Simon Crisp: November 2009 Archives

275x250.jpgFormer England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is hoping to knock art critics for six after switching the crease for the canvas.

The 35-year-old batsman has currently got an exhibition of his abstract works on show at a Cardiff art gallery.

Vaughan creates the Jackson Pollock-esque images with a technique he dubbed "artballing" - where he paints cricket balls with a symbolic colour and then bats it against a blank canvas.

He says he has been pleased with the results from his 100mph creative process in a Yorkshire warehouse… dnd who is going to argue with a artist waving a cricket bat.    

A video of a wrecking ball crashing into and flipping over a car in New York has become a hit online... despite being fake.

The clip uploaded to YouTube with the title "OMG! Car Hit and Flipped By Wrecking-Ball in NYC!" is shot on a camera phone and shows a wayward wrecking ball smashing into a car.

The car is knocked from the Manhattan road and flips through the air before crashing back down.

But eagle-eyed YouTubers have noted that the car movement looks like a stunt on a TV show or movie with others adding that it has been illegal to use wrecking balls in New York for a number of years.

For us the giveaway to the fakeness of the clip is a director can clearly be heard shouting "Cut."

Twitter named top word of 2009

275x250.jpgTwitter has been named as the most popular word of the year - meaning it was discussed more than any other topic in the last 12 months.

The social networking site beat off competition from Obama, H1N1, Vamires and Stimulus, which made up the top 5 words of the year.

Texas-based Global Language Monitor looked at how many times different subjects had been discussed online and in the media with the 140 character site coming top.

Other popular words in 2009 included: 2.0, Deficit, Hadron, Healthcare and Transparency.

To be honest, looking at the top 10 words of the year we can't help but hope that 2010 is a bit more interesting.

Chefs create odd meals with baked beans

275x250.jpgThey are mostly used on toast, jacket potatoes or with a full English breakfast, but a pair of chefs have come up with a host of new ways to eat humble baked beans.

Adam Wilcock and Steve Scuffell produced the 57 recipes using baked beans - including a fondue, a soufflé and even a bean smoothie.

They started experimenting cooking with the traditional snack after research found more people were eating them in unusual ways.

Their bizarre concoctions - which also include Heinz Sushi with Wasabi mayonnaise - have now 'bean' made available online but will next year also feature in a recipe book.

275x250.jpgFour in 10 kids would rather receive expensive Christmas presents than spend time with Mum and Dad, it has been revealed.

A study has revealed that 13 million British children would prefer to receive a new games console, puppy or bike than undivided attention from their parents.

More than half of those polled said the very best thing about Christmas is seeing what presents are under the tree when they wake up.

However, 45 percent of kids admitted that having both mum and dad with them all day also makes Christmas special.

The most popular toys rivalling mum and dad's attention include computer games and mp3 players - which makes sense when you think about it, how could parents compete with a Nintendo Wii?

London to get a unique tartan design

275x250.jpgA competition had been launched to find London's first official tartan - despite not being in Scotland.

The contest will see would-be designers creating a tartan pattern which they think reflects the character of the English capital.

The design will then be registered with the Tartan Register in Edinburgh a national repository of tartan designs which is used by designers to weavers and kilt makers.

Suggestions to entrants include that it could feature the red of London buses, the green of Hyde park, the black of the traditional taxis and the blue of the Thames.

Seriously, the 'blue' of the Thames? When was the last time these people went to London. But as it's St Andrew's Day today we will let them off.

275x250.jpgBeing transported to a new zoo looks like it was a right pain in the neck for this five-year-old giraffe.

It's understood the 11ft female giraffe suffered the injury as she was being moved from The Wilds park in Ohio to Tulsa Zoo in Arizona.

When Amali arrived at her new home in Oklahoma, keepers instantly noticed her normally long, slender neck had an odd crick in it.

Though she is not thought to be in any pain, vets say she will be kept in medical quarantine until X-rays are done next week to see if her neck is broken. Staff say they hope the crick will correct itself naturally but fear it could stay like that forever.

275x250.jpgFashion designers have created a dress which is sure to 'light up a room' - thanks to 24,000 tiny LED bulbs embroidered on it.

The Galaxy Dress has been made by fashion company CuteCircuit for "Fast Forward: Inventing the Future" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The 2mm square full-colour LEDs make it the largest wearable display in the world and the circuits are extra-thin, flexible, and hand embroidered on a layer of silk so it still moves like a normal dress.

The LEDs are covered in 4 layers of silk chiffon and are powered by a number of iPod batteries - makers also promise that it won't get too hot.

But wearing it could leave you feeling a little like Cinderella... the batteries will only last for about 30 minutes.

Dog owners exercise more than gym members

275x250.jpgThe average dog owner gets more exercise from walking their pooch than a gym-goer, it has been claimed.

Researchers found animal lovers exercise their pet twice a day for 24 minutes each time - a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week.

On top of that, the average dog owner also takes their pet out on three long walks each week adding another two hours and 33 minutes to the total.

But in comparison, a study of 5,000 people found those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes per week exercising by going to the gym or heading out for a stroll or jog.

And almost half (47 per cent) of non-pet owners admit they do absolutely no exercise whatsoever -- though those with a tortoise didn't fare much better.

275x250.jpgBirmingham's Spaghetti Junction has been named the most intimidating road system in Britain.

A poll of drivers quizzed them about which intersections they found the most hair-raising - and which ones they tried to avoid.

While the second cities concrete mass topped the list it was followed by the M8 junctions through central Glasgow and Marble Arch in London.

It was also found that eight percent of motorists would even take a longer route to avoid having to negotiate complicated junctions - driving on average an extra 238 miles a year on detours.

In odd news, two percent of drivers even admitted they had such a problem with ALL right turns they only ever go left a junction - but they are just going in circles.

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.

Men are better at shopping than women  

275x250.jpgIt’s official, men make better shoppers than women, according to a new study.
Although women go on more shopping trips and spend longer trawling the stores than men, they are most likely to go home empty handed.
The average women spends almost seven hours a month shopping but more than 81 per cent say they often end up going home with things they had no intention of buying instead of what they were actually looking for.
But guys spend just five hours a month walking around the shops, with almost a third saying they always find what they were searching for.
However, that could be because they realise the football is about to begin so they just grab the nearest pair of jeans and get out of there.

275x250.jpgPresident Obama has continued the Thanksgiving tradition of sparing the life of a turkey... which will now live at Disneyland.

Yesterday he pardoned Courage the turkey on the White House lawn after it was picked by his daughters Sasha and Malia.

The lucky 45lb bird, donated by the National Turkey Board, will now go to Disneyland where it will stay on at an exhibit on the settlers' early days in the US.

Speaking at the pardoning Barack Obama said: "Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate."

"There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office… and then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland," he added.

275x250.jpgA man has been arrested after calling emergency services in the US... to ask for a police escort to a Lil Wayne concert.

Michael Kruse said he was dialling cops because he didn't think he was going to make the 350 mile journey to Miami in time, and didn't want to get stopped for speeding.

But the 20-year-old was not even deterred when a remarkably patient operator told him "we
don't do escorts" -- he then asked if they could fly him there in a helicopter.

Other gems in the call - which has been released by police - are the lines "We don't just send helicopters up for rappers" and "We can't give you a police escort to go see a rapper in Miami."

You can hear the guy - who was arrested on a missdemeanor charge for making false emergency calls - in his full idiotic glory after the link.

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.

IT people will work the most over Christmas

275x250.jpgSpare a thought for IT techies this Christmas, half of them will be working or on standby on Christmas Day - more than any other profession.

A study of over 1,000 British workers asked when people expected to work over the festive period and what they would get paid for doing so.

Emergency service staff, journalists and freight drivers said they were also likely to spend their Christmas day working.

And despite the large numbers of British workers expecting to work, 23 per cent said they’d be doing so for the same wage they normally work for.

While that may initially seem unfair, remember that most of the techies will actually be watching Doctor Who on the iPlayer and eating turkey sandwiches anyway.

275x250.jpgDaredevil inventor and pilot Yves Rossy has crashed into the ocean after trying to fly from Africa to Europe with a winged 150mph jetpack.

It is thought a malfunction with his jet wing caused Rossy - dubbed Rocket Man - to crash land in the Straits of Gibraltar shortly after his launch.

Rossy had leapt from a plane at 6,500ft before extending his eight-foot carbon fibre wings and engaging his four-cylinder jet pack.

This should have propelled him to 150mph for the 15 minute journey which would have landed him a place in the record books as the first person to make a intercontinental crossing using Jet-powered wings.

But after about 8 minutes, cameras lost contact with him and the next thing anyone knew was that he had parachuted into the ocean.

Women getting better with gadgets than men

275x250.jpgIt's increasingly becoming women who do most of the technological household chores like tuning a TV or setting up a laptop computer, a study has found.

Whilst traditionally men may have taken charge of gadgets and gizmos, women are now becoming more comfortable with tech.

In a survey by Comet, most women said they would happily set up their laptop or freeview box - and only 4% are daunted by installing their own HDTV and 7% a surround sound system.

Half of women also claim they now rely on the latest gadgets like an iPhone or Sky HD to make their lives tic.

13% of the men questioned even confessed they let their wives and girlfriends pick the household computers, DVD players, and televisions… proving they are not really men.

Doing a sudoko can help you lose weight 

275x250.jpgSpending an hour each day doing sudoko puzzles can help you keep trim, researchers have claimed.

The experts think battling with a challenging mental puzzle can burn off up to 90 calories for every 60 minutes spent trying to solve it.

While it doesn't exactly compete with the 800 calories you could burn on a treadmill in the same time, it's not bad for being sat at hoome.

It is said that while an 'at rest' mind uses 0.1 calories per minute, one which is being challenged burns through 1.5 calories every minute.

But make sure you don't have a cup of tea and chocolate biscuit while you do the sudoko - that would give you an additional 100 calories to burn off.

275x250.jpgDesigners have created a supersonic car which they claim will be able to reach speeds of 1,000 mph breaking the current land speed record.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car will essentially be a rocket with wheels and attached to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine.

It will measure 12.8m-long, weight 6.4-tonne and be capable of travelling faster than bullet fired from a handgun. It will accelerate from 0-1,050mph in just 40 seconds.

The first attempt at breaking the 1997 record of 763mph will take place in 2011 -- after that they might test their bullet hypothesis.

275x250.jpgRun for your lives. This satellite image clearly shows a Zombie uprising has started in Washington. 

Oh, hang on. If you haven't already run off to get your shotgun, it turns out you don't have to worry. This is actually just a "zombie outbreak simulator."

The software which runs on Google maps has been created to let you see how a zombie attack would pan out in the real world.

Users enter a number of zombies and infection variables such as zombie speed, infection rate, number of civilians, how many are armed and their shooting accuracy.

Then you get to sit back and watch how you, your friends and family would get chased down, attacked and infected by the army of the undead - sounds like a chilling way to spend the evening.

275x250.jpgThey are normally cut to celebrate the start of a marriage, but a baker is having success by selling a range of tiered 'divorce cakes'.

Rather than being topped by a miniature bride and groom standing happily together the cakes show the unhappy couples pushing each other over, stabbing each other or even shooting one another.

Fay Millar of Pink Rose Cakes in Brighton said she started baking the divorce cakes after hearing about their popularity in the US, where people often hold divorce parties.

She now hopes the trend will be picked up in the UK where she charges £60 to £800 for the cakes - topped with warring couples made out of icing.

Luckily the cakes have never been mixed up. You try explaining why there is a divorce cake at a wedding reception.

275x250.jpgThis may look like the world's worst photo-fit - but Bolivian police say it helped them secure an arrest in a murder case.

Cops claim that soon after they issued this image, people came forward with information allowing them to make an arrest over the case of a stabbed taxi driver.

The drawing - which looks more like the work of a child than a CSI expert - was done by a neighbour who saw the suspect.

It features a narrow face with a lopsided mouth, a thin nose, straight eyebrows and hair that seems to defy physics.

Check out newsreaders revealing the image on Bolivian TV, we don't know what they are saying… but we can guess.

275x250.jpgA theme park has hired Simon Cowell's former bodyguard to help them protect a new secret ride they are working on.

Alton Towers will pay Tony Adkins the equivalent of a six-figure salary to protect the new ride - codenamed SW6.

Bosses say fans are so desperate to find out more about the £15 million roller-coaster - which is said to have a never-before-seen feature - they needed the extra security.

And Tony seems to have all the right credentials, he has spent seven years as a professional bodyguard also working for Princess Anne, Iron Maiden and Boy George.

He will now direct and provide advice to the in-house security team -- alternatively they could just put pictures of his face around the fence.

Darwin book worth £60k found in toilet

275x250.jpgA rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" is expected to be sold at auction for around £60,000 -- after it was found in a toilet.

The book, one of the first 1,250 copies ever printed, was discovered in an Oxford toilet where it had been left on a shelf.

While going to the loo, the son-in-law of the current owners spotted the On the Origin of Species, and thinking it looked old, gave it a closer inspection.

He then noticed a picture of the spine of the work and as he flipped the book open he realised it was a rare first edition.

At that point (but hopefully after pulling his trousers up) he told the owners who will sell the but at a Christie's auction today.

275x250.jpgBizarre sea creatures including an octopod dubbed Dumbo because of his giant ear-like fins, have been found as part of a deep sea census.

The previously unseen creatures live more than a mile beneath the ocean in pitch black conditions.

A total of 5,722 odd species were discovered as part of the Census of Marine Life - which used deep-towed cameras to give us a better picture of what lives in our oceans.

One such critter was the elephant-eared octopod (pictured) which was dubbed Dumbo of the deep - it is a six-foot-long cirrate octopod which was found on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Another was the sea cucumber (below) whcih was found at 2,750 metres in the Northern Gulf of Mexico - I think looking at them we can see why they live in pitch black conditions.

Families will spend £1,695 on Christmas

275x250.jpgThe average family of four will spend a whopping £1,695 on Christmas this year, a study has revealed.

Presents alone will cost a total of £606 while a staggering £321 will be spent on food and drinks.

People will shell out £125 on decorations for the home, Christmas tree, garden and dinner tables and a further £22 on cards, wrapping paper and postage.

Christmas parties will also cost a small fortune - including £130 on new party outfits, £32 on party accessories such as handbags and jewellery, £15 on make-up and £15.08 on perfume or aftershave.

Suddenly I remember why I become a Jehovah’s Witnesses for 15 days of each year.

Lego love leads to engagement for couple

275x250.jpgA lego-loving couple are hoping to build a future together, after the little bricks played a big part in their engagement.

When Joe Sparano decided to pop the question to his girlfriend of six years he knew Lego had to be involved.

Their eyes had first met over a box of bricks at a toy store where they both worked, and the pair have regularly bought each other Lego box sets as gifts since they started dating.

So 30-year-old Joe, a graphic designer from Nebraska, started planning a Lego based proposal where he wanted to pop the question to Kristin Kacerik, also 30, at a picnic for their dating anniversary.

275x250.jpgBosses at a water company think something fishy is going on - after finding dozens of fish in a tank at their sewage works.

Staff at the plant near Pontefract, Yorkshire, say it is not unusual to discover odd items at the sewage works - recent finds include a TV, jewellery and false teeth.

But recently they were left scratching their heads after the fish - including chubb, bream, trout and roach - were discovered in a 35m settlement tank.

The tank is used in the final stages of the sewage treatment process to remove any remaining particles before the water is discharged back into the local river - and there shouldn't be anything else in there.

As a result no-one is quite sure how they got in - though one punning worker suggested it could be an act of Cod.

275x250.jpgIn one of the more bizarre events on the UK sporting calendar, thousands of people yesterday turned out to watch the 7th annual pantomime horse race.

A parody of the traditional Grand National race at Aintree, the charity event sees competitors slip into pantomime horse and jockey outfits for the race in Birmingham city centre.

But it is not all laughs -- hundreds of pounds are bet on the racers at a special bookmakers which is set up on the site.

After the bets have been placed, the competitors then charge around the gruelling 12 jump course in the hope of scooping the (obviously prestigious) title. 

SuperCroc was 12m long and ate dinosaurs

275x250.jpgAn ancient species of crocodile which weighed eight tonnes and snacked on dinosaurs has been discovered in the Sahara.

The 'SuperCroc' lived over 100 million years ago and was uncovered by a team from University of Chicago who have led a series of fossil croc hunting expeditions around the world.

But explorer-in-Residence (what a great job title) Prof Paul Sereno says Supercroc was, amazingly, not the oddest remains they found.

The also found a croc with dagger-like fangs, one which fed on plants or grubs - and one with a dog-like soft nose.

The crocs were (very scientifically) given the names, BoarCroc, RatCroc, PancakeCroc, DuckCroc and DogCroc. Click through to find out all about them.

275x250.jpgMost people who have plastic surgery keep it a secret from someone, whether it's family, friends or work colleagues.

85 percent of patients keep their boob or nose jobs a secret from all the work colleagues while one in five don't even tell close family members.

A survey of 1,000 people found that 15% of women keep their surgery a secret from their families, 27% from friends and 78% from their colleagues.

But men are more likely to hide their moob job or laser hair removal. 22% of men keep their surgery a secret from their families, 52% from friends and 94% from colleagues.

We can't imagine why men would be less likely to tell people, but we only know one guy "Moob Job Phil" who had something done… we can't remember what it was though.

275x250.jpgManchester United's home Old Trafford has been voted the most welcoming football stadium in Britain.
Also known as the 'Theatre of Dreams' Old Trafford topped a poll of 3,000 footy fans - who were asked where they felt the most welcomed as opposition.
It was hailed for its friendly fans, staff, comfortable seats and good food.
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium was second and Liverpool's Anfield ground was third. Chelsea's Stamford Bridge was fourth and St. James's Park, Newcastle was fifth.

Other grounds to make the top ten included Aston Villa's Villa Park, Spurs' White Hart Lane and Craven Cottage in Fulham.

275x250.jpgThe average fast food fan will scoff a takeaway meal at least 25 times a year - spending £13.03 on each occasion, it has been found.

This adds up to an annual bill of £325.75 - or a massive £15,310,250,000 across the 47 million adults in the UK.

And this is despite a reported 43 per cent cutting back on the number of takeaways they consume during the credit crunch.

A study of 2,000 families found that Chinese is now the nation's favourite takeaway, followed by Indian and a pizza.

We don't think they meant they enjoy a Chinese followed by an Indian in the same night - but with the current obesity levels in the UK, who knows.

Admin error could lead to fish extinction

275x250.jpgAn 80-year-old admin error could lead to the extinction of a fish species it has been claimed.

Experts say the mistake occurred in the 1920s when common skate were being classified by academics.

In an important piece of paperwork they were logged as a single species 'D. batis' - even though it was known that two existed, 'D. batis' and 'D. flossada'.

This has meant that for the past 80 years they have been fished as one species - resulting in the unmonitored depletion of the flapper skate (D. flossada) the more endangered species of the two.

As a result the risk of extinction is now far higher than previously expected. And you thought your mistake at the office was bad, at least you never wiped out an entire species.

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.

275x250.jpgA beach ball which helped score one of the oddest goals the Premiership has ever seen has been sold for auction on Ebay.

The red beach ball had been thrown onto the pitch during a match between Sunderland and Liverpool when it deflected a shot from Darren Bent right into the back of the net.

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina looked on in shock at the freak goal and his team went on to lose 1-0.

But now the ball has at least brought some consolation for the city - after it raised more than £400 for the Liverpool Alder Hey Children's Hospital charity.

Something tells us Reds fans still won't be singing 99 Red balloons any time soon though - it will come as no surprise that the buyer was a Sunderland fan.

A US man has won the Rock Paper Scissors world championships - winning $7,000 in prize money.

Tim Conrad took the title after a gruelling five hours of play across nine matches at the annual contest in Toronto.

Dressed in a padded patriotic muscle costume Tim scooped the win against Tom Butkin with paper covering rock.

512 competitive Rock Paper Scissors players from across the US, Europe and Australia and Mexico all travelled to the event organised by the World RPS Society.

It's not known if Derren Brown was banned from taking part, but we'd love to see him enter.

Most moms cook just nine different meals

275x250.jpgThe average mum relies on just NINE different meals to feed her family, it has been found.

A study of 4,000 families found that nine in 10 moms cook the same meals over and over again - and one in four even have a set day of the week for different dishes.

The most common meal among the nation's mums was spaghetti bolognaise followed by roast dinners, a shepherd's or cottage pie and a pasta dish.

It was also found that dinner time takes the average mum 35 minutes from start to finish, and four in 10 mums play safe by choosing meals they know their family like.

Despite this odd news many of the moms admitting to keeping recipe books from the likes of Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith on their shelves just to impress visitors - but not ones coming round to eat.

275x250.jpg Ever wondered what Stormtroopers get up to when they are not doing the bidding of Darth Vader and fighting for the Galactic Empire Army?

Stormtroopers 365 - a Star Wars inspired photo project - aims to show just that, by posting a new photo of them everyday for a year.

Images posted on Flickr show the Stormtroopers, making sand castles on the beach, searching the internet and even feeding pigeons in a park.

Stéfan Le Dû started Stormtroopers 365 on April 3rd of this year using two 12cm figures from Hasbro and says he will continue until April 3rd 2010 - unless a Death Star destroys planet Earth before then.

Police have released a video of an over affectionate cat climbing all over an officer as he tries to issue a driver a ticket.

As officer Keith Urban, from Taylor Police Department in Texas, stood next to the car a cat can be seen approaching him in footage shot on a camera in his patrol car.

While he goes about his job the black cat climbs up his leg and onto his notepad - before reaching the top of his head.

Officer Urban repeatedly shakes the cat and somehow manages to keep a straight face, though we can't see the face of the driver he was ticketing.

Given the gung-ho attitude to weapons normally associated with American cops, we are surprised he didn't taser the little kitty.

275x250.jpgA turkey farm has installed a live webcam to let customers watch their Christmas dinner running around the field.

Shoppers will be able to check their Christmas turkey is plumping up nicely before making it to their table, by tuning in online.

Farm, Park & Wild say their 'Turkey Cam' gives a unique insight into the (albeit short) lives of their 450 Norfolk Black and Norfolk Bronze turkeys.

The camera is live 24 hours a day and shows them running around the field and feeding and at night they are secured in a large barn.

Obviously the camera will get turned off shortly before Christmas - though your turkey could be the only one in the street to come with its own showreel DVD.

Tokyo becomes world's best place for food

275x250.jpgTokyo has become the world's food capital after getting more Michelin stars than any other city.

The Japanese city now has 11 three-star restaurants and a total of 261 stars across 197 restaurants - that's more than Paris or New York.

Paris has 10 three-star restaurants and New York has three, London meanwhile has just one, Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.

The dominance of Tokyo is all the more impressive considering it was only included in the Michelin guides from 2007.

However, critics did have 160,000 restaurants there to pick from - it's not exactly a hard life for them is it?

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.jpgCelebrities are being warned to check for funny or odd translations of any unusual names they pick for their children.

The problem was highlighted after it was revealed that Kai Rooney - the name picked by  Wayne and Colleen Rooney for their new son - has different meanings around the world.

Kai means "pier" in Estonian, "probably" in Finnish and "stop it" in Yoruba -- making him Stop it Rooney.

Now a translation firm has launched a £1,000 service for other celebrities who worry they might make the same sort of mistake.

And they say stars including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, David and Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale should have all used it, find out why after the link.

Artist makes realistic trainers from paper

275x250.jpgAn artist has painstakingly cut pieces of coloured paper and glued them together to recreate some of his favourite trainers.

David Brownings, from Brighton, says he can spend six hours producing his paper shoes - normally retro Nike Dunk models - which sell for £30 per pair.

The illustrator first came up with the idea while working in a vintage trainer store but since putting his creations online says he had been inundated with requests

Dubbed Nike-elangelo David warns potential buyers that while the shoes might look good on a shelf - they won't wear so well on a basketball court.

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.

275x250.jpgIt is easy to think that everyone watches TV on 42 inch LCDs or on their computer nowadays.

But 30,000 people in the UK still tune in to the X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing on a black and white set, it has been claimed.

TV Licensing has revealed that almost 30,000 Brits still use old tech televisions rather than newer flat screens or the online services like the iPlayer.

Despite BBC1 and ITV started broadcasting in colour 40 years ago, these people have continued to watch everything in black and white -- which probably means they are not snooker fans.

They will also have saved thousands of pounds by not upgrading with evert tech advance, it puts you need for a new 50 inch HD LCD TV this Christmas into perspective doesn't it?

Hit MPs with custard pies to win a new life

275x250.jpgAn online game where players pelt MPs like Gordon Brown with custard pies has become an online hit - not only for the obvious reasons, but because gamers could also win a new life in Spain.

Players on "MPs’ Expenses Custard Pie Shootout" who hit the MP of their choice six times or more in 30 seconds, could go on to win the £1 million new life in Spain.

The winner will get a £700,000 sports bar and restaurant in the sunny Costa del Sol, along with 12 months’ free accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment.

Unfortunately they will not get the chance to recreate their custard pieing in real life.

275x250.jpgOne in three schoolgirls is more worried about looking good in class than getting decent grades, it has been found.

Researchers found that image takes precedent over academic success once girls reach their teens.

One in four of the 3,000 nine-to-15 year old girls who were polled, said they believed good looks would get them further in life than good exam results.

By contrast, only one in four boys said the same thing and 36 per cent of boys said they wanted to do well in their exams so they could go on to have a successful career.

That's because the average 15-year-old boy knows his looks won't get him anywhere… not even on the 12.15 to Croydon.

275x250.jpgAn artist has used 26 different types of fruit to recreate the London skyline.

Carl Warner and his team of five model-makers spent three weeks crafting the famous London landmarks out of foods ranging from melons and tomatoes to asparagus.

They carefully sculpted the buildings - while all the time fighting the challenge of how to keep the fresh and highly perishable fruit and vegetables looking their best for the final image.

After gluing it all together they then took this stunning image… before munching on the most impressive salad bar you have ever see.

Galloway Forest becomes a Dark Sky Park

275x250.jpgA Scottish park has become the UK's first Dark Sky Park -- meaning it is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Galloway Forest Park has been given the award because the sky is pitch black and is not 'spoiled' by near-by lights.

This gives star-gazers a clear view of distant galaxies. It rated 23/24 for dark skies - a normal city would rank at just 13/24.

A spokesperson for the park said the award could see the current number of 850,000  tourists visiting the park each year double.

He added that he hoped they would remember to switch their lights off at night.

Harry Potter invisibility cloak could exist

275x250.jpgScientists say a Harry Potter invisibility cloak could soon be real after they were given the go-ahead for a £4.9 million project.

Boffins from Imperial College London have been given the money by the Leverhulme Trust after proving that metamaterials can bend, control and manipulate light and other kinds of electromagnetic waves.

They will now work to create these materials - which lie at the border of physics and materials science - which are believed to be the key to invisibility.

It is claimed such a device would grab light as it approaches and forces it to flow smoothly around the cloak instead of striking it - rendering the object concealed beneath it invisible to the human eye.

While we don't pretend to understand the science behind this, we can't wait to be able to spend our days sneaking around under the cover.

Brits spend four days per year arguing

275x250.jpgThe average British family spends the equivalent of almost fours days each year arguing with each other.

Research found most households have three disagreements per day - each lasting around five minutes each.

That adds up to 1,095 arguments and a whopping 91 hours or three days and 19 hours spent shouting at each other.

The survey of 3,000 families also discovered that most arguments are started by an angry mother (so to speak) who feels she is hard done to.

The most common things to argue about are household chores, what to watch on TV, who does the washing up … and whether to believe research like this.

Facebook spy warning for employers

275x250.jpgCompanies have been warned that vetting potential job candidates on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter could land them in hot water.

The Law Society has warned the online spying could leave employers vulnerable to discrimination claims.

John Morris, Chair of the Law Society’s Employment Law Committee said: "Using these sites to canvass more information about an employee or an interview candidate is potentially risky for an employer.
"For example, it is possible to obtain information about a person’s sexual orientation or religious beliefs that can impact or is perceived to impact on the decision made to recruit or not recruit that person- this can lead to discrimination claims."
There is also the risk employers could see an update which says "Got an interview and that shit company, boring as, but at least they pay well."

Warhol found in closet sells for £2.4m

275x250.jpgA woman who was given a self portrait by Andy Warhol in the 1960s but stashed in in a closet for 40 years, has sold it at auction for £2.4 million.

Cathy Naso had worked as a receptionist for Warhol at The Factory in New York when she was a teenager, and as a gift he had given her a self-portrait.

Since then she kept it wrapped up at the back of her wardrobe - never hanging it on her wall.

That was until she decided to cash in on it and put it up for auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan. It had been expected to sell for £750,000 but it far exceeded predictions by going for £2.4 million.

How come the best we can find in our wardrobe is a broken tennis racquet and what looks like the remains of what used to be a sandwich?

Artist recreates masterpieces with coffee


Vatican astronomer: Aliens could exist

275x250.jpgThe Vatican's top astronomer has claimed aliens could exist and that this does not conflict with religious beliefs.

Speaking at a Vatican conference on extraterrestrial life Rev. Jose Funes said astrobiology was a valid area of research for the church.

The five-day event had been attended by 30 high-level scientists including astronomers, geologists, biologists and physicists.

Fune concluded the event saying that just because there was no hard evidence of ET didn't mean that aliens don't exist and that people shouldn't believe.

It is a good job he doesn't think "hard evidence" is a prerequisite for belief … otherwise he could be in the wrong job.

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.

Funny Twitter feed to become TV show

275x250.jpgA US TV station has snapped up a funny Twitterer - to make a show based on his 140 character tweets.

CBS have bought the rights to @Shitmydadsays - which details the amusing ponderances of Justin Halpern's 73-year-old dad.

Typical pdates include things like, "You look just like Stephen Hawking... Relax, I meant like a non-paralyzed version of him. Feel better?... Fine. Forget I said it."

Justin is now expected to work with the creators of sitcom Will & Grace to produce the show which will air next year.

We are guessing the first this will be to change the name to something a little more TV friendly.

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.jpgA pregnant shark gave birth by a surprise 'caesarean' -- when another shark attacked it releasing four babies.

The shark had been swimming in a tank at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World in New Zealand when it was bitten by a tank-mate.

Visitors were shocked when they saw the bite rip the flesh of the pregnant shark and the babies emerged from the gaping wound.

Staff at the aquarium removed the babies from the tank - before they became food for stingrays and other sharks - along with the mother, who had another four babies still inside her.

The wound on the mother has now been stitched by a vet… a very brave vet. Mother and  all eight baby sharks survived.

A footballer has scored the worlds fastest goal - just 2 seconds after kickoff.

As the ref blew the whistle to start the game Nawaf Al Abed, lining up for the Saudi  team Al Hilal whacked the ball straight from the centre spot.

The opposition and fans could only look on in shock as the ball went straight over the keeper and into the back of the net.

As any pub quiz fans will know, this breaks the previous record of 4 seconds held by Jim Fryatt of Bradford Park  who played againt Tranmere Rovers, 25 April 1964.

For further point you may like to know that Al Hilal went on to win the game against Al Shoalah 4-0.

275x250.jpgWearing a different T-shirt each day has netted a US man £50,000 in the last year, after he decided to turn himself into a human billboard.

Jason Sadler, 27, a former marketing man from Florida hit upon the idea of charging companies to wear t-shirts with their around this time last year.

He set up the website and offered to hire out his torso by the day. On January 1st he would charge one dollar, on the January 2nd it would be two dollars right the way to December 31 when it would be $365.

He would then wear the shirt all day including in photos posted to Flickr and videos uploaded on YouTube.

Amazingly his idea took off and he sold all dates in 2009, with additional sponsorship he pocketed £50,000… not bad for getting dressed in a morning. 

275x250.jpgScientists have developed a new test to measure the condition of old books and precious historical documents - on the basis of smell.

A team of academics from University College London say the musty smell of an old book is the result of hundreds of so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air from the paper.

This means that simply by 'sniffing' books it is possible to assess the condition and suggest how a book should be stored to keep it at its best.

It's claimed the new non-destructive "sniff" test could help libraries and museums preserve a range of prized paper-based objects.

The traditional test involves removing samples of the document which causes obvious physical damage… but at least doesn't get you a odd reputation with librarians. 

Dads end up looking after children's pets

275x250.jpgA dog really is a man’s best friend - because dads end up having to care for the family pet, a study has revealed.

Despite being the most reluctant to get a dog researchers found it is dads who are left to feed, clean and exercise the dog.

The study of 2,500 pet owners revealed children are most instrumental in bringing a dog into the family with 28 per cent saying it was to appease a youngster.

It emerged 14 per cent of children were supposed to be solely responsible for making sure their new pet was fed regularly, cleaned and taken out for plenty of walks.

And they are, for the first couple of days. Then it's unenthusiastic dads who are left to take care of the animal.

275x250.jpgCall Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the most anticipated computer game of the year, has received a Hollywood movie-style launch bringing part of London to a standstill.

As fans queued for stores which were opening at midnight, trucks filled with actors dressed as military characters from the game passed by.

There was also a VIP party at Vue Cinema in Leicester Square attended by movie and TV stars and hosted was by Vernon Kay (never mind).

Modern Warfare 2 is expected to become the biggest-selling game of all time and the last game in the Call of Duty series sold over 13 million copies.

Experts predict more than 1,000,000 copies of the latest game will sell within the next week -- meaning any girlfriends should probably buy themselves a bottle of wine and a Friends box-set to keep themselves entertained.

275x250.jpgBoffins claim they will soon be able to add nutrients, antioxidants and pro-biotics to make ice cream into a healthy food.

A team of ice cream researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia say their advancements could soon make the frozen food a healthy alternative.

Using the remnants from grapes in wine-making they claim they are able to add things like fibre into the food without spoiling the taste or texture.

Even better they say it works best in rich flavoured ice creams like chocolate where the healthy additives don't impact on taste.

Suddenly parents won't have much to say when their child asks for a side-serving of ice cream with their Sunday lunch.

Mechanics who were meant to be fixing a broken radiator on a car took it on a 120 mph joyride - not knowing it had a camera fitted.

As a result, when the owner of the £30,000 Vauxhall Monaro confronted them about the joyride they initially denied it… until this saw the hair-raising footage.

The owner says he became suspicious when he picked up his repaired car to find his petrol tank was lower than he remembered.

When he got back to his home in Reditch he decided to check his Roadhawk device which he had earlier installed to record video and log GPS data for every journey the car made.

He then saw the footage of his pride-and-joy being raced through country lanes at speed up to 120 mph - to get into the mind of this pertol-head imagine seeing your baby dangled off a balcony.

Top 5 hobbies that make people fancy you

275x250.jpgMen are more likely to fancy women who dance or do yoga in their free-time, while women are turned on by blokes who surf and rock climb.

A survey of over 1,300 Brits asked them what hobby they found most attractive by the opposite sex an how hearing someone had a certain hobby changed their opinion of them.

It was found that men liked women with physical hobbies like dancing, yoga, swimming - 89 percent said they found dancing a turn on - but that an interest in cookery doesn't hurt either.

Women named football as the number one hobby for men (though we think they meant playing rather than sitting on the sofa watching it) followed by surfing, photography and rock climbing.

49 percent of men also said finding out a woman enjoyed pole dancing would turn them on -- the other 51 percent lied when answering the question.

275x250.jpgThe Berlin wall has been recreated with giant 7.5 ft dominoes and quickly toppled to mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification.

More than 1,000 of the dominoes were set up along a 1.5km stretch of where the wall had been and as part of city-wide celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the East-West division.

Each of the plastic foam dominoes, which were toppled tonight, was decorated by schoolchildren from around Germany with messages such as "We are one people."

Unfortunately the dominoes didn't all fall in one go - but it wasn't a uncharactistic lapse in German planning - pauses were intended for to allow for additional events.

A spoof advert filmed by the Top Gear team - in which a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head - breached broadcasting guidelines.

Ofcom say the mock advert for a VW Scirocco - part of a challenge in an August episode of the BBC show - was too graphic and prompted 50 complaints from viewers.

The Jeremy Clarkson advert was a remake of a classic VW car commercial, but with a  typical Top Gear twist.

The BBC had claimed the advert was a "ludicrous and obviously comic depiction of suicide" but Ofcom said it was too violent given that children were likely to be watching.

It sounds like the children probably have a better idea of what to expect when tuning into top gear.

275x250.jpgForty percent of parents say they feel inadequate and embarrassed when they can't answer questions their children ask.

Brain-teasers like "How is rain made?" and "Why is the sea salty?" are said to be the most embarrassing - because parents think they should know the answer.

A survey of over 3,000 parents found that 52 percent regularly have problems answering questions from their youngsters.

But a quarter say they have an easy solution, they make up an answer knowing their child will believe whatever they say. Another 24 percent try to distract the child by offering them something like sweets.

Hmmm, this could explain why my dad used to say so many things where "Just decided by God rolling a dice".

Soldier takes over Miss England duties

275x250.jpgA 21-year-old Lance Corporal has been given leave from the British Army -- to represent England in the Miss World competition.

LCpl Katrina Hodge - dubbed Combat Barbie - will take over from the previous Miss England, who has stepped down after being arrested in an alleged nightclub brawl.

The army beauty - who was the first runner up in this year's prestigious competition - will now represent England in the Miss World final in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 December.

She will hold the Miss England title until next July when she hoped to join the effort in Afghanistan.

Though Katrina is used to combat situations - she was commended for bravery in Iraq - the hostile environment of a Miss World competition could still come as quite a shock.

Men don't read gadget instruction manuals

275x250.jpgIt won't come a much of a surprise that men quickly discard the instruction manuals for their gadgets without ever looking at them.

But a study of 75,000 calls to a gadget helpline has found they should probably take a look - 12 percent of calls come from men who have forgotten to plug their gadget in, just seven percent of women make the same mistake.

But then again, the women are more likely to read the instruction before calling for help, 76 percent compared to just 36 percent of men read the manual first.

Personally we think the really odd news here is that 36 percent of men read the manual rather than just poking their gadget till it starts working.

Ford set to launch inflatable seat belts

275x250.jpgA car company had revealed a range of inflatable seat belts which they claim will reduce head, chest and neck injuries.

Ford, which will debut the belts in their new Explorer, say the inflatable device spreads crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts.

This means that it reduces pressure on the chest in an accident and helps control head and neck motion, which can cause injury. Upon sensing a crash the belt inflates in just 40 milliseconds filling a tubular air bag.

Cold compressed gas, flows through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder housed below the seat to inflate the belt… just make sure you aren't wearing anything too spiky.

275x250.jpgCommuters on the London Underdround were left red-faced when the sounds of a couple having sex was played out over a station's loudspeaker system.

Rather than the normal messages of train delays, or warning about minding the gap, travellers heard the noises of an apparently over amorous couple.

The moans and groans echoed around West Ham station in east London during rush hour on Thursday evening - much to the embarrassment of those waiting on the platform.

A spokesperson for Transport for London confirmed the sexual noises were heard through the tannoy - but added that they didn't know where they came from.

They added that the broadcast - which is thought have been interference with the public address system - did not feature TFL staff… they don't enjoy work that much.

275x250.jpgA South Korean woman had finally passed her driving theory test, after taking it 950 times.

68-year-old Cha Sa-soon will now be able to get behind the wheel and start actually learning to drive.

Since 2005 she has been trying to get the 60 percent needed on the 50 minute 50 question test.

Sa-soon, who claims she needs the licence for her vegetable-selling business, has paid more then £2,500 in application fees alone and taken the test over 300 times this year.

While we don't know too much about South Korean driving laws, we are pretty certain we could have passed the test sooner, by closing our eyes and randomly ticking the page.

275x250.jpgA souvenir collector who somehow got his hands on 5,000 condoms due to be handed out to athletes at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, is set to sell them at auction.

After the games ended the man managed to snap up most of the 100,000 which hadn't been used by randy sports people.

Each of the Olympic prophylactics is in a branded wrapper which has the motto of the Beijing Games "faster, higher, stronger" printed in it.
The 5,000 condoms will now be sold as a single lot at a Chinese sporting auction on 29 November - with a starting price that works out to one yuan each (8p).

We are not sure it would be that great to be stuck with 5,000 condoms promoting how fast you were on the packet.

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. 

275x250.jpgOne in 20 children think Adolf Hitler coached Germany's national football team, a survey has revealed.

The poll of over 2,000 British kids - testing what the know about the world wars - also found one in six kids believed Auschwitz is a World War Two theme park.

Worryingly twelve per cent assumed McDonald's Golden Arches was the symbol of Remembrance Day and 40 percent didn't even know what day it fell on.

One in 20 of the nine to 15-year-olds also said they thought the Holocaust was the celebration at the end of the war.

On a slightly more encouraging not 70 percent of those polled said they would like to find out more about the world wars -- like who won.

275x250.jpgA group of 25 bingo fans have hiked 17,500ft up to Everest Base Camp... to hold the world's highest game of bingo.

After two weeks climbing - risking dehydration, altitude sickness and frostbite - the team recently arrived at their destination.

Then then promptly whipped out their scorecards, the caller slipped on a sparkly gold jacket and they started their game.

In calling the highest house the group raised around £100,000 for their chosen charity Sue Ryder Care.

One of the team, organised by Gala Coral, said: "Other trekkers at base camp simply couldn't believe it - I'm sure they thought we had altitude sickness."

275x250.jpgThe X-ray machine has been named as the most important scientific invention by the London Science Museum.

A poll of over 50,000 people found that nearly one-in-five opted for the 100-year-old machines ahead of other innovations.

It beat off competition from the likes of the Apollo 10 capsule, Stephenson's Rocket and the Pilot ACE Computer which museum bosses had expected to do well in the vote.

But medical inventions took the top three slots with Penicillin and the DNA double helix coming in second and third place.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "X-rays have radically changed the way we see and understand our world - our bodies in particular." Yeah and they sure beat a photocopier for drunken scanning at the office Christmas party too.

World's largest cinema screen at Pinewood

275x250.jpgBosses at Pinewood Studios have announced plans for the world’s largest cinema screen which will measure a massive 73.1 metres wide by 18.3 metres high.

The screen - normally home to a under water filming facility - will be revealed this weekend with the movie Mission Impossible.

If successful, it will take beat the current record held by Norway's Spektrum in Oslo which held a screening of Independence Day which measured 40.24m in width in 1996.

Tickets for the outdoor drive-in screening start from £35 -- but with a screen that size you will probably be able to see it from miles away.

Bad teeth can make you look 13 years older

275x250.jpgStained yellow teeth can make a person look 13 years older than if they had  gleaming white teeth, it has been claimed

Experts say smoking and drinking coffee or red wine coupled with a failure to regularly brush can put years on the average woman.

Researchers showed a photos of a model - one showing off real, gleaming white teeth and another with stained, yellow teeth - to 2,000 people.

They were then asked to guess the ages. The one with perfect teeth was put at 31 while the model with computer-generated, discoloured molar was thought to be 44.

Respondents probably also thought the one with white teeth was American and the dodgy dental work belonged to a Brit.

275x250.jpgA competition has just launched in the Mojave Desert for teams planning to build an elevator to space… yes you read that correctly.

For the next couple of days Space Elevator Games will see robotic machines climbing a 1km high cable (held by a helicopter) and will be powered by laser beams.

The idea is that if this can be achieved, the technology could develop into a fully fledged Space Elevator like that in Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise."

If a space elevator could one day be attached to a mass in geosynchronous orbit, it would offer much cheaper space travel than rockets… and give Starbucks somewhere else to open a branch.

275x250.jpgBoffins have created a robot which sits on you dashboard and tells you the best route, when you are running low on petrol and even when to do the shopping.

AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Agent) has been created by experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to change the way we interact with our cars.

They say that rather than acting like your GPS, the AIDI robot learns about your routines and even adapts depending on your mood - picked up by cameras assessing your facial expression.

It then communicates with the driver through a expressive robot 'face' and will tell you when you need to go to the supermarket or fill up with petrol… sound's like my wife.

275x250.jpgDictionary publisher Collins has started a nationwide search for rare dialect words which may have slipped out of common usage.

They are on the hunt for words like Puckaterry, which means muddle in the Norfolk dialect, or Poke, which can be used for ice cream.

Words that are found to still be in existence will then be added to Collins Corpus - a database of 4.4 billion English words.

People are being asked to send a message on Twitter (@localwords) to explain the meaning of the odd local and old words they regularly use.

Anyway tarra a bit, we're off for a bostin ommuck with me old mucker, even if he is a bit of a barmcake. Let us know your local words in the comments.

275x250.jpgGlasses which 'hear' a foreign language and automatically translate what's being said, before beaming it onto the lens, have been revealed.

NEC say their Tele Scouter glasses will let a wearer see exactly what people around them are saying, even in other languages.

It features a microphone and camera which record foreign languages before converting it to text and running it through a translation computer worn on the wrist.

The translation is them beamed onto a tiny retinal display for the wearer to read what was just said - the entire process happens in a fraction of a second.

Does this mean Brits will just start reading slower and louder? 

NASA say the Universe is beige not black

275x250.jpgExperts at NASA claim the universe is not black as you might expect - but rather a rather dull shade of beige.

Space boffins have found that if you were to average out the light emitted by galaxies currently analysed, you would be left with the dull-looking colour.

NASA say the shade is constantly changing and has become much less blue over the past 10 billion years (so not a quick change then) indicating that redder stars are becoming more prevalent.

It has now been dubbed "Cosmic Latte" after being discovered by astro-physicians Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldr.

You will notice it bares a striking resemblance to the shade of paint used in TV home makeover shows... suggesting that Sarah Beeny could be our supreme creator.


275x250.jpgIn a bid to make recycling more enjoyable, a group of Swedish engineers have converted a bottle bank into an arcade machine.

The team added flashing lights and an electronic scoreboard to a bottle bank -making it more like a environmentally friendly whack-a-mole.

After pressing the start button, recyclers now see lights above the bottle holes flash, if they get it in quick enough their score goes up, just like the classic arcade game.

The project is part of 'The Fun Theory' scheme by Volkswagen which shows various ways they have attempted to change their behaviour for the better.

Last month they turned a flight of stairs into a giant piano thus tricking people into exercising. (Check out both videos after the link)

275x250.jpg A company which plans to launch the world's first space hotel, say they will be ready to open their doors air-locks in 2012.

Galactic Suite say plans for their multi-billion dollar project are coming together and they've already taken 43 bookings for out of this world holidays.

Tourists - who will be required to fork out an astronomical £2,650,000 - will get to spend four days on the space station 450 kilometers from the Earth.

They will see the sun rise 15 times a day and loop around the world every 80 minutes… they will also get to take the first holiday photographs that people won't mind sitting through.

Facebook group finds owner of lost camera

275x250.jpgA lost camera has been reunited with its owner after 230,000 people on Facebook launched a campaign to locate him.

The camera was found by Aussie Danny Cameron on the Greek island of Mykonos this summer, he looked around but couldn't find the camera's owner.

He then looked at the images and spent a day of his holiday trying to find anyone of the people in the images, to no avail.

He then turned to Facebook setting up a group 'Needle In A Haystack' which he hoped would find the camera owner as an experiment of Six degrees of separation.

After 230,000 joined the group someone finally recognised the people in the images and the French owner of the camera was located -- hopefully he is not friends with his insurance company on Facebook.

Baby born on plane is named after airline

275x250.jpgA premature baby boy who was born on during a flight from Penang to Kuching, has been named after the airline Air Asia.

Mid-flight expectant mother Liew Siaw Hsia give birth at 2,000 feet with the help of a doctor who was handily on-board and the plane was diverted to Kuala Lumpur.

Air Asia later decided to reward mom - who hadn't been due for another 11 weeks - and her baby by offering them both free flights for life.

Now the 31-year-old mother has returned the favour by naming her child after the airline. He is called Asia Liew Ya Hang - 'Ya Hang' means AirAsia in Mandarin.

Still, it could have been worse… if they had taken a different flight he could have been called Steve Virgin by now.

Kylie underwear video named best web viral

An advert featuring Kylie Minogue writhing around on a bucking bronco while wearing skimpy underwear, has been voted the best celebrity web viral.

The 90 second Agent Provocateur ad was initially launched in 2001 in cinemas, but it is on the web the saucy advert has found most fans

GoViral - which placed the sexy ad at the top of their 10 best celebrity viral ads, - say it has been viewed more then 350 million times on YouTube.

Second place on the list went to Ronaldinho taking the the Nike Crossbar Challenge, which was in turn followed by the Barack Obama's Yes We Can song by Will.I.Am.

Excuse us, we are off to see how many additional views we can rack up for the sexy Kylie video -- all in the name of research, you understand.

275x250.jpg A publisher has come up with a novel way of advertising their books… by attaching adverts to flies.

The bizarre advertising campaign was launched (quite literally) by Eichborn at the recent 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair and involved somehow tying tiny ads to the flies legs.

This meant that as the fly took to the air, little banner adverts - which were light enough not to weigh the flies down - appeared to float around the halls.

While the final result certainly looks impressive (check the video after the link) please spare a thought for the poor German work experience kid who probably spent hours the night before tying the adverts to the flies.

275x250.jpgThough they would never mention it, one in five girls reckon their best friend is fat, it has been claimed.

A poll of over 3,000 women found most have at least two friends they consider to be overweight, but they regularly lie and tell them they look great.

Almost one in two women say ALL of their friends could do with dropping a few pounds. One in 20 has even ditched a friend after she offered advice about their weight.

Only a quarter of girls have ever plucked up the courage to tell a friend she should lose a bit of weight. And they probably wished they hadn't - because 12 per cent said their friend was 'devastated' and ten per cent 'burst into tears'

The odd news opens a can of worms as many women try to work out which of their friends thinks 'they' are overweight… and then plan to make them cry by telling them the same.

275x250.jpgAn 848 mile long golf course has opened in Australia - and it can take over seven days to play.

Nullarbor Links is the world's longest golf course and with the next hole sometimes 100km away you will need a good driver… and we don't mean the club.

It will come as no surprise that the idea for the course was dreamed up by a few Aussies as they shared a beer or two - they now hope it will attract thousands of tourists each year.

The par 72, which spreads over South and Western Australia, is dotted with signs warning about wayward wombats and kangaroos. Golfers wanting to play must buy a $50 scorecard for the course.

The team behind the course say it's a unique way to see Australia… and ensuring your wife never talks to you again.

275x250.jpgA psychic who held a Twitter seance for Halloween, claims to have contacted Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix.

Tweance was organised by psychic Jayne Wallace who used Twitter to let people suggest questions for celebrity spirits and posted the ghoslty answers.

During the session she says Jacko told fans that he is at peace and does not think anyone was responsible for his death. He also said he is happy about the release of the 'This is it' movie.

Other famous dead folk she tried to reach included William Shakespeare, but unfortunately his spirit was too 'weak' to answer questions… maybe he is just more of a Facebook ghost.

275x250.jpgAlmost half of Brits admit to getting overly amorous in the back of their cars, it has been revealed.

Once the reserve of horny teenagers and dogging enthusiasts, the survey suggested that four-wheeled fornication has now become a mainstream activity.

In a recent poll, 45 percent of Brits said they had pulled over for a bit of 'how's your father' in their car.

Other places randy respondents said they had enjoyed having sex included, the kitchen table, a fairground waltzer… and the boss's desk.

If 45 percent of us are using the back of our cars for getting frisky, how come Jeremy Clarkson never mentions how good a car would be for that in his Top Gear reviews.

DUI La-z-boy chair auction up to $40,000

275x250.jpgA La-z-boy chair which shot to fame when a man got caught drink driving on it, has now been put on eBay by police.

The chair - converted with lawnmower engines to drive on the road - was used by Dennis Anderson to drive home in Minnesota, after drinking about eight beers.

He was arrested by police and later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Unsurprisingly, the odd news soon spread around the internet.

But police now hope to cash-in on the 'DUI La-z-boy' by selling it on eBay - all proceeds will be split between police, state and the prosecuting attorney.

The chair was put up for auction on Thursday with a starting bid of $500, though over the weekend this jumped up to $40,000… meaning someone had more to drink than Mr Anderson.

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