funny products: November 2009 Archives

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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