimate dog and bone', has a blinging 8.5ct IF flawless diamond bezel, platinum plates and a diamond Apple logo.

But this is nothing compared to the finish of the rear, it's carved from a  65-million-year-old prehistoric T-Rex tooth and meteoric stone.

If you don't think having a £40,00 dinosaur tooth and meteor iPhone is quite enough of a statement, remember there's always the £5 MILLION phone.

275x250.jpgBritish cheese-makers have announced they are to release a beer made from Stilton cheese. No, we're not convinced either.

The unusual brew is said to capture the distinctive flavour of creamy and salty blue cheese and is made by combining stilton whey with beer wort.

This produces a 4.2 percent real ale "The Blue Brew" which drinkers will be glad to know is a traditional chestnut-coloured ale rather than a blue concoction.

Bosses from the Stilton Cheesemakers Association and Belvoir Brewery say it took several attempts to get the drink right but they are convinced drinkers will like the taste.

Would you try a cheese beer, what cheese would you like to see turned into a beer? Let us know in the comments. We're off for a pint of Cheddar Artois.

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A pair of Dutch artists have completed an expedition to the North Pole to brink back a chunk of Arctic ice -- for you to buy and keep in your freezer.

Coralie Vogelaar and Teun Castelein wanted to highlight the impact of climate change so they did what anyone would, they shipped ice from a glacier to Amsterdam.

This was then chopped into 1,000 pieces which were placed in plastic containers and are currently on sale for £21 from a temppory store in Museum Square, Amsterdam, and can be reserved from mypolarice.com.

The duo say the nine inch transparent packaging will keep your ice frozen for three hours. So you'll need to decide quickly if you will be popping it in your freezer.. or the world'd most extravagant gin and tonic.

275x250.jpg If you were buying a Heston Blumenthal Christmas pudding at his restaurant The Fat Duck, you’d expect it to be pretty expensive.

And you'd probably think it would be far cheaper if you could pick one up on eBay which had originally been sold in Waitrose for £13.99… but you'd be wrong.

The Hidden Orange Christmas puds are currently changing hands on the internet auction site for vast amounts, some have already sold for more than £120.

This has prompted other scrooges (who are obviously struggling to find their Christmas spirit) to list their puddings for as much a £350 each.

275x250.jpgBikes get stolen. Even when locked to a lamp posts -- but what if they where locked to a lamp post and raised 15ft off the ground?

That's the question a group of German inventors asked themselves shortly before creating a lamp post-climbing bike lock.

The team from German electronic components firm Conrad dreamt up the gizmo as part of a recent advertising campaign.

Made from motorised skateboard wheels, the device locks a cycle to a lamppost and then climbs 15ft up taking your bike out of the reach of crooks.

Bikers then simply press a button on a remote control to get their bike returned when they're ready to ride off… unless the battery has run out, or someone had locked their bike under yours.

275x250.jpg Ideal for exhibitionist campers, a bizarre blow-up tent has been created offering panoramic views… both in and out.

The CristalBubble is transparent tent which looks like a upturned goldfish bowl, meaning campers get to take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

And they will not have to put up with the normal problems of camping. The £400 per night tents, which are dotted around France, come equipped with beds, sofa and woredrobes.

The tents are kept inflated with a airlock and silent pump and they even have electric lights… which you might not want to use when jumping out of bed naked at night.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a controversial piggy-bank made from a the body of a real piglet, which has gone on sale online for £2,500.

The Piglet Bank is the creation of Belfast designer Colin Hart and is made to order by a taxidermist using the body of a deceased baby pig.

The poor porker is hollowed out and has their insides replaced a coin storage unit. They then have a coin slot cut in their back and a hole with a cork bung in there belly for removing the cash.

But while Colin is keen to stress they only use piglets which have died of natural caused, that hasn't stopped animal rights protesters sending him death threats. We can't imagine why they'd be upset.

275x250.jpgNew York is said to be the city that never sleeps, and now a coffee consisting of 10 shots of espresso has gone on sale there, we can believe it.

Coffee shop The Pulp & The Bean say their 20-ounce 10 shot Dieci - Italian for 10 - offers the ultimate "jolt to get going".

Tony Fisher, the owner of the Brooklyn store, says he came up with the idea while thinking about possible new drinks to offer.

Speaking to Newslite he said: "It dawned on me that people love the espresso so much, why not give them more of it." So he did.

And the drink, which is only available for one week, has already become a hit with students pulling all-might study sessions… like anyone believes that's what they are really staying up for. 

275x250.jpgAn ultra-loud alarm clock has gone on sale which should wake most people up -- because it rings at a massive 90 decibels.

That means the Amplicom TCL 200 is as loud as a lorry driving past your bed or someone blowing a Vuvuzela on your bedside table. At 6:30am.

Makers say the ear-splitting alarm clock is designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but could also be useful for incredibly deep sleepers.

If the noise isn't enough to wake you there are also bright flashing LEDs on the top, and if that won't do it, there's also a vibrating pad which can be tucked under your pillow.

All things considered this thing should wake you up… and probably your neighbours too. Even if they're dead.

275x250.jpg A controversial restaurant which prides itself on serving unhealthy food has launched a new promotion where diners weighing over 25 stone eat for free.

Heart Attack Grill has for several years served massive death-defying burgers in a medically themed setting -- much to the annoyance of dieticians.

But now the people behind the Quadruple Bypass Burger (and lard fried chips) have gone one step further, by telling fatties weighting over 350lbs they can eat for free.

Just in case the move wasn't controversial enough founder "Dr Jon" suggests their meals are best enjoyed with a cold beer and a cigarette.

275x250.jpgAn odd charity single has been launched which music experts think it could reach number one in the charts -- despite being two minutes of silence.

The track "2 minute silence" is being released by The Royal British Legion on iTunes and contains no music or speaking at all.

A 'music' video has even been produced which features a host of celebrities including Thom Yorke, Andy Murray, David Tennant and Mark Ronson, all not singing.

Money raised from the £1 downloads of the single -- which each come witht he video -- will go towards furthering RBL work in supporting serving and ex-Service personnel.

It's hoped the silent single will be a poignant reminder of Remembrance Sunday… and not just make people think their iPod is broken when it comes up on shuffle.

275x250.jpgThey're slightly more macabre than the typical teddy bear, but a range of 'roadkill' soft toys are expected to be a Christmas hit.

Created by designer Adam Arber the toys look like animals which have been run over -- complete with plush blood and guts.

Currently there are three squashed-looking gruesome characters, Twitch the Racoon, Grind the Rabbit and Splodge the Hedgehog.

All come with a body bag and an identity tag and their insides can be pulled out and then packed back inside.

Makers say they make perfect gifts for sociopaths… and could be ideal for traumatising your little one on Christmas morning, though they suggest not gifting them to under 14s.

275x250.jpgToilet roll makers say they're set to revolutionise your bathroom... with the launch of the world's first tubeless rolls of toilet paper.

The firm behind Andrex have announced what it says is the world’s first toilet paper roll without a tube -- will go on sale in the US.

It's claimed doing away with the cardboard tube -- which has been the central fixture of rolled toilet paper for more than 100 years -- will massively reduce paper waste.

But the manufacturer claims the move has not been as simple as it sounds and they've had to develop a revolutionary way of winding the paper around itself.

While we applaud the environmental benefits this will have, we can't help but think glow in the dark loo roll was more impressive. And don't get us started on loo roll books.

275x250.jpgA gummy worm 128 times bigger than the usual sweet, measuring 26 inches long and packing 4,000 calories has gone on sale online.

The mega-sweet is identical to the two-tone ones you enjoyed as a child, but everything about it is bigger, including the £18 price.

With an impressive 5-inch girth the ribbed sweet contains 46 cubic inches of candy - that's the same as 128 regular gummy worms or 840 regular gummy bears.

The monster worm comes in a variety of flavours from pineapple and cherry to lemon and orange and each one contains almost double the recommended daily calorie intake.

Even makers of the world's largest Gummy worm agree it's not that healthy and don't advise eating it one sitting… though they do suggest carving it like a Christmas turkey. 

275x250.jpgYes he's a fictional character used to sell car insurance, but that doesn't look like it will stop Aleksandr Orlov’s new ‘autobiography’ from becoming a best seller.

A book telling the 'life story' of the world's most famous meerkat looks set to become a hit after making it into Amazon's Top 100 pre-orders.

As a result the £9.99 publication is nows being tipped to become a Christmas best-seller with some book experts saying it could perform better than ones by Tony Blair or Jamie Oliver.

The blurb says the book tells the "full story of his ancestor's Journey of Courageousness from the Kalahari to Russia, the low-down on his life as entrepreneur and founder of comparethemeerkat.com and his love of grubs and cravats."

Sounds riveting, if you like reading about characters created by advertising men… personally we're holding out for the memoirs of the GoCompare opera singer.

275x250.jpg Designers have created an 'airbag collar' for cyclists who don't want to be seen in a normal helmet -- but equally don't want to smash their head open.

The 'Hovding' helmet is the brainchild of Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin who received requests for a helmet which would not spoil your hair-do.

After six years, they say they've now perfected their odd helmet which looks like a scarf and only springs into action when accelerometers and gyro-meters inside detect sudden jolt.

It works much like an in-car airbag and speedily inflates with helium and wraps safely around the wearers head… though it may spoil their hair while saving their life.

275x250.jpg A giant advertising billboard made from 110kg of cheese has been revealed in Covent Garden, London -- bizarrely to promote broadband internet services.

The 5m x 4m cheese sculpture features an image of Speedy Gonzales the cartoon mouse (the only link to cheese we can think of) and the text "Super Speedy Broadband."

Virgin Media say the billboard is made from 10 cheeses and took food artist, Prudence Staite and her 13-strong team eight days to create in a specially chilled studio.

Asked what they made of the advert, some passers-by thought it was 'grate' while others said it 'stinks' adding that the advertising men must be 'crackers'… sorry I camembert any more cheesy puns.

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People think nothing of holding a mobile phone to their mouth despite the fact most have more germs per square inch than doorknob or toilet seat.

But now - hoping this statistic will scare us - a device has been launched which promised to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on phones and other gadgets.

The VIOlight is a £30 gadget cleaner which is said to decrease the number of E. coli, salmonella, listeria, and H1N1 virus germs on your phone.

It works by zapping your MP3 player, mobile phone or earbuds with a blue-violet light from a germicidal UV bulb for around three minutes.

However, we can see a problem, once our phones and other small gadgets are clean, how do we clean the germ infested bigger ones… like our new VIOlight?

275x250.jpg Space lovers have been given the chance to take one small scent for man - by buying 'scratch-and-sniff' art which smells like the MOON.

The off-beat art works allow owners take a giant sniff for mankind by having a lasting whiff of the Moon in their house.

Boffins created the prints by working with Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, who said the moon dust-residue which attached to his space suit smelt 'like spent gunpowder'.  

Flavourist Steven Pearce took this description along with scientific reports of the make-up of the moon's surface, to produce the correct whiff. And it's not like you'll know if he got it wrong.


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Most firms dream of having their product become an online hit… but probably not if the whole internet is laughing at it.

But that's what has happened to clothes company J Crew after a picture of a pair of lace tights on their website made it look like the model had hairy legs.

Pictures of the £14 tights have been forwarded frantically around the internet and the product has been dubbed "Hairy Tights" because of the unshaved appearance.

However, fashion experts claim the tights are "An essential ingredient in the season's textural mash-up" and that the hairy effect only happens if views at a certain distance.

Normally they appear as a 'normal' pair of lace tights… which is a shame for women who thought they could get this seasons mush-have by not shaving.

275x250.jpg A UK based photographer has spent three years touring the world in a bid to find some of the most disgusting meals ever prepared.

And if dishes like stir-fried Tarantula and deep-fred frog are anything to go by, it looks like he has more than succeeded.

Neil Setchfield has now complied the results of his gastronomic horror world tour into a book which is considerably more gruesome than most cook books.

Highlights of this 'extreme global cuisine' include delicacies such as crispy Dragonflies on a stick (above) and Frog porridge.

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Boffins claim they've cracked the secret which will enable them to create Willy Wonka style sweets which replicate three meals in a single stick of gum.

Scientist Dave Hart, from the Institute of Food Research, says he can turn Roald Dahl’s eccentric gourmet gum invention into reality -- and luckily, without the unpleasant side effects!

Working with a team from the National Science & Engineering Competition he says nanotechnology can be used to encapsulate and release flavours in a precisely controlled way.

Hart and his team are currently experimenting with boiled sweets which have different flavour layers separated with a tasteless gelatine and contain a final desert taste at the centre, encapsulated in a high-tech gel called Gellan.

While he says a chewing gum might be a few years away, it he proclaims his boiled sweets a success -- and he hasn't even turned any children into blueberries, or so he says.

275x250.jpg A healthy (and very purple) variety of potato has gone on sale in UK supermarkets and is set to make your dinner look decidedly different.

Purple Majesty potatoes are said to contains up to 10 times the level of antioxidant, anthocyanins compared to the traditional pale variety.

They were developed at Colorado State University and after being grown in Scotland have today gone on sale in 100 Sainsbury’s stores.

Growers claim the odd spuds taste just like normal potatoes, are more appealing to children and can be mashed, roasted or made into chips… like kids need another reason to eat chips.

275x250.jpg iPhone users love downloading apps, they can't get enough of them and often claim there is one for almost every possible situation.

But authors have created a book in which they detail funny apps they think SHOULD exist -- like iGopoo, an app which tells you when you need the loo.

In iTwits, Fintan Coyle and Dan Louw outline a host of possible humorous apps and each is presented like they would be in the Apple App store complete with  screenshots.

Out favourite fictional app is 'Sniff Tester' which allows you to point your phone at underwear, to see if it has got one more day's use in it. Not that we would use it, you understand.

275x250.jpg For cyclists who are fed up of feeling the squeeze from other traffic, this could be the ultimate bike -- it's got a flame-thrower built into the handlebars.

But that's not all, the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike also features an ejector seat which can be activated if the bike is stolen.

Created by ilovemybike.co.uk after they quizzed cyclists about what makes them angry there's also a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.

As far as we can see there is only one problem with the bike… it's not going to be available to buy.

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Most people are non-discriminatory when it comes to their love of chocolate and enjoy it whether it's milk, dark or even white.

But all that could be about to change after it was announced a Marmite flavoured chocolate bar is set to go on sale.

Makers say the £3 treat - which will be sold at department stores including BHS and Debenhams - contains a hint of the sticky yeast-based spread.

Each 100g bar contains two percent Marmite flavouring including yeast extract, onion and garlic powder -- which should be more than enough to divide opinion.

It could also explain why the product is called "Very Peculiar Milk Chocolate". Do you think you will like it? Will you even try it? Let us know in the comments.

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There's now yet another good reason for dog owners to clean up after their pets -- their waste can be used to create energy.

A dog park in Massachusetts has revealed an ingenious system which uses dog poo to create energy to power a streetlamp.

Dog owners simply clear up after their dog and dump the waste into a steel oil tank on the edge of the park in a bio-degradable bag.

The then spin a wheel to 'stir things up' and generate burnable methane from the bacteria, which is then fed to gaslight street lamp above.

Oddly the idea did not come from an engineer but from artist Matthew Mazzott… though we dread to think what Tracey Emin would have suggested do with the poo.

275x250.jpg The Apple iPad is the latest must-have high-tech gadget… but that doesn't mean it can't look like a retro 70s toy.

Makers have revelled a protective iPad case which makes the tablet look like an original Etch A Sketch - complete with the little white knobs.

But while the £25 case has the look of the classic toy which sold over 150 million units, there isn't currently an Etch A Sketch app.

And more to the point, many Apple iPad owners are too young to remember the Etch A Sketch from their childhood anyway.

275x250.jpg Boffins have created a cotton-based material which can be sprayed onto your body to create instant clothes, from t-shirts to trousers.

Fabrican -  literally a fabric in a can - is the result of researchers who have spent years with the aim of developing an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric.

Spanish designer Dr Manel Torres - who worked with Imperial College London - says the resulting sprayed clothes can even be taken off, washed and worn again.

However, as the material is sprayed directly onto the body from an areosol, it means all resulting garments are skin-tight… and we don't know what happens to any stray hairs which get caught.

Couple get married in odd mid-air wedding

275x250.jpg A pair of loved-up daredevils have walked down the aisle to get married -- but only after it was raised 160ft in the air.

Jeroen and Sandra Kippers were hoist into the air on a crane by Belgian firm Marriage In The Sky, along with a vicar and 20 dangling 20 guests.

Another platform was then raised holding an orchestra and pianist before the odd aerial wedding ceremony began, where it wasn't only the bride and groom who looked nervous.

After being pronounced man and wife, the Kippers' made another big jump… this time off the end of the platform while tied to a bungee rope.

275x250.jpg A celebrity chef has created the worlds most expensive cheese sandwich by blending humble cheddar with white truffles… and then topping it with gold dust.

Martin Blunos says he came up with the extravagant cheesy creation to go on display at Frome Cheese Show in Somerset and highlight what could be done with the food.

Other ingredients used in the Pilgrim's Choice commissioned sarnie include a 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, slices of quail's egg, black tomatoes and fresh figs.

While the bespoke white truffle cheese costs £92 the whole sandwich comes in at £110.95… and we dread to think what they'd charge if you wanted ketchup on it too.

275x250.jpg A German toy firm has started producing a range of cuddly-toys which each suffer a psychiatric disorder.

Creator Martin Kittsteiner, from Hamburg, says he came up with the idea for the soft toys after joking with his girlfriend about her teddy bear collection.

Between them they created and produced a collection of toys with mental illnesses ranging from depression and water phobia to bipolar disorder.

The £25 each toys are currently on sale online and Martin says they are proving a hit with children and adults… keep reading to discover the illnesses.

A 21ft speedboat has been converted into a pool table at a cost of £40,000… as a memorial to a dead waterskier.

Peter McKee, of Master Billiards in Australia was commissioned to make the table in memory of waterskier Brian Rix who died in 1999.

McKee says the job was incredibly difficult because he had to cut the slate to match the curve of the boat.

There was also the little matter of where to put the pockets, in the end he went with seven, six in a traditional pattern and then an extra at the end of the table.

This should make it easier for even bad players to sink the balls… which we guess is a particularly appropriate term.

275x250.jpg Farmers in the US have hit upon a cunning way of trying to encourage kids to eat more healthily… by packaging their produce them a junk food.

A current marketing campaign has seen baby carrots put in the sort of packets normally associated with bags of crisps and a funky website launched promoting them.

The 'Eat 'Em Like Junk Food' has been organised by a group of 50 farmers who say they hope to make people see their produce as a cool brand.

A carrot-based iPhone game has also been made along with TV adverts which overtly mimic junk food advertising tactics... unfortunately the product still tastes like carrots and not smokey bacon crisps.

275x250.jpgThe Apple iPhone just became a lot more useful -- after a protective case was revealed which also doubles as a beer bottle opener.

iBottleOpener functions as a normal run-of-the-mill iPhone case, protecting the device from all the usual scratches and drops

But on the rear it reveals a classic bottle opener which inventor Zack Cram, from California, says he couldn't believe hadn't been added earlier.

And Apple might want to consider building one into the next version of the iPhone because demand for the £15 case is so high it sold out within two days.

Makers say they're struggling to produce the bottle opening cases fast enough… but that they've already submitted a patent for a wine corkscrew iPhone case.


275x250.jpg A chef from Texas is set to become a hero to beer and fried-food loving men everywhere... after creating a recipe for deep-fried beer.

Mark Zable says he came up with the idea while sitting in a bar (where else?) and being bored by the majority of items on the menu.

Zable then tried countless ways of frying beer including using liquid nitrogen to freeze it before covering it in batter and submerging it in hot oil.

But it was only after three-years of trial and error he worked out beer could be placed in a ravioli-like pocket of pretzel dough and flash fried for about 20 seconds… personally we can't think of a better way of spending three years.

275x250.jpg A pushchair which can be converted into a child-carrying bicycle in just 20 seconds has become a hit with eco-friendly mothers.

The £1,500 Taga Bike looks like a 'normal' pushchair but after a bit of twisting, folding and flipping becomes a fully functioning bike with a child-seat on the front.

Makers say this means parents can pedal from home to the local park or the shops and simply convert back to a stroller when there, leaving the car at home.

While we love the engineering feat which is the pushchair-bicycle, we can see one glaring problem… what if you want one, but haven't got a young child.

275x250.jpg A £40,000 golf buggy which has a refrigerator built into the dashboard, can now be driven on Britain's roads after receiving legal permission.

The Garia cart is the world’s most expensive golf buggy and is made in the same factory as cars like the Porshe Boxster.

It has suspension inspired by supercars and a drive train built by the same firm which produces Ducati gearboxes. But until recently it could only be used on the golf course.

But makers now say it can be used to drive "directly from your home to the golf course"… as long as you don't live too far away, because it can only do 35mph.

275x250.jpg A giant burger which is cut into slices like a pizza and contains a whopping 2,500 calories has gone on sale in New York.

The nine-and-a-half-inch Burger King 'Pizza Burger' is the same size as four of their normal Whoppers and comes topped with pepperoni and  mozzarella.

It also contains 144g of fat - 59g of which is saturated - and has double the recommended daily allowance of salt.

While bosses insist the gargantuan burger is designed for sharing, there are sure to be plenty of people who try to munch their way through it on their own… this is America after all.

275x250.jpg Designers have created a set of amazing faux vintage adverts for websites including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype.

Intended to capture the essence and enthusiasm of the golden age American advertising the ads are actually promote a series of 'Everything Aged Fast' media seminars.

Created by a Brazilian agency they take the modern sites and consider how they would have been advertised if they'd existed in the 1950s.

Slightly weird is the fact that while many people in the 50s had high-tech visions of the future, nothing like the internet, let alone Facebook was considered, though they did say we'd have jet-packs by now… WHERE ARE OUR JET-PACKS?

275x250.jpgArmed police were called to investigate a student in Atlanta who'd been seen carrying a Samurai sword… which turned out to be an umbrella.

Officers were put on alert when a man was spotted wearing his umbrella - which has an authentic samurai sword handle - on his back and entering a building.

A SWAT team was dispatched to the college campus and, fearing a loopy student going on a sword rampage, the residence building was quickly evacuated.

But the student had already left (without the brolly) and it was only when he returned to show the heavily armed cops the umbrella, they believed him.

The umbrella, which is now being sold with a "May incite SWAT teams" warning, has now been banned on the campus.

275x250.jpg A bizarre bath-mat which is made out of 70 balls of moss held together in a latex frame has gone on sale after a prototype creation became a hit online.

The £40 'Moss Rug' was created by Nguyen La Chanh over two-years-ago as part of her degree course, but as soon as she uploaded images to the web, she was besieged with requests to buy it.

Since then she has been perfecting the design and finding a firm capable of making the odd item which uses forest moss as a 'living' carpet.

Nguyen, from Switzerland, says the idea of having things growing it the bathroom came to her while she was a student… that's shared bathrooms for you.

275x250.jpgA baker has created an amazing cake inspired by the Doctor Who villains the Daleks … and couldn't help calling it an 'EX-TER-MI-CAKE!'

The 2ft tall realistically detailed cake took 50 hours to make to scale and was based on the Dalek design from the BBC series between 2005-2009.

It's made from cherry chocolate, weighs around 20 kilos and even features fondant icing details like the 'plunger' weapons.

Makers say the cake was so heavy the base and head needed to be made from styrofoam or a forklift would have been needed to move it.

And being a typical Dalek that would have meant it had problems being taken up stairs.

275x250.jpg An engineer has spent three months and £10,000 creating the world's largest barbecue which weighs two tonnes and measures a whopping 16ft across.

The gargantuan BBQ - understandably dubbed 'God-grilla' - is so big makers say it could be used to simultaneously cook 1,000 sausages, 500 burgers or (if you prefer) two whole cows.

It's the brainchild of 31-year-old Jack Henriques who runs the Bespoke BBQ Company and says he already has plans to make a bigger one.

However you might want to think about it before ordering one to outdo your neighbours… it takes 14 bags of coal to ignite and can heat up to 500 degrees centigrade.

275x250.jpgA restaurant in New York say chefs have created a curry so spicy they even need to wear gas masks while cooking it.

Bosses at Brick Lane Curry House in Manhattan insist their Phaal curry is the world's hottest.. and gasping customers look like they agree.

The curry is made using ten of the world's spiciest chillies -- including the bhut jolokia chilli which is even being weaponised by the Indian military.

Each £13 Phaal is said to measure one million Scovilles on the Scoville scale and is available with chicken, lamb or goat.

It's also so hot diners are required by management to agree to a disclaimer before trying the dangerous dish… and are advised to order plenty of water.

275x250.jpg You might not see Hells Angels' sporting these crazy helmets any time soon, but if Borat took up biking, you might see a walnut speeding down the motorway.

That's because tennis balls, haircuts and a globe are the latest in bicycle helmet fashion designs to come out of Kazakhstan.

The wacky helmets are the creation of a marketing agency who admit the initially created them as a laugh… but now they're set to go into production.

Designers say they were inundated by would-be customers wanting the wear the off-beat headwear and they should be on shelves (and shoulders) by 2011.

275x250.jpgA mobile phone for those with hearing difficulties has been released -- capable of a blaring out an ear-splitting 100 decibel ring-tone.

Makers say the Amplicom M6000 is ideal for anyone suffering from hearing loss because it can ring as loud as a vuvuzela being blown next to your head.

And once users realise their phone in ringing they can boost the in-call volume to a level normally reserved for passing motorbikes.

The £120 handset also features extra-large buttons and an SOS panic button which can be set to call a predetermined number.

In odd news, while the phone is clearly targeted at older users it's also now expected to be a hit with younger concert-goers who can't normally hear calls.

275x250.jpgA Dutch brewer has revealed what they claim is the world's strongest beer -- with a whopping 60%ABV.

That's even stronger than 'The End of History' by Scottish firm BrewDog, which was named the world's strongest beer with 55%ABV just seven days ago.

Brewery 't Koelschip say their new "Start the Future" beer is so strong because because of the way it's brewed in three parts and later combined.

Initially they say they will produce just 50 litres of the strong stuff, which will be sold for £29 per 330ml bottle.

However they warn would-be drinkers the brew should not be consumed like a 'normal' beer and instead treated more like a spirit. Yes, they've heard about you. 

275x250.jpg Pampered pussies could soon be enjoying better holidays than their owners after a luxury hotel opened which is purr-fect for felines.

Bosses at The Luxury Cat Hotel in Hertfordshire say they pride themselves on offering cats with the ultimate holiday when their owner jets off abroad.

Each cat at the hotel gets its own luxury heated chalet which has an exercise area, themed decoration and jazz music playing via a £5,000 sound system.

There's also an‘A La Cat’ food menu which includes dishes such as fresh tuna and all come served on silver platters and bone china plates… something to think about as you sit on an EasyJet flight.

275x250.jpgThe world's new strongest beer has gone on sale… in controversial bottles made using the bodies of dead animals.

Brewery BrewDog's 'The End of History' beer - which has a 55% ABV and sells for £500 per bottle - is the strongest and most expensive beer in the world.

It's a blond Belgian ale infused with nettles and juniper berries to give unique taste.

But it will be the bottle which stands out for most people, they're encased in the bodies of animals which have been specially produced by a taxidermist.

Stoats, squirrels and hare have been used… and just in case it wasn't odd enough already, some of then are dressed in eccentric outfits.

275x250.jpgIt looks like a car wash, but this 'cow wash' machine is actually the latest must-have gadget for farmers wanting to boost milk production.

Designed by Swedish firm DeLaval, the swinging cow brush was created to act as a 'self grooming' device for cows to help keep themselves clean, healthier and happier.

This is because a happy cow is said to produce as much as 3.5 percent more milk and therefore be much more valuable for the farmer.

The device works by starting to rotate when a cow makes contact with it, and then spinning at a speed which is pleasurable for the cow as it moo-ves under it.

Given the success of cow wash machines - more than 30,000 have been sold - it can't be long until the cows also start getting a pre-milking pedicure and makeover.

275x250.jpgIndonesia's top Islamic body is set to rule on whether Muslims are allowed to drink a rare coffee which is harvested from the faeces of civet cats.

Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, due mostly to the odd production method which includes the coffee being eaten by a civet cat first.

Lucky workers then have the job of sorting through civet cat poop and hunting for the hard beans which have fermented in the cat's stomach, before roasting their harvest.

For years the drink has been a delicacy, prized to the tune of £250 per kg for its smooth taste but now local Islamic leaders are considering whether to forbid followers from drinking it.

It is understood the possible ban centres around whether the beans are cleaned before they are ground. Wait, what… sometimes the poop covered beans aren't washed?

275x250.jpg An ice cream van for pampered pooches is opening in London -- with bizarre icy flavours including gammon and chicken.

Scientists created the ice cream treats to be ideal for doggy tastes by finding the perfect combination of temperature, texture and taste for them.

Now the K99 van will appear at parks across London over the summer, starting with the Boomerang Pets Party in Regents Park this Saturday.

While bosses appear to have planned the 99p charity donation doggie delights down the the smallest detail there's one thing they forget… dogs have nowhere to carry change.

275x250.jpgTopped with pink icing and copious sprinkles, it's safe to say most cupcakes are not the most manly of snacks, but all that is about to change.

A New York firm call the Butch Bakery has given the humble cupcake a manly makeover so that blokes won't feel embarrassed munching one as they walk down the street.

Rather than delicate and girly-looking pale frosting, the cakes are topped with camouflage inspired chocolate disks on a layer of icing.

Flavours such as strawberry and raspberry have also been ditched in favour of options including beer, whisky and peanut butter.

Makers say 500 of the £2.50 cupcakes are currently flying off the shelves each week… though they admit most of the buyers are still women.


275x250.jpgA bizarre bra has gone on sale which is designed to help women hide a bottle of wine in their underwear during a night out.

The 'Wine Rack Bra' looks like a normal sports bra, but actually holds 750ml (an entire bottle of wine) inside the cups.

In addition to giving wearers bigger-looking boobs, there's also a straw which allows them to covertly dink the contents.

Makers claim the 'Wine Rack Bra' is perfect for sneaking booze into movies, concerts, sports events and clubs.

However, users should consider that while a fluid filled bra can boost breast size from an A to a D -- the more drunk you get the smaller your boobs will appear.

275x250.jpgThe humble jacket potato has been given a gastronomic make-over by a foodie chef who is selling them for £40 each.

Ben Kingdon says his 'Tuxedo spud' creation - which is topped with a spoonful of luxurious Italian caviar - justifies the cost with an unbeatable taste.

It comes served on a wooden board with roasted vine tomatoes and features creme fraiche, lemon, chives and spring onions in addition to the pricey caviar.

And bosses at Cary Arms, in Torquay, Devon - which launched the dish to weeks ago - say several people have already splashed the cash on the lavish spud.

Customers are described as being "affluent people wanting to try something different" -- we have a gold-plated tin of baked beans with their name on.

275x250.jpgSure it looks like a luxurious leather chair, perfect for lazy summer afternoons, but this sofa is actually made out of CONCRETE.

The wacky couch - based on the model of the iconic 'Chesterfield' - was created with nearly 100kg of specially-mixed ultra fine cement by Steve Jones.

He took a mould from a genuine couch and casting it into the hollow concrete sofa in a process which took a week to complete.

Steve now hopes the 7x3ft concrete creation will go on sale at garden centres across the country and insists to potential buyers it is comfortable.

The authenticity of the design has even seen a concrete 50p coin stuck down the back of the concrete cushions, really.

275x250.jpg Supermarket chain Tesco has started selling DIY flatpack log cabins -- just don't try fitting one in your trolley.

The £10,000 five room 'Helsinki' cabins are being offered alongside groceries, booze and clothes on the Tesco Direct website.

Measuring 32ft by 16ft it features a decking area, double-glazing and underfloor heating. Tesco bosses suggest that if you have got room for one in your garden it might make a good home office or gym.

If you're thinking about splashing out on the log cabin you might also want to spare a thought of what you will do with the clubcard points -- all 19,998 of them.

275x250.jpg Pairs of designer stiletto shoes which are made from solid gold and diamonds have gone on sale in the UK for £100,000.

The Eternal Diamond Stiletto was created by bespoke jewellers House of Borgezie to be the most extravagant pair of shoes ever created.

Each pair - which are made to order - are decorated with over 2,000 brilliant cut diamonds (30 carats) and are shaped out of solid gold by experienced jewellers.

Makers say the design was inspired by the "elegant stamens of a lily" and each shoe comes with a 1,000 year guarantee… unless you lose it on a night out. 

275x250.jpgA saucy calendar has been produced which shows parts of models you never though you would see - but it's more X-ray than X-rated.

The Eizo Pin-Up Calendar shows models in typical 'glamour' poses but has been taken with an X-ray machine rather than a traditional camera.

All that can be seen in the images is bone structure, the outline of the body… and the high-heel stilettos the models are wearing.

The promotional publication was devised by Berlin-based advertising agency BUTTER for their client Eizo, which makes medical display monitors.

It was initially sent to doctors and other prospective clients, but has since proved a massive hit online… and no-one can complain it prompts unhealthy body-types.


275x250.jpg A giant 100ft tall replica of the doomed Titanic has been built in the US -- as a museum attraction.

The 50 percent scale ship - which cost £16million to build - is the world's largest museum attraction and will teach visitors all about the ill-fated voyage.

Visitors enter the Missouri attraction via a 30ft iceberg on the starboard bow and are presented with a 'boarding pass' bearing the name of a Titanic passenger.

Once inside the 30,000 square foot museum there are replica rooms and interactive exhibitions -- just try to ignore all he people singing like Celine Dion.

275x250.jpg A tailor and jeweller with a taste for the extravagant have joined forced to produce the world's most expensive suit.

Made from cashmere wool, skill, and studded with 480 high quality diamonds it's easy to see why the suit is expensive.

But at a whopping £599,000, the price-tag could be enough to make even the most wealthy Russian oligarch think twice before handing over his credit-card.

Jeweller Stuart Hughes said he and pal Richard Jewels spent over 600 man hours putting the suit together but they haven't dared try it on themselves, "I was scared too" he said.

275x250.jpgA magazine has been released which contains no text or images -- instead it has a variety of different smells on each page.

Mono.kultu is a German arts magazine based in Berlin which each issue dedicates itself to the work of one artist, from fine arts to film.

But when they decided to base an issue on the Norwegian 'scent scientist and artist' Sissel Tolaas they needed to come up with a way to convey her work in the magazine.

Using a process called microencapsulation they produced a copy of the magazine which contains smells created by the artist. To give it more impact there are no accompanying words or images.

'Readers' then rub the page to release the smell. One fan of the magazine saying: "If your favourite part of magazines are the perfume inserts, this is your lucky day."


275x250.jpgA book has been released which translates classic texts by Charles Dickens into modern urban slang.

For example in Oliver Twist it now reads: "Oi, mate," he said in da littlest voice ever, "gimme some more!"

And 'A tale of two cities' - or 'Da Tale Of Two Turfs' - now begins: "It was da best of times, and not being funny or nuffing, but it was da worst of times, to be honest."

Author Martin Baum says he wrote the book to make the works of Dickens 'fun and accessible' for a younger audience.

He also said the book makes the text less intimidating while still retaining the potency and beauty of the stories… like whatever init.

275x250.jpgA baker has started selling the most expensive bread in the UK -- for a whopping £21 per loaf.

Tom Herbert says his 'Shepherd Loaf' is pricey because it uses organic Somerset spelt flour, Cotswolds spring water, and Cornish sea salt.

But the upper crust prices are not putting customers off and Tom sells over 100 of the loaves each week from the Hobbs House Bakery.

Celebrities including Liz Hurley, Damien Hirst and Keith Allen are all said to be fans of the bread which take two days to produce.

Wow, and we think it it annoying enough already when we burn a slice of toast... imagine if you knew it had cost £2.14. 

275x250.jpgA pair of wellington boots which can charge your mobile phone by converting energy from the heat in your feet, have been revealed by boffins.

Makers say the eco 'Power Wellies' use a unique power generating sole which creates a electrical current to charge portable gadgets.

Thermoelectric modules are connected electrically forming an array of multiple thermocouples, which are sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers.

When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

The charge is stored and at the end of an average day it's said your phone will have an extra hour of talkative… unless you've been dancing, in which case you may have a couple of hours.

275x250.jpgA tent which has more similarities with a hotel than the average camping trip has proved a hit with celebrities visiting festivals.

Stars including Billie Piper, Charlotte Church and Mathew Horne have stayed in the Yurtel tents when visiting events from Glastonbury to the Hay Literary Festival.

While most campers make do with a cramped tent and uncomfortable roll mattress, those staying in a 14ft Yurtel get a proper king-sized bed.

Making it even less like normal camping, each tent also has Egyptian white cotton bedding, lighting, an electricity socket and a lockable front door.

So, if you were trying to impress colleagues with stories of your camping, you might want to leave out certain details… you know, like the fresh cut flowers and chocolates on the pillow which greeted you.

275x250.jpg A bizarre ice cream flavoured to taste like fish and chips has been released to get Brits eating something other than vanilla.

A recent survey found that nine out of ten Brits opt for the traditional taste rather than more adventurous flavours. As a result ice cream makers created this…

The cod-flavoured ice cream - which is being launched nationwide - is coated in a vanilla and pepper batter and comes served with potato ice cream chips.

But it's not the sole odd flavour on offer at plaices -- others include Barratt Refreshers, Vimto and Golden Syrup Sponge.

275x250.jpgMany book shops are filled with CCTV cameras in a bid to catch would-be shoplifters -- but not this one, meet the Honesty Bookshop.

Based in the grounds of Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the odd store allows shoppers 24-hour access to their secondhand books.

There are no staff (and certainly no CCTV cameras) and bosses rely on the honestly of buyers to make a profit.

All paperbacks are priced at 50p and hardbacks £1, with shoppers encouraged to pay by slotting their cash into 'pay here' boxes dotted around the shelves.

It's not known how many books get stolen from the store each year -- but when we visited the crime section was looking a little bit thin.

275x250.jpgRachel Stevens has been revealed as the face (and scantily-clad body) of a new World Cup perfume.

'Eau De Stade' has been released ahead of the tournament in South Africa and is said to embody all the smells of a football match.

Makers claim the unisex fragrance combines the aromas of fresh grass, the leathery scent of a football and the musky odour of dressing room sweat and tears.

Promotional material features sexy images of Rachel Stevens draped in an England flag and using a union flag bowler hat to cover her breasts.

However, the sexy image becomes slightly less appealing if you imagine Stevens smelling like Wayne Rooney's boots after 90 minutes.

275x250.jpg A US firm has started taking reservations from apocalypse scaredy-cats who want to book their place in a luxury nuclear bomb-proof bunker.

Those fearing an impending doomsday are said to be paying £35,000 each to guarantee a spot in one of 20 underground structures which are being built across America.

Bunker-makers Vivos claim each bunker will allow residents to survive for at least 12 months in the event of a pole shift, super volcano eruptions, asteroids, tsunamis or a nuclear attack.

Each of the bunkers features 'luxury' surroundings including a gym, atrium and living quarters with computers, kitchens and TVs… let's just hope they haven't only stocked up on post apocalyptic movies.

275x250.jpgA bra manufacturer in Japan has unveiled a "Grow-Your-Own Rice Bra" which they say would be ideal for urban farmers.

Each year Triumph reveals a unique themed bra which taps into the Japanese cultural zeitgeist with previous examples being one with solar panels and one which doubled as a golf mat.

Now makers say there's a trend or city dwellers to dabble in urban farming - with rice a dietary staple they decided to combine the two with lingerie.

The bra can be tied together to create pots which also double as the cups. These are to be filled with soil, and rice seedlings.

As with previous stunt bras the 'Grow-Your-Own' is not due to go on sale publicly… which is a shame as wearers watering seeds could have prompted spontaneous wet t-shirt contests.


275x250.jpgFormer Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker has teamed up with the National Trust to produce an album of weird sounds including birdsong, creaky floorboards and trickling water.

Cocker worked with staff from the conservation charity to produce the 33 minute album which it is hoped will increase visitor numbers.

The three month project saw them searching stately homes for unique sounds which were recorded by sound engineers and compiled into 12 tracks.  

Odd tracks include; walking on gravel, birdsong, waves lapping along the shore, footsteps through house, murmurs of children, birds in water garden, and clocks ticking.

'National Trust: The Album' can be downloaded for free here… or you could just listen to the world around you.

A clever copywriter has landed his dream advertising job -- by buying the names of his ideal employers on Google.

Alec Brownstein used Google adwords to buy the names of creative directors at top New York ad agencies for a total of $6.

This meant when they "vanity searched" Google for their own name (like you don't?) they saw a message from him above the normal search results.

His message "Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun too." along with a link to his website, go him interviews with four of the five people he targeted.

As a result he accepted a job with Y&R NY… where he is now required to come up with equally creative ideas on a daily basis.


275x250.jpg Designers have revealed a bizarre item which is said to make it easy to have conversations in busy bars -- but also makes you look like an extra from a bad 1970s sci-fi movie.

The 'social sphere' is the brainchild of Elaine McLuskey who came up with them to allow to hear each other in situations with loud background noise.

Made of perspex the lightweight speech bubbles are worn on a users head and connect to allow people to talk directly into each others ear.

They work by filtering out ambient noise of music and chatter, allowing you to hear exactly what is being said… which will normally be "have you noticed that everyone is pointing and laughing at us?"

An advert for a fart smothering blanket which claims to quickly absorb the odour of flatulence has become a YouTube hit.

The 'Better Marriage Blanket' is said to contain the same type of carbon fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons.

Since the ad - which claims to offer a "real solution to a very real problem" - was uploaded to YouTube, it's already been watched more than 1m times.

Denver science teacher Francis Bibbo says he created the material 15 years ago but it is only now coming to market as a product for gassy couples.

Makers say the £30 blanket makes an ideal wedding or anniversary gift for your loved one… or you could just cut down on the baked-beans.

275x250.jpgEntrepreneurial-minded Icelanders have started selling jars of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier volcano online.

They're collecting the volcanic ash in buckets and then packaging it in 160g jars before selling it for £21.

Sellers say the idea started when locals began getting asked to send bits of ash to friends in the post.

Profits are being donated to ICESAR association which helps farmers clean up their property from ash damage.

It's claimed the ash cloud jars give people the chance to own a piece of modern history… just don't buy one for someone whose flights got delayed.

Glow in the dark loo roll developed

275x250.jpgA company has launched a glow in the dark toilet roll - for those who don't like to turn the lights on when they go to the loo at night.

During the day, the loo roll looks like any other, but at night it gives off a florescent glow, which makers say can guide you to the toilet.

It works because the paper has been treated with phosphors, which have a sustained glow after exposure to the energised particles in daylight.

But the high-tech loo rolls don't come cheap, they cost £4.99 each, about ten times the price of a normal roll of toilet paper.

Personally we can't help butt think it is a bum idea, but maybe there is a crack in the market and the inventor will soon be flush with success. What do you think?

275x250.jpgA US zoo has raised $20,884 (£13,000) this Christmas -- by selling jewellery and other gifts made from Reindeer poo.

For several years Miller Park Zoo in Indiana have taken Reindeer poo and dehydrated and sterilised it before painting it with glitter.

The mess is then fashioned into 'gems' and used to make necklaces, earrings, ornaments and Christmas tree decorations which are sold in the gift shop and online.

This year they produced 300 necklaces and more than 2,000 ornaments which have been sold for $7.50 to £10 to people all around the world.

On hearing the Reindeer poo designs had raised so much money this year, one zoo boss said "No sh*t, really?"

275x250.jpgThe sounds of some of the UKs worst snorers has been put together to make one of the oddest sounding Christmas songs of the year.

Musicians got snorers from around the UK to record the sounds of their night time rumbling and submit them for use in the 'song'.

They then edited the sounds together in the studio - creating a bizarre rendition of Silent Night which can be heard here.

While the snorers on the track are undoubtedly proud, we suggest they don't insist on playing it to their long-suffering partners too often - they want a genuinely silent night.

iPod vacuum cleaner revealed by Electrolux

275x250.jpgResearchers claim that listening to music while you vacuum can help you do the job faster, better and even keep fit while cleaning.

That's why Electrolux have just unveiled The Silence Amplified vacuum - which has an iPod dock and built in speakers.

Makers claim the concept design - which runs at extra low volume allowing you to hear the music - could have huge advantages.

In tests earlier this year they found listening to different types of music has an impact on someones cleaning. For example people vacuum fastest to rock, but jazz makes them more thorough.

However, listening to Girls Aloud just made people wish they were using an old noisy vacuum so they couldn't hear the singing.

275x250.jpgA beer, made from a line of barley seeds which once orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station, has gone on sale in Japan.

Produced by Sapporobeer Brewery, the 'Space Beer' used the fourth generation of seeds that were on the Russian laboratory of the ISS for five months.

But makers say the beers - of which only 1,500 have been produced - taste just the same as normal terrestrial brews. The only thing astronomical about them is the £13 per bottle price tag.

The barley seeds were taken onboard the ISS as part of a project to investigate the feasibility of growing edible plants in space.

Boffins say there are no differences between earth or space barley… bringing astronauts dreams of space station home-brew one step closer.

World's strongest beer launched at 32% ABV

275x250.jpgA controversial UK brewery has launched the world's strongest beer 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin' with a massive ABV of 32%.

The high alcohol volume of the BrewDog beer beats the previous record of 31% which was held by German beer brand Schorschbraer.

To make it so strong the imperial stout was aged for 16 months in Isle of Arran whisky and  Islay casks. It was then stored at -20 degrees for three weeks.
 
Boffins from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh yesterday verified the beer at 32% ABV - the equivalent of six pints of lager per bottle.

It is not know if the same boffins made it in to work today or if they had a hangover.

Harry Potter style wand controls your TV

275x250.jpgInspired by the boy wizarding of Harry Potter, British inventors have created a magic wand for controlling your TV.

They say that with a simple flick of the wrist the 14 inch Kymera Wand can control a TV, DVD player and stereo.

Different gestures - such as flicking the wand upwards or rotating it - each trigger a different function like changing the channel or volume.

And while we all know the infra-red device works thanks to technology and not magic you will not be able to stop yourself saying a spell everytime you turn over.

275x250.jpgA road kill calendar - which features a dead animal each month - has suprisingly become a huge success.

Kevin Beresford, the man behined the bizarre Road Kill Calendar 2010, says he came up with the idea while working as a courier and driving around the country.

He said he was 'inspired' by some of the road kill he came across and felt compelled to take photos of them.

He then set about creating the calendar and since putting it on sale online he says hundreds of copies have already been sold.

But despite boasting that it feature perished pigeons, deceased doves, mashed magpies and slaughtered sheep - he insists he is an animal lovers - we're not sure PETA would agree.

Hoodies get huge fangs on their arms

275x250.jpgThe idea of fang mouthed hoodies may sound pretty scary - luckily they are just the latest must-have item of clothing.

These hoodies are the brainchild of Ross Valory who came up with the idea after seeing his friends children crossing their arms elbows pointed out in front.

They opened and closed their arms in a chopping fashion, punctuated of course, by monster noises.

Ross thought it be cool if there was a shirt with a graphic on the sleeves that would form a face with a mouth that would open and close when you put your arms together.

He contacted a graphic artist and started creating the hoodies which allow kids to transform into geckos, sharks, raptors, frogs, dogs, cobras, gators, tigers and orcas.

275x250.jpgA wallpaper has been released which promises to protect a wall from a wrecking ball or bomb blast - should you need it.

The X-Flex paper - developed with the US military - is not like the wallpaper your Granny had in the 70s, but is more suited to protecting soldiers in Iraq.

It is made from Kevlar-tye sheet which is held between to sheets of elastic polymer wrap which act to absorb energy of a blast or impact.

This means that after users roll it out onto a wall, just like a conventional wall paper, it will offer incredible levels of security.

The only problem we can see is that as soon as you put the wallpaper up, you are going to want to test it with a wrecking ball -- just like in the video after the link.

Bra doubles as a golf putting mat (Video)

275x250.jpgAn underwear firm has revealed a bizarre new bra which can also be used as a golf putting mat -- after it has been taken off.

The 'Nice Cup in Bra' from lingerie firm Triumph can be rolled out onto the floor to offer practice a 1.5-metre green putting mat.

Players then hit the ball into the breast cups to score, when the ball goes in a voice from in the bra says "Nice in!" The bra has a matching pink skirt and briefs, which when opened, turns into a flag reading 'Be quiet'.

Makers claim the bra - which is not due to go on sale - is their response to the increased number of Japanese women who are taking up golf.

Exactly what they wear while practicing her putting has not been explained.

275x250.jpgWhen you think cutting edge physics, pop-up books may not be the first thing that spring to mind.

But that hasn't stopped the boffins behind the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva from releasing a pop-up book about their experiment.

The 'Voyage to the Heart of Matter' book by Emma Sanders aims to explain the science behind the experiment in which protons travelling at nearly the speed of light collide 40 million times a second within the heart of particle detectors.

Pages detail how big the 27km tunnels are in relation to Geneva, how the particle detectors were built and readers are even able to build their own ATLAS device - one of the six particle detector experiments at LHC - albeit a non functioning paper one.

275x250.jpgBoffins have created a piece of software which can tell why a baby is crying - after listening to it for just five seconds.

But that's not all, that have now released it as an iPhone app meaning you can just hold your phone near the baby and find out whether it is hungry, tired, bored, stressed or angry.

Biloop Technologies in Barcelona say that in clinical tests their £5.99 'Cry Translator' app had a 96 percent accuracy level in correctly deciphering the meaning of a baby’s cry.

Maybe that other four percent were crying because their parents kept waving an iPhone over their head rather than giving them a teddy.

The hat which forces you to smile (Video)

A design student has created a hat which is guaranteed to make you smile -- because it will poke a spike into the back of your head if you don't.

Lauren McCarthy's "Happiness Hat" is described as a wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not.

While it looks like any other wooly hat, it hides a sinister secret, an arm which reaches down your face detects if you are smiling and if your not it inflicts pain.

If the smile sensor detect your smile is turning into a frown it send a message to a battery-powered servo motor which moves a metal spike into the back of your head.

The less you smile, the more painful the spike is said to get - so this is how Santa keeps his elves looking so happy. 

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70 year-old vacuum cleaner

200x175.jpg(Funny News) A 95-year-old woman has finally had to replace her trusty vacuum cleaner - after using if for 70 years.

Edith Kingsland, a former bed-and-breakfast keeper from Kent, UK, bought the cleaner in the 1930's.

Se used the it everyday around the B&B hotel she kept with her late husband in the sea-side resort.

Edith says she is struggling to get to grips with her new model complaining that it is too big and too heavy.

Shopping trolley tells you what to buy

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A new intelligent shopping trolley which tells you what you should be buying and navigates you around the supermarket so that you can find it, has been launched.

The MediaCart, which was designed with Microsoft, monitors your shopping habits before suggesting items, recipes and providing you with money off vouchers.

It will even act like a Sat-Nav telling you where to go in the store to find the items you are trying to buy.




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