Simon Crisp: June 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg Mugly, a Chinese Crested dog from the United Kingdom has been named the World’s Ugliest Dog after beating off competition from 28 other weird-looking pooches at an event in California.

The win at Sonoma-Marin Fair was secured for the 8-year-old rescue dog thanks to a combination of his short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers.

Mugly receives a trophy and $1,000 in prize money, along with a photo shoot from Nuena Photography, a VIP stay at the Sheraton Petaluma, and a year’s supply of the dog cookies, Doggie Dollar$.

His owner Bev Nicholson said of the win, "I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name. I didn't know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog."

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.

It's not hard to make a bed, and it doesn't take more than a minute … but that doesn't mean we shouldn't look for complicated technical solutions to the problem of an un-made bed.

The Smart Bed OHEA Automatico is a mechanical bed designed by Spanish firm OHEA, which makes itself whenever you get out. After being put in automatic mode, the bed detects when a sleeper gets out and instantly springs into action.

Mechanical arms pop up on each side of the bed and position the blanket neatly where it should be while the pillows are lifted and then placed back down into position, all in 50 seconds.

Makers say the bed - which is due to be released soon - has safety feature which ensure it cannot operate when there is a person lying there.

275x250.jpg To celebrate the the launch of publishing its entire print edition online, newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) decided to release its inner geek ... and print their entire front page in binary.

As a result, all headlines and text on the front of the paper were replaced by 1s and 0s. Even the name of the newspaper was replaced with binary to become "01001110 01011010 01011010".

The only parts of the page which remained in the standard format were the price, date, photos and an advert for Omega.

When a Kentucky prisoner broke out of his cell and tried to escape police custody, he picked the wrong door … because he ended up in a packed courtroom.

The man had been put in a holding cell after his hearing at Jefferson County Courthouse in Louisville, but when cops tried to remove another prisoner from the same cell, he decided to make a break for it.

He charges the door and pushed his way past a deputy sheriff before bursting through a door which he hoped would lead him to freedom.

Instead he ended up a courtroom that was in-session (and filled with CCTV cameras) where he was promptly tackled by court bailiffs, and it appears one attorney.

400,000 toothpicks stolen in Georgia

275x250.jpg It might not be up there with gold bullion or wads or cash, but police in Georgia are currently hunting crooks who made off with 400,000 toothpicks.

The bizarre swag, said to be worth $3,000, was swiped direct from an Athens manufacturer and as there were no signs of forced entry, it's thought it could be an inside job.

Bosses at Armond’s Manufacturing Company say that six cases - each containing 288 packages of 100 toothpicks - were initially taken, with another seven cases being swiped more recently. 

275x250.jpg A shopping centre in Gloucestershire installed a "Man Crèche" where blokes could be dumped during the while their wives and girlfriends hit the shops.

The Eastgate Shopping Centre offered men the chance to relax in the fully kitted-out pen where they could play on a PS3 and watch the Euro 2012 football.

The man crèche - which was only available for nine days - was open to all loyalty card holder at The Eastgate Shopping Centre and was sponsored by iMerge, Gamestation and Emmaus Gloucestershire.

Speaking about the man crèche, Jason Robinson, the Centre Manager at The Eastgate, said: "I have a feeling that the man crèche is going to be popular amongst all the husbands, sons, dads and brothers across Gloucestershire and there may be a demand for it to become a permanent fixture!"

275x250.jpg Having a mortgage, owning a ‘best’ crockery set and being able to bleed a radiator are just some of the signs of being a ‘Grown Up’, it has been revealed.

The findings emerged in a study of 2,000 people, which uncovers the 50 things which show you have become a fully-fledged adult.

No longer relying on mum and dad for financial decisions, being able to cook an evening meal from scratch and owning a lawn mower were all highlighted as key signs of adulthood.

Other indicators of maturity included getting married, having a view on politics, taking trips to the local tip, and washing up immediately after eating.

Interestingly, the research shows most people don’t feel like a proper grown up until they are at least 26 years old.

Some computer games are best enjoyed in multi-player with friends, but we're glad this isn't one of them. Meet GuitarPee … a urinal-based version of games like Guitar Hero.

Guitar Pee is the creation of Billboard Brasil who went to the effort of converting a urinal into a working instrument before sending it on a tour of bars in São Paulo where they hoped to find.

Drinkers were then encouraged to play/pee the best riffs they could and become a 'Urination Hero'. Users could even log onto a website to listen back to their tune.

This video shows the faces (it's okay, just the faces) of some of the full bladdered would-be musicians doing their things … we just hope no-one rocked out too much and got the floor wet.

275x250.jpg One in three Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed.

Instead of picking up the phone, many elderly people are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with 15% claiming their grandparents are regular users of Facebook.

More than one in twenty claim to have grandparents on the micro-blogging site Twitter and half of those said they regularly keep tabs on their posts, updates or activity.

Nearly a quarter of UK grandparents now own a smartphone and one in ten regularly communicate on Skype, according to the poll by family pub restaurant chain Fayre & Square.

A third of grandparents can competently text, 25% are avid email users and 10% send messages on Facebook.

The problem with being the fastest man in the world is that sometimes it takes time to slow down … like when Usain Bolt recently crashed into a flowergirl at end of 100m sprint.

Bolt had just won the race at the Diamond League in Oslo with a time of 9.79 seconds when he found himself hurtling towards a flowergirl - there to give the gift to winners.

Despite still moving at some speed, the Jamaican did his best not to knock the blonde girl to the floor, somehow holding her up as he continued to move.

275x250.jpg Teachers are often presented with dubious-looking notes to explain the absence of a pupil. But while some kids try to get away with writing their own excuse notes, young Tyler Sullivan got one from US President Barack Obama.

The 11-year-old pupil has skipped a day of school to see Obama visit Honeywell factory in Minnesota and managed to get a seat in the front row.

After hearing Obama's speech, Sullivan even got to shake the hand of the president, who asked him about skipping class to be there.

But rather than tell the lad off for missing school, Obama used his official presidential notepad to write a signed note to the teacher saying: "Mr Ackerman -- Please excuse Tyler... He was with me! Barack Obama."

When his pet cat Orville was killed in a road accident Dutch artist Bart Jansen could have given him the usual pet burial. He didn't … he turned Orville into a flying work of art.

Working with radio controlled helicopter experts, Jansen a propellers to each of the paws on his deceased and stuffed pussy and Orvillecopter was born.

Currently the dead flying moggy (not a phrase I ever expected to write) can only sustain flight for a few seconds. Though that hasn't stopped it going on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen says Orvillecopter will soon be fitted with more powerful engines and larger props. We can't wait to see.

275x250.jpg An kinky crook in Brazil has reportedly stolen an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator worth £2,500 from a luxury sex shop.

The armed thief is said to have tied up a clerk at the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia before taking the golden vibrator and getting off, erm we mean leaving.

But the crook could struggle to get too much pleasure from the crime, because the stainless steel core will make it hard to remove the gold plating … assuming that's what he wanted.

Also he failed to take the charger for the Swedish-made vibrator. Speaking to media store owner Vanessa Baldini said: "I really don't know what he'll do. I'll leave it up to his imagination."

Fishermen are know for their "It was this big!" tales of monster catches. But Wayne Comben and Graeme Pullen - who claim to have netted the largest ever shark caught in British waters - have video proof.

The pair had been fishing off the coast of Cornwall when they caught a 10ft long Porbeagle
shark which reared its head out of the water by their boat.

It's claimed the beast dragged the two men and their 17ft boat for about a mile as they spent 90 minutes trying to reel it in.

Footage shows the men battling with their line to pull in and tag the fish which they claim was easily 550lb, the previous record for a shark caught in British waters is a 507lb. 

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.

A family in California couldn't believe their eye when they spotted a bear taking a dip in their luxury infinity swimming pool.

This being 2012 they instantly reached for their smartphone and started recording the impromptu swim session, before posting the clip to YouTube.

In the footage - shot by Rachel and Valerie Gasparini - the bear can be seen enjoying the posh pool and appears to be taking in the panoramic views across the Golden State.

"It's really good at swimming," the sisters can be heard saying. "It's like looking out at the view, taking a nice swim you know, what they hell!"

275x250.jpg The Icecreamists are no strangers to controversy - remember their breast milk ice cream? - and something tell us their latest product could be no different. Meet the 'Holy Water' ice lolly.

Dubbed Vice Lolly, the treat mixes holy water with mind-bending 80 per cent absinthe … oh yeah, it's also in the shape of a gun and is being held by a nun in the adverts.

The gun-shaped green popsicle, dubbed the consists of one part alcohol and three parts water from a spring in Lourdes, France, which many Catholics believe has healing powers.
Costing £18.58 the Vice Lolly is available from the Icecreamists shop in Covent Garden.

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